You're a veteran tech geek. You build all your own systems. Your friends and family always look to you for advice when buying PC gear or gadgets. Yet there's still stuff you don't own, and don't realize you need. Now, it's true that many of you may have a couple of the items on this list. But there's likely gear here you don't have, and didn't realize you could use.
You can argue the Earth is flat or that man never really landed on the moon, but if you really want to avoid looking foolish, then don't tell anyone Intel is deliberately stalling USB 3.0 long enough for LightPeak to drive a stake in the competing transfer interface. Actually, Intel has long held that the two aren't really competitors at all, and putting its money where its mouth is, Intel went out and received SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification for its upcoming 7 Series and C216 chipset families.
Don’t let the clean, neat wires and airflow-maximized layouts of our “Build It!” projects fool you: your Maximum PC editors aren’t necessarily neat freaks – you did see “Inside The Bags of Maximum PC Editors,” right? – but we love us some efficiency. So, apparently, do the engineers at Kingmax. The company’s new UI-03 USB drive has a paper-clip-mimicking hook on the back, so you can, um, store files and collate papers on the run AT THE SAME TIME.
Hard drive prices may be skyrocketing, but USB keys are almost a dime a dozen these days. Maybe that’s why people lose them so much; apparently, folks drop memory sticks at major rail lines by the literal bucket load. Misplacing all that data doesn’t sound smart, but security vendor Sophos recently tested an auction lot of 50 lost USBs on Sydney railways, and their findings show that losing those sticks may have been a good thing after all – since most of them were riddled with malware.
Antec is willing to bend over to backwards if that's what it takes for you to be able to use those blue colored SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on your new P280 or Eleven Hundred computer case. The problem for some users is that their motherboards don't support USB 3.0. Rather than render those front panel USB 3.0 ports useless, Antec tells us it's willing to ship USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapters to P280 and Eleven Hundred case owners at no cost.
The only thing you'll be singing in the rain if you get your USB flash drive all wet and slushy is the soggy data blues. Why you would choose to wield a storage device in a downpour is a riddle we're not here to answer, but if you do fear water wrecking your data, Adata wants you to know about its new S107 USB flash drive series. These new drives are built with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and are both waterproof and shock resistant.
DisplayLink and AOC today announced the retail availability of the new e1649fwu portable USB 2.0 monitor. The display is built by AOC and powered by a DisplayLink DL-125 chip, hence the hand-holding between these two companies in introducing the display to the public. Lightweight and relatively inexpensive, the e1649fwu provides 15.6 inches of real estate with a maximum resolution of 1366x768 at 60Hz, and both the video and power are piped through USB.
Maybe you've heard of Mimo Monitors, maybe you haven't. Either way, the company that's taking credit for "ushering USB touchscreen monitors into the U.S. market" has now conjured up the "Magic Touch," a USB-driven capacitive touchscreen mini-monitor the company claims is an industry first. The Mimo Magic Touch sports a 10-inch display and a single USB 2.0 port, or two USB 2.0 ports if you spring for the deluxe model.
Wall warts are our least favorite option for charging mobile devices. They’re bulky, ugly, and no matter which angle they’re oriented, they inevitably block the adjacent outlet on the strip or on the wall. Joy Factory’s innovative Zip USB Touch-n-Go eliminates them forever. It’s a little expensive, and it’s probably bigger than it needs to be, but we dig it.
You better watch out, Xbox: your future as the dominant video game console now lies in doubt. No, there wasn’t a new announcement on the PlayStation or Wii fronts. It’s not even a resurgence in PC gaming you need to worry about. Your end lies in Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich and its ability to transform into a mobile gaming console on the fly with just a couple of cables and a gamepad.