Earbuds. You either love them or hate them. Or you just tolerate them. Anyone who's worn a pair--which is likely 100 percent of those who own an iPod or other MP3 player--knows that comfort and fit isn't always the greatest when it comes to these tiniest of headphones. Maybe you have a pair that is reasonably comfortable, but slips ever-so-gradually out of your ears as you move. Or the opposite: they really stick in there, but dole out a pain-causing pressure to the inside of your ear after extended wear. So maybe you give up, and pair … Read more
What ever happened to removable batteries? I'm not just talking about the alkaline variety, but the user-replaceable kind that were also rechargeable. It appears as if they have gone out of fashion, and many a frequent-flier is bummed. All is not lost, though, as you still can find AAA-friendly MP3 players if you look hard enough...or if you just keep reading this page. You can even find decent portable speakers for less than 50 bucks, which is just about the max I'd want to spend on such an item in the current economic state.
Q: What MP3 … Read more
I know, it's a mobile USB hub. What's there to be excited about, right? IOGEAR's new 3-Port USB 2.0 Mobile Hub--the GUH276--is only worth mentioning because of its thoughtful design.
The hub only has three ports (hence the product name), but unlike others I've tried, these all face up and are widely spaced so no port has to go unused because of a bulky device. And instead of trying to jam a fourth USB port on top, IOGEAR attached a mini-USB cable to the device. The cable is capable of doing data transfers, … Read more
Though they are portable devices, the iPod and the iPhone can make a wonderful source for headphone-free music when connected to a speaker--if you have a player full of great music and personalized playlists, you might as well play it out loud every once in a while. Unfortunately, several of the made-for-iPod systems that have come out in the past few years don't work well with the iPhone, presenting a problem for those with multiple devices.
The upshot is that manufacturers have started to address this issue with iPhone-friendly speaker systems, which are shielded against cell phone interference and … Read more
If anything's a given about the iPod, it's that the player has a solid history of handling podcasts exceptionally well. This has to do with the firmware on the device itself, but perhaps more credit should be given to the iTunes software, which makes excellent use of its integrated music store interface to aggregate, organize, and promote a wide variety of podcats--likely the widest array available in any one spot. That's great for iPod owners, but what about the rest of us? Never fear: there are plenty of solutions available.
I have a Creative Zen MP3 player, … Read more
Tenba makes a lot of bags for all kinds of cameras and equipment. Featured in the video above is the new $103.95 Shootout Sling, which for a bag fetishist such as myself is simply dreamy. It's designed for immediate access to your camera and to keep gear organized (a given), but is also quite capable of swallowing a dSLR with a mounted 300mm telephoto lens, just by removing some of the interior padded walls. Watch the video to see what I mean.
Perhaps best known for its broad line of laptop bags, Targus also manufactures laptop accessories to carry in the bags--travel mice, presentation remotes, and the like. Tuesday morning, the company announced six new mobile accessories, all specifically designed to coordinate with Apple MacBooks.
The lineup includes two travel mice: the $50 Wireless Mouse for Mac uses a USB microreceiver that tucks inside the mouse for transit, while the $70 Bluetooth Laser Mouse for Mac keeps your USB ports free for other peripherals. Inspired by the iPod Touch, the company has outfitted both mice with a 4-way touch scroll that lets … Read more
Recently, I had a chance to check out the Logitech PlayGear Pocket Lite, a carrying case for the Nintendo DS Lite. Basically, it's a perfectly good case made of durable hard plastic with space for carrying four additional DS games. It even allows you to add customized skins (protected on the inside of the clear shell). But the whole thing seemed somewhat superfluous to me, mostly because the DS Lite is already so well-designed: the clamshell enclosure keeps the unit's dual screens safe (unlike the PSP, which really does need a protective case).… Read more
One of the things I like most about Smartparts is that the company designs its own frames start to finish. No off-the-shelf "we'll-take-that-one" kind of stuff. And its new 8-inch Wi-Fi frame, announced Tuesday, is no different.
While adding Wi-Fi to frames isn't new, the SPX8WF's 802.11 b/g wireless abilities are unique in that it uses a pre-assigned e-mail address that comes with the frame, allowing you or anyone else to send pictures directly to the frame. It's also one of the first Smartparts frames to integrate with Windows Live Photo Gallery. … Read more
What price are you willing to pay to keep your camera and equipment protected from weather, water, or your own misfortune? Camera Armor's Seattle Sling waterproof bag tagged at $149.95 seems very fair, especially for those who carry thousands of dollars worth of gear.
The bag's zipper-free design includes a sealed, air-tight dry bag inside along with strong clips so the bag stays put, but still gives you easy access.
The waterproof dry bag also features four adjustable dividers to keep your lenses, batteries, flashes, etc., all safe and cozy, regardless of what's going on outside. … Read more