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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 01:21
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    Evolve PSP Faceplate Crystal Clear
    Manufacturer: Talismoon
    Site: Buy from Divineo US / Buy from Divineo China
    Price: $14.99


    Overview : It's time to get creative with the Talismoon Evolve series! Evolve for PSP are a refreshing blend of complete and easy to install faceplates to brighten up your mood and undoubtedly your PSP.

    At a period where customization is crucial, each evolve faceplate brings a special edition PSP into the range of everybody regardless of technical know-how.

    Quality/Usability : Packaging design is very thought out and cleaver. With the inclusion of an installation guide, torx wrench and screwdriver, installation would be very easy. The quality of build is top-notch. Talismoon has never disappointed anyone with their line of products. The faceplate fits perfectly on the PSP without any problems. They also included a set of buttons to be used instead of the original PSP buttons. The Crystal faceplate gives the PSP a whole new look. Not only can you see the parts and innards of PSP system, it makes the system stand out.

    If you like to modify your electronics, adding LEDs to this will make your PSP even hotter and more unique.

    Included:
    • 1x PSP Faceplate
    • 1x set of PSP diamond series buttons (original psp buttons can also be used)
    • 1x optimal precision jeweler's screwdriver
    • 1x illustrated installation diagrams
    • 1x unique polishing cloth


    Conclusion : Overall, the Evolve PSP Faceplate Crystal Clear is a great product. If you ever wanted a clear look to your PSP, this is the way to go. It even comes with clear buttons to match the faceplate. It would have been nice if they were able to print the words for POWER, MEMORY STICK icon and whatever else there is.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 01:21
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    Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter PSP
    Manufacturer: Griffin Technology
    Site: Buy from Griffin
    Price: $24.99

    Overview : Offering a sleek, slim design that slides securely onto the bottom of the PSP quickly and easily, without adding bulk, the iTrip’s easy to read display sends audio right to your radio. Rock your game, movies and music through your own home and car systems and you’ll never go back to the stock speakers.

    Technical Specifications :
    • Built-in antenna
    • Power requirement: 2 AA Batteries (included)
    • Modulation: FM Stereo
    • Frequencies: 88.1-107.9MHz
    • High stability crystal oscillator, phase-lock loop control
    • Frequency response: 50Hz to 15KHz
    • Operating range: 10-30 ft
    • Dimensions: 5.81" x 1.49" x .092" (147.7mm x 38mm x 23.4mm)
    • FCC compliant


    Quality/Usability : With Griffin being well known for their iPod accessories, Griffin decided to port their ever so popular iTrip for the iPod to the PSP.

    The design and sleek which matches the look of the PSP. The iTrip PSP runs on 2 AA batteries (included) which are located on the back. On the front, are three buttons which is used for your presets, an LED display to show you what station you are using, LX (stereo)/DX (monaural), -/+ buttons to select between stations and a SELECT Button.

    In order for the iTrip PSP to work, you have to select your frequency to a station where you hear nothing but static or silence, with no music in the background. Once the iTrip is plugged into the bottom of the PSP, you will need to change the frequency on the iTrip to that of the one on the radio.

    First you'll need to press the iTrip's "SELECT" button twice. This will flash the frequency numbers. To change the frequency, you'll have to press the - or + buttons. Once you have selected the frequency that matches the radio, press the "SELECT" button once to confirm.

    To store up to 3 frequency's, all you have to do is press the SELECT button once and choose either 1, 2 or 3 and hold down that corresponding button for 3 seconds. If you want to choose a preset frequence, just press the SELECT button once and then press either 1, 2 or 3 for the station you want.

    The iTrip lets you play in either Stereo (LX) or Monaural (DX) mode. To toggle between Stereo and Mono, you would press the SELECT button three times and the mode indicator (LX or DX) will flash. Press the + button to toggle between LX and DX. Once you have chosen a mode, press SELECT to confirm the change.

    Since the iTrip occupies the headphone jack and power plug, the bottom of the iTrip has what you would call, a pass-through port. Even with the iTrip connected, you can charge your PSP and listen to music. Unfortunately, it wont allow you to use a remote control headset and it will not charge the batteries in the iTrip.

    iTrip was tested both inside a house and in the car. If you have a car that does not let you manually scan for frequency, you'll have a problem as the car radio will only look for stations that has signal. With the iTrip connected the sound is clear coming out of the radio but as like any other FM transmitter, sound is very low and you will either have to raise the volume on your PSP and/or on your radio. Just remember that if you do raise the volume on your radio, to lower the volume before you disconnect the iTrip from the PSP.

