Archive | March 2012

Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD projector sports iPhone dock

The Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD is a portable projector with two built-in ten-watt speakers, bright 2800 lumen output, and a dock for connecting and playing movies and music from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

Weighing in at 8.4 pounds, the piano black MegaPlex is compact and easily portable. It uses 3LCD technology and offers native 720p resolution in screen sizes from 33 to 320 inches diagonally.

Aside from the iOS device dock, the MegaPlex offers VGA, HDMI, Composite, Component, mic, and USB inputs. Using DisplayLink, the MegaPlex allows you to mirror your Mac’s desktop and audio to the projector using USB 2.0. DisplayLink requires software to be installed on your Mac, but conveniently, the installer mounts on your Mac automatically as soon as you connect the USB cable between the Mac and projector. Once you install the driver, a little icon appears in your Mac’s menu bar in the top right of the screen. An installer message popped up at the end of the process stating that a restart was necessary, but I didn’t have to restart before using the USB DisplayLink connection.

The MegaPlex has auto vertical keystone correction and iris controls, as well as …read more

Wi-Drive provides external storage for your iPad, iPhone

With the new iPad’s Retina display, developers will be able to create apps that have more of a visual impact. However, apps that support higher-detailed graphics may end up occupying more storage space. If you bought a new 16GB iPad (like me), and are going to prep your iPad for a long trip, you may find yourself running short on storage.

iCloud is there to help and you can rely on other online storage services, but perhaps you don’t want to have to depend on an Internet connection. You could consider an external storage device for your iPad, such as Kingston’s Wi-Drive.

The Wi-Drive is a small flash drive, available in 16GB ($77) or 32GB ($139) capacities. Roughly the same size as an iPhone 4, the Wi-Drive can be easily stashed in your pocket or bag. You’ll need to bring a USB cable (included) to connect it to a Mac and transfer files from the computer, and to charge the Wi-Drive’s battery.

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