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Happy Mac Day !

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 17, 2010 in Apple

Well after much consideration, I finally took to plunge and bought a 27″ iMac.

I’ve been running Mac OSX on my PC now for a good few months, and I’ve also got a MacBook Pro. A couple of things were holding me back, first of all gaming ability. As you are probably more than aware, I game….alot ! and the majority of games come out on the PC. Now I know you can run Parallels desktop, and similar wine based software to allow you to run up Windows games on the mac, but there seems to be only a handful of games that run 100%.

Currently I have the option to boot up my Windows 7 drive in my PC and all is good. I was aware of bootcamp too, however until last week I’d not put this to use.

As mentioned, last week, I was going on a VB.net training course and had to put Windows on my Mac, in case I needed to run through anything on a evening….installed windows XP, installed the Bootcamp drivers, and everything ran very smooth 🙂

Another announcement 2 weeks ago which helped sway my decision was the announcement of Steam coming to the Mac in April, and they would also be bringing with them the Valve games. They’ve also said that if you already own any of the Steam games, eg Half Life, Portal, Team Fortress, there is no need to repurchase them !

So the decision was made at the weekend and I bought and iMac 27″. I decided to go with the Quad Core i5 version as I don’t plan on replacing this for a couple of years. When I say I bought 1, I actually mean that I ordered 2, and C wanted one too, as our current machines are around 2 1/2 years old.

I decided as we will have 2 iMacs and 2 MacBook Pros, it was only sensible to get a Time Capsule too. We do currently use our 2Tb Acer Aspire EasyStore for the majority of our storage, but through it would be advantageous to have the Time Capsule for the “what if” factor.

As you can guess by the title of this post, today everything has turned up !

Below are the images of the unboxing of both the iMacs and the the Time Capsule apparently turns up tomorrow.

The huge brown boxes

Unboxed from said brown boxes

Unboxed

The Keyboard

Keyboard and Mouse

Again, the keyboard and mouse

This is how slim the magic mouse is

and this size of the keyboard

Size of the screen, compared to my 15.4″ MacBook Pro

The spec from the box

Finally in place

C with the original PC in place

Both in position

and finally to give you an idea of the screen resolution, below is a google search ! Look at all the white !

Finally, how is it ?

Let me tell you, it’s huge, it’s fast, it’s deadly quiet, and it’s Apple !…..so yup it works really well. The mouse and keyboard are taking a little getting used to, apart from that, I’m loving it !

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Logitech G25 and Playseat A1GP

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Apr 4, 2009 in PS3
For a while now I’ve been eyeing in the Logitech G25 steering wheel and pedals for a couple of reasons.
a, it has a 900 degrees steering wheel
b, it has a clutch pedal
c, it has a 6 way gearbox with reverse
d, I have a lot of racing games for the PS3
So one drunken night (last Friday), I decided to finally take the plunge and buy it. This Tuesday it turned up, and OMG, I cannot believe how good this thing is.
First thing I noticed was the build quality, this thing is solid as a rock.
The wheel itself, feels very realistic, with the smooth 900 degree motion, and a leather covering, it make it feel like your driving an actual car.
Next the pedals, each of them has a different pressure to emulate brake and clutch, and feel really realistic.
Finally, the shifter, I guess this is the thing I’m most impressed about. In 1 mode, you have a realistic 6 way gearbox with reverse, and in the other way you have a simple up/down gear shifter. On the shifter section there is also DPAD for navigating games menu systems, and the 8 controller buttons.
Although the above is fantastic, and I can’t express just how impressed I am with them.
I do however I have a slight issue, I have nowhere sensible to clamp this (I know, I know, I should have thought about this in advance,…..but I was drunk). Currently I have this clamped to the table in the front room, which is ok for the time being, however with it only being about a foot from the floor, I’m sure I’m going to get a spinal injury, as I’m currently hunched over attempting to reach the pedals and steering wheel.
As you’ve probably guessed, this explains the Playseat A1GP. I thought, as I’ve got the Wheel, pedals and gearshift, I thought I might as well go the full hog. After much research, I decided on the Playseat A1GP, this seat is designed to work with the Logitech G25, it has the screw mounting points for pedals and wheel to fix them in place. I had to buy an addition component to mount to gear shift to the side of the chair, however now everything is fixed.
Now the whole thing is bolted together, words cannot describe how realistic this thing is, with games like Gran Turismo and GRID, you have the option for the full 900 degrees steering, which is as close to driving a you can get.
If you have a spare ÂŁ600, I can highly recommend this setup, it gives a whole new lease of life for my driving games.
More images below
This controller work on the PS3 and PC, and a list of games that will that will make use of it’s full features can be found at the below link

Official Logictech stuff below.

Transform your racing experience into a virtual Monza. Feel your car’s weight shift and tires slip as you navigate corners, thanks to the powerful, dual-motor force feedback transmission. Quickly select the correct gear with either the six-speed shifter or the F1-style paddles. Wrap your hands tightly around the real leather wheel, and slam on the steel pedals – gas, brake, and clutch. You’re not playing games anymore, you’re racing.

Control

  • Dual-motor force feedback transmission: Experience quiet, powerful force feedback effects. You’ll feel every bump, bank, and curb, recreated with remarkable fidelity.
  • Six-speed stick shift: Quickly select between six forward gears and a push-down reverse gear. Or switch to sequential shifting mode.
  • 900 degree wheel rotation: Turns 2 ½ times, lock-to-lock, to accurately replicate real steering dynamics.
  • Metal gas, brake, and clutch pedals: Control your car intuitively with sturdy, true-to-life pedals.
  • Two paddle shifters: Keep both hands on the wheel while changing gears.
  • 12 programmable buttons plus D-pad: Easily map game functions to your preference with the powerful software.

Comfort

  • Hand-stitched leather: the 28 cm (11″) wheel is wrapped in real leather to help keep your hands comfortable during long racing sessions.

System Requirements

PC
    • PC with Pentium® processor or compatible
    • 256 MB RAM
    • 20 MB of available hard disk space
    • CD-ROM drive
    • USB port
    • Windows® XP or Windows Vista™
    • Games that support Logitech® Force Feedback
PLAYSTATION®
    • PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system
    • PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system

Package Contents

    • Logitech® G25 Racing Wheel
    • Shifter module
    • Gas, brake, and clutch pedals
    • Power supply
    • Software CD-ROM
    • User documentation
    • 2-year warranty


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