updated 01:05 pm EDT, Mon September 14, 2009
Targus outs netbook, notebook cases, mice, etc.
PC accessory maker Targus on Monday announced the upcoming release of a whole slew of accessories and carrying cases for notebook and smaller netbook PCs, including mice, cases, presenters, cooling solutions, USB hubs and more. The new mice are compatible with both PCs and Macs, and ship with Energizer MAX batteries for long life out of the box. The first of the new products, the Bluetooth Comfort Laser Mouse has a 33-foot range and sports a 1,200dpi sensor, along with a 6-month battery life. It's priced at $40.
Two new mice require a micro USB receiver as they use nonstandard but more reliable 2.4GHz RF wireless. The Wireless Comfort Laser Mouse has a 1,200dpi laser sensor and flexible grips, along with a 15-month battery life and a battery life indicator. The Wireless Optical Mouse has an 800dpi optical sensor, 12-month battery life and a low-power indicator. Range on either is 33 feet, and the former costs $40, while the latter is $30.
The Cord-Storing Optical mouse has a cord storing system that lets users adjust the length of its 2.5-foot USB cord. It uses 1,000dpi resolution. The Compact Optical Mouse is smaller, but packs a longer 3-inch USB cord. Either is priced at $20.
At the same time, Targus outed three new presentation remotes, including the Presentation Remote, the Laser Presentation Remote and Multimedia Presentation Remote, the latter two of which include Targus' KeyLock feature that locks out non-essential buttons to eliminate accidental navigation during important presentations. The two also have an integrated laser pointer and backlit buttons help in dark environments. A back-up battery compartment stores a fresh battery just in case. The Multimedia remote adds volume and cursor controls, with pricing set at $70. The Laser Presentation Remote costs $50, while the new entry-level model costs $40. All have a 50-foot range thanks to the 2.4GHz wireless technology that requires USB receivers, which can be stored inside the remotes.
For cooling notebooks, there is the Targus Lap Chill Mat and the Compact Laptop Desk. The former disperses heat through two USB-powered fans. It tilts connected notebooks and has a neoprene cushion for comfort while resting on a user's lap. There are four rubber stops that keep the notebook from sliding off. The Compact Laptop Desk is ultra-thin, and can be folded to stow away when it's not in use. It has a vented surface that encourages airflow and includes two surfaces for mouse placement, be it right- or left-handed. It can be converted into a tilt stand as well. The products are priced at $40 and $30, respectively.
USB hubs expand the available USB connections, and Targus has introduced the 4-Port Mobile USB 2.0 Hub, along with the 4-Port Smart USB 2.0 Hub. The Smart Hub has indicator lights that show connected devices, and has a 1-touch reset button so users don't have to physically unplug and plug in devices when a connection is lost. The Mobile Hub costs $20, while the Smart Hub costs $30.
Add-on keypads were also introduced, including the Wireless Numeric Keypad and the Numeric Keypad. Either sports full-size 19mm keys and an ergonomic tilt feature. The wireless keypad has a 33-foot range and stores the USB receiver inside itself. A battery level indicator is built-in. The wireless keypad costs $30, while the wired version, complete with a 3-foot USB cable, costs $20.
To its signature lineup of carrying cases, Targus added netbook cases for 12-inch devices along with environmentally-friendly EcoSmart netbook bags. The range includes the Sport Netbook Slipcase with adjustable shoulder strap. It is made of black neoprene with gray accents and has a front pocket for accessories. Pricing is set at $25.
The 12-inch Netbook Slipskin Peel case is TSA checkpoint-friendly, and can be purchased for $20. The Netbook Slipcase with Mini Pocket conforms tightly to a 12-inch netbook's shape, and adds a small zippered compartment for hard drives or phones. It can be had in black with blue or burgundy accents. Pricing is $25.
Last of the 12-inch cases is the Netbook Slipcase with Accessory Pocket, made of water-resistant neoprene. Available in blue, black or yellow, it costs $25.
The 10.2-inch Spruce Netbook Case is the new eco case, made of recycled polyester. It has a zippered pocket and heavily padded handles, and is PVC- and nickel-free. Available in black with green accents, it costs $25.
Targus also revealed new premium cases for business, active or fashion-conscious users. There is the Hughes Collection, which includes the Hughes Laptop Roller made for 15.6-inch notebooks. This case has a separate garment section for overnight trips, sports a built-in three-tier telescoping handle and in-line skate wheels. It costs $170. There is also the 15.6-inch Hughes Laptop Case that trades the wheels for shoulder and luggage straps, and which costs $110. The 15.6-inch Laptop Slipcase and 10.2-inch Netbook Slipcase, are priced at $90 and $70 respectively. All Hughes cases are black, and have what Targus calls an Integrated Laptop Protection System, with protection against shock, water and scratches.
The Commuter range is made up of the 16-inch and 17-inch black leather briefcases. Common features include a totally water-resistant leather exterior, a padded interior with shock-absorbing foam, leather-wrapped handles and stain-resistant blue interior lining. Either can stand up by itself and sports a non-slip shoulder strap. The 16-inch Commuter costs $70, while the 17-inch version costs $80.
The A7 slipcase range is meant for active users, with a Tri-Cell Cushion System that ventilates the case while keeping the notebooks free from damage. A7 slipcases are made of soft neoprene and water-resistant tarpaulin. Available in 15.6-, 16-, 12- and 10.2-inch sizes, the larger two cost $30, while the smaller ones cost $25.
The fashion-conscious users are taken care of by the Crave and Phobos Collections. The Crave series includes the 16-inch Backpack, 15.6-inch Laptop Slipcase and 10.2-inch Netbook Case. All have a blue exterior and green interior, along with nylon construction and a microfiber interior. The Backpack costs $50, while the Slipcases are priced at $30.
The Phobos 10.2-inch Netbook Case has a crinkled exterior that is reminiscent of acid-washed jeans. It is also water resistant and sports an expandable front compartment. There is an adjustable shoulder strap with two side buckles. It's priced at $25.