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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:08
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    iPorter xSD Memory Card Holder
    Manufacturer: ePorter
    Site: Buy from ePorter
    Price: $9.95/2 pack

    Overview : The iPorter xSD fits the SD, MS Duo, MMC, xD and other smaller form cards. The exterior resembles a digital camera image. The interior holds 3 cards. The iPorter xSD is great for the photographer on the go who doesn't have time or equipment immediately available to download on the road until they get back from their excursion or photo shoot.

    The ePorter products are perfect for the cards, as they fit easily in your pocket along with your keys. They do not take up a lot of room in your camera bag, yet they are large enough to prevent the cards from getting lost.

    The products are also great tools that allow you to cary an extra card for your PDA program or swap the card in your MP3 player to get new music.

    Features :
    • Holds 3 Memory Cards
      - Secure Digital (SD)
      - xD Picture Card (xD)
      - Memory Stick Duo (MSD)
      - Multimedia Card (MMC)
      - MMC Reduced Size
    • Protects cards
      - Anti Static Additive to reduce risk of shock and dust collection
      - Prevents loss
      - Can be used as a mailer to protect media
    • Holds Cards of different formats or sizes
    • Maximum Portability
      - Fits on key chain or zipper
      - Small form factor
    • Keeps spare cards accessible
    • Low cost
    • Great logo / Promotional product idea

    Quality/Usability : The item does its job. It protects your memory cards whether its SD, xD, Pro Duo/Duo or MMC. Its made of plastic so its very light and wont add extra weight to your keys. The case flips open pretty much like book or diary where it has that locking mechanism. Upon opening it, you will see three "sleeves". These sleeves are where you place your memory cards. To hold them in place are little "clamps". Pretty much the same thing that holds PS2 and PSP manuals in place in their respective cases.

    When you place the memory cards in the "sleeve", it is held pretty well and doesnt move around at all. Even if you shake it, it still in place. You can use this for memory cards such as your Pro Duo/Duo for your PSP or your SD/xD/MMC cards for your digital camera, PDA or cellphone.

    iPorter xSD comes in four different colors: Brown, Grey, Green and Blue. Currently they are sold in packs of two. You can either purchase two of the same colors or one of each color.

    Conclusion : Overall, this is a great item to have if you have multiple memory cards to carry around. Its light weight and small. My only complaint is that everything is made of plastic. My only fear is that eventually when you keep opening and bending the hinges over and over again, the hinges tend to get weaker and weaker and will break sooner or later (like any other plastic items out there). This can happen to the case itself (hinges), the locking mechanism or the "sleeve" that holds the memory cards.


    *UPDATE* - Response from CEO (James Porter)

    As a note, I have tried a couple of things to test the strength. The hinge is called a living hinge, and can withstand thousands of bends. Each sleeve has a hinge as well, that initially is rigid, but softens up apon use. I have tested it to over 1000 openings and closings. I have also stepped on them, with my full weight resting on them. They maintain their shape.

    One other test I did was drive over them in both my car and my 4x4 truck (it weighs 3 tons). The hinge did not break in either test. Rather remarkable for plastic.

    Thanks,
    JP
    If you would like to run the case over with your car or SUV to test the strength and durability, feel free to. Just know that ePorter nor DCEmu is held reliable for any damages to your case.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:08
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    Kingmax microSD to Pro Duo Adapter
    Manufacturer: Kingmax
    Site: Buy from Brando
    Price: $17.00

    Overview : Transform microSD into Memory Stick Duo

    Features :
    • Ideal for use in small digital devices
    • Transform microSD into Memory Stick PRO Duo format
    • Compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo device e.g. PSP


    Specifications :
    • Form factor:
    • MS PRO Duo adapter: 31(w) x 20(H) x 1.6(D)mm
    • Operating Voltage: 2.7V~3.6V
    • Weight Aggrox. 1g


    Quality/Usability : Some of you have probably heard about this unique adapter. The Kingmax microSD to Pro Duo Adapter allows you to use your microSD card, also known as TransFlash, in your electronic devices that uses Pro Duo such as Sony Ericsson cellphones and your Sony PSP.

    Prices of microSD are fairly cheap and are the size of a thumbnail. If you can find the right deal, you can get a 1GB microSD card for free or for $10. The bigger the storage, the higher the price. This is a great alternative to having to buy a 1GB Pro Duo card.

