Latest Gadget Articles

Ok, there is cool and then there is COOL! The 3D Mechanized Toy Tank by Machination Studios makes the ones from your childhood look like…well, toy tanks. Imagine taking some of the coolest tech from Japanese anime, then painting it camo and you’ll have some idea of what the HMC Boudicca actually is. It walks, spins and does everything,...

As digital gaming gets better and people get used to three minute download times for their smartphone, console gamers are kind of stuck with extended wait times. Most of the time, the problem is the games are so large it takes forever to download, but PS4 customers were stuck with hours and hours of wait time for their games....

When you think of smartphones, you probably think of the big two: Apple and Android. But, there are others, and some of them are making waves. Huawei's Honor 7 comes in at the top of our must-watch list, for sure, and part of that is because of their finger scanner.Who is Huawei?Unless you're a mobile geek like us at...
advertisement

GI Mobile

Microsoft recently announced that its suite of office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is now available as an app for Android smartphones. The app was previously available on both Windows and Apple phones, but for some reason Android was left behind the technological curve. Regardless, the announcement is good news because it means that Android users can finally...
Do I Need Apple Pay Now?

If you’ve been wondering if you should upgrade your iPhone in order to get access to Apple Pay, you probably want to know more about it first. I always have too much stuff in my wallet. It weighs too much. It takes up too much room. I often look at all of the plastic and dream of a time...
Best External Keyboards for iPad

Any time I’ve bought a tablet, the first thing I want is an external tablet keyboard. The first time I bought one, I went cheap and bought some no-name brand that had mushy keys, tended to drop the Bluetooth connectivity, and it was $50 down the drain.The next time, I bought a Logitech keyboard and found that it made...
Consumers love their phablets

Consumers love their phablets. At least that's what researchers at Flurry Analytics have found. A recent story on the 24/7 Wall Street Web site said that from January of 2014 through January of this year, consumer demand for phablet-style mobile devices has grown by 148 percent. That's much faster than growth for any other kind of mobile device, according...
Galaxy Note 5 Set to Come Out in September

Samsung has announced the release date of their newest phablet, the Galaxy Note 5.  The updated device is set to come out in September 2015, though it's possible that may be pushed to October.  For those not familiar with it, the Galaxy Note class of devices occupies a niche category.  It's bigger than a cell phone, but smaller than...
Have Apple's Devices Become Too Simple?

In an interesting article, TechCrunch proposes that Apple has reduced their products to an archetype. By purifying the iPad Air 2 to the purest, most minimal and understated vision of what a tablet can be, for example, they posit that Apple will begin to (or already has begun to) run into trouble convincing their customers that they are capable...
advertisement

GI Gaming News

As digital gaming gets better and people get used to three minute download times for their smartphone, console gamers are kind of stuck with extended wait times. Most of the time, the problem is the games are so large it takes forever to download, but PS4 customers were stuck with hours and hours of wait time for their games. Reviewers even had trouble downloading assets from Sony. Sony is investigating the cause of this and Yahoo! Games has a great story about it here. Sony investigating slow PS4 download speeds This...

There is a growing and, in our opinion, dangerous trend of game companies releasing unfinished games and beefing them up later with DLC, or making DLC nearly mandatory to finish the game story. Nintendo may be backward thinking on many levels, but it looks like they’re thinking about joining the bandwagon to release games before they are actually finished. The Gadget Insight team lives in fear of this becoming a reality, and we don’t like Wii U all that much as it is. It’s one more nail in the...

The idea of downloadable content was supposed to allow players to extend the playability of a game. People would pay for the game, play through it and then have access to additional levels, etc. That concept has changed and now serves as another way for developers to make money, but sometimes it backfires. Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition is a high cost game that is supposed to come with DLC, but when players tried to access it they cried No Joy. (Yeah, that’s a Top Gun Reference, you’re just lucky...

Same-sex relationships are nothing new in video games, but same-sex marriage in games is a relatively new phenomenon. Nintendo has promised that same-sex marriage will be allowed in it’s upcoming Fire Emblem game for 3DS. This comes on the heels of a gamer backlash when Tamodochi Life did not allow for same-sex marriage and gamers were outraged. Recently, The U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.Tamodochi LifeThe Gadget Insight team is all for life simulation, but it should simulate all aspects of life and Tamodochi...

The Gadget Insight team has waited for this game since…well…birth. It’s the final game in the Arkham trilogy of Batman games and everyone short of hermits and hillbillies looked forward to playing it. The PC version released and people gobbled it up on Steam, but soon it was apparent that something was very, very wrong. Holy crappy gameplay, Batman! It got so bad that Steam pulled the game from its site until the developer is able to patch it up with a little spit and bailing wire.A Noteworthy BeginningThe...

Ok, Nintendo, you either like mobile gaming or you don’t. Despite a development deal with DeNA, Nintendo has once again reaffirmed its stance that none of its console games will make it to the smartphone screen. It’s more than happy to create new content, but recent remarks made it clear that the company isn’t a fan of mobile gaming. In fact, they were downright insulting.The Nintendo StanceWhile Microsoft, Sony, and countless other game developers jumped on the smartphone bandwagon, Nintendo was curiously absent. Everyone thought with its extensive classic...
advertisement
advertisement
advertisement
advertisement

Laptops & Computers

Large, curved gaming monitors have slowly been making their way into the market, thanks to their immersive quality and extra vivid experience. Acer has recently released their new XR341CK, a 34-inch curved beauty with an IPS panel and a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels - a step up from most ultra-wide displays. It doesn’t pack the most cutting edge graphics card, but with a resolution below 4K it should achieve smooth framerates.What’s the Deal With the Curved Screen?As we mentioned above, curved screens create a more immersive experience...

While desktops may not be as popular as they used to be, they still have their appeal - namely for gamers, professionals, PC old schoolers, educational institutions, and parents who need a central station for household computer activity. The following desktop buyer’s guide details everything you’d want to know about buying desktop PCs and more. Check it out here. Desktop buying guide Desktops no longer make up the bulk of new PC purchases, but many people still like the idea of a fixed system. Here's some advice on finding the right...

If you’re a gamer at the point where your old gaming laptop can’t handle new games at full resolution (or at all), and the problem can’t be fixed by upgrading hardware, it might be time to invest in a new gaming laptop. Here are three of the best choices this year. Asus ROG G751JT MSI GT72 Dominator 214 Alienware 17Processor: Intel Core i7-4710HQ (2.5GHz) 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 Intel® Core™ i7-4980HQ Processor (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6 MB Graphics Card RAM NVIDIA®...

When it comes to deciding which laptop brand is the “best”, there’s a lot of factors you need to take into consideration. Price, customer service, overall performance, and longevity are just a few.For most of us, buying a laptop isn’t a flip decision either; it’s a significant investment, and we all want the best bang for our buck. Certainly none of us want to waste money on a machine that’s going to crash shortly after we buy it.While buying a laptop based on the overall rating of a brand...

Along with all of the familiar features of Chromebooks, the new Acer Chromebook 15 adds a few bells and whistles that make this machine a feasible replacement for a budget Windows laptop. Here’s a review of the highlights.What Sets the Acer Chromebook 15 Apart From the CrowdThe Acer Chromebook 15 is not only the world’s largest Chromebook currently on the market, but it’s also the only one to sport Intel’s 5th generation processor. It rings in at a very affordable $349 -- still well under the usual $500 or...
advertisement