Written By : Wayne Brooker
December 2004

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Burn Some Rubber!
Mini Moto - From I Want One Of Those
£220.00 inc VAT (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)
The most beautiful mini-bike we've ever seen - electric-powered, drum brakes, 16kph and maintenance free - heaven on wheels.
We've looked at a host of mini electric bikes, and none of them have come close to this one, it looks good enough to eat*. If this isn't a good excuse to go and get kitted up in loads of leather, then we don't know what is.

A Time To Share, Wirelessly!
Belkin Wireless 11g (54Mbp) ADSL Modem + Router From Scan.co.uk
£68.84 inc VAT - 3DV Rating 85%
Belkin networking offers this one-box solution that lets you share your ADSL Internet connection, files, and peripherals, without cables. It combines two essential networking functions in one innovative product—an ADSL Modem with a 4-port Wireless Router. Operating at wireless speeds up to 54Mbps, the ADSL Modem with Built- In Wireless Router operates on the 802.11g wireless Ethernet standard. This standard is backward-compatible, so you can use it in combination with existing 802.11b Wi-Fi networks. Your Modem-Router also features an integrated 4-port 10/100Base-Tx Ethernet switch so you can connect your wired computers easily. Belkin makes sharing files and peripherals, such as hard drives, printers, CD-ROMs, and DVDs, easier than ever.

 

The Ultimate Athlon64 Motherboard?
DFI LanParty UT NF3 250GB - From Scan.co.uk
£70.50 inc VAT - 3DV Rating 90%

Keeping the signature UV-reactive components on board, the UT series aims to please with its rich feature set and outstanding price per performance. Understanding the needs for a versatile hardware platform, this series caters to enthusiasts who are on the cutting edge of technology while still wishing to take advantage of mature standards the industry currently offers.
Superb Overclocking and rock solid performance make this THE Athlon 64 motherboard to own.

 

Big Small Sound
Altec InMotion for iPod From EuroTech
£99.99 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)
The InMotion is a tiny, ultra portable, battery operated stereo system and is the first powered audio system designed exclusively for the Apple iPod. By combining revolutionary MaxxBass technology with a state of the art Class D amplification system, InMotion maximises its power output and delivers deep bass without a subwoofer.

A Case That Makes Waves
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream- From Scan.co.uk
£82.00 inc VAT Approx - 3DV Rating 90%

Quite simply a beautiful case and a 3DVelocity favourite. The ultra-light, all-aluminium Tsunami Dream features:

  • High Efficient ventilation: Dual 12cm silent fan in front & rear, 9cm fan on side panel
  • Mirror coating
  • Transparent X type side panel window
  • Dual USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 Firewire, Audio & Speaker ports
  • Ultra light: 6.0 kg (13.2 lbs)
  • Lockable safety side-panel
  • Retractable foot stand

 

The Sound Choice for Movies
Mercury HT 5800R 5.1 Home Theater Speakers From Microland
£52.18 inc VAT - 3DV Rating 80%

Model No. HT 5800R. Real 5.1 Channel Surround Sound with AC-S, DTS & THX. 5800W PMPO Sub-Woofer System. 25 W RMS Per Channel-Satellite. 50 W RMS Wooden Sub-Woofer. Magnetically Shielded Speaker. With remote control.

We were initially a touch disappointed with the sound quality but take a little time experimenting with placement and you can actually get some surprisingly big sound without losing clarity or letting the bass take over. At this price they're a steal!

 

See the Big Picture!
Mega Pro Game Projector - From Special Reserve
£225.99 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

This is the Worlds first purpose built GAMES Consoles Projector. Play all your favourite games or DVDs in KING SIZE !!!!!!. It comes complete with Universal S-Video/AV cable - connect to PS2, Xbox, GameCube. Connect to your DVD or VHS through S-Video or AV cable (not supplied).

