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  • Donncha 9:54 am on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Play Asia, XCM Multi-Consoles Component Cable   

    I’m still waiting on a reply from play-asia.com to my query over the weekend about the component switcher cable I ordered.

    I’m not prepared to wait any longer so I sent them a note cancelling the purchase.

    Instead, I’ve ordered the V2 version of the cable from divineo in the UK. It looks like the only difference between the XCM Multi-Consoles Component Cable V2 and V3 is support for the PSP and Xbox which I’ll never have to worry about. It’s also slightly cheaper which is always a bonus. Hope they get it to me before the weekend.

    • David Nicol 10:52 am on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s the problem when ordering from Hong Kong/Asia in general – the item either gets to you really quickly, or it takes an age. I’d actually forgot that you’re still playing with fuzz-o-vision!

      • Donncha 1:08 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, sparkling, pixelated standard resolution. It was a pleasure to play a few games in HD on the Xbox on Sunday night!

    • Donncha 10:49 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      And divineo say they’ll ship the product by 4pm the same day but my cable obviously hasn’t shipped. Play Asia haven’t responded to my cancel message either. If I have to file a credit card chargeback I will. Grrr.

    • Donncha 8:33 am on April 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just received an email from Michelle at Play Asia. They’ve cancelled my order! Here’s hoping Divineo try to stick to their shipping policy.

      All orders placed before 16H00 (4PM) of an open day are shipped that very same day. After 16H00, packages are sent the next open day.

      • Donncha 1:26 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just noticed that my home address wasn’t confirmed on PayPal because I it was slightly different to that on my credit card statement. That may slow down delivery.

    • Donncha 8:18 am on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is downright silly now. In total I’ve received 3 replies from Play Asia confirming my order has been cancelled but the order I placed with divineo.co.uk is still “waiting shipment” and I haven’t heard anything back from my queries. Hardly a 24 hour service. Damn.

  • Donncha 1:58 pm on March 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cruzer flash drive, Play Asia, , Sandisk, WD TV   

    The WD TV media player arrived this morning!

    Much sooner than expected the postman delivered a box from Amazon containing the WD TV “HD Media Player” and a 16GB Cruzer flash drive from Sandisk. The media player works as advertised and played all the movies I through at it. The Cruzer USB flash drive is unfortunately quite slow at writes (about 3MB/sec) but is perfectly adequate for streaming movie files from it.

    The Playstation 3 has been rescued, but video quality is dire through the shipped composite cable. I don’t have a HDMI socket on my monitor, so I can’t wait for this component cable switcher to arrive.

    Playstation 3 and Xbox 360

    • dvotee 3:55 pm on March 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oooohhhhh very nice indeed.

      Now you’ll have a decision to make Xbox or PSN. Sometimes life can be abitch and tough decisions have to be made 😉

    • Donncha 10:30 pm on March 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m going to try both. But Bad Company 2 is a right arse of a game when you start off. I’m level 8 on Xbox and close to 3 on PS3 but the difference in guns and perks is significant.

      Sasben was playing Squad TDM and I joined the game, but I was way out of my league so I didn’t hang around for long before retreating to a game of Rush. Hmm, didn’t do too well there either as the enemy knew how to play as a team. I did hear the odd voice on mic but tactics were out the door.

      I played a few games with David and we finally won a round or two, but I’m going to hate looking at my stats when they update. Gulp. Oddly enough I couldn’t hear him at all, but I know he did as I called him back to get a health pack at one stage so I blabbered on. Hope it didn’t annoy him! 🙂

      OMG, playing multiplayer games on standard definition is murder. Please please please cable deliver soon!

      • Donncha 8:36 am on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I just remembered one good moment. At medium to long range I took out 3 enemy with an LMG. I think one of them warned a squad mate because someone flanked me a few seconds later and put an end to my kill streak.

    • Donncha 8:20 am on March 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Grrr, 3 days later and my order for the cable switcher is still being “prepared” by Play Asia. Be patient, be patient. David and Geoff will still be playing BC2 next week!

  • Donncha 12:32 pm on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Gnomeslair, GP2X Wiz, , Play Asia   

    I must admit, after reading this review (and this one) I want a GP2X Wiz.

    Quake 1 running on the GP2X Wiz (lots more)

    You can buy the unit at Play Asia where it’s described as:

    GP2X is going in the next round with a completely reworked new gadget, the GP2X Wiz!

    Powered by a 533Mhz 3D flash engine, the GP2X Wiz is the long-awaited update to the beloved Linux based handheld, offering updated multi-media features, a long serving rechargeable battery, a touch screen and a new sleek design.

    Play games, read e-books, see videos and play music files. Let the GP2X Wiz be your all-round multimedia parter for all situations.

    ‘Course my only problem is that I work at home, and when I go anywhere I’m driving and when I get there it’s usually with family so I’ll either have a better computer nearby, or won’t have an opportunity to play it. Might suit my son Adam as a portable gaming platform?

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