Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here’s another nice looking portable media player for you to grab with decent price, the D1500-PMP from China Grabber. Coming in 8GB capacity, the player sports a large 3.5-inch 400 x 240 TFT display, an FM tuner, an e-text/e-book reader, a picture viewer, an audio recorder, three pre-loaded ‘ultra addictive’ games, a microSD card slot, a USB 2.0 interface, a 3.5mm headphone jack and supports both audio and video formats including MP3, WMA, WAV, AVI, RM and RMVB. The D1500-PMP retails for $74.99.
The BodyGuard Pro is a neoprene suit that will protect your DSLR camera from small knocks and bangs without removing the lens. It is great for camera body protection when you are not breaking down your gear but stowing it temporarily. This camera body cover is perfect for use with most of Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Available in Black, Forest Green, Realtree Max4 HD, Realtree Hardwoods Snow, and Army Digital Camo, the BodyGuard Pro retails for $28.95 each. [Adorama]
Philips has introduced two new touchscreen phones to its range in the form of the X806 (pictured above) and C702. The X806 offers a 3.5-inch 240 x 400 TFT display, a 5MP camera, a 47MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, an FM radio, Bluetooth and supports quad-band GSM/GPRS connectivity. Meanwhile, the C720 is a CDMA 1X phone that features a 3.4-inch QVGA display, a 1.3MP camera, GPS, a 70MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and Bluetooth connectivity. Both handsets are likely to be released in China pretty soon for unannounced price yet.
Buffalo has just announced its new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external HDD, the DriveStation HD-HXU3. Coming in a slick, black glossy design, the drive is available in either 1.0TB, 1.5TB or 2.0TB capacity and provides transfer speeds of up to 125MB/s. The drive is also backwards-compatible and will work seamlessly with USB 2.0-enabled computers, notebooks and netbooks. The Buffalo DriveStation HD-HXU3 will start shipping in Q4 for unannounced price yet. [INPAI]
Thermaltake and BMW have introduced the Level 10 PC case at 2009 CeBIT exhibition. This futuristic-looking PC case is targeted especially at gamers. The case features an eye-catching design. It has a central pillar, with individual compartments hanging from it for the motherboard, PSU, optical drives, and hard drives. The Level 10 will be available in mid-October for $700.
Elecom comes back to the headphones market by releasing the EHP-OH100 series aka. Sundries Contrast. Available in 7 different colors, these fashionable headphones feature a 30mm driver unit, a 30 Ohm impedance, an output of 104dB/1mW and works on a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency. GeekStuff4U sells the Elecom EHP-OH100 for 5,100 Yen or around $56.
Sharp Japan has announced their LX series of LED TV that is currently available in 40, 42, 52 and 60-inch models. The LED panels provides a full HD resolution of 1,920 × 1,080 pixels, a contrast ratio of 200,0000:1, a 176 degree viewing angle and a white LED backlit which consumes 30% less power. Additional features include a six speaker sound system which delivers 2.1 channel sound, Analog / Digital TV tuner, Ethernet port and three HDMI ports. The Sharp Aquos LX1 LED TV will hit Japanese stores early next month. [Sharp Japan]
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The Dell Alienware Aurora ALX hi-end gaming desktop is specially designed for all those hardcore gamers out there. The gaming rig comes jam packed with a liquid cooled Intel Corei7 975 3.60GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor with a factory overlocked option, dual 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5870 – ATI CrossFireX, up to 12GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, up to 2TB 7200RPM with RAID 1+0 technology or 256GB Solid State Drives, and dual Drives including a 6X Dual Layer Blu-ray disc burner. The desktop also comes with an Active Vent louver system, an internal “theater” lighting system and an AlienFX lighting system that will help you customize with more than 25 billion possible accent lighting color combination. The price starts at $2,299 upwards, depending on the specs. [Dell]
Touted as the world’s first USB 3.0 HDD, Freecom’s newly announced XS 3.0 adopts SuperSpeed technology to provide users with very high data transfer rates. Coming in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities, these compact 3.5-inch external HDDs offer transfer speeds of approximately 130 MB/s enabling users to back up and upload information in a matter of seconds. In addition, these HDDs also support backward-compatibility and work with all USB 2.0 enabled computers and notebooks. The Freecom XS 3.0 will start shipping in Europe from mid-November with a starting price of €119 (about $175) for 1TB version. [PCLaunches]
i.Tech Dynamic has recently announced its new Bluetooth headset ‘i.VoicePRO 901′ for the mass market. The headset comes with dual microphones and utilizes both advanced noise-filtering software and voice-separation technology to provide clear phone conversation, even in a noisy environment. What’s more, It also features high-quality echo cancellation and wind resistance for enhanced sound quality even in breezy conditions. The i.VoicePRO 901 is now available for purchase via Amazon for $79.99.
