Gadgets

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  • Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: Audiophile Gear

    The word “audiophile” gets bandied about so much that it seems in danger of losing its true meaning as a descriptor for a grade of products that is of such high quality that most of us can’t hope to afford then. But this year saw quite a few items blurring the line between audiophile and consumer audio, as higher-end components are finding their ways into… Read More

  • Windows Live Search for Mobile Beta

    Mobility Today has a video demoing the beta functions of Windows Live Search for Mobile. The video showcases many of the cool features the service will offer. Features like directions and traffic information. It’s still in beta, of course, but it looks promising. Be sure to head over to Mobility Today to read the rest of their comments on it. Read More

  • Samsung YP-K3 DAP Looks Sexy As Hell

    Now this is what we call a sexy MP3 player. Pictured above is the YP-K3, the successor to Samsung’s YP-K5 audio player. This bad boy has a great design and is supposedly Samsung’s thinnest player to date. Slated to debut during CES 2007, the YP-K3 will not feature a built-in speaker like it’s older sibling. Also, the display is now 1.8-inches and no one really knows how good… Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl Now Available on Cingular


    I reported Tuesday that the BlackBerry Pearl had a prelaunch status on the Cingular site. Well the sexy BlackBerry candybar is now available to the masses. It carries a $199.99 price with a two year contract. You can get it online now. Or if you prefer brick-and-mortar, a limited but expanding number of retail stores will be carrying the Pearl. Good luck finding one though. Also announced is… Read More

  • AMD: Two Chips Are Better Than One. No Really. They Are. We're Serious.


    Well, AMD officially launched its 4×4 platform and three new FX-series processors: 2.6GHz FX-70, 2.8GHz FX-72 and 3GHz FX-74. Or is that six processors? Each one is a set of two, dual-core CPUs. And according to Tom’s Hardware Guide, the platform and processors add up to a whole lotta “meh.” Which, by the way, took them 13 pages to get to. It’s not that the… Read More

  • Expresso S2 Exercise Bike Hands On

    When you walk into a gym, you see the same gear you saw 10 years ago, with little or no innovation. Sure, some equipment now features music or some kind of TV but there is little that would really make the sedentary crew of CrunchGear want to leave their comfy chairs. Until now: Expresso Fitness has released an innovative virtual reality-enhanced fitness bike, the S2. The fitness bike features… Read More

  • Forget HDTV, We Want HD Gaming

    A report from Frank Magid Associates states 53% of consumers are buying HDTVs for video games and DVD playback. Last year, 63% of consumers were buying HDTVs for high definition TV shows, the percentage has now dropped to 47%. Consumers are having trouble with HD subscription with their cable providers and feel that there just aren’t enough high definition TV shows out there, which is true. Read More

  • Samsung Blackjack: Q Who?



    Meet my new favorite phone. The Samsung Blackjack from Cingular is a veritable wunderkind amongst the sea of comparatively ordinary competitors. Not only will it turn heads every time you whip it out, but it’ll outperform any other smart phone in the building, block, neighborhood, etc. Read More

  • Classic Controller Originally Meant For Wii Games?

    Since the original classic controller peripheral for the Nintendo Wii was announced, I was instantly wondering what the hell we would use it for. Then, Nintendo talked about the Wii’s “virtual console,” which lets you download NES, SUPER NES, N64 and Genesis games onto your Wii. At that point, it all made sense, until I took another look at the controller. The controller… Read More

  • Zune May Stand A Chance

    Microsoft received a lot of bad press when it first launched the Zune a couple of weeks ago, making the Zune seem like it wasn’t going to be the big iPod-slaying product that we were waiting for. It turns out that the Zune was actually the second highest selling portable digital player in the first four days of its release. The numbers were generated by market research firm NPD Group… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Weird Dream Edition

    CoolIT Eliminator: Gets Rid Of CPU Heat, Not Raw Sewage
    The Sign of the Times: MP3 Doorbells
    Lucid Dreaming for the Poor
    NEC Develops Prototype Phone To Cater To Gumby
    Commenter Appreciation Begins Read More

  • ¡TiVo Español!


    TiVo está viniendo a las gracias de México a errr I mean TiVo is coming to Mexico City thanks to Cablevision. The company will distribute Spanish-speaking TiVo-based DVRs to Mexico City customers beginning in the first half of 2007. Zatz scooped the story, but current information is limited. So no word yet on pricing or how fast service will spread beyond Mexico City. It is at least… Read More

  • Commenter Appreciation Begins


    As CrunchGear enters its fifth month of existence, we wanted to start something to honor you, the readers, who continue to make this possible. So I’d like to announce our new ongoing commenter appreciation series. The concept is much the same as our CrunchRace 2000 contest, except this one will be ongoing. Prizes will be given at random on a weekly basis. All you have to do is comment… Read More

  • Holiday Buyers Guide 2006: DSLR Cameras


    Single-lens reflex cameras were a hugely important innovation upon their release. It provided photographers with the ability to view their subjects directly through the lens. This was different from previous cameras that often used a separate viewfinder that didn’t see exactly what the lens was viewing. The proliferation of these new SLR cameras offered a reasonable method of avoiding… Read More

  • Rockbox for Zune Coming Soon

    If you’re one of the types who loves the Zune’s hardware (great screen, simple controls, and that WiFi) but bemoan the software or interface (or both), then you might want to take a look at the forthcoming Zune install of Rockbox. For those not in the know, Rockbox is an opensource firmware replacement project designed to allow you to customize your audio playback hardware (like… Read More

  • PlayStation Update + SIXAXIS Problems

    Sony PlayStation 3 users are reporting their SIXAXIS controllers are no longer detected by their PS3s. To get the controller to be recognized again by the console, users have to repeatedly plug in the controller via USB to sync it to the console. I haven’t had problems with this yet, but it could be a bug that came in when users downloaded the new 1.11 firmware update that was… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson Z530i Gets Camouflaged

    We like us some camouflage when it’s done right and the new Sony-Ericsson Z530i is no exception. This phone comes in stylin’ black or pink camo and is perfect for those of you who are street soldiers. Sony-Ericsson partnered up exclusively with Boost Mobile to produce this phone that comes with features like a VGA camera, MP3 player, and Bluetooth. Seems you can pick it up online… Read More

  • Nintendo Updates Wii Safety Instructions

    Because Nintendo Wii users are losing control of their Wiimotes, the official Nintendo website has decided to update the safety instructions for the Wii on its website. If you own a Wii, you’ll find most of the safety precautions the same as when you start up a game on your console, for those who haven’t managed to get a Wii yet, check out some of the things you have to be… Read More

  • In-Game Cellphones for Second Life

    If you’re one of the millions who escapes the drudgery of your real life to the virtual worlds of Second Life, where you’re attractive and witty, and probably slutty, then you know you have to spend valuable Doritos-eating time wandering around to find your peeps. Wouldn’t a virtual cellphone be nice? YouNeverCall apparently thinks so. The resident-owned company is giving… Read More

  • CoolIT Eliminator: Gets Rid Of CPU Heat, Not Raw Sewage


    Using just liquid to chill your CPU is so Q1 2006. If you want to be current with your cooling, you’ll need to switch to something using thermoelectrics, like the newly announced Eliminator from CoolIT. Using the Peltier-Seebeck effect the cooler’s patented MTEC technology uses multiple thermoelectric coolers to chill the liquid below your ambient temperature. The big benefit to… Read More