Targus dishes 'fingerprint-resistant' screen protectors, diminutive chargers

It's a battle we've all fought for years. Touchscreen-based phones and PMPs look just delightful on the shelf, but they get downright ugly once your greasy paws start mucking things up. Targus is hoping to remedy said quandary here at CES, with the company introducing a new line of patent-pending screen protectors that are supposedly "fingerprinter resistant." We're told that this Clear View technology will allow clear protectors to safeguard PMPs, smartphones, e-readers and laptops, all while shunning those unsightly smudges and smears from fingers. The model for phones should be making its way out to retail here soon for $9.99, with most of the popular models (iPhone 3GS, BlackBerry Storm / Curve / Bold / Pearl, T-Mobile G1, etc.) covered, though we're guessing it'll be awhile for those other devices to get treated. In related news, the firm also announced its smallest and lightest laptop (AC and DC) chargers, though they'll happily charge other devices thanks to the interchangeable tip system. Hop on past the break for all the details on models and prices.

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New Patent-Pending, Fingerprint-Resistant Targus Screen Protector with Clear ViewTM Technology Protects Your Personal Electronics Screen from Scratches, Fingerprints and Smudges

LAS VEGAS, NV – January 7, 2010 – 2010 CES (LVCC Meeting Room #N108) - Targus® Inc., maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, announced today its new fingerprint-resistant line of screen protectors, the Targus Screen Protector with Clear ViewTM technology. Clear ViewTM technology is a patent pending technology that protects touch screen devices such as smartphones, e-Readers, laptops, etc. from fingerprints, scratches and smudges. With the added features of anti-glare treatment and specially formulated adhesive that prevents bubbles and peeling, it is the most comprehensive screen protection solution available on the market today.

"Our consumer research found that fingerprints and smudges are a major pain point for touch screen device owners. And now with the Targus Screen Protector with Clear ViewTM technology, we can solve this problem without compromising the clarity of the screen. In addition, consumers find screen protectors difficult to install, frequently leaving bubbles and lifted edges that compromise their touch device experience," stated Carolyn Perrier, vice president of accessories product management and marketing at Targus. "We sought to develop a solution that addresses all the complaints consumers have with their current screen protectors while creating a new standard in overall quality and performance. With the rapid growth of touch screens in all types of electronic devices, we see increasing demand for high performance protection solutions, which our technology provides."

The Targus Screen Protector with Clear ViewTM technology features a microscopic landscape of ridges and valleys that work to dissipate finger print oils, thus leaving the screen virtually fingerprint and smudge free. These exclusive micro-structures also reduce glare so you can see your screen inside or outside, and when combined with the properties of the film, it creates a scratch proof surface. The specially formulated adhesive makes it incredibly easy to apply, and completely bubble-free.

The new Targus Screen Protector with Clear ViewTM is available for smartphones at a very affordable $9.99. Models include:

These and other Targus accessories are available at as well as through leading retailers, VARs, e-tailers, distributors and direct marketers.



Tiny yet Powerful AC and DC Chargers Simultaneously Power Your Laptop and Mobile Devices At Home, the Office, Even Your Car

LAS VEGAS, NV – January 7, 2010 – 2010 CES (LVCC Meeting Room #N108) - Targus® Inc., maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, announced today the lightest, most compact chargers for laptops, netbooks and other mobile devices such as smartphones, cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, and portable game players. Ideal for travel, the new chargers can charge multiple devices simultaneously at home, in the office, on the road, in an airplane, boat or car.

The new line of laptop chargers are designed to be versatile as well as eco-friendly. With the Tips from Targus program, the chargers can be upgraded to work with other mobile devices in the household, or new laptops purchased in the future at no charge (shipping and handling fees apply). In addition, the product has been designed with next generation technology to dramatically reduce the size and provide a flexible, modular platform for different types of usage modes and charging needs. The elimination of the AC cord, for example, not only reduces bulk when traveling, but also allows the power adapter to be out of the way when being used at home or the office. The product also requires 60% less materials to build and package than current adapters, and combined with its ability to upgrade, makes it the most eco friendly power adapter on the market today.

"Our new power product line is designed to reduce the hassle associated with a mobile computing lifestyle, by making a charging system that is smaller, more versatile and more attractive than the power adapters that come with a laptop. We have invested in understanding the problems laptop and mobile device users have keeping their devices charged, from the stay-at-home mom and hustling student, to the mobile professional and road warrior - and their needs and wants are very similar.," stated Carolyn Perrier, vice president of product management and marketing at Targus. "Considering one device replaces six, they are not only the lightest, most compact devices of their kind on the market; they are also the most efficient."

Targus Premium Laptop Charger (AC/DC) – APM69US
Half the size and weight of typical AC/DC charger, the Targus Premium Laptop Charger includes nine laptop tips, one mini-USB tip and one iPhone/iPod/iTouch tip. Included with the AC charger is a separate DC charger that plugs directly into a cigarette lighter and also charges two devices simultaneously. The AC charger features an integrated rotating plug, which allows the charger to sit vertically into a power strip without blocking other outlets. The Premium Laptop Charger, which includes both the AC and DC chargers is available for an MSRP of $149.99 and supports virtually all leading brands of laptop and includes a mini-USB tip and an Apple iPod/iPhone/iTouch charging tip.

