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VIZIO Continues to Push the Price/Performance Ratio with 2016 M- and E-Series Displays

VIZIO Continues to Push the Price/Performance Ratio with 2016 M- and E-Series Displays
Not too long ago, VIZIO revealed its updated P-Series displays, which offer some of the best image quality you can get on a big screen these days. Now, some of the tech that was previously limited to top-of-the-line models has trickled down to VIZIO’s entry-level and mid-range displays. The new 2016 M-Series displays not only feature 4K UHD, but get a 64-zone full-array LED backlight for optimal contrast, along with support for Dolby Vision HDR content.

Logitech’s 160 Keyboard LED Display: The Great Wall of Logitech G

Logitech’s 160 Keyboard LED Display: The Great Wall of Logitech G
Last month we checked out a hack that turned Corsair keyboards into a display. Apparently, Logitech’s Vice President and General Manager of Gaming Ujesh Desai had the same idea for their booth at this year’s PAX East.
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Noria Is an Ultra-compact Window Air Conditioner

Noria Is an Ultra-compact Window Air Conditioner
Window air conditioners are something that many of us use in the summertime. They work great, but the drawback is that they take up a good amount of window space. They are also heavy and awkward to install.

Doctor Who’s New Companion: A Girl Named “Bill”

Doctor Who’s New Companion: A Girl Named “Bill”
Doctor Who fans will get to enjoy a new companion in the new season of the long running show. Jenna Coleman is out as Clara Oswald and the new companion is simply named “Bill,” played by actress Pearl Mackie.

Life-size LEGO Unikitty: Half-Unicorn, Half-Cat, Full Scale

Life-size LEGO Unikitty: Half-Unicorn, Half-Cat, Full Scale
Christoph Bartneck secured his spot in Cloud Cuckoo Land among fellow Master Builders with this life-size model of The LEGO Movie‘s Princess Unikitty. As if its size wasn’t commanding enough, the model’s head can rotate while its eyes have detachable LEDs that blink wildly. Check out Christoph’s blog for more shots of his creation.

Critical Hit Galaxy D20s Flash When You Roll a Crit

Critical Hit Galaxy D20s Flash When You Roll a Crit
It feels great to roll a critical hit at just the right moment as you are battling your way through a dungeon, but you know what’s even better? When your die flashes to celebrate! That’s what the Critical Hit Galaxy D20 dice do. Now your crits are even more awesome.

Circuit Classics: Getting Restarted in Electronics

Circuit Classics: Getting Restarted in Electronics
The electronics books of Forrest M. Mims III have educated and inspired millions of people since the ’80s, thanks to Mims’ friendly and concise writing style and his hand-drawn illustrations. Electrical engineer Star Simpson is one of Mims’ fans, and she came up with a wonderful homage to the author. Star’s Circuit Classics are newbie-friendly circuit boards based on three of Mims’ many sample circuit diagrams: a dual LED flasher, a stepped tone generator and a bar graph voltage indicator.

SEGA Mega Drive Classics to Add Support for Mods: Altered Bits

SEGA Mega Drive Classics to Add Support for Mods: Altered Bits
SEGA Mega Drive Classics is a Steam collection of Mega Drive (aka Genesis) games ported to Windows. On April 28th, it’s going to receive a free update that adds an interactive launcher called the SEGA Mega Drive Classics Hub.

Manga Realization Samurai Spider-Man: Does Whatever His Daimyo Wants

Manga Realization Samurai Spider-Man: Does Whatever His Daimyo Wants
Late last year we caught a glimpse of Tamashii Nations’ samurai-inspired take on Ultimate Spider-Man. It turns out Spidey is just the first in the company’s Manga Realization, a new line of samurai-themed action figures based on comic book characters. Manga Realization is a spinoff of Tamashii Nations’s Movie Realization, which so far consists of samurai-themed Star Wars action figures.

Review: Definitive Technology W7 & W9 Wireless Speakers

Review: Definitive Technology W7 & W9 Wireless Speakers
If you’re in the market for a wireless sound system, you’ll definitely want to check out the speaker lineup from Definitive Technology. The company offers a variety of wireless speaker systems which connect to your Wi-Fi network to provide high quality audio in every room of your home. I recently got my hands on a selection of their speakers for review, and the first ones I’ll be checking out are the W7 ($399 USD) and W9 ($699), both self-contained sound systems that work well on a bookshelf or tabletop.

LEGO Voltron Concept: Defender of the Legolands

LEGO Voltron Concept: Defender of the Legolands
From days of this month, from the uncharted regions of the Internet, comes a legend. A legendary concept of Lion Force Voltron created by LEGO Ideas member len_d69. While the upcoming Voltron reboot has a cool-looking take on the Lion Force, len_d69 opted to mimic their original look.

Vader and Stormtrooper Salt and Pepper Shakers: Force Season

Vader and Stormtrooper Salt and Pepper Shakers: Force Season
These Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmet salt and pepper shakers are just what a geek needs to make their table setting perfect. If you’re on a low sodium diet be sure to grab the Stormtrooper one; the chances of it hitting your plate with any salt is very slim. Each of the shakers measures 2.5″

Light-up Star Trek: Voyager Wedding Cake

Light-up Star Trek: Voyager Wedding Cake
This cake is perfect for those stuck in the Delta Quadrant. It’s a wedding cake that also happens to be an edible model of the starship Voyager. It is going forward at warp speed. You can tell from the lit engine nacelles, which I would devour first so it can’t get away. It was made by Cara Mia Cake and it is a work of edible art.

Review: iRig Mic Lav Lavalier Microphones

Review: iRig Mic Lav Lavalier Microphones
If you’ve ever needed to interview someone for a podcast or video shoot, you know it can be tricky to get the microphones set up properly. You can buy a couple of pricey mics, connect them to a mixing board, and then hook them up to a dedicated recorder, or you could travel light and grab a pair of IK Multimedia iRig Mic Lavs, and your smartphone instead. This reasonably priced box set includes two lavalier microphones that are perfect for voice recording.

Cool Your Jets in This Jet Engine Chair

Cool Your Jets in This Jet Engine Chair
If you’re looking for the latest in Bond super villain furniture, look no further. This jet engine chair is the perfect place to relax and stroke your cat while laughing maniacally. You can buy two and have one be fully operational, so you can trick your enemies into sitting back and getting sucked into the blades. This chair is made from the cowling of Boeing 737’s massive jet engine and it looks pretty sweet.

Japan’s Most Disgusting Burger Melds Beef, Pork, Shrimp, Eggs, and More

Japan’s Most Disgusting Burger Melds Beef, Pork, Shrimp, Eggs, and More
I love me a good hamburger, Whataburger FTMFW. I’m not that adventurous with my burgers though. I can go for a double patty, slap some bacon on it, cheese, and mustard (because mayo is the devil in my world.)
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