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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Boston Acoustics Makes HiFi iPod Speaker System

Boston Acoustics’ new Horizon i-DS2 iPod speaker system, shown at the just-wrapped up CEDIA EXPO in Denver, is now available north of the border for $199.99. The stylish system boasts dual, 3 ½” full-range speakers that supply 60 watts of power, and an acoustically-tuned chamber that the company says helps output “maximum bass response”.

Finished in either glossy black or white with a perforated metal front grille, the i-DS2 can also connect to other music players via an auxiliary input. The iPod dock also charges the player while it’s inserted. Using the included mini remote, you can control the iPod from afar.

It comes with a composite video output for watching videos from a video-capable iPod on a big-screen TV, and a USB port for connecting to a PC and playing back tunes from the iTunes music service.

Keen readers will recall the new “Play Smart” brand strategy and tagline that Boston Acoustics launched last year, and that focuses on appealing to the customizable look that consumers like, not just acoustic performance. Given this, the i-DS2 will, like all other products in the “Play Smart” Horizon line, feature interchangeable, coloured speaker grilles so that customers can match the system to the room’s decor.

SideWinder X8 Wireless Mouse Runs Like a Rodent

The SideWinder X8 mouse from Microsoft operates on the 2.4 GHz wireless band, and offers up to 30 hours of use on a single charge of its internal battery. Geared toward gamers, it also boasts Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology that provides a fast frame rate of 13,000 frames-per-second,120” per second meximum speed, and 75g maximum acceleration, as well as a tracking range from 25 to 4,000 dots-per-inch (dpi).

Using the play and charge feature, you can plug the mouse in and continuing playing while its simultaneously charging up. The mouse’s scroll wheel has a tilt feature for better response when gaming, and vertical side buttons, located in such a way to reduce unintentional activation.

The mouse has its own LCD screen for viewing dpi settings and macro-recording icons. The Quick Launch button provides instant access to Microsoft’s PC gaming features. Features of the mouse are also customizable: one can switch between low, medium, and high sensitivity, and choose the ideal mouse feet for your preference. There are also seven programmable buttons on the mouse.

The SideWinder X8 mouse will be available in early 2009 for an ERP of US$99.95 (Canadian pricing has not yet been confirmed).