Homebrewing and Modchipping with Just Gadgets

Do you have someone who is technologically-inclined on your holiday shopping list this year? Maybe you’ve been extra good this year and you’re going to treat yourself to a special present too? Before you head out to your favorite local electronics retailer, it may be worth your while to take a look at Just Gadgets. Can you guess what they sell?

Over the course of this review, we’ll take a look at what this online store has to offer, how competitive its pricing is to other retailers, and what other key features that Just Gadgets brings to the digital table.

Selling Nothing But Gadgets

Well, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when the website is called Just Gadgets. As you can As you can imagine, this is an online electronics dealer and it specializes in, well, gadgets.

While there are some sections on the site that are dedicated to external hard drives and multimedia players, the much bigger focus appears to be on gaming. That’s not to say that Just Gadgets is all that interested in official first-party titles and accessories. Quite the contract, in fact, as this store focuses more on mods and “homebrew” equipment.

Before we proceed, I should note that neither I nor John officially condone the use of pirated software and video games. How you choose to use these kinds of products is up to you, but just be aware of some of the legal ramifications that can accompany such products.

R4 for Nintendo DS and DSi

For this review, we were asked to highlight two products in particular. One of these is the R4 card for the Nintendo DS, DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL.

There are actually multiple versions of this “homebrew” cartridge available, all of which are compatible with the different versions of the Nintendo DS. The one highlighted here is designated as RTS, because its supports real-time saves. The idea is that you load your ROMs onto a memory card and play them on your Nintendo handheld.

Just Gadgets sells the different versions of the R4 cartridge on their own, as well as being sold as part of bundles that include microSD cards of varying capacities. For instance, the R4ISDHC RTS on its own is currently being sold for $38.67, while the bundle with a 16GB memory card is $95.03.

While you are able to choose between three currencies at the top of the page (US dollars, Euros, and British pounds), these aren’t reflected in some of the image-based content on the site. It makes for a strange quirk to the online store, but it’s pretty easy to get past that.

Modchip to Break Your Sony PS3

The other product being highlighted is the PS3 BREAK Modchip. This USB-based accessory allows you to “break PS3 perfectly.” I imagine this means that you can play, ahem, “custom” ROMs on your PlayStation 3.

As with other product description pages, the description for the PS3 BREAK Modchip could use some work. It says that it is “the protruding upgrade key” and it offers a “more humanity design.” To help you better understand how this product works and what it can do, Just Gadgets has embedded a YouTube tutorial video on the product page. The PS3 BREAK Modchip currently sells for $41.89.

What Other Gadgets Do They Sell?

Beyond the gaming “modifications” available on Just Gadgets, there are also some other products worth mentioning. One of these is the WiFi Robin, which promises “free WiFi access anywhere in the world.”

Continuing with the theme of legal grey areas, this is not a router, per se. Instead, WiFi Robin “optimized the cracking of WEP encryption.” It can also “decode, hack, crack, unlock and reveal the passwords of most of the secured connections.” The WiFi Robin also boasts an impressive 2km range, letting you connect to networks much further away.

This sounds a little shady, to be sure, but again, you proceed at your own risk. Just Gadgets just supplies you with the product; how you choose to use it is up to you. You always have to be careful with items like this, but there is a definite market for these kinds of products.

Decked out in holiday decorations, Just Gadgets offers a 14-day money back guarantee and free delivery when you spend 20GBP or more. It is integrated with PayPal and Google Checkout too, so buying stuff is pretty easy.