D-Link Wireless Range Extender DAP-1320

DAP1320I have seen a lot of wireless range extenders, and I will have to say this one from D-Link is probably the most compact and simple. Products like the zBoost Metro can increase the range, as well as this Wireless N300 Range Finder from D-Link, makers of the AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router.

The Wireless N300 Range Extender, or DAP-1320, is a simple small device that fits in the palm of your hand. All you need to do is plug it in, and then hit the WPS button your your router. Hold down the button on the DAP-1320, and you’ve got some extended range on your Wi-Fi network, including the dead zones.

How much extension? About 300 Mbps wireless performance, I am told. Now, I tried this around my own house, and I noticed some improvement, but I think I would have to get into some precise measurements to be accurate. Thanks to the aforementioned AC1750 Dual Band Router, I have very few dead zones in my house.

You should be able to purchase the Wireless Range Extender on the D-Link site for about $49.99 as a special offer.

SteelSeries, Part 2: Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse

Sensei mouseOkay, this is the second part of my SteelSeries series. Yeah, that doesn’t sound good, does it. But today is the Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse.

The MLG stand for Major League Gaming. I don’t know if the professional gamers have a league of their own, but if they did, this is quite cool and would be the standard. I definitely have to say that it would require a major league gamer to figure out how to work it. Don’t get me wrong, it is cool, but a lot of cool things are complicated.

First of all, let’s talk about how it is billed: the most customizable mouse. I figure that this has got to be true because there are menus on the bottom of the mouse. Seriously, there are menus that can be read on the bottom. I have never seen anything like it, and I love it.

Sensei mouse 2Then there are stats of 8,200 CPI with a potential of 16,400 DCPI sensitivity. Yeah, I don’t really know what that means either, but hey, I never miss an opportunity to give a stat when I am reporting on something cool. Like the Apex that I reported on in part 1 of this SteelSeries series (still sounds bad), this has programmable illumination with 16.8 million color options. This Sensei gives this illumination in three zones.

Okay, let’s talk about the 7 programmable buttons. I set mine up so the two buttons on the side have a scrolling effect, which I like. There is also 5 profiles with built-in memory.

It is quite cool, and you should be able to get it on the SteelSeries site for $99.99.

SteelSeries Part 1: The Apex Gaming Keyboard

ApexThis week, I am going review a lot of interesting products from SteelSeries, who makes “professional gaming gear”. I will start with the Apex, which is a keyboard designed with PC gamers, specifically MMO ones, in mind.

I will start with the color colors. Not only does it have the cool side lights, but sections of the keys can light up. You can use 5 independent color zones, and each is capable of 16.8 million combinations. This lead to over one trillion of possible colors, somehow, and they are cool to access.

You’ll need to download the software to use the MMO macros, but it is worth it. After all, there are not many keyboards that have 22 macro keys capable of 4 layers.

There are some other cool features, such as the two USB ports on the back as well as the cool swappable rubber feet. Then there is the other cool feature like easy-to-find WASD keys.

All in all, it is quite a cool keyboard, and I would recommend it for the coolness factor alone. It can be purchased on the SteelSeries website for about $99.99.

D-Link Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router

D-Link AC1750It isn’t every day that I get to review a router, and I must admit that I am a little late on this one. I received this last week, but I only reviewed it last weekend. Yes, I know I am a little late on this review. Dude, I’ve got other things going on, man.

The D-Link AC1750 is that big can that you see there. It is the Next Generation 11AC Wi-Fi, which means that is good for up to 450 + 1300 Mbps. It allows for faster Wi-Fi speeds and less interference.

I can testify to this being true. My old router is in my living room, and I used to only get three bars on my laptop in my home office, maybe four if I am lucky. With the D-Link AC1750, I get five bars. This is really nice, because I used to get these stupid Internet blackouts where I had to move my laptop around the room. Yeah, it was stupid, but the AC1750 solved that.

Another feature that I like is that it has SharePort Mobile, which allows you to stream and share files over your home network from virtually any connected USB drive to your mobile devices. There is also an app for that, and it supports Android and iOS.

I believe that this black can is durable too. I accidentally knocked it over twice after installation, and it works as well as I described. I can’t recommend it more highly. Make sure that when you are installing it, you use Internet Explorer and not Firefox. This is the reason for my tardy review. So, if you want on this, head to the D-Link site and lay down $149.99.

World’s Thinnest Keyboard revealed at IFA

csr_ultra_thin_keyboard_thickness_610x407I haven’t really spent a lot of time discussing any revelations at the IFA tech convention in Berlin, but today I’ll be discussing one thing that is so big that it is small.