The Twin Socket Battery Charger will rapidly recharge your AA batteries using the cigarette lighter adapter. There is even a map reading LED light built into the charger itself and the power socket pivots so you can always find the best angle. Priced at around $12.49, each purchase also comes with two rechargeable batteries.
Hyundai has added two new Full HD Monitors to its range in the form of the V226Wa and V236Wd. These widescreen monitors provide a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The main differences between the two LCDs are: the V226Wa only comes with 1W speakers and a D-Sub connector, while the V236Wd offers 1.5W speakers and both D-Sub and DVI ports. The V226Wa and V236Wd are now available in Europe for €125 (about $183) and €150 (about $220), respectively. [TCMagazine]
Philips’ new Xenium K700 is actually a Portable Media Player and cell phone combo. The gadget has a 2.9-inch TFT touchscreen display with a 3.2MP camera, a 40 MB internal memory, a microSD slot(up to 8GB), Bluetooth, USB, a radio with RDS, a 3.5 mm audio jack and supports DivX, FLV, AVI, and MP3 file formats. The Philips Xenium K700 also provides up to 4-hours of video playback and 25-hours of audio playback. No word on pricing or availability so far. [Le Journal du Geek]
The Asus M60J is the brand new notebook from the Asus G Series to be powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processor for multi-core, multitasking muscle while on-the-move. The satin-brushed aluminum Asus M60J comes jam packed with a 16-inch (1366×768) HD LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and dual hard disk drives providing up to 1TB of storage space. The laptop also adopts Altec Lansing speakers with Dolby 2 Home Theater certification that provide a sense of realism to movies, videos and games. [Asus]
If you are searching for a new rugged camcorder, Samsung has unveiled the SC-X105L sports camcorder that comes with the rubber-coated encasement. This camcorder is also HD ready with a 720×480 format and has an internal memory of 1GB. Other features include a 10X optical zoom, a 100X digital zoom, and a 2-inch LCD screen. The Samsung SC-X105L is priced at $600 each. [CamcorderInfo]
Alexander Amosu comes back with his latest creation in the form of the Amosu BlackBerry that is crafted in solid 18 carat yellow gold and encrusted with 4,459 brilliant cut diamonds for a total of 28.43 carats. There will only be three of these diamond-encrusted BlackBerrys in the world. Each of them will retail for a hefty $200,366. [Bornrich]
Lenovo has finally launched the Ion-powered IdeaCenter Q110 nettop. Priced at $399, the nettop features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit, a 2GB RAM, and a 160GB HDD. You are also eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 7 OS. Sadly, this computer doesn’t come with keyboard and mouse. The IdeaCentre Q100 nettop is also available for $299, which is powered by the SiS Mirage integrated graphics. [Lenovo]
Thursday, September 24, 2009
iRex Technologies today unveiled the iRex DR800SG, an 8.1-inch touch-screen e-Book reader that has multi-mode 3G wireless capabilities to access its online bookstore. The gadget will also play nice with several other store formats including Fictionwise, LibreDigital and Newspaper Direct and the universal EPUB format. The iRex DR800SG is powered by a multi-standard Qualcomm Gobi chipset with a 2GB of internal memory to store your favorite titles. The iRex DR800SG with a leather cover will be available in October 2009 at select Best Buy locations for an MSRP of $399.99.
The Magicbox XP1 allows you to play music from your iPod and enjoy clear DAB broadcasts. This smart docking station provides 20W of satisfying sound and will charge your iPod as it plays. You can also manage your music playlist via the touch-sensitive control, or the included remote control.
Here’s the latest addition to Asus’ gaming notebook series, the ROG G60J. Targeted towards extreme gamers, this stylish notebook boasts the latest Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz CPU, a 16-inch LED backlit display, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M 1GB graphics card, up to 4GB DDR3 RAM, up to 1TB HDD, a 2MP webcam, a backlit keyboard, a DVD burner, WiFi, Bluetooth and Windows 7 OS. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing and availability yet. [PCLaunches]
Samsung has officially announced the release date of its upcoming Samsung Instinct HD. The handset will be available for purchase starting on September 27th through Best Buy, and October 11th via Sprint’s retail channels. Sprint will be selling it for $249.99 with a new two-year contract agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. So here are the specs: a 3.2-inch 320 x 480 touchscreen, a 5MP autofocus camera, an accelerometer sensor, an on-screen QWERTY keyboard (portrait and landscape), GPS, Sprint Navigation, WiFi, Bluetooth, a TV-out HD connection and EV-DO Rev A connectivity. The phone also comes preloaded with Opera Mobile 9.7, Twitter and Facebook access, and Visual Voicemail.
