Inspected Gadget: Limited Edition “Halo: Reach” XBOX 360

Well this is pretty fancy. There’s a collector’s version of the new XBOX 360 that’s done up in “Halo: Reach” style. I might be inclined to say the matte grey-silver case looks a little nicer than that of the glossy black on the standard version.

Preorder now for the September 14th release – it’s a pretty good bundle. It comes with the new “Halo: Reach” game, 2 wireless controllers, built in Wi-Fi, and a 250 GB hard drive. Via engadget.

Video of campaign gameplay (and the new space battle sequences) after the jump.

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Inspected Gadget: Plextor Blu-Ray Drive

The Plextor 6X Blu-ray drive connects to your Mac via USB, and lets you mount the discs, but not watch them. What’s the point, you ask? You can rip them (I mean, “create personal backups”) using MakeMkv, and convert to your heart’s delight using Handbrake (my favorite for DVD backup), and watch on your iPad, iPhone, or on TV in HD (I mean, “store the files in case you lose your discs”).

Engadget wrote about the newer version that is USB powered, should have the same functionality.

Inspected Gadget: Microsoft KIN D.O.A.

The Microsoft Kin is officially discontinued, but the backend service is going to continue for the device… and if you just want some pieces to hack into other projects, surely this thing can be gotten dirt cheap without a plan and will bring you some value from its hackable parts alone. Consider this: two months ago, it was $200, then they added a mail-in rebate for $100. Today? One cent.

Via Engadget

Inspected Gadget: Viewsonic NexTV VMP75 1080p Media Streamer

These boxes keep getting cheaper and cheaper. The Viewsonic NexTV VMP75 1080p Media Streamer seems to do it all on a tight budget. Handles local streaming from your network drive, and internet streaming from Netflix (very nice). Connects to the internet and your local network via Ethernet, and you can also plug in local drives via its USB or eSATA ports.
Outbound display is up to 1080p via HDMI, and audio out even has an optical jack. Not too shabby.

Via Engadget.

Inspected Gadget: Thanko Mailbox Sentry

Message notification obsession continues. Last week, I showed you a nice little digital mailbox notifier. This week, how about the real life version? Thanko’s Mailbox Sentry lets you drop a sensor in your mailbox (up to 100 meter distance) and then wirelessly notifies you when something’s arrived. Via OhGizmo!

Inspected Gadget: Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner

The Pandigital One-Touch Personal Photo Scanner sucks in photos or print documents up to 8.5 x 11 inches, scans them at 600dpi, and drops the files right on to an SD card. No wires, no mess – throw it in a drawer when you’re done. Ideally you can scan old photo prints and dump them right into a digital photo frame. Also comes with a 5-in-1 card reader if you need conversion. Get it.

Via Engadget

Inspected Gadget: Sony Cyber-shot TX9 3D Camera

Sony Cyber-shot T9… their flagship model with the ability to take “3D images of sweeping panoramas” that will display nicely on your new 3D TV. I’ve been fine carrying bigger cameras around but every once in a while I do like super-slim stuff, especially if it’s got the latest gimmick built-in.

Via Uncrate

Inspected Gadget: USB Mailbox Alert

There’s a USB dongle for everything – the Brando USB Mailbox is yet another thing you can plug into your machine. Shows off your incoming messages with an audio alert while it lights up. Connects to your Facebook, Twitter, gmail, yahoo, outlook app, outlook express app, Windows Live, Live Mail and POP3 accounts. With a USB extension cord and a hidden computer, this could actually be useful…

Via Crunchgear

Inspected Gadget: Retron 3 Game System

Sometimes a little consolidation is in order: the RetroN 3 “3-in-1″ game system jams slots for the NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis into one unit… so you can play all your old cartridges on one console (and use up just one input on your video display). Another nice feature: wireless controllers.

Via OhGizmo!

Inspected Gadget: Hands-free WOW Voice Chat

Ahh, the Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Voice Tap Pedal. Aside from being a USB-connected foot pedal that is essentially a giant in-game voice chat button, one can only assume there will eventually be a myriad of hacks for this to allow for other kinds of hands-free activity in front of a computer. If you want this you might also need the WOW-styled fancy wireless or less-expensive USB headphones. Works with Windows 7, XP and Vista, and for Mac OSX 10.5+.

