We're receiving a small batch tomorrow...I have a feeling they won't last very long!
Get your 2GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive here at Mr.Gadget Australia!
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
2GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive! The best thing? Although it's got a gigantic data storage capacity, it's smaller than your thumb. As mentioned in my post yesterday, they can also be used in the Sandisk MP3 Companion.
We're receiving a small batch tomorrow...I have a feeling they won't last very long!
Get your 2GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive here at Mr.Gadget Australia!
Monday, May 30, 2005
About time! Sandisk have finally released a 1GB version of the Sandisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive. Gadgeteers looking for quality USB flash drive should definitely pay attention to these. They're one of the tiniest on the market, are blazing fast USB 2.0 and have a groovy blue LED that indicates data activity.
Sandisk continue to differentiate themselves from the other cheapo, no brand USB flash drives on the market.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
The pocketGEAR Wi-Fi SDIO card is the smallest Wi-Fi card in the market. Current WiFi SDIO cards on the market have stubby antennas that poke out at an annoying 2cm - the pocketGEAR WiFi SDIO Card only protrudes at a convenient 6mm.
This WiFi card will allow SDIO enabled devices to connect to HotSpots (802.11b Access Points) worldwide for quick wireless Internet access. The card supports Pocket PC 2003 and Linux PDA devices that have an SDIO enabled slot. More information can be found on the pocketGEAR website.
Friday, May 27, 2005
The Jabra BT250V bluetooth headset ensures that you're notified of mobile phone calls even when you don't have the headset on your ear. This new bluetooth headset offering from Jabra has a vibration alert, so whether you have it on your ear, pocket or on your desk, you'll know that a call is coming in. No more getting in trouble with your spouse for missing their calls! If only bluetooth could solve other marital issues...
Award-winning design now even better
The BT250v builds on the award-winning design of the BT250 and comes in a distinctive new sleek black look to stand out whatever the occasion and whatever your mobile phone.
Vibrating call alert
Incoming calls are signalled by a silent vibrating call alert which combined with the distinctive design makes this a truly standout headset.
Fingertip controls for convenience
A single button on the BT250v gives you control of your phone up to 30 feet away - voice dialling, call answer/end, redial and call transfer are all just a touch of a button away.
Performance is assured
The rechargable battery give you up to 7 hours talk time; the innovative design and choice of materials ensure excellent voice reception and the patented Jabra MiniGel delivers excellent quality sound directly into your ear.
Specifications of the Jabra BT250V Mobile Bluetooth Headset:
Bluetooth version 1.1 (or higher) specifications
Supported Bluetooth profiles:
Bluetooth headset and hands-free profiles
Up to 30 feet
Up to 7h (Depends on phone model and usage)
Up to 200h
0.5 x 2.375 x 4in.
Dimensions (charging cradle):
1.25 x 2 x 2.25in.
0.87 x 0.55 x 0.37in. (standard)
0.60 x 0.55 x 0.27in. (small)
Rechargeable lithium polymer
Typical Charging Time:
Pairing passkey or PIN:
Materials (headset casing):
Primarily thermoplastic polyurethane and polycarbonate plastics.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic
Supported special features:
Vibrating call alert
Last number redial
Voice activated dialing
Jabra BT250V Bluetooth Headset Package contains:
1 x Jabra BT250v Bluetooth Headset
1 x charging cradle for holding the headset and charging the battery
1 x User Manual in 3 languages (English, French and Spanish)
1 x Mains charger
Input: AC 100-240V/50-60Hz/200mA
Output: DC 6V/300mA
1 x removable charging cradle belt clip
2 x standard Jabra MiniGels
2 x small Jabra MiniGels (1 mounted at headset)
Check out the whole Mr.Gadget CeBIT Australia 2005 lowdown in 8 photos!
Arrived in Sydney on a mild Autumn Monday afternoon.
We got the chance to meet a lot of our Sydney gadgeteers. Hi Thai!
Some of the guys from ROAM Magazine, a new gadget publication, were in a stand across from us. Here's Siddarth one of their gadget reviewers.
Here's a picture of our stand. Overall we were over-the-moon with the response we received at the exhibition. It was great seeing some new gadgets and meeting some of our customers.
