After a day of walking the
show floor (OK, just the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, to be precise), and feeling like my Tevas were worn to the nub, I must say that I did in fact see some cool products. In my best
Julie Andrews voice, here are a few of
my favorite things.
introduced its E500 Sounds Isolating Earphones. They have three hi-definition drivers (one tweeter and two woofers) for highly accurate audio reproduction (meaning great sound) and block between 30db and 37db of outside noise. Also included is Shure’s new Push-to-Hear (PTH) control switch, which lets you mute your music and hear what’s going on around you (or even have a short conversation) thanks to a built-in microphone. The E500 earphones will be available in May for $499. The PTH add-on will also be available at the same time for other E Series earphones for $59.
• Iomega has a slew of new products, including the MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive, a combination hard drive and USB and FireWire hub created to match the Mac mini in size, shape, and design. Both models have three USB 2.0 ports and three FireWire 400 ports, and either
for $200, or
for $250. And the drive powers up and down along with the mini itself. The company also showed off several other storage products, including the 60GB
ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive
($220) for portable audio, video, and photo storage to connect to a TV; the StorCenter Network Hard Drive ($200 for
160GB, $290 for
) with gigabit Ethernet for fast, centralized storage that includes built-in UPnP support; and the aptly named
Micro Mini Hard Drive
(4GB for $130, 8GB for $170) with a tiny one-inch, 4200-RPM hard drive, USB 2.0 connectivity, and shock protection.