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All posts by Alan Dexter

  • HP Envy Sleekbook: getting the balance right

    AMD is enjoying something of a resurgence in its laptop fortunes lately. The HP Envy Sleekbook 6-1126sa is the second computer we’ve seen recently that employs the ‘other’ manufacturer’s processor, the other being the Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A02UK. The question is, despite these design wins, can AMD hold its own against intel’s third generation Core processors that seem to dominate the laptop space? And if it can, why aren’t we seeing more of its mobile processors in the wild? The first question isn’t so easily answered, simply because Intel doesn’t quite have a processor in the same price bracket as the...

  • SuperTooth Crystal review: a hands-free car kit with power

    You’re in the car. You need to use your phone, but you want to do it safely and without breaking the law and accruing a fine. You need a hands-free kit. And as luck would have it, that’s exactly what we’re reviewing here. The SuperTooth Crystal is a hands-free kit that’s a little bit different to what’s gone before – it acts as a speakerphone on your sun visor, and also pairs with your phone’s GPS to give you voice directions (similar to theTomTom Hands Free Car Kit), and plays music from your phone. It’s svelte, portable and a breeze...

  • Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 review: good things come in small packages

    We’re living in the post-Ultrabook era. Even when laptops are designed to do something much more taxing than pushing websites around, we still expect them to be sexy. Which explains why this diminutive laptop has us in two minds. On one hand it’s a tiny machine that packs a decent punch on the hardware side of things. On the other, it’s a little on the ugly side due to its thickness and drab colouring. It’s also surprisingly heavy for its size. It’s not an Ultrabook, in other words. The 3XS Graphite LG5 isn’t looking to make a name for itself with...