The "New Toys" Thread

IceBone

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which does what?
You say "hey google", then follow it up with a command like play music or read the news or tell me my itinerary for the day, etc... It's a neat gizmo that I wonder how long it'll take for me to get bored with.

I probably wouldn't have gotten it if it wasn't free.
 

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Prime day is dangerous.

Got this with the 'adventure kit', that I will likely sell, for a decent discount. To be used alongside (but realistically instead of) my Hero 5 Black. First impression: The touch screen is much better.
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Then got a heavy discount on this after almost buying a more expensive Crucial SSD that was on sale before this. Currently in a USB 3.0 enclosure, awaiting roadtrip videos but will then be moved to my PC.
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Not a prime day deal and not really tech I suppose but fuck it. When eBay was offering 20% off the other week I added one of these little beauties to my line up of cordless tools. Already used it and it's brilliant. DGA513 in the UK.
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You say "hey google", then follow it up with a command like play music or read the news or tell me my itinerary for the day, etc... It's a neat gizmo that I wonder how long it'll take for me to get bored with.

I probably wouldn't have gotten it if it wasn't free.
Oh, ok
It's one of those "privacy is sooo overrated"-devices :)

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Those will succeed the aging ASRock B85 Pro4 with Core i5-4460 and 8 GB RAM in my current PC while these three components will live on in my mum's PC who has an even more aging Pentium Dual Core E2220 and just 4 GB RAM.
 

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Welcome to the red side. Muhahaha. lol

My 1700x is great. I am even looking at building a HTPC with a second generation Ryzen 3 or 5. I would also like to build a third generation system, but that will probably wait for next year.
 

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Ordered one of these, a Sony UBP-X500 UHD Blu-Ray player.



Now, I already have an external UHD BD-R drive for my PC, one I paid to have imported from Japan. However, thanks to NVIDIA and stupid DRM, it's an absolute ballache to actually watch any UHD content on the PC as it only works with Intel graphics and there's always a driver issue that needs resolving before it works.

This will sit where my Xbox One sits now and it had damn well make the experience a lot better. It's the cheapest and most basic of the X series players, without any smart features at all. I'm connecting it to a smart TV that also has a smart cable STB and a PC connected, so I didn't need to pay for any of those features. I just got Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II to add to my other UHD stuff so I'm looking forward to trying it.

I'll be selling the BD-R drive, it's a Pioneer BDR-XD06J-UHD and is a great drive, if a bit noisy for watching films. It's just the software that lets it down. If anyone is interested in it for disc creation or data storage on Blu-Ray discs (it'll write 128GB BD-QL discs) then let me know or it'll probably go on eBay.
 

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Those things still exist?
Disc players? Yeah, I think they'll be around for a bit longer. IMO, UHD content on streaming services isn't quite there yet, either because it isn't available or doesn't meet the quality/performance/convenience of a disc. I've watched many UHD Grand Tour episodes, for example, and the server couldn't seem to keep up and the quality kept dropping down. Some of the connection speeds I've seen quoted on this forum from around the world probably aren't up to the job either, the disc I'm watching is averaging 30Mbps.

It's now here, installed and it's exactly what I wanted. It just works, unlike the old solution. It also unlocks the extra options that were disabled on the PC connection, so I can switch on motion smoothing for things like Blue Planet II. It looks fantastic. It's also very quiet, another big plus.
 
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