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I bet that their are a lot of us who don't realize how much power our various gadgets and gear draws from the wall outlet when we think they aren't in use. TVs are a big source of this phantom power use as are computers and printers.
One place you might not think of power being wasted is the charger for your mobile phone. Most mobile phone chargers draw the same power from the wall when plugged in no matter if a phone is connected to the charger or not. AT&T figures that wastes enough electricity each year to power 24,000 homes.
AT&T has a new green charger set to debut in May called the Zero Charger. The device has special tech inside that lets it disconnect itself from AC power when it detects that there is no phone attached. The charger will also be able to be used with future phones and will sell for about the same price as a replacement charger today.
Our Deal of the Day today is the eBay - Logitech Alto Notebook Stand with Cordless Keyboard for $19.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: This is an excellent deal for the Logitech Alto cordless desktop stand. This stand raises your laptop up for comfortable viewing and includes a full sized cordless keyboard with 3 USB 2.0 ports. Ends 3/22/10 at 12:20PM PDT.
Left-handed people of the world rejoice. Razer has finally released the mouse of your dreams. This new left handed fantasy is called the Death Adder Left Handed edition. No, it is not your normal run of the mill ambidextrous mouse with a slight flange. No, this is a mouse designed from the ground up for left handed people.
The mouse will come with the same 1000Hz Ultrapolling technology, providing gamers with the speed necessary to make every moment count. Loaded with a 3500dpi Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor that you are used to in the right handed Death Adder. It will run you about $60 which is also around the same price you are used to.
I have seen some strange peripherals over the years. Many of the strangest are computer mice with tons of buttons or strange designs. Many keyboards and mice are designed to reduce pain for users and to reduce repetitive injuries.
If you like your current mouse, but want more comfort when using the thing some new gel pads called Pad and Click have surfaced. The pads are made from squishy gel that have adhesive on the back.
You stick the large round pad to the mouse where the palm of your hand would sit. The two finger pads sit on each of the mouse buttons. The idea is that the gel is soft and comfortable and allows your fingers and had to be in a more natural grasping position. The thicker arthritis versions sell for $5.99 and the normal versions sell for $4.99 on Amazon.
In knowing Valve's plans to add Mac compatible game titles to its lineup in the near future to help revive the gaming side of things for Apple's computers, Razer is quick to suit up with an announcement today letting us know they're planning to bring Mac compatible drivers out for all of its upcoming products in the way of mice, keyboards, headsets etc. including the StarCraft II peripheral suite.
"I'm very proud to say that at Razer, we are committed to supporting both Mac and PC gamers," said Robert "Razerguy" Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "We are constantly working to increase driver support for Mac with our existing Razer products and have plans to release all of our new products with dedicated Mac and PC drivers. This is a really exciting opportunity to expand the gaming industry and make it more inclusive for Mac users by providing the same level of support that we give to our PC users."
The full press release can be read here.
Deal of the Day: Logitech NX80 Black 5-Button Cordless Laser Notebook Mouse - $16.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Logitech NX80 Black 5-Button Cordless Laser Notebook Mouse - $16.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Logitech V550 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse - $24 Shipped Free!.
Offer: The Logitech V550 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse is one of the best values for your laptop. You get a great, accurate cordless mouse and the diminutive nano receiver (which you can just leave in the USB port) for just $24 with free shipping!
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Microsoft unveiled its BlueTrack technology a long time ago. The tech helps a mouse to track better no matter the surface and it works pretty darn well. The tech has been used in wireless mice that are typically expensive until now.
Microsoft has unveiled a new line of mice using BlueTrack that includes the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, Wireless Mouse 2000, and the Comfort Mouse 4500. The 3500 and 2000 are both cordless mice with ambidextrous designs. The 3500 is sized for notebook users and the 2000 is a full-size desktop mouse.
The 4500 is the first wired mouse to use BlueTrack technology. The 4500 and 2000 will ship in April for $29.95 and $24.95 respectively. The 3500 will ship in April for $29.95. The mice can be pre-ordered on Amazon now.
Over the years, Microsoft has produced lots of peripherals for computers for gaming and general office work. With a few exceptions, the products are typically not all that exciting and have boring designs. I did like the design of the SideWinder keyboard for gamers that had the removable number pad from Microsoft, but it was the only cool product from the company in a long time.
A new design concept has been spied on Yanko Design that carries the Microsoft logo. The triangular device is a combination of a traditional mouse and a digital pen. The front tip of the triangle has the mouse buttons and scroll area that are touch sensitive and light up when pressed.
When the user wants to do some design work, the mouse can be picked up from one of the angled sides and used like a digital pen. The device looks like it would be rather uncomfortable to use as a normal mouse due to the size of the thing.
There are lots of times when people are away from home that their mobile phone or other gadget start to run out of power. There are external batteries on the market that can let you recharge while on the go and ZAGG has unveiled one of the most recent.
The ZAGGsparq was unveiled today and it is a small 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inch device with a 6000 mAh lithium polymer battery inside. It has two USB ports allowing multiple devices to be charged at once. Each USB port has 1000mA of power at 5V.
The external battery recharges form a wall outlet and promises enough power to charge an iPhone completely four times. The ZAGGsparq will sell for $129.99 normally with an introductory price of $99.99. An exact shipping date is unknown.