So you have an extra USB port and are working in the wee small hours but don’t want to disturb the rest of the household. Mr. Brightside plugs in and illuminates your keyboard with an LED light. The handy lamp curves for easy adjustment. A great idea for work or travel, the light comes in a same-color 3-pack for brown-nosers at a 25% discount. Get Mr. Brightside in black, cherry, lime or blueberry for $8.99 each or $20.22 for the 3-pack.
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This mouse likes to travel. Arriving in its own carrying pouch, the 500/1000 dpi Bluetooth V2.0 Optical Mouse has a working range of 10 meters, can toggle the DPI setting with a simple button and works with all Bluetooth capable PCs, Macs, laptops, and ultra-portables. Powered by 2 AAA batteries (not included,) it comes with a user’s guide in English and free shipping with its $19.98 price.
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If you hunt and peck at your computer or don’t have enough patience to take a typing class, Fast Fingers may be right for you. The QWERTY board also can become ABC with one key push. If you IM a lot, another button gives you access to Internet abbreviations. It was created by Faith Quintavell (who can type) after noticing that others couldn’t. Plug into your USB port and pick up some speed for $27.95.
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We love finding things that do more than light up to put into our USB port. D-link’s Sidestage is such a gadget. The 7-inch LCD monitor with 800x480 resolution is an extension of your PC’s main screen. Use it to IM, watch videos, video conferencing or utilizing tools such as PhotoShop. The monitor is a mere 7 x 4.6 x 3/4-inches and weighs 1.34 lbs, and is compatible with most CRTs and flat panels. Look for price and availability towards the end of the year.
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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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We have seen ergonomic keyboards before, but this one really makes us wonder. Smartfish’s Pro-Motion Keyboard supposedly adapts and adjusts to your “personal typing style.” This is done with Dynamic Positioning Control that studies your typing then adjusts the height, angle and radial position. It also features and auto-prompt exercise program, integrated wrist rest, and is compatible with Windows or Mac. Smartfish has collaborated with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to design the full-size keyboard. We are just not sure that we are ready to have our peripherals occasionally moving beneath our fingers.
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Logitech’s G19 Keyboard won the Best of Innovations in Electronic Gaming at this year’s CES. With a color GamePanel LCD, its tilting 320x240p display gives gaming info for over 60 games, VoIP data, a clock and CPU load. There are 12 programmable G-keys with 3 macros per key. It also features multi-key input-functionality, 2 USB 2.0 ports and a Game Mode switch to disable the Windows Key so you don’t get locked out. Compatible with both PCs and Macs, you can get the award winning gameboard for $79.99 this March.
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Looking for a gift for your fave golfing geek? GreenHouse’s Golf Mouse has a golf ball textured mouse and a turfed mouse pad. Connectible by USB 2.0/1.1, he/she can practice a mini-swing while keeping track of PGA games at the same time. By the way, the pad glows for a nighttime tee off. The mouse has a 1.5m cable length, and a mini flag, putter and golf ball are included in the $39.99 price.
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Verbatim’s 96668 Keyboard is perfect for people who have now have external speakers with no on/off switch. It features integrated dual stereo with volume and bass keys. It also has back lighting for nighttime illumination with play and pause control on the media console, connects by USB and is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The Speaker Keyboard generally sells for about $79.00, but we managed to find one on Amazon with a $20.00 rebate if you purchase before December 23.
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TrickleStar’s PC Standby Power Saver connects to your computer with a standard USB connection and reduces the amount of standby energy. When you turn your PC on, it will also switch on your peripherals, then when you turn off, it does the same for all connected. The device is simple to install and can be connected directly or to an existing powerstrip. The power saver comes with rear mounting holes and has a 1 year warranty included. Price will be announced at a later date.
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