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A Real Head Trip!

A Real Head Trip
by Gary Woods

Back in the 60's, and I know if you can remember the 60's you weren't really there, but any way we used to talk about taking a "real head trip." I'm not really sure what it all meant but I'm reasonably certain if I took one I got a round trip ticket.

The "head trip" I'm talking about today is the Headplay Personal Cinema ($500). It's a liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) display headset which sports an 800X600 resolution and fits neatly on your noggin' allowing you to view Xbox, Wii, iPod, PS2/PS3, Gamecube, PC and DVD very up close and personal.

The Headplay is very versatile and rather than plugging directly into your PC, the visor connects to a powered brick (battery power is also an option) that features a huge array of inputs including, VGA, S-video, mini USB 2.0, and 2 USB 2.0 ports. The power brick even has a Compact Flash slot for viewing your digital photos. Adding to the unit's versatility is the fact that earbuds aren't integrated into the brick that make it easy to replace them with your own listening choices.

Headplay says that viewing is comparable to a 50 or 60 display. But you should be aware that what you're seeing is a 4:3 aspect ratio not the widescreen 6:9 look of most new televisions.

If you're looking for that up close and personal look while you're gaming, Headplay could be just what you've been seeking.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc