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OnLiveFans.com reviews the Phantom Lapboard

Posted in Internet TV Keyboard, Internet TV Peripherial, John Landino, Message from the CEO, onlive, Phantom Lapboard with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by jlandino

A big thanks to the folks over at OnLiveFans.com for taking the time to review our Phantom Lapboard:

 

“I definitely give my stamp of approval, and if you’re like me and do the majority of your OnLive gaming from your couch, the lapboard is a must have. Owning the lapboard is going to make even more sense when OnLive finally releases its web browser. It would be great if OnLive partnered with Phantom Entertainment to package the lapboard along with the MicroConsole and OnLive controller because it really completes the entire experience.” – OnLiveFans.com

Review: Phantom isn’t dead and this is their Lapboard

Posted in Internet TV, Internet TV Keyboard, Internet TV Peripherial, John Landino, Message from the CEO, Phantom Lapboard with tags , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by jlandino

Not a bad review at all from Neowin.net.  They will also be giving the Phantom lapboard away shortly so stay tuned.

“If you’re looking for a companion to your home theater setup, the Lapboard is a good choice.”

Sony looks to bring Cable thru IPTV via thier devices & network – NewEgg offers the Phantom Lapboard as a PS3 bundle.

Posted in Internet TV, Internet TV Keyboard, Internet TV Peripherial, John Landino, Message from the CEO, Phantom Lapboard with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by jlandino

Sony seems to now be ready to take advantage of the PS3 Network and new IPTV devices by partnering with a Cable company to deliver content.

“Emphasising the company’s determination to lead the Connected TV market, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation, said there will be more than 50 million television screens in the US by March this year that are Internet-enabled by Sony. That is divided between PlayStation 3 games consoles, Sony Internet TVs and Sony Wi-Fi Blu-ray disc players.”

Yesterday NewEgg decided to add the Phantom Lapboard to their PS3 listing.

Phantom Lapboard in the iBuyPower suite at CES

Posted in Internet TV, Internet TV Keyboard, Internet TV Peripherial, John Landino, Message from the CEO, Phantom Lapboard with tags , , , , , , on January 17, 2011 by jlandino

Big thanks to iBuyPower for bringing their Phantom Lapboards to CES.  Check out the iBuyPower new Gaming PCs & Laptops!

Couch Gaming with the OnLive MicroConsole & the Phantom Lapboard

Posted in Internet TV, Internet TV Keyboard, Internet TV Peripherial, John Landino, Message from the CEO, Phantom Lapboard with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by jlandino

Update of the OnLive MicroConsole & Phantom Lapboard

Well the first thing I found out was that FPS games are darn hard however I am digging URIII.  Secondly the more I use Onlive & my computer on the flat screen the more convinced I am in our Phantom Lapboard solution.  I like to sit on the couch and switch from TV, OnLive & my computer.  I’m also a cyclist so anytime I can get my feet up on the couch really helps during the heavy training. Thus hanging back on the sofa and being able to use all my media devices is very very cool!

The use of a mouse, for me at least, works much better than a touch pad or keyboard short cuts.  Now that I am doing some couch Gaming I also see how important a mouse is as well.  I like to find unique positions which I can relax my legs but still have the Lapboard fitted for responsive Gaming, here lies the real value in our multi-level/position input device.

Again expect Onlive to delve into streaming movies and hopefully bring a browser too.  The games play very well on the OnLive real-time network, the only problems I had were with my own IPS during the days running up to Christmas when bandwidth was super crowded.  I would like to blame my poor Gaming skills on something other than me but truth be told…I kinda suck right now.

The good news is I have a comfortable way to get better at couch Gaming with the Phantom Lapboard and the super cool and affordable OnLive MicroConsole!

Unboxing of the OnLive MicroConsole & connecting the Phantom Lapboard.

Posted in Internet TV, Internet TV Keyboard, Internet TV Peripherial, John Landino, Message from the CEO, Phantom Lapboard, Phatno Lapboard Reviews with tags , , , on December 17, 2010 by jlandino

I received my OnLive MicroConsole yesterday and thought I would document the set up / usage of their product and system.  We have a whopper of a flat screen and I have been wanting to set up some kind of IPTV/HTPC configuration for testing with Phantom Lapboard.  We use Verizon as our ISP & Cable service and also have a very cool stereo/digital receiver which has be vastly underused…plus my kids keep asking what do those funny looking keyboards we have everywhere really do.

So I unboxed the OnLive MicroConsole and was pleasantly surprised how small and basic the components were.  When I walked into Best Buy to look at the GTV Revue I was a little worried about the setting up of a second Set-Top Box for a average consumer.  We now have all invested in large flat screen that may not have the easy access to the HDMI inputs and worse now have the long HDMI cables running thru the walls back to the Cable Box.   For us techies or even enthusiasts we will figure out a way to hook up the new technology however the average (80%) consumer will not adopt this new IPTV service if they can’t set it up easily.  The point I am making; the OnLive MicroConsole is VERY easy to set up and the instructions are printed on a double sided flash card which is a diagram NOT 30 pages of text.

If your house is not rigged with a built in LAN as most of us have our wireless routed you will definitely need to run a wire from the router or have the ISP do it for you at a cost.  Using a Wireless Bridge would work for just fine for browsing but add Gaming / Movies might stress a standard wireless router during the evening internet rush hours.  I follow with what I set up; our receiver has 3 HMDI Inputs so I have Cable, OnLive & a computer linked with the single Outgoing HDMI headed to the flat screen which is already running thru the walls.

The Phantom Lapboard synced immediately as did the Onlive Gaming Controller.  Now as I have been saying for years, the consumer needs a fully functional KBM combo on the couch for IPTV.  Many of the Games (PC Games) on the OnLive system need a keyboard & mouse and using the coffee table just aint gonna cut it.  I was able to use the Phantom Lapboard in any position especially putting my feet up & sitting back.  Now, OnLive will evolve to an IPTV connector too which makes the Phantom Lapboard even more appealing.

My kids sat eagerly waiting for the Games to begin,  once we had everything set up they were off and running; a nice feature was the Free Trial period on each game.  So far I am truly enjoying the OnLive MicroConsole and super happy to finally get my flat screen to function as an IPTV with the Lapboard.

Phantom Lapboard unboxing by Boxeounboxing, very cool!

Posted in Internet TV, Internet TV Keyboard, Internet TV Peripherial, John Landino, Message from the CEO, Phantom Lapboard with tags , , , on December 5, 2010 by jlandino

Alex Herschell at Boxeounboxing puts together a great informative video of his Phantom Lapboard!