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Razer DeathAdder 3.5G Mouse

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Feb 1, 2011 in Apple, Mac Gaming

Last year when I bought the iMac, I made the decision that it wasn’t a gaming platform, and I would use the consoles for my gaming needs. Since then Steam has come to the Mac, and with the Mac App Store providing the likes of COD4, Bioshock and Borderlands, it looks like I may have to rethink.

Although I am a major Apple fan boy, the Apple Magic Mouse is good, but no good for gaming. Don’t get me wrong the precision is good, but the touch sensitive top…not so good. I recently started playing Minecraft, and found it extremely annoying that every time I rested my middle finger on the right side of the mouse (as we all do) it would randomly scroll through my inventory. I found this to be the same with any game that uses the scroll wheel, and to be honest became a pain in the butt.

So, I needed a reasonably cheap, but mac compatible gaming mouse. Now I know that you can just plug in any mouse and it will work, however I’ve used the Razer mice in the past and I’ve really liked them. The DeathAdder comes with compatible Mac drivers allowing you to configure every last feature to get the perfect setup.

The full spec is below

  • 3500DPI Razer Precision™ 3.5G infrared sensor
  • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse™ buttons
  • Ultra-large non-slip buttons
  • Ergonomic right-handed design
  • PC/Mac compatible

I have to say, it feels good to have a decent mouse in my hand again, and looks like I’m back to “PC” gaming.

Screenshots below, as well of a video of the cool light on the back.

Razer DeathAdder Boxed

Razer DeathAdder Opened Box

Razer DeathAdder Side Profile

Razer DeathAdder Logo

Razer DeathAdder Control Panel

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New Speaker setup

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 24, 2010 in Tech

If your read my New and Improved Computer Room post, you may notice on the 2nd video that a Technics SCDV290 seems to have appeared from nowhere ?

This was our orignal Hi-Fi that we used to have downstair, it was an extremely powerful system however it had 1 major drawback….no optical inputs !

When I bought my PS3 a couple of years ago, I was kinda gutted that I could only hear it in Pro-Logic, and it felt a bit of a waste, so upgraded to the Onkyo TX-SR606 so I could get TrueHD. After forking out for the amp, I couldn’t really afford any speakers at the time, so used the speakers from the Technics

As part of the Computer room tidy up, we decided it was time to finally get the new speakers for the front room. I had a pair of Eltax Liberty 5+ speakers which I used to use when I was a bedroom DJ, and now have these in my bedroom connected to my amp. I’ve been so impressed with the sound quality of these, I decided to go with Eltax for the majority of my new speaker setup.

I went with the following

1 pair of Eltax CONCEPT 400

2 pairs of Eltax CONCEPT Mini’s

and finally the Gale ARIA AR50 Centre speaker due to Richer Sounds not having any stock of the Eltax SYMPHONY C4 Centre speakers and I was a little impatient.

Finally I bought 60 Metres of Oxygen Free cable to wire it all up (Believe it or not, 60 metres was only just enough !)

So yesterday they arrived, and I spent the night placing the speakers and wiring everything up….it seemed to take ages but so worth it !

Below are the before and after pics, as you can see they are a tad bigger than the Technics ones.

Left Front

Centre

Front Right

Rear Speakers Right

Left Rear Speakers

I decided to do away with the sub, as the bass I get from the Eltax Liberty 5+ speakers is more than sufficient, and I really don’t want to annoy my neighbours any more than I have too, so assumed that this would also be fine with the Eltax CONCEPT 400 speakers in place too.

I really wish I could post a sound clip, showing you the difference between the sounds, but it wouldn’t really work, as the sound would only be as good as your speakers 🙂

I can however say, that the sound quality has a lot more range to it, before the centre and rear speakers were only a single speaker, as they all now have independent tweeters, the sound is now very crisp.

The front Eltax CONCEPT 400 speakers are 400 watt speakers, have a tweeter, a midrange and 2 lower end cones, making the range sound fantastic !

Thanks to the Audyssey 2EQ Dynamic EQ the speaker setup was a breeze, just plugged the microphone into the front of the Onkyo TX-SR606, ran through the setup, and 5 minutes later, the speakers were setup perfect !

Now granted this kit is very much middle to bottom of the range of the whole home cinema setup spectrum, but it works perfect for me !

This will hopefully be my last major purchase of the year, as the savings are becoming quite depleted 🙂

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Apple Time Capsule

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 18, 2010 in Apple

As mention in my Happy Mac Day post I was awaiting delivery of the Apple Time Capsule ,and as assumed it did arrive today.

I have to say, Apple once again made setting up and installing this device an absolute pleasure !

Below are the unboxing pics

..and finally a picture of it inplace

Now in true Apple style, the setup was flawless, I put it on the shelf, I plugged it in, and that was it ! The iMacs and MacBook Pro all popped up with a prompt saying Time Capsule detected, do you want to set up Time Machine ?

Click yes, input the password and your away.

Did this on all the Macs in the house. The initial backup took a little while, however after that there is a silent hourly backup which you don’t even notice, and it’s good to know my data is now safe !

As you can see from the last image, I’m a little paranoid about my data, on the left I have the 2TB Acer Aspire Easystore, in the middle I have the 500GB Western Digital My Book World, and obviously on the right is the Time Capsule.

I tend to store the majority of my data on the EasyStore as this is set up with Raid 5, giving 1.5Tb of storage and losing only 500Gb to the parity recovery. I did use the MyBookWorld, however upgrading the firmware broke it, and had to spend the best part of a week recovering the data.

So with all this backup, why have I got the time capsule you may ask ?, well let me tell you.

I have a tendency of keeping an extremely clean desktop. If possible I will have nothing on it, however will use it as a temporary file store for the work I’m currently doing. Once I’ve done I tend to just delete everything, and then empty the recycle bin. Unfortunately on more than 1 occasion I’ve needed one of the files I’ve deleted.

Another reason is because C doesn’t tend to use the EasyStore as much as I, and tend to keep everything on her desktop on her iMac and MacBookPro, which means if the worst case happened, she would lose everything !

All in all, I’m very happy with this addition to my network, and can highly recommend getting one if you have a Mac

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