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Reviews

  • Wacaco Minipresso review: bold coffee, murky value for money

    It's never a dull day at the Gearburn office. One day you're reviewing the latest smartphone, the next you're hand-pressing an espresso like a seasoned, gadget-wielding barista. As luck would have it, I quite like coffee. So my mood immediately perked when the Wacaco Minipresso landed on my desk for review. It's an odd device as first glance, and it gets stranger the more you fiddle. But in summary, it's a miniature, manual espresso press. It has four distinct parts -- a cup, a water reservoir, the actual business end and a compartment for your coffee. You won't be using any granules...

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch: A PC user’s review diary [Week Two]

    The last Apple Mac I used for any length of time was our tech's G5 machine for editing purposes. That was in 2008 and 2009. My only other notable experience with Apple Mac computers came from using a buddy's Mac G4 well over a decade ago. In other words, I'm essentially a Mac newbie then, having spent the vast majority of my time on Windows (with a few brief forays into Linux territory). So when an iStore representative asked if I'd like to review the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro (no Touchbar, mind you), I figured why not? After all, there have...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: it’s less powerful, but…

    The Redmi Note 3 (review) was one of our favourite smartphones of 2016, packing a gigantic battery, powerful Snapdragon 650 chipset and a solid hardware design. You'd expect a phone like this to retail for R6000 or more, but a price tag just below R4000 made the Note 3 one of the best deals of the year. The phablet wasn't without flaws though, with a solid but not great camera being the chief culprit here. Other annoyances include the off-centre microUSB port and the 2GB RAM/16GB storage (before the 3GB/32GB model was introduced). So we're glad to see the Redmi Note 4...

  • Fitbit Alta HR review: Is the HR a good Alta-rnative?

    Some of us aren't good at motivating ourselves to exercise. Sometimes you get home after a long day at work, and there seems nothing better than popping something frozen into the oven and crawling into bed. But those days become weeks, and then months, until eventually you're faced with the fact that neither your body nor your mind can handle your lifestyle anymore. For some, that's when you call your fit friend who lifts, like, 300kg a day, boet. But not even they can be there everyday to make sure you're meeting your goals. Enter Fitbit: the company that designs wristbands...

  • Fire Pro Wrestling World early access review: no Botchamania here

    The Fire Pro Wrestling games have been going for almost three decades now, but you'd be forgiven for never hearing of it until last month's Fire Pro Wrestling World. Human Entertainment released the first game way back on the PC Engine in 1989, with multiple titles coming out since then, before moving under the Spike Chunsoft banner. Bar a few off-shoots though, the gameplay and presentation has remained similar over the years. And the same rings true for the latest entry in the series, which hit Early Access on Steam after an almost decade-long absence for the franchise. The meat and potatoes You've got...

  • Better Late Than Never: Thimbleweed Park and The Final Station reviewed

    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 two mystery-ridden, pixel art titles: the pleasingly bizarre retro-inspired point-and- click adventure, Thimbleweed Park, and the dark and unforgiving 2D-sidescroller, The Final Station. Thimbleweed Park If you've ever played any of the old-school Sierra or LucasArts point-and-click adventure games, then you will feel right at home in Thimbleweed Park. This game does not only blatantly and shamelessly draw its inspiration from these titles, but its characters often openly, and...

  • Dirt 4 review: a rally good entry in the series

    Between TOCA World Touring Cars, F1 2001 and Colin McRae Rally, my formative years were filled with glorious motorsport titles on PS1. Colin McRae Rally in particular delivered a hitherto unseen, semi-realistic take on the sport. Between repairs, a co-driver and a variety of iconic cars, the game and its sequel instantly made an impression. The first DIRT game steered to critical and commercial success, but by the time DIRT 2 rolled around, I had lost interest. It was the GRID 2 Effect really, as the games sought to appeal to more casual fans by incorporating extraneous content with tenuous links to the...

  • Logitech G433 headphones review: stuck in the middle with you

    Can gaming headphones really be used on the bus, or the train, or even walking to work? That's what the Logitech G433 is trying to answer, the peripheral company's latest every-wear gaming-slanted 'phones for the modern human being. It's an unusual product direction for Logitech, usually known for making ridiculously overdesigned cans that are either laced with LEDs and weird colours or enormous earcups and creaky plastic frames. You wouldn't really want to be seen in public wearing the company's G633s for instance, but the G433 is tamed, somewhat, in both bling, weight and comfort. Hell, it might actually appeal...

  • Huawei P10 Plus review: has it gone off the P10 path?

    Huawei really hit the ball out of the park with the P9 (review) and P9 Plus. Building on the success of the P8 (review), we got a high quality metal design, a fast fingerprint scanner, an Android skin that was mostly useful and those dual cameras. Yes, the dual camera system was really the star of the show, delivering some impressive results in both day and night. The ability to refocus after the fact wasn't new, being pushed by the HTC One M8 for starters, but the simulated aperture adjustments popularised depth-of-field trickery seen in today's most popular handsets. The P9...

  • Alan Wake retro review: Twin Peaks meets Stephen King

    As most of us have probably heard by now, the narrative-driven horror shooter known as Alan Wake has been removed from all sales platforms following the expiry of various music licences. Fortunately, in light of this news the developers, Remedy Entertainment (Quantum Break, Max Payne), gave the game a ninety percent discount for a limited time, allowing users one last chance to grab the game before its indefinite withdrawal. If you're reading this and did not jump at that opportunity, I unfortunately have to inform you that the chance has passed. If you visit the Alan Wake Steam page right now,...