Linksys’ inelegantly named WUSBF54G is not just an 802.11b/g network adapter, it’s also a handy Wi-Fi finder. It’s just the ticket for frequent travelers, especially those with laptops predating 802.11g.
Every notebook user has confronted capacity issues at some point: The dinky 20GB or 40GB drive that seemed big enough when you bought your laptop fills up, and you need more storage. You could buy an external USB/FireWire drive, but then you’d have to lug it around with you. Or you could upgrade the internal hard drive in your notebook, but what would you do with the old drive?
Finding the perfect keyboard can be tricky, especially if you prefer the split “ergo” design to the traditional style—as the options for the former have become increasingly limited in recent years. Fortunately, we’ve long been able to count on Microsoft’s Natural Keyboard Pro, finding its combination of split design, traditional key layout, and integrated USB 1.0 ports superior to all others. Now it seems Microsoft’s Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 could finally replace the aged Natural Pro as our split-keyboard of choice.
The X1 makes it clear that Konica is well aware of our penchant to gravitate toward, hold, and purchase shiny objects. However, unless you care little about performance and getting the highest-quality images possible for your dollar, there are better options available.
Nikon’s D50, the company’s latest foray into the sub-$1,000 digital-SLR category, outstrips most other budget bodies in its class and kicks much point-and-shoot ass.
Much of that capability comes from the D50’s lineage. The body feels and functions like a detuned D70, which was itself a breakthrough product. The D50 sports the same imaging sensor as the more expensive D70, and delivers terrific bang for the buck.
Look into the viewfinder of a consumer-grade digital SLR and you’ll notice a startling difference compared with a film camera and the same lens: Your view is cropped, in much the same way black bars crop a widescreen movie to fit an older TV.
There’s a Mafia-style war raging around your PC. The MPEG-2 decoder card? Found face down in a Dumpster. The LAN card? Gunned down as he was leaving his social club. And no one’s seen the poor modem since he was “Hoffa’ed” in the 1990s.
We can't remember the last time we heard someone say, "What the world needs now is a good set of 3D goggles," but we're happy this apparent lack of demand didn't stop eMagin from designing the best 3D goggles we've ever tested. Technically, the Z800 3DVisor isn't a pair of goggles; rather, it's a pair of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) micro-displays that you wear on your head like eyeglasses.
1TB of storage, dual cores, and overclocking... on a Dell? When you’re the No. 1 PC manufacturer on planet Earth, it’s hard to make machines that will appeal to Auntie Wendy while fronting an attitude that appeals to gamers and the power user elite.