    Slipping the microSD card into the Pro Duo adapter is like any other adapter whether its Pro Duo to Memory Stick adapter, microSD to SD adapter and so on. Removing it is the same as well.

    Once a microSD card is inserted, reading and writing is about the same as if it was a Pro Duo. I used Brando 55 in 1 Card Reader/Writer and the speeds of reading/writing to the card is fairly quick.

    I tried the adapter both in my Sony PSP and Sony Ericsson w810i. I tested this with a SanDisk, PNY and US Modular 1GB microSD cards. In both devices, they both read the adapter without a problem. Listening to music and playing videos did not show any signs of slow down. With regards to playing games on the PSP, I didnt notice any slow downs or lags.

    Conclusion : Overall, the Kingmax microSD to Pro Duo Adapter is great if you have microSD cards laying around the house. The speed of reading and writing is as fast as a normal Pro Duo card. Luckily, the price of microSD cards are cheap so it makes a good alternative to the Pro Duo card. Currently, the highest microSD card available is 2GB.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:08
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    ZAGG invisibleSHIELD Macbook
    Manufacturer: invisibleSHIELD
    Site: Buy from invisibleSHIELD
    Price: $54.95 (full body coverage); $39.95 (standard coverage); $24.95 (wrist rest coverage); $17.95 (battery coverage)


    Overview : Your search for a(n) Apple MacBook 13 inch case, skin, or cover is now over. The invisibleSHIELD™ is an exceptionally clear and virtually indestructible film that will protect your MacBook 13 inch from unsightly scratches. Our exclusive nano-memory™ technology covers and shields your device, keeping it as pristine as the day you took it out of the box.

    The precision pre-cut invisibleSHIELD applies directly to your MacBook 13 inch, providing the toughest, most durable protection you will find. The invisibleSHIELD has its origins in the military, where it was used to protect high-speed helicopter blades from dust, dirt and debris. Now you can use that same powerful technology to protect your MacBook 13 inch.

    The invisibleSHIELD is only .2 millimeters thick making it the slimmest MacBook 13 inch skin or MacBook 13 inch cover of its kind. It is so tough that we back it with a lifetime guarantee. So, if it ever does wear or scratch, we will replace it for free, for the life of your device. And if you ever need to remove the invisibleSHIELD, no problem; it comes off clean and leaves no sticky residue.

    If you're still not convinced, check out our demo video and see for yourself how strong the invisibleSHIELD™ really is.

    Features:
    • Full Body coverage: Top, bottom, wrist rest, track pad and mouse button(s).
    • Standard coverage: Top, wrist rest, track pad and mouse button(s).
    • Wrist Rest coverage: Wrist Rest only.
    • Battery coverage: Battery only.

    Quality/Usability : I thought I would spice up the reviews with something not gaming related.

    I've been wanting to protect my 13.3" Black Macbook from scratches or marks and possibly give it that glossy look but still keep its cool black color. Since its black, its more visible and noticeable if it there was a blemish so I thought I'd give ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD for the 13" Macbook a try. You've probably have either heard of invisibleSHIELD or seen some form of their advertisement such as key scratching ipod, pen trying to go through invisibleSHIELD. They protect everything from your precious iPods, to cellphones to cameras and even your PSP.

    invisibleSHIELD comes in a cardboard tube. Inside the tube are two complimentary bottled solutions (just water), squeegee, instructions and 3 invisibleSHIELD sheets. One sheet contains the cover, second sheet contains the battery and bottom and the third sheet contains the wrist rest, button and trackpad. All invisibleSHIELD products are clear giving you the ultimate protection without changing the looks.

    I've installed numerous DecalGirl skins on consoles and those were easy. Even if you messed up, peeling and reapplying was easy. So I thought this would be a walk through the park....boy was I wrong. First, they suggest washing your hands so that your fingerprints arent all over the sticky side of the invisibleSHIELD. OK, I have no problem with that. Next, spray your fingerstips with the SHIELDspray (its just regular water) and peel the invisibleSHIELD off the paper backing. Once peeled off, hold the invisibleSHIELD in your hands with the adhesive side up. Lightly spray the front (instructions states to spray back also, why? I dont know) of the invisibleSHIELD. DO NOT spray on the laptop itself. Once you have applied water to the invisibleSHIELD. Apply it to your laptop and slide it into place. STOP! What they didnt mention is that this method is for glossy Macbook's. My Black Macbook is matte. Its not glossy like the white ones. Had it been glossy, installation would have been a lot smoother. So sliding into place on a matte surface would be very hard to do as the invisibleSHIELD grips onto the matte casing. Since I can not slide into place, I had to lift up the invisibleSHIELD. Use the squeegee to push the excess moisture and bubbles away from the center to the edges. Again, it was impossible with the Black Macbook.

