Turtle Work Black Pen Micro-Review

Price as Reviewed: $54.96 USD at TurtlePens

Oh, it’s just a pen. Not a smartpen, or a digital pen. Just a pen with a really cool design — the Turtle Work Black Pen which comes in a cylinder casing made of stainless steel, whilst the build quality being superb. Writing with the Turtle Work is smooth, scratch free, and releases just the right amount of ink on each sentence. Moreover, the “SNAPback” system, which is the first of its kind to pop open the tip of the pen much like a turtle comes out of its shell is sort of a cool show-off, even though it has little to no purpose than the traditional design does.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “$55 for a single pen!”. That’s true and all; it is very pricey, but not as pricey as the legendary Montblanc pens that the rich, chic and famous have been using for countless years. Think of it as a luxury product: If you’re a PR agent, accountant, or just a writer who loves to use great pens, then head on over to TurtlePens and get one. You won’t be disappointed — I wasn’t. Gallery of the Turtle Work Black pen is below.

Score: 8/10


HP Touchpad Will Retail For $500 On July 1st, 3G Version Also Coming

It’s finally is coming on July 1st. The first webOS tablet ever, the HP Touchpad, is launching with a 9.7-inch XGA display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and NFC capability that between the slate and HP phones. Two versions of the TouchPad will be available to start with: a 16GB version for $499.99 or a 32GB version for an obviously more $599.99. HP also stated that a 3G model for AT&T will be available later this summer (always this summer, eh?), though pricing has not been announced for it. Pre-orders for the Wi-Fi only models begin June 19th. HP’s full press release is below.

Ernest Alexander iPad 2 Case Micro-Review

Price as Reviewed$120 at Bonobos
It’s an iPad case designed by Ernest Alexander and sold by Bonobos, who were kind enough to send us this review unit. The case is made out of waxed blue canvas with a leather strap and zipped pouch on the back, while the whole thing measures 8.5 x 11 inches.

Since it’s only a pouch for your iPad, then its uses are quite limited to only protecting your expensive purchase, and secondly, looking classy while doing it. And guess what? It actually looks pretty nice and does the job admiringly, including the extra space that comes with the back-end pouch which can be used for holding headphones, the USB cable/charger, or both (and more).

However, what I don’t like at all is the leather strap. Not that it’s leather, but because it is fastened by not a button, but a rather impossible to open stub which is too large for the small hole in the leather strap. This translates to having to fight with the case, quite literally, to open it every time you need to use your iPad 2. Plus it’s priced way too high, even for an up-and-coming designer brand, at $120 a case. To criticize it even further, the Ernest Alexander case has stitching around the leather that is rather weak, as it tore off when I was trying to open it, something which can be seen below.

Still, if you like canvas and want a case for your iPad (or to hold documents and such in), then Bonobos’ offering should do, albeit there are better cases out there. And hey, the case does look charming in a couple of ways.
Score: 6/10

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Unboxing

Hello there! This happens to be a special post (or something  like that) — the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook unboxing! Special thanks goes to Karen, a technology enthusiast and reader of LaptopMemo for sending us the photos of her unboxing, which displays the retail packaging, first boot up, and of course the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook itself. Thanks, Karen!

The unboxing is in the gallery below.

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Unboxing

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Will Launch November 15th This Year

It’s not as important as the announcement and teasing of Halo 4, but it’s pretty cool. This is the long-rumored remake of Halo: Combat Evolved, the first title in the series. It launches November 15th — the 10 year anniversary of the franchise’s launch and will include seven amazingly addictive multiplayer maps exactly like the original, but will also now include enhanced support for the newer Xbox LIVE features and a “fully remastered” campaign mode with support for co-op play over Xbox LIVE, all in new textures and HD graphics. Via: IGN

BlackBerry PlayBook Now On Sprint, If You Care

The good old (I meant new) PlayBook is on Sprint now for $499 and is the 16GB Wi-Fi version with the following specs: 7-inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, support for 1080p HDMI-out, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support. If you’re into a 4G WiMAX PlayBook, Sprint promises to release one by summer. PR after the jump.

Nintendo Announces Their Next-Gen Console: Wii U!

It’s an amazing game console. Fully capable of playing the latest Nintendo titles in full 1080p HD, the Wii U uses a controller with a 6.2-inch screen, two analog sticks, front-facing camera, full set of custom controllers for Wii U, and a full gamepad. The controller allows you to play Wii U on your TV, but can also be played on the Wii U controller. Some games can even use the controller”s screen to add more interactive elements to the game/overall, it’s perhaps the most amazing game console of the decade, right along the original innovation that the original Wii created when it was announced. The Wii U is planned to be releaed next year in 2012.
Publishers also are very keen on developing for Wii U, as the DIRT franchise, Electronic Arts (including EA Sports and Battlefield), Super Smash Bros., Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s: Ghost Recon, Tekken, and more will all come to Wii U in 2012. Press release after the invisible line.

iOS 5 Has Been Jailbroken — Wait, What?!

It has only hit “Beta 1” of its short life, but iOS 5 has been jailbroken by none other than the almighty Dev Team’s “MuscleNerd” on an iPod Touch. At the moment, the jailbreak is of the tethered variety, meaning that it must be connected to a computer to initialize the jailbreak, but that also means this version will never be released to the public. A full jailbreak is currently being worked on so it will launch in time for iOS 5’s release in the fall. Via: Twitter