This one is so cool we had to take it old-school with the animated GIF! Boss on vacation? Then it’s time to break out the USB Desktop Dunk, a miniature version of those rapid-fire basketball games you see at carnivals or our favorite haunt, Dave and Buster’s. The toy comes with 4 mini-balls, a working scoreboard, and even sports sound effects like crowd noise when you score 10 points. Morale boosting! Works with both PC and Macs and has two modes: Practice and Competition (natch). Great for hosting your own office version of the upcoming NCAA March Madness, just don’t let your manager—or HR—get wind of it. Available for $25 USD.
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The Ultra Thin Credit Card Voice Recorder is another example of carry less, but do more. The 3.4 x 2.2 x .26-inch device weighs only 36g but holds 1GB of memory for almost 70 hours of record time. It has a rechargeable Li-ion battery with up to 4.5 hours of record/playback time and has flip-out USB 2.0 connectivity for file transfer or deletion. The Voice Recorder, which can also be used as an MP3 player and USB flash drive, includes earbuds and a neck strap, and is available for a price of $69.99.
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If you’re tight on desk space, consider this gadget. It’s the Wireless Finger Mouse, which fits onto your index finger, and is operated by thumb. It also works on any surface, such as clothing, making it perfect for business travelers. The cool thing is that you can type and use the mouse simultaneously, for the ultimate in computer multi-tasking. Comes with a USB receiver and 3 “finger rings” for customizable comfort. It’s also “Plug and Play”, compatible with Windows, including Vista. Available for $38 USD.
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In our quest for the most nauseatingly cute musical accessories, this one comes pretty close. The Speaker Monkey is a 7-inch full range stereo speaker that runs on USB or batteries. It is compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, CD and DVD players or any other gadget that has a standard audio jack. If the Monkey isn’t your style, we suspect that you can choose a Penguin or Turtle to appease your inner animal needs. Each one comes at a price of $6.88.
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You can save, edit and delete SMS and phone book entries that you have on your SIM card with the Cell Phone Spy Data Extractor. Or, if you are the nosy type, you can use its software to read someone else’s saved data. Plug the recovery reader into your USB port and check out your no longer loved one’s cell phone or other device’s info, even if it has been deleted. You can also use it to transfer information from one SIM card to another. At a size of 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/8-inch, the device will not work with Verizon, or some pre-paid and Nextel/Sprint 2-way phones. The Extractor is available for $149.00.
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For someone who is always on the go (or on the run,) the Runner Hub may be your answer. The 4 ports hub will work with either 1.1 or 2.0 USB, has a transfer speed of 480 Mbps, and will work with either Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, or Mac OS 8.6 or above. At a size of 100 x 60 x 123mm and a weight of 71g, the device, with its rotating connection, comes with its own USB cable. Find it at Brando for a mere $12.00.
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If you like your USB toys a bit less animated than the Tengu, you might consider the peacefulness of this little USB Owl. With a mini-weight of only 3.40kg, he blinks and rolls his eyes and rotates his head just like a real one, well almost. In case he doesn’t like just sitting on your tower or speaker, a tree-stump is provided. Pre-order this bit of wisdom for your cutesy USB creatures collection from Thumbs Up for £12.99 (~$26.00.)
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Bluelounge’s SpaceStation is a nifty little organizer for those with laptops. Rest it on its rubber pad and it will ergonomically raise the keyboard 5mm while allowing a cool flow of air. Cords will roll up into any of the parts of the case. Use the front for an iPod, the back for the laptop or camera, and the side for a scanner. We don’t want to forget the handy rail and page holder. Available in black or white, you can also position it off center for other accessories. All this and an included USB hub are yours for $79.95.
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Creator Crispin Jones was kind enough to send us a Tengu, knowing that no one can ever have enough friends, even if they are electronic ones. We nicknamed ours Monty, and from the time we plugged him into the USB port, he was instantly on, albeit asleep. No software is needed to get him to do his thing. We have a full review and video of our 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2-inch buddy awake after the jump.
(Thanks, Crispin and Mike)
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Mars Volta’s latest album, “The Bedlam in Goliath,” was released last month in a USB drive that included extras for $29.98. They have already sold out. We have mentioned the practice before and it seems to be spreading in popularity. Barenaked Ladies released Barenaked on a Stick in 2005 and since then other artists, such as JLo, have followed suit.
All Access, which put out drives by Ringo Starr and Matchbox Twenty, has gotten together with EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal Music to make USB bracelets. These have previously been sold at concerts from such musicians as Willie Nelson and the Black Crowes. If you saw the last Grammys, you might have noticed that Ringo wore one of his own. We call that free advertising at its finest.
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