The Mac Pro is sleek and beautiful, and it looks great on your desk.  (Click the image for a better view.)  All the peripherals you attach to it may not look so beautiful cluttered around your desk top, though.  Hive73 created a beautiful, compact aluminum deck that neatly arranges those devices to keep your work [...]

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Bolse Mfr Desktop Photo

Perhaps, like me, your bedside table has evolved over time into a charging station. I run down the batteries in my devices during the day, and the nightstand is the most convenient place to both recharge the devices while I sleep and keep them nearby for nighttime reading, email or phone calls. I haven’t adapted gracefully [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

Environmental friendliness and sustainability are pervasive topic these days and "green" is a term that is being applied in countless areas. How about your computer? Recompute has developed what they call the "eco friendly computer workstation." And it's made of cardboard. Blasphemy! you scream? Brilliant! you squeal? Either way, it's an interesting concept---check out this video for [...]

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In 1992 Nintendo won a lawsuit against Atari and was able to lock-out third-party software vendors from providing games for its gaming systems unless they purchased a key (license). Since then the Holy Grail of gaming, smartphone and now computer system companies was to bring to market systems where they had control of every third-party [...]

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Regular readers of The Gadgeteer are familiar with the fact that I'm a Mac person. My main computer for the past several years has been an iMac. I upgraded last year to the 27" version and it has been my work horse until early last month when it switched roles and became my TV. When [...]

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The Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 (hereafter referred to as "Natural Mouse") would make any elephant nervous!!  Like any good computer professional, over the years I have gone through a boatload of mouse products, from touchpads to trackballs, wireless mice, corded mice, travel mice, Bluetooth mice, laser mice, and even a few pointing sticks.  [...]

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When I was a kid, I had a portable multi-band radio. I can remember plugging an
earphone (this was before earbuds) into it at night and slowing scanning up and
down the frequencies, trying to tune in foreign stations. I would always get
excited when I would tune to a station and hear people talking in a language
that I didn't understand. Multi-band radios are still being sold these days, but
I have an alternative for you... The USB Internet Radio Jukebox from Aluratek is
a plug and play 'radio' that claims to will quickly allow you to enjoy music and
news from all over the world. Let's give it a try...

Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear

I'm a minimalist. The problem is that I'm a minimalist that has too much stuff. ;o) For those of you that might be true minimalists, I have a nifty USB doo-dad to show you, that has the potential to allow you to ditch your High Def TV and DVR. It's the PCTV HD Pro Stick (801e) from Pinnacle Systems. With it, you can use your Windows laptop or desktop computer as your TV and DVR. Let's take a look...

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Yesterday I reviewed the ShareCentral
1 USB sharing device from Kensington. I liked the simplicity of their product, but couldn't help wanting more
from it. Today I want to show you the USB Super 16-Port Hub from Brando.
Yes, I said 16 ports! Yowza! I know this isn't quite the same thing as the ShareCentral, but it's close...

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Have you ever wished that you could easily share a USB device such as a printer, scanner, external hard drive, etc.
between to computers, without having to unplug and replug into either computer when you needed to use the device?
Kensington is here to help you out with their new ShareCentral USB
peripheral switch boxes.

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Paranoia seems to be the norm when it comes to security these days, especially computer security. I know that I have probably 30 password variations that I use for 50-80 different sites and systems, making password management essential. What if there was a different way?

One alternative is the use of a biometric security mechanism. Biometric, sounds like something from a spy movie but in fact it is just a technique to uniquely recognize individuals based on one or more intrinsic physical characteristics. Fingerprints & iris recognition are probably the ones that are most common.

Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear

Earlier this year, Audioengine was
kind enough to send me a pair of their wonderful
to review. These speakers have turned out to be a favorite of mine
and still occupy space on my desk at Gadgeteer headquarters. Now Audioengine
have created another set of speakers for people that don't want to devote as
much desktop space and money in order to own a great sounding pair of speakers.
The A2's work great with both PCs, Macs and other audio devices. Let's take a
closer look.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

"You can never be too skinny or have too much money." Isn't that the way the old saying goes? I would like to make an update and reword it to now say: "You can never too skinny or have too much disk storage". With 10MP digital cameras, digital audio and video, file space can quickly become filled to capacity. I have four computers in my home, and they all have this issue. I also have an issue regarding backing each drive up. Right now I back up my primary computer, but not the others. This is definitely not a good practice. Lucky for me, I found a possible solution for both of these problems, with Maxtor's Shared Storage II NAS (Network Attached Storage) device.

