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Scosche USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter announced

Scosche is back again with a brand new USB accessory, calling it the Scosche USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. This is one versatile USB-C hub that will surely be of interest to those who would like to hook up their notebook onto different devices. With the Scosche USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, it will feature not one or two, but a trio of different ports.

These three ports will offer essential functions as it plays nice with the new generation of USB Type-C devices. One of the ports would be an HDMI connection that will enable users to mirror the MacBook display all the way to an HDMI-enabled TV or display that is capable of 4K HD resolution. Apart from that, it can also output video content including movies and captured video, where all that you need to do is to hook up the adapter to the Type-C port of the MacBook or other USB-C device, before connecting it to a TV or projector using an HDMI cable.

Last but not least, the USB-C Hub will also come with a Type-A port, where users are able to hook up older peripherals and computer accessories. These will include USB flash drives (presumably of the USB 2.0 and 3.0 varieties) and cameras, connected them to the new Type-C MacBook. The Type-A port on the adapter does not just do data transfer, as it will allow users to charge and sync their iPhone, iPad or iPod. In order to make life all the more convenient, the third USB port that is located on the adapter (USB-C) itself will also enable pass-through charging of MacBook’s or other Type-C computers, regardless of whether the other ports are being used or not.

Hence, this Scosche peripheral allows one to enjoy superior data transfer speeds while featuring support for USB-C (Type-C) power input. The asking price for such convenience on the move stands at $59.99 a pop as it is accompanied by a 3-year warranty.

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The ROCCAT Skeltr is a Smart RGB Keyboard for multi-taskers

If you are a do-er of all things who loves to play games, then you know how hard it is to get through a competitive match on Overwatch when your phone is constantly blowing up. You want to stay connected, but when you only have a few seconds to unlock your phone, get to the message, and tap out a response the moment after you die, there’s a good chance you’re going to respawn and waste precious milliseconds sending your fam those dank memes. To make sure you can shave off those precious moments in time of switching up devices, ROCCAT made a solution.

It’s called the Skeltr, and it is a smart communication RGB keyboard that will let you integrate your phone and tablet. Not only will it give you a dock on your keyboard that will put your devices at the optimal viewing angle, but it will connect to them so you can type messages to your phone and tablet from your keyboard. You won’t have to fiddle with either device, and will be able to send your lols and emojis without having to lift more fingers than necessary.

Just to make sure this is worth the price, which will definitely be over $100, you can also pair your phone and headset so you can take calls on while gaming, or play music from your phone directly into your earcups. You’ll get 3 thumbster keys, 5 macro keys, 1000Hz polling rate, and membrane keys to press. This keyboard will be up for purchase on the first of September, and seems like it would be a must-have for multi-tasking gamers.

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The Z Mouse will bring a whole new angle to gaming

There are new gaming peripherals coming out all the time. While some are better than others, what piques our interest normally lines up perfectly with our individual wants and needs. This means that more often than not, gaming accessories are targeting a specific group of gamers rather than making something that everyone can use, and doesn’t do too much in the way of improving the actual design of the mouse.

The company Swiftpoint made a mouse several years ago that did wonders for laptop users, but now they’ve set their sights to gaming, and have created The Z. This is a gaming mouse that has a world first; a mouse that can pivot, tilt, and roll, with a whole new way to press buttons. Not only are you going to have right and left click with a scroll wheel in between, but there are two side buttons, two finger buttons, two push/pull trigger buttons, two thumb buttons, and the pivot, tilt, and roll will add far more options.

This mouse is capable of reading actions on the table as well as in the air for flight simulators, and the right and left click have two clicks, a soft and deep click, all of which you can assign. You will be the one configuring what constitutes a deep click, so don’t worry about being stuck with a setup that doesn’t work for you. This will cost you $149-159 while it’s in a Kickstarter campaign, and is certainly going to give you a lot of new aspects to add to your game. Of course, this also has tons of practical uses for power office workers and designers as well.

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Samson expands family of USB microphones

samson-usb-microphoneNot many of us happen to own a microphone that is connected to the computer, for a very simple reason – there is hardly any reason to, unless of course, we do make conference calls as well as voice and video calls via Skype or other kinds of instant messaging software or apps. Well, for those who want to make sure that every single word gets across in a crystal clear manner, while minimizing the chances of a message being listened to askewed, it would be best to invest in a quality microphone. Samson knows this, which is why they have come up with their latest range of USB microphones that can be purchased at select Best Buy stores nationwide and at BestBuy.com.