Speaking of gadgets, we had FlyBook across the road and they have what most of my staff want! A cool little notebook with all the bells and whistles and executed brilliantly too (www.flybook.biz). Here's me with Kabir Ahmed their global MD and new friend of mine. He's not as serious as he looks in the photo.
Mr.Gadget team (Mark and Michael) enjoy the Last Breakfast in Sydney.
One very tired General Manager.
Gadgeteer food and reward for a very tiring 3 days.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Here I am sitting at the hotel lounge blogging after another exhausting day at our CeBIT stand (#F29). I did not envisage that our stand would be so busy! One of the best things has been the chance to say hello to many of our customers and put faces to names.
To those who came by to say hello or give us some encouraging words, thank you!
To be honest, I haven't had much of chance to check out the other stands but there are definitely some cool gadgets at CeBIT. Across the road from us are Dialogue who manufacture the FlyBook. You must check out their website!
We've also had a chance to check out the newest Sennheiser headphones...very nice indeed!
I'll post up some photos tomorrow - need sleep.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Wow! The O2 XDA Mini / iMate Jam Crystal Cases look brilliant! Just got our first batch in and believe that XDA Mini owners will love them as much as we do.
O2 XDA Mini / iMate Jam Crystal Case is a great alternative to leather or silicon case. It provides excellent protection but also allows your O2 XDA Mini / iMate Jam to remain functional. The shatterproof O2 XDA Mini Crystal case features cutouts that allow you use the navipad, telephone buttons, camera button, volume control and access your stylus. One of the best cases for the O2 XDA Mini to date!
- Clear plastic crystal case for your PDA.
- Extremly tough, durable and will keep your PDA on display while protecting it from everyday wear & tear.
- Ideal for use with GPS systems as the PDA is safely on display.
- Cut-away sections give full access to all of your Pocket PC's controls, ports & its stylus.
- Shock absorbent.
- Made from scratch resistant polycarbonate plastic.
- PDA fits securely into the case.
Get your O2 XDA Mini Crystal Case here at Mr.Gadget Australia!
Saturday, May 21, 2005
This week has been pretty hectic trying to tie up all the tid-bits for CeBIT Sydney - I feel like I'm back in the corporate world doing project management! Where did I place that whip again?
For those who don't know CeBIT is Australasia's leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tradeshow and conference for the business marketplace. There will be around 600 exhibitors and 25,000 business visitors.
Just got back from Sydney yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see some of the main streets lined with CeBIT flags. I've got a feeling that it's going to be big!
Preparation for our CeBIT stand (#F29) has been challenging but exciting. We will now be showcasing gadgets from the following elite brands:
- Krusell : some very stylish leather cases for iPods and XDA products;
- Blueant: the new but already popular Supertooth 2 will be available for demonstration;
- pocketGEAR: we'll showoff their flagship product, the world's smallest SDIO WiFi card which is perfect for PDAs running PocketPC 2003 such as O2 XDA II, O2 XDA II Mini, Imate, Imate Jam to name a few;
- and of course Mr.Gadget Australia: we'll be bringing some of the gadgets that many of you have come to love at CeBIT special prices.
Come see some cool gadgets and grab a bargain!
Hope to see you there! CeBIT Sydney 24th-26th May, 2005.
Register before the 24th for free entry, otherwise it's $25 entry. (www.cebit.com.au)
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Could the Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager be PalmOne's ticket back to the top of the PDA charts? With bluetooth, WiFi, 65K colour screen and a whopping 4GB on board, it just may be! I'm surprised why none of the other PDA manufacturers haven't released higher capacity data storage for their machines. Well Palm definitely has first-mover advantage in this round.
Palm LifeDrive come with mobile phone functionality and camera built in and am quite puzzled that these have been left out. At the end of the day, I still think it will do well in today's data storage hungry market.
PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager should be hitting our fair shores later this month to early June.
Specifications of the Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager:
- Bluetooth 1.1 wireless
- Wi-Fi 802.11b wireless
- Intel 416MHz XScale processor
- 4GB hard drive (3.85GB accessible to user)
- 16MB ROM
Rechargeable Lithium Ion
- Palm OS 5.4 (Garnet)
- 12.1cm x 7.3cm x 1.9cm
- 192.8 grams
- 320x480 Transflective TFT colour touchscreen
- 16 bit colour / 65,000+ colours
- portrait and landscape orientation
- Supports SD, SDIO and MultiMediaCards via built-in expansion card slot
- Supports peripherals (sold separately) via the multi-connector (see #12 above)
- Stereo audio headset compatible via 3.5mm stereo audio jack - headset sold separately.
