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If your looking for a decent video card capable of playing the latest 3d games without breaking your wallet, I strongly suggest the EVGA gtx 550 Ti Sc. Priced around 120 Euros this Direct X 11 capable card was able to play some of my favorite graphic intense games, like Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, and even Far Cry 2 at decent playable framerates around the 30 to 40 margin. But if you really want to max out those framerates I would suggest buying 2 of them. INSTALLATION Inside the box includes a cd with the geforce graphics driver, a Dvi to Vga dongle for a more vibrant display, and a 4-pin molex to 6-pin PCI express power adapter, that connects to your power supply. The card is fairly small compared to other cards in its price range and features an elegant black, matte color with green stripes. The card is cooled with one huge fan in the middle covered by a plastic shroud. Installation of Nvidias drivers was a breeze and gave you many choices including lots of graphical options such as the ability to use SLI. SLI means using 2 of the same graphics cards to increase performance up to 2x. By itself this card is fairly decent but when SLI is enabled, you got yourself an awesome gaming rig that will make the graphics on your screen look like liquid, (fluid and fast). GAMEPLAY With this card, characters on your screen become lifelike and makes you feel like your apart of the action. But it doesn't stop there, This card is also awesome when it comes to Cinematic performance such as playing HD movies and encoding video files. While playing some of my high resolution movies such as (Avatar) the cpu priority never exceeded the %10 percent range. On my previous video card this number was in the high 30's sometimes 40's when watching this movie. This card is also 3d capable if you have the right gear and accesories. CONCLUSION If you are thinking about purchasing this card, I would recommend that you go for a SLI setup like I did. Alltogether I paid around 240 euros for the setup and I dont regret it one bit. My rig outperforms even higher priced video cards that are in the 3 to 400 dollar range. Any SLI setup will outperform a solo video card setup anyday.
The Viewsonic Nvidia 3d Vision device allows us to witness the latest games and movies like never before. What you can experience in 3d today is much improved vs the old technology of yesterday. The old flimsy, red and blue paper glasses are now replaced with sleek, futuristic looking black glasses that feature Nvidias patented "3d technology". In a nutshell Nvidias glasses are shutterglasses, which means 50% of the number of rendered pictures will be used for the left, and the other 50% for the right eye. This flashing technique makes the 2 different images on screen synchronize, allowing it to create the 3d effect. This product is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased for around 40 euros. Included in this package are the active shutter glasses, the IR emitter offering you a wireless experience, audio cables, and microfiber cloth. 40 euros is just part of the equation though if you want to fully enjoy the 3d technology. You will also have to puchase a compatible Nvidia monitor and graphics card. Alltogether I spent around a whopping 500 euros! when it was all said and done. The pricetag was taxing but after just a few minutes of playing Battlefield 3 in 3d, it was money well spent. The game itself is breathtaking but when you throw in 3d to the mix, it is jaw dropping and even more intense. The impressive 3d effects can also be enjoyed while watching 3d blue-rays, and also 3d videos on the Internet. Overall the 3d experience is something that all movie and game enthusiast should witness. Just remember that its gonna take a huge chunk out of your wallet when its all said and done.
The Hewlett Packard 620 laptop is lightweight, convenient, has all your standard features and best of all it comes at an amazing price. A laptop can be a students best friend especially if it is lightweight, has plenty of features, and can run the latest programs. Luckily this laptop met all those requirements and it didn't cost me a fortune to get it. At first glance you will notice its sleek, professional design and bright 15" LED HD display. Perfect companion for people who enjoy watching the latest movies, or Hulu flix while on the go. The anti spill keyboard and scratch resistant surface are also excellent features for students on the go like myself. Powering this laptop is an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, it might not have the ability to play the latest 3d games, but it is more than capable of doing everything else. Such as, burning dvd's, downloading music, webcam chat, and displaying HD videos. And since its packed with a decent sized 320 gb hard drive you wont be worried about running out of space for your media files anytime soon. Since I spend most of my day at the college campus, I especially like its architectural, sleek design and long lasting battery life. Features that help me look professional and organized while at school.
