December 26, 2007

[THE GET IT]
This week Circuit City has the sleek, slim, ergonomic new Ci70 wireless mouse and wireless mouse/keyboard desktop set for a killer price. This very mouse was featured in THE GORGEOUS section of the Hit List just a few weeks ago. The highly rated Ci70 system features 27MHz wireless connectivity, 1000 dpi sensor, automatic sleep state and is PC and Mac® compatible. Circuit City is offering up the mouse by itself for $14.99 after rebate and the keyboard/mouse set for $37.99. That’s a significant savings. In comparison Best Buy has the mouse on sale for $29.99 and Office Depot has the mouse/keyboard combo for $79.99.
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=184579…
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=186189…
[THE GIZMO]
I must admit, every time I see one of those digital picture frames it makes me wince. I’m not sure why, but they just seem so cheap and ineffectual. Something that just sits there running through batteries or electricity that no one even looks at 90% of the time. Finally, someone has done something useful with the concept. Ality, developer of innovative digital home products, has improved on its PIXXA digital frame by adding Wi-Fi 802.11b/g connectivity. This has allowed it to do all sorts of cool things. The coolest being an interface/sync with Google Calendar, complete with full alert functionality. In addition, it features Photo Messenger to send and receive digital photos just like instant messenger, Live Calendar, Live News and weather reports. Most importantly, the design is really decent. I can see this actually being useful in a kitchen or on a nightstand. Ality also offers an online account for photo-sharing services that includes 50MB of storage for up to 600 photos and the facility to automatically resize photos. The new PIXXA will become available in the first half of 2008.
http://www.wirelesspixxa.com/
[THE GORGEOUS]
Okay, so I know some folks are saying that skulls may be over, but l don’t think I would mind if someone gifted me something like this. The Swarovski Skull Pocket Watch from ToyWatch is a beauty. As you can imagine with a name like Swarovski, you know it’s got some serious crystallization. Despite its plastic case, it has a crystal crusted face and a real nice sterling silver chain done up with skull-shaped chain links. If you’re feeling a bit guilty about the ostentatiousness, you’ll be happy to hear that ToyWatch will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each watch to The Alzheimer’s Association. The Swarovski Skull Pocket Watch will run you a cool $850.
http://www.uncrate.com/men/style/watches/swarovski…
[THE GREEN]
Looking to take advantage of some of those post-Christmas sales on a new TV? Maybe getting a bit overly nervous about the 2009 analog cutoff? If so, just bring it down to one of Sony’s 79 new recycling locations throughout the US and they will give you a coupon for some dough. The Sony Electronics cash value trade-in program will give you $100 toward the purchase of a new Sony TV. The offer is good till March 15, 2008 and was designed to encourage consumers to recycle their old TV sets and dispose of electronic devices before the 2009 Digital TV transition.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/…
[THE GOSSIP]
So here come the after-Christmas sales; are you ready? If you’re thinking about making a move, you might want to take a gander at About.com’s primer to the sales. They cover practically everything from overstock items to soon-to-be-clearance items to gift returns/exchanges, old display models and product service comebacks. Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Well it is. While you’re trying to snag yourself a bargain, the retailers are busy trying to unload products in all sorts of categories. Don’t go in blind, do yourself a favor and give it a read.
http://hometheater.about.com/cs/beforeyoubuy/…