Accessories

Lenovo X1 gear collection brings earbuds, dock, BT mouse

Lenovo X1 gear collection brings earbuds, dock, BT mouse

As revealed today, Lenovo has added a slew of new laptops and other PCs to its X1 lineup, and joining them are some similarly-designed accessories to make the business life a little easier. Included among the accessories is a wireless mouse and a pair of earbuds, as well as a WiGig Dock and a 65 watt micro adapter for Lenovo's X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga machines. They’ll all arrive this month except the adapter, which launches in April.

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Xbox One Super Charger recharges your controller in under a minute

Xbox One Super Charger recharges your controller in under a minute

One of the worst things to happen during a game is to have your controller die on you. Since the invention of the wireless controller, keeping your batteries charged has become a serious issue. Sure, you can always keep some spare AA's on hand, but what if you could recharge your battery in under a minute?

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Dupont’s floating light saber fountain pen might push you to the dark side

Dupont’s floating light saber fountain pen might push you to the dark side

The blockbuster success of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" of course means countless merchandise trying to cash in on the hype. There are authentic products as well as knockoffs. And there are some that will ask for your arm and sometimes even your leg in exchange. Take for example S.T. Dupont's fountain pen painstakingly and accurately designed after Yoda's light saber. Not only is it an extremely limited edition, only 8 of it have been made, it is also an extremely expensive collector's item.

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Nyko Xbox One external drive enclosure finally released

Nyko Xbox One external drive enclosure finally released

These days your gaming console needs as much, if not more storage space than your PC. That's because unlike the days of old, you can't simply play games of the disc anymore. In order to cut down load times, you need to install virtually all of your games to the hard drive. And since the largest Xbox One clocks in at just 1TB, you need a way to add more storage space.

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Tesla now sells leather iPhone cases made from leftover upholstery

Tesla now sells leather iPhone cases made from leftover upholstery

It seems like everyone wants to get into the iPhone case market this holiday season. First it was rival Android smartphone makers OnePlus, with their unique "Sandstone" texture iPhone case, and now it's popular electric car maker Tesla. The company has just updated its online store, which features items like wallets, key fobs, and driving gloves, and now it offers two styles of leather cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (presumably they'll work with the new 6s models as well).

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Technomancer hoodie uses LEDs to illuminate your spells

Technomancer hoodie uses LEDs to illuminate your spells

Feel like channeling your inner wizard? ThinkGeek has a new hoodie that’s right up your alley featuring a slew of hidden colorful LEDs that light up to illuminate your spells. The spells, in this case, are different movements you make while wearing the hoodie that trigger different types of colors and color patterns. The fire ‘spell’, for example, casts a red light from inside the hood and sleeves, while ‘restore health’ is a cool purple color.

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Gamevice uses your Lightning port to give your iPhone a gamepad

Gamevice uses your Lightning port to give your iPhone a gamepad

There's no mistaking the fact that the mobile gaming market has exploded over the past few years. With a smartphone in almost every person's hand, it's easy to just download a few games and spend your downtime poking at the screen. However, the biggest drawback is the fact that there are no physical controls. Thankfully there are accessories that help with this issue.

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Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

Steam Controller iFixit teardown reveals highly repairable modular design

While the teardown experts iFixit have been busy lately with a number of new Apple products, they've found time to open up and offer a peek inside the Steam Controller, Valve's new gaming accessory that offers a completely different experience with its dual trackpads. iFixit found that at first glance the internal components weren't that different from what in other standard gaming controllers these days, but they came away very pleased with how little glue was used and how easy it could be repaired.

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Xiaomi releases its wallet-friendly Yi Action Cam in the US

Xiaomi releases its wallet-friendly Yi Action Cam in the US

Xiaomi has just made available one of its products in the US, but no, it's not one of its high profile smartphones. It is, however, an item that's also quite hot in these parts. The Yi action camera is now available for purchase on Amazon for a measly $100, almost a year after the Chinese OEM debuted the budget-friendly device at MWC earlier this year. Despite the price, however, the Yi camera might be just as talented as GoPro's most basic offering, giving action cam fans on a budget something new to chew on.

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OnePlus offers refunds for USB Type-C cable, adapter

OnePlus offers refunds for USB Type-C cable, adapter

As part of Google engineer Benson Leung's crusade against sub par USB Type-C accessories in the market, he reviewed OnePlus' own blessed accessories and found them not complying with the most recent USB specifications. The Chinese startup has finally replied and, to some extent, did admit to the technical findings. However, it also defends its choice in the matter. Nonetheless, it will offer refunds for the USB cable or adapter, but only for those who bought the accessories separately from a OnePlus 2 for use with other devices.

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iPad Pro Smart Keyboard iFixit teardown peels back the conductive fabric

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard iFixit teardown peels back the conductive fabric

The teardown pros iFixit have already opened up Apple's new iPad Pro, as well as the Apple Pencil, so the only other major accessory for the tablet awaiting the treatment was the Smart Keyboard. iFixit published its impressions of the Smart Keyboard this week, sharing photos of the keyboard and smart cover combo in its progressive state of disassembly. Seeing as how it's made of layers of fabric and plastic sewn together, it really isn't meant to be taken apart, and thus scored very poorly in the site's repairability category.

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The International video tripod can go wherever you go

The International video tripod can go wherever you go

People who depend on photography for a living, like professional photographers and journalists, need to be able to be able to take a shot or record a video when and where the action happens. They don't get to decide if the shoot happens in a perfect, stable spot under perfect conditions. As such, they need to be able to take their gear with them wherever they go. Enter the International, a video tripod that is sturdy enough to be your professional camera buddy yet lightweight and compact enough to be part of your carry on.

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