Items tagged with USB

You may not be super familiar with AViiQ, but they're a mobile accessory and design company that tends to crank out some pretty unique products. The latest is the Ready Clips, giving consumers a convenient way of charging or transferring data to and from any USB 2.0. port. AViiQ Ready Clips are said to "eliminate the headaches associated with tangled cables via a minimalistic pen-sized design, and are now available for Micro, Mini and Apple devices." Each one measures 5.5 inches long, ¼ inch thick and weighs less than 0.5 pounds for easy storage and transporting.  They are also completely... Read more...
Sometimes it’s the little things that make your life easier, and that’s what Gigabyte has been aiming for with its On/Off Charge technology. Simply put, On/Off Charge is a utility on Gigabyte motherboards that enables fast charging of iOS devices, even when the system is sleeping or even turned off. With the new third-generation iPad already flooding the brains of early buyers with dopamine, Gigabyte wants you to know that On/Off Charge supports the new device and can charge one up to 40% faster than a standard USB port. On/Off Charge also supports all previous iOS devices, and it’s... Read more...
Sprint announced a new USB modem called the Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB that features a compact design and provides access to Sprint’s 3G and 4G networks in one click. The modem requires no software installation and you won’t have to wait for an application to load to use the connection; the Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB works just like an Ethernet cable. The Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB is available for free with a contract and after a rebate. Customers can also opt to purchase the modem and use a pay-as-you-go plan. Day, week, and monthly passes are available. Sprint 3G/4G... Read more...
USB-powered monitors were quite huge at one point, but the excitement surrounding them has tempered somewhat. That said, there's still significant demand, and we're guessing that the market will actually grow somewhat when prices slide down a bit. DisplayLink has just announced a new USB 3.0 adapter in partnership with SIIG. The SIIG USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter with Audio is powered by the DisplayLink DL-3500 USB virtual graphics chip, and it's one of the more compact adapters that we've seen. The new DisplayLink Certified adapter adds an HDMI port to any USB 3.0-enabled PC or notebook, enabling users... Read more...
Flash drives have been around for ages and ages, but the newer USB 3.0 ones are still taking shape. Sony's joining the group with a new Micro Vault MACH, which is the first SuperSpeed USB drive from the company. It's available in 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB sizes, and supports transfer speeds up to 120MB/sec (read) and 90MB/sec (write). It's encased in aluminum, and sports a retractable USB connector and LED indicator. Of course, the drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, and it comes with a few pieces of software for those who are into that kind of thing. It's available now, but no pricing is... Read more...
A USB-powered monitor? Yeah, we've seen that. But by and large, these things have been 10" or smaller, mostly meant for travelers who just wanted a quick and dirty way to bust out a second monitor once they arrived at their temporary desk. But AOC has another thing in mind with their 22" USB monitor. The e2251Fwu maintains the same functionality we're used to with USB monitors, but at a far greater size. There's a built-in USB port, 1080p screen resolution and the ability to have it both powered and receive signal from a single USB connection. We highly doubt you'll be cramming this in your carry-on,... Read more...
AOC introduced a new portable USB monitor that uses the DisplayLink DL-125 chip. The new e1649fwu portable USB 2.0 monitor features a 15.6-inch display that supports a resolution of 1366 x 768 at 60 Hz. This monitor also has a built-in stand that supports both horizontal and vertical positions and sits flush with the monitor when not in use. The monitor receives power and signal via a USB cable. The monitor weighs just over two pounds. AOC’s e1649fwu USB monitor is currently available for $139. A 22-inch model is also available. DisplayLink Drives Portable 16-Inch USB 2 Monitor from AOC AOC’s... Read more...
USB 3.0 may not be the hotness that it was a year or so ago, but it's still a protocol that's not adopted everywhere, and in turn, more and more accessory companies are jumping on the bandwagon -- even today. IOGEAR has just announced a new SuperSpeed family of products, including the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub (GUH374) and USB 3.0 SD/Micro SD Card Reader/Writer (GFR304SD). Moving data at a clip of 5Gbps, the new USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Card Reader / Writers and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub improve connectivity and efficiency between computers and the peripherals that create, store and transfer... Read more...
Mimo. Forgot about those guys? They're back! While the "secondary monitor" isn't nearly as predominant as it once was, USB-powered monitors aren't vanishing. In fact, Mimo's pushing them to the next level. The company just launched Magic Touch, described as the world's first-ever USB-driven capacitive touchscreen monitor. Yep, touchscreen-based. It's slated to ship in the middle of next month, and it will be available in two models. There's the standard Mimo Magic Touch which offers a single USB 2.0 connection for both connectivity and power; and the Mimo Magic Touch Deluxe, which adds two convenient... Read more...
It's pretty amazing what you can cram into a USB flash drive these days. FXI Technologies, a hardware and software startup based in Trondheim Norway, demonstrated this week the world's first any screen, connected computing USB device. Codenamed "Cotton Candy", this sweet little device serves as a technology bridge between any display, the Cloud, and any input peripheral. The vision for Cotton Candy is to allow users a single, secure point of access to all personal Cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen. The device... Read more...
Fastest flash drive? Oh, yeah. Kingston Digital just unveiled their fastest USB flash drive ever, the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0. Its high-speed eight-channel architecture provides USB 3.0 data transfer rates of up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write. Pretty hasty for a flash drive. The fast write speeds also allow users to work on large files or applications directly from the USB 3.0 drive without performance lag. The DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities. The 256GB capacity can store approximately 10 Blu-ray Discs, and it's built to take a (relative) beating, too.... Read more...
Kingston, the same company that could very well have their label on your RAM or SSD, is introducing something a little different today. The company's latest is an effort to transform the USB flash drive into an active storage device. It's called urDrive, a cleverly named, free pre-loaded application available on a variety of its DataTraveler USB drives. urDrive transforms USB drives from passive storage to engaged, active storage, allowing consumers to easily access and organize their personal files, photos, music, games and videos. A built-in photo viewer and MP3 player makes looking at pictures... Read more...
Looking for a new hard drive enclosure, perhaps one that understands USB 3.0? You're in lucky. Super Talent has just announced a new USB 3.0 Storage POD that will bring your existing HDD into the world of SuperSpeed with this DIY kit. You simply pop any 2.5" HDD or SSD into the kit, and then take advantage of the USB 3.0 connector if you have a computer with a USB 3.0 socket. Pretty simple, no? This case is particularly useful for those who are upgrading the drive in their notebook, and thus, are left with a 2.5" drive that now has no home. Pop that guy in here, and you've just created a fast,... Read more...
Here's even more on the upcoming Windows 8 OS. In a post on the official Building Windows 8 blog, Dennis Flanagan (Director of Program Management for the Devices and Networking group) assured one and all that Windows 8 will not only support USB 3.0 but will offer backwards compatibility with earlier iterations of the USB standard. The reasons for including USB 3.0 support are obvious, and it seems like backwards compatibility should be rather simple. Apparently, however, it’s not exactly a cakewalk. From the blog post: There are also billions of older USB devices that Windows must remain... Read more...
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