Wicked Laser Arctic: The World’s Most Anticipated Laser, Unboxed

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Laser Force

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Links of London

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ferariman

God give me strength! this crazy lady thought I was hacking here the other day and cut my phone and cable lines, now she is going to permanentley blind me with a laser!

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mizogucci

I tried to purcahse one of these lasers. They cost 274 dollars. It is now 10/29/2010 and I ordered the laser 7/12/2010. I keep getting the run around from the support personnel. The company is based in China. Beware... There was nothing telling me that it would take several months to get the laser when I ordered it.

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lavenyaS

It's really amazing knowing the updates about cars, but there's an article I read that really caught my attention . The Highway Loss Data Institute has released its 2010 numbers for automobiles victimized by theft. By comparing the number of insured autos on the road to the number of theft claims, HLDI creates the most-stolen list. Here is the proof: Most stolen vehicles in the United States This year, the Cadillac Escalade topped the list, and pickups are becoming more frequent targets. The amount paid out for each claim is going up, though total thefts are going down.

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nealtse

It's hard to think of an industrial use for this, unless you wanted to heat something up from really far away.  How about Holographs?  Even for Holographic art, if not holographic storage.

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thetechchild

This has huge capabilities as a weapon. And for an automated defense system... This thing can shoot miles away, can permanently blind you in seconds if you even look at it, and severely burn you. A couple of these would be cheaper, less messy, and silent, in comparison to guns.

Technology can be scary.

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Eagle4Life

If i weren't a poor college student i would so get one of these just to say i have one.  i don't even know what the true intended purpose of this thing is, but who cares all I can think of is all the cool dumb stuff i wanna do with this thing. ;)

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FasterBlaster

MaximumPC should include a review about customer service. Just ask around. Horror stories. Almost no one out of thousands of charges on credit cards have gotten a delivery, even after almost 2 months. The rants on Facebook are true. Check the forums. So far none of the shipping dates promised have been met. Delay after delay. Go figure. How about it MaximumPC? Include the mess this has become.

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Metalmorphasis

I forgot to put my goggles on! I thought they said googles?

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LouieAtienza

Mr. Phillips I'm envious!  Anxiously awaiting mine (#55XXX).  I don't know how you can wait till Friday to fire it up, but safety first; in fact probably a good primer on safety following your testings.

Miss your editor-in-chiefing...

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JonPhillips

Hey, thanks, Louie! Fact is, I have tested it. Couldn't wait, and more than anything, I needed to make sure the laser would work before making the trek to LBL's laser lab. But rest assured, we followed all the proper safety precautions:

- Locked-down environment. We literally locked the door (and the only two people with the keys were IN the room).

- All participants wearing goggles.

- Followed basic gun safety rules: Everyone BEHIND the line of fire. I called out when laser was going on to make sure people didn't scramble into the forward area. I also called out "goggles on" when the laser was about to be activated.

- I also removed the interlock pin whenever we weren't directly involved with activating the laser.

- We set our target surface as far away as possible. The target surface was a black metal case door. Non-reflective and won't catch fire.

More to come tomorrow.

 

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Zachary K.

could be used for home defense, guns are just too messy, and not as awesome (unless it is a gauss or railway rifle)

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ShadowDragoonFTW

That... is REALLY not what this was intended for. Considering all the safety precautions this thing calls for, it's really impossible to justify this as a home defense device.

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Zachary K.

well, it can blind and burn skin. which is better than being shot with a gun. even if someone was breaking into my house, i don't think i could turn a gun on him (yes, i love FPS but would hate to shoot someone, irony), so this does seem like a better option.

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HOYT

News Real... Dumb ass brings laser to local dance club.... and shines it into the disc ball 84 people including the Dj and all bouncers are eather blind or suffer skin damage...this is crazy and even a little scary... I can't see this taking more than a few months to be limited to the education field ( Colleges and Universitys)... I mean I believe in the right to bare arms but this kinda of laser in the wrong hands is just plain insane..

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rafette

even though this thing would be uber dangerous at a dance club, pointing it at a disco ball would only bounce 1 beam (a moving random dangerous one) since it would only hit 1 mirror at any given time.

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graill

Some idiot or group of idiots will spend a couple grand and make a combined laser cannon and mess some people up. This Crap needs to be regulated like any handgun.

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mralexosborn

That is a fantastic idea! That is exactly what our government needs, more power over the people! 

I think a license agreement would suffice.

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NSain

can it blend?  That is the question.

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cigar3tte

How does it work when shooting at mirrors?

Would this thing be good enough as a home-protection weapon instead of a gun?

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JonPhillips

Shoot it at a mirror and it will cleanly reflect off the mirror -- so you better know EXACTLY where the reflection will travel. Consider it like a ricocheting bullet. In fact, it is high advised that you not aim it at any reflective surface, as the direction of the reflection is hard to control. The safest thing to aim the laser at is a dark piece of metal, or something else that won't burn -- and the farther away the surface the better. A dark surface will discourage reflections, but a dark surface will also asborb more light and therefore suffer more damage. So your dark surface shouldn't be anything can burn. As for home protection, a laser sure could scare an intruder, but it doesn't have any of the stopping power of a gun. So if you subscribe to the maxim that says "Never shoot a gun at someone unless you intend to kill him" then a laser is NOT your answer.

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Cache

My wife has already pre-banned me from getting one for my 40'th birthday next month.  Now how am I supposed to enjoy my march into old age??

