Archive for Computer Components

Addonics unveils external Blu-ray drive with USB interface

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on August 27th, 2009

addonicsblurayThe problem with netbooks is that they lack optical drives. I learned that the hard way when I used my netbook at CES earlier this year and everyone was handing me CDs with information on them to check out.

Addonics has a new external optical Blu-ray drive that has both eSATA and USB connectivity. The Blu-ray drive can play Blu-ray movies and burn CDs and DVDs. The drive is also available in a DVD only version that can burn and play DVDs or CDs.

Sanwa USB keyboard with built-in stereo speakers

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Sanwa USB keyboard with built-in stereo speakersHere’s a cool USB keyboard that looks awesome. It’s the 400-SKB005 from Sanwa. What sets it apart from your boring regular keyboard is that this keyboard comes with built-in dual 1.5w stereo speakers. It also features blue LED backlighting, for those who type in the dark.

The Sanwa 400-SKB005 is available now in Japan for 7,980 Yen, which is about $84. No word if this will show up outside of Japan, but don’t get your hopes up. This 109 key keyboard just looks cool. The speakers are a bonus.

Tritton Technologies offers external GPUs at Best Buy

Posted in Video Cards by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2009

see2xtreme-sbHaving multiple monitors on your computer is a great way to get more productivity by being able to get more on the screen at one time. The catch is that notebooks and some desktop computers aren’t made to support more than one monitor.

Tritton has offered external USB GPUs for a while now and the company has now announced that it is offering two of its external GPUs at Best Buy and on BestBuy.com. The GPUs include the UV150 and the See2 Extreme and both plug into a USB port and allow the addition of one monitor.

MIMOMonitors unveils new 710-S folding mini-monitor

Posted in Displays by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2009

mimiusbmonitor-sbEach time I use my netbook I think that it would be great if I had more screen space. The problem is that I am using my netbook for portability and a larger screen kills the portability. A second monitor to take with me when I am working from the netbook would be perfect.

The caveat again is that secondary screens are typically bulky and need a power outlet to work. MIMOMonitors has announced a new foldable mini-monitor for people who are on the go and need a lightweight and compact secondary screen.

Orcish World Of Warcraft PC case

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2009

Orcish World Of Warcraft PC caseI’m not a WOW player, but this PC case with WOW art on it looks pretty damn sweet, featuring some Orc artwork. The translations make it difficult to figure out, but this is either a retail case or a PC case mod that will cost you $299.

If I was an uber WOW geek, I would snag this one up quick and brag to all of my guild mates about it. Then they would have no choice but to make me guild leader. One day it will happen. One day. It has to. It’s all I have. It is my destiny.

Mogo Mouse for Netbooks launches

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2009

mogo-x54_netbook-sbOne of the things I dislike most about notebooks and especially netbooks is the track pad. Most netbooks have the track pad so close to the keyboard that I end up hitting the track pad with the palm of my hand while typing.

That means I like to have a notebook mouse with me at all times. One of the coolest mice for notebooks is the Mogo Mouse that stores in the PC Card slot. The catch for netbooks is that the little machines lack a PC Card slot.

Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2009

Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000Microsoft has announced its latest ergonomic keyboard and mouse duo, the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000. The keyboard features a Comfort Curve layout for natural wrist posture with a six-degree curve. The mouse on the other hand features BlueTrack technology so that you can use it on almost any surface.

Some other features include low-profile quiet touch keys and rubber grips on both sides of the Wireless Mouse 5000. You can get it later this month for $79.95. Your wrists may just thank you. Check out our review of the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 while you are contemplating the purchase.

Fuwa-Fuwa Fur Keyboard

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

Fuwa-Fuwa Fur KeyboardDo you prefer your keyboard soft to the touch? Like your gadgets furry? This one might be for you. The name means “soft and fluffy” in Japanese, and the white fur lining the sides makes typing more like petting a soft kitty…That’s been flattened under your keyboard.

