Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lock 'em Up

According to a FBI study, 1.5 million laptops were stolen in the US last year or just over 5 laptops, every two seconds. Think your safe? Think again. Laptops have not only a value on the hardware, but the information that can be pulled from a laptop can be worth far more than the laptop itself. Personal information stored on a drive can lead to identity theft and cause nightmares for the victim. 

Where do thieves strike?
There are a few primary targets for laptop thieves to operate. Hotels, Airports, College Campus, and internet ready coffee shops are primary targets for these thieves. It takes moments for a thief to snatch a laptop. In some cases it is done right under the owner's nose. Hotel guests have gone into the shower and returned to find their property stolen. Cafe customers may go to refill a cup and turn to see their laptop is no longer where they left it. Airports are hectic and often people are travel weary and let their guard down. Dorm rooms and libraries are prime spots for theft on college campuses.

What can people do?
Remember it is not just the laptop that is being stolen, it is the information. Secure all data with passwords. Never write your passwords where they could be found with the laptop. Change your passwords often and make sure that you do not store passwords on your computer.

Privacy filters can make it more difficult for identity thieves to glean any information by watching your screens. In airports and other tourist spots, someone who may seem to be taking pictures or capturing video, may also be capturing screens that you have on your computer.The person sitting next to you may be able to see your screen without you noticing.

Deterring the crime is the best place to begin. Most laptop thefts are "Crimes of Opportunity" meaning that the thief happens upon a vulnerable system. Security locks are one of the best ways to deter would be thieves. Cable locks are very visible, can be secured to nearby fixtures and most fit the common "Kensington Slot" found on most laptops and other electronics. The visible cable will often make thieves find an easier victim.

Let Manhattan help protect you.
Manhattan has a wide range of privacy filters and one of the top locks on the market. Manhattan provides a solid security solution, showing potential thieves that you are protected. This outward show also makes the thief more likely to believe that your file and password security is equally well maintained. Potential thieves pass by the protected laptop to find something easier to take. By teaming up with Manhattan's security products, you can avoid becoming a statistic.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MANHATTAN Gives Mobile Computing An Upgrade

MANHATTAN, a leading global provider of personal computer components, peripherals, cables and accessories, combines two of its most popular PC products into a single, high-value bundle that takes computing across town or around the globe. The new MANHATTAN Mobile Professional Set packs a full-function, 3-button MANHATTAN Classic Optical Mouse with an accurate 1000 dpi sensor into a roomy MANHATTAN London Notebook Computer Briefcase that accommodates most widescreen 15.6" computers and plenty of gear. With practical styling and functionality, the MANHATTAN Mobile Professional Set gives business travelers, students and others a proven choice to take computing out of the office and on the road.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. To learn more about the MXP Wireless Presenter and other components, peripherals, cables, accessories and more, visit www.manhattan-products.com.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Get Your Hands on the New MANHATTAN MXP Wireless Presenter

MANHATTAN puts powerful presentation and mouse controls in the palm of the hand of speakers, instructors and demonstrators with its new MXP Wireless Presenter. Equipped with a bright, built-in laser pointer and 800 dpi mouse with integrated media and slideshow buttons, all-in-one control during important lectures, meetings and demonstrations helps connect audiences with content for smooth, persuasive and impressive sessions. Its simplified layout limits controls to only the essential functions to reduce confusion and simply fingertip operation. A "pre-paired" 2.4 GHz USB receiver with a 10 m (32 ft.) wireless range includes an automatic preset synchronization for true Plug and Play capability without driver installations or complicated last-minute, on-site configuration.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. To learn more about the MXP Wireless Presenter and other components, peripherals, cables, accessories and more, visit www.manhattan-products.com.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stay In Touch and In Focus with New MANHATTAN 5 MP Web Cam

The new MANHATTAN Web Cam 500 SX features a 5.0-megapixel (software interpolated) CMOS lens that captures crisp and clear images and smooth, steady video to share with family and friends. Easy-to-use software makes it simple to operate and ready to use right out of the box. Automatic color balance, exposure and brightness controls combine for professional results in almost any light or setting. Select from 18 special video and 6 frame effects to add a custom, personalized touch to conversations and videos. Its versatile base includes a universal clip with a swivel mount that easily installs onto most flat-panel displays, notebook or netbook computers or stands on a shelf or the desktop.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of Web cameras and other components, peripherals, cables, accessories and more, visit www.manhattan-products.com.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Accelerate PC Performance with New MANHATTAN SuperSpeed USB Devices

