Gadget News May 2008

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Evo-G MB1 Gaming Mouse Bungee
Overclock 3d :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“A Bungee…for your mouse. What the hell is going on? Check out Evo-G’s cool little gaming mouse cable tidier”

Designio Leather Sleeve for ATT Tilt / HTC TyTn II 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
” Today for review I’ve got the Designio Leather Sleeve for ATT Tilt and HTC TyTn II for review, it’s from our friends and Boxwave and I’ve found it to be an excellent case for your new phone. The Designio Leather Sleeve offers protection and accessibility for your phone, you won’t have to take it out of the case to use any of the features.”

Gateway P172X FX 17-inch Gaming Notebook Review
i4u :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“Today we are looking at the Gateway P172X FX gaming notebook. This machine retails for $1,999 and gets graphics in the form of NVIDIA 8800M GTS. The entire machine is very heavy, not something you will want to carry in a backpack all day for sure. However, if what you are after is a gaming machine that is portable and can be taken to and from the LAN party much easier than a full desktop the Gateway P172X FX is a fantastic option. The price for the Gateway P172X FX is $1,999.”

The Best Digital Voice Recorder
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sony’s ICD-MX20 is a top choice if you need a portable digital voice recorder that converts speech into text.

Just posted! FujiFilm S100FS review
Digital Photography Review News :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Just posted: Our review of the FujiFilm S100FS. The S100FS offers DSLR-like handling and control with the convenience of a single, built-in lens offering an outstanding range. It is also built around a comparatively large 2/3" sensor and utilizes FujiFilm’s Super CCD technology. So do these features, along with film simulation modes that match the results to subject matter, offer a satisfying alternative to the money-pit that DSLR ownership can be?

Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi hands-on preview
Digital Photography Review News :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
As a prelude to our full Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi review we have just posted our hands-on preview of the 450D. This is the latest in line of the popular ‘Digital Rebel series’ of compact digital SLRs and features a twelve megapixel CMOS sensor with Live View and dust reduction. Other headline changes include a 3.0" LCD monitor, SD/SDHC storage, High ISO noise reduction and a range of other features handed down from the EOS 40D. Our ‘hands-on preview’ articles are essentially the first half of a review which will at least give you a taste for the design and operation of the camera, full review to follow within the next two weeks.

Nikon updates D3 firmware update
Digital Photography Review News :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Nikon has released a revised version of its recently withdrawn firmware update. The company has updated the ‘B’ firmware to V1.11, and has reissued the previously withdrawn V1.10 ‘A’ firmware. Link to Nikon UK download page and a PDF detailing the new features now included.

Fujifilm FinePix S100fs Review
Digital Photography Reviews :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi Preview
Digital Photography Reviews :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bargain Hunt: Digital Cameras
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Don’t call these three top-rated cameras outdated; they’ve still got the goods, but now they cost less.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-T2 isn’t the cheapest ultracompact you’ll find, but good images and 4GB of onboard memory help justify its high price.

RIM’s 3G BlackBerry Launch Faces Delay
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Research in Motion shares fell about 4 percent on Friday after a Fortune.com story said that a high-speed wireless version of its BlackBerry smartphone for top U.S. phone company AT&T Inc is facing delays.

WiBrain B1H
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

LG LX160
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Preview of the LG LX160.

Verizon XV6900
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Quickoffice: Have Apps, Need ‘Android’ Phones
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

RIM’s 3G BlackBerry Launch Faces Delay
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Research in Motion shares fell about 4 percent on Friday after a Fortune.com story said that a high-speed wireless version of its BlackBerry smartphone for top U.S. phone company AT&T Inc is facing delays.

miniSync – Car Charger Bundle for ATT Tilt/ HTC Tytn II Reviewed
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, April 28, 2008
“In my ongoing set of reviews of accessories for the Tilt, the next up would be the miniSync – Car Charger Bundle from Boxwave for ATT Tilt/ HTC Tytn II and it’s more than just a car charger it’s also a syncing cable as well to sync your phone to your PC. This bundle is inexpensive, coming it at under thirty dollars, it includes two retractable cables, one specifically for syncing/charging to/from your PC and one just for charging your phone while you’re in your car with the included high power car adapter. All three parts are very well made so they seem as they will last for quite a while, in my time with them I’ve found them to be very useful and very handy. ”

