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Bitfenix unveils cool Survivor computer case

Posted in Computer Cases by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2010

Gamers and enthusiast typically want a case that looks cool, holds a lot of gear, and keeps all that gear nice and cool inside. They also want all of that at an affordable price. Bitfenix has unveiled a new computer case called the Survivor that meets every one of those needs.

The case is coated in a cool SoftTouch material that has a matte black finish and looks a bit rubbery. The case has a pop up handle for carrying it around. The construction is plastic and steel so it will be heavy, but should be very sturdy at the same time.

Toshiba Satellite A665 3D notebook coming in October

Posted in 3D,Toshiba by Shane McGlaun on September 29th, 2010

If you have been waiting to get your hands on a 3D notebook that can shoot that 3D video out to your TV, Toshiba has a new offering coming next month that will fit the bill. The notebook is called the Satellite A665 3D Edition and it uses NVIDIA 3D Vision technology.

The notebook ships with a single set of active 3D glasses and has a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The machine can be fitted with Core i5-460M or Core i7-740QM CPUs. The machine has up to 6GB of RAM available and has 640GB of storage.

Gateway whips out new ZX6951 and ZX4951 AIO computers

Posted in Gateway by Shane McGlaun on September 29th, 2010

The desktop computer market has pretty much cooled off with most consumers looking to notebooks and netbooks for their computing needs today. The all in one computer is one of the most popular types of desktops and Gateway has announced a couple new AIO machines. The new AIOs include the Gateway One ZX4951 and ZX6951.

The two machines both share the same new design with a curved bottom that has lighting to make the keyboard glow in dark rooms. The main difference between the two is the 4951 has a 21.5-inch HD screen and the 6951 has a 23-inch screen. Both of the PCs can be fitted with Pentium or Core i3 processors.

Patriot Convoy puts a RAID array into your PC

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 29th, 2010

When it comes to memory for your computers or SSDs to store your data on Patriot has you covered. What some of us need is a way to store more data inside some of the unused optical drive bays on a desktop computer. Patriot has you covered there too with its Convoy line of storage devices.

Patriot has added a couple new products to the Convoy line today that have four 2.5-inch drive bays. The new products are the Convoy 425S and the 425XL and both are very similar. They have an aluminum chassis and 40mm fans to keep the drives inside the hot swap bays cool.

H2O Audio Surge 2 headphones are perfect for swimmers and heavy sweaters

Posted in Headphones by Shane McGlaun on September 29th, 2010

It’s too hot 90% of the year in Texas for a lot of outdoor play so we tend to stay near water. Many folks swim to keep in shape and want some music to listen too at the same time. H2O Audio has a line of gear that lets the swimmer listen to music while in the water and will survive folks that sweat profusely as well.

The new headphones from the company are called the Surge 2G and they are waterproof to 12-feet deep. The headphones can also be washed and will survive sweating. Either of those will kill your typical set of headphones. The Surge 2G headphones ship with five sets of elastomer earphones with XS-XL sizes for a custom fit. The elastomer tips in various sizes are to provide a custom fit, block outside noise, and should help keep water out of your ears.

Awesome R2D2 DIY robot holds a geek and moves around

Posted in DIY,Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

I really like to see some of the awesome DIY stuff that geeks come up with and when that stuff has to do with Star Wars it’s even better. A dude has created his own DIY R2D2 bot that is larger than the actual robot so the guy can fit inside the ting to drive it.

The replica of R2D2 has a flip up dome that the guy climbs into. Once inside the robot he activate sound effects and somehow control how the thing moves around. It has fans inside too to keep the geek cool.

Jabra unveils new Go 660 Bluetooth headset for mobile and office use

Posted in Bluetooth by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

If you are in a business where you are on the phone a lot whether you are in the office or out of the office your day can be much smoother and less of a pain in the neck literally with a headset. Jabra offers headsets for mobile users and for use with phones in the office as well. The latest headset from the company can be used with your mobile phone and your soft phone on the computer.

