Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset

Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset
Posted on January 4, 2008 by Sean Potter | Audio
Saitek was founded in 1979, and entered the PC gaming controller market in 1993. All these products are designed by gamers for gamers, to help them get the best out of their favorite PC games. A few days ago, we looked at their Obsidian Wireless Mouse, and today we're looking at one of its latest products: the Cyborg 5.1 Headset. The Cyborg range is the latest in their gamer-centric product line, using the slogan "the ultimate man/machine interface".

Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse

Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse
Posted on December 29, 2007 by Sean Potter | Mouse and Keyboard
Saitek was founded in 1979, and entered the PC gaming controller market in 1993. All these products are designed by gamers for gamers, to help them get the best out of their favourite PC games. Today we'll be looking at their Obsidian Wireless Mouse, which they claim is the ultimate rechargeable wireless mouse. The Obsidian has two separate rechargable batteries, and features a touch-sensitive scrolling mechanism.

GMC C-50 Slim ATX Case

GMC C-50 Slim ATX Case
Posted on December 18, 2007 by Sean Potter | Cases
The GMC C-50 Case is a slim ATX case. By slim, we mean that the case is thinner than an optical drive is wide (5.25 inches). The CD-ROM bay is positioned vertically, so when the case is layed on it's side it qualifies as a desktop. Thankfully, even with the smaller dimensions, this case still fits a full size ATX powersupply and ATX Motherboard. Read on to get the details of this case that you can't yet get in the United States!

Extending uShare with RC Scripts

Posted on November 19, 2007 by Sean Potter | Entertainment, HTPC, Gentoo, uPnP
n my earlier entry on uShare, I took a look at installing and using uShare. I'll spare you the introduction to uShare and get to the point of this writing. If you're unfamiliar with uShare, then by all means, read our review. In the article, I discussed creating an rc-script for uShare in Gentoo, to automate the process of starting and stopping it. This is beginning of a series of articles on how to package an application for Gentoo's Portage. I'm going to start by creating a more advanced rc-script than what I wrote earlier.

Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound

Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound
Posted on November 9, 2007 by Sean Potter | Cooling
Years ago, I remember buying many Sunbeam-branded cold cathode fluorescent lights (CCFL). Since that time, they've expanded their product offers several times over. You can find cases, power supplies, keyboards, and more all bearing the Sunbeam name. Tuniq is a new divison of Sunbeam, and they offer many similar products, but with a much more enthusiast-like focus. They sent us some of their new thermal compound, Tuniq TX-2.

Using the XBox 360 as an HTPC with uShare

Posted on October 16, 2007 by Sean Potter | Entertainment, HTPC, uPnP
uShare is UPnP (TM) A/V & DLNA Media Server. It implements the server component that provides UPnP media devices with information on available multimedia files. uShare uses the built-in http server of libupnp to stream the files to clients. Originally, uShare was developed for use with GeeXboX, a LiveCD version of Linux aiming at turning PCs into small Home Theatre systems. We'll save our thoughts on GeeXboX for another time, but we do want to look into uShare. We discovered uShare as an way of connecting Microsoft's XBox360 to a Linux PC.

OCZ Rally2 in Linux Software RAID0

OCZ Rally2 in Linux Software RAID0
Posted on September 20, 2007 by Sean Potter | Memory / Storage
With Solid-State Drives (SSD) on the verge of mass consumer adoption, we're left wondering what kind of performance we're going to see from these drives. We already know SSD's require less power than drives with moving parts, but what kind of performance gains will we see? To get an idea, we took one the faster drives on the market, the OCZ Rally2, and ran it through our benchmarking process. To make things more interesting (and see how much performance we could squeeze from the technology, we're using two drives later in this article to use the drives in a RAID0 configuration.

Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800

Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800
Posted on September 9, 2007 by Sean Potter | Memory / Storage
The Ballistix Tracer memory is being advertised specifically for enthusiasts and case modders. Not only does the RAM feature lower latency, but it's got LEDs built into it as well! More on the LEDs later, though. This RAM is meant to please everyone!

Thermaltake Soprano DX

Thermaltake Soprano DX
Posted on August 28, 2007 by Sean Potter | Cases
We've got the Thermaltake Soprano DX on our bench today.The name Soprano, much like Antec's Sonata, makes us think of something cheap and quiet. This cases is something of a little brother to the Thermaltake Tsunami line, as they both feature similar designs, but different materials and hardware. The Soprano is considered an entry-level case. It's a perty piece of hardware sitting on our desks, but does bring us the quality case Thermaltake is known for? Let's find out!

Ratpadz XT

Ratpadz XT
Posted on August 18, 2007 by Sean Potter | Mouse and Keyboard
When it comes to mousepads, most gamer's will tell you the best is Ratpadz. Ratpadz has been dedicated to making gaming mousepads since 1999, and was one of the innovators for the mousepad surface industry. Now, Ratpadz original mousepad has been re-released as the Ratpadz XT. We're going to be looking at how the Ratpadz XT performs in everyday computing, gaming, and it's durability.