March 29, 2005
Dear CNET members,
I never thought I would ever bring up what I got for the holidays in spring, but since this topic is about ridiculous accessories, I just had to show you mine. So here it is--my glowing USB snowman that takes residence next to my PC speakers. Yes, it's silly, but it was pretty amusing at the time, when I realized it was powered by a USB connection. But now that the amusement has worn off, during a couple of hot spells this year, I sure wished my snowman would turn into snow cone so that I could eat it. Do you have a funny or outrageous accessory that you would like to share with the rest of us? To get you started, read what Editor Rafe Needleman listed in his article as ridiculous accessories. And when you're ready to tell us what accessory you think is outrageous, silly, ridiculous, or all of the above, chime in with TalkBack, and have fun with this topic. We're all listening.
This week's hot topic:
Ridiculous PC accessories
In his recent Works For Me column, Rafe Needleman showcased some of the most ridiculous PC add-ons that he's seen and asked you to share your own findings. Many of you were quick to name your favorite superfluous gadgets and accessories.
Keep the coffee hot
CNET member khammo01 found a USB-based device designed to keep your coffee mug hot. But upon further investigation, he found that the gadget's insulating sleeve might be its only benefit since most USB devices can't pull enough power to generate the heat required.
Read khammo01's full post in CNET TalkBack
Switch to manual
CNET member pkeeler found a handheld generator that recharges your cell phone. If you've ever used one of those manually powered flashlights, you're probably thinking the same thing we are: how many hours of hand-squeezing does it take to make a five-minute phone call?
Read pkeeler's full post in CNET TalkBack
Turn on your mouse light
Sure it looks cool, but is there any legitimate use for a mousepad that lights up? CNET member montgomeryburns found one marketed toward gamers--it even cycles through seven different colors!
Read Mr. Burns' full post in CNET TalkBack
Have you come across a gadget or a PC peripheral that seems a little silly? Read "Works For Me: Ridiculous accessories," and speak up in the TalkBack section.
CNET peripheral resources:
From CNET Reviews
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Here are some great comments you've recently submitted on CNET. Keep the feedback coming!
Should you hold out for an ultra-HD HDTV?
TalkBack posted in Fully Equipped
Week in review: the strong arm of Apple
TalkBack posted in AnchorDesk
Can you really get a free iPod?
TalkBack posted in The Real Deal
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