The Instax Mini 7S is the latest instant-film camera from Fujifilm. This compact and lightweight camera uses Fujifilm’s Mini Instax 2-inch by 3-inch film with a printed area of 1.8 inches by 2.4 inches. The camera also features a built-in flash for low-lighting shooting, a 1/60 second electronic shutter, a LED exposure indicator and ISO up to 800. The Instax Mini 7S is now available for purchase for $95.99, while the film retails for $19.99 for a 10-pack. [CNET]
ATi has recently rolled out the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and the ATI Radeon HD 5850, which are the first video cards in the industry to fully support DirectX 11. They are capable of producing 2.72 TeraFLOPS of computing power and are equipped with 1GB GDDR5 memory. Each cards also adopts the “Eyefinity” technology that is capable of driving six 30-inch monitors at once. Unfortunately, there is no info on pricing or availability at this time.
Here’s an ideal Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for storing your entire collection of digital media, the N2200 NAS from Thecus Technology. The device is equipped with two 3.5-inch SATA drive bays that can accommodate up to 4TB of storage. These bays can also be used to fit 2.5-inch SATA hard drives. The N2200 also offers several RAID modes to keep your data save which include RAID 0,1 and JBOD, and comes with hot swap, hot plug and auto-rebuild capabilities. In addition, it also comes with full multimedia features including an iTunes server, a photo web server and a media server. Sadly, there’s no word on pricing yet.
The Keyboard Keys USB Card Reader is compatible with USB 2.0 and supports SDHC, SD, micro SDHC, microSD, Sony M2, Memory Stick, and MS duo cards. Measuring 75.5mm x 14mm, the device comes in a shaped like an Enter and Ctrl key. This unique card reader is also compatible with Windows and Mac OS. Available in white and blue, the Keyboard Keys USB Card Reader retails for $12 each. [USB Geek]
Alphascan will launch a couple of new 16:9 HD monitors ‘Femme Crystal’ in the South Korean market. The 24-inch model ‘Femme Crystal P241DHS’ features 60000:1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time, HDMI port and built-in speaker, meanwhile the 21.5-inch model ‘Femme Crystal P221D’ supports 50000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time. Both models are adorned with Swarovski crystals. [AVING]
Monster, a famous brand in the audio and home theater market, has recently introduced a new set of headphones called the Turbine Pro In-Ear Speakers. These headphones deliver reference-quality sound needed to meet the demands of music pros today and audiophiles. The Turbine Pro is engineered to deliver extended low frequency sound at real life volumes, without any distortion. The headphones retail for $299.95 or for $329.99 with the additional Monster ControlTalk cable.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Motorola H17 is the company’s smallest flip Bluetooth headset so far. Measuring 54mm x 17mm x 10mm, the headset adopts an easy-to use RapidConnect on-off switch allowing you to flip open the microphone for calls, and fold when you are finished talking. The device also adopts CrystalTalk dual microphone noise cancellation technology and Wind Resistance (up to 5mph) to provide crystal clear phone conversation. The Motorola H17 is expected to be available in multiple markets beginning in Q3 2009. No word on pricing at this time. [Motorola]
MSI is out with another one of its ultraportable notebook in the form of the X610. Measuring a mere 1-inch at its thickest and 6mm at its thinnest, the notebook sports the latest power efficient AMD Athlon Neo processor, an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 graphics card, a 15.6-inch TFT-LCD display, up to 4GB RAM, up to 640GB hard drive, a 1.3MP webcam, a DVD burner, an optional Blu-ray drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, a 6/9 cell battery and Windows Vista OS. No details on pricing and availability just yet.
The Teclast T58 is a new Android-based Portable Media Player that will be released very soon. Based on Rockchip’s RK2808 chipset, the player has a 1280 x 720p touchscreen display and is compatible with H.264, RMVB, MPEG-4, AVS, WMV9 video formats. The T58 also supports web surfing thanks to its WiFi connectivity. Word has it that the upcoming Teclast T58 will be priced at around $147. However, there is no official confirmation from the company so far. Stay tuned for more updates. [Akihabara]
Dexim has introduced the new P-Flip Foldable Power Dock product line. It is actually the world’s first foldable, portable, multi-functional and rechargeable power dock that is compatible with the latest iPod and iPhone models. This iPhone accessory provides a 2000mA Lithium Polymer Battery that is capable of extending talk time up to eight hours, video playing time up to 15 hours, or audio playing time up to 80 hours. The Dexim P-Flip Foldable Power Dock is now available for $54.95 a pop.
