hardware

  • Steelseries acquires Ideazon; bigger, better accessories forthcoming

    Steelseries acquires Ideazon; bigger, better accessories forthcoming


    Steelseries, the pro gaming gear guys who put out (among other things) the 7G Keyboard and the Ikari Laser Mouse, have bought Ideazon, the peripheral maker best known for making the Zboard, a skinnable, customizable gaming keyboard. As an avid consumer of such accessories and peripherals, I’m glad this is happening; I know the 7G was intended to be just as straightforward as it was… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson G705 slider leaked

    Sony Ericsson G705 slider leaked

    Looks like we have our first clue as to what SE might be announcing in two weeks. Some resourceful gent over at the arabic Sony Ericsson community, SE4m, has managed to get their hands all up on an unreleased Sony Ericsson slider, and was kind enough to share the experience with the world. Not a whole lot is known about the slider, tentatively labeled the G705. It’s packing a 3.2… Read More

  • Tiny, simple, very portable 320GB hard drive from Freecom

    Tiny, simple, very portable 320GB hard drive from Freecom


    This is a nice little drive that Freecom is launching. Tasteful, simple, even covered in a non-slip rubber finish. And it tips the scales at just over 155g or 5.5oz, which makes it light enough to carry in a purse (or murse). It’s USB2 so it’s fast enough for most tasks and it costs around $90 for the 160GB or probably $140 or so for the 320GB. I want one! Read More

  • New thermal compound for hardcore tweakers

    New thermal compound for hardcore tweakers


    I know “hardcore tweakers” sounds like I’m talking about meth addicts, but I mean people who get involved with every aspect of their computer and care about every component. If you’re not familiar with the term, a thermal compound is a sort of heat-conducting paste, often metallic in composition. It’s used as a middle layer between a component that generates heat… Read More

  • Replacement LCD for iPhone 3G just $85 via Brando

    Replacement LCD for iPhone 3G just $85 via Brando

    Go ahead and throw your new iPhone about with reckless abandon because it appears that replacing a cracked screen will set you back less than a hundred bucks. Our favorite WTF store, Brando, has the "spare part for iPhone 3g" for $85. Another $10.50 grabs the iPhone Opening Tools Kit for, well, opening up your iPhone. I’d be interested to see if the replacement screen would… Read More

  • Cherrypal: A lean, green, cloud-oriented machine

    Cherrypal: A lean, green, cloud-oriented machine


    It doesn’t look exciting, really, but it’s worth considering that as people move their entire computer experience online, the local footprint of a personal computer gets smaller and smaller, until eventually it’s this. The Cherrypal is ridiculously underpowered: a 400MHz processor, 256mb of RAM, 4GB of space (used pretty much exclusively for the OS and Firefox), and the… Read More

  • New Das Keyboard officially available

    New Das Keyboard officially available


    You may remember Das Keyboard as a late entry in our little high-end keyboard roundup. It wasn’t available for purchase then, but it sure is now. If you’re not familiar with it, Das Keyboard is the keyboard with two distinct features: it has a distinctive (and addictive) clicky noise, and it’s available with all the keys completely blank. There’s nothing less… Read More

  • Sony sells 10 million PSPs in Nippon, Japanese video game market explodes

    Sony sells 10 million PSPs in Nippon, Japanese video game market explodes

    Today Sony announced they were able to sell 10 million PSPs (PSP-1000 and 2000 series combined) in Japan since the system launched in this country in December 2004. According to Sony, the PSP was the best-selling video game console in Japan for the first half of this year. These results are pretty impressive but Sony’s number is dwarfed by the 23 million DS consoles Nintendo sold in… Read More

  • The Vigor Colossus desktop powerhouse PC: it's as manly as it sounds

    The Vigor Colossus desktop powerhouse PC: it's as manly as it sounds

    Those of us in the prestigious pro blogging field could probably get by with a Newton for all the processing power we use (or even a MacBook Air in a pinch), but not everyone is so modest in their needs. Developers, CG artists, and HD video editors need an insane amount of cycles to do their work, and they probably don’t care if their rig costs over seven thousand dollars. I… Read More

  • Nvidia committing to newfangled 55nm process

    Nvidia committing to newfangled 55nm process


    Son, I remember the days when chips were 55 meters! Ain’t no one ever even heard of a nano back then. Had troops o’ monkeys cartin’ ice packs to and from the walk-in freezer just to keep that machine from meltin’ down and burying us all in hot copper — dag nabbit! Seriously, though. Nvidia’s newest, fastest cards are being done on a 55nm process, which… Read More

