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[2 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Does Sony’s latest CSC turn out image gold?

The NEX-5N arrives at a time when compact system camera manufacturers are all throwing many individual systems in the ring. We’ve seen “world’s smallest”, “world’s lightest” and “world’s fastest” claims appear again and again in a bid to attract the most attention. The 5N, on the other hand, rests on its laurels – indeed it’s a carbon copy of the NEX-5 that came out some 12 months previous – by sidelining the claim game.
Sony is instead playing the image quality game. By popping …

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[2 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Big and clever

Toshiba’s QOSMIO X770 is both big and clever, although it’s the size, weight and design that strike you first. ?
Under the textured two-tone case, this is a behemoth of a gaming and multimedia laptop: 17.3″ 1080p HD active 3D screen, Sandy Bridge Core i7, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics driving the 3D, 1TB of disk space, Harmon/Kardon speakers and a Blu-ray player/DVD burner. But it takes you a while to notice that because of the case. ?

When we say striking, we’re talking a metallic grooved surface (think …

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[1 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

See the big picture

Thunderbolt and lightening is supposed to be very very frightening, but can it also be the be-all and end-all to your desktop needs?
We’ve been living with the Apple Thunderbolt Display, a monitor that lets you turn your MacBook Pro or Air into an iMac, for the last month. Is it worth the expense of a new monitor, or does it really only offer the same as a?regular?screen? We looked closer.
Design
Looking like a giant iPad, just without the home button