Point Grey has demonstrated a new webcam using USB 3.0 that streams uncompressed video in 1080p at 60fps. They have created a video demonstration of their prototype webcam, which was made up of a few components from other companies (Sony IMX036 CMOS image sensor). Due to the speed of USB 3.0, the webcam is capable of streaming and displaying its 1920×1080 video without compression, which creates an extremely sharp image quality. Sadly, you have to run it via PCI-Express-to-USB-3.0 card, because the USB 3.0 isn’t exactly widely available. Point Grey will release this USB 3.0 webcam either very late 2009 or early 2010. Video after the jump.
Edison The Grand is a giant table lamp that is designed to be used as a floor lamp. The lamp measures 35-inch tall, which will be a highlight in any interior. It is perfect for use in the living room. Edison the Grand spreads opalescent materials magical beam that can stimulate your imagination when you read a book. If you are interested, you can purchase the Giant Table Lamp for $910.
Here is a useful device for those who suffer from diabetes. Bayer Diabetes Care today announced the Contour USB meter, which is the first and only blood glucose monitor that plugs directly into a computer providing users with instant access to information that can help optimize diabetes management. The device is integrated with Glucofacts DELUXE software for easy retrieval of data as well as longer-term tracking and analysis of blood glucose test results. The Bayer Contour USB meter can store up to 2,000 test results allowing patients to gain knowledge about trends and patterns in their blood glucose levels.
InFocus today introduced a new series of short-throw projectors, the IN1500. Targeted towards small and medium-sized businesses, this lightweight and portable projector comes with a short throw lens that offers 20 percent optical zoom allowing for edge-of-table projection. It also provides a native resolution of up to WXGA, 3,000 lumens brightness, 1800:1 contrast ratio and several connectivity ports including DisplayLink, HDMI 1.3 and LitePort PC-free presenter. The InFocus IN1500 will go on sale in early October for unannounced price yet. [BusinessWire]
Gigabyte is getting ready to release another overclocked graphics card to its range in the form of the GeForce GT220. Featuring a nice blue PCB, the card integrates a 40nm GT216 GPU, 48 Processing Cores, a 128-bit memory interface, a 1GB of GDDR3 memory, a custom dual-slot cooler with a 80mm fan and factory overclocked frequencies – 720MHz for the GPU, 1567MHz for the shader and 1600MHz for the memory. It also features D-Sub, DVI and HDMI outputs, and supports DirectX 10.1. The GeForce GT220 will start shipping In October for unannounced price yet. [INPAI]
Korea based Woongjin today rolled out the Go&Joy PND for the Korean market. The gadget is able to display both 2D and 3D maps as well as 3D GUI. The Go&Joy can also be used as a PMP with the support of different video and audio format and thanks to its 900MHz processor. There is no info on pricing or availability at this time. We will keep you posted. [Akihabara]
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Epson has announced its new mid-range photo scanner, the Perfection V600. This energy efficient scanner offers an optical resolution of 6400 x 9600 dpi and a Dmax of 3.4 for creating high-quality enlargements up to 17-inch x 22-inch. Other new features worth mentioning include a built-in Transparency Unit (TPU) that supports full panoramic medium format film and powerful photo restoration tools for both film and prints to bring faded and damaged photos back to life. The Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner will be available in mid-October for an estimated street price of $249.99.
If you are often use your laptop on the couch, or in bed, then you might need the Logitech Portable Lapdesk N315. It is a compact laptop desk designed to keep both your lap and your notebook cool over extended use. Measuring 14.4-inch x 10.2-inch x 0.4-inch and weighing less than 2-pounds, the Logitech Portable Lapdesk N315 provides a non-slip surface and a retractable mouse pad, so you can use a mouse while working on your lap. It is designed to be small enough to pack in a laptop bag but large enough to accommodate 15-inch laptops. The Portable Lapdesk N315 will be available in the U.S. and Europe this month for a suggested retail price of $29.99.
The Thinkware iNAVI LE is the company’s latest 7-inch DMB navigation device for the Korean market. This portable device features a 7-inch WVGA (800×480) LCD screen, a 500MHz processor, a 128MB RAM, a 64MB ROM, Ublox5 GPS, DMB support, audio/video playback, built-in games and more. The Thinkware iNAVI LE is now available in Korea in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB models for 249,000 KRW ($206), 289,000 KRW ($239) and 329,000 KRW ($272), respectively.
