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Chinavasion Full Bamboo Keyboard and Mouse Combo

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

Beware Panda attacks if using this Bamboo Keyboard and mouse combo from Chinavasion. It is too tempting a treat for Pandas, who will want to eat it for dinner. The laser engraved bamboo keys apparently absorb sweat, stay clean and feel comfortable, while being environmentally friendly.

They do look pretty nice and it beats cold plastic any day. This combo will cost you $33.44. Just plug them into your USB ports and you are good to go.

Green Bamboo Bottle keeps plastic from the landfill

Posted in Green by Shane McGlaun on August 10th, 2010

If you are the green type, the thought of drinking your water out of a plastic bottle probably curls your toes. What you need is something along the lines of the Bamboo Bottle.

This reusable bottle is made from renewable and recyclable materials. The inside of the bottle is made from glass and can be washed in the dishwasher. The outside of the bottle is renewable bamboo.

Asus Bamboo notebooks now available for pre-order at Best Buy

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2010

This is not for those who keep Pandas as pets, not that any of you do that. At least I hope you don’t. Those cute bears will kill you and eat your bamboo notebook. If you want an Asus Bamboo notebook in the US, you can now place a pre-order on Best Buy for a couple of 14″ systems.

They include the U43JC and U43F. The latter will cost $950 and runs an Intel Core i5 2.26GHz with 4GB of RAM and a 640GB hard drive. The U43JC costs $50 more, with NVIDIA’s GeForce 310M graphics chipset with Optimus graphics switching capability to help with battery life.


iPhone 4 Grove Made Bamboo Case

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2010

The design on the new iPhone 4 is beautiful, but maybe you want something more natural looking. If so then check out these new bamboo cases for the iPhone 4 from Grove Made. This case is available in a plain version, or in some versions with laser engraving.

They won’t cost you an arm and a leg either as they can be had for just $49 for the plain version and $69 for the engraved version.

Foxconn cases sport wood, bamboo that is

Posted in Computer Cases by Shane McGlaun on December 11th, 2009

Bamboo wood is finding its way into more and more products in all sorts of industries. This is due to the fact that it looks good, is strong, and grows very fast. Bamboo has been used to cover notebooks before with good effect and Foxconn has announced a couple PC cases with bamboo covering.

One of the cases is the Bamboo One mid-tower case. The front bezel of the case is made from bamboo, as is the side vent cover. The wood looks really good but they should have cut the drive bay covers from the same piece so the grain and color matched.

Dell uses renewable bamboo in product packaging

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2009

Dell uses renewable bamboo in product packagingCompanies are starting to get more into environmental packaging. The latest is Dell. Dell gets just a little greener by adding bamboo in its product packaging portfolio. And they are the first in the PC industry to do it.

It applies to all Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and Mini 10v netbooks shipped from today onward. Bamboo is used as product cushions cradling the Mini within an outer box that is made from 25% post-consumer materials. Starting early next year, Dell hopes to expand their use of bamboo packaging to a wider range of it’s products.

Simpletech [re]drive external hard drive uses bamboo to stay cool

Posted in External Hard Drives by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2009

Simpletech [re]drive external hard drive uses bamboo to stay coolSimpleTech wants to please tree-huggers everywhere while stealing Panda food for their latest, the [re]Drive, a 500GB external hard drive that’s ensconced in recyclable aluminum, and “renewable, naturally grown bamboo.” Poor pandas. What will they eat if we keep using their food in tech?

Interestingly the aluminum and bamboo enclosure acts like a heat sink, so much so that there’s no need for an internal fan, which saves power. But somewhere, a panda cries out in hunger.


Salk Sound HT4 giant bamboo speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2009

Salk Sound HT4 giant bamboo speakersSalk Sound’s latest speakers, look like they belong in some weird sci-fi flick. They are definitely different. They are dubbed the HT 4 to outdo the current HT 3 line. These babies weigh 155 lbs and stand about 42″ high. Supposedly they can deliver “a very accurate recreation of what you would hear in a concert hall or other live venue.”

They are made of trans-laminated bamboo, but there is a cheaper Medium Density Fiberboard version in the works too.

