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Brenthaven Elite Sleeve

One of the things we pride ourselves on here at XSReviews is that we'll review pretty much anything. Now some would say this makes us product whores, not so; we simply like to get a wide variety of products on the site. However, this does mean that we end up with some rather interesting items to review; like today. Here we have a Brenthaven Elite Sleeve, a 15" laptop case, cover, thing. Let's check it out; I guess.

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BigFoot Networks Killer 2100 NIC

When Ageia released a PhysX physics processing unit several years ago, many people thought the technology would never catch on; simply because it was another thing they had to buy, another add-on card. However, while they were right in that the PPU itself didn't do so well, the technology did and has now been encorporated into nVidia's GPUs. Today we're looking at a product with a similar pedigree in that it doesn't have everyone convinced. It's a NIC, but a gamer one designed to improve your in-game latency giving you a smoother playing experience. While we don't know whether this will ultimately end up as another onboard GPU chip, let's see if it's worth your money in its current form.

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Teufel CB 200 Speakers and Amp

Home audio and specifically PC sound, is always a bit of an oddball when it comes to the enthusiast. In the same way that high end gaming mice and keyboards are only appreciated when they've been experienced, so too is high quality sound. However, despite this even the most well versed and deep pocketed enthusiast can fall into the trap of not acquiring nice Hi-Fi kit for their PC or gaming centre. Still, those that do will most of the time opt for a nice 2.1, perhaps 5.1 with the real cinema heads going for 7.1 or even 7.2. However, Teufel don't consider that number after the decimel to be so important, today giving us a peak at their CB 200 kit, an amped 2.0 pair of mids with incorporated tweeters. Let's see how they stand up to the patent pending XSR "listening with our ears" test.

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Sapphire Mini Projector 101

In tough economic times it's never a bad plan to diversify; it seems that applies to large companies too. Sapphire, makers of ATI graphics cards for desktop systems have often branched out into motherboards and the like, but now they're entering the display game too. However, not with a standard LCD or LED monitor, but an LED projector. It's small, comes with its own tripod and able to handle a reasonably high resolution. Let's see how it holds up.

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Creative ZiiSound D5

Creative were recently kind enough to send us a Zen Style 8GB MP3 player to review and it did rather well. To complement this original article we have another piece of kit from the same firm which will cetainly be easier to test with the media player in-house. Known as the Zii Sound D5, this is a bluetooth and 3.5mm compatible speaker designed for mobile devices and smartphone connectivity, allowing for improved sound for your stored media.It's quite big, with a comparable price tag. Let's check it out.

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Swann RemoteCam DVR-410

One of the advantages of being quite a long running review site (check out our 5 year anniversary in January) is that often times you don't need to contact companies to get products to review; they come to you. However this doesn't just limit itself to your usual reviewing fare of memory, HDDs, graphics cards and CPUs; we also get to take a look at some interesting gadgets too.Today is one such device. Swann Security Remote Cam DVR-410 is the name, and stealthy video and picture taking is its game. Let's try this bad boy out.

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Creative Zen X-Fi Style 8GB

While the word MP3 player was hijacked with the popularisation of iPods, in the same way that band-aids hijacked the term plaster in the US, it is a misconception that either of these markets is solely occupied by one brand. One constant throughout the entire MP3 and Media player game has been Creative, makers of speakers, sound cards and more. Today we take a look at a member of their latest generation of portable media players, the Creative Zen X-Fi Style 8gb. Quite a mouthful, but the device itself is compact and clean looking. Let's see how it holds up under the XSR microscope.

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ACRyan PlayOn!HD DVR

While we're mainly a PC hardware review team here at XSR, we like to check our any gadgets or gizmos that hook up to them, or perform functions similar to them. Products like AC Ryan's media players fit very neatly into this category, so to complete our tri-fecta of AC Ryan PlayON!HD reviews, today we're taking a peek at their DVR version, which packs everything the others do as well as a built in TV tuner and support for on the fly programme recording.

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NZXT Sentry 2

NZXT are known mainly for their cases, but this isn't the only item they produce. Today we're taking a peek at something that may not have shown up on everyone's radar yet, the NZXT Sentry 2 Fan controller. Packing a touch screen interface and a sleek look, will it impress in this mini review? Let's find out.

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Ultrasonic Laser Range Finder

While it may not be too expensive, considering it's own marketing speil states that it's great for estate agents or builders, I'd find it hard to recommend this product. If it had more decimal places I could say it'd be great for accurately measuring small distances quickly, but since it only goes to hundredths you'd be just as well off with a tape measure. Really this is a gadget that does what it's supposed to, just not very well. That said, compared to professional or even semi-professional laser range finders, this thing is about a 10th of the price. If you're on an extreme budget and are too lazy to use a tape measure, this product may work for you; but I wouldn't recommend it.

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