Motorola S9 Bluetooth headphones and D650 iPod adapter, MX Air, Maxtor OneTouch Plus 4


Motorola S9 Bluetooth headphones and D650 iPod adapter
Price: $249.95

Everyone’s seen the distinctive iPod shape and headphones in Apple’s advertising, where silhouetted figures dance and twirl with the iconic shape in hand. Now even the iPod’s ready to go wireless with this Bluetooth transmitter and headset from Motorola.

You simply plug the transmitter into the iPod’s power socket, turn on the headset and hold the power button down long enough to pair it with the transmitter, and you’re ready to enjoy your 50,000 songs wirelessy. If only the quality and form factor were as good as the signature white headphones.

There was an awful crackle in one earphone, presumably from interference or just a bad signal. And as the headset isn’t adjustable, it’s impossible to find a comfortable position for it on your head. The unit also pairs with a phone so you can take calls, and although it has easy to reach volume controls, you’ll want much better quality for listening to music. Rating: 1

MX Air
Price: $229.95

Some gadgets have some practical use but make you feel like a villain in a James Bond film sporting all the coolest gear, and the MX Air is one. It’s a wireless mouse that works the normal way (ie on a desktop) via a small USB transceiver. But pick it up and wave it in the air and the gyroscope in the body of the device transmits your movements to the transceiver.

Open and close windows, click and drag, go back, select text and left or right click all by pointing at the screen. It still worked about three metres back from the PC but by that time you can’t even see what you’re clicking, so using it as a traditional remote on your lounge room-based media centre PC won’t be easy. Even when you’re up close it’ll take time to get used to it. It’s pricey for a mouse but it’s a lot like a sports car — if you can afford one, why buy a sedan that does the same job? Rating: 3

Maxtor OneTouch Plus 4
Price: $349

The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus is a 750Gb external hard drive, more than enough for a casual user and even plenty for a power PC user with a huge collection of photos, music and video.

It connects via USB or Firewire (speed) to either a Mac or a PC and contains the software for both systems to run the automatic backup utility. From there you can either drag your data manually to the drive, which shows up on your desktop, or press the button on the front of the body to enact your single-click backup. Rating: 4


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