The Logitech Z 5400 Digital speaker system is perfect for people who enjoy playing games, movies, and listening to music on your PC. I decided to go with a PC compatible speaker system vs a home theater system because a PC sound system offers many features that even the best home speaker setup cant match. If you enjoy tweaking ur system setup to make it sound the best possible and your familiar with computers. I would recommend going this route because of the ability to use and tryout different advanced sound programs to achieve the best possible sound, something that a home reciever cant do. In the past the only advantage a home system would offer was how loud the sound got, not anymore because this system puts out an amazing 600 watts of total power! Now your games will sound lifelike as you will be able to hear almost every subtle detail, thanks to the 5.1 speaker setup. 5.1 surround sound gives the user a 3d sound effect enhancing the audio making it sound more precise and detailed. Now when you play your favorite first person shooter, you will be able to hear and frag your nearby enemies trying to creep up behind you. This system has definitely improved my game score especially in first person shooters like Call of Duty and Black Ops. The best part of this system in my opinion though is how magnificent movies sound. Action scenes in movies especially take advantage of the 5.1 sound setup and make you feel like your actually in the movie. You will be able to hear explosions coming from certain directions, bullets flying by your head, all in crystal clear THX certified sound.
I am very pleased with the Sandisk Gaming 1 GB Memory Stick Pro. This stick was a replacement to the crappy one that came with my old PSP. I went online to check my options and found this for the amazing price of 9 euro! what a killer deal. I remember when these things first came out they were priced at around 100 euro! Its funny how much your money will spend after a few years. Not only was the price great but the product also performed very well. If you enjoy watching dvds or storing extra photos on your PSP, I would definitely recommend purchasing this, but remember that it might take awhile to convert the movie into a compatible PSP file format. In this case you have to convert it to the .MP4 file extension. This can be a daunting task if you are not too familiar with computers and programs. So I would recommend that you have someone that is computer savvy to show you how to do it your first time. Because without the right programs and patience you could get confused and it might take a long time. Luckily for me my brother knows a lot about computers and helped me out my first time. After numerous times of showing me and doing the same task over and over I finally got comfortable with it and could do the task myself. If you need some extra space for your PSP I would definitely recommend buying this product because it is much faster and reliable than the standard one that comes with it.
If your in the market for the very latest in cell phone technology, I would strongly suggest going out and purchasing Apples newest phone labeled "Iphone 4s". After reading the previous sentence you probably think that i'm just another Apple fanboy but I'm not. I have tried a plethora of phones anything from Cricket models, to Google phones and can honestly say that when it comes to phones, Apple is leaps and bounds above the competition. They have lead the pack because of its innovative features and cutting edge technology. LOOKS AND FEATURES I guess people must really enjoy the exquisite, sleek design of the Iphone 4 because the Iphone 4s sports an identical look except that this model now comes shipped in a white case. The Iphone 4s is basically a beefed up version of the Iphone 4 that now features a dual core A5 cpu processor,an 8megapixel camera,better graphics performance and Apples new selling point feature called "SIRI" which is labeled as the most advance software assistant. With all these high tech features games and apps run like liquid almost no studdering at all. One of the worst things about the Iphone 4 was when games would start to go slow motion because of all the intense related graphics at the moment. The best feature in my opinion though is not even hardware related at all, yes you guessed it,"SIRI" is one of the coolest things to ever come on a phone. Apple has taken software virtual assistant programs to the next level when it comes to this. The artificial intelligence is mind boggling, it understands and adapts to your voice. It is the first virtual assistant software that talks to you in a nice calm, soothing voice. CONCLUSION If you want the best phone that money can buy, go get the new Iphone 4s. It is packed with the latest innovations when it comes to cell phone technology and also reliable and dependable software that Apple has a reputation for.
