Being as it’s 2011, I decided it was about time to upgrade to an wireless optical mouse and wireless keyboard, so I ended up purchasing the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 because package deals are always better!
As most of you already know, I try to avoid purchasing anything from Microsoft if I can help it, but when I went out to buy a keyboard and mouse, this looked like it was the best deal and so I figured, let me give Microsoft one last chance.
As far as the keyboard, it is a full qwerty keyboard with a number pad on the side and lots of extra shortcut buttons at the top and on the left side of the keyboard. Now, by no means is this a gaming keyboard, but for the average computer user, this has much more than they need, while at the same time, it isn’t overwhelming and it has a super easier plug-n-play setup, so anyone can use this.
Next is the mouse that came with this package deal. Now, me personally, I like having a bigger mouse, rather than a tiny little thing, so this mouse is perfect for me. I like the texture of it and with all the use I’ve had, I still haven’t had any problems of the wrong buttons being clicked by accident.
One complaint that I do have about the mouse is the scroll wheel. For some reason, in certain programs, instead of scrolling up when you scroll, it jumps up as if you had pressed the “page up” button on your keyboard. Other than that, everything else about this mouse works as it should.
As far as the complaint about the keyboard, when the batteries get low, it seems that the lower right hand corner of the keyboard “double taps” and presses multiple keys when you only pressed one. This only seems to happen when the batteries get low, so if you keep fresh batteries in it, you shouldn’t have any issues.
Overall, for the price, the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 is a pretty good deal. I really don’t think that you will come across anything that’s better than this in the price range, so if you have a small budget for a new keyboard and mouse, this might be the way to go!
August is almost over and summer has faded away. School is starting up and everyone’s heading out to college, and of course, we all know what that means! Hot freshmen chicks and booze! Err, uhh, I mean, the Holiday season of 2011 is closing in and this is what you have to look forward to this year! So get out your list and start scribbling down some notes, because there are some HUGE titles on the way!
Since I’m back in New York now for a while, I decided to renew my Gameinformer subscription and let you guys know what exactly is in this holy grail of a magazine if you haven’t subscribed to it.
To start out, I’m definitely going to start off and talk about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Now, to be completely honest, if I didn’t start making commentaries, I most likely wouldn’t have even ordered this game. Call of Duty has outstayed it’s welcome in my Playstation 3 and I’m just getting bored of this series, but hopefully Modern Warfare 3 really gives me the wow factor and surprises me, because everyone likes a good surprise now and again!
The next big title that is being released to compete with MW3 is Battlefield 3! Now, BF3 is due to be released on November 2nd, 2011 and after hearing that it’s been built on a different platform and watching the trailer for it, I literally can’t wait for this one to be released! I would highly recommend you to even go ahead and pre-order this title, especially because if you pre-order it from your local Gamestop, they upgrade you to the limited edition for FREE! So don’t forget about this one!
Released on July 19th, 2011 was the new addition to the Call of Juarez series, which was named, Call of Juarez: The Cartel. It came out on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC and although the series does look fun, it’s just not on my must buy list. I would suggest, that if you’re into the series and have enjoyed the previous releases, go ahead and pick this one up!
For all of you who are Assassins Creed fans, November 15th is a pretty big day for you, because this is the release of the next game in the Assassins Creed series and it is also the last game to feature Ezio Auditore and Altair. Now, in the past, I’ve said that the Assassins Creed series tends to bore me after some hours of gameplay and I think this will still stand true for Assassins Creed Revelations as well. Even though the graphical design in these games is literally jawdropping, we all know that graphics alone don’t make a great game, so I’m going to have to put this on my maybe list.
At this point, most of you know that I really despise Microsoft and do all that I can to stay away from their products, but every time another Gears of War title is released, it makes me reconsider that choice for just a split second. On September 20th, 2011, Gears of War 3 is due to be released exclusively to those of you who own a crapbox, or, I mean Xbox 360. If I did own a 360, I would probably have this one on my launch day list, so those of you who are taking notes, you should write this one down and make sure you pick this one up ASAP.
Now onto the bad ideas part of this overview, now don’t worry, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are all coming up with crappy ideas at the same time, so nobody will be left out on ways to waste their money on their favorite companies trash.
