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Need protection for your Google Nexus device?

January 17, 2013 1 comment

Amzer AMZ94381 Black Silicone Skin Jelly Case for Nexus 7

Amzer AMZ94381 Black Silicone Skin Jelly Case for Nexus 7

Amzer AMZ94388 Hot Pink Silicone Skin Jelly Case for Nexus 7

Amzer AMZ94388 Hot Pink Silicone Skin Jelly Case for Nexus 7

Google’s highly anticipated release of their “Nexus” brand of Android phones and tablets went better than expected, with their Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 models selling out completely on the first day. If you’re a proud owner of a new Nexus 7 and would like to keep it that way, ShopBLT.com offers a selection of case types and styles from different manufacturers that are sure to keep your Nexus device looking and working great.

Amzer offers a selection of quality, affordable custom silicone skins which offer great protection, and are custom fitted to allow unrestricted access to all ports, controls, and functions. The two most popular colors, Black and Hot Pink are in-stock at ShopBLT.com, shipped for $16.74:

Amzer AMZ94381 Black Silicone Skin Jelly Case for Nexus 7

Amzer AMZ94388 Hot Pink Silicone Skin Jelly Case for Nexus 7

For users interested in a portfolio style case, RooCase offers their popular DualView and Executive models, which feature separate inner and outer casings. The outer case is designed to be removed and folded into a stand, which the inner casing can then attach to in either portrait or landscape mode. It’s truly an impressive design, and at under $35 each, neither model will break the bank.

ShopBLT.com has both the DualView and Executive Nexus cases in-stock:

RooCase RC-NEXUS7-DV-BK Black Case Cover for Nexus 7 Dual-View

RooCase RC-NEXUS7-EXE-BK Black Case for Nexus 7 Executive

No matter which Nexus device you may have, ShopBLT.com carries a selection of protective accessories that will keep your device in top condition.

RooCase RC-NEXUS7-DV-BK Black Case Cover for Nexus 7 Dual-View

RooCase RC-NEXUS7-DV-BK Black Case Cover for Nexus 7 Dual-View

RooCase RC-NEXUS7-EXE-BK Black Case Cover for Nexus 7 Executive

RooCase RC-NEXUS7-EXE-BK Black Case Cover for Nexus 7 Executive

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Compliment your gaming mouse with the Razer Scarab gaming surface.

November 21, 2012 1 comment

Razer RZ02-00420100-R3U1 Scarab Gaming Surface Mouse Pad

Razer RZ02-00420100-R3U1 Scarab Gaming Surface Mouse Pad

I recently posted about the Razer Naga 2012 gaming mouse that has become my new “main mouse”. In addition to the new mouse, I’ve also upgraded to the Razer Scarab precision mouse pad. To be honest, I’d never replaced my mouse pad before purchasing the Scarab. I had always just assumed that “a mouse pad was a mouse pad”, and that the one I’ve always used would always be good enough. When I originally purchased the Naga, I wasn’t noticing the “razor sharp precision” that reviewers on the internet had talked about. I thought the mouse tracked about as well as any other mouse — it was decent, not great. I’ve always had issues clicking small interface or game options with precision at very high screen resolutions. I’ve always needed to turn down pointer speed or mouse sensitivity to maintain a smooth experience, and the Naga was no different. It had never occurred to me that my mouse pad could be the issue.

Now that I’ve upgraded to the Razer Scarab mouse pad, I understand what “razor sharp precision” means. The Scarab is a hard-surface mouse pad with a texture designed to aid in movement and tracking. Not only is very little effort needed to move the mouse on this surface, the action is completely “drag” free. I can turn all my sensitivity options up to the max and still maintain perfect accuracy. The mouse feels as if it’s floating over the surface of the mouse pad — very similar to the way paddles glide across an air hockey table. There’s almost no resistance, which means you’re free to make very small, very precise fingertip movements at high sensitivity consistently. If you’re upgrading your mouse, I strongly recommend you upgrade your mouse pad as well. Take advantage of the advanced optics and tracking featured by modern gaming mice with an appropriate gaming surface like the Scarab. The Scarab is available for $30.54 at ShopBLT.com, here:  Razer RZ02-00420100-R3U1 Scarab Gaming Surface Mouse Pad

Caught in a storm without reliable flashlights?

November 15, 2012 Leave a comment

During our preparations for hurricane Sandy recently, we came to realize that we needed to purchase a new set of flashlights.  Ours were in a sorry state. Half were lost or broken, and the flashlights that we could find were decades old, used bulbs that didn’t put out much light, and required C or D cell batteries. None of our home electronics really use C or D cell batteries anymore, so we never have any on hand.

