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Nox Specialist Review

After almost three weeks of grueling testing, I have finally formed my opinions on the Nox Specialist gaming headset. Before we get started, let me just say that I have put off buying a nice pair of headphones for quite a while now and now that I have finally got around to it, I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and I could bet you would be as well if you choose to purchase a pair!

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I’m first going to start by going over the build quality and durability of the Nox Specialist gaming headset. Let me inform you that these headphones have traveled from Pennsylvania, to New York, to Florida, to Michigan, to Las Vegas and they’re still not broken or worn down in any way. This pair of headphones aren’t too bulky, but they hold their own when it comes to durability. These little guys can take a fair beating before they’re going to crap out on you, so you’re going to have to intentionally try and break these if they’re going to break at all.

Next up is, of course, sound quality. Now I was doubtful about this aspect, because they aren’t built for noise canceling, so I figured, if there’s outside noise, it doesn’t matter how good the sound quality is, if you can’t hear it, there’s no use for it. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case with the Specialist headset. These things can really pack a punch and they really have THE BEST sound quality I have heard in a long time. The sound sounds like you really have speakers all around you, they did an amazing job with these things and they are well worth the money.

Nox Specialist Gaming Headset

The next aspect to cover is the comfort. I know a lot of people who will sacrifice a little bit of sound quality and even durability as long as the headset is comfortable. Well, the Specialist headset has memory foam earcups that just feel like clouds on your head. These are extremely comfortable and don’t squeeze your head and don’t even make your head get all hot because of them heating up your ears. There’s nothing here I can complain about, so that is a very good thing!

Were almost through, one of the last things I’m going to bring up are the features of this gaming headset. There is some really awesome designing that has been implicated with the Specialist Headset that I am really intrigued with. On the right ear cup there is a volume rocker and a mute switch for the microphone, which, by the way retracts on the left side so that when it’s not in use you can retract it and nobody would even know it’s there! The microphone by the way is also has amazing sensitivity and pics up so much sound so crisp and clear that it almost gets to be a pain, but better more than less. One other very cool feature is the ability to remove the wire, so that if the wire goes bad, the whole headset doesn’t get junked, all you have to do is replace the wire and the headset will continue to perform!

Compatibility is last, but for no specific reason. Nox advertises that the specialist headset can be used with Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iPhone iPods, Laptops, and many cell phones and other mp3 devices. This ability alone adds a TON to the value of this headset as far as I perceive it. I love gadgets that have multiple uses and this headset hasn’t let me down yet. These work great with everything mentioned above and they do their job just as you would hope they would.

Overall, I would say if you’re considering purchasing a higher end pair of headphones and maybe even considering a Turtle Beach headset, I would say give the Nox Specialist headphones a try, just see how you like them, because I know I sure am happy I gave them a shot!

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Nox Specialist Unboxing

So if you guys know anything about me, you know that one thing I am willing to spend a few bucks on is a decent set of headphones. Well, that time has come once again and I purchased a pair of Nox’s Specialist gaming headsets, so this is just going to be the unboxing.

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My first impression is that the packaging is a big confusing, but it is very unique and I like how it was designed. I really like the case that was included, they didn’t cheap out on you for once, this case is made to last and it will protect your Specialist Headset and make that last too and that’s what counts.

One thing that is a big turnoff to me is all the wires that are needed to connect this thing to the PS3. There are just so many different wires running all over the place that it just looks like a mess whenever the Specialist is in use. That being said, one of the main reasons that I purchased the Specialist Gaming Headset over Turtle Beach, was because Nox is a brand new company and also I thought that the Specialist would have less wires, but I think I was wrong on that.

Nox Specialist Gaming Headset

One thing that is worth mentioning is that right out of the box, when you hold the Specialist Headset, you feel the body to them. They feel like a full 100 dollars worth of headphones and I really mean that. These things feel like they’re built to last with the gamer in mind.

One other huge plus to these headphones is that they don’t constrict your head during extended gaming sessions and the ear pads are the most comfortable ear pads I have ever felt. They really do make it feel like you’re just wearing a hat, they feel like they were made for extended use and you forget that you’re even wearing them.

I really think another awesome feature is the retractable microphone that enables you to get the mic out of the way for when you use these with your iPod or hand held gaming device.

Overall, right out of the box my only complaint would be that these are not wireless headphones, which for me would really make me willing to pay $400 for these things if only they were wireless.

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YouTube Upload Tutorial

For any of you that have a Mac, I would highly recommend downloading MPEG Streamclip just to have it on your computer, because it can be extremely useful even though it’s such a simple little application. Not only can it open just about any video file type you can imagaine, but it also has the capability to download videos directly from url’s, meaning you can just set it to download your video and export it right out in whatever format you want as soon as it’s done. Now that alone is enough to make me keep this awesome app!

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For the screen recording done in this video, I used an application called Screenium. It is not a free program, you need to buy it to use it, but they do have a free trial and it is a fairly inexpensive app that is well worth the money even if you don’t use it much.

If you’re looking for tips on naming and tagging your video’s, try searching for other videos that are about the same general topic as yours and gradually narrow it down until you come up with a good title that you want to use. Than for the tagging, just compare with those other related videos from before and type out tag ideas that you think of based off of the tags they used for their video.

There really isn’t much to uploading a YouTube video, so there really isn’t much more I can say, but if you want to get some more tips and tricks related to this topic, check out the video above and I will give you lots of other tricks you can use to speed up your YouTube upload process!

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Bump Top Released For Mac

Bump Top was officially released for Mac on January 22nd, 2010 and immediately took off right on launch day. Not only does it make a small monitor more convenient and easier to use, but it makes desktop organization extremely fast, easy, and fun!

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I remember back a few years ago now, when Bump Top had just been released for Windows and it was a huge hit! People were ranting and raving over this little program. Some people didn’t know how such a simple, yet complex, idea could make such an impact for every type of user. I never actually downloaded Bump Top for Windows, because I already had a large monitor and I didn’t see the need for it, I just figured it was going to use up more resources in the background and slow down my computer, but now that I have a 13″ Unibody MacBook, I see the need and Bump Top was here to fill it!

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BumpTop basically takes all the features you already have with your desktop and combines them together with its own little twist to each. Most programs that try to do this, or something similar, usually fail miserably, but I have to give Bump Top props, because I couldn’t find anything that I would change that hasn’t already been done. To list a few of the features, Bump Top makes icon selection much easier and more precise, it offers the ability to stack icons, as well as group icons in many different designs.

Bump Tops main eye catcher is the 3D desktop environment it has to offer. You can have up to 5 different desktop wallpapers and to put it simply, you have 5 separate desktops all conveniently woven into one. I’m sure at this point, if you haven’t looked at the program, you are extremely confused as to what this all means. Well, if that’s the case, check out the video above and look for yourself as I capture my first reactions to all that BumpTop has to offer!

Overall, BumpTop is extremely user-friendly and easy to pick up and start using. It has lots of features included in the free version and I think they even put too many features in the free version, because I don’t even see the need to upgrade to the full version due to the access to so many tweaks and tools included. Bump Top is a must have for anyone with a laptop, but for a desktop, I don’t really see the need, but it definitely helps with organization and even does it with some style, so for you desktop users, the choice is yours, but I would recommend you give it a shot no matter what kind of computer you’re using.

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