Hot Fall Peripherals

Newton Peripherals keeps things nice and tidy with the MoGo Mouse for Netbooks kit, which works with Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X. The package includes a 0.2-inch-thin Bluetooth MoGo Presenter Mouse, which can be stored on the exterior of any netbook, including Acer, Asus and Dell products. In addition, the kit comes with a Bluetooth adapter, a removable docking station and charging cable. The whole enchilada is available through the company's online store with a price tag of $99.00.

"Now users can always have a charged Bluetooth MoGo mouse with their netbook wherever they are, and wireless retailers that are looking to sell netbooks like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have access to a suite of highly portable peripherals like MoGo Talk and MoGo Mouse for netbooks," said Newton Peripherals President Stuart Nixdorff, in a statement. "No other mouse manufacturer including Logitech, Microsoft or Belkin has yet to develop a fully integrated netbook mouse like the MoGo Mouse for Netbooks."

Speaking of Belkin, the company has recently hit the market with its new wireless USB printer and hard-drive-sharing device. Aimed at the small office or home user, the F5L049 has wireless built in, so the wired port is an option if you do not want to go wirelessly. The device automatically backs up connected computer files periodically to a connected external hard drive, so there's no worries about suddenly losing data. The automatic sharing feature also lets users automatically upload new photos to a Flickr or Picasa account. In addition, Home Base lets users wirelessly access media files stored on attached hard drives including those from gaming consoles such as PS3 or Xbox 360. Other features include a built-in 802.11n wireless and push-button WPS security, and the device is compatible with 802.11b/g/n devices.

The Belkin Home Base F5L049 retails for $129.99.

OK, so the Asus Eee keyboard hasn't officially hit the market yet, but here's hoping that the rumors are true that this PC/peripherhal combo will be out in October with a price tag thought to be below $500.

Unveiled at CES 2009 in January, geeks around the globe swooned over Eee's features: The 2-pound, tricked-out keyboard has a 5-inch touchscreen, 1 GB of DDR 2 memory, a 1.6-GHz Atom processor and choice of a 16-GB or 32-GB SSD. The very cool product also has wireless HDMI and Bluetooth 2.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and is compatible with Windows XP Home Edition OS.

Verbatim's new TUFF-'N'-TINY USB drive product line is pretty mighty. These little guys measure about 1-inch long, a half-inch wide and have the thickness of a penny. They're available in 2GB, 4GB or 8GB -- the 8GB version stores almost eight hours of MPEG-1 video, roughly 2,000 hours of MP3 music, and approximately 4,000 300dpi color photos. Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000, Mac OS 9.x or higher, Linux kernel 2.6x or higher, these little toughies are also enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost.

The 2GB version retails for $30.99 -- or as low as $17.82 on; the 4GB lists for $35.00 -- Amazon sells it for $17.99; and the pricetag for 8GB version is $46.99, but you can get your hands on it for $21.00 at Amazon.

In what it said is the first automatic printer sharing switch that's compatible with PCs and Macs, IOGEAR has rolled out its new 2-Port USB 2.0 Printer Auto Sharing Switch.

The 2-Port USB 2.0 Printer Auto Sharing Switch comes with two USB cables which automatically recognize which machine a print job is coming from. There's no need for an external power source, and there are LED indicators to show which computer has USB access. The switch is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista as well as Mac OS X 10.3.9 or greater. The product has an MSRP of $39.95.

IOGEAR also recently released The 4-Port USB Net ShareStation, which lets small offices and home users share devices, including external hard drives, printers and scanners across a network. In addition, when the device is hooked up to a wireless router, users can wirelessly access the connected peripherals. Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista, the product is $99.95 (MSRP).

Logitech has just come out with two mice that promise to take the pain out of scrolling since they can navigate smooth surfaces such as glass. The company points out that the problem with optical and traditional laser mice is that they rely on surface irregularities so that mice sensors can track movements. However, using its proprietary Darkfield technology, the mice use the smallest possible details to create a micro-road map of the surface, which provides better precision on more surfaces, such as clear glass (4mm minimum thickness) and lacquered desks.

The larger Logitech Performance Mouse MX model is compatible with PCs, while the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX is intended to be used with notebooks. Both devices have Logitech Advanced 2.4GHz wireless technology, Logitech's Unifying receiver, four customizable thumb buttons and a flexible recharging system.

The Logitech Performance Mouse MX goes for $99.99, while the Anywhere Mouse MX retails for $79.99.

HP is waking up consumers with the DreamScreen, a new wireless Web-connected monitor that lets users get Facebook updates, connect to Internet radio and display photos. Available in two sizes --10.2 inches and 13.3 inches -- the device has 2 GB of built-in memory to upload and store music, home movies and pictures via a USB drive or flash memory card.

Users can get real-time Facebook updates by choosing an icon on a drag-and-drop screen. Music can also be streamed from Pandora or HP SmartRadio, a new service from the company that aggregates streams of live Internet broadcasts from more than 10,000 radio stations around the world. As for pictures, DreamScreen lets users see and stream pictures that have been uploaded from Snapfish, HP's online photo service. The device also includes access to five-day weather forecasts for cities around the world, a calendar and built-in alarm clock.

The 10.2-inch model (DreamScreen 100) is $249.99, while the 13-inch DreamScreen 130 is $299.00, and both are available through HP's online store as well as and Amazon.

This network-attached storage adapter -- the company also calls it an "accessory"-- might just be so easy to use that even a caveman can do it. There's no headaches with trying to configure ports, routers, IP addresses or firewalls. The makers of PogoPlug, San Francisco-based CloudEngines, boasts of a 60-second setup. All you have to do is plug PogoPlug into a wall socket or power strip, connect the PogoPlug to a router with a network cable that comes with the package, connect any external hard drive memory stick to the USB port in your Pogoplug, get online and go to the PogoPlug Web site and type in a registration code. As the company says, it will probably take longer to open the package then to get do an install.

After downloading music, videos etc, users can store them in folders and share them with other users from any laptop, desktop computer, and now thanks to a new app, iPhones. These no muss, no fuss devices are $99.

Celio has just come out with REDFLY, a smartphone terminal that turns smartphones into laptops without an OS or CPU and lets users access office, home, or any virtualized PC through a smartphone using Citrix, GoToMyPC, RDP or LogMeIn.

Available in two sizes, 7 inches (model C7) and 8 inches (model C8N), REDFLY features 800x480-pixel display, a full keyboard and links to smartphones via a USB cable or wireless Bluetooth connection. Users can send e-mails, read attachments, go online, and use apps that are on their smartphones. Right now REDFLY is compatible with more than 70 Windows Mobile devices, and expects to add BlackBerry compatibility in the fourth quarter of this year.

The REDFLY Smartphone Terminal Model C8N has an MSRP of $299, and the C7 model is $229.