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Reviews

  • 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...

  • Destiny 2 [PS4] review: go into the light

    Destiny 2 was my first proper introduction to the Destiny franchise. Although I had a brief spell with the first game, I could never find myself enjoying it -- yet now the sequel is all I seem to be playing. Usually, a sequel has more to prove than the first iteration in a series. But this always-online FPS developed by Bungie and published by Activision did well to not only expand on the first instalment, but also improve it. For starters, Destiny 2 actually has a story -- albeit slightly cookie-cutter. Dominus Ghaul, the story's villain, is a fearless conqueror trying to capture the traveller's...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A vs Redmi 4X: which should you buy?

    Xiaomi's Redmi 4X is here, but with near identical specs to this year's other release, the Redmi 4A, it may be difficult to make the final call on which phone to buy. So here's a breakdown of just how these two phones differ. The price As the newer (and slightly better-specced) phone, the 4X comes in at R2799 -- R800 more expensive than the 4A, which launched at R1999. But is the extra cost worth it? The looks As far as appearances go, the phones are pretty much the same. They both have around a 70% body-to-screen ratio, and both come in gold and black/"dark...

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Episode 1 review: hella origins

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm leaves behind the supernatural elements of its predecessor and delves deeper into the mysterious and perplexing realm of adolescence, a time when every emotion and experience is amplified by the naïveté and entitlement of youth. It personifies the emotions we have unofficially declared as taboo, and allows us to wear it as a badge of honour. Although a handful of games deal with similar subject matter, it's more often than not decorated in some extravagant dressing. The recently released Hellblade explores the extremities of mental illness, but you're still a badass Viking demon slayer....

  • Acer Swift 3 review: portable, punchy and pretty in pink

    As tech reviewer, I've done the worst possible thing before penning this review: I read other journalists' thoughts of the Acer Swift 3. Usually, that's a bad thing. Usually, others influence your thoughts or make you second guess your opinions. Often reading reviews beforehand rather shapes a review into something that you wouldn't normally pen yourself. But this time, I've actually gained a bit of clarity. Let me explain. A few reviews I've perused suggest that the Acer Swift 3 is just another basement ultraportable trying its heart out to be a MacBook Pro. Others suggest that it misses a bevy of...

  • HP Omen 15 review: expect unlimited HP from this one

    Gaming laptops are generally overpriced. Hell, quality laptops in general can be extremely overpriced. So colour us impressed when we took delivery of HP's Omen 15 (ce004nl), packing some imposing specs into a package that starts at R21 999. Sure, it's still expensive for a laptop, but when compared to other gaming notebooks and the likes of the Macbook range, it's a really tempting purchase. It looks like a stereotypical gaming laptop First up, we have the aesthetics. The Omen 15 is big, brash and borderline gaudy, owing to its stylised vents on the back, the cutouts on the laptop lid and...