Akasa Gemini Notebook Cooler 
techPowerUp :: Monday, April 28, 2008
The Akasa Gemini Ergonomic notebook cooler is an all plastic unit with two 70 mm fans. Two USB ports can be found on the rear of the device, one of which is used to power the fans. Akasa has designed the notebook cooler, so that it adds ergonomic benefit to your working environment in form of a palm rest.

Motorola MotoPure H12 Bluetooth Headset
Blue Tomorrow :: Monday, April 28, 2008
“The Motorola MotoPure H12 Bluetooth Headset is a sleek and lightweight headset that combines modern style with simple functionality. The MotoPure H12 boasts what Motorola calls its CrystalTalk 2-microphone technology, which is designed to cancel out excess outside noise. Its design addresses several comfort issues many people have with less expensive units and offers a look that doesn’t scream for attention.”

Wolfking WARRIOR XXTREME Gamepad/Keyboard Review
OCC :: Monday, April 28, 2008
“When I first picked up the WARRIOR XXTREME gamepad, I was surprised at how solid and heavy it felt, despite its slim profile. I simply don’t often find that kind of construction in any keyboard, even high end ones. This gamepad does not flex or warp – perfect for all those rough gamers. The outside of the keyboard is covered in rubber, while the surface sports a high-gloss paint job. The keys are matte, and are a cross between laptop and full-size desktop keys – a good cross between portability and usability. The upper buttons offer volume control, a Windows button, and a backlight switch that glistens like shiny chrome. Also in this key group is a K-Lock, which is designed to lock the “push to talk” key in games, and allows for continuous communication while gaming – very cool.”

Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard Review
Futurelooks :: Monday, April 28, 2008
The Lycosa is smaller than its predecessor, in both width and depth. The keys are all rubberized in a non-slip finish, and illuminate in blue by default. You can also select no backlighting, which although looks very sleek, depends on your knowledge of key locations. Since this is a gaming targeted keyboard, the WASD cluster alone can be lit. Then there’s the keyboard’s other interesting features.


ASUS M51S 15.4″ Notebook Review
Techgage :: Monday, April 28, 2008
Have a $1,000 budget for a new notebook? Look no further than the ASUS M51S. Touted as a multi-media notebook, it offers a 15.4″ screen, 250GB HD and 3GB of RAM. Included also are 4 USB ports, DVI and VGA outputs, full numpad, fingerprint reader, a face-detection logon system and more.

Cirago Micro USB Bluetooth Adapter Review 
Tweaknews :: Monday, April 28, 2008
“This USB Bluetooth adapter from Cirago may be one of the tiniest currently on the market, but it performed admirably and exceeded my expectations. Even with the devices in different rooms I had zero connection problems between the adapter and my cell phone. The presence of other 2.4 GHz wireless signals in the house didn’t cause any interference either. For a mere $25, you can’t go wrong.”

Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16GB
Phoronix :: Monday, April 28, 2008
“For years now Corsair has been on the forefront of leading flash drive innovations, which started with their Flash Voyager series but quickly expanded into their Flash Voyager GT, Flash Survivor GT, and Flash PadLock series. We’ve reviewed them all and Corsair has certainly had some talented engineers working on these products from the Flash Survivor GT that withstood being submerged into the bottom of a pool, being boiled in a pot of water, and beaten by a hammer to the Flash PadLock, which has a physical lock that will present the flash drive from being mounted unless the appropriate key sequence is entered. While they continue to face new competition — primarily from OCZ Technology, which has many different innovative flash drives as well such as the Rally 2 Turbo, ATV Turbo, and Mega-Kart — Corsair Memory continues to excel and release new flash products. Corsair’s latest additions to their Flash Voyager GT family are 16GB and 32GB editions. At hand today we are looking at the Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive.”

Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS (PowerShot SD790 IS)
BIOS Magazine :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
“Canon’s Digital IXUS range is arguable more concerned with style over substance, but frankly it’s not an issue for those who want to capture images quickly and easily. Every Digital IXUS we’ve ever used (we’re still using the Digital IXUS 950 IS) has been a dream to use and produced excellent shots with minimal fuss. The Digital IXUS 90 IS is no different, and although there’s no ground-breaking photographic innovation the build quality is second to none and image quality (both stills and videos) is well above par – images are crisp and colours are accurate, at least at low ISO modes. The only big disappointment is that Canon skimps on memory, providing an almost good for nothing 32MB card. Still, flash memory is cheap these days and you can pick up a good 2GB card for under £10.”

Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital-SLR Camera Review
Techgage :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Targeting newer photographers, the Nikon D60 is priced right and includes a fantastic feature set. On top of the 10MP sensor, the D60 includes an automatic sensor cleaner, a vibration reduction kit lens, fast 3FPS performance, high ISO modes and a lot more.

My iButton Review
Techware Labs :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Jason checks out the unique iButton aimed at enhancing your image and company by giving you some flair. This multi-functional device works as an MP3 player, video player, picture viewer, and more. We show you why we feel the iButton is an iFlop and cover some fatal flaws in this gadget gone wrong.

Sansa C250 MP3 Player Review
OCC :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
“As for as I am concerned, Sandisk should be ashamed of themselves, three units on five different computers, come on. You cannot tell me there is not a problem and brush it off like it’s nothing. Was it a bad batch? Was it a bad product? I will never know because I never could get one to work. For tech support to not want to help me at first and to try and turn it onto Microsoft was just disturbing. After listening to the store’s complaints about how they were treated and knowing how I was treated until I identified myself gives me the impression that Sandisk does not give a crap about anyone but themselves.”

Just posted! Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 review
Digital Photography Review News :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Just posted! Our concise review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. The successor of the popular TZ3 is the latest addition to Panasonic’s family of compact long zoom cameras. It comes with the same versatile 28-280mm equiv. 10x zoom lens as its predecessor but now offers a slightly higherresolution, an improved LCD and High Definition video capture. Nice new features indeed but has Panasonic also managed to sort out some of the image quality issues that we found on previous TZ generations? Find out after the link…

Ricoh drops resilient G600 into market
Digital Photography Review News :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Ricoh, living up to its reputation for interesting niche digital cameras, has launched the G600 water and dust resistant model. The G600 is smaller than the 500G Wide it replaces but still offers a versatile 28-140mm equivalent lens with 1cm closest focusing distance. Its rugged casing conforms to all manner of US defense and Japanese standards (including the ability to survive being immersed in water for half an hour), meaning you should never have to worry about carrying it with you.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Review
Digital Photography Reviews :: Thursday, April 24, 2008

Nikon D3 Review
Digital Photography Reviews :: Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sony DSC-H10 Review
Digital Photography Reviews :: Thursday, April 24, 2008

Canon PowerShot A590 IS Video Review
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Canon has always had a great selection of compact digital cameras. How does this one compare to the others? David Gussman, Lead Analyst for Cameras and Camcorders, finds out.

Fuji FinePix J10
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Fuji FinePix J10 is an inexpensive, basic camera that’s a good choice for beginners.

Olympus FE-320
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Preview of the Olympus FE-320.

Canon PowerShot A580
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cenomax F7024B 7-inch Digital Photo Frame
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
The $80 Cenomax F7024B certainly seems like a good deal, but you get lousy image quality in the bargain.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Superb features and fine-quality images make this point-and-shooter a keeper.

Microsoft Tips What ‘Live Mesh’ Is
PC Magazine (MP3) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008

The DRM-Free Music Backlash
PC Magazine (MP3) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
It seems that some of my readers can’t handle the truth about copy-protected music. Here’s what they had to say about a recent column–with my commentary, of course.

School for Your Smartphone
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Fed up with your handset’s limitations? We take a look at every major mobile platform and show you how to fix each one’s worst shortcomings. By Jamie Lendino