If you are in the market for the Wii MotionPlus, just make sure you stay away from GameStop. Why? Because they are charging you $5 more than any other retailer we’ve found that sells the device. Nintendo lists the Wii MotionPlus at a suggested retail price of $19.99. While it is just a suggestion, retails chains typically follow the suggested price. However, GameStop is charging $24.99 for the device. Save yourself $5, and buy the Wii MotionPlus at Amazon, cool?
The Elgato Turbo.264 HD is a hardware video encoding stick that seems to support just about every video format under the sun, and can convert that video for use on various devices, in high definition, much faster than your Mac can do that on it’s own. We open the item up in this episode of Unboxing Live!, and whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who works with video, or even transcodes video for use on their iPhone or other portable device.
The Griffin SmartTalk Bluetooth headset claims to eliminate background noise, and sometimes more importantly, wind noise. We are in the midst of bringing you a full video review of the SmartTalk, which you’ll find over on Bleeding Edge TV, but in the meantime, you can get a look at the device in this episode of Unboxing Live!
In this episode of Unboxing Live!, we give you a look at the Canon DM-100 microphone attachment. If you’ve ever been unimpressed by the audio quality of your camcorder recordings, adding a dedicated, external microphone might be exactly what you need. The Canon DM-100 attaches directly to your mini shoe-equipped Canon HD camcorder, and drastically improves the quality of the sound. We give you a look at the DM-100 settings and physical features.
If you’ve got a lot of old VHS or other analog media laying around and need an easy solution to digitize it, the Elgato Video Capture device seems to be right up you alley. It’s actually quite simple, as you just plug the device into your Macs USB port, and connect the other side to your analog video player using either S-Video or RCA cables. The import software lets you do some simple editing/trimming, and will even let you send clips directly to YouTube.
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We dig that that there is plenty of hype around the new Star Trek movie, although we doubt the next generation can equal some of its predecessors. Still it has inspired lots of new accessories, including this iPhone case mod, which is actually an old Star Trek pin glued to the back. Hmm. We wonder if we attached our old tribble to the back of our phone, would it reproduce?
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We were big fans of the original Elgato Turbo.264 hardware encoder, so when we heard that the company had released an updated version, called the Turbo.264 HD, we pretty much ordered one immediately. The product promises to “quickly convert any video into a format that you can play anywhere and share with anyone” and supports HD camcorders, AVCHD, and direct upload to YouTube. We are gonna tear into this one, and report back with our thoughts. Meantime, any questions on the device?
Logitech has announced two new accessories for your notebook. The Cooling Pad adds extra airflow with a slotted surface and a USB fan. The N100 utilizes rear air intake and its enclosed construction protects from damage or dust. It will be out this month for $29.99. The Notebook Riser does what its name implies and can also be used with peripherals. It can be used at a 20, 30, or 40% angle and has a rubber-soled swivel base. The N110 will be available in May, also for $29.99.
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Just a quick update on our Mophie Juice Pack 3G giveaway that ended last night. We’ve got a winner. Matthew, who left the first comment, in our contest thread, walks away with the prize. Enjoy the fact that your iPhone battery life will actually be decent now, dude.
Keep an eye out on our other contests. We are giving away five $70 ProFlowers gift certificates, and will be starting a Slacker Radio Plus giveaway later today. Oh, and we will be giving away an HDTV soon as well. As always, we are your hookup.
Okay, we’re mobile warriors here at Gear Live, and the battery life is the only negative for me when it comes to my iPhone 3G. The Mophie Juice Pack 3G aims to fix that problem, and so we took it to task. Now, mind you, not everyone uses up their battery as quick as I do - I have two email accounts that are on push data, and I also push calendars and contacts as well. That’s a lot of constant connectivity going on. If I’m not careful, my iPhone 3G battery will be dead within 9 hours on a typical day.