Zabius M Mobile Gaming Headset
MSRP: $49.99 (Internet price: $35.24)
Zabius M is a great sounding pair of earphones. They are packaged in a black box with shooting flames, acetate windows, and a red scorpion logo. Inside, the earphones have flat black and red cables with chrome accents. They are contained in a black zippered case with a metallic red carabiner. All very racy, but why the style attitude?
I’m puzzled by the term “Gaming” when used in marketing materials for a tech product. What exactly are Gaming Mice, Gaming Headphones, and Gaming Mousepads? I suspect that it doesn’t have as much to do with performance as it does with demographics, edginess, and glitz.
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I was recently sent a LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard by Genius to review. In a nutshell, if you’re going to use a physical keyboard with your iOS (or other) device, this is a decent unit. However, there are shortcomings, not necessarily of the hardware, that you should be aware of.
Does Size Matter?
Zippy BT500 Bluetooth Mini Keyboard
Price: $38 on the Internet
LuxePad Bluetooth Keyboard
Price: $60 on the Internet
One of the fundamental truths of contemporary life is that objects are getting smaller and human beings are either remaining about the same size as always or are getting bigger. It’s equally true that the musty adage that less is more has taken on the heft of a religious belief and invaded the brain of every company manufacturing computers and computer accessories. I have a couple of Bluetooth keyboards here that prove the point.
The “Genius,” the Leatherman, Scotch Tape, and the MacBook
Mysteries are everywhere. I accept that some of them are hidden under the plastic covers of my 5-year-old MacBook. As computers go, this one, like its owner, is a little long in the tooth but still functional. With 1 GB of RAM and an anemic 120 GB hard drive, it was to technology what Woody Allen is to romance, a wistful artifact.