Electronics Boutique Christmas 1997 Catalog

PC Hardware

Page 26 - Intense 3D Voodoo, Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro

Page 26 - Intense 3D Voodoo, Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro

Let's get this out of the way now - hardware cost more 15 years ago (or whenever you're reading this). I can't really make jokes about prices of the past because there are two incredibly obvious reasons why technology is cheaper today. One is a law named after some dude and the other is a giant country with cheap labor.


Page 27 - IntelliMouse, SideWinder, Cyberstik, Cyber Visor, Web Pal, CD drives

Page 27 - IntelliMouse, SideWinder, Cyberstik, Cyber Visor, Web Pal, CD drives

I used one of those SideWinder game pads for years and it was a great controller. I finally replaced it with an N64 USB adapter. Yeah you read that right, I actually like the N64 controller.


Page 28 - Orbit, Kensington Smart Sockets, Quicktreive, Gravis pads, Mad Catz Steering Wheel, Mad Catz Panther

Page 28 - Orbit, Kensington Smart Sockets, Quicktreive, Gravis pads, Mad Catz Steering Wheel, Mad Catz Panther

If anyone cares, that Kensington Smart Sockets power strip is still sold today for the same price and is perfect for a game room. I currently have a TurboDuo, Super Nintendo, 3DO, Jaguar, Atari Flashback, and CD-i hooked up to one.


Page 29 - Internet Phone, InterAct controllers

Page 29 - Internet Phone, InterAct controllers

I have zero recollection of that Internet Phone being sold in the store. I can't bear to think of using one over dial-up.


Page 30 - Trustmaster controllers, video tutorials

Page 30 - Trustmaster controllers, video tutorials

I still giggle every time I see the name "Trustmaster".


Page 31 - Wingman Extreme, F-15 controller, scanner, video cards, zip disks

Page 31 - Wingman Extreme, F-15 controller, scanner, video cards, zip disks

"Wingman" is also funny but not as funny.


Page 32 - Mach 2 Modem, Digicom Modem, Star Trek accessories, Master Pilot, Kingmaster 2

Page 32 - Mach 2 Modem, Digicom Modem, Star Trek accessories, Master Pilot, Kingmaster 2

I totally forgot about that Kingmaster 2 until I saw this page. We definitely had it in the store. We never sold one. Somewhat cool idea though.


Page 33 - VariMouse, Checkpoint, Casio QV 70 Compact Digital Camera, Acctrack, Stingray 3D, greeting cards

Page 33 - VariMouse, Checkpoint, Casio QV 70 Compact Digital Camera, Acctrack, Stingray 3D, greeting cards

There it is folks, the first commercially available digital camera. OK, I don't know that for a fact and have no intention of researching it. As a matter of fact, I'll go so far as to say it's not. Whatever, it's still cool to see the technology in its infancy.


Page 34 - MousePro, iConference, Goldtouch Mouse

Page 34 - MousePro, iConference, Goldtouch Mouse

That iConference is another thing that would be interesting to try out. I'm sure I'll eventually find one for a nickel at a yard sale. Although I don't have a single PC it would fit in at this point.


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