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Razer Forge TV

Right now you can buy the Razer Forge TV with two Serval gamepads for only $99 direct from Razer using the promo code RZRFTVBIN at checkout.

Razer is a company that has been around for awhile making PC gaming peripherals. Last year they acquired the Ouya brand and released the Razer Forge TV an Android streaming and gaming device. It is pretty impressive under the hood:

Android 5.1
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805
Quad-Core Krait 450 CPU
Adreno™ 420 GPU
16GB of Storage
Bluetooth 4.1 + HS
Wireless 802.11ac 2X2
Gigabit Ethernet
HDMI 1.4 output
USB 3.0

By acquiring Ouya they got instant access to over 1500 games and apps for Android from indies to full commercial apps and games in the Ouya store. For streaming this is a rock solid choice. Because of their arrangement with Google some apps like Nextflix are not available from the Play store but can be easily sideloaded.
If I have one complaint is no 4K streaming. HDMI 1.4 can support it and so can the Qualcomm 805 so I am not sure why the Forge doesn't support it.

The forge is unique in that you can control it from the Serval gamepad or with the Forge app on you smartphone or tablet. A nice feature for those tech addicted.

The Serval controller is Bluetooth and comes with a clip for attaching your smartphone to the controller for mini gaming experience.

If you want to make a dumb TV smart or test the Android gaming waters this is a really nice way to go and @ only $99 for the bundle ( over $200 separately) a near no brainer.

Le Pan TC1020 Help And Discussion / Curiouser and Curiouser
« on: June 16, 2016, 01:36:54 AM »
So after a private message from jonnyarlathotep I got bored and did a little digging on the custom recoveries out there for Tegra 4 tablets. Right now sitting on my TC1020 is a working TWRP custom recovery and it appears to be fully functional.

What does this mean? If it backs up and restores my system successfully we could at minimum have a working modified stock rom. If I can unpack the boot.img I can tweak some of the performance a little. At best it could mean porting one of the working Lolipop from one of the similar Tegra 4 tablets. No promises but curious-er and curious-er....

The Lounge - Off Topic Forum / New Tablet came today.
« on: August 20, 2015, 10:51:29 AM »
So I got bored (never good) and ordered a new tablet that finally came. I decided to give a Phablet configuration a try. I got the PIPO W6S 8.9" Win8.1 Android 4.4 Dual OS Z3735F Quad-core 2GB 64GB 3G Tablet Phone w/ Bluetooth 4.0 . Currently it's updating to Windows 10 so I haven't really had much time with it but so far so good. I am probably going to pick up a StraightTalk simm to test the phone portion a little later. I use so little data on my phone I won't need much.

As of now the display is nice and clear, the speakers are great, but that should be a given considering it's a phone too, and it's very fast.

RIP Leonard Nimoy, you were a big part of a lot of our childhoods and more...

The Lounge - Off Topic Forum / Cutting the cable cord
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:09:14 PM »
OK while recommending options for streaming on the QVC forum I mentioned people should stay away from cable and cellular internet services which was greeted as if I had farted Dixie in it's entirety while in church. While not having lived everywhere, I have never lived anywhere that didn't have independent ISPs for internet. Cable was even late to the game as far as internet service is concerned. People acted as if they had never heard of internet outside of Comcast type service.

Right now with decent internet and a few pad service options you can cover almost all the bases on about $40-50 a month not including internet.

If you were going to cut the cord, what is you ideal combo and what internet options are available in your area?

Zeki Android Wi-Fi Streaming Media Box w/ Remote & HDMI Cable on Evine (formerly ShopHQ

OK for only $20 this is almost impossible to pass up. The motion control remote alone is worth about $20. I have had a few Zeki tablets and have always liked their performance and build. Their customer service is OK. They tend to be a replace rather than fix company which can be a little frustrating when you have data on a tablet. If this has the hardware I think it does I am going to build a ROM for it and tweak anything that needs it.

The specs:

    Zeki Android™ Wi-Fi Streaming Media Box (TAB803B)
    USB Receiver
    HDMI Cable
    AC/DC Power Adapter
    Two AA Batteries
    User Guide
    Quick Start Guide
    Support Insert

Additional Features

    Android OS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
    Built-in 1 GB RAM
    Built-in WiFi
    4 GB Installed Flash Memory
    Additional SD Card Storage Available
    Digital Audio: MP3, WMA (non-DRM), WAV
    Digital Photos: JPEG, BMP, PNG
    ebooks: PDF, PDF DRM, EPUB, EPUB DRM
    Digital Videos: MOV, MKV, AVI, RM, RMVB, FLV, WMV, MP4, VOB
    Basic Apps: Music, Super-HD Player, Photos, Browser, Email

Other Low Cost Tablet Discussions / Teclast Dual OS 8" 3g
« on: January 31, 2015, 04:05:42 PM »
Yep I guess it is.  Looks like a nice tablet for on the go.

Sent from my SM-T320

I just ordered one of these. $139 free shipping from Tinydeal. I sold a Touchpad to cover it.

Teclast Dual OS 8" 3g

The only downside is the cameras are lower res, but the reviews have almost all given the speakers high praise so I can live with that.

