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


Truly wire-free, these little cams can stick nearly anywhere within a 300-foot radius of the base. The Vue wireless surveillance camera kit costs $300 and includes the base unit and two video cameras. Add-on Vue cameras cost $99 each, and the Vue service charges $20 a year for access to a password-protected Web site (one year of complimentary service is included with purchase).

The line between beefy external hard drives and sleek USB thumb drives is blurring, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Western Digital's new My Passport Essential external hard drives. WD says that these new models--which come in 320GB ($99), 500GB ($149), and 640GB capacities--are 20 percent smaller than previous My Passport Essential portable drives. Measuring 0.6 by 3.0 by 4.3 inches and requiring no external power source, these drives are definitely shirt-pocket-friendly and ready to travel.

The drives come with Western Digital built-in backup , and they support up to 256-bit hardware encryption for locking down your data. Except for the 640GB version, the new My Passport Essential models are .

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