Gadget News February 2007

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Nikon D40 Review 

Digital Trends :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“Nothing surprising here. The all-black D40 looks like every other D-SLR out there other than the Nikon logo just below the auto pop-up flash. Anyone looking for something special design-wise won’t find it here. Utilitarian is the best descriptor. This camera is rather lightweight, tipping the scales at 27.4 ounces including supplied lens, battery, strap and card. Surprisingly, the Canon XTi feels much more substantial even though it only weighs an ounce more. And it weighs four ounces less than the D80; Nikon had to strip some features in order to hit the sub-$600 price for this “Made In Thailand” camera. Simply put: it does not have the feel or build of other D-SLRs recently reviewed such as the Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Sony alpha or Pentax K10D. It also doesn’t cost as much as those cameras; figure around a $200 premium for the Canon and Sony. And don’t forget Olympus has an 8MP D-SLR too that goes for less than $600 with a lens (the somewhat long-in-the-tooth E-500). ” 

Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Review
XYZ Computing :: Monday, February 26, 2007
The N800 is actually Nokia’s second generation internet tablet. The previous model, the 770, is still for sale (for $40 cheaper than the N800). The older model has a slightly larger, has a less elegant design, and lacks the N800’s on-board camera as well as its second flash card expansion slot. The N800 has double the RAM and onboard storage of the 770 as well as a new processor. Both devices run the Internet Tablet operating system, which is based on Debian, though the newer model has been upgraded to the 2007 version. Aside from a few tweaks the controls on the devices are basically the same, though the N800 is overall a much more refined product. While the 770 was largely a toy for enthusiasts, the N800 seems ready for much wider adoption.

Alienware Aurora m9700 17-inch Laptop Review
ThinkComputers :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“The last time we took a look at an Alienware laptop it was the Area-51 m5550 15.4-inch laptop. The m5550 is more of a mid-range budget system. The Aurora m9700 is on high-end being Alienware’s 2nd most expensive laptop they sell. This notebook is built for gaming with dual 256MB Nvidia Geforce Go 7900 GS video cards in SLI mode! This is the first and only 17″ laptop with a dual graphics card system. Before I reveal anymore about this laptop let’s get the review started!”

Razer Copperhead Mouse Review
PC Modding Malaysia :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“Here we have the front view and rear view of the Razer Copperhead. The Copperhead is designed to be symmetrical as it can be used as a right-handed mouse or a left-handed mouse. The two main buttons are quite large and there’s a semitransparent scroll wheel in between the two buttons. We were told that main buttons have been coated with non-slip rubber, but the button feels like hard plastic. The mouse measures in at 5.04” in length and 2.5” in width, so it’s really not a bulky mouse…”

HP dv9000z HD DVD Laptop Review 
Digital Trends :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“Port layout is straightforward and well thought out. The left side includes three video output options: s-video, VGA, and HDMI. You’ll also find a dock connector, gigabit ethernet, modem, two USB 2.0 ports, and one mini IEEE 1394 port. There’s also an SD/MS/MMC/XD slot, but CF owners are out of luck. The front edge includes the activity lights, wireless switch, IR receiver, microphone input, and two headphone ports (one of which supports S/PDIF for surround sound system connection). The right side houses two more USB 2.0 ports, the HD-DVD/DVD±RW DL drive, and ExpressCard slot. An optional ExpressCard TV tuner is available during product configuration. The power adapter plugs into the right side and has a blue, glowing ring to indicate that there is power flowing through the cable. “

RAPTOR-GAMING K1 Gaming Keyboard 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
” Today for review I have another product from our friends at Raptor-Gaming, it is their K1 Professional Gaming Keyboard. If you’ve read my other reviews of Raptor-Gaming products you’ll know that I found them all to be excellent quality and great performing products, the K1 is no different in that respect, in fact it has become my main keyboard now I like it so much. That wasn’t the case though originally, at first I actually hated this keyboard, I used it for a while and just found that it felt wrong to me, but after a few days I learned to really like it, and have been using it for almost two weeks and I absolutely love it now. The K1 isn’t a keyboard with all the extra buttons, but it does have manual locks for the keys, Cherry Gold contacts, and replaceable keys, so read on to learn all about this excellent keyboard… ” 

Cyber Snipa Intelliscope Laser Mouse Review
XYZ Computing :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
The button configuration gives the mouse seven buttons total- the two primary ones, the wheel, forward/back buttons on the left side, one on the top of the mouse (back from the wheel), and one on the right side. The last two on this list are not self-explanatory so- in case you were wondering- the one on top toggles the sensitivity while the right one spans the entire length where two left buttons are placed and is programmable with no default function. The sensitivity button on the top switches the mouse between two settings: Stealth (red LEDs, 1000 dpi) and ATAK (blue LEDs, 2400 dpi). The change is instantaneous and can be done very quickly, a great feature for games where you may need to get more accurate in a hurry.

Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go Pro 2 GB USB Drive
techPowerUp :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
The Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go PRO series is geared toward business men and women who need fast and large storage devices with the security to safeguard confidential information. The blue 2 GB variant may not look very out of the ordinary, but the inside is what counts. It certainly sounds good, with read speeds of ~24MB/s and write speeds of ~13MB/s and an included security suite.

Logitech Harmony 880 Remote Review 
Extreme OC Tech :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“The LCD display menu walks you through the first few steps up until you need to install the software. Unlike most universal remotes, the Harmony 880 is actually programmed via your computer (PC or Mac) in a web interface. One thing to note with the web interface is its current incompatibility with FireFox and you may need to temporarily disable security software before the remote can be programmed.”

NaturalPoint TrackIR 4 PRO & TrackClip PRO Review 
Overclockers Club :: Thursday, February 22, 2007
“TrackIR 4 PRO is a head-tracker, which means it records the motion that you make with your head. It sends the signal to the game, which processes it as movement on the screen. It is a view-controller, meaning that you cannot move anything except the head of your character. I was expecting to be able to steer my car while racing, so I was disappointed to find out that it wasn’t possible.” 

Logitech VX Revolution Mouse Review 
Hardware Secrets :: Thursday, February 22, 2007
“Using a laptop’s touchpad requires a lot of patience. You can’t help having a notebook mouse even though it’s one more piece of equipment to carry along. There are several choices available on the market, from tiny mice to bigger cordless options like the Logitech VX Revolution. It’s almost a desktop mouse due to its size and ergonomic contour. The VX Revolution features the most comfortable and precise scrollwheel that we’ve used so far. Even though it’s not that portable for a notebook mouse it more than makes up for the space it requires on your laptop bag.”

D-Link :: Thursday, February 22, 2007
D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business, today announced the premiere of D-LinkTV?, an Internet video portal designed to better educate and entertain consumers, business customers and resellers on advancements in networking and connectivity solutions

Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Pro Review
Techgage :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Last week we took a look at Logitechs top end webcam, the Ultra Vision. While it’s quality is unsurpassed, the one we are taking a look at today is for people always on the go. 

The iPhone Killer Lands at 3GSM 
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
“Boy, is the market for phones different than the market for MP3 players. I was there at the launch of the iPod, and I immediately saw it was a game changer. But it had a massive exposure; there were three other firms in the space — S3, Creative Labs, and Sony — and the iPod only worked on Macs. It took these competitors at least a year to understand what Apple had done and to come out with similar or better offerings. Now, over 5 years later, S3/RIO has exited the market, Creative Labs still doesn’t get it, and Sony seems to be doing its level best to commit suicide by overuse of DRM. ” 

A-DATA Super Info SD Card 512MB 
techPowerUp :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The A-DATA Super Info SD card comes with a little LCD readout that can display volume name and remaining capacity. This is a very useful feature because it allows you to check what is on the card without inserting it into a computer. The performance of the card is good as well, transfer rates are in the 12 MB/s range with access speeds of only 1.3 ms.

Motorola Q (Sprint Moto Q) Review
CDR Info :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Slim and stylish, the Moto Q offered from Sprint operates on the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Platform with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack and gives customers easy access to mobile email, Web, calendar, music, video and phone functionality in one pocket-sized device. Overall, there are several reasons to buy it, especially if you are looking for a solid phone.

SuperTalent MegaScreen Mp3 Player
CDR Info :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
MegaScreen Mp3 player most most noticeable feature is the “big” OLED color screen that can not only display pictures but also Video files, provided that you convert them to a device-specific format. Overall, we were satisfied with the player’s performance. It didn’t produce any problems with playback of Mp3 and WMA files, and with such large capacities as 2GB, will provide many hours of enjoyment and easy listening. 

