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We're back again this week with another HotHardware video podcast chatting it up about recent developments in tech, PC hardware and related industry news. This week we cover NVIDIA's various announcements from the GPU Technology Conference which just took place in San Jose. We also cover some new chips from Intel and AMD, talk about our in-depth gaming headset / headphone buying guide and round-up, and we give you details on how to win a FREE, fully configured killer gaming system from CyberPower PC... Show Notes: 0:18 - NVIDIA Exposes GPU Roadmap: Kepler Arrives 2011, Maxwell in 2013 ______NVIDIA Finds Its Rhythm: Tegra 3 Imminent with Annual Updates ______Despite Delays, NVIDIA Building... Read more...
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. Any old speaker will provide the most basic audio cues, but you'll need something better if you want a real competitive edge. To that end, we're going to give you some tips on what to look for in a... Read more...
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 basic audio cues, but you'll need something better if you want a real competitive edge. In the past,... Read more...
Corsair may be well known for its memory, but the company also dabbles in a variety of peripherals and other products. Today, Corsair made its entry into the PC gaming hardware market by announcing its first audio product, the Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB gaming headset. The new headset uses 50mm drivers which Corsair claims will deliver more accurate sound reproduction and lower distortion than you'd get with smaller, more typical drivers. The Audio HS1 also has a circumaural, closed-back design to help reduce ambient noise. For long-term playing comfort, the Audio HS1 comes with replaceable memory foam ear pads that will conform to the shape of your head. The headset also has a uni-directional... Read more...
Anytime a company can attach "gaming" to the front of a product, it usually ends well for them. Gamers flock to anything that they think is built specifically for them, but lately the term has been watered down somewhat. We've got gaming mice, gaming keyboards, even gaming mouse pads. Do all of these things actually cater to the needs of the gamer? Let's ask Sony, who just issued a new pair of headphones that they proudly claim as "Gaming" headphones. In fact, Sony calls these the ultimate weapon in gaming, with 7.1 surround sound within the DR-GA500. These are made specifically to hear shots and sound effects from all angles, but without requiring a full 7.1 speaker rig. If you live in a studio... Read more...
Logitech revealed three new peripherals targeting gamers. The new Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 provides 7.1 Dolby surround sound. It offers three programmable G-keys as well as a noise-canceling microphone. The Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 has 13 programmable controls. It also features full-speed wireless connection (1000 reports per second) so you can be free of cords without suffering from lags. Finally, the new Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 offers 18 programmable G-keys with three mode states, giving you up to 54 possible macro settings per game. The keyboard also has Logitech's GamePanel LCD for access to real-time game stats and PC performance data. Choose Your Weapons Wisely:... Read more...
If you think PC gamers have an expensive hobby, well, you're right, but holy moly do those $150 headphones feel like Blue Light specials compared to the new Bose A20 Aviation Headset, the latest pair of earbuds aimed at pilots. These things run $1,095, or $995 without the the Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity feature thrown into the mix. So what does this have to do with PCs? Nothing really, but we're suckers for technology, and the A20s have that in spades. And if we're to believe Bose, the A20 is the "most advanced aviation headset ever." Ever!? Part of the reason Bose makes that claim is because the A20s come equipped a new way of battling noise reduction. As Bose explains it, a proprietary... Read more...
If you really want to let the world know you're the biggest Metal Gear Solid fan on the planet, head over to your local tattoo parlor and get yourself inked. If you're not into that sort of thing and/or want something a little less permanent, Astro Gaming has you covered. Known for their line of high-end headsets aimed at professional gamers, Astro Gaming has just come out with a customized version of their Astro A30 Cross-Gaming Headset called the Astro A30 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Edition. "Our new Astro A30s have entirely reinvented what gamers expect from a modern, mobile-fluent headset. Whether at home tearing up some multiplayer, traveling with a MP3 player or on the go with a favorite... Read more...
