Targus Introduces New Apple Notebook Accessories

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Targus has announced a suite of products compatible with Apple(R) PowerBook(R) and iBook(R) notebook computers running Mac OS(R) X operating systems. Targus’ new products include the Wireless Ultra-Mini Optical Mouse, Mobile 70 Universal AC/DC Adapter, Podium CoolPad(R) and the Notebook Portable LapDesk(TM).

“Targus continues to develop a wide range of innovative product offerings compatible with all major notebook brands,” said Paul Collas, director of product management for Targus. “As a pioneer of the personal computing revolution, Apple has continued to deliver high-quality products that are a perfect companion to Targus’ line of accessories. Our mobile products are a natural fit with Apple’s commitment to user-friendly computing environments.”

Wireless Ultra-Mini Optical Mouse

As the leader in mobile mice for Windows-based notebooks, Targus now offers a mouse specifically for the Apple notebook marketplace. Mimicking the aesthetics of the iBook, the mouse features the familiar white coloring and silver accents. Wireless RF technology, coupled with a compact, lightweight design, makes this mouse perfect for notebook users seeking to maintain an uncluttered workspace and carrying case. The 800-dpi optical resolution provides optimum precision and accuracy while the thumb-sized USB receiver enables precise data transmission. Also included is an on/off switch for effective power management, a three-button scrolling wheel and a carrying pouch. The mouse is compatible with Macintosh OS X as well as Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP. When used with Macintosh operating systems, the mouse does not require installation of a driver, making it plug-and-play. The Wireless Ultra-Mini Optical Mouse has a suggested retail price of $49.99 and can be purchased at www.targus.com and major retailers, such as Best Buy.

Mobile 70 Universal AC/DC Adapter

Targus’ Mobile 70 Universal AC/DC Adapter powers and charges iBooks and PowerBooks from a standard AC wall outlet, car cigarette lighter or commercial airplane power port. Weighing just 8.5 ounces, the compact device offers a three-in-one adapter for Mac users on the road. The Mobile 70 adapter includes two charging tips compatible with most iBooks and PowerBooks, a three-foot AC input cord, a three-foot DC (auto/air) input cord, and a six-foot DC output cord. Targus plans to introduce an optional accessory power adapter this fall with charging tips for the Apple iPod and other mobile devices. This accessory can be used in conjunction with the Mobile 70 Adapter to simultaneously charge a cell phone, PDA, or iPod from the same power source while at the same time powering a PowerBook or iBook. Targus’ Mobile 70 Universal AC/DC Adapter is available at major retailers, including Best Buy, as well as online at www.targus.com with a suggested retail price of $119.99. The additional charging tips will be available exclusively on the Targus Web site.

Podium CoolPad(R) for Mac

One of Targus’ more popular accessories, the Podium CoolPad increases airflow to improve the cooling efficiency of any notebook computer, including an iBook or PowerBook. The CoolPad works by raising the back edge of a notebook off the desk to allow the notebook’s fan to easily pull air and cool the internal components of the notebook. By increasing heat dissipation the CoolPad prevents the system from overheating and reduces the amount of time that a computer’s internal fan operates, thus potentially extending the life of the notebook. While a notebook is on the CoolPad, users can swivel the iBook or PowerBook 360 degrees, and six small rubber pads on the bottom provide a tight grip on most work surfaces. Height on the CoolPad is adjustable for optimal ergonomics, and the unit weighs less than 15 ounces. The Podium CoolPad for Mac is available exclusively at CompUSA or on the Targus Web site with a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Notebook Portable LapDesk(TM) for Mac

Another popular ergonomic accessory, the Targus Notebook Portable LapDesk is a folding tray that supports a notebook computer while on a user’s lap, plane service tray or other surface that can benefit from added stability and the LapDesk’s cooling properties. The unit converts to an ergonomic desktop notebook stand with one quick fold, and completely collapses to fit into a briefcase when not in use. The suggested retail price of the Notebook Portable LapDesk for Mac is $29.99 and is available exclusively at CompUSA or on the Targus Web site.

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