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Notebooks of all brands and in all price ranges have featured the small little rectangular hole on the case for years now that is specifically designed for Kensington locks. These locks use cables attached to the desk or another object that is hard or impossible for a thief to make off with. Kensington has unveiled the latest generation of notebook locks that still makes use of the port that is on notebooks today.
The new lock is called the ClickSafe and it has a separate portion that plugs into the port on a notebook whereas the older lock design had the portion that connects to the notebook built into the lock itself. Once the separate ClickSafe nub is placed into the notebooks Kensington port, the ClickSafe lock can simply be clicked onto the port for fast security when the user needs to walk away from their notebook.
If you are lucky, your computer may have one or two USB 3.0 ports. My desktop only has a single USB 3.0 port and then has a few USB 2.0 ports as well. It's still common for notebooks and netbooks to only offer a single USB 3.0 port and this can be a big issue for you if you have an external HDD that uses USB 3.0 and a flash drive that supports the faster interface as well.
Trendnet has unveiled a new USB 3.0 hub that adds additional ports to any computer. The hub has four ports on it and needs one of your ports for connectivity to your computer. That means you get a net extra of three USB 3.0 ports. That should be enough to allow you to connect more USB 3.0 devices to your computer, assuming those devices aren't so fat that they block the port beside whatever you are plugging in.
I often work from my netbook when I travel and the worst thing about the little machine is that it lacks an optical drive. I still get handed CDs and DVDs with information on them that I can't access on the little machine. There are also many ultraportable notebooks on the market that lack optical drives as well. This is an issue for many users who want to watch movies and be able to access software and other content on discs.
Samsung has unveiled a new and very portable external DVD drive that can burn to CD and DVD media at fast speeds, and is small enough to fit in most any laptop bag or briefcase. The little optical drive is called the SE-S084F DVD Writer. It has WriteMaster technology for multitasking on the PC and high-speed media writing on slower computers. The machine also has Buffer Under Run Tech to prevent errors.
When it comes to high quality, gaming mice there are really only two companies that your average gamer looks to. Those companies include Logitech and Razer. Razer has some great gaming products, but its mice aren't exactly known for lots of bling or style. A Razer mouse tends to be black with some LED lighting thrown in to spice up the design. Razer has announced a couple special editions of its Naga MMO mouse that are very colorful.
The special editions include the Naga Maelstrom and the Naga Molten gaming mice. The Maelstrom mouse has a colorful swirl effect on it that looks sort of like a spiral galaxy to me. The better looking one in my opinion is the Molten version with a cracked red and orange lava design. The Maelstrom version also has blue lighting for the buttons and scroll wheel while the Molten has red lighting.
Microsoft has been in the peripheral business for a long time. The company now makes some decent gear for gamers with gaming keyboards and mice. The majority of the peripherals that Microsoft offers are for general computer users with a notebook or desktop. A full line of notebook mice from Microsoft has been around for a long time and the company has unveiled a new special edition of its Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 to raise money for breast cancer.
The mouse is the same as the other version of the WMM4000 that has been around for a while now. It has 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and uses a nano transceiver that can be left plugged into a notebook during transit. The mouse uses the Microsoft BlueTrack sensor for better tracking on a variety of surfaces. I have used BlueTrack mice before and they work very well on anything other than a mirror.
Power strips are something that just about every computer user has a few of around the house or office. There are a number of green power strips on the market today that use a switch to turn off all the power to connected devices when not needed. There are also some that are on timers to turn things off at specific times to save power.
A new power strip called the HiSaver has turned up that uses motion sensing technology to determine when no one is in the room and turn off your gear. The power strip has a motion sensing box that sits on the desk. When it senses no one in the room it waits ten more minutes and then shuts devices attached to three power saving outlets off. The device has one outlet that is always on.
Today SteelSeries announced the SteelSeries Shift gaming keyboard.
From SteelSeries CEO, Bruce Hawver, he has the following to say:
"The Shift redefines what it means to gamers when they hear a keyboard can be fully customized. Starting with its solid outside appearance, the Shift adapts to games through interchangeable keysets with pre-defined mods and common commands. Players, whether at the professional level or learning a new blockbuster title, will be able to create multiple layers of macros for every key and fully remap every key on the entire keyboard. Ultimately, the Shift can reduce reaction time in First Person Shooters, it can increase Actions Per Minute in Real Time Strategy titles and it can do advanced macros (including timed delays) in Massive Multiplayer Online games."
"With the introduction of the SteelSeries Shift, we're able to bring another unique and powerful gaming tool to consumers, said SteelSeries CEO, Bruce Hawver. "The Shift greatly expands the functionality and concept of the original Zboard, which joined our product line in 2008 as a result of our acquisition of Ideazon, with new SteelSeries features that will provide gamers with a keyboard experience that can be customized for all types of games. As we bring the SteelSeries Shift to market, we are continuing to work with the best developers and publishers in the games industry to offer player's unique layouts and functionalities that will enhance their entire gaming experience."
Buffalo makes all sorts of computer peripherals like external storage and optical drives. With the USB 3.0 port now becoming more common on many computers that are available, it makes sense that we would see more peripherals that use USB 3.0 coming to the market as well. Most of the USB 3.0 stuff so far has been external storage like HDDs. Buffalo has unveiled a new Blu-ray drive that uses the USB 3.0 port.
The faster connectivity offered by the USB 3.0 port does the same thing for the Blu-ray drive that it does for external HDDs with faster data transfers. The Buffalo USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive burns discs at 12x on single layer BDRs. The drive can also burn just about every other optical disc format as well including CD and DVD media.
When it comes to typing on some devices like smartphones and tablets that lack a physical keyboard the process can be tedious for some users who want real keys, not virtual ones. If you use an iPad, iPhone, or an Android device a new keyboard is on the way from a company called Cervantes Mobile. The keyboard is dubbed the Jorno and is wireless.
The keyboard is specifically noted to work with Android devices, the iPhone, and iPad, but considering the thing uses Bluetooth I would bet more devices than those noted would support the thing. The folding keyboard has a QWERTY layout and when it is laid flat, it is rigid. The keyboard should make it easier for some users to type.
Mac and Windows users alike have to find some way to keep their desks organized when they are working. With a mouse, keyboard, media remotes, speakers, and other gear on your desk things can get very crowded if you don't keep organized. A company called Combine Collective has announced three different wooden keyboard trays for Mac users.
The trays are made from black walnut wood and are handmade in Canada. There are three versions of the tray and all of them are built with the same methods. The construction uses solid and jointed hard wood, water-based glue, and food safe stain finishes for one of the best-looking keyboard trays I have ever seen.