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Add USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet to your computer

on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Kanex says their DualRole is a “perfect companion for laptop users who need additional USB 3.0 ports for instant connection to peripherals and to connect to a secure wired network using Gigabit Ethernet simultaneously.”  It’s especially useful for those who have the tiny laptops (Windows or Mac) that sacrifice the number of USB ports for Read More…


Genius Cam Mouse review

on Monday, October 14th, 2013

I like working in a mixed-media environment with my computer, paper notebook, and mobile phone all at my desk.  Sometimes I’ll jot down notes in my notebook with a pen, since it’s easier to do, as I take a phone call, or when someone is speaking.  After I write down a bunch of notes, sometimes Read More…


This new Porsche is sleek and built for speed – and fits on your keyring

on Friday, October 11th, 2013

LaCie and Porsche worked together to build this sleek, beautiful flash drive that fits on your keyring.  The enclosure of the Porsche Design USB Key is steel for strength, and the scratch-resistant connector stands up to the detritus in your pockets.  The USB 3.0 drive can move data at speeds up to 95MB/s, and it safeguards Read More…


New HP Chromebook 11 released

on Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Google and HP have partnered up and released a new Chromebook in the lineup.  The HP Chromebook 11 features include an 11.6″ IPS display, Exynos 5250 GAIA  CPU, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 6 hours of battery life, and weighs only 2.3 lbs.  A nice new feature is that it will use a microUSB port for charging, Read More…


Leef Bridge USB Drive and Magnet USB 3.0 Drive review

on Friday, October 4th, 2013

The folks at Leef sent me two of their USB flash drives to try. What’s so exciting about a USB flash drive you ask? Well, the Leef Bridge allows you to easily move files from your PC or Mac, to your Android smartphone and visa versa, all without requiring WiFi, a network or any extra Read More…


Genius introduces Energy Mouse, a combination of a power bank and mouse

on Friday, September 27th, 2013

The Genius Energy Mouse is a 2.4Ghz wireless scroll wheel 1200dpi mouse that hides an extra feature inside its non-furry little tummy. It features a 2700mAh rechargeable Li-polymer battery pack that you can use to charge devices that have a micro USB connector. Four LEDs indicate charge status as well as the amount of power Read More…


I am Iron Man (gaming mouse)

on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

I’m not a gamer, so I’m not usually interested in gaming mice with their extra features and extra cost.  I might make an exception for this E-BLUE MARVEL IRON MAN 3 Edition USB Gaming Mouse from Brando.  This optical mouse seems to be corded, although most of the images manage to blur out or erase where Read More…


Buffalo DriveStation DDR review

on Monday, September 9th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

The DriveStation DDR line of external USB 3.0 drives from Buffalo (in capacities from 2 to 3 TB – the 2TB version is reviewed) make the bold claim on the box that you should “Compare to SSD!” when considering them. That claim is based on the speed up you get from the 1GB of included Read More…


Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Saturday, September 7th, 2013

There are so many printers on the market that choosing the right one can be a real chore. For basic home use, I’ve found using a printer/scanner combination fits my needs just fine, so we picked up an Epson XP-400 simply because it was on sale and did not have many bells and whistles that Read More…


Reduce the risk of repetitive stress injuries with this mouse pen

on Friday, September 6th, 2013

Information for the Penclic Mouse B2 says that using this pen-like mouse will “counteract static tensions in your arms, shoulders, and neck”  that you experience while using a traditional mouse.  With the Penclic Mouse B2, you rest your arm on the desktop and use the mouse just as you would use a pen so you Read More…


Keep your Windows PC running at top condition with Jumpshot

on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

It’s a fact of life that PCs are vulnerable to malicious programs that can be picked up from simply visiting a seemingly harmless website or by opening an email.  There’s also usually a bunch unwanted programs that manufacturers seem to load up on their computers that waste your valuable disk space.  Both of these problems Read More…


Charging station for your Apple Bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad

on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

I use an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and Magic Mouse with my Mac mini desktop setup.  I’ve been surprised at how long a set of batteries last in the keyboard, but the mouse needs fairly frequent battery changes.  I’ll hang my head in shame and admit that I use disposable batteries in both devices, because I Read More…


Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition review

on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

“Now when you hit ‘print’, it actually prints” says the Lantronix website.  I’ve heard of methods to print from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, but I never cared about it… until I needed to print something and I was too lazy/unable to get to my desktop iMac.  Would the xPrintServer Home Edition from Lantronix deliver Read More…


