Subject: Systems | July 13, 2011 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: wireless, htpc, hdmi
At its heart the VStream WPCTV1080H is comprised of an L-shaped USB 2.0 dongle for your PC and a second dongle which plugs into the base station which also has a power cord and HDMI plug. This setup, along with a 2.4GHz dual core processor, is intended to transmit up to a 1080p signal wirelessly from the computer with the dongle to the base station and on to your TV. The Tech Report gave the $120 VStream a try and found that the bandwidth available over USB 2.0 caused some problems, ranging from dropped frames and colour banding when watching movies to nasty aliasing on 2D application, especially when they tried using it to connect to a 24 " monitor and used it to browse the web. Lets hope there is a USB 3.0 version in the works, or even a wireless DisplayPort model.
"This $120 adapter promises to output 1080p video wirelessly via nothing more than a USB dongle. Does it fulfill its promise, and is it worth the money?"
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Elgato HDHomeRun HDHR3 Dual Tuner Review @MissingRemote
- ASRock CoreHT 252B Sandy Bridge HTPC @ Tweaktown
- Remote Potato HD for the iPad Review @MissingRemote
- AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2011 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: mouse, wireless, gaming, gigabyte
Gigabyte has joined in the attempts of many companies to convince gamers that wireless mice are cool. With 50 hours of battery life and 6500DPI sensor the Aviva M8600 sounds good on paper but until you get it on the mat you will never know how well it performs. Hardware Secrets were certainly impressed by its ambidexterity, they were just as uncomfortable using it with the left hand as with the right. No complaints about input lag though.
"Gamers usually shun wireless peripherals, always wary of a possible energy loss. No one wants to rummage around for a cable and lose an online match. With that in mind, Gigabyte has released a wireless gaming-grade mouse with a long lasting 50 hour battery that comes with an extra battery that you can rapidly switch. Besides those characteristics, the Aivia M8600 reaches 6,500 DPI and features a design for both right- and left-handed users, plus ten reprogrammable buttons. Let's talk first about its physical aspects and then test its wireless operation."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft Express Mouse @ Maximum CPU
- Roccat Kone [+] Review @ t-break
- ROCCAT Alumic Gaming Mousepad Review @ Madshrimps
- Razer Onza Tournament Edition Controller Review @ t-break
- Razer Onza Tournament Edition XBOX 360 Controller Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ HardwareHeaven
Subject: Displays | May 2, 2011 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: widi, wireless, hd, 1080p, stream
Wireless video streaming is nothing new to PC Perspective, in 2010 we saw Intel's WiDi technology and Ryan was streaming 1080p Iron Man using the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI card (aka Little Cthulhu). A new way to achieve the same results is with the brite-View Air SyncHD which Missing Remote just reviewed. Read on to see if this is worth ~$230 of your hard earned money.
"If wirelessly transmitting a Blu-ray stream (which tops out around 50mbps) is questionable, transmitting uncompressed 1080p/60 video seems downright impossible. Yet, that is exactly what brite-View claims to do with their Air SyncHD transmission kit. In a nutshell, the brite-View Air SyncHD transmission kit promises to wirelessly bridge an HDMI source device and HDMI receiving device, freeing you to place the devices anywhere within the system’s wireless range. Further, the system manages to send 1080p/60 video, audio and infrared (IR) with less than one millisecond latency up to 66 feet. It sounds great on paper, but can it deliver?"
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- AOC e2343F2 LED Monitor Review @ t-break
- ASUS ML248H 24” Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Sony Bravia KDL-46EX720 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Samsung UN46D6400 Review @ TechReviewSource
Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2011 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, mouse, keyboard, mouse pad, touch mouse, wireless, roundup
The touch mouse is a species very different from gaming mice, eschewing total size as well as the number of buttons to provide a very mobile but still functional mouse. The main solution that these mice use is to incorporate the functionality of a touch pad, like those found on laptops, directly onto the mouse. TechSpot grabbed three of the main contenders, Microsoft’s Arc Touch, Mad Catz's Eclipse, and SpeedLink’s Cue Wireless Multitouch to see how well these mice do the job.
"When it comes to input peripherals and more specifically pointing devices, the options available to the end user are near limitless. Our most recent mouse reviews and roundups have had a heavy focus on gamers and enthusiasts, but it’s important to remember that not everyone falls into these particular demographics.
Today we'll be looking at three mice that aren’t necessarily as high-end or feature-packed as some we have previously tested. These wireless mice are smaller and simpler in what they entail, yet they all feature one distinct characteristic – touch sensitivity."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review @ Techgage
- Roccat Kova Plus @ OC3D
- CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse @ Metku.net
- CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Thermaltake Azurues Gaming Mouse @ Overclockers Online
- Roccat Alumic Gaming Mousepad @ OC3D
- Thermaltake TTeSports CONKOR and DASHER Mouse Pads Review @ Madshrimps
- Thermaltake Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard @ Overclockers Online
- Steelseries Spectrum 5XB @ XSReviews
- Xbox 360 Special Edition Controller Review @ t-break
- Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad @ Metku.net