I am talking about the world’s thinnest Bluetooth keyboard by CSR. It has a flexible touch-surface, and the thickest part of it is less than 0.5 mm thick. It was created using a printing technique from Conductive Inkjet Technology.

What is interesting is how this is not just a thin keyboard, but an extended touch surface that can respond to swipes and pinches, just like a tablet screen.

I have no idea if this will hit the market, if ever, but I like where keyboards are heading if it is.


Monitor2Go from MMT

MMT Monitor 2 GoEvery once in a while, I see a product a convention, and don’t have a chance to actually review it until years later. Such was the case with the Monitor2Go from MMT.

I first saw it as a portable second screen for a computer, and it is that. The advantage is that the Monitor2Go can fold up in its metallic shell and travel with you quite easily. If you have an outlet handy, you just plug it in, then plug it in to your laptop, and you have an easy second screen.

As someone who is currently working on a book, I can honestly say that I absolutely love having a second screen. This way, I can check my Sources and write on my primary screen.

In addition to getting something extra out of your laptop, this is also great for iPad owners. There is a slot for versions of the iPad 2-4, as well as the mini. It is perfect for presentations, and you can turn the screen many directions.

Another great feature is that you can connect an HDMI cable from your smartphone into this Monitor2Go, and you will have both video and audio (provided you have headphones).

You can purchase this Monitor2Go on the MMT site for about $299.

All-in-One Mouse and Camera from Genius

all in one mouse cameraJust to let you know, the “Genius” that the headline is referring to, is a company with that particular title. I have seen them at conventions, but I would have to say that this All-in-One Mouse and Camera is genius.

I don’t know if you might need a mouse that is a camera, but I don’t see why not. After all, if you ever have take pictures of items by your desk, it is a lot easier to focus on them with a camera on a mouse rather than a webcam. The mouse is at 1200 DPI, and the camera is 2.0 Megapixels (720p). Switching between the two is as simple as sliding the panel on the underside of the mouse.

Well, if you are interested in this type of tool, feel free to head over to the Genius site for about $35.


Welcome to an age of KeMice!

KemiceI mentioned in my recent report on the Haptix that the mouse is an interface that probably needs some kind of update, and I found another one today with KeMice.

The KeMice (which I assume is pronounced Key-mice) is unique as it is a keyboard that can split down the middle. You can see a video after the jump of how handy it is when you want to type with a huge gap between your two hands. You can position the two halves so they are a lot like an ergonomic keyboard, and that comes in handy, doesn’t it? You can even go so far as to put your tablet or laptop screen in between the two parts of the keyboard. I will have to admit that I never tried typing like that, but now I want to try it that way.

Now, here is the real kicker. The right half of the keyboard can actually be used as a mouse. You heard me correctly. Apparently, if this right half is moving, the J an K buttons serve as the left and right mouse button functions. I am not certain how the right half will know what you mean, and I hope that there won’t be any errors afoot.

Some of you, including me, really want to get your hands on this. I certainly don’t blame you. However, this is a crowdfunded, Indiegogo project that needs your help. I believe you can get it for $69, and it includes a nice leather case.

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Haptix is set to change the way we interface with computers

HaptixEvery once in a while, I see some sort of technology that has the potential to change just about everything. I really think that we have a weird way of interfacing with our tablets and smartphones via touchscreen, but most people interface with PCs and laptops with mice or that touchpad that I never use.

The Haptix is a Kickstarter project created by Darren Lim and Reactiv Inc. and uses 3D motion sensors. You see the device on the top of the laptop screen in the image? This is a way of turning the space above your keyboard into a combination of touchscreen and mouse.

The best part is if you want to use the keys, you just start typing. Considering that I need to move my arm to access my mouse, I think I am losing some time here. This method of interaction is really more efficient.

In short, I think the Haptix is really poised to change everything we know about computers, making mice a thing of antiques, like 5 1/4 floppy drives. To this writing, it has almost achieved its Kickstarter goals, and I really hope to hear more about this.


Windows Blue (Version 8.1) is coming, and it is free

windows-blueFor a while, Microsoft has been talking in code about Windows Blue, but as to what it is…well, we now know.

Windows Blue is apparently Windows 8.1, and it will be a free, yes, free update. I’m not certain why there was all this secrecy, but Microsoft apparently broke the news with a call to its shareholders.

I guess some big unveiling was out of the question, eh? Well, if you want to try this out, you’ll have to wait fo the preview after the Microsoft build conference at June 26th.