MANHATTAN, a leading global provider of personal computer components, peripherals, cables and accessories and one of the first brands to offer SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) personal computing products, introduces three new SuperSpeed USB devices. A new MANHATTAN SuperSpeed USB Desktop Hub creates 4 additional SuperSpeed USB connections on desktop, notebook and netbook computers to attach external storage, Web cameras and other SuperSpeed USB peripherals. Use the MANHATTAN SuperSpeed USB to SATA Adapter to connect SATA, enhanced-SATA and ATA / ATAPI devices to PCs through a SuperSpeed USB port. It allows technical and home users to transfer, store or share large files on hard drives up to 3.5” at faster SuperSpeed USB rates. The new MANHATTAN SuperSpeed USB SATA Quick Dock with a dual slot helps facilitate data access, storage creation and drive exchanges between 3.5” and 2.5” SATA hard drives. Ideal for owners of numerous hard drives, tasks are easily completed without multiple enclosures and inconvenient installation and removal in PC cases.

Supporting SuperSpeed USB data transfers of up to 5 Gbps with Windows and Mac compatibility and hot-swap capability, these new MANHATTAN SuperSpeed USB peripherals and components easily out perform other less capable devices.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of SuperSpeed USB components, peripherals and cables and more, visit www.manhattan-products.com.

Create a Clone with the Touch of a Button

MANHATTAN, a leading global provider of personal computer components, peripherals, cables and accessories, helps make it easier to clone a SATA hard drive without the use of a PC. While unattached or attached to a personal computer, the MANHATTAN SATA Quick Clone Dock can replicate a SATA hard drive to create new storage solutions and simplify backup and data exchanges. Its built-in, one-touch clone feature and dual insertion slots accept 3.5" and 2.5" SATA hard drives up to 2 TB simultaneously allowing data to be copied between multiple drives of different sizes for easier data recovery, imaging and archiving tasks.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of hard drive docking kits, drive enclosures and other components, peripherals, cables and accessories, visit www.manhattan-products.com

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

USB Hubs: The Problems of Power

USB has provided the computer user with great benefits. One of the most overlooked features on USB hubs is how it receives and distributes power. There are two power handling methods for USB; Bus Power and Self Power.

Bus Power
Power from the USB controller is allocated in units of 100 mA up to a maximum total of 500 mA per port. If more current is required by a device than the USB port can provide, the operating system usually reports this. Devices that do not get enough power may seem to power up, but will fail to function.

Self Power
A self-powered hub is one that takes its power from an external power supply. Because they are powered by an external power supply, they are able to provide full power (up to 500 mA) to every port. By having the full 500 mA available for devices, it is less likely that devices will fail because of low power issues.

Choosing Between the Two
One power plan is not inherently better or worse than the other. There are certain situations where some are better than others. Low power devices such as mice, keyboards, webcams, and some hubs do not require much power and bus power is more than sufficient for the device.
Hubs with more than 4 ports should be self powered, because if more than 4 devices are plugged in there may be power problems. Some hubs may be bus powered and provide for a power supply to be connected. This style of hub, like MANHATTAN's 7 Port, Dual Power Hub provide the user extra versatility of both power plans.
When people use active extension cables or line extenders, they should always try to use a self-powered hub at the terminating end of the extension. This ensures that any loss of power in the extension is remedied before USB devices are attached.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Breathing Life into Unused Hard Drives

Techs and home users are starting to find that they have a growing number of hard drives that have been removed from older systems. These discarded drives can provide a great amount of usable storage. They are virtually immune from hacker attacks, because they are not attached regularly to the system. They are less prone to loss and damage than USB memory sticks and memory cards. Manhattan provides many options to breathe life into these storage devices.
Drive Enclosures:

Most people are familiar with drive enclosures. You mount the drive into the enclosure and the enclosure connects to the system through a USB, FireWire, eSATA connections, and some have more than one connection type. They are cost efficient, the enclosure protects the hard drive, and they are easy to transport. Drive enclosures commonly fit 3.5 and 2.5 inch form factors and they can be found for older IDE drives as well as SATA drives. The only downside to enclosures is that the drives cannot be quickly swapped out (when compared to Docking Kits and Adapters) and some may require additional power connections.

Docking Kits:

For SATA drives, docking kits are becoming more popular. Like the enclosures, they connect to the computer using USB and eSATA connections (very few use FireWire). Since SATA connections are with specific layouts, they are easily docked and undocked. They can be swapped out in seconds and are great for people with multiple unused drives. Docking kits can add additional features such as card readers and USB hubs. The MANHATTAN Quick Clone Dock has software that allows for one drive to be cloned or copied to another drive, with the touch of a button. There are a variety of styles and functions to choose from and finding one that fits specific needs is not difficult. The only downside is that they do not provide support for older IDE drives.

