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Sunday, February 19, 2006

A-250 wireless 2.1 speaker system by Saitek

Have you ever wondered what it is like to have full speakers on everywhere in your home?

Saitek unveils the A-250 Wireless 2.1 Speaker System, a portable unit that enables users to listen to their favorite audio files regardless of where you are in the house.

The unit works by allowing the user to tap into their collection of audio files stored on a PC via Wi-Fi connectivity. Access to radio stations broadcasted over the Internet is also possible.

The company boasts of premium audio quality and bass capability through its Neodymium speaker innovation.
This technology, along with its active crossover, increases bass clearness and lessens noise. Its subwoofer and two tweeters provide true digital 2.1 stereo.

The unit can be operated remotely from a distance of 30 meters. The control panel’s centerpiece is an LCD display which shows the various functions and status of the speaker. Standard control functions are also available such as play, skip, pause, and stop. It has a 3.5mm audio jack where various media players could be plugged in.

There are some drawbacks on the new Saitek speaker system though. The user would not be able to check on his music files. And since the A-250 functions as a secondary sound card, it emits all sound coming from the PC which causes unwanted interruption.

The A-250 Wireless 2.1 Speaker System is available for (£90).


World's Smallest External HDD

Japanese peripherals specialist Elecom has introduced what it claims is the world's smallest external hard drive. Its MF-DU204G packs in 4GB of storage capacity yet is sufficiently small to warrant its own, integrated USB connector.

The secret? The use of a bus-powered 0.85in HDD, Elecom said. The drive is packed into a unit that measures 6.8 x 3 x 1.3cm and weighs just 44g. The company bundles a USB extender cable should the drive prove too large and obscure other USB ports. Elecom also bundles USB Disk Pro, a security utility that password-protects the drive.


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Nvidia's new graphics chip rings up 'Quake'

Nvidia's latest graphics processor for high-end mobile phones, unveiled on Monday, can take 10-megapixel pictures and decode high-resolution video, thus marking another step toward turning mobile phones into powerful handheld entertainment devices.

The company touted the GoForce 5500 chip at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. Nvidia is best-known for its powerful PC graphics processors, but over the last few years it has taken steps to recreate sharp graphics on mobile phones and handhelds. The company sells standalone graphics chips for mobile phones and also licenses its graphics technology for other chip makers to incorporate into their products, said Derek Perez, a company spokesman.

Handheld-device designers looking to cut costs tend to pick all-in-one chips that can handle basic applications such as processing, graphics, and voice calls. Chips like the GoForce 5500 are designed for expensive handsets that let users watch movies, play PC-style video games and even pick up digital television.

While phone makers and wireless carriers have expressed excitement about mobile gaming, believing it will help pay for the cost of maintaining high-bandwidth wireless networks, interest has so far been lukewarm. One high-profile attempt, Nokia's N-Gage, has not sold nearly as well as the company would have hoped, but game developers are releasing more and more titles as phones gain more processing power.