Operating System Android 4.4+Windows 8.1
Model Teclast X80H
Announced 201408
Color White
Shell Material: Plastic
Size 8 inch
Resolution 1280*800 pixel
Display Technology HD IPS G+G Screen
CPU Manufacturer Intel Bay Trail-T
CPU Model Z3735F
CPU Core Quad Core
CPU Speed 1.83GHz Max Frequency
Hard Drive Type eMMC Flash
Hard Drive Capacity 32GB
Extend Card T-FLASH(Support 32G MAX)
Other Functions
Camera 0.3MP+2.0MP
3G External 3G
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth 4.0
G-Sensor YES
File Manager, 365 Office, Google Search, Task Manager, Browser, Gallery, Android Webkit, Clock,

Calculator, Calendar, iReader, Gmail, etc

Media Formats
Video 1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV, Support 4K Video Play
Speaker/MIC Built in stereo speakers/Built in Microphone
Battery Type Li-ion battery, 5000mAh
Battery / Run Time(up to) Support Work Time Up To 8 Hours
Power Device Type AC Adapter, AC 100-240V
Charging Voltage
DC 5V 2A

Wireless Connection WIFI
Wireless Protocol 802.11 b/g/n

The Lounge - Off Topic Forum / Merry Christmas Everyone!
« on: December 24, 2014, 01:13:30 PM »
Just a quick Merry Merry to our members and staff.

For us it is going to be an interesting one. Recently had to have two dogs put to sleep, old age, and the third was having huge separation anxiety. Apparently her cats aren't the same. So enter as of yet unnamed rescue dog! Dumped at a farm so we don;t know his history. 2 years old? HA!! All puppy still, probably year or so. Cats are upset but indifferent, except one that is planning a murder I am sure. Tori, the old girl, is a pup again except we have to keep an eye on her hips. New dog is some kind of Shepherd mix almost look Malinois but with soft ears.

So tonight is oyster stew, tomorrow prime rib.

What are all of your plans?

Merry Christmas.

The Lounge - Off Topic Forum / What's your Black Friday wish list?
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:45:13 AM »
So what are you looking forward to on Black Friday?

For me personally I will be checking out tablet deals but Walmart is rumored to be having a 55" 120hz LED TV for $450 online only with free shipping. I have been saving up to jump on that if it happens.

New Member Introductions / MOVED: Using the camera
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:15:46 AM »

The Lounge - Off Topic Forum / The Best Android devices of 2013-2014 so far.
« on: September 27, 2014, 04:21:53 PM »
With all the devices I have owned and still own I have been going over in my mind the best of the bunch. This includes Tablets and set top boxes or sticks.

Of the tablets I have a pretty easy decision in picking

1. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9". There just isn't a tablet out there that can touch the quality of build, display, or sound within it's price range or above it. The myth of the Amazon environment crippling these devices (a myth I firmly supported until I owned one) is just that. Hyper-fast quad core with 2GB of ram. The only downside might be the lack of a microsd slot. But with it coming in 16-32-64GB you can purchase the option that best fits you. The rear facing 8MP camera takes great pictures with a flash that actually works. This is the only "brand" tablet on the market that is actually worth the money @ $379 for the new 16GB version with upgraded WiFi and processor or $350 for the older version. Add about $90 for the 64GB version, but Amazon keeps having 4 and 5 payment deals to spread the cost out. You can;t touch the same hardware for the price in another tablet. Amazon has always sold the hardware for budget while counting on the Amazoncentric environment to make it up on the back end.

2. Le Pan TC802A 8" Mini. I still love this tablet from the comparatively elegant build to the overall quality if the device itself. I have always said the thing Le pan does best is design, but they have finally made a tablet worthy of the aesthetic. Solid strong WiFi, crystal clear display, and workhorse processor. Yes for a quad core the benchmarks might be a little low, but in real world application it is fast and stable. rear facing camera takes decent pictures indoor and great pics for a tablet outdoors. A steal in the $100+ price range.

3. Hisense Sero Pro 7". Tegra 3 quad core. This is the killer tablet in the 7" range and stands up well against the others. Easily portable, durable, great display, rear 5MP cam with flash takes good pictures. It has a huge development community and several custom roms to choose from. Another steal in the $100 range.

4. Dell Venue 8" . Dual core fast Intel Atom processor performs right alongside the Arm quad cores. Nice dual cameras. A little on the stout side compared to others. An overall nice tablet. A little vanilla but still a great option in the $120-170 range for 16GB or 32GB respectively. There is a new version coming out called the Venue 8 7000 that looks like it will be a monster.

5. Le Pan TC1020. Some might think it odd I put this at #5 but that is only because it is a 10.1 inch tablet and that can make it's uses limited. This has a stellar display, 2GB of ram, the rear camera quality is excellent with a dual LED flash. The build is typical Le Pan with a sleek look. This same configuration in a slightly smaller footprint like say the Mini would put it firmly in competition with the Kindle Fire HDX. But you also can;t touch the specs for the price in any other tablet.

I simply have to many tablts to break the list down further, although most are worth their price depending on ones expectations.

Le Pan General Discussions / QVC pre-sale must have been successful.
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:02:04 PM »
QVC had a presale going on the TC802A since back in early August. The Actual Sale was slated for the 25th through the 30th of September with shipping on the presale orders on the 26th. Well the 25ht came and no sale. I had been holding $100 for a customer to order one for him. Called QVC and they said the presale orders sold out all the stock. They normally reserve a certain number for presale only but this time they didn't because they were selling so well.  They said new stock should be in by the end of the week. We may be hearing from a few new users soon.

Dell Venue 8 7000 Preview

Dell has released review editions of it's latest 8 inch slate. Super thin with a quad Intel Atom Z3500 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB storage. What is interesting is the rear facing 3D camera along with a gallery app that is loaded with all the tols to use it. Like being able to sharpen or blur sections of the the picture while still in the gallery app, or color enhancement.

No word on the price but Dell has said it is going to be "aggressively" priced. I would guess that will put it in the $200-250 range..


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