    Since I'm a perfectionist and a bit anal when it comes to things like this, I had to lift and re-align the invisibleSHIELD multiple times on the cover. Just when I thought I had it, it was uneven. So I had to take the whole part off and reapply. Doing this also stretched out the invisibleSHIELD. So when I finally had it aligned correctly on three sides of the cover. The fourth side was too long. No way for me to even it out.

    The battery was easier as the invisibleSHIELD piece was small and easier to handle. Same goes for the rest of the bottom invisibleSHIELD. But you would think that the wrist rest, button and trackpad would be even easier. Wrong. The illustrated image at the top from invisibleSHIELD shows that the wrist/trackpad area should be four piece. The piece I received was one big piece. I couldnt even take the trackpad or button piece off. You can see the indentation or semi-cut out but was unable to remove it or ...
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    iSkin SOHO Macbook Sleeve Case
    Manufacturer: iSkin
    Site: Buy from iSkin
    Price: $59.99 (For 13" MacBook or Similar Sized PC Laptop); $64.99 (For 15" MacBook Pro or Similar Sized PC Laptop)


    Overview :
    It's what's inside that counts.
    On the go with your laptop means keeping it safe and the iSkin SOHO does just that. With elegant style and cool colors, SOHO features a multi-layered design to absorb the hits and dings that would normally damage your laptop.

    MacBook, meet your match.
    Made for the MacBook and Macbook Pro, the SOHO's distinguished good looks, coupled with legendary iSkin fit and finish, makes it the perfect accessory for your laptop and your outfit. It also fits PC's with similar dimensions.

    Right down to the zipper.
    Zipping around town means you need quick access to your computer. The SOHO features an iSkin designed ergonomic zipper that's easy to grab and pull. It also looks great!

    Look good anywhere.
    Combined with the iSkin ProTouch Keyboard Protector, the SOHO is ideal for students, business users and just about anyone who prefers to be anywhere but at a desk. It also makes a great heat barrier when using your MacBook on your lap.

    Features:
    • Specifically made for Apple MacBook / MacBook Pro
    • Works with similar sized PC laptops
    • Slim two-tone design
    • Colored stitching
    • Simulated premium leather finish
    • Reinforced, durable, outer shell
    • Color-matching, plush padded lining
    • Sure-grip custom iSkin designed zipper pull
    • Clam-shell design for easy access to laptop
    • Inner elastic screen straps
    • Multi-layered construction
    • Stylish yet elegant
    • Reinforced spine
    • Available in a variety of color styles

    Specifications:
    For MacBook or similar PC
    Length: 13" (33cm)
    Width: 9" (23cm)
    Depth: 1" (4cm)

    For MacBook Pro or similar PC
    Length: 14.1" (36cm)
    Width: 9.6" (25cm)
    Depth: 1" (4cm)


    Available in a variety color combinations:
    • Amazon: Black with Pink
    • Graphite: Black with Grey
    • Magnum: Black with Red
    • Sahara: Black with Orange
    • Azure: Black with Blue

    Quality/Usability : I have been on a hunt to find that perfect notebook sleeve to carry my Macbook instead of lugging around my North Face laptop backpack. I didnt want anything too bulky and simple but at the same time, being stylish. iSkin's SOHO seems to fit the bill. iSkin is known for the iPod cases and their PSP carry cases.

    The iSkin SOHO is made of black "premium synthetic leather" with colored stitching and colored lining all around. The outer hard shell and inner lining protects your precious laptop from everyday hazards such as minor scratches, bumps and spills. The sides where the zipper is located does not offer much protection like the outer hard shell but dont worry, the zipper does not touch laptop either as it is also lined. The zipper contains a iSkin logo but it would have been nice if it included two zippers instead of one. The SOHO also protects your lap from the heat coming from the bottom of your notebook.

    What I also like about the SOHO compared to some other sleeves on the market is that you can use your notebook while its in the sleeve since it has two elastic bands on the top of the case. So when you open the SOHO, the lid of your notebook also opens at the same time. The inner lining is the same color as the zipper and stitching and also has "iSkin" imprinted all over.

    The SOHO fits perfectly around the Macbook without adding much bulk but still giving ample protection at the same time. You can also place this into a carry bag or backpack without a problem. But I feel that the SOHO is mainly aimed towards Apple laptops rather than PC laptops.

    CAUTION: Remove the laptop from the SOHO while connected to an external monitor or when used for extended periods of time. iSkin is not responsible for damage caused to your laptop when used with this product.

    Conclusion : Overall, the iSkin SOHO Macbook Sleeve Case is great for any college student or a freelancer like me who meets clients every so often. Its elegant and nothing too flashy or fancy on the eyes. Since this is a sleeve case, there are no additional pockets and no strap, so holding it may cause you to drop it. So if you carrying a mouse, charger and other accessories with you, you'll need to carry a bag with you. I no longer have to expose my Macbook to potential damage and its easier to use on public transportation. Its so convenient...just unzip and open. No more removing laptop from sleeve and having to shove it back in when I'm done or rushing to get off train/bus. Just close and zip it up. Although its probably the best looking and best protecting case, the price will hurt your wallet compared to others out there. Its either spend a little bit extra and know you're getting protection or take the risk of buying something cheaper and potentially damaging your laptop and having to buy a new one later on.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:02
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    Neuros OSD Linux Media Recorder
    Manufacturer: Neuros Technology
    Site: Buy from Amazon.com
    Price: $229.99


    Overview : The Neuros OSD allows you to store and access all your video when, where, and how you want. It connects right to your TV and allows you to record from any video source that uses the familiar red, white and yellow RCA jacks.

    With the Neuros OSD, you avoid proprietary lock-in by creating standard format MP4 files that you can play back virtually anywhere (on your TV via the OSD or directly on PCs and portable devices like the iPod™, iPhone™, PSP™ and Blackberry™). Likewise, the Neuros OSD allows you to record directly to whatever storage you want. Typically, this means attaching a USB external hard drive (not included), but recording is also supported over a home network directly to your PC's hard drive, as well as to network attached storage drives and memory cards. Once recorded, you can easily transfer to portables and watch on the go or anywhere.

    Specifications :
    Video Standard
    • Compatible with NTSC, Pal and Secam (input only) standards

    Video Recording
    • ISO Standard MPEG-4 SP encoding (MP4, ASF)
    • QVGA (320x240) @30fps with AAC-LC/MP3/G.726 audio for smartphones, PSP™, iPod™, iPhone™ and PDA’s.
    • VGA setting (640x480) @30fps for PC, TV playback.

    Video Player
    • MPEG-4 SP with MP3 audio, 30fps up to D1 resolution (720x480)
    • Quicktime 6
    • MPEG-4 AAC-LC stereo
    • MP4 format at up to D1 resolution
    • H.263 with MP3 audio
    • FLV (for Playback of YouTube videos)
    • ASF
    • AVI (including Divx and Xvid)
    • MP4
    • WMV (up to QVGA)
    • MOV
    • MPG
    • MPEG

    YouTube browser
    • Watch YouTube videos on your TV
    • Search the entire Youtube library using keywords
    • build a list with all your favorite videos

    Photo Viewer
    • JPEG decoder (baseline up to 32M pixel)
    • BMP
    • GIF (nonanimated)
    • Thumbnail view
    • Zoom in/out (2x, 4x)

    Audio Player
    • Stereo MP3/WMA @ 30-320kbps (CBR & VBR)
    • Ogg Vorbis
    • FLAC
    • WAV
    • Stereo MPEG-4 AAC-LC
    • G.726

    Features
    • Schedule (timer) recording
    • Customizable slide shows
    • One-click record
    • IR Blaster to control your set-top box
    • Run 3rd party applications

    USB Host
    • Record to and playback content from any USB mass storage device

    Ethernet
    • Connect to your network
    • Save recordings to network storage
    • UPnP support
    • Stream Audio/Video from Internet
    • Download multimedia content from Internet
    • Connect to Windows Networks (Samba client support)

    Complete System Includes
    • Standard A/V RCA Interface Cables (European units also contain SCART adapters)
    • 110-240V AC/DC Power Supply
    • Stand
    • IR Blaster
    • Remote Control
    • Abbreviated Users Manual