Order your PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager at Mr.Gadget Australia!
(arriving late May - early June 2005)
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
1GB xD picture cards are the new type M cards. This new Type M xD format allows for the xD-Picture Card to be available in higher capacities. Our first batch of 1GB xD picture cards should be on our shelves by Friday.
Good to see that the xD picture card manufacturers are extending their capacities and attempting to keep up with the other mainstream memory cards like secure digital and compact flash.
See the Olympus/Sandisk 1GB xD picture card specifications below:
Advanced Features of the 1GB Sandisk / Olympus xD Picture Card:
- Embedded Panorama feature for digital cameras with panoramic functionality
- High capacity and high speed tranfer rate
- Small and compact for the most portable digital cameras
- Compatible with all Olympus and Fuji xD-compatible digital cameras
xD Picture Card Digital Camera Images Table:
Order your Sandisk/Olympus 1GB xD picture card here at Mr.Gadget Australia!
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Following the "Members-Only Specials" email that we sent last night, please find below pictures and the links to the products we mentioned:
Mr.Gadget USB BLITZ 256 Card Disk: shaped like a credit card, this USB flash drive fits conveniently into your wallet or purse. Have your important data with you wherever you go, without loosing lids or having bulgy pockets. These are very new to Australia and we've got them first :)
Spectec/PocketGear SDIO WiFi Card: smallest SD WiFi card in the world! Allows PDA owners who run PocketPC 2003 to surf the internet wherever there's a wireless hotspot available - they're popping up everywhere: McDonalds, hotels, airports, cafes, etc. These cards are also low powered which means that you'll be able to use your battery juice for other important tasks too. (Arriving in 2-3 weeks).
Mr.Gadget Portable WiFi Finder: if you're on the road a lot and always searching for a wireless network to surf the internet or to check emails, you'll like this device. Simply press one button to see if you are near a hotspot! No more lugging out your laptop, to be left disappointed!
Blueant Supertooth 2 : the most simplest and best looking bluetooth handsfree unit on the market. I have one in my car and it makes communicating fun - no wires, no fuss, no fines!
Again if you're in Sydney during the 24th-26th of this month, come say hi at CeBIT Sydney IT Exhibition (register before then and entrance is free!).
We'll be at stand F29 showing off the gadgets above and some other favourites!
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Supertooth 2 has better battery life (20hr talk time!), improved Digital Sound Processor and to be quite frank, looks much more 21st century.
I've had mine for around four days now and it's not going anywhere soon! It sits quite nicely on my sunvisor. Even though it's battery operated, it'll be replacing the Blueant Ezytalk in my car. I just like the look and operation of this unit better. The Blueant Ezytalk is ideal if you don't want to fuss around charging bluetooth handsfree units - it's powered by the cigarette lighter socket.
Setup on the Blueant Supertooth 2 Bluetooth Handsfree
For my fellow O2 XDA IIs owners out there, you'll be delighted to know that setup was very straight forward and took less than a minute to complete. To pair the devices these devices together these are the steps I carried out:
1. Turned on Blueant Supertooth 2 by opening the swivel arm microphone. "On" state will result in the bluetooth indicator light flashing.
2. Pressed the Reject Button and the Pick Up button together until the bluetooth indicator LED flashed red and blue - this takes around 5 seconds. The alternating colour flash signified that the Blueant Supertooth II was now in pairing mode. I found getting to this point was faster than the first Supertooth.
3. Tapped on Bluetooth Symbol on today screen to bring up the Bluetooth Manager > New > Handsfree/Headset Setup> Next > Display All Devices
4. Selected "SupertoothII 3.7" from the list, pressed Next
5. Entered the Device pairing PIN then OK
6. Tapped Finish
For most other bluetooth mobile phone devices, it'll be fairly much the same procedure except that steps 3 and onwards will be a little different due to the varying operating systems/bluetooth managers on each phone. Here's a link to the Blueant Supertooth 2 Manuals page which I must say, is very comprehensive. Another link pointing to the Blueant Supertooth 2 Mobile Phone Compatibility List.