    I must say though, even on the road whether its in a crowded area with tall building or in non-congested area, the quality is still clear. Whats great is that the RoadDock PSP fits well with it as the iTrip has a small groove that allows the RoadDock to somewhat clip onto it.

    Conclusion : Overall, the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter PSP does a great job of transferring sound to your radio. This comes in handy for those on long roadtrips where you want music from your PSP to be played through the speakers of your car. This can also become a nice little prank if someone you know is using a radio and you "intercept" their frequency and play something of yours. The iTrip unfortunately does not have a ON/OFF button and the LED display turns off automatically after a few seconds even when in use. It would have been nice if they did add one. Griffin also included a nice little pouch to store your iTrip. The pouch is a little big for it though.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 01:21
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    Capdase Alumor Metal & Silicone Case
    Manufacturer: Capdase
    Site: Buy from Play-Asia (grey) / Buy from Play-Asia (red) / Buy from Play-Asia (silver) / Buy from Play-Asia (blue) / Buy from Play-Asia (purle) / Buy from Play-Asia (pink) / Buy from Play-Asia (gold)
    Price: $14.90

    Overview : Capdase Metal hard cases for PSP have always been hot demanding products among stylish gamers worldwide. Taking the successful Alumor (Anodized Aluminum) case technology from iPod products, Capdase announced to launch the new hard cases for PSP. You protect your console first with a layer of Soft Jacket and then cover it up with the colorful and stylish metal hard case. Available in 7 different colors, Red, Blue, Purple, Grey, Silver, Gold and Pink.

    Features :
    • 2in1 excellent protection: Soft Jacket & anodized aluminium casing
    • Precisely molded case for perfect fitting
    • Detachable movie stand included for movie & picture viewing
    • Innovative "unbreakable screen cover" for total screen protection
    • Protects against drops, shocks, dust, dirt & scratches
    • Easy access to all controls & buttons
    • Attractive choice of colors to personalize your game console


    Quality/Usability : The Capdase Alumor Metal & Silicone case is a 2-in-1. Capdase decided to add a metal casing to their ever so popular silicone case for the PSP. The silicon case protects the PSP both front and back. The silicone case leaves the directional pad, analog stick and face buttons open except for the bottom row buttons. The Alumor also comes with a durable screen protector for the silicone case. On the back of the silicone case, there is an opening for easy access to your UMD tray. There are also openings for you to charge your PSP, power switch, WiFi switch, USB port and headphone jack.

    To insert your PSP into the silicone case, you must slide the PSP into the Soft Jacket. Once its in place, you can place the screen protector on top with the cushion side down.

    The Alumor case is made of metal. The metal case consists of two cases. To form the casing, place the front metal cover on top and push down onto the Soft Jacket. Then place the back cover on top and push down to ensure closure. Like the silicone case, the metal case has opening that are easily accessible to all buttons and ports. On the back of the metal case is a stand. This is great if you want to prop the PSP for easy viewing while watching a movie. The stand is also detachable. Unfortunately, the metal casing does not have an opening for the UMD tray. In order to swap games, you must remove the metal back casing.

    To remove the back casing, just push the front and back metal cover away from each other in the opposite direction.

    Conclusion : Overall, the Capdase Alumor Metal and Silicone case is a nice product. It feels comfortable in the hands. Its nice that you can have either the option of using just the silicone case or the silicone case with the metal case. You will not be able to use the metal case only as it is too loose for the PSP alone. It can be annoying having to remove the metal casing everytime you want to swap UMDs.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 01:21
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    PSP 3600mAh Battery Pack
    Manufacturer: Dragonplus
    Site : Buy from Brando
    Price: $20.00

    Overview : This battery pack provides 1800mAh of extra power for your PSP console, double the battery life and extend your play time.

    Features :
    • Extended to 3600mAh after installing the original battery
    • Extend your play time
    • Inner lithium battery
    • 1800mAh, 3.7V
    • Size : 72.8 x 47.8 x 31.3 mm
    • Weight : 59gm

    Quality/Usability : This isnt your normal external battery pack where you charge and than plug into your PSP. This one is actually like an attachment or an adapter (see pictures). Installation setup is easy and is just like you would place the PSP battery into the PSP..just that there is an extra attachment.

