Integration of devices can always be taked one (or more) steps too far. The Wireless Speaker Mouse takes it about four steps too far. 1:You really don’t want crappy speakers at your fingertips. Go buy yourself a decent 2.1 speaker set and forget about this. 2:A calculator in your mousepad? Why? You are sitting at a computer which is made to do far more complicated calculations than that calcualtor could ever do. 3:Wireless? This feature will make you go through batteries like no other. What is acceptable to be wireless at a desktop? Speakers, mouses, keyboards, remote controls… Not mousepad speakers 4: Finally, solar power. What is solar power doing inside of a mousepad? So it powers the calculator, that shouldn’t be in there either. Ladies and gents, please, don’t waste your money, keep your $5 pad from Fry’s and forget about the rest. — Nik Gomez
Wireless Speaker Mousepad [via The Red Ferret Journal]
While some tech combos have gotten out of hand when it comes to peculiar pairings, (vacuum shoes?!) more often than not, there are combinations that are actually useful. One of the most convenient options as of late is the modem router combo. It may not be as flashy sounding as some of the others, but where it lacks in flash it makes up in functionality.
For home access internet, you need a modem and a router. The modem is what connects you to your internet service provider, and the router is the link between your modem and computers that distributes the data. Both are necessities so rather than having two devices cluttering up your home, go for a modem router combo.
The benefits are many, and the benefits start with cost effectiveness. From there, it’s easier to install than two separate units and there’s no need to worry about knowing when you need to update because with the modem router combo for Comcast Xfinity or any service provider, they’ll take care of updating for you. When it comes to combinations, this is one that makes sense by being useful and looking good while it’s at it.
Even though technology is evolving, and some combinations of gadgets are off in left field, some products like modem router combos and cell phones and cameras simply are logical. You could say they go together like peanut butter and jelly… it makes sense. There’s a reason peanut butter and mustard sandwiches aren’t a thing.