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MicroSD card reader doubles as 16GB Thumbnail drive

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Accessories, USB, Storage

MicroSD card reader is 16GB Thumbnail drive

The other day I made a big deal over Sony’s ridiculous 2TB Memory Stick XC. Today, I am putting this tiny little microSD reader in the spotlight.  Dubbed by many as a thumbnail drive, the entire apparatus is contained within the USB connector itself.  How cool is that?

You can order it on GeekStuff4u for $150 for the 16GB model, or $35 for the 4GB.


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Mimo 710-S portable and flippable monitor

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Displays, Peripherals, USB

MIMO 710-SI don’t know what it is about the Mimo 710-S, but I just have to like it.  Maybe it’s because I could use a little portable flip-shut monitor for my laptop, even if it is 7-inches with 800x480 resolution.  Maybe it is because it attaches to my laptop easily via USB.  Actually, I think I like pretty much everything about the Mimo 710-S, except the price, which is $140.

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Logitech’s Unifying Receiver Solves a Common USB Problem

Logitech Unifying Receiver

I’m certain that many of you have the problem of too many devices and not enough USB ports.  Fortunately, is helping to solve this problem with their Unifying Receiver.  It is basically a wireless dongle that is designed to work with many new Logitech products including the K350/K340 wireless keyboard ($59.99/$49.99), as well as the Marathon Mouse M705/M505 ($69.99/$49.99).  Granted, Bluetooth could do the same thing, but those devices are a bit more expensive. We like where Logitech’s mind is at, so kudos to their forward thinking.

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Beambox MiLi universal charger with dual USB power

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Accessories, USB

Beambox MiLi

The BeamBox MiLi (not to be confused with the Beambox projector,) is a universal charger that has two ports that can power up four devices, as well as a flip out car plug.  Not only that, it comes with interchangeable US, UK, Australian, and European plug adapters and much, much more.  Not bad for a $37 device, and it comes in nine colors. 

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C100S Polycom Skype Communicator

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Accessories, USB, Internet, Peripherals

C100S Polycom Skype CommunicatorMaybe it’s the word “communicator” in the name of the Polycom 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.

Read More | Communicator C100S on Amazon

Pioneer’s Ultraslim DVR-XD09 is world’s slimmest DVD burner

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Accessories, Peripherals, Storage

Pioneer’s Ultraslim DVR-XD09 is world’s slimmest

has put out a DVD burner that is so compact, it could easily be mistaken for a CD case.  The company claims the DVR-XD09 is the most compact design yet, and includes all the usual features including reading, writing, dual-layer, as well as DVD plus and minus.  It is powered by a USB 2.0, and has top writing speeds for 8x single-layer and 6x on double-layer media.  You should be able to purchase it this month for $79.99 in August. 

Read More | Pioneer Press Release via Hot Hardware


Split Stick two-sided flash drive

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Accessories, USB, Design, Storage

Split StickI don’t know about you, but I’m pretty dependent on my flash drives.  Except for the amount of storage they hold, most of them are pretty much the same.  The Split Stick is different because it is double-sided. 

So the user gets 4GB of memory, but it is divided into two 2GB partitions, if you will.  That might be good if you want to differentiate your files, or if two people are sharing one stick.  The Split Stick is available for $19.99 in colors of orange, blue, pink, red, black, violet, grey, or green. 

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Haier America Trainer is an MP3 Player for the Physically Fit

Haier AmericaSure, MP3 Players are a dime a dozen (in variety, not price).  And sure, they usually have the same features such as loading tunes via , the FM Tuner, and small ones usually hold about 2GB worth of memory. 

In fact, the only thing that makes the Haier America Trainer stand out is the fact that it has a built-in clip, a heart-rate monitor, a pedometer, plus a stop watch.  So for those who are interested in taking tunes with their workout, you might want to give this one a try.  It is available now for a price range of about $55-65. 

Read More | CNET Reviews

Beambox Essential G2 Projector ready for pre-order

Beambox essential g2 projectorProjectors are making quite a splash in the consumer gadgets market these days, and many of them are getting smaller.  This is especially true of the Beambox Essential G2, which weighs in a mere 75 grams. 

Anything that you want to project is possible with just a USB connection, which can serve as the primary power source.  It can also hold some images and some video with 1GB worth of storage space.  The LED bulb produces 20 lumens, and will last for 30,000 hours. 

The Beambox Essential G2 can be purchase from the BeamBox site for about $250.  It comes with a mini-tripod, a remote control, as well as driver software. 

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Kingston drops a 256GB thumb drive on us, world’s first

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Storage

Kingston Datatraveler 300 256GB thumb drive

Okay, check it. We know that media consumption is growing rapidly, those torrents are flying fast and furiously, and sometimes you just want the convenience of not having to being a notebook with you. We get it. But really, there’s no excuse to drop $900 on Kingston’s DataTraveler 300 256GB thumb drive, okay? Just buy a netbook! Or four 64GB thumb drives for a fraction of the cost. These aren’t available yet in the US, so let’s hope that when they do make it over here, that price drops just a tad.

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