Don’t type that hate e-mail just yet PETA, the fur is synthetic. The Fuwa-Fuwa Fur Keyboard is perfect for pimps, men who dance in broadway shows, Vegas showgirls, Strip club PCs and Richard Simmons.

GPU market shows impressive growth in Q2 2009

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2009

jpr-logo-sbThe fates of the computer and GPU market are closely tied together. Poor computer sales means the GPU market is doing poorly. At the same time robust GPU sales means that computers are selling well also. That means that the GPU market can be a great indicator of how the PC market is doing.

Research firm Jon Peddie Research has released its GPU shipment results for Q2 2009. The research firm notes that while the market is still in a recession, Q2 showed signs of improvement. Q1 to Q2 sales traditionally decline according to JPR with summer vacations and consumers getting ready for the fall.

SteelSeries unveils Xai laser gaming mouse

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2009

steelseries_xai_laser-sbIf you like to play games, odds are you long ago retired that junk mouse that come with your computer and opted for a gaming mouse. If you haven’t, what’s wrong with you? That 800 dpi mouse that shipped with your computer isn’t up to gaming whether you realize it or not.

SteelSeries has announced a new mouse for gamers called the Xai laser gaming mouse. The mouse is designed with a shape, size, and weight to help gamers get an advantage over their competition. The mouse was designed in cooperation with pro gamers says SteelSeries.

NZXT launches new M59 gaming chassis

Posted in Cases,Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2009

nzxtm59-sbGamers often spend big money on their gaming PCs. Most of that money goes into processors, RAM, and video cards. However, many gamers will spend some money on a slick chassis to put all that hardware into as well.

One of the most affordable makers of cool gaming cases for computers is NZXT and the company has announced a new mid tower chassis called the M59. The case ships with two 120mm fans in the side and rear of the case and it supports five total fans.

Creative unveils Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes

Posted in Soundcards by Shane McGlaun on July 21st, 2009

soundblasterwireless-sbCreative has been making Sound Blaster sound cards for computers and laptops for many years. The products were once among the most popular add-in cards for gaming PCs. With the advent of HD onboard sound on most computers, the add-in sound card isn’t as popular as it used to be.

Today Creative announced its latest Sound Blaster device called the Sound Blaster Wireless for iTunes. The device retails for $149.99 and turns Mac and PC computers into a wireless music system. The system includes the wireless transmitter that is about the size of a flash drive and a receiver.

Mac and Linux keycaps come to Das Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2009

daskeyboard-sbThe Das Keyboard has been around for a while. The first time we saw it the keyboard was all black and had no letters or other symbols on it. That meant that the average geek who needed to see the keys and symbols the Das Keyboard wasn’t an option.

Not too long after it debuted, a new version of the Das Keyboard with letters and symbols on it was introduced. The company who makes the Das Keyboard announced today that Mac and Linux specific keycaps were now available for the Das Keyboard.

The Brand Keyboard, brought to you by…everyone

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

The Brand Keyboard, brought to you by...everyoneThese days everything has to be branded with a company logo. It’s not just for race cars anymore. Imagine if keyboards were that way. You wouldn’t know what to type. Ignacio Pilotto is trying to make a statement about how these corporate brands have been “branded” in our consciousness.

And so the keys on this keyboard feature logos from some of the biggest and most famous brands ever. Sure, it’s an out there idea, but do you think these companies would mind one bit if they got some space on your next keyboard?

Mogo Talk Bluetooth headset debuts

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2009

mogobluetooth-sbMogo makes some interesting peripherals for notebook computers like a mouse that stores and charges inside the express card slot of the notebook. The company has announced a new product today called the Mogo Talk that is designed for Voip communications with notebook computers.

The device is designed to be the most comfortable Bluetooth headset on the market with a rubber ear tip that conforms to the ear and eliminates the need for an ear loop to keep the headset in place. The device stores and charges inside the laptop express card slot.