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Tag Archives: Laptops

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 ]

Water Cooling Lets You Overclock Your Laptop Stand

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By Evan Ackerman

There are a couple different types of laptop coolers… Passive ones, that just help air get underneath your laptop, and active ones, that include fans and stuff. New to the “and stuff” category of laptop coolers is this water cooled version, which may or may not be called the F11124-ASL-1.

Now, it would be really nice if somehow this water cooling feature enabled the fan to blow cold air up into your laptop, but that’s not what it does. From what I can gather from the description and the pictures, the heat pump just cools itself, as opposed to your laptop, since the water doesn’t seem to go anywhere near your computer. I guess maybe having a cool laptop pad is better than having a warm laptop pad, but since the heat pump also looks like it manages to block the fan (which otherwise might be doing something useful), I’m left wondering just what exactly all the hullabaloo is about.

There’s no pricing or release date on this thing, but even if there was, I probably wouldn’t buy one until I figured out what it, you know, does.

[ SonData ] VIA [ Everything USB ]

OCZ Onyx SSD Costs Less Than $100

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By Evan Ackerman

Less than $100 probably means $99.99, but that doesn’t change the fact that the 2.5″ Onyx SSD from OCZ is actually in the realm of casually affordable, a first for SSDs. We’re used to seeing SSD drives that offer incredible performance, but at a price point that makes most of us just sigh sadly. The OCZ Onyx, while offering only modest speeds (125 MB/s read and 70 MB/s write) relative to other SSDs, is still fast enough that you’d notice a significant difference in load times if you stick your operating system on it. Unsurprisingly, the drive only has a capacity of 32 gigs, so your operating system may be the only thing you can stick on it, but that’s okay.

Even if the speed and size aren’t that impressive, don’t forget about the other benefits of SSDs: they’re light, shockproof, durable, and use up a heck of a lot less power than conventional drives since they don’t have anything inside them that needs to be kept spinning at several thousand RPM all the time.

$100 is not going to get you some kind of incredibly awesome SSD drive. But it will get you this SSD drive, which, for the cost, is way better than no SSD drive at all.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ HotHardware ]

[CES 2010] Onkyo Dual Screen Convertible Tablet Netbook

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By Evan Ackerman

We spotted this thing in the Microsoft press room, where at first glance it looks like an unassuming little netbook running Windows 7… There’s more to it than meets the eye, though:

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And more:

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The Onkyo DX1007AS stores a second 10.1 inch (1,366 x 768) monitor behind the first (kinda like the Lenovo W700DS), and you can slide them apart and double your desktop space in just a few seconds, or flip them around to make yourself a hella long tablet. The dual screens are supported by an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card, but otherwise the insides are basically ho-hum netbook. The price, however, is not… You can buy this, but it’ll cost you just over $1100.

[ GeekStuff4U ]

[CES 2010] Lenovo Skylight Smartbook Is Smart, Stylish

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By Evan Ackerman

When someone (like Lenovo) says that they’ve got this laptop that runs on a cell phone processor, and that they’re calling it a “Smartbook,” your first thought might be a mental eyeroll. So it helps when someone (like Lenovo) plies you with alcohol and desserts, and then points out that it’s really a pretty decent idea. The Lenovo Skylight has a 10 inch screen, a full size keyboard, and integrated WiFi and 3G, all of which you’d expect in a mobile connectivity netbook. It’s missing three things that you’d also expect: a 2.5″ hard drive, Windows, and an Atom processor, and Windows. Instead, it uses a couple microSD cards (one of which is swappable), a customized version of Linux, and a 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512mb of RAM that’s strong enough to play back 720p HD video. Put that all together and you get a lot of functionality coupled with a 10 hour battery life (think 6-8 in normal use) in a wicked skinny package that weighs less than 2 pounds.

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The OS is heavily focused on web integration, as you’d expect from such a low power computer. One of the most interesting physical features is a long and skinny USB accessory slot… They had a 16 gig USB drive in there, but hypothetically, you can plug anything you want into it, like some extra media buttons or maybe a webcam or something.

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Lenovo is still working on their customized operating system, video playback, and other stuff like the touchpad. Everything should be ready to go by April of this year, when you’ll be able to pick the Skylight up for, uh, $499. Another option will be to buy it along with a 3G data plan from AT&T, which will likely subsidize it quite a bit, but still, for what it is, that seems like a lot of money… Even if it is so little and roundish and cute.

[ Lenovo Skylight ]

Targus Laptop Docking Station With Video

Targus Laptop Docking Station With Video (Image courtesy Targus)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you haven’t accepted the fact that laptops come with certain limitations compared to a full-sized desktop PC, then be prepared to carry a bag full of accessories and add-ons wherever you go. Or, you could spend a bit of money and just grab this new docking station from Targus which isn’t terribly large, but is packed full of useful features.

It connects to your laptop via a single USB port, but expands that to an additional 4 ports with 2 being ‘always on’ even when the laptop is shut down. Of course that means the dock needs its own power supply, but if you’ve picked one up then portability clearly isn’t your priority. The dock also provides a DVI connection using DisplayLink’s technology and can support monitor resolutions up to 2048×1152 as well as additional audio connections and an ethernet port. And finally, you can stash the thing underneath your laptop making it function as a riser to improve airflow and cooling, but obviously it’s the previously mentioned features that will justify its $159.99 price tag.

[ Targus Laptop Docking Station With Video ] VIA [ Crave ]