Kindle

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 11th 2008 | Permalink
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In December, in one of the best-executed PR programs since the iPhone, Amazon announced and then released the Kindle. It was the Ebook only better: a larger display, and always on-line for almost instant down loading of books, and Web surfing.

Graphics boards and killer computers

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 11th 2008 | Permalink
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It has taken us almost three weeks to do all the testing needed for this article. It was a labor of love. We had two motherboards with new CPUs, and three AIBs, not totally equal in all specifications, but all with interesting features and prices.

The Logitech G25 Driving System

Posted by Ted Pollak on February 11th 2008 | Permalink
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In a previous review we tested the Thrustmaster Rally GT Force Feedback Pro and it was an excellent performer for its price. With an enthusiast's amount of use almost any force feedback racing wheel will eventually fail in some way, and the Thrustmaster eventually lost the use of one of the paddle shifters. Still, based on the amount of abuse it took we will reiterate a big “thumbs up” for the Thrustmaster. The next step up in quality from the Rally GT Force Feedback Pro is the Logitech G25.

The BMW 320 e21 Mod for rFactor

Posted by Ted Pollak on February 11th 2008 | Permalink
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Before computer managed engines, drive by wire controls, paddle shifters, and anti-lock braking systems, there was a time when racing was more raw and perhaps more authentic. In the late 1970's and early 1980's the BMW 320 E21 racing class was probably one of the final breeds in the era of non-wired motor sports. Known as the “flying brick” because of its boxy design this Beemer was powered by a Formula 2 engine tuned up to about 300 horsepower.

Edge Acoustics GX400 Competition Grade Gaming Headset

Posted by Ted Pollak on January 28th 2008 | Permalink
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The new headphones that have surfaced over the past few years with seemingly unrealistic high prices always seem a little suspicious. How can those things pack high fidelity with quality bass response into such tiny drivers? As it turns out, the answer partly lies with something that is quite simple, but not so easy to grasp even when trying out the technology first hand. In fact at first try, this reviewer took them off in disgust at the seemingly sub-par acoustic quality—until reading bold typed advice card labeled IMPORTANT.

HP’s latest tablet is good to go – and it’s not bad as a couch companion either.

Posted by Kathleen Maher on December 17th 2007 | Permalink
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HP has designed a new tablet computer for business users—the Compaq 2710p and, best of all, they sent it to JPR to try out. We've been really curious about going to a tablet since we spend a lot of time listening to people and taking note. Also, we spend a lot of time travelling. For this, the 2710p is a good size, not too big, not too heavy. The screen size is comfortable and the keyboard, one of the critical aspects for me, is very nice. It has a nice snap to it.

Fastest twitch mouse in the world

Posted by Kathleen Maher on November 19th 2007 | Permalink
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At Siggraph, we discovered a 3D mouse from Sandio Technology and have been playing with it for the last couple of months. There are three joy-sticks built into the mouse, one on either side (where your thumb and ring finger hold the mouse), and one on top in front of the wheel. That gives you a total of 12 movements, plus the wheel and the conventional left-right mouse buttons—that’s a lot of control, you can see two of the joy-sticks, which have a blue light behind them, in the following photo.

Application Interface Boards

Posted by Kathleen Maher on November 19th 2007 | Permalink
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This was a busy week for the elves at Mt. Tiburon Testing labs (MTTL), not that it’s every slow around here. Stuff piles up almost faster than we can experiment with it, but as we’ve said many times before, this is so much fun it’s hard to imagine getting paid to do it. Well that’s a lie, it’s not always fun, in fact sometimes it’s so damn frustrating all you want to is throw the computer and whatever it is you’re trying to get to work out the window and then run and jump up and down on it while screaming and ripping out your hair.

Verbatim forms partnerships that work

Posted by Kathleen Maher on November 5th 2007 | Permalink
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It's no secret that memory prices have completely crashed through the floor and we now have gigs of memory available on tiny hard drives as well as flash and even mobile phones. A quick web check reveals a tiny 12 GB Verbatim drive for $107.99 and if you're willing to pack something larger there is a 100 GB Diskgo portable drive for $104. These days 2 GB drives are practically free as companies put their product data on give-away drives. As a result, companies selling memory are facing serious challenges as they put their products out there against competitors with shinier cases, more memory or more features.

Lenovo’s Thinkpad”-P” Mobile Workstration testing Labs

Posted by Alex Herrera on October 25th 2007 | Permalink
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When you think work-stations, the name Lenovo probably isn't the first to jump to mind. But thanks to Lenovo's purchase of IBM's PC line back in '05, Lenovo has by intention or not become the number three provider of workstations worldwide, with sales today dwarfing industry pioneers such as Sun, SGI and IBM.