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This Week’s Latest Tech Gadgets – Feb. 11, 2013

By Gregg Ellman
@greggellman

Doxie One The Doxie One portable scanner is computer-less and one of the easiest to work I’ve ever seen.

Operating this scanner is as simple as a push of a button to scan photos, documents, receipts or just about anything you can feed it in sizes ranging from business cards to 8.5 x 15-inches.

The scanner is portable to a point (1.7 by 10.5 by 2.2, 13.6 oz) where you can put it in your computer bag, but don’t stick it in your back pocket.

There isn’t much to this scanner, except great results.

You have several choices to power it up; the included AC wall power adapter or buy four AAA Ni-Mh rechargeable batteries.

Just insert the included 2GB SD memory card, where your scans will be stored. Third party companies such as Eye-Fi make wireless SD cards, which can be used to wirelessly send your scans to a Mac, PC or even some tablets and smartphones.

To retrieve your scans from the scanner you can insert the memory card in your computer or just connect the included USB cord to your device.

Output formats include JPEG, PDF and PNG files in both color and black and white.

A calibration sheet and a protect cover are included to insert your photos into the scanner, which is great to help protect them.

Scanning 4 x 6-inch images takes just 5 seconds each with a 300 DPI color resolution or about 8 seconds for a full document scan also at 300 DPI color.

Doxie software (Windows and Mac) acts like an inbox and so scans can be sent directly to other apps on your computer or to selected online cloud services.

The purpose of a scanner like this is it’s portability and ease of use, the results are great quality for email, web use or smaller prints.

I would call this scanner a great device for archiving that shoebox full of prints many of us have but don’t seem to have the time to deal with. The Doxie one can easily conquer that shoebox in an afternoon.

www.getdoxie.com $144

 

Musicians ChoiceWhile trolling around the Ableplanet display at CES, I had a quick conversation with someone, who was obviously a big fan of the product since he stated that his headphones from the company are the best he ever owned.

While I can’t agree or disagree with his statement, I can say every set of headphones I’ve tested from the company has been nothing short of outstanding. includes the latest I’ve gotten my hands on from Ableplanet, the Musicians Choice stereo headphones.

One thing I like is how the padded over-the-ear cups are flexible and turn sideways for space saving.

As for the sound, which includes the company’s Linx Audio sound, when you consider the price ($89 at Ableplanet.com or $44 at Amazon) you’re getting a great deal.

As described on their site, Linx Audio creates high frequency harmonics that enhance sound quality and speech clarity of difficult to hear words or notes, and increase the perception of loudness without increasing volume.

An in-line mic controls your sound and music selections on Apple portable devices along with other smartphones and tablets.

They are available in 11 different colors and come with a soft carrying pouch.

www.ableplanet.com

 

 

OGIO RENEGADE RSSOn a quick trip last week I tested out the OGIO Renegade RSS backpack, which has more storage compartments than even someone like me needed to fill up with a laptop, tablet, cables, accessories and gadgets.

Each pocket is easy to access and seems to lead to more compartments, are zippered shut, padded and protected.

A unique design from OGIO called Red Protection (obviously red in color) identifies the safest storage compartment. In this case it was the back of the backpack, which I used for my 15-inch MacBook Pro, although a 17-inch would also fit.

That compartment is also built with a Reactive Suspension System, which translates into a safe and padded storage area.

Pockets, zippers and padding seems to be everywhere and it has padding on the backside so it rests comfortably on your back.

Another specific feature includes a crush-proof Tech Vault, which I used for storage but opted to not test the crushing part; I’ll just take their word for it.

There’s also a tablet pocket but you’ll have your choice of many different places to store that device.

I’ve seen a lot of computer bags and storage solutions and this one is as well constructed and designed as any I’ve seen.

Although it costs more then others, when you factor in how much you spend on the products you store in any computer bag, it makes sense to store them in something that’s going to protect them, such as the Renegade.

www.ogio.com $149

Contact Gregg Ellman at greggellman@mac.com.
Follow him on Twitter: @greggellman.
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This Week’s Latest Tech Gadgets – Feb. 5, 2013

By Gregg Ellman
@greggellman

macworld-conference-and-expo-logo-tThe MacWorld Expo trade show (last week in San Francisco) isn’t what it used to be, but if you’re an Apple junkie it still has a lot of appeal.

It’s pretty much all Apple, with a little PC thrown in here and there.

The show featured an endless number of innovative features your Mac or iOS device, even cooking, cleaning and singing.

imagesCA4LWLT2A company named Daiya has nothing to do with the electronics world, but since I spent more time there then any other display, I thought it’s worth mentioning.

A company representative said they were displaying their dairy-free cheese-alternative products at the show because they want to share the product with people who like innovative products.

The company’s slogan is “deliciously dairy free” and after sampling more than my share of pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches, I was certain that if you didn’t know what the product was, you’d think it was made with 100 percent natural cheese.

The ingredients are all plant-based, making it vegetarian, lactose intolerance, kosher and cholesterol friendly.

www.daiyafoods.com

Garmin 3597The super thin Garmin Nuvi 3597 does everything needed to get you where you need to be with directions that now include specific points of interest such as recognizable landmarks, stop signs and traffic lights.

It’s built with an incredibly thin body of a half-inch thick, and has a five-inch diagonal touchscreen LCD.

Features include a a new powered magnetic mount, which has a pass-through charging.

It directs you in friendly tones, telling (and showing) you what lane to be be in, landmarks to look for before turning and when a street light is approaching.

Right out of the box, it’s loaded with detailed maps of North American and includes free lifetime updates.

www.Garmin.com $379.99

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This Week’s Latest Tech Gadgets – Jan. 28, 2013

By Gregg Ellman @greggellman Kensington’s Proximo Fob and Tag Kit creates a wireless (Bluetooth) monitoring system between your keys, accessories and an iPhone (4S or 5) that will alert you if they are separated. I tried the starter kit ($59.99), which includes a Fob, Tag, keyring and has a screen driver to open the hardware […]

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This Week’s Latest Tech Gadgets – Jan. 22, 2013

By Gregg Ellman @greggellman The Logitech Harmony Touch remote does everything you want your pile of existing remotes to do and a whole lot more. It costs a little more than what you might want to spend for a universal remote but after seeing how easily it can be programed with your computer to operate […]

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