Gadget News January 2007

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Samsung YP-T9 MP3 Player Review

Digital Trends :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“The nano is dead; long live the nano. The Samsung YP-T9 is everything the iconic Apple MP3 player is, plus much, much more. In fact, we would go so far as to say that unless you are married to a library full of music from iTunes, there is no reason to consider a nano if the T9 is any indication of where Windows Media Player compatible devices are headed. ”

Saitek Eclipse Keyboard Review
Gamypyre :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
As the keyboard is about the most used item on the computer besides the monitor and mouse, and often outlives systems, the Eclipse is a solid buy.

On our rating scale I would have to give the Eclipse a rating of 95 out of 100, and is a solid choice for a Gamers Gold Award.

Raptor-Gaming P4-Cloth Mousepad
Dragonsteel Mods :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
” A few days ago I took a look at the Raptor-Gaming P5 Hard Surface Mousepad, and I found it to be a very capable and well made mousepad. Today I have the Raptor-Gaming P4 Cloth Surface Mousepad for review, which is an exceptional option for those that might prefer cloth mousepads, like myself. The P4 is larger than it’s hard surface counterpart the P5, allowing for a larger gaming surface, being cloth it does offer more friction and thus more control over your mouse, but yet the mouse still glides nicely over the P4…”

iOne Scorpius N4 Mouse/Number Keypad Review
Overclockers Club :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“At some point or another, everyone found laptop keyboards to be ridiculously small, lacking both a decent mouse and a number pad. Now comes iOne’s Scorpius N4 with a full featured number keypad and a mouse. That’s right, they combined it into some sort of a num-mouse! This seems like a very cool idea! It saves space and rescues you from the horrors of a small keyboard! Let’s see what happens.”

Ideazon FragMat Mouse mat Review –
XS Reviews :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“Ideazon have introduced many innovative products in the past from the Zboard to its gaming board counterpart, the Fang. Today however, I am testing something a little simpler; today I have the Ideazon FragMat. Designed to compliment the Ideazon Reaper mouse and others like it, Ideazon are attempting to branch out into the mat market. Lets see how it does.”

Goldenmars Identity Flashdrive & SD Card 
techPowerUp! :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Goldenmars are expanding from being an OEM manufacturer to targeting the retail market. To facilitate the changes, the company launched its signature brand “GeeDom” line of memory modules and flash based storage products. We are testing the Identity flash drive and SD card today which comes with a small LCD display that shows volume label and available capacity, even when disconnected from the PC.

Seagate unveils wireless portable storage
Seagate :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Seagate Technology and Motorola both said Tuesday they had invested in the portable storage market, hoping to meet a rising need by users of cell phones and smartphones to carry gigabytes of digital photos and music in their pockets.

iPhone vs. LG Prada, Ruckus vs. iTunes 
Digital Trends :: Monday, January 29, 2007
“Shortly after the Apple iPhone was announced, LG electronics, the largest Korean Electronics Manufacturer, announced the Prada which on spec is better than the iPhone and will show up about 4 months sooner and will be more widely available in Europe. In addition I just became aware of a competing service to iTunes that’s growing like wildfire in schools: Ruckus. With an advertising based model for listening to music off of PCs, and a subscription that allows you to put music on your non-iPod music player, Ruckus costs a reasonable $5 a month for unlimited tracks. Growth is apparently near vertical and from what I’m told; iTunes isn’t even competing for this opportunity. ”

USB Mini Multimedia Keyboard from Brando WorkShop 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, January 29, 2007
” Today I have another short review for you of yet another small keyboard. The USB Mini Multimedia Keyboard is from our friends at Brando WorkShop and it’s not only small but loaded with features as well. The Mini-Multimedia Keyboard, being so small makes it the perfect traveling companion for users on the go that want the functionality and versatility of a full keyboard. ”

A4Tech X-750F Laser Gaming Mouse 
Think Computers :: Monday, January 29, 2007
“Ever since the GUI first started making it’s way onto computers the mouse has been an incredibly important piece of equipment for any computer user. With the rise of modern PC gaming and modern graphic design the mouse has moved from a “point and click” device to a device of precision. Many gamers these days want a mouse that is going to not only meet their needs in game but also for their daily PC use. A4 Tech has answered the call of many gamers and has developed the X-750F Laser Mouse with 3X Fire “triple click”, and adjustable DPI via the sixth mouse button.”

USB Retractable Fish Mouse from USBGeek
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, January 29, 2007
” If you have a laptop computer then you know that sometimes the little touchpad can be just a real pain to use for long period of time, especially if you are used to using a standard mouse all the time. I personally have had a laptop for quite a while and still don’t like the touchpad, I always end up using a small mouse for any extended periods of work. Today for review I have found a mouse that is very inexpensive and yet performs like a mouse that costs three times as much, it is from our friends at USBGeek and it is called the USB Retractable Fish Mouse. Yeah I know you are thinking a ‘fish mouse’? Well not really, it just kind of resembles a fish, so continue on to check it out… ”

Fanatec Head$hot Controller Review 
Gamepyre :: Monday, January 29, 2007
If you’re looking for a mouse+mousepad combination, the Fanatec Head$hot is an excellent combination with some caveats, offering the accuracy of the latest high-end mice from Logitech and a built-in mousepad with three USB ports that you can add other devices to. Where the Head$hot falls short is the relatively high cost of the combination and the short cord for the mouse if you want to use it in a system.

Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse 
techPowerUp! :: Monday, January 29, 2007
Razer has always been known to produce some of the best mice and sensors on the market. They established their reputation with the Razer Diamondback which has now found a worthy successor. The Razer DeathAdder is the best mouse we ever tested, in both low sensitivity and high sensitivity. The bundled control panel is a breeze to work with and boasts a huge number of features. With a price of $59.95 this mouse also offers an excellent price/performance ratio.

Illuminated USB 2.0 Extension Cables from USBGeek 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, January 29, 2007
” Today for review I have another product from our friends at USBGeek, this product is indeed a very useful one. A plethora of devices these days use USB connections to connect to interface with your computer, but there are times when thecables just aren’t long enough. You might want to plug in a USB thumbdrive and hate the idea of reaching around to the back of your computer to do so if you don’t have available USB ports on the front. That’s where the Illuminated USB 2.0 Extension Cables from USBGeek come in, these cable not only add length but bright colors to your desktop environment, and even come with a couple adapters as well. So, read on to check out these cool cables… ”

GoldenMars USB Flash Drive Review
RB Mods :: Monday, January 29, 2007
Nowadays, flash memory cards are everywhere: in mp3 players, phones, cameras, Nintendo Wiis, etc. With file sizes continuing to grow, the speed and performance of the cards are becoming more important. GoldenMars, makers of a wide range of PC peripherals and memory products, has sent us one of their “Turbo” Secure Digital (SD) flash cards to examine. Read on to find out how much of a boost the turbo gives you.

Surefire L2 LumaMax 
Nippy Chips :: Monday, January 29, 2007
“The Surefire L2 LumaMax is spectacular. It’s not only small, but provides ample light for any application. Included in the box is everything needed to begin using the light, including batteries, and a lanyard. The L2 LumaMax also has an excellent metal clip that makes it a breeze to clip the light on a work bag, backpack, or even your pocket.”

Cooler Master NotePal S 
Modders Inc. :: Monday, January 29, 2007
Finding a way to make your laptop more user friendly and at the same time being ergonomic could be a hit and miss situation. Cooler Master has taken of this for you with the NotePal S. With its S shape design and constructed of aluminum it may be hard to find a better notebook accessory.

Toshiba Tecra M6 Notebook Review
XYZ Computing :: Monday, January 29, 2007
There are not many notebooks that are directly comparable to the M6, which is one reason it is interesting. It is a bit heavier than most 12″ models (the starting weight is 4.1 lbs) and on the surface it seems like a model that would be more comfortable with a 14″ display, though it is on the light side for the typical 14″ unit. The starting price is higher than expected, most likely as a result of a few bonuses, like the smaller size and a top-of-the-line DVD writer. The closest competitor is Lenovo’s V100, but some other’s, like Dell’s M1210, are about the same size, but have a betterfeature set.

Razer Tarantula Review
Metku Mods :: Thursday, January 25, 2007
“In the very ends of the board are 15 extra buttons we’ve used to see on top of the keyboard. Razer has included all the necessary buttons to control a mediaplayer to the right hand side, and Zoom, 100% and Rotate buttons to the lower left. These can be used in Windows’ Fax and Image watching utility. On the top left there are keys for hibernate and to open a new browser window. Due to these buttons being on the sides rather than on the top, the Tarantula is sligtly longer than generic boards (51 cm).”

Super Talent MEGA Screen MP3 Player
Think Computers :: Thursday, January 25, 2007
“No doubt about it the iPod owns the portable audio market. If one of my friends have an MP3 player 99% of the time it is some type of iPod. The iPod is such a household name that when someone wants to go out and buy an MP3 player the automatically think “iPod”. Well if you are looking for an MP3 player about the size of the iPod Nano and for about half the price you should check out the Super Talent Mega Screen MP3 player. It is not just an MP3 player it also features a FM tuner, voice recorder, photo viewer, and it plays movies. Today we will be taking a look at the 2GB model.”

Kingston 2GB K-PEX 100 Portable Media Player
Legit Reviews :: Thursday, January 25, 2007
The Kingston K-PEX 100 portable media player gives you the ability to make sure that your favorite music videos, recorded TV shows, photos, music or FM radio show is with you all the time. With a 2″ brilliant TFT color LCD screen and a high speed USB 2.0 connection for drag-and-drop file moving could the K-PEX be your own personal theater?

Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser Review 
Legit Reviews :: Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Logitech has been one of the first names you think about when you look for a solid keyboard and mouse combination. Today, we look at their latest offering to immediately satisfy Vista users who want to go cordless. Will their latest effort be worth it for those still deciding on Vista? Read on to find out what LR thinks of this Logitech combo!

Samsung K5 MP3 Player Review 
XYZ Computing :: Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Lately Samsung has done a great job of turning things around. The company has seemingly decided to really make some headway in the digital audio market with a few devices that combine form and function in a way that we would expect from Samsung. In the T9 Samsung has a solid product that has finally managed to get some attention as a great iPod alternative, but the really exciting product from them this season is what we will be looking at today: the K5. The K5 has a few things going for it, but the foremost is an integrated set of speakers. That’s right, built-in speakers in a Nano-sized player. None of your friend’s are going to care about the 1.8″ OLED display, FM tuner, or the 4GB capacity when you take out the K5, put in on your desk, and flip those speakers open.

Raptor-Gaming P5 Hard Surface Mousepad
Dragonsteel Mods :: Wednesday, January 24, 2007
” Mousepads come in many shapes, sizes, materials and textures, for the most part what kind you have is your preference. Any mouse, even the lowliest ball mouse can benefit from a quality mousepad, improved tracking and smoother movement of the mouse is usually the biggest improvement. Many companies today are getting into making what they are calling Professional Mousepads for gamers, while some are in name only, there are those that actually can be called a professional mousepad. One such pad is the Raptor-Gaming P5 mousepad, it is a hard surface pad that allows you mouse to glide effortlessly over it but yet offers the slightest bit of resistance for better control of you mouse. Raptor-Gaming is not very well known here in the states, but I’m hoping to help change that by introducing my readers to a few of their products, so today I have the P5 mousepad for review, the first of five reviews of Raptor-Gaming products. Never heard of Raptor-Gaming? Well read on to learn a bit more about them and their fine products… ”

Revoltec FightBoard, FightMouse and Gamepad Precision 
Nordic Hardware :: Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Today we’re going to take a look at some new products from Revoltec, namely FightBoard Advanced, FightMouse Advanced and Gamepad Precision Basic. These are three products, keyboard, mouse and mouse pad, which are targeted to gamers.

Boxwave FlexiSkin with Belt Clip 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, January 22, 2007
” Boxwave has an excellent reputation for protective supplies for various handheld gadgets. They have been well regarded in the Palm community for many years. Boxwave is the maker of one of the best PDA screen protectors around; the Clear Touch Anti-Glare and Clear Touch Crystal lines. During the years I have owned many iterations of Palm products, starting with the Palm Professional to my current smartphone, the Palm Treo 700P. After having witnessed many friends shattered Palm devices, I understand the importance of keeping the Palm device in some sort of protective case or holster. Boxwave has sent the FlexiSkin with Belt Clip for testing. As the resident Palm user, Dracos has let me put this carrier through its paces. Let’s get started. ”

GoldenMars USB Flash Drive Review
RB Mods :: Monday, January 22, 2007
Nowadays, there are a ton of companies producing USB flash drives in all sorts of shapes and sizes. What does a company do to distinguish themselves? GoldenMars, makers of a wide range of computer peripherals, offers a USB flash drive with a couple of features that make it stand out from the crowd. Read on to find out more about this little guy.

Linksys iPhone CIT300 Dual-Mode Skype Phone
The Tech Lounge :: Monday, January 22, 2007
“The product we’ll be taking a look at today is the iPhone CIT300 from Linksys. This isn’t just your simple everyday cordless phone though, because not only does it support your typical landline connection, but it’s also compatible with Skype. If you’re not familiar with Skype, it’s simply a Voice Over IP (VoIP) service that allows you to talk to other Skype users on the computer for free. The catch is that you both need to be at your computer in order to talk, using a microphone and speaker/headphone combination or a headset of some sort. While it’s great that you can make free PC-to-PC “calls” in this fashion, the obvious downside is that you’re tethered to your computer for the duration of the conversation. With the CIT300 cordless phone however, this is not the case since you can use it to access your Skype contacts and converse with them as if you were still seated at your computer. There’s a lot more to the CIT300 and Skype, but before I get ahead of myself too much, let’s take a closer look at the unit itself…”

Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard Review
Tweaknews :: Monday, January 22, 2007
“The main feature of this keyboard is the customizable illumination. Although it won’t really help you when doing your daily work, it does help when gaming in a dark environment such as at a LAN gaming event. The lighting does help surprisingly well in those situations and you won’t be hunting for keys you cannot see anymore. .”

A-DATA My Flash PD7 1 GB 
techPowerUp! :: Monday, January 22, 2007
A-DATA’s My Flash PD7 USB Drive is certified for use with Microsoft Windows Vista ReadyBoost. In our testing this drive takes the performance crown with a sustained read transfer rate of 34 MB/s, far more than any other USB drive we tested so far. Access times are very important for ReadyBoost. Here the PD7 can shine too, only 0.6 ms is a new record as well.