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It hasn't been that long ago that the first Blu-ray optical drives were landing for computers. I remember the first one I read about was in the thousand-dollar range. Technology has changed drastically since the drives were first unveiled and today you can get a handful of Blu-ray drives for the price of one of the early offerings.
Pioneer has announced a new optical drive that is an internal 5.25" optical drive that is designed to read and write to discs using the new higher-capacity BDXL format. The optical drive can also write to normal Blu-ray media, DVD, and CDs as well. The new BDXL discs are capable of storing 128GB of data on a BDR-QL disc and up to 100GB on a BD-R TL disc. The optical drive uses the SATA interface.
The drive ships with as single BD-R XL 100GB disc and has tech to protect disc and improve playback quality on recorded media. The tech includes Limit Equalizer to improve RF signals generated when reading Blu-ray discs. Disc Vibration Stabilizer protects discs from warping during the write process. The BDR-206MBK is available right now for $199.
One of the few places it's hard to satisfy your geek gear addiction is in the shower. Etsy has made it their business to change that with their soaps that you can get in shapes like Xbox 360 controllers and Nintendo cartridges. The latest addition is the Limited Edition Razer Orochi soap.
That's right, you can put your mousing skills to work fragging dirt from your dirty self. Priced at $10 a piece, these can be used to clean up, trick your buddies, or sit on your toy shelf next to the Star Wars toys you never took out of their boxes. Check out the whole line at the Source Link.
I would say that about 99% of all the ultraportables and netbooks on the market lack an optical drive. For some people that might be ok, but if you are business type odds are at some point you will wish you had an optical drive. The lack of an optical drive also means that when you are traveling you can't watch a movie to pass the time. If you need an optical drive for a notebook or netbook that didn't come with one, Lite-On has unveiled one called the eNAU608 that might be perfect.
The optical drive will write to DVDs and CDs and can play recorded media as well. It gets all the power it needs to operate directly from the USB port so no power adapter is needed for the device to function. The drive is very slim as well making it easy to pack away in your luggage or backpack. Despite its small size and USB-powered design, the optical drive supports DVD burning at 8x.
If you want to put your notebook or netbook screen on a larger display in your living room and your machine lacks an output for graphics or only has VGA out and your TV doesn't support VGA you can still get your content on a bigger screen. A new adapter from Sewell called the HDdeck USB to HDMI adapter will take your video output from the notebook and shoot it to your TV with HDMI and USB connectivity.
You connect the adapter to your notebook or netbook with a USB cable. Drivers installed on the computer will shoot the video from your screen over the USB cable and the adapter will turn that into HDMI signals. The HDMI cable for the adapter to your TV will then let you just plug in and watch as you would any other HDMI source.
Gran Turismo 5 is finally out, but it has strangely been absent without a high end 'official' steering wheel to go along with it. For a very long time now Logitech has had the pleasure of building wheels that carried the Gran Turismo branding until now?
Thrustmaster seems to have secured the license for the GT franchise now and is building a wheel called the T500RS as pictured above. The T500RS promises unrivaled accuracy and seems to sport some form of magnetic sensor technology which Thrustmaster used in their HOTAS Warthog controller.
Ever felt like the need for a dual-screen laptop? Well, Engadget have had a sneak peak at some new Acer hardware - as they announced a range of new devices at a New York press conference last week, the message they were putting across? Keyboards are out, Kenny Powers is in (and by Kenny Powers, I mean touchscreen keyboards instead of the physical keys).
Acer announced a range of tablets, with most of them Android-powered. Sizes of the tablets ranged from five to ten-inches each. Acer's Iconia laptop is the gem here - ditching the usual keyboard on a laptop for a 14-inch touchscreen which matches the main display. This is not something Acer are releasing and forgetting about, Acer has hinted this might be a change for them and it will be a first in a series of products that will unravel over the next few years.
Photo printing is supposed to get easier when Air Print hits iOS 4.2 any time now. For those that either have older iPhones that aren't iOS 4 friendly or you're too lazy to update your OS, the Bolle BP-10 is the printer for you.
The BR-10 is compatible with all iPhones all the way back to the original and delivers standard A6 4"x6" prints that can be either one photograph or a collage of several. Bolle's iPhone app handles all of the settings and printing responsibilities; just tell it what to print and go. The BP-10 is pretty spendy at $192, but with no current competition in the market (save Air Print, I suppose) you're gonna pay a Apple-sized premium for this device.
Razer has today announced a new gaming peripheral - the Razer Nostromo gaming keypad. It was co-developed by Belkin and designed to give gamers the "upper hand with cutting-edge ergonomics, tournament-grade controls, extreme customizability, and maximum comfort."
The Razer Nostromo features a 16-button keypad layout and form factor that is optimally designed for greater intuitive access to critical gaming commands across all game genres. For marathon gaming sessions, a soft-touch rubberized wrist pad cradles the palm and significantly reduces hand fatigue and wrist strain.
When it comes to gaming mice gamers tend to fall into two general categories. You have your low sensitivity gamers who like to be able to make big hand movements when they are controlling their character. You also have high-sensitivity gamers that like mice that move a long way on screen with tiny hand movements. What mouse you choose will depend on what type of gamer you are. If you are the low-sensitivity type of gamer, Tt eSports has a new optical mouse for you.
The mouse is called the Azurues and has some interesting features built-in. It has adjustable sensitivity with a switch from 400 dpi to 1600 dpi. Considering that the high-end laser gaming mice have sensitivity upwards of 5000dpi, this mouse is certainly for the low sensitivity gamers out there. Tt eSports is aiming this mouse at FPS gamers, but it will work for any type of game.
Not all keyboards are up to the rigors of gaming. If you have ever tried to play a FPS or other game with a junk keyboard that shipped with a cheap PC you have seen more ghosting than most haunted houses and know exactly what I mean. When it comes to gaming keyboards, not all of them are created equal either. Many gamers lust after a gaming keyboard with mechanical keys more than one packed with macros and other features many won't use.
A company called Zowie Gear has unveiled a new gaming keyboard with mechanical keys called the Celeritas. The company says that the keyboard is the perfect weapon for competition where response time and the ability to move freely are essential. The Celeritas is designed specifically for competitive gamers. The keyboard has 18K gold plated brown mechanical switched for increased durability and better feel.