Archive for January, 2007

Panasonic TC-32LX60 32-Inch LCD User Review

Panasonic TC-32LX60 32-Inch LCD User Review

One of our reader Dan sent me his personal review to share with SlashGear readers on his recent purchase of a 32" LCD from Panasonic.

The Panasonic 32" LCD HDTV, Model Number TC-32LX60 can be purchased rather inexpensively from Circuit City for $999.00 USD. When looking for an HDTV with great value and picture quality you need not go any further than this model. It is ideal for the bedroom, for those of you who enjoy watching TV from the comfort of your room this particular unit does not take up much space. It is a little larger than the standard entertainment center but can be mounted on a wall quite easily. This particular TV comes with 720p and a 3000:1 contrast ratio which creates very attractive deep blacks and clean bright colors Response time is listed at 14ms but I’ve comer to learn that it is actually an 8ms response time.

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Real heavy music

Real heavy music

If you've got some time on your hands and fancy some unique and decent-sounding speakers, then why not make them yourself out of concrete?  That's exactly what Markus Egger did, making his own frames for poured-concrete and using wax blocks to hollow them out.  Apparently the high-density of the material means that bass response is particularly fine.

If it were me, as good as the painted results look, I think I would've left it raw concrete - very cool in a minimalist decor kind of way.  Full project log at Markus' site.

OQO Model 2: Interview with Director of Design

OQO Model 2: Interview with Director of Design

The boy Scoble's new paymasters, PodTech, sit down and grab some interview fun with OQO's Nick Merz, director of design at the company that he had a hand in creating.  At only a pound in weight the OQO Model 2 is the smallest Vista-capable PC, and it certainly stimulated our Vincent's dribble-gland when he got some playtime with it at CES.

Specs are nowhere near anaemic: Bluetooth, WiFi, 1GB of RAM, 1.5GHz VIA C7M ULV processor and Sprint Revision 0. EV-DO, as well as an HDMI-DVI adapter included in the package.  I am very excited about this handheld.

PodTech [via GottaBeMobile]

More Microsoft Home Server News

More Microsoft Home Server News

Colin Walker splashes out some more Windows Home Server news, with the telling tidbit that it seems Microsoft are leaning toward making it a software release for DIYers as well as pre-built units for those who'd rather just plug'n'play.  This and more information is to be found in a PressPass document (.doc file) unearthed from among the corporation's CES files.

Also of note is that HP's monolithic home server unit, photo-star of the coverage, will be capable of a maximum 6 terabytes of storage (internal and external combined), with half of that coming from four 750GB drive bays and the rest via USB.

DIY Windows Home Servers? [Randomelements]

Microsoft Abacus Watch – is it really so Smart?

Microsoft Abacus Watch – is it really so Smart?

If I said "MSN@Direct" to you, what would you say?  How about SPOT?  Would you look at me, blink slowly and then walk on by, or would you snigger something about craptastic wireless information services and dance the jig of market failure as a fitting coup de grace?  Well Microsoft obviously haven't got the message yet (I assume the message contains a link to the YouTube version of that jig) because they're still producing watches that can wirelessly update you with news, stock information and Outlook reminders.

Oh yes, so the screen is higher-resolution and it's apparently "on-demand" rather than "when the system wants to tell you", but is anybody really convinced - outside of Seattle - that this is a needed product?  I ask you, who wouldn't be better served with, say, a Treo or other smartphone, maybe even a Bluetooth-enabled watch for those moments when whipping out your cellphone isn't prudent but you still want to check your schedule.

Sorry guys, but I think you should let this one just die.

PSU goes power-mad

PSU goes power-mad

Ever since moving out of the familial home I've turned into a right electricity tyrant.  No light goes unswitched, no appliance left active without due cause; there's something about footing your own bills that makes you pretty damn keen on saving power.  And so the thought of a 1,000W PSU fills me not with geeky joy but a sickening sense of watching paper money burn on a tiny fire. 

Yes, with a Galaxy DXX you could simultaneously power twenty-four of your favourite hard-drives, but won't somebody think of the dozen pandas you'd have to shovel into the furnaces every few minutes to supply all the electricity?  I fear we'll see a demonstration of Greenpeace activists barricading computer stores on its 27th January launch.

Is there a market for the $1.5k remote?

Is there a market for the $1.5k remote?

I've been pretty harsh on universal remote controls in the past.  It's not that I don't see the point of them - quite the opposite, in fact - but just that manufacturers seem to be in a race to fit as many buttons as possible in and end up with something that's more difficult to fathom than the original brace you were hoping to replace.  Still, I'm nothing if not an optimist, and so I truly believe that the right remote is out there waiting for me.  And so like a mildly peckish beaver I devour any reviews that I spot, that empty place in my heart just desperate to be filled.

Latest up to parade itself in front of me is Philips' Pronto Professional TSU9600, which builds on the success of the iconic original Pronto line by strapping on a few extra hard buttons and updating the screen, accompanying PC software and home-automation compatibility.  And so that's how it fell into the hands of the folks over at Automated Home, who promptly spent around 12 hours tweaking it to high-heaven.

LG Shine struts its stuff

LG Shine struts its stuff

It's turning into a real video day here on SlashGear, but if the Gods of Tech will insist on delivering the goodies then I see it as my earthly duty to show them to you.  So unbuckle your eyes and feast a while on the sight of LG's ever-so-sexy Shine cellphone, here starring in its own promo video.  Gasp at the crisp edges.  Bleat at the sexy multifunction scroll wheel and glossy screen.  Moisten yourself slightly at the "Additional Convenient Features", always a pleasure to see.

Oh yes, this should keep me going until iPhone day. 

YouTube [via Gadgetell]

XBOX 360 is hitting Chinese market soon

XBOX 360 is hitting Chinese market soon

Microsoft is on its gear again. This time it will try to bring the XBOX 360 to China within couple months as it waits for authorization from the Chinese government. At this moment, Microsoft is also working with Chinese internet service providers and computer manufactures to prepare for the launch.

On an email to Reuters, Andres Vejarano, regional marketing director at Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division for Asia & Greater China commented "We take a long-term approach to each market and continue to evaluate the China market for opportunities,"

Reuters: Microsoft Plans Chinese Xbox 360 Launch [via gamasutra]

Apple to Charge Tiger Users for Boot Camp Final

Apple to Charge Tiger Users for Boot Camp Final

After the 802.11n patch fee fiasco, some media outlets are reporting that Apple plan on another charging spree. Apple indicates that it might charge $30 for the Boot Camp final release to OSX 10.4 users. Boot Camp, the application that allows Intel Mac users to boot into a Windows partition, is currently at Beta stage and will be included in the upcoming OSX 10.5 "Leopard". Apple are also saying that Boot Camp will support Windows Vista on its final release.

I personally use Boot Camp and I don't really mind paying $30 for it, but at the end of the day, I would probably jump onto the Leopard bandwagon.

Final Boot Camp To Be Offered To Tiger Users For $30? [via macrumors]