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Reviews

  • Acer Aspire M3 Ultrabook – the middle child of laptops

    A little over a week ago I was given the Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 (581T) to put through its paces. The good-looking, 15-inch “ultrabook” is Acer’s first proper foray into the ‘ultra’ arena and, unlike many of its competitors, it’s not a straight clone of the MacBook Air. It boasts stylish design, a compact body, great start-up times, good battery life and a few more specs that set it apart from the pack. Read on for the full breakdown. Construction and Feel Laid bare, for the world to see, the M3 Ultra is a great looking machine. The unassuming matt...

  • Reviewed: Sony Xperia Sola — mid-range onslaught

    There was much speculation about Sony’s survival in the cellphone market after losing its Ericsson connection, but it's come up with an excellent range of phones to make their own mark. The Xperia Sola comes as an added option in the mid-range Android market in order for Sony to strengthen its onslaught. What you see The phone is somewhat smaller than the Xperia S and, weighing in at 107 grams, fits nicely into the hand and has a good solid feel. The matte finished plastic backing helps to hide fingerprints and will also make scratching less visible. The translucent band of the Xperia U,...

  • Reviewed: Quantum Conundrum

    It’s been a frustrating week. Kate and Tom are getting divorced, Prometheus was only so-so, and my car broke down. But none of those experiences even came close to the frustration of playing Quantum Conundrum (QC), and I love Kate and Tom. It's not that QC is a bad game, quite the contrary: it's a good game -- ‘good’: that pesky word that wishes it was ‘great’or ‘brilliant’ but lacks punch and syllables. Hell, perhaps QC would even settle for ‘bad’ -- surely it’s better to be remembered as terrible rather than just plain old boring ‘good’? What is most puzzling...

  • Reviewed: InFocus Mondopad — cooler than a refrigerator

    Tired of getting up for the "red eye"? Sick of flying to London as your luggage heads off to Kazakhstan or being frisked by uniformed strangers of questionable intent? If the fear of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) has driven you to buy a couple of pairs of pressure socks, then you need to stay at the office more. Think video conference! Thankfully, InFocus has recently launched their own version of a tablet. Unlike the fruit producers of thin, slim, hip and trendy, the Monopod is a big, bright piece of eye candy. It's an interactive boardroom touchscreen that brings multi-touch capabilities to video...

  • Reviewed: Logitech Keyboard for iPad [Video]

    We had a lot of fun with this gadget. Logitech's Keyboard for the iPad is a sturdy, handy piece of tech which neatly gels with Apple's laser-honed aesthetics. From a keyboard which all but mimics the design of the Macbook's, to a near month-long battery life, Logitech's Keyboard is a must-have, drool-worthy device. We've come across a few killer keyboards in our time but none that, as much as we loathe the word, are as "sexy" as this one. We put it through the wringer, squeeze the goodness from it and assess its worth. Join us on this video...

  • Reviewed: Nokia Lumia 900

    I had some time with the recently launched Nokia Lumia 900 last weekend. As an avid Windows Phone fan, I’ve been looking forward to using the latest and greatest Nokia. The Lumia 800 was a slight disappointment on launch as it had less features than my HTC HD7 with the stock version of Windows Phone. To be honest I was very surprised to find that the Nokia Lumia 900 came with the latest software out of the box. Microsoft updated all Lumia devices last week to software version 8773 which included things like internet sharing et al. Setting up the...

  • Nexus 7 review roundup: Android’s answer to awesome

    It's a US$200, 7-inch-Android 4.1 tablet with a dimpled back and lo, it is called the Nexus 7. Bask in its wonders. We've yet to get our Nexus 7, but we'll provide you with the next best thing: namely us picking apart reviews from across the web. Buckle up. Mashable Usually, Mashable's style of reviewing grates us. It simply never digs deep enough into the core of the gizmo. For the Nexus 7 though, Mashable comes up with some true nuggets of gadget gold. The user experience is "like butter" according to Mashable. With Android 4.1, or Jelly Bean, Google's gone and...

  • Reviewed: Bang & Olufsen BEOLIT 12

    It’s a bit disconcerting walking down the road with this lunchbox-looking speaker knowing that if you get held up, you are going to have to explain exactly how you lost an US$800 product. It’s not a particularly fancy looking speaker. In fact it doesn't even really look like a speaker. But the stylish Bang & Olufsen BEOLIT 12 really is a piece of work. You either are intrigued by it or find it plain ugly. Features The BEOLIT 12 is B&O’s Airplay speaker offering. This means that you connect it to your Wi-Fi and play music through your iOS device through the...

  • Reviewed: Google Chrome for iOS

    Screw Safari. I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the shiny loading bar, I'm tired of the Apple sheen applied to every facet of the UI and I'm tired of poorly-rendered websites. So here's Google Chrome for iOS. It's lean, mean and hunkering for your love. And this is why I love it. Charmingly minimal Have you downloaded Chrome for iOS yet? No? Then stop reading and go grab it for the App Store. Now, let's...

  • App of the Week — TuneIn Radio Pro

    This week I take a look at TuneIn Radio Pro, a streaming radio app that blows open the world of Internet radio and places it at your fingertips in a well-designed and easy to use package. To be honest, when it comes to the world of internet radio, I am a complete novice. I just didn’t see it having a place in our digital, instant satisfaction world. If I wanted to hear a song, I’d find it on Grooveshark, buy it off iTunes or get it from someone I know. That way I could listen to it when I wanted...