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Space Bar hides your keyboard and adds USB ports to your computer

Posted in Peripherals by Shane McGlaun on January 20th, 2010

I see peripherals and gadgets every now and then that are weird and make me wonder what the point is. Such is the case today with the odd Space Bar. The device was developed by the quirky community and is available to purchase now.

The thing is designed to hide your keyboard and add six USB ports to your computer. The Space Bar is long enough to hide keyboards measuring 18″ long and up to 1.5″ thick. You can get three of the things for $42 right now.

Un-bear-ably cute notebook speakers

Posted in Peripherals by Shane McGlaun on October 10th, 2008

Bear Dolls Laptop SpeakersWhen I buy speakers or other gadgets for my computer, I like them to look like speakers. Some people out there obviously feel differently and like to buy stuff that doesn’t look like it is supposed to look. I guess the fad all started with the nanny cams years ago that looked like stuffed animals.

If you need a set of speakers for your notebook, desktop or MP3 player that look like cuddly stuffed bears, you are in luck. This set of speakers has one brown bear and a white bear that each houses a speaker with 2W of power each.

Brando HDD Dock adds media player features

Posted in Peripherals by Reuben Drake on July 10th, 2008

Brando SATA HDD Multimedia dockThe SATA HDD Dock was certainly a hit when first launched and Brando has been capitalizing on it ever since. Last we had heard they added some USB ports and card readers to the dock to give it some additional usefulness and today the SATA HDD Dock has become the SATA HDD Multimedia Dock.

The old Stage Rack still has the ability to dock your drives in a raw sort of way, but can now connect to your TV through S-Video and composite jacks, allowing you to stream out video and pictures from your drive (or a multimedia card or USB drive) without the need of a computer in between. It even comes with it’s own remote control.

SATA HDD dock gets updated with USB ports, card reader

Posted in Dock,Peripherals by Darrin Olson on May 28th, 2008

SATA HDD stage rack from Brando now with USB ports and card readerBrando has again upgraded their handy SATA HDD stage rack, this time adding a couple of USB ports and card readers on the front. The computer peripheral, now called the SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock, can connect to your computer through either USB 2.0 or eSATA port and will dock a 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA hard drive.

The hard drive dock still works with PCs and Macs and continues to provide convenient alternative to cracking open your computer case or using a simple but often messy cable solution. In this model Brando decided to do away with the Firewire they had previously and just stick to the USB and eSATA connections.

SpaceNavigator for Notebook launches

Posted in Peripherals by Shane McGlaun on April 8th, 2008

SpaceNavigator for NotebooksI’m sure some of the real on-the-go types that work with 3D graphics and such all the time will find this device very useful. I used to own one of the full size SpaceNavigator devices and I am obviously not the target demographic for the device because I just didn’t find a use for it.

However, with the recent announcement that the SpaceNavigator will be SecondLife compatible mobile SecondLife fans might find the thing useful. 3Dconnexion says that the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks is more compact than the normal desktop device and weighs about half as much.

Kyocera whips out world’s fastest inkjet printhead

Posted in Peripherals by Shane McGlaun on March 25th, 2008

Kyocera KJ4 PrintheadI’m betting that I am not the only printer owner that feels like I have to wait an eternity to get my photos printed out from my inkjet printer. A faster printer that still produces good image quality would be great for many of us.

Kyocera announced a new printhead today that may help meet that goal called the KJ4 series. Kyocera calls that printhead the world’s fastest drop-on-demand inkjet print head. The device can print full 600 dpi color output at 150 meters per minute which is over five miles per hour.

Geeky girly glam mouse

Posted in Peripherals by Shane McGlaun on March 17th, 2008

Swarovski Crystal MouseGeeky girls need a glam mouse I guess and we all know that gluing some Swarovski crystals to anything glams it up—right? A company from the UK has done just that and taken a mouse with a retractable cable and adorned it with blue, pink, green, and white crystals.

The mouse itself is a three button mini optical with a sensor that claims to be usable on any surface. The retractable cable can be locked to three different lengths. Each mouse is said to have about 350 genuine Swarovski crystals.


USB Speedometer tracks typing speed and distance

Posted in Peripherals by Reuben Drake on February 28th, 2008

USB Speedometer keeps track of your typing speed and amountWe saw the USB lamp that would change colors depending on your typing speed, but it really didn’t tell us much in the way of just how fast we were typing. This USB Speedometer computer peripheral does, though.

Visuals analog USB Gauge monitors your PC

Posted in Peripherals,USB by Reuben Drake on November 5th, 2007

USB powered gauge with need for you computer connected via USBTake a look at this Visuals analog USB gauge used to monitor the power supply unit on your computer. The gauge has a dial and looks like something you’d find in an automotive shop but can be a very handy tool for anyone building and/or overclocking their computer.

The Visuals USB gauge has three buttons, one of which needs to be pressed in order to see one of three monitoring parameters. The gauge will monitor the wattage, temperature and fan speed of your power supply and is as simple as plugging it into your USB port. Unfortunately you can’t use it to monitor just any power supply unit, though. The analog gauge is only compatible with GIGAYBTE’s ODIN GT series of power supplies. The gauges retail for a little over $60, that is if you can find one.

Sanwa NT-MA2 2-in-1 mouse keypad

Posted in Accessories,Mouse,Peripherals by Matt on October 2nd, 2007

Sanwa NT-MA2 numpad mouseA mouse and numpad combo seems like a great idea for accounting work but from looking at the Sanwa NT-MA2 one question comes to mind: How careful would the user have to be to use the device as a mouse without hitting the keys? If you look at the mouse there is a “num” button and I’m making a leap here, but if that button doesn’t lock the pad from accidental triggering of the keys then this device gets an “F”.

So far I’ve not been able to confirm that there is a lock but I have to assume the designers would think to include one, so if they did this could be a very handy 2-in-1 device for people who deal with numbers a lot.The mouse is a simple style USB mouse with just the two buttons and scroll wheel. The 53mm x 108mm x 33mm mouse comes in silver or black and is priced at 40 Eur.

Keyspan USB 2.0 Server

Posted in Peripherals,USB by Nino Marchetti on August 1st, 2007

Keyspan USB 2.0 ServerKeyspan said today it is now shipping a new USB server for connecting USB devices to networks. The Keyspan USB 2.0 Server is priced at $129 and is available through a variety of retailers.

The Keyspan USB 2.0 Server lets one access two USB 2.0 devices over a local network through an Ethernet connection. It also acts as an extender in that it lets a host PC make use of the USB device as long as both are connected to the network. The USB 2.0 Server is compatible with most USB devices such as printers and storage devices and also allows for bi-directional communication with printers.


ErgoMedia 500 Gaming Pad

Posted in Games,Keyboards,Peripherals by Darrin Olson on May 12th, 2007

ErgoMedia 500 Gaming PadWe’re not sure that this will actually help improve your gaming but it probably couldn’t hurt, and it might help keep your wrist from hurting, too. Genius has a new keyboard replacement product out targeting PC gamers called the ErgoMedia 500 Gaming Pad.

The name implies that it should help put your hand in a comfortable position for long durations of gaming, and the design does look like it would be a comfortable and natural position with a soft pad for your wrist. To us this particular image looks like it might be designed for a left-handed player since it might be easier to use that mult-direction button with your thumb. When looking at the product page at Genius they don’t seem to have different models for right or left handed use.

Some of the key features of the ErgoMedia 500 include a back-lit keypad …