External Drive Adapters:

Field techs and home users with IDE drives (or who rarely use their old drives) Manhattan offers a range of cables that allow for external connectivity to drives. They can connect to IDE and SATA drives of various sizes and connect to the system through USB or eSATA. Cables are more portable and easier to store than docking kits or drive enclosures. Some cables provide for a backup software feature and some will provide connections to SATA and IDE drives so they can be used at the same time. Converters are used to change between 3.5 and 2.5 inch IDE connections. The downside to these devices is that there is no protection for the drive. Since these are not normally used as a long term connection, it is rarely an issue.

No matter what method is used, old hard drives can provide secure data backups. They are simple to use and can provide much needed storage.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Solar Power Pack: Keeping You in Power

The world is going mobile and handheld portable devices are becoming common place. Cell phones, mp3 players, portable video players, and hand held game systems have found their way into the mass market. The downside is keeping them all charged and ready for use. MANHATTAN has found a way to simplify your power needs.

MANHATTAN’s Solar Power Pack (180139) offers people a variety of different charging options and utilizes solar power to provide versatility. While it can be charged through a traditional USB port, the solar panel also charges the lithium-ion batteries when there is no USB connection available. People that rely on the convenience of portable devices will enjoy the freedom of charging from anywhere.

It comes with an assortment of power cables and convertible DC tips and is able to charge MP3 players, digital cameras, PDA’s, smart phones, and cell phones (including iPhones and iPods). All of this fits in an attractive carry pouch, which can fit in a pocket, purse, notebook bag, or other convenient storage locations for travel. The Solar Power Pack helps keep a fresh power supply ready for emergencies or even daily use and is a perfect accessory for people that are “on the go.”

Keeping track of chargers is always a pain and forgetting them can leave you out of touch with colleagues and family. Having the Solar Power Pack is a way of making sure that you do not loose touch, even when power is not readily available. Practical and portable best describe this product. Bright LED indicators let you know how much charge is available and lets you know to connect it to charge or just leave it in the sun.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Comparison Test Names MANHATTAN Acoustic Series Speaker System "Best Quality" Winner

MANHATTAN, a leading global provider of personal computer components, peripherals, cables and accessories, and its 2850 Acoustic Series Bookshelf Speaker System were named “Best Quality” winner in a stereo speaker comparison test recently conducted by PC Format magazine. Reviewers from PC Format recognized the MANHATTAN 2850 Acoustic Series Bookshelf Speaker System for its “high quality, perfect volume and very good frequency response."

Ideal for PC-based gaming, music and other multimedia entertainment, the system’s robust two-way configuration with large 4-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeters, active crossovers and front-firing ports deliver rich, powerful sound. Well-built, solid cabinets with a cherry woodgrain finish are crafted from vibra
tion-damping and sonically dense MDF to help resonate full bass and wide frequency ranges for superb audio. The MANHATTAN Acoustic Series features circuitry and other special details usually only found on home entertainment speakers and includes two other models including a Bluetooth unit with a modern black-and-white, piano gloss finish.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of speakers including USB, mobile and Bluetooth models and audio accessories, visit http://www.manhattan-products.com.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Laptop Risk: Toasted Skin Syndrome

People that work with laptops have probably experienced "Hot Leg." A condition where legs, thighs, or lap gets uncomfortably hot while using a laptop resting on the user's legs. The term is often used as a joke, but Swiss researchers, Andreas Arnold and Peter Itin, released the results of a study done on the effects of the heat generated by laptops and it is no laughing matter.

The condition, erythema ab igne, is being called "Toasted Skin Syndrome." The skin exposed to prolonged and excessive heat can cause a condition that can leave lesions on the legs. It is usually harmless but can cause permanent skin darkening. In very rare cases, the heat can damage cells and possibly lead to some forms of skin cancer.

The number of "Toasted Skin Syndrome" cases are growing, in part because of the growth of the laptop market and because doctors are starting to learn what to look for. The issue is serious as more young people are starting to use laptops. Children have more sensitive skin and are spending more and more time on the computers. A 12-year-old boy developed a sponge-patterned skin discoloration on his left thigh after playing computer games a few hours every day for several months.Since 2005 there have been 10 laptop-related cases of erythema ab igne reported in medical journals.

Fact: In 2010 Sony recalled over 500,000 F and C series Visio laptops, due to heating issues that could have resulted in injury.

