Cases & Peripherals

The Future of Power Outlets?

TruePower UCS Power Outlet w/ Built-In USB Ports

Wall outlets are a critical link in the technology chain which haven’t received much attention in a long time. That’s why we felt theTruePower UCS Power Outlet with Built in USB Ports was worth a mention, since it’s a seemingly no brainer change to the age old stand by that should have been integrated years...

An All-In-One That Does It All Well (Really!)

Epson WorkForce 610 All-In-One Printer

One of the traits most valued in a Gear Patrol man is versatility. Unsurprisingly, we appreciate the same thing in our gadgets, particularly in those upon which we rely for daily productivity. You need only to glance down at that smartphone that’s likely never out of reach to confirm my hypothesis. That’s why we jumped...

Suit Your Mac In Style

Vaja MacBook Pro iVolution Suit

Known for their exquisite hand made leather goods, Vaja’s iVolution Suit for the MacBook Pro is possibly the most stylish Mac accessory we’ve ever laid eyes on. Completely customizable, buyers can choose everything from the color of the grip, outside leather, and inside leather, to the leather type, and even have their name stitched in....

Making Home Theater Computing That Much Easier

Adesso Wireless SlimTouch Mini Touchpad Keyboard for Mac

Recently when we purchased a Mac Mini to use mainly as a home theater computer in our lab, we started searching for a great wireless keyboard that would make navigating the computer from the couch an easy affair. After a thorough hunt, we came across the Adesso wireless SlimTouch Mini Touchpad Keyboard. Very lap friendly...

Bringing Desktop Convenience to Laptops

Zemno DeskBook Pro Portable Docking Station

Five years ago, if you wanted a laptop that even remotely matched the power of a desktop, you’d have to kiss your dreams of portability goodbye. So-called “desktop replacement” machines were enormous, weighed more than Kathy Bates, and in most cases seemed better suited for landing F-16s in the Pacific than computing on the go....

The Tipping Point for USB 3.0

Buffalo Technology DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

USB 2.0, which has dominated the computer peripheral world since 2001, is finally showing signs of replacement by the next evolution in universal serial bus goodness, naturally called USB 3.0. Speculation over it crushing the eSATA standard is still hazy, but we’re throwing in our dollar on USB 3.0 giving eSATA a run for the...

MacBook Got Bass

BassJump

The new Apple MacBooks manage to hold their own when it comes to sound, but anyone looking for a little oomph will be sorely disappointed by the sheer lack of bass. As is to be expected – this is a laptop we’re talking about after all. Twelve South aims to rectify that with the new...

Who Says Apple Holds all the Innovation Cards?

Hewlett Packard Dream Screen

Tablet, Tablet, Tablet. It’s all we’ve been hearing out of the tech rumor mill lately, and it’s all referring to Apple’s supposed next big thing. While we won’t begin to claim that HP’s recently announced Dream Screen covers everyone of the hypothesizing bases that Apple’s eventual product might, it is built with the same intentions...

MacBook Desktop

BookArc MacBook Desktop Stand

Working off a laptop is fast becoming the de facto for many computer users. Portability, power, and price have reached the point where even power nuts have some sort of portable option. Problem is, when you’re working at a desk on a large screen monitor like we do at the GP offices, a laptop suddenly...

Have Outlet, Will Charge

EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station

We’re big fans of clever space utilization; consequently, it’s surprising that we haven’t come across something like this before. The EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station replaces your standard two-outlet wall plate with a wider panel that has a built-in key hook (also doubles as an excess cable reel) and a non-skid, angled shelf for...

One Camera Bag, Two Positions

LowePro Inverse 200 AW

Beltpack or shoulder bag? An endless debate in the world of photography. The Lowepro Inverse 200 AW allows you to seamlessly transition from both worlds with ites versatile set up. Here at the Gear Patrol, we always appreciate versatility, so read on to hear our take.

Video Chat Gets the HD Treatment

Microsoft HD LifeCam Cinema

Whatever your current experience is with Video chatting, I think we can all agree that streaming in HD is better; and that’s just from a personal standpoint of connecting with loved ones. We’re opting to ignore the roaring cheers from the amateur porn industry for purposes of this mention. Though many have claimed to create...

Snug & Simple

Byrd & Belle Recycled Wool iPod Case

Byrd & belle gadget (iPod) cases are near-sublime in their simplicity. Made from recycled wool from surplus military wool trousers, your iPod, (iPhone, iPod Touch on request) will find itself sheathed in green print cotton with a bit of padding, and secured by a leather snap strap made from… a recycled car seat. Unlike other...

Panoramic Photos the Easy Way

GigaPan Systems Epic & Epic 100

Creating panoramic photos with a camera on a tripod and then stitching them together in Photoshop can be rather tedious, to say the least. That has all changed thanks to GigaPan Systems Epic and Epic 100 mounts. Both Epic models are robotic mounts that are derived from the technology used on NASA’s Mars Rover. Step...

