Whose memory of middle or high school doesn't include fumbling with a combination lock on a locker? In the rush to get to class, the unforgiving tumbler always made you start over at least once before you could get the darn thing to open! Thankfully, Master Lock has brought the combination lock into the 21st century.
The dialSpeed digital combination padlock (Model 1500eDBX) caters to today's gaming generation. In addition to storing multiple primary and guest codes, the lock is preprogrammed with a Backup Master Code retrievable online from MasterLockVault.com. The padlock's ergonomic design also allows for one-handed, no-look operation.
The company claims the included battery (CR2035, a 3.0 volt Lithium button cell) is good for five years, but a "jump slot" is provided in case you ignore the low battery warning. Without this back door, you might be forced to cut the shackle, which is made of boron carbide, a metal used to make tank armor and bullet-proof vests.
The electronic lock's only drawback is the fact that it can only be used indoors. It isn't waterproof.
The Master Lock dialSpeed (Model 1500eDBX) digital combination padlock comes in white or black and sells for $24.99. For more information, visit MasterLock.com.
Haswell chip makes Chromebook 14 an attractive package
The stylish HP Chromebook 14 is the first Chromebook powered by the latest Intel Haswell processor architecture, which emphasizes battery life. The unit also features a big, beautiful display and a sleek, compact design available in Snow White, Ocean Turquoise, or Coral Peach.
Google's Chromebook platform is an alternative to Windows that offers a fast, easy way to connect to web sites. The system also provides access to popular Google online apps like Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts.
The unit's 14-inch diagonal HD display (1366 x 768 resolution) delivers vivid color, and its 16GB solid-state drive provides fast start-up times. Built-in virus protection and automatic updates spare users common PC problems, and the notebook's built-in HDMI and USB 2.0/USB 3.0 ports facilitate connecting to a wide variety of peripherals.
The unit's standout features, however, is its ability to operate 9+ hours on a fully-charged battery, thanks to a 4th generation Intel Celeron CPU. 802.11b/g/n Wifi is standard; built-in 4G/3G cellular data networking is optional.
Google also provides Chromebook owners with 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years. The HP Chromebook 14 sells for $299.99. For more information, visit Google.com.