From a distance, people might think you’ve finally entered the new millennium and given up your old PC. Yeah, Sony’s latest VAIO laptops with spiffy new Ivy Bridge processors, the T11 & T13 Ultrabooks, look so much like Apples with their magnesium and aluminum bodies it’s incredible. And, yes, they have internet.
Only a sucker would transfer & store important data on the wack little plastic thumbdrives they were giving out at the trade show. Step it up. Sony’s Micro Vault MACH thumbdrives are a much better idea. They’re made of sturdy, styley brushed aluminum and with 120 MB/s reads and 90 MB/s writes they’re probably faster than the ones you’re using now.
Tired of pressing that old, run-of-the-mill “Reset” button on your current wireless router? Maybe the touchscreen on this one from Securifi will remind you of your phone and therefore make you feel better when it’s time to hit reset.
Is it just us or is the convenience and power of your super-smart iPhone starting to make your laptop seem a little stupid? The only bitch is that so much typing leads to lots of typos. But with just one click, the new Slim One Keyboard from Ontario-based brand Matias, lets you switch from typing on your PC or Mac to texting in turbo on your iPhone. Nice for us multi-device multi-taskers.
How safe is your external hard drive? You know, the one with all your highly sensitive files? Chances are, no matter where you’ve got this data stored it is not as hacker-proof as the rugged Amphibious 7X. It offers AES-256 CBC Real-Time Hardware Encryption, with NIST and FIPS validated Cryptographic modules. You don’t know what this means but the guys who want to steal your identity do. It also features an embedded keypad requiring a PIN and additional Smartcard security. Take the first step in protecting your data, get one. Available by Spring 2012.
To say Apple’s influence is far-reaching is an obvious understatement. And when you look at the new All-In-One 24 & 27-inch PCs and sleek laptops from Vizio, it’s a surprise there hasn’t been a lawsuit launched already. If you’re a staunch believer in the Windows platform, these new machines should really light your fire.
If you’ve been waiting for the release of a legit iPad rival, the wait could be over. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime just dropped. It’s a 10-inch Android tablet with a quad-core processor that makes it the most powerful Android device on earth. It’s also got a Sunlight Readable Display and a slick keyboard attachment option allowing you to “transform” from tablet to laptop.
Obviously intended to compete head-on with the MacBook Air, Acer drops this little nugget into the ultra-light notebook ring. Tidbits include a second generation Core CPU, a 13.3-inch HD screen, both a SSD and HDD, and a 0.51-inch thick chassis made out of aluminum and magnesium that weighs just 2.98 pounds. Available later this week.
Yes, we know it’s hard to believe but some of us who use Macs also occasionally use numbers. Adding, subtracting, you know. But if you have the wireless Mac keyboard you’ve got only the top-row numbers to work with; not ideal. You number-crunchers will jump with glee at this new app that turns your Magic Track Pad into a number pad with the ability to add custom shortcut buttons. And don’t worry, setting it up is way easier than addition
The worst thing about a wireless keyboard is replacing the battery every other month or using weak rechargeables. Cut all that out of the equation with a solar powered keyboard. Don’t tell anyone it charges even indoors, so when you get bored of work, you can step outside for a “recharge.”