June was a big month for new gadgets and tech toys, but don't fret, there's plenty of drool-worthy items to go around. My top picks for this month can either be given as gifts, be added to early Christmas wishlists, or make the perfect splurge purchase! And did I mention that they are all fresh for Summer? So what are you waiting for? Time to assess the gadget goods!
Looks may be deceiving, but don't be fooled: I promise this is a sexier and sleeker version of the eGo drive I reviewed last year.
This much lighter, third generation, 320GB drive offers built-in antivirus software and an impressive rugged aluminum exterior that can withstand a 1.3 meter drop, which you know as well as I do is very important when you're lugging around a device that holds your important data.
Online, this puppy will cost you around $95, which is pretty affordable, considering I've heard of similar devices going for upwards of $150.
After a few months of use, I had some issues with my first eGo drive, so I was pleased to hear Iomega is offering a three-year warranty on the third gen drives. What really irks me, though, is that these drives are primarily built for PCs, not Macs. The included USB cord comes with a cord to plug into your drive and two attached USB cords to plug into your laptop. On many Macs, there are two USB ports (on opposite sides of the laptop), so plugging in both cords is practically impossible. Although your drive may be able to run with only one USB cord plugged in, it isn't sufficient power to experience the high-speed data transfer rates. And sadly, a powered USB bus isn't included, even though there is an auxiliary power port for it. So if you really want to use it on your Mac, you'd have to invest in one.
This is the midnight blue version, but it is also available in red, silver, and black. With the noteworthy upgrades from the last eGo, I think this eGo is worthy of four stars.
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Adam Lippes kicked off the first of the retail openings at Meatpacking Design Week. The installation his store on Hudson street hosted was entitled Much Assembly Required. An "ego" lamp collection and other works by Viktor Jondal, a Swedish, New York based product designer were strategically placed throughout the store, giving customers a chance to go from the lamps in the entryway to a video installation in one of the back dressing rooms.
Viktor Jondal was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. His education includes one year of Art-History in France, one year of Fine Art in Sweden and a BFA in Product Design from Parsons School of Design. His background has already very much included the fashion set with product design work for Keihl's, MAC and Reebok.
The subtle "ego" lamps went well with Adam's sometime minimal aesthetic. Someone was clearly paying attention to the details of collaborative installation, as we were impressed just how well Jondal's gray, purple, and black paintings merchandised with Adam's purple spring dresses.
(He's also a big douche.)
You may remember this pink eGo portable hard drive by Iomega from my Must Haves list for February, but because it's so darn cute, and because of all the backing up talk last week, I knew I had to elaborate a bit more on its awesomeness!
To put into perspective how much this beauty of a hard drive can hold, picture this: 640,000 photos, over 2,900 hours of music and 240 hours of video, for a total capacity of 160GB —yes, it's a decent size! The eGo is USB powered so you don't need to drag around an external power supply and it features drop guard for added protection if it were to ever fall off a desk or table.
The eGo hard drive can be used with Macs or PCs and costs only $100. Check out the gallery below to see just how pretty it really is!
I was beyond ecstatic when I got to check out an Ego lifestyle laptop up close and personal this week at CES. The Ego Signature is crafted personalized and assembled completely by hand, boasting a glitter-covered keyboard and an exotic exterior. What's great about Ego laptops is the ability to personalize your laptop with a unique leather or fabric skin or add embroidered initials or symbols. This chic laptop runs on Windows Vista and includes a 64-bit processor, a built-in webcam, a bass reflex sound system and an anti-reflection high resolution screen for indoor and outdoor use. Functional and fabulous, just what the doctor ordered!