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  • 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...

  • Gearburn’s guide to geeky Christmas gifts under $50

    Everyone loves Christmas, or at least the festive season if you don’t celebrate that particular holiday. Unfortunately it’s also the time of year when we end up being particularly broke. If you’re not one of the lucky few who receives an end of year bonus, then you need to allocate a large portion of your salary to buying gifts for your loved ones, along with the inevitable entertainment budget means that January for most of us is an unpleasant month. We’re here to help. You can still find great, thoughtful gifts for your friends and family for a reasonable expense,...

  • Meet Upp, the hydrogen fuel cell-based battery charger

    Elon Musk might think hydrogen fuel cells make no sense for cars (and he may be right), but at least one company thinks they could be useful for charging your gadgets on the fly. Technology power company Intelligent Energy today launched Upp, a personal energy device, to charge and power USB-compatible portable electronic devices, such as smartphones, feature phones, eReaders, tablets, portable gaming consoles, as well as digital cameras. The company claims the Upp’s use of hydrogen fuel cell technology means that it can charge and power as fast as the mains. The Upp fuel cell apparently takes hydrogen...

  • The Knomo Falmouth: Gearburn gets an exclusive first look

    Launching next week, Knomo‘s newest creation ‘Falmouth’ is more than your average worker bag. Made almost entirely from cotton twill canvas, the bag ( which was dropped more than 2 000 times during testing) features magnetic closing with an external leather fastener to keep your gadgets safe — it’s not only made to last but also look good doing it. You can fit a 13″ Macbook Pro in the Falmouth pretty easily, but it also comes with expandable poppers should you need more space. Multiple, different-sized pockets inside enable a wide variety of devices and cables to be organised for...

  • ‘Fitbit Force’ health tracker announced today, includes smartphone pairing

    Today the Fitbit announced the Fitbit Force — a slightly updated and up-to-date version of the older Flex. The Fitbit Flex was released about six months ago as a fitness tracker to compete with the likes of Nike. Will the slightly updated Force have what it takes to compete with the rest of the wearable tech industry? The older Flex comes with a built-on altimeter that can for instance record how many steps you’ve climbed each day. The Flex also has the so-called “Active Minutes” features that lets you track your cardio exercise. It also doubles as a watch of...

  • Razer Kraken 7.1 headset review: the best gaming headset by a longshot

    Razer’s does a bang-up job in terms of speakers and headphones. We’ve recently reviewed the Hammerhead and it was an incredible experience. The Kraken 7.1 usb-powered headset is just as good, except for the fact that it made my ears hurt. Headphones are just too snug on me, but I’ll let it pass because of the excellent surround sound. The Kraken (I love the name) is priced at R1179 (US$99) and is worth the investment. While you may think that dropping a dime on a headset is a bad idea, the instant you slip these puppies onto your hearing flaps...

  • Waka Waka solar powered charger review: fun in the sun

    Gadgets are delightful and bring so much more to our lives than simple convenience. Take the weirdly named, US$89 Waka Waka for instance. Here’s a solar-powered lamp and USB/microUSB charger in one that’s as big as a pack of cards and lighter than a bag of crisps. It’s also the single most useful gadget in my collection. I could call Waka Waka the perfect gadget, let down by an overly long solar-charging period. Despite that, here’s three reasons why I love the Waka Waka: It’s small: it’ll fit into your pocket and because it’s splash and dust-resistant,  the Waka Waka can...