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As a kid, I remember sitting in front of my Mom's vertical Baldwin piano, trying to learn to play Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Ode To Joy. I never had real lessons, I just used the many lesson books that my Mom had used when she was a little girl. The piano bench was full of them and I loved paging through them, seeing the cartoon-like pictures for each new song. Once in awhile my Mom would sit down on the bench with me to give me pointers, but for the most part she never criticized my talent or lack there of. I just loved plunking those keys, making music. It didn't matter if I was any good at it or not. Wow, I'm tearing up just writing this. I miss my mom...

Posted in: Music Gear

Jasper Keynote

Recently my day job has required me to give numerous presentations to large groups. Of course, you always want to come off looking as professional as possible, so I found myself in search for a presentation remote that could assist me. JasperLaser recently released the Jasper Keynote presentation remote, so let’s see if that fits my needs.

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If you read my review of the Slim Mouse, this review might seem a bit familiar because both mice have a somewhat similar shape and design. The mouse that we're going to focus on for this review is the Twister Laser Mouse from Rocketfish. It is hands down better than the Slim Mouse though. Keep reading to find out why.

Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear

G4 Slim Mouse

Mice come in all shapes and sizes these days. They are available in corded and non-corded varieties, using Bluetooth and other wireless protocols. Some run on batteries, some don't. But all mice share a couple of important features... They have Left and Right buttons (ok, some Mac mice have just 1...), and they move the cursor around on your display. Today I'm going to tell you about the Slim Mouse. This mouse has those important features mentioned above, all bundled into an extremely thin package. Power Positioning (2P) actually claims that this mouse is the world's thinnest. Is that a good thing? Let's find out.

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Kensington has just released their new Ci
Lifestyle collection of input devices for your Windows or Mac desktop and / or notebook that they sent me to test. They sent the Ci70 Wireless Desktop set that includes both a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse, and the Ci75m Wireless Notebook Mouse which is available in two colors. Let's take a closer look at each of them.

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I have been using a Logitech MX1000 cordless mouse for just over 2 yrs now. I love it and am not sure I'd ever want to go back to a generic wired mouse. The MX1000 has served me very well, with long working time between charges (typically 2 weeks or so) and smooth action. Now I have the chance to tell you about the MX1000's successor: the new MX Revolution rechargeable cordless laser mouse.

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When I reviewed PLANon's DocuPen R700 portable scanner almost one year ago, I immediately realized how handy this device could be to a wide variety of people. Having a full page scanner that can easily stow in a gear bag was quite liberating. The only problem with the R700, was the fact that it scanned only in Black and White, and didn't really do that great of a job. Luckily, PLANon, didn't stop with the R700. They now have the RC800, which can scan in full 24bit color.

Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear

Pertelian X2040

Updated with information about new software release.

One of the more annoying things about PC gaming is that it is
hard to keep up with e-mail, instant messaging, and other
background applications while a game is using the entire display.
The Pertelian X2040 is an answer to that
problem, in the form of an external LCD
display that lets you see important information and interact with
background applications like your instant messenger and Teamspeak
while a full-screen game is running.

Posted in: Computer Gear, Gaming Gear

Here at The Gadgeteer, we love to discover good things that come in small packages. If it's tiny, designed well and useful, we're as happy as geeks at a HamFest. That's why I performed an internal happy dance when the USB Rota-Rota 4 port hub showed up in my mailbox the other day, all the way from Brando's shop in Hong Kong. One of these days, I hope to visit Hong Kong and Brando's shop, but until then, I will just have to settle for testing out his products.

Posted in: Computer Gear, Gear, Laptops and Gear

If you play PC games, you probably know how important keyboard
control is to many of them, especially in the real-time strategy,
roleplaying, and shooter genres. But keyboards are designed for two
hands, and in most games you'll always have one hand on the mouse.
The Saitek
Pro Gamer Command Unit
is a USB controller that aims to improve
your control of keyboard-driven games with programmable action
buttons located directly under your fingertips for quick access,
plus a thumb-operated joystick.

Posted in: Computer Gear

About a month ago I decided that I wanted to build a MCE PC. I
had built one for my dad out of an old PC we had laying around,
adding two HDTV tuners and a 7.1 audio card, and was so impressed
with it that I set out to build my own. Originally I started
specing it together to build from scratch, but I found it was
cheaper to buy the PC pre-built. Included with my order was a 19"
Widescreen LCD, perfect for displaying some high-def TV.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

For the longest time, I was the person that didn't back up any of the files stored on my computer. Important emails, Money files, passwords, pictures, MP3s, programs I had paid for, Word documents, Excel Spreadsheets, years and years worth of ranch data and documents, reviews I had written - I was blissfully ignorant about [...]

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