iHome for your iPod

30 04 2008

The iHome is one of those docks that you can get for your iPod, and it’s definitely one of my favorites! The iHome takes advantage of the iPod’s great sound quality (which is one of the things that I LOVE about the iPod) and then amplifies it across the room. I listened to Let’s Get it Started by the Black Eyed Peas, and it sounded great. Or, if you’re in bed listening to your music, there’s a built-in volume switch which comes in handy, so you don’t have to use the iPod’s ‘click wheel’. Some of the iHomes can also double as an alarm clock, which I find pretty cool, so when I fall asleep, I can doze off or wake up to my favorite tunes. Also, with some of the iHomes, you can get a built-in radio tuner, which takes advantage of that feature that the iPod is missing.

The only thing that’s a minus about this product is a small one: it feels somewhat cheap. I don’t think the plastic was of the highest quality that there is. Anyway, it still works!

This would be a very worthwile investment if you had recently bought an iPod, and you are tired of sharing your other earbud with your friend.

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The Best Alternative to the MacBook Air

29 04 2008

For the past three to four months, the MacBook Air has ruled all of the super-thin laptops. The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 may just take that lead. The base price is higher than the MacBook Air, but when you get a high end X300 and a high end Air, you end up saving about $200. The X300 has a 64 GB SSD (which takes up most of the almost $3000 price tag), 2 GB of RAM, and the same Intel Core 2 Duo CPU that’s in the MacBook Air. It also has a 1.3 MP integrated webcam, and something that’s not in the MacBook Air: a built in DVD burner. The X300 is even thinner than the MacBook Air by 3/100 of an inch. That may not be much, but for people who want an extreme portability laptop, every 100th of an inch counts! The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 even has a replaceable battery, something that may have stopped a few people from buying the MacBook Air.

I am very impressed with this laptop Lenovo put together. Despite it’s somewhat-expensive price tag, it is well worth the money!

Hewlett-Packard’s 2133 Mini-Note

29 04 2008

HP recently released a somewhat low-cost UMPC recently, dubbed, the 2133 Mini-Note. PC manufacturers seem to be targeting people who just want a basic computer, and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for the bells and whistles of more expensive computers. An example is the Asustek Eee PC, and the Everex Cloudbook (which the 2133 is set to compete with).

The 2133 has a Via C7-M 1.6 GHz Processor, 1 or 2 GB of RAM (depending on which version of the notebook you get), Windows Vista Business, Vista Home Basic, Windows XP, or SUSE Linux from Novell (also depending on which version you get). It has a 9″ screen (compared to the Eee‘s small 7″ screen) and an-almost full size keyboard. The keyboard is actually very easy for an adult to easily touch-type on, unlike having to hunt-and-peck on the Eee PC‘s keyboard because it is so small!

This notebook does have a few disadvantages to it, though. HP should have put in a different chip, maybe an Intel one that’s a bit faster, because the Via chip should not be in this machine. The touchpad is not that great, either. It feels a little small and cramped, and putting touchpad buttons on the left and right of the actual touchpad did feel awkward. Even the tiny Eee PC was able to squeeze in room to put the touchpad buttons below the touchpad.

There you have it- a review of HP’s new mini-notebook, the 2133. Keep reading my blog for more reviews of new technology!


Nintendo DS with Multi-Touch?

29 04 2008

Well, we never know what kind of ideas are going on inside of people who work at giant video game companies. So, we try to imagine what’s going on inside their heads. I read on Crave that the next DS might have multi-touch. Now we can all just throw our iPhones out the window and pull out our DS’s! 🙂 That’s one thing I don’t like about technology; when you pull your new, cool, hot tech thing out of the box, two seconds later, it’s old technology. I got a DS for Christmas, and when Crave said that in July when Nintendo might announce the new DS would come out with a larger screen, multi touch, longer battery life, etc. I got a little ticked off. Anyway, it does sound pretty cool.

How about a review for the current DS? I have a Crimson/Black DS Lite, and I will say that it is a huge improvement over the old DS. My former-friend has an original DS, and I told him to get a DS Lite. You know what his response was? “I like fat”. That’s a very, VERY bad thing to say in the tech world. Anyway, the DS Lite went on a diet and lost 1/3 of the original size of the DS. I like the way that the touch screen is very responsive, and the way you can use it to interact with almost every single game.

I also purchased the DS Web Browser (based on Opera), and it’s great to not have to lug my laptop around the house to surf the web. But, it is EXTREMELY SLOW.

And yes, if you’re upgrading from a Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP, you will still be able to play all of those billions of games you have collected over the years. Even though the DS games are only about the size of a Cheez-It, there is a seperate slot for Game Boy Advance games (and no, sorry, you’re dinosaur brother won’t be able to play his Game Boy Color games in it 🙂 ).

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