Preventing Scurvy One Computer At A Time

Be.ez LA besace Lime Drop Messenger Bag for MacBook

If you’ve ponied up for that new unibody Macbook, don’t do it (and yourself) the injustice of toting it around in a less than worthy bag. Your 10 year old Targus simply will not suffice. If you’re on the hunt for an appropriate mode of cartage, check into the line of slick “mobile lifestyle” bags...

If Chris Angel Designed A Tripod..

Monsterpod All-Surface Camera Tripod

More specifically, the Monsterpod is a Viscoelastic Polymer-based tripod. What the hell does that mean? Well, it means you can mount your camera on almost any surface in any direction when taking photos. It also means you won’t be asking people to take improperly composed photos of your friends and family. Learn (and see) how...

You've Got to Type, You May as Well Look Good Doing It

Logitech diNovo Edge Mac Edition

To date, it’s been tough to find a 3rd party keyboard capable of matching the aesthetic gorgeousness of Mac hardware. Happily, Logitech has stepped up to create a Mac-centric version of their diNovo Edge keyboard that is both extremely beautiful and packing some special functionality. The first thing you notice when laying hands on the...

The Beast, err... Best Notebook Coolers Money Can Buy

NZXT Cryo LX & Cryo S

Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. Sometimes, though, it’s just too bloody hot. You know what I mean. There’s nothing like an oppressively hot day to make you want to do no more than just lay down and quit on the world. Luckily, as 21st century men, we have air conditioned homes, cooled seats...

Kiss Choppy Streaming Goodbye

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit

HD video is a blessing and a curse. As sports fans, gamers, and movie buffs, the instant we gazed upon those eye-searing lines of vertical resolution there was just no turning back to standard definition. The trouble is, witnessing Kobe’s facial expressions in glorious 1080p while defending Courtney Lee comes at the expense of added...

Hands at Ten and Two Please

BlueAnt Q1

By Guest Writer and Gear Enthusiast Edward Cheng Los Angeles is (in)famously known for its reckless drivers and terrible roads. A quick look into any passing car window will reveal people applying eye liner, shaving, doing the morning crossword puzzle… you name it, you’ll see it. All this, while flying down the freeway gabbing about...

Spend $12 to Kiss Cable Expenses Good Buy

Mini Display Port to HDMI

By Gear Patrol Reader Kirk Ward So you went and bought the 13-inch MacBook based on the glowing article posted a few months ago. Kudos to you; that’s a great start. The only problem is, well, (screen) size is everything and this guy is only 13-inches. That’s where the Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter...

The World's Most Secure Flash Drive

IronKey Enterprise Flash Drive

The great thing about a flash drives is that they do exactly what we need them to do – transport data quickly and conveniently via small, ultra-portable packages. Throw them on a lanyard, keychain, or just stuff them in your bag or pocket.

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer

Quality Photographs Deserve Overqualified Printers During the holidays I decided that it was time to print some of the photos I managed to capture during the holidays (girl friends wrestling New Year’s Eve, gorgeous holiday night New York skyline, a cohort with a classic devilish mug as he spiked the eggnog with rum). The only...

Camera Armor

Click… Snap… Boom. So you’ve just purchased that nice new digital SLR camera, like the Nikon D90 GP uses for our article images. You’re ready to take it on the road with you where you’ll encounter all kinds of conditions, but you’re not really the type of guy that’s readily exposing his thousand dollar equipment...

OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Drive

Hooks Up With Every Computer Imaginable, Disease Free. One of the many down sides from the high definition video format war is that computer manufacturers (ahem Apple & Microsoft) have shown hesitancy in integrating the technology into their new line of machines. Mercifully for the videophiles out there, the folks over at OWC announced the...

Belkin Conserve

Live Green And Still Live Easy As self a proclaimed technology addict it’s been hard justifying my desire for national sustainability considering that even while turned off my home theater has enough lights glowing to rival the Vegas strip. I jest not. Then I stumbled across this simple yet ingenious device on Popular Mechanics. Aptly...

Pzizz

Tired? Upgrade The Way You Sleep. Most people I know tend to fall into one of two categories with regards to sleep: deprived folks who revere sleep as a lusted after indulgence or the highly motivated individuals for whom sleep is a necessary evil interrupting their plans. Regardless of where you lie on that spectrum,...

Voltaic Backpack

Charged Up, Eco-Style You can’t exactly plug your iPod into the nearest tree. Ahhh, the great outdoors. There’s nothing like the fresh air and open spaces that Mother Nature provides. The GP crew spend a lot of time outside, but as you can tell, we’re also gadget freaks and that poses a dilemma. Where do...

iStik

Magnets Are Good for Your iPod. Who Knew? Music is a great workout companion. Unlike your lazy friends, who won’t get up in the morning to workout with you, your iPod rarely lets you down. That’s more than I can say for that old, stretched out, dirty armband you’re using to strap on your Nano....

