The Philips Hue Go personal wireless light might be the coolest lighting accessory I've ever used. As you can see in the video, it looks like a cereal bowl that's been filled with light that you can carry around with you. You can turn on the natural dynamic effects feature for a living light color show, or set it to one of 16 million different colors of light with a 300 lumen light output. It's controllable with the Hue Light app for iOS and Android, but also has a button on the back that allows you to cycle through a bunch of different colors without the need for a smartphone or tablet.
The only downside is that you do need to have a Philips Hue Starter Kit or Hue Bridge in order to use it to its full potential, so if you don't already have a Hue system set up, that will set you back an extra $50 or so. Still, it's a great lighting accessory.
You can pick up the Philips Hue Go now!
I bring you a unique first-look at the Alienware Steam Machine in this episode! The Alienware Steam Machine ships with the Steam Controller, and aims to bring the PC gaming experience into the living room with a small form factor that maintains the upgradability of a typical PC. Running SteamOS, the Steam Machine boots right into Steam, ready to play your downloaded games. What's more, it can even stream Steam titles from your PC on the same home network (necessary, because SteamOS isn't optimized to play all of the titles available on Steam.)
Being that the Alienware Steam Machine looks to mimic the game console experience, you only get the Steam Controller, no keyboard or mouse. You can also use Xbox 360 controllers wirelessly, as well as Xbox One controllers when connected directly to the Steam Machine by USB.
You can order the Alienware Steam Machine now.
TiVo is back with an all new DVR: TiVo Bolt! More of a side-grade than an upgrade from the TiVo Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro (see our TiVo Roamio Pro review), the TiVo Bolt is the first TiVo DVR to offer 4K UHD resolution. You can currently stream content from both Netflix and YouTube in 4K, with more to come soon (hopefully Amazon!)
The two other major features of the TiVo Bolt are QuickMode and SkipMode. With SkipMode, TiVo allows you to completely skip over blocks of commercials with the press of a button for prime time shows that air on the top 20 TV networks. QuickMode allows you to speed up your TV watching, playing the content at 1.3x the normal speed. Voices still sound as they should, but the show just plays a little faster, allowing you to get through them quicker.
The shape of the box is a bit odd, and the two-tone black and white remote is a departure as well, but the Bolt is faster and more responsive than any previous model. It can also record up to four shows at once.
You can order the TiVo Bolt now.
I give you a look at the HUGE Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition for Xbox One in this episode! The star of this show is the gigantic Master Chief & Spartan Locke statue.
You also get a full Halo 5: Guardians game download, Warzone REQ bundle that includes 14 premium requisition packs, access to Halo: The Fall of Reach animated series, a Guardian model that you build yourself from Metal Earth, Spartan Locke's classified orders, dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris, the Spartan SteelBook, and a two week Xbox Live Gold trial.
Seriously. All of that is part of the Limited Collector's Edition for Halo 5. The price comes out to $249.99 for all of it, but is a $189 premium over the standard Halo 5 disc. Is it worth it? The statue is definitely cool, but it's a lot of pay unless you're a hardcore Halo fan.
You can order the Halo 5 Limited Collector's Edition now.
I give you a look at the rugged Samsung Galaxy S6 Active in this episode! The S6 Active is a more protected version of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone. It's got a 5.1-inch Quad HD 2560x1440 display, 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, a fantastic 3,500mAh battery, and a built-in rugged design that can withstand the elements. I'm talking about IP68 certification, making it water resistant, windproof, dustproof, etc.
The Super AMOLED display has a 577ppi capacity, and looks great even in sunlight, and the Samsung Exynos 7420 is an octa-core 64-bit processor (4 2.1GHz cores, and 4 1.5GHz cores.) On the inside it's got 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage.
You can order the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active now.
I give you a look at one of the best routers on the market in the Linksys WRT1900ac in this episode. This is a fast router that supports 802.11ac speeds, which is up to 4.3x faster than 802.11n wifi. This router has simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz antennas, and a dual core CPU that promotes high speed data processing.
The cool thing about the WRT AC1900 is that it is open source-ready. This means you can install packages like DD-WRT and OpenWRT and it will be officially supported. External antennas round this one out, and they can be removed and swapped out for larger, more powerful antennas as well!
You can pick up the Linksys WRT1900AC now!
The Forza Motorsport 6 Xbox One Limited Edition Bundle features an Xbox One console with a custom blue paint job, complete with two racing stripes and Forza Motorsport logo. The controller included also features that same blue color and racing strip design, along with metallic trigger buttons.
The console also ups the ante with a 1TB internal hard drive, which is double what you'll find in the typical Xbox One console. Forza Motorsport 6 is included as a digital download, as is the Forza Motorsport 6 Ten Year Anniversary Car Pack, which features 10 specially tuned and liveried cars, like the 2009 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2014 Lamborghini Huracan, and 2013 McLaren P1.
The console is also programmed with custom engine sounds when turned on, off, and when a disc is ejected. In the box you'll also find the Xbox One chat headset, power supply, and HDMI cable.
You can order the Forza 6 Limited Edition Xbox One bundle now.
Monster is back with another sick collaboration, this time teaming up with world-renowned soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo on the Monster Roc Sport headphone line. We bring you a look at the ROC Sport Black Platinum Over-Ear headphones in this episode.
The ROC Sport Black Platinum over-ears feature a swiveling ear cup design that allow you to easily move an earpiece away from your ear while still listening to the music. You also get an in-line ControlTalk Universal remove for phone calls, Siri, and Google Voice Search.
The sound profile is hand-tuned Pure Monster Sound, and the finish features a sleek black platinum and gold look accents. You get a carrying case and tangle-free cord as well.
You can order the Monster ROX C Sport Black Platinum now.
It's time for an amiibo blast from the past with the Retro 3-Pack! Included in this set are Duck Hunt (the dog with the duck flying above), Mr. Game and Watch (the predecessor to the Game Boy), and R.O.B. (the robot peripheral for the original NES Nintendo Entertainment System.)
I give you an up-close look at each of these old school amiibo characters, which work great with Super Smash Bros U and 3DS! Let me know your thoughts in the comments - I thought Mr. Game and Watch was pretty cool the way you could change his pose, and the detail in R.O.B. was awesome.
You can order the Amiibo Retro 3-Pack now.
Apple has eliminated most of the fun from Apple Store iPhone launches! In this episode, I am waiting for the iPhone 6S to launch at the Alderwood Mall Apple Store. Typically, there are hundreds of people all camped out, waiting in line, and generally switching between having a great time and hating life depending on the temperature and the rain. This year? For the vase majority of the night it was 3 people. THREE PEOPLE! I was the third to arrive, getting there at 8:00PM the night before launch - last year by then there were 80 people in line. The next person didn't arrive until about 4:30am - 8.5 hours later. I do finally get my hands on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and bring you an unboxing of the device as well.
You can order the new Apple iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus now.
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