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Olympus offers up new digital voice recorders

Posted in Voice Recorders by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

Olympus VN-5200 PC

Olympus kicked out a number of new products today for consumers, including some new VN-Series digital voice recorders. The VN-5000 and VN-5200 PC will be available this fall for around $40 and $60, respectively.

Both the VN-5000 and VN-5200 PC offer 512MB of internal memory, allowing for 300 and 221 hours of recording time, respectively, as well as a large LCD screen, multiple recording modes and battery lives reportedly over 30 hours. The VN-5200 PC can also be connected to a host computer via USB 2.0, letting users back up their recorded audio files to a PC or Mac for later access. The VN-5000 comes in a silver gray body, while the VN-5200 PC is colored brown.


Epson consumer scanner has 180-degree lid

Posted in Scanners by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

Epson Perfection V300 Photo

Epson’s got a new consumer scanner out which will cost you around $100 and offers 4,800 dpi optical resolution. It’s called the Perfection V300 Photo and you should find it available now.

Epson’s Perfection V300 Photo scanner sports a high-rise, 180 degree lid for better accessibility to items you want to scan. It offers your typical one-touch scanning with four buttons and comes with LED technology that “enables fast scan speeds and eliminates warm-up both when starting a scan or when switching between reflective and film scanning.” Also built-in are four scan modes to accommodate various user levels and abilities and a transparency unit for scanning of slides and negatives.


New IOGEAR KVM switch offers USB laptop control

Posted in KVM by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

IOGEAR USB Laptop KVM Switch
IOGEAR is introducing a KVM switch which is reportedly the first that enables a laptop to replace the traditional keyboard, mouse and monitor on a second computer. It is called the USB Laptop KVM Switch and it prices around $130.

The IOGEAR USB Laptop KVM Switch connects two computers via USB 2.0 ports, letting individuals manage both computers with the laptop. It comes with built-in file transfer utility software that lets consumers drag and drop files or create backup copies between machines. Also built-in is an integrated USB 2.0 port to access a compatible device from the laptop and also “desktop scaling that modifies the desktop computer’s resolution to be compatible with a laptop screen.”

IOGEAR [via Maximum PC]

GameRigs Quake desktops, laptops keep us gaming

Posted in Computers by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

GameRigs Quake PCs

Gaming desktop and laptop speciality developer GameRigs recently unveiled a line of gaming PC systems officially licensed from video game developer id Software. These new Enemy Territory QUAKE Wars and QUAKE 4 gaming desktops and laptops start at around $2,200 and $2,000, respectively.

GameRigs says these systems “have striking design elements, a robust architecture and many personalization options.” They also come with a gaming accessories kit and specific items, such as the game itself, which are tied to the specific machine’s namesake title. These machines, just by the looks of them from the product pages, look amazingly hot and include advanced components which match in quality the external designs.


iFrogz showcases new iPhone 3G cases

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

iFrogz Luxe

The onslaught of iPhone 3G cases continues with several recently announced offerings from iPod accessories maker iFrogz. These new cases are the Wrapz, Treadz and Luxe. The first two price around $15, while the Luxe is around $20.

All three cases are available now in a variety of colors. iFrogz says the basic design of the Wrapz case offers 100 percent silicone encasement, while the Treadz case offers an “extra-thick” silicone casing and a tire tread design. The Luxe case, meanwhile, provides protection with a hard, plastic shell, finished with a metallic facade and a “soft touch” feel, that slides around the iPhone 3G while still allowing access to all ports and sensors.


Crayola EZ Type keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

Crayola EZ Type keyboardThe Crayola EZ Type keyboard sure isn’t easy on the eyes. It’s great to use when you want your kids germy and sticky hands well away from your own keyboard. Alternately, it would be great for old people for the same reason, plus the colored keys are big and easy to read. Or maybe you just like your accessories to look like crayons. Either way, you can get it from Crayola for $29.99. Also great for those in clown college. I’m surprised they didn’t put that crayon sharpener on it somewhere like on the crayon box.

Female torso mouse with clickable boobs

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

Female body mouse with clickable boobsFor those who want navigate while pawing a woman’s body, this is for you. If you already have a female in your life chances are you’ll get smacked and live on the couch for a week. If you are alone and buying this, good luck finding a real woman. These mice have no heads or limbs so you can concentrate all your pervy attention on the naughty bits.

Right and left click the boobs to your hearts content. It comes in two varieties: lingerie torso and cropped World Cup t-shirt torso. Both wear lacy painted underwear and have actual different names that go with their nationality. They’ll cost you $45, which is nothing to you since you aren’t spending it on a real woman.

Lexar announces new 16GB JumpDrive Secure II Plus

Posted in Lexar by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2008

Lexar JumpDrive Secure II PlusLike all other forms of storage for computers and other digital devices, flash drives are always growing in capacity. As files get larger and more people are carrying video and images with them on flash drives, manufacturers are enlarging the capacity of flash drives.

