Let there be light – at least, that is what you will be saying to yourself when you bring home your new wireless keyboard by Logitech. Why so, you ask? Well, this is the first device of its kind – it is a light powered keyboard. This unique peripheral will juice itself up whenever there is light, even when indoors (so you don’t have to bake yourself and get a nasty tan when using your computer), doing away with battery hassles of the past. Being the next big innovation where keyboard technology is concerned, even when you leave the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 in total darkness, it has enough juice to work for up to 3 months before requiring some sunshine to replenish its reserves. To make it all the more greener, the K750 is also PVC-free when it comes to its construction, boasting a fully recyclable packaging in the process in order to minimize its footprint. There is an integrated solar panel to collect all forms of light, so you won’t need to worry about toting around power bricks or additional charging cables.
From November 15th onwards, you can download a solar power app which is a lux meter that helps you obtain the necessary light to keep it going, making it a snap to retrieve essential information concerning battery levels at a glance, while being alerted whenever its juice starts to run low. Logitech’s first solar keyboard can also be powered via indoor light, while an integrated power-indicator light does away with any surprises. It measures a mere 1/3-inch thick, and looks pretty good with its rounded edges and thin profile. Boasting Logitech Incurve keys, its concave design will support the shape of your fingertips, while helping guide your fingers to the right keys. Connected wirelessly via 2.4GHz technology, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is tipped to hit the US and Europe this month for $79.99.
Targus is a name synonymous with notebook accessories, and now the company is proud to announce that they have a new range of smallest, lightest notebook as well as portable device chargers in the market. Yes sir, you can go check out their claim by perusing through the products that they have on offer, where these latest offerings would be ideal for travel with the ability to charge multiple devices simultaneously regardless of whether you are at home, in the office, on the road, in an airplane, boat or car. The new range of notebook chargers were specially designed to be versatile as well as eco-friendly, and when coupled with the Tips from Targus program, these chargers are able to be upgraded to work with other mobile devices in the household, as well as new notebooks that you bring home along the way down the road without any additional charge (although you will need to fork out your own dough for shipping and handling fees). Apart from that, the product was designed with next generation technology, which means they are a whole lot smaller in size, offering a flexible, modular platform for different types of usage modes and charging needs. You will be pleased to know that the AC cord is removed, hence reducing bulk when traveling, while the power adapter itself remains out of the way when used. This results in using up to 60% less materials to build and package compared to adapters of today, making it the most eco friendly power adapter on the market today. And though the new Targus line is rather complete and has something for every Notebook user, it is the premium laptop charger APM69CA that is catching everyone’s attention. Half the size and weight of typical AC/DC charger, the Targus Premium Laptop Charger includes nine laptop tips, one mini-USB tip and one iPad/iPhone/iPod/iTouch charging tip. Included with the AC charger is a separate DC charger that plugs directly into a cigarette lighter and also charges two devices simultaneously. The AC charger features an integrated rotating plug, which allows the charger to sit vertically into a power strip without blocking other outlets. The Premium Laptop Charger, which includes both the AC and DC chargers is available for an MSRP of $159.99 and supports virtually all leading brands of laptops. Check out Targus.com for lower priced models or other chargers that may work better for you. You will be happy to see that all of these will ship with a 2-year limited warranty, which ought to be long enough for most folks.
Buy it here – Targus Premium Laptop Charger
Having a portable hard drive or external hard disk these days seem to be the trend, and we are not surprised to see Toshiba join the game with their latest Canvio line. What makes the Canvio special is the spacious amount of storage made available, where you will be able to find a size to fit just about any budget. Available in four capacities – 500GB, 640GB, 750GB and a maximum of 1TB, the Canvio should be able to satisfy most ordinary working folks like you and I, especially when most of us would use it to store our favorite collection of digital photos and videos, movies, songs as well as precious work data. Toshiba designed and introduced the Canvio portable hard drive for consumers to protect their digital memories via an uncomplicated and regular practice. It is extremely easy to use thanks to a plug-and-play operation that won’t require you to earn a degree in rocket science, offering customizable options as well for tech-savvy users.
Since it would be a bummer to see the Canvio come in just one color, Toshiba decided to lighten up the mood with five different colors for you to choose from, where 1TB of storage space can hold a purported 285,000 digital photos, 263,000 digital music files, or 820 digital movies – feel free to knock yourself out. Physically, it is smaller than a postcard and tips the scales at a mere 6 ounces, making it a non-existent strain on your shoulders whenever you tote it around on your travels. Thanks to the aforementioned “set-it-and-forget-it” operation, the Canvio can back up a computer when it is still in operation regularly and automatically, which would come in handy for most folks who usually can’t be bothered to do so themselves.