ATP SD Trio Professional PLUS 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
” Pretty much any consumer electronic device uses some sort of flash card and having all different flash cards can be a real pain. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one that fits pretty much everything making it almost future proof? Well ATP has come out with a new version of there popular Trio Micro SD card set, it is called the SD Trio Professional PLUS, what makes it a PLUS is that it is an SD card, Mini SD card and Micro SD card all in one, and also a USB Micro SD card reader/USB drive. ATP is known for quality flash cards that are made to withstand extreme conditions, be it cold, heat or wet weather, your data will be safe on an ATP flash card. So read on to check out ATPs newest multi-function product, it’s kinda like the Swiss Army knife of flash memory cards… ” 

nMedia Wireless RF Keyboard with Trackball Review
Think Computers :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
“I just built a brand new HTPC last week. I am using the SilverStone LC14MC HTPC case. The case came with a wireless remote, but I still need to have a keyboard and mouse connected when I want to transfer files via USB, or just sit in my bed and surf the web. Now I really don’t want to shell out a lot of money for both a wireless keyboard and mouse especially since I’m not going to be using it either that much. When you go down to you local computer store the only wireless keyboards and mice are the high-end expensive one. Well nMedia has a great solution that solves the keyboard and mouse problem, their wireless RF keyboard with trackball!”

A4tech X-750BF 3xFire Laser Game Mouse Review 
Review Desk :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
“The thumb grip sure looks like a good idea, but for some reason the plastic material here seems to make my thumb sweat more than usual – and noticeably more than the rest of my hand. I only noticed this while playing intense FPS games such as F.E.A.R. and PREY. I didn’t have trouble holding onto the mouse, so the grip works, but I think it’d help if it were made from a different material – for instance, the same material that the right/left click are coated with. This issue is probably subjective.”

Saitek GM3200 Gaming mouse with 3200dpi Review
Xtreme Computing :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
“Today we are looking at the world’s first 1st 3200 dpi laser mouse from Saitek, the GM3200. This mouse promises to be excellent with the features of it as well as the weight removal system. The question is will it be any good.”

CORSAIR Flash Voyager 8 GB USB 2.0 Drive Review
Futurelooks :: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
How do you carry up to 3 DVD’s, or 2000 MP3 songs, or 2500 JPGS in a shock and water resistant device along with your keys and your wallet. In the same pocket no less! According to CORSAIR, it’s pretty simple. We check out their massive CORSAIR Flash Voyager 8 GB USB 2.0 Drive and put it through the torture test.

Rechargeable USB Shaver Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, February 19, 2007
” I’m sure by now you know that I love gadgets of all shapes and sizes, the more obscure the better actually. Today for review I have one of those gadgets that is very useful, at least useful for guys, although girls might be able to use it… Our friends at Brando WorkShop have sent us a Rechargeable USB Shaver for review, and I have to say this is one of the more unusual reviews I have done, especially since it actually features myself in it…but anyway, I was skeptical about a USB shaver and how good it could be, well I was pleasantly surprised that it actually gives a nice close shave and the battery lasts quite a long time, so read on to learn more about one of the more useful USB powered gadgets out there today… ” 

Gateway NX570 Laptop Review 
Digital Trends :: Monday, February 19, 2007
Overall, the laptop has an industrial look that is as modern and hip as any other competitor in its class. Aside from the power button in the upper right-hand corner next to the keyboard, there are no other buttons outside of the keyboard to complicate the layout. No volume controls, mute button, “sleep” button or any other controls muddy up the intentionally minimalist layout. Traditionally, look and feel of this caliber has been reserved for the flagship models from each manufacturer, such as the Ferrari 5000 from Acer. Gateway should be commended for choosing to bring a higher fit and finish to the mainstream without bringing the corresponding higher cost. ” 

Targus Voice Recording Presenter w/ Laser Pointer
Legit Reviews :: Monday, February 19, 2007
“For the person who makes presentations in a variety of environments, the 2.4Ghz Targus Voice Recording Presenter AMP05US is one of the best, feature-packed presentation devices on the market. It may not have every bell and whistle that you can find, but Targus finds a balance and does an excellent job of giving the user a very professional looking and functional device…”

Cooler Master NotePal S Review
XYZ Computing :: Monday, February 19, 2007
The NotePal S is a great place to put your notebook computer. It’s easy to use and does what we expected of it. If you are looking for a way to make your notebook more comfortable to use and you like typing at an angle, or just want to raise the display and use a separate keyboard, this will do the job and add some style points to your workplace.