Archive for Computer Components

Keyboard with video editing controls

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2010

If you are editing videos, you’ll want something that helps you do it quickly and accurately. A real jog/shuttle wheel helps. Especially when it’s built into your keyboard. Of course whatever video editing software you are using has on screen interfaces that do the same things, but you still have to use a mouse and cursor to control them.

The GR100 keyboard adds just such a shuttle wheel so that you can turn to move quickly through a clip, and has an inner dial to locate the exact frame you are searching for. Some buttons around the dial allow shortcuts to other editing functions.

iKey KYB-170-OEM keypad

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2010

Remember the iKey AK-39 military-grade wrist keyboard? It was a small keyboard made for a soldier to wear on his or her wrist in order to manipulate a rugged, portable computer.

Now iKey has a new keypad, and it’s an OEM product meant to integrate directly with wrist-worn computers. The 17-key keypad “functions just like a cellular phone does when texting”. It also sports an integrated pointing device, dedicated mouse-click button, and an Enter key.

SilverStone HDDBOOST combines SSD and HDD for best of both

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on February 4th, 2010

I have a SSD that has been sitting around my office for months now that I haven’t used. I know that it would make my machine faster, but I don’t want to have to mess with moving all my software and installing an OS on the drive.

SilverStone has a new product called the HDDBOOST that claims to be able to improve the performance of a HDD by up to 70% by combining it with an SSD. The HDDBOOST installs into an internal drive bay and connects to a SSD and the HDD already in your system.

Microsoft’s new SideWinder X4 Gaming Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Microsoft has a new member in its SideWinder family in the SideWinder X4. The keyboard, in fact the entire “X-series”, is designed for gamers. One of the most interesting features of the X4 is the anti-ghosting feature, which allows gamers to press up to 26 keys at once.

Each key is scanned independently by the keyboard hardware, so each key is correctly detected. Some other features include adjustable backlighting, macro keys, automatic macro repetition and more.

Mobience smallQWERTY keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

There are still some people who prefer a tactile QWERTY keyboard, so South Korea-based Mobience has come up with a new solution to address the needs of those smart phone/tablet users who want traditional button inputs.

The smallQWERTY keyboard is a nice concept design that wirelessly connects and inputs text into your touch interface smart phone. We don’t have any technical details at the moment, but you can check out the video here. This should make many people happy if it ever hits the market.

Matrox now supports multiple GXM modules per computer

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2010

Matrox has been selling its GXM (graphics expansion modules) for a while now that let users connect more displays to their computers. The GXMs come in DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go versions supporting two or three more displays each.

Matrox has announced a new software update that lets users connect more than one GXM to their computer allowing for even more displays. Software version 2.06 and up supports multiple GXMs.

Great Wall Cross PC U510 All-In-Keyboard PC

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

Our excitement over the eee Keyboard has grown stale after waiting so long for it, but the Cross PC U510 might be a good alternative. The Cross PC U510 packs in a 1.6GHZ Nvidia Ion, 2GB RAM, 250GB SATA hard drive, with a 5-inch TFT touchscreen embedded on the surface.

Some other features include Wi-Fi, handwriting recognition, and 3D graphics. It has to rely on external power though, having no battery. It can be connected to a normal display, HD TV, and projectors , but no support for dual displays.

NZXT goes to hell with Hades PC case

Posted in Cases,Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on January 13th, 2010

You can put all the newest hardware available inside your PC, but if you put it in a junky looking case, no one will think it’s cool. Gamers and enthusiasts want a cool case, but they don’t want to spend so much on the case that they have to skimp on hardware.

NZXT has announced a new case that should be reasonably priced called the Hades. The chassis is good looking and is designed to offer nine 5.25″ drive bays. If you don’t need that many 5.25″ bays four of them can be converted to 3.5″ drive bays.

SteelSeries StarCraft II Limited Edition ZBoard Keyset

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2010

SteelSeries has teamed up with Blizzard for a StarCraft II Limited Edition ZBoard Keyset. The design is of course based on the upcoming StarCraft II title and features artwork from the game and a layout that will help you kick ass in said game.

Some features include one-touch macros and the ability to customize each key. It will cost you $24.99 when the game itself becomes available. hat’s about all the info we have on this one.

Motorized keyboard moves to relieve stress

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2010

Generally we like our keyboards to sit still, but what if a moving keyboard meant less repetitive stress injury? That’s the idea here. This ergonomic USB keyboard from Smartfish moves slightly, just every so often, depending on your workload, which keeps your wrists from aching and helps you avoid repetitive stress injuries.

Look for it in mid-April for $150. Who knows, it may actually help for once. The two halves move apart and together and the base vibrates just a bit once or twice an hour to massage your wrist muscles. You shouldn’t even be aware of the movement.

Eee Keyboard finally available next month, under $600

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2010

Well, it may not have gotten a 2009 release, but ASUS has just confirmed that the Eee Keyboard PC will go on sale next month for between $500 – $600. The price is about what we expected, but really we’re just glad it is finally arriving after such a long wait.

To refresh your memory, it runs on a previous generation Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor, has a single DIMM slot, with 1 gigabyte of DDR2 memory and no accessible way to upgrade to 2 GB. A 16-GB SSD comes standard, with an option to go to 32 GB. It also has a built-in battery which lasts up to 4 hours.

Alereon NoWire kit streams video from PC to HDTV

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on January 6th, 2010

I bet there are lots of you out there who like me enjoy watching the occasional video online from YouTube or Hulu. The main reason I don’t watch more videos is that I don’t like watching on my PC screen. I want to watch on my big screen in the living room.

Alereon is showing off a new OEM solution at CES that is called the NoWire Laptop to HDTV Extender Kit reference design. The tech allows you to plug a USB dongle into your laptop and a receiver into your HDTV via the HDMI port.

Gamecore brings PC games to the living room

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on January 5th, 2010

If you would like to play your favorite PC or internet game on the TV in your living room, but you don’t want to add a TV to your entertainment center you have a new option. A company called iGugu is set to unveil a device called the Gamecore.

The system includes a transmitter you connect to your PC, a receiver connected to your TV, and a Gamecore controller that is wireless. Between the transmitter and receiver, you have to run a network cable, which is a big downside.

Innergie offers tiny mCube Mini notebook charger

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on December 30th, 2009

On the go types know that it can be a challenge to keep, a notebook charged up when you are in the car or in the air for most of a day. To keep working you need the battery on your notebook to last and to be able to recharge the notebook while on the go.

Innergie has announced a cool new notebook charger that is universal and claims to be the smallest charger for car and air use in the world. The device is smaller than the palm of your hand and works with machines from Dell, HP, and many more companies.

Bluetooth rollable keyboard coming soon

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

Wireless keyboards are perfect to use with your HTPC setup, but the livingoom is a messy place full of dangers for any keyboard. There’s spilled drinks, the danger of leaving your keyboard on the couch and having someone sit on it, etc.

Well, this rollable Bluetooth keyboard should make those problems a thing of the past. It comes fresh from the FCC in red or pink and is made of a rubbery material. It won’t break in half if you sit on it and it is safe from spills. It’s also super portable.