Controls on the Blueant Supertooth 2 Bluetooth Handsfree
Answering and rejecting calls are as easy as pressing the corresponding buttons on the unit. Adjusting volume control is also a no-brainer. In order to make a call, just dial the number on your phone then press call and watch the call seamlessly transfer to your Supertooth II. No wires, no fuss, no hands, no fines!
Features of the Blueant Supertooth 2 Bluetooth Portable Handsfree:
- Full Duplex
- Noise cancelling pivoting microphone arm
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP)
- Zero Installation costs
- Built in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
- Up to 20 hours talk time and 800 hours standby
- High performance speaker
- Adjustable volume control
- Fully portable
- Bluetooth handsfree technology
- Compatible with any Bluetooth handset
- 2 year hardware warranty
Get your Blueant Supertooth 2 Bluetooth Handsfree at Mr.Gadget Australia!
Friday, May 13, 2005
We're proud to introduce you to the latest gadget to bear the Mr.Gadget brand, the Mr.Gadget Bluetooth USB Adapter / Dongle!
Not only does it enable your PC or laptop to communicate with bluetooth devices, it also allows you to do so at approximately 100 metres away. Great for people who connect to the Internet on their PDA via bluetooth. This range would come in handy for those who like to walk about when doing presentations.
Mr.Gadget Bluetooth USB Dongle/Adapter Features:
- Bluetooth Version 1.2 Compliant, Version 1.1 Compatible
- Data Rate : Up to 723Kpbs
- Operational Range: Class 1 - up to 100 metres
- Frequency Band - 2.4~2.4835GHz Unlicenced ISM Band
- Spectrum - FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum)
- Compatible OS - Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
- LED indicator
- Built Antenna
- Dimensions : 10.02 x 17.12 x 51.4 mm (H x W x L)
- Weight: 11grams
Package Contents of the Mr.Gadget Bluetooth USB Dongle/Adapter:
- Mr.Gadget Bluetooth USB Dongle
- Bluetooth Utility CD-ROM (Multilingual Version)
- Quick Guide
System Requirements of the Mr.Gadget Bluetooth USB Dongle/Adapter:
- Pentium 200MHz (or equivalent) processor or higher
- 64MB RAM or higher
- 40MB Hard Disk Space
- 4 x Speed CD-ROM
- available USB port
Get your Mr.Gadget USB Bluetooth Adapter here at Mr.Gadget Australia!
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Scheduled Outage : 11pm - 12am Tonight
I forgot to mention that there will be a short scheduled outage between 11pm and 12am tonight. During this time some maintenance will be performed.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
The SanDisk miniSD memory card offers all of the benefits of a standard SD card, but in a much smaller size. In fact, it is over 60% smaller than a full-sized SD card. The SanDisk mini SD cards are used to store digital images, video, MP3 files and other data in mobile phones. SanDisk offers the industry's broadest range of capacities for miniSD cards with capacities ranging from 64MB to 1GB.
Just a quick post to let you know that we have just received word that Sandisk 2GB Ultra II SD/Secure Digital Cards are due to arrive in the 1st week of June! We'll update stock quantities once they arrive.
Sandisk 2GB Ultra II SD Card Description:
Advanced Features of the Sandisk Ultra II 2GB SD/Secure Digital Cards:
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
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Tuesday, May 10, 2005
While we're on the subject of quality titanium products, let me bring your attention to Innopocket's titanium case for the O2 XDA IIs and iMate PDA2K. Like its aluminium brother, the Innopocket titanium metal case offers hefty protection from the dark forces that seek to scratch and dent your precious pocketPC. Obviously it adds a little bit of extra weight(67g) and bulk, but if it's likely to be in a rough environment then this case is ideal. We've already had a big order from a famous Victorian residential construction firm who use their O2 XDA IIs PocketPCs out in the field.
*Note: These are basically the same as the Deluxe Metal Aluminium Case but a darker shade of grey.
Features of the Innopocket O2 XDA IIs / iMate PDA2K Titanium Metal Case:
Monday, May 09, 2005
One of my favourite USB flash drives just got bigger! The highly praised Sandisk Cruzer Titanium USB Flash Drive now comes in a 2GB capacity. But unfortunately won't hit Australia for at least 3-4 weeks. At least they're on their way...
