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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.

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!

HDTV: Let’s get ‘Hi’, shall we?

August 10, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

tv HDTV: Lets get Hi, shall we?Okay, so I’ve been a bit of a late converter to the delights of HDTV. Hi-Def TVs always seemed to be those big expensive things with the pretty pictures on them, but now I’m using one, I dunno how I ever lived without it. High Definition TV really does breathe new life into old movies and TV shows, which means I’ve been revisiting the classics on a regular basis of late. The colours are more vibrant, the sound is astonishing and the picture quality is immense. A perfect way to test out a good HDTV system, as I’ve discovered, is by watching Iron Man on Blu Ray.

Oh man, that film looks even better in HD, and has completely sold me on the idea of the HD revolution. I followed this up with The Incredible Hulk on Blu Ray and the deal was done. Analogue TVs ? Nah, HD all the way for me now.

I thought I’d be able to go on appreciating the old stuff on my cranky old TV, but no, with a good HD Television I’ve discovered that there’s a ton of stuff I missed in my favourite films and TV shows.

One particular thing that amused me was discovering I own one of the books prominently on display in the background in an episode of Black Books Series 3. Aaaah, geeking out over minutiae. Bliss.

Beat Travel Boredom With An In Car DVD Player

August 02, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

41Q8HZ7XK1L. SL160  Beat Travel Boredom With An In Car DVD PlayerLet’s face it, long journeys are never easy. While those lucky types who can afford to fly can enjoy all manner of in flight entertainment, those of us who are confined to our cars with our bickering families get a bit of a raw deal. Something to keep in mind is that you can indeed keep the kids from scratching each other’ s eyes out of their skulls by getting hold of an In Car DVD Player. These things are awesome, and for a reasonable price they can help save your sanity. believe me. Many In Car DVD Players come with two screens you can attach to the back of head rests, along with the player itself. Stick a film or TV series on, and rediscover what it’s like to be able to hear yourself think while driving. Good stuff icon smile Beat Travel Boredom With An In Car DVD Player