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Got a case of Gamer Spine? Get a Gaming Chair.

March 15, 2010 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets, Uncategorized

41KDPAHhuAL. SL500  Got a case of Gamer Spine? Get a Gaming Chair.Gaming chairs are a great idea for the dedicated gamer, and there are some superb options available for console gamers who want some comfort and a better experience with their gameplay. You can find a bunch of different gaming chairs compatible with the main consoles available, and, they’re also available with a load of cool add-ons for gamers to choose from.

Many gaming chairs feature MP3 player attachments, speakers, and docks for game steering wheels and specialist joypads. Gaming chairs are also better for you physically than regular chairs, as they support you in the places that can be otherwise neglected when you’re gaming. This means better back support, head-rests to support your nut and your neck, arm rests and support for your legs.

This means less aches and pains when you snap back to the real world, which means in reality that you can play your games more often with less negative physical effects, plus you’ll play better when comfortable!

Plenty of the best gaming chairs also come fitted with speakers in the headrests to give you an even more engrossing experience, and of course a lot of them are supplied with headphone sockets so you can get the most out of your games without driving everyone else insane.

The great thing about these chairs is, you don’t have to get one of the gaming chairs that is packed with features- if you want something simple and practical, there’s plenty of gaming chairs for you to choose from. So before you make your back and legs ache again, check out some of the best gaming chairs and get twiddling those thumbs on some stylish furniture.

Retro Games Consoles For Your Geek This Valentine’s Day

February 05, 2010 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets, Geek Gifts

41N4X9Y3Y1L. SL160  Retro Games Consoles For Your Geek This Valentines DayEvery geek who gets misty-eyed when the days of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming would love a retro games console for Valentine’s Day. Right now you can easily find a load of these marvellous antiques of the golden age of video games at low prices.

Sure, if you want one in a mint box and without scuffs on the console, you’re going to have to pay more, but if you just want a function41RoVwGbJeL. SL160  Retro Games Consoles For Your Geek This Valentines Dayal console and a few games, you are able to find cool Valentine’s Day gifts for your geek at a very reasonable cost.

Plus, if you get a console with two controllers, you could even see it as a joint gift to the pair of you as a couple!

Just check out which console they were a fan of in years gone by, be it the Sega Master System, the Sega Mega Drive (aka the Sega Genesis to those of you in the US), the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (the joy that was the NES) or the SNES, or whatever, and you are sure to be able to find a bargain. 413 J4bAw5L. SL160  Retro Games Consoles For Your Geek This Valentines Day

Many video games stores carry vintage consoles and games titles at low prices, or you can find them at huge sites such as Amazon and eBay. Just make sure that each console comes with all of the relevant connectors and leads to ensure you and your pet geek can get straight into some serious old-school gaming fun this Valentine’s Day.

There are also emulators, classic games packages for new consoles and handheld devices featuring classic games to think about too. Whatever you’re after, retro video games and consoles make great Valentine’s Day gifts for those who like some fun with their romance.

Apple Unveils New iPad Tablet Computer

January 28, 2010 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

apple ipad 300x205 Apple Unveils New iPad Tablet ComputerThe wait is over and Apple’s highly anticipated tablet has finally been unveiled. The iPad was  revealed by Steve Jobs at a press conference in San Francisco. It is literally the missing link  between a smartphone and a laptop, and looks basically like an oversized iPhone. Its 9.7 inch  touchscreen is a beautiful thing to behold, as with all Apple products, and its diminutive size  of half an inch thick and weighing 1.5 pounds makes it a very attractive prospect indeed.

The Apple iPad acts as a web browser, e-book reader, games device, photo album, video viewer  and much more. The iPad may well be the ‘Kindle Killer’ that industry insiders have been  expecting from Apple for some time now. The unit is to go on sale in March at a price of $499  in the US, and other territories will soon find out when it will arrive in their stores and for  how much.

The basic model of the new Apple iPad has Wi-Fi and 16gb of storage, and offers ten hours of  use per battery charge. Not bad at all for something so graphics intensive! For 3G wireless,  there’s an additional $130 to pay, and models with higher storage are again more expensive.

Price aside, it is an amazing piece of equipment that it will be interesting to watch the  success of. Is the world actually in need of a device that is in-between the compact size of a  smartphone and the working dimensions of a laptop? I don’t know, but I certainly want one  already.

