How Sony's Cheapness Is Biting The PS3 In The Ass

Sony's mantra of not writing checks for exclusives-or much of anything-seems to be biting them in the ass a couple times this week. There are at least four cases where the PlayStation 3 has suffered because of Sony's lack of willingness to open up the purse strings. We knew two of these before-backward compatibility… » 7/17/08 3:40pm 7/17/08 3:40pm

Microsoft's $1 Billion Xbox 360 Recall Problems Caused By Chip Cheapness

Microsoft's red ring Xbox 360 problems have cost the company about a billion dollars in warranty repairs, but the research vice president and chief analyst at Gartner said that the hardware problems were caused because Microsoft wanted to be cheap. Instead of using an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC)… » 6/11/08 2:30pm 6/11/08 2:30pm

Logisys Ergonomic Cool Fan Mouse: It Blows

Take coolness into your own hand with the Logisys Ergonomic Cool Fan Mouse, an 800dpi optical pointing device with glowing LEDs inside. There's a little switch on the side that lets you turn on and off its tiny fan, which ventilates your hand through the air holes across the top. Look out, though, it's too cheap to be… » 9/07/06 12:54pm 9/07/06 12:54pm

Holide HX-2142: World's Smallest DV? Perhaps World's Crappiest, Too

This is probably just a piece of junk, but at least it's small—the Holide HX-2142 digital video recorder and camera is called "the smallest DV in the world." No dimensions are given, but judging from the size of its USB plug, this is truly tiny and thin camcorder that's down to spycam size. » 8/29/06 12:46pm 8/29/06 12:46pm