I hate wires. No, really, I hate wires. I was one of the first people I knew to get WiFi in my house, I’ve never had a landline, and I used to joke that I cut the cable cord out of principle alone. All of this said, it’s no surprise that I’m big on wireless charging. I’ve got a Tylt VÜ at work, an official Nexus wireless charger (with magnets!) on my nightstand, and a DiGiYes dual-spot wireless charger in my living room. Now, with the iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Qi Standard Charging Car Mount, I’ve got wireless charging in my car, too. We first saw the Easy Flex Qi, as I’ve come to call it, and do remember that Qi is pronounced “chee”, at CES 2014, where it won a coveted CEA Innovations Award for its fantastic design and functionality. We’re glad to finally get our hands on one to see how it fairs under review.
Protecting expensive equipment while traveling is the primary goal of any laptop-focused backpack or briefcase. Aesthetics are subjective; individuals’ style ranges widely. Some prefer flamboyant or easily spotted colors, while others want something rustic and classy. Booq’s Boa Brief briefcase leans towards the latter. It’s subtle and bold, appearing understated but being functionally useful and focused on its primary goal: protect the stuff. ThinkComputers takes a look…
While cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Box.net, SpiderOak, and more offer decent ways to store a few gigabytes of data for free, once a user passes that free mark, the price for storage increases significantly. Rather than pay a monthly fee, someone smart thought, why not use a user’s existing home network for storage instead? The WD MyCloud isn’t the first home network-attached storage device, but it is certainly among the easiest to set up that I’ve encountered. The MyCloud offers a unified access method – wd2go.com – to mount the storage and make it usable like a network drive no matter where in the world you are. With Time Machine-compatible backup and media playback servers, the MyCloud promises to be as useful remote as it is when you are sitting next to it. ThinkComputers takes a look at this promising cloud device and finds it not quite to be as clear skies as we’d like. Here’s the review.
Feenix is working on a headphones product for release in 2014, the Aria. These audiophile-class headphones feature neodymium drivers and an all-wood acoustic chamber for top notch, hearty sound of a neutral profile.
Zalman showed us its new ZM-GM4, an 8200 dpi gaming mouse with 8 customizable buttons and adjustable weight and dimensions. It includes the hex key necessary to adjust the mouse. The bubble on the top is where the weights are, just like in the ZM-GM3, the predecessor of this unit.
TRENDnet launched this week the TPL-420E2K, a Powerline 1000 kit with theoretical gigabit maximum speeds. It uses the latest Qualcomm 7500 HPAV2 chipset that employs 2×2 MIMO to deliver the fastest speeds available in electrical networking.
Buffalo unveiled this week its AirStation AC433 Travel Router, a tiny device offering big bandwidth. The AC433 is 1.75 inches square and is powered via USB. Its throughput is 433 Mbps on the 802.11ac 5 GHz band or 150 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz/5 GHz 802.11n band, selectable via a hardware switch.