Targus Compact Laptop Charger (AC) - APA6911US and APA6922US
The Compact Laptop Chargers are half the size and weight of typical AC chargers and provide simultaneous charging of most laptop brands and a low-power device. The APA6911US is compatible with most HP, Compaq, Acer, Asus, Gateway and Fujitsu laptops. The APA6922US is compatible with most Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, IBM and Panasonic laptops. Both chargers include a mini-USB charger for low-power devices like a BlackBerry with an iPhone/iTouch/iPod connector available for shipping and handling fees. The Compact Laptop Chargers measure 2.73 x 0.78 x 4.5 inches, weigh 11.6 ounces and available for an MSRP of $89.99.

Targus Netbook Charger (AC) - APA70US
The most versatile netbook charger on the market today, Targus' new Netbook Charger supports a wide array of leading netbook brands plus charges one additional low power device at the same time. The AC charger is compatible with netbooks by leading manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, MSI and Samsung. It measures 2.73 x 0.78 x 4.5 inches, weighs 11.5 ounces and is available for an MSRP of $89.99. The unique design also allows the charger to simultaneously charge a low power device including a smartPhone, iPhone/iTouch/iPod or other low-power device.

Targus Mobile Laptop Charger (DC) - APD80US
Ideal for travel, the new Mobile Laptop Charger is the lightest and most compact DC charger on the market today. The charger can be used as an additional charger when you're working in the car or on an extended flight or train ride. The DC charger includes eight laptop tips and one mini-USB tip. It conveniently lets you charge more with less clutter so you can leave all your other chargers at home. It measures just 3 ½ inches long, weighs 6.9 ounces and is available at an MSRP of $79.99.

All of Targus' new chargers can power or charge two devices simultaneously. The AC Chargers all have a rotating integrated AC plug that allows you to plug the charger vertically into a power strip without blocking other outlets.

The new Targus chargers are backed with a two-year limited warranty. These and other Targus accessories are available at as well as through leading retailers, VARs, e-tailers, and direct marketers.



The New A7 and Unofficial Line of Laptop Carrying Cases Have It All: Protection, Style, Comfort and Durability

LAS VEGAS, NV – January 7, 2010 – 2010 CES (LVCC Meeting Room #N108) - Targus® Inc., maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, announced today the latest additions to its trendy collection of laptop cases. Adding to the existing line of A7 laptop and netbook sleeves, Targus brings a backpack, messenger bag and slipcase featuring cushioned laptop compartments and water-resistant exteriors for added comfort and protection. Targus also unveils the new Unofficial line of cases offering superior durability and protection as well as sleek design.

All pieces in the A7 collection are constructed with durable material yet are light in weight. The Tri-cell Cushion System™ combines foam padding with breathable mesh material to provide comfort, protection and ventilation, keeping your hardware cool and safe, while industry-grade tarpaulin fights wear and resists water. With the A7 line, you don't have to sacrifice style to keep your laptop safe. The A7 16" Slipcase (TSS127US) also features soft, scratch-resistant accessory pockets, measures 15.5" x 1.27" x 11.75" and weighs only 0.74 lbs with an estimated street price of $39.99. The 16" A7 Backpack (TSB167US) comes with four quick-access pockets, a hidden side utility pocket and water bottle holder. It measures 13" x 18" x 6", weighs 2.73 lbs. and has an estimated street price of $69.99. The A7 Messenger case (TSM099US) has a water-and-wear resistant base, durable buckle closures, a front accessory pocket and a hidden key holder in the strap. It measures 16" x 3.50" x 12.25", weighs 1.90 lbs and will be available for an estimated street price of $59.99.

The Unofficial collection brings sleek, slim-line styling for "thin and light" laptops. Each piece offers a padded laptop compartment with breathable mesh interior, additional storage for accessories, documents and other important items, and water- and wear-resistant fabric. The Unofficial Slipcase in black (TSS13801US) and brown (TSS138US) delivers 360 degree laptop protection with fully-reinforced handles and shoulder straps to ensure comfort and durability. It measures 15.47" x 10.8" x 1.69" and weighs 1.28 lbs. with and estimated street price of $39.99. The 16" Unofficial Backpack in black (TSB168US) and brown (TSB16801US-50) comes with contoured padded shoulder straps, additional storage for water bottles and an air-ventilating back panel. Measuring 12.1" x 18.4" x 6.5" and weighing 1.74 lbs. the Backpack has an estimated street price of $49.99. The 14" Unofficial Messenger comes in black (TSM104US) and brown (TSM10401US) with durable feet and all metal hardware. It measures 13.78" x 2.70" x 11.25", weighs 1.56 lbs. and has an estimated street price of $44.99.

All the cases are backed by a limited lifetime warranty and will be available in March through Targus Commercial Distribution, Resellers, DMRs, Retailers, e-tailers and at