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Posted in Keyboards by Darrin Olson on October 6th, 2006

Das Keyboard - Blank Keyboard

Notice anything missing from this keyboard? All the keys are there, but no letters are on them. This is Das Keyboard II which is a 100% blank keyboard, with no letters or numbers at all on the keys. There are some special marks on the “home” keys (man does that bring back some repressed junior high memories), which help you find your place by touch, but other than that you are on your own.

Think you are good enough on the keyboard to master typing, programming or gaming without looking. Even if you do have the habit of looking, this blank keyboard isn’t going to help you out. Good luck.

Das Keyboard II [Xoxide]

Samsung Card Phone II

Posted in Mobile Phones,Samsung,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on October 6th, 2006

Samsung SGH-P310 Card Phone II

Slim like a credit card. Samsung has done a great job of improving their previous Card Phone with the new Card Phone II, which is officially called the Samsung SGH-P310. The distinguishing feature of this mobile phone is obviously it’s thickness, or the lack of thickness, actually. At only 8mm thick, this is a seriously thin phone, and with the new design of a shiny black case it is perfect for travelers who want to have the smooth sharp look with their mobile device.

Aside from the sleek look, the included case that comes with the Samsung SGH-P310 actually adds battery life, and if you really don’t loose too much in the way of features. I would not label this phone as a mobile office, nor would I call it a multimedia phone, but it falls somewhere in between. It has a …

Kodak EasyShare V705 Dual Lens Camera

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Imaging,Kodak by Darrin Olson on October 5th, 2006

Kodak EasyShare V705 Dual Lens
If you are a snapshot photographer like me, I can’t think of a feature set in a camera better than the new Kodak V705. An upgrade from the similar Kodak V570, the V705 has added a few upgrades including a 7.1 megapixel CCD. The Kodak V705 is a dual lens camera with dual sensor as well.
One thing I was surprised at is that this camera doesn’t have a dock. It is a Kodak Easyshare, but if you want to hook it up to a printer, there are some adapters or a plug in you can use. It’s not that inconvenient, but I just expected it to have a dock I guess. They have set the standard for us non-professional photographers, I guess. This camera does have a great big wide screen and 22 different scene modes, which is just great when you …

Is it Live, Or is it Xmod?

Posted in Digital Audio by Darrin Olson on October 4th, 2006

Creative XmodAlthough it looks like it might be a music player itself, the Creative Xmod Xtreme Fidelity gadget is actually used to improve the sound of you music for your existing player.

If you really like your music to be crystal clear with the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity standard from Creative you might want to look into this. The Xmod device goes inline in between your player and the speakers or headphones that you are listening to, and actually improves the quality of the music beyond that of CD quality, according to the press release at Creative.com.

The Xmod works with a PC, Mac, ZEN, iPod or just about any MP3 player and will improve the sound of the digital audio files for MP3′s, WMA’s, iTunes or AAC. This allows you to hear your existing digital songs in an X-Fi format without having to actually …

Logitech Has the Edge with DiNovo

Posted in Bluetooth,Keyboards,Logitech,Mouse by Darrin Olson on October 3rd, 2006

Logitech Dinovo Edge DesktopDesktops are really becoming more popular as things are becoming more wireless in general. The new wireless keyboard and mouse combination from Logitech further enhances the move towards disconnected innovation, and is doing it with some style.

A really nice feature with the DiNovo Edge which is not common in other similar desktops is having mouse-like navigation on the keyboard. Anyone that has had their keyboard sitting on their lap while leaning back in their chair has encountered the incredible inconvenience of finding they need their mouse for something. Having the Logitech TouchDisc on the keyboard can eliminate the need for your mouse and let’s you lean back and relax a little while working.

Another nice feature is some of the “stealth” hot keys that are backlit and only visible when activated by touch, and then fade away. There is also a touch sensitive …

HD DVD Burner for Laptops

Posted in HD DVD,Notebooks by Darrin Olson on October 2nd, 2006

Toshiba HD DVD Burner for LaptopsToshiba has announced the first HD DVD drive that can read and write HD DVD’s, regular DVD’s and CD’s and is a slim design to fit into a notebook computer.The SD-L902A is only 12.7 mm high so that it it fits into the slim space necessary for laptop computers and other devices that conform to the cramped space.

