The latest happenings from around the web - December 20th, 2010
- Sky Electronics "Expeditor" 3D Gaming PC @ tbreak
- Dell Streak Review - 'Ferrari red' revisited with Android 2.2 (Froyo) @ Kitguru
- Inno3D GTX570 @ Kitguru
- ASUS HD 6870 DirectCU Graphics Card @ HardwareHeaven
- FaceVsion TouchCam N1 720P HD Webcam @ Kitguru
- LG Flatron E2360V Monitor @ TecCentral
A silent demo of Notion Ink's Adam tablet has popped up on the internet - the video demonstrating it's multitasking abilities and hardware connectivity.
Another thing shown is the rotatable camera (which is handy). Now, even with this video, there is still no new info on availability - soon is the only thing people can hope.
Last week Blizzard's Five-Year plan was leaked, which had a few super-duper golden nuggets of information including a next-generation MMO coming in 2013.
At the moment, Blizzard have a next-gen MMO coming in 2013 currently codenamed "Titan". Other tidbits of info included Diablo III released in Q4 2011, StarCraft II expansion and Phoenix campaign for Q4 2011 also, another StarCraft II expansion in Q1 2013 with Diablo III expansions in 2013 and 2014.
An expansion pack for Bad Company 2 is about to land. For people who pre-ordered it will be available tomorrow for those who didn't it's just two days away from being in your hands!
The expansion pack is like the old Vietnam Battlefield gaming - new maps, weapons, vehicles. The review seems to point toward it being an entire game worth of assets which for $15 is pretty awesome value for money and it makes an even better Christmas present!
I would wager that most iPad users have at one time or another wished that the tablet had a stand that would prop it up for watching video so they didn't have to hold the tablet and look down to watch. Since Apple didn't include that feature from the factory, the only thing you can do is opt for a stand of some sort or get a case like the cool new iSkin aura for iPad.
The aura comes in black, orange, or beige colors and they all have a metallic finish, which appears to be some sort of vinyl with an embossing. The cool part about the aura is that the case is made to protect your iPad for drops and scratches while propping the screen up in two heights depending on what you are doing.
The screen can be propped at a low angle for typing on the on-screen keyboard and it can be propped at a higher angle for watching video. The case also looks really cool; I particularly like the orange version. You can buy yours right now for $119.99 with free shipping until the end of December.
I have talked about the different types of PC gamers before when it comes to peripherals like mice and keyboards. Some like lots of macro capability some want smaller and more compact keyboards. The same goes for mice, some want low-resolution mice and others want high-resolution mice. Mouse pads typically have different sorts of gamers too. Some want a smooth and slippery hard surface; others want a textured cloth mat to suit their needs.
If you are, the sort of gamer that likes hard and smooth pads for gaming Razer has a new offering for you. The new mouse pad is called the Scarab and it has a new Fractal 2.0 gaming surface. The surface is supposed to be uniform in construction allowing the mouse to track more smoothly when gaming. The bottom of the pad also has a new rubber base.
The rubber base will keep the pad in place no matter how hot the acting gets and the soft rubber is supposed to be able to smooth irregularities under the mouse pad to make your mousing even smoother. Razer ships the mouse pad with a carry case to keep it safe when you travel to LAN parties. The mouse pad will ship next month for $39.99.
Sceptre was a brand that was mostly online only for a long time and recently the sets have started to be offered in retail stores like Target as well. You can still pick the Sceptre products up at all sorts of online stores that geeks like such as Newegg. The latest offering from Sceptre has a large screen and some nice features at a good price. The set is the Sceptre X420BV-FHD.
The TV has a 42-inch screen and the 1080p 1920 x 1080 resolution will make for some good movie watching from Blu-ray discs. The screen has a 2500:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and 5.1 digital surround sound capability. The response time should mean the screen has no issues with fast action for gaming or films. The set also has a lot of connectivity.
Sceptre gives the set three HDMI inputs, component, composite, VGA, audio in and a cable input as well. The TV is Energy Star V3.0 certified to save power. VGA resolution is native at 1920 x 1080 making for a nice HD screen for your home theater PC. The TV is available right now for $699.
I really liked Tron when I was a kid. The original game had all the stuff a young geek needed to get hooked with video games and what were for the time some really cool effects. I know I spent many a quarter playing the arcade game based on the film back in the day. It's funny that the new iPhone and iPad apps that have landed with games for the movie have graphics that look better than the arcade games from my youth.
The new games are available for purchase right now on the app store for 99 cents. The game has 24 rounds of racing on light cycles around tracks in Tron city. On Christmas Day, the game will also launch a Tron Mobile GRID championship that will have players competing for prizes for winning like 3D entertainment systems and more.
The player can ride lightcycles and fire cannons from the cockpit of the Recognizers to earn points and unlock new races with 16 courses total. There are races, time trials, and head-to-head competitions. Power ups are also offered and more.
When it comes to HDDs you can usually have a really thin drive or you can have a high-capacity drive, but not both. Hitachi has unveiled a new HDD that gives mobile devices the best of both worlds with a thin design that also packs in a lot of storage space. The new HDD is the Travelstar Z5K5000 and it is the thinnest 2.5-inch 500GB HDD in the world.
The HDD packs 500GB onto a single platter allowing the thickness of the drive to be only 7mm. That means that the thin profile device will work in devices that are really thin and typically rely on more expensive and lower capacity SSDs for storage. The drive spins at 5400 rpm and is a direct replacement for 9.5mm thick drives in all sorts of notebooks and external storage devices.
Other than being thin, the drive is also very green needing only 1.8W when reading or writing and 0.55W during idle. The drive is also nearly silent with 1.9 bels at idle and 2.1 bels during seek. The drive uses Hitachi advanced format tech to allow for HDD sectors of 4K bytes rather than 512 bytes improving capacity and reducing errors. The drives are shipping this month at an undisclosed price.
The latest happenings from around the web - December 17th, 2010
- Zotac GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card @ eTeknix
- Gunnar Optiks Midnight 3D Eyeglasses Review - Ready For TRON Legacy 3D @ Legit Reviews
- AMD Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 Video Card @ Hardware Secrets
- Sparkle Nvidia Geforce GTX465 Video Card @ Testfreaks
- Inno3D Geforce GTX460 OC @ XtremeComputing
- Gigabyte GTX 570 vs Sapphire Radeon 6970 / 6950 vs Radeon 5870 - All Overclocked @ Hardware Heaven
- Powercolor HD6970 Crossfire @ Overclock3D