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Reviews

  • Fujifilm X70 brief review: small in stature, expensive in industry

    Petite and durable are two words you can use to describe the Fujifilm x70. It's small but is fitted with an all-metal body with a tilting LCD that allows for users to take high quality selfies. The x70 forms part of Fuji's X series. As such the camera offers nothing new excerpt the petite body and the new function, touch screen, Fujifilm's first, and a tilting screen. The Fujifilm X70 has fixed-lens APS-C compact camera that has a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor and a fixed 18.5mm lens. The X70 supports the digital tele-converter mode and users can select mount either a...

  • Huawei Mate 8 conversational review: a fat, phat phablet

    Review by Hadlee Simons with additional words by Andy Walker. We really liked the Huawei Mate 7, offering a massive battery, solid performance and that slick fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Mate S, on the other hand, felt like a bad compromise between the Mate range and the premium P series -- essentially being a bigger P8 with none of the Mate line's battery benefits. So then, we were glad to see the Huawei Mate 8 launched earlier this year, being a proper follow-up to the polished Mate 7. Is it a worthy successor though? Well, Gearburn stalwarts Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons...

  • Total War: Warhammer review: meticulous attention to detail

    To start off, I think it's important to mention that I’ve never been a great fan of strategy games. That's probably because I’ve always severely sucked at them. Now take that into consideration coupled with my head-over-heels love for this title, and I would say that’s a fair reflection of its brilliance. The aptly named Total War: Warhammer was born out of the alliance of two legendary strategy franchises, Total War and (you guessed it) Warhammer. The Total War games are known for historically-based famous war campaigns such as the exploits of Napoleon or Attila the Hun. So you can imagine...

  • HP Spectre X2 review: a Microsoft Surface by any other name

    HP's been on a rather impressive streak with laptops lately, delivering the snazzy Elitebook Folio and its latest Pavilion Gaming notebook (review) in recent months. But what if you value a versatile form factor and battery life above snazzy graphics and truckloads of power? Well, then you'll need to take a peek at the HP Spectre X2. Let's start with the hardware Unbox the HP Spectre X2 and you'll instantly notice the distinct form factor, being a convertible tablet akin to the Microsoft Surface line. So that means a tablet with a kickstand and a lightweight keyboard cover. It's not quite a cut-and-paste job...

  • Fire Emblem Fates review: three amazing tales of warfare

    The latest entry in the Fire Emblem series gives gamers three separate and individual story lines. It's a technique we don't see very often in this day and age of first-person and open-world games. But does this latest entry manage to pull off three story lines in an exciting and enjoyable way? Fire Emblem Fates thrusts you into a fantasy world that's divided by warring nations. Your character -- whom you can customise by way of gender, name, and other features -- is born of nobility and kidnapped after birth. Two warring factions consider your character to be part of your...

  • Overwatch review: if Pixar made a first-person shooter…

    Overwatch is an enigma wrapped in a MOBA, wrapped in a Pixar movie, and further wrapped in a first-person shooter (FPS). The easiest way to explain is it is a competitive online multiplayer shooter, but don't dare compare it to the multitude of war-time games out there. Instead, it's a product that's trying to stand out from the crowd. Taking on Blizzard's standalone series signature, Overwatch is a futuristic title starring a multitude of characters from the (highly-requested on PornHub) time shifter, to the I-hate-that-guy self-healing robot that turns into a turret and a tank, to a large and intelligent ape....

  • Battleborn review: a poor man’s Borderlands with MOBA stuff

    You wait for a fantasy-style online first-person shooter and two show up. Yep, May has seen both Overwatch and Battleborn launch in an attempt to win over your dosh. Is Battleborn a reskinned Borderlands though or will it make me a believer in this FPS MOBA claptrap (heh)? There have been some questions over just how much of that Borderlands DNA has been injected into Battleborn by Gearbox Software. And truth be told, there's quite a bit... There's the cartoony graphical style, a coop story mode and visual elements to denote how much damage you're doling out to an enemy. Then there are the short cutscenes to...

  • SanDisk iXpand drive review: selfie backups for your iOS device

    As much as you may love your Apple iPhone or iPad, its limited storage capabilities can be a problem. Like others that have come before it, SanDisk has developed an expandable storage solution for iOS devices. The question is: should you pick it up over the competition? The SanDisk iXpand flash drive is a rather simple device in its presentation and design. The drive has a male USB 3.0 port on one end and a male Lightning connector on the other. These two connections are joined by a bendable plastic hinge. It doesn't move naturally and feels as though it may cause...

  • 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...