Archive for category: Computers

Review: Asus RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router

So for the last 8 years I’ve been rocking a midrange D-Link router. It wasn’t fancy, even when it was brand new; but it had 802.11G, and got the job done.
Routers aren’t something we think about that often. Once you get your network setup, you tend to forget about them, so it’s easy to lose sight of the advancements in networking devices.

To be perfectly honest, if a blind, head-strong Shar Pei hadn’t wrecked my old router, I might not have been motivated to upgrade until the radio burnt out naturally. Thankfully, Asus was kind enough to send us a brand spanking new Dual Band N Router to help me along…

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The Toshiba P755-S5270 Laptop: Changing the Game

Ok, I’ll admit it–something strange has been happening over the last several days. And while I can’t speak for anyone else, I’ll bet you’d think so too; I mean, how often are you forced to admit that a long held approach has become totally and utterly obsolete? While I won’t claim it’s of any real cosmic importance – having little to do with matters philosophical, metaphysical or even ‘Star Wars’ related – given my long involvement in the electronics biz, it is serious enough to force me to reassess some key elements of my thinking.

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Review: The NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse

I’ve been using the Avatar gaming mouse for a little more than nine months now. I love this thing, and you can read my full review of it here.

When I heard that NZXT had made a follow up to my favorite hyperactive rodent, I really wanted to see what they had changed.

Hoping for some rad updates, I was a little concerned to see that the “follow up” was really more of a mainstreaming…

Let’s get into it!

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Old School Meets New Tech with Quartet Kapture

In this day and age of digital note taking, where MacBook Airs, iPads and other small devices are most popular, I never would have thought that I would want to go back to the basics and start writing things down on a white board for everyone to see. The fact of the matter is, the easiest way to explain yourself at times is to show people in pictures, diagrams and charts, right there in front of them.

Tradition meets technology with the Quartet Kapture. What was this giant box that arrived at my doorstep? I opened it up and saw what looked like a traditional giant pad of paper and an easel, perfect for jotting things down in my next meeting. But it was more than that–there was a unique pen with marker attachments, plus a curious USB receiver that really caught my attention- and for good reason.

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Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11

I’m a Sony Software fan.
I’ve been using Sound Forge, Acid, and Vegas since before they were acquired by Sony, and were still Sonic Foundry products.
These products were largely responsible for putting a more pleasing look on top of normally austere, “functional” software, and introducing tools to make editing a little easier.
The release of Vegas Movie Studio HD 11, brings some very pleasnt UI tweaks, but underneath is a suprisingly capable consumer video editor.

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Altec Lansing’s Orbit Stereo USB Speakers: Our Review

To say that the capabilities of laptops, notebooks and tablets have come a long way over the last several years is an understatement on the order of noting that the Grand Canyon “sure is big.”  But while the advances made in sheer power, storage capacity, screen size/resolution and portability have completely changed our expectations, there is one element of the mobile computing experience that has not enjoyed a similar degree of improvement… and that is sound.

And though there are a number of very good reasons for that seeming deficiency, including; consumer demand (most people require even more mobility of their music devices) privacy and consideration (sad though it may be, not everyone wants to hear your favorite Beastie Boys track or episode of the Simpsons), and the very physics of sound, it is safe to say that most users would welcome a solution that provided improved sound quality in the conference room, home or on the go.

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The Belkin N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band Router: Our Review

Not long ago I was forced to confront what you might call an ‘inconvenient truth…’ something had gone terribly wrong in my home network.  Performance was down and drop-outs and “failure – device not found” warnings were becoming more and more frequent.  To make matters worse, I just wasn’t sure just where the real problem was.

You see, like so many of you, I’ve spent much of the last several years incrementally adding more and more to my home network while at the same time adding more and more networkable devices… everything from laptops and netbooks to the now ubiquitous iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads–not to mention various tablets, gaming systems, smart-phones and even network enabled TV’s. While I’ve tried to be to be sure that everything added was compatible, after a good deal of trouble shooting it turned out there was one area I’d neglected… my router.

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MSI Slims Down Power and Performance with new Laptops

MSI has announced two new ultra-slim and powerful 14″ notebooks. The X460 and X460DX shrink power and performance into a really sleek package, boasting WiDi (wireless Display), extended battery power, USB 3.0, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and THX TruStudio PRO to name just a few. With prices starting at just $799, the X series seems to be a great option for gamers and power users on the go. For more info and all of the specs, check the full release after the jump…

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NuForce Adds a Touch of Class and Quality to Mobile Audio

No matter how good your mobile headphones are, in the end, it always comes down to the quality of your audio source–and for the discerning audiophile, laptop-quality sound simply won’t do. That’s where the NuForce uDAC-2 Signature Gold Edition USB digital audio converter comes in. In layman’s terms, this small USB interface connects between your laptop and desired audio source (headphones, receiver, desktop sound system), and converts the digital signal into an analog one, greatly enhancing the quality and power of your laptop’s digital audio. As far as the look of the uDAC-2, it’s anything but “layman.” Featuring a chassis that sports both 24K gold plating and stainless steel, you’ll even find a Swarovski crystal on the volume knob–making it part utilitarian, part just plain sexy. The uDAC-2 SGE will set you back around $400; but with the Swarovski crystal on board, you now have the perfect excuse to add an audio product to your wedding registry. Check out the full PR after the jump…

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Booq Hits Another Home Run with the Boa Flow

After reading my piece on the Mamba Catch, you may get the idea that we’re pretty big fans of what Booq has been doing with their laptop and gadget bags; to put it simply, if you’re looking for the best combination of quality, design and price, no other bag manufacturer even comes close. But as I mentioned in that earlier article, when it comes to a gear or laptop bag, how one feels about it is incredibly subjective–what works for me, may not necessarily work for you. So after reading your emails asking us to share a bigger bag, we went right back to the fine folks at Booq and asked them if they had something that could accommodate a larger laptop, as well as more gear–and guess what? They had one. And guess what? It’s brilliant. Read on, and find out what makes the Booq Boa Flow the full-size gadget bag you’ll never take a trip without…

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