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HGST Launches Helium-Filled 6TB Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives by Darrin Olson on November 4th, 2013

HGST Helium filled hard drive He6HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital, announced on Monday the launch of its first helium-filled hard drive. The new Ultrastar He6 drive comes with a 6TB capacity in a 3.5-inch drive enclosure.

According to HGST, having helium in the enclosure has significantly less friction than air, allowing for less energy needed to physically move platters around inside the drive resulting in more platters with an acceptable performance. More platters mean more drive space with a general increase by three quarters over a standard air-filled hard drive.

The challenge has been to create a chamber in the drive that was tight enough to avoid leaking the helium, and HGST assures us that it is a safe volume with “less helium than a balloon”. Pricing was not initially available, however the company stated that it will “…cost-effectively extend the capacity and …

Cideko Air Keyboard Chatting Device

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2011

Cideko has unveiled the Air Keyboard Chatting device, a combo compact wireless keyboard, gyro mouse, earphones and a microphone. This device allows you to chat with your friends, change channels on your TV, even operate a PC from a different room. Pretty handy.

This lightweight Air Keyboard Chatting has a working range of up to 30-meters and delivers 3D motion sensing by waving it in the air. The Lithium-ion rechargeable battery is good for up to 10-hours. It will cost you $99.99.

Art Lebedev Optimus Mini Six Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Reuben Drake on June 30th, 2011

Art Lebedev Studios is ready to release the new Optimus Mini Six keyboard later this year. As the name implies, it is mini with six keys.

The device has six shortcut keys that each have a tiny color (64 x 64) LCD display. These LCD shortcut keys are smaller than its predecessor in order to reduce the overall footprint of this keyboard. Nothing on pricing or availability yet, but we will let you know.

Chill KB-1BT Wireless Bluetooth Micro Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on June 19th, 2011

Those still looking for an HTPC keyboard can chill now. The Chill KB-1BT wireless Bluetooth micro keyboard is perfect for HTPCs, tablets, smartphones, etc. The compact and slim micro keyboard features an integrated touchpad for easy mouse control.

Other features include backlit keys for typing in low light(Great for movies), even an integrated LED flashlight. The rechargeable Li-Polymer battery will give you up to 30 days of operation time. No info on pricing yet though.

Omnio WOWKeys keyboard now shipping

Posted in Keyboards by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

The Omnio WOWKeys keyboard will bring full-sized QWERTY functionality to your iPhone or iPod Touch and now it’s shipping. This keyboard will charge and sync with iTunes, type text directly into your handheld, or use the keyboard’s twelve hotkeys to control music playback functions, turn off the display, or switch between your PC and iPhone.

You can even use your iPhone’s touchscreen as a trackpad for your Mac or PC, through an app. It will cost you around $100.

Cooler Master Silencio 550 Computer Chassis

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Cooler Master’s latest case is called the Silencio 550 and it aims to usher in a new era of silent towers The Silencio 550 is black and features a glossy front door that opens. The case is designed to keep most of the sound inside so you don’t hear it. The case also has silencing foam padding and a steel frame with rubber feet.

The cooling system uses a pair of silent spinning fans and there are seven 3.5″ drive bays inside, with three 5.25″ bays outside and one 2.5″ bay. It has a USB 3.0 port on top and holes for an optional water cooling system. Nothing on pricing yet.

G-Form Extreme Sleeve Protects Your Laptop

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

The video above shows off the the MacBook Pro G-Form Extreme Sleeve for Laptops, which is available in 11, 13 and 15-inch versions. This is one serious Laptop sleeve that will help your device survive some extreme abuse.

How extreme? How about dropping a 13-inch notebook off a balcony, from a very tall height? The computer survives just fine thanks to Poron Xrd, the name of the custom material used inside the sleeve’s outer shell that absorbs the force on impact. The MacBook Pro G-Form Extreme Sleeve for Laptops is available in black and yellow should you want to test it yourself. It will cost you $69.95 for the 11-inch model or ten bucks more for both 13- and 15-inch models.