Fully remote control, plug and play. Features include: Power Input : DC 12V 5A luminous flux :200-300 IM Brightness Uniformity: 75% Definition :480x234 Projection Dimension : 12-80 inch Projection Distance :0.6-5.0m Best Projection Dimension. 48 inch Working Environment: 8 hour continuos run with auto switch bulb life: On screen adjustment via remote control of Volume/Contrast/Brightness. Weight 950g. Screen not included

 

A Planet In Your Hands!
The BioSphere - From Special Reserve
£52.18 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

The Biosphere is an amazing world within a world – a totally sealed and self sustaining mini ecosystem. Tested by NASA aboard the space shuttle and space station MIR, this incredible sphere contains shrimps, gorgonian and shells and is much easier to look after than normal household pet!

Ideal to put on a desk to reduce stress or the perfect alternative gift.

The light triggers photosynthesis in the algae, which produces the oxygen the shrimp need to survive. The micro algae provide all the nutrients the shrimp need and the micro bacteria eat the waste, so the Biosphere is totally self-sufficient. Any algae residue on the side of the sphere can be easily cleaned with the magnet provided.

You don’t need to change the water or even feed the shrimp, so they really are low maintenance. With an average life span of three to five years, all you need to do and sit back, relax and enjoy watching them move among the shells and coral.

 

The World Is Yours
Magnetic Floating Globe - From Special Reserve
£99.95 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

Who needs an atlas when you can have a floating globe? Using powerful magnets and electronics to suspend itself in mid air, the awesome Magnetic Globe defies both gravity and belief. Not only does it float, it also rotates, so you can have the world spinning on your desk!

Whether you set it up on a desk at the office or at home, this anti-gravity globe will have people doing a double take and they’ll soon be mesmerised.

Bring the eye-catching appeal of magnetic levitation to life with the coolest desktop gadget around.

 

Movies on The Small Screen
Portable Media Player - From Special Reserve
£112.99 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

Portable Media Player- Mustek PVR-A1 MPEG 4 / DIVX Portable Video Recorder & MP3 Player With2.5" TFT Display

Format: DVD
• Innovative and multifunctional portable device: TV recording in MPEG4 compatible format, video playback, digital photo player, digital voice recorder, MP3 player,
• Internal memory - 32 MB
• Memory expandable to 1 GB through Secure Digital card (SD) and Multi Media Card (MMC) slot
• USB portable disk & SD/MMC card reader
• DPS function (direct connection to a DPS compatible printer - no need for a PC)
• 2.5 " TFT LCD screen
• Built in MP3 Player with digital sound effects (Pop, Jazz, Classic, Bass, Rock)
• Software Converter: Converting of multiple video formats into MPEG 4 compatible formats
• Pocket-size design for easy carrying
• Rechargeable battery and power adapter
• Audio Alarm
• USB port, AV in, earphone jack, DC in
• Supported Formats: ASF , JPEG , MP3 , WAV
• Supports DPS (Direct Printing Service
• Internal Memory - 32 MB
• External Memory: Secure Digital (SD) and Multi Media Card (MMC) slot
• Outputs / Inputs: USB, AV input, earphone jack & DC-in
• Dimensions: 77 mm x 96 mm x 20 mm

 

Preserve The Moment Forever!
HP Photosmart R507 - From PixMania
£156.00 inc VAT - (Review Soon 3DV - Rating 90%)

Arm yourself with one of a new breed of smart camera this Christmas. The HP Photosmart R507 Digital Camera comes with a 4.1 MegaPixel CCD, a 3x optical zoom, 16 second slow shutter, panoramic function and sleek aluminium case front.

Throw in HP Photo Adviser, an in-camera technology that analyses your photos and suggests how things like exposure or focus could be improved, or the world’s first In-Camera Red-Eye Removal system, and you have a camera that's suited to just about any member of the family, even if they've had a drink or four!

 

Get The Inside Track On Your PC
Matrix Orbital MX - From Kustom PC
£75.00 inc VAT - 3DV Rating 90%

Don’t let the imitations fool you. Get the original and most advanced in PC Bay inserts. The MX2 series digital bay bus with advanced software now allows you more control over your fans, delivers fast speeds and clarity of information like none other for all your cooling and quite PC needs.

