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    Review: Senta Ally Bluetooth Stereo Speaker w/ FM

    by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 20th, 2013

    Portable Bluetooth speakers are dime a dozen, but if you have the right one it can be used with a mobile device to boost its audio so that it is more enjoyable and can be shared with others. With so many manufacturers of portable speakers it may be difficult to pick the right one. Today I will be looking at the Senta Ally speaker system and if it is good then hopefully this will make the decision a little easier

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    Review: Straight Talk T-Mobile vs AT&T

    by Ryan McLaughlin ~ March 2nd, 2013

    I recently bought a LG Nexus 4 and because it is unlocked I wanted to use it on a prepaid phone plan. I had previously been using PagePlus, but because this is not a Verizon phone they do not support it. So I had to find a new carrier. After considering my options I went with Straight Talk because they have unlimited data and talk for just $45 a month. However Straight talk uses either T-Mobile or AT&T and I had to choose one before I could use it

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    Review: HP Elitebook 8770w Mobile Workstations

    by Ryan McLaughlin ~ February 22nd, 2013

    The Elitebook Mobile Workstation is HP’s top of the line business notebook, and the 8770w is at the top of that series. The Elitebook 8770w includes several upgrade from last years model, including a faster processor, better screen, and a better video card

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    Review: LG Nexus 4 Phone

    by Ryan McLaughlin ~ December 21st, 2012

    The Nexus 4 phone from LG is Google’s latest attempt at showing the world what a Android phone should look like. The big question that everyone has is, does it meet those high expectations? Well, as usual this all depends on what you are looking for

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Review: Ergotron Neo-Flex Combo Lift Stand

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ May 15th, 2008

Using a laptop is great if you need a portable machine. However, many people are using laptops as desktop replacements and while they perform well, they are not the most ergonomic. This is where ergotron comes into place, they make lifts and stands for laptops

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Review: Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ April 22nd, 2008

When your gaming, sound is half the experience. Having a good set of 5.1 speakers is not always possible, so the next best thing would be a set of 5.1 headphones. Recently Saitek introduced the Cyborg 5.1 headset

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Review: Saitek Cyborg Command Unit

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ March 29th, 2008

Gamers are always looking for new devices that will help them win their games. For computer gamers there are many options: Game Pads, Joysticks, Keyboard/Mouse combo and now the Cyborg Command Unit from Saitek

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Review: My Movies 2 Movie collection management

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ March 26th, 2008

Now that I have a Home Server and an HTPC I started searching for other ways to use them. I have always wanted to make a DVD library that could be accessed very easily from my TV and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. All I needed was the software to manage the library, that is where ‘My Movies’ comes in

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Review: Ableplanet IR 400 Wireless Headphones

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ March 26th, 2008

I had never heard of AblePlanet before, that is until I met them at CES 2008. As I was walking past their booth they asked me if I was covering headphones. I responded that I was and I would be interested in seeing what they had to offer. After showing me their booth, they asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their headphones. I of course answered yes, and they supplied me with a pair of Wireless headphones

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Review: Uniblue SpyEraser 2

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ March 8th, 2008

About a year ago I reviewed SpyEraser which is a Spyware removing program from Uniblue. Recently they came out with version 2 of SpyEraser and they sent me a copy

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Review: MSI Media Live HTPC

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ March 8th, 2008

With the advent of digital media content for computers, Home Theater PCs (HTPC) have become much more popular. Individuals want to be able to show their pictures, music and videos on their TVs. A home theater PC is the perfect way to do that because it can connect to a network to get content and to a TV to display that content. I decided to build one and I choose the MSI Media Live platform to build it on

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Review: AblePlanet Clear Harmony Noise Canceling Headphones

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ February 2nd, 2008

I had never heard of AblePlanet before, that is until I met them at CES 2008. As I was walking past their booth they asked me if I was covering headphones. I responded that I was and I would be interested in seeing what they had to offer. After showing me their booth, they asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their headphones. I of course answered yes, and they supplied me with a pair of noise canceling headphones

Laptop

Review: Ergotron Neo-Flex Notebook/Projector Lift Stand

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 24th, 2008

I’m sure most of you have used a laptop before and you know that they are not always the most comfortable to use. A desktop’s keyboard and monitor are adjustable to make them more comfortable, but when you have a laptop you are stuck with what it gives you. A laptop stand makes it possible to adjust a laptop so that it is more comfortable

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Review: Epson Stylus Photo R280 printer

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 24th, 2008

Many of us enjoy printing our own photos at home. It is a hobby that is convenient and not very expensive. The big question is what kind of printer do I need and how much should I spend. Today I will be examining the Epson Stylus Photo R280. This printer claims it can produce Ultra Hi-Definition photos and costs as little as $50

Day 4 CES 2008 – Central Hall

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 10th, 2008

This is the last day of CES 2008 and I saved it for Central Hall. Central Hall has some of the largest companies in the industry Located here. Companies like Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Casio, and Toshiba.

Since this is the last day of CES it is a short day. The show closes early for all and I am also leaving later this afternoon to go home so I did not linger very long at any booth. I first stopped by Panasonic’s booth because for the last three years they have had the largest TV on display. This year they did not disappoint with a huge 150 inch plasma TV. I can only imagine that it would cost about $500,000, but I have to ask myself why would anyone buy one when you could get a projector for a lot less?

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Samsung was showing of a new digital camera that could not only take pictures in HD, but video was also in HD, up to 720P. They also have a new MP3 player that is looking a lot more like the iPod which in this case is not a good thing. There is no memory slot or replaceable battery.

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Sanyo had a display for a Ultra Short-Throw Projector that is great for situations where you don’t have a lot of space. One of the displays was showing what it would like displaying on a table. The other display had a game of sorts setup on a wall that you could touch to interact with.

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Philips had a wall display that was actually showing 3D TV without the need of any special glasses or anything else. This technology has out last year, but this year it has a much larger viewing angle. I was able to stand to the side and still see the 3D effects. It looked really great. Next to it was another TV that was also 3D, but when you looked at it from the side you could see that the screen had two images in it.

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Sony was showing their new OLED TVs, and I went over and saw the eBook reader again.

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I am glad that the show is finally over. I had a blast, but my back hurts and I am ready to relax and get back to my normal schedule.

Day 3 CES 2008 – South Hall 1 and 2

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 9th, 2008

I visited South hall 1 and 2 today. This area is mostly about home theater and has companies like THX, Blu-ray group, Dobly, and the HD DVD group. There are also a few less know companies like Mivx and TD Vision

Day 2 CES 2008 – South Hall 3 and 4

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 8th, 2008

Day two of CES is now over. I spent the day at the South hall 3 and 4. This area holds companies like Sandisk, Netgear, Magellan, and Creative

Day 1 CES 2008 – The Sands

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 7th, 2008

The first day of CES 2008 is now over. I spent the whole day at The Sands expo center. There I was able to see a wide variety of products. Some you will recognize from reviews I have done in the past

Press Conferences, Bill Gates keynote and Digital Experiance

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 7th, 2008

Wow what a day. This is the second day of press only events. The morning was filled with press conferences from the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and many others. They announced lots of new technology including TV’s, MP3 players and just about everything else