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Dell Inspiron M501R with AMD Phenom II X4 CPU

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

The Dell Inspiron M501R is powered by AMD’s Phenom II X4 mobile processor, codenamed Champlain. The laptop comes with either 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v graphics, a 15.6-inch 720p HD-capable display, standard DVD burner and an optional Blu-ray drive.

Some other features include an integrated 1.3MP webcam, speakers, 802.11n WiFi, optional Bluetooth, Ethernet LAN, three USB ports, an eSATA/USB port, optional 7-in-1 media card reader, VGA and HDMI outputs, along with a full-size keyboard with numeric pad.

MXI Security Stealth HD Bio External Hard Drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

The Stealth HD Bio from MXI Security is a biometric USB hard drive with AES 256-bit CBC hardware encryption that is perfect for your secure portable data security needs. The device is powered by the Bluefly Security Processor which is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated.

The Stealth HD Bio is available in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB capacities. It’s more secure than some due to a fingerprint scanner that complements the security processor on the drive. Sadly we don’t have any info on pricing or availability yet.

ViewSonic’s VX2250wm-LED monitors go green

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

ViewSonic has decided to go green with the VX2250wm monitors. These monitors will save energy and consuming less resources, which is always a good thing. The company claims that this model can save up to 40% of the energy compared to a regular 22 inch monitor.

Going green doesn’t mean compromising visuals though. You’ll get amazing clarity with the 10,000,000:1 MEGA DCR and Full HD 1080p ViewLED technology. There’s also some color corrective technology used with a mercury-free WLED backlight.

The Alligator Lopper is one mean power tool

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

Chances are you won’t ever need a tool this badass in your daily life, unless you cut down tree limbs every day. But if you do, Black & Decker’s new Alligator Lopper is the tool for you. It’s scary even to look at. Think of it as a piranha that eats trees.

It’s just over $100 and has a gator’s face painted on it. So basically, if you are a real man, you’ll have already stopped reading and are on the order page. Your trees will be trimmed and you will frighten everyone of your neighbors.

Dell introduces new Studio XPS 7100 Desktop Computers

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

With laptops being such a part of our daily lives, we still need a desktop for serious work sometimes. So Dell is on it and has announced its new Studio XPS 7100 line of desktop computers. They are powered by a bunch of processors from AMD, including the quad-core Phenom II X4 or hexa-core Phenom II X6 processor.

Pricing starts at $499, and you can already begin shopping for this desktop computer right now. Configuration options include: AMD hexa-core and quad-core processors, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Professional 64-bit or Ultimate 64-bit, 2GB RAM upgradable up to 16GB, Integrated ATI HD4200 graphics, or HD5450, 5770 or 5870 graphic cards, SATA HDD up to 1.5TB, Optional Blu-ray drive, Optional Wi-Fi b/g/n and Optional Bluetooth.

Updated MacBook leaked from Vietnam

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

Vietnam has suddenly become a real hot place for product leaks. There was Apple’s iPhone 4G and now they have details about the upcoming MacBook refresh. This MacBook bears the model number A1342 and is identified as the MacBook7,1, rather than the current MacBook6,1.

Not all that different, but at least we know a refresh isn’t very far away. Some of the specifics include: a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive, 13.3-inch display, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics with 256MB DDR3 shared SDRAM, 8x slot-loading superdrive, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth.

Solar-Powered Battery offers 29 ways to charge

Posted in Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

You can talk about Solar Power, but are you ready to get serious about it? If so, this 20,000mAh battery comes with 29 adapters to charge your phones, MP3 players, cameras and laptops. It basically has all of your gadgets covered.

The battery charges in about eight hours of sunlight, while plugging into AC will get it done in only three. Once it’s full it will work with just about any gadget you throw at it. And that is the real benefit here. Solar versatility.

Wii Vitality Sensor announcement on Monday?

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

The Vitality Sensor, that most elusive Wii accessory may get some clarity tomorrow as Nintendo and the American Heart Association are scheduled to hold a “special joint announcement” that may offer new info on the device. Finally!

At least we hope they clear some things up. It’s been a year since Nintendo revealed the mysterious heartbeat peripheral at E3. It would be nice to get to know it better.

EB710 7 inch Color eBook Reader looks interesting

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

This EB710 7 Inch Color eBook Reader looks like it could give the iPad a run for it’s money as far as looks. It has an optional FM radio with recorder, calendar, integrated MP3 player and movie playback. Nothing yet on price or availability, but we like the design. This is what more eBook Readers should look like.

There’s also a 7.0 inch TFT display (16:9 Resolution:800*480) Built-in Li Polymer(2100mAH) Touch key and Circumgyrate five-favor key Music: Image: Movie: Text: Record: high quality,general quality FM Radio(optional).

Space Invaders toaster

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

We love us some Space Invaders around here and this Space Invaders toaster is pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves. It was designed by Chris Naylor, a student designer in London.

This Space Invaders toaster toasts individual invaders into your bread so you can zap them with butter or jam and eat them up. Should this toaster ever go into production, we would buy it in a heartbeat.

Asus planning a Netbook with removable phone

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2010

Word on the street is that Asus is planning a netbook that will feature a removable phone. The idea is that you’ll be able to share a SIM card and data plan between the netbook and the phone.

The company behind the phone part is Modu. You might remember their phone with the interchangeable covers from awhile back. We’ll keep an eye on this one and let you know what comes of it.

Turn your keyboard into a Lego keyboard

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2010

It would be cool to have a keyboard where the keys are all Lego bricks, but the downside is that those keys would be painful to type on with those nubs digging into your fingertips. Well, there is a simple solution.

For just $15 you can get these keyboard decals on etsy. Your keyboard will look like Lego-land and it won’t be painful at all. The best of both worlds. I’m no Lego geek, but the colors seem slightly off however.

HP introduces new entry level Monitors

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2010

Not everybody can afford the big expensive toys, so HP has some entry level monitors to offer you. HP is planning to launch three new low-priced displays, the 20-inch S2031, 21.5-inch S2231 and the 23-inch S2331. They feature a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, VGA and DVI-D connections, 5ms response time and the use of a two-lamp panel instead of four-lamps, which lowers the power draw.

The S2031 will feature a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, while the other two models will offer the full 1080p resolution. Pricing for these monitors is $150, $190 and $220.

Acer Chrome OS devices coming in June?

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2010

Chrome OS isn’t due to be released until later in the year, but according to Venture Beat, there will be some Chrome OS devices released before that. Their sources say that Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer will launch Chrome OS devices at the Computex Taipei show, held from June 1 to June 5.

Acer is keeping mum for the moment, not revealing any details yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see. June is right around the corner. What mystery devices do you think they have up their sleeve?

Dell Streak Tablet hits the US in late Summer with AT&T

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2010

Also known as the Mini 5, the Streak will be launching first in Europe with O2 Telefonica, and then “later this summer” with AT&T in the States, according to CEO Michael Dell. NOT on a Baseball field, wearing nothing but a cap.

Dell showed the device off at the Citrix Synergy conference. We know that it runs Android, but they won’t say which version it will actually be. Screen-size is a 5-inch capacitive display, and there’s also be a 5-megapixel camera.