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[CES 2010] Asus NX90 Laptop Has Two Touchpads, Still Missing One

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By Evan Ackerman

I’m not entirely sure that more equals better when it comes to touchpads, but Asus seems to think so, and at their CES press conference today they were showing off their NX90, a gigantic 18.4″ quad core laptop sporting two touchpads, one on each side of the keyboard. The touchpads aren’t specifically designed to be used simultaneously, and I guess in some cases their placement might be a little bit more convenient than the standard low-center placement, but that would take a lot of getting used to. Plus, the rest of the laptop just looks naked.

You might also notice those huge Bang & Olufsen speakers that look like they were stuck to the sides of the laptop as an afterthought. Their size ensures that you’re going to get better than the average laptoppy sound out of the computer, but from what I managed to hear through the crowd of screaming journalists, it’s not as great as you might expect from components of their size. And for $2500ish, you’re probably expecting greatness. This is just a demo unit, though, so the production version (expected in February) could incorporate some improvements.

And once again, I can’t believe it’s actually pronounced “ay-SOOS.”

Mount Your Laptop On A Tripod

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By Chris Scott Barr

Most amateur photographers aren’t known to directly use their laptops when shooting pictures. However, professionals will sometimes hook their camera up to a notebook so that they can see immediate results on a large screen. As you can imagine, not all situations make it easy to keep a laptop situated near your camera. Well now you can have a flat surface for your laptop anywhere you can set a tripod.

The Tallyn Series Laptop Deck attaches to your tripod (you’ll need a really good tripod for this, not your $20 Walmart special) and will hold a laptop at the angle you desire. It is adjustable and holds laptops up to 17-inches and 8 lbs. The deck will set you back $85, which is a small price to pay for the convenience it will bring.

[ Tallyn's ] VIA [ Crave ]

Artmu Laptop Sleeves Double As Mouse Pad

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By Chris Scott Barr

When you take your laptop out of its sleeve or case, what do you do with said holder? I generally set it down next to me and ignore it until I either need something out of it, or am ready to put my laptop away again. Well one company is trying to make their laptop sleeves a little more useful while you’re on your computer.

The Artmu laptop sleeves unzips into a flat surface. You set your laptop on one side, while the other can be used as a mouse pad. Granted, in most cases you don’t really need a mouse pad, but on the occasion that you’re working on a reflective surface it will really come in handy. The sleeves come in a variety of sizes and colors, starting at around $15.

[ Artmu ] VIA [ Aving ]

A Snugli Baby Carrier For Your Laptop?

By Jonathan Kimak

Like the majority of laptop owners, I want to be able to use my laptop absolutely everywhere I go. However, I’m not so sure I want to be able to use it while walking down the road blissfully unaware of that approaching pick-up truck headed right for me. But what do I know.

The people at Think Geek have created the Connect-A-Desk Laptop Holder that they sell for $40. It includes a laptop harness and a “desk” which is essentially a board fitted to the harness that allows you to stand and type with both hands instead of doing the awkward one hand holding the laptop and the other hand pecking away at the keys.

For the standing part the laptop desk looks OK and could be useful when you are in standing room only situations and need to take notes or see the latest videos from this year’s E3. But when the site suggests that you can walk around and type with this it makes me cringe at the catastrophes bound to happen. It’s already easy enough to get distracted with little cell phones, PDAs and mp3 players. A full sized laptop with DVD movies and games could have you successfully save your character by jumping over a dark chasm, while you fall down a real chasm.

Caveat Geektor.

[ Think Geek ] VIA [ TechEBlog ]