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Reviews

  • Far Cry 4 review: discover your primal self

    Welcome to the vast and unforgiving wilderness of Kyrat — a fictional region in the Himalayas and the setting for Ubisoft’s latest title, Far Cry 4. Get ready to enter a full-fledged civil war in a land of myths and legends. In its lengthy 35-hours of gameplay, you will be introduced to a string of pleasingly unique personalities, from a Bible-crazed weapons-dealer to a peculiar pair of deceiving stoners. Boasting a more refined and improved Far Cry recipe, this title is assured to meet most (if not all) of your gaming needs. Story Time You play as Ajay Ghale, a Kyrati-born-American-raised young man,...

  • MTN Steppa 2 review: many steps behind

    2014 was the year of the budget Android phone, right? It sure seems like it. Whether that’s thanks to OS’s popularity, or the dropping prices of budget hardware we’re not quite sure, but adoption rates of smartphones in general are firmly on the up. With Africa a main target for manufacturers’ budget devices, the likes of telecommunications companies are also getting in on the act, releasing their own branded phones to markets across the world. Here in South Africa, we’ve already seen Vodacom’s Smart Kicka trying to fill a gap in the market. I’ve tested the little phone and found it...

  • Altech Node review: spades of potential in a little black box

    If you’re a television consumer at all, you’ll have seen adverts for the new Altech Node. You may even be considering getting one. In a nutshell, it’s a set-top box which plugs into your TV and gives you access to a multitude of interactive content and a variety of video on demand (or VoD) such as movies and television series. If you already have DStv and therefore a satellite dish, it’s a pretty simply matter of connecting your satellite cable to your Node. Since they both point at the same satellite (Intelsat-20) you can run both your DStv and Node...

  • Logitech G910 Orion Spark review: the best keyboard you’ll ever use

    Can you remember a time when keyboards were nothing more than bottle caps with letters printed on them? Those days are firmly behind us, and gamers can rejoice in keyboards that respond to every flick of the finger. The gaming peripheral industry (a lot like the automotive industry, actually) is as much about pride as technology, so it’s quite important that companies develop breakthroughs regularly, regardless of how tiny they may seem. It’s especially important to develop these before their competitors. Logitech‘s the latest company to develop what it’s calling “the world’s fastest mechanical gaming keyboard.” That’s quite a statement, but will...

  • Isaw A3 Extreme camera review: an adequate, affordable GoPro competitor

    I am a recluse, and my most adventurous activity is running to catch the train. So testing out the Isaw Extreme Camera – sold as a camera for extreme sports – was challenging. One can’t only shoot wine, books and movies. One ought to be out in the deep wilderness, climbing a mountain, riding a bike through a forest or walking on water. None of that happened, but I still put the Isaw Extreme Camera through its city slicker paces. The fact that it can be strapped to a helmet while jumping off cliffs or hurtling down hills doesn’t mean it...

  • Sony Xperia C3 review: more than just a selfie phone

    Sony’s been making some great hardware recently. Its devices’ build quality is always exemplary and never seems to disappoint, at least not in the mobile phone department. There’s a good reason why the Xperia range is a household name nowadays, and we have the latest phone from the Xperia stable on our testing table — the Sony Xperia C3, or the, ahem, PROselfie phone. Yep. Even Sony is pandering to the Instagram generation all too ready to sport those ridiculous duckbills without thought of how peculiar they look. Sure, we’re living in the age of the selfie, but should a...

  • Acer C720P Chromebook review: a hero of practicality

    Besides my trusty toaster, the Acer C720P Chromebook has been one of the most practical things I’ve used to date. To be fair, it’s also the very first Chromebook I’ve come across. Either way, it’s managed to convince me that internet-based devices are the way of the future. What a lasting impression it’s made. While the design doesn’t really resemble anything of a Macbook Air or a Lenovo Thinkpad, that stops being much of a problem when you start to enjoy its practicality and ease of use. Then again, the low-cost Chrome OS notebook isn’t meant to be a graphic-intensive,...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review: a glorious assault on the senses

    For over 10 years now the Call of Duty (COD) franchise has been the dominant force in war gaming and the FPS (first person shooter) genre. What started back in 2003 has now become a record breaking and award-winning gaming series and one of the most popular games on the face of the planet. But in recent times the COD recipe has become somewhat stale and stagnant and the last few titles seemed like a mere repackaging of their predecessors. It was clear that Activision needed to rethink the future of its increasingly less original brain child. It was time...

  • BlackBerry Passport review: back to business

    Internet people love hyperbole. “The best smartphone ever,” some write when describing an iPhone 6. “This is the greatest gadget of all time,” says another about the HTC One M8. I don’t like using hyperbole, but ironically there’s no other way to describe BlackBerry’s Passport other than: a square-screened device that is the best phone ever…  for business. It’s not average and it’s not just great, it really is a brilliant phone. This is why. Best for business Being busy is a filthy habit. It means that you haven’t planned your day well enough to accommodate for random surprises. “Oh, I’m so...

  • PlayStation Plus games of November (PS4) review: digging, crying, escaping

    The chatter on the internet when November’s free PlayStation Plus games were announced was fairly hostile. Users moaned about the games but when I heard what was being released — Escape Plan, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and SteamWorld Dig are three excellent games, all for the price of nothing at all (if you don’t count the PSN subscription fee). While all have been out for quite some time, they’re now free on PSN so, how do they still hold up? The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Let’s begin with the strongest game of the trio, and perhaps one of the best Rouge-like adventures...

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