Fact: Mild-to-moderate heat between 109.4 to116.6 degrees Fahrenheit is enough to cause burns. However, 111.2 degrees Fahrenheit is enough to cause toasted skin syndrome.

Fact: Laptop temperatures can reach 90 -102 degrees Celsius (194 - 215 degrees Fahrenheit)

Protect yourself and add comfort
Prevent Toasted Skin Syndrome
MANHATTAN has always tried to find ways to improve user's comfort and our Notebook Lap Desk. It protects users from the heat of the laptop, adds comfort, and can be used as a notebook carrier.

MANHATTAN urges all laptop users to protect themselves from the dangers of heat related injuries.
Convenient storage and carrier

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bluetooth Range Basics

Bluetooth is a wireless connectivity technology that has been around since 1999. It has grown to become one of the most popular methods of connecting peripheral devices wirelessly. This popularity has grown because of the incorporation of Bluetooth into mobile computing devices, cell phones, and other devices designs. A common question asked is about Bluetooth range.

The “Class” of the device indicates the range of a Bluetooth device. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (S.I.G.) has designated three classes of Bluetooth devices.

Class-1 Devices have a range of approximately 100 meters.
Class-2 Devices have a range of approximately 10 meters.
Class-3 Devices have a range of approximately 1 meter.

Users can mix device classes without worry, however, it the range is limited to that of the shortest ranged device.

There are situations that may interfere with the range and common sources of interference include:
RF interference from other RF devices
Strong Electronic current (such as fluorescent lights)
Sending signals through certain material

An exception to this is if a user has a Bluetooth receiver that is Class 2 connected to a Class 1 transmitter (Like a Class 1 Bluetooth Dongle sending audio to a Class 2 Bluetooth Headset). In cases like this, the reception of the headset can be extended to 20 meters, however, any microphone function would be out of range.

If you are shopping for Bluetooth adapters or Bluetooth devices, always refer to the Class of the device, when trying to determine the range.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DisplayPort and HDMI: Battle for HD Connection Market

In the battle for High Definition connectivity, two technologies have become the dominant market holders. DisplayPort (DP) and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) have virtually eliminated the older connectivity of VGA and DVI. These two technologies are not competing directly against each other, but have instead dominated different segments of the A/V connectivity market.

DisplayPort technology is becoming the HD connection of choice for the PC and mobile computing market. According to iSuppli forecasts, “…global shipments of DisplayPort-enabled equipment will grow to 263.3 million units by 2012, up from zero in 2007.” The DisplayPort interface will begin to replace the older VGA and DVI on PC monitors and in desktop and notebook PCs. Intel, AMD, and Nvidia have announced their intention of adopting DisplayPort in future products.

HDMI has focused on the Consumer Electronics markets and has been able to make amazing gains in market share. One iSuppli report states, “HDMI-enabled equipment will grow to 772.8 million units in 2012, rising at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 32% from 193 million units in 2007.” HDMI has become the de-facto connection for Blu-ray players, DVD players, video-game consoles, and flat-panel HD televisions.

What does this struggle for market dominance mean for the final consumer? Consumers can start to look forward to simplified connectivity, no matter which technology wins out. Most experts do not anticipate for either technology to replace the other anytime soon. With the use of adapters, the two technologies can even co-exist and still provide the best HD available. Expect to see more of these connections as both take over their own segments of the HD market.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Top Benefits of USB 3.0

USB 3.0 has raised the bar for data transfer technologies. This version of USB was not a simple rework and improvement of the previous versions; rather, it was a rebuilding of the standard from the ground up. Known as SuperSpeed USB, the new specifications have made many improvements over the previous versions. The most outstanding improvement is the transfer speed. Other benefits include backwards compatibility, lower power consumption and the wide adoption of USB.

Increased Speeds
USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 had data transfer rates of 12Mbps and 480Mbps respectively. SuperSpeed USB has raised the bar to a staggering 4.8Gbps as a top transfer speed. While these numbers may look impressive, many people do not understand what that means in real application. To help understand the differences between USB technologies and competing data transfer methods refer to the chart below. The chart includes the different technologies and how long it would take to transfer a 25GB file (the size of a typical High Definition movie).

USB 1.1: 5 hours, 27 minutes, 7 seconds
USB 2.0: 8 minutes, 11 seconds
FireWire800: 4 minutes 54 seconds
SATA 3Gbps: 1 minute 17 seconds
USB 3.0: 43 seconds

Backwards Compatibility
Compatibility to previous versions of USB was essential for the creation of the USB 3.0 standards. Allowing people to be able to use older devices with newer controller cards and visa versa was essential. By maintaining backwards compatibility, users are able to integrate the newer products at their own pace. Cables, controllers and peripheral devices will all work together even if the USB versions are not the same. Backwards compatibility encourages adoption of the new technology, without putting financial and technical burdens on the user.

