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  • Bryan 8:49 pm on February 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 5.1, AX Pro, complex, con, cords, , Mac, , Playstation Network, pro, , surround sound, Tritton, , Xbox Live   

    Review of the AX Pro 

    I recently received the AX Pro for review. It is a gaming headset made by a company called Tritton. We have had other Tritton products reviewed here on Gadgets and Tech and they have turned out pretty good. Over this review I will tell you if the AX Pro continues the pattern.

    Of course what everyone wants to know about gaming headsets is their sound quality. To me this is one of the AX Pro’s biggest pros. This headset has excellent sound quality. The sound quality from these headphones is better than my TV. It also has 5.1 surround sound so you feel even more into your game. To deliver this excellent sound quality the AX Pro has eight speakers, four in each ear.

    One of the items that is included in the box is a controller for the headset. On it you can increase or decrease the volume, turn your microphone on and off and turn the chat on the game higher or lower. You can also choose to turn different parts of the acoustics higher or lower. Just click the part you want to change and put it up or down. You can choose between front, center, rear or subwoofer. If you don’t click a certain one then you will just control all of them by default.

    Since the AX Pro is a gaming headset a microphone is also included. So you can talk to your friends on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network or your Mac/PC. I did find one problem with the microphone; it doesn’t pick up quieter sounds. So if you talk softer than most people this might not be for you because the microphone will not be able to pick up your voice. Other than that small problem the microphone has worked fine for me.

    The biggest con I found in the AX Pro is its size and set up time. It did take me a while to figure out where all the cords go because there are many cords that come in the box with the headset itself. The set up process is also fairly complex. There are many different boxes, cords, and outlets, but hopefully you can figure it out with the instruction manual that they give you. This is one thing that I think they could improve on in the next generation of the AX Pro. Once you figure out the set up instructions you are good to go!

    Final Points

    Pros

    • Sound quality is excellent.
    • Surround sound. 
    • Microphone included.

    Cons

    • Very bulky set up with many pieces.
    • Cords seem like they are going everywhere.
    • Microphone doesn’t pick up quieter sounds.

    If you want a great sounding gaming headset with surround sound and you don’t mind a bulky set up system or many cords then the AX Pro would be a great choice for you. You can pick up the AX Pro online for around $160. In my opinion, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

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  • Bryan 9:23 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , applications, comment, favorite, , help, Mac, Max OS X   

    Favorite Mac OS X applications? 

    This is just going to be a quick post, asking for your help. For those of you who don’t know, I just recently got my first mac. It is an iMac G4, and I am looking for some nice and useful applications, preferably free that would be good for me to install and use. So please, if you have a Mac please leave a comment telling me what applications you use the most or your favorite applications and give a little bit about what it does.

    Thanks for your help! Also, soon we might be doing a giveaway here at Gadgets and Tech so stay tuned.

     
    • Chris 11:43 pm on January 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite applications are:

      Evernote (the OS X and iPhone app – free)
      Aperture
      Lightroom
      NetNewsWire (RSS reader with iPhone app – free)
      iWork (I use it for invoices and flyers)
      Office
      Adium
      Skype
      Pixelmator or Photoshop Elements (for light photo corrections)

  • Bryan 8:18 pm on September 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chrome, , Linux, Mac, , Simple, Web Browser   

    Google Chrome looks like a great web browser 

    Just today I downloaded Google Chrome, Google’s new internet web browser. Yesterday Google announced that they would be releasing Chrome today. The news was all over tech blogs. Google Chrome installed surprisingly fast and has been working absolutely fabulous. This web browser is only available for Windows and Linux right now but they said that Chrome will come out for Mac soon. Currently Chrome is in beta, but it is a very reliable web browser that hasn’t crashed or lagged once on me yet.

    The one thing that I love about Chrome is it’s simplicity. Chrome is the most simple web browser I have ever seen. All it has is tabs on the top with the web address bar right under it. The back, forward, and refresh buttons are to the right of the address bar and tools and preferences to the right. I think that this gives Google a big advantage over many other web browsers, because I’m sure that everyone wants things to be simple. You may notice that I didn’t talk about a search bar. That is because that the search bar is integrated into the address bar, all you have to do is start typing, click enter and your searching Google!

    If you want to download Google Chrome you can go to this link. I would highly suggest downloading Chrome, it looks like it is set to be a fantastic internet browser.

     
    • Shiny 9:42 pm on September 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Dude, it’s not available for Linux yet, much to my disappointment. It’s looking good.

    • coffee 12:01 pm on January 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      it will be interesting to see if Chrome can get as much market share as Firefox; for now they seem to have leveled off…

  • Bryan 2:43 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Hate, Mac, , , , ,   

    Operating System Hate, (Mac Side) 

    Everyone who uses a computer knows that there are two main operating systems, Mac OS X and Windows. The fight between the two has gone on for many years and will continue for a very long time. I have decided to write about the two sides and why they hate each other so much. This post will be based on the Mac side and the next will be the Windows side.

