Dec 14
Without naming the brand (it's the one on TV all the time and at your local Wal-Mart stores and "As Seen on TV" sections in almost every gadget/department store), but you know it if you see a few articles down, we took apart on to see what makes it tick. After our "physical" tests proved inconclusive, we thought our breakdown might shine more light on the..... [ read more ]
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Dec 10
Remember when Mord bet me that I couldn't go veg for a week? Sometime just before we went to Beijing, I got into a bet with Mord. The bet was simple, eat no meat for a week. The prize? A meaty burger from The Bay Area's newest chain: Five Guys. Mord's had these burgers from his time in Virginia, but we Californians are still new to the whole..... [ read more ]
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Dec 10
I have nothing but compliments to Nintendo. Their repair and customer service process is stellar. But, it all comes with a price. An out of warranty Wii repair for noisy disc drive will cost you around $93 (includes taxes and shipping fees). The experience is second to none. Nintendo communicates with you, albeit through robotic e-mails and messages,..... [ read more ]
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Dec 10
We finally got a few iPads and promptly gave them away. Our team, purely for karma, "donated" them to our Beijing based web-team. The line to get one in Beijing is long. There's an industry of "iPad" buyers who charge you a cool USD $1,000 to wait in line and get one for you. Some prices are reported as high as $,1500 USD. You can get on in certain stores for around $700-$800. For the..... [ read more ]
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Sep 23
I'm an old dog when it comes to storage enclosures. Unlike many, I still remember when USB enclosures were $100+ (and a lot still are!). These days, sub $50 is about what you're looking at with most coming in at sub $30 for a single drive, simple to use and install drive enclosure. When shopping for these, don't let fancy labels and features mislead you. 99% of the time, these are almost..... [ read more ]
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Sep 23
(Note: I accidently squished the box, but board still works!) The folks at Wasabi Gear.com keep sending us stuff and I keep reviewing. Today comes a SATA RAID (0 and 1) card from I/O Crest. A simple SATA RAID card with two internal SATA connectors and 1 PATA/ATAPI connector. There's a lot of fancy features here for a sub $40 board and RAID performance makes it a solid bargain. I did the..... [ read more ]
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Sep 22
I'm starting to really like those guys at Wasabi Gear. Make friends and get a bunch of gear from them. Along with the host of USB 3.0 gear, we also got a nice 2.5 inch external drive enclosure that's almost fashionable. This is an USB 3.0 enclosure that supports 2.5" SATA drives that is bus powered. The look is definitely iPod with a shiney-reflective finish on the metal backing and a..... [ read more ]
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Sep 22
We first spotted Sony's TX-5 at PMA in Anaheim. Sony's durable, ruggedized, slim, T-series shooter quickly became a favorite in the point-n-shoot crowd. Cameras that shoot underwater, in sand, mud, snow and can be dropped 3+ feet isn't new. Sony didn't pioneer this category, but they made it look sexy. Just by looking at it, the TX-5 doesn't stand out from the slim-line T-series. ..... [ read more ]
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