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IOGear Brings Thunderbolt 2 Dock/KVM Switch to CES

iogear logoThunderbolt-based docks are turning into big business thanks to recent developments in computing hardware (mostly on behalf of Apple). Docks have been used for years to make it easier to use laptops in desktop situations. But what if your desktop already has a computer on it? Todd met with David from IOGear to gett the answer to that question.

David showed off the new Thunderbolt 2 KVM/Docking Station from IOGear. This dock is more than just a standard port extender for a laptop computer. Here are some details:

  • Built-in KVM switch allows you to connect two computers to the dock at the same time
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 inputs
  • Thunderbolt expansion port allows for connecting up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices
  • 4K 30hz video output
  • Analog and optical audio I/O
  • eSATA connection, USB 3, and USB 2 connections for storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet port

This new dock/KVM device is available for purchase now at a price of $399.95.

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IOGear Introduces HDMI Switch with 2D to 3D Conversion

According to IOGear about 70% of the people currently looking to buy new TV’s are leaning towards 3D, but are scared off by the lack of available programming.  That’s why they have decided to produce what is the worlds first conversion box for making 2D content available as 3D, that also has upscaling features and an HDMI switch built-in.

This new HDMI switch has 4 ports and it does a lot more than simple conversion.  This as-yet-unnamed IOGear box allows the user to make adjustments to get the 3D picture looking right for their individual tastes.  Since it has four HDMI inputs you can also up-convert your 2D DVD’s as well.  It also upscales resolution types by turning 480 into 720 and 720 into 1080, which then converts to 3D, making all of your existing content available in 3D.  The box is expected to be available in March for an MSRP of $199.  That’s about double a basic 4 port HDMI switch, but it contains functionality which can’t be had all in one box until now, and it’s all in one very small box.  You can check it out in the video below.  Now all it needs is a name.

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IOGEAR Wireless Multi-Touch Pad

If you’re a touchpad lover, then you’ll be in heaven with IOGEAR‘s new Wireless Multi-Touch Pad (GTP520R), freshly announced at CES. As you might guess from the name, it’s a wireless touchpad that supports multi-touch, which is pretty cool.

IGEAR Wireless Multi-Touch Pad

Anyone with a smartphone or tablet will be familiar with multi-touch and gestures, but most laptop touchpads don’t support either of them. The IOGEAR Multi-Touch Pad can bring multi-touch and gestures to Windows-based PCs and home theater computers (HTPCs), making browsing, scrolling, image viewing and navigating the web quicker and more natural.

  • Multi-select: double-tap your finger and select multiple icons, or a section for drag’n’drop
  • 1 Finger Gestures: mouse click, right/left mouse click, mouse select, vertical scroll, back/forward command flick
  • 2 Finger Gestures: pan screen side to side and up and down, object zoom in/out, rotate object

As you can see from the picture, the Multi-Touch Pad has six hot keys at the top to control A/V media functions such as volume up and down, skip track and home. With a range of about 10 m, the Touch Pad is ideal for the wireless control from the couch of  home theater PCs and other media friendly devices. The 2.4 GHz frequency band is used and a USB nano receiver is included. To get an idea of size, the pad part is just under 5″ so it’s much bigger than a laptop touchpad.

Multi-touch control is changing the way we interface with devices,” said Bill Nguyen, senior marketing manager at IOGEAR. “From tablets and smartphones to laptops and computer peripherals, people have trained their hands to use touchscreens comfortably and productively and our Wireless Multi-Touch Pad takes this control to the next level.

The IOGEAR Wireless Multi-Touch Pad is available now for an MSRP of $79.95.

IOGEAR HD Audio/Video Switch

Like a lot of people the number of devices that I have that require an HD connection have out grown the number of connections on the back of my monitor. So I went looking for an HDMI switch. I ended up picking up the IOGEAR GHDSW3KIT2 HD Audio/Video Switch It has 3 ports where you connect the devices to and one connection to the monitor. It comes with one HDMI cable and a IR remote control. It does not come with a power source, although it does have a power input. According to the IOGEAR site for most devices a power adapter is not require, but there are still some devices that don’t deliver enough power through the HD cable so the IOGEAR can be connected a adapter to offer the power.

It is easy to set up simply connect your devices into one of the three inputs and then connect the IOGEAR to the monitor. This will even work with DVI devices through a HDMI to DVI adapter. Once everything was connected it worked immediately. It can handle 480I, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p video resolution and up to 8 channel surround sound. Switching with the remote works well. If you connect through a DVI adapter the switching may not be as smooth as a direct HDMI connection, but it still works. One of the reasons I chose this adapter over others in the same price range ($39.99 on Newegg) is that it comes with a remote. I have only had the switch for a couple of days and the only problem that I have seen is that one time it switched by itself. Or at least I think it did. I was working on something and I looked up and it had switch to a different device, It is possible I hit the remote without knowing it. Other then that I have had no problems with it and am glad I purchase it. Although I do wish I had waited till this weekend because its on sale for $21.99 on Newegg.


Iogear_logoThe IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Adapter kit instantly allows you to add a high resolution display using Wireless USB Technology. Simply install the driver software on your Windows PC, conIogear_wirelessnect the USB adapter to your PC and the VGA adapter to your VGA display, you are ready to extend your desktop to another screen wirelessly.

The Wireless USB to VGA adapter uses Ultra Wideband and has a MSRP price of $209.95 USD. IOGEAR is working on a Ultra Wideband audio product that is expected to be ready in Q2 of 2009.

IOGear Digital Scribe Demo at CES 2007

IOGear demo of the Digital Scribe at the 2007 Consumer Electronics show.

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