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I bought many toys for my computers over the years and I don't include the computers (9) and laptops (3).
I made a list of my favorite ones.
1- ADVC 100 by Canopus
I bought it to digitize my VHS movies to DVD.
The version I have was purchased on the Internet and it has a button to disable the Macrovison (crap used to prevent making copies). I even used to record movies or shows from Hulu by connecting my two computers and recording on the 2nd one.
That was a great device. I still have the original box and accessories.
2- Fusion HDTV 3 QAM gold from Dvico
I used it to capture HD videos from cable over the air.
I had a great time with this toy!
3- ION Turntable
I bought it to digitize my vinyls via USB on my computer.
It comes with a free editing software to help remove scratches, pops, clicks and background noise.
4 - HD PVR by Hauppauge
Even better than my ADVC 100! It can record HDTV straight to my computer and the quality is amazing! My favorite toy so far!
5 - WD Live TV Hub
I can watch TV online, play games, watch my own videos, play my music, look at pictures, etc.
Here's my next gadget I want to buy!
Okay that's it! What's your favorite computer toy?
Got my Blu-ray burner! My next project will be to buy that amp and DAC from the site mentioned previously.
Although there are some gadgets that can be very entertaining like Oculus Rift, lots of these accessories are pretty much useless and made just to take money from gamers. Best example are Nintendo's Wii and WiiU sports gear.
If I am having a regular controler why would I need one of these?
Yeah those look useless to me as well.
Use the Wii Sport gear to play actual sports.
Wow, they look utterly pointless. The only possible advantage to having an actual club or racquet would be if it was full sized so you get a more realistic feel, but then it defeats the point the virtual game!
There would also be a lot more, ah, 'accidents' and broken things (controllers as well as decoration and other). Considering some already manage to shatter their TV with regular Wii controllers.....
Wow, Imagine you just finished paying for your 90 inches flat screen HDTV and then the Wii remote slip off your hand and break the TV screen.
Enough to make a grown adult cry, for sure. I reckon that golf club would do a fair bit of damage!
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