The Apple iPad features the same accelerometer and touchscreen capabilities as the iPhone and  the iPod Touch, but it sees the realm of touchscreen usability taken to the next level. As  ever, Apple have offered something spectacular, and which a great many people will want to try  out. Thanks to its sleek design, straightforward and intuitive UI (always a beautiful aspect of  Apple’s products) and the capabilities that it offers, I for one think that the company will  have another hit on their hands with the iPad.

Here Comes The Apple Ipad!

The wait is over and Apple’s highly anticipated tablet has finally been unveiled. The iPad was

revealed by Steve Jobs at a press conference in San Francisco. It is literally the missing link

between a smartphone and a laptop, and looks basically like an oversized iPhone. Its 9.7 inch

touchscreen is a beautiful thing to behold, as with all Apple products, and its diminutive size

of half an inch thick and weighing 1.5 pounds makes it a very attractive prospect indeed.

The Apple iPad acts as a web browser, e-book reader, games device, photo album, video viewer

and much more. The iPad may well be the ‘Kindle Killer’ that industry insiders have been

expecting from Apple for some time now. The unit is to go on sale in March at a price of $499

in the US, and other territories will soon find out when it will arrive in their stores and for

how much.

The basic model of the new Apple iPad has Wi-Fi and 16gb of storage, and offers ten hours of

use per battery charge. Not bad at all for something so graphics intensive! For 3G wireless,

there’s an additional $130 to pay, and models with higher storage are again more expensive.

Price aside, it is an amazing piece of equipment that it will be interesting to watch the

success of. Is the world actually in need of a device that is in-between the compact size of a

smartphone and the working dimensions of a laptop? I don;t know, but I certainly want one

already.

The Apple iPad features the same accelerometer and touchscreen capabilities as the iPhone and

the iPod Touch, but it sees the realm of touchscreen usability taken to the next level. As

ever, Apple have offered something spectacular, and which a great many people will want to try

out. Thanks to its sleek design, straightforward and intuitive UI (always a beautiful aspect of

Apple’s products) and the capabilities that it offers, I for one think that the company will

have another hit on their hands with the iPad.

The Joys of USB Turntables

January 13, 2010 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

31onlXQ6r0L. SL160  The Joys of USB TurntablesWe’re seeing 2010 as a new start, and one of the big things we’ve all agreed on is that we have too much stuff around that we don’t use, including a big stack of vinyl. Thus the subject of a USB turntable came up, and our problems were solved. These things are great for people who ant to be able to archive their records for whatever purpose. Our reason was that we wanted to keep the music we’d loved while the records were still playable, and then eBay the vinyl so someone else could enjoy it all. It’s worked out well, as we found the things really easy to use and very reliable.

USB turntables have been around a while, and are superb ideas for serious music lovers everywhere. Thanks to their ease of use and tthe range of models from the budget variety up to hugely expensive professional editions, everyone can get in on act. Aside from installing some drivers, they’re pretty damn simple to set up, and the results you can get from transferring vinyl recordings to MP3 files are really quite impressive. If you’ve got a collection of vinyl you want to keep on enjoying long after the records themselves have either been thrown away or have deteriorated, then looking for one of the best USB turntables is the thing for you. We’re sold.

The New Ipod Nano With Video Camera Feature

December 28, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

nano shoots video The New Ipod Nano With Video Camera Feature

Click here to check out the new iPod Nano

We’ve always been fans of the iPod Nano here at YourGeekness, and this latest upgrade to the device may seem frivolous at first, but it’s a great idea that hints at bigger things to come for the player. Now, the iPod nano has gone from being the poor relation of the iPod family to one of Apple’s most popular items.

The redesign of the iPod Nano and the addition of the skew feature were a superb start, and now with the advent of the video camera element, it has become even more fun and useful. Sure, the resolution isn’t perfect but it is certainly much better than you may expect from such a small device.

Plus, the short time limit of those videos may seem restrictive, but it has been made thus so you don’t fill the whole thing with long videos and leave your device without room for the music! The tiny microphone is also capable of some pretty good feats too, which again surprises us in a device so small and thin.

The fifth generation iPod Nano may be behind the iPod Touch in terms of capability and features, but it is far and away the best small mp3/entertainment device on the market right now, and with the addition of this camera, nothing else comes close.