Low Power Consumption
With all of the emphasis on mobile computing, SuperSpeed USB has lowered the power consumption requirements. This provides more efficient use of battery power and prolonging run time and overall life of SuperSpeed USB devices. The lower power consumption also reduces heat build up, which can damage devices and reduce the life span. The less heat a system produces, the less money and power has to be spent in cooling the system.

Wide Spread Adoption
USB technology is the market leader in data transfer technology. The wide spread usage of USB for peripheral devices and direct connection to storage devices is another strength for USB. One connection type for multiple devices from mice, keyboards, enclosures, printers, hubs, hard drives, adapters and more use USB for connectivity. The wide spread adoption ensures that USB will remain a strong technology for many years.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New MANHATTAN Pouches Protect iPad and Kindle

MANHATTAN recently added three new sleeve cases to its accessory line designed to fit the Apple iPad and other portable PCs and tablets including the Amazon Kindle. Built from easy-care, durable water- and scratch-resistant neoprene, each MANHATTAN iPad Pouch stretches to provide full coverage and snug, cushioned protection for iPads, Kindles, digital readers and other devices against common hazards and mishandling encountered during typical use and daily commutes. Select from black/gray, purple/beige and green/blue color schemes with contrasting trim that easily reverse to match most any mood, preference or other travel accessory. Slip inside luggage, stow in a briefcase or tuck under the arm and confidently carry an iPad, Kindle or tablet between meetings, from room to room or to the next flight.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of mobile accessories and desktop organization products including iPad pouches and other cases including briefcases, backpacks, messenger bags and more for notebook and netbook computers and tablets, visit http://www.manhattan-products.com

Monday, August 2, 2010

Choosing between Laser and Optical Mice

One of the most common questions I am asked, by people looking at mice, is “What’s better, a laser mouse or an optical mouse?” There is no ‘better or worse’ and purchasing decisions should be based on other factors. These factors include price, environment and the user’s application. In order to answer these questions, it is important to understand the differences between a laser and an optical mouse.

Lasers and Optics
Both technologies replaced the mechanical ball mice, for tracking technologies. They offer much higher DPI (Dots Per Inch) than the older mechanical mice and neither technology has moving parts, making them less prone to mechanical failure and minimizes any required maintenance. Laser and optical mice rely on light ,from laser or light emitting diode, as the method of tracking motion.

Optical Mice
The technology relies on an LED that illuminates the surface, under the mouse, and a camera that would take as many as 1500 images a second. These images are compared and are used to determine the motion of the mouse. This has the benefit of being used on just about any solid surface, however, clear glass desktops can cause problems for the LED sensor. Optical mice have power saving designs, but not as advanced as those used in laser mice. They average 800 dpi but can go as high as 1000 dpi, providing usage for most web browsing, office applications and gaming.

Laser Mice
The major difference between laser and optical mice involves the dpi. Laser technology allows for a higher resolution, up to 2000 dpi or more. This allows for faster movement of the pointer and far more exceptional accuracy. Laser mice are highly sought after by professional graphic artists, architects and high-end gamers. Power management is enhanced by the laser mice design. Laser mice do not require the use of a mouse pad and there are varieties of different lasers that have better resolution on more surfaces, including glass.

What to Choose
There is a great deal of personal preference in the final decision of what to purchase. For budget-minded individuals, the optical mouse provides great quality at a lower price. Mobile users may enjoy the power saving feature of the laser mouse over the ‘always on’ status of most optical mice. For people that require high precision, there is no competing against the laser mouse. Graphic artists and designers can benefit from the precision and gamers, requiring speed and accuracy, tend to favor the laser mouse.

Take a moment to look over the wide variety of optical and laser mice that MANHATTAN can provide for you.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Giving More to the Net Book

Net books provide a great source of mobility, but can be severely limiting when the user is not needing the convenience of mobility. Their low cost and small size makes them more desirable for consumers, but the limitations are often the source of later “Buyer’s Remorse.” This regret is related to the net book’s biggest strength and that is size. Net books are very small units. This is excellent for a mobile user, but is not as good when the user is using it in other settings.