Measuring only 0.9-inch thin and weighing just 3.7 pound, HP’s latest ProBook 5310m is claimed as the world’s thinnest full-performance notebook. Featuring a durable aluminum display enclosure and a magnesium alloy bottom case, this stylish machine sports a 13.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit display, a choice of either Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Celeron processor, up to 4GB RAM, up to 320GB hard drive, a 2MP webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth, a 4 cell battery and Windows 7 OS. The HP ProBook 5310m will start shipping in America on October 22nd for $699 with an Intel Celeron and $899 with an Intel Core 2 Duo. [PCLaunches]
The iPhone 3G/ 3GS protective case from Case-Mate features an ultra-slim slot to store your ID card, cash, debit or credit card. Available in Royal Green, Royal Red, Royal Blue, Black, Metallic Silver, Green, Purple and Hot Pink, the case can hold a couple of credit card sized items without adding any significant bulk to phone. The Case-Mate ID Holder iPhone case retails for $29.99 each. Watch the video to get more details.
This Fingertip Micro Cam not only serves as a spy camera but it also doubles as a voice recorder. Powered by a built-in rechargeable battery, this little device is able to record both video and voice. Each video will be recorded in VGA format (640 x 480) and stored on a microSD card (up to 8GB). If you’re interested, the Fingertip Micro Cam will set you back $69.95.
The leader in video eyewear for the consumer, defense and low vision markets, Vuzix is back with its latest head-mounted display ‘Wrap 310 Widescreen Video Eyewear’ for the mass market. This stylish wearable gadget offers two high-resolution video displays that are able to project a 55-inch image size and comes with removable noise isolating earphones. The device runs on 2 AA batteries (up to 6 hours) and accepts video from almost any video player, including the iPod and iPhone. The Vuzix Wrap 310 Widescreen Video Eyewear will go on sale later this fall for unannounced price yet. [Macsimum News]
Here is another strange product straight out of Japan. Elecom just launched the USB mouse that looks like a bar of soap (on a rope). Dubbed as the SOAP, the Elecom M-SP1UR/ M-SP2UR optical mouse features a 800dpi resolution and weights at only 65-grams. The “soap” uses the USB interface to connect with the computer. Available in three different colors, the Elecon SOAP retails for 2000 Yen or approx. $21 a pop.
Sony will release their latest A-Series Walkman that comes with a touchscreen display. Measuring at just 7.2mm thin, the Sony NWA840 A-Series Walkman features a 2.8-inch OLED display with a TV-out function that can output 720 x 480 resolution video, a digital noise canceling, an S-Master digital amplifier, and an FM radio. The gadget supports MP3, WMA, AAC, HE-AAC, ATRAC, ATRAC AL, PCM/WAV, AVC (H2.64), MPEG-4 and WMV file formats. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, the Sony NWA840 A-Series Walkman will go on sale in Japan next month for $263, $329, and $439, respectively. Each purchase also comes equipped with a pair of Sony’s Premium MDR-EX300SL digital noise canceling headphones. Video after the jump.
The HDL-C is a new Network Attached Storage (NAS) from I-O Data that features a new and elegant new design. The device supports USB 2.0 and LAN connectivity. Available in 500GB, 1TB or 1.5TB, the NAS will be available across Japan within October this year for 13,600 Yen($150), 18,900 Yen($209), and 24,200 Yen($268), respectively. [I-O Data]
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sanwa comes back to the pico projector market by releasing the 400-PRJ001. Measuring 62.1mm x 18.6mm x 89.3mm and weighing at only 85grams, the projector produces a VGA resolution and requires two USB ports to operate. If you are interested, you can purchase this ultra portable projector for 19,999 Yen or equal to $220. [Sanwa]
Sound ID’s new 400 Bluetooth headset has two unique features that set it apart from its competitors. The first feature is called “Environmental Mode”, that enables users to hear equally out of both ears, even when wearing the headset. The second feature is the CompanionLink Remote Microphone, which is an optional accessory that can be worn by a conversation partner or placed near a sound source, to pick up audio near its source for a richer listening experience. Each purchase comes with a Universal AC charger, a USB charging cable, three sizes of RealComfort EarLoops and an Ear Hook for an alternative over-the ear wearing option. The Sound ID 400 will be available in Q4 for $129.99, while the Sound ID CompanionLink Remote Microphone will also be available Q4 for $79.99.
The MS200 is the latest non-touchscreen all-in-one PC from HP that comes in a very affordable price. At $599, you’ll get an 18.5-inch 16:9 widescreen display, a 1.5GHz AMD Athlon X2 3250e Dual-Core processor, a 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card, a 2GB RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a built-in webcam, a DVD burner, a 6-in-1 media card reader, WiFi and Windows 7 OS. The MS200 will go on sale starting on October 22nd.