Shuttle SLK4800 KPC

Shuttle SLK4800 KPC

Hot on the heels of Dell’s Studio Hybrid, Shuttle’s SLK4800 ($300) steps up from the value K4500 ($200) with the addition of an optical drive and dual VGA/DVI outputs. Standard: Linux; Vista +$180.

40% Off Blu-ray Movies

40% Off Blu-ray Movies

Deal: Amazon has a 40% off sale for select Blu-ray movies. Titles include Cars, Apocalypto, Pirates of the Caribbean (all three films) and The Prestige. Psst: free shipping on orders over 25 bucks.

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SimCity Creator Screenshots

SimCity Creator Screenshots

If thoughts of rampaging robots, fiery meteors and ginormous hands of death don’t get you excited, we can’t save you. EA has fresh screens for their upcoming (9/08) Wii-only SimCity Creator.

Samsung Series 9 LCD TV

Samsung Series 9 LCD TV

Samsung’s flagship Series 9 LCD HDTVs feature “art inspired” Touch of Color accents; ToC is hit-or-miss for most folks. Available: 46″ and 55″ models; LED backlighting; 120Hz technology.

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008

Now available: the latest iteration of T-Mobile’s chat-friendly Sidekick. The 2008 version gives you more features (2.0 MP camera, higher resolution screen) for less ($150 w/contract, smaller size).

Deal: Used Crossover SUVs

Deal: Used Crossover SUVs

From status symbol to pariah, SUVs aren’t on many shopping lists lately. Bargain hunters, however, may find a deal with many used crossovers (Benz, BMW) dropping up to 30% in the last 6 months.

Sea-Doo Seascooter Explorer

Sea-Doo Seascooter Explorer

The possibilities are endless: a fake shark fin, beginner’s swim class at the local YMCA … all jokes aside, Sea-Doo’s Seascooters are ideal for divers with a max depth of 50m and speed of 3.3 mph.

Sorapot Tea Pot

Sorapot Tea Pot

Normally sedate tea time turns swanky: Sorapot’s curved stainless steel frame forms both handle and spout, with a clear pyrex cylinder to keep an eye on your tea. Available brushed or mirror polished.

Troy Paiva’s Night Vision

Troy Paiva’s Night Vision

Photographer Troy Paiva’s book, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration, is a must read. Using a technique called light painting, he mixes flashlight with moonlight to produce otherworldly photos.

Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT

Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT

Nvidia’s GeForce 9500 targets the sub-$100 video card market and competes with ATI’s Radeon HD 3850. Not for serious gamers, but it’s a good mainstream card with low power use and noise.

Shoes by Generic Man

Shoes by Generic Man

Brand and logo snobs need not apply: Generic Man’s shoes are simple and refined. They’re not cheap, but high quality construction and timeless looks ensure they’ll outlast any fad.

Netgear Wireless-N Upgrade

Netgear Wireless-N Upgrade

Netgear’s Wireless-N Upgrade Kit features an access point that plugs into your existing 802.11g/b router or gateway. Also included: a Wireless-N USB adapter which is 802.11g backwards compatible.

Star Wars Auction

Star Wars Auction

To be auctioned Aug. 1 for a cool $170k, this is the TIE Fighter that bumped off Darth Vader in Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Cheaper: C3PO’s shoes, Cantina alien head and Imperial officer costume.

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Dell Studio Hybrid

Dell Studio Hybrid

Dell’s new Studio Hybrid is 80% smaller and draws 70% less power than standard desktops. Available in six colors and bamboo, it features an HDMI port, 8-in-1 media card reader and optional Blu-ray.

Lightning GT

Lightning GT

It’s got 700 hp, goes 0-60 in 4 seconds, and still has space for luggage. The best news? This British-made sports car (available in 2010) is all electric and goes 200 miles on a 10 minute charge.

Sony FW Series

Sony FW Series

The world’s first 16.4″ laptop, Sony’s FW Series gets a bigger screen in a 15.4″ footprint. Other specs: 6.4 lbs, 1600×900, MacBook-style keys, and optional Blu-ray RW drive.

Dead Space Trailer

Dead Space Trailer

EA’s third-person space zombie shooter is getting a gory animated movie prequel. Titled Dead Space: Downfall, it’s slated for a DVD/Blu-ray release alongside the game in October ’08.

weRobot T-Shirt

weRobot T-Shirt

51 robots from film, television, books and toys, all packed onto one tee shirt. It’s almost too much for our giddy 12-year old inner child to handle. Available in charcoal, black or red on Alstyle shirts.

HTC Touch Diamond

HTC Touch Diamond

HTC’s Touch Diamond is a GSM phone with a 2.8″ touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera and clickwheel. Its most unique feature: a glossy, faceted back which is also a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

Honda FCX Clarity

Honda FCX Clarity

The world’s first ground-up fuel cell vehicle, the FCX runs on hydrogen and emits only water. Good luck getting one: only 200 will be leased for the next three years, and only in Southern California.

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Nixon 51-30 Chronograph

Nixon 51-30 Chronograph

Nixon’s new watch is crafted from steel, steel and more steel. The raw, brushed finish stands out among ordinary stainless watches. Offers a 6-hand chronograph analog display and 300-meter water resistance.

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