Gadget News January 2008

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Logitech G9 Mouse


Digit Life :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Logitech has recently announced a new product in its line of gaming mice. According to the odd numbering tradition, it has been named G9. The well-balanced design is coupled with several engineering, technical, and design innovations. Let’s review them one by one.”

SteelSeries Ikari Laser Review
XS Reviews :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“We’ve seen high-end mice for a while now, with most gamers either opting for a Razer or Logitech branded mouse to do their fragging. SteelSeries have recently added a third vendor to the list with their Ikari Laser mouse, which I have here ready to be put through its paces.

Featuring the usual on-the-fly sensitivity and multiple buttons, it’ll have to shine to beat away the already well know competition.”

Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse Review
Motherboards.org :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I set out at the beginning of this article to replace my 14 month old gaming mouse. It seemed to me a bit of a risk to go with Microsoft over someone like Logitech or Razor, who arguably have more experience when it comes to gaming mice. In fact he mouse I was replacing was from one of the above mentioned companies (I’m not going to say who). at the end of the day the Sidewinder mouse really comes across as a solid mouse with an excellent feature set. Couple that with Microsoft support and you have a product that you can rely on for years to come. The ability to customize so much about the mouse means that it’s practically guaranteed to work for you. Whether you like a feather light mouse or one that takes a bit of effort to move you’re covered. If you want to be able to chain in game commands together with a single button your set. If you’re basically looking for a quality gaming mouse, look no further the SideWinder is it.

Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse Review
3d Xtreme :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“Ideazon has put out a mouse to compete with the other big players and does so with style. Ideazon has added another must have gaming accessory to their ever growing product line.”

Genius G-Pen F610 Drawing Tablet Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
” Although typing on a keyboard is inherent to the computing experience, sometimes you may want to push the keyboard away and pick up a pen to write or draw using your computer. Genius has a slew of new Pen/Tablets available and today we will look at the G-Pen F610. This tablet features a 6″x10″ working area and includes twenty nine programmable Hot Key buttons.”

Flexible Illuminated Full Sized Keyboard Review 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, January 24, 2008
“I’ve reviewed a couple flexible style keyboards and they have their place as something that is very easily portable allowing you to take a full sized keyboard with you wherever you go. Today I’ve got a flexible keyboard that’s a bit different in that it features EL back-lighting allowing you to use it easily in low light situations, so let’s just get into this review…. ”

Geeks 7″ Digital Picture Frame
Monster Hardware :: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
“The Geeks 7″ digital picture frame is an unbranded OEM model, unusually though it is packaged in a colorful high gloss retail box with lots of padding. Looking inside, we find a 7″ LCD Digital Photo Frame & MP3 Player, Power adapter, Remote control, AV Cable, and User’s manual. All of this was pretty standard fare except for the welcome addition of a media player. Extra credit needs to be awarded, though, to the manufacturer for including a well-written paper manual–something of a rarity these days.”

Otterbox for iPhone Defender Series Reviewed 
The TechLounge :: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
“Next up in our series of iPhone case reviews is the OtterBox for iPhone Defender Series. OtterBox is well-known for offering extremely rugged, often waterproof cases for everything from laptops to smart phones, PDAs and iPods. The Defender Series is touted as having bump, drop, and dust protection, and, while not waterproof, will provide protection against rain and other precipitation. Otterbox also has an Armor series for the iPhone, which is even more rugged: completely waterproof, dust-proof, and drop-proof.”

Lexar 8GB ExpressCard SSD Review
Xtreme Computing :: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
“although it didn’t operate as fast as the USB drive, the power consumption is where the benefits were and for people on the move that is important. I also used the drive under vista, via vista boost and there was a slight increase in performance when opening and shutting files I was working with, so a performance boost without a huge power hit.”

