Wednesday, October 1, 2008

6 New Accessories Designed for the Mobile Mac by Targus

Targus has announced a group of 6 new devices made specifically for the Mac. They are all part of the "Targus for Mac" line. These new Mac portable devices are (on no particular order)

  1. Bluetooth laser mouse - uses the Bluetooth connection and frees up a USB port
  2. Wireless USB mouse - the mouse even has a small storage area built into it to hold the dongle
  3. 4 Port USB hub - increases the number of USB ports available
  4. Bluetooth Presentation Mouse - the only wireless presenter dedicated to the Mac
  5. File Share Cable - designed to quickly transfer files between two Macs or your Mac and a PC
  6. Chill Mat - USB powered 2 fans to efficiently remove heat and keep your lap cool. Accomodates all Macs up to 17 inches.
More details are available from the press release below:

ANAHEIM, Calif., - September 30, 2008 - Targus Inc., maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, announced today it is launching its first line of notebook accessories specifically designed for Mac notebook users. The new family of products is designed from the ground up to deliver a complete suite of Mac-exclusive solutions and includes a Wireless Mouse, Bluetooth® Laser Mouse, Bluetooth Presenter, USB Hub, Chill Mat™, File Share Cable and Privacy Screen. Each product is developed with materials, ergonomic attributes, technology innovations, functionality and aesthetics designed specifically to meet Mac users' wants and needs. Drawing on the popularity of the iPod® Touch, the mice and presenter feature the most current touch scroll technology, delivering unprecedented ease of navigation.

With its first line of Mac accessories, Targus offers Mac enthusiasts cutting-edge products with feature-rich functionality and Mac-focused designs. The new line complements the Apple® style with clean, sleek and trendy form factors that exude simplicity and sophistication. In addition, continuing with Targus' Eco-Smart™ campaign, all the packaging includes eco-friendly materials featuring up to 70% post-consumer paper materials and highly recyclable PET.

"The new Targus for Mac line was created with Mac user input throughout the design and development process, and while it has a distinct Mac aesthetic in terms of look and feel, it offers much more than that," said Bob Shortt, sr. vice president of sales and marketing at Targus. "We designed the functionality required to deliver what Mac users want in their products, like the intuitive interface on the presenter, the smooth-moving touch scroll and the dual programmable buttons that let users personalize their experience."

Wireless Mouse for Mac (Model # AMW43US) and Bluetooth Laser Mouse for Mac (Model # AMB08US)
Both new mice are equipped with the latest in touch technology, our 4-way touch scroll provides smooth, rapid scrolling, move up/down and left/right with just the tip of a finger. Additionally, the mice allow Mac users to personalize their mouse functions with two programmable buttons that instantly give users access to the functions or applications they use most. The ergonomic size and shape of the mice create a comfortable and supportive experience that cradles the hand during use. Equipped with a Power Indicator Light, both mice inform users of low battery power.

The Wireless Mouse for Mac features a RF 2.4 GHz Micro USB receiver, which plugs into a USB port, allowing unencumbered free range of motion; the micro receiver stows conveniently into the Wireless Mouse for travel or storage. 1200 dpi optical sensor technology ensures accurate movement on the screen. The Wireless Mouse for Mac measures 4.64" x 2.51" x 1.45", weighs 4.7 oz and has an MSRP of $49.99.

With top-of-the-line Bluetooth technology, the Bluetooth Laser Mouse for Mac offers the ultimate ease in wireless connectivity and eliminates the need for a receiver, preserving a USB port for other devices. Whether used with or without a mouse pad, the Bluetooth Laser Mouse delivers precise cursor movements with quality 1200 dpi laser technology. The Bluetooth Laser Mouse for Mac measures 4.64" x 2.51" x 1.45", weighs 4.4 oz and has an MSRP of $69.99.

