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Peripherals

  • Logitech M280 wireless mouse review: the perfect office sidekick

    Like it or not, if you’re stuck in an office from nine to five that computer mouse beneath your hand is a rather integral part of your life. Both a seriously depressing and real fact, it means that you should really spend some time deciding what you want and need in a mouse, how comfortable it is and how well it performs. After all, it’s about as close a friend you have — at least that’s how I feel about my peripherals anyway. So Logitech’s M280, although being a seemingly insignificant release considering their recent gaming peripheral onslaught, is also quite...

  • COUGAR’s PC gaming peripherals coming to South Africa in December

    COUGAR, the German-based PC peripheral outfit, has been prowling the gaming markets of Europe and the States for a good while now, but finally the company is coming to South Africa and not a moment too soon. After becoming something of an eSports specialist, the company plans to bring its range of peripherals and hardware to Africa’s southern tip, competing against the established likes of Razer and Logitech. One such peripheral arriving soon is the bonkers 700M gaming mouse. If you’re familar with the famous R.A.T. line of gaming mice from Cyborg, you’ll know exactly just how crazy we’re talking. The Optimus...

  • Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse review: weapon of choice

    Input is important. Without a keyboard and mouse (two extremely antiquated but necessary forms of input we’re still clinging onto), a computer is next to useless. Sure, there are gamepads, Kinect and a whack of other peripherals, but computer control is defined by the humble mouse and keyboard. These are also the two objects that are rarely upgraded by the user. Well, Logitech’s impressively named G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse is here to change that as it’s most definitely the best mouse for gaming or serious business shite. What I liked The G402 is above all, one of the most responsive...

  • 10 cool beauty devices for the high-tech connoisseur

    Crow’s feet, saggy skin, facial hair, cellulite… yes, women are plagued by these not so pretty woes. The answer: expensive spa treatments or surgery. However there is a less costly answer. Thanks to modern technology and science, the era of digital beauty devices has begun. The latest beauty devices promise to deliver results on par with spa treatments and in the comfort of your own home. But are they worth the investment and do they really work? Lucky for you, I trawled through the plethora of available beauty devices and found the best that will benefit acne, reduce cellulite and...

  • The Jabra Sport Wireless+: run away

    The greatest thing any piece of technology can hope for is to solve a problem, to make our lives just a little bit easier. It’s a noble aim and one that has resulted in some of the greatest leaps forward in human history. Trouble is, even the best of intentions can’t save a piece of technology trying to solve a problem that, at best, barely exists. It’s a thought that’s crossed my mind multiple times during my review period with the Jabra Sport Wireless+, a set of Bluetooth earphones that promises much and delivers barely anything. The box comes with an...

  • Amazon Fire TV is a Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV killer

    Chromecast kicked off the inexpensive TV streaming revolution, but it wasn’t the definitive device. Sneaking in under the radar and packed with every feature we’ll need and more, Amazon’s Fire TV is one of the best streaming devices to emerge yet. From 4 April 2014, or tomorrow, Amazon’s 1080p streaming box goes on sale for US$99. It’s tiny (115mm x 115mm x 17.5mm), it has 8GB internal memory, a quad-core CPU and it streams music, video, uses intuitive voice control, looks incredibly easy to use and plays Android games like Minecraft Pocket Edition and Asphalt 8 (with a sweet optional...

  • Logitech wireless All-In-One keyboard review: type and touch

    Logitech’s wireless all-in-one (AIO) tk820 keyboard is a nifty Windows 8 device that squashes a spacious touchpad onto the right-hand side of a rather heavy keyboard. It’s a little pricey at just over US$100 but in my opinion, Logitech proves that a costly keyboard is leagues ahead of a bargain basement one found on Gumtree. Great to type with Logitech’s keyboard is a best of both worlds, a neat keyboard that clicks and clacks, and a Windows 8 touchpad that’s smooth as silk. Having a combined keyboard and touchpad is what laptops are all about, so it makes sense to bring...

  • Cooler Master Pulse-R, Reaper, Ceres-300 review: ready for battle

    Additional reporting by Jacques Coetzee and Ronan Steyn. Right now we’re speaking to you, the core gamer, the one who demands the best headsets and controllers. Gaming is serious business, and a good mouse, plus a quality headset that immerses you in the action, is a must-have. We’ve got three sturdy, cost-friendly gizmos from Cooler Master, which is pretty much the nirvana of PC modding. They are The Reaper gaming mouse and two impressive headsets, the Pulse-R and Ceres-300, which were reviewed by Gearburn’s trio of gaming geeks – Steven, Ronan and Jacques. What’s groovy about all three products, part of the CM...

  • Your iPhone in a nutshell: getting snug with ‘Houdt’ smartphone covers

    Houdt is a South African company which launched its first product range late last year and is responsible for the retro-looking wooden smartphone cases you see in the pictures. A few people here at the Gear office took some for a ride — slapping them onto their precious smartphones for a few weeks to see how they would fare. Ranging from Cherry and Rose Wood, to Bamboo, there is a bunch of different Houdt styles and colours available. Jason, one of our enthusiastic sales gurus took the iPhone 5 Leather Bamboo Flip Case (see picture below) under his wing. “I...

  • Olloclip debuts 3-IN-1 Macro lens for your iPhone, up to 21x magnification

    Today Olloclip released the 3-IN-1 Macro photo lens for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The clip allows for extreme closeup shots up to 21x magnification and could easily be swapped with other refined lenses. This allows anyone within their means to become a macro photographer – professional or not, that will be determined by the skill of the user. Other than what pop culture suggests, smartphone cameras aren’t just meant for selfies and pub lunches. Incredible engineering, on both the hardware and software front, has led to a wave of Instagram (and other) enthusiasts creating outstanding art (Follow Olloclip’s Instagram for...

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