Over the years
since The Tablet PC was launched, we've found a lot of items that work great with Tablet PCs.
Although we don't get to see everything, several that we've reviewed have made the Editor's
6 Outlet Flexity
The Flexity PowerSquid Surge 3000 won the prestigious 2006 Best
of Innovations at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. It's been
featured in Popular Mechanics and other publications.
This is one product that I'm recommending strongly!
our full review here
6 flexible outlets
$400,000 Connected Equipment Warranty
40dB PurestreamTM Power Filter
Tripwire Fail-Safe Circuitry
Connectivity Protection for Coaxial and DSL/Modem
8 foot cord
Portable Amplifier and Splitter
Boostaroo Revolution is a unique portable pocket amplifier for personal audio
devices and laptops. It will quadruple the volume of any player to headphones or
speakers up to 300 Ohms and provide 3-D surround-sound imaging.
See our review on the Boostaroo Portable Amplifier
Xkey incorporates a powerful
microprocessor, a database, an
application server, an Exchange client, a crypto engine, plenty of flash storage
(256 MB) and an embedded SSL VPN for maximal security. All this functionality is
packed into an easy-to-use, key-size device. Users simply plug Xkey into their
PCs, type in their passwords, and are ready to work.
- Fellowes has a few things that's made the list. Probably
the most important is the
Mobile Proximity Alarm. Perfect
for those who may not always be holding on to the Tablet, it sounds an alarm
when the Tablet is moved more than 15 feet from the controller. Perfect in
areas where a Tablet may be too tempting to be left alone by a curious customer
or client, or as a reminder when a user inadvertently walks away without it.
Battery operated, with a controller small enough to keep in pocket or purse,
this is one item that is easily worth the cost.
Fellowes offers a
large selection of mice, etc., to keep hooked up with a docking station or
for the times when using the pen just isn't as practical. My favorite of
these is the USB Hub Mouse.
This has a USB hub handily located on the back of the mouse. USB 1.1 hub inside
a 3-button mouse allows for true office management on the go. It's optical
technology allows for smooth tracking and quick response on almost every surface
so there's no need to carry a mousepad. The 3 programmable buttons with
advanced scroll wheel technology is comfortable to use.
FoneGear - Every now and then a product comes
along that's unlike anything we've seen before. The best part is when
these products not only are release, but work as well as promised.
FoneGear's Cord Free Headset
surpassed all of our expectations.
receiving an email touting its excellence as an alternative to 802.11 or
Bluetooth technology with cell phones, I asked if it would work with Tablet PCs
for use with voice recognition. I was surprised when the answer was a
resounding YES! Using magnetic technology, it wouldn't interfere with any
other wireless protocol available with Tablet PCs. I couldn't wait for CES
to try it out.
disappointed. The clarity of the unit is excellent for use with phones,
but the fact that it works with the Tablet is the reason this device has been
picked as an Editor's Favorite. Trying the unit at home, I tested it with
a fresh setup of speech recognition on the Motion M1300. After using it
with just a couple of the available training sessions and I was amazed at the
way it worked with speech recognition. I used it with the TV running at
normal volume in the background and the noise-canceling microphone did its job
and did it well.
The earpiece is
very comfortable to use. After just a few minutes, I forgot I had it on.
The unit comes with a connection for some cell phones as well, so it definitely
serves a dual purpose. It's lightweight enough to leave on when working
with my Tablet, even if I leave to do something else. I can easily switch
to using speech without having to constantly disconnect and reconnect a wired
headset. In my case, having it work with my cell phone is just an added
- There are two Editor's Favorites from this company. The first is
Parental Control Key
- ControlKey is a new and practical way to protect
children from unsupervised online activity and ensure that parents are able to
effectively govern PC and Internet use at home. ControlKey combines an
attractive, key-like token with sophisticated software technology to ensure
professional-strength protection against unwanted PC use in a way that is easy
for any parent to understand and use.
online is of prime concern for parents, grandparents and caregivers. Be sure to
check out the guidelines suggested for safe computing
find some astonishing facts about internet use as well as some rules you may
want to set up with your children to help keep them safe. Although there's
no substitute for supervision, there are times when it isn't possible.
