Category: Accessories

Gaming in TruMotion 120Hz is pure magic!

Happy Monday gamers! My name is Deacon and I am a TruMotion addict … (from now on). This past weekend I did a little moving and a little connecting as I settled in to a brand new place. Along for the ride came my brand new LG 47″ Class Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED TV with SmartTV and it was glorious.

For those of you who know me, you’ll probably guess that the most important feature of this new TV was the 1080p.  I’m a sucker for a pretty picture and for as long as I can remember, it’s the only thing that mattered to me.  I didn’t care about any refresh rate or Hz (hertz) etc.  I figured as long as my eyes couldn’t tell the difference then my wallet would never know.  I’m here to tell you that everything has changed and it’s because of TruMotion and LG.

When I finished mounting the TV, I immediately went to connect my Xbox 360 to get a little 3D and some play some Gears of War 3 in 1080p.  What I didn’t know was that 1080p would become a second fiddle to TruMotion.  When I booted Gears of War 3 up and began my attack on the Locust, I had to immediately pause the game.  TruMotion had removed the shackles from my eyes and they were finally seeing gaming as it was meant to be played.  I was seriously dying left and right before I paused and adjusted.  After I took in the awesomeness that I was seeing from my LG, I returned to dominant form.

I am here to remove the egg from my face after so casually dismissing the importance of hertz and refresh rate.  It matters ladies and gentlemen.  Thanks to LG and its TruMotion 120Hz feature it was as if I was playing Gears of War 3 for the very first time.

Well done LG.  Life (and gaming) is definitely GOOD!  I can only imagine what TruMotion 240Hz is like on their newer TVs.  Heaven perhaps?

TRITTON Warhead 7.1 headset coming next month!

I often dream of playing my Xbox 360 with a wireless headset that doesn’t require me to be connected to my controller.  Not being able to truly make a wireless headset that is completely free of its shackles has been the dilemma for many third party accessory makers.  However, not only are those shackles free now but one could argue that Tritton has burned those muthaflippers to the ground with its Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Headset!  They’re the first completely wireless 3rd party headset for the Xbox 360.

TRITTON’s Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Headset is a truly wireless solution – – no need to connect a chat cable to your Xbox 360 gaming controller! A robust 5.8GHz wireless signal ensures interference-free operation from other 2.4GHz wireless devices and provides crystal-clear audio at a range of 33 feet. Hear immersive 7.1 Dolby Headphone surround sound through a pair of precision-tuned 50mm speakers featuring Neodymium magnets. With two rechargeable battery packs for 24/7 gaming, one battery always charging on the base station means you can simply swap in a fresh pack whenever the headset needs more energy.”

This thing is an absolute BEAST of a headset.  I got a chance to check a pair out a few months back during the Microsoft MVP Summit and I couldn’t wait until they hit retail.  Well, they’ll finally be here next month on August 6.

These are going to go perfect with my new 3D hotness!  The price may make some of you cringe but for the audio fanatics, these things are the best you can get.  They’ll retail for US $299. 

I’m preparing to bring an unforgettable “war” to my ears next month … let’s go Warhead!

GoFlex Satellite Review, wireless storage flexes its muscle

I know I’m not the only one carrying around mobile devices, tablets and things of that nature.  The one thing they all have in common is that each of these devices is likely filled to the rim with photos, videos and movies.  I own an iPod Touch 4G 32GB and after loading digital copies of movies, the gigs disappears rather quickly.  Well I’m not going to buy a larger iPod Touch so I’d often end up just deleting the movies to clear up space.  I hated doing that because playing favorites sucks.

Enter the GoFlex Satellite to solve that problem finally!  It’s a wireless storage device with 500 gigs just waiting to be used.  The unit came with a USB 3.0 adapter to sync with your PC if you want to drag and drop files from it.  You can also use it with your iOS device (be that an iPad, iPhone or iPod).  It also works with Android or any other tablet, laptop etc.  And it’s all over WiFi.  I’ve never been more comfortable taking an extra storage device along for a trip than I have with the GoFlex Satellite.  The thing is just pretty damn convenient.

Setting it up is simple as well.  Of course there’s an app for use on your iOS device which makes accessing the files on the storage unit really easy.  I thought the app setup was easy enough albeit it wasn’t the best thing to look at.  There’s only an app for the iOS devices but as long as your device can connect to a web browser  you can tap into it.

Once you store your media  on the GoFlex, you can then stream it directly to your PC or tablet/mobile device.  All you have to do is pull up the app or web browser and select the content.  It’ll start playing on your device immediately.  Yes, the same goes for documents and photos.  You simply launch the GoFlex app and click on your stored media.

In today’s world, it’s all about storage and how you can have more of it.  For $199.99, this is the easiest and perhaps the best solution to having everything you need at any moment.  The built in WiFi of the device is superb.  The ease at which files are transferred is impressive and the best thing is that your media suffers no downgrade in quality … it works perfectly.

I used the GoFlex Satellite on an iPod Touch, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an iPad 3.  I saved myself quite a bit of storage on each device thanks to it.  Did I mention that it also looks good?  I know that may not be of concern to most but for me I like a device that looks good.  It is designed in such a way that it won’t make you look foolish if you carry it around.  It’s not bulky and it doesn’t have a bunch of wires hanging out of it.  You can conceal it or carry it easily.

If you’re a fan of storage and a fan of things that just work as they should, then this device is a must-have.  It works and there’s a built in battery that allows you to stream for about five hours on a full charge.  I know an app for Android would be nice but the web browser experience is simple enough to hold you over until Seagate decides to make one.  For now, the iOS family gets the app love.

Recommended? Yes!

 

Plantronics GameCom 780 is audio heaven in your ears!

I’m a fan of Plantronics and their audio lineup for the Xbox 360 and PC.  It wasn’t too long ago that I gave my impressions on their X95 and 777 series headphones.  I thought they both were some high quality headphones despite a few small issues with each.  Specifically with the 777 series for PC, I thought the volume placement was a bit awkward.  I wrote that thinking to myself how much better the headset would’ve been with just that small little tweak.

Do you know what happened next?  Plantronics decided to make the GameCom 780 and they fixed that small little tweak that I mentioned!  And with that I’m here to say that the GameCom 780 is all the magic inside the 777 coupled with exceptional ease of control.

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Holiday Gamer’s Guide 2011

This year’s Holiday Gamer’s Guide will be slightly different.  Instead of a multiple page breakdown, I’m gettign right to the point and mixing things up together like a good old bowl of gumbo.  Everyone should know the proper things to search for when shopping for the gamer in their lives be that a significant other, sibling or friend.

Some of the games listed are rated M so be sure you know what that is before you head out to grab it. The ESRB rating M is for mature and contains content for those 17 years of age or older. (and sometimes I’d suggest even older)

BloodRayne: Betrayal

Fans of the sexy vampire need not betray their fandom and get this XBLA title.  It’s the best we’ve seen Rayne in a long time.  She gets to bite the necks of people and suck their blood for crying out loud!  I like the art style a lot in this game.

It’s currently 50% off in the Marketplace so there’s no better time to unleash your inner vampire.

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