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  • Bryan 4:55 pm on August 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: compatibilty, computer, Games, install, problems, , , Windows 7,   

    Fixing Windows Vista 

    There are somethings that just completely annoy me about Windows Vista that I really would like to see changed before I upgrade to Windows 7. This is not a post just to bash Windows Vista because believe me, I am really excited about Windows 7 and can’t wait to see what the new version has to offer all of us in October. Here is the list.

    Cancel/Allow: This happens every time I download, install, then run a new piece of software. Before the program starts up there will be a window that comes up which asks me if I would like to allow this program to run, even though I just told it to run. I know that there might be a way to get around this in the settings some way but the point is there shouldn’t be this kind of a problem! You shouldn’t have to allow something to happen on your computer if you already told it to do so.

    Admin Rights: I’m not sure if this has happened to you but it always happens to me. I only have one account on my computer, which should be the administrator also correct? Well Vista doesn’t seem to think so. Sometimes I will try to save a file from the internet onto a program file on my hard drive and it won’t let me because I am not the “administrator”. I end up saving it to my hard drive first then moving it into the folder that I want. I really don’t understand why this has to happen. Many times it is even just trying to delete things and my own computer won’t let me.

    Compatibility problems: Many old games, software, and hardware have a really hard time being compatible with Vista. I know I tried to install some of my old computer games and they either wouldn’t be able to install or they wouldn’t be able to run near as well as what they did on XP. I would love to see Windows 7, to be a very compatible operating system. Where you will be able to run old software and those old games that you desperately needed when you had Vista.

    Error codes: I don’t want to know that the error was number XX00825. I want to know what happened and why it happened. Telling me just numbers and letters won’t help me at all, if you actually give me an explanation then I might be able to troubleshoot it and fix it completely. It gets worse when you don’t even know if that is an error or a bad virus, then your in for a really fun time.

    I can’t wait to see what the final version of Windows 7 looks like. Hopefully it will change and impress me enough to make me upgrade. If you agree or disagree with anything I was talking about feel free to leave me a comment down below.

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  • Bryan 8:49 pm on February 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 5.1, AX Pro, complex, con, cords, , , , Playstation Network, pro, problems, 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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