Another week come and gone, time for a week in review so read along! It's been a busy week (as always) with some cool stories you may have missed. We posted up our hands on review of the Barnes & Noble Nook last Sunday and it's so cool. I want one of those so bad maybe I'll break down and buy it if they ever get them in stock.
Fans of the rock band queen who are also looking for a new streaming music player will want to check out the new Logitehc Squeezebox Radio that we talked about early this month. Logitech has announced that buyers of the device will get early access to the new Queen Absolute Greatest Hits album before it can be purchased in stores.
Another week has come and gone leaving us with memories and a hoard of cool stories to throw your way for weekend reading in case you missed them over the week. An Asus 900HA netbook was hacked into a touchscreen slate on Monday and we really liked it. DIY gear is so cool, especially when it turns out this good. Monday also brought some details on the Blackberry Storm 2 piezo touchscreen tech. We really hope its better than the original Storm.
Logitech still haven't made the Squeezebox Touch official yet, but unless someone has crafted one out of modelling clay and stuffed a Chumby inside, the touchscreen media streaming device is certainly out there in the wild. The 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen device promises WiFi b/g, ethernet, USB connectivity and an SD card slot, together with streaming content through Logitech's Squeezebox system, but right now the Touch refuses to do anything other than wait for a software update.
Logitech have unveiled a new range of desktop speakers, offering what it claims is "360-degree sound". Half of the new systems on offer consist of a stereo pair, while the remainder are 2.1 setups with separate subwoofers; the former includes the Logitech Speaker System Z520, shown here, with 26W of power, and the Speaker System Z320, which have 10W.
Linksys were determined to compare their Wireless Home Audio System to Sonos, rather than Logitech, when we spoke to them at CES, but that hasn't stopped Digital Trends from making just that comparison in their review of the streaming audio system. The good news is that the setup - which consists of a variety of WiFi-linked standalone boomboxes, HiFi adapters and media servers, together with a large-screen remote - certainly delivers on audio quality.
Linksys by Cisco have been demonstrating their new Wireless Home distributed media system at CES 2009, a Sonos-rivalling system that includes the standalone Conductor DMC350 with integrated touchscreen control and CD player, the Director DMC250 media player with integrated 50W-per-channel amp, and the Player DMP100 for connection to an existing amplified setup. Each can access media from across your home network or the internet, together with internet radio.
I'd be interested to find out if there's any research that looks at the overlap between those with audiophile-quality hearing and those with the financial capacity to buy high-end music hardware. Because given the world's sense of overriding irony it would seem likely somehow that those with the cash to burn would lack the delicacy of sense needed to best appreciate it. Anyway, I'm sure rich people don't concern themselves with such trivialities, so they'll be all over Slim Devices top-spec Transporter music streamer.
Engadget took the time to stroke its haptic-responsive control dial and admire its VU meter visualisations, finding that the $2,000 device - while surprisingly light - boasts more connections than George W. Bush at an benefit for oil tycoons and a relatively straightforward interface, nonetheless concluding that the standard $300 Squeezebox would not be money poorly spent for most music-lovers.