What Technology Gift do you Want for the Holiday?

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Bill Loguidice
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I would think my next desktop

I would think my next desktop PC (in maybe 4 or 5 years time) will be a dual or even tri monitor setup (and by then, hopefully touch and 3D), but as you say, there are many issues to overcome still, particularly as it relates to gaming. I've been running a dual monitor setup at work for years (easy with a laptop), but in that scenario its practical because it's purely for applications and any performance issues are negligible for what I do. Of course, an argument can also be made that outside of a few very cool game applications such as for a flight sim, you'd just be better off getting the biggest possible monitor you can afford/fit instead.

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Oh I know the downside all to

Oh I know the downside all to well, I have used 3 LCD at work for about 4 years now (tech and phone support, most online logging into PC to fix um, sometime have 3-4 peopel on at once). I am pretty used to the bezel and have gamed alot with 3 monitors and HACKED drivers and 2 video cards. I been playing with multi Views for a long time. It has a long way to go yet and far to many games wont even work well with Ifininty. The res thing is a big bummer, as LCD's dont look as good in non native res.
Some of the reasons that submit button on NEWEGG has never been pushed. I had toyed with the idea of my own mounts and removing hte LCD's from the cases.. that was my plan if I ever do it.. Kinda a Pipe dream right now, just bought a new car (well 2 year old car) and paid cash, been hammering money into my investments.. and recently had an unexpected HUGE bill.. so my cash flow for the next few months is "mac and cheese" , going to be a bit hard to passup all the cool toys at christmas.

But I gotta dream big if Im going to dream..wait a sec.. monitors? nah.. send me Jessica Alba...

Nathaniel Tolbert
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while eyefinity is a great

while eyefinity is a great idea, sadly in actual running it's a little more inefficient than really stated. First you have to look at the amount of pixels you are attempting to push, 3 monitors at 1920x1080 is a lot of pixels to push; 6.2 megapixels per frame actually. Think of how much memory that takes up. And then to have this repeat anywhere from 60-200 times a second. Sounds great, but the cards need more than 2GB of RAM to really pull this off well, so 2 cards by 2GB's might work well. Second, the bezels on monitors just make this annoying. Anywhere from 3/4" to 2" gap between the two screens is not fun. I know they created a tool that would allow you to offset this by making the screen continue on where the bezel is, so that the bezel is simply hiding some of the picture, but come on! We have the tech to make a bezel-less LCD and we have had it for years! Why aren't there any with no bezel on the left and right sides, or just less than 3/8" thick? Samsung keeps touting their new monitors that support eyefinity by have a combined bezel of two monitors to be 1/8" thick, but these monitors are horrendously expensive. So I guess what I'm trying to say is, until the monitor tech catches up and the cards get more memory, eyefinity isn't truly ready for prime time. Sorry for the rant. I was just so excited to test that feature when it came to the bench, and when we implemented it, it was less than stellar. I guess I'm just jaded.

-Edit- I should also point out, that I haven't been able to find those Samsung monitors for sale yet. Even though they were released in September.

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clok1966
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LCD's
ironmaidenrule wrote:

Current computer monitor is on its way out, so as I have been a good Iron Maiden fan this year, Santa should bring me a nice new one.

My never ending quest, video screens. I have had bigger monitors for as long as I can remeber, when PC came with 13" i had 15", I had a 21" back in the early 90's (its till in my arcade cab/mame machine). I have fell behind in the last few years. Im currently on a 26" wide Samsung (which I love). The new ATI systems where you can run 3+ monitors from one card (Ifinity, look at some reviews of it in action). I am so close to investing.. Drop $500 on a card and $330+ each for 3 LCD's... just to rich for my blood... but I wont deny my NEWEGG cart has had um all in it a few times... just couldnt click that final button. But it appears I will sit with my 26" for awhile longer. I am simply out fo desk real estate... or a 30" would be there already. :)

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A New Screen

Current computer monitor is on its way out, so as I have been a good Iron Maiden fan this year, Santa should bring me a nice new one.

Matt Barton
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Did you ever see those shows

Did you ever see those shows (or was it commercials?) where the kids got a certain amount of time to race through a store putting things in a shopping cart? They got to keep everything in the cart if they made it out in time. I remember seriously planning back then when I went into a store, which areas to hit.

I have too many tech "needs" right now to bother anyone with, but I'd probably start with a big TV. I'm still stuck with an old TV I bought back in 1996 or so. It'd be great to have a nice LCD. I'm getting pretty tired of watching everything on my computer monitor. :)

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I'm not exactly a hardware

I'm not exactly a hardware guy, mainly because my income doesn't allow me to be quite yet. I could really use a netbook right now though...

I did find out the other day that Shadow of the Colossus is coming in HD to the PSN. I'd do anything to get a PS3 for that. Perhaps even destroy something small and innocent.

Mark Vergeer
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just small gifts

Just small gifts, like a good book - the new Oliver Sacks always works with me, tratteria bits (chees, spices etc). Focusing on family this year as we've had it rough with two close family members contracting cancer.

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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It's kinda sad to say, but I

It's kinda sad to say, but I don't want any techie gifts this year. I have all that stuff that I could want, and then some. What I'm after are book, and tons of them. Although, if I could get a new Joystick with foot rudder control, maybe the Saitek X52 or something......

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Huge racing Sim fan, back in

Huge racing Sim fan, back in the old AMiga days I used to play Indy 500 all the time... and to get a clue, that game was in real time, all 200 laps with real damage, real pitstops (to this day pits are my weak point) it was as real as a game could get.. race for 3 hours and mess up... either limp in or start over.

To this day my ACT RS Racing wheel is my favorite, it has by far the Best Force Feedback. Unfortantly its not made anymore. It had plug in carts (looked a bit like SNES carts) that plugged intot eh base so you could use it on any system. I also had the MS one... whimpy force feedback, never liked it. And I have the Logitech Momo wheel, its the 2nd best of the bunch. The ACT labs one had just such awsome force feedback. When hitting curbs in the games it had the power (adjustable) to almost rip the wheel out of your hands... it was simply the most "real" feeling one. it also was the best construction wise, it has more wieght to it.. the Pedels have a base with wieght so it wont slide all over. Again The MOMO is a great wheel too. Im not up and up on the current ones (logitech) but Im sure you will LOVE it if its your first Force Feedback wheel. I had a cockpit at one time as I did alot of ONLINE pc racing in the NASCAR leagues at one time (several years ago). I also picked up the MS one for the 360, but (man this sounds really bad) have yet to open it, its been sitting in a box with my BAND HERO kit in my closet for ...ekk 3 years or so? Best Buy closed um out for $50 a few years ago and I got one.

If your not to busy, you should give some impressions of GT 5... I'm so close to picking it up.. I had 3 and played it alot, but I find I gravitate more towards stuff like Motorstorm, and DIRT 2.... HUGE nascar nut, but no release last year...

Oh tech..I think I may just get my first new video card in about 3 years..

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