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Hands On: AVS GEAR BL-741 LED backlight keyboard

Posted in Review,Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

When it comes to computing, the keyboard is pretty boring. Do we even know that it is there anymore as we mindlessly mash key after key? Well, AVS Gear wants to spice up your computer time and let you know that the keyboard is still there with their ZIPPY BL-741 LED backlight keyboard. They sent us a review unit so we could check it out. The ZIPPY BL-741 offers a 512-color level, allowing you to adjust the colors the way you want them.

You can adjust the brightness in dark settings and it consumes low power. You also get triple-color LEDs and an On/Off switch to regulate the backlight atmosphere.

Hands On: dB Logic SPL2 Headphones

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2010

dB Logic’s SPL2 headphones are designed for healthy listening so they won’t damage your ears. The company was kind enough to provide us with a review unit so we could hear how they sound. These are no-battery-required ultra-low distortion sound pressure level headphones and earphones, which include models for adults and kids.

The SPL2 lowers the volume while still keeping the shape of the sound wave curve. The headphones regulate the volume when it is needed, while still keeping the “musical content largely unchanged”. How do they sound? Read on.

Review: Nyko Wand+

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

Nyko sent us a review unit of the Nyko Wand+, so we checked it out to see how it works. Nyko’s Wand + is designed to be the best controller on the market for the Wii. It requires no extra attachments for accurate motion control, since the Wii Plus add-on is built into it for full 1:1 movement tracking. So it is compatible with all games that use the Wii Motion Plus attachment.

It’s the first and only Wii controller on the market that has Wii Motion Plus built-in. For now. It’s the same size as the standard Wiimote, but it feels lighter and much more comfortable in your hand. It looks way cooler as well. We played several games and sure enough, it worked smoothly. Just as good as your typical Wii controller and it did seem more precise, which made gaming better.

Self-Publishing is easy with Amazon’s Digital Text Platform

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

Whether you own an ereader or not, chances are you’ve heard all about how self-publishing is easier today than it has ever been before, allowing authors to quickly and easily publish their work. And I’m here to tell you that it’s true. However many authors out there still haven’t taken advantage of it.

Maybe you don’t have the time to look into it, maybe you’re still getting over the sting from all of the rejection letters you got in the old days, with the old way of publishing. Whatever the reason, many times we hear about new and great ways to do things and it just goes in one ear and out the other. Probably because we think there has to be a catch.

Hands On: Fretlight Guitar makes it easy to learn guitar

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2010

The folks who make the Fretlight guitar learning system wanted us to check it out and see for ourselves how easy it is to learn guitar with their system. The basic idea is that the frets of the guitar light up. That, along with an interactive learning system which includes videos and tutorials are supposed to make it easy.

Since my son has been learning how to play guitar by more or less teaching himself, I figured he was the perfect candidate. So they sent us the whole kit and my son checked it out. How good is it at teaching you to play the guitar? His review follows:

Quick Review: C.Crane Universal Solar Battery Charger

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

We were asked to check out C.Crane’s Solar Battery Charger, so CableOrganizer.com sent us a review unit and all we needed to do was wait for some sun. Luckily for us, the sun is returning around these parts. So we rounded up a bunch of dead batteries and got to work.

This solar battery charger will charge AAA, AA, C and D size batteries and has a solar power meter on top which shows the charging rate. Just open the plastic cover and put some batteries in. At any one time, you can charge several batteries, a few AA or AAAs along with some Ds for instance.

Hands On: iFrogz EarPollution CS40 headphones

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2010

iFrogz sent us a pair of their new EarPollution CS40 headphones for review. They come in several stylish colors and actually look pretty nice compared to what’s out there on the headphones market, so we were eager to give them a go and see if they are worth the $39.99 price.

The CS40 claims to offer “cranium busting sound with supreme comfort” and they have a high gloss finish with black dura-strength rubber cups and headband. They also promise light-weight and high quality.


