Gift Guide – Computers

  • iPod touch gets speed and space increase, sweet new games, price drop

    iPod touch gets speed and space increase, sweet new games, price drop

    There are some sweet upgrades just announced for the iPod touch, but… no camera. I guess Apple felt that would make it too good. What we have seen is a serious upgrade to the hardware. We’re also seeing a lot of new games coming out, some top-tier titles like Assassin’s Creed: Discovery, as Apple takes a shot at biting a bigger piece of the mobile gaming pie. And of course… Read More

  • Review: Iomega StorCenter ix2 Network Storage

    Review: Iomega StorCenter ix2 Network Storage

    Reviewing a NAS is probably not at the top of my list of things to do, but the Iomega ix2 is a dead simple network storage solution that works well. The model I reviewed is the 2TB variety and I finally caved and started backing up my files. Even though I set it up RAID 1 style, 1TB was ample enough to handle all of my content with plenty of room to spare. I wouldn’t recommend this to the… Read More

  • Review: Targus File Share Cable for Mac

    Review: Targus File Share Cable for Mac

    Guest review: John Ha I recently bought a Macbook to replace my aging Windows XP laptop. I figured that, like any new computer migration, I would load the applications I needed and then copy the data from my old laptop to the new one. I have a large USB thumb drive and a couple external hard drives, so no sweat – just use them to migrate everything. So when my brother told me he would lend… Read More

  • Review and Giveaway: HP MediaSmart 1TB Server

    Review and Giveaway: HP MediaSmart 1TB Server

    Short version: A pre-built Windows Home Server box that offers a bit more than standard NAS’s. Read More

  • Review: Fastmac TruePower U-Charge universal charger

    Review: Fastmac TruePower U-Charge universal charger

    If you have multiple batteries for your (post-1997) Apple laptop and prefer not to tote around multiple power adapters then Fastmac may have a solution for you. The U-Charge is a lightweight, cost effective, and compact charger for iBooks, PowerBooks, MacBooks and MacBook Pros, with a nice little bonus feature: it can charge a battery without the help of a laptop. No more swapping batteries just… Read More

  • Review: Iceman PC

    Review: Iceman PC

    From BFF: A few months ago I won (via CrunchGear) a nice piece of hardware that now replaces the veteran hdd divx player I bought from Hong Kong about the same time last year. The enclosure was much more reliable than the other “made in china” (sic) stuff I bought back then, but somehow its remote died this summer and it’s not that fun to pause/play/stop using the built-in… Read More

  • Review: VIA Artigo Pico-ITX Builder Kit A1000

    Review: VIA Artigo Pico-ITX Builder Kit A1000

    Say you needed a small PC with low power requirements to install inside a car or even inside a PCs drive bay. Well, friend, you should consider $300 VIA’s Artigo Pico-ITX. This tiny thing out-minis the Mac Mini and can run fast enough to put some of your older PCs to shame. Read More

  • Review: HP TouchSmart PC

    Review: HP TouchSmart PC

    When HP first introduced its TouchSmart PC line of desktop computers in 2007, it was a novel idea, but it also had enough flaws to keep many away from buying it. The TouchSmart was primarily meant for the kitchen, mainly because of the interactivity behind it, but also because it’s probably where the family interacts most in the home. This new iteration of HP’s TouchSmart series (the… Read More

  • Review: MSI Wind

    Review: MSI Wind

    For those of you looking for a reason NOT to buy the MSI Wind, I can’t really give you a good one. It’s a great little machine. Go ahead and buy one if you’ve been waiting. For everyone else, read on for the pros and cons of this aggressively-priced, yet impressively-performing netbook. Read More

  • Review: VYE S41

    Review: VYE S41

    It’s either feast or famine when it comes to laptops. If you need something small and light, you’re stuck without an optical drive and poor performance. If you need something for gaming or high end apps, you’re stuck with something that you need a truck to lift. That’s why I’m pleased with the VYE S41 from Kohjinsha, a Japan-only — but available at Dynamism.com… Read More