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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The King and I

I’m no longer sure of where I bought my first flash drive, but chances are it was most likely at CD-R King. I don’t remember much of the details anymore, save that it was only 512 MB at the price of maybe an 8 or 16 GB today (Moore’s Law1 hadn’t gotten flash drives that far yet) and that I bought it more than five years ago at the old, smaller CD-R King store at the Alabang Town Center.

Fast forward those six or so odd years later, and things both have and have not changed for the homegrown, upstart computer accessories shop. This impressive growth is both amazing as well as irritating, for reasons you’ll find out later. (Though if you’ve already shopped at least once at CD-R King, you may already know why.)

Today, I realized that I’ve been a loyal customer for so long, having been with the franchise almost every step of the way, and I know exactly why I keep coming back. I found that I’m proud of CD-R King like a father who has seen his child grow into an adult, and I believe I’m entitled to the feeling because I’ve always shopped there.

Let’s begin with their biggest, most obvious selling point. Their selection of items is huge, and not to mention, amusingly varied. The franchise has gone from just selling, well, the eponymous blank CDs (the old ATC branch I mentioned earlier wasn’t the mall’s first CD-R King incarnation; it was preceded by a tiny stall stocked with spindles upon spindles of CDs.) to accessories ranging from the really important (CDs, flash drives, memory cards, mice, keyboards, etc) to the ridiculously trivial (various USB trinkets, including a USB tranquillity fountain, USB fan, and a USB mini-fridge for your single special Hershey’s Kiss, I guess), and to the downright… insane.

CD-R King: Aiding and abetting crime since 2011.

I’m desperately trying – and already failing – not to sound like a shill here, but you will find every computer-related thing you need in here, save for the actual computers. (So far. But word on the street is that they’re working on that.) Not only will you also find things that you never thought anybody was selling in the Philippines, but you might also find things that you never thought you needed before.

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Hands On With The Nokia Lumia 710

Yesterday, I got my grubby hands on the Nokia Lumia 710, which is being offered exclusively by Smart. They were kind enough to let me borrow it so I can play around with it, take pictures and make a video of it in action. I'm glad they did. All the hype the Lumia has going for it right now, I can say that it is promising enough to live up to it.

The 710's big brother, the Nokia Lumia 900, won the CES 2012 Best in Show for handsets. This is the same CES where they announced the HTC One X and those new quad core smartphones from different manufacturers; and out of all the stiff competition, this came out on top. That automatically fired up my curiosity. What's so great about it, right?

I am an Android fan, first and foremost. I love how it is as user-friendly as you make it and I love how everyone in the world can develop for it. I'm not sure how Windows will handle their 3rd party developers (because I haven't read up on it) but if they treat it the way they do their PC platform, then Google may have some stiff competition. I heard that at SXSW, the Windows Phone operating system was the talk of the town.

Now, on to the Nokia Lumia 710 itself. For a mid-range smartphone, it's actually priced pretty nicely. You can get it through Smart's Special Edition Data Plan 1000, with a monthly amortization of P450.00. Outside, it should retail at around $200-$250.

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