Altec Lansing has had its fingers in the iPod speaker business for several years now, which may explain why the company has been one of the most innovative when it comes to design; the retro-slick iM7 boombox and the ultrathin iM600 provide some excellent evidence of that. Further proof has now materialized in the form of the Altec Lansing Orbit-MP3, an ultracompact speaker that connects to any MP3 player or audio source. The MSRP for this speaker is only $40, but it can be found online for less than $30--an exceptional value given its versatility and passable sound quality. Read the full review.… Read more
Not thrilled with the Zune's Wi-Fi music-sharing feature? Kicker's ZK500 Zune speaker dock gets your music social the old fashioned way: by pummeling it at people's heads. The ZK500's two 5-inch drivers, silk-dome tweeters, and a monstrous 6-inch bass reflex port are powered by a total of 40 desk-shaking watts of power, packed into an enclosure that looks like it fell off the Death Star.
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I've seen some hair-brained (hey-ooooo) ideas in my time, but this just might take the cake. For those of you who find Bluetooth headsets or the wired headsets that come with your cell phone too pedestrian, here's something that will certainly turn heads: a wired headset that looks like a hair dryer. Trust me, I wish I were making this up.
Yes, for just $7.59, you can talk to your family and friends through a hair dryer and be the object of various onlookers' ridicule envy. The cell phone hair dryer headset comes with various adapters that … Read more
If you're already one of the 161 "fans" of Lowepro on Facebook, you probably know that a few days ago the bag and case manufacturer posted pictures and descriptions of six new products on its page.
Most of the bags are line extensions, such as the SlingShot 350 AW that includes "a customizable main compartment that comfortably fits a professional DSLR with a 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached plus 5-6 extra lenses or accessories." However, on August 1 the company announced a new line of eco-conscious multipurpose bags under the name Terraclime.
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It's always tough to come back from vacation, especially on a Monday, which is already a day of dread in its own right. So much to catch up on. So. Much. E-MAIL. But, on this Monday, there is a bright spot, which is that I received plenty of compelling questions and comments for this column during my absence, and I appreciate every one of them. This week, I've decided to focus on a couple of relatively simple items because (a) my brain is still out of the office and (b) I think the simplest tidbits can be the … Read more
If you fly enough, you probably have a full routine for getting through security as fast as possible. I for one have given up on belts, coats, shoes with laces, and the hope that I'll ever remember at 6 a.m. where I've put all my "fluids." The only thing that continues to gum things up is my laptop, since the Transportation Security Administration requires screeners to get a clear image of the laptop when it goes down the belt. This means that along with making sure no one walks off with my shoes (true story, … Read more
Soundcast Systems focuses its efforts on a very limited line of wireless audio products and it shows: the company consistently earns praise for its top-notch wireless sound quality. Competitive pricing, however, is not Soundcast's strong suit, and the OutCast is no exception.
This $700 weatherproof, wireless speaker setup is definitely not your average iPod speaker, but that's a good thing. It's innovative, extremely easy to use, and offers great sound quality. It could use some help in the looks department, though. Read the full review.
The third-generation iPod Nano is pretty and entertaining all on its own, but there are plenty of accessories out there to make it even more stylish, fun, and personal. The first step is to replace those stock Apple earbuds--they're not doing you any favors. A good place to start is with CNET's Best 5 headphones. Once your music is pumping through some comfortable, quality earphones, check out this roundup of skins, speakers, cases, and more, most of which are made specifically with the Nano in mind.
Growing a vegetable garden is hard work, but for on-the-go gardeners, the "Green Capsule" makes it easy to tote greenery around, one sprout at a time.
Created by Masaki Engineering & Consulting in Japan, the traveling miniature garden can become a necklace, earring, cell phone charm, or bag accessory.
The kit comes with seeds for peppers, cabbage, sweet basil, and cherry tomatoes, plus soil to start the portable garden.
Once the sprout grows big enough, it can be transplanted into a pot or garden bed. It's hard to say whether the little plant can hold up while … Read more