When it comes to me being mobile and productive, less is more. That’s why the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone (phablet) is my device of choice, compared to a desktop or laptop. I can have more power and information at my fingertips, all in the space that fills a pocket. I do as much as I can from the comfort of my hammock, impossible for a PC and awkward with a laptop.
When Brinell asked if I wanted to check out one of their latest, solid-state drives (a 250GB one), who was I to say no to beauty? The best craftsmen don’t hold back when it comes to passion, but does the performance stand up to expectations? Read on and find out!
You’re probably thinking that you don’t need more external storage, and you’d be right. You need faster external storage. Your time is valuable, whether you need to move files on the quick or just want extra time for fun. All those USB 2.0 flash drives you own are wasting your days and forcing you to wait longer than you have to!
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest hardware to upgrade to, Logitech recently unveiled the world’s fastest gaming mouse.
Pocket or pico projectors are already pretty neat to begin with. Plug them into a laptop or mobile device in order to create a very large display screen. It’s useful for conducting presentations and fun for home media entertainment. Since most of these projectors can fit in the palm of your hand, they’re easy to carry and set up. But if you ever wanted to get more out of a projector, the team behind TouchPico are on the verge of doing just that.
How about a wireless mouse that also is a wireless scanner? An intriguing idea, and one now seeking crowdfunding.
When wearable tech is a topic of discussion, it usually covers such things as smartwatches, Google Glass, fitness trackers, and such. Those devices are more common and of a wider variety, of course. When it comes to gadgets and wearables, it’s easy to overlook that everyday bag or backpack. The bag that carries all your stuff says as much about you as any other type of fashion accessory.
No matter how great your voice-recognition or finger-swiping app is for text input, it doesn’t quite match the feel and appeal of a keyboard. Words and corrections fly faster with fingers than any other way. And how can you not love the gentle flurry of clicks as you tweet or update a Facebook status?
Want to know what has been and continues to be a hot item? Wallets. Search around on Kickstarter, past and present, and you’ll find an abundance of successful projects made of metal, leather, plastic, or cloth. The unifying aspect of most of these wallets is the slim design, intended to reduce bulk. People are totally into it – no one should have a hamburger of a leather wallet in the seat of their pants.
Sharp has announced a prototype for its free-form IGZO displays. Unlike traditional displays that only work with rectangles and squares, the Sharp displays could be used on devices like smartwatches to provide different form factors. The displays are based upon the company’s IGZO semiconductors which offer a much higher resolution than what would be found on most devices. The pixels found on regular LCD screens are larger than those on IGZO displays, thereby allowing IGZO to have a higher resolution.
Touchscreen monitors are becoming more popular as a result of touch-friendly operating systems like Windows 8 but USB monitors generally have not jumped onto the touch bandwagon. ASUS is one of the first companies to introduce a touchscreen USB monitor and it has done so at the annual Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. The new ASUS 14-inch USB monitor is the company’s first to be outfitted with a touchscreen and it will work fine with any device that has USB 3.0.
Intel has announced a new partnership with Samsung at Computex 2014 that will hopefully lead to cheaper 4K monitor prices. There are two main problems with 4K that have resulted in a lack of adoption, expensive monitor prices and minimal 4K content. With this partnership, Intel will at least be able to address the price issue and it says that Samsung should be coming out with a 23.6-inch PLS 4K monitor for just $399.