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X2 Aurel Noise Cancellation Headset 05-27-2014

X2 Products comes to us from a team of PC enthusiasts based in the Netherlands. X2 has sent over for review today the X2 Aurel audio headphones with passive noise cancellation. Despite having an in-line microphone, the Aurel seem to be emphasized more for their audio headphone performance rather than portrayed as a true gaming headset. X2 advertises the Aurel series 2.0 as genuine audio headphones designed for style and functionality with gold-plated cables, passive noise cancellation and superb and crystal clear sound.

Actiontec MyWirelessTV Multi-Room HD Video Kit 03-08-2012

Featuring an 802.11 wireless standard transmitter and receiver, capable of streaming up to 1080p60 video up to 150 feet, the MyWirelessTV allows you to broadcast your HD content to nearly any room in the house. Future capabilities will offer multi-cast transmission, from one transmitter to up to four receivers, and multi-source, linking multiple transmitters to one receiver. The product we've received for review today is their standard kit, which includes everything needed to get started.

Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset 07-22-2011

Cooler Master sent over a pre-production sample of their new CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for evaluation recently. This wired headset certainly has a lot of promise, with eight speakers (four per side), a built-in microphone, optional ear padding, a powered desktop control panel and the option to plug directly into your sound card. More importantly, at least for me, is that the headset features over-the-ear cups. I find these types of headsets much more comfortable than on-the-ear cans which tend to cause me discomfort after a short while.

Psyko Audio Labs 5.1 Gaming Headset 11-28-2010

Many people have a home theater system for watching movies in surround sound. HTPC owners aside, few by comparison have a similar setup for their computer however. The basic 2-channel or 2.1-channel remain the most common speaker systems for home computers. Psyko Audio Labs introduces a 5.1 surround sound headset, in what they have coined as "the dawn of audio as a weapon" to improve positional awareness and reaction time for improved game play. Rather than placing multiple speakers in the ear cups they are located above your head, and use WaveGuides to direct the sound around each ear.

Arctic Sound P531 Gaming Headset 11-21-2010

Love them or hate them, headphones / earphones are generally needed at some point. Depending on your living arrangements, it is quite possible you wear them a lot. If I am not gaming, I let the sound pass through my normal system. However, once I start gaming I throw on my old earphones so I don't disturb others around me. My gaming earphones have always been my old cheap Logitechs that pass over the ears and have a microphone. I have a separate set that I use for travel and music, which are the Bose QC2’s. Arctic Cooling sent over their premium gaming headset for evaluation, the Arctic Sound P531. This headset is USB driven, has 5.1 channel surround and a sub-woofer built in.

Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 09-20-2010

Logitech recently announced updates to their popular G-Series line of gaming products with the release of the Gaming Keyboard G510, Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 and Wireless Gaming Headset G930. The G510 replaces the G15 gaming keyboard while the G700 is the first wireless gaming mouse from Logitech since the G7 which is now over half a decade old. Today we will be taking a look at the Gaming Headset G930, which is essentially a wireless version of the G35 Gaming Headphones that we looked at last year. Although the two are very similar, there are a few subtle differences that Logitech have implemented.

Asus Cine5 Speaker and Xonar D2X Sound Card 08-30-2010

Today we are reviewing the Asus Cine5 sound bar in combination with Asus’ older Xonar D2X 7.1 channel sound card. The Cine5 is a compact speaker designed to simulate 5.1 channel sounds with just one front unit. While there are a few similar devices out there, the major advantage of the Cine5 is that it doesn’t require any calibration or adjustment.

BodhiBox HD2 HTPC 08-16-2010

BodhiBoxes is probably a name that most aren't familiar with. Run by Pyrodius Inc. which was founded in 2003, BodhiBox is a Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC) provider based in Orlando, Florida. According to their official blog, the first BodhiBox, dubbed BodhiBox HD, was introduced on June 5, 2009. Less than a year later the company introduced the follow-up version to the original, the BodhiBox HD2 which we have for review today. Like the original BodhiBox, the HD2 is a tiny HTPC that is designed to fit seamlessly into your entertainment system and provide you with everything a traditional HTPC would do at a fraction of the size. Mini USB 2.0 LED Projector 07-27-2010

Today, we have for review a Mini USB 2.0 LED Projector. This mini-projector is aptly named: it literally fits in the palm of your hand. With a built-in speaker and various input options, it seems like the perfect gadget for showing slideshows or movies in the absence of a TV or suitable monitor. Also, because it's so small, it should be ideal for quick and easy setup.