    Dimensions and Weight
    • 14 x 14 x 3.2 cm (5.5 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches)
    • Weight 230g (8oz)

    Upgradeability

    Storage Card Compatibility
    • Memory Stick: Duo and Pro Duo
    • Compact Flash: Type I and Type II
    • Microdrives with CF type II interface
    • Secure Digital (SD)
    • Multi Media Card (MMC)
    • USB thumbdrives
    • External Hard Drives

    Quality/Usability : The Neuros OSD is a fascinating Linux powered piece of hardware. When I first saw images of the Neuros OSD, I thought the device would be fairly big. After receiving the Neuros OSD, I was fooled and tricked. The size is fairly small. The UI is not bad as its basic and to the point.

    Setting up the Neuros OSD is as simple as it can get if you know how to hook up electronics such as DVD/VCR, computers or just even your video game consoles. Its pretty much self explanatory. There are even text to help you in case some ports look the same.

    Those who have a network setup, hooking the Neuros OSD is fairly easy as well. Simply plug in cat5 cable and OSD will automatically configure itself according to your DHCP server. If you have a static IP, there is a devoted menu setting so you can set this up but may take a little longer to get it running.

    Recording Video : OSD allows you to record and schedule recordings. To save your recordings, you'll need either a USB storage device, network or memory card. Unfortunately, there is no harddrive. Would have been nice if one was included.

    Pressing the red "RECORD" button on the remote will present you with a menu as to where you would like to record to. Once you have chosen the destination, press the "ENTER" button and the recording will begin.

    Scheduling a recording is a nice feature. The OSd a feature called IR Blaster. The IR Blaster changes the channel! For example, you want to schedule the OSD to record your favorite show at 8pm and then record another show at 9pm on a different channel, the IR Blaster will automatically change the channel on your cable box and will record both shows. At the scheduled time, OSD will automatically start recording to whatever destination you chose to save to.

    Once finished recording, you can transfer the files to your PSP, iPod or other devices that support the format. The quality is not the greatest and you wont get HD ...
    by Published on February 1st, 2011 22:51
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    Airfoam Pocket Controller Case
    Manufacturer: Dragon
    Site:
    Price: $14.95


    Overview : A stylish, tough and practical carry bag to go challenge your friends on Wii with your own controllers! Available in 5 fashion colors, and easy to carry with its included carabiner or on your belt, it is the perfect companion for players on the go!

    - Airfoam design to protect against shock and scratches
    - Can hold one Wiimote and one Nunchuk
    - Comes with carabiner and belt strap

    Features:
    • Prevent any shock and scratch
    • Place with Wii remote controller and Nunchuk pad
    • Come with carabiner for hanging or carrying on the belt

    Quality/Usability : There has not been many cases out on the market that will protect the Wiimote and Nunchuk from dust and scratches. Dragon aims to help solve that problem.

    The case is very big but at the same time, it gives ample amount of protection from its thickness. Placing the controllers into the case feels just right and snug. If you have a silicone case on your controllers, it will make it a bit more tighter.

    Inside the case is a middle divider that separates your Wiimote and Nunchuk. I had to play around with how to place the controllers as well as how to place the wires and wrist strap. With the Wiimote in the case, it reaches near the top so you'll either have the strap on top or at the bottom of the case. With the Nunchuk, I placed the wires in first and then the Nunchuk itself. Since the case is somewhat of a tight fit, the joystick on the Nunchuk had to be moved from its default position (middle). This can also hold two Nunchuks or two Wiimotes...nothing more.

    Conclusion : Overall, the Airfoam Pocket Controller Case protects the controllers very well. But the size may be a big turn off to some as they want it to be as portable as possible.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 22:25
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    XCM USB VGA V-Box
    Manufacturer: XCM
    Site: Buy from TotalConsole
    Price: $59.99


    Overview : Connect your Wii to a VGA screen. Record your gameplay on a hard disk for review, screen capture or to show your skills to friends!

    The V-Box for Wii by XCM is more than just a VGA Box to connect your Wii console to any PC screens. It is USB based, you connect to any PC via USB 2.0 port and let you record or capture all that your Wii display on the screens.

    An add-on recorder also can allow you to record DVD/VCD/CD via the V-Box from the disk player to your PC hard drive.