SteelSeries SP Mousing Surface Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
“The SteelSeries SP pad truly is a professional grade product, and I believe that anyone who decides to purchase this mousing surface will be very happy that they did, so continue on to check it out a bit further… ”

Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review 
Hardware Secrets :: Tuesday, January 22, 2008
“Already a force to be reckoned within the gaming mice niche (as the previously reviewed G9 mice can attest), Logitech is trying its hand on the gaming keyboard market – for the second time. TheirG15 gaming keyboard is being re-released with a new design, fewer programmable keys and more support for popular games like World of Warcraft. It’s a hybrid product – to use the word that’s making waves in the automobile industry – since it can be used either for gaming or for serious work, without the need of changing keyboards each time you want to play or have to do some spreadsheets. The programmable keys can be assigned to gaming functions (spellcasting, changing weapons, and invoking powers) or to open media players and check the email. And the LCD display is back from the previous version, allowing the user to see relevant gaming information (health bar, ammunition capacity) and which MP3 is being played. ”

Garmin nuvi 350 Review
Digital Trends :: Monday, January 21, 2008
“Garmin’s pocket-sized nuvi 350 is a portable GPS unit that aims to be more than just a GPS. ”

Air Touch Flexible Keyboard Review
OCIA :: Monday, January 21, 2008
“You saw it in “Live Free or Die Hard,” and you liked it. Don’t lie, I know you did. The kid was a nerd, the movie had no plot, and they used acrylic PC cases… it’s embarrassing I know. But you liked the keyboard. What’s not to love about a waterproof, folding keyboard right before a great fight scene?”

Stuff For Camera Geeks from Bogen Imaging
Futurelooks :: Monday, January 21, 2008
Bogen Imaging was down at CES 2008 showing off their brands Manfrotto, KATA, and National Geographic. We spotted a few cool things at the show that camera geeks might enjoy having a look at.


Patriot X-Porter XT Boost 32GB USB Pen Drive review
Xtreme Computing :: Monday, January 21, 2008
“Well 32gb on a small pen drive is a lot, it really also shows how far things have come since we first saw the USB 64mb that we marvelled at, and now we have 32gig ones, with 64gig just around the corner. I have to admit I am very impressed with what I have in my hands, as it has many uses from presentations with full size high res photos, to storing a whole season of your favourite series to take away with you, or if you’re a driver and you have a head unit with USB, well you could fit enough music to listen to on a drive around the world.”

Razer Destructor: Gaming Mouse Pad 
Techware Labs :: Monday, January 21, 2008
“Michael “Nitro” Lynch, our resident gamer extreme takes a first look online at the new high end gaming mouse pad from Razer, the Destructor. This mouse surface is designed to give you an extra edge in games while providing a large and easy surface for your mouse in all applications. If you need accuracy (and who doesn’t) then this is the surface you need to take a look at.”

XGene Trackball Keyboard Review
Motherboards.org :: Monday, January 21, 2008
With no real down side this keyboard is a definite winner in my book. I was happy with the functionality of the previous Xgene keyboard that we looked at and this new one does not disappoint either. Though it is longer than the other Xgene keyboard is it’s also thinner and a bit sleeker. This makes it a little more attractive to have out on the coffee table. In general, I think anyone looking for a MCE wireless keyboard will be very happy with Xgene’s keyboard it is an easy recommendation for me.

SteelSeries 5L Mousing Surface Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, January 21, 2008
“I’ve reviewed many SteelSeries products and they’ve always been excellent in their quality and very good at doing what they were made to do. They recently sent me two mousepads for review, the one I will be looking at today is the 5l Gaming Mousepad, it’s a hybrid pad that I was actually kind of excited to get for review. It combines hard and soft surfaces to make something that is a bit different and unique, but I found that it’s not perfect, the pad itself is great but the construction is a bit lacking…

So read on to learn what I found in my time with this product… ”

Thecus N5200 Pro NAS Review
Virtual Hideout :: Friday, January 18, 2008
“Now on to the latest iteration of the 5200. The N5200BR Pro. This is basically the original X2, twice the ram, twice the flash and more than twice the CPU. It has all the features of the older model, and then adds a batch of new ones. Externally, they are completely identical, and it’s almost impossible to tell the difference until they are opened up. Even then, you have to know what to look for to tell the differences.”

