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We bring you a look at the new Monster SoundStage S2 wireless Wi-Fi speaker in this episode!
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If you need an insanely fast external SSD drive for your Mac or PC, then look no further than the Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+. Despite the name, you can use this drive with either Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, and since it is an SSD with no moving parts, it's ridiculous fast with read and write speeds. I use it to do video editing directly off of for Final Cut Pro X, and it never skips a beat.

You can pick up the Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ now.

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The Phorus PS5 is awesome. It's a wireless speaker that supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even AirPlay! If those wireless options aren't enough, it also supports direct connection through its 3.5mm AUX port. With DTS Play-Fi, the Phorus audio products offer a universal wireless audio experience. Stream content from your favorite music services wirelessly, directly to the Phorus PS5 wireless speaker. Play-Fi technology means you aren't locked in to any one brand for multi-room streaming audio. Get all the details in this episode!

You can pick up the Phorus PS5 Play-Fi speaker now.

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Have you ever described a gadget as "sexy"? We take a look at the Seagate Seven external hard drive in this episode of Unboxing Live, and that's one of the first words that came to mind when I first saw it. The Seagate Seven is just 7mm thin, with an all steel enclosure, and sports USB 3.0 speeds. You can choose between 500GB or 750GB of storage.

You can pick up the Seagate Seven hard drive now.

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Logitech Harmony Touch powered on holding

Alongside our Logitech Harmony Touch review, we also put together a gallery of images showing off the device, which is the follow-up to the fantastic Logitech Harmony One. Check out the review, and head over to the unboxing gallery to get a look at the touchscreen universal remote up close! You can pick up the Harmony Touch on Amazon for a discount.

Gallery: Logitech Harmony Touch unboxing gallery


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We show you the Plantronics Gamecom 780 7.1 surround sound PC gaming headphones in this episode! Powered by Dolby technology, the Gamecom 780 delivers 7.1 surround sound with Dolby Headphone and Dolby Pro Logic IIx. The speakers in the earcups are 40-millimeter and provide thumping bass and immersive stereo sound. For chat and in-game communication, there's a built-in noise-canceling microphone that eliminates background noise so that the people you're playing with can hear you clearly, and for those times when you want silence (or when you want to remain stealthy,) there are volume controls and a microphone mute switch right on the earcups. One other nice touch is the swiveling earcup joints that make for easy storage. You can pick up the Plantronics GameCom 780 on Amazon for $79.

Big thank you to GoToMeeting and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! GoToMeeting with HDFaces provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like on the site.


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In this episode we open up the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M. The ScanSnap S1500M is a digital document scanner that can scan up to 20 pages per minute, and helps you go paperless. The documents get scanned and archived as searchable PDFs or images, and can be saved to any local or network location, as well as directly to a bunch of different cloud services like Evernote and Google Docs. We open it up and give you a look in this episode! Afterwards, be sure to watch our full ScanSnap S1500M review, where I challenge myself to clear off the paper clutter from my desk in 24 hours!

Big thank you to MozyPro and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! MozyPro provides simple, automatic, and secure data backup. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like on the site.


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Magic Trackpad box

A few days ago, Apple introduced their Magic Trackpad to the world. It’s a multi-touch wireless trackpad device that mimics the trackpads found on MacBook and MacBook Pro computers, but optimized for the Mac mini, iMac, and Mac Pro. We snatched one up as soon as they went on sale, and are currently in the process of reviewing it. In the meantime, though, we took a bunch of photos and put them up in our Magic Trackpad unboxing gallery. Go ahead and take a look, this thing is sexy.

You can pick up a Magic Trackpad for $69.

Gallery: Apple Magic Trackpad unboxing


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iPad Keyboard Dock front of box

While the launched on April 3, it took Apple a couple of weeks to get the iPad Keyboard Dock into stores and into the hands of iPad owners, many of whom complained about not having a comfortable method of inputting text into the device. Of course, you can also use a Bluetooth keyboard with the iPad, or you can use the on-screen keyboard in landscape mode—in fact, we typed our entire iPad review on the iPad digital keyboard. However, for those that wanted the keyboard dock, which can even charge the iPad while you are using it, it’s finally available. We’ve put together this unboxing gallery to show off the device from all angles, and we’ll have a review for you soon. In the meantime, you can pick up your own iPad Keyboard Dock at the Apple Store online for $69.

Gallery: iPad Keyboard Dock unboxing gallery


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In this episode of Unboxing Live!, we give you a look at the DM-100 microphone attachment. If you’ve ever been unimpressed by the audio quality of your camcorder recordings, adding a dedicated, external microphone might be exactly what you need. The Canon DM-100 attaches directly to your mini shoe-equipped Canon HD camcorder, and drastically improves the quality of the sound. We give you a look at the DM-100 settings and physical features.


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We were able to get our hands on one of the new TouchSmart computers recently, and were very impressed by what we saw - especially when compared to the original TouchSmart that we saw back at 2007. We unbox the new TouchSmart in this episode, showing off the new, sleek form factor, along with all the new wireless accessories that HP has designed to compliment the experience.

What we love most about it, aside from the cool touch screen implementation, is the fact that it is a full featured, powerful computer. Typically, all-in-one computers like these have been underpowered. Not so with the TouchSmart, which is chock-full of RAM (4GB), hard drive space (500 GB), 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS HD graphics card, and Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit edition. It even has an integrated ATSC & NTSC TV tuner with PVR and remote.

Check out the video for the full scoop on the new HP TouchSmart.

If you want to pick up one of your own, take a look at the HP TouchSmart premium version, or the standard HP TouchSmart computer.


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