We also simply needed more of them. As some were lost or broken, We didn’t even have enough working flashlights on hand to provide one to each person in the house in the event of a power outage.

Norlite 08-N103-R 4 LED Red Flashlight

Norlite 08-N103-R 4 LED Red Flashlight

After some researching, we ended up choosing HoffCo’s Norlite brand. We bought several of the 19-LED and 4-LED models. They all feature solid aluminum cases with rubberized gaskets so they’re impact and water resistant, bright LED’s instead of bulbs for long lasting battery life, and they use AAA and AA batteries. The best part of all, is that they’re extremely inexpensive. $11 for the 19-LED and $4 for the 4-LED, and they include batteries.

We purchased 5 of both models. Every one arrived working perfectly. The quality of these flashlights is amazing considering the price — especially since they come with batteries. If you need to update your storm kit or are looking for an inexpensive but high quality emergency flashlight for your glove box or purse, I’d highly recommend the Norlite series. They’re extremely well made for the money, and are available in several different colors.

HoffCo Norlite Flashlights are available from ShopBLT:

Norlite 08-N104-BL 19 LED Blue Flashlight

Norlite 08-N104-BL 19 LED Blue Flashlight

19-LED – $10.58

Norlite 08-N104-B 19 LED Black Flashlight
Norlite 08-N104-BL 19 LED Blue Flashlight
Norlite 08-N104-G 19 LED Green Flashlight
Norlite 08-N104-P 19 LED Platinum Flashlight
Norlite 08-N104-R 19 LED Red Flashlight

4-LED –  $4.23

Norlite 08-N103-B 4 LED Black Flashlight
Norlite 08-N103-BL 4 LED Blue Flashlight
Norlite 08-N103-G 4 LED Green Flashlight
Norlite 08-N103-P 4 LED Platinum Flashlight
Norlite 08-N103-R 4 LED Red Flashlight

Razer Naga 2012 MMO Gaming Mouse with Adjustable Grips

September 14, 2012 3 comments

Razer Naga 2012 MMO Gaming Mouse

Razer Naga 2012 MMO Gaming Mouse

As a fan of PC games, I’ve always been partial to the keyboard and mouse control scheme. Several years ago, the gaming hardware company Razer created the “Naga”. The Naga is a gaming mouse that features a 12-Key thumbpad for use with Massively Multiplayer (and other) games. I’ve long been a fan of the standard 2 button Microsoft Mouse. I’ve been using the same model for years, and I’ve grown accustomed to the shape and feel. When I purchased the original Naga years ago, I was disappointed to discover that I hated the shape. In fact, I couldn’t stand it. The mouse was too large and oddly shaped to sit comfortably in my hand.

Razer Naga 2012 with interchangeable grips.

Razer Naga 2012 with interchangeable grips.

Thankfully, Razer has now released the Naga 2012. While the basic design has remained the same, this new updated 2012 model now includes 3 different interchangeable grips for the mouse. These 3 grips drastically alter the size, shape, and feel of the mouse.

One of these grips, called “Claw Grip”, is actually very close to the feel of the original Microsoft Mouse I’ve been using for years. As an added bonus, the 12 thumb keys are turning out to be useful in other unexpected applications as well. The keypad works great for quick number entry on online forms and for softphone / Skype dialing. If you’ve tried the original Naga in the past and disliked the shape, or if you’re simply in the market for a gaming mouse with an adjustable size and grip, I can’t recommend the Razer Naga 2012 enough.

The Razer Naga 2012 is available at ShopBLT.com for $80.90 shipped.

Upgrading your laptop? Save the hard drive!

July 9, 2012 1 comment

Having gone through several laptops over the past few years, I’ve ended up with a collection of various 2.5″ SATA and IDE hard drives. Aside from privacy reasons, I typically remove the drives prior to disposing of the laptops with the mindset:  “I can use this later for something. I always need space. Why throw this out?”

Hard driveIt sounds good in theory, but until recently they’ve been sitting on a shelf in my closet slowly collecting dust and gathering in number.

I had considered purchasing an external enclosure for the drives, as I was essentially wasting terabytes of potential space. The truth is, unless you’re willing to purchase a dedicated housing for each drive, external drop-in enclosures tend to be a bit of a pain with laptop hard drives.

As the average laptop hard drive is still between 250 GB and 500GB in size, swapping disks into and out of an enclosure can be tedious with larger backups that can span multiple drives.  Most enclosures need to be at least partially disassembled to swap the drives, which are typically secured with screws and rails that must be removed. Unfortunately, as most drive enclosures cost between $30 and $50, it’s not cost effective to purchase individual permanent external housing for such small drives.

