Items tagged with gear

If you've been thinking about purchasing an Apple TV, then you might want to look at the new EVA8000 from Netgear first. Here's a snip from their product release announcement: "The Digital Entertainer HD automatically discovers HD movies, TV shows, music files, and personal photos on a home network, across multiple computers, and organizes these into a single media library displayed on a TV without the need for media server software running on the computer. Users of the innovative Digital Entertainer HD can play HD movie downloads, including those from BitTorrent's new online marketplace,... Read more...
Hardware Upgrade has an interesting article on the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project and its roadmap for the immediate future. With its new interfaces, ship dates and commitments it seems OLPC is ready for the world. From the article: To achieve its goal of transforming the learning process, OLPCs will come with a slim and unique version of Linux that is geared towards education. Instead of the conventional windows and files approach, the home screen of these computers will be centered on a stick-figure icon. A white ring surrounding the stick-figure... Read more...
There have always been benchmarks you watch to gauge the march of technology --Processor speed, number of channels available on cable, maximum screen size, etc. I must have fallen asleep for ten minutes, because they're putting 10 megapixel cameras into phones now. Camera Phone Plaza has pictures of the little wonders: "Samsung made a press release today in which announced the world's first super camera phone, the Samsung SCH-B600. The handset features an amazing 10 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom and a flash unit. The SCH-B600 also has a LED autofocus that automatically... Read more...
My goodness, your desktop is dirty. According to a recent study done at the University of Arizona, the average desktop has more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat. And fewer interesting things to read, I might add. I don't even want to think about the mouse at the public library's computer. To help with this problem, IOGEAR recently announced their new antibacterial mouse. It uses nanotechnology to banish the little buggers from their new wireless peripheral: Designed to address this health issue, the outer shell of IOGEAR's new Germ Free Wireless Laser Mouse is covered in nanocoating,... Read more...
If you're in the need for more hard drive space, but don't want to add another drive to your computer, you can always opt for an external hard drive. Network storage drives are a conveniant thing to have, especially if you've got a home network going. "When looking for additional storage for your PC there are 2 choices; internal or external. When going the external route most people opt for USB or Firewire drives. They are fairly inexpensive and very easy to setup. How about storage that you can access from any PC in your house and... Read more...
Getting bored of just hearing the sound effects in your game? Well if you've got the cash to spend, you could give the XGear Multimedia Gaming Headset a try. With a built in vibration feature, you'll be able to feel some of the effects you normally just hear in games and movies. As X-Bit labs explains, it's not perfect, but still good enough to have a fun time with.We decided to try out XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset that has a very special vibration feature implemented. Whenever you hear an explosion or shoot within a game or movie, the headphones begin to pulsate, which definitely adds immersion... Read more...
When it comes to sound cards, think Creative is the only game in town?  Guess again.  While Creative has name recognition cornered, there are other viable options.  Take BlueGears HDA X-Mystique 7.1 Soundcard.  This little gem can encode Dolby Digital 5.1 streams and has a slew of other impressive features, all for less than comperable Creative offerings.  The guys at Penstarsys even list some advantages over the Creative line.   "The sound card market is a very strange one these days. When Creative released the Sound... Read more...
AMCC 3Ware 9550SX-4LP SATA-II/300 RAID Controller @ GamePC Labs: "The new 9550SX card boasts dual RAID processing engines, 128 MB of DDR2 cache memory, SATA-II/300 with NCQ support, and a host of other features. We take a look at the hardware and software which drive the cad, and we run some quick RAID-0 and RAID-5 performance numbers against other competing RAID cards on the market today." Custom Gaming Laptop Guide @ The Tech Zone: "Gone are the days when you would have been laughed at if you walked into an all-night LAN party carrying your trusty laptop and expecting to hang with... Read more...
Hawking Technologies HBB1 Broadband Booster Review @ Hardware-Review.net: "Getting every ounce out of your broadband bandwidth can be a daunting task and one many users deal with on a daily basis. Many people who use a Voice-Over-IP phone service or play online games experience some distortion or lower quality connections because of how their data packets are being prioritized, sent, and received. All of these programs take valuable bandwidth and leave each fighting for their place in line. To help broadband routers with this problem, Hawking Technologies has developed the unique HBB1 Broadband... Read more...
Logitech PlayGear Pocket PSP Case Review @ The TechZone: "The stylish Logitech PlayGear Pocket case is designed to protect your Sony PSP against wear and tear, scratches and bumps. The case is made from a virtually indestructible polycarbonate shell and allows for complete accessibility to all the Sony PSP functions. The versatile case lid flips up and out of the way, allowing gamers to use the PSP without removing it from the case, and still protect their portable game machine. The lid's tension hinge allows it to rotate and stay open at any angle; it can serve as a sun visor for outdoor... Read more...
Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 500GB SATA-II Hard Drive @ Bigbruin.com: "The Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 500GB SATA-II hard drive raises the bar for those who subscribe to the theory that bigger is better. When it comes to hard drives; more speed, more capacity, and more cache memory is always a good thing. This is the first drive to come across our test bench with SATA300 speed, and it provides the largest capacity (500GB) and most cache memory (16MB) that we have seen to date. Browse around... 500GB and 16MB are currently the best you will find in an internal hard drive, in these respective categories."... Read more...
Ultimate Idiot's Guide to RAM @ FutureLooks: "Memory: What is it? How does it work? What kinds are there? We try to answer almost everything you can possibly think of, and maybe bring up a few things you didn't think mattered!" AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens Review @ Modtown: "Once the steel ring is attached to the camera mobile phone, the AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens can be offered into place and it will be held securely by the magnetic ring built into it. The process of taking photographs using the camera mobile phone does not change and the user should proceed to take a photograph... Read more...
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