In other words, customers are able to capture high-quality recordings with ultra-compact, portable options from Samson, where among them include the Go Mic Connect, Meteor Mic with Noise Cancellation Software and Meteorite with Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software. Samson microphones.

The Samson Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software will be able to expand the capability of computer communication as well as recording, as this particular software is powered by state-of-the-art digital noise reduction algorithms, resulting in crystal clear communications and recordings even if it sees action in the noisiest office and mobile recording environments. This makes Samson microphones perfect for home and office VoIP communication, voice recognition/speech-to-text software, gaming and recording music, in addition to audio for YouTube videos, lectures, podcasts and webinars.

As for the newest addition to the microphone family, the Go Mic Connect, it will boast of Sound Deck software, that is equipped with Focused Pattern Technology and Digital Noise Reduction. Continuous, repetitive ambient noise will be effectively removed from the microphone input, resulting in cleaner audio so that users can target the microphone’s pickup field, focusing on a desired sound source directly in front of the microphone. Users are then able to adjust the width of the focused pattern in order to significantly reduce sound originating from outside the set area.

The Samson Go Mic Connect, Meteor Mic with Noise Cancellation Software and Meteorite with Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software will retail for $79.99, $69.99 and $39.99, respectively.

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Grace Digital CastDock X2 speaker makes its mark

grace-digitalIf you have not heard of Grace Digital Inc. before, then here is a little bit of background information – they happen to be the leading manufacturer of award winning Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, portable and home audio systems, and also happen to be first off the blocks in announcing the first speaker that has been made exclusively for Google’s Chromecast Audio device in the world, allowing it to stream music via Wi-Fi to just about anywhere in your home.

There is a market for multi-room Wi-Fi wireless audio, as this particular niche has seen its fair share of products and actions in recent times, where a slew of large as well as smaller sized companies have rolled out their respective devices. Rather than flood the market with yet another model, Grace Digital decided to take the road less traveled, having physically integrated the Chromecast Audio device (which is sold separately) straight into the speaker, now how about that? This means there is no need for an additional app or system to learn – making it somewhat like the Nvidia Shield Pro.

When you are in possession of the CastDock X2 speaker, all that you need to do is to place a Chromecast Audio device on top of the Grace CastDock, hook up the integrated power and digital audio cables, and voila! You end up with an instant, world-class Chromecast enabled speaker which is more than capable of rivaling just about any competitor’s proprietary system out there.

Some of the features that have been incorporated into Grace’s CastDock X2 and Chromecast Audio include the ability to listen to more than 30 million songs from over 100+ cast-enabled music apps such as Pandora, Google Play Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, being able to enjoy a higher quality sound, to play music just about everywhere with multi-room feature and without any kind of interruptions, and mirror music from a laptop or Android phone.

The Grace Digital CastDock X2 speaker for Chromecast Audio is going for $149.99 a pop if you are interested.

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The Bedphones Gen 3 are functional and comfortable

Bedphones Gen 3

Some days it seems impossible to fall asleep. There’s too much going on in your brain and while you’re not necessarily hearing voices in your head (that’s reserved for the clinically insane), it’s just…loud. The only way to calm your mind enough to catch some z’s before the sun rises is to drown out the hustle and bustle of your brain with music, but the problem is that most headphones aren’t exactly comfortable to wear when you’re laying down.

If you don’t like using a speaker because your walls are paper thin and you’re a considerate neighbor, or you just prefer to hear every note as crisply as possible, you’re going to need a more comfortable option. These Gen 3 Bedphones might make sleeping with headphones on a less painful experience as they’re less than 1/4” thick, and use memory wire ear hooks to make sure they fit exactly as you want them to. Of course, even being as thin as they are may still be a bit too uncomfortable for some people.

These will plug into your music-playing device through a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you’ll need to keep your device near your head. There’s also an app for iOS and Android that will automatically shut your music off when you fall asleep. One of the newer features is that it is now equipped with an in-line mic and a button to let you control music and handle calls for those of you who want to use these as more than a sleep aid. This $59.99 purchase comes with replacement foams, a carrying case, and a satin eye mask.

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Papaerlike might save your sight from an early grave

In the Information age, we spend more time than ever in front of one or more screens for 8+ hours a day. If you work on a computer, then you know how bad the eye strain can get when you’re nearing a deadline. Having worked as a writer and photographer for many years, I’ve spent one too many days and far too many hours in a dark room with a bright screen, and am already having to deal with the effects on my vision.

