Archive for Jun 20, 2008

Slashgear Review – NZXT Tempest

When it comes to PC cases, there are several things to take into consideration. Style is one area that usually gets ranked pretty high. You've also got to make sure that it keeps your system running cool, and allows for plenty of room for everything. Well I've had the opportunity to test out the NZXT Tempest, and I'll let you know how it holds up.

E3 down to only 38 exhibitors

I remember as a teenage gamer having dreams of attending E3. Honestly for a gamer, it really didn't get much bigger than that single event. Now I'm finally in a position to attend the show, and it's only a shadow of its former self. It has been announced that only a whopping 38 companies will be showing off their wares this year.

To give you an idea, only two years ago at E3 2006 there were over 400 companies showing off the latest and greatest in the world of gaming. So what happened? Well the ESA decided that they no longer needed a “mega-show” and decided to “refocus”. At the rate things are going, the show will be completely dead in another year or so.

Diablo II receives 1.12 patch

For much of my youth I was primarily a console gamer. Sure, there were a few games like Doom and Quake that I used my PC for, but that was about it. There was also a little game called Diablo that I got hooked on. I remember finding out about a sequel, which became the first PC game I actually waited outside of a store for. That was almost 8 years ago to the day, and Blizzard has just released a new patch to Diablo II.

Guitar Hero: World Tour guitar revealed

We heard news the other day that the Guitar Hero: World Tour guitar would have a “touch-sensitive neck slide”. There has been much speculation regarding this particular feature, and now we have some info on exactly what it is.

Toshiba Satellite Pro U400 Unboxing Ceremony

We've just received the Toshiba Satellite Pro U400 and have the video unboxing ceremony for you. The Toshiba Satellite Pro U400 is known mainly for its size and light weight, it has a 13.3-inch display and weighs only 4.6 Lbs.

e-detail Prezenter PSR dual-tablet presentation tool gets price-tag

We weren't expecting much in the way of a release from e-detail, despite them showing the Prezenter PSR dual-display Tablet PC at CES earlier on in the year.  The concept is that you have a large screen which faces your audience and a poseable 7-inch mini-touchscreen that flips down at the back to let you follow along with your notes.  Now, according to Crave Asia, e-detail claim to be going through trials with the Prezenter PSR, in line for an eventual US and European release.

Technologic TS-7800 single-board PC boots Linux in 0.69 seconds

Technologic Systems have unveiled their latest single-board computer (SBC) which, although they're not doing the usual and reaching for a title, must surely be a strong contender in the "fastest boot time" charts.  This latest incarnation of the TS-7800 can load Linux 2.6.21 from NAND flash in 0.69 seconds, despite being powered by a relatively lowly 500MHz Marvell ARM9 CPU.

Ahtec Tiny TN120 budget Tablet PC on sale in Europe

Ahtec have begun selling their Tiny TN120 Tablet PC in Europe, a 12.1-inch convertible powered by a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor.  ToDo UMPC have been giving the notebook a good going-over, and put together a video demo which you can see after the cut.  As tested, the TN120 had 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, a 160GB 5,400rpm hard-drive and onboard DVD-RW drive.

VIA OpenBook opened-up: connectivity flexibility video demo

Hopefully VIA know - and sanction- what their marketing team is up to, as Tim Brown could be in some trouble otherwise for taking apart the company's OpenBook reference budget ultraportable and filming the whole operation.  Tim's intention is to show off the flexibility of the design; rather than soldering all of the connectivity options to the mainboard, which is a common way to save space, the OpenBook uses two industry-standard PCI Express Mini card-slots.  That leaves it up to manufacturers adopting the design to chose which WWAN, WiFi, GPS or other options they plug in.

ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 high-def audio-decoding sound card

Seeing graphics cards which can take on the strain of decoding high-definition video is quite usual, but ASUS have turned the tables slightly with their Xonar HDAV1.3 sound-card.  HDMI 1.3a compliant, the card takes on decoding surround-sound lossless audio from high-definition media, as well as including an integrated Splendid HD video processor.  It's based on ASUS' own AV200 codec chip, which includes dedicated digital to analog convertors.

WowWee RoboRemote hacked for extra sensors

WowWee's RoboRemote is an aftermarket IR remote control for the company's full range of current and future robots.  Intended to make programming the robots more straightforward, it connects via USB to a computer and, with the included software, lets you script macros and routines that are then blasted across via infra-red.  All well and good, but not quite enough for the guys over at RoboCommunity; they've been exploring ways to add new sensors and inputs to the WowWee stable courtesy of a hacked RoboRemote.

The Posture Pod alleviates back and neck aches

I have said before that I have back problems and keeping good posture means my back won't ache nearly as soon as it would if I were slouching. However, you get tired or get into a bit of PC gaming and slowly having decent posture is completely forgotten. This odd little pod is supposed to help with just that.