The size of the display is typically very small, often no more than 10” display. The keyboard layout is difficult for many people, especially those of us with large hands, to use comfortably. They often only have little more than 4 USB ports, a power port, VGA out and an audio in/out port. In many cases, they lack CD drives as well. This makes them very limited tools to someone that is not always mobile. There are ways to avoid the buyer remorse with the aid of a few USB add-ons.

USB Hubs
These great cost effective devices add to the USB connectivity of the net book. There is a wide variety of these available and selecting the one you need is not difficult. You will want to get a hub that can provide additional power to the ports. This is accomplished by adding a power adapter to the hub. Make sure that your hub at least has a power adapter port, even if it does not come with a power adapter. You can use adjustable power supplies to add power to the hub, if needed. Size is a matter of preference, but if you intend to use it while you travel, smaller is better.

USB to Video Adapters
Some net book systems do not include a VGA or video port. Due to the net book’s small size, eye strain occurs when trying to do a great deal of reading on the small display. This is easily remedied by using a USB to Video Adapter. These devices install a USB video card to the computer and allow a secondary display to be attached. This is good for times when a full screen display is available.

Keyboards and Mice
Many of the smaller keyboards are not ‘fat finger friendly’ and people spend a great deal of time trying to get used to them, or fixing typo’s. When the net book is stationary, there is no reason not to use a USB keyboard to allow more typing comfort. The small track pad is not always the most convenient pointing device either. Consider instead, a wireless travel mouse. This allows you to take a mouse with you so you can use it, rather than the track pad.

Other USB Adapters
Not everyone is using a net book as a simple internet access tool. Some network professionals are wanting to relieve themselves of cumbersome laptops, but cannot because they need the Serial port. Using USB has a variety of adapters that can fill most of the needs that previous connections had. USB to Serial Adapters, USB to Printer Adapters, USB to RS485 Adapters and more are available. A couple adapter cables can replace the extra weight and bulk of more traditional laptops.

Some consumers have started to frown on the net book release. A little planning can turn the little net book into something much more versatile. Manhattan can help you find the solutions that you need to make your net book live up to its potential.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

MANHATTAN Privacy Filters Help Keep Computing Safe

According to Javelin Strategy and Research and US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, almost 10 million Americans learned in 2008 that they were identity fraud victims and 2.7 million households experienced personal information compromises that cost an average of $1,600. Cyber crime affects businesses too. Computer-related theft occurrences can cost a company $10,000 or more and keep IT systems down longer than 24 hours.

What can be done to deter identity theft, prevent unintended data disclosure and protect browsing privacy? MANHATTAN Privacy Filters can help provide a simple, inexpensive first-line defense against “shoulder surfers” in cafés, airplane cabins, busy offices and other open, unsecured work settings. By narrowing the field of view to approximately 45° from the display center, MANHATTAN Privacy Filters effectively discourage glances from curious onlookers and potential cyber thieves.

Restricting visibility to only persons with direct display views, MANHATTAN Privacy Filters can also help meet data disclosure regulations in the U.S. and Canada including the Children’s Internet Protection Act, Federal Information Security Act (FISMA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

MANHATTAN Privacy Filters also help to decrease eyestrain, glare and annoying reflections without distorting or obscuring images. Available in 9 popular sizes, the frameless design easily attaches with a multi-option mounting kit to most desktop displays and notebook computers. Once installed, MANHATTAN Privacy Filters protect vulnerable LCD surfaces from scratches and minor damage and remain securely in place when notebook computers are closed for safer, more secure use almost anywhere. MANHATTAN Privacy Filters offer the same performance, a superior warranty and a better value when compared with other more expensive brands of privacy filters and screens.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of mobile accessories and desktop organization products including privacy filters and other PC security products, visit http://www.manhattan-products.com

Monday, July 19, 2010

New MANHATTAN Notebook Computer Cooling Stands Elevate Comfort and Productivity

MANHATTAN, a leading global provider of personal computer components, peripherals, cables and accessories, adds two new USB MANHATTAN Notebook Computer Cooling Stands that bring portable overheating protection to mobile computing. These new MANHATTAN Notebook Computer Cooling Stands securely hold and place a notebook computer up to 17” at a proper, relaxed level that helps reduce neck and eye fatigue while saving valuable work space. Model 190039 features 6 adjustable tilt levels and a sliding document holder to attach pages and clippings for quick reference when transcribing. Its integrated and detachable Hi-Speed USB 4-port hub can connect a full-sized keyboard, mouse and more USB peripherals. Model 190046 includes an extra USB port that expands USB connectivity.

