It doesn't matter that the newly announced Apple iPad tablet won't be available for another two months (three months for the 3G models), vendors have no intention of waiting to cash in on what's destined to be a hot selling product.
Take iLuv, for example, who on Thursday unveiled a new line of colorful cases and sleeves. For $20, the company is selling water resistant neoprene sleeves for the iPad available in a variety of colors and graphic designs, but that's not all. iLuv has whipped up an assortment of iPad products, including a line of silicone cases ($25), flexi-clear cases with dot wave patterns ($30), ultra-thin cases with Tatz graphics ($35), fabric cases, leather cases, protective films, and more. Check out their full line of iPad accessories here.
iLuv isn't the only one ready to cash in on the iPad craze. Kroo also recently announced a variety of iPad cases under the company's Melrose, Glove, Envelope, Milan, and Cube series.
As we get closer to March 27th, the day the iPad becomes available, expect to see a lot more companies come out of the woodworks toting their Apple tablet wares.
The wired Xbox 360 controller has long been the de-facto PC gamepad, but Razer's recently announced Onza gamepad may soon replace it. We got to play with one of four prototypes at this year's CES, which was connected to an Xbox 360 running Halo 3. But Razer's first console peripheral will also work as a programmable PC gamepad. At an expected MSRP of $50, it's a little more expensive than the wired 360 controller (which is listed at $40 but sells for $30 on Amazon).
But as the following photos show, the Onza has two unique features that justifies its price.
Saitek and Mad Catz have teamed up to create a next generation flight stick, but with a $400 price tag, and more buttons than a stealth bomber, only the most hardcore flight sim fans need apply. The X65F itself more closely mirrors the controls of a modern military aircraft because it responds to applied pressure, while still remaining fixed to the base.
The boys over at ars technica describe the feel of the X65F as “a heavy piece of metal in your hand- you won’t have to worry about keeping the stick steady or moving it around while you play-and after a while it simply feels as if the controls are reacting to your thoughts”.
This sounds like a great investment for PC flight sim fans, but with the death of the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, one wonders how big the market for this really is. It’s not like most people are going to be using this with Hawx are they?
It was beginning to look like you kids raised on your fancy digital cameras with touchscreen LCD displays would never know what it's like to snap a pic and have a hard copy in your hand seconds later. If that sounds at all exciting, then set aside your Nikon CoolPix and get ready for Polaroid's PIC 1000, a rejuvenated version of the now archaic OneStep camera.
Made possible through a "strategic relationship with Summit Global Group, a longtime Polaroid partner, and The Impossible Project, the manufacturer of classic film for Polaroid film cameras," the PIC 1000 will come in a range of "fun colors" (including a 70s wooden throwback) and use that familiar Polaroid Color 600 Instant Film. Yes, the same film that also works in your retired classic Polaroid.
No word yet on price, but look for the comeback-cam at national retailers sometime this year.
For those of you not digging the photo flashback, Polaroid also announced its newest ZINK-enabled shooter, the Instant Digital Camera. This one sports a 12MP sensor and 3x4-inch prints.
Enermax today confirmed plans to start shipping its ultra-thin 'Acrylux' keyboard to the U.S. next month. The keyboard, which is already available in Europe, will come in both wired and wireless varieties.
Unlike other slim keyboards "that only achieve their slimness by sacrificing the wrist rest and thus typing comfort," Enermax points out that its Acrylux features a full wrist rest with a profile of only 9.2mm.
In addition to its svelte stature, the Acrylux comes built with reinforced acryl. Other features include a 2-port USB 2.0 high-speed hub, flat key caps and zero degree angle, and "SCISSORS" key switch technology, which Enermax claims offers comfortable typing for up to 10 million keystrokes.
No word yet on price, but based on the going rate in Europe, look for the Acrylux to command $65 for the wired version, and $85 for the 2.4GHz RF wireless model.
Remember the OpenOffice mouse with an insane amount of buttons? The funky peripheral was designed with the help of WarMouse, a UK company who today announced the "18-button freak" will now be known as the WarMouse Meta.
"We were frankly shocked by the overwhelming response to our original announcement of the mouse," said Theodore Beale, Lead Designer at WarMouse, "We sent out three emails and ended up getting three million hits on our website that weekend; no one seemed to believe an 18-button mouse with a joystick could be anything but a joke. But it's real, it's brutal, and it's going to fundamentally change what people expect of their input devices."
The freakish rodent has apparently also been upgraded with a 5600 CPI (counts per inch) laser sensor. It also looks a little different and now sports a black color scheme with gray buttons instead of the white on light-white design previously depicted.
But is it just too much? Beale doesn't think so, who acknowledged that some feel that the Meta is "insane," but says "there are many gamers and power users who want to be able to do more than storke their mouse with two fingers."
The Meta is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, and will retail for $75 in the first quarter of 2010.
The "U" in USB stands for "Universal", and no other I/O port does so much for so many computer users as USB. From providing a home for keyboards and mice to driving printers, scanners, all-in-one units, and providing access to terabytes of storage and the Internet, USB ports do it all. That also means that USB-related problems can cripple your PC, leaving it unable to access storage, input, and output devices.
Tracking down the causes of USB-related woes can be difficult, but in this article, we show you the common and uncommon causes for USB problems – and their solutions.
The wait is over, assuming you've been waiting all year for WowWee's Cinemin Swivel pico projector that was first shown off at CES 2009 in January.
Previously available for pre-order in the U.S. and Europe, the projector is now in stock at Amazon.com for a little under $300. What the three Benjamins gets you in return is a pocket sized projector that swivels on a 90-degree hinge. According to the manufacturer, the Cinemin can beam a "crisp" 60-inch image from over 8 feet away.
At the heart of the Cinemin is Texas Instruments' DLP projection technology. The projector boasts a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 8 ANSI lumens, an LED light source, and up 135 minutes battery life with a 180-minute recharge time.
So what's the verdict - would you pay $300 for this thing? Hit the jump and sound off!
At first glance, Logitech’s new G500 mouse looks like yesterday’s model. Its chassis is almost identical to the classic G5, which was in turn a slight redesign of the MX510/518 series. The G500 takes the classic hump design of the MX510/518 and updates the sensor with one similar to the sensor used in the newer G9x line of mice. That’s very nice.
When we say the same laser sensor as the G9x, we really mean that Logitech included an ever-so-slightly upgraded version of the G9x’s sensor. The G500’s adjustable sensor lets you select a setting from 200–5,700dpi, while the G9x limits you to 200–5,000dpi. This isn’t really a significant upgrade, as even the 5,000dpi setting is unplayable outside the small subset of games that let you set an incredibly low sensitivity. Still, we love the silky-smooth action of this mouse.
For the most part, Klipsch bowed out of the multimedia computer speaker market a long time ago, leaving behind a rabid fan base hoping it would one day return. That day has come, sort of. Klipsch is back and has brought with it a new 2.1 speaker-set, or more accurately, a new twist on an existing 2.1 setup.
It's hard to believe Klipsch's original ProMedia 2.1 speakers have been around for almost a decade. The new ProMedia 2.1 Wireless purports to look and sound like the THX-certified original, only this time without the wires. Replacing them is a USB wireless transmitter that plugs into your notebook's USB port.
"Only a few simple steps are required to get the ProMedia Wireless up and running. Just plug, play, and enjoy the full sonic impact of your music, movies, and games without being tied down, "said Don Inmon, Klipsch director of product development for personal audio. "No router or installation software is needed."
Klipsch says the wireless range extends about 30 feet in a single room, making it deal for dorm rooms, offices, living rooms, or anywhere else you might tote your notebook.