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Reviews

  • Samsung DeX conversational review: a look at the future?

    For the past six or seven years, smartphone brands have dabbled with mobile/desktop convergence. There was Motorola and the lapdock, Alcatel and its own effort and, of course, Microsoft and Continuum for Phones. This year though, we've seen Samsung take a stab at the "your phone is a PC... kinda" trend, launching the DeX dock alongside the Galaxy S8 (review). And at first appearance, it's pretty similar to Microsoft's effort in terms of hardware setup. Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons put the DeX through its paces -- read the conversational review below. Hardware Hadlee Simons: Take a look at the dock itself...

  • Super Mario Odyssey review: a madcap(py) adventure

    Who says platformers are dead? Between Super Lucky's Tale, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Sonic Mania and Yooka-Laylee, it's clear that platformers are enjoying a renaissance of sorts. But if you asked Mario, platformers never really went away, owing to Nintendo's fantastic releases over the past decade. There were the Super Mario Galaxy games, Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker, just to name a few high profile offerings. Super Mario Galaxy had those gravity-defying planetoids, Super Mario 3D World offered a retro-inspired formula in a 3D environment (and Cat Mario!), while Super Mario Maker opted for a user-generated take on...

  • Better Late Than Never: The Observer and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    It's 'Better Late Than Never' time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at the terrifying psychological cyberpunk thriller, The Observer, and the equally menacing Viking adventure, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Although these two titles are set ages apart, they both explore the wonders and dangers of the human mind. If you're looking for a truly unique, polished, and thought-provoking experience, both these titles should be the top of your list. The Observer Ever since Blooper Team SA announced their latest cyberpunk title, The...

  • Gran Turismo Sport VR verdict: wait for more content

    Gran Turismo Sport has finally crossed the finish line, being the first GT game on PlayStation 4. And it represents quite a technological achievement too, owing to 4K/HDR compatibility and support for the PlayStation VR headset. It's the latter that intrigues us though, as it gives us a reason to use our PSVR headset. After all, games with a fixed seat tend to be best suited for VR, such as racing and flight titles. The game offers one-on-one races using the headset, as you compete against an AI opponent. And the initial results? Well, it gives us a tantalising taste of...

  • Oukitel K10000 Pro review: a cheap, unspectacular, long-lasting brick

    I've been wanting to get my hands on the Oukitel K10000 for a long time now, ever since it was announced a year or so ago. After all, how many phones pack a massive 10 000mAh battery? That puts it in "power bank with a phone attached to it" territory. Then we saw the K10000 Pro being released (available for US$180 via Gearbest), featuring a camera bump and spec upgrade. But otherwise, the headline-grabbing battery size still remained. Of course, with such a massive battery, it's difficult to make a smartphone with a svelte body... Hardware Unbox the K10000 Pro and you've got...

  • F1 2017 review: everyone gets a grid penalty

    The lights are out at Sochi and it's go, go, go. The Mercedes of Hamilton gets the better start as pole-sitter Simons's Haas gets bogged down. After the first corner, it's the triple world champion followed by Simons, who has recovered from the poor start and looks determined to immediately get out of the dirty air. It's all or nothing at the next 90 degree corner (a Tilke circuit, clearly) as the South African plunges down the inside, a compliant Hamilton wary of Simons's Maldonado-style antics. But far from being a last-gasp attempt to delay Hamilton, it's the Brit that...

  • iFROGZ Coda HP review: wireless headphones on a budget

    Budget Bluetooth headphones are becoming more common as the price of the technology drops. But that still doesn't mean I've found a set of wireless headphones I love. Enter the latest contender: the iFROGZ Coda Bluetooth headphones. These cans are manufactured by ZAGG, a company based in Salt Lake City, USA, and also incidentally responsible for the Mophie brand. ZAGG is re-emphasising its push into South Africa, introducing a number of new products to our shores. Notably, I grabbed myself a review unit of the Coda headphones, and before I knew it, I was headbanging to Tay-Tay while penning this review....

  • Cuphead review: a ballet of bullets

    Cuphead has been out for a few days on PC and Xbox One. And, let's be honest, if you were going to purchase it then you already have. This review, however, is aimed at those who are still on the fence or may fear the game is too difficult for them. I am one of those people and found Cuphead to be an exceptionally difficult title, but it's mostly my fault. Even so, it's one hell of a fantastic game. Does Cuphead have a story? Yes, yes it does. The game isn't just about shooting anything and everything in sight. On...

  • Nokia 8 review: a cheaper flagship (and it shows)

    Apple and Samsung aside, has there ever been more hype around a smartphone than HMD's Nokia 8? The first Nokia-branded flagship since 2014's Lumia 930, the phone sets out to make a statement of note. Eye-catching design? Check. Carl Zeiss branding like the phones of yore? Righto. Powerful internals? Indeed. Pure Android? Do you even need to ask? Let's start with the aesthetics then. It might be the first flagship under HMD, but the Nokia 8 certainly makes a case for fitting right into the Nokia mould. It feels like a Nokia The phone is carved out of a block of aluminium and...

  • Xiaomi Mi Box review: what to expect from cheap 4K Android TV box?

    On paper, the Xiaomi Mi Box seems like a cheap and viable alternative to the Apple TV, being equipped with 4K and HDR capabilities. Heck, Apple has only caught up now when it comes to these standards. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's streaming box has been on the market for over a year, even coming to the USA via Walmart. Unfortunately, you can't pick it up in South Africa, being one of the few major Xiaomi devices to miss our shores. Still, you can actually pick one up from online retailer Gearbest, so we got a hold of a review unit via the website, being...