Archive for July, 2009

AAXA P2 Pico-Projector

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2009

AAXA P2 Pico ProjectorAAXA Technologies has unveiled their latest pico-projector dubbed the P2. It measures only 4.3-inch x 2.1-inch x 1-inch and weighs just 260 grams. The palm sized projector sports a 800 x 600 resolution, 33 lumens brightness, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 1GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a 1,700mAh rechargeable battery that lasts up to 35 minutes.

It also comes complete with 1W stereo speakers, a 3.5mm composite A/V port, a mini USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and VGA port. The AAXA P2 is available now for pre-order for $349.

Acer Aspire G Predator desktop

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2009

Acer Aspire G Predator desktopAcer has announced their latest M-Series desktop PC called the Aspire G. It’s also known as the Predator and a quick look at the specs suggests that it lives up to it’s name. It features an Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz processor, 6GB DDR3 RAM (up to 12GB), Intel X58 Express chipset, 1TB SATA hard drive @ 7200rpm, Two Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 (1GB VRAM), Blu-ray disc drive, 11 USB 2.0 ports, Two eSATA ports, Multi-memory card reader, Four DVI-D ports, and Two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

This one is powered by 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium and will run you €1950 bundled with the Logitech G15 keyboard and the G9 Laser mouse.

Easy Piano adds a keyboard to the DS Lite

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2009

Easy Piano adds a keyboard to the DS LiteSure, Guitar Hero continues to dominate the video game music scene, but some people actually prefer to play the piano. For those musicians, a new title for the DS called Easy Piano will let you tickle the ivories on your portable.

The game comes with a keyboard peripheral so I hope you Mozarts have hung onto your DS Lites. It features a lesson mode, a play-along mode and even a song creation mode. The real question is, what can you play on that tiny keyboard with your huge fingers?

Black Wii now available for $333

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2009

Black Wii now available for $333We’re as bummed as you are that Nintendo’s black Wii isn’t coming to the US. I mean look at that beautiful dark console. It’s like a stealth Wii. A thing to behold and ponder like a work of art…

It’s sad. Very sad that the Big N doesn’t love us here in the States. But don’t worry, apparenty the black console has hit the gray-market import scene. You know what that means, you’ll have to pay a premium at $333.

Speakal iPig iPod Dock Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2009

speakalipig-sbIt seems like just about everyone has an iPod today. What some of those iPod users may not realize is that you can play the tunes back without connecting to your PC if you have a speaker dock. Not all speaker docks are the serious looking electronic devices that we are used to. Today I am going to look at the Speakal iPig iPod dock. You may be surprised at the iPig, read on for all the details.

Samsung and AT&T unveil Solstice

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2009

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New phones are hitting the market with increasing regularity over the last few months. Many mobile providers are gearing up for back to school shopping and others are rushing to get new smartphones and feature phones onto a market while the demand is high.

Samsung and AT&T announced a new touch screen phone this week called the Samsung Solstice. The mobile phone has a 3-inch screen with a landscape virtual QWERTY keyboard and uses the Samsung TouchWiz user interface. An accelerometer is built in for applications that are more robust.

Escort announces new Redline radar detector

Posted in Escort by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2009

escortredlineWhen I was a kid, my dad always had radar detectors in his car. All I remember is that each time we passed a store, a cell phone, or a tree the thing would beep. I never understood how you were supposed to know if it was the police looking for speeders or someone walking into a gas station that set the device off.

Escort has a new radar detector called the Redline that offers dual antennas to make the range much longer than other radar detectors. Escort claims that the detector can recognize radar and laser signatures from 13 miles away.

GameStop launches casual digital game store

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2009

gamestop-casualVideo games are feeling the pinch of the poor economy as sales for hardware and software slump. The market for casual games is much larger than the market for more hardcore video games and GameStop is making a grab for some of the casual market.

