Apple’s Magic Trackpad is an interesting, although not unexpected, move for the company. For a company that seems to have invested in multitouch as the core foundation of its future, it only makes sense that they’d want to bring it over to the desktop rather than relegating it to their iOS devices and notebooks only. In its simplest description, the Magic Trackpad is a laptop trackpad that you use with your desktop Mac. The question is, is it any good? Is it more awkward to use than the natural trackpad on a Mac notebook? Even more importantly, can it (and should it) replace your mouse? We’ve been using the Magic Trackpad for a couple of weeks, and we’ve got some answers for you. Read on for our full review!
Long-tenured UK TV host Jonathan Ross was able to give the upcoming Xbox 360 motion gaming add-on, Project Natal, a try. Aside from the hint of jealousy he left us all with, he also tweeted out an interesting tidbit of information on his Twitter account, which in a nutshell says that he feels that Natal has potential, and that Microsoft has until October to get it right. So the obvious question is, does that imply that Natal gets an October launch (which does fit in with the holiday 2010 launch period)? Or does it mean it has to all be done so they can start packing and shipping devices for launch in early November? I’m sure everything will be made clear in a couple of months at E3.
Hit the break for a video of Jonathan giving Project Natal a try.
Elecom has recently unveiled a new style of webcams with the UCAM-DLC300T Series. Not only is it a three megapixel USB webcam for the laptop or desktop, but it also works with the Sony Playstation 3, all while providing 30fps image transmission. It is available in black, white, pink, blue, and costs about $108.
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Microsoft is jumping on that whole thin-is-in bandwagon with the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000. As the name implies, this is a Bluetooth-only device, powered by AAA batteries. The keyboard slopes downward, making the front event thinner. There’s also a curved keyboard layout, which Microsoft refers to as Comfort Curve. The keyboard is $89.95, and the numeric keypad is an extra $44.95. You’ll see these on store shelves in October.
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Clearly, there is a whole world of DJing that I am really not down with. Fortunately, my geek self is in love with this little DJ Mouse, guaranteed to turn me into DJ TechBlogger, yo!
With a jog wheel and scratch knob (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg,) you’ll easily have crowds pumping. This is a full MP3 mixing software kit, and it’s compatible with Windows and OS X. You get the DJ Mouse, scratch mat, and software, all for $79.
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Maybe it’s the word “communicator” in the name of the Polycom Skype Communicator, but it reminds me of a certain tool that Captain Kirk used on the original Star Trek series, except the flap is on the other side.
This Communicator enables the user to hold hands-free conversations, using high-quality microphones that can eliminate feedback and echoes. It hooks up to your computer via USB, and is perfect for Skype conversations or as an external speaker. You should be able to get the Polycom C100S USB Speakerphone for about $112.
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Consumer electronics giant Logitech has comes out with over seven new webcams that include the Webcam Pro 9000, Portable Webcam C905, Webcam C600, Webcam C500, Webcam C300, Webcam C250, and Webcam C200.
The prices vary from $99.99 for the Webcam Pro 9000, pictured above with a 2-megapixel sensor for 720p video. The least expensive is the $29.99 Webcam C200 with a 1.3 megapixel sensor with VG video capture. All the information can be obtained below from the official release.
I know that some of you out there like wireless keyboards, so you might appreciate the Shintaro Wireless Media Center Keyboard. The main feature here is a built-in 400dpi trackpad, as well as integrated Media Center hotkeys, volume buttons, plus a USB receiver dongle. The keyboard is powered by 2 AA batteries, and can be purchased for $57.
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Some of you probably work with two monitor screens, but what if you simply bought one monitor that was two monitors? I suppose this was the inspiration for EVGA’s InterView, which has two monitors that can swivel. (You can see from the photo that one is turned 180 degrees.)
Each one has a resolution of 1440x900, and are 17-inch at the diagonal. The stand itself has 4 USB ports, a built-in webcam, as well as an input for a microphone. There is also a DMS video connection.
Like it? So do I. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny’s worth of $649 for it, though.
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The Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 is, like both generations before it, designed to keep you wrist more naturally in a “handshake” position. With 5 programmable buttons and scroll wheel, the optical tracking can be adjusted from 800 to 2600dpi. There is a Break Reminder to let you know you have been on your PC too long. Choose between the left or right-handed wired version for $80.00 or the right-handed wireless for $120.00.
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