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Tag Archives: Laptops

The TILT Stand For MacBook Pro Looks Awesome

By David Ponce

Laptops should be called lapburners: there aren’t many models that don’t get at least a little hot. Of course there’s a ton of stands on the market that aim to keep your legs and privates cooler but most add bulk, simply elevate the machine and don’t look all that great. Well, the TILT is a Kickstarter project that we feel will take off. It’s a stand made specifially for the MacBook Pro that clips right into the base and features passive and active cooling. Made to look as if it was part of the machine it aims to cool, it adds only 0.6″ of thickness but will actively push hot air out the back if you connect it to a free USB plug. No plug free? That’s ok, because even without active cooling, the TILT will keep your MacBook Pro off your lap. There’s even a standard 1/4″-20 tripod thread for remote mounting.

It will retail for $55 once on the market, but you can pre-order it now for $45 and contribute to making this project a reality. As of this writing, they’ve raised $2,236 of the $8k they’re after with over a month left. Yeah, this thing will sell.

Hit the jump for a few more pictures and a link.

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Acer Introduces New Aspire Ethos Laptops With Removable Trackpads That Serve As Multimedia Remotes

Acer Aspire Ethos Laptops (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve ever had to troubleshoot a friend’s laptop, there’s a good chance it was probably a budget Acer model. To say I’m not impressed with their lower-end models is an understatement, and I hope the build quality is vastly improved with their premium models, because the latest versions of their Aspire Ethos laptops look rather slick. Available in a 15.6-inch (5951G) and an 18.4-inch (8951G) model the laptops sport 1366×768 or 1920×1080 resolution screens respectively, and their frameless displays are protected by a panel of Tonka-tough Corning Gorilla Glass.

They also each feature 2nd gen Intel Core i processors, 750GB hard drives, support for up to 16GB of ram, USB 3.0 ports, optional Blu-ray drive and a new battery that promises to retain 80% of its capacity for over 1,000 charge cycles. But what really sets the new Aspire Ethos models apart is the trackpad which features an LCD display underneath for custom functionality. It can also be detached from the laptop and used as a multimedia remote, in portrait or landscape modes which switch automatically thanks to a built in orientation sensor. And I suspect that travelers will particularly like the fact that both laptops can be used to charge another device over USB without having to power up the laptop. To ensure it doesn’t completely kill your battery, the USB charging option is disabled when your battery level drops below a user-defined level. Available mid-June starting at ~$1,600+ (£999).

[ Akihabara News – Acer debuts new Aspire Ethos laptops ]

AviiQ PQS Is The Smallest Laptop Stand You’ll Find

By Chris Scott Barr

Laptops are great to have on the go, since you can’t haul around your desktop for very obvious reasons. Of course, laptops themselves aren’t always the most ergonomic things to use, and they get a bit toasty. Thus, a laptop stand can prove a useful tool, if you can find the right one. Most are bulky, which makes them difficult to carry around. So what’s the point in having a stand that you can’t carry around? That’s where AViiQ comes in.

Their latest laptop stand is the smallest that I’ve ever seen. The Portable Quick Stand doesn’t look like it would do much at first glance, with its small size and lack of fans. However, the fact that it raises your notebook off of whatever surface you’re using will greatly increase airflow, which will keep your computer running much cooler. Also, the angle at which the laptop sits will provide a more comfortable typing position for your wrists. When not in use, it folds up to only 3/8 of an inch thick, which means you won’t have any trouble finding room for it in your bag. Best of all, it’s only going to set you back $40 when it launches later this spring.

[ AViiQ ]

Canadians, Listen Up: We’re Giving Away A Toshiba 3D Laptop!

By David Ponce

Snow, cold, dreary and politically inanimate… These could be words mistakenly used to describe Canada. I’d use others like safe, healthy and every now and then… full of free laptops! That’s right dear OhGizmo! readers: Toshiba Canada has partnered with us to give our Canadian readers a Satellite A660 3D laptop valued at $1,899.

The cool thing is the laptop in question is the higher end A660-0T4 with the following specs:

An Intel® Core™ i7-740QM processor, 6GB DDR3-1066MHZ ram, 640GB 5400RPM hdd, Blu-ray Disc™ Rewriteable and DVD SuperMulti drive, Harman Kardon built-in speakers, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M with 1GB GDDR3 memory, 15.6″ 16:9 HD TruBrite™ 120Hz 3D Ready TFT with LED backlight and NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Kit with glasses and built-in internal laptop IR emitter

So how do you win this beauty? Well, we’re going to make you work a little more than usual for this one, so read on.

1) The contest is open to all Canadians 18 years of age and above (except residents of Quebec (sorry folks)).
2) It will run from Today, January 31st, until February 7th, 2011.
3) There are 5 ways to enter, or 5 different types of ballots if you’d prefer to see it that way. Which means that you can enter up to 5 times!

1. Follow OhGizmo on Twitter.
2. “Like” us on Facebook.
3. Follow Toshiba Canada on Twitter.
4. “Like” Toshiba Canada on Facebook.
5. This last one is for anyone eligible already following us on Twitter or Facebook: simply retweet this promotion!