While using an E-Ink display would greatly reduce the strain on our eyes as it doesn’t emit any light, no one has really made the effort to make anything bigger than a Kindle. Enter in Paperlike, the world’s first E-Ink Monitor that is a 13.3” screen which takes the crisp and detailed images you would see on a regular monitor and puts them on an E-Ink display to unburden your eyes. There are four image processing algorithms to choose from so you can view your screen in whatever way you prefer.

There’s also threshold contrast conditioning so you can adapt different fonts and color themes to E-Ink. Much like a tablet, you can also use this USB connected monitor in either landscape or portrait mode. If you’re looking to make life easier for your eyes and want to keep your vision past the age of 50, then you’ll be looking at putting down $799-899 on this crowdfunding project.

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EC Technology reveals Bluetooth 4.1 Magnet Attraction Headphones

iec-bt-headphonesWhen it comes to headphones, there are dime a dozen models to choose from. Of course, some of us would prefer earphones, while others prefer headphones, wireless or wired, it really boils down to what suits the shape of your ears better, not to mention your budget and the ilk. Well, with so many different models out there, why not throw caution to the wind and try something that hails from a lesser known name? I am referring to the Bluetooth 4.1 Magnet Attraction Headphones by EC Technology.

Yup, I myself have not heard of EC Technology before, but they happen to be a supplier of high quality consumer electronics products, and they have just introduced the spanking new EC Technology Bluetooth 4.1 headset that will boast of headphone functionality, and not only that, will also come with a microphone as well as stereo with Magnet Attraction, now how about that? There will be a top-of-the-line CSR8635 Bluetooth 4.1 chipset which has been integrated and thrown into the mix in order to achieve a wire-free connection to smartphones, tablets, PCs and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Through this, one will be able to enjoy a steady Bluetooth signal, and when coupled with an independent in-line control and HD microphone, users will be able to enjoy incredible wireless freedom regardless of whether they are listening to music or simply making a call to friend or family.

There will also be selectable soft medical grade earbuds that allow a fit for various ear sizes, ensuring that users will never have to feel uncomfortable, even after wearing them for a long time. There will also be an adjustable buckle that makes it possible to set to their most favorable length. It has a 10-meter working distance, allowing you to enjoy your favorite thumpin’ tunes whenever you are pounding the pavement or hitting the mills at the gym. With a form factor that measures all of just 4.2” x 3” x 1”, this is one ultra-light and ultra-small device that will surely underline its comfortable design and sets users’ ears free.

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The Lightpack will make staring at a screen more interesting

Lightpack

We are not necessarily kind to our eyes. Not only do we forget our sunglasses all the time, but we then spend hours upon hours staring at a screen every day. We also get so into our work that we forget to blink, drying our eyes out and burning our corneas. It’s a very real thing. While making sure to blink more while you work can help, trying not to put one focused light in front of your eyes can lessen the damage as well.

If you want to minimize the strain of looking at a screen in a darker room, a backlight behind your monitor can help. The Lightpack will do just that, as this a content-driven lighting system that will not only give you more lighting, but will have it be the same color as what’s on the screen. This gives you a tad more indirect lighting, but also broadens what you’re looking at to be more of a visual experience.

You won’t need to worry about installing drivers as this will be automatically recognized on the first connection. It will play nicely with Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Android, connecting through USB to your setup. While there are options for screens under 52 inches at $79, there is also a Lightpack for TVs that are 65-86” if you’re wanting the same sort of effect for your living room.

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Let friends and family see you with crystal clear quality through the Logitech C920

Logitech C920

Growing up isn’t something anyone wants to do, but it happens regardless. We have to take on gross things called responsibilities, go to horrible places for that job stuff, and do our own laundry. The worst part is that the older you get, the harder it is to stay in contact with friends and family, especially when they’re moving all over the globe and you have to wrestle with different time zones. Thankfully we’re in the age of technology, and can text and talk face-to-digital face through video chatting.

If you find yourself on video chat services to talk to family and friends more often than not, wouldn’t it be nice if you could see them in pristine quality and vice versa? The Logitech C920 is a webcam that will provide you with HD 1080p video that will let every small detail show through, even the socks you forgot to pick up behind you. There’s integrated H.264 compression to make videos appear more smooth and fluid.

There are two microphones built in that will provide stereo audio, and they can filter out background noise. It also has autofocus and automatic light correction so you won’t need help trying to make sure your face can be seen. This is a $63 purchase that will play nicely with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Android. Both ends of the call would obviously need one if either side wants clear video, but even if everyone had it, a stable internet connection would still be your greatest enemy.

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