IOGEAR Blog - Archive for 2011

Smartphone and Network Integration Seen as Driving Forces for HDTV Development

New data from DisplaySearch* suggests that networking has become the key feature TV manufacturers are focusing on in the development of next generation HD displays, but not for the reasons you might think. In a previous blog post, written when connected TVs were just gaining mainstream availability, (Easy Internet Connectivity of 3D Frills), we showed consumers prefer a networked TV solution over 3D. With consumers making their demands known, TV makers are now responding.  Source: DisplaySearch Quarterly TV Design and Features Report

Does Color Influence Our Device Purchases?

Gender issues aren't generally a focus of discussion on our blog, but after reading a recent Sound and Vision post, it seems there are some mixed feelings about how some products, especially gadgets or tech gear, are marketed to females. It's odd because, there are as many women (if not more) who make buying decisions involving smartphones, HD TVs, computer peripherals, portable audio and more, yet when a product goes overboard to market to women, it can backfire.  Source

Why should I Care About Convergence?

Just like “thinking outside the box”, “breaking down silos” and “low hanging fruit” were business buzzwords of the past, convergence is one of those new terms that every company seems to want a piece of.  Source

USB 3.0 FTW?

Getting media onto your PC is taking more time as the size of our media files continue to increase. In this post we look at the latest and greatest in wired PC connectivity technology and the promise of faster transfer times. The current choices are USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt. If you are a Mac user, your choice is easy, since current Macs only support USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt out of the box, with no current plans to support USB 3.0 natively. However, if you are willing to purchase an expansion card, there are some options. As a PC user, USB 3.0 is your current option with Thunderbolt support coming in 2012.  Source

Sunday Pro Football - When 1 TV is not Enough

For many Americans, Sunday is not just a time to spend with family and friends --- it's Football Time! All of a sudden, space becomes a premium as family and friends appear out of the woodworks. If you have more than one HDTV, we have the solution to a crowded living room! Our brand new Wireless 3D HD Digital Kit allows you to view the game in two rooms simultaneously, and without wires! Learn More What games are you planning to watch? Who are you rooting for? We would love to know how you think this device would make game day reach a whole new level of awesome. Let us know here in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter. The Wireless 3D HD Digital Kit is now available at! *Distances may vary depending on environment; solid objects such as steel, concrete and brick may view shorter distances

2011 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals from IOGEAR

We talked about how it appears that Black Friday is happening every day. Even so, that will not stop millions of Americans from flocking to the stores on November 25 in celebration of Black Friday. Then, millions will return to their computers to take advantage of Cyber Monday. In this post ... drum roll ... not only will we take the cat out of the bag on our very own offerings, we will highlight some amazing resources that will help you gain the most advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Are you sitting down? :) From Black Friday Thursday until Sunday November 27, we will be giving away a limited amount of coupons that will vary between 30 and 50% off! In addition, we will be offering free ground shipping* on all orders! Check here for all the details. On Cyber Monday (from midnight to midnight PST) we will be offering 40% off our entire store + free shipping*! You can use coupon code 2011CMFP40 at on Cyber Monday to take advantage.

The Black Friday Myth

Come Friday, November 25th, 2011, millions will dutifully line up at retail stores all across the USA. Then, on the following Monday, millions will visit the websites of their favorite stores, all looking for the best deals of the year. says:
“Last year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported that 212 million individuals hit the shopping aisles on Black Friday. They spent an estimated $45 billion, or roughly $365 per person, which was up more than 6% from 2009.”

Want to play Call of Duty both in your living room and bedroom without moving the console? Now you can.

According to the Washington Post, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set a new record with $400 million in sales in 24 hours. That's 6.4 million games sold! Judging by the impressive graphics quality displayed in the above trailer, it's a given that you will be playing this game on your HDTV in the living room for the maximum effect. But what if you want to take the experience over to your bedroom? Until now, you would need to pack up your gaming device and move it to the bedroom -- not quite ideal. Now, with our Wireless 3D Digital Kit all you need to move is your controller*!  To get your own Wireless 3D Digital Kit, all you need to do is head on over to The Wireless 3D Digital Kit is capable of streaming Full HD 1080p with 3D support along with 5.1 digital surround sound audio up to 100 feet** away! What other ways do you envision using this product to achieve a new level of wireless freedom? Tell us here on the blog, on Facebook or Twitter. We look forward to your ideas!

Online vs. Brick and Mortar: Who has the Best Deals?

As we near the holiday shopping season, retailers will soon start rolling out the deals in an effort to entice shoppers to spend their hard-earned dollars. With the emergence of the Internet, and the 24-hour shopping cycle it provides, we have much greater shopping flexibility than we did 10 years ago, but the questions remains: Where are the better deals, online or in the store? And where do people prefer to buy their technology? Source Well, if you trust The NPD Group analyst firm, their research shows that when it comes to tech purchases:
“56 percent of people read up on new TVs at retail websites, but only 19 percent follow through with an online purchase – the lowest number for all included CE. Online smartphone shoppers weren't too far off though, with 23 percent balking at the concept of purchasing a new phone online. Meanwhile, 52 percent of those buyers had looked up deals and other information on the web.”
So, based on this research, it looks like shoppers rely more heavily on the web for researching their prospective purchases than actually making them. Fair enough, but what if you want to compare prices and get the best deal on a wireless HTCP keyboard or computer to TV streaming kit? What's the best way to determine the best value available? For this task, the web has a clear advantage over brick and mortar stores since there are dedicated websites that can help you determine the best possible price for the exact product you need. Short of calling every Best Buy or Walmart in your area and asking for the best prices on a given product, the web is a far more efficient tool for determining value. One site that provides a robust price comparison platform is, which provides listings of the best online deals for many computer peripherals and products from tablets and printers to HDMI cables, adapters and motherboards. Of course, you can always buy direct from the manufacturer by visiting sites like our own, but it's really just a matter of convenience and how much research you're willing to put into it. The bottom line is, the holidays often bring out all sorts of deals. Cyber Monday, Black Thursday, free shipping, cash back on store credit cards and more are all used to motivate us as shoppers. And while these can sometimes motivate an impulse purchase, the best buy is always a well-researched one. Don't forget to check out our Twitter deals feed, which we update twice weekly with great IOGEAR deals.

Blu-ray Buyer Beware

According to In-stat research, the number of Blu-ray players shipped will increase to 105 million by the year 2015. If you're like most people, you've already made the switch to an HDTV, however, if you're not a PS3 owner, or just haven't made the jump to a Blu-ray player yet, we have some advice for you courtesy of the sharp minds at HDTV Etc.