If your an audio enthusiast that only demands the highest quality of audio sound, you will definitely love the Shure SE420 Earphones. At around 220 euros, most people might think money waisted, but for the audiophile its money well spent because of its high end luxury design and awe inspring sound that it produces. With the devices wide sound range, the listener gets the chance to hear almost every level of audio bliss, from great mid-tones, bass, and most notably superior treble, high sounds. TECHNOLOGY Compared to previous models the SE420 is the first to incorporate a twin driver model design. This means that inside each individual earphone are two separate mini speakers, one for the high frequency sounds and the other for the low ones. Just like in car audio a crossover is used to seperate each individual audio stream to make sure it goes to the correct speaker. Its amazing that all this technology is happening under a quarter inch device! PACKAGING AND INSTALLATION When I first opened the box the first thing I noticed was the high level of build quality put into the device. Everything from its black, grey appearance to its heavy duty modular cable design just seemed exquisite. The modular cable design means that it has multiple parts that can be interchangeable and the design also allows the use of extra optional devices like Shures "Push to Hear" module. To accomodate the variety of ear sizes, Shure includes 3 different types of switchable ear sleeves. I personally recommend the foam inserts because to me they offered the best sound and were by far the most comfortable. Unlike other earphones, Shure recommends wearing them draped up and over the back of the ear. By wearing them this way the earphone can maximize entry in the ear canal and the draped over wire makes it less prone to coming out while doing things with lots of movement like jogging or biking. They are designed this way because it offers excellent portability and comfort but mainly to cancel out any kind of outside noise so that the listener can get the best audio experience. SOUND EXPERIENCE To get the most out of any headphones especially high end ones like these I personally recommend that all audio played should be lossless. So nothing short of Flac should be acceptable. With that being said the sound experience on these was nothing short of perfect. It sounded like I was listening to a live concert performance almost every time I played a different song. After listening to a wide variety of songs, I came to the conclusion that everything sounded great. Electronic audio particularly sounded brilliant because it doesnt feature any lyrics and it maximizes use of the full audio spectrum especially in Drum n Bass songs. Tracks like "Hold your Colour" by the group Pendulum sounded almost surreal and gave me a true sensory experience, not only by sound but unusually by sight and touch too. I know it sounds wierd but it really does bring out those 3 senses to play. If you dont believe me go get yourself a pair and find out for yourself because when you do, you will be giving yourself the best audio experience imaginable. .
Before becoming one of the most popular and successful games in the world, there was the original Grand Theft Auto. At first glance there isn't really anything exciting that stands out. The graphics are rudimentary and it kind of looks like a game that would be suited for younger audiences. But when you start to play it, thats when you notice the reason why it has become a pop culture phenomenon. This is the one of the first highly controversial games that put the main emphasis towards murder, sex, and violence. The game is setup on a large scale fictional city. You play the role of a gangster, the purpose throughout the game is to develop your character by doing different missions that all involve criminal activity. Some of the missions include stealing numerous cars, others involve murder, and most of them all have high speed car chases with cops. What makes this game unique though is that you can totally ignore the missions and just roam free throughout the city and cause your own mass destruction. This concept of absolute freedom and no restrictions is the reason why the games franchise has become so popular. The original version has a top down 2d view for the games perspective. Although low grade and cheesy looking, the player can benefit from this because it gives you a wide view of the map, allowing you to see any nearby enemies and to see upcoming road routes. This is one of the games that really defines the term "graphics aren't everything" and it is true because of the games awesome playability and subject matter. Grand Theft Auto original is still one of the most entertaining video games that you will ever play. One of the few games that lets its gameplay speak for itself instead of its graphics.
