Computers

Your Laptop's Best Friend for Battling Mother Nature

Ken Kai DRI Welded Seam Computer Messenger

Whatever your style is, chances are there’s a laptop bag for sale that matches it. For those who tote their computer on a daily basis, though, things like comfort and protection are far more important than looks, particularly for long commutes walking outside. Along that line, luggage manufacturer Ken Kai’s new DRI laptop messenger bags...

Netbook For Green-Minded Geeks

Sony Vaio W Eco-Friendly Laptop

More often than not, so-called “green” electronics earn that title thanks to their low or efficient energy consumption. Sony, like Apple, though has decided to up the ante by building this 10-inch netbook system out of 23% recycled CDs. Gee, I wonder where they could have gotten those from?

A New E-Reader Worth Watching

Skiff E-Reader

Hear that sound? That’s the quivering sound of the Amazon Kindle team quaking after today’s formal announcement of the Skiff E-Reader (until an inevitable Apple Tablet/Slate launches). At a minuscule .268 inches thick and sporting an 11.5 inch screen with a whopping 1,600 x 1,200 resolution, the Skiff is capable of displaying a newspaper page...

A Separation Between Perch & Slate?

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet Laptop

Apple may have the nation’s tech fiends in a frenzy over the calculated slow drip of details and rumors circling its potential tablet announcement at the end of January, but that doesn’t mean other major tech manufacturers can’t come up with lust-worthy ideas of their own. Take the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid. Part Linux-powered web...

The Palm-Sized Control Solution for Windows Users

Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard

Powerpoint-addicted road warriors and control freaks alike should appreciate the relatively low-key release of Lenovo’s multimedia remote with keyboard. Small enough to be used with one hand, the “remote” features 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse with track ball and communicates with most windows machines using a USB nano dongle. Though aimed at Lenovo’s business-oriented clientele,...

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...

Ridiculously Thin Home Theater PC's

piixL EdgeCenter 3770 Home Theater PCs

Contrary to what you might assume about our love of gear, most of us on the Gear Patrol staff are still quite enamored with the concept of electronic consolidation (even if it will eventually cause our gear caches to dwindle). Indulging this particular fantasy and trend in the consumer market in a striking way is...

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...

Will This Finally End Netbooks Once and For All?

Dell Vostro V13

Even though Dell’s surprising anorexic marvel, the Adamo XPS may have garnered much of the company’s recent media attention, we were pleasantly surprised to learn today about the Vostro V13. Built off of the production lessons learned from the aforementioned razor thin Adamo XPS, the Vostro V13 is still a svelte machine at .65 inches...

Here And There, Far And Near. Let There Be Music.

Sonos Digital Music System

A man’s music collection and the equipment he has to play it in many ways serves as a make shift gauge of character and temperament. Though of course that opening sentence could be the start to an excellent rant on the virtuosity of audiophiles and their true appreciation for the aural delights, don’t worry. Despite...

Logitech Z323 Speakers

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your laptop’s puny speakers simply won’t cut it. They’re not even good enough to aptly project the beeps and boops of your NES emulator, much less to accompany your iTunes library. That said, the venerable accessory players at Logitech offer several options to suit your auditory...

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...

Snow Patrol By Way of iPhone

REI Snow Report App

The slopes of Whistler open November 26th and are home to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Ski season is here. Make sure you’re on fresh powder and amidst optimal ski conditions with the newly updated REI Snow Report iPhone app. REI has packed the app with snow notifications, trail maps, Twitter feeds for more than 200...

A Dark Horse Emerges in the Tablet Race

ICD Vega Tablet

While fanboys and tech pundits alike have been ferociously covering every whisper of detail surrounding the rumored Apple “Slate” and Microsoft’s Courier, it appears that maker Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) has pulled a fast one in the tablet race. Sporting Nvidia’s Tegra processor chip, the device will undoubtedly be capable of advanced multimedia functionality including...

Full-Fledged Alarm Clock? There's an App for That.

TimeTuner

Chock up another device that lay victim to the prowess of the iPhone: your bedside alarm clock. TimeTuner is essentially your ultimate travel alarm clock (equally effective as your primary). It gives you the ability to wake up to more than 14,000 international radio stations using RadioTime, or your favorite song or playlist. It features...

Non-Aluminum Goodness

Apple Polycarbonate Unibody MacBook

At $999, the new Apple Macbook is officially the best deal going in Apple’s laptop lineup, especially for those looking to make the jump. The new polycarbonate MacBook is equipped with a 1280×800 13.3″ LED backlit display, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, clever non-skid bottom surface, NVIDIA 9400M graphics (shared), built-in iSight camera, multi-touch...