Last week Lexar announced a 16GB version of its FireFly flash drive. Today, Lexar announced a new 16GB JumpDrive Secure II Plus flash drive that doubles the capacity previously available. The drive features an external display to show how much storage is left on the drive at a glance.

Acer drops price for Aspire One netbook

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2008

Acer Aspire OneNetbooks are an interesting fad that was kicked off by the Asus Eee. The little systems are small, compact, and tend to be low cost. You can end up spending as much on a netbook as you could get a full-fledged notebook for though — if you are not careful. Back in July, Acer launched its netbook computer called the Aspire One.

Acer has now announced that the price of its Aspire One netbook has been dropped just in time for back to school. The Aspire One with Windows XP Home, 1GB of RAM, 120GB HDD, and a 3-cell battery will now retail for $349.99. A system with the same features running Linpus Linux will retail for $329.

Navison Audio’s Reference 228 looks good, sounds good

Posted in CD Player by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

Navison Audio’s Reference 228 looks good, sounds goodFor audiophiles that want the very best, Navison has merged digital technology with vacuum tube design with the Reference 228 Tube Compact Disc Player. It has a refreshing retro look that makes you stop and stare, complete with signature Barian Kingwood, gold plating and textured black finish.

The Reference 228 is designed to capture the whole of your music, so you can hear every little detail, not just the gist of what the artist is going for. Some other features are Jensen & Auricap capacitors, Mundorf filter capacitors, Tantalum & Riken resistors and Cardas Gold rhodium RCA input jacks. Even the remote is luxurious in copper and wood.

AKAT-1 analog computer

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

AKAT-1 analog computerWith all of the latest tech news we give you day in and day out, sometimes it’s nice to take a look into the past and honor the devices that paved the way for todays gadgets. This analog computer is known as the AKAT-1 and it can solve complex differential equations in real time and without digital logic.

But it’s a victim of time passing by, and now resides in the Museum of Technology, in Warsaw, Poland. You’ll notice it sports a very warm and stunning retro look. It has character. I mean it obviously belongs in a Trek ship, with Spock feeding it data. And yet by many it has been forgotten. We here at the Brick would love to have it in the offices, but our intern would just mess it up. Here’s to you AKAT-1.

Star Wars Clone Wars MP3 players

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

Star Wars Clone Wars MP3 playersHere’s something for the three or four of you who still love Star Wars after seeing the new Clone Wars movie. The Darth Vader MP3 Player we showed you awhile back had a pretty small storage capacity. This new Clone Wars device is still lacking in that department, but at least you’ll have a bit more space with its built-in 1GB of memory.

It features 3 different face plates so you can customize the imagery according to your various geek moods and comes with Music Express computer software. It will cost you $59.99 and should keep you without a woman in your life for the foreseeable future.

Folderix USB Flash Drives available

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

Folderix USB Flash Drives availableThe Folderix USB flash drives from Art Lebedev, the team behind the Optimus Maximus keyboard, are designed to look like a folder icon, and feature 4GB of storage space. We told you about these when they were still in the concept stage. The good news for those of you who want them is that they are now available from the artlebedev.com website. The price is $55 and you get three colors to choose from: yellow, pink or blue. The case material uses multiple colors of aluminum with a laser-etched logo.

Wii woodgrain mod gives it an Atari look

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

Wii woodgrain mod gives it an Atari lookWood classes up almost any gadget. Even simple USB drives. But when you give the Wii a woodgrain makeover, the result is simply awesome. It’s as if the the old Atari woodgrain consoles merged with the Wii. Much better then boring Wii white. For now it’s just a concept design by Joe D, which is a shame. Nintendo would sell a ton of product.

Joe’s concept apparently has a layer of woodgrain veneer on the Wii-Mote, Nunchuk, even the Classic Controller and Nyko Perfect Shot. That’s sweet enough, but he also gave the controllers get some bright white backlit buttons and black paint to bring out the wood. Once you see design like this it’s hard to come back to reality and pick up your white wiimote.

Fabria Snow Gun deodorizes your home with snow

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

Fabria Snow Gun deodorizes with your home with snowThe Japanese are a strange and wonderfully wacky and inventive people, sometimes totally off their rocker, which we love. Their latest wacky innovation aims to replace the traditional deodorizer of choice, Febreeze, with something bizarre and awesome at the same time. It’s the Fabria Freshness Gun, which showers your home with a “soft, snow-like mist that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of astringent persimmon and grapefruit.”

According to the website, it’s all very environmentally friendly thanks to natural ingredients, but just ask yourself if you would want a blanket of Febreeze on anything in your home. It can’t be a good thing. Check out the video below, where they show off a snowman and hold grapefruit for your perusal while making it snow from a can.