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Reviews

  • Review — Parrot Minikit+

    The Parrot Minikit+ is the Bluetooth, hands-free kit you've always wanted, but never knew you needed. Confused? So am I. Talking on your mobile while driving is illegal in some countries, so it makes a modicum of sense to employ a hands-free kit. Some use the voice-free option on their phones, shouting loudly into a tiny speaker as they drive. Other less fashionable drivers use the headphones which come standard with their mobile. But I roll with a different, tech-infused crowd and prefer to embrace the future, yo. Parrot style The look and feel of the Minikit+ is stellar. The device is...

  • Logitech Ultimate Ears headset: crisp sound, dire bass

    Sound is a precious commodity. It’s practically taken for granted by many users. But not by me. I’ve learned to loathe the default iPhone headset which pipes sub-standard sound through my laptop. Enter Logitech’s Ultimate Ears 350vm headset, exit crappy iPhone earphones. Designed to please Baby-soft silicone ear cushions hug my ear canal. Tangle-free cords hang lifelessly on my neck. The on-cord microphone functions adequately as I Skype my family. Not once did I have to adjust the UE headset for maximum comfort. It was always set to "maximum". Headset comfort is a prime objective. If at any point I feel the headset...

  • Samsung HT-D5300 3D Blu-ray Home Theatre – It’s great

    So your friends told you, and the salesman in the shop convinced you, that you must have a 3D full-HD LED TV. So you set off for home with the new TV on the back seat, rush to set it up and connect your trusty DVD player, ready to watch your movies like you’ve never seen them before.  But, as the first DVD starts playing you feel somewhat cheated: the image is just not what you saw in the shops. Reality check -- those beautiful 46-inch full-HD LED TV’s in the shops are most likely connected to a Blu-Ray...

  • Video review — Logitech Wireless Touchpad

    Are you in the mood for another input device? Perhaps the best one yet, according to fervent Gearburn reporter, Steven Norris. The Logitech Wireless Touchpad is more than a replacement for the mouse, it's the answer to many nagging issues with the mouse has imposed on users over the years. It's ambidextrous, clean, smooth and highly responsive. Can the Logitech Wireless Touchpad evolve user input in ways once thought unimaginable, or is it simply yet another fancy peripheral with nothing to offer the world? View the video and discover the answer for yourself.

  • Galaxy Y Pro review: A galaxy far too disappointing

    Before you even begin reading this just understand that I am a big fan of Samsung and the Galaxy range. I think the Samsung/Google marriage is one of the best tech partnerships in a while. So understand that as you read this. Samsung has done a pretty good job with its Galaxy range so far. Recently the Galaxy SII won best smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With accolades like that, we expect a certain standard for a phone in this range. Good, I am glad you agreed with me on that point. I think the Y Pro was...

  • Logitech Wireless Mini Mouse — smaller than a baby otter

    I barely felt it move in my pocket. A tiny red nugget, the Logitech Wireless Mini Mouse (M187) isn’t the best mouse in the world, but lord have mercy if it ain’t the smallest. The mouse is usually the final hardware option users consider after purchasing a bleeding-edge laptop or desktop computer. But why?! It’s the single most important purchase after a USB vagina. I’m deadly serious. So it’s a teeny little mouse practically swallowed in my ginormous hands. It’s a red jewel of control which runs on a single AAA battery and fits between a half an apple and a...

  • The Toshiba Portégé R380-10R – the beast within

    The Toshiba Portégé R380-10R is the first “Ultrabook” (I use inverted commas because the term sickens me) I’ve managed to lay my hands on. It’s thin, dangerously fast and exceedingly powerful. The benchmarks, which I’ll discuss later, paint the picture of laptop ahead of the curve. Let’s find out how I fell in love with the Portégé R380-10R. Overall design For a GPB£1 599 (approximately R19 200) laptop, the crazy price seems unjustified by the flimsy design. The screen, and the hinges attached to the screen, especially worry me. The lid is too flexible for my liking. Slightly bending it, which happens...

  • Olympus Tough TG-810 — Can a camera make you rugged?

    I walked into the editorial office a few days ago, just after a fresh gadget delivery. "Here," said one of my colleagues, "We've got something for you to review". His gym-calloused hands tossed it my way, just missing the bearded man mountain of a writer who sits between us. It was a camera. With the word "tough" in its name. Now let’s just get one thing clear, I cry at the end of Gladiator, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Every time. I use moisturiser. Oil free. With built in sunscreen. I’ve even been known to write...

  • Review: Nokia Lumia 800 – Achingly beautiful

    Writing this review was emotional. I became deeply pensive, and at one stage called my mom to tell her that I love her and that I’ve found the perfect phone for her. It’s what the Nokia Lumia 800 does. It evokes emotive responses. It makes you, for the lack of a better word, gaga. I work with a panoply of personality types, and the Lumia 800 drew superlative praise from everyone. No hyperbole here, just plain, honest truth. Expletives were thrown around, crooning was done, and shrieks of delight were commonplace. I tried to figure out why people were having these...

  • Logitech Wireless Touchpad: reinventing the wheel

    Who ever thought that turning a mouse on its belly and rubbing its little rubber nubbin would be preferable to standard mouse control? The trackball actually predates the mouse, so screw that antiquated form of movement and embrace the gleaming future of control with the Logitech Wireless Touchpad. Overall design With the colour scheme of a killer whale, the Touchpad is a thing of refined beauty. Logitech knows how to design desktop gadgets. The Touchpad's smooth surface feels dense and resilient, it's like rubbing my finger against the surface of a fine leather wallet. The back is made of pure ivory-like...