Satechi Bluetooth Wireless Smart Keypad review

on Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

None of the laptops and keyboards I’ve had in the past several years has had a separate numeric keypad, and I still miss them.  Even for something as simple as entering my ZIP Code, I often begin to reach for the right side of my Apple Bluetooth keyboard before I remember there are no number Read More…


Let VIPRE do the work to keep your PC and data safe

on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

This post brought to you by Vipre. All opinions are 100% mine. Everyday is open season on your PC, and it’s scarily easy to get viruses, tracking cookies, and other malicious files.  You don’t want the security of your files and your personal information compromised, so you need to use good, up-to-date anti-virus software to Read More…


Add a Bluetooth numeric keypad to your computer’s keyboard

on Monday, July 8th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

I haven’t had a keyboard with a numeric keypad in many years, but my hand still automatically starts to move to the right whenever I need to enter numbers.  I considered buying Apple’s wired keyboard with a number pad, but it’s too big to fit on my desk and allow room for my mouse.  Satechi Read More…


NewerTech miniStack MAX 2.0TB 7200RPM “Quad Interface” Storage Solution review

on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

Back in May, I posted a news item about the Newer Technology miniStack MAX.  As I said in that post, the miniStack MAX is “an external drive, SD card reader, one charging-only USB-A port, 2 USB 3.0 A ports, one USB 3.0 B port, eSATA port, 2 Firewire 800 ports, and an optical drive with Read More…


Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500W High Speed Document Scanner review

on Monday, June 24th, 2013

Earlier this year, Bill and I reviewed several of the Panasonic KV-Series document scanners. We both agreed that they were very capable pieces of hardware. The only issue I had with it is that Panasonic had not developed OSX drivers for those of us who use Macs, a huge oversight in my opinion. My only viable option Read More…


Ditch batteries forever with the NX-ECO Battery-Free Wireless Notebook Mouse by Genius

on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

The Genius NX-ECO is a 2.4GHz wireless mouse that doesn’t have a “battery” inside. At least not the typical type of battery that we’re all familiar with. It has a built-in gold capacitor which fully recharges in just three minutes using the included micro USB charging cable. The cable stores inside the mouse when not Read More…


FAVI Bluetooth PC / Tablet Keyboard and Presenter with Laser Pointer Review

on Friday, June 21st, 2013

The FAVI Bluetooth PC / Tablet Keyboard and Presenter with Laser Pointer (yes, that is the actual product name) is a handy little Bluetooth keyboard with integrated touchpad and laser pointer. I guess FAVI couldn’t work Touchpad into the name. It includes some dedicated Android keys, some dedicated presentation keys, a laser pointer, and just about Read More…


You’ll soon be able to pick up a 3D printer at Staples

on Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

Staples is the first major US retailer to announce they’ll be selling 3D printers.  In June, Staples will begin offering the Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems in some select stores, but you can order a Cube 3D from Staples online now.  They are offering the printers for $1299.99.  The printer is “ready to use Read More…


Fully utilize your Mac computer’s Thunderbolt port with the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

The sleek, aluminum-encased Thunderbolt Express Dock from Belkin lets you use a single cable and a “single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt devices.”  With two Thunderbolt connectors (one upstream, one downstream), you’ll be able to daisy-chain Read More…


NewerTechnology’s miniStack Max four-in-one storage, data access, and connectivity solution

on Monday, May 6th, 2013
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

Man, I wish I hadn’t recently bought the Apple USB SuperDrive for my Mac mini.  In this “I coulda had a V-8″ moment, I realize I could have added an external drive, SD card reader, one charging-only USB-A port, 2 USB 3.0 A ports, one USB 3.0 B port, eSATA port, 2 Firewire 800 ports, Read More…


ColorSonik Speaker review

on Saturday, May 4th, 2013

ColorSonik is not a name that people think of when it comes to audio. It’s not surprising, since they are new on the scene. ColorSonik’s first product is a pair of desktop speakers that pay homage to the Museum of Modern Art’s transparent, plastic storage boxes. Even if you are not familiar with MOMA’s retro Read More…

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Penpower Worldcard Link pro Complete Contact Management Solution review

By: Paul Grunwald
on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

In both my personal and professional life I have collected stacks of business cards. When I was offered the opportunity to review the Worldcard Link Pro business card scanner and software from Penpower, I jumped at the opportunity.  Let’s see how it works.