iHome iDM11 Speaker Is A Great Option For Multiple Gadgets

Monday, April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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Let's face it, your portable game system, mobile device or tablet does not offer the amount of volume that you need to achieve when sharing games, videos and music with others. Despite all the awesome features of the portable devices out there, speakers are almost never adequate. If you want to use any of your gadgets without headphones, you need a solution. iHome has one with the iDM11 rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. More >>

eers Earphones Are Literally Just For You

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm
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We tend to go through a lot of earbuds here at JD Central. They get lost, abused, given away or otherwise cycled out of the rotation. Recently, my wife's earbuds gave out on her, so I gave her the pair I had most recently been using. That gave me the perfect excuse to try a pair that arrived a few days earlier, a pair of "sculpted fit" earbuds by eers. According to the info sent along with the review unit, these earbuds would be custom-fit to perfectly fit my ears and my ears alone.

Naturally, I had to test out that claim. 

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The Mushroom That Charges Gadgets

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm
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Here's a quick-hitter for you today which is appropriate given that Earth Day is right around the corner. I've had a chance to check out the Bracketron Mushroom Green Zero travel charger, and I'm definitely happy with it. It's a simple gadget with only a couple aspects to talk about. It plugs into a wall socket and gives you another USB charging port to plug your gear into. I don't know about you, but I can never have enough USB ports. I've been using the Mushroom to charge my PS3 controller, which I could never seem to keep juiced up before. 

Of course, the big selling point for the Mushroom is that it using zero "idle energy." Once you plug in your USB gadget and hit the big green button, it shuts off power flow automatically when charged. Not only do you gain an extra USB charging port, but you cut down your energy usage as well. Nice. Plus it doesn't hurt that this thing is just cute. It looks like something Mario would use to charge his cell phone. 

The Bracketron Mushroom Green Zero charger will be available next month for around $28. 

Create A Pixel City With eBoy Wall Decals

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:00 am
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Once in a great while, we encounter a home decorating story that's relevant to gamers. And no, it's not because we spend a lot of time watching HGTV (Although James does love Design on a Dime). Representatives of the Blik wall decals company sent us a set of the new New York-themed wall decals by artist collective eBoy. eBoy largely works in 8-bit-inspired, video game-style artwork, so naturally we were all too happy to check them out and see how the decals looked on our walls.

That's a sample product shot above, but I have a picture of the decals up on the walls of JD Central for you below. 

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Edifier Sound To Go Bar Is Great For All Devices

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:00 am
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We've got another GearFest tip for you today, and it's about portable sound. I don't know about your gadgets, but the speakers on my laptop, tablet and portable gaming devices all suck. The Edifier Sound To Go Bar definitely does not. 
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Verbatim Store N Go USB Drive Is Big Storage In A Small Package

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10:00 am
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Need some more storage for your gaming computer? I recently had a chance to check out Verbatim's Store N Go USB Drive, and I'm super impressed. This relatively tiny hard drive adds 500 gigabytes of storage in a device slightly larger than a bigger smartphone. It hooks up with USB 3.0, and that's about all there is to say about it. Plug in and you're done. At between $75 and $100 and available in a variety of colors, I can't think of a simpler or sleeker way to buff up your gaming rig (PC or Mac). 

And that's about all there is to say, so head on below to watch a pug battle a duck. 

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SkinIt Lets You Create Custom Device Skins

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 10:00 am
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Check this out: I got an offer from custom electronic device skin company SkinIt to check out their service and create my own custom skin. Naturally, I had to brand something with the Joystick Division logo.

It's an easy process, with a simple-to-use custom skin interface that lets you upload your own graphics, which can be a lot more complex than what I did here - you can even layer several graphics over one another. I like to keep things simple and have minimal artistic talent, hence the design you see above.

I've got another shot of my tricked-out 3DS for you below.
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Juice Up Your 3DS With PowerSkin - Review

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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We all want the most battery life out of our gadgets. Historically, Nintendo's DS line has been pretty good on energy use, although the 3DS is a bit more of a power-suck. Enter the 3DS PowerSkin the first video game-related add-on from PowerSkin (the company specializes in cell phone battery packs). According to PowerSkin, this add-on will double the battery life of your 3DS. 

So does it work? 

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Roccat's Gear Is Great For Serious Gamers

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm
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German peripheral company Roccat has been producing pro gaming gear for the European market for some time now, but its initial lineup just landed in the US last week. I've fortunately been offered a chance to check out its launch lineup (keyboard, mouse and headphones) and have been living with the gear for a few weeks now. I've got my impressions for you below, but first a few caveats: I'm no pro PC gamer. I'll never be so fast with a headshot that I'll notice a lag of a few milliseconds. This is also the first pro gaming set I've reviewed, so while I'll be able to tell you what I liked or didn't like about this gear, I won't compare it to other pro gaming offerings.

With that, on with the review!


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Don't Let The Cold Keep You From Your Touchscreen

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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With the buzz building around the Vita, we've been thinking about touchscreen devices a lot lately. Most of the JD crew are big into touchscreen devices - phones, tablets, what have you. We're also very interested in the Vita and it's touchscreen capabilities. And while the JD crew is scattered around the globe, many of us live in places where the cold weather is still a factor. As every iPhone user in cold climates knows, touchscreens and gloves do not mix.

Which is why I love these capacitive touchscreen gloves from Aglove.

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