Archive | December, 2013

Dual Shock Wireless Controller 4 – Is It Good Enough?

Posted on 31 December 2013

Sony PlayStation has always been one of the most eminent consoles in the market. It not only delivers unprecedented graphics but also offers a diversity of title (games) ranging from action to sports to strategy. However, the only mediocre facet of this world-class platform was its controller.

Not that the controller was substandard, but in comparison to the controller of other top platforms, it lacked functionality. The advent of Dual shock wireless controller 4 brought about many positive changes to take its functionality a step higher.

So now the question that comes to mind is: Will the PS 4 (after its overhaul) be able to compete with other top controllers? Read on to find out!What Changes Have Been Made?

The most visible change is the inclusion of touch pad, on top of the controller. The purpose of this pad is to recognize finger swipes and presses, like smartphones do. Apart from this, no major changes have been made appearance-wise.

Moreover, the tops of the analogue controls are concave, with a recessed centre and angled ridges at the sides, so as to increase the grip and overall comfort of the gamer.

Another notable change is that the height of the analogue sticks has been lowered to make the transition between controls more convenient.

What Prompted These Changes?
The primary reason of implementing those changes was to take the overall gaming experience to a whole new level, something you wouldn’t be surprised by, if you know Sony well.

In addition, the changes were prompted by the abundant feedback received from customers. Therefore, it won’t be wrong to say that Sony has built a controller which most gamers precisely need.

And that brings us to the answer of our first question whether Sony’s latest controller is competitive or not. Yes, it is! As a matter of fact, anything made with the customers’ needs in mind, will be a success.

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4 Highly Anticipated Gadgets of 2014

Posted on 30 December 2013

2013 has indeed been quite prolific for the technology industry. A number of unique and innovative gadgets were introduced which took the world by storm, such as the iPhone 5S, Samsung S4, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX tablet, Sony’s PS 4 and so on.

That being said, 2014 is anticipated to be a lot more fruitful and innovative for the tech industry than 2013. Quite exciting, isn’t it? The world is going to witness some extraordinary inventions that couldn’t have been imagined a few years ago. So without further ado, here are some of the most anticipated technology gadgets of 2014:

iPhone 6
There has been a lot of speculation revolving around Apple’s iPhone 6. However, nothing has been confirmed from Apple’s end. According to rumors, Apple will launch this incredible piece of technology at the end of 2014. Moreover, it is speculated that the handset will have a comparatively bigger and better screen as well as longer battery life.

Samsung S5
Samsung, without a shadow of a doubt is Apple’s biggest competitor. And to maintain its standard, the S5 model in its incredible Galaxy series is expected to be launched next year. The S5 is expected to be released in February and is speculated to have an Exynos 5 Octa processor, 3GB memory and an Amoled screen.

Apple iWatch
If there was a list for “the most rumored gadgets”, then Apple’s iWatch definitely has to be among the top ones on that list. Initially, the iWatch was predicted to be launch in 2013, but wasn’t. Let’s hope that the same doesn’t transpire next year. The product is speculated to have multiple training functions and will also notify users about incoming messages, emails and so on.

Valve Stream Machine
Valve is set to launch its latest Stream Machine in the coming year. One intriguing point is that the gaming platform is predicted to be comparatively cheaper than its competitors (PS 4 and X-box One) and is supposed to provide access to a bigger library.
So there you have some of the most anticipated technology gadgets of 2014. Now let’s wait and see how many of these predictions actually come true.

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OCZ Fatal1ty 550W PSU for Mainstream Gamers

Posted on 27 December 2013

It has been quite some time since OCZ came out with a power supply. However, the company is back with a bang and a big name. The ‘Fatal1ty’ moniker comes from Jonathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, the world’s first professional gamer. This suggests that OCZ co-developed this PSU with Jonathan to ensure specific needs of gamers.

Specifications
The PSU offers 550 watts of power. With ’80 Plus Bronze’ certification, it can deliver clean power at 80% efficiency. It has a fully modular cable design with a single +12V rail. It also comes with a LED lit cooling fan that uses a sleeve bearing for silent operation. That aside, the power supply comes with two PCIe connectors and a single EPS connector. For a 550 watts power supply, this has numerous SATA and peripheral connections, which are all 18AGW wires, the recommended ATX standard.

Design
Being a large power supply unit, it comes in a large box. It has a front close-up shot of the PSU with its red LED fan in action. On the side, you will find information and the testimony of the co-developer, Jonathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel. At the back, you can find the technical specifications of the unit.
The PSU looks and feels well-built and boasts a high quality finish. It has the useful on/off switch and the classic honey comb grill. In addition, the modular panel at the rear has 10 sockets, all well decaled in red and black. The black ones are for the 24-pin and reds for the peripheral, PCIe and EPS connections.

Performance
Being an ’80 Plus Bronze’ certified power supply, the PSU offers exceptional efficiency. It performs admirably at low loads and is able to deliver continuous power at full loads with almost 79.79% efficiency. The cooling fan keeps its noise levels down at full load and was able to keep the PSU within optimal operation temperature.

Price
The Fatal1ty comes at a very good price point. Retailing for only $69.99, this PSU offers good performance at a great price.

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Phorus PR1: the New Play Fi Device

Posted on 26 December 2013

p>What would you do if you discovered that you can make your home audio system wire free? Streaming high quality audio from your Smartphone, tablet or PC is now a reality with the Phorus PR1 receiver. It promises to give you the best quality of two worlds: Wi-Fi audio and Bluetooth stability. This new technology, which is called Play-Fi, was developed to stream lossless audio by DTS. It can be used by an Android device or a networked DLNA drive over a home Wi-Fi network.

Design
The Phorus PR1 has an oval shaped large textured surface. It has a rear USB port which can be used to charge mobile phones. Its size makes it travel friendly. It comes with rubberized docking stands, making it sit comfortably on any surface. It also has five buttons at the front, one for power, volume up and down, one for Bluetooth and one for Play-Fi system. In addition, it comes with a 3.5mm jack to connect with an audio system.

Features
Although it was originally featured as a ‘wireless audio system for Android devices’, it has now added iOS support and PC playback will be added soon. With a 16/48 high res audio improvement and a large number of streaming services support, this is in direct competition with Sonos. Its Android app offers streaming from radio, internet and any computer or NAS. Being new to iOS, the device can only stream audio from either your Apple phone or Pandora.
Phorus also offers Bluetooth in conjunction with Play-Fi. This allows users to use the speakers without downloading a special app. You can add more than one receiver and link them up. This way, you can hear music everywhere with perfect synchronization in different rooms at the same time.

Price
Phorus PR1, which is priced at $149, offers the same quality and features at half the price of its competition. So it’s definitely a good buy.

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