Gateway P-171XL FX Edition Review 
Digital Trends :: Friday, January 18, 2008
“The Gateway P-171 XL FX laptop is a mean gaming machine that goes head-to-head with the best out there. ”

CellPoint Flamingo Bluetooth Headset Review
Blue Tomorrow :: Friday, January 18, 2008
“Denmark-based CellPoint Connect ApS?s Flamingo Bluetooth headset is comfortable to wear, barely noticeable when it is on the ear, produces good sound and captures its user?s voice with decent clarity. Shoppers looking for comfort above all else who can live with some sound imperfections should strongly consider this Bluetooth headset.”

Keysonic ACK-126 Keyboard
Technic 3d :: Thursday, January 17, 2008
“The KeySonic ACK-126 RF USB Keyboard arrived Technic3D. Full flexible silicone material, Wireless 2.4GHz (up to 10m) and 18 multifunction keys with Control of Audio, Video, Email, Internet. Technic3D will see the functions in the following Review. Ideal for use in facilities, laboratories, gastronomy, food industry and medical areas?”

Apple iPod nano 3G
Digit Life :: Thursday, January 17, 2008
“The iPod nano 3G has come to replace the popular second generation on September 5, 2007. When we saw a photo of the iPod nano 3G for the first time, we had an impression that the player became much larger. It can be explained with the position and size of the traditional click wheel-this wheel was almost as wide as the device itself in previous models, but now there is plenty of space at the sides, which creates an illusion of a wider player.”

Zagg iPhone Full Body invisibleSHIELD Review
i4u :: Thursday, January 17, 2008
“The touch screen functions just as well with the Apple iPhone Full Body invisibleSHIELD installed as it did without the film. The feel of the touch screen is changed a bit because the Apple iPhone Full Body invisibleSHIELD is not a slick feeling as the glass screen is alone.”

Akasa Integral P2NES 2.5 esata/USB enclosure Review 
Xtreme Computing :: Thursday, January 17, 2008
“For this review I will be looking at a new product from Akasa, the Akasa Integral P2NES, which is a hard drive enclosure, not for your normal 3½” drives but a 2½” laptop drive. It is also comes with eSata and usb2 connectivity so I am expecting some reasonable file transfer speeds.”

USB Flash Card 2GB MP3 Player Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, January 17, 2008
It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed any mp3 players, I’ve personally got one that I love, it’s the S.Beat from Swiss Memory and it goes quite a few places with me all the time for when I get the chance to listen to it. There are other mp3 players out there besides the iPod, believe it or not, and I’ve never quite understood the fascination with having 20+ gigs of storage on a portable music device, my S.Beat is a 1 gig and I’ve never filled it yet, there’s just not that much I like I guess. So I can’t figure out how people actually can listen to 20+ gigs of music, or have that much that they actually like…

Fujifilm FinePix F50fd Review
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, January 16, 2008
“The Fujifilm FinePix F50fd is a 12MP camera that features a 3x image stabilization and face detection.”

Zune 2 80GB MP3 Player
Bona Fide Reviews :: Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Zune 80 is one of Microsoft’s second generation portable video and audio players; also referred to as “Zune 2.” I have been really excited about Zune 2 because of the numerous articles online that praised it, pointing out the new and improved features, and saying that it was a big improvement over the first generation Zune. So, when Microsoft finally announced that they were going to release Zune 2 on November 13, I made up my mind to go and get one.

Adesso WKB-3000UB Wireless Trackball Keyboard Review
Techware Labs :: Wednesday, January 16, 2008
“Today we have a look at a mini wireless keyboard from Adesso that has a built in trackball. Its small, lightweight, and features a 30 foot range but is it easy to use? We test out the Adesso WKB-3000UB to bring you the results.”