Rain Design: Accessories that ooze style and functionality

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Friday, August 08, 2008


When you're looking for new accessories for your Computer or laptop, you usually of course look for those that function well. For the fashion conscious however, the accessories should both function well and look good at the same time.

Rain Design Inc. are known all over the world (especially among the Apple Mac faithful) as a company that designs and creates original, user-friendly, and of course 'sexy' looking accessories for the Mac.

A good selection of their products have recently been available to us Bruneians..


Everyone who actually uses their laptops on their laps know how hot the machines can get, especially after a few hours. It's also advisable to provide good ventilation for them, even when they're lying flat on a desk, as leaving laptops on for extended hours in a badly ventilated area could lead to overheating.
Throughout the years manufacturers have come up with all sorts of laptop cooler stands, all of which have had multiple cooling fans built in to them, which draws power from either your laptop or the nearest power socket. Rain Design's iLap however, is not your usual cooling stand.
Designed to match Apple's Macbook Pro/Air range, the iLap is made of aluminum, with a sand-blasted and silver anodized finish. One word, Sexy.

The one thing that you'd probably notice first is that it doesn't actually have any fans built in to it. It uses its lightweight aluminium body as a cool sink, drawing heat from your laptop, and making it rise as hot air!

The iLap is ergonomically designed to suit both lap and desk work, it raises your laptop screen higher to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders. It also comes with a removable, plush, black velvet cushion which makes it feel extremely comfortable on the lap. The cushion also doubles up as the perfect wrist-support.

Another great thing is that the iLap can also be used with laptop models of other brands too.

Rain Design's iLap is available at AV Electronics in Kiulap, in different sizes, depending on your laptop's screen size; 13-inch - $115, 15-inch - $125, 17-inch - $135.


Following in more or less the same footsteps as the iLap, Rain Design's mStand helps you work comfortably by raising your laptop to the same ergonomic height as your laptop's monitor. The tilt design brings the screen closer meets your eye level, to prevent from slouching.

This product also incorporates the same sexy aluminium finish as the iLap, and hence, also works as a cool sink for your laptop.

The mStand transforms your laptop into a stable and stylish workstation and is available at AV Electronics for $115, and can also be used with laptop brands other than Apple.


The iRest is a gorgeously designed wrist rest, and mouse pad, that's just so comfortable to use.

The gel-filled wrist rest made of Lycra allows for therapeutic support, and actually reduces fatique in your wrist, while the optical precision mouse pad surface allows control over fine cursor movements, and also offers extra padded comfort for your palm.

Rain Design's iRest is available at AV Electronics for $57.

Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue 6920: World's 1st 16-inch HD Blu-Ray Laptop

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Friday, August 08, 2008


For those on the hunt for an affordable new laptop, packed with the latest technology, then the Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue 6920 is a great one to consider. This new line fuses elements of the original Gemstone series, and is also the world's first 16-inch laptop with a full High Definition, full brightness screen.

IThe new series expresses maximum power thanks to the Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology featuring the latest Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors, the mobile Intel PM965 Express Chipset and the integrated module for wireless connection, supporting Acer SignalUp with InviLink Nplify wireless technologies.

This 16-inch notebook, which features an HD CineCrystal LCD screen with a screen resolution of 366x768 pixels, is perfect to enjoy High Definition TV or Blu-Ray Disc content. The shades and tones are intense with 33% more color range intensity than the typical notebook panels.

To compliment the Gemstone Blue's screen, Acer has also integrated a second generation Dolby Home Theater technology with powerful CineSurround, Tuba CineBass booster, and True5.1 output, setting a new standard for notebook sound.

Perhaps the most noticeable feature of this sexy-looking gadget is the brand new CineDash media console, a touch-sensitive interface that gives you a new way to manage entertainment, as well as navigate menus, adjust volume and control media on the fly.

The Holographic 3D cover is also sexy addition to the design of the laptop. The backlight shines beneath the Floating Acer logo, which sparkles with varying gradations of black and blue when viewed from different angles.

The Aspire 6920 runs on Intel Centrino Processor Technology, featuring the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and is packed with generous Hard Disk storage of up to 320GB. Besides featuring an optical drive (Blu-Ray and DVD), the Gemstone Blue also has a built-in 6-in-1 card reader that supports the most common card formats.

If you thought those were the only entertainment features, then think again.. Acer has also integrated a TV Tuner for digital television! The laptop provides a simple way to capture the interactive world of terrestrial digital and analogue television. Acer's Arcade Deluxe multimedia software suite helps users view and switch between channels with a clear and easy-to-use interface.

All in all, with its sexy looks, and great features, this laptop is definitely, without doubt, such a bargain!

For more information on the Aspire Gemstone Blue, please click here.

The Aspire Gemstone Blue is available now from Concept Commercial Suppliers, and all Acer authorized dealers in Brunei at a recommended price of B$2,368.00 with further discounts available.