Ozone Gaming Oxid Headset 05-19-2010

Less than two months ago I had the opportunity to check out the Strato 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones from Ozone Gaming. If you happened to read that review, you already know that the Strato performed pretty well in every aspect except perhaps the most important: comfort. The Strato headphones use on-ear ear cups which put pressure on the pinna (outer ear) that causes discomfort even after moderate use. After our review, Ozone agreed to send over a different gaming headset for evaluation, the Ozone Oxid. The Oxid are a bit different than the Strato in multiple categories but perhaps the most important is the ear cup design as these use over-the-ear cups. If the Oxid is indeed more comfortable than the Strato and scores high in some of the same areas the Strato did, this could prove to be a quality headset. Read on as we put them to the test.

Ozone Strato 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones 03-29-2010

According to their about us page, Ozone was created by a group of gamers that were fed up with the current offering of peripherals targeted specifically to gamers. This group set out to produce cost-efficient gaming gear that delivers function and performance without sacrificing quality and style. Today we will be taking a look at one of their flagship gaming audio products, the Strato 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones.

Arctic Cooling Arctic Sound E352 Earphones 03-02-2010

With a name like Arctic Cooling you would probably suspect, and rightly so, this was a company that specialized in high performance cooling hardware for computers. But you may be surprised to learn that Arctic Cooling has recently released several new products that have no ties to cooling at all, such as a line of audio gear. It's one of these that we'll be taking a look at for review today, the Arctic Sound E352 earphones.

Hercules XPS 40 2.0 Slim Speakers 01-21-2010

While originally known for their computer graphics cards, Hercules has within the last few years expanded into other growing market segments such as personal multimedia systems. The product we have for review today is the Hercules XPS 40 2.0 Slim speaker system. If you are not familiar with the various types of speaker systems, 2.0 indicates that this is a very basic system comprised of only two speakers, a left and a right. Let's take a closer look at the Hercules XPS 40 2.0 speaker system.

SilverStone TS05 External USB 2.0 Blu-ray Drive 12-02-2009

Being such a techie, I am typically an early adopter with anything tech related but I decided to take a rain check when it came to the whole high definition format war. While I do enjoy the occasional movie, I am far from a movie buff or someone that has a huge movie collection. Combine that with the fact that one format would ultimately prevail over the other (R.I.P. HD DVD) and prices only come down over time on new technology, it only made sense for me to wait on Blu-ray. Fast-forward two years to today and Blu-ray has made its way into the homes of many. Today I will be taking a look at a portable Blu-ray player from SilverStone that operates via USB so you can use it with either a notebook or a desktop computer.

Gameskulls GS-1 Tactical Gaming Helmet 11-08-2009

Tired of the same old boring gaming audio headgear? Looking for something unique to wear at your next LAN party? The guys over at Gameskulls may have just the thing you're looking for. It's the GS-1 Tactical Gaming Helmet, and it's definitely a whole lot different than any other gaming headset we've ever reviewed or even seen previously.

Logitech G35 Gaming Headphones 09-20-2009

Each earmuff has an adjustable slider that ranges from 1-9. It makes a nice, satisfying click each time you change to a different number which I found handy with trying to make them even without taking them off your head. The earmuffs also swivel from side to side.

HP USB 2.0 Docking Station 09-18-2009

Docking stations for laptops have been around almost since the existence of laptops themselves. The problem is that not all laptops have a docking port built in. Usually only the business class notebooks, which are often more expensive than their consumer grade counterparts, have provisions for connecting to a dock. The product we have for review today is a universal laptop dock featuring DisplayLink technology. Although this device carries the HP brand name, its design allows it to work on just about any computer that has a USB 2.0 port. Freed from traditional docking station restraints of specific brands and/or models, the HP USB 2.0 Docking Station allows external connection of VGA, DVI, USB, SPK, MIC and NIC devices and shares these peripherals through one standard USB connection to the host computer.

Logitech Pure-Fi Dream 09-09-2009

Apple changed the digital music player game with its release of the first iPod nearly eight years ago. The overwhelming dominance of the iPod has led to the emergence of many new accessories for it like cases and docking stations to name a few. Today we will be taking a look at the latter, a premium music system for the iPod / iPhone from Logitech, the Pure-Fi Dream. Although the Dream has been around for over a year now, it is still their top-of-the-line iPod docking system and for that, we feel it's certainly worth looking at.

Razer Moray+ Mobile Gaming Communicator 08-25-2009

Towards the end of last year, Rutledge reviewed the Razer Moray In-Ear Headphones, a set of light weight earbuds perfect for those gamers on the go. While also offering compatibility with all sorts of mobile devices, such as multimedia cell phones, MP3 players and personal game consoles, the Moray could also be used on a PC with the included adapter. However times have changed, technology has advanced, and gamers demand more. Wouldn't it be great if they would make a set of travel buds with an inline mic so you could frag on the go and still communicate with the rest of your clan? Or how about being able to call your virtual dog's name or blow on a hot dish, fresh out of the oven without having to talk directly into the screen of your DS? Razer has you covered, as they release the Moray+ mobile gaming communicator.

