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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

Read more: PhotoGlow Backlit Picture Frame

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.

AlphaShield Hardware Firewall

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

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If there has ever been a time when protection is necessary whenever you log on the Internet, it’s now. We need to be shielded from viruses, hacks, worms, identity theft and all the other net nasties. But why don’t we do it?  Is it complexity, cost, the constant updating or the feeling that there is no all-in-one solution? AlphaShield has come up with a hardware firewall solution that promises perfect protection with easy setup and at a very reasonable cost.

Is it a mirage or does it really work?

OziExplorerCE 1.11.0 Moving Map Software

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Software

Read more: OziExplorerCE 1.11.0 Moving Map SoftwareI can’t think of too many Australian programs that have hit the Big Time on the small screens in the PocketPC world.

OziExplorer is one of the exceptions. They are enjoying some well-deserved export successes and today I’ll be primarily reviewing this navigation program for use in a cockpit environment.

So, let’s buckle up and go for a spin!

PowerColor ATI X1300 Graphics Card

Written by Ronald on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: PowerColor ATI X1300 Graphics CardTo give you an idea of where this product stands relative to ATI's current line of next generation graphics chips, it begins at the entry-level with the X1300.  At the midrange, is the X1600 series.  The X1800 and X1900 series is where we progress to the higher to highest end graphics chips on the market.  The X1300 is an entry-level graphics card which incorporates the latest Shader Model 3.0 technology to allow you to play the latest games.  At this level, it is a matter of the kind of performance and features is offered at the budget price.

Crank It Up - Eton FR150 and FR500 Survival Crank Radios

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Audio

Read more: Crank It Up - Eton FR150 and FR500 Survival Crank RadiosSurviving in an emergency situation is something people rarely think about - let alone plan for. While stockpiling canned foods and building a fall-out shelter is certainly extreme, equipping yourself with some basic survival tools - you know, just in case - might just be a reasonable proposition.

Read on for our take on Eton’s Solarlink FR150 and Microlink FR500 survival crank radios. 

Extreme Video - Twenty20 VHoldR - Reviewed

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Video

Read more: Extreme Video - Twenty20 VHoldR - ReviewedAimed at extreme sports enthusiasts, the VHoldR is a compact video recorder which is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, rugged enough to strap to the side of your car or bike and able to deliver 30 frames per second of VGA video.

Read on for our experiences with Twenty20’s VHoldR.

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