With the increasing demand for HD media and sales of high definition televisions and HD camcorders, the need for the ability to write and edit this type of HD media at home and with a more mobile PC such as a notebook is a natural progression. The new SD-L902A HD DVD drive is going to be demonstrated at the CEATEC conference in Japan the first week of October. If you happen to be there, they are at booth 1A09.

Some specs for the HD DVD …

Centon 1GB MP3 Player

Posted in Bargains by Darrin Olson on September 29th, 2006

Centon MP3 PlayerTiigerDirect has a Centon 1GB MP3 Player that usually sells for $37.99 now going for only $29.99 ending TODAY.

Centon’s Digital Music players are the ultimate portable storage device. With an integrated USB connector you can use the MP3 player as a flash drive & a traveling music player. Listen to hours of your favorite music where ever you go. Easy to use controls make this the choice of avid listeners. Plays multiple formats and bit rates. Plug and play USB 2.0 direct connection is built in. Small size lets you take your music anywhere.

Features

Plays MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, WMV & ASF
Digital Voice Recorder
Built in FM tuner
4 Line, backlit LCD Display
6 EQ modes: Natural, Rock, Pop, Classical, Soft, Jazz, …

Vertu Signature Model 2006 Handset

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on September 29th, 2006

Vertu Signature Model 2006Are you looking for the most expensive phone you can possibly buy? Well I don’t know if this is it, but it has to be towards the top of the list. This is the Vertu Signature Model 2006 mobile phone handset.

“Please note that there are two different Signature handsets available in our stores – Signature and Signature Model 2006. Signature Model 2006 is Vertu’s new model with new features. The following specification is for Signature Model 2006, which should not be confused with the specification for the Signature Model.”
-Vertu Website

Now that just sounds to me like someone working at a snooty store with things I can’t afford.

The Vertu Signature Model 2006 comes in different models (which are basically the colors) and include 18 carat white gold, 18 carat yellow gold, and a few versions of stainless steel.

Aside from talking on these phones, …

Suunto t4 – Your Own On-Hand Trainer

Posted in Exercise Gadgets,Suunto,Watches by Darrin Olson on September 29th, 2006

Suunto t4 Coach WatchFor the athlete in training (or wants to be in training) the Suunto t4 monitors your progress through your heart rate and optional accessories to measure steps, and makes intelligent workout recommendations for frequency, duration and intensity.

The Suunto actually makes the recommendations and you can accept them or not, and it continues to change based on the work out you have done and what your heart rate is. If you skip out, this little wrist coach has you make it up, if you work hard, you might get a break next time.

With the Suunto Coach feature, the Suunto t4 generates a five day plan for improving your condition and keep you in shape. It tells you which days to workout with information on duration and intensity.

If you accept the suggested workout, the Suunto t4 will guide you …

Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder

Posted in Digital Video,Neuros by Darrin Olson on September 28th, 2006

Neuros MPEG4 RecorderThe idea behind the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder is not a complicated one, and that is what makes this such handy gadget.

You can use this device just as you would a VCR, except that instead of recording onto tapes, your record onto digital media (MS Duo / ProDuo, CF and Microdrives) that will run in your mobile device. Normally any television shows or movies you want to watch are subject to what you can download from the internet. With the Neuros recorder you can set it, without subscription fees, to record any show you want from your cable, satellite or camcorder right onto your memory card. You can then play your video in off of the media card on your portable device, such as your PDA, laptop, PSP, iPOD or smartphone.

Simple idea, slick results.