    Features
    • Crystal Clear Picture Screen.
    • Supports USB 2.0, plug and play, does not require changing configuration
    • Supports Streaming Video, which 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, GIF etc.
    • Supports multiple input formats standards: NTSC/PAL/SECAM
    • Auto playback, allows you to store in game action to your PC/laptop
    • Additional optional addon recorder.
    • Image can be configured: Brightness/contrast/Image sharpness/fullness/color
    • Supports Windows 2000/XP operating systems
    • The V-Box is compatible with Mac OS X, if you purchase the eMPIA drivers and player for US $29.95: http://www.echofx.com/videoglide.html


    Quality/Usability : The V-Box is a cool unique little adapter. It allows you to play and view your Nintendo Wii using your computer or laptop. This is perfect if your TV is being occupied by family members or a semi-portable solution. The V-Box comes with the V-Box adapter and instruction manual. You must download their software online at http://xcm.cc/v_box.htm (14MB).

    You can download US/Japan Windows2000/XP/Vista (32bit) or Vista (64bit). Dont worry, European users (PAL) can download Windows2000/XP/Vista (32bit) or Vista (64bit). MAC user? You'll have to pay for the drivers and payer for $29.95 and can be purchased at http://www.echofx.com/videoglide.html. Installation of the software is fairly simple and the manual will guide you through it. During installation, I did run into a problem. An error messaged popped up and it was not mentioned in the manual. The error message was

    Module C:\Program Files\XCM\XCM V-BOX\Filter\swflash.ocx failed to register. HRESULT-2147319780. Contact your support personnel.

    I contacted XCM and they replied back telling me to click on the IGNORE button. The other two choices to choose from were CANCEL or RETRY. CANCEL will cancel the installation and RETRY would retry but would keep giving you the error message. So I went ahead and clicked on IGNORE. It then informed me to insert the USB V-Box. In the manual, it had a section regarding install the drivers. Since this was tested on Windows XP, I did not experience a pop up regarding installing and locating drivers. Windows XP automatically recognized the USB and setup the drivers.

    Once all the drivers and software was set up. Its time to open up the software. The V-Box Interface looks nice. There are 6 menus to choose from: GAME, EDIT, PLAYER, PHOTO, WEB, SETTING.

    - GAME: This is where all your Wii gameplay will be displayed. You can also record and take screenshot images.
    - EDIT: This a where you can edit your recordings/images
    - PLAYER: This is where you can play your recordings
    - PHOTO: This is where you can view all the screenshots that you have taken
    - WEB: This allows you to browse the web
    - SETTING: This allows you to change hardware (select your video; NTSC, PAL, SECAM), video (adjust brightness, contrast, chroma, saturation and sharpness) and record settings (select record quality; normal, high, highest and recording format).

    The quality looks pretty good on the monitor. There is no lag or any delays. During my testing, I did not experience any problems with the V-Box. The recording feature works great and allows you to record you while you are playing so you can show off your friends or even save the recording to post on the web. You can also take screenshots of the game and the quality of the image is very nice as well.


    Conclusion : Overall, the XCM USB VGA V-Box is a unique item. This is great for those who dont have a free TV to use and need to resort to using a computer or laptop. I love the fact that you can record and take screenshots of your gameplay. However, getting this to work was a little troublesome but once its set up and working, its a breeze.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 22:15
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    XCM Universal USB Multi-Charger
    Manufacturer: XCM
    Site: Buy from Play-Asia / Buy from Divineo US / Buy from Divineo China / Buy from Divineo France
    Price: $39.99


    Overview : Finally a way to charge all your valuable electronics with one device!

    Introducing the Multi-Charger from XCM. This unit will charge your iPhone, PSP (all PSP series from 1000-3000 series), Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, PS3 Wireless Controller, NDS (all NDS series, including NDS, NDSL and NDSi) and more.... (all devices using USB 5v input will be supported, such as the Nokia mobile phone series etc) with ease. No more lugging around multiple chargers, this one does it all. Made with the high quality craftsmanship you've grown to expect from the XCM brand, this charger will surely provide the power you need for many years to come!

