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.
It’s right around that time of year when we start upgrading or buying technology to get ready for back to school, and photo printers are a definite must have. When you talk about consumer class printers, one of the names that is surely high up on anyone’s rating list would be Canon, as it mixes with the best to say the least. Well, the company has just another compact photo printer ready to rock and roll – we’re talking about the Canon Selphy CP800 that will come with a new tilt LCD display apart from the innovative and fun Shuffle feature which will go some way in enhancing its ease-of-use and functionality. This will succeed where the hugely successful Canon Selphy CP780 Compact Photo Printer left off, delivering an innovative design that enables consumers to enjoy the flexibility and convenience of printing high-quality photos from just about anywhere without the need to wait in line at busy kiosks at retail locations.
The size and portability of the Canon SELPHY CP800 Compact Photo Printer will definitely surprise you where it allows you to produce instant keepsake photos from almost anywhere. A good place to use it would be at wedding receptions, where you can always print out snapshots on the spot for your guests to bring home as a memento, although the environmental impact of this act might turn away from Greenpeace activists, what with the amount of ink used when a digital photo for them as a keepsake is more than enough.
Panasonic decides to jump into the pocket camcorder fray for casual users who want quality in a highly portable device, and the result of that would be the HM-TA1 camcorder. This device is capable of shooting full High Definition video at 1920 x 1080 pixels without any hassle at all, making it ideal for on-the-go shooting opportunities. Sporting an easy-to-use design intended for intuitive operation, the TA1 will also feature an integrated USB terminal that makes your traveling lighter since there is no need to carry around another USB cable if and when you want to transfer all your digital memories onto a computer.
The pre-loaded software also makes it a snap for uploading videos to online sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook without having to go through the tedium of processing said videos beforehand. Apple computer users will also be pleased to know that the TA1 comes with Apple iFrame video format (960 x 540/30p) support, making it ideal for for Mac users to import quickly and maintain small file sizes. Apart from shooting HD video as its main diet, the HM-TA1 is no slouch when it comes to being a multi-tasker, working as a Web camera for folks who have yet to own something like this in their homes. Granted, a whole lot of notebooks and Apple MacBooks come with a built-in web camera these days, so it will probably go down well with desktop owners. All you need to do is plug it into an available USB port and you’re good to go, as the TA1 will play nice with IP-based video chat programs such as Skype.
It is extremely pocket friendly in terms of dimension (and price, which you will find out later), measuring just 2.09″ x 0.7″ x 4.09″ while tipping the scales at a mere 0.25lb, including a battery and SD memory card. Each TA1 will come with a wrist strap, making it perfect for being carried around without worries of losing it. With single-function buttons such as Power, Play, Record, Still Photo, LED Light (on/off) and Delete, even beginners are able to get straight into the middle of video recording action right out of the box. Shooting stills of up to 8-megapixels is another ability found on the TA1, making it another secondary digital camera device for your home. Out in purple, dark grey and red color options from next month onwards, the Panasonic HM-TA1 will retail for $169
Buy it here – Panasonic TA-1
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!
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
When you mention Hannspree, what goes through your head? Most people would associate the brand name with relatively expensive LCD TVs and monitors when compared to other counterparts of a similar size/viewing area, but there’s a good reason behind the premium you pay – most, if not all, Hannspree LCD TVs and monitors come in zany designs that will appeal to various people, targeting children mostly with quirky and cute designs. Well, Hannspree is back in their element yet again with their latest release, the 25″ ST251MKB 1080p Full HD LCD TV which will hit the US market, retailing for a surprisingly affordable $399.
Granted, having a screen size that measures 25″ across diagonally just won’t quite cut the mustard even when you’re watching a full High Definition movie since the display itself doesn’t have enough space to cram in all the pixels, but at least it could qualify as an impulse purchase device to surprise your kid and set up their own TV time elsewhere in the house. The 25″ ST251MKB 1080p Full HD LCD TV will be part of the company’s first line of mainstream digital TVs that fall under the ST series. And if you want one for yourself, you can definitely look forward to larger models in the near future – sometime later this year to be exact. You won’t find funny or cute animal shapes cut out around the ST series LCD TVs’ bezel, that’s for sure, as it boasts a stunning all-black design with a glossy front bezel alongside a set of key performance features that aim to appeal to today’s value and budget-conscious consumers.
IntelliScanner Corporation is no stranger to the scanner scene, having picked up numerous awards for its range of scanners and software that help organize a whole lot of stuff for busy executives. Macworld is the place where IntelliScanner decided to have its IntelliScanner mini cubed unveiled, and it comes packaged in a delectable metallic cube for easy storage. What makes the IntelliScanner mini cubed special is it offers personalized asset tags and new software features for managing home assets.
The IntelliScanner mini cubed might be small on price and size but it is big on performance. While that sounds extremely cliched, it is true – the IntelliScanner mini cubed comes with virtually everything you need to scan, organize, share and back up your collections and assets in a flash. Each purchase comes with a smart, highly portable barcode scanner coupled with equally innovative software to help you organize, search and share collections.
Seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without being tempted to buy one of those digital photo frames. And it’s funny the difference a year makes, because just last year they were *the* thing, and THIS year, the technology has had to move forward a little bit in order for them to remain competitive. So the Kejan Japan company has created an all in one digital frame that will certainly wow the crowd come Christmas morning. It is the Kejan Japan P71-A2 and it seems, there is very little that this frame CAN’T do.