Yesterday marked the launch of the Apple Magic Trackpad for the first time. The device is a Bluetooth connecting trackpad very much like the trackpad on MacBook computers specifically for the desktop.
Apple has also released a new update for the Magic Trackpad and for the multi-touch trackpads on some MacBooks called update 1.0. The new update has all the software needed to operate the Magic Trackpad.
You know, I loathe me some trackpad. I mean I would rather schlep around mouse when I am working out of the office than have to use a trackpad. I'm not convinced I would like the slick looking Apple Magic Trackpad any better.
The device was unveiled today after some rumors that it was coming landing this week. The thing is an aluminum sheet covered in glass that supports multitouch like the trackpad you get on the MacBook, only for desktop users.
I have been waiting for fuel cells to hit the market so we can charge our gadgets without having to stop and plug them in. There have been plenty of prototype fuel cell chargers, but few have actually made it to the open market.
A new fuel cell that is claimed to be the first small scale hydrogen fuel cell station in the world is set to ship on August 9. The device is called the HydroFill. You put water into the tank of the device and then plug it into the wall outlet or a solar panel.
The floppy drive has gone the way of the Dodo and is rarely seen on computers today. The optical drive is still here and improvements and new features are coming to the optical drive still. These improvements are typically write speeds when burning discs.
Lite-On has announced a new internal DVD burner called the iHAS524. The burner is capable of writing to DVDs at 24x speed on compatible DVD media. That speed makes it one of the faster DVD burners around.
Hitachi has unveiled a new line of external HDDs called LifeStudio. The new drive family is aimed at the user who has lots of multimedia content they want to store and backup.
The drive claims to be the first in the industry that pulls together and organizes multimedia from a computer, connected USB device, and social media outlets. The drives also let the user upload content online without leaving the management app.
The guys at Art.Lebedev studios brought us the first keyboard to sport little display screens for the key tops with the Optimus Maximus. The company is now unveiling pictures of the new Optimus Popularis for the first time.
The little keyboard looks fantastic and has the standard QWERTY layout with a strip that shows little informational apps below the F keys. The keyboard promises a compact form factor minus a number pad.
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External drive enclosures are a great way to get use out of extra HDDs and SSDs that you have laying around taking up space. Sharkoon has announced a new enclosure that looks good and offers UDSB 3.0 connectivity.
The enclosure is called the Rapid Case and it is made from aluminum. The case supports 2.5 and 3.5-inch HDDs and can work with SSDs too. The case also works with USB 2.0 and has eSATA connectivity.
Thermaltake is a name well known by many enthusiasts. The company offers all sorts of computer cases and cooling components along with lots of other gear. The company has announced a new USB 3.0 docking station for HDDs today.
The dock is called the BlacX 5G and has USB 3.0 connectivity. The maximum transfer rate for data is 5Gbps when connected to USB 3.0 and the dock is compatible with older USB specs as well.
Scythe is probably more known for its cooling gear for computers than anything else. However, the company does offer a full line of other gear like peripherals.
Scythe has announced a new USB Foot Switch for computer users that attaches to the PC via USB and can be programmed to activate commands and actions in games or other software. The switches come in one, two, or three button setups.
Etymonic has unveiled a new line of in-ear noise canceling headset in a variety of colors. Their MC3 and M5 lines, retailing for $99 and $79 USD respectively, feature an inline control pod and a noise isolating microphone with adjustable volume for music and other things like phone calls. The top of the line MC series for $179 feature an expanded control 3-button pod that's inline with the audio cable and are designed for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
The coolest feature included for these products is the ability to get fitted for custom eartips to match your ears. Buyers can sign up for a voucher for a free visit to an audiologist who will fit your ears with a mold, then send those impressions to a lab "where your impressions will become custom-molded, Etymotic-compatible eartips." The custom eartips will set you back $100 USD and carry a one year warranty. This program starts July 1st and is available for all Etymonic products.
Video conferencing has been on TV for a while now, it seems like every show on the air today has video conferencing that they use at one point or another. Many businesses are using video conferencing to save money rather than flying people in for meetings.
LG and LifeSize have teamed up on the new LG Executive Video Conferencing System that was unveiled today. The system uses LifeSize's HD communications suite and LG hardware. The screen of the system is a 24-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution screen.