Apart from that, it also ships with the easy-to-use Windows-based NTI BackupNow EZ software that has been specially updated to feature better search capabilities and simpler step-by-step restore functionality to retrieve lost files. The five colors that you can choose from are Raven Black, Satin Silver, Liquid Blue, Rocket Red and Komodo Green. Depending on the storage size of your choice, you will have to fork out anywhere from $119.99 to $199.99 for the 1TB Canvio Plus portable hard drive.
Mention Netgear and chances are pretty good that networking devices come into your mind, be they routers to switches and hubs. Well, the company just announced two more next-generation HomePlug AV-certified powerline kits in the form of the compact NETGEAR Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5001) and the Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5501) with a filtered “pass-through” power socket. Theoretically, both of these devices are speed demons, capable of hitting speeds of up to 500Mbps, but we know that in real life things are a whole lot more different, what with interference and other niggling problems that bring the figure down to a more realistic level. Apart from that, both Powerline kits are able to offer whole-home coverage and groundbreaking throughput that have no rival to this day. Expect to find the latest in technological innovations within both devices, where they were specially designed to play nice with the draft international IEEE P1901 Powerline standard. Apart from that, they are able to offer greater speeds for bandwidth-hungry applications including lag-free Internet gaming, Voice over IP (VoIP), large file transfers to networked devices, and for home theater enthusiasts, even simultaneous 1080p HD video streaming to multiple TVs throughout the entire home.
You will be able to spot the NETGEAR Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5001) easily thanks to its relatively compact form factor which is smaller than your regular deck of cards, and up to 50% more compact compared to its market rivals. Perfect for those who are looking for a Powerline device that won’t block an open power outlet when plugged in. As for the HomePlug-certified Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5501), it has the similar performance and design benefits as the Powerline 500 AV Adapter Kit, but you get a cutting-edge integrated filtered power socket for “pass-through” capability as well to ensure an existing wall power socket with the adapter is not cannibalized. No idea on pricing, but they will be out later this year, so stay tuned!
Targus is back with a bang this new year by unveiling a new range of laptop chargers that were specially designed to be versatile as well as eco-friendly. When coupled with the Tips from Targus program, these chargers are able to be upgraded so that they can play nice with a range of other mobile devices within the household, as well as future laptops that you bring back at no additional charge (although shipping and handling fees do apply). Apart from that, Targus looks into the future with a next generation technology design that will dramatically reduce its size while providing a flexible, modular platform for a range of usage modes and charging needs. One strong point with their range would be doing away with the AC cord that further reduces bulk when traveling, while keeping the power adapter to be out of the way whenever you are using your machine at home or at the office. Requiring just 40% of the original materials to build and package current adapters, it also fits the eco friendly category quite nicely as well. Targus is touting the fact that one device replaces a half dozen, making them the lightest, most efficient and most compact device of their kind on the market. Without further ado, they are the Targus Premium Laptop Charger (AC/DC), the Targus Compact Laptop Charger, the Targus Netbook Charger and the Targus Mobile Laptop Charger. The Targus Premium Laptop Charger (AC/DC) is half the size and weight of typical AC/DC charger, while offering nine laptop tips to help you get started right out of the box. Apart from that, you get one mini-USB tip and one iPhone/iPod/iTouch tip. A separate DC charger is also thrown into the mix, where you can hook it up straight to a cigarette lighter while juicing a couple of devices simultaneously. You can pick this up for $149.99 a pop. As for the Targus Compact Laptop Charger (AC), it is suitable for majority of laptops out there as well as low-power devices, with the APA6911US playing nice with most HP, Compaq, Acer, Asus, Gateway and Fujitsu laptops. As for the APA6922US, this one caters more to Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, IBM and Panasonic laptops. Both models will include a mini-USB charger that caters for low-power devices including your BlackBerry or Apple products. Expect these Compact Laptop Chargers to retail for $89.99 The Targus Netbook Charger (AC) on the other hand is touted to be the “most versatile netbook charger on the market today”, where you can bring this $89.99 puppy home if you happen to own a netbook from the following leading manufacturers – Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, MSI and Samsung. Each purchase will come with a 2-year limited warranty for added peace of mind. Guess regardless of what kind of user you are, there seems to be a laptop charger for everyone from Targus.
Buy it here – Targus Universal Notebook Charger
IPEVO is well known for their range of VoIP devices, especially those that function in tandem with Skype. Well, the company’s back at CES 2010 yet again with their latest release known as the Tubular. The Tubular comprises of a couple of three-watt speakers which can be hooked for two-way stereo sound. Apart from that, you can also live out the wireless lifestyle since Tubular is Bluetooth-enabled, where it can be used with just about any Bluetooth-enabled music player. This would mean PCs, notebooks, netbooks, cellphones and iPods are fair game to the IPEVO Tubular Wireless Speakers. It is pretty evident where the Tubular receive its name from – via the special design of its interlocking left and right speakers. Both speakers can be locked together in a tube shape, and when they are required to see action, they are easily separated. Rejoining them does not require any rocket science – all you need is a gentle twist and you’re good to go. Featuring a lightweight, compact and modern design, the speakers are highly portable as we’re pretty sure you can always make more room in your luggage to tote around another 9.5 ounces of items.