Plug in a single USB cable and away you go! Purchase the Internal USB cable accessory to give your computer a clean and professional look! Now you can monitor CPU temperatures, Hard Drive space, control fans and LEDs. For the gaming enthusiast, monitor frame rates per second. For the music admirer, use Winamp 2 or 3 to monitor your own personal music selection and scroll through titles, or adjust the volume with the 7-button keypad.

 

Up Close and Personal
QX5 Computer Microscope - From Xyramax
£79.99inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

This is the newest incarnation of Digital Blue's USB digital microscope. It enables you to take pictures of things close up. Discover an intense new view of the world with the Digital Blue* QX5* Computer Microscope. Includes viewing and creative editing software, Parent Quick Start Guide, and lab supplies. Take the microscope out of its base for close-up viewing and taking snapshots of specimens. Magnify objects up to 200X and view them on your PC. Manipulate newfound images on the PC with cool effects and paint tools, then showcase your creations by making time-lapse movies, slideshows, posters and stickers. You can even e-mail your images to friends.

 

Automated Madness
Robosapien - From Argos
£63.99 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

It's THE gadget to own this Christmas. For the kid, or the big kid, who has everything, Robosapien is a marvel of advanced electronics. Makes Furby look like a stuffed toy!

  • Robosapien, a fusion of technology and personality.
  • Designed by a NASA scientist, Robosapien uses fluid, biomechanical motion.
  • Using a programmable remote control, he walks, strikes, throws, grabs, dances and speaks fluent 'caveman'.
  • 67 programmable functions, plus Dance, Kung-fu and cheeky demo modes.
  • Requires 4 x D cell batteries for robot, 3 x AAA batteries for remote control, not included.
  • For ages 6 years and over.

 

The Cutting Edge!
Gerber - Multi-Plier 800 Legend - From Mini Tools
£78.99inc VAT - 3DV Rating 90% (I Love Mine!)

Gerber's Legend, is an entirely different kind of Multi-Plier. Designed for the user who needs extreme wire cutting ability, quick access to the components, spring loaded plier handles, and a secure comfortable grip, the new Multi-Plier 800 Legend is the best of its kind.

Continuing the tradition of innovation, the new Gerber Legend is the first multi-function tool with replaceable tungsten/cobalt carbide wire cutter inserts. Much harder than any stainless steel, the Legend wire cutter will cut through #2 hard carbon steel fishhooks, 1/16" piano wire, and 278lb stainless steel offshore fishing leader. In the event of damage, the triangular cutter can be rotated to a new edge with a Torx head wrench.

All components can be reached with out opening the tool. The large knife blade and patented scissors can even be opened with one hand. The spring-loaded scissors cut all braided fishing lines, hemmed denim, Cordura, and leather.

The Multi-Plier 800 Legend also has Gerber's Patent pending saw coupler, allowing the use of any standard 2" jig saw blade.

 

Take a Cheque Mate?
Senator Chess Computer- From Xyramax
£449.99 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

The Exclusive Senator is a superb all-wooden luxury auto sensory board, with matching felted wooden pieces. Suitable for beginners to the advanced Chess player, this board is superbly crafted and will make you the envy of all your Chess playing counterparts!

Product Features

64 Playing Levels: Normal, Tournament, Speed Chess, Fun, Infinite, Problem Solving, Training
Very strong program: ideal for advanced players.
Info mode: watch the computer as it thinks for extra insight!
Hints given - ask the computer for a move suggestion!
200-move Take Back: opportunity to experiment!
All major openings and many famous grandmaster moves stored.
Set up positions and problems for further study.
Plenty of variety on offer through the playing mode options.
Option to play against a friend – with the computer as

 

Time To Be Different
Pin Clock - From I Want One Of Those
£78.99inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

Now this really is a way cool clock. Its face is made up of 3,000 pins, and it tells the time by pushing forward selected pins to make the relevant numbers in a neat, clean-cut, digital style. Every time change is met with a deeply satisfying clickety clonk as the pins retract and are pushed out again to form the new number. It's sad we know, but we spent far longer than is healthy just watching for each time change, it's rather mesmerising.

