September 29, 2012 |
I'm always looking for improvements in mobile power chargers that can handle my mix of USB ports on my growing herd of devices, and Bracketron's new Universal USB Travel Power Kit manages to cover most of my wants. The slim AC power plug folds neatly into its recessed base, so it won't get bent during transport. The 3-foot charging cable is thick enough to last, and sprouts dual connectors, a micro USB plug that works with most of my electronics, and an attached 30-pin plug (for my iPhone and iPad)
May 26, 2012 |
Here's how I keep a cellphone charged and out of the way: Bracketron's new Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex. The holder, which plugs into the cigarette lighter, has a gooseneck arm that lets you adjust the phone. A push-button mechanism on the holding unit lets you lengthen or shorten the grips for different size phones or other devices. The power cable plugs into a USB port on the front of the power unit. The holder comes with a micro-USB to USB cable but works with any power cable with a USB plug.
April 21, 2012 |
Scanon's ScanStik looks like a big long pen, but is actually a full-page scanner. Though it's loaded with useful features, it's surprisingly user-friendly. Just press the “on” button and roll it down the page you want to scan (or multiple pages), then connect to a computer with the included USB cable, which also recharges the scanner's battery. A directory will open. Click on file transfer or view the files with your default viewer, and you've got it. The scanner's LCD display shows battery level and free memory and lets you choose between 300 and 600 dpi resolution and jpegs in 24-bit color or black and white.
December 25, 2011 |
Capturing the special moments in photos is a holiday tradition. But will those pictures be around to treasure in decades to come? In today's digital world, photos pile up chaotically on hard drives, often with no backup. Here are some options for saving copies of your pictures for future generations. • External hard drive: These sell for $70 to $200 and typically connect to your computer's USB drive. They're a reliable way of backing up large numbers of photos and other data.
November 27, 2011 |
If Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire turns out to be the blockbuster that many are predicting it will be, it won't be because of design or hardware features. If Fire ignites consumers, it will be because it sells for $199, wears the trusted Amazon Kindle brand name and serves as a direct and easy-to-use pipeline to Amazon's online store, a massive offering of e-books, music, movies, TV shows and apps matched only by Apple. But although Fire's content offering is top-notch, the hardware is as plain as you can get. The 7-inch screen on the Fire is bright and clear, and its 1024-by-600-pixel resolution provides ample room for reading books or watching TV shows and movies.
July 16, 2011 |
USB digital drives are great for storing photos, music and other memory hogs on the go. But they're also tiny and easily lost. Enter Verbatim's new Clip-it USB drive, which clips onto a pocket or almost anything. The 4-gigabyte drive comes in a colorful range of plastic housings - just the right accessory for your favorite geek. Costs $18.62 or $52.30 for a three-pack. Info: Verbatim , (800) 538-8589.
February 27, 2011 |
Accessory Workshop’s tyPad Bluetooth Enabled Keyboard Case ($99.99) is a folding, leatherette iPad case with a built-in, Bluetooth-enabled wireless keyboard. The case, which also functions as an iPad stand, offers a compact alternative to the iPad’s touch screen. It includes a rechargeable lithium battery and a USB port connector and cable for charging the device. Info: tyPad , (888) 691-3047
January 9, 2011 |
The iLuv Speaker Dock ($149.99) is a docking speaker designed for playing and charging the iPad, Apple's popular tablet computer. The dock can also be used with iPods, iPhones, and, with the aid of the auxiliary line input, any audio device with a 3.5-millimeter jack. The speakers put out a big, bold sound with powerful bass. Includes AC power cord and USB cable. Info: iLuv , (866) 807-5946.
December 5, 2010 |
Tired of tangled wires on your portable electronics? The folks at Black Box are on the case — specifically, a 7-inch-square by 2-inch-deep faux-leather case. The case unzips to reveal five mobile accessories with retractable cables: a USB optical mouse, a USB cable, a cable for wired networking, stereo ear buds, and a notebook AC power cable. Each item in the Deluxe Retractable Cable Kit ($38.95) pops into and out of its own slot. Extension ranges from 2 feet (for the mouse)
December 2, 2010 |
Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that it would turn on its 4G wireless network Sunday in 38 U.S. cities, though the new network will not support smart phones until the first half of 2011. Instead, the 4G network ? which the company says is up to 10 times faster than the current 3G network ? will initially be accessible only with USB modems from LG Electronics Inc. and Pantech Corp. The devices, which users can plug into their laptops to tap into 4G speeds on the go, will cost $99 after a $50 rebate and a two-year data contract.