Unreal tournament is a fast paced first person shooter that focused more on the online multiplayer mode. It was the first game that featured an ultra realistic graphics engine that could be played on most computers. During multiplayer mode you have the option of selecting different modes like Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Assault, and a special Assault mode. DEATHMATCH- you against him, the highest number of frags within a certain amount of time wins the match and advances you further in the tournament. CAPTURE THE FLAG - team vs team, where the objective is to steal the other teams flag and bring it back to your base. DOMINATION - most confusing mode of all 4, the objective is to control 3 main points for the longest period of time. The number of points plus the number of frags by your team determines the winner. ASSAULT - the other team must complete a certain amount of challenges in a certain timeframe. Your objective is to try and kill them so they dont make it in time. The games setting takes place in the future, located at the defunct Lliandri mines. The owners of the corporation have converted the facility into a colliseum like experience, where the main objective is to kill the other opponent. To achieve the ultimate goal of the tournament and become Grand champion you must face an assortment of foes, consisting of assassins, bounty hunters, and evil warriors. The vast amount of weaponry in the game, make killing your opponent a different experience everytime. If your aim is perfect you will be awarded a "head shot" which means killing your enemy by shooting them exactly in the head with one shot. This game is very addictive and fun. On one occasion I played for almost 8 hours nonstop. I know it was 8 hours because my girlfriend kept reminding me :}
Simcity is highly addictive because it revolutionized the way simulation games are made. This version Simcity 4 "deluxe edition" continues the games long tradition and also incorporates upgraded 3d graphics and gives the player even more control than previous versions. Features that give the player the viewpoint from a citizens perspective. Now you can drive your cities numerous vehicles from cars, trains, subways, or even fly a plane. These features help bring the city to become more lifelike and realistic. In the game you are assigned dual roles, one being "creator" and the other being "mayor". When the game first starts you must use your "creator" mode to position the geographic location of your city. If the land is unfavorable to your city placement you can create and terraform your own landscape. If you are a beginner I would recommend on creating your city on a completely flat surface to get you familiar with the games concepts. Once understood you can move on to more advanced locations like rolling hills, or steep mountainsides. Once your area is selected, you must then carefully zone distinct areas and decide on proper building placement. There are 3 zones to choose from residential, commercial and industrial. Just like in real life the zones position must make sense, if it doesn't your city will not grow. Before zoning your first area I would also recommend on first creating an adequate means of transportation between the 2 areas. You have the option on selecting just a normal road, highway, or even an underground subway system to connect the 2 areas. Whatever method you select make sure the route is freeflowing and has no bottleknecks, because no one likes to be stuck in rush hour traffic. When your city starts to grow, you are faced with the tough challenge of being "mayor" to micro-manage and maintain it. To accomplish this you must try to create a profit every month. The main profit comes by deciding on the right tax rate to your citizens. If its too high you will make your citizens unhappy and they will move out. But if its too low you wont have enough money in your budget to pay for city expenses like the Police station, local library, or hospital. So it is up to you to strike that right balance so that both sides of the coin are happy. With the proper management your city will soon become the sprawling Metropolis that you had always visioned it to be. This game can currently be picked up at the amazing price of around 6 euro. 6 euro! I said. Dont let this amazing opportunity pass you by, if you do you are truly missing out on one of the best computer games of all time.