    Installation :
    • Open PSP battery cover
    • Take out PSP battery
    • Place PSP battery into battery pack
    • Place PSP battery cover onto battery pack
    • Place PSP battery pack into PSP system
    • Complete

    Unlike the other battery packs, there is no charging. You dont plug this into any adapters and there is no ON/OFF switch to conserve battery. Just simply place this inside the PSP's battery port and place the PSP battery into this battery pack and thats it.

    To remove the battery pack, there is a button that you press on top. Removing the battery itself is a little hard. I had to use a credit card to get pop it out. Other than that..the battery and battery pack fit snuggly in its place.

    The packaging of the battery claims you get up to 12 hours. Thats an additional 6-8 hours.

    Conclusion : This is a nice piece of an accessory. Blends in with the PSP nicely. It even accepts the PSP battery cover to cover the back. My only complaint is the size of it. Its kind of bulky, so it gets a little use to. Not to mention, if you're using a Logitech PlayGear Pocket, you wont be able to use the case at all due to the size of the battery pack. You'll either have to eliminate the use of the case or remove the battery pack each time you're not playing.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 01:03
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    Slappa Hardbody Complete Case
    Manufacturer: Slappa
    Site: Buy from Slappa
    Price: $29.99

    Overview : The HardBody PSP Complete Case features the same highly protective xEVA shell as SLAPPA's award-winning HardBody CD and DVD line. It offers a storage capacity capable of carrying a gamer's full PSP collection for home storage that is also highly portable for travel. A hand sewn UMD storage page holds 6 UMDs, while separate Velcro secured scubaprene storage bags are provided for protecting and storing PSP, extra UMDs, headphones and remote separately. The PSP Complete's design is rounded out with a rainproof zipper and dual rubber SLAPPA logo pulls for an all-inclusive and sleek PSP storage case.

    Features :
    • xEVA shell with graphite and patent PVC exterior
    • Large cargo net storage pocket inside case cover for storing extra PSP accessories
    • Storage divider with secure Velcro closure to hold products in place and prevent scratching
    • Super-soft, hand sewn UMD storage page with max. capacity of 6 discs

    Quality/Usability : This is pretty much an all in one carry case. Not only does it protect your PSP and all your games and accessories, it carries them all. The case itself features a graphite and patent PVC outer design over a xEVA HardBody shell. When you first open it, on the left side (underside of cover), is a cargo net storage where you can put your charger, headphones and other accessories. You have one divider that protects items from falling out of the cargo net storage area. The second divider is where you can store up to 6 UMDs. Each flap have velcros to prevent the flaps from moving and secures the UMDs in place.

    Conclusion : Overall, this is a well laid out design. Its convenient and very sturdy. This case is for those who carry lots of games and accessories with them and need them all in one spot. Considering the size is big, it would be nice to have a little hand or some sort to make carrying a little better.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 00:06
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    The PSP Emulator for Windows thats written in java gets yet another update:

    Heres whats new:

    Fix for "intBitsToFloat" problem in "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep - US - ULUS10505"

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:32
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    News via PSPIta

    One of the main attractions of the change in the console, is the ability to customize every aspect. Thanks to the continued work of the coder, this was made possible by the latest HEN. Among all is certainly interesting project developer NightStar3 which takes its name ZeroRCO Patcher . This is a plugin for 6.20 TN that allows you to load custom gameboot and RCO, which is to be Flash0 Memory Stick (a useful tool to avoid ruinous brick). ...
    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:29
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    News via PSPita

    PataPork, has released a new version, 1.3, PSPBriscola, the homebrew game developed in-LUA bearing the same name on our PSP Italian card game. This new release fixes some bugs in previous versions, add the English translation of the program and introduces the Audio, but it is still in beta.
    A complete changelog and follow the link to download.

