GGG #4 - IntroductionIntroductionIt's been a while since our last Gadget Guide but here we are again reading (and me writing) no. 4. Over the past few months a fair few little bits and pieces have made their way into our Melbourne office and it's time we got around to trying them out. We have a few goodies from some of our regulars as well as a few new guys making an appearance.Webber 4 Technologies like last time have provided us with the latest in mousing surfaces, Memory.com handed us some of the latest in portable memory storage as well as a few goodies from our buddies over at ThermalTake.Let's get straight in to our Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies guide #4 and see what has come our way this time around.
GGG #4 - Webber 4 TechnologiesEverglide RicochetWe last saw a product from Webber4Technologies earlier this year and like this one, it was a mouse pad. For most people a mouse pad isn't too exciting and that is understandable. With the release of the optical mouse, mouse pads were almost about to become an antique. Enthusiast mouse pads...yes, there is a small group of people who rely on a mouse pad more then ever. Until only recently if someone asked for a recommendation on a mouse pad I couldn't help but say "fUnc Pad". There was nothing better in the mouse pad market then the fUnc pad and all for good reason. It had everything the Ratpad and Everglide had, and more. This did come at a cost unfortunately and naturally many were not willing to spend $30 US for just a mouse pad.
GGG #4 - Altech ComputersAntecAntec are quite well known for producing a cheap yet sturdy and very nice looking case. While Antec previously only concentrate on cases, they have moved on and started giving owners a chance to include their own brand of Case Modding equipment. We have a few items this time around from Antec through our good friends at Altech Computers.- Cobra ATA133 Rounded CablesFirst up we have Antec's latest Rounded Cables labeled Cobra. Antec Cobra rounded IDE cables are a UV reactive cable with support for ATA133, as well as all previous ATA standards. Not everyone has been able to move to Serial ATA, so rounded IDE cables are still an "in" item. In the event you're going for a UV look or just want some cables that look fantastic, the Antec Cobra cables are perfect.
GGG #4 - Memory.comTranscendTranscend has been in the memory game for quite a while and thanks to Memory.com we have the chance to look at some of their latest offerings.In our latest Dual Channel Roundup, Transcend DDR400 didn't stand out too well. This time around we have a few different products from Transcend including their latest Pen Drive as well as some of the latest in camera storage.JetFlash USB DrivePen Drives, Flash Drives, Handy Drives or whatever it is you like to call them have become very popular. JetFlash is one of the best looking drives on the market and thanks to the ease of USB; the JetFlash drive is plug and play at its best.
GGG #4 - Kore ComputersPSU SleevingIn the never ending battle to clean up the cables inside your PC, Kore Computers (a local Australian based company) have given the Australian modding community the opportunity to clean up the dreaded cables that come out of your power supply.Sleeving has been around for ages. We started doing it with colored tape on our IDE cables years ago, slowly this got more and more advanced and we now have some of the best looking rounded cables around that can be picked up from your local computer shop for under $10 US.In the beginning, Kore Computer offered to sleeve a power supply for us and promised we would be very happy with the job. At the time we were just in the middle of setting up our new test beds and received two brand spanking new power supply's from another company. We boxed them up again and sent them straight over to the friendly staff at Kore who was kindly offered to sleeve both power supplies for us and for use in this guide. Unfortunately due to the power supplies being from the States, the switch on the back of one of the power supplies saying 110 and 240 hadn't been flicked and one power supply quickly saw the light.Kore let us know and proceeded to replace the power supplies with two brand new dual fan Leadman LP-6100 400 watt power supplies (Thanks guys!). While this isn't an article on the power supply, on a side note we must say that we have been using this power supply for some time and we haven't had a single hick up no matter what we throw at it - be it an Athlon 64 system with a Radeon 9800 XT or an Intel Pentium 4 setup.The sleeving looks amazing and it's that little bit extra which helps in creating a much tidier case as well as increase air flow due to less obstruction. Kore Computers offer sleeving in a range of colors and charge per the meter. While this is only available to Australian customers, we would highly recommend that you look around your local area to find where you can get this done also.It's not very often you have one of those products that look good and is cheap at the same time.
GGG #4 - ThermalTakeThermalTakeBrowsing the ThermalTake website you notice just how far they have come from the old ORB days. This time around we aren't looking at a new case or a new cooler from ThermalTake - but a kit. ThermalTake recently released the X-Blower kit which comes with two fans and a rheobus to control them.- ThermalTake X BlowerThere are three parts to the X-Blower kit. The first is the rheobus which is used to control the speed of both the fans. The rheobus buttons are quite big but the best thing about this is that they are nice and smooth and very easy to move.
GGG #4 - TekGemsTekGems WinAMP Remote ControlWhen first receiving the WinAMP remote control from TekGems, we noticed a logo on the bottom of the remote and for ages it bothered us wondering what it was. Finally when it came to installing and paying a little attention to the manual, it was quickly discovered that it was made by Packard Bell. The relief was instant!
GGG #4 - ConclusionConclusionThere is so much cool stuff out these days that if you wanted to put everything in one article you would be writing forever and ever. The beloved fUnc pad has left the clutches of my desk and been upgraded to the faster, smarter, sexier Ricochet by Everglide.Antec have definitely come a long way from one single case. They now have a load of cases, excellent power supplies with very nice features and definitely some excellent modding gear to accompany your system. Transcend are doing something a bit more exciting then your normal run of the mill DDR memory modules. They are producing one of the most stylish looking pen drives on the market right now.It's nice to see ThermalTake bringing out a little something different for a change. If you're interested in upgrading a few fans, chucking in a rheobus, it's not worth looking much further then the X-Blower kit from ThermalTake. Finally we saw a new toy from TekGems - useless some may say and the particular comment holds a lot of truth. Most people aren't going to use such a device while others are going to love it for the novelty factor. Each to their own we say and if you're too lazy to move your mouse in WinAMP, slowly move your mouse around and enter those magic numbers from your credit card and purchase one.Lots to do, lots to see and we will see what the next Gadget Guide offers when it next surfaces.
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