The Apple Ipod shuffle is an excellent mp3 player because of its incredible small size and ease of use through the Itunes software. Before purchasing the device, I was using my Iphone as my default music player. It makes a great player but when your jogging or doing any kind of motion with a lot of movement, it can be too bulky and uncomfortable. I have dropped my Iphone 3 times while exercising and if it weren't for my protective soft case, the phone would have easily shattered. With soo many close calls I decided that it was finally time to find a replacement and just use my Iphone strictly as a phone. I decided to go with the Ipod shuffle (4th gen) 2 gig model. The main reason was because of its tiny size. With a device this small I no longer had to worry about finding a spot to secure it on my body while exercising and if it did drop, it would probably still remain intact due to its tough aluminum design. Another big reason was because of the simplicity of the Itunes software. Since both products use the same software to transfer audio, I wouldn't have to learn how to use a new program and I could also keep my old playlists. The device only cost me 35 euros and with the available 2 gigabyte space that it came with, I was able to fit around 500 of my favorite audio tracks. The battery life doesn't dissapoint either, Apple says that on a single charge it can last an upward of 15 hours. Combine all these cool technical specs and features and you have the perfect mp3 player in my opinion. PROS + High quality design (aluminum) and 5 awesome colors to choose from. + Incredibly small (making it great for joggers or bicyclists like myself) + VoiceOver feature tells you the artist to the song that you are currently playing + Internationally friendly (can be programmed to speak in 25 different languages) + Great sound quality (Compared to the Iphone, the shuffle sounds much more crisp and detailed) NEGATIVES - Like in the past the included headphones are average at best (Please upgrade, and when you do you will notice how much better in sounds, trust me :}
Every once in a while, a movie will come along and blow your mind away. Some movies will do it by showing you never before seen stunts and others will do it by showcasing the amazing acting talents of the onscreen actors. This is what makes this movie so special because it combines both of those things making it a rare masterpiece in my opinion. Compared to other Batman movies in the past this one is a lot darker and edgier thanks to the awe-inspiring acting performance of Heath Ledger. Before viewing the movie I would've never thought that someone could portray the Joker better than what Jack Nicholson did in the first Batman movie. I was wrong, dead wrong. Nevermind Jack Nicholson, I can't remember any actor going to such great lengths to portray a character than what Ledger did. It almost felt like he was possessed by this evil entity that overtook him and made him become the dark and twisted Joker that you see on film. And with great acting came awesome special effects. Within the first 10 minutes of the movie a bus literally backs into a bank smashing one of the robbers, the first time I saw this scene I told myself "wow this is gonna be good". I was right because as the movie went on, the scenes got even better and more fantastic. I could list here all the cool scenes in the movie but I wont because any amount of words wouldn't do justice to it, you just have to view it yourself. The action scenes were better than other movies because the amount of CGI (computer generated imagery) was kept to a minimum in this one. Movies these days take the easy way out and use way too much CGI to create there special effects. This is only good to use when they keep it to a minimum and its hard for the audience viewer to detect, like "The Dark Knight". If you wanna see that rare combination of tremendous acting and mind-blowing stunts, watch this movie I promise it wont disapoint.
The Technic Sl-1200 series turntables have become the holy grail to vinyl audio enthusiasts. If your an up and coming DJ, I would definitely recommend on practicing on these first because techniques like beatmatching and scratching are a lot easier to learn on these as compared to other brands. It was like night and day when I switched from my old Lenco tables to these. What sets them apart from other brands is its high quality build, versatility, and reliability. For around Euro 695 you get a hi-fi turntable with a cool custom silver look that will surely impress all your friends and make you the life of the party (DJ joke :} ) If your a fan of scratching records or beatmatching you will love the 'high torque' design and "variable pitch control" features. These turntables have been very popular and successful thanks to its patented 'Direct drive' motor system. Located directly underneath the platter, the motor allows users to have precise control and full 'torque' while mixing there favorite records. If you want top of the line turntables look no further, the Technic Sl-1200's will meet all your demands and fullfill all your audio desires. FEATURES reference "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technics_SL-1200" * Magnetic (no wear), direct drive (low slip) mechanism. * High torque design which means the platter will spin at the desired speed almost immediately (0.7 s to reach 33 ¹⁄₃ RPM from standstill), and will very rapidly reacquire the desired speed, without "overshooting", if the platter is dragged or nudged. This aids beatmatching. *Variable pitch control, allowing the rotational speed to be adjusted from -8% to +8% *High reliability: many examples of SL-1200s lasting well over 15 years of heavy use and withstanding physical shock without functional impairment. *Very low wow and flutter (0.01%), which means that the platter will stay within 1/100 of 1% of the desired speed.