    Changelog v1.3:

    Quote:

    - Added "Table Base Purple" at the selection tables (Thanks to Brian User)
    - Added "Table Base Blue" to the Selection Tables (Thanks to Brian User)
    - Added "Table Base Green" for the Selection Tables (Thanks to Brian User)
    - Fixate Cards Sarde, now appear well on the secondary tables (Thanks to Brian User)
    - Fixed the Multiplayer menu, now no longer an invisible voice
    - Fix Fixata description of Poker, is now described correctly
    - Added language selection (Menu Options)
    - Add English to languages
    - Added Language selection start homebrew (only for the first time)
    - Added sound when screenshots of win, draw and defeat in a game
    - Added the 'Audio' (Menu Options)
    - Added "Select Music" (Menu Options)
    - Added "Super Mario Theme" Selecting the Music
    - Added a "Relaxation Theme" Selecting the Music
    - Added "No Theme" Selecting the Music
    - Added a prototype for the AdHoc mode (On a totally non functional)
    - Added the "Dream Table" to the Selection Tables ...
    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:16
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    XCM USB Vbox2 Advanced
    Manufacturer: XCM
    Site: Buy from Play-Asia / Buy from ConsoleSource / Buy from GoldenShop / Buy from Amazon.com
    Price: $85.00

    3x RCA RGB Component Video Splitter
    Site: Buy from Amazon.com

    3 RCA RGB Component Video Cable
    Site: Buy from Amazon.com (3.3ft Monster Cable) / Buy from Amazon.com (6ft Generic)


    Overview : Enable video game play on your laptop, netbook and desktop.

    Fully Compatible with Xbox 360™, Wii™, PS3™/PS2™, PSP 2000/3000 series™, Xbox™ GameCube™ or any device with component output. You can record gameplay, movie or take a screenshot of the gameplay to the hard drive so you can edit, use it as a wallpaper or record your gameplay for analysis. Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

    Feature :
    • Crystal Clear Picture Screen.
    • Supports USB 2.0. Plug and play. Does not require any configuration
    • Supports Streaming Video. Can be stored in multiple formats including: (MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4/AVI/VCD/DVD/SVCD)
    • Supports multiple picture file formats such as JPEG and GIF.
    • Supports multiple input formats such as (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)
    • Auto playback allows you to store in game action to your PC/laptop)
    • Display settings can be adjusted such as Brightness/Contrast/Image Sharpness/Fullness/Color
    • Supports Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems

    Quality/Usability : Whether you're a game reviewer or a gamer who just wants to record their gameplay to show off to friends, post on the web or even capture the greatest moments, you would need to point your camera at your TV or connect your consoles to a capture video card on your computer. XCM has released the Vbox2 Advanced. This is an updated version of XCM V-box for the Wii. The Vbox2 Advanced works not only for the Wii but for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP 2000/3000, Original Xbox and GameCube.

    The Vbox2 Advanced comes in a well built, white shell and a fairly small adapter. The USB cord is approximately 3 feet long. In order for this to work and to set it up, your computer needs to be near the consoles or you can use a laptop/netbook. This will not work on MAC's as the software works only on Windows Vista, XP and Windows 7. The driver and software can be downloaded at here. Some other system requirements are support for Direct X9.0 or higher version of AGP video card, Pentium 4 1.8GHz or higher, Centrino 1.4 GHz or higher, 256MB RAM, USB 2.0, Harddrive space (200MB for software, 1GB or more for recording space depending on length of record and file format.

    Installation is very easy. Its like any other computer program. Simply download the driver from the link above and save it to you desktop. Once downloaded, extract the file. Double click on the file named "Vbox2 Advanced DRIVER.exe". Follow the prompts and at the end, it will require to restart your computer. Once your computer has rebooted from the restart, now its time to install the software. Double click on the file named "Vbox2 Advanced.msi" which is in the same folder as the driver. Follow the prompts and at the end, it will require you to restart your computer again. Once the computer has rebooted and the installation has been installed, there will now be a new icon on your desktop.

    The first time you plug in the Vbox2 Advanced to the USB port on your computer, it will pop up with a message showing "Found New Hardware - USB 28165 device" and than "Found New Hardware - Your new hardware is installed and ready to use". Typical for any USB device being used for the first time. Now that the device has been found and ready to use, you can double click on the new Vbox2 Advanced icon. Double clicking on the icon will load up the software and will display the Vbox2 Advanced splash screen and sound clip. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Before disconnecting your console from your TV, be sure to set the consoles resolution to 480i/576i or 480p/576p. This is the only way the Vbox2 will recognize the signal from the console. If you dont and you just plug the cables to the Vbox2 Advanced, you'll get nothing but static or black screen.

