Japan will sound a bit richer next week when Onkyo’s GX-500HD speakers become available. They use the latest generation of VL Digital technology and include two 40W cabinets. Made with the PC specifically in mind, control dials are placed conveniently on the front of one cabinet, and the speakers include both optical and analog-ins. The low end’s a little bit high at 50 Hz, but there is a subwoofer pre out if you’re looking to add some rumble. High frequency reaches 100 kHz, so hide the dog before rocking out. Given that the GX-500HD only supports 100V in its current incarnation, we’re not expecting these in stateside anytime soon, but the asking price currently equates to $515.
Re-use the heat from your old-school radiator
If you’re lucky enough to live in an apartment with really wide, old-school radiators you should check out Byung-seok You’s Natural Wave. A porcelain tray that sits on the top of your radiator and uses its heat to keep your tea/coffee/brownies/biscuits and cookies warm. How about that. Beats those crappy USB-powered heaters any day.
It’s certainly possible to drop a few Benjamins on a compact digital camera, loaded with unnecessary features, but when it’s time to just take pictures, simplicity is king. That’s why the Canon PowerShot A480 is getting positive reviews despite its lack of frills and decidedly unstylish design. PCWorld says the A480 is “dead-simple,” while Photography blog calls it a “cheap, well-made, straight-forward compact camera.” It’s a 10-megapixel point-and-shoot with 3.3x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. The DIGIC III image processor offers face detection, motion detection and red-eye correction, along with 15 shooting modes, and that’s about it. A few different colors are available, but you’re not impressing anyone. Amazon’s got it for $105.
It’s getting warmer out there. Time to make sure you can have a blast in the water with minimal effort. While Sea-Doo’s Seascooter GTi isn’t as cool as, say, a water-propelled jetpack, I can imagine the fun in motoring along underwater at 2.5 miles per hour. Scuba divers and snorkelers will probably get the best use out of this 18-pound contraption, but there’s nothing stopping you from taking the Seascooter for a joyride in the wading pool. It propels for two hours on a single charge, using a waterproof rechargable battery. Bouyancy is adjustable, and dive range is 100 feet. The price tag reads $400, so start saving now and you’ll be ready to rock by summertime