If you want a laptop that is capable of playing your latest 3d games as well as displaying your favorite movies in full high definition resolution, look no further the Samsung RF712 does this and more. It features a 17.3" Widescreen LED display (1920 X 1080) and comes with polarised 3d glasses so that you can enjoy the latest 3d technology. At first I was skeptical about all this "3d hype" but after seeing product after product using this technology I decided that it was time to jump on the bandwagon and I'm glad I did. Movies and Games literally "jump at you" it brings the movie and gaming experience to a whole new level. There isn't a whole lot of movies out right now capable of 3d but for the few that our capable it is an extroardinary effect. "Final Destination 3d" to name one, looks awesome with this laptop. Its also armed with a powerful quad core i7-2630QM processor and high performance AMD Radeon HD6650M video card to make sure you get the best performance. I played games like Crysis 2 and Metro at high resolution settings and the graphics were fluid, not once did it lag. And when it came to using it for schoolwork, The incredible processing power of the cpu let me multitask seamlessly (by working with applications over applications while listening to mp3's) without even the slightest hiccup. I also love the 3 second quick start technology. It basically means that when I need to shut down the laptop I just close the lid and when I open the lid all it takes is 3 seconds to come back to the same place as when I shut down the lid. PRODUCT FEATURES * Intel i7 2630QM (Sandy Bridge) 6gb RAM * 3D Ready Widescreen LED backlight TFT 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD ) Display * AMD Radeon HD 6650M video card * Bluetooth V3.0 * 750gb Hard drive *Dual Layer 8x dvd/rw drive (some models like the one I purchased have blue ray installed) * 4 USB (2 usb 3.0) (2 usb 2.0) * 802.11b/g Wi-Fi *1.3-megapixel HD webcam
The new PS3 Slim is not only slimmer in size but also slimmer in price tag when compared to the previous version. At a price tag of about £260 it is 36% lighter and is 33% less bulky than before. Overheating was an issue before but not anymore because of these new changes. These changes also make it more energy efficient and quiet. It comes with a 120gb hard drive or you can upgrade it to a 250gb hard drive for around £40. One of my worst complaints on the last device was lack of hard drive space so I'm glad they fixed this. These days almost all multimedia on the Internet from mp3's, movies, or games are either being downloaded or streamed, so the extra space is quite useful. This makes it more convenient because you dont have to leave your house anymore to watch the latest flicks. When the previous model came out the focal point was more of a game system that has a blue-ray player. This time around its more of a multimedia player that can play games. Especially since Sony released a firmware update that adds 3d support to the device. Now users with a 3d tv can enjoy awesome 3d movies and 3d games (if it supports it at least). PACKAGING & SETUP The new console sports a new matte black finish that is less likely to show fingerprints than the original glossy version. My previous PS3 was constantly being cleaned because of all my fingerprints on them from switching out games and movies. The device is blue-ray compatible and comes with built in wifi and bluetooth support. Using the bluetooth technology you can pair the PS3 to any bluetooth device such as headphones, remotes, etc. There are 2 usb ports on the front, and on the back there is a hdmi,component, and an audio port. Unlike the previous model this device can no longer play your old ps2 games. The PS3 allows you to access the internet via a wireless or wired connection. Upon first launch Sony will make sure you have the latest update and everything properly configured and setup. So for all the non tech geniuses out there dont worry because Sony will walk you through step by step. PERFORMANCE Games and Movies are displayed with the highest visual detail ever! It amazes me everytime I play a new game because the graphics displayed are so visually real. It is really an enchanting experience because you feel like you are in the game sometimes especially while playing 3d first person shooters like "black ops" The graphics flow like water in some scenes. I would recommend having a 1080p hd television to get the best experience. Anything less like 720p still looks great but not even close when compared to 1080p. I can only imagine what movies and games on a 3d tv would look like on this. For the people out there who still dont have one of these, I ask "why?" Unless you have no tv or cant afford one there should be no excuse because this is one of the greatest multimedia devices to ever come out. It serves as a complete multimedia system with the option to seamlessly upgrade itself when a new technology comes out. With a feature like that the Sony PS3 is a must buy.