Hardware


Reviews
Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 20th, 2015

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‎If you have never had the chance to use a gaming mouse, you don’t know what you are missing (yes, even if you are not a “gamer”). Gaming mice tend to be more comfortable than your typical run-of-the-mill pointing devices; on top of that, they are also very precise. Though they carry a higher price point than their “plain” cousins, I think that they more than make up for this thanks to their high level of tracking and durability. For those that still are unconvinced, you can take the plunge with the relatively inexpensive Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse. Not only is it easy on the wallet, it is also a surprisingly capable interface for gaming and non-gaming applications.

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Reviews
Asus Republic of Gamers
Gladius Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 6th, 2015

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‎It has been a while since we reviewed a mouse – but there are always new offerings to help gamers refine their gaming experience. ASUS has been pushing their Republic of Gamers (ROG) line over the last year (see our review of the G20), with their optical Gladius Gaming Mouse being a promising entry in the interface space. Aside from the testosterone-laden reference to warriors from ancient Rome, the Gladius is a solid contender with great performance and some neat features that enable a fair amount of customization.

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Impressions
The New Nintendo 3DS XL

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 6th, 2015

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‎Anytime a new Nintendo hand-held hits the market, it’s like a mini-Christmas. With the announcement of the New Nintendo 3DS XL that hits the North American market next week (on February 12 – only the XL version will be available at this time), folks are wondering whether or not to make the jump to the new system from whatever version that they currently have now. The answer to that question depends on what your priorities are – and it is also based on what you currently own. Advice aside, as a standalone piece of hand-held gaming technology, this latest edition is pretty amazing and definitely worth at least a look.

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Reviews
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 3rd, 2015

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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”.

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Reviews
Linksys EA9200 AC3200
Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 1st, 2015

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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.

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Reviews
SteelSeries Stratus XL
Wireless Controller

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 31st, 2015

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​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.

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Reviews
Hub IT
Sync & Charge Station

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 30th, 2015

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‎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!

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