Equipped w
ith powerful but quiet and efficient fans, operating temperatures are kept within safe ranges for longer life and improved performance. Ideal alternatives to cumbersome docking stations and port replicators, the full-size platforms allow easy access to built-in CD/DVD drives, card slots and ports to maintain high levels of productivity for most tasks and users almost anywhere.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of mobile accessories and desktop organization products including notebook computer cooling stands and pads, visit http://www.manhattan-products.com

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MANHATTAN Digital Photo Mouse Puts On Desktop Slideshow

MANHATTAN recently introduced a new and unique Digital Photo Mouse to its extensive range of personal computing products. With a built-in, full-color 1.5” LCD and 8 MB onboard memory, the MANHATTAN Digital Photo Mouse can store, display and personalize workspaces with more than 100 family, holiday, vacation, pet and other favorite images. An included software tool and on-screen menu help to easily select slideshow or manual display settings, load and change JPGs and manage other preferences.

Its fully capable and accurate optical 800 dpi sensor with 3 buttons and scroll wheel is ideal for accomplishing daily computing needs. USB Plug and Play installation and compatibility with Windows XP/Vista/7 offer quick and easy operation. With no mechanical or rolling parts to wear or fail, the MANHATTAN Digital Photo Mouse requires little maintenance to maintain stable performance.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of Mice for desktop, notebook and netbook computers, visit http://www.manhattan-products.com

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MANHATTAN Introduces iPad Pouches

MANHATTAN recently introduced three new portable PC sleeves to its accessory line designed to fit the popular new Apple iPad and other portable PCs and tablets with screens up to 24.5 cm (9.7 in.). Constructed of durable, cushioned fabric, each MANHATTAN iPad Pouch stretches to provide snug protection for iPads, digital readers and other tablets against common, everyday mishandling. Slip inside a briefcase or tuck under the arm and easily carry an iPad or tablet between meetings or from room to room. The reversible, 2-color design available in 3 combinations coordinates with the iPad exterior which resembles an enlarged iPhone with a touchscreen measuring 24.5 cm (9.7 in.). According to reports on May 31, 2010, Apple has sold 2,000,000 units since the new touchscreen device was launched in the US nearly 2 months ago.
  • 50,000 iPads were sold in the first 2 hours in the US
  • 1 million iPads were sold in a month – it took 74 days to sell 1 million iPhones in 2007
  • iPad US sales have outpaced those of the Mac
  • iPad 3G model remains sold-out in the US
  • International iPad sales were delayed nearly a month due to unexpected US demand
According to Apple, the iPad was introduced on May 31 in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland. The device which combines the mobility of a smartphone with a portable computer is expected to go on sale in 9 more countries in July including Ireland. Analysts estimate that by the end of 2010, worldwide iPad sales could reach nearly 8 million units with the US representing 57% of sales.

Read more at PC World.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of Accessories for desktop, notebook and netbook computers, visit www.manhattan-products.com

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Putting Webcam Resolutions In Focus

Webcams have provided people a means of keeping in touch. Using video in blogging, emails, video chat, and video conferencing web cams have made communication easier than ever before. Resolution is one of the most common considerations, when making a webcam purchase. What most consumers do not know is there are two types of resolutions. There are software enhanced (interpolated) and true sensor resolutions. Understanding the difference helps consumers make the best decision for their budget and needs.

True Sensor Resolution
The sensor of the webcam is made up of a number of points that are sensitive to light. There can be millions of these points on a high quality sensor. These sensors are typically rated in Mega Pixels, or millions of pixels. The higher the rating, the more detail an image can have. A highly detailed image can be viewed in larger formats without pixelation or distortion. Some refer to this as the true resolution. The higher the resolution is, the more expensive and fragile the sensor becomes.

Interpolated Resolution
Interpolation is one of several mathematical formulas used to increase the number of pixels in an image. Interpolation is done through the use of software. The software analyzes the image and adds pixels, creating them from surrounding pixels.

The original image

Software adds pixels

Software compares surrounding pixels to determine what the new pixels should look like.

Non interpolated image magnified.

From these base examples, it can be seen that the use of software interpolation smoothes out the image. Because interpolation does not use true image pixels, there is some quality loss, but far less than a larger image that is non-interpolated.

Webcam Application
The use of software interpolation allows webcam designers to use cheaper lenses to achieve higher quality images. Most webcams are able to produce a standard 640x480 video stream, which is equal to 300k Pixel (300 thousand pixels). Still frame images are often of higher resolutions, because they use software interpolation. By using software interpolation, webcams are able to produce high resolution images without the high cost of advanced lens sensors.

Images used came from a great website on imagery, learn more from the site, Cambridge in Colour.