Power To The People

The New 21.5″ & 27″ iMac

Today, the iMac gets a face (chin) lift. 21.5 and 27 inch 16:9 LED displays with 1000:1 contrast ratios, ridiculous power, and welcome new features round out the new iMac and it’s all about bringing power to the people.

Finally a Laptop with No Strings Attached

Dell Latitude Z Laptop

Steve Jobs’s finger may consistently rest on the cool-factor pulse of the world, but that doesn’t mean he’s the only one who gets it. In a break from the traditional corporate cookie-cutter workhorse laptops that built the Dell Computer empire, the Latitude Z represents the convergence of several nascent technologies built with portability in mind....

Where Tablet and Netbook Meet

Yukyung Viliv S7

We know Netbooks are all the rage, but honestly what member of the male species has small enough hands to use them for long periods of time? That’s why we were intrigued by the cross functionality offered in the Viliv S7. Designed as a custom Windows XP powered hybrid touch screen tablet and Netbook, it...

Ticket Buying Gets All Smart Like

SeatGeek.com

Ticket buying, especially from the secondary market (e.g. scalpers) is rarely a pleasant experience. Since we know there’s a limited quantity, we automatically assume that the closer it gets to go time, the more expensive attending becomes. Though in general terms of supply and demand, this logic is sound, the people behind SeatGeek.com are here...

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...

THX Certified, Desk-Shaking, Computer Speaker Bliss

Razer Mako 2.1 THX Speakers

So, you picked up a nice new computer during one of the back to school sales last month. Maybe you even got a free iPod Touch to go with it. Chances are, you’re lacking some quality audio to project all the music and videos you’ve been downloading. No matter how good you think those stock...

Empower Your Holiday Weekend, iPhone Style

3 Great Labor Day (Holiday) iPhone Apps for Men

Labor Day Weekend is the last great three-day weekend of the year and a perfect chance to either take things low-key or hardcore. To many, it marks the end of summer, but we like to think of it as a holiday that’s intended for just that, to take some time off and savor. Whether you’re...

Better, Faster, Easier

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)

Apple drops their evolution to OS X today with Snow Leopard. As if you didn’t already know. We picked up our copy this morning and are happy to report that, well, it’s a screamer. Version 10.6 of Apple’s new OS is all about the speed, Bolt and Phelps style. Some of it you won’t recognize...

Another Force Enters the Netbook Battle

Nokia Booklet 3G

Yes, we know, it’s just another netbook. The proverbial device that technology companies are getting meth-like shakes over left and right. One wrinkle on this story, though, is that it’s the first to be released by a phone manufacturer. Called the Booklet 3G, there’s no doubt the device’s roots stem from the world of cellphones....

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...

Messenger Bags Aren't Your Only Option

OGIO Politan Laptop Backpack

For some of us, the lazy days of summer are coming close to an end and it’s almost time to get back to school. For the rest of us, we’re still slaving away behind a desk working on TPS reports. Regardless of whether you’re making the morning trek across campus, or across town, or making...

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...

It Won't Make You Coppola, But It'll Help

The New Final Cut Studio

The budding director in you just got a leg up with Apple’s update to Final Cut Studio. It doesn’t come with a “Make My Home Movie Look Like Instant Ocean’s 11″ plug-in, but it does come packed with new features (100 of them) including iChat Theater for real-time collaboration. In the suite you’ll find Final...

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...

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.

25 Apps. 14 Days. 2 iPhones. 1 Jailbreak.

25 Best & Must-Have iPhone Apps

Empower your iPhone with these 25 best and must have iPhone Apps, as curated by Gear Patrol.

Mobile. Email. That is all.

Peek

I am a creature of habit, to be sure. Of late, you might have noticed me lauding various products that do just what they are designed to do (well). Blame it on my stage in life or even on the floundering economy, but simplicity and functionality have become highly respectable traits to me. The latest...

New Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro, iTunes Plus, iWork ’09, and iLife ’09

Macworld 2009 Comprehensive Round-up While tomorrow’s headlines might read, “Apple Announces New Products, Steve Jobs Nowhere To Be Found,” we think anyone who knows anything about Apple should applaud Phil Schiller (President of Apple). His presentation at Macworld 2009 was fantastic, and all of us here at Gear Patrol feel he finally deserves some bloody...

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...

Google Earth 3D

SimCity Minus The Game Google Maps + GPS + iPhone is a toolset I cannot live without, especially here in New York where a man’s sense of direction is tested every time someone suggests going to a restaurant outside of the neighborhood. It’s also a demonstrable skill women find inherently attractive in men. No joke....

Sony Vaio LV180J

An All-In-One Desktop with Entertainment Center Dreams Sony’s latest entry into the field of all-in-one desktops takes another big step towards erasing the line between the TV and computer, and we couldn’t be happier. Its computing-based feature set includes a 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of ram, 256MB Nvidia Geforce video card, and...