This was my situation until I stumbled across the ideal solution from StarTech at ShopBLT.com. StarTech’s 2.5″ IDE/SATA enclosure series, most notably the SAT2510U2 and IDE2510U2, contain everything I want in an enclosure.

StarTech SAT2510U2 2.5IN USB to SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

StarTech SAT2510U2 2.5IN USB to SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

They’re fully bus powered. No AC adapter is required. All power is supplied through 2 USB ports and the included Y cable, which is universal to both IDE and SATA models. There’s a single LED that indicates both power and drive activity, and that’s it. That’s all they do, and that’s awesome. They do everything I need them to do, and they don’t have any extra features that I’ll never use (but still end up paying for).

The best (and most important) thing about these enclosures, is that they’re less than $14 a piece for the IDE version, and less than $17 for the SATA version. At the price ShopBLT.com sells these models for, they’re absolutely inexpensive enough to purchase a dedicated housing for each drive, which is exactly what I did. For less than $100 total, I now have over 3 TB of available space to use at a moment’s notice. Not only are they vastly more convenient to use in backups that span multiple drives, they’re great for transferring large amounts of data to friends, family and colleagues.

If you’ve got an old broken laptop sitting around with a working hard drive, or any old 2.5″ drives with a SATA/IDE interface for that matter, considering purchasing these. They’re simple, they’re inexpensive, and they do the job perfectly.

Panasonic TY-EW3D3 Active Shutter 3D Glasses Available.

July 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Panasonic TY-EW3D3MU Medium 3D Glasses

Panasonic TY-EW3D3MU Medium 3D Glasses

Looking for another set of 3D glasses for your Panasonic 3D television?  Compatible with Panasonic’s VIERA line of screens, Panasonic offers replacement active  shutter 3D glasses in three different sizes.

These units have been designed to be a direct replacement to the 3D glasses included with your Panasonic television.  Initially, these televisions were shipped with a standard “one-size-fits-all” pair of active shutter 3D glasses which some users found uncomfortable. Additionally, many customers have expressed interest in purchasing additional pairs of glasses so that their friends and family can also enjoy the 3D experience. Due to high demand, these replacement models have been out of stock for quite some time, but now are beginning to arrive.

If you’re interested in additional glasses for your Panasonic 3D television, or are simply looking for a replacement pair in a more comfortable size, please visit the links below for pricing and availability information from ShopBLT.com.  All sizes can be worn over existing prescription eyewear comfortably by design.

Panasonic’s 3D Active Shutter glasses are compatible with the following Panasonic 3D television models:

TC-P55ST30, TC-P55GT30, TC-P60GT30, TC-P55VT30, TC-P65VT30, TC-P60ST30, TC-P46ST30, TC-L32DT30, TC-L37DT30, TC-P42ST30, TC-P50ST30, TC-P65ST30, TC-P65GT30, TC-P50GT30

nVidia GTX 680 GPU in High Demand

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

MSI N680GTX-PM2D 2GD5 GTX 680 video card.

MSI’s version of the GTX 680 video card (part # N680GTX-PM2D 2GD5).

One of the most sought after items this year is nVidia’s GTX 680 line of graphics cards. Utilizing their new 28nm manufacturing process, the  nVidia GTX 680 line of GPUs offers a remarkable increase in gaming performance and power efficiency over it’s predecessor, the GTX 580.

The GTX 680 PCI Express 3.0 GPU reference features a 1006 mhz graphics clock, 1502mhz memory clock, 1536 shaders and 2 GB GDDR5 memory on all reference models.

Tom’s Hardware features an excellent review and benchmark of the reference card.

High demand and constrained components at nVidia have caused a shortage of GTX 680 cards across all manufacturers. ShopBLT.com carries several cards based upon this chipset and will begin shipping as soon as inventory is received.  If you’re interested in getting hold of a GTX 680 for yourself, visit the below links for pricing and ETA information:

  1. EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 PCIE3 2GB GDDR5 DP / HDMI / DVI-I / DVI-D 550W / 2X6 Pin Power
  2. ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 PCIE 3.0 2GB GDDR5 28nm GUP 3D Vision Surround
  3. MSI N680GTX-PM2D 2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GD5 2GB GDDR5 VGA 2DVI Adapter DP 256 bit

Your best bet in getting one of these is to place an order now, to secure a position in line.  Remember, we don’t charge your credit card until your order ships, and you can cancel any time after the first 24 hours from placing your order, all the way up until stock arrives, with no penalty or charge.