Laza Modz is a company based in the state of Virginia that modifies original, authentic, brand new PS3 and XBOX 360 controllers. I found out about this via Darksydephil of the DSPGaming youtube channel .
Note before playing the vid: he swears during the video review…
Rapid Fire modes
Thumb stick color or color illuminated
Controller status light colors
Color of the body/shell of the controller
Logos, custom text or design
You seem to get slightly more customization options with XBOX 360 controllers, more buttons that can light up and button styles.
Best of all they accept modifications of a (PS3/360) controller that you already own, if your don’t want to pay for an entirely new one. What they call their mail in modification service.
Might be a really cool gift for that console gamer you know…
What looks like a mere toy at first glance is actually a USB flash drive! Stands up
The USB computer connector is hidden just under the head. Pull his head up and off to reveal it. Plug it into an available USB 2.0 port and the drive should be ready to use. There are also Stormtrooper and Darth Vader editions of the flash drive.
This keyboard is the first Ergonomic Keyboard I’ve ever tested. The main feature here is the key layout and shape of the keyboard. This is a full ergonomic keyboard, and not just a curved keyboard. There is a zoom slider above the Space bar key, “forward/back” buttons are found near below the Space bar. You have the usual multimedia and Internet keys.
This also includes a Palm lift. A piece of curved plastic that when placed under the palm rest area lifts your palms for added comfort. The keyboard is a USB (wired) keyboard.
The keyboard software in the box is out of date. You’re better off downloading the current version from Microsoft’s website. The software allows you to better use the multimedia keys and even customize some of the actions for the keys found at the top of the keyboard.
I was given another chance to work on an old Intel Pentium 4 Powered computer. It’s an HP Pavilion a630n. I had to use the HP-created recovery CDs to get the system back to “Factory Defaults”. It took a set of 7-CDs to do this. The result was Windows XP Home Edtion 32-bit w/ SP1 and almost every device driver installed. The only one missing was the for the 56k modem card. Thankfully, HP has the drivers online. The restore CDs also installed some very old software, This is a computer initially released back in 2004.
What software was HP loading on these computers back in 2004?
(Apple) iTunes 4
(Apple) Quicktime 6.4
Java Runtime 1.4.2
Real Player Real One (version 2)
Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 6
Microsoft Office 2003 trialware
Norton Anti-virus 2004 trialware
Wild Tangent game bundle
America On Line (AOL) was on version 9
Internet Explorer was still version 6.0
Windows Media Player was 7.0
I immediately uninstalled all of that and installed the most current versions…
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Avast Anti-Virus 6 Free (online registration needed)
Java Runtime 1.7
Adobe Reader X (10.1)
Windows Media Player 11
VLC Player 1.1
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 ( latest version that Windows XP supports)
Mozilla Firefox 8
Adobe Flash Player 11
Microsoft Silverlight 5
The Processor fan for these Prescott Pentium 4 processors can get pretty loud. It would rev up during the OS recovery process and during the Full system virus scan. With only a few more updates and tests to do to the OS, I’ll be able to hand this back to the user before Christmas.
I recently got a chance try out this device. The Revue connects to your TV via an HDMI port. This allows both the video and audio signal to travel through a single cable. It’s meant to be a companion unit to an existing cable or satellite TV service.
- 1920x1080p /60 fps, HDMI 1.3a support
- 802.11 b/g/n wireless network support. WPA2 security supported
- 10/100 Mb Wired Ethernet speed
- Digital optical (S/PDIF) audio out for a Audio receiver hookup
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- Built-in Logitech Harmony Link IR blaster
- Intel Atom chipset
- Google Android OS
- Google chrome with Adobe flash support
This is what was included in the box:
- 1 Keyboard Controller
- 1 IR mini blaster
- 1 Power supply
- 2 pre-installed AA batteries to power the keyboard controller
- 1 HDMI cable.
Some time last month I took on the task to repair a computer that belonged to a friend of the family. The specifications are as follows:
Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.8 Ghz
1.0 GB DDR
160 GB 7200 RPM
Onboard Intel graphics
Windows XP Home Edition
I haven’t regularly used a Pentium 4 powered computer for a few years now, so I kind of wondered how it handled today’s websites and other tasks.
The user already started repairing the computer, software-wise at least, reinstalling MS Windows XP with Service Pack 1 and a few of their favorite applications. I continued from that point bringing Windows up to Service Pack 3, downloading 98 additional (post-sp3) updates. One of the key updates was the Installer for Internet Explorer 8. version 9 is not supported for Windows systems running anything earlier than Windows Vista. XP SP2 also adds the Windows firewall to a little more security. For free anti-virus software, I decided to go with Avast! free 6, but Microsoft Security Essentials would have been fine as well.
The temperature and fan speed readings looked fine for a system of this kind. Ran diagnostic utilities and they didn’t report any errors either.
I took some to to test IE 8 and Mozilla Firefox on this system and while it’s still usable on the Internet for web surfing, streaming audio and Youtube. The low amount of memory and old processor doesn’t leave you much computing power for anything else. Having more than one user logged on at one time would be a terrible idea. The user only does web browsing, music listening, image viewing and office productivity tasks.
There were a few other pieces of software I installed for them…
Microsoft Office 2007 (they provided their disc and product key)
Windows Live Photo Gallery (Far better than what’s included with Windows XP)
Upgraded Windows Media Player to 11
Upgrading IE to 8 from the included 6
VLC Media Player
After a few final checks, I decided to hand in back to the user to take home. This experience just shows me how great even lower clocked (more power efficient) dual core processor can provide a better computing experience. Versus this system.
Just wanted to share this fun looking XBOX 360 case mod. So very cool, watch the video.