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A column offering commentary, tutorials, advice, and much more relating to technology behind the gaming community and products, companies, concepts and people who drive it written by members of Elite.

Save Your Headset

HeadsetNearly all of us have experienced that awful moment when you pick up your headset with plans to listen to that hot new song or some cat playing with a cotton ball on YouTube only to discover you no longer have sound on the right side of your head. For those lucky few who are smugly thinking “not me”, mark my words, the time is coming when you too will experience the disappointment of a failing headset. The dismay grows even worse as you realize the headset’s warranty, as many warranties habitually seem to do, ran out just last week. Before you resign yourself to coughing up the cash for a new headset, put your wallet back in your pocket, all is not lost just yet. Odds are good that you can significantly prolong the life of your headset with a little investigation and some careful repair work.

 

Before even thinking about making a repair the first step should be to find the location and cause of the headsets failure. Is it just one side? Which side is it? Is it an read on…


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Gaming Externally

Recently, Apple in particular has been aggressively pushing the newest connectivity interface standard, Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak). Although it received little attention initially, interest and support has been slowly building for it in recent months. Excitement over the interface is greater than ever at this years CES where several clever new products that take advantage of the Thunderbolt interface were demonstrated. Now it is important to note that Intel, who developed the interface intends Thunderbolt to work alongside of the USB standard rather than replace it, USB has finally lived up to the first word in its name, “Universal”, and Intel seems to have neither the means nor the interest read on…


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Fly Under the Radar

Below Radar

I recently had a conversation with one of our members about the Battlefield 3 perk “Below Radar” for attack jets. It was such an interesting conversation I felt it was worth a short piece. Although my knowledge of radar systems is limited, I thought it might be cool to share what I do know, demonstrate a real world example of how this perk actually works and look at what I believe are a few misconceptions about military aircraft radars and how they are portrayed in BF3.

 
The “Below Radar” perk for BF3 is an one of the cooler bonuses I have seen in any game lately. Its based on fact and allows for evasion of active missile threats for an expert pilot in an intuitively obvious way. The perk lets pilots evade air to air missiles by flying low to the ground. Although read on…


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Battlefield 3 $950 System Build

Last week we presented a relatively inexpensive system build that would run BF3 quite well given that Wright and myself restricted ourselves to a 550$ budget. In this installment we will give you, the money bags gamer, a system that will not only play BF3 with ‘ease’ but keep you satisfied for years to come. For our high end build, we set the budget to a reasonable $950 give or take a twenty. Why $950? The answer is simple, after much thought, discussion, and a few hurt feelings (not really), we decided that exceeding our $950 budget was just plain unnecessary and borderline wasteful. For those of you interested in why this is so, Wright will be taking a more in depth look at the concept of future proofing and its flaws in an upcoming article but this is not the place for that explanation.

 

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