Bluetooth Presenter for Mac (Model # AMP11US)
The first Mac-specific presenter on the market, Targus' innovative Bluetooth Presenter for Mac includes numerous features designed to improve the presentation experience. The intuitive button configuration provides ease of use and prevents accidental button presses, with primary presentation controls such as previous slide, next slide and laser pointer easily identifiable from tactile cues; secondary functions like blank screen and slide show are recessed and out of the way. Versatile functionality switches easily from Presentation Mode to Cursor Mode, for use like a mouse, with touch scroll technology delivering smooth, effortless navigation through lengthy spreadsheets, PDF documents and other projected applications.

Compatible with both Keynote® and PowerPoint®, the Bluetooth presenter for Mac includes remote control for adjustment of volume and other functions plus two programmable buttons that give users quick access to applications or functions of their choice. Additionally, the Bluetooth Presenter for Mac includes a laser pointer, allowing users to call attention to important information within their presentation. Bluetooth technology delivers wireless control of presentations from a distance of up to 33 feet and the Presenter's comfort-conscious design reduces strain due to the ergonomic placement of its buttons. The Bluetooth Presenter for Mac measures 5.1" x 1.65" x .98", weighs 3.7 oz and has an MSRP of $79.99.

USB Hub for Mac (Model # ACH105US)
Expanding user's USB ports to accommodate connection of up to four devices, the one-of-a-kind, stylish USB Hub for Mac supports USB 2.0 and is useful for anyone with multiple connection needs. The convenient wrap-around cable secures around the perimeter for a sleek appearance and protects the hubs from tiny debris or damage, making the Hub a perfect, compact travel companion. The USB Hub for Mac measures 3.5" x 1.7" x .75", weighs 1.8 oz and has an MSRP of $29.99.

Chill Mat for Mac (Model # AWE41US)
Specifically designed for Mac notebooks, Targus' new Chill Mat for Mac has two USB powered fans that are strategically placed for optimal cooling. Users can place their Mac notebooks at a tilted angle for ideal positioning and comfortable viewing on their lap or desktop. The soft mesh bottom allows for optimal air flow for comfortable use on the lap; the powerful yet quiet dual fans prevent heat damage when used on other work surfaces. The Chill Mat for Mac includes a conveniently placed power switch and accommodates up to 17" Mac notebooks. The Chill Mat for Mac measures 15.15" x 11.22" x 1.45", weighs 1.6 lbs and has an MSRP of $49.99.

File Share Cable for Mac (Model # ACC9602US)
Ideal for transferring large amounts of digital content including videos, music, images, or files, the File Share Cable for Mac simply plugs in and starts working without the need to install any software or drivers. Once connected via USB, simply drag and drop files between computers and the transfer is complete. The built-in software allows users to simply plug in the cable between a Mac or PC to another Mac or PC and easily transfer documents or files. The File Share Cable for Mac measures 3.3" x 1.3" x .51", weighs 1.7 oz and has an MSRP of $49.99.

Privacy Screen for Mac
At the local coffeehouse, airport, or in an office environment, keep prying eyes away and your content secure with Targus' Privacy Screens for Mac. By narrowing the viewing angle with microscopic vertical blinds, information is only visible to the person sitting in front of the screen. With the option to attach with the provided double-sided adhesive, for semi-permanent mounting, or transparent tabs that allow for easily sliding it on and off, the Privacy Screen for Mac is easy to take on the road or use in the office. The anti-glare feature additionally reduces eye-strain that can occur from computer use. Available in all three standard screen sizes (13", 15", or 17") the Privacy Screen for Mac also shields screens from unwanted smudges and scratches. The Privacy Screen for Mac has an MSRP of $49.99 for the 13" (ASF133W1US), $59.99 for the 15" (ASF154W1US) and $79.99 for the 17" (ASF17W1US).

All products are backed by a limited one year warranty. These and other Targus' accessories are available at as well as through leading retailers, VARs, e-tailers, and direct marketers.

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