Sales reps take note: Mobile Monitor Technologies’ Monitor2Go could become your new best friend. This mobile monitor can connect to your iPad2, Android tablet, smartphone, or any HDMI device, so you can share what you see on its 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with 1600 x 900 resolution. It also has a slot for your iPad2 and can rotate and pivot 180 degrees, making it perfect for those one-on-one presentations. The monitor can also help improve your productivity—DisplayLink technology lets you connect any laptop via USB to give you a second monitor for an extended display. Monitor2Go is expected to be released this spring.
PHONE + TABLET =
Samsung’s Galaxy Note.
This is either a small tablet with the capabilities of a phone or just a really large phone. The 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display is designed to let you see more, so you can do more. Think less scrolling and fewer screen transitions. The phone also adds to your productivity with the addition of the S Pen. You can use the S Pen to jot down notes or sketch drawings or ideas. You can also create S Memos containing these notes and drawings as well as pictures, voice recordings, and typed text, which can be edited, annotated, and shared. The Galaxy Note will be available soon from AT&T.
One of the top trends at last month’s CES (née the Consumer Electronics Show) was the mushrooming of Ultrabooks, which are simply more portable and travel-friendly laptops. While the HP Envy 14 Spectre ($1399.99 and up) was not the thinnest (20mm) or lightest (less than 4 pounds) Ultrabook introduced, it certainly had the most flavor. Its unique multi-surface glass design helps it stand out from the Ultrabook crowd—lightweight, scratch-resistant glass covers the lid, display, palmrest, and HP ImagePad. The Spectre also fits a 14-inch HD Radiance LED-backlit display into a 13.3-inch chassis.
THE COMEBACK KID
Nokia has not been a big player in the U.S. smartphone market, but they are returning with a splash. The Nokia Lumia 900 was voted as the best smartphone introduced at last month’s CES by several technology-centric publications including CNET, PCMAG, and ZDNet. The phone has a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen and a 1.4-GHz processor. The Lumia 900 is a Windows Phone (running Windows 7.5 Mango), so you have access to Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer 9 and X-Box Live. This is also Nokia’s first ever 4G LTE Windows Phone. It will be available soon from AT&T.
THE CABLE CUTTERS’ DVR
To all the cable cutters out there looking to cut costs, there may be a simple solution. Simple.tv ($149 this spring) is a single HDTV tuner that connects right to your antenna and home network so you can stream live broadcast TV to any connected device. Connect your own external hard drive, via USB, to turn the device into a DVR. You can then watch live or recorded shows on your iPad (or other mobile device) or on your TV through devices such as Roku, Boxee Box, or Google TV. The Simple.tv premium service ($4.99 a month) gives you access to an electronic program guide, unlimited remote streaming for up to five users, and allows you to record TV shows automatically rather than manually.