Besides a lack of unruly cables, the other big advantage to using wireless accessories like a Bluetooth mouse is that they can be easily swapped between devices. And Elecom is betting that there are enough consumers using nine different devices at once to profit on its new 9nove wireless mouse. Good luck with that.
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If you want to take advantage of all the handy gesture shortcuts in Windows 8, but would rather skip the tablet or touchscreen display, Elecom has a new space-saving keyboard that is right up your alley. It's a full-sized wireless keyboard complete with a dedicated number pad that does double-duty as a gesture-compatible touchpad.
Between yesterday's expanding iPad keyboard case and this smaller collapsing alternative for smartphones, Elecom seems to have its sights on conquering the portable Bluetooth keyboard market. But victory will depend on whether or not the Japanese company make its products more affordable.
Despite what Microsoft wants you to think, keyboard-packing tablet cases aren't a new idea. It's just that typically you have to settle for a cramped set of keys that are only a marginal step up from an on-screen layout. So borrowing an idea from IBM's old butterfly ThinkPad keyboards, Elecom has created a transforming iPad 3 case that doesn't leave touch-typists feeling cramped.
Sometimes a long back-and-forth discussion over email can be quickly resolved with a quick phone call. So Elecom's new compact wireless Bluetooth keyboard doubles as a VoIP handset letting you drop a line through your tablet or computer.