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Wallet drive a winner
SOMETIMES I find a gadget I know is a winner before I even get my hands on it. That's the case with the VisionTek Wallet Drive, designed for ultra-portable convenience and ease of use.
It's so clever, I found myself saying to someone "Hey, check out this really cool hard-drive enclosure."
It's the ultimate in plug-and-play. Take any 6.35-centimetre hard drive and snap it into the enclosure; no screws or tools needed. Then plug the 17.75-cm USB cable into your computer (PC or Mac) or whatever device you want to use with it.
It's so simple, even non-techies can tell their friends they put together a hard drive on their own.
The enclosure is bus-powered, so you won't need a separate power supply. With the easy, snap-in connection, you can swap hard drives in seconds. Just make sure the USB cable isn't connected to a computer while swapping them in and out.
DETAILS: US$19.99; visiontek.com.
Here comes the sun-powered, portable battery
I first saw a demonstration of Solpro's Helios Smart portable solar power bank at the Consumer Electronic Show in January, and the 5000mAh portable battery is now available for purchase.
You'll see it was well worth the wait. You can charge your portable electronic gadgets on the go, while the battery gets its own charge from Mother Nature's ball of fire in the sky.
With a 41/2-hour charge from the sun, you should get enough power for a few charges on your device, depending on what you're charging.
A nice feature is a pair of USB ports built into the side for charging a pair of devices simultaneously (which, obviously, will drain the battery a little faster).
The battery's small size makes it ideal for travelling and outdoor activities.
DETAILS: US$119; solpro.com.
Bluetooth speaker boasts great bass
THE sound from the UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker is so amazing, you'll find it hard to believe it comes from a wireless device. The bass is incredible, and smooth — it's just the right amount to enhance the sound.
The speaker is waterproof (IPX7-certified), and the outside has a stain-resistant acoustic skin so seaweed won't be a problem.
The UE Boom (the speaker's baby brother) and the Megaboom can be paired for a stereo sound using free Android and iOS UE apps. They feature a 30-metre-range Bluetooth and internal, 20-hour rechargeable battery life.
It's built like a rounded cylinder, with a nine-centimetre diameter, and is just short of 23 cm tall, with a speaker grille surrounding the outside.
There's a 3.5-millimetre port for connecting any media device and a micro-USB port for charging. (When these are exposed, the speaker is not waterproof.)
DETAILS: US$299; logitech.com.
who wear glasses
THE latest product from LensPen, known for camera-sensor cleaning, is the Peeps.
It's an all-in-one cleaner for eyeglasses and sunglasses. You might not think it's useful, but for someone like me who wears glasses, you'll love it after using it just once.
It's a two-step process. First, clean your lenses with the retractable goat-hair brush. I'm far from an expert on goats, but the brush works great. It removes anything loose on the surface of your specs.
Slide the arms out from the cleaner for the next step. Use the cleaning tips in a circular motion to clean and shine the lenses, and you're done.
The tips contain a carbon cleaning compound that is recharged when you slide them back into the holder, up to 500 times.
DETAILS: US$14.95; lenspen.com.
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