    There are many reasons why Mac (or Apple) users hate Windows users or the operating system in general. The first reason which is also probably the biggest is viruses. Everyone knows that Windows will get more viruses than a Mac will. Windows users sometimes say that the only reason this is true is because Windows has more market share. I do believe this is a good point. But I would have to say that Apple is doing a better job with the viruses than Microsoft is.

    Another reason why Mac users might hate Windows is Vista. Almost everyone in the computer industry knows that Vista was a Microsoft failure. I have a computer running Windows Vista, and I have to say that Vista is remarkably slower than XP was. Because people have been noticing this there have been a huge amount of people that have downgraded to XP. The Apple, Get a Mac ads have also displayed this Vista problem.

    The last reason why I think Mac users hate Windows is Errors. Some of you might have seen the Get a Mac ad when PC has all of the errors on the cart. Well I have used Windows and I have gotten some crazy errors in my Windows days. This is a defiantly a big reason for some people who work in businesses, because they can’t have their computers have a fatal error in the middle of a job. Even normal casual computer users just thing these errors are annoying (I know I do). Even though Windows might have worse errors, Mac OS X has some errors too, so don’t think Mac OS X is the most amazing operating system is the best.

    The Windows side should be out soon.

     
  • Bryan 7:33 pm on April 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Mac, , ,   

    Vista is better than OS X? 

    I like to hear what Chris Pirillo has to say, and I watch a lot of his video’s. I came across one today and I completely agreed with him. In my mind he couldn’t have been more right. This guy Preston Gralla, made a list and posted 5 reasons why Vista is better than Mac OS X. His 5 reasons were…

    1. Vista Runs more software
    2. Vista is safer
    3. It’s the money, stupid
    4. Mac is closed, Vista is open
    5. Two words- Steve Jobs

    You can check out what Chris thought of this on his YouTube video (below). This is the post that he wrote on his blog.

     
  • Bryan 3:09 pm on April 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Mac, Mac Mini,   

    Hopes and Dreams for a new Mac Mini 

    As some of you might know, I don’t have a Mac, but I would really love to have one. So I was looking at the best Mac for “switchers”, the Mac Mini. Although the Mac Mini has had some rumors that Apple was going to announce the death of it soon, new rumors are saying that it will be resurrected. Some people are predicting that we will have a newe iMac and Mac Mini within the next couple of weeks! I think that Apple would never stop shipping the Mac Mini for two reasons. One, it is a great entry level Mac. I think it could be even better with a couple of improvements (which I will get to later). Two, it is a great computer for the people like me, who don’t have all the money in the world and won’t need it for amazing games or heavy DVD burning.

    The Mac Mini right now is a solid little machine, but there are a few things that I would love to see Apple do to it so they can maximize it’s potential. The first thing that I would want to see Apple do is knock off 100 dollars from the computer. Before everyone starts getting mad and saying there is no way that they would do this just listen. Most entry level computers now you can pick up for a lot less than $600, and they sometimes come with a half way decent monitor and a mouse or keyboard. I think that it would be really cool to be able to buy a display with your Mac Mini for a discounted price. Just like when you buy .Mac with the computer. Another thing that I would like Apple to do with the Mini is upgrade the graphics card. A GMA 950 graphics card isn’t that good. I would love to see Apple put a nice one in there so it could run some half way decent games. And if you are saying that they wouldn’t do that because it would be to close to the iMac, no it wouldn’t because the rumors are saying that the Mac Mini and iMac would be updated at the same time.

    The Specs that I would like to see are as follows:

    -The Lower end Mac Mini

    • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • 1GB RAM standard
    • 100GB Hard Drive

    -The Higher end Mac Mini

    • 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • 2GB RAM standard
    • 120GB Hard Drive

    If I see a Mac Mini that is like these I will be the first in line to get one.

     
    • A Ruckle 7:00 pm on April 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have a mac Mini and the GMA 950 integrated graphics are fine for just about everything. What I would like more than the features mentioned in this article is an external eSATA port to allow a large fast drive to be connected that would be faster than the internal or the firewire 400.

    • Peter 8:02 pm on April 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I wandered over to Dell’s site and built their cheap computer with Mac mini specs and it came to $539. So Apple’s $599 isn’t horribly off. For the extra $60 you’re getting Mac OS X, a great software bundle, and an impossibly small computer.

      That said, I’d like to see Apple offer GMA 3100 (like the Dell) and bigger hard drives (like the Dell) in a next generation Mac mini. Other than that, I’d leave it be. I wouldn’t bother doing deals with displays, etc. Remember that “switchers” already have keyboards, displays, and mice.

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