If you’re looking to save a little coin by taking advantage of over-the-air (OTA) signals, then you might want to pay attention to this little contest. RCA has been nice enough to donate an indoor digital flat antenna for us to give away to one of our lucky readers. While we haven’t reviewed this particular unit, I have had personal experience with a similar product, and it was quite impressive. So what are you waiting for? Check out how to enter the contest after the jump.
It’s always cool to find really great products made in your own backyard. A little while ago, I reviewed Western Leaf’s Frenzy 8Z tablet; and while it may not be unseating iPads or Galaxy Tablets anytime soon, it is a viable alternative for those who may be looking to outfit their kids with a cost-conscious alternative. Alongside with the Frenzy 8Z, Western Leaf also sent us the Vomo XL, a pair of wireless headphones of their own design. After playing with the Frenzy, I figured that the Vomo XL would be a product designed in a similar vein: practicality and decent quality. I certainly wasn’t ready for what these things could do and how great they sounded.
Recently, I reviewed the SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism headset, and found them to be a decent pair of headphones. While they sounded good, they didn’t blow me away, and the lack of in-line control caused me to scratch my head in puzzlement. SteelSeries also sent along another pair for review: the V3’s big sister, the Siberia Elite Prism. Let me tell you, even after spending a small amount of time with it, my experience with that headset was a lot different. Comfortable, easy to use, and great-sounding, there is a reason why these headphones are named “Elite”.
Nobody can doubt the convenience of having a wireless connection. Sure, wired connections are always more secure and usually faster, but they also limit you to staying in an area. We have reviewed a number of routers from Linksys, including the EA6500 and the WRT1900AC. Both of those routers were (and still are) strong contenders for your hard-earned dollars – so if you’re in the market for a solid hub for your wireless (and wired) network, you can’t really go wrong with either one. However, if you have a lot of devices in your house contending for valuable bandwidth (and if you have extra money burning a hole in your pocket), you might want to consider the Linksys EA9200 AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router, which is pretty amazing thanks to its easy-to-use interface and powerful features. Unlike the other two, the EA9200 has three bands (2.4 Ghz, and 2 x 5 Ghz), which gives you a little bit more overhead in terms of wireless bandwidth; however, there are some small drawbacks that need to be considered.
There are so many options for gaming now – more than there have ever been. Folks that like to chill at home can purchase a console, or build a gaming PC, while those who spend time on the go can rely on their tablets, laptops, or portable gaming systems (3DS or Vita, for instance) to help fill their gaming needs. Of course, most people can’t afford every system that they might want – and sometimes, practicality dictates that a tablet is the best option for one’s all-around needs. But tablets like the iPad have some decent games, and have a screen large enough to counter the need to squint – plus, with a relatively cheap attachment, can output their screen contents to an HDTV or projector. The only thing lacking in terms of the console experience would be a nice, wireless controller – unless, of course, you happened to own a SteelSeries Stratus XL. SteelSeries sent us one of these devices to check out – and after spending some time with it, I have to say that this controller does nothing but add to the positive experience of gaming on iOS – and I’m not talking Angry Birds.
As time marches on, more people become wired (or wireless, as the case may be), which means that the number of devices in the average home is increasing. More devices means more charging, which can take up valuable electrical socket space. Couple that with the need for wired data transfers to a computer and, well, port real estate values rise. There is a neat product called the Hub IT Sync & Charge Station that deals with this inflation of need. Created by Eggtronic (Italy), this modular device can accommodate up to 7 wired devices for charging; and if you have a hand-held that conforms to the Qi (pronounced “chee”) standard of charging by induction, it can support that, too!
There are really two choices when considering the purchase of headphones: go big or go home. This may not sound like the most sage advice, seeing as most of us are not fabulously wealthy; but it does carry some merit. Skimping usually results in headphones that break too easily, usually due to cheap build quality – it also tends to mean robbing yourself of a better audio experience. Now, if you are super-careful and you don’t really care about audio quality, then there probably is no lower limit to your headphone budget. However, if you are someone who doesn’t mind spending more to get more, then you might want to consider a pair of ME03 in-ear headphones. Once again, New York’s Master & Dynamic (makers of the MH40) have merged form and function to create something truly special.