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For PC gamers, the gear we use to play can provide a tangible edge in our games. Although much noise is made about backlit keyboards boasting gamer oriented layouts and fancy mice with odd shapes, the most important considerations for gaming are still the guts of the gaming machine, a comfortable desk layout, a good monitor and a quality sound reproduction device. While most gamers understand the need for a capable system and a quality monitor, they don't often appreciate that last bit about sound. The engineer didn't hear the spy approaching from behind. Any old speaker will provide the most... Read more...
It's a good time to be in the market for a portable media player. From Apple's iPod lineup (the obvious choice) to Microsoft's Zune HD to Archos' range of media-centric players, you've got options galore. But just in case you still weren't confused enough as to which device was right for you, Creative has just added another to the mix. The company once famous for its expansive range of audio cards has begun to dabble in the wide world of PMPs, and while it's newest product is no iPod touch, it may just be enough for you. The ZEN X-Fi2, as it's known, is a touch screen-based player, and on paper,... Read more...
Creative used to be a huge, huge name in the audio world. If we're being generous, it still has a rather large presence in the audio landscape, but it's not nearly the beast it once was. By and large, integrated audio solutions have grown sophisticated enough to be satisfactory for most, and few are springing for dedicated sound boards the way they used to. With that, Creative has had to dip its toes into other markets in an effort to make up for lost ground, and while its efforts in the digital audio player market have largely failed (thanks to the iPod, of course), this effort may be one worth... Read more...
It hasn't even been a full year since Creative introduced its Flip Video-rivaling Vado HD pocket camcorder, and already the company is ushering in the next generation. The simply-titled 'second generation Vado HD' doesn't look or feel all that much different than the original, but we suppose that's kind of the point. Don't reinvent the wheel if the current one rolls along just fine, right? The new pocket camcorders will be available in a pair of new color combinations: a 4GB glossy white with green accents, which holds up to 60 minutes of video and an 8GB glossy black with red accents, which holds... Read more...
CREATIVE ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF THE VADO HD POCKET VIDEO CAM - SEE IT, SHOOT IT IN HD, SHARE IT, SAVE IT FOR A LIFETIME, WATCH IT IN TRUE HD QUALITY ON YOUR HDTV Output Your HD Video to Your HDTV in 1080i Resolution with HDMI Connection MILPITAS, Calif., Dec. 8, 2008 - Creative today announced availability of the Vado™ HD Pocket Video Cam, the ideal holiday gift. The thin, lightweight Vado HD is small enough to fit easily in a pocket, purse or the palm of your hand, and it captures video in 720p high-definition quality with just the touch of a button. The Vado HD is the only Pocket Video... Read more...
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now ShippingMilestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines Collaboration Between Designers and Developers SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 15, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family, the highly-anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of innovative, time saving features - the new Creative Suite 4 product line... Read more...
Creative has just released the USB 2.0-based Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 audio adapter, making it now much simpler to get surround sound on laptops and cramped small-form-factor PCs (LAN party anyone?)--or allaying the fears of those who are hesitant to crack open their systems and start mucking around inside. While Creative calls it a "sound card," it is really a small external adapter, powered by the USB port."Why settle for basic, built-in sound? Your music and movies deserve Xtreme Fidelity. Simply connect the Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 sound card to your PC or notebook and turn your... Read more...
EA is perhaps one of the most influential companies in the modern software entertainment industry.  The company owns some of the most popular gaming franchises on the market today: Sims, Madden,  C & C, and the list just goes on.  When EA speaks, the industry as a whole listens.What is EA talking about these days?  Innovation, or rather the lack of it in the industry today.  Sure, companies can make bundles selling rehashed sports games with limited improvements, but what about attracting new gamers?  That's why innovating is so important. “In his first in-depth comments since taking the... Read more...
One of the features of the Sound Blaster Xi-Fi that many have wished for in a laptop sound card was the simply amazing positional audio support for headphone users. It seems it shall finally come to pass. "The new Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook card forgoes the PCMCIA interface and instead uses the Express Card interface. The card itself features an optical out/in jacks and a port for the breakout box to connect your speakers." One has to wonder if a Fatal1ty version will be in the offering.... Read more...
Creative has announced their ALchemy project which is aimed at providing Sound Blaster X-Fi drivers for Windows Vista. In Vista, Microsoft has removed the Hardware Abstraction Layer(HAL), which DirecSound and DirectSound3D require. While games that use OpenAL still work, those that use DirectSound would face problems, until now. The project is still in the beta phase, but it seems promising. "The good news is that the Creative ALchemy Project allows you to run your favorite DirectSound3D games on Windows Vista as the developers intended - with full hardware accelerated 3D Audio and EAX... Read more...
OK, this is pretty HOT. We've been waiting for a set of good quality wireless speakers and it looks like we just might have found them. Speaker Power: 36 Watts RMS per channel (5 channels) 130 Watts RMS subwoofer Frequency Response: 35Hz ~ 20kHz THX Certification assures ultimate performance in games and movies Wireless technology eliminates cables between subwoofer and rear speakers. Wireless remote also controls popular compatible Creative MP3 players Advanced satellite design with high-efficiency, three-inch driver and flared port tube for impact, mid-bass output. New dual flared, dual-ported... Read more...
NGOHQ is reporting that Creative Labs is blaming NVIDIA for cracking and other sound quality issues when an X-Fi sound card is installed in an nForce 4 motherboard. This reminds me of the good ol' days of installing the PCI Latency patch on VIA chipset-based motherboards when using a Creative Labs sound card. "We have observed through direct observation of the PCI bus on the nVidia nForce 4 motherboards that when the crackle symptoms are occuring, the Soundblaster X-Fi card PCI bus master memory requests for audio data are being held... Read more...
The Inquirer sends word that owners of Creative's flagship X-Fi sound cards are up in arms and have formed a petition to have several key fixes and enhancements made to the product. From crackling audio to bloated software and a lack of any significant support for X-Ram, there is plenty for X-Fi owners to complain about. Perhaps the largest issue is the lack of any significant driver release in the last several months as users have been plagued with unresolved issues for an unacceptable amount of time. "The X-Fi processor is supposed to be... Read more...
TechReport have managed to get their hands on a new Creative Labs X-Fi Fatal1ty to see whether the bundled I/O ports and 64MB of X-Ram warrant the price increase over cheaper models in the X-Fi product line. Granted, this card features the same X-Fi architecture that impressed us when we reviewed the X-Fi XtremeMusic. However, it appears as though the I/O ports can be had in much cheaper X-Fi versions and the performance benefits of the 64MB of XRam were questionable at best.Only Battlefield 2 and Quake 4 even support X-RAM, and neither's use of the X-Fi Fatal1ty's 64MB of onboard memory results... Read more...
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