First up, we’ll start with Sony and go over the Playstation Vita. Now what exactly is the reasoning behind releasing, yet another hand held console that does the same things as all the previous ones? Well, because they finally implemented the dual joysticks idea that we have been custom modding into our PSP phat models since day 1. Now, it’s awesome when companies listen to their consumers, but after 4 years, it’s a little late to implement something that their consumers have been shouting for since before time began.
Next up in the stupid ideas club is the Wii U. To be completely honest about this one, I really have no idea what the reasoning behind this is. I mean $60 for a controller is bad enough, but when the controller costs nearly as much as the game system itself does? If that doesn’t make you stop and think about what’s wrong with this picture, then you should just go back to playing Wii Bowling or something.
Not to completely bash on the Wii U, I think this is a cool concept, but I just don’t see it being practical. I really don’t see the need to have another screen built into your controller that’s the size of Mt. Everest. I think the only way to save this new device is for developers to really work hard on some creative ideas on how to make this work, because otherwise, I’m calling it now, the Wii U is going to flop.
Last, but not least, let’s end on a good note and talk about Batman: Arkham City, which is due to be released on October 18th, 2011 in the United States. In my humble opinion, this is going to be one that I would most definitely recommend you to buy. I will most likely not be purchasing this on launch day, but I do plan on picking this one up eventually, because I think they just got this series right. They have the perfect amount of everything, for every type of player and it really doesn’t get boring very quickly.
Other than that, there are a few more games that we will have to keep up with, but check out next months Gameinformer Overview for the updates on those!
Firstly, I want to just let everyone know that this camera was close to impossible to find down here in Fort Myers, Florida. I literally went around the entire city trying to find this camera in any color except red and I ended up with a floor model in silver.
One of the main reasons why I picked this camera is the size of it and that even while it’s that small it still shoots full 1080p videos as well as doubles as a regular digital camera, so for me, it saves pocket space, which is always a good thing for a geek.
As I had been doing my research trying to find a suitable camera, I also saw lots of people ranting and raving about the audio quality that came along with the ELPH 300HS, and while audio quality is always a factor, I really didn’t think it would be that significant of an upgrade from the Kodak Zi8, but I bought it with an open mind and all that I can say is, boy did the audio quality prove me wrong. The audio quality of the Cannon Powershot ELPH 300HS is simply amazing!
One thing that I don’t really appreciate very much is the microphone positioning, because it’s easy to cover it with your fingers and if you’re moving the camera or there is slight wind, the microphone is so sensitive, that all you hear is the wind.
Other than that, I’m all ready to give this a shot and am looking forward to using this camera everyday! The full review will be up soon!
After a week of testing, it is finally time to get this review done! I’ve used this every day and even brought it on a skiing trip, so I can say that if it lived up to that testing, then I think it’s worth at least a consideration!
Let’s start off talking about the build quality of the Exolife iPhone Battery Pack. Overall, this case is pretty solid and is extremely thin for having a battery pack built in! Now as you may know, I like my products to have a little bit of weight to them, so I know they’re built to last and when I drop them they’re not going to just float away. This being said, the Exolife iPhone 4 Battery Pack has just the right weight to it. The only thing I think needs a little bit of remodeling is the clear bumper clip on piece, because it’s a little too flimsy for my liking.
Next, as far as how much battery extension this case has, it just about doubles the life of your iPhone. Now I’ve heard people say that it more than doubled their iPhone case, but for me it seems to give it just about 1 more full charge. In my opinion, this is pretty amazing considering how skinny this case is, it’s hard to believe how much extra life this thin case can add to your iPhone 4!
As far as overall design, I think Exogear did a very good job on this one! The design and layout of the Exolife case is pretty eye catching in my opinion. I like the matte black color and the grippy surface on the back. The one and only buy-breaker that I found was that there is no lip or bevel on the front of the case to protect the screen from facedown drops or placement. In my opinion the entire idea of me purchasing a case is to protect the front screen from popping and seeing that the Exolife case currently does not have that built in, it’s something to keep in mind before purchasing!
As far as my personal overall opinions on the Exolife case, I think everything is well designed and works just as it should. The case fits well in your hand and doesn’t hinder texting or making phone calls. Another great thing is this case can take a beating and it’s going to differ all damage from the phone to just the case which the the idea of a case in the first place.
As far as recommending this for purchase, I would say that if a $90 case is in your budget this is probably a pretty good option for you. I think this would be super convenient to have on a trip, because having a dead phone after you get off an airplane sucks and everyone’s been there at one time or another, so this prevents this and for that it gets a recommendation from me to you!