Micro Innovations goes all bamboo

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2009

Micro Innovations goes all bambooTwo creatures love bamboo a whole lot. Pandas and eco-loving hippies. I make fun, but both creatures are smart, because bamboo grows super fast so chopping it down to be used in electronic devices, or to eat, is a good idea. Micro Innovations is the latest company to feature accessories made with a bamboo shell.

Those accessories include speakers, a card reader, a webcam, USB hub, keyboard and a mouse. Hopefully the guts of these devices are a little greener as well, not just the casing. These should be available in an electronics store near you around April or May.

ASUS U6V-B1 Bamboo ultraportable laptop up for pre-order

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2008

ASUS U6V-B1-Bamboo ultraportable laptop up for pre-orderIf you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly laptop that will match your wood floors, the ASUS U6V-B1-Bamboo laptop is for you. It’s actually fairly nice looking and this 12.1-inch ultraportable laptop is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. It features a Moso bamboo cover and a palm rest that is “artisan grade,” ooo la la.

Even the touch pad has bamboo fiber patterns on it, making it feel as though you’re scrolling and pointing on a real bamboo surface. Specs include a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor, a 320GB hard drive, a NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS 256MB graphics card and more. The display is LED backlit and features a 1280 x 800 resolution. An optical drive is included as well as Windows Vista Business. Go ahead and pre-order it on Amazon now for $1,999.

Woody Bamboo, an eco-friendly USB flash drive with style

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Woody Bamboo, an eco-friendly USB flash drive with styleMany gadget makers are looking for unique ways to stand out while providing eco-friendly alternatives to plastic gadgets. As far as USB drives go, this one manages to be both environmentally friendly and able to stand out from the crowd. As a bonus it will hold your data.

The NAND based flash drive will be available in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB sizes. The high speed USB 2.0 memory stick resides inside a hardened bamboo shell that can last forever. It comes with a bamboo slide box, so you’ll always know where it’s at. Plus it looks really stylish sitting on your desk.


Asus says less bamboo is more, loves Pandas

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2008

Asus says less bamboo is more, loves PandasAsus ditched their plans for all-bamboo laptops, much to the delight of bamboo chewing Pandas everywhere. Instead they’ve revealed the U6, which is only bamboo trimmed for that we’re still green statement. I have to say, the look works.

If laptops evolved from the old wood-grain atari console, this is what they would look like. You’ll pay for all that elegance, as it will cost you around $2000. Apparently, plans for the all-bamboo Asus EcoBook were scrapped when heat management became an issue. Good thing too, because otherwise we wouldn’t have this looker.

Asus showcases bamboo laptops concept

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2008

Asus showcases bamboo laptops concept
These days everyone is going green. It’s not just for peace loving hippies anymore. That’s why Asus has their eye on a greener line of products. The idea is to make computers and notebooks out of environmentally friendly materials like bamboo. It makes sense, and not just from a Panda luring standpoint. Bamboo is not only environmentally friendly, but also very tough.

Asus products that will be made with bamboo include notebooks, LCDs and Mini PCs. They claim that they’ve figured out a special manufacturing process to make it even more durable. While the idea will not singlehandedly save Mother Earth, it will help a tad, while giving everything a nice retro look. My one concern is that when they harvest all the bamboo, the Pandas will be coming for our laptops.

Bamboo Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2007

Bamboo MouseThis mouse is touted as eco-friendly since it’s made out of bamboo instead of a plastic outer shell like most mouses. It’s an optical mouse (not wireless), has a right and left button and a scroll wheel. The catalog page talks about many benefits of bamboo, such as how hard the material is, how Panda’s don’t eat this type, how fast it grows and how it consumes an extra amount of hydrogen. The inner parts are probably still made out of metal and plastic, though.

This bamboo mouse would be a great accompaniment on your desk …

Best Buy CEO: Death of notebooks is “greatly exaggerated”

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Best Buy chief Brian Dunn done a 180 and changed his tune on claims that the iPad cut notebook sales in half at his stores.

In a statement, he says that he did see “shifts in consumption patterns” towards the tablet but characterized it more as an “incremental opportunity” than the market redefining shift it first looked like. He compared his view on the death of notebooks to Mark Twain’s after the legendary false obituary. “The reports of the demise of these devices are grossly exaggerated,”.

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