Do you suffer from peripheral overload? If your desk is a mess of wires, the Media Tank can help. ThinkGeek is selling this external enclosure for $90. It supplies a 6-in-1 card reader (CF I/II, MD, SD, MMC, and MS/MS Pro) and room for an IDE hard drive and optical drive of your choosing. Inside is a cooling fan and heat sink to keep your drives from overheating. Built-in surge protection helps keep your data safe. The Media Tank connects to your PC (or Mac) via USB 2.0 and also serves up a USB 2.0 port … Read more
"SolidAlliance" sounds more like a light rock band from the '70s than a computer equipment maker--which would explain its taste in USB drive designs too.
Except for the occasional duckies and robots, the Japanese company appears given to all that glitters. The latest shiny material comes from the house of Swarovski, which apparently won't be satisfied until it covers the Earth in its ubiquitous crystals.
Slava Tyukalov is one busy inventor-slash-entrepreneur. Only a few months ago he generated tons of interest in his handmade wireless mouse, a beautiful creation of graphite, aluminum and Italian leather. Now SlashGear says he's come up with a USB drive that features an important addition: titanium.
Why? Because he apparently wanted to make it as close to indestructible as possible, being waterproof, anti-shock, anti-vibration and anti-static. (For a demonstration of its durability, check out the YouTube clip below.) We have just one question: Why are people so determined to abuse their poor USB drives anyway?
We'll never understand the concept of a fashion statement through a USB key, but at least some manufacturers are getting a tad more creative with their designs. Rather than tacky gold or over-the-top diamonds, Transcend has chosen a finish in mother of pearl for its "JetFlash V90," according to Fareastgizmos. It even comes with two chains of different lengths so it can be worn around the neck. But we still can't see Paris Hilton flashing one on the cover of Us.
As USB storage keys have gotten smaller in form and larger and capacity, it's become increasingly tempting to store all manner of data on them--even more than on the hard drive, especially if the latter is prone to crashes. Which is exactly why companies are increasingly concerned about the security of USB ports and removable devices.
Kanguru Solutions has addressed that challenge with its "Bio Slider," a flash drive with a built-in biometric sensor, according to Gadgetell. The device, which starts at $100 in sizes from 512MB to 2GB, can be unlocked only with one of 10 … Read more
Two USB HDTV tuners are grabbing headlines today. Since we've yet to be truly impressed by the image quality of any variety of TV tuner (ATI's internal TV Wonder 650 card is the best we've seen to date), we're eager to test out these two new devices.
First up: from Taiwanese manufacturer Compro, the VideoMate U2700. This USB 2.0 hybrid device pulls in over-the-air HD content in 1080i along with standard-def broadcasts. It provides all the DVR features you'd expect, and it can record your shows straight to DVD. You can also select a … Read more
It's not unusual for companies to recycle their marketing pitches for Valentine's Day, desperate to clear inventory that didn't sell over the holiday season. But some are stretching the concept of romantic gifts to ridiculous extremes.
We thought an e-book reader was an odd choice, not to mention the ill-advised "Sonic Bomb" Valentine. But then we heard of Lexar's idea to engrave its $73 "JumpDrive Lightning" with some romantic message.
"Pre-load it with a few of your significant other's favorite love songs. Throw on some photos of the two of … Read more
Loath as we are to admit it, we've developed something of a weird fascination with USB keys. Partly because we're amazed at how many companies spend so much time and effort on this commodity technology.
Our reponse? To write about yet another one, of course. But this one's different, really. The Gibson Signature Series "Les Paul Standard Flash Drive" offers only 1GB of storage but is a miniature replica of the famed guitar whose name is almost synonymous with early rock and roll, according to Uber-Review. Another USB key offered the Les Paul name but … Read more