Kingston HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming headset

Posted by Ted Pollak on August 4th 2016 | Permalink
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Kingston invited us to their E3 party, and we were happy to tip a few back with their crew, whom we’ve run into from time to time. And since their door gift at the party was a headset, it seemed the least we could do to try it

Xbox Design Lab controller

Posted by Ted Pollak on August 4th 2016 | Permalink
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Microsoft recently invited us up to Redmond to get briefed on developments for their Xbox brand and let us kick the tires in the Xbox Design Lab to design our own custom Xbox controller.  Almost every component can be customized including the body, triggers, back, D-pad, thumb sticks, and

Is that a console in your pocket?

Posted by Ted Pollak on November 25th 2015 | Permalink
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The Shield reveals new talents As a matter of fact, that is a console in my pocket, my back pocket, and I am also happy to see you because I have good news. Hardcore PC gamers finally have their best option for HDTV gaming.  Why? Because hardcore PC gamers

Is that a console in your pocket? - The Shield reveals new talents

Posted by Ted Pollak on November 25th 2014 | Permalink
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IT ARRIVED AT JPR as just another tablet, but as staffers idly walk by and pick it up to play, we’re finding the Shield is more than a gaming tablet and more than a console replacement. When you combine the convenience of a tablet with the huge developer

Alienware Graphics Amplifier

Posted by Ted Pollak on November 14th 2014 | Permalink
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Gaming on a notebook has traditionally been a less than ideal solution for most committed PC gamers. Thin and light laptops with integrated (or lower end dGPU) graphics can only handle a limited range of current generation games. Nevertheless, serious gaming notebooks can handle just about any gaming task quite

Sony PS Vita - its a handful

Posted by Ted Pollak on March 3rd 2012 | Permalink
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Sony and Nintendo have launched their handheld gaming devices into a market where some of the most casual gamers, who previously bought handhelds, are now opting for their smartphones and tablets. Where does that leave the potential market? It leaves the market in the hands of core gamers and causal

The future is now: PC on your TV

Posted by Ted Pollak on May 18th 2011 | Permalink
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  Imagine being able to launch an Internet browser (any browser) on your television screen from the comfort of your couch. Imagine being able to visit social and business networking sites, write a paper or letter in a word processor, create, review, and edit spreadsheets, view and edit family photos

ARMA 2 Review: A tale of wasted FLOPS

Posted by Ted Pollak on February 10th 2011 | Permalink
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For the uninitiated, ARMA 2 is widely known amongst Enthusiast PC Gamers as one of the most system intensive and realistic games on the market. This is so because the environmental effects are dynamic, view distance can be set to 10,000 meters and is affected by light, reflection, rain, and mist. As

The DoubleSight Smart USB Monitor

Posted by Ted Pollak on October 28th 2009 | Permalink
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With the rapid expansion of VOIP services for video games things can get confusing. Gamers talk to other players within the game via the in-game voice system, which gives an on screen graphical display of who is yapping. However many gamers also communicate outside of the in-game voice system via

Flying with the Blackbird

Posted by Ted Pollak on May 19th 2008 | Permalink
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HP’s top of the line gaming computer, the Blackbird 002 LCi, is named after the king of all airplanes, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Although the airplane is a much higher achievement for mankind, I think the comparison is appropriate because HP and Voodoo took great care and spared no

The ThinkPad X61 by Lenovo

Posted by Ted Pollak on April 7th 2008 | Permalink
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History and Design The Lenovo Thinkpad X61 WAN Edition (Source: Lenovo) The TrackPoint and cap selection. (Source: Lenovo) Before and After: The X61 is so small it fits in a day planner. (Source: Jon Peddie Research) The ThinkPad brand has a lot of history behind it, having been first introduced

The Logitech G25 Driving System

Posted by Ted Pollak on February 11th 2008 | Permalink
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The Logitech G25 Racing System (Source: Logitech) 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

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

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,

The art of mousing

Posted by Ted Pollak on August 6th 2007 | Permalink
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To all our feline readers: sorry this article isn’t about rodent apprehension techniques—it’s about a company whose products are devoted to making computer mouse use a better experience. This can range from better mouse control for everyday tasks to life and death virtual performance

Virtual airlines

Posted by Ted Pollak on August 6th 2007 | Permalink
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Tray tables up and buckles fastened, folks—thanks for flying as an imaginary passenger in a virtual airplane! A blogmate of mine is a big flight sim fan, but when he posted a video of himself piloting a large commercial jet from the cockpit (Figure 1) I almost fell asleep

Cool down, Dude

Posted by Ted Pollak on July 16th 2007 | Permalink
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Taming noise problems and cooling. Thermaltake’s Max Orb, CoreTemp by Arthur Liberman It all started with a terrible buzzing coming from a fan in my computer during heavy game play; I couldn’t take it—it was similar to what a mosquito must experience from those

rFactor encore

Posted by Ted Pollak on February 26th 2007 | Permalink
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Since downloading the top mods for the previously reviewed “rFactor” I find it necessary to continue. Fantastic is the only word that comes to mind. The mod community for this game is so strong that many of the top downloads register in the hundreds of megabytes, with thousands

So you wannabe a race car driver?

Posted by Ted Pollak on January 8th 2007 | Permalink
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  Figure 1. Nick Heidfeld, Team BMW; and Ted Pollak. Team JPR. Formula One Grand Prix (F1) is the king of racing. It’s not necessarily the most competitive, but indeed it is the king. F1 hosts the fastest “turning” cars known to man. Unlike their open-wheeled Indy