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This Week In Video No. 3


This Week In Video No. 3

Hugo Jobling took his first go in front of camera this week, bringing us an in-depth look at the latest game from The Sims creator, Wil Wright: Spore. Touted by many as the most ambitious game ever conceived, Spore sees the player guiding the evolution of a species from single-celled organism through to inter-stellar space travelling, planet forming super beings. Along the way you design and modify your creatures, adding legs here and mouths there, and develop communities of them that conquer or assimilate all who get in your creatures' way. Sure, individual phases of the game have their faults, but if you were a fan of the Sims and fancy something with a bit more scope then you should be sure to give it a try.

Next up I took a look at the Asus Eee Box; the desktop equivalent to the hugely popular Asus Eee PC netbook. Powered by an Intel Atom CPU, with a modest 1GB RAM, and 80GB hard drive, it's no powerhouse and the lack of a CD/DVD drive will put some off. However, for basic productivity duties like collecting emails, browsing the web, and writing document, it is a cheap and attractive option.

On Wednesday I returned to pass judgement on the Klipsch iGroove SXT. This very compact iPod dock promised a lot, hailing as it does from the same company that brought us the impressive Image and Custom 3 headphones. However, its budget price was somewhat reflected in its looks, build quality, and feature list. Nonetheless, it sounded great and for £90 it would make for a great bedroom sound system for a teenager or student.

Netbooks continue to be a very popular topic here on TR so once again Andy's weekly contribution brought us a closer look at one of the top title contenders, the Acer Aspire One. This has to be the best looking netbook aside from the HP Mini Note and its dual SD card slots really appealed to us. Add in the fact the keyboard is decent and the custom Linux OS is nicely implemented and you have our second favourite netbook of the current bunch.

Finishing off the week, James gave us a tour of the Panasonic HDC SD100. This Full HD camcorder employs three CMOS sensors to create simply brilliant quality pictures and with a full size accessory hot-shoe and unparalleled manual adjustment, it's perfect for the budding semi-pro. As the name suggest, it records to SD card so you'll need to factor in an extra £30-£40 for a decent 16GB SD card but even so it still offers great value and gets a recommended award.

So, that's it for video this week but be sure to check back on Monday for the next installment. In the meantime let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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