Logitech makes some of the best peripherals on the market for gamers and general computer users ranging from mice to keyboards and speakers. The company is well known for its webcams as well. Today Logitech has announced some new HD resolution webcams.
The new cams include the HD Pro Webcam C910 ($99.99) with the ability to record in 1080p resolution and to make 720p video calls. The device has two mics for clarity with one on each side of the lens and is 25mm deep. The HD Webcam C510 ($59.99) is a foldable device designed for use on the go that can rotate 360-degrees. Logitech also unveiled affordable C310 ($49.99) and C270 ($39.99) models.
You won't find it hard to spot one of these mice on the shelf. Mad Catz has just started shipping its R.A.T. 5 and 7 mice to stores worldwide which are clearly aimed at the enthusiast who's all for outrageously loud designs. These things look like they've been manufactured on the planet Cybertron.
Anytime I have to work on a notebook for a long period of time, I end up changing to a normal mouse because I hate trackpads. I can live with most notebook keyboards, but I can't live with the trackpad.
Apple is apparently figuring that there are a lot of folks out there who would prefer to use a trackpad over a mouse even on their desktop computers. Apple is rumored to be unveiling a new device called the Magic Trackpad today.
There are lots of reasons why a computer use might need to work a keyboard one handed, some of which we won't mention here. A developer named Matt Daughtrey needed a one handed keyboard after arm surgery on his left arm
The dude put some ingenuity into the problem and used a few items like Sugru, ShapeLock, and a wireless keyboard to create a system that lets him type on the right side of the keyboard for both right and left-handed keys.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - During our stop at Cooler Master we caught up with a guy by the name of TERRY who spent some time introducing us to CM Storm's latest and greatest gaming mouse called the Inferno.
This is a new gaming mouse that is due to come out by the end of this month and it was designed heavily with MMORPGers in mind. Besides looking the part in its very stylish black dress, it has no less than 11 programmable buttons that are also very scriptable too.
The mouse will also ship with accompanying software that allows users to go in and setup combo scripts that perform certain function in game real quickly, as opposed to trying to do it the slow old fashioned way. It was also mentioned off camera that professionals could also use the gaming software to have certain scripts run in applications like Excel and others.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Walking around the show floor today we spotted a company that we hadn't heard of until now called ADOMAX Technology and this Taiwanese company specializes in producing unique mice and keyboards as well as HD web cameras.
During our stop at their booth we got an introduction firstly to their touch keyboard prototype. It's a product unlike many others that doesn't use keys like on a normal keyboard, but instead relies on touch. It also comes with a touch sensitive mouse area meaning it would be rather suitable say in the lounge room for instance where you only want one device to handle input on your TV. ADOMAX mentioned that its target audience will be for consumers with PS3 gaming consoles and those who watch TV on their computers. Unfortunately the sample we saw today was only a mockup as the product is still in the development stage, but we will be interested to try it out when it goes on sale later this year.
Similarly we were also introduced to another touch input product, this time the ADOMAX touch mouse. This sort of technology is similar to the Apple Magic Mouse for Mac computers, but this difference with this one is that it not only works on Macs, but also Windows 7 and Vista machines.
Get an early look at both products above in the video.
HP has pulled the wraps off a trio of new LCD monitors for computer users that are all under $200. The screens include the new S2031, 2010i, and S2231.
The S2031 is a 20-inch widescreen LCD that has a 1600 x 900 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 200 nits of brightness. The LCD has VGA and DVI inputs and sells for $159.99. The 2010i is a 20-inch widescreen with the same resolution and contrast ration but 250 nits of brightness. It also sports integrated speakers and an adjustable stand for $179.99.
Logitech has been thinking very colorfully and has just re-launched a lot of its most popular and affordable peripherals (beginning with mice) that use very bright and loud colour schemes.
Logitech calls the new line-up the "Fantasy Collection". Products in this collection are available in a large range of color options, including Fleur Dark, Blue Swirl and Pink Balance just to name a few.
Logitech is now advertising M305 and M310 mice in a wide range of colour schemes at the Fantasy Store.
When it comes to lots of typing and gaming many gamers and computer users prefer keys that are very clicky and have lots of tactile feel and feedback. Unfortunately, old style mechanical keyboards are rare today.
Adesso has announced a new keyboard aimed at gamers that use mechanical keys for clicky sound and good typing feel. The keyboard is full-size with 104 keys and it is called the MKB-135B. The keys are rated for 20 million presses.