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I've reviewed the fantastic Palringo for MoDaCo.com, they're currently running a joint competition to win an HTC Kaiser- hit the link for more information.
Looking for Outlets
This call goes out to all PRs and particularly editors; I need new places to submit my product coverage which includes a small amount of news but is typically reviews and articles of consumer electronics and PC peripherals/hardware.
If you have a hardware review site, or a gaming site with an extensive hardware section then drop me an email () with a link and traffic information.
It looks like Vagusnet has suddenly changed right beneath my nose. I am in the process of determining exactly why and also what will happen to the product reviews that I submitted there.
Rest assured that reviews will be re-assigned where possible.
The Sennheiser PC156 USB are currently my gaming headset of choice, but I'll be writing a headset roundup shortly so they're just begging to be usurped from the throne.
Their steep price is offset by solid design, a plethora of considerations and features and, of course, the highly flexible and useful included USB Audio adaptor.
A review of the solid PCTV for Mac from Pinnacle, sadly let down by the lite version of EyeTV
Product Coverage Lag
I've got a little behind with coverage of some items, these are marked in bold on the coverage page. This is primarily because the 3rd of May marks the birth of my baby daughter Sophia, as you can imagine or as anyone who has been a parent will surely know this takes a significant chunk of my free time.
Reviews are in the pipeline, however, in addition to a new outlet. Watch this space!
In a bid to make gadgetoid prettier without compromising my love for minimalism I have redesigned the site sans images…well sans image…and added some new sections. The site is entirely hand-cranked and lacks a CMS, just the way I like it.
The Saitek coverage continues over at Vagusnet with a look at the excellent Saitek G20 Vibration Headset. Yes. Vibration. A gaming peripheral the missus can enjoy too. Nothing quite like a vibrating headset to make every AWP using camp-o-holic in Counter-Strike all the more painfully annoying. Works wonders with Drum 'n' Bass, if you're in to that sort of thing.
It burns! It burns!
I've been taking a long, hard look at World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade over the past month or so- still desperately trying to make it to Outlands as my day job and moonlighting as a journalist leaves me with little time to dedicate to the behemoth of a game.
I've been considering a series of off-the-wall articles each detailing a day in the life of WoW; If I have the time I'll be documenting my experiences in the game as a series of short-stories aimed at shedding light on the variety of things you can do in WoW and just why it's so damned addictive.
RAM. It's Crucial.
Tis the season to upgrade your OS. With Vista clawing its way into the market and OSX 10.5 looming over Mac enthusiasts and causing them to go weak at the knees there has never been a bigger need for obscene amounts of RAM. Vista is, no doubt, a RAM hungry OS behemoth and OSX is no lightweight either.
Taking a look at RAM upgrades offered by OEMs (Apple, I'm looking at you!) reveals guaranteed compatibility but obscene prices so I'll be working with Crucial and analysing their excellent service, tools, compatibility guarantees and reasonable-but-not-dirt-cheap prices.
The HTPC Project — Update
The HTPC Project is progressing slowly but surely. The beautiful Antec Fusion case has been blessed with the presence of a top notch Intel Micro ATX motherboard and Core2Duo E6700. Creative have been kind enough to supply their X-Fi Extreme Gamer sound card and DTS-610 Home Theatre encoder and Crucial have supplied 2gb of 800mhz Ballistix RAM. Alas Vista is still M.I.A. but considering Creative's trailing behind on Vista support and the fact the OS is still quite premature I have resolved to use Windows XP for initial testing and setup. I will be endeavouring to target AVForums.com with a series of HTPC-related articles but will not be focussing too hard on Digital TV recording yet. Pinnacle should be supplying their latest and greatest TV tuners shortly, however.
Logitech MX3200 Wireless Mouse/Keyboard Set
The Logitech MX3200 is winging its way to me and will be ready to review shortly, if you want review for your site get in early; first come first served!
Additionally the somewhat similarly numbered Saitek GM3200 is still kicking about hoping to make its way across the web.
A second review of the Saitek 3200dpi gaming mouse, and a brand new addition to my portfolio of outlets.
Saitek have upped the ante and one-upped Logitech by squeezing 3200dpis of delicious resolution into their new mouse alongside adjustable traction/weights.
I take a look at one of the low budget and not entirely perfect offerings from Sennheiser, the lack of a clip on the volume control lets down otherwise flawless headphones.
Sennheiser have outdone themselves with the PX-100s, I use them on a daily basis and have never been more impressed by a surprisingly low cost set of headphones. In-ear earphones have always been a problem for me, but these blew me away.
Hot off the back of the Wii's innovation and the PS3s gimmick... okay maybe it came first ... comes the G-Pad from eDimensional, incorporating what Sony call "Sixaxis" in an attempt to make it sound innovative and boasting PC and PS2 versions.
I take yet another look at the excellent a250 Speaker System from Saitek, which has now earnt a permenant home in my kitchen.
A review of the LX90 and c300s for Elektriq. I very much enjoyed the Sennheiser LX90 earphones, they are literally the only earphone sized headset I can wear.
I've always been a sucker for things that light up and the Saitek Eclipse 2 is no exception. A stellar keyboard with an unfortunate sting in the price.
I take another look at the Logitech G3 for RewiredMind.com, it comes up tops VS the G5 and G7 for its user friendly aesthetic and lower price.
Another unique review of the unique looking Saitek A250 wireless 2.1 speaker system written for Ferrago.com
A little something going on at Clockerz
In the coming months Gadgetoid and Clockerz will be bringing something new, exciting and almost unique to the internet. We're in the process of garnering support, plotting and planning. Will it take off? Just wait and see.
A feature on Lego Technic
I have been kindly provided with the latest Lego Technic kit for review, which on top of my existing collection (yes, I'm 22 and I still love it) will allow me to bring a feature length article about the ins, outs and overall excellence of the Lego Technic kits and why you should be buying them for some time away from consoles and computers.
I take a look at the Saitek A250 wireless 2.1 speaker system on behalf of Elektriq.com
I take a look at the beautifully leftie friendly Logitech G2 Laser Mouse for Elektriq.com
Over at RewiredMind, I take a thorough look at the RPG and RTS fans best friend, the Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit.
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