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Reviews

  • HP Pavilion 15 Gaming laptop review: the mean green gaming machine

    Gaming laptops are fast becoming the norm in the gaming world. More and more we’re seeing PC sales weaken in support of their portable counterparts. In this ever changing electronic world, is the HP Pavilion 15-ak001ni a worthy enough contender for your hard-earned cash? The look and feel Right off the bat I must say that the device is absolutely gorgeous. The entire thing is made out of strong, smooth plastic with a black and green aesthetic. This look is carried over to the laptop’s keyboard, which is illuminated by green LEDs. The only downside to these is the lack of...

  • Xbox One Elite controller review: the most comfortable controller you’ll ever use

    Since the Xbox 360, Microsoft has carefully crafted their controllers to be near-perfect. The weight, button placement, and triggers are all a pleasure to use. Even with the controller's evolution, some gamers not only want, but need more out of their devices. This is where the Elite controller comes in It's a device that's not for the average gamer. The Xbox One Elite controller is what you'd call a 'pro gaming' controller. It has been crafted with 'hardcore' players in mind -- those that play professionally or not just for fun -- and includes a range of features to fit...

  • Canon EOS 80D vs Canon EOS 70D: a worthwhile improvement?

    The Canon EOS 70D was an impressive camera and naturally its updated version, the EOS 80D had a lot to live up to. The EOS 70D capabilities, with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF and touch screen, allows one to simply tap the screen and move focus to a different point in the frame, were not gimmicks but important features. And now comes the EOS 80D, a camera that looks identical to its predecessor which itself looked similar to the 60D. The 80D has kept all the good features of the 70D and has added a few of its own, but...

  • AG#HASHTAG review: Cassper’s much friendlier Ghost

    Recruiting these so-called brand ambassadors to sing a product's praises is a marketing trick that's getting very old in the industry. Yes, it definitely works, but it also means that companies don't need to make the absolutely best device they can. I mean, why should they? If you can pay the likes of Jay-Z or Beyonce to flaunt their product for an entire music video? So when AG Mobile announced that they've partnered with South African hip-hop sensation Cassper Nyovest with its latest phone, I let out a big, long sigh. I let out an even bigger one when I...

  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 review: meat and potatoes

    Foliage and carcasses. Thorns and fangs. Sparkly floating flowers and caped Elvis Presleys. This is the Plants vs Zombies series in a nutshell, a game franchise that taking the world by storm on console after it wasted so many working hours on mobile. I know, because I was one of the latter, nonchalantly blowing up zombies with potato mines when I should've been working. The latest game, subtitled Garden Warfare 2, is perhaps the best title in the series so far, and a testament to what the AAA games industry can do when it gets its shit together. For those...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge video review: gorgeous, practical but very pricey

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is arguably the biggest Android launch of the year thus far. But that doesn't say much. Samsung had a lot to improve on its previous Samsung Galaxy launch, as the S6 was likely one of the most average phones of 2015. But let's talk about the present. Hadlee has already published an extensive review on Gearburn detailing the pitfalls and positives inherent in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but some things are better described in a video. In our video review of the company's new flagship, Hadlee takes to Cape Town's famous Sea Point promenade to capture some...

  • Acer Predator 8 review: obnoxious, underpowered yet oddly attractive

    As device reviewers here at Gearburn, we're always tasked with making sound judgements based on facts, figured with a splash of our own feelings thrown in for good measure. But often the latter bit outweighs all logic, and you're left wondering why you really like a device. That's the situation I find myself in with the Acer Predator 8. Now, Acer's Predator line has long been established as the company's gaming moniker. It's what AMG is to Mercedes, or Yeezy to Kanye. By any means, it's what Acer usually sells you if you're looking for an "enlightened state of gaming with...

  • Dark Souls 3 review diary: the final entry

    Dark Souls 3 is the latest entry in the famously grueling and difficult video game series. We at Gearburn have had a chance to review the game, but since none of my co-workers are Dark Souls 3 enthusiasts, the task lay with me. Boy, was I in for some interesting times. Let’s get something straight: I’m not a Dark Souls person. I’ve played around an hour of Demon’s Souls, but apart from that, I've never played any other titles in the series before this. I’m what you’d call a newbie, or "n00b" for the "l33t." Over the next few days, I’ll be...

  • Garmin Vivosmart HR review: acute fitness tracking for a price

    American company Garmin isn't a stranger to tracking technologies, be it mapping tech or sport science, so when the Vivosmart HR arrived on my desk, I was pretty excited. It's the company's new fitness tracker for the semi-serious outdoor performer, and unlike the standard Garmin Vivosmart, the HR has a heart rate tracker (I'm sure you figured that out by its name). But at R4299, it's not the cheapest fitness tracker on the market, and not even close to the cheapest with a heart rate monitor, like the Fitbit Charge HR. So why should anyone drop this amount of cash on...

  • Fujifilm XT10 review: analogue aesthetic meets modern muscle

    The Fujifilm XT10 is one of the best mirrorless cameras in the market right now. Released in 2015, after the release of the Fujifilm XT1, its functionality, old-style design and size are without much fault. There are issues with the design, that is namely in terms of button spacing from each other, but this is largely a problem only those with enormous hands will face. Often my thumb accidentally bumped buttons whilst trying to get a good grip on the camera, but once my thumb knew where to rest, this was not an issue. Fujifilm XT10: petite sibling of XT1 The XT10...