    Features:
    • 4 USB ports
    • Supports any USB 5v input
    Compatible with:
    • PSP (1000-2000-3000)
    • NDS, NDS Lite, NDSi
    • iPhone
    • Nokia mobile phones and many more
    Includes:
    • PSP USB cable
    • DS Lite USB cable
    • DSi USB Cable
    • iPod/iPhone USB Cable
    • US AC plug
    • EU AC Plug
    • Australia AC Plug
    • BS AC Plug
    Quality/Usability : I must admit, I'm a gadget freak. I have surge protectors daisy chained to each other. There just isnt enough outlets! I'm surprised my house hasnt burned down with all these wires. If I find an open slot in my surge protector, I'll charge my DS, PSP, camera battery, cellphone..thats if I'm lucky to find 1 spot. If I cant, I use my USB port on my computer. Now, my USB ports are starting to become scarce as more portable devices start to use them. Yes, you can purchase a USB hub but majority of the time, they arent powerful enough to charge the device and you get an error message on your computer. Even the ones that come with power plugs gives me an error.

    XCM has released a stand alone Universal USB Multi-Charger. No need to plug this charger into a computer or USB port. Choose your AC plug and connect plug it into a socket (AC 100-240V) and the other end into the Multi-Charger. The Multi-Charger has a square glossy white casing with a small LED light that lights up when plugged into outlet and the logo on top. The logo uses a Walt Disney type font. On the front of the Multi-Charger are 4 USB ports. Since it draws its power from the socket, you wont have to worry about overdrawing power or having to wait 5 hours to fully charge a device when it should only take 1 hour or so.

    The Multi-Charger measures 5 inches long, 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches thick and comes with four (4) AC plugs (US, EU, UK and Asia). The plugs are short in length so you will not be able to place it on a table or next to your computer. Wires measure about 16 inches long from tip of plug that inserts into XCM Multi-Charger to the base of AC plug (not the prongs). Also included are four (4) USB plugs (PSP, DSL, DSi, iPhone/iPod). You're not limited to using only these devices. I was able to charge my Blackberry device, Bluetooth headset, PS3 controller, Xbox controller, USB battery, pretty much anything I can think of that uses a USB to charge the device. The charge time is about the same time it would take if you use the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) chargers that came with the device.

    Conclusion : Overall, the XCM Universal USB Multi-Charger is a great product. I do not have to use all my USB ports nor do I have to leave my PS3, Xbox 360 or computer on just to charge my USB devices. Since some wall chargers are huge and can cover up an empty socket, this also eliminates the amount of wall chargers and bulk. I was able to charge all my devices without a problem. My only complaint is the lack of cord length on the AC plug for the Multi-Charger. I was not able to place the Multi-Charger on a desk. I had to place it on the floor. This is also a drawback for those who need to plug this in the back of a shelf or entertainment center. You can use an extension cord but do you want to go out and buy one or even find one in the house? The price was originally $70 but it was wayyyy to overpriced for a 4-port USB charger. But it seems XCM has lowered the price to a much more affordable price range. However, $40 is still a little pricey. I think $25-30 would be a nice sweet spot.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 21:01
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    2400mAh USB Power Backup
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Site: Buy from Brando
    Price: $20.00


    Overview : Have you ever had experiences that devices are running out of battery while in use? It is disturbing when you are enjoying your MP3 or chatting happily with friends on the phone, etc. Now! USB Power Backup (2400mAh) won't let these situation happen anymore! You can charge your devices in a flash before battery exhausts! It is designed for Handheld PC, Digital Camera, Cellphone, DV, MP3, CD Player, PMP and any other applicable devices.

    Features
    • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
    • Standard 5V-USB DC Output
    • On/Off Switch
    • Green LED Indicator Switch
    • Built-in Short Circle, Over Discharge
    • Over Load and Over Charge Protection
    • Charge it by direct plug or USB Cable
    • Charging Time: Approx. 3 Hours
    • Size: 70x50x12mm
    • Weight: 71g

    Specification
    • Capacity: 2400mAh
    • Input: DC-5V
    • Output: Standard 5V-USB
    • Working Temperature: 0~45 degree

    Colors
    • Black
    • White

    Package Contents
    • USB Power Backup (2400mAh)
    • USB Charging Cable

    Quality/Usability : The 2400mAh USB Power Backup is a Lithium Ion battery can be charged via USB port or USB hub. Included is a USB cable if you are unable to reach a port.

    On the front of the power backup is a green LED indicator that lights up when charging or supplying power and turns off when its fully charged or battery has been depleted. To the left of it is a USB port where you can plug any USB plug into it as well as an ON/OFF switch. To the right is a sliding switch exposes a USB connector when fully extended. You can use this to plug into your USB port or hub. The bottom has a DC 5v port where you can plug the supplied USB cable into. This is for those who are unable to access a USB port with the slide out USB connector.

