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Übercool is something we have embraced, more than the word though, we love the thought of an item being so far above average one forgets what average was

Sony’s VPL-VW1000ES Projector: The 4k Revolution Begins Here…

Home-Theatre seem to be constantly evolving, there seems to be a revolution every other year and this year is no different. This years revolution is the 4K resolution revolution. At this weeks IFA show Sony has been demonstrating the brand new VW1000ES rear projector. Capable of displaying pictures using 4096 x 2048 pixel resolution this is the first consumer projector capable of the Hi-Vision standard. At an estimated $25,000 USD this won’t be the number one selling projector in the world but it will be a milestone in the evolution of the moving picture.

“Sony continues to push the boundaries of high resolution video from the lens to the living room,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of Sony Electronics’ Home Division. “In similar fashion to our industry leading 4K Digital Cinema projectors, our new VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre projector has been created to not just meet but exceed the needs of the most discerning and demanding home entertainment enthusiasts. It will allow them to become totally involved in the viewing experience and much closer to the action on the biggest home theatre screens, with images that deliver considerably more detail and fewer artefacts.”

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Samsung’s Smart Media Hub. SE-208BW, The Swiss Army Knife of Optical Drives…

It was easy to miss Samsung’s new SE-208BW Optical Drive announced this week. Drowned out by all of the noise at the IFA gadget festival in Germany Samsung’s new drive is a game changing device non the less, this a whole new class of device being created before our eyes. Samsung’s new drive is the Über can do drive, like all great super hero’s this is a split personality device. As a mild manured Optical Drive it run’s flawlessly and looks great to boot, but there is another side to the SE-208BW, connect it to a network and it becomes the Wi-Fi Superman gadget. Able to backup entire smartphones in a single click, serves files faster than a Google’s farm and handier than a box full of Swiss army knives. You will wonder why we have all put up with plain old external drives.

Not forgetting that at it’s core this is an external DVD, as such it does the basics very well. Specifications include 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD reading and 8X DVD±R, 5X DVD-RAM, 6X DVD+R Dual Layer, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW recording. The drive boasts Buffer Under Run technology to prevent errors that may result from writing speeds that exceed data transfer speeds, while also enabling PC multitasking. Bootable through USB for those annoying Windows installs.

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Boogie RIP e-Writer: Etch A Sketch For Grownups…

Paper, the pulp of fiction, the holder of histories has a new challenger. 2000 years after it’s invention, paper has possibly it’s greatest challenger yet. The world of electronic gadgetry has finally caught up with one of mans greatest ever inventions. Improv Electronics burst on the scene with their Boogie Board LCD eWriters earlier this year. Cheap, hardy and an incredibly useable writing tablet the Boogie Boards quickly became known for , now the Boogie just got better. Improv this week announced the Boogie Board RIP – Record Image Preserve – LCD Writing Tablet, this new more advanced Boogie at the press of a button will record the contents of the display to a pdf, storing it in the Boogies on board memory. While the Boogie may look similar to other tablets and e-book readers it is actually designed from a different perspective, the writer instead of the reader. At its most basic the Boogie is an electronic notepad for sketches, quick lists and short notes. With sizes ranging from 7.5 to 10.5 and prices low enough to worry 3M the Boogies boards are a gadget on the move.

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Yes Please Samsung, S-PLS Monitors for the Masses…

The current King of Über computer monitor technology, the IPS panel has a new challenger. This new young upstart from Samsung is taking the fight to the King.

Samsung has announced the latest additions to its SyncMaster family of monitors, featuring new S-PLS – Plane to Line Switching – technology. Similar to other types of IPS – In-Plane Switching – displays the Samsung variant offers much better viewing angles and brightness. Three models have been announced, the S24A350T, S24A650 and S27A850. More than just the introduction of three new models Samsung has standardized next generation monitor technology, opening the way for Samsungs new S-PLS technology to become standard for affordable computer monitors.

The new SyncMaster monitors are based on Samsungs version of IPS, S-PLS. Previously only used in Samsungs killer little table the Galaxy 10.1 Tab, this is next the generation of LCD. Samsung has also tried to optimize S-PLS for mass produced monitors, at 15% cheaper to produce than other IPS panels Samsung’s hard work is paying off.

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Republic of Gamers MARS II, The ASUS Übervideo Card KING…

Über Video Cards, the pinnacle of pixel pushers are the stuff of dreams for us mere mortals. Keeping the dream alive ASUS has released the ultimate Über MARS II video card, the most powerful video card in the world. ASUS has pulled out all the stops for the MARS II, with 22% higher performance than it’s younger NVIDIA GTX 590 the MARS II is a video card on fire.

Hidden under nearly 2kg of aluminium heat sinks sits twin GeForce GTX 580 cores along with 3GB of superfast GDDR5 video memory, a potent combination. If all of this has you salivating and reaching for you wallet, pause and know only 999 of these Über video cards are being produced and each one will cost you $1,400 USD, oouch.

