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Reviews

  • Proline PV-5000 powerbank review: shiny value

    If you found a powerbank nestling in your stocking this Christmas, you shouldn't be too surprised. Popping up like mushrooms, these little life savers have become more and more popular as device manufacturers use more and more demanding hardware in smartphones and tablets. But thankfully, it's also the technology that makes powerbanks possible that's taken a few leaps ahead since the turn of the decade. A few years ago, a 5000mAh battery would've been unheard of, but now the Proline PV-5000, for instance, costs just R229. It's one of the company's new products, and although it bears that "made in...

  • Reviewing the Classics: we play Fallout 1 (1997)

    Stand by for retro reviews done right, folks. Reviewing The Classics is a series where Gearburn staff play some of their most loved retro games from bygone consoles and PCs with floppy drives. This week, L.C. has a look at the debut Fallout game, the isometric post-apocalyptic thriller that started all your bottle cap and coffee mug collecting obsessions. The Fallout franchise, under Bethesda, has become a bestselling and critically acclaimed series, but before it was bought by Bethesda and became the 3D open world action RPGs that they are now, they were isometric traditional-style RPGs published by Interplay Entertainment....

  • G-Technology G-DRIVE ev RAW review: hardy storage

    Do you enjoy blogging while boating across the Nile, hiking up Kilimanjaro or perhaps while vehemently guarding your power point at the next overcrowded tech conference? Because if you answered yes to any one of those, you probably need a storage solution that can keep up with your busy life style. Hell, even if you don't do any of these things you probably do. Only the hard drive gods know how many of my drives have been destroyed at gravity's hand. Luckily, G-Technology has been watching people like you for years, and subsequently launched a new bevy of hardy drives...

  • Hisense Infinity H7 Pure Shot review: a smart starter

    Buckle down, kids, because the Chinese device invasion continues this week. This time round, it's Hisense, a company that perhaps has more investment in South Africa than what many may initially believe. Unlike many of its competitors, it owns a factory in the Western Cape which manufacturers the vast majority of its fridges, televisions and other hardware we use in SA. This year the company is also scheduled to introduce smartphone construction to this bouquet, and one of the devices that'll likely be pieced together there is today's test subject. We're talking about the Hisense Infinity H7 Pure Shot, and yes...

  • LG G4 Quick Circle Case and AirCharge combo review: round and round

    Remember those smartphone covers, or holsters, that hung from nineties Levi's-fitted to kids who thought they were cool? Those enormous pouches are now practically unseen in today's world, and goodness knows how far we've come. In 2016, there's a larger emphasis placed on technology and fashi0n, and these two either coexist or rip one another apart. Phone covers play an important role here.Their primary goal is exuding style without compromising on functionality, and one of the companies that do this better than most is LG. And the LG G4 Quick Circle Case is one of the best examples. The company has...

  • Reviewing The Classics: we play Dino Crisis (1999)

    Stand by for retro reviews done right, folks. Reviewing The Classics is a series where Gearburn staff play some of their most loved retro games from bygone consoles and PCs with floppy drives. This week, Graham has a look at Dino Crisis, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's twisted dinosaur devastation game. It’s difficult to rate older games by today’s standards. With the advancements in technology, we're spoiled by improved graphics, control methods, and storytelling techniques. Not to mention the temptation to wear nostalgia goggles when reviewing older games. All I can do is try, right? The survival horror genre has been...

  • We review: Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

    Last year, William Pugh, co-creator of the very unique and eccentric The Stanley Parable, announced the opening of his new game studio, Crows Crows Crows. Along with this news he also released a mysterious and rather complex mini-game that he claimed was a teaser for his latest soon-to-be-released title. This teaser game took you on a detective style browser adventure filled with various hints and clues, some very hidden, to solve a grand mystery. With the fact that this was supposed to be a teaser for the new game in mind, most drew the conclusion that the actual title will...

  • Xiaomi Mi 4 review: how is this thing so damn cheap?

    Note: After this review was published, the review unit decided that it would be a good time to install a MiUI update. The below review device ran MiUI 7.0, however I'll be sure to report if MiUI 7.1.1 does improve the user experience. Here's a quick exercise: close your eyes and think off all the products in your house that have been "Made in China". Come 2016, that number will likely grow, especially if you love your technology. More and more products are being made in the land of the Great Wall and awesome ping-pong players, and more still are the...

  • Huawei Mate S review: touch made irrelevant

    As far as 2015 flagship releases go, we've seen a great many excellent additions. The Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG G4, the iPhone 6S and Huawei's own P8 have all left a marked impression on the space in one way or another. The Huawei P8 especially so, thanks to its stellar build quality and comparatively cheap price. But the Huawei P8 wasn't the company's only 2015 addition. At IFA 2015, the company unveiled its next flagship; a phone that makes "touch powerful" according to its marketing material, a line that creeps me out somewhat too. While the initial experience with the...

  • World Panel SunStream review: R200 now, free electricity later

    In a world bombarded by sunlight every day, it doesn't make sense that we make so much use of nonrenewable fuels. Sure, it does make sense to plug a device into the wall to recharge it, but what if that didn't have to be the case? What if there was an alternative? Hell, what if you didn't have this option at all? That's just one of the problems American company World Panel's trying to solve. The company, notably crafting products for markets in Africa and abroad, primarily focuses on devices that help the less affluent deal with life's seemingly simple problems....