  • OCZ make-a special RAM for your gaming lap-a-top

    OCZ make-a special RAM for your gaming lap-a-top


    Those DIMMs may not look that special, but they’re secretly sweet. These DDR3 modules are much faster and use less power than what you’ve got in your laptop right now, although I’m skeptical that laptop RAM uses more electricity than, say, the fans (especially in a high-performance laptop). Still, any saving of power is welcome, especially when your main concern with a laptop… Read More

  • Maybe SSDs do save battery life after all

    Maybe SSDs do save battery life after all


    You may remember a story a little while back suggesting that SSDS did not in fact save battery power. Well, that really pulled the tail of the great cat “The Internet,” resulting in heavy criticism of the testers’ methods. People feel that the higher-end SSDs may have been using more power, but the tests ignored that their higher capacities meant they would do more work… Read More

  • ATI's Radeon 4870 hit NVIDIA so hard their prices fell down

    ATI's Radeon 4870 hit NVIDIA so hard their prices fell down


    Damn, when I first heard about the GeForce 260 and 280 I thought it was checkmate. No one expected much of the new line of Radeons in the first place given ATI’s lackluster offerings lately, and combine that with the improvement in the 65nm 280 — I think I was justified in thinking so. But the Radeon 4850 came out a little later and jaws dropped. It offered nearly the performance… Read More

  • Explaining multi-core processors to your great-aunt

    Explaining multi-core processors to your great-aunt


    If you’re reading this website (you flatter us) you’re probably one of the more tech-savvy people in the family. So doubtless you get tapped occasionally to fix Aunt Estella’s printer or de-spyware your parents’ machine. And every once in a while, someone will want to buy a new computer. While there’s no better time than the present, they will certainly be… Read More

  • Matrox comes out of its cave, offers new video cards

    Matrox comes out of its cave, offers new video cards


    You may remember Matrox. They were a significant competitor back in the days when the graphics card scene was TNT2 vs. Voodoo3. The dark horse was always Matrox, whose dual-display-oriented cards always perplexed and intrigued me. I still don’t use more than one monitor but it’s far more common these days, with people like our own Doug, who is rocking I believe four monitors at… Read More

  • Today's a good day to upgrade your video card

    Today's a good day to upgrade your video card


    Or maybe over the next week or so. With the release of the ATI HD 4850 and NVIDIA’s new 55nm-based 9800GTX+, the price/performance ratio is really nice right now. Of course, as with all components, the longer you wait, the better the deal is, but if you’re looking for an upgrade right now, these new releases will drop quite a few prices across the board. The 4850 is available for… Read More

  • Review: Razer Lycosa gaming keyboard

    Review: Razer Lycosa gaming keyboard


    I’ve been using the same keyboard for the last, well, many many years, so it’s fitting that all of a sudden I should have several dropped in my lap. I’m currently juggling offerings from Microsoft, Razer, and SteelSeries. I can tell you right now that none of them sucks, but if you want more you’ll have to read the reviews. Today we’ve got Razer’s… Read More

  • High-end keyboard roundup! Get excited!

    High-end keyboard roundup! Get excited!


    What is your hand on right now? No, other hand. That’s right, it’s sitting on the home row of a cheap, dirty keyboard. Probably the one that came with your computer. For shame. There is a world of keyboards out there — wireless, media-controlling, programmable, waterproof, there are keyboards that are all of these things and right now I’ve got a baker’s pair… Read More

  • Raw-looking hard drive enclosure for 5 HDDs

    Raw-looking hard drive enclosure for 5 HDDs


    I actually could have used one of these last night when I was swapping and backing up my internal HDDs and didn’t have enough space in my case to hold ‘em all. This multi-hard drive enclosure is not really a new kind of product, but it is by far the simplest (and the price is right). They’ve essentially just ripped the HDD cage out of a computer case and are selling it as… Read More

  • Handy: modular 2.5" front port thing with USB ports, card readers, drive slot

    Handy: modular 2.5" front port thing with USB ports, card readers, drive slot


    Now here’s something I could use. My computer’s front looks good, but it only has the optical drive bay at the top and two ports at the bottom — why not make it pretty and functional? Brando USB has these handy front port modules available with swappable bits in case you decide you need a 2.5″ drive bay more than a multi-reader. Front port things have been around… Read More