Some people are fanatical about Hello Kitty. For others, it’s Star Wars. But for this writer, it’s all about the mighty penguin, as evidenced the penguin MP3 player, USB drive, and shower radio she’s written about, and that fact that she actually owns an iPenguin. This week, it’s the too-cute-for-words USB optical mouse, which fits either hand, and even includes a PS/2 adapter! Choose from Pink, Green, Blue, and of course, Black. The downside? According to the website, the mouse is only compatible with Windows—but doesn’t state whether it’s compatible with Vista. Available for $14 USD.
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Decisions, decisions…the new iPod Touch or the iBird? Granted, this may not be such a dilemma for most, but if you’re a penguin fanatic like myself (or a fanatical Linux user), this is serious business. Why? Because the iBird-1000 is actually a pretty cool MP3 player, with features slightly reminiscent of the iPenguin: its beak moves (chirps?) along with your music, and its eyeballs light up and blink. Cute! Plus, the headphone-wearing bird has a built-in speaker, voice recorder, FM tuner and an LED tummy with track info. Take that iPod Touch! But there is a downside: the bow-tied cutie only holds 1GB of music. But when you’re that adorable, who needs a touchscreen, wi-fi capability, and tons of megabytes? Right? Available for $33 USD at China Grabber, but unfortunately you must purchase a minimum of ten players. Why, China Grabber, why?
Who doesn’t love penguins? The success of Oscar winners “March of the Penguins” and “Happy Feet” proves the world adores that quirky, comical flightless bird. Gadget-wise, we’ve featured the shower radio and iPenguin, which yours truly—who has collected penguins for too many years to mention— happily owns. Now comes the 1GB USB Penguin Flash Drive, which includes the very handy ReadyBoost technology for Vista users. The penguin’s head actually protects the USB connector…just flip it up and you’re good to go. Impossibly cute and functional, we think Linux users (and fellow penguin-philes) will love it. The 1GB Penguin Flash Drive is available in Black/White or Black/Gray for approx. $34 USD.