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XFX Geforce 7300LE Video Card Review

XFX GeForce 7300LE Video CardRecently moving to a Systemax Beast running Windows Vista, I quickly realized I couldn’t even use a test system with a single monitor, so it was time to add another video card. The XFX GeForce 7300LE was provided for me to install and use.

Hesitant as to how ‘well’ it was going to go, I was pretty much prepared for anything. Funny enough, it all went without a hitch. After installation, the onboard video was disabled and Vista how has a specific prompt when you connect a second monitor to determine what you want to do with it.

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Fast, Sleek and Beautiful… Acer’s Ferrari FR5005WLMi

Acer Ferrari 5005WLMi-4

The importance of a company is judged by its products, knowledgeable staff and from the value and reputation of its marquee. This is the reason why Acer and Ferrari have joined forces to produce and brand, quite possibly one of the best notebooks on the market today. But what makes the Acer Ferrari FR5005WLMi one of the best notebooks on the market?

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Battlefield 2142: Video Review

Battlefield 2142 is a great new game for the PC and it’s the ultimate in flexibility, customizability and futuristic…. watch…

I highly recommend this game for all PC gamers. The more you unlock, the more interesting it gets.

Lord Sardonic

Ed: This lad is one of the more popular on “YouTube” and hails us from the lovely country of New Zealand. Look forward to more from Lord Sardonic on TigerDirectBlog!

Review of the Samsung 205BW 20″ Widescreen LCD Monitor

This is a review of the Samsung SyncMaster 205BW 20″ Widescreen LCD Monitor. I recently had about 20 of these monitors purchased for my offices, and thought I would write a review. Keep in mind my ‘offices’ are out here in Fallujah, Iraq and the conditions are far from favorable. I haven’t had much time playing with them, but have had ample time setting them up, installing, and adjusting them.

While my purchase was work related, this is an awesome monitor for anyone looking to upgrade to a larger monitor, adding a second monitor or creating a multiple monitor setup. Especially for only $239.00 (w/ rebates) right now at TigerDirect, you can’t go wrong!

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1TB Fantom G-Force MegaDisk

Fantom G-Force 1TB MegaDiskWhen asked a few weeks ago what drives we should order for some mid-level storage and back-up of files to take back to the states with us when we retrograde, I started poking around on TigerDirect. After researching almost every external drive in existence, I decided on the 1TB Fantom G-Force MegaDisk. We didn’t need anything fancy like a NAS RAID array or anything like that – just a large hard drive that has to handle only regular backups of some of our shared files.

So I ordered four of them from TigerDirect. They just got here a couple days ago and they are AWESOME.

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Ready for VoIP?

The Advantages of Internet Telephoning (and a Few Disadvantages)

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has quickly advanced from being a novelty to a full-fledged force in the communications marketplace. Weary from paying huge phone bills, households and businesses now enjoy the dramatic savings of Internet telephone. It’s not unusual to see residential phone bills cut by $20 to $50 or more per month by switching from traditional phone lines to VoIP, which transmits your voice calls via the Internet, the same way your email is sent. While a normal telephone service transforms your voice into electronic signals, which your phone converts to sound, while VoIP technology digitizes your voice as just another bit of data. Now the major phone companies, as well as cable operators provide VoIP services, offering inexpensive local and long distance plans. Most of these providers also include an array of features similar to those offered by traditional carriers, such as caller ID, call waiting and voice mail as well as additional features such as the ability to use your home or business phone number no matter where you travel.

Creating a Virtual Office
This transportability is one of VoIP’s most powerful advantages. Using VoIP, you can actually make local calls using your home telephone number, even if you’re on the other side of the globe. Landline carriers cannot offer this benefit. All you have to do is bring your VoIP adapter with you on your travels, connect to a cable or DSL model, plug in your phone, and you your voice will be transmitted via broadband access. Imagine being able to set up a virtual office anywhere in the world, while still using your regular business phone number!

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Using Vista is Great!