    To fully charge the power backup, it took about 2-3 hours. With a fully dead PSP battery, I was able to recharge it 2 times on one full charge of the power backup. I was able to charge my completely dead iPod about 5 times before the battery pack ran out of juice. I was also able to charge my Sony Ericsson w810i about 6 times.

    Conclusion : Overall, the 2400mAh USB Power Backup delivers and at a great price. The USB Power Backup is great for those who want to carry a small battery backup incase you are unable to charge your cellphone, iPod, or portable game system. The compact size is great for traveling as it does not take up much space.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 21:01
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    Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2
    Manufacturer: Zoozen
    Site:
    Price: $19.95


    Overview : If you have ever attempted any repair or improvement of any kind, you know that the right tools can make the difference between a good experience and a bad one. The Access Pro Toolkit by Zoozen has everything you need to get into your console and accessories. It is the only toolkit that includes tools for every console and handheld on the market today. And it includes unique and custom tools that are only available from Zoozen.

    This tool kit includes the tools you need for the:

    · Microsoft products, including: Original Xbox, Xbox 360 and accessories like the Xbox 360 wired controller, and the Xbox 360 wireless controller. Special tools: the OneSnap, the only one-piece Xbox 360 case separator, and a special long neck tamper resistant Torx bit.

    · Nintendo products, including: the Nintendo Wii, GameCube, GBA, DS, DS Lite, and most accessories like Nintendo Cartridges, Gamecube controllers, and power supplies. Special Tools: Triwing bits in two sizes and two sizes of rare Linehead Nut Setters in hardened steel. Also has the correct tools for most of the retired Nintendo game machines (those not currently for sale in the marketplace).

    · Sony Products, including: PS3, PS2, PStwo, and PSP and many accessories (for example: Sony controllers).

    · The Access Pro Tool Kit also has the correct tools to open most third party products.

    The tools are all housed in a convenient plastic case that keeps all the parts just where they belong. And, duplicates of most bits are provided, just in case you drop a bit behind your desk during a critical procedure.

    Includes:
    • 1pc Easy grip screwdriver handle
    • 1pc Magnetic Tweezers
    • 1pc "OneSnap" tool for opening Xbox 360
    • 1pc Linehead nut setter (small size)
    • 1pc Linehead nut setter (large size)
    • 1pc Flathead bit, Long
    • 2pcs Torx Size 6, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Torx Size 8, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Torx Size 10, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Torx Size 15, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Torx Size 20, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Hex Size .05
    • 2pcs Triwing Bit
    • 2pcs Phillips #000
    • 2pcs Phillips #0
    • 2pcs Phillips #1
    • 2pcs Slotted 7/64

    Quality/Usability : Those who mod consoles or want to start modding, the Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2 will help you out tremendously. The Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2 has tools for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo products ranging from console to games and accessories. This toolkit will open even the new nex-gen consoles.

    Xbox 360 – Torx T8, T6, T8, T10, Hex 0.05, Slotted 7/64, OneSnap and a Long Slotted Screw Bit
    Xbox – Torx T10, T15, T20
    PS3 – Torx T10, Phillips 0, Phillips 1, Phillips #000
    PS2/Two – Phillips 0, Phillips 1
    PSP – Phillips #000
    Wii – Triwing, Phillips 0, Phillips #000
    Gamecube – Linehead Nut Setter #8
    DS/DS Lite – Triwing #00, Tripoint #0, Phillips #000
    Gameboy – Triwing #00, Tripoint #01
    Nintendo Cartridges – Linehead nut setter #6

    The screwdriver handle is made of a rubberized grip instead of plastic like some screwdrivers are made of. This allows for easy gripping. Each bit that was placed was held in place very tight.

    Each bit unscrewed each screw nicely without stripping the screws. Screwing each screw back into place worked wonderfully as well.

    Dropped a screw and cant reach it or need to hold a wire or LED in place? Zoozen also included a magnetic tweezer to help hold those thin wires or screws that may be too small to hold in your fingers.

    Conclusion : Overall, the Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2 is a modders dream come true. Everything you need to help open your mod frenzy finger is all in this Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2. Add a dremel and a soldering iron and this would be the Ultimate modding tool! It would also have been useful if the bits were magnetic to pick up the small screws. The price of $19.95 is definitely well priced and worth it.

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