Doug Videos

  • Video Review: Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 23-inch LED backlit monitor

    Video Review: Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 23-inch LED backlit monitor

    Short Version: Samsung’s SyncMaster XL2370 is a 23-inch LED backlit monitor that retails for around $300. At under eight pounds and less than two inches thick, there’s a lot to like here. Read More

  • Video Review: Yeti USB Microphone

    Video Review: Yeti USB Microphone

    Review: The Yeti from Blue Microphones is a $150 USB microphone with four recording settings, zero-latency audio monitoring via a built-in headphone jack, and a 48 kHz sampling rate at 16 bits. The mic itself is solidly built – and by “solid” I mean that the combined weight of the microphone and stand is almost 3.5 pounds and the entire getup stands about 12 inches high. Read More

  • Review: Sony VAIO X Series Notebook PC

    Review: Sony VAIO X Series Notebook PC

    Short Version: It’s got an Atom CPU and it starts at $1300. That being said, Sony’s X Series is one of the coolest computers I’ve ever used. Read More

  • Video: Another CES-focused TechVi segment for your amusement

    http://media.techpodcasts.com/techvi/http://p.castfire.com/YfgYq/video/224809_2010-01-08-193608.flv Here’s a recent TechVi segment from CES wherein yours truly and John Falcone from CNet talk about strange and wonderful technology products. Enjoy. CES 2010: Interview with Doug Aamoth and John Falcone [TechVi.com] Read More

  • Quick Look: Sony VAIO X Series notebook

    The 1.5-pound, half-inch thick Sony VAIO X Series notebook is easily one of the most impressive portable computers I’ve seen in quite some time. I can’t convey how light it is. It seems to defy logic. My brain doesn’t understand that it’s seeing my hand hold up an 11.1-inch notebook that weighs less than half of what most other notebooks its size weigh. Read More

  • Review: Panasonic 360 Degree Quick Iron

    Review: Panasonic 360 Degree Quick Iron

    This is an iron that promises to increase your ironing speed by up to 25% thanks to a symmetrical titanium soleplate, which allows you to iron forwards, backwards, left, and right with ease. It doesn’t make ironing any more exciting but with a street price of around $40, it’s a solidly-built and attractive iron if you’re in the market for one. Read More

  • Time For Gadgets! Episode 1

    I’m toying with the idea of doing ten-minute episodic reviews videos where I can showcase several gadgets in one fell swoop and throw in some nonsense for good measure. So here it is, the first episode of Time For Gadgets! That exclamation point is part of the title since gadgets should be exciting and whimsical. Here’s a list of the items featured in this episode… Read More

  • Video Review: ThinkGeek Mimo Mini USB Monitor

    The 7-inch 800×480 Mimo monitor is a portable USB-powered display that’s easy to set up and use and ought to fit neatly in most laptop bags. At $130, it’s not outrageously priced, either, considering you’re getting a pretty capable second monitor that weighs just 1.3 pounds and requires only a single cable in order to operate. Read More

  • MIT's EurekaFest showcases high school students' problem-solving prototypes

    MIT's EurekaFest showcases high school students' problem-solving prototypes

    EurekaFest is a yearly event held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that showcases the prototype inventions of high school students from around the country. The inventions consist of various gadgets and devices aimed at helping solve real-world problems. Read More

  • Video Demo: Sugar on a Stick turns your old computer into an OLPC

    Video Demo: Sugar on a Stick turns your old computer into an OLPC

    Got an old sack o' crap laptop or desktop gathering dust? Sugar Labs has just made its OLPC-friendly "Sugar" operating system into a USB-bootable version called Sugar on a Stick. You'll need a one-gigabyte thumb drive and about twenty minutes of spare time. Read More

 
  • Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii) with MotionPlus

    Short Version: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 with the Wii MotionPlus accessory is the closest you can get to a true golf simulation for $60. The already-great series gets a nice boost this year with true one-to-one motion sensing, addictive online play, and a bevy of other new features that easily justify the purchase. Read More

  • Video: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10's Disc Golf feature

    New to Tiger Woods PGA Tour on the Wii this year is the “Disc Golf” feature, which allows you to play all of the in-game courses as a disc golfer. I figured it’d be gimmicky at best. Well, I was wrong. It’s fun, and it’s a great use of the MotionPlus add-on. If you’ve ever played disc golf before, you’ll probably enjoy playing it in the game. If… Read More

  • Quick Look: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 with Wii MotionPlus

    As a longtime fan of the Tiger Woods series of golf games from EA Sports, I was quite disappointed with last year’s effort. You can read the review and yell at me if you’re so inclined, but I stand by the review. I took issue with what I called an “atrocious” putting system, the lack of realistic motion sensing for half and three-quarter approach shots, and really bad voice… Read More

  • Video tour of Star Trek: The Exhibition at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute

    Jeff Victor of STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, recently showed me around the 12,500-foot Star Trek exhibit at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. We laughed, we cried, we played a little Dabo. Good times indeed. Read More

  • Two Minute Review: Ford GT40 Series Car Mouse

    The Ford GT40 Series Car Mouse from RoadMice.com is a $50 wireless mouse stuffed in a replica Ford GT. This is definitely a mouse for car lovers and there's apparently quite a market for car mice, as RoadMice.com offers about a skillion different models of wired and wireless mice that look just like real-life cars. Read More

  • Review: Guitar Hero: Metallica (Xbox 360)

    Review: Guitar Hero: Metallica (Xbox 360)

    Short Version: If you're a Metallica fan, this may quickly become your new favorite game. Drummers, too, will find the new Expert+ mode with double-bass pedal compatibility a welcome addition to the Guitar Hero series. Read More

  • Video Review: Vestalife Butterfly Dock for iPod

    Video Review: Vestalife Butterfly Dock for iPod

    The Vestalife Butterfly is an $80 iPod dock with no remote control and so-so sound quality. The build quality is okay, but the whole getup looks like it should be hanging over a baby’s crib. If it cost $30 or $40 it’d be a whole different story, but at $80 this one’s truly for butterfly enthusiasts and family members of Vestalife employees only. Read More

  • Video Review: Batter Blaster pancakes in a can

    I took a deep personal interest in Batter Blaster when I first covered it way back in October of 2007. At that time it was only available in the San Francisco area and, after what seemed like eons, I finally saw Batter Blaster in a grocery store here in Boston last night. Hit the jump to check out a video review of the Batter Blaster pancakes in a can. Read More

  • Golf Tech: Callaway’s new Diablo driver punches your slice right in the balls

    Golf Tech: Callaway’s new Diablo driver punches your slice right in the balls

    I’ve been playing golf off and on for about 20 years now and as a mid-handicapper, I’m prone to shooting in the low nineties thanks, in large part, to inconsistent tee shots. It’s no surprise that hitting your second shot from the middle of the fairway is a lot easier than hitting it from underneath a tree that’s located behind several other trees. And so we dance. I took the train from… Read More

  • Video Review: Acoustibuds Earphone Adapters

    Video Review: Acoustibuds Earphone Adapters

    Short Version: Promising to stay in better, sound better, and feel better than the earpieces on your standard inexpensive headphones, Acoustibuds do indeed work as advertised. Read More