Blogging in VistaFrustrated with your computing experience?  Vista may be the answer for you.

Today, I was able to finally get an upgrade on my now aging desktop.  This is a great new Systemax Venture PC, but the best part is – it’s totally Vista’d out!  With all the publicly available beta software, this machine is configured, from the ground up for the complete Vista experience.

Not available to the public, but as a means for me to experience the overall Vista immersion — well, it’s working.  First of all, the operating system is beautiful.  Simply incredible.  The inset photo does little justice to the clarity provided within the newly overhauled user interface.

Somethings are missing here and there that you may be used to in Windows XP, but I’m sure we will all adapt quickly.  Just beintg able to utilize this tool for my blogging has allowed me to better do so – with the interface seemingly making the words appear instantly in their final form… kinda cool.

If you haven’t done so yet, ensure your PC is ready for Windows Vista.  If not, get a new Vista Ready PC – best part is, any Systemax system purchased from this point forward will be eligible for a “Vista Express” upgrade upon it’s release.

For now, try to satisfy your cravings  by downloaiding the beta of Vista, Office and some of the new “Live” tools – it’s a totally new experience.

Collaborative Talks and Google Docs!

Google Docs Beta Logo Never underestimate the concept of thriftiness and ingenuity. Most small businesses are looking for solutions that allow them to run lean and mean. Google Docs (now in beta http://docs.google.com) meets a very practical need. Google Docs allows users to have a central web based location for word documents and spreadsheets and also allows collaboration from multiple editors all from the comfort of your favorite web browser.

Sure the functionality is simple but how much functionality do you really need to write a letter, proposal or contract. When was the last time you used formatting or themes in Microsoft Word?

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Beyond Micro/ Mobile/ 250GB External Hard Drive review.

Beyond Micro Mobile 250GB External Hard DriveI got the Beyond Micro 250GB Ext HD. It works great & stores all my audio & video files, on the same drive.

Recently, I needed to re-make 2 desktops, & so the BM 250GB HD proved to be the great asset. They work smoothly.

You’ll soon discover that nothing’s beyond the ability of Beyond Micro to create high performance data storage solutions at an affordable price. Proof positive is this Beyond Micro USB 2.0 Mobile Disk. This intensely compact, durable disk supports PIO modes 0, 3, 4 and UDMA modes 2. It works with both PC and Mac. Features an innovative stackable, space-saving design. And works with plug and play simplicity.

The Beyond Micro Mobile Disk complies with T13′s ATA/ATAPI-6 Draft Specification, supports Wakeup ability……..and boasts an external 30-watt power supply adapter. For performance beyond the extraordinary…….in a compact size that’s so perfectly adapted to your digital lifestyle…..that its Beyond Micro…… choose the Beyond Micro Mobile Disk. Save big dollars by selecting the beyond micro data storage solution.

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BlackBerry…More Than a Fruit

I’ve been thinking about purchasing a BlackBerry for the past couple of BlackBerry 7100years. I like the thought of accessing my email from places on the go but don’t particularly like lugging my notebook, iPAQ, cell phone and everything else. Don’t get me wrong, I like my Motorola Razr, but I’d love to have an all-inclusive device that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. However the previous Blackberries were too bulky, cost too much and didn’t look cool. Well, I’ve been searching and waiting and I think I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for.

The BlackBerry is no longer for just the corporate or enterprise person. The BlackBerry 7100 is a world class PDA/phone. Because I travel a lot, I love the fact that the BlackBerry 7100 is a Quad-Band cellular phone. As long as my carrier has a contract with the regional BlackBerry 7100carrier, I can receive and make calls nearly anywhere in the world – roaming of course.

This is a fantastic benefit for anyone who travels internationally. One feature you’ll notice instantly is the shape, size and weight of the 7100. RIM has made a huge step in my opinion – the right direction. The 7100 is a “candy-bar” shaped cellular phone/PDA that is actually looks and feel great in the hand. So, what else is there about the Blackberry 7100 to love?

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