When a clumsy web developer got worried about spilling something beneath his laptop, he decided to come up with a product to protect it, and Laptop Lifts were eventually created. Made of silicon, they feel soft and grip the surface, yet are also quite tough. They also act as furniture protection, add airflow and provide padding against laptop heat. You can purchase a set for $14.95 online.
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Dell’s new Latitude E6400 XFR is a second generation, obviously intended to take on Panasonic’s Toughbook. Designed for factories, the military, field technicians and the terminally clumsy, the company says that the 2.2-inch thick laptop can dropped up to 4 ft., not that you would want to intentionally test it. Dell utilizes a “Ballistic Armor Protection System featuring PR-481” which, although is strong enough to be used in missile nose cones, they say is not bulletproof. The system is available in the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, the UK, Germany and Italy with a starting price of $4,299.00.
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Microsoft has unveiled a Notebook Cooling Base with flip-up stand, a first for the company. Only 1.16-inches thick, it is curved so that it will fit on a desk or lap if adjusted 90º. The USB-powered fan has a built-in height adjustment, comes in black and white, and is lightweight and compact at a size of 11.4 x 11.4-inch. It should be out around November at a price of about $30.00.
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Dell has unveiled their Studio Special Edition Laptop with a 15.4-inch high definition widescreen, Intel Core Duo processor, Windows Vista, multi-media keys, and an optional backlit keyboard. Bluetooth and WiFi capable, it also features a handy fingerprint reader, their Blu-ray Disc player, surround sound and both HDMI and Ethernet connections. The SSE laptop has a $799.00 price after an $80.00 instant savings.
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The gScreen G400 laptop has 2 15.4-inch backlit LED screens. It comes equipped with Windows Vista/XP Pro, an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz T9600 or P8400 2.26-GHz, 4 to 8 GB of RAM and 160GB to 500GB 7200rpm HD. Add to that NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M Graphics with 512MB memory or a NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT with 512MB memory, 6 USB ports as well as VGA, display, RJ-45, audio, and firewire connections. The gScreen will be available February 25, frogs probably not included.
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Samsung has unveiled their Synmaster LapFit series of LCD monitors. The LD190G (19-inches) and LD220G (22-inches) can be used with your laptop, notebook or netbook if you want a larger screen or with a smaller PC that doesn’t include one. Hook up to your USB port and it sits level with your PC. Both displays have a contrast ratio of 20000:1, a resolution of 1369x768 and a USB hub. No details have been released on availability and price.
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“Datamancer” does keyboards in a very unique way. This is his latest commissioned design with hand-beveled keys that really were Scrabble tiles. Made for a Mac, it has a brushed aluminum casing, LED lit number, caps, and scroll lock and fits into a USB port. Take a look at some of Datamancer’s other creations that include steampunk keyboards made of antique typewriters and an HP ZT1000 laptop that looks like a music box.
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Acer has 2 new TravelMate notebooks geared for the corporate and small business user. The 6493 features a 14.1-inch display with 1280x800 resolution, an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T8400, 3GB DDR3, WiFi, DVD burner, Vista Business and a price that starts at $1099.00. The 6593 has a standard 15.4-inch screen with 1280x800 resolution, an Intel Centrino 2 CPU with vPro, 4GB DDR3, 250GB HDD, WiFi, a DVD burner and Vista Business. It carries a MSRP of $1499.00.
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Now you can have your projector and screen, too. The Samsung MBP200 can create a 50-inch projection and also has a bonus 2.2-inch QVGA LCD viewing screen. Other features include a micro SD card slot and a TI DLP pico chip to run it. Connect to Samsung mobile phones or laptops, attach a piece of paper to its hidden screen holder and you get instant projection. The projector also has a built-in speaker and headphone jack. A CES Design winner, expect the MBP to be released later this year and contact the company for exact date and price.
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Matt Collinge wasn’t satisfied with the small icon to show how much power his battery had left so he came up with his own power meter for Windows 9x/XP/2003. The meter appears as your battery winds down. The lower the power, the more pronounced the meter appears. Charge your laptop and the meter goes away. You can place it on either the bottom left or right on your display and it will run from your Start menu or create a shortcut. The Power Meter Plus is free for home use while businesses get a free trial of 10 days and then must pay a minor fee of $10.00 per installation.
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