This week on the Gadget Lab Show, the gang checks out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet, Wicked Lasers’ LaserSaber, and the Raspberry Pi microcomputer.
First up, reviews editor Michael Calore and staff writer Nathan Olivarez-Giles break out the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, a new Android 4.0 tablet from Samsung. It looks very similar to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, which debuted last year, with the welcome exception of forward-facing speakers on the front of the tablet. The $400 dual-core tablet is a bit sluggish compared to other Android 4 tablets from competitors, but the performance seems more of a software problem than a hardware issue.
Next, Gadget Lab editor Jon Phillips and staff writer Christina Bonnington duke it out with lightsabers. Well, Jon shows off the Wicked Lasers LaserSaber and Christina wields a cheap “lightsaber” she bought on a San Francisco street corner. The LaserSaber is $100 and attaches to Spyder III-class lasers from Wicked Laswers. It has a “magnetic gravity system” that lets the laser “sheath” and “unsheath” when it’s tipped upwards or downwards, respectively. But sometimes this doesn’t work quite right.
Finally, staff writer Roberto Baldwin joins Michael to take a look at the Raspberry Pi board, a Linux-running microcomputer. There’s a $25 and $35 version — the pricier model has an extra USB port and Ethernet. Both models have 256 MB of RAM and an ARM processor on board. Its makers created it so that aspiring computer geeks can learn to code on it without messing up a personal computer or the family computer. Unfortunately, Raspberry Pi is in high demand, so if you haven’t pre-ordered one already, you may have trouble getting your hands on one.