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We still have a couple of weeks to go before the November 8 release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but while you can’t get the game yet, you can buy the official gaming keyboard in anticipation.

To get you in the right mood for the first-person shooter, the Logitech G105 comes with green LED backlighting in the same shade as night-vision goggles. The G105 allows users to record their own macros on the fly. There are 6 programmable keys with 3 different modes for up to 18 possible macro combinations.

The USB-compatible G105 can accept up to five simultaneous key inputs so you can mash the keyboard knowing your commands will be registered. It also has a gaming mode that disables the functionality of the Windows key, so you won’t accidentally drop out of your gaming session.

The Logitech G105 is available worldwide for $54

The new Dell Vostro V131 picks up where the V130 left off, with a nearly identical design, clad in smooth metal and a choice of Silver or a race-carlike Lucerne Red for an extra $30. The V130 weighs 3.6 pounds and has a 13.3-inch screen. It still feels as sturdy and comfortable as the last time we used one. While the touch pad’s on the small side, the island-style keyboard is very well-built, and there’s plenty of hand and palm room.

But, there’s a big difference under the hood: the new Vostros feature full-voltage second-generation Intel processors, matching what’s available in most mainstream laptops.

The Vostro V131 has a starting price of $499 with a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron ULV 847 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive, but most people would choose the $599 model instead, which bumps up to a more reasonable second-gen Intel Core i3-2310M CPU. There’s also a Core i5-2410M version at $799. RAM can be expanded up to 6GB on most models, and hard-drive space up to 500GB, with no SSD option.

Bells and whistles include an HD Webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, SRS Premium Voice Pro and chat-optimized digital array mics, and optional add-ons including keyboard backlighting and WiMax, LTE, and 3G broadband connectivity. Available at Dell.com

The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive is the first external hard drive for Macs that also offers an USB hub to help the computer host and sync with other USB devices.

Basically, the Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive is an external desktop hard drive that also incorporates a two-port USB hub. The drive itself connects to a computer via another USB 2.0 port or one of its two Firewire 800 ports. It doesn’t feature USB 3.0, however, mostly because Macs generally don’t support this faster USB standards.

The new external hard drive is reformatted in HFS+ to work with a Mac out of the box. Iomega says it’s designed to fit perfectly on the base of the iMac or an Apple LCD. It also features a storage gauge via four little LED lights, each represents about 20 percent of its capacity. This Mac Companion Hard Drive is available now at Apple retail stores in 2TB or 3TB capacities that are estimated to cost $195 and $295

Capping at just 750GB, the Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro portable hard drive is rather disappointing in terms of storage space when compared with the 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable. But what it lacks in capacity, it more than makes up in sexiness. The eye-catching portable drive looks very much like an iPhone 4 with black top and bottom and aluminum at the edges.

As an external hard drive, the Touro features USB 3.0 and is backward-compatible with USB 2.0. On the inside, it’s based on a 2.5-inch internal hard drive that spins at 7,200rpm (as opposed to the 5,400rpm of most drives)

The Touro Hitachi comes with bundled backup software called Hitachi Backup that works with both Macs and PCs. The software facilitates backing up both to the drive and to Hitachi’s online backup service. Purchasing the drives gets you 3GB for free. The drive will make a very good companion for those who travel with a laptop , get this on pcconnectionexpress.com at $87.90

Now your old drives have a brand new life. Or, if you’re the handy type, you can keep this one device handy to recover data from a drive in a dead computer. You won’t have to haul several different devices – just this one!

You can dock just about any of those old drives into this simple device. Stick a USB transfer cable into one end along with the power-cable, and in one of the other ends, you can connect a 3.5″ IDE hard drive, or a laptop 2.5″ IDE drive, or even a miniscule 1.8″ IDE hard drive! But, why stop there? This is available at Think geek at $29.99

Compared with traditional hard drives, however, it’s still easily two or three times faster. In terms of pricing, it’s the most affordable 2.5-inch SATA 3 SSD.

The M4 has a cost-per-gigabyte of approximately $1.72, compared with the $2.26 of the OCZ Vertex 3. Its top 512GB version is even better, with just a $1.56 cost per gigabyte, compared with the $3.76 per gigabyte of the 480GB Vertex 3.

Now, obviously, this is still in no way cheap enough for most of us, but so far this is probably the most affordable SSD on the market that will still wow you with its performance.  Available at Crucial.com

The Professional Case with Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2 doesn’t have a catchy name, but this type of case isn’t about looking sleek or sexy. The leather case bears a solid, professional look, but its real draw is the Bluetooth keyboard and leather palmrest tucked into the lid. Much like cases like Logitech and Kensington before, the addition of a physical Bluetooth keyboard theoretically should make fast-paced typing an easier process than using the iPad’s serviceable virtual keyboard.

The keyboard detaches from the case via velcro, and can be used separately from the folio case–a nice touch we haven’t seen to date.

Instant impressions: the keyboard’s flat keys feel solid, and the palmrest is as comfortable as can be for the size, but some keys are too compressed.

Available at www.i-luv.com starting at $29

The Bury CC 9060 IQ is a voice-activated touch-screen device that you attach to your car‘s dashboard. The CC 9060 IQ works with several smartphones, offering hands-free calling and memo recording functionality. This  is designed to fit you; the colour screen be tailored to suit the interior of your vehicle and the speech recognition technology enables the kit to learn your voice, just perform a quick voice training session to ensure maximum ease of use.

With some phones, the device offers text-to-speech capability, reading text messages back to you. And if you’re using a BlackBerry, the Bury CC 9060 IQ can read your e-mails out loud.

Drivers juggling more than one phone for work will appreciate the device’s multipoint functionality that lets two smartphones connect at the same time. Not all smartphones work with the SMS and e-mail read back feature, so before buying you will want to check the phone compatibility list (PDF)to see what features work with your phone.
Both Bury devices integrate with your car’s stereo system, and lower music volume when making or receiving phone calls. Although not listed in the specs, a YouTube video shows that the Bury will also mute music when turn-by-turn directions are announced on a Droid Incredible with external audio turned on.
This is an a very convenient gadget and worth the $’s, available at Amazon

This  looks like your  regular manila mailing envelope, but it’s a durable, padded laptop sleeve. Unlike a fancy laptop sleeve that screams, “Expensive electronic item inside — steal me now!” this one keeps it on the down — low.

Few thieves would think to steal what looks like your interoffice mail or package to grandma. Created by a designer at Luckies of London shortly after he had his phone stolen, it’s sold on their web site and on ThinkGeek.com for about $30. This  product has been so successful, they also have a phone-size version (the Undercover Mini) and will be coming out with an iPad-sized version this summer.

Porsche Design just announced the follow-up to P’9521, a quad-band cell phone milled from a single solid block of aluminum and a single sheet of scratchproof glass.

Besides the black and brushed appearance the P’9522 offers Wi-Fi, GPS, a 2.8″ AM OLED display, fingerprint sensor and a five megapixel still/video camera with flash and digital zoom.