12 Gadgets That Let You Ditch Power Cords, Wires, and Hassles
Dell Latitude Z600: Laptop with Wireless Charger
Powermat is best suited for handheld gizmos. For charging a laptop sans wires, Dell offers a more specialized solution. Its new Latitude Z600 laptop includes an optional docking station that uses inductive charging to power up the battery. It's debatable whether the admittedly clunky stand offers much of an advantage over a tethered charger, but the $2100 Latitude Z600 (priced with the wireless option) is a good start. Note to Dell: Shrink that charger!
Sonos ZonePlayer S5: Wireless Music System
Wireless music systems for the home aren't new, but the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 refreshes the genre by adding some innovative touches and a relatively affordable (for Sonos) $399 price. The S5 combines speakers, amplifier, and wireless networking in a single device--a first for Sonos. The S5 is a convenient way for existing Sonos users to add another unit to their wireless music system too. And iPhone and iPod touch users can control the S5 via the free Sonos Controller for iPhone app.
LG Solar-Powered E-Reader
E-readers like the Amazon Kindle are low-power devices built to last for days between charges. So LG's got the right idea by designing a solar-powered e-reader, which it plans to debut in 2012. Four to five hours of sunlight would provide enough juice to power the e-reader for a day, according to LG. The combination of solar charging and (hopefully) wireless content delivery might make the LG e-reader the first truly cordless device.
LG Electronics Solar Car Kit HFB-500
LG loves the sun, apparently. Its $100 Bluetooth car speakerphone charges via sunlight--a boon for those of us who live in sunny climes. Wireless charging is ideal for the car dashboard, where a rat's nest of cords can be both distracting and dangerous. The HFB-500 isn't ideal for areas that usually cloudy, although its in-car charging cable is handy when the sun's taking an extended holiday.
Logitech Performance and Anywhere Mouse MX: Wireless Mice
What's so new about a cordless mouse? Well, Logitech has recharged the category with two new laser rodents designed to work well on most surfaces in the home. The Performance Mouse MX ($100) and Anywhere Mouse MX ($80) feature Logitech's Darkfield Laser Tracking (ooh, spooky) that allows pointing devices to function on smooth tables and countertops, including clear glass, without a mouse pad. You'll pay a premium for Logitech's new wireless pointers, but cordless freedom is seldom cheap.
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