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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Engadgets 3DTV Roundup

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/06/...nd-sony-square/

"After a year of hearing about 3DTVs nonstop we finally got some of the main contenders in house to examine, although we'll start by pointing out that this isn't so much of a "3DTV" roundup, since a more apt description of these displays is 3D-capable HDTVs. That's an important distinction to make, since nothing about the 2D performance of these TVs suffers because of their ability to do 3D, and in many cases they cost the exact same price as their comparable 2D-only models from last year. With that said Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Mitsubishi and LG's finest have had their moment and on the next page we've done our best to compare them in a way that makes sense for the average HDTV buyer who might also want to take in a 3D event or movie from time to time. Right now, there's barely enough 3D content to support more than a couple of hours viewing per week, much less support a full viewing conversion to all-glasses, all the time -- but more about that later. Check out our full impressions after the break."

Engadget have an interesting review of five 3D TV's on their site, with a mix of plasma, DLP, and LCD included. I've yet to decide if 3D TV is as good as the current hype seems to make out. There are the obvious picture quality differences between the TV's to consider when purchasing a 3D TV, but now there are also the performance differences between the 3D glasses to consider, not to mention the fashion element as well. After all, if you're going to be wearing big clunky sunglasses in your home you want to look good while doing so, don't you?


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Microsoft Officially Announce The Arc Touch Mouse

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/01/...icially-announ/

"After the overt teasing, leaking, and then more leaking, Microsoft's finally ready to spit out the details on its Arc Touch Mouse, which at the end of the day is really just... a mouse. As we've seen, the peripheral has an incredibly unique design -- the flat device arches its back to click into a mountain shape, which actually ends up powering the little rodent up. So, where does the whole "touch" factor come into play? Well, very similarly to the Mad Catz Eclipse mouse, the Arc Touch has a capacitive touch strip with sensor pads between the mouse buttons that can be used for scrolling and customizable shortcuts."

Engadget have the news that this funky mouse by Microsoft will be out in December, probably in time for the Christmas shopping season I suspect. They have also posted the above video showing how it works, and how it gets its name of the Arc Touch Mouse. It's definitely a novel design, I just hope that switching it on and off doesn't break it over time.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Acer Announces Its' First Ebook Reader

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/27/...ebooks-enhance/

"In another reversal of plans, Acer has just announced its first e-reader device. The LumiRead will participate in the clear.fi initiative for keeping you constantly in the Acer loop, while also offering WiFi and 3G connectivity options. It looks very much like the tablet we saw teased earlier this morning, coming with a similar integrated keyboard and a smaller 6-inch E Ink display."

Acer have announced their first ebook reader including a partnership deal with Barnes and Noble giving owners access to their one million book library. It has similar looks to existing ebook readers out there on the market, a 6 inch screen, wifi, 3G and the addition of and ISBN scanner so you can scan a paperback barcode for later purchase online. There is a full press release that can be found over at the engadget site.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Seagate Announce New GoFlex Range

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/04/...dds-media-play/

"We all knew Seagate's FreeAgent line couldn't hang around forever, and tonight the storage mainstay has revealed the next logical step for the line. The GoFlex family is one of the more varied ranges out there from any hard drive maker, with the primary intent on the HDD side being to create drives (ranging from 320GB to 2TB) that are friendly with both Macs and PCs (simultaneously) while also giving users the ability to upgrade their connection or switch it out depending on what workstation they interface with."

Seagate have announced the replacement for the FreeAgent line of portable hard drives that has served them well for a long time now. The new GoFlex range has the usual USB 2.0 connections but can also handle USB 3.0, firewire and eSATA through it's new GoFlex cable system. There is also a new HD media player in the GoFlex range, as well as a Net Media sharing device. More details and a link to the press release can be found on Engadget.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Engadget Reviews the New Dell Mini 10

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 04:03 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/25/...lerator-review/

"Michael Dell may not be a fan of netbooks, but you wouldn't know that from the newest Mini 10. Joining the current Mini 10v, Dell's completely overhauled the chassis and added Intel's new Pine Trail processor. But that's not all: come February the little laptop will be available with Broadcom's Crystal HD accelerator, which promises full HD playback on a high-res 1366 x 768 display. But does the $425 package rid us of our tireless complaints that Atom can't handle HD, and does it rival netbooks based on NVIDIA's Ion platform? And perhaps more importantly, can we count on the Mini 10 to be a valuable member of the growing Pine Trail netbook fraternity when it comes to battery life and ergonomics? Read on to find out!"

I've got one of these on order from Dell, and am still waiting for it, but the gang at Engadget snagged one and put it through its paces. The most notable changes? It's a bit chunkier than the previous Mini 10, largely to incorporate a 6-cell battery into the chassis without having the hump out the back. That's a big leap forward - but there's also no longer an HDMI port (apparently the Intel Pineview chipset doesn't support it) which some may consider a loss. I'm not sure I like the white chassis - and it sucks that Dell is still charging $40 to change the colour of the lid. What do you think about the design?


