Archive for July, 2008

Willcom D4: battery life terrible but Vista performs well

Willcom D4: battery life terrible but Vista performs well

Having been unboxed on video, the Willcom D4 UMPC has now travelled over to Jenn at Pocketables for some darned good testing.  While the system is still something of a miniturization marvel, the first reports aren't exactly glowing.  Top of the list (or should that be bottom?) is battery life; Willcom themselves only promise 1.5hrs and that measly figure looks sadly accurate.  Worse still, Jenn found that leaving the D4 in Vista's sleep mode for 7hrs drained it to just 19-percent: around 15 minutes of actual use.

MSI Wind suffers price hike as costs climb

MSI Wind suffers price hike as costs climb

Disappointing rumblings from MSI, as the price of their Wind netbook climbs uncomfortably.  Facing what the company describes as an increase in both battery and material costs, the MSRP has now been pushed up to $499.99 with the 3-cell battery and $549.99 with the 6-cell battery.  Previously the company had pledged to reduce the 3-cell version to $479.99 while the 6-cell, expected in September, would carry the original $499.99 tag.  However that doesn't mean that retailers are taking the MSRP at face value.

Sanyo Xacti HD800 720p camcorder

Sanyo Xacti HD800 720p camcorder

Sanyo have taken the wraps off of a new Xacti camcorder, the HD800, and according to Akihabara News the spec sheet might not tell the whole story.  They're most impressed by "the HUGE step forward in video quality" compared to the HD700, together with the improved noise reduction.  Still recording in up to 720p high-definition, the HD800 can also grab 8-megapixel stills.

BlizzCon tickets up for sale Aug 11

BlizzCon tickets up for sale Aug 11

Finally, the official date has been announced as to when tickets for BlizzCon will go up for sale. The lucky ones that will be making their way there can pick them up as of August 11th.

Just in case you've somehow forgotten, it will be October 10th and 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center which is located in Anaheim, CA. The tickets will be sold for $100 a piece, but there is hope for those that can't make it to the convention.

Full-sized NES used as belt buckle

Full-sized NES used as belt buckle

There are gamers and then there are gamers that take their gaming to a whole different level. One gamer decided to take his full size NES and turn it into a belt buckle.

Circuit-bent Pikachu Instrument is terrifying

Circuit-bent Pikachu Instrument is terrifying

I have always had just a bit of animosity towards Pikachu, he's just way too perky. Anything that is that excited all of the time needs squished immediately, preferably under an ACME sized mallet. Not turned into a MIDI-controlled circuit-bent musical instrument.

Beverly Hills 90210 limited edition iPod

Beverly Hills 90210 limited edition iPod

Alright, so the series of the iPods engraved with The Simpsons, that was badass.  This however, is just sad and a bit late I might add.  Seriously, 90210, are you kidding me?!

It's limited edition and everything, which is probably best.  No one wants too many of these roaming about the earth.  You can also get a cheesy little message engraved below the image.

Wrath of the Lich King Beta invitation arrives!

Wrath of the Lich King Beta invitation arrives!

Since it was announced earlier in the month that the beta keys were being emailed out for Wrath of the Lich King, I've been pretty much checking my email non-stop. Well last night I finally saw the email I was looking for. That's right, we can now bring you firsthand details of the beta.

EA to sell Crysis Warhead branded PCs

EA to sell Crysis Warhead branded PCs

Can your PC run Crysis? If you keep your hardware up to date, then it's possible that you can run it fairly well at the lowest, or possibly even medium settings. However, when the game first came out, almost no one was able to even able to crank it up to High at a decent resolution. We know that Crysis Warhead is going to be a little easier on your system, but how can you make sure that your PC can handle it? Just buy a new Crysis Warhead branded PC from EA.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo coming next month

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo coming next month

One of the games I'm looking forward to the most this year is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Thankfully it seems that we'll only need to wait until August to get our first real hands-on look at the title, as LucasArts recently announced that the demo will be coming next month.

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