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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

CES 2008 Unveiled

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 6th, 2008

CES opened today for the press. My first event was CES Unveiled. This is where several companies get together to show off their stuff to the press to give them a chance to write about it before the actual show starts.

There were no lack of companies at CES Unveiled. It took more than 2 hours just to stop by and talk to each. Part of that was because of the huge number of press that were attending. Everywhere I went I was being jostled by someone.

There were only a few companies that I spent time with this year. The first one was LG. There came out with a new Cellphone that I wanted to check out. This phone is dubbed by many as the iPhone killer. While it is a cool phone I personally felt it lacked many of the iPhones best features. For instance the screen on the LG phone is much smaller than the iPhone and the installed memory in the LG phone is only about 100 MB and the iPhone comes in 8 and 16 GB models

LG phone

LG phone

The next company I stopped by was Vestalife. This company makes iPod accessories. In fact, there were probably half a dozen or more companies at CES Unveiled that were showing some sort of iPod accessories. It almost felt like MACWORLD. Anyways, the Vestalife ladybug caught my attention because of the cool design and from what I could tell in a crowded and noisy room it even sounded good.

Ladybug

Ladybug

Next I stopped by and saw Human Touch. This company was showing a massage chair that did just about everything. It was really nice to be able to sit down and relax for a bit while the chair worked on my tight muscles. Unfortunately, the chair sells for about $4000. This is a bit out of my price range, but maybe the company will send me one for a review.

Massage Chair

Massage Chair

After that I went over to E-detail which was showing off a unique Tablet PC which has a screen on each side. This made it possible for you to give presentations without having to crowd around one screen or constantly turn your laptop around so everyone can see what you are talking about. There is a lot of potential here and I hope they continue to innovate and make this a great product.

Dual screens

Dual screens

The rest of the companies also offered a lot of innovative products and you can see them all by watching the following videos. I must apologize in advance. I was in a hurry when I took them so they are not the best.

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Review: Zonet ZVC7630 Two-way Audio IP Cam

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 4th, 2008

Web cameras have been around for a while and most of the time they are used for chatting online and other stuff like that. However, I have never tried using a web camera as a home security device. The Zonet ZVC7630 camera has several features that could make it great for security because it works in the day and night and has two-way audio capabilities

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Review: Genius PF-A01 – Digital Picture Frame

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 4th, 2008

Digital picture frames have recently become very popular. Because of how popular they are it seems that every company is coming out with their own. This time I am reviewing the Genius PF-A01 10″ digital picture frame

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Review: Canon PIXMA MX700 Office All-In-One Printer

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ December 26th, 2007

Earlier this year I reviewed the Canon Pixma MP530. This printer was very capable and produced great prints and fast scans, but it only worked with one computer at a time. This time around we are looking at the MX700 which has the ability to connect to a network

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Review: Saitek Notebook Mouse and USB Hub

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ December 19th, 2007

Mice and USB may not be the most exciting computer hardware, but they are very necessary pieces of hardware. Saitek has been making mice and other computer peripherals for a very long time and they have always done a good job

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Review: Klegg NetDisk Mega External Hard Drive

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ November 24th, 2007

External storage is becoming more popular because it is not always easy to add internal storage, however it is easy to install an external drive and the information is very portable. The problem is external drives are a lot slower than internal drives. Klegg is entering this market with their Netdisk line of products and it has a few features that will help make them faster

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Review: Microsoft Windows Home Server: Software

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ November 11th, 2007

Thomas Watson, former IBM chairman once said ‘I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.’ Because computers have become so cheap and easy to use, many people are getting more than one. This opens up many possibilities, but can also cause some problems. I personally have five computers in my house

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Review: Microsoft Windows Home Server: Hardware

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 28th, 2007

Many of you may not know it, but about a month ago Microsoft released a new operating system. The name of the operating system is Windows Home Server (WHS) and it is built on the back of Windows Server 2003. The resaon you may not have heard about it is because it is an OEM only operating system. Currently you cannot buy it unless it is installed on a computer. Because there are no computers currently being sold with this operating system installed, am forced to build my own. In this article I will be going over the hardware required to successfully run Windows Home Server

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Review: Plustek OptiCard 821 Scanner

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 27th, 2007

Every time I go to a trade show or other event I always come away with stacks of business cards. Trying to manage all those cards can be quite a task. Having a Business card scanner can really make managing contacts a lot easier. Plustek recently introduced a new business card scanner called the OptiCard 821

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Review: Uniblue PowerSuite

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 20th, 2007

We all know how easy it is to mess up your computer with viruses, spyware, and registry problems. In fact, it is so easy and wide spread that a whole industry has been created to fight against the problem. Uniblue is one of the companies that is creating software for these problems. Their latest offerings include RegistryBooster 2, SpeedUpMyPC 3, SpyEraser and PowerSuite

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Review: Cooler Master Aquagate S1

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 13th, 2007

Overclocking computer parts is popular because you can squeeze out a little extra performance from each part without having to pay extra for more performance. Depending on how much you overclock air cooling may not cut it. Water cooling has sprung up to take over because it can cool better than air

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Review: Saitek P3200 Rumble Gamepad

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 10th, 2007

Saitek has been making gaming devices for a really long time. So far they have made really great game controllers. Their latest gamepad, the P3200 Rumble is designed after the popular PS3 controller

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Review: Saitek Cyborg Rumble Gamepad

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 10th, 2007

Recently we reviewed the Saitek P3200 Rumble gamepad. We are now looking at the Cyborg Rumble GamePad. Both controllers share a lot of the same features, but they differ in one very significant area. The Cyborg Rumble can change button layouts

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Review: Toshiba Satellite U305-S5097 13.3 inch Notebook PC

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ September 29th, 2007

I was looking for a small laptop recently. I had several requirements like, it had to have a full size keyboard, and it had to be as small as possible. I picked up the Toshiba U305-S5097 because it fits both those requirements and it was on sale

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Review: Netgear HDX101 – Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ September 22nd, 2007

Home networking is a must have for any modern home. But what do you do if you live in an older home and you don’t want to tear up your walls or have Ethernet cable running all over the place? You have two options. One is to go wireless, but wireless is not very fast so streaming video and other content can cause problems. The other option is to use Netgear’s Powerline adapters