We come to you live from the Apple Store at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington for this edition of Unboxing Live! The brand new iPad mini has launched, and we were first in line to enter the store and make our purchase (and we'll show all of the festivities in our follow-up video, along with our iPad 4th generation unboxing!) The iPad mini is Apple's smaller, 7.9-inch iPad. Check out our unboxing and let us know what you think, and don't forget to check out our iPad mini unboxing gallery as well!
Mini has been on a crazed marketing campaign, and went on the record as to say “expect the unexpected.” Now doing a few donuts here and there is a far cry from the unexpected, but setting a man to fly off the top of a Mini Countryman’s roof definitely qualifies. Check out the John Cooper Works Mini in action above!
HP is following up its 1001 Netbook with a Mini 5101 that features a 7200 RPM hard drive, either a 10.1-inch WSVGA or LED display, Bluetooth 2.0, a 2 megapixel webcam, and options for SSD drives, batteries and WWAN. A USB-powered external disc drive, external speakers or port replicator are also options. Available in July, it comes with an aluminum and magnesium chassis with mouse buttons below the trackpad. Prices start at $449.00.
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Here is another simple speaker that’s perfect for traveling. Tiny but functional, the Keychain Mini Speaker is only a 1-inch cube, but still manages to have a decent sound and a 3.5mm audio out socket to plug into your MP3 player, PDA, laptop or portable gaming system. With a USB connection you can recharge its built-in battery. Available in either silver or black, after the $20.07 price, all you need to add is the iPod.
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We loved our old Etch-a-Sketch and were thrilled to find out it is now available in a mini-version with usable rubber grips that we can pass off as a ballpoint pen at work (because it is.) Also available is a mini-Operation Pen with the same obnoxious noise and nose that lights up just as in the original if you miss. Included are batteries and miniscule tweezers. The pens use standard D-1 mini ballpoint refills and at only $5.50, you can get some for some of your tiny fingered co-workers.
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If you can fold, you can save some money on this Mini Cardboard Boombox. The retro-looking dock comes flat packed, includes working amplified speakers, and is compatible with iPod and other MP3 players. It runs on 2 included AA batteries and may fool fellow workmates into believing that you too have a macho power system, provided they don’t look too closely or light a match near it. The Boombox is due out the end of this month for about $40.00.
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Microvision was showing off their new projector technology at CES - that being, the worlds smallest. The new laser powered projector is smaller than a box of matches, yet manages to project a bright DVD quality image from a portable device such as a cell phone, camera, or media player. They won’t be selling directly to consumers, but are aiming their miniscule pixel pusher at device manufacturers wishing to let their users have a screen larger than the pocket sized device they make. Either way, this is truly amazing.