Inspected Gadget: Lexar CompactFlash Firewire 800 Card Reader

My goodness. I should have bought this thing years ago. I picked up the Lexar Firewire 800 CF card reader last week and I can already see it killing the time vampire that is sitting-in-front-of-the-computer-transferring-photos-and-videos. It’s blazingly fast.

Here’s a completely unscientific real world example: I used to transfer files via a USB multi card reader… The cheap, “what can I get for $20″ kind. Transferring 8-16GB of photos and HD videos, I used to get up, MAKE coffee, drink the whole cup, read an article, ponder a snack, get a snack, ponder life, eat the snack, stare out the window, check bank accounts. Now, I just plug the card in, start the same transfer, and manage to drink just half a coffee and read an article at most.

Details after the jump.

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Inspected Gadget: iPhone Cassette Case Cover

ThumbsUP! in the UK has a retro iPhone case that doubles as a stand. Kinda neat if you prefer to throw your phone into a backpack and not be a priss about it. Seems like it’s only available through wholesaler order, expect it to pop up at your local lifestyle mall/chain store soon.

Via Oh Gizmo!

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Inspected Gadget: Light up your Bocce Balls

Light up your balls – your Bocce balls – this summer. Slightly smaller than regulation size, but they have both solid and flashing (!?) options, a switch on each ball, and a white light pallino. Sure to delight kids, and adults in dark backyards…

Image and info via Uncrate

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Inspected Gadget: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB deal

Sometimes the good stuff is right under your nose: Today, Amazon has a $76 Gold Box deal on Seagate’s 1.5 TB Barracuda hard drive. Get ‘em while they’re available. I had to drop $170 locally for the same exact one just a few weeks ago when I had a bad drive failure… So I just picked up another one of these to stick in my closet as a backup, because the last place I plan to be this summer is in there with my server.

Inspected Gadget: Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS will be out sometime soon, and while we’re starting to see the start of 3D hitting our home a/v worlds, this device is of most interest because it uses a stereoscopic display to send the correct perspective images to your left and right eyes. Short version? It doesn’t require 3D glasses. 3D depth adjustment is controllable to adjust for your eyes – and there is a double lens camera on the device so that you can take photos that take advantage of the effect. Has all the usual DS features like wifi, backwards compatibility, and free online gaming access, but the processor has supposedly been upgraded.

Another nice touch: first game title it comes with is a new episode in the Kid Icarus series: “Uprising.” I lost weeks playing the original.

Kotaku has a nice guide to Nintendo’s latest portable.

Inspected Gadget: Microsoft Kinect

Previously known as “Project Natal”, “Kinect” is Microsoft’s answer to Nintendo’s Wii and gesture-based gaming in general. It doesn’t involve holding a controller, so according to the linked article it’s got Minority Report-like potential – along another neat ability like recognizing another player “jumping in” to the game.

UPDATED June 15:

Coming out towards the end of the year November 4, price rumored to top out around $150.

Also, surprise! The XBOX 360 Elite “Slim” is now officially shipping.  Let’s hope it’s quieter than the jet engine roar of the original. Looks snazzy.

Via Engadget

Inspected Gadget: ESPN FIFA World Cup App

You might want to download the ESPN FIFA World Cup 2010 app on your iPhone today… ESPN is making a pretty big push into its coverage of the sport this year. FYI – Feedback so far is to NOT bother upgrading to the paid version.

Inspected Gadget: Micro USB Car Charger

The iLuv Micro USB Car Charger is a replacement for the cigarette lighter coil in your car. Chances are you’ll remember to bring your device’s USB cable with you before you pack a car charger on last minute road trips… but if you need a bundle with cables for iPhone and Blackberry, they make that too. Bit of a misnomer with the word “micro” as it’s a regular-sized USB port, but the device is pretty tiny overall.

Via Oh! Gizmo

Inspected Gadget: RC Plane Camera

Well, the name gets right to the point: the RC Plane Camera is a nifty little remote doodad that lets you see what your remote control plane sees. $47, VGA quality video, mini USB to get the file off it… I can think of, oh, a billion other uses for this thing.

Via Engadget and Oh Gizmo!

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