The ultimate video and audio PC, the Sony Vaio R, will retail for 1500 EUR ($1,832 USD) without the screen. Featuring a Pentium D 820 (2.8 GHz), 1GB RAM, DL/RAM DVD-multi burner (can even burn SACDs), TV tuner, 1GB RAM, a 256Mb GeForce 6600, and a 320GB hard drive.
With the number of laptops sold bypassing the number of desktops sold, it's only natural that Logitech would design speakers specifically for laptop owners. The Logitech V20 laptop speakers are compact, lightweight, and USB powered, making them perfect for travel. They work with both PC and Mac laptops and include a collapsible stand on each speaker. The small speakers have integrated multimedia controls on the tops of the speakers so there's no need to use the notebook keyboard.
The V20 speakers will be available in the U.S. in September and in Europe in October. They will retail for $79.99USD and will include a protective travel case.
Akihabara has posted a pic of a Blu-Ray DVD burner for the PC. It's a Pioneer BRD-101A and it's DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-+DL and BR (Blu-Ray). I wonder what's the price of this and how soon it will be on the market.
Sirius is introducing a portable device that is compatible with its subscription satellite service. The Sirius S50 can store up to 50 hours of music, news, and programs. The size of a deck of playing cards, the S50 will retail for $360, and will be able to create digital music files from satellite radio broadcasts. These files can then be transferred to PCs, other players, or burned to CDs.
However, the portability of the device is questionable. Apparently it has to be docked in order to receive signals. The docking device costs another $100, bringing the cost of the device up to $460. Expect to see the s50 released sometime in October.
Some countries have all the luck...China is next in line to get the Samsung Z130 with its rotating screen that's great for sending and reading SMS, and video calling. However, other than the rotating screen, the Samsung Z130 is a standard 3G phone.
This would have been cool when I was in college and living in the dorms. I had to take the elevator all the way down from the 13th floor to the basement laundry, only to discover there were no empty washers. LaundryView, developed by Mac-Gray Corp., allows colleges to set up networks of washing machines and dryers. Students can then go online, view which machines are free and how much time is left on those that aren't. Alerts can even be sent to mobile phones and PDAs when the student's machine is done with its cycle.
Logitech has been cranking them out lately. Yesterday they announced the Logitech Wireless Music System for PC. This system can stream any format of digital music from your PC to a home stereo system or separate speaker system. If you don't have a wireless network, don't worry; everything you need is included in the box.
A USB music transmitter connects to your PC and a music receiver plugs into your home stereo receiver or multimedia speakers through a RCA port or a 3.5 mm jack. Within minutes you'll be able to enjoy your entire digital music collection, music-download service or Internet radio. The system also comes with a wireless remote control.
Featuring crystal clear audio quality, the Logitech Wireless Music System for PC can send audio streams directly to the music receiver at a range of up to 100 meters (300 feet). Software is also included that makes it easy to switch back and forth between listening to music on the PC and wirelessly streaming it to another room.
The Logitech Wireless Music System for PC will be available in store and online beginning in September and will retail for $149.99USD. Additional receivers will also be available for $79.99. Full press release.
As you can tell from some of their recent product announcements, Logitech loves the iPod. Yesterday they announced the Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod which allows users to wirelessly connect their iPod or mp3 player to a stereo or speaker system.
A music transmitter connects to any portable music player's standard headphone port and a music receiver plugs in to your home stereo receiver or multimedia speakers through a RCA port or 3.5mm jack. Even though it is a wireless system, a wireless home network is not needed.
The Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod will be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in October. It will retail for $149.99USD.
Need an external hard drive for your Mac Mini? Princeton Technology has created the PHD-MM series and the drives come in 160GB and 250GB with USB 2.0 or Firewire. It looks very similar to the Mac Mini and is compatible with Windows computers as well. Oh yeah....it's a Japanese product. Check out the Princeton Technology site.