12 Gadgets That Let You Ditch Power Cords, Wires and Hassles


Nothing mars the sleek aesthetic of a wall-mounted HDTV more than unsightly wires dangling out the back. LG's new series cut the cables--well, except for the power cord--by using a transmitter box that works up to 30 feet from the screen. (Sony has WirelessHD sets too.) Video devices, including game consoles, DVD and Blu-ray players, and cable boxes, connect to the transmitter. WirelessHD is no bargain, however. LG's untethered sets range from $2400 to $4800 for 47- and 55-inch models. Now, if only they'd lose the AC cord.

A mono Bluetooth headset is fine for making phone calls, but not for listening to tunes. A , on the other hand, is good for both. The petite headphones produce crisp audio and deliver four to five hours of play/talk time between charges. Street-priced around $120, the HBH-IS800 comes with three sets of earbuds (for assorted ear sizes). The phones aren't cordless, however, as a thin strand of wire connects the two earpieces. Still, one less cable is always good news.