Wednesday, 20 May 2015

DragonWar DragonShock Black PS3 Controller

This was a rare item to find, well i noticed this when looking for a backlit keyboard by Dragonwar in work many times, I noticed a PS3 controller, which looked really nice and had a different appeal compared to other controllers i had seen. Bascially searching various marketplaces for this was frustrating but after looking at some EU suppliers, i found one that WILL deliver to the UK, that company was called GAMEGEAR. This site is in the English language and i was able to order the controller for €40.55 EUR including P&P, Taxes and a Paypal Fee. €24.99 ex TAX and P&P for the controller itself. All in all this came to just under £30 for me to buy (using conversion rates etc). After ordering on Sunday night while missing emma, I was just waiting only 2 days (Dispatched on Monday 18/05/15). Then while a day off i was having to dog sit, a yodel van arrived and it was signed for and yay, it was all mine,

Well if want this, you can buy it HERE. The video of it is below and lets begin:

Looking from the Outside.

The box has a nice dragonware feel to it, with the same colour scheme as the controller itself, with clear info on the features, a nice shape and all in all the same style as the controller. But there was nothing that you couldn't understand about the product on it. Enjoy the pics below:
The front of the Box

One of the sides of the box with focus on the controller buttons

The back of the box with more detailed features

Another side of the box with more features to boast about 

The top of the box with the URL and hook on

When you open the cover of the front of the box up, this appeared

Some clearer pics of the inside cover

Some clearer pics of the inside cover

A calendar from the supplier i bought it from FOR FREE

Once the box was open

Well inside the box was just a plastic mould for the controller and a mini usb cabled wrapped, thats it, so it was time to connect it to a PS3 and play. i mean its that simple, since the battery was flat, the wireless would not sync so i left it to charge for a while. Then it worked fine. 

The controller in the plastic container

Behind the plastic lies a mini usb cable

Yay, the controller

The buttons on the back are blue too

The dragon logo looks good

The bottom of it

 Well after testing, it worked nicely with PACMAN CE DX and although i made one or 2 mistakes, the grip on the controller was pretty good, the dpad moved slightly but no controller is perfect. But i felt comfortable with it which is the main thing.

Then i had the option of using it on Steam (due to me installing SCP to make PS3 Controllers work) and it was responsive very shortly after installing, which means it was the similar device id as a PS3 but with a different name called "PS (R) Gamepad".

But all in all i'm happy with this so lets get the conclusion sorted.

omracer's Rating: 7/10

The good points:

  • Very similar to a standard Dualshock 3, except with cooler looking buttons and a dragon watermark
  • Better grip with rubber coating
  • Nicely packaged

The bad points:

  • Not (yet) available in the UK without import
  • battery does take a while before allowing wireless sync
  • the dpad moves slightly
Well i hope this helps you if you are into looking for a nice looking non modded PS3 controller. More reviews to come soon at various points.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

ONDA v820w 8" Intel Atom Z3735F Windows 8.1/Android 4.4 Tablet (Part 4)

Well, as i mentioned in the Part 3 review, there was a mention of a replacement on its way to me. Now that HAD arrived and its pretty ideal. This was for the dual os Version which means both android 4.4 and Windows 8.1 are installed. Since there were some games i wanted to possibly make videos on, this was the reason i went for that model.

This time it cost me £83 from iDreamCenter from the UK which meant NO CUSTOMS and also 2 day delivery from Royal Mail, (actually make that 3 since i couldn't pick it up due to a signature which it wasn't sent to work :/. But then when i picked it up, i did unbox and set most of it up.

I'll be honest here and say the Packaging was more cleaner and whiter than the 8.1 only version. There was also NO OTG cable inside but since i already have one, its not a problem for me. The Microusb cable was inside too, which is nice.

The top of the box

The side of the box with the S/N which mentions is a V1 model

Another side with QR codes and the ONDA logo

The top of the box with the ONDA logo again

Also another side of the box showing how thin the tablet is

Looking inside the box, well that was the simple layout 

DAT reflection with the seal of protectiveness on as well. 
Now turning the tablet on and it booted into android, which was setup in English believe it or not, i can say that's good effort from the sellers. But i reset the tablet anyway and put it into English myself and setting up the usual account.

The Launcher was very iOS like which for apple fans might cause rage but ease of use too, one annoyance with this tablet ROM though was the amount of Chinese apps, which for me isn't an issue as i rooted it with the guide of Beny. But the speed of the thing is pretty amazing, changing the launcher to HOLO launcher HD and the thing was smooth, ePSXe with Point Blank was almost at full 50fps and that was @ 497mhz (lowest clock speed possible using NoFrill CPU Control.

The settings design

Info about the Tablet

The settings for the CPU speeds in CPU Control

The only downside i had so far was nearly troubled installing Xposed Framework (which can be fixed HERE) and Also Micro HDMI not working as it should be, there are rumours of people having to cute back the plastic part of the cable to get it to work but i have not tested this yet.

All in all, this feels a fast tablet, the Wifi is pretty strong as well, then again there was the bios update which improved it in android and also added a boot menu if you press vol up after turning on. Also the Q2S software works fine :)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

ONDA v820w 8" Intel Atom Z3735F Windows 8.1 Tablet (Part 3)

Well, long story short i semi bricked my v820w by flashing the Dual OS Bios (which worked and didn't actually cause the problem) but Following a Chinese Tutorial to install Android to it using the WIN PE Method. This almost kind of worked except the last part which now i'm face with a problem with the ONDA logo appearing just rebooting and Keyboards won't work which means i can't get into the bios. The Insyde Recovery method hasn't worked either. 

All in All i ended up buying the Dual OS version for £83 INC VAT and Delivery from a UK supplier (idreamcenter) which is £20 cheaper than what i paid for mine and since the v820w i bought was from, returning to China isn't worth it.

I partly thought there was a way to disconnect the Storage Chip from the tablet then wipe it some how (this might work), but it turns out its soldered, so enjoy some pics of the insides of the thing. 
Note: this is the V2 version of the Single OS (Not Andrews/Android its the Windows one). I should of told you that before but after finding this out, its best to let you know. 

Where i'm facing the problem so far

Using a tiny flat screwdriver to open the case up

Progress but being careful

The case insides

Welcome to the inside of the Onda

This is the top half, the heatsink covers the CPU, the RAM and the SSD/NAND

The right hand sice, the battery, card reader and Realtek audio chip

The left hand side, with some ribbon cable connectors

Here the connectors are for the speakers

This is mostly it, of course i could take the other side apart but i'm not that good at it.