    Once you have set the correct resolution on the console, you can unplug the component cable from your TV and plug it into the Vbox2 Advanced. To display your console on the software, you will need to click on the camcorder icon (Switch to Media Viewer Mode) under viewer. A new set of toolbar icons will show underneath. Under "Select" click on "Device Options". This will show a window with "Video Format...", "Video Setting...", "Video Source", "Audio Format..." and "Audio Capture Pin...". Select "Video Source", it will show another window with "PAL", "NTSC", "480i/576i" and "480p/576p". From here, you will select the resolution of your console.

    There are so many things you can do such as record your gameplay, take snapshots of your gameplay, play in full screen. You can even save a profile with your settings.

    Videos below is to show you how to set up the Vbox2 Advanced with many consoles:
    Microsoft Xbox 360


    PlayStation 3 PS3


    Nintendo Wii


    Nintendo GameCube


    PlayStation 2 PS2


    PlayStation Portable PSP 2000/3000
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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:15
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    XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box
    Manufacturer: XCM
    Site: Buy from Play-Asia / Buy from Divineo China / Buy from Divineo France / Buy from ConsoleSource / Buy from Amazon
    Price: $79.90-120.00


    Overview : Connect any Component Video source to any VGA monitor for the best resolution possible! Supports up to 1080p HDTV resolution! New sleek design.

    Features :
    • Supports PC video display resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200 @ 75 Hz) or HD TV (up to 1920 x 1080)
    • Supports 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p
    • Display pictures from your console (Game Cube, Playstation 2, Xbox, PSP Slim, Wii , Xbox 360, Playstation 3) on your PC monitor (up to 1600 x 1200) or HDTV (up to 1920 x 1080)
    • Supports SDTV, HDTV, XGA, SXGA, and UXGA video formats.
    • Works on both PAL & NTSC systems.
    • Easy Plug and play installation.
    • Connect any compatible YPbPr (component video) device to your VGA monitor via Integrated YPbPr to RGBHV converter.
    • Applications: TFT LCD monitor, CRT monitor, Set-top box, Display projector
    • Works on LCD TFT monitors
    • Video output: VGA
    • Automatic video source mode detection (film/graphic)
    • Motion-adaptive interfiled de-interlacing
    • Uses the power from your USB port, no extra power supply needed!

    Quality/Usability : I dont like to have lots of wires dangling or have to constantly plug/unplug cables so I opted to use the XCM Multi-Console Component Cable v3. The XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box is housed in a sturdy chrome casing with component cable input, VGA input and output, stereo speaker input and USB power input. The top of the XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box contains a SOURCE button as well as directional pads. The SOURCE button lights up when in use (blue for component and green for VGA) and allows you to switch between your computer/laptop or consoles. The directional pads allows you to change resolution and frequency on your monitor.

    Below is a video of the Mega Cool VGA Box being used with the Multi-Console Component Cable.


    I connected my PSP Slim, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Dell computer to the Mega Cool VGA Box and to my Dell 24" 1080p Widescreen monitor. All worked flawlessly without a problem. Pictures displayed just like it would on a TV/monitor. There were no lags or distortions. I liked that you were able to change the resolution and refresh rate from the VGA box rather than going through all the menus on your monitor/TV. What I dont like however is that it only supports 1 component cable. Luckily, I have the multi-console cable but others might not and this may be an annoyance.

    When switching devices, it does not remember the display resolution. So you'll have to go and change it each time. Its not a big problem but would be nice if it remembered the previous setting. I like the fact that it gets it power through the USB. Having multiple consoles, TV, satellite box, computer and other devices plugged in, I am running out of sockets in the surge protector. So using a USB port from either the Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 or PC is a PLUS in my book. If you're not using that device that the VGA box is connected to, it wont be powered. So you'll have to turn it on.

    Conclusion : Overall, the XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box works great but as mentioned, it only allows for one component input. So if you have a PS3, Wii and Xbox 360, you can only connect one. If you want to play a different console, you'll have to unplug the cable and insert the other one. If you're like me and want to make your life easier, I suggest looking into XCM Multi-Console Component Cable v3. One cable that has all the connections for all consoles. When you want to use that console, just move the switch to that corresponding console and you're ready to go. No unplugging or plugging needed.

    Would be nice if this was extended to incorporate additional component cables and turned into maybe a selector?

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