If you want to make a boisterous entrance at the next LAN party, then you owe it to yourself to look into the new Psyko 5.1 PC gaming headset. You won't have a say a word as you walk through the door, these funky looking headphones will do all the talking; after that, you're on your own. Well, not entirely. The Psyko 5.1, which is now available in the USA and Canda, taps into the company's PsyckoWave Technology to give gamers an "unfair advantage." If we strip out the marketing babble, what this does is pump 5.1 channels of sound through 5 speakers located in the headband, with a subwoofer in each ear cup. According to Psyko, this unique arrangement allows sound to flow to your ears more naturally... Read more...
Bluetooth headsets are a dime a dozen these days, and honestly, they're becoming a little bit "last decade." We haven't seen nearly as many people walking around with them lately, despite the fact that Cellbow is at an all-time high. But Motorola's new H17txt might just change things for the sagging market, as it does something mighty special that most other BT headsets could only dream of: talk back to its owner. That's right. This headset, which will be available solely through Verizon Wireless starting this month, has the ability to speak text messages to the owner, enabling a full handsfree experience that cannot be matched by units that lack text-to-speech. Also, it gives users the ability... Read more...
Hey! You! Yeah, you! Put the phone down! Don't you know that's harmful to your health? No, we're not too concerned about those radiation waves flowing into your brain, but more concerned about the potential damage to your arm, elbow and hand. For anyone who has held their smartphone for too long, you know the pain. It starts in your elbow, and slowly moves to your wrist and fingers. It's a tingle, a twinge, a pain that you can't quite describe. But there's no doubt about where it comes from: hoisting that phone up to your ear for too many minutes.Jabra, a company that makes Bluetooth headsets, has made a huge effort today to get people to take notice of one of the most serious health concerns... Read more...
Announced last month at Mobile World Congress, the Jabra CLIPPER caught some people's attention with its built-in 3.5mm headphone jack that essentially brings the power of Bluetooth to any pair of 3.5mm headphones. That's right—with this device, you can listen to your music through your favorite set of headphones while still having the functions of a Bluetooth headset. Of course, the CLIPPER comes with its own set of noise-blocking ear buds as well. As its name implies, the CLIPPER will clip to your clothes, bag, or belt. All of the controls are built in to the 0.7 ounce unit. The CLIPPER can connect to two devices at once, and calls will override a song so you won't miss an important phone call... Read more...
Why the sudden surge in Bluetooth headsets? Probably because America's largest cellphone trade show is going on in Las Vegas. CTIA has already delivered a snazzy new piece from BlueAnt, and Samsung Mobile is following that up with the introduction of the Modus. Also known as the HM3500, this "convertible-style" headset boasts dual microphone and noise cancelling technology that converts to a Stereo Bluetooth headset for an enhanced mobile experience. It's still not discrete enough for our liking, but if you don't care about looks, the features here are actually pretty nice. Background noise is all but an afterthought, and it even offers multipoint technology that allows seamless connectivity... Read more...
Bluetooth headset usage has been declining for some time now, and for good reason. They often don't work well, and they always make the user look goofy. But a few companies have managed to stay afloat as the others have died off, with Jabra and BlueAnt being at the top of the heap.The latter company has just introduced a new Bluetooth headset today, and unlike most of the others, this one actually has something to differentiate it. The T1 is actually "rugged," boasting "groundbreaking durability and wind noise reduction" that isn't found on most "normal' headsets. It's the first headset the company has shipped with Wind Armour Technology, which is described as the following: this solution combines... Read more...
Gaming headsets are becoming more and more popular with online gaming becoming a more well-integrated aspect of gaming in general, and Astro Gaming has been at the forefront of the revolution. The new Astro A30 Cross-Gaming Headset uses the same audio and voice communication DNA in the A40, but it utilizes a lightweight, street-styled design that can be used on consoles and even cellphones.It's basically a headset or a set of headphones, or both. There's a built-in, Dolby-powered ASTRO MixAmp, which is an audio engine that mixes voice and game sounds. It also sports speaker tags that can be customized with their own artwork or with our pre-loaded imagery, and the dual mic system makes sure that... Read more...