Hands On: Stylophone Beatbox

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 4th, 2009

Hands On: Stylophone BeatboxThe Stylophone Beatbox was recently released, some 40 years after the original Stylophone. They sent us one for review purposes. Now I’m not musically inclined myself, but I did find the device to be fun and pretty easy to use. And despite my lack of hip musical skills, it was pretty easy to figure out and start making beats.

Nexus One gets some hands on time

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2009

Nexus Hands OnThe guys over at Engadget recently got some hands on time with Google’s Nexus One. So now we have some high quality pictures of the sexy device and some initial impressions.

Firstly the phone is sexy and it’s just a tad thinner than the iPhone. The Nexus One features Google’s Android 2.1, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 3.7-inch 480 x 800 display, 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM and comes bundled with a 4GB microSD card. The phone is a T-Mobile device that includes a light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer.

Asus G51J Core i7 Mobile Gaming Notebook gets reviewed

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2009

Asus G51J Core i7 Mobile Gaming Notebook gets reviewedAsus released a Core 2 Duo G51 a few months ago, but now they’ve just pushed out the exact same laptop with a Core i7 and a price tag that’s $200 less. The G51J-A1 was launched along with Windows 7, and the guys over at Hot Hardware put it through it’s paces to find out what it was capable of.

Here’s what they found: the new CPU allowed this machine to leave the C2D version in the dust in every test. Graphical performance was pretty astounding. Even though there’s no Blu-ray drive, at $1,499, you don’t really expect it to be included.

Hands On: Sansa Clip+

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2009

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 playerSanDisk sent us a complimentary Sansa Clip+ to check out. After using it for several days, we’re ready to share our thoughts on the device. The original Sansa Clip has been a popular choice where cheap mp3 players are concerned and the Sansa Clip+ is even better.

The design beats the original, with a larger capacity and better features. The first thing that you notice is how durable this thing is. Despite it’s tiny size, it looks and feels tough. It’s definitely more durable than your average mp3 player. And it feels natural in your hand.


Hands on: Epson WorkForce 610 All-in-One Printer

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2009

Hands on: Epson WorkForce 610 All-in-One PrinterEpson’s new Workforce 610 all-in-one printer is aimed at small businesses and home offices and the like as it’s capable of handling a wide variety of jobs all in one convenient device. You might remember that when we reviewed last year’s model, the Workforce 600, we really liked it. So how did the 610 stack up? Read on and find out.

Hands on: Logitech Speaker System Z323

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2009

Hands on: Logitech Speaker System Z323Good speaker systems are hard to find. Especially if you want a small form, with big sound. And bass is usually disappointing in these small systems. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed with speakers that don’t deliver. So I decided to give Logitech’s Z323 a try.

These speakers are acoustically engineered to project audio evenly in all directions, not just one. The idea is that you hear the full range of sound throughout a room. Another interesting feature is the down-firing woofer designed to deliver rich, deep bass. The two satellite speakers claim to produce warm mid-range tones and crisp high notes. You can plug in your Logitech Squeezebox, gaming console, iPod or DVD player. So what did we think of the Z323? Read on.

Hands on: ifrogz Ear Pollution Plugz

Posted in Earbuds by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2009

Hands on: ifrogz Ear Pollution PlugzOne of the most often replaced items in our gadget collection is earbuds. You use a pair for a while and they bite the dust. So when it came time for another pair, I recently gave ifrogz Ear Pollution Plugz earbuds with microphone a try. They are affordable noise canceling earbuds, available in a variety of colors, and they offer some decent style.

They look great and have style. They are also comfortable and if you are like me and have trouble getting earbuds to fit and stay in the ear, they come with three tip sizes that should fit any ear. They feel great and actually block out almost all but the loudest noises around you.

Deer Hunter 3D iPhone game review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on August 14th, 2009

deerhunter-sbI make my share of calls, send texts, and surf the Internet on my iPhone, but mostly I use the thing for playing games. I play way more games on my iPhone than I ever thought I would. With the iPhone being such a great gaming platform, I am always on the lookout for new games to try out. Today I am going to look at a game called Deer Hunter 3D. This game is one of my arcade favorites so read on for all the details on the Deer Hunter 3D for the iPhone.