10000 blog posts on SlashGear

After 30 months of news, reviews and trade shows, we’re excited to say that SlashGear has reached its 10,000 posts today, this being the 10000th post. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for visiting SlashGear, for leaving comments, for your tips and for generally keeping us on our toes!

We set out to bring you the best in consumer electronics, and we haven’t finished yet. As ever, if you’ve any suggestions please do leave them in the comments section below, or check out the SlashGear forums and join in the conversation there.

LapLogic Aerogel Extreme LapDesks Reviewed

As laptops get faster and better specified, so the potential threat to your lap increases; the market for heat-dissipating mats has increased massively over the past few years. Unlike foam-filled pads or risers bristling with fans, though, LapLogic sandwich a layer of Aerogel – the best thermal insulator known to man, and capable of a 99.9-percent reduction in heat transfer – between non-slip fabric. The company sent SlashGear their G800 Aerogel Extreme LapDesk and its W800 Aerogel Extreme Wide cousin, the latter having an extra mousing area, and we slapped a toasty-warm MacBook Pro down to see just how singed our geeky thighs could get.


SlashGear Review – CoolIT PURE

When you want to get the most performance out of your gaming rig, you’ll naturally want to try and overclock it. However, you have to deal with the excess heat put off by your CPU (or whatever component you’re overclocking). One option is to get a bigger heatsink and throw in some extra fans, which while it may do the trick, it can make your computer sound like a small hurricane. That’s when you should start thinking about a liquid cooling system. They’ll keep your computer running ice cold without creating all of that noise.

Of course if you’ve never actually set up a liquid cooling system, it probably looks a bit overwhelming. There are several different components you’ll need to carefully assemble, not to mention the cost of actually acquiring said parts. To the novice, it can seem like much more work than it’s worth. That’s why this PURE from CoolIT can be quite appealing. It’s a self-contained liquid cooling system that is supposed to be simple install. I’ve had a chance to test one out, and I’ve shot a video of the installation process. Hit the jump to see the results.


Grand Theft Auto: IV is here, with some goodies

Apparently some game called Grand Theft Something-or-Other launched earlier this week. Since people are making such a big deal about it, I figure it’s my duty here at SlashGear to test it out and see what all of the fuss is. Luckily my copy showed up yesterday, so I don’t even need to leave my house, for days.


SlashGear Exclusive – First Video of Zero for Rock Band

I just got word yesterday that in this week’s DLC for Rock Band we’ll be seeing Zero from the Smashing Pumpkins. I’ve been waiting around to hear this news for a very long time. Sure, I’m a huge Pumpkins fan, but that’s not why. I’ve known about this particular song being being included in the game since I visited Harmonix last November. As a special weekend treat, I give you the first ever gameplay video of Zero for Rock Band after the jump.


Aigo MID – looks good and performs well

It’s a basic mobile Internet device. It has a rubberized bottoms, touchscreen, and slide out full keyboard, a very simple user interface, and a stylus. On the back is the battery and a 3MP camera for taking photos.


Microsoft and HCL teams up to rollout cheapest Windows-based notebook

The notebook will be rolled out as part of HCL’s MiLeap brand of HCL Leaptops. It will be running Windows XP Home, weigh less than 1kg, and have a 7-inch TFT LCD touch-screen.


PS3 Firmware Version 2.3 goes live, features DTS-HD

Starting with several revisions to the PlayStation Store, this firmware brings a number of useful updates. The PlayStation store sees a redesign that should make things far easier to find. As a gamer you also get the opportunity to preview the content you are about the purchase with a range of screen shots and/or video previews, lastly a shopping bag will allow you to track all of your past purchases.

You also get the DTS-HD Master Audio support for Blu-Ray movies that allow the PS3 to output audio in high-bitrate form to up to 7.1 channels. Obviously that was a feature pushed by Home Entertainment geeks, not so much gamers.


Dell Vostro lineup grows with the new 1310, 1510, and 1710 notebooks

The Dell Vostro line of notebooks and desktops were targeted at small business users, as such they’ve collected the feedback from some of their Vostro customers and made some changes. First they thinned up all of the models, it was at the cost of a bit of ruggedness, but now the notebooks are a lot thinner.

Then they added some little features that make a big difference including adopting the touch sensitive LED backlit keys of some of the XPS systems. The notebooks are now noticeable thinner and lighter and have some other features that road warriors are likely to appreciate, but they still maintain the same low price and they come crap-ware free.


VTech IS6110 cordless home phone offers up Instant Messaging services

In a move to further the transition from standard home phones to that of phones with similar features as our cell phones VTech has created a new cordless home phone that is capable of signing onto and messaging people using the following services: MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and AOL Instant Messenger. All you have to do with this phone to get these amazing extra features is connect the base station to your computer. I mean, it has a full QWERTY keypad and can also work with VoIP services, how much more amazing can a home phone get without adding a cellular chipset to it?


NuVo upgrades their music server to 500GB – upgrade from your 160GB version

Alright, I’ll admit, I’m impressed with NuVo and the systems they offer. However it seems they should probably let someone else make the music servers if a 500GB music server is going to sell for $3000. The thin profile of this component, sleek design, triple outputs, networking capabilities, and OLED screen make it an interesting proposition.


Android is coming, how will handset manufacturers handle the relationship between their Windows Mobile handsets and Android handsets?

Android phones are starting to slowly come out of the woodwork with no official production ready models being announced yet. However there is an event in London involving HTC on May 6th, a company that vowed to release the first Android phone. They are also known for making some of the best Windows Mobile handsets that are on the market. So the question is, how does Microsoft feel about this, and more specifically, how will manufacturers like HTC keep the peace within their own companies?

It just wouldn’t make sense for mobile phone manufacturers like HTC to make the exact same phone twice just offering your choice of Android or Windows Mobile, it would kind of be nice, but exclusive handsets tipped to one OS or the other are what really moves units. For example, would the XPERIA X1 be such a big deal if it wasn’t running the next generation of Windows Mobile software? Maybe, but I’d guess not.


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