GameStop announced a new casual digital download store for games powered by RealNetworks. GameStop says that customers will be offered money-saving deals, free trials, and a streamlined search along with a checkout capability.

Klipsch releases S2m headset for mobile phones

Posted in Headsets by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2009

klipschs2m-sbJust about all the new features phones and smartphones that hit the market today feature an integrated music player. That means that most users need a set of headphones of some sort to be able to listen to the music and some aftermarket sets lack a mic to allow you to place and receive calls.

Klipsch is well known for the quality speakers that it produces and is known for often making some of the more expensive gear on the market. The company has announced a new set of in-ear earphones for mobile phones called the S2M that are priced well. The headset features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a compact in-line mic.

Sharp and Sony announce joint LCD venture

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Sharp LC-52SE94ULike two tech superheroes up against an awesome foe, Sharp and Sony have announced a joint venture today in an effort to produce and sell very large LCD panels. Looks like when December 29th rolls around, Sony will be pumping $105 million into Sharp Display Products in an effort to create a share split of 66-percent Sharp and 34-percent Sony.

The deal should be completed by March 10th of next year. The end result of their union will primarily be 32-inch LCD screens along with shouts of “Wondertwin powers, Activate!”.

BenQ MK2442 23.6″ LCD TV

Posted in BenQ by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

BenQ MK2442 23.6″ LCD TVBenQ has announced their upcoming 23.6-inch LCD TV that doubles as a standard PC monitor. This one would make a great secondary monitor. It features Senseye Human Vision Technology which enhances the color, clarity and contrast of video content. The MK2442 has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, with a 5ms response time, brightness of 300 cd/2, 1000:1 contrast ratio and a built-in TV tuner.

It also sports two 5W speakers for decent sound. On the connectivity side, you get: D-Sub, S-Video, SCART, Composite, Component and HDMI 1.3.

EIZO FlexScan S2433W-H 24-Inch LCD Monitor

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

EIZO FlexScan S2433W-H 24-Inch LCD MonitorEizo’s latest offering, the 24.1-inch LCD FlexScan S2433W-H monitor targets professional users with features like a rotating panel design for better viewing angles. It’s a widescreen monitor that supports a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and features a 6ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 360 cd/m2 brightness.

The EcoView function automatically adjusts brightness depending on the room’s lighting and covers 96% of the Adobe RGB color range. When it comes to ports, you get a D-Sub, DVI and DisplayPort.

Trinvo Talking Translator

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Trinvo Talking TranslatorWho has time to learn a new language? Most of the time visits to foreign countries mean just a short stay, so why bother? We’ll the Trinvo talking translator lets you translate your speech into 12 languages.

No matter what you want to say, you should be covered. Whether you need to find a bathroom or some good food. The dictionary holds over 2,500 words and 750 common phrases in all 12 languages. That should help you avoid laughter from the locals as you screw up their language.

Robots that deliver packages through the sewers

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Robots that deliver packages through the sewersThe United Robot Parcel Service may be just around the corner. As cities get more crowded, it will be more difficult for UPS and the Postal service to get around in their trucks full of packages. So what do you do? You make like rats and crocodiles and take to the sewers. Well, not you. Robots.

It will be robots who traverse the highways and bi-ways of human waste. The Urban Mole is a capsule that travels through underground pipes to transport packages like groceries, signed documents or even your Amazon order. It will free up our streets and roads making traffic less congested and speed up deliveries.

JVC Everio GZ-HM400

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

JVC Everio GZ-HM400JVC’s latest full HD camcorder is getting ready to hit the market, the Everio GZ-HM400. The Everio GZ-HM400 will be available this August for about €820 and is pretty similar to the JVC Everio GZ-X900. Some features include:

A 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 2.8″ LCD display, 32GB internal memory, SDHC memory card slot, Konica Minolta HD Lens with a 10x Optical zoom, HDMI output, 600fps mode, K2 audio technology, iTunes and YouTube support.