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Windows 7 Media Center Gets EngadgetHD Love

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.engadgethd.com/2009/07/2...-center-review/

"Once you switch to Windows 7 Media Center there is no going back. It might not seem like that much at first, but when you try to go back to Vista or even another solution like Moxi or TiVo, it is like going back in time. The fact is that Microsoft has been in a league of its own with Vista Media Center and while the competition is still sitting idle suing each other, Microsoft has yet again raised the bar. There is no doubt in our mind that it is the all around best DVR solution available today, but we recognize it isn't for everyone."

My thoughts have to echo EngadgetHD. Having lived with the original Windows Media Center and watching it evolve over the years, I've found it to be very easy to use. I like tinkering with tech as much as the next guy, but when it comes to watching movies and tv, I don't want to roll up my sleeves and fix things. Every few months, I get ambitious and try out another option, like LinuxMCE, or MediaPortal, and they just don't seem to have the same kind of polish. Windows 7 Media Center builds upon Vista Media Center and really puts it ahead of the pack in terms of support and usability. EngadgetHD has a great breakdown of all the changes you can expect when you make the migration, and yes, for those of you using a Windows based Media Center, it most certainly is worth the upgrade.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Engadget Taste Tests Windows 7 RC1

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/30/...ecta/#continued

"As you may or may not know, Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 has been officially handed out to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today, and there are plans to unleash the heavily-hyped OS to the waiting public at large come May 5th. We had a chance to sit down with reps from Microsoft to discuss the new iteration of Windows (and the company's current frame of mind) more in-depth, and we've taken the new build for a bit of a spin around the block. Read on for an exploration into a few of the more delicious Windows 7 tidbits, as well as a full complement of our (potentially) enlightening observations."

Yes, that is one of the built-in wallpapers that Windows 7 RC1 comes with. Engadget touches on a few parts of the Release Candidate like Remote Media Streaming and the Windows XP Emulation that's been getting headlines lately, but not a huge amount has changed since the beta. The hype around Windows 7 has been pretty favourable and while I personally haven't had any issues with Vista, Windows 7 looks to be a welcome step up that might be more worthwhile than an XP to Vista upgrade. For those of you who still haven't tested Windows 7, word is that the Relase Candidate will be made available to the public within a few days and will not expire until June 1st, 2010! That's pretty much a free copy of Windows 7 for one whole year. It looks like Microsoft is really working and pushing hard to make Windows 7 their recovery after the Vista disappointment.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Engadget Thoroughly Reviews Windows 7 Beta

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/23/...th-impressions/

"We've covered a few tidbits of what the Windows 7 Beta has to offer, including the mess of machines we've installed it on, but we finally gathered together all our thoughts and impressions of the OS into one meaty pile of words and screencaps. Naturally, we're working with a beta here, so things can absolutely get better (or worse), and Redmond might be hiding a feature or two in the wings -- or for the inevitable SP1 -- but we'd say Microsoft has really put its best foot forward here. Check out all our ramblings after the break."

More reviews of Windows 7 Beta are coming in, but Engadget has taken the time to publish a detailed review, going over each major component of note. They certainly like what they see, and applaud many of the improvements made, but they also take time to criticize many, many parts of Windows 7. In the end, they see the upcoming OS as an evolutionary step in the right direction for Microsoft. I really like how they've broken Windows 7 into different parts, explaining what we can expect with pictures. They thoroughly walk through each step, from the Superbar, to how the display control panel's been updated to benefit mobile workers, to its home networking abilities. I particularly like the part showing the "Play to device" feature. I also feel that the reviewer, while trying to be fair, has not been impressed with Microsoft in the past, so comments are harsh. I find this a good thing, since many reviews out there seem to be a bit blinded by some parts of Windows, gushing over every tweak. This review brings Windows 7 back to Earth and looks at it from a more practical perspective. Definitely a worthwhile read for those looking to upgrade once Widows 7 comes out.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Engadget Shows Off The Embarassing Side of CES

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/12/...t-of-the-worst/

"We didn't notice nearly as much crap at CES 2009 as we did last year, but what we did see was pretty stunning in its mediocrity -- and then there was the amazing Dragon gamepad, which in our opinion was single best product of the show. Pick your favorite of the contenders below, then hit your local dollar store to see 'em in person."

Every year at CES, manufacturers come out of the woodwork to peddle their wares. While some gadgets are quite useful, or tempting; some raise the question what people were thinking when they designed that. Engadget has generously produced a list of their top ten most questionable products to grace the CES this year. Among them are a remotely controled cooler, a kinetic energy charger and an Elvis karaoke microphone! Of those that they list, my favourite has to be the furry phone pictured above. It's the perfect blend of kitchy and style. The faux rotary dialpad gives it a sense of nostalgia, while the handset looks so rich, covered with what I assume are fake swarovski crystals. If you're looking for that gift for someone who has everything, or just need a talking piece for your living room, this is the item to get! Anyone agree, or has something else caught your keen consumer sense?


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