We're accustomed to seeing various apps and app stores for mobile phones, but this is something new: Bluetrek recently launched an online app store for its Bluetrek Crescendo Bluetooth headset. The Talk2Me App Store lets users upload applications and works to enhance the usage experience of the headset. One of the applications available today is called Personal Handsfree Assistant, a service from Dial2Do that will read your emails and lets you reply to and send emails and text messages using your voice. Another offering, Bing411 voice search, provides easy access to stock quotes, sports scores, flight schedules, news, weather, and local traffic information from the 511 hotline. The app store... Read more...
Aliph unveiled the latest version of its popular Jawbone Bluetooth headset. The new Jawbone ICON features a software platform called MyTALK that lets you personalize and update the headset using a website. The headset also features the latest version of NoiseAssassin 2.5 with wind reduction to help eliminate background noises. Other unique features of the Jawbone ICON include the ability to view remaining battery life using a visual icon placed at the top of an iPhone screen. Because the headset supports simultaneous multipoint, you'll also be able to seamlessly switch between two calls on different cell phones. The Jawbone ICON will be available starting today from www.jawbone.com and at Verizon... Read more...
There's no doubt that the Bluetooth headset market is slowing down now that people realize that they just look goofy while talking to thin air and walking down the street, but that's not to say the market has dried up altogether. JayBird is a newer, lesser-known brand, but it's certainly well respected in inner circles of audiophiles. Just before CES kicks off, the company has launched a new product portal for the SB1 Sportsband, which is a new type of BT headset that somewhat mirrors the approach taken by Jabra on their Halo product. These simply sit over one's head like a conventional pair of headphones, requiring no extra wires whatsoever. Jaybird swears up and down that there's plenty of... Read more...
The overall use of Bluetooth headsets may be trending downward (c'mon, you can admit that it never really was an awesome idea to begin with), but one name isn't apt to vanish from the niche anytime soon. Plantronics has been a mainstay in the BT headset market for years now, and with personal headset purchases on the decline, the company is looking to spread its wings and brand into slightly different market places as it searches for something to make up for lost business.The Voyager PRO UC isn't your typical Bluetooth headset. It's a headset designed for at-home (and at-the-office) use, though the design looks mighty comfortable when the alternative is holding some bulky corded headset up to... Read more...
Jabra has introduced a new Bluetooth headset, which is quite understandably called the STONE. The STONE looks very much like a smooth, polished rock, when the actual headset is plugged into the charger / carrying case, hence, we're sure, the name.  It's difficult, at first, to conceptualize how the headset fits on a person, but once you see it on a model, it makes total sense. The STONE uses an over-the-ear design that  Whether or not it will be comfortable, that's a different question.  Typical of more expensive headsets nowadays, the STONE has noise-cancelling technology; in this case, it is Jabra's Noise Blackout(TM) Extreme technology.  For those wondering how to control... Read more...
Eager to get your hands on a new PSPgo, but frustrated by the fact that you spent good money on all those standard PSP accessories that are no longer compatible. Well, Sony's about to make you even more frustrated, as the only way to make them compatible is to spend even more on a new Converter Cable Adapter.Announced at the Tokyo Game Show this week, the PSPgo adapter enables users of the newest, UMD-free PlayStation Portable handheld to use existing peripherals designed for PSP-1000, 2000 and 3000 series units (those are the older, UMB-enabled devices). It'll ship in Japan in late December for 1,980 yen, though North America, Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries won't see it until early... Read more...
SteelSeries may not be a household name or anything, but it's still a respectable outfit when it comes to PC accessories. Particularly for PC accessories used by hardcore gamers who demand the best. Have a look at the company's newest offering: the Siberia v2 headset. In essence, it's merely an updated version of the company's Siberia headset, but you won't find up complaining about polished up goods -- especially when the original was launched five whole years ago.The new headset promises impeccable sound quality, integrated control capabilities, and enhanced design for greater comfort and improved passive noise reduction, with the new version boast an “invisible” retractable microphone system... Read more...
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