Pimp your PC – TVNZ Breakfast

Wednesday October 15th 2008

Upgrading the family computer used to mean having to buy a new PC, but not anymore.   It’s now possible to enhance your system by adding a range of accessories and gadgets – John Buckley takes a look at some of them.

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Today John Reviewed:

Pinnacle PCTV Nano stick.

RRP $99.90, available from leading outlets including Harvey Normans, Noel Leemings Group and Dick Smith Electronics

www.pinnaclesys.com

Description: It’s a USB device and software combination that after installation, scans for the Digital UHF Freeview channels, and allows the user to watch the channels on their desktop or laptop.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Dell 22 inch widescreen flat panel monitor

RRP: $1399

http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/monitor_22crystalwfp?c=nz&cs=nzdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

Description: A stylish 22” computer monitor with tempered glass, polished metal tripod stand, unobtrusive connections, integrated webcam, microphone and speakers.

Rating 5 out of 5

Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000

RRP $499

www.microsoft.co.nz

The industry’s first wireless backlit and rechargeable keyboard and mouse ensemble. This smart desktop features ambient lighting that adjusts based on external lighting and proximity sensing that turns on and off based on the user’s presence.

Rating 4 out of 5

USB Cup Warmer – also available as Drink Cooler

$30

http://www.hometoys.co.nz

A fun yet functional gizmo. A USB powered warming plate to keep your cup of tea or coffee warm.

3 out of 5

Drink Cooler (not shown)

http://www.usbgeek.com/prod_detail.php?prod_id=0592

US$22

Additional Items for the full “pimped out” entertainment PC experience.

Logitech Z Cinéma Advanced Surround Sound System

NZD $549.90

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/3712&cl=nz,en

4 out of 5

Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drives

Toshiba hard drive RRP starts at $199 incl GST for the 160GB version, and goes to $377 incl GST for the 320GB.

URL is www.toshiba.co.nz

5 out of 5