Skullcandy Headphones – Christmas gifts for your ears

December 07, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets, Geek Gifts

41Ib%2BCAX49L. SL500  Skullcandy Headphones   Christmas gifts for your earsSkullcandy headphones have been making their presence felt on the scene for a little while now, and have been building up a reputation as some of the best buds and full-size headphones around. Initially I was put off by the steep price tag on some models, but after bad experiences with cheap ones I thought I’d give some Skullcandy headphones a try. Wow. The hype is justified, as is the price. Remember- in gadgets, you get what you pay for, and thus shelling out a little more scratch for something that will give you awesome results is well worth doing. The second you hear what these things can do to your music for you, you’ll be sold on them. They’re great headphones no matter which model you get- the same attention to detail and performance has been lavished on every one. Sure, they’re not the absolute top of the range when it comes to listening on the go, but they’re the best around for the regular music lover who wants headphones that will perform well and 413BcwU3sEL. SL500  Skullcandy Headphones   Christmas gifts for your earslook good too. Speaking of looks, Skullcandy headphones are available in a range of colours and designs to suit pretty much every taste. There are models right from the regular buds of the INK’D range up to the huge great cans at the other end of the spectrum. There are even artist specific headphones, such as the Metallica edition! It’s the sound itself that made me fall in love with mine though. The bass is huge, along with a string mid and a crisp top end. These things are well worth buying, and are perfect Christmas gifts for your pet geek. Mmm, Skullcandy.

Christmas Gifts For Your Geek Part Two: Gadgets

November 04, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

There are some awesome gadgets available for geeks to love, nurture and worship for this Christmas, and these three in particular stick out as something that everyone with a love for things that go beep is sure to love this Holiday season.

Apple iPod Touch

413XvF0yukL. SL160  Christmas Gifts For Your Geek Part Two: GadgetsThe iPod Touch keeps on getting better. Much more than just a music player, you can enjoy movies and TV shows, games, podcasts, books and much more, along with internet access and the joys of the Apple App Store, giving you countless free add-ons as well as paid apps to browse through. I have one of these myself and generally use it as a communications device for email, Twitter (TweetDeck is AWESOME on an iPod Touch), but when travelling, you can’t beat these things as an all-round entertainment device. The accelerometer has been improved with each model, making the widescreen gaming possibilities even better. These things make perfect geek gifts, and of course they are available in a range of disk capacities.

Amazon Kindle

41t7SWZ2vpL. SL160  Christmas Gifts For Your Geek Part Two: GadgetsThe latest version of Amazon’s e-reader has been something of a hit with book and gadget lovers everywhere. Now that the Amazon Kindle store supports international Wi-Fi, millions more people have the option of enjoying this groundbreaking device. The screen has improved with this latest version, and the number of titles available to download directly to your Kindle keeps on growing all the time. It would make a brilliant Christmas gift for a true geek. Now, if only Amazon would open up their DTP project to worldwide users, it would be even better!

Apple Magic Mouse

31wszJhG7hL. SL160  Christmas Gifts For Your Geek Part Two: GadgetsThis awesome new version of the classic mouse ships with all new iMacs, but the Apple Magic Mouse is also available separately, and works with any Bluetooth enabled Mac. This thing has to be seen to be believed. Using the same multitouch feature as the iPhone, iPod Touch and the trackpads on Apple laptops, it allows you to scroll anywhere with one finger, swipe through pics and sites with two fingers, and click or double click anywhere you like. It does take a little getting used to, but once you’re into it, you’ll never turn back. Brilliant for any Mac user this Christmas!

Using HDTV ratings to choose a new TV

October 08, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

If you’re considering purchasing a new HDTV, then you might in addition be considering checking out a HDTV ratings guide to help select which model is suitable for you the consumer. This way customers can avoid laying down cash without knowing which HDTV is the right model for your particular needs.

If you’re considering how a HDTV ratings guide can help customers choose which high definition television is the ideal one for your own house cinema platform, give it some thought : These useful HDTV ratings are direct from other buyers and users who are raring to share their own experience and data with you so you can make up your own mind on which individual HDTV is the right set for you.

HDTV ratings include things like client opinion on its price, the performance of the TV itself, how straightforward it was to line up and other factors like the outlet’s shipping time and returns policies. They can also bring up any possible issues to your knowledge.

