Can your cufflinks store wedding photos, video clips, and MP3 files? Believe it or not, there are some that can, and they're not as tacky as you might think. Just the opposite, these USB flash drive cufflinks from Cufflinks.com are surprisingly stylish, allowing you to wear your geekdom on your sleeve.
Each cufflink comes with 2GB of USB flash storage for 4GB total and are available in gunmetal and gold finishes. They're also engravable with up to 8 characters. The downside? They're freakin' expensive. At $195 a pair (plus $8 if you have them engraved), cheapskates need not apply. That's a lot of jingle for just 4GB of storage spread across two drives, but hey, that's apparently the price you'll have to pay to walk into your next board room meeting feeling like James Bond. Imagine the oohs and ahhs as you whip off the cap and remove the USB flash drive to begin your presentation - yeah, that's pretty pimp.
For those who plan to do just that, you can nab the gunmetal ones here and the gold ones here.
Intel hasn't been in any real hurry to promote the USB 3.0 standard, instead leaving it up to hardware makers to come up with their own solutions. EVGA, perhaps best known for the company's line of graphics cards, is one of those companies ready to usher in faster USB data transfers
To help do that, EVGA today launched its EU30 PCI-E host card, which adds an additional two USB 3.0 ports to your system. It works with any available PCI-E slot, including x1, x4, x8, and x16, and once plugged in will facilitate data transfers up to 5Gbps.
The low-profile design means it will slip in nicely to your HTPC or mATX LAN box, and of course it's backwards compatible too.
Yanko Design is known for conceptual products that represent outside-the-box thinking, some of which are brilliant while others are downright outlandish. We'll let you be the judge of which category the Concrete USB thumb drive falls under.
Crafted from cemet, the capacity also represents the drive's weight in grams. These would come in three varieties, including 64GB (64g), 128GB (128g), and 256GB (256g), any of which would be enough to store a whole bunch of data and smack a would-be robber across his temple if he tries to hijack your sensitive documents.
Who knows if this will ever make it to market, but if it does, be careful not to leave it dangling from your PC's USB port where gravity would take its toll.
We're big fans of the Das Keyboard, a mechanical plank with oh-so-satisfying key action and a pair of USB ports. Adesso's latest gaming keyboard, the MKB-135B, also sports mechanical keys and two USB ports, but kicks it up a notch by tossing audio jacks into the mix.
Adesso's full size keyboard offers up the same tactile and audio response inherent with mechanical key switches and is good for up to 20 million keystrokes. In addition, the n-key rollover function permits up to 6 keys to be pressed at the same time, ensuring all your keystrokes will be registered no matter how fast you type.
On the top left is where you'll find the integrated hi-speed USB 2.0 hub, which also provides 500mA power current so you shouldn't run into trouble charging your MP3 player and other handheld devices. Next to the two USB ports are the mic and audio jacks.
We're sure somewhere out there, someone is selling a replica of the Iron Man suit worn by Tony Starks, and it probably costs a fortune. If you're a fan of Iron Man and can do without the full-body garb, the new Iron Man 2 USB flash drive by Tyme Machines might be more up your alley.
"We at Tyme Machines pride ourselves on bringing beloved characters, such as Iron Man, to life in full 3D and making them available to fans across the world," said John McDaniel, Chief Marketing Officer of Tyme Machines. "We expect the Iron Man 2 movie release to generate many more fans of this great superhero and feel we have created a product that any fan can be proud to tote around and show off."
The 3-inch drive comes in capacities ranging from 4GB to 32GB and sports the same looking Mark VI suit as in Iron Man 2, complete with the new triangular chest plate. What you don't get, however, is support for USB 3.0.
Updated 5/06/10 12:30PST to reflect Seagate comments on pricing.
Yesterday Seagate announced their new FreeAgent GoFlex line of external drives, which is actually more interesting than it sounds. Instead of a standard 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drive with a SATA-to-USB controller inside, a GoFlex drive wears its controller on the outside. The GoFlex drive is not much more than a hard drive with a minimal plastic sheath and a SATA port, into which the drive controller itself is plugged. This allows you to change out drive controllers when you upgrade your system, plug the bare drive directly into a dock (like the GoFlex Net network-storage device or GoFlex TV HD media player, or (hopefully) just plug it into your rig for SATA speed with no overhead.
The GoFlex has modular cables, so today's USB 2.0 drive can become tomorrow's USB 3.0 drive easily.
Intel hasn't had much to say about their Light Peak technology since it was first shown off at last year's Intel Developer's Forum. But now they've produced a demo laptop with the new data interconnect standard built in. In the demo, Intel fitted a standard USB cable with the Light Peak optical cables, and ran 2 HD video streams through it. The technology uses a 12mm chip at each end of the connection that converts light into computer bits.
Intel hopes that Light Peak will eventually replace USB, DisplayPort, DVI, eSATA, and HDMI. The first generation of the technology should be capable of 10Gb/sec bidirectional data transfers. The current USB 3.0 standard is capable of only 4.8Gb/sec. "We expect to increase that speed dramatically. You'll see multiple displays being served by a single Light Peak connection." said Intel's Justin Rattner.
Intel has delayed the integration of USB 3.0 technology in their chipsets until sometime next year, and many feel this is a ploy to weaken USB, making Light Peak a stronger competitor. According to Intel, Light Peak will be available to manufacturers by the end of the year. Would you be ready to jump to Light Peak for your devices?
Mvix USA builds an extensive line of home-theater PCs, so when we saw the massive antenna on its Solido USB Wi-Fi adapter, we assumed it would outperform any adapter we’ve tested in Maximum PC Lab North’s media room. As it turned out, performance only equaled the best. Where this device excels is at range.
If you’re looking for an adapter to stream media from the 5GHz radio on your dual-band router, you can quit reading now because the Solido operates on the more common 2.4GHz band only. It is, however, compatible with 802.11b, g, and n routers. If your client PC is located in an entertainment center, you’ll want to be aware that the Solido’s antenna is 6.7 inches tall; but if you’re doing that, you’ve probably left plenty of vertical space for ventilation anyway.
We don't know what kind of black magic PC Treasures and Digital Works Australia are into, but whatever it is, the two companies have conjured up a battery charger that's capable of re-juicing disposable batteries. That's wicked.
It's called the ReZap Battery Engineer and it works with both rechargeable and standard batteries. In the case of the latter, the ReZap "utilizes intelligent microprocessors and software that regulate the charging process" to keep your throwaways alive for up to 10 recharges.
"Most people are surprised to learn that they can recharge standard alkaline batteries. With the ReZap Battery Engineer, not only can you recharge them, but you can do so in an entirely safe manner. The Battery Engineer is a great way to help the environment and save a great deal of money on reduced battery purchases."
The "foolproof" charger works with up to four multiple-sized batteries (AAAA, AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, and lantern batteries), so you can mix and max and not worry about the kids filling it up incorrectly.
According to PC Treasures, the ReZap is destined for the U.S. market next month and will carry an MSRP of $60.