Scosche freeKEY Flexible Wireless Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2011

Scosche Industries has announced the freeKEY flexible wireless keyboard. This keyboard is perfect for those who want to work while traveling. The freeKEY is the perfect thing to have with you to go with your tablet or smartphone.

The device will work up to 30 feet in wireless range and is water resistant. If you need it, just unroll it and get to work. It includes a retractable cable so you can keep the freeKEY charged up. The freeKEY flexible Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS. It will cost you $59.99.

Genius Wireless LuxeMate T810 Media Cruiser

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2011

The Genius LuxeMate 810 Media Cruiser does it all. It is a keyboard, a remote control and a mouse all in one that works wirelessly. Perfect for your Windows Media Center PC system. It is specially designed for the Microsoft XP media center edition and lets you control Live TV, online radio, DVD, internet browsing, MSN chat on PCs and it features one key touch for access. We like the design as well. It just looks cool.

It uses dual-way wireless 2.4GHz technology, so you can control your Home Theater PC from up to 10-meters away. The Genius Wireless LuxeMate T810 Media Cruiser will cost you $89.99.

Logitech K270 Wireless Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

The Logitech K270 uses Logitech’s advanced 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and offers up to 2-years of battery life. Logitech claims that the advanced 2.4GHz wireless allows you to have almost no signal loss from up to 10-meters away.

The Logitech K270 also features an auto-standby feature that helps you save energy when you’re not using the keyboard. That’s good for the environment and your energy bill. The keyboard also has a tiny USB receiver that is small enough for you to keep in your laptop. The Logitech K270 wireless keyboard will cost you a very reasonable $25.

Niyari Atari 400 Style Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Here’s a nice looking keyboard with retro stylings. It looks like it came straight out of the 80s. The Niyari Atari 400 Style keyboard is a USB keyboard that is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista and Windows 7.

The Niyari Atari 400 Style keyboard will give you 112 keys and a burning desire to play some old school Atari. This retro keyboard will cost you just 11,980 Yen ($148.55). It is expensive, but that design is awesome.


Genius SlimStar 8000 keyboard and mouse

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2011

The Genius SlimStar 8000 keyboard and mouse is now available for purchase in the US. The SlimStar 8000 keyboard and mouse set doesn’t use any wires and that means you’ll be able to use these peripherals on your desk or even when you’re across the room.

And that means that you can use the SlimStar 8000 keyboard and mouse for your Home Theater PC. The keyboard even has small holes to help drain liquid just in case you spill your drink. It requires 3 AAA batteries (which are included), features a USB port, and will work with Windows XP, Vista or 7.

Razer Dragon Age II Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2011

Razer and Bioware have teamed up to release the Dragon Age II mouse and keyboard. We told you about the mouse the other day. The Dragon Age II Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard features full mechanical keys with 50g of actuation force, individually blood-red backlit keys with 5 levels of lighting, and 1000Hz Ultra-polling with a 1ms response time.

It also features programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording, gaming mode option for deactivation of the Windows key, 10 customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching, 5 additional macro keys, audio-out/ mic-in jacks and USB-passthrough. The Dragon Age II Razer DeathAdder mouse will be released in April 2011 for $69.99, while the Dragon Age II Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard is available for pre-order for $139.99.

Alienware TactX Mouse and Keyboard bundle for $149

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

LogicBuy is selling an Alienware TactX Mouse and Keyboard bundle for just $149.99. Plus you get free shipping. That’s not a bad deal right? The Alienware TactX mouse features a 5000-DPI laser engine, 5 custom user profiles, 9 customizable buttons and AlienFX custom lighting.

The Alienware TactX keyboard delivers 6-custom macros, a WASD gaming cluster & Anti-ghosting technology as well as custom AlienFX lighting for two zones. Plus they look cool and futuristic, which is always a plus.

Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

The Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad is designed to be used with any Bluetooth-enabled Macintosh computer. It will elegantly fit the Apple wireless keyboard and the keypad gives you 28 keys for entering whatever figures, tables, and calculations you need to enter.

The Cropmark LMP will play nice with any Bluetooth-enabled Mac running OS X 10.5 or higher and comes bundled with a pair of rechargeable AA batteries. The Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad will cost you just $39.99.