ControlKey system simply plugs into the computer's USB port to provide advanced
security protection. It works in conjunction with Windows software to provide
access only to the user identified with the ControlKey and with the right
password. As the key holder, you can program the system to provide as much, or
as little, access to individual users as you see fit. When you remove the
ControlKey token from the USB port, ControlKey locks down Internet access so
that you can easily control when and how long your children are able to use the
Internet. When the ControlKey token is plugged into the USB port, you can use
all of the computer and the Internet like normal. However, once the ControlKey
token is removed, the computer operates in restricted mode (based on guidelines
you can customize) and doesn't allow Internet access. That way, you know that if
you have the ControlKey with you, your children are not online without your
System is based on Griffin Technologies popular SecuriKey® technology and over
10 years of experience in providing computer security solutions to businesses.
That brings me to
the second product -
is a small USB token that, when inserted
into your computer's USB port, acts like a key that allows you to access your
computer. It's simple to install and simple to use. Installation is wizard
driven and takes about 5 minutes. To use SecuriKey, simply insert it into any
available USB port on your computer and type in your password. If you need to
leave your computer (to go to a meeting or out to lunch), simply remove the
SecuriKey token and your system locks until you return. Insert the token and
type in your password and you are right back where you left off. No waiting for
system reboot, and your system is safe while you're away.
in both a personal and a professional model, it's another way to help secure
your computer from unauthorized use.
Professional Edition is the right solution for any organization with
confidential or proprietary data that is important to the continued success of
- Although I admit I haven't been a big fan of wireless keyboards and mice,
primarily because of the battery use, Gyration's
has changed my mind.
love the feel and size of this keyboard. Small enough to be carried along
in a Tablet PC case, it's lightweight enough not to be noticed in the briefcase.
high-quality scissors style keys for the feel of a full-size quality keyboard
and whisper quiet keying. This keyboard is as small as many portable
keyboards but has the feel and touch of a full-sized keyboard. As it's
wireless, it's a perfect companion for Tablet PCs. 15 additional buttons
across the top of the keyboard provide instant access to searching, browsing,
sound volume, tracks and email.
Ultra Cordless Optical Mouse lets you
pick up your mouse and sit back, relax and use natural hand movements to control
the cursor. Whether you choose to use the mouse in the air or on the
desktop, it's excellent for surfing or gaming without causing problems with
Another clever security device, the
provides a quick and
easy way to lock your Tablet PC when you're not using it. Simple as
inserting and removing the USB flash drive, you'll never again need to worry
about your data being seen by unauthorized eyes. It's a low-cost solution
to superior protection of your sensitive data/records whether your PC is
physically located in an area that makes it susceptible to security breaches or
if you just want to keep your information away from the eyes of co-workers,
children and others
newest addition to this list, is a definite must-have for all Tablet PC and
other mobile computer users. As soon as I saw them on a Tablet PC at
Microsoft's Mobile Partners Conference, I knew that they'd be something we all
could use. There's even a version for Macs. Read my
review of this innovative product by clicking here.
- Not sure where to start with the items this company carries. Almost
everything is usable with Tablet PCs, from the cases to the card slot and screen
cleaners. I'll start with security.
What do you or your company do with those outdated CD or DVD backups? Toss
them out? Sensitive data can easily be recovered. Break them? They
shatter as glass. Norazza has come up with an excellent device for your
use. The cost is minimal considering what it does.
is the safest and cleanest way to destroy data on CDs and DVDs. It
removes data from both sides of the medium. It destroys 15 disks per
minute. Perfect for use by Accountants & Financial Institutions and
Businesses & Executives for Personal & Business Financial Records, as well as by
Government & Military, Home & Personal Security, Medical Offices and IT
Interesting data from Norazza's website includes info such as 1) Americans
bought nearly 8 million paper shredders in 2002. What about the data on optical
disks? 2) A single CD holds the equivalent of approximately 80 four-drawer
filing cabinets filled with documents. 3) One side of a single DVD disc
holds about 560 four-drawer filing cabinets filled with documents, or the
capacity of 7 CDs. 4) Identity & data theft are one of the fastest growing
crimes, with an estimated 700,000 consumers victimized in 2001.