The HDTV ratings can come in many formats. Some might come as ratings out of 5 or ten, while others can come as client reviews. Both are extremely useful as far as HDTV ratings guides go, and both can help you decide on the arguments of each individual HDTV that you’ll consider.

Of course, while taking a look at HDTV ratings you will be curious about the picture and sound standard of any particular one, but an important thing to consider is the HDTV ratings for the actual performance, trustworthiness and the ease of using the HDTVs that you’re looking at. Picture and sound are very important, but customers do wish to be sure the HDTV you get will give you a long time of good service.

HDTV ratings and HDTV reviews are a good way to ensure that while you’re looking for the greatest HDTV special offers around, you can be sure to get the right HDTV for the wants of you and your loved ones, and a set that may do its stuff well for a long time. HDTV ratings really are the right way to go for any new converts to the world of HDTV.

Ebook Readers: The Sony, The Kindle, The iPhone, the iPod Touch- is the medium finally coming of age?

August 24, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

kindle2 223x300 Ebook Readers: The Sony, The Kindle, The iPhone, the iPod Touch  is the medium finally coming of age?Ebooks and Ebook readers have often taken something of a bashing from many people. The argument is that they won’t replace the traditionally published book any time soon, of ever. In reality,. people are wanting more and more digital content and as such the various Ebook readers that are on the market are gaining popularity.

Dedicated Ebook readers, such as the sleek Sony Ebook Reader or the Amazon Kindle, are very popular with avid readers, but really, the future of the Ebook market lies with devices that do more than just display text. The iPhone and the iPod Touch are great examples of this.

Their versatile interface allows for a pretty decent reading space, and thanks to the options to resize the text on most iPod/iPhone compatible Ebooks (as well as the skew function), they do have the edge over the dedicated readers right now.

One factor is cost- buying something that can do dozens of things instead of something with one function for the same price (or more right now) isn’t that attractive. Then there’s the size and shape of these things.

While the Sony Ereader and the Amazon Kindle are both sleek and attractively designed (the new version of the Amazon Kindle is very nice indeed), they don’t really compete with the probability and ease of use of an iPod or iPhone, both of which can be easily stored or carried in a pocket.

As a medium, eBooks are certainly on the rise. Demand for material to be read on the Kindle is rising at a great pace, including newspapers and blogs, all of which are delivered via a wireless connection. Similarly, there is a huge choice of material for the Apple devices in the Itunes App Store, which is doing brisk trade too. The Ebook medium may not have completely come into its own just yet, but the seeds are there, and maybe, just maybe, the time is almost here for them to truly shine.

Spotify: Want Music? Get Spotify.

August 16, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

31VP66C2SFL. SL160  Spotify: Want Music? Get Spotify.The Yourgeekness office was rocking out recently thanks to a certain person amongst our number warming up Spotify and selecting every version of Styx’s ‘Mr Roboto’ that he could find. He’s still not paid the price for that- eventually we’ll let him out of the supply cupboard again once he’s learned his lesson.

Spotify is the greatest thing to happen to music since Napster. Napster was highly illegal yes, but it opened up a new world on how people and the industry viewed music. iTunes took that and made it legal, allowing users to buy music from their favourite artists. Spotify takes this concept, but instead of charging, it is 100% free. Yes FREE! With Spotify you can stream virtually any song from any artist and listen to it there and then, even the whole album if you want. So if you want to listen to Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ or Slipknot’s ‘All Hope is Gone’, just stick it into the search and hey, presto!

51nyxEp%2BSrL. SL160  Spotify: Want Music? Get Spotify.How can Spotify do this, easy, advertisement. Stoptify is loaded with advertisements at the sides and bottom, but these advertisements aren’t intrusive. Also, there is an occasional 15 second advertisement from spotify themselves. While you may think this can be annoying it is not, because you are getting the music you like pumped through your speakers for free. And anyway, ads for online geek stuff always make us grin in that ‘I’m cool, I’m all modern’ way.

There is an option to pay a subscription fee (£9.99 a month for the UK) and this gets rid of all the advertisements and the 15 second audio advertisements. Personally, I wouldn’t pay the subscription fee, as if I like the song I would purchase it off iTunes or from the Amazon music store, but for discovering new music, trying a new artist out or just having some new tunes on while you work Spotify is great. Now, I need to go and find something more annoying than ‘Mr Roboto’…