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Altec Lansing Expressionist Bass FX 3022 Towering reverberations

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Altec Lansing Expressionist Bass FX 3022 Towering reverberations

The Altec Lansing Expressionist Bass FX 3022 exudes a ­commanding presence when placed on a desk but does it perform up to the standard?

When I took this pair of speakers out of the box and placed them on my work desk, I was reminded of the religious monuments erected by ancient Polynesians on Easter Island.

The Expressionist Bass FX 3022 really does look like one of those stone heads and it makes you feel like some sort of Polynesian monarch with a mandate from a higher power to turn up the volume and blast the beats.

They do not take up as much space as you would initially guess. The tower-like satellites house a down-firing subwoofer which is a great space saving design.

However, this model may not be for those who prefer to have a separate gigantic subwoofer. Like most speakers, it was pretty ­straightforward to install as it is, literally, plug and play.

I was disappointed that it only had volume control buttons and lacked a bass control knob. Even the volume control buttons could be more prominent rather than being cleverly camouflaged on the top of the right satellite.

The wiring on this model is needlessly messy. The wires seem to merge together at the back of the satellite and it is incredibly ­difficult to be tidy with them.

Conclusion

I do think the Expressionist Bass FX3022 is a fun addition to anyone’s computer.

The model lives up to the design, and holds its own when you are playing music and games.

The lack of bass control could be an issue for some but it’s certainly not a deal ­breaker.

All in all, an impressive system that may be just a notch over what could be considered a reasonable price for it.

Pros: Excellent sound and bass quality; unique tower-like shape.

Cons: No bass control; untidy wiring; a tad pricey.

Expressionist Bass FX 3022

(Altec Lansing)

PC stereo speakers

DIMENSIONS: 254 x 134 x 134mm (h x w x d)

PRICE: RM488

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Sidewinder X3 Left or right is alright

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Sidewinder X3 Left or right is alright

Good news for southpaws and those with small hands. Microsoft has a gaming mouse just for you.

IT SEEMS as if Microsoft has at least been listening to users like me who have been complaining about the size of its Sidewinder series of gaming mice.

Every model so far has been oversized and very firmly right-handed in design, therefore leaving those of us with small- to medium-sized hands looking elsewhere for a more suitable gaming mouse.

However, with the Sidewinder X3, Microsoft seems to have addressed this issue, producing a gaming mouse which is not only a reasonable size, but is also ambidextrous in design.

So does it pass muster in the other important areas of gaming? Well, you’ll just have to read on to find out.


BETTER FIT: The X3 is much smaller than its siblings, making it a better fit for small- to medium-sized hands.

Conclusion

Overall, I like the Sidewinder X3, although there are some qualifications to this.

For one thing, I really would have liked an option to add a bit more weight to my mouse, as the X3 is a tad light for my liking.

However, this is really a personal preference, since I know some gamers actually like their mice to be as light and nimble as possible.

My only real complaint is that the one gaming mouse that Microsoft makes that is both ambidextrous in design and small enough to fit my hands is a relatively entry-level product.

Come on Microsoft, I’m sure there is a place for a mouse like this in the upper end of the market — perhaps one that’s both wireless, slightly heavier and with more customisable buttonsSince the price is actually quite reasonable for a gaming mouse, however, so should warrant a serious look if you’re on a budget.

Pros: Ambidextrous design; suitable for small- and medium-sized hands.

Cons: Not enough customisable buttons; a little lightends.

SIDEWINDER X3

(Microsoft Corp)

Laser gaming mouse

Maximum resolution: 2,000dpi

Image processing: 6.4 megapixels per second

Maximum acceleration: 20G

Maximum speed: 45+ inches-per-second

Number of buttons: Eight (five programmable)

Price: RM139

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Sidewinder X8 Sidewinder goes wireless

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Sidewinder X8 Sidewinder goes wireless

Microsoft cuts the wires in its latest Sidewinder gaming mouse and achieves impressive results.

WHEN we reviewed Microsoft’s Sidewinder gaming mouse a while back, we liked the Stealth-bomber styled mouse but found it to be a good fit only for people with large hands.

Ever since the success of the first version, Microsoft has produced several other wired versions, with the X3 being the budget model and the X5 targeting the mid-range market.

The newest one to join the line is the Sidewinder X8, which sits in the upper range of the Sidewinder series, and features a number of major improvements over the original.

The most major change of the X8 is that it’s wireless — this is a first for a Microsoft gaming product and looking at the current trend, it certainly looks like it won’t be the last. So how does the Sidewinder X8 perform? Read on.

USEFUL: The tiny LCD display shows you the current sensitivity setting as well as charging status when the mouse is connected to the charger.

Tilt: the scroll wheel on the X8 has gained left and right tilt functions, giving you yet another programmable option

Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, this mouse is firmly targeted at gamers with big hands and if you have small hands like mine, then you should just skip the X8.

That being said, if you have large hands the Sidewinder X8 should warrant serious consideration — it’s got all the gaming features you could want and it felt solid enough to withstand some pretty rough use.

Add that to the fact that it’s ­wireless and has the excellent BlueTrack technology, you get a pretty good package here.

Of course, at RM299, you have to be a serious gamer to consider buying one of these though.

Pros: Many customisable buttons; BlueTrack technology works better than laser technology.

Cons: Only suitable for medium- to large-sized hands.

SIDEWINDER X8 (Microsoft Corp)

Gaming mouse

Maximum resolution: 4,000dpi BlueTrack technology

Image processing: 6.4 megapixels/second

Maximum acceleration: 75G

Maximum speed: 13,000 frames-per-second

Number of buttons: 12 (7 programmable)

Other features: 2.4GHz wireless, replaceable feet supplied.

Price: RM299

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