Customers outside of the UK (or those who do not use 240V power) please note you will need to buy an electrical adaptor and transformer for this product. We don't sell them, but fortunately these can be bought very easily (and we're told, very cheaply) from your local electrical store.

 

Just When You Thought It Was Safe.....
Thermaltake Shark Case - From X-Case
£99.88 inc VAT - (Review Follows Shortly)

New from Thermaltake in silver or black - Shark Full Tower Aluminium Case with clear EMI Shielded side panel. Removable motherboard tray. Dual 12 cm fans in front & rear. Fits Tt liquid cooling system (performance radiator with 12 cm fan) or any other specific brands. See - through side panel with EMI shield. Security lock in front bezel and side panel. Retractable foot stand. Ultra light: 6.8 kg (14 lbs). A new 3DV favourite?

  • Removable motherboard tray
  • Dual 12 cm fans in front & rear
  • Fits Tt liquid cooling system (performance radiator with 12 cm fan) or any other specific brands
  • See - through side panel with EMI shield
  • Security lock in front bezel and side panel
  • Retractable foot stand
  • Ultra light: 6.8 kg (14 lbs)

 

Lose Yourself
eTrex GPS - From Amazon
£117.76 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

The eTrex takes the best features of a 12 parallel channel GPS receiver and put them into a six ounce package that is only four inches high and two inches wide. The result is a unit that will literally fit in the palm of your hand.

Besides its small size, mariners and outdoorsmen will likely notice the sleek design of the eTrex. All buttons are located on either side of the unit, allowing for simple, one-handed operation that won't obstruct your view of the display. In fact, the eTrex features only five operator buttons for the ultimate in user-friendly design. Thanks to its bright yellow case, the eTrex will be hard to misplace and easy to find in any boat or backpack. The eTrex is completely waterproof so it can take an accidental splash or dunk in the water and still continue to perform.

 

Light and Colour
Mathmos Tuba - From Paramount Zone
£77.95 inc VAT - (Review Follows Shortly)

From the Mathmos design studio comes a very cool and unique light. It has two modes of operation - A color faze through the entire spectrum or alternatively, the Mathmos Tuba can be set to react to music, cycling through a colour changing sequence along with the "beat" or your favourite tunes.

The Tuba creates the illusion of not really knowing whether the central space has depth or not. What looks like a solid illuminated disc in the center is actually a brightly illuminated air space, enabling you to put your hand through it.

Moving your hand in front of the light will cause the light to switch from faze mode to music mode. There is also a music sensitivity adjustment on the back of the Tuba light. Overall, it is a truly magical object, that will bring an element of fascination and class to any room.

 

Music On The Move
20GB Apple iPOD- From Scan
£222.08 inc VAT - (Not Reviewed By 3DVelocity)

Still the ultimate portable Music player. Make someone's millennium with a 4th generation iPOD.

Battery life Up to 8 hours(4)
Skip protection Up to 25 minutes
Display 1.67-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with LED backlight 2-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with LED backlight
Ports Dock connector, remote connector, stereo minijack
Connectivity FireWire 400 and USB 2.0(3) through dock connector
Charge time 3 hours (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
Audio support AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF and WAV
Size 3.6 by 2.0 by 0.5 inches 4.1 by 2.4 by 0.62 inches 4.1 by 2.4 by 0.73 inches
Weight 3.6 ounces 5.6 ounces 6.2 ounces
Included software iTunes for Mac, iTunes for Windows(5)

 

Create Your Own Nebula
Laserpod - From Firebox
£59.95 inc VAT - (Review Follows Shortly)

Remember the nebulous, psychedelic sky from Flash Gordon? (We're talking 'Gordon's Alive?' Flash, not the rickety old B/W series). Well imagine looking at it through a kaleidoscope from inside Jim Morrison's altered state of mind and you'd begin to understand the mesmerizing beauty of the Laserpod.

Yes indeed, light lovers; using the latest in laser, LED and crystal optics, the incredible Laserpod brings science and nature together to create ever-changing organic light forms of profound beauty. At least that's what it says on the box. But in this case, we'd have to agree.


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