Sonarworks True-Fi

LG V30 Smartphone

P1 Power Sport Watch
P1 Power Sport Watch

NC50 Noise Canceling Earphones

Of Mice and Pads

Just a few gaming mice and a massive mousepad roundup to get your day off to a good start.

Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Nintendo has been struggling with their Nintendo 3DS system.  I have one and I actually love it.  That doesn't mean that it isn't gimmicky.  I don't use the 3D function all that much - maybe partly because the screen is too small.  The remedy could be the 3DS XL and Engadget has a review.

While matching the humble resolutions found on the original, we found the screens both had comparable (if average) viewing angles. The main screen may be 1.8 times larger, but it packs the same 800 x 240 resolution of last year's model -- now spread a little thinner, with the more typical 'flat' 320 × 240 display also unchanged on the secondary.

Case Bits

As we keep on digging up some news today, we have a few computer case bits that range from the very small to some pretty impressive towers.

Wesena ITX5 - MissingRemote --=-- XION XON-980-BK ATX Mid-Tower - HiTechLegion --=-- Sentey Halcon GS-6050 II Case - HardwareSecrets --=-- Thermaltake Armor Revo Full-Tower - eTeknix

Windows 8 Computers Confirmed in October

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 PCs will be shipping in October and this is good news if you're waiting to upgrade.  Don't let it the timing fool you, as we get closer to "back to school", there will be some great deals.  Grab one - then upgrade for $15 or less to Windows 8.  FoxNews has a few more bits.

The operating system's versatility is expected to encourage leading PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. to release hybrid machines that are part laptop, part tablet computer. Both HP and Dell have also indicated they plan to release tablet computers powered by Windows 8, thrusting them into competition with Microsoft's Surface.

Ken Block Can Actually Drive

Graphic Card Monday

If you are looking for a mid-summer upgrade, a new graphics card has as lot to offer.  Check out a few of the options below.

ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 2GB - TechPowerUp --=-- Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC Vapor-X 1GB - eTeknix --=-- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 - XSReviews --=-- MSI GTX 680 Lightning 2GB Graphics Card - eTeknix

Foxconn Nano PC Update

Smaller is better when it comes to fanless PC's and thanks to new chips by AMD and Intel they are getting ridiculously small.  Check out the new Foxconn Nano PC over at FanlessTech.  What impresses me the most with this unit is that its still available with an Intel Atom option.  I'd gladly pick up the AMD E450 version though.  You'll have to wait until September, but it might be worth the wait.

✓ Atom D2550 / AMD E450
✓ 1 x SO-DIMM socket (DDR3 memory up to 4GB)
✓ 2 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 4 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay
✓ 1 x 1.8" bay
✓ 1 x SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/MMC card reader
✓ 1 x Gigabit LAN port
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA (looks awfully like a DVI port to us)
✓ 802.11n Wi-Fi
✓ 19 cm x 13.5 cm x 3.8 cm
✓ VESA mountable
✓ 600 g

Portable Laptop Action

If you are looking for a portable laptop for the summer, the SSDReview has posted up two parts of the new 2012 Macbook Air refresh that was released a few weeks back.  In the end, this Ivy Bridge machine is pretty solid.  If you want to steer clear of Apple products, check out the FutureLooks review of the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook.  This little machine is about the same size as a MBA, but it's not as sleek for sure.

As mentioned above, you get a silver anodized aluminum body in a remarkably thin frame. The underside is an almost rubbery carbon fiber, once again adding to the “premium” feel. Like other Ultrabooks, the XPS 13 does away with the typical optical drive in an effort to keep the weight low and the profile slim. You’ll also notice that the 47 WHr 6-cell battery is integrated into the notebook itself, adding to the svelte appearance.

Video Game Release & More

We've got a few new titles for you to enjoy this week, and there are some pretty decent titles for the console if you like football.  ShackNews has all the details and we've got the short list below.


  • Babel Rising (download - $10)
  • The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff


  • Dungeon Fighter Live: Fall Of Hendon Myre (XBLA)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
  • NCAA Football 13
  • Quantum Conundrum (XBLA - $15)


  • Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition (PSN)
  • Mickey Mania (PSone Classic)
  • NCAA Football 13
  • Quantum Conundrum (PSN - $15)
  • Rainbow Moon (PSN - $15)
  • Summer Stars 2012


  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
  • Summer Stars 2012


  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
  • Johnny Kung Fu (eShop - $10)
  • Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure


  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games


If you want to try and play a game that has a bit more reputation (and a review), check out the Techgage review of Civilization V - Gods & Kings.  If you feel a bit more magical, check out Magic The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers at eTeknix.

Roccat Kave Real 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

KAVEWe have just taken a look at the Roccat Kave 5.1 Headset.  This headset is built for gamers and offers a great set of features, decent performance and a price-tag that is affordable.  The microphone on this headset is handy and the mute LED is ideal for gaming.  It's not just for gamers, but it make a big appeal in that direction.  Please check our review for all the details.

The people over at Roccat definitely hit the ball out of the ball park with this headset. The 5.1 surround sound, the detachable mic with mute LED, The Tip’N’Control desktop remote are things of beauty and must haves on any headset. Not to mention the extremely comfy ear cups that basically cancel out almost all outside noises and the easy ability to fold them up and carry around, really make this headset outstanding.

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