It’s going to be fun keeping track of all this, but we’ll do our best and will announce the winner in the week of February 7th.

Good luck!

mBrace Adds A Handle To Your MacBook Pro

By Chris Scott Barr

When you want to take your laptop out of the house, you likely put it in some kind of laptop bag or backpack. This allows you to easily carry the computer, along with any cords and accessories you might need. However, it can also add a lot of bulk, depending on which one you get. If you want to ditch the bag and just find an easier way to carry the laptop, why not add a handle to it?

The mBrace (get it?) is a conceptual handle for your unibody MacBook Pro. You just slip the handle through the opening beneath the screen. When the laptop is closed, the device puts pressure on the lip just above the top row of keys, rather than the actual hinge. You’ll then be able to carry around your laptop by the handle, instead of gripping it the usual way. To be honest, I’m not really sure that this design solves any existing problems, but if you want to help it along, you can back the project over at KickStarter.

[ KickStarter ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

HAL 9000 MacBook Decal

HAL 9000 MacBook Decal (Image courtesy Etsy)
By Andrew Liszewski

Until about five minutes ago I was totally against the idea of putting any kind of decals on my laptop, or any gadget for that matter. Then I saw this HAL 9000 decal from Etsy seller ‘ExpendableDecals’ which probably looks pretty slick on a MacBook with the apple logo glowing, and completely changed my mind. Unfortunately though while it was once listed as being available for $15, the decal appears to be currently sold out.

[ Etsy – Macbook Hal 9000 with red apple vinyl decal sticker ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

DeskBook Pro Dock Looks Quite Useful – Just Not $600+ Useful

DeskBook Pro Dock (Images courtesy Zemno)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve permanently made the move to a laptop over a desktop PC, you’ve probably had to give up a few conveniences like ample storage with room for additional hard drives and copious amounts of USB and other ports. But the DeskBook Pro dock from Zemno will give you all of that back, for the price of another reasonably equipped notebook. (Windows-based of course.) As you can see in the product shots it’s designed to complement and match an aluminum MacBook, but it can be used with pretty much any notebook as long as its footprint isn’t too large.

But what does it give you? Well for starters it’s got 7 USB ports, 3 Firewire 800 ports, 1 Firewire 400 port, 1 DVI output, 1 ESATA data connection, 1 ESATA power connection, stereo audio in & out and even a built-in multi-format memory card reader. It’s also got a couple of removable ‘ModBays’ in the front which can be filled with extra hard drives, extra batteries (that only power the dock itself) and eventually even devices like your iPod. While it’s not pictured, I’m assuming there is some cabling that needs to be run including both USB and Firewire, so you’ll need one of the newer FW-equipped MacBooks to really take advantage of the dock. All-in-all it doesn’t look too shabby, were it not for the unfortunate $599.99 price tag. Not to mention the extra $179.99 for the optional 500GB ModBay hard drive, or the $149.99 for the ModBay battery module.

[ Zemno DeskBook Pro Dock ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

Sony Updates The VAIO P With Touchpads, GPS, An Accelerometer And Colors

Sony VAIO P (Images courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

It was first officially introduced to the world at CES 2009, but today Sony has announced a rather impressive upgrade to their VAIO P Lifestyle PC. (Remember, it’s not a netbook!) When it comes to tech specs the new VAIO P sports an Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, a 64GB SSD flash drive, an 8-inch 1600×768 display and runs Windows 7.

And that’s all well and good, but what will really convince consumers to splurge on the VAIO P, instead of a traditional netbook, are its latest additions which include GPS with a digital compass, a set of touchpads on either side of the display that can be used in lieu of the nub in the middle of the keyboard and a built-in accelerometer that can automatically detect when the screen has been turned or used to ‘flick’ through photos or pages in a document. Available sometime in June, the base version of the new VAIO P starts at $799, but that’s with an older Z530 processor instead of the Z540, so expect to pay a bit more for all of the latest and greatest features.

[ Sony – Sony delivers a smarter on-the-move computing experience: Ultra-portable, easy to carry new VAIO P Series ]

Simple Adapter Turns Your Tripod Into A Laptop Stand (Monopods Need Not Apply)

Laptop Tripod Stand (Images courtesy Thanko)
By Andrew Liszewski

At first glance I worried that this adapter plate from Thanko that allows you to perch your laptop atop an unused tripod could lead to a nasty fall, turning your expensive hardware into a pile of unusable electronic bits. But I guess professional photographers do the same thing with high-end DSLRs that can be considerably more expensive than even the most-tripped out laptops. So it should probably work just fine, as long as you don’t cheap out on the tripod that is.

The adapter looks to be nothing more than a metal plate with a standard tripod mount on the bottom, as well as a set of elastic straps to serve as a seatbelt for your laptop while it’s sitting on top. So while you could easily build one yourself, the $21 (¥1980) price tag almost outweighs the trip to the hardware store and the half-hour or so of DIY required to assemble your own version.

[ Thanko Laptop Tripod Stand Adapter ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]