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Video: Monome

Video: Monome

A mix of open-source goodness and flashing lights, Monome is like a mixer that interacts with you; its buttons are largely trivial, but that hasn’t stopped it from developing an active community.

Dell M109s Projector

Dell M109s Projector

While its 858×600 resolution and 800:1 contrast ratio aren’t anything special, Dell’s M109s Projector is targeted towards road warriors: it measures only 4″x4″ and weighs less than a pound.

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Asus G71 Laptop

Asus G71 Laptop

LIke Toshiba’s X306, the 17″ Asus G71 gaming laptop is one of the first to sport a quad core CPU; it also has a 512MB GeForce 9700M GT card and supports up to two 500 GB drives.

Asus CG6155

Asus CG6155

Asus’ liquid-cooled CG6155 desktop has a pretty tight case, but it’s the nForce 790i mobo that takes the cake, with 3-Way SLI and up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM. It even packs a fingerprint scanner.

DSLR Cinematizing Kit

DSLR Cinematizing Kit

Wanna kick your Canon 5D MKII or Nikon D90’s HD video recording up a notch? Redrock Micro is releasing a “Cinematizing Kit” that will add pro-level zoom + focus controls and a lens hood.

James Bond Vaio TT

James Bond Vaio TT

Now available: Sony’s James Bond 007 edition Vaio TT is a tiny, stealthy affair, with an 11″ screen, 64GB SSD and HDMI out; it’s wrapped in carbon fiber with an engraved 007 Gun Logo.

Concept: Miu HDPC

Concept: Miu HDPC

Miu’s Hybrid Dual Portable Computer is both a cellphone and a netbook with an Intel Atom CPU. It features a two-sided screen with a 4.1″ TFT on one side and a 2.4″ AMOLED on the other.

MSI Gaming Laptops

MSI Gaming Laptops

MSI’s latest gaming laptops, the 17″ GT735 and the 15″ GX630, both run on AMD Turion dual-core CPUs; the GT735 gets a Radeon HD 3850 while the GX630 gets a GeForce 9600M GT.

AeroSystem iPod Dock

AeroSystem iPod Dock

Available in black or with a mirror polish, the AeroSystem iPod Dock is a freestanding speaker with an integrated amp, 45 W subwoofer and a pair of 20 W tweeters; it’s available in Europe only.

Custom MGS PS3 Case

Custom MGS PS3 Case

This ain’t your normal case mod: not only is this Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 fitted with carbon fiber, digital camo and a laser-cut logo, but it’s actually signed by Hideo Kojima himself.

Toshiba X306-Q708

Toshiba X306-Q708

Garish pink case aside, Toshiba’s 17″ X306-Q708 gaming laptop packs a quad-core CPU; it also gets NVIDIA’s new GeForce 9400M chipset + dual 512 MB GeForce 9800M GTS cards.

Samsung Epix

Samsung Epix

AT&T’s Samsung Epix is actually a third-gen Blackjack; the WinMo 6.1 smartphone gets a touchscreen and an optical mouse pad. Also included are Wi-Fi, aGPS, a 2MP camera and 3G.

Motorola Aura

Motorola Aura

The Motorola Aura is a love-it or hate-it swiveling luxury phone, with a HAL-like cyclops display protected by a 62-carat sapphire lens; the case itself is made from polished stainless steel.

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Reactor Oil-Cooled PC

Reactor Oil-Cooled PC

Hardcore PC’s Reactor is truly hardcore: the $11k monster is filled with cooling oil; the motherboard and three Samsung SSDs are dropped in like nuclear fuel rods. Thanks, Jorge!

Gateway MC Series

Gateway MC Series

Gateway’s MC Series of laptops is the latest entrant to the 16″ / 16:9 arena; this movie-friendly notebook also sports HDMI out, a backlit keyboard and leather accents; Blu-ray is optional.

Prime SSD-RAID Server

Prime SSD-RAID Server

Forget HDD: DosPara’s Prime SSD-RAID Server features solid state drives on a RAID 0 array, with 1119 MB/s read and 442 MB/s write. It also sports a Core 2 Duo CPU and 4GB of RAM.

Minox Agent M Camera

Minox Agent M Camera

Minox’s Agent M digital camera is ideal for spies in training; less than 3.5″ long, it still squeezes in a 5 MP sensor. An external flash module also packs a 1.5″ TFT LCD screen.

Mobiado 105EM Cellphone

Mobiado 105EM Cellphone

Uber-lux brand Mobiado’s 105EM cellphone is made with luxury materials including sapphire crystal, titanium, 24K gold and Ebony hardwood; they ship unlocked with quadband GSM.

Fujitsu Lifebook A6220

Fujitsu Lifebook A6220

The swappable covers look like a Scottish kilt, but Fujitsu’s 15.4″ Lifebook A6220 laptops also sport 4GB of RAM, 802.11n, Blu-Ray, e-SATA out and HDMI out for under $1,500.

Motorola Motozine ZN5

Motorola Motozine ZN5

Part candybar and part Kodak camera, Motorola’s Motozine ZN5 cellphone is coming to T-Mobile 11/3. The photo-friendly phone will get 5 MP, a Xenon flash and on the fly photo editing.

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Bali-USB Drive

Bali-USB Drive

Based off the balisong, a Filipino butterfly knife, this Bali-USB Drive only slices and dices files. The 2GB drive is made out of ABS plastic and flips out with hidden pivot pins. Thanks, Pek!

Blackberry Bold

Blackberry Bold

The Blackberry Bold is officially coming to AT&T 10/27 according to sources via BGR. Although it won’t have a touchscreen like the Storm, it’ll get 3G, internal GPS and Wi-Fi.

Nvidia Quadro CX

Nvidia Quadro CX

Nvidia’s CS4-friendly Quadro CX features parallel processing abilities, a 1.5GB frame buffer and 76.8GBps of bandwidth; it can also support dual displays of up to 2560×1600 pixels.

Pioneer XMp3 Radio

Pioneer XMp3 Radio

Mixing satellite radio with a bit of TiVo-like tech, the Pioneer XMp3 is a portable satellite radio that’ll record up to five stations simultaneously; it also has a 30-min buffer for rewind.

MacBook Blu-ray Drive

MacBook Blu-ray Drive

Hurting over the lack of a Blu-ray drive on those new MacBooks? AMEX’s Blu-ray Super Multi Drive has your back; the portable unit will even do Blu-ray recording for an extra Benjamin.

Concept: Sony PSP2

Concept: Sony PSP2

The paint on the PSP-3000 isn’t even dry but Tai Chiem has offered this compelling concept for the PSP2: it’s got a flexible OLED screen, two joysticks and stereo speakers on the ends.

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