Samson C01U Recording/Podcasting Pak 06-24-2009

Samson markets the C01U as the first affordable studio-quality condenser microphone with a USB interface. The first thing you notice is the weight of the microphone. It has a heavy gauge mesh grill protecting the diaphragm and has a real meaty, solid feel. Taking a look under the hood, we find a 19mm internal shock-mounted diaphragm with a cartoid pickup pattern. What sets this apart from similar condenser microphones is it's directional pickup. It allows you to face the mic in the direction of the sound you want to hear without grabbing the noise from the rear and sides of the mic itself.

Panasonic Lumix FX150 Digital Camera 06-11-2009

This is the first point-n-shoot camera that I have worked with extensively in about three years as I have been using a DSLR exclusively. Before that, I owned a few Nikon and Olympus point-n-shoot cameras and have had some brief shooting time with a Canon and Kodak camera in the past year or so, neither of which I was terribly impressed with. Of course, it would be foolish to think the FX150 would outperform the DSLR so I won't exactly be comparing the two side by side here today. I have, however, been looking for a nice point-n-shoot unit to carry around with me at all times and I aim to find out if the FX150 is a worthy contender in that category.

Cresyn C750E In-Ear Earphones 04-22-2009

I received a package a few weeks ago from the guys over at Moneual Labs which contained two items for evaluation: the Cresyn CS-HP500 Headphones that I reviewed earlier this week and the Cresyn C750E In-Ear Earphones that I will be taking a look at today. As the name implies, these earphones are designed to fit into the ear canal and come with three different ear tips in varying sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Priced at just under $100, are these higher-end earphones worth this premium price tag? Continue on as we find out.

Cresyn CS-HP500 Headphones 04-19-2009

The headphones in question today are the CS-HP500 model which feature a folding design for portability. I will be saving the earphones for a separate review in the near future. I initially assumed the CS-HP500s were a new product, but after some research online I found information on them dating back to 2007. Either way, they are new to me (and most likely many of you as well) so let's see what these headphones have to offer.

Razer Moray In-Ear Headphones 12-08-2008

When it comes to mobile gaming, the issue of audio is one commonly ignored. The sounds coming from the games on your PSP or iPhone aren’t the most intriguing, so most people simply mute their mobile gaming device in public. Those little gadgets are for more than just games though. If you’re going to listen to music, you probably don’t want the cheap stock earbuds included with your device. Enter the Razer Moray in-ear headphones, today’s review item.

TekNmotion Yapster Gaming Headset 09-15-2008

You don’t need to spend a fortune for a high quality, multiple-use stereo headset. That is, according to TekNmotion, makers of the Yapster Gaming Headset. Yapster was designed for a large audience of users ranging from everyday online computer uses such as PC gaming, internet chat, VOIP or simply high quality stereo music.

TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Gaming Headphones 06-23-2008

TekNmotion specializes in CD/DVD carrying cases, individual disc cases as well as sleeving for individual discs. The Pulsar SX Gaming Headset, released just two months ago, represents their introduction into the gaming market. According to their website, this headset has been in development for over two yeas and includes pretty much everything that you need in a gaming headset... except the high price. Can this newcomer really produce a quality gaming headset at a fraction of the price?

Logitech Z Cinéma Surround Sound System 06-11-2008

Next to video, sound is probably one of the most important aspects of a PC. And if sound is important to you, it should be of decent quality too. Today I'll be looking at the Logitech Z Cinéma Advanced Surround Sound System. Although not a true surround sound setup, which typically include six, seven or more speakers laid out in a circle around the listener, this is a 2.1 setup, with two satellite speakers comprised of dual mids and tweeters, and a single high-power subwoofer for the bass.

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset 05-26-2008

For a lot of people, an all-in-one bundle from a popular brand is just what they need; it would minimize the research work for finding quality, and it would combine soundcard and speakers/headphones to further reduce consumer work. Enter the 5H v2 USB headset from SteelSeries. This headset not only comes backed by the name that so many people trust, SteelSeries, but also comes bundled with a USB soundcard for a cheap upgrade over onboard sound.

Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Headset 04-24-2008

Earlier this week we tested out the Stinger Gaming Mouse from Cyber Snipa. During this time we've also been using Cyber Snipa's Sonar 5.1 Headset as well. With a USB connection, eight speaker sound and adjustable boom mic, the Sonar 5.1 looks to have a lot going for it as well.

AutumnWave OnAir Creator HDTV Tuner 04-08-2008

Back in February I had the opportunity to take a look at the OnAir GT USB HDTV Tuner from AutumnWave. The portable OnAir GT, their flagship product, allows you to watch both Analog and HDTV on your computer anywhere there is a signal (over-the-air or direct cable connection). While the OnAir GT did well in our testing (enough to earn our Seal of Approval), there were a few drawbacks that I found.

Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator 04-05-2008

Recently Razer sent over two of their latest products for review, and the first one I'll be taking a look at today is the Piranha Gaming Communicator. Razer touts the Piranha as having true to life audio quality with superior clarity and bass, a noise-filtering microphone and ergonomic and adjustable earphones.

mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb 03-13-2008

The wireless IR remote control has 10 buttons to fully control speaker functions as well as basic iPod functions, so you can change tracks from the remote without having to actually touch the iPod. This of course only works with iPods plugged into the dock and will not work with other MP3 players that are connected via the line-in jack.

Super Talent Vidego28 02-13-2008

Super Talent is a company most commonly known for their contributions to the memory market. Unbeknownst to most consumers, however, they also manufacture a variety of solid state memory, power supplies, and digital music players. Today we’re going to have a look at one of Super Talent’s less main stream products, the Vidego touch-screen digital music player.

AutumnWave OnAir GT USB HDTV Tuner 02-07-2008

The AutumnWave OnAir GT USB HDTV Tuner is a portable TV Tuner solution designed for use primarily with your laptop, allowing you to pick up both HD and analog signals and watch them wherever you may be (granted you are able to receive a strong enough signal).

10.4-Inch TFT LCD Digital Photo Frame 11-06-2007

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: digital media has taken the world by storm! Whether it's television, cell phones, cameras, etc., nearly everything we have grown to love is moving (or already has moved) to a digital format. Every day we see something old spring back to life with a digital twist. Today we will be taking a look at one such item, in the 10.4" TFT LCD Digital Photo Frame.

Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System 10-28-2007

There is another piece to the puzzle that many gamers totally overlook and skimp on: audio. A decent 2.1 system is more than enough to get you by, but if you really want to hear the game as it was intended to be heard, surround sound is a must. Surround sound totally immerses you in the game you are playing and gives you a true advantage over someone using headphones or 2.1 audio.

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 08-17-2007

Whether you are interested in lifecasting, video conferencing or simply chatting online with friends or family on the other side of the planet, it all starts with a webcam. I tried using a webcam several years back and quickly gave up because the quality was horrible. It was like watching a photo slideshow in slow motion. Things have certainly come a long way since then and I am excited to try a "newer" webcam to see just how much improvement has been made over the years.

Movie World Enclosure 06-21-2007

The Movie World Enclosure onscreen GUI is extremely simple to use. There are four different modes (views) you can select from. The first (and default) is File Mode, which like Windows Explorer, has two panes. The left pane displays the folder structure and the right pane lists the contents of the current folder.

Logitech SilentSound Noise Canceling Headphones 04-18-2007

As the description suggests, there is actually some active science/technology behind how the headphones function. Using Logitech's SilentSound technology, the headphones dynamically adjust to and filter out surrounding noise, leaving you with a quieter environment in which to enjoy your music.

BTO Plus Deck 2c PC Cassette Deck 04-12-2007

The Plus Deck 2c has the necessary controls for a tape deck... play, reverse, fast forward, fast reverse, stop and eject. Actually, there are two eject buttons. There is also a headphone jack and mic jack; I guess for someone that wants those up front but doesn't already have the capability.

Logitech Harmony 720 Universal Remote 01-21-2007

Simple and easy to understand commands make programming the unit a breeze. For those users who require more complex commands, you have the ability to adjust even the smallest factors such as delay time between macro commands. Logitech has an extensive database that should cover most any brand and model of equipment that you may own.

Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card 01-03-2007

I have a tradition that I've had for about 30 years. Any time I get new audio equipment, the first music I listen to on it is Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". I wore out at least two vinyl records of it, a couple of 8-track tapes, at least one cassette and a couple of CDs, so I can say that I have listened to the entire album once or twice.

Super Talent Mega Screen 2GB MP3 Player 01-01-2007

Firing the unit up shows off the quality of the display, 128x128 pixel resolution and 262k color. When connected to an XP computer the player is immediately recognized as a removable storage device and assigned a drive letter. The player also recognizes it is connected and ready to transfer files. The built-in lithium battery recharges through the USB port.

Everglide S-500 Professional Gaming Headphones 12-26-2006

Of course, gaming is what they are for, and gaming is what I will do. I spent several hours playing Oblivion, Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, America's Army and Call of Duty 2. As with music, the S-500 has excellent sound, maybe too good... I'm not really accustomed to hearing everything so well.

Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones 08-23-2006

The headphones are packaged in a very attractive box with the black and green Razer motif inside of a blister pack. They are part of the Barracuda Integrated Audio System (IAS), which consists of the HP-1 headphones and the AC-1 Gaming Soundcard. The soundcard is not quite ready for release, but hopefully they will soon will allow me to give you a review of the whole system.

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