Sean R.

6X Blu-ray Drive Made for Apple Mac

July 2, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Misc. Gadgets, Peripherals

I have my personal thoughts on Blu-ray, mostly concerning its viability as a successor to DVD for pre-recorded movies, especially in the face of downloads, but there’s one area where a big optical disc is still useful: backing up large chunks of data. MCE Technologies’ new Mac specific Blu-ray burner takes care of this. Gone is the need for specific software. The Blu-ray SuperDrive behaves just like any other optical drive. Slide it into your Apple Mac Pro and you can drag, drop and burn files right from the Finder. The 6x speed in the title refers to authoring one 25GB layer. For dual layer burning, you’ll get just 4x, and there’s a twist. The drive can also read and write CD’s and DVD’s,... [Read more]

Maxtor’s Media Server Packs One Terabyte

June 30, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Misc. Gadgets, Peripherals, Wireless

You know, when I got a Sony laptop with an 80GB hard drive it seemed huge but after about five minutes of BitTorrent downloads, I realized that was naive of me. I also realized that offloading files, especially music files, to an external drive is problematic. The point of a notebook is portability, and hooking up a USB drive just to listen to podcasts in the kitchen is a pain. What I need is something like Maxtor’s Central Axis, a one Terabyte Network Attached Storage (NAS). It has a Gigabit Ethernet connection to keep speeds up near those of a local drive, and two USB ports to add further storage when you need it. And even if you are not hooked into the network via CAT5, you can still get your media via wireless connection... [Read more]

Wii Nyko Wireless Kama Nunchuk

June 27, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Gaming, Misc. Gadgets, Peripherals, Wireless

Enjoy a new found freedom in all of your Wii games with the Kama Wireless Nunchuck from Nyko. The Kama Wireless Nunchuk provides all the same abilities and features of the wired version, but with no cables tethered to the Nintendo Wii remote. I actually picked up two of these controllers today from my local Game Crazy. They were a little pricey at $35.00 USD each compared to the wired Nintendo version for $19.95 USD but they are so much nicer. The Kama Wireless Nunchuck is compatible with all Nintendo Wii software that utilizes the Nunchuk attachment and requires no additional software or modification of the Nintendo Wii hardware to work, simply plug and play. The lightweight and compact dongle attaches to the bottom of the... [Read more]

Nintendo NES and Super SNES Hybrid

June 25, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Gaming, Misc. Gadgets

If you were a child of the 1970’s and 1980’s like me then you probably remember the Nintendo (NES) Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo gaming systems. I’m guessing that a lot of the Gadget Blog readers might still own fully working console systems and have a box full of dusty game cartridges like I do as well. Well for you gamers who don’t have the original console systems anymore because your mom sold them at a garage sale or donated them to charity, this is for you: *insert angelic music* The Retro Duo is awesome! I have one as a back up to my original classic NES and SNES console systems. So what is the Retro Duo gaming system? It’s basically a tiny console from Innex that accepts... [Read more]

Belkin USB Charger

June 25, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Misc. Gadgets, Peripherals

Belkin’s latest power-strip adds a very smart feature for travelers: USB ports. The strip has a couple of charge-only sockets along with the three-way mains AC extenders and even comes with a mini-USB cable, obviating the need to carry chargers for most gadgets. The $25.00 USD box also squeezes in a surge-protector for those untrustworthy hotel power outlets. Source: [Read more]

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