Source [NeurosAudio]

Fossil MBW-100 Watch Interfaces Mobile Phone

Posted in Fossil,Sony Ericsson,Watches by Darrin Olson on September 28th, 2006

Fossil MBW-100

Sony Ericsson and Fossil went in together to make this blue tooth enabled BMW-100, no wait, it was the WMB-100..no the MBW-100 watch. Man did I get that wrong a number of times writing this. The MBW-100 from Fossil uses Bluetooth wireless connectivity to connect with certain models of Sony Ericsson mobile phones including the Sony Walkmans.
When the phone rings you can use the MBW-100 watch to see the caller id information to quickly see who is calling without having to look at your phone. You can then use the phone to stop the ringing if you choose not to answer. The MBW-100 also lets you run the some multimedia features of the mobile phone as well. This makes some common functions easily workable from the convenience of your wrist instead of having to grab your phone from it’s holder or …

Nokia N75 – The Smaller New Multimedia Computer

Posted in Mobile Phones,Nokia,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on September 27th, 2006

Nokia N75

As the smallest of the new “multimedia computers” that have been announced recently by Nokia, the N75 mobile phone does not lack in it’s multimedia features. The N75 has a clam shell design with a pretty slick multimedia interface and screen that is viewable and runs when the device is closed, which makes it real handy to navigate music, pictures and video without having to even open it up. The 2 megapixel camera on the Nokia N75 mobile phone has a dedicated button to allow for quick capture of photos, as well.

The N75 also has a web browser built in to support viewing the original format of web pages and can download rss feeds with a reader to allow for reading news and information right on your phone. You can also stay connected with features for setting up email accounts or SMS and MMS. And …

5 Things You Don’t Want In a Mobile Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on September 26th, 2006

Mobile PhonesWith all of the new mobile phone models coming out it’s difficult to understand and keep a handle on what is happening with the technology.

Mobile phone features are ever-expanding, and the desired features are different for everyone. To make it a little simpler (and shorter), here is a list of things you might not want when choosing a mobile phone.

A phone you can’t hold. Many new phones are coming out in all shapes and sizes. Flat, clam shell, sliding, ones with wide QWERTY keyboards, etc. Don’t by a phone without trying it out in your hand. I like the one-hand test, personally. If I can’t operate 90% of the features with one hand, I’m not interested in the phone.
Phones that won’t hold a three day charge. Take inventory of your talk time and look for a phone that that has a battery …

FujiFilm FinePix S5 Pro Camera Coming 2007

Posted in Digital Cameras,Fujifilm by Darrin Olson on September 26th, 2006

FujiFilm FinePix S5 ProFujiFilm has announced the development of their new “workhorse” camera to be released in 2007. The FujiFilm FinePix S5 Pro will be released with a host of new features and upgrades from the previous S3 version.

A few of the larger improvements to this line of FinePix cameras include:

Real Photo Technology Pro (a combination of Super CCD SR Pro and RP Processor Pro).
Six preset ranges between 100% and 400%.
Dual save mode to allow pictures to be save as jpeg and RAW simultaneously.
Mac and PC Support.
Shutter speed from 30 seconds to 1/8000 seconds.
2.5 inch LCD screen with 235,000 pixels.
Unique Face Detection Technology.
LAN and WiFi accessories.

There are many more existing features and features that will be added to the FujiFilm FinePix S5 Pro that truly makes this a nice addition to the FujiFilm professional line of cameras.

FujiFilm S5 [Digital Photography Preview]

Sony VAIO UX Micro PC

Posted in PCs,Sony by Darrin Olson on September 25th, 2006

Sony Vaio UX

The Sony VAIO UX Series Micro PC works basically like a regular PC, but smaller. It runs the regular version of Windows XP and the VGN-UX280P pictured here has 40 GB hard drive and an Intel Core Solo Processor at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of memory (this is the max allowed).

The Sony Micro PC has a keyboard and a touch screen stylus, so you can use either depending on what you are doing with it. The battery runs from 2 to 4 hours and can run up to 9 hours with a larger capacity battery. There is also a port replicator available for the Sony Micro PC so you can dock it and use a full size keyboard and monitor when you would like. The screen size is 4.5″ measured diagonally, and the Micro PC resolution runs up to 1024×600.

For network connectivity, you …