All computers need cleaning eventually. One item that's been overlooked up
until now is the card slots. Norazza has again come up with an innovative
way to keep slots as clean as the rest of our Tablet.
Digital Cleaning Kits
for digital personal electronics with flash media memory card
slots have between 15 to 19 pieces, depending on the kit. The Cleaning
Card fits in the media slot, just like any regular digital media card!!
The Card Slot Cleaning Card cleans and polishes INSIDE the media card slot and
is good for up to 20 cleanings each. Made originally for cameras, these
are indispensable to help keep all our card slots, (Compact Flash, SD/MMC,
Memory Stick, Smart Media and xD Picture Card) protected from rust, dirt and
Another favorite are the cleaners for use on Tablets and other computers. From
anti-static wipes to air dusters and screen cleaners, Norazza has a product that
will help keep your Tablet clean.
Planon System Solutions
has one of the most innovative products I've yet seen. It almost has to be
seen and used to be believed. Docu-Pen
is a portable scanner that weighs only 2 ounces yet can scan a full page in 4
seconds and store up to 100 pages. It's the perfect add-on for those who
want a lightweight scanner. Students and other researchers will find it to
be one of those products they won't want to be without. This product is
the ideal portable scanner for business executives, lawyers, mortgage brokers,
real estate agents, sales people, construction, architects, engineers,
accountants, insurance adjusters, government, teachers, students, and more.
DocuPen can be used to scan newspapers, magazine articles, books, notes,
receipts, contracts, sketches, important documents, certificates, blueprints,
maps, reference material, etc. and comes complete with image and free ScanSoft
PaperPort software that includes OCR capability.
generally don't do a lot of scanning, the portability of this makes it something
I'll want to carry with me for those times I may need one, like finding a great
reference for Tablet PC use in a magazine I'm reading.
Plantronics is one
of the best-known names in headsets and what I've often recommended to users
looking for a suggestion for a headset to use with speech recognition on a
The one that's
made the Editor's Favorite list is the the
It's foldable for
easy storage and transport and fits easily in a case with a Tablet PC. It
digital audio so it does double duty as great headphones for full-range stereo
sound. The noise-canceling, ultra-sensitive, digitally-enhanced
microphone delivers the full spectrum of the human voice so it's an excellent
choice for use with speech recognition.
lightweight materials for comfort and the QuickAdjust microphone boom allows the
user to position the microphone easily.
It's only drawback
is that it isn't wireless, but regardless, the features it includes makes it
perfect for Tablets.
The Roadster case is one of the best quality cases I've yet had the pleasure
to use - from the adjustable hide-away
handle to the sturdy wheels. There's a handy configurable section with velcro
inserts that makes it easy to organize camera equipment or the wires and add-ons
that we always seem to need to carry with us. The unique RoadWired Transit
System (RTS) insert for your Tablet PC or notebook gives instant vertical or
horizontal access from within the case. The RTS can be removed so you
don't have to carry an extra case when you don't want to take the rolling case.
offers different USB memory.
USB Memory Storage SWISSMEMORY TM
is a unique combination of Swiss Army knife functionality and the
added bonus of USB memory storage, currently available up to 512Mb. This
quickly became an Editor's Favorite! The small all-rounder integrates
numerous useful tools and is available in two versions: one with a stainless
steel knife, scissors, a file and a screw driver, LED light and pressurized pen,
the other with only the light and pen. With the removable memory, it's easy to
take it all with you, just pack the knife portion in your suitcase and keep your
data with you!
makes pens for
almost every Tablet PC. Without a doubt, the best of these to come
along is the one made in cooperation with
A.T. Cross. These
Executive pens with Eraser
feel absolutely perfect in my hand. Handwriting
flows effortlessly across the screen and the substantial feel of the pen makes
using the pen for browsing even more intuitive. Available in two models, one
with a removable cap with pocket clip and another with the clip attached
securely to the pen, one is sure to be the perfect pen for you.