The final in our trio of mini Wii accessory reviews from Speedlink is the Bubble Chuk. Designed to replace the original Wii Nun Chuck accessory or at least give you a fancy coloured option with an alternate shaping. Let's see how it fares.
Following on from our Speedlink mini review of the Zone Charge Station, here's another one from Speedlink, the Classic Gamecube style controller for the Wii. Designed to be an ergonomic update to the older design, and fit it alongside the stylings of the usual white Wii. How does it compare to the original it's based on, and is the update worth it over the, more old school alternatives? Let's find out.
The Wii mote has become part of our everday culture, with the home console being the most widely know and used of the current generation. Bridging the gap between those gamers who just wern't comfortable with a standard control, and wanted something more familiar, you'd be hard pressed for someone to not recognise these strange controllers on sight. Despite the joys of wireless there is always the downside of powering them with AA batteries. Speedlink however, believes they have an alternative: The Zone Induction charger. These wirelessly charged, rechargeable packs and station should make those batteries a thing of the past. Let's see if they live up to the challenge.
With Mionix's previous headline mouse, the Mionix Saiph 3200, dropping in price to a much more attractive level around the £35 mark, the way has been paved for a new entry to the high end of Mionix's gaming peripheral range. In keeping with Mionix's cosmology theme, the Naos 5000 takes its named from a blue super giant star with the 5000 referring to the maximum dpi – 5040. Essentially, the Naos is a step up from the Saiph keeping the majority of the latter's features whilst adding and improving a few extra: 128kB in-built memory and an adjustable polling rate to name but a couple. Aimed at the high end gaming market, the Naos clocks in at a hefty £70. It's got all the gizmos expected of a gaming mouse but at double the cost of its predecessor and many other mice, can the price tag be justified?
Backing up and making sure your data is extra safe, is something people have been doing since the first digital storage device failed and someone realised they'd just lost a few bits of information. However, now with people having thousands of photographs, extensive movie and music collections, backup storage has never been more pertinent. That said, there's no reason some extra features can't be added and a little flair thrown in for good measure. Enter QNAP, makers of NAS devices for years, and today giving us a spin with their Turbo NAS known as the TS-119.
When it comes to audio cards for an enthusiast or high end gamer, it was always the case that if you wanted the top of the line but didn't need the audio creation features of the professional industry, you turned to Creative. However, in previous years we've seen this image slip away as other companies take up the mantle. One of these is Auzentech, who by utilising Creative's X-Fi chips in their cards, give all the features of one of their audio devices, with the added bits that Auzentech can bring. Today we're taking a look at a card that eclipses the previous top end cards from Auzentech, and with it's PCI-E interface and host of connector peripherals, it should provide everything you need in an enthusiast audio card. Let's see how it does.
The introduction of Intel's i7 platform coincided largely with the release of DDR3 memory bringing with it the prospect of triple channel setups. As a result, many memory kits have been produced specifically for the X58 motherboard generally of the order of 6GB (3 x 2GB). Typically, 1066MHz or 1333MHz DRAM has been used by the average users with higher frequencies seemingly classed as more “enthusiast” memory. However, with the price of DDR3 memory dropping, the lure of higher frequencies for use in combination with the i7 920 or other i7 CPUs is becoming a little greater. This is magnified by the ability to push the frequencies to 1866MHz or 2000MHz by simply changing the divider allowing for quick and easy overclocking which, when combined with a clock of 3.8-4.0GHz (easily achievable on the i7 920), gives a very significant performance boost. Kingston's HyperX range has often been considered as the company's headline memory act with its distinctive, flashy heat spreaders. This particular kit, KHX1866C9D3T1K3/6GX, is made up of three 2GB sticks each running at a stock speed of 1866MHz with CL9 timings. Let’s take a closer look.