LOS ANGELES -- If you spend your free time gaming on your pc, this new Logitech (LOGI) G13 Advanced Gameboard might be something to consider. Of interest to gamers on-the-go might be the laptop feature, because the G13 gameboard includes onboard memory, letting you program up to five ready-to-play profiles and take them with you to your next LAN party. Also, it is contoured to follow the natural shape of your hand and fingers, which allows you to game with gusto without stressing out your hand.

Next up, if you've ever tried to get business done on a full flight, you may have encountered this problem: It is difficult to maintain a decent level of privacy with everyone around you. Privacy filters are a great way to protect prying eyes from sensitive data on your laptop. Later on, Gadget Grrl takes a peek at the problem-solving 3M ( MMM) Privacy Filter.

Now, more about the Gameboard.

Logitech G13 Gameboard
$79.99
www.logitech.com (available end of December)

The Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard is designed to complement the Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard and Logitech G9 Laser Mouse for gaming. It's got something called "comfort wave design," which means it has a contoured design that follows the natural shape of your hands and fingers. This allows you to game with gusto without stressing out your hand.

In addition, the home row keys have concave depressions, making it easy to locate by touch.

There are three game modes with 25 programmable keys and a programmable analog stick. And for another tactical advantage, the exclusive GamePanel LCD shows live game stats and messages from players who are also playing the game.

The G13 features backlit keys to allow you to locate keys in low-light conditions, and you can customize your gameboard by selecting your background color from a spectrum of colors. The G13 will work on either a Mac or PC. Plus, the unit won't slide all over the place while in use because the sturdy design coupled with the evenly placed feet help keep it stable.

Of interest to gamers on-the-go might be the laptop feature, because the G13 gameboard includes onboard memory, letting you program up to five ready-to-play profiles and take them with you to your next LAN party.

The G13 gameboard also offers pre-configured settings for many popular games, including World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare among others.

3M Privacy Filter
$50
3MPrivacyFilters.com

If you are trying to get business done on a full flight, you don't want to share your business with everyone around you. Privacy filters are a great way to protect prying eyes from sensitive data on your laptop.

What I like about this particular filter is that it adheres to the laptop easily without slipping, and even if someone is seated right next to me, they would not be able to see data on my screen. Most sales managers should make this a standard issue for their traveling sales teams.

The filters are available in a number of sizes for both PC and Mac. The one I looked at was a Mac filter for a 13.3W, which cost $50. Prices range between $40 and $100.

Site to see: PicClick

Normally, when you go to search for something on eBay ( EBAY) or Amazon ( AMZN) you type in the name or description of the product you are seeking and then you have to scroll down through a list of products.

Depending on what you are looking for, the list can run on several pages and take awhile to load all the photos. With this site, you type in the name of the product or category you are looking for, and there are two tabs: eBay and Amazon.

The site will then quickly bring up one page filled with small, thumbnail photos of your product. This is a great way to see, at a glance, if you're looking at the same product you wanted, or to see the variations on a certain product.

Try typing in HD Camera and you'll get quite a few results. Some of the products listed have no photos, but this still saves you time and gives you the option of whether to proceed to a product without a photo.

Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click here to visit her Gadgetgrrl Web site.

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