Monday, May 3, 2010

MANHATTAN Combines E-Sata And USB Into A Single Integrated Connector

With the growing amount and forms of media, eSATA drive enclosures, flash drives and other external devices are becoming popular storage options. Without an energized port and greater power requirements of high-performance eSATA peripherals, its implementation has been limited. To meet demands for expanded capacities, speeds and convenience, many notebook computer and peripheral manufacturers have adopted a new eSATA+USB port that combines eSATA performance with USB ease in a single connector. This 2-in-1 data-power hybrid eliminates the need to carry a power adapter and keeps limited USB ports free to attach other peripherals.

Ideal for newer notebook computers equipped with an eSATA+USB port, the MANHATTAN eSATA+USB to USB Adapter connects and permits simultaneous use of eSATA and USB devices with data transfer eSATA speeds up to 3 Gbps and Hi-Speed USB speeds up to 480 Mbps. It can also simplify data and power connections when using USB-powered eSATA devices.

MANHATTAN eSATA+USB Cables are offered in configurations that connect an eSATA+USB device to an eSATA+USB port at full eSATA data transfer speeds and 5 V + 12 V USB power. Others connect USB or eSATA devices at their respective full data transfer speeds with 5 V USB power.

MANHATTAN offers a complete, single source of personal computing solutions for work, home and mobile venues. Its expansive range of innovative products protected with a lifetime warranty and comprehensive technical support reinforce its commitment to personal computer users worldwide.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rapid Growth Predicted for SuperSpeed USB

It seems just yesterday that USB3.0, properly known as SuperSpeed, was introduced. Already however, many manufacturers such as MANHATTAN have introduced controllers to upgrade your existing PC or laptop and a wide variety of devices. According to research firm IDC, shipments of USB3.0 chips will reach 12.45 million units in 2010. IDC also predicts that shipments of these chips will reach 100 million units in 2011, and 2.3 billion units in 2015.

SuperSpeed USB from USB IF on Vimeo.

MANHATTAN Adds Digital Storage Options with New SuperSpeed Enclosure

MANHATTAN, a leading global provider of personal computer components, peripherals, cables and accessories, announces its newest Drive Enclosure and first personal computing peripheral featuring SuperSpeed USB capability. With data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps or nearly ten-fold above those of Hi-Speed USB, this new MANHATTAN SuperSpeed USB Drive Enclosure accommodates 3.5” SATA hard drives to help meet high performance demands and storage applications with the benefit of reduced wait times and improved power efficiency. Windows 7 compliant and backwards-compatible with earlier USB versions, its Plug and Play and hot-swap functionality make it ready, willing and able to provide reliable digital storage in the home and office.

MANHATTAN is a leading global provider of single-source personal computing solutions protected with a lifetime warranty for work, home and mobile venues. For our full line of Components, Peripherals and Cables including drive enclosures and docking kits, visit www.manhattan-products.com.

Friday, February 12, 2010

eSATA+USB The Power eSATA Connector

In the later part of 2008, a connection started to appear on the side of laptops and motherboards that had people scratching their heads. Some people did not even seem to notice the connection, or did not question what it did. Then curiosity would drive them to finally ask, “What is this?”

The awkward looking connection came with an equally odd label. It showed eSATA with a USB symbol and a power symbol. Forums were flooded with people wondering what this connection was.

The answer to the question was one that had been long waited for, by enthusiasts and technicians. This eSATA+USB connection was the long waited for eSATA + Power initiative, started by the SATA-IO group.

The goals of the initiative were simple:
  1. Develop an integrated power delivery solution for eSATA.
  2. Maintain backwards compatibility.
  3. Use a single connection and single cable solution.

A number of hybrid cables and connectors were developed to solve this problem, and one of them caught on. Mother board manufacturers such as MSI, ASUS and others started to use a single connection. This connection appeared on laptops from HP, Toshiba and other major brands.

eSATA and USB are joined to combine the USB A-Type connection and the eSATA connection. This allowed a single connection point that could carry power. One half of the connector has the pins for the eSATA connection, while the other half allows for a 4-pin USB connection.

The result is a connection that can be used for:

  1. A simple USB 2.0 port
  2. eSATA port supporting 3GB throughput.
  3. Power eSATA

Knowledge and understanding of this connection technology has been slow to catch on, but it is expected that devices will start taking advantage of this connector by the second half of 2010. Cable and adapter manufacturers are also on board, creating cables and adapters to make sure that people maintain backward compatibility to older computers, or older devices that may otherwise prove an issue to use.