Why lug around a USB 2.0 flash drive when you could slip a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 stick onto your keychain? Oh, your PC isn't equipped with a USB 3.0 port? Point taken as we shake an angry fist at Intel and AMD. Still, at some point USB 3.0 ports will become commonplace, so if you're the type that likes to think ahead, a USB drive like Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 (DTU30G2) is about as future proof as you can get at the moment.
Lexar Media decided to kick things up a notch with its media card reader line by introducing a new model capable of reading faster cards and thrusting data through the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. And as its name would imply, the new Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader supports two cards at once for card-to-card file transfers.
Sure, that USB drive in the shape of a panda bear is cute, but can it protect your data from evil forces roaming the universe with nothing better to do than stir up trouble? Maybe Mimoco's new line of Green Lantern USB drives can. We don't know if these new thumb drives contain any special powers, but they do have something your current USB drive doesn't.
A wireless mouse solves one problem while simultaneously introducing another, and it's up to you to decide if cutting the cord (and maybe a bit of clutter) is worth the trade-off of giving up a USB port for the wireless receiver. HP's engineers didn't think so, but rather than throw in the towel, they went and developed the new HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse, the first mouse to connect quickly and easily without a USB dongle using a PC's built-in Wi-Fi receiver. Genius!
Case designer NZXT also dabbles in related peripherals, like power supplies, cables, case fans, and fan controllers. The company's latest product -- Sentry Mesh -- is another fan controller, but unlike previous ones in NZXT's lineup, this one is intended to blend in with the growing number of cases sporting a mesh facade.
Most laptop bags are designed to help you transport your portable PC and all of its accessories from point A to point B, while offering basic protection from the elements. Not G-Form's Extreme Sleeve for Laptops. This rugged sleeve has one goal in mind: to protect your laptop from impact unlike any other sleeve on the market. It's made from the same material as G-Form's Extreme Sleeve for iPad, in which the company demonstrated how it was able to withstand being dropped 500 feet from an airplane, and even having a 12-pound bowling ball come crashing down on it.
Plextor shared all the right connections with its sleek and sexy PX-LB950UE Blu-ray burner to be a player in the optical game. This external BD writer boasts 12x recording (BD-R), a low vibration system to prevent screwing up pricey BD media, an 8MB buffer, LightScribe support, and both SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and eSATA hookups.
We're a bit skeptical when it comes to concept keyboards shipping on time. That's what happens when you get strung along with numerous delays and excuses, as was the case with Art Lebedev Studio's Optimus Maximums OLED keyboard, which finally shipped long after its original promised launch date. Now we're being told that a company called Minebea is prepping its totally flat "Cool Leaf" concept keyboard for a May 13, 2011 release. With all due respect, we'll believe it when we see it.
Fallout from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan continue to rock the tech industry with delays for one reason or another. From damaged facilities to disruptions in power, parts just aren't getting from point A to point B, and who knows how long it will be until things are back to normal. But these aren't the only problems. Now we're hearing that a shortage of industrial gases has forced Sharp to halt production of some LCD panels.
Klipsch is one of those names that takes us back to a different era, to a time when home audio on the PC was all the rage. Companies like Creative freed us from the shackles of crappy onboard audio, while Klipsch played a big role in bringing true multimedia speakers to the desktop. Klipsch's ProMedia speaker line duked it out with Logitech for both 2.1 and 5.1 supremacy, and then in the blink of an eye, Klipsch declared its work was done and pretty much stopped making speakers for the PC. Well, Klipsch is back, but this time the company is touting its first ever pair of gaming headphones.