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Number Six

>>Now how am I supposed to enjoy my march into old age??<<

Divorce.  You'll get your laser and a girlfriend some ten years younger than you are. :D

-Six

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matmatician

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ShadowDragoonFTW

Ten? Hell, if I were him, I'd shoot for twenty...

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JonPhillips

Ask her if you can have a low-wattage green laser. It will impress the hell out of you and won't be anywhere near as dangerous.

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griffinii

Thankfully MaximumPC is treating this with respect but the fact this article is publicizing it further scares me. There will be readers who will now know of this and not treat it with the same respect.

A light saber design? Really? Next are we going to make sawed-off shotguns look like kids water guns but include a website that says things like, "Not a toy. You can accidentally blow your head off with this." I see no practical reason for this other than research and no reason it should be made to look like a toy/movie prop other than to get kids to buy it and swing around like its designed to look. If it wasn't meant to be treated like that then make it look awkward and not easy to swing or carry.

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emtownsend

IMO, if someone wants one of these, they need to register it and take a training class at the very least.  These are way too powerful for the average irresponsible user.  The affects of this laser can reach out for miles.  These can cause irreparable damage for miles, and without the user's knowledge.  As cool as they are, I feel they should be VERY tightly regulated or banned outright.  Imagine how many of these can fall into wrong hands, easily, and then they shoot them at airplanes, cars, whatever.  These are bad news... I'm telling you.  This is a new class of weapon that needs to be restricted.

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JonPhillips

I think we (at MPC) all would agree that training classes should be a requirement, and in fact I think Wicked Lasers is supporting that direction as well.

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griffinii

I agree completely!

It's one thing if knifes aren't banned as a person has to be face to face but the fact that someone can do MAJOR damage from miles away and/or discretely for $300 is just plain scary.

Just wait until someone brings one to a concert or stadium and starts shining it like a laser pointer into the crowd. Everything I think of I can do with one of these ends up being just plain bad.

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JonPhillips

You make a good point about the laser's range -- it's one of the reasons why the device is unsually dangerous. Even a light sabre terminates at, what, three or four feet? But a laser beam carries on, for all intents and purposes, infinitely. Now, true, it's strength (and therefore dangerousness) diminishes with distance. But it's the sheer length of the beam that adds to the danger factor.

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PawBear

God save us from the idiots that get hold of these things.  Youtube will be filled with kids burning and blinding each other for a laugh

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CarryingColoradan

May God protect us, rather, from the nanny state minions!

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mralexosborn

This made me glad to see I was not the only one who is against more regulation. 

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JonPhillips

This is one of the main reasons why I'm enlisting the help of LBL's laser safety officer. It's important to me that Maximum PC/Maximum Tech be known as the editorial team that treated this device with caution and respect. I also want to set an example for all the would-be malcontents who would improperly use this device.

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Mark17

I will definitely be buying one of these. And I can't wait to see the test results, I'm sure they won't disappoint.

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Havok

But I have to wonder: just how far can this thing project a beam? I can't wait for Maximum Tech's full review!

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BuLLg0d

I mean, kids-lasers = cool yeah. I've been reading about this laser, saw the vid on their site, know Lucas is sueing them but... What puspose does a laser like this serve? What industry? Scientific industries I understand. 15 yr olds waiting to lase a 787 I dont understand, or Star War's Fans wanting this thing, the irrespobsible ones mind you, not ALL SW fans...

 

Do you have to represent a specific industry to order one or will some anon 15yr old from 4 chan just be able to mail order it with mom and dad's credit cards?

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JonPhillips

You'll have to be at least 18 years old to order one. But, no, you don't need to have specific scientific credentials. I will be discussing WHY someone would want an Arctic in my full write-up. And while I am hesitant to pass judgement before I've actually turned on the laser or met with LBL's safety officer, I'll still posit this: For someone who wants a powerful laser to shine a beam into the night's sky (AWAY from aircraft, of course) and to show off to friends in a SAFE way, it makes much more sense to buy a much, much lower-powered green laser. Green lasers CAN be quite dangerous, but green laser light doesn't present the same safety risks. Also, watt for watt, green lasers are brighter and more brilliant than blue lasers. So one can have a relatively low-power, relatively safe green laser that has a LOT of wow factor, and pose many fewer safety risks, both to the user and to the general public.

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JohnP

 I have a 30mW green Laser and that is plenty. It has a visible beam that shines brightly at night (especially during a snow storm!). It puts a dot on a water tower a couple miles away.I still have to be careful with where I shine it but at least I won't go blind with a shot at a headlight reflector (I hope).

Why on earth would anyone want to fool around with a 700 MILLIWATT laser, I have no idea! May pop a balloon or set a match on fire from a mile away, I just hope the kid who has the balloon does not look up at the wrong time...

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Marcbman

"Why on earth would anyone want to fool around with a 700 MILLIWATT laser, I have no idea!"

That's like asking why someone would put 3 EVGA 480s and 2 hexacore processors into a computer..... Because they can!

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Thursday

Ok but would 3 EVGA 480's and 2 hexacore processors potentially blind or maim you? No. Well, maybe your wife/SO other would when she saw the cost...but I digress...

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bingojubes

that looks like a mini lightsaber. too bad i dont have clearance to enter the labs here in livermore, - my house is 10 minutes from there!

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Biceps

Can it run Crysis?

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Havok

Oh for the sake of Pete... Is 'Can it run Crysis' gonna be the next 'Is it dead?' As much as those 4 little words pain me, they're still pretty funny at times.

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Marcbman

I'm so unbelievably jealous right now....

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