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Switchblade UI, Über Gaming Laptop. Don’t Cut Yourself !…

Über gaming laptop devotee’s, a new contender has entered the arena and it has an innovative weapon at your fingetips. Makers of the ultimate hard-core gaming hardware Razer have announced the Razer Blade gaming laptop with its Switchblade UI. The Blade was developed in partnership with Intel, Switchblade is pure Razer. Alienware may have made a name with extravagant and outrageous case designs but one thing that gamers love even more is tactical advantage. Which is exactly what the Blades Switchblade UI promises. By combining an LCD touchscreen with 10 hot keys that actually have in-built screens all mapped to offer the greatest in-game advantage. Razer have made one hell of a first impression with their first attempt at the gamers laptop,the Blade.

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Monster World Domination Tour, Ken Block in Australia…

“My visit is shaping up to be wild. We’re coming down and doing a ton of different things during my visit, and, I’m not just there for the World Tour. I’m also racing in WRC Australia the following week. I can’t wait, it’s going to be a very fun couple of weeks for me.”, Ken Block.

SOLD OUT! Monsters’ Gymkhana World Tour spectacular is approaching Australia fast, the count down to September 3 is well underway. Those lucky enough to win tickets to the one-off show are in for a big night of extreme Monster behaviour. The Ford Fiesta thrashed around Universal studio’s in Gymkhana 4 will be joining Block for the show. Monster Energy Australia have been working hard to make the Australian show special, a true one-off. Many of Australia’s motor sports champions -past and present- will make an appearance along with the entire Monster Extreme Sports crew who are making the trip down under. Expect motor cross bikes jumping moving rally car, mid-air cross overs, and more smoke and rubber than a tyre fire. We hear the man on the Segway is charging his batteries as we speak, ready to ride straight though the middle of some of the most extreme driving ever recorded.

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ASUS ROG G74Sx, Über Gaming Laptop for the Masses…

Über gaming laptops, these Über laptops are more than just a status symbol for the manufacturer and user, this is the modern work-horse computer. Republic of Gamers, the face of gaming at ASUS have released a new contender for the King of Über Gaming Laptops, the ROG G74Sx. ASUS has bestowed the G74Sx with the weapons to take the game to the current king, the Dell Alienware M17x. Boasting the latest generation Intel Core-i7 quad core processor and NVidia’s latest mobile GPU the NV 560 the ASUS has turned up to a knife fight with a 44 magnum. ASUS has managed to deliver an Über Gaming laptop that doesn’t scream look at me, it just does what you require without compromise. Just as happy editing your photo’s and shooting the hell out of your buddies in Battlefield this is a proper Desktop Replacement jack of all trades.

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Sphero A New Kind of Toy, The Spherical Super Hero…

The Christmas toy season is quickly approaching, toy companies around the world are beavering away in their labs trying to formulate the latest must have toy. Orbotix, a small company from Boulder Colorado may have this years viral toy sitting in the palm of their hand, a toy named Sphero. Orbotix have taken the worlds oldest toy, the ball, and dragged it kicking and screaming into the 21st century in turn creating the worlds only remote-controlled intelligent ball. Sphero, he will roll his way into everyone’s hearts and minds.

“The idea is to combine Sphero, a real world robot ball with the virtual world of augmented reality and by doing so, enhance the overall gaming experience for the user. Augmented reality allows Sphero to become the object of any number of virtual games. Picture Sphero as a wrecking ball crushing virtual objects in your living room – the possibilities are endless.” Adam Wilson, Chief Software Architect.

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A New Class of Laptop, ASUS UX31 Ultrabook…

Launched at Computex 2011 the UX31 is part of a new UX Series of laptops from ASUS, also released along side the UX31 was it’s smaller brother the UX21 -11.6 inch screen-. Intels new generation chipset and CPU have allowed power usage and temperatures to drop, essential for this new generation of laptop.

The UX31 and Ultrabook reference design certainly do pack a lot of technology into a sleek and compact design, Intel has tried to make an industry standard model better than the MacBook Air and have generally managed to do just that. The UX31 presented at Computex included a Core i7-2637M –Sandy Bridge CPU– running at 1.7GHz, half the speed of the desktop equivalent. According to ASUS online options will include the cheaper Core i5 as well as the Core i7 CPU as seen in the demonstration models. 4GB of DDR3 Ram is standard along with the SanDisk U100 SATA III SSD, starting at 64GB, options for sizes up to 256GB will also be available. The UX31’s impressive 13.3 inch LED backlight screen boasts 1600×900 resolution, solving the most annoying characteristics of Netbooks, slow speed and low resolution screens. Intel’s anaemic integrated graphics is built into the CPU -keeping power usage down-, which it does very well but at the cost of graphics performance which is still a tad slow, in the same ballpark as most Netbooks. Still there is enough power here to run a second monitor or TV, watch movies and generally plod around as we do.

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