Pros and Cons: Wii-U

If you're anything like me, a Wii fan who just pretty much graduated from the novelty but was looking forward to the next Nintendo installment, then you've had your eye on the Wii-U since it Project Café was leaked in April of 2011. What I like to do when considering a major purchase is plotting out the pros and cons of said object of obsession. It's a good practice that I think everyone should consider taking up.

The fact that I've been hearing a bunch of negative things about the console and that there's confusion on whether it's an upgraded version or an entirely new console were enough reasons for me to put together a list of pros and cons so maybe it'd help somebody out.

First things first, let's make it clear that it is an entirely new console. It isn't just a gamepad or an upgrade to the Wii. It is a next generation Wii.

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Nexus 7 Review

Recently, Google released new versions of their well received mini tablet, the Nexus 7. I say 'mini' because until recently, our benchmark for a tablet has been the iPad and all of its successors. Let's not kid ourselves, no other tablet has been up to snuff since Steve Jobs released that chunky first iPad. The seven inch tablet market has been particularly sore, what with all the China-made versions choosing that size to China-ize (Is that racist? You all know what I mean though, right?). Until the Nexus 7 was released, the 7-inchers were pretty much considered a joke. Google did us all a favor by offering updates at no additional cost. The Nexus 7 is now offered in 16GB for US$199 and 32GB for US$249 (the 8GB has been discontinued). I was able to get my hands on a 32GB one early this week and after a few days of relatively heavy use, I'll attempt to share my two cents.

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Tritton AX-720 Review

In an industry where the focus is the ever improving graphical quality of its products, it is undeniable that while the audio experience lends much to immersion of the gamer, it isn't the very first thing on the priority list for most consumers. If you had to buy each bit of your entertainment system one at a time, this is how it's likely to go down - HDTV, gaming rig PC and/or console, variety of controllers (fighting sticks, motion, sim rigs) and then audio equipment. Am I right? That doesn't mean no one pays attention to the audio aspect of gaming, of course. You've got guys like Turtle Beach and Tritton who have been battling it out to be the undisputed manufacturers of gaming audio hardware.

Enter the Tritton AX 720 7.1 gaming headphones for the XBox 360, PS3 and PC.

I've had these babies for a good month and a half now, which I believe is ample time to have sized em' up and compared them to the official Sony Playstation 7.1 Headphones.

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ASUS Slider Review

I managed to get my hands on the ASUS Eee Pad Slider. I know it's old, it came out last year, but hear me out. I think it's still pretty spiffy despite its age. Although, yeah, a year's a really long time when it comes to toys like these but I think this one's still pretty relevant especially if you're looking for a specialized tool.

So, okay, let's talk a little about its form. It has a 10.1 inch screen, which displays a 1280x800 pixel resolution, which is the same as my laptop. And if my research serves me correctly, it's the first tablet to have a slide-out keyboard. At 10.7x7.1x.72 inches, it's relatively big. And at 2.1 pounds, it is also heavier than most tablets out in the market today. The iPad 3 is at 1.44 pounds, just so you have a reference on the weight. But if you consider the fact that it has a keyboard, then it isn't so bad because my small laptop probably weighs around 5 pounds.


The screen itself is very glossy, which makes it a finger-print magnet but that's not anything a matte screen protector can't solve. While it enjoys a very big screen, what's immediately obvious is that it has an even bigger bezel. Normally, having a big bezel makes a device look very, very dated, but there's a reason for it on the Slider. It's there to accommodate the large and very comfortable keyboard.

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What To Do When Your PC Conks Out On You

A PC is just like any other machine. Given enough use and time, it will break down. It's not really a question of "if," it's more of "how much can you get out of it before it does?" To most PC owners, this is a tragedy. But if you're like me, and you carefully picked out each component to build your dream machine with the money you saved up for years, then having it go on the fritz on you is more or less equivalent to an aneurysm.

A couple nights ago, my PC (lovingly nicknamed Ultimus Maximus) and I had a little episode.

Because of that, I thought it'd be a good idea to write about what a novice PC owner should do when his rig does decide to just stop working.

Step 1: Keep a calm and analytical mind.

Step 2: Okay, just kidding. You may flip the fuck out for no longer than 25 minutes. Go ahead.

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