Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tranformer USB Drive: Might of the miniature

Not a stereotypical mobile gadget. And could be nothing more than those Starwars or Sushi inspired USB drives but my Macross affinity tells me that this is worth totting for.  Though it looks like a Voltron in lone rampage, the logo states it being that of a Transformers. 
It has been predicted that in a not so distant future, Soundwave would evolve into an MP3, but what about his vinyl or cassette based cousins? The Oracle's answer, a USB drive.

Transformer-- Ravage, AKA Tripredacus Agent carries a $42.99 price tag on a 2GB capacity. 

Shipping starts on September this year, which is a long delay in line with the "Revenge of the Fallen" release.

Reminiscent of a Transformer type wrist watch when I was 7years old, this one is just soooo cool to have and to hold... and to brag. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Brando AC to 5 USB Adaptor: For light travel junkies

One of my greatest gripes doing business travel is the mess of bringing a whole gamut of chargers. And I recently discovered that what makes a portfolio even heavier are those extra-cables, documents, and extra-tools for business needs. Even if I can cram those documents into a digital format, topple that unto my netbook, sync and charging cables would still make it heavy. 

The solution may have just come right into my face. The AC to 5-USB Power Adapter from Brando. 

Charges 5 devices at the same time 
Included 4 USB ports and 1 Mini USB Cable 
Recharge on the go. The travel charger makes it 
LED charge indicator 
Overload protection 
Overheat protection 
Short circuit protection 
Compatible with all USB charge cable use 
Alternative plug for U.S., U.K., Australia, Asia and Europe 
Input: AC 100-240V, 50~60Hz, 3000mA 
Output: DC 5.4V, 3.0A 
World traveler (100~240V AC) 
The innovative travel charger automatically adjusts to all voltages and grequencies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia 
Compatible with all USB charger cable and Mini USB charger cable use 
Certificate: ROHS, CE & FCC 
Dimension: 80 x 67 x 35mm(approx.)

I have always been an advocate of "light travel", in fact I would only bring clothes that I need that I wouldn't be able to buy in a place where I have been gallivanting into. Most of them are undies and business suits. In fact, I have a self-glamorized feeling that the "Go lite(Cebu Pacific" and "Econolite(PAL)" and what-have-you's is designed for me... (ok, enough of the convoluted ego), for the travellers like me.

This Brando AC-to-USB Adaptor is a coffeemate of my travel spree. Cruisin' light and easy. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Toshiba NB200: To buy, or not to buy

Amidst the flurry of plasticky-feel netbooks in the market comes the metallic utilitarian in the form os Toshiba NB200. Toshiba has been around in the computing universe since 1950's and it never failed to astonish us with its latest offerings.

Recently, they have released NB200, a linear iteration of an 8.9inch NB100.

Being the second foray into the netbook world, Toshiba NB200 is principally aimed at the educational market, with its shiny metallic looks to entice business segment.

Powered by a range of Intel Atom processors, including the new Atom N280 which boasts a clock speed of 1.66GHz, performance should be pretty good. The 160GB hard drive will provide plenty of room for work, music and movies and a chicklet-styled keyboard which has been generally reigning in today's netbook configuration.

The 10.1-inch LED screen provides bright and vibrant colours, and is also less resource intensive than other screen technologies. Toshiba claim that in field trials they have consistently managed to squeeze nine hours out of the battery which, if true, makes the NB200 a very portable machine.

What is so enthralling about this little darling is the 3D-accelerometer monitoring system that detects freefalls, shocks and vibrations and protects the integrated HDD to secure against the loss of any personal data.

Recently priced at a steep of Php29,999, this netbook has its own following slicing the leads of Asus Eee PC S101 or Sony Vaio P series.

That left me asking, would you give in your buying frenzy at this price point? To buy or not to buy.

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