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Canon NB-2L battery, you will be relieved to know that we now stock aftermarket (non-original) Canon NB-2L batteries. These batteries have the exact specifications as the original Canons but are much more affordable. Arm yourself with one of these and never get into the "lack-of-power-quandary" again! This will go very nicely with my Canon 350D digital SLR.
Here are some interesting facts on the Canon NB-2L Battery (Generic Brand):
Canon NB-2L Battery (Generic Brand) Digital Camera Compatibility List:
- Canon Powershot S30
- Canon Powershot S40
- Canon Powershot S45
- Canon Powershot S50
- Canon Powershot S60
- Canon Powershot S70
- Canon Digital SLR 350D
Canon NB-2L Battery (Generic Brand) Camcorder Compatibility List:
- Elura 40mc Camcorder
- Elura 50 Camcorder
- Elura 70 Camcorder
- Canon MVX200
- Canon MVX200i
- Canon MVX20i
- Canon MVX250i
- Canon MV5
- Canon MV5i
- Canon MV6iMC
Features of the Canon NB2L Digital Camera Battery (Generic Brand):
- Lithium-Ion Chemistry
- Dimensions: 1.78 in x 1.32 in x 0.63 in
- Weight : 0.2 lb (90 grams)
- Warranty : 1 year
Get your Canon NB-2L Battery (Generic Brand) here at Mr.Gadget Australia!
Friday, May 06, 2005
It had to happen sooner or later - you can now customise your very own pair of Nike shoes over the Internet (and for a decent price too!). The site's got a great range - over 40 different shoes to choose from!
Try it out yourself at the NikeID site.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Great news for iPod owners: the iJet iPod Wireless Remote Controls are in stock!
We're proud to be the first to bring them down under and sure that you won't be disappointed by the quality of these little iPod gadgets.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
O2 XDA Mini EXiM Screen Proctectors. Getting any other brand would be doing your device a disservice - look for the name EXiM when buying your next screen protector.
Our O2 XDA Mini / iMate Jam customers love this product! Check out the reviews that our gadgeteers have written on their personal experiences with the EXiM Screen Protectors for the O2 XDA II Mini / iMate Jam.
[Mr.Gadget Customer Reviews on EXiM Screen Protector O2 XDA Mini]
Judie Hughes from The Gadgeteer, one of the world's most famous gadget review sites, writes:
"Once installed, the EXiM will provide a glare-free yet highly transparent protective cover for your PDA's screen. I did not feel that it affected the view of my PDA's screen, and I liked the slightly textured surface that created a "paper feel' when I would use a stylus on the screen... ...The EXiM Screen Protector does exactly as promised and offers an economical way to protect your PDA's screen."
Features of the O2 XDA Mini / iMate Jam Screen Protector:
* Made in Japan
* Incomparable Clarity - highly transparent to preserve the high resolution and vivid colors of our O2 XDA II Mini your LCD display.
* Silicon Adhesive - Coating Glue-Free, silicon coated SPUC leaves NO RESIDUE when you remove it from your O2 XDA II Mini LCD screen.
* Anti-Scratch & Durable - Under normal daily usage, EXiM SPUC could last for a long period of time without affecting its smootheness and transparency of your LCD screen because of the siffness of the EXiM SPUC material.
* Anti-UV - EXiM SPUC blocks 99% UV from netering your LCD screen, extending the life of your LCD display and your device.
* Tailor Made to your Device
* Washable and Reusable - The NO GLUE feature makes the SPUC washable. Wash them with water to remove strong dirt and re-apply to the LCD screen.
* Smoothness - SPUC is bubble-free when it is applied. Its glossy finish highly simulates the texture of the original LCD screen.
Get your O2 XDA Mini Screen Protector here at Mr.Gadget Australia!
We have just received our first batch of ultra fast T-Pro 1GB SD Cards.
Monday, May 02, 2005
Want something portable on which you can play MP3s on, watch recorded television shows, view digital camera images and much more? Then check out the acclaimed Archos AV420 Pocket Video Recorder. I've played with these personally and recording your favourite TV show is just a matter of hooking it up to your TV then pressing ONE button (quite intuitively, the record button) and away it goes! You'll be able to watch your TV show wherever you want. Amazingly simple technology! Check out more details for the Archos AV420/AV400 20GB Pocket Video Recorder below.
Reviews on the Archos AV420 Pocket Video Recorder:
I think it may be time to sell my Archos AV120 so I can upgrade to this extraordinary gadget!
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