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Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO (AGP) - Reviewed

Written by Ronald on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO (AGP) - ReviewedSince the release of the ATI's next generation X1000 series, ATI's graphics cards have brought higher and higher performance...more pipelines, higher clock speeds, etc.  The enthusiasm for ATI's latest cards doesn't necessarily mean that the older X100 series cards are left in the dust.  In fact, it means more affordable lower prices for the older generation.

Let's face it, not everyone can keep up with technology always.  I've had my custom computer built less than 3 years ago and the switch from the AGP interface to PCI-Express passed so quickly that it makes my system seem old already.  The good news is that there are still AGP versions of graphics cards available.

Today, I will be reviewing the Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO.  This product emphasizes overclocking on a budget.  If you are still stuck with the older AGP interface and love to overclock, this card may be for you.

FlashPhone F2K from MPLAT

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

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Let’s face it: free calls are attractive.

Free long distance and international calls are very attractive.

And free and easy communications is the ultimate.

That’s where MPLAT’s FlashPhone shines: it’s a USB device that’s uses programs like Skype or Google Talk to make calls over the Internet. Even if you’re not on your own computer.

How easy is the FlashPhone to use and how clear are the conversations?

Let’s explore a Telco’s worst nightmare: free calls for everyone…

hp IPAQ 2210

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Mobile Devices

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When you’ve been a PocketPC user for some years and have gone through several models you tend to develop a keen sense of what would be the ideal PDA for you.

In checking out the hp iPAQ 2210 did I come close to the ultimate machine?

Very close.

Harman Kardon SoundSticks II

Written by Ronald on . Posted in Audio

Read more: Harman Kardon SoundSticks IISince I enjoy sound, you probably have noticed the many speaker reviews on the site.  I'm always interested in the unique designs of speakers and of course in search for better sound.  For PC users, the typical companies that come to mind when talking about multimedia speakers are Logitech, Creative, Altec Lansing, etc. Today, I present to you a speaker set that should not be left out: it is the Harman Kardon SoundSticks II.

 

 

Samsung 910MP LCD Display

Written by Ronald on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Samsung 910MP LCD DisplayLCD displays for the computer have come to the point where they are more affordable and are starting to become more common.  Computer manufacturers now provide consumers with the option of choosing a CRT monitor or upgrading to an LCD display.  When comparing LCD displays with CRT monitors, each have their unique features that tend to a user's preference.  LCD displays are much thinner, lighter, and definitely more portable than a CRT monitor.  CRT monitors on the other hand are much heavier, but are much cheaper.

  

 

Today, I will be reviewing the Samsung 910MP.  Unlike most other LCD monitors, this is a multifunction monitor.  Other than solely being an LCD monitor, this monitor has TV tuning capabilities so you can watch TV on it also without the need of an extra internal or external card or device.  The 910MP manages to have the same Samsung LCD quality while providing the versatility of watching TV on the same monitor while saving overall desk space.  Couple this with an 8ms pixel response time and you've got a fully-featured LCD monitor that can do gaming as well.
 
The LCD monitor came in an expected cardboard box with a handle.  When opening the box on the side, everything was neatly packaged and well protected by the large layers of foam.  The LCD layer lies in between the two foam layers.  The included extra items are packaged on the sides of the box.

Dialogue ultra-portable Flybook – Part II

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Accessories

Read more: Dialogue ultra-portable Flybook – Part III've spent about 3 months with arguably the best-connected ultra-portable notebook in the world, most of that time on the road and all of the time the Flybook being the only computer I worked with. How did that go? Have my enthusiastic first impressions (see our July 21 review) mellowed or did I discover the Flybook is for keeps? Follow me as I put my traveling companion to work.

 

Logitech X-530 Multimedia Speakers - Reviewed

Written by Ronald on . Posted in Audio

Read more: Logitech X-530 Multimedia Speakers - ReviewedHaving taken a look at many of the audio products in Logitech's multimedia speaker line, Logitech has again introduced another multimedia speaker set for gamers on a budget.  It is called the X-530.  The X-530 is a 5.1 speaker setup that is composed of 4 satellite speakers and a subwoofer.  This speaker boasts an RMS power of 70 Watts.

Although Logitech currently has other 5.1 multimedia speakers available, this speaker set is different than the others because it contains the newly introduced FDD2 satellite technology designed by Logitech to bring bigger and better sound.

Let's find out how well this speaker set sounds compared to Logitech's higher end models such as the Z-5300.

Logitech RumblePad 2

Written by Ronald on . Posted in Accessories

Read more: Logitech RumblePad 2As an avid gamer for many years now, I have witnessed and played with all kinds of controllers for the PC as well as different consoles.  I continue to use one of my favorite game pads, Microsoft's SideWinder, which I bought many years ago.  This game pad still serves me well in today's games such as Need For Speed Underground as well as classic emulated arcade games.  To this day, I still am slightly disappointed with many of the game pads out in the market today.  They simply fail because they don't have enough features or most important of all, they fail functionally.  For instance, this includes having the right number of buttons as well as where they are placed.  A very important concept to a consumer is the durability of the controller.  I have seen the directional pad of many controllers break or wear out over a period of time.  In addition, I even saw some controllers whose directional pads or buttons simply didn't work well. Today, I will be reviewing Logitech's RumblePad 2.  This game pad has extra features that will appeal to most consumers.  It has built-in vibration for games and it is cordless as well.  These features are great and all, but does this game pad pass the test when it comes to basic functionality and design?

Dialogue ultra-portable Flybook (Part I)

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Mobile Devices

Read more: Dialogue ultra-portable Flybook (Part I)In business it pays to be well-connected. For road warriors it becomes even more important to be able to have access to the Internet and other devices via all available means.
And you want it in the smallest possible package.

Let me introduce you to a close to ideal travelling companion, the Flybook from Dialogue. If you’ve been attracted to the likes of FlipStart, the OQO or any other ultra-portable notebook, you owe it to yourself to have a good look at the tablet-style Flybook. You expect it to have WiFi and Bluetooth, but add a SIM card slot for GPRS (there’s even a CDMA model), a CF / PC card slot, 2 FireWire ports and suddenly you have an ultra-capable machine.

Did you say you want it in Ferrari-red?

PhotoGlow Backlit Picture Frame

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Displays

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What’s the best way to display your favourite photographs?

Most digital shots never get printed but spin around on hard drives into oblivion until called up from the grave for a brief appearance on a monitor. But there is an occasional image – even in my portfolio -- that deserves a better lot than that. And even a large print-out may not do justice to that shot you’re really proud of. You want its brilliance, colour saturation and luminescence to jump at you!

The PhotoGlow display unit will add that dimension to your choice photographs in a way that you’ve never seen before. And I wish I could demonstrate that in real life but the limitations of your monitor won’t do justice to it. Still, let me try and put some verbal zing into the description.

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