The headset is called the Jabra Go 660 and it ships with a USB Bluetooth adapter called the Jabra Link 320 that lets you use the headset for VoIP chats in the office or home. The headset also links to your Bluetooth mobile phone as well. The mic has noise-cancelling tech dubbed Noise Blackout with dual mics.

Logitech debuts F540 headphones for gamers

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

Logitech has unveiled a new set of headphones called the F540. The new headphones are designed for gamers and will work with different game systems. You can use the headphones on a PC, PS3, or Xbox console.

The headphones connect with a 2.4GHz USB adapter with a wireless range that will let you play from across the room. The headphones support chat in games and they use 40mm tuned drivers for good sound quality.

LG 1080p 3D A510 notebook breaks cover

Posted in LG by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

LG has announced a new notebook computer that has 1080p resolution and support 3D content called the A510. The new notebook is a 15.6-inch machine and its 3D screen uses passive glasses and is LED backlit. Power for the notebook comes from a range of processor options.

The options for CPUs include Core i5 840QM and 740GM, Core i5 580M, 560M, and 460M, as well as Core i3 380M and 370M processors. The notebook runs Windows 7 and comes with a normal pair of passive 3D glasses and a clip on set for those who wear glasses.

Sanyo QuaDrive PLC-HF10000L projector is crazy bright and costs more than two Kia’s

Posted in Sanyo by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

Sanyo has a number of projectors on the market with some of them for home users and others for larger settings. The most recent projector for the company for large venues is the massive PLC-HF10000L with QuaDrive technology.

The QuaDrive tech adds a yellow element to the red, green, and blue that are inside the typical 3LCD projector. The yellow source allows for more colors and better picture quality. The projector supports 1080p resolution with a max resolution of 2048 x 1080.

Robot hand with space glove designed for NASA hits eBay

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

People put some weird stuff on eBay and some of the stranger items are fake. If you are a loaded geek that likes space and robots, you need to head over to eBay and bid on an authentic robot hand developed for NASA.

The hand was made on a contract for NASA along with another prototype, it and the one on auction are the only two ever made. The hand was built by Mark Rosheim in the 90′s and wears a custom-made glove constructed by the firm that makes space suits for NASA.

Order in Chaos clock is hard to read and cool at the same time

Posted in Clocks by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

We have seen our share of strange clocks around there and typically, when we are talking timepieces they are wristwatches from Tokyoflash or some similar purveyor of odd watches. This wall clock is from a designer that was looking to make a statement about the order in chaos.

The clock has the numbers you expect to see around the clock face, but those numbers are broken into bits. As the hour gets closer, the numbers slowly take more from until you can read them. The single hand in the center of the clock is for minutes.

German paper claims 3Ds will launch on November 11

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on September 27th, 2010

A German newspaper has published a rumor that it dug up claiming that the Nintendo 3DS will launch in Japan on November 11. The 3DS is the latest portable gaming console from Nintendo and will support 3D gaming with no glasses required.

The German paper, Blid, also claims that the 3DS will hit Europe in the spring of 2011. The story offered no insights into a launch date for the US. The publication also listed several video games that it claims are launch titles for the portable console.

DIY mini dragster powered by six circular saws

Posted in Automotive,DIY by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

Give a geek some hardware, a bit of extra time, and a need for speed and they can come up with anything. A dude named Barry Lee has constructed his own mini dragster using six circular saws for power. The saws are 16-inch Makita units.

The dragster was created for a cool competition in the UK called the Power Tool Drag Racing Championships held in conjunction with the Royal Navy and Five’s Gadget Show. The dragsters will compete against other DIY types and power tool companies for the win.

AVADirect ships X7200 gaming notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

AVADirect has announced a new gaming notebook that it claims to be the fastest desktop replacement on the planet. A quick look at some of the features and AVADirect may be right, the thing is a beast. The X7200 has an aluminum case and sports two USB 3.0 ports.

It can be fitted with 12GB of triple channel DDR3 RAM and has three 9.5mm drive bays along with onboard RAID support. That is enough storage space for 2TB of HDDs or 1TB of SSD storage. The machine can be fitted with two NVIDIA GTX 480M GPUs with a total of 4GB of GDDR5 graphics memory.