Subject: General Tech, Storage, Mobile | January 4, 2015 - 10:00 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: CES, usb 3.0, think stack, stack, power bank, peripherals, Lenovo, hotspot, ces 2015
Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo announced updates and new additions to its Think-branded products aimed at business customers. New ThinkPad PCs, ThinkVision displays, and stackable ThinkPad accessories are launching early this year.
The ThinkPad Stack represents a set of independent stackable accessories for business users to pair with their notebook or tablet. The Stack pieces can be placed atop each other interchangeably using a magnetic interlock system and can pass both power and data through the stack in order to connect to power and/or a PC with fewer cables. At launch, there are four accessories: a Bluetooth speaker, portable power bank, wireless hotspot, and a 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive. You will be able to stack any combination of the four accessories together or remove a piece to take with you to a meeting.
The portable hard drive connects over a micro USB 3.0 connection to support fast transfer speeds. The wireless access point is able to take either a RJ45 wired Ethernet or 3G/4G cellular connection (using a wireless dongle) and broadcast out a Wi-Fi connection to allow you to share the Internet connection with multiple devices. The Bluetooth speaker accessory is aimed at business users wanting a simple device that can be used for conference calls (it has two 2W speakers and a noise cancelling microphone along with 3.5mm auxiliary and micro-USB line inputs). Finally, the power bank has a 10,000 mAh battery capacity and can charge two devices at 5V 2.1A on one port and 1A on the other port. Note that the speaker and hotspot have their own batteries as well.
The ThinkPad Stack accessories will be available in April with pricing as follows:
|ThinkPad Stack Bluetooth Speaker||$89.99||April|
|ThinkPad Stack 10000mAh Power Bank||$49.99||April|
|ThinkPad Wireless Access Point / 1TB Hard Drive Kit||$199.99||April|
As such, the entire stack of stacks will run you just under $340 USD. The full stack weighs 861 grams or about 1.9 pounds and measures 136mm x 76mm (5.35" x 2.99"). It is a neat concept that should complement Lenovo's PCs well.
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Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2014 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: usb, peripherals, input, gaming mouse, gaming keyboard, controller
The Tech Report delves into their favourite peripherals available on the market in this article, covering displays, keyboards, mice and all the other goodies you can attach to your PC. The brand new G-SYNC 1440p monitor from ASUS of course makes an appearance but there is much more covered than just your display. A half dozen wired keyboards and three wireless ones made the grade along with a similar number of mice and even controllers are ranked to give you an informed choice about the current market. They even delve into external audio and storage options so if you have a few unused USB ports head on over and see if you can't find something to fill them.
"In this second edition of the peripheral staff picks, we've reworked the display section with the latest 4K and G-Sync monitors in mind. We've also updated the other sections to account for price fluctuations, changes in product availability, and findings from our latest round of reviews. The result should be, we hope, a more informative and up-to-date resource for your back-to-school shopping needs."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Kone Pure Military Edition @ HardwareHeaven
- Roccat Kone Pure and Roccat Sense 2mm Camo Charge @ Kitguru
- GAMDIAS HADES Extension Mouse @ HardwareHeaven
- Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
- Genius F-1000 Arcade Stick for PC/PS3 Review @ Modders-Inc
- ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- i-Rocks K10 USB Gaming keyboard @ Kitguru
- Tesoro Lobera Supreme Full Color Illumination Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2014 - 11:12 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tablet, Surface Pro 3, peripherals, microsoft, docking station, dock
Earlier this year, Microsoft took the wraps off of its latest Surface tablet: the Surface Pro 3. The new tablet comes with several peripherals including a keyboard, stylus, and a docking station that was recently made available for purchase from the Microsoft Store for $199.99.
The docking station measures 12.9" x 3.8" x 4.4" and weighs 1.43 pounds. It acts as a stand for the Surface tablet and adds a number of full sized ports. Specifically, the dock includes the following I/O options.
- 3 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort
- 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
The docking station also has a security lock slot and power input port. Speaking of power, it is driven by a 48W power supply which Microsoft says provides ample power for charging the Surface Pro 3 and any USB attached devices.
With the dock in play, the Surface Pro 3 becomes much more business and productivity focused and may well replace desktops in some shops as supporting one device per worker should be bother easier and cheaper than supplying and supporting a desktop and laptop (and possibly a tablet). Users can attach up to two external displays by utilizing the daisy chaining feature and the single mini DisplayPort output. In total, users will have access to six USB ports (five on the dock and one available on the tablet itself).
The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is available now from the Microsoft Store and retailers with a MSRP of $199.99.
The price does seem a bit steep, but is in line with other Surface accessories and is not likely to get much cheaper any time soon. Will you be picking up a dock for your Surface?
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2014 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, peripherals
The PC Perspective HWLB and The Tech Report's System Guide focus on the best internal components for your computer with the goal of guiding you to the best value for your dollar when you are constructing a new PC. Keyboards, mice and other peripherals are left out of our recommendations as for most people it is a personal decision as to whether they prefer expensive ergonomic devices or just a basic model. The Tech Report have changed that with their recent article which features their Staff Picks for the best peripherals of 2014. If you are having difficulty deciding which peripherals to attach to that new PC, why not drop by and check out their favourites?
"When we introduced our new System Guide format in February, we cut out peripherals in order to focus more closely on internal PC components. Our plan was to revisit keyboards, mice, displays, and such things in a separate guide, which we would be free to flesh out a little more and update as needed, independently of the already lengthy System Guide."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Qualcomm outs its 'highest performing' chips yet, the Snapdragon 810 and 808 @ The Inquirer
- AMD launches the Firepro W9100 professional OpenCL graphics card @ The Inquirer
- Intel CEO outlines new opportunities, investments and collaborations with China technology ecosystem @ DigiTimes
- NVIDIA Fermi/Kepler GPUs Are The Best Bet For Ubuntu 14.04 Nouveau @ Phoronix
- Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive @ The Register
- Microsoft: Hey, small biz devs – Windows Store apps are for you, too @ The Register
- Design for next generation reversible USB 3.1 cable is revealed @ The Inquirer
- LUXA2 P-MEGA 41600mAh World’s Largest Power Station @ eTeknix
- LUXA2 TX-200 Dual Wireless Qi Charging Station Review @ Legit Reviews
- ADATA PV100 Power Bank @ Benchmark Reviews
- Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012 @ The Register
- Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?