Griffin Nu Form Case

Hard Knock Solution For A Hard Knock Life Now that you’ve had some time to coddle your iPhone 3G, it’s time you prepared it for the real world. Sliding on Griffin’s Nu Form case will guarantee your gadget stays looking prim and proper, and provide damage protection in the event of accidental dropping. For those...

Acquire iPhone 3G Launch Guide

The team at Acquire have put together a great iPhone 3G Launch Guide. Definitely worth a read if you’re planning on waiting 12 hours in line to get the 3G iPhone, out today. They’ve covered the new App store, Mobile Me, cases, bluetooth headsets, charging options and headphones. All you need to know. Head on...

Brunton Solaris i6 Foldable iPod Charger

There are some things in this world we just can’t be without. An iPod is one of them. Here in New York, I find being without my iPod actually makes me irritable. Want to make sure that it’s got juice wherever your adventure takes you? Well, so do the guys at Brunton. Their Solaris i6...

Swedx Wood TV/Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse

Some guys like their accessories in cool black. Some like them in smooth stainless steel. And some like them sheathed in wood. (?) For those that prefer lumber and lacquer over brushed and midnight, then looking into Swedx wood peripherals might be the best option out there. The XV1-19 LCD TV and Monitor is a...

Click-n-Grip Laptop Strap

Ever notice how laptop bags, though nice and protective, are poorly designed when you need to pull your laptop out? There’s often little room for you to pull out the actual laptop. Well, the click-n-grip Laptop Strap makes this a breeze. The 2″ poly-pro webbing straps accomodate most laptops and can be lifted by its...

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini Portable Hard Drive

It goes without saying that most everyone has experienced a situation where they wished they had backed up their hard drive or opted for the larger hard drive option. Whether you’re a music download crazed maniac, photographer, or just don’t have the ability to throw a single file away then you need to take a...

Colorware Stealth iPhone

Colorware is the originator of custom glossy colorized electronic gadgets including the iPhone, but my preference has always been much more of a subdued finish. The new Stealth iPhone from Colorware is just that. Passing on the multi-hued looks many Colorware customers choose, the Stealth iPhone is served up in a glorious matte black finish....

Incase iPhone Slider Case

I’ve never been much of a case man and every phone I have owned has been rocked with no protection and have the battle scars to prove it. Last year I bought an iPhone and until last weekend, never sported a case for it, until I walked into an Apple store and sighted the Incase...

H20 Audio Waterproof iPod Cases

[click on image to enlarge] By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo I don’t usually listen to music when I workout. It messes with my pace and it’s just dangerous when I’m cycling through the city. But surfing is a whole different story. I’ve sat on my board in between sets wishing I could listen to the...

Kensington Ci70 Keyboard

I work on a laptop every day. Granted it’s hooked up to an Apple Cinema Display and an Apple Keyboard, but I purposely got the new Apple Keyboard that emulates the keys found in the newer MacBooks and MacBook Air (which for sake of disclosure is the laptop I work on). To the chagrin of...

Sentry Safe Fireproof/Waterproof Data Storage Chest

Are you the kind of guy that keeps critical data lying around on discs? Do you fret everyday that your hard drive full of office documents porn data is going to be lost in a fire? Well, fear not – your technology can survive the worst safely secured in a Sentry Safe Fire/Waterproof Data Storage...

Optimus Maximus Keyboard

[click on image to enlarge] The Optimus Maximus keyboard. It’s finally available. Beyond sounding like a former Radio Shack product or a new Transformers character you should know that this is something you’re going to want as soon as we tell you more about it. Look carefully at that picture (or enlarge it). Notice the...

Lumenlab Qmax

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Got 10 grand burning a hole in your bank account? Looking for a centerpiece to your entertainment computing system? Well, break out the cards because the Qx is some serious computing - wait for it - integration. Integration what? Well, let's go down the specs and maybe you'll see. This computer is a 42" 1080p LCD monitor built in with 3.0 GHzIntel Core 2 Extrememe processors, XLR8 GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card with a 768MB of GDDR3 overclocked by PNY tp 621MHz from 575MHz. It has 200 MBPS HotwireWith Lumenlab's™ Hotwire™ networking and utilizes Q's powerplug which pars down all the connectivity to one single cable. The choice of HD-DVD or BluRay drive, SPDIF 8.1 channel audio, Noctua silent cooling manufactured in Austria only add to the Q's prowess. What this means to you: You could probably get two comparable Dell computers for the same price, but then no one would be able to stand stupefied at your crazy ass for having such a thing. That is pretty much the worth the cost. Cost: $10,000 @ Lumenlab

BodyGuardz

Scenario: You’ve just bought a new phone. You’ve paid out arse for it despite getting the $200 discount for signing a new 2-year contract. It’s gorgeous, cutting edge and you can’t help but hold it everywhere you go so you can use it at a moment’s notice. Some bastard walking around the corner bumps right...