Bluetooth pairing might get a little bit tricky for first timers, and it would be best to have an experienced hand guide you through it. The multifunction button on the primary speaker helps you achieve a Bluetooth connection, in which it also doubles up as an On/Off button, with a couple of other separate buttons for volume control. When paired with selected Bluetooth devices, all three buttons can also function as a method of navigation through tracks while performing play and pause functions. It features standard Bluetooth performance boundaries including the 10 meter radius, but goes one up as you can use your own portable media player as the remote control. Capable of running up to 8 hours on a single charge with a standby time of up to 100 hours, the Tubular Wireless Speakers from IPEVO will retail for $79.
Buy it here – IPEVO Tubular Wireless Speakers
Saving space seems to be all the rage these days, thanks to the miniaturization of devices and machines around us. Take a look at your cellphone – it probably packs in a much faster processor compared to your desktop a few years back, right? The desktop PC has also quietly undergone its own revolution, with nettops making more and more of a presence (or nuisance, depending on how you look at it) while all-in-one PCs are also catching up in popularity simply because most of them are aesthetically pleasing while packing enough punch to deliver the processing power required for basic computing tasks such as surfing, checking e-mail as well as the occasional spot of casual gaming. The latest all-in-one PC to hit the market would be the Wind Top AE2220 from MSI, where it is now available Stateside as MSI’s flagship model in this department. The AE2220 extends the award-winning Wind Top line with new levels of performance, usability, energy-efficiency, and functionality in an affordable, stylish and eco-friendly design for today’s PC-centric families. You will get a 21.5″ screen with 16:9 widescreen display, full HD (1080p) resolution and high-fidelity 5.1-channel SRS Premium Sound to get you drooling even if it is still in its box. Meant to offer home users with theater-like multimedia entertainment, the inclusion of NVIDIA ION graphics certainly helps its cause in that department, while you can choose from the latest Intel Core 2 Duo/Pentium Dual Core processors for all your processing power needs. This would mean it is able to run HD movies effortlessly, alongside resource-hungry applications and sophisticated 3D games without batting an eyelid. As for connectivity options, the AE2220 comes with VGA and HDMI input ports, letting it function as the primary home computer, TV or a widescreen display device for video-capable devices including game consoles.
Blockbuster Inc. will further expand its horizons when it comes to the range of consumer electronics on offer in its stores, as the company has recently unveiled news that they will be selling a netbook as well across a thousand Blockbuster stores throughout the US. These netbooks are targeted to provide consumers with a way to access entertainment regardless of where they are (thought that was already made possible with the iPod many, many moons ago), where the netbook in question would be the Archos 10 developed by none other than the namesake itself, Archos.
The Archos 10 will take the best from Archos’ capabilities when it comes to manufacturing quality portable media players, throwing in additional computing power with an emphasis on mobility, connectivity and multi-media capabilities in a single device. All Archos 10 netbooks sold from Blockbuster will come with an embedded link to www.blockbuster.com. Blockbuster has priced the Archos 10 netbook at a mere $299, which is considerably cheaper than other netbooks in the market although we will have to take a look atthe specifications to see whether the price is justified or not. We do know that the Archos 10 will tip the scales at no more than 2.8 pounds, where it will be powered by an Intel Atom processor, featuring a 10″ ultra-bright LED display, a small keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity, 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard drive, an integrated webcam, all the while running on Windows XP Home with applications such as Lotus Symphony, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer, parental controls, virus protection and multi-media applications all pre-installed for instant out-of-the-box use.
Buy it HERE – ARCHOS 10.2-Inch Black Netbook
Unfortunately we live in a day and age where online security has become a household term, and something we need to worry about quite a bit. It seems to be next to impossible to protect our online identities, and with password keepers being so frequently used, we put ourselves at risk every day. For those of us that are on our laptops 12 hours a day plus, it can be very convenient to use those cookie savers that keep your password stored so that those sites you visit each and every day are just a click away.
These same cookie savers are very handy for not having to remember passwords either, but if your machine ever gets stolen, you could be looking at becoming a victim of today’s hottest crime – identify theft. The folks at Lenovo realize this is a common concern, and have as such provided a Think Pad with its own built in security system.
Well, it’s not like George Lucas really needs the extra cash, but when you have a demographic that will latch onto any and every marketing plan for the Star Wars theme, you have to make the most of it. And, as the decades progress, so do the marketing plans of the Star Wars merchandisers. This time with the progression of technology in a gadget geared to be a USB hub that sits on your desktop. Yes, we can all use an extra USB port every now and again, and these gadgets will provide an extra 4 ports for your computer use. And yes, they will take up some real estate on your desk top, but hey, if you’re a Star Wars fan, they will be too cool for you to care about desk space.