Kingston Technology, long associated with fast drivers, is offering up the DataTraveler HyperX USB flash and is trying to tantalize with the inclusion of a free 10 day World of Warcraft trial. Encased in metallic blue with black grips and capless, the drive promises transfer rates of 30Mbps read and 20Mbps write and will work with any Windows platform (but hints around that Vista is best.) The HyperX comes with a 5 year warranty, tech support, and is priced at £23.35 (~$45.00) for the 2GB version to £92.10 (~$179.00) for 8GB.
The N5 is an updated version of the R4DS. The second generation storage device supports both Nintendo DS and Lite, needs no booting tool, has a card slot for Micro SD, FAT16 or 32, works by touchscreen or button with auto-detect. It supports rumble pak, memory pak, Moonshell, and has an open I/O interface. Perhaps the best feature is that you can load your cheat codes, not that we agree with that. The 2 x 0.8 x 0.3-inch N5 comes with a TF card reader and application CD and is available for $69.99.
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Drobo is billed as the “World’s first data storage robot.” We like to think of it as super, super simple data storage that also doubles as a fantastic backup destination. Backing up your data is both extremely boring, and excruciatingly essential. Apple has tried to spice things up in this area with their Time Machine technology in Leopard (which Drobo supports), and Windows Home Server offers easy backup for your Windows-based computers.
As you may recall, we got a full feature rundown of Drobo back at CES 2008, so check that out if you need a refresher, or in case you missed it. We were thoroughly impressed, and had to get our hands on one to bring you the scoop on what we think of the device after using it in the real world. While the review is soon to come, we knew you’d want to see the Drobo unboxed. Oh, and as a bonus, we also have the DroboShare as well. This add-on turns your Drobo into a NAS device, and can even pair two Drobos up together for the ultimate in small environment networked data storage.
If you don’t yet have an optical mouse that you can run on a Starbucks table or your knee, you might consider Belkin’s F5L008 flexible Mouse Storage and Carrier. Use it as a portable mouse pad when you travel, then stash your peripherals and accessories when you are done. The zippered gadget includes a hook for attaching to baggage or backpack. Available in 4 different color combinations, you can find it at the discounted price of only $8.79.
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The USB Mirror Card Reader is for all girlie girls and metrosexuals who are geeky, yet vain at the same time. Foldable and at a size of only 64 x 55 x 20mm and a weight of 50g, the card reader supports M2/T-Flas /MicroSD/Mini SD, SDHC/SD, Memory Stick PRO/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, and MMC/MMC-II/RS MMC/MMC Plus. With a transfer speed of up to 480Mbps, the reader will work with both Windows Me/2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.2. Choose from blue or gray for $15.00.
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Looking for an inexpensive yet flashy SIM Card Reader? This one supports GSM/CDMA/WCDMA and is plug and play with USB 2.0. Copy and read, edit, backup, and sort data. You can also batch modify your phone directory and SMS as well as manage your mobile PIN password. The flexible device will work with many Nokia, Panasonic, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, NEC, and LG cell phones, in addition to about a gazillion more. The reader requires Windows 98SEME2000XP. Software is included with the YX03 for simple connection. Find it with the ultra-low price of $8.99.
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We are not exactly sure why this device was designed the way it was, but perhaps its inventors were going for something that would fit right in with your messy household. It looks like a can, but is in fact a Card Reader and 3-port Hub Combo II. It supports SD, SDHC, MMC, XD, CF, and T-flash/MicroSD. It will also transfer files to your PC by USB 2.0. At a size of 58 x 58 x 88mm and a weight of 101g, the plug-and-play reader/hub needs Windows 2000/XP/Vista to run, comes with a USB cable, and has a price of $20.00. Just don’t mistake it for a Coke while it is plugged in.
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When you are not using your laptop’s PC card slot for what it was meant to do, stash a key, memory, cleaning rag, coinage, or other items that you never seem to remember to take with you when you need them with the StashCard. Made by Wireless Garden, the sneaky device is available at RadioShack, CompUSA, or Circuit City for $9.95, but if you order online from the company, you will save $2.00, which you can then keep inside the StashCard that you just bought.
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The good folk at mimoco have added to their Limited Edition FriendsWithYou flash drive series with Malfi, Smiling Malfi, Super Malfi, and Mr.TTT. As with the others, each comes preloaded with soundBytes from designers Sam and Tury, and bonus desktop wallpapers, icons and music. To promote the friendship, the company is sponsoring a Make A Wish contest to give away 5 of them. Submit your wish on their site, but if you don’t want to buck the odds, grab your own mimobot in 1, 2, or 4GB storage capacity with prices of $39.95, $59.95, and $99.95 respectively.
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If our Time Capsule unboxing gallery wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got a bit more for you in term of images of Apple‘s new NAS wireless router. We know that images can be deceiving, so we thought we’d put the current Airport Express router up against the Time Capsule and snap some photos so that you can see the size difference. The Time Capsule is definitely larger - understandable, since it has to pack in a 500 GB or 1 TB hard drive. Aside from size, the only other really obvious difference between the two is that the Airport Extreme has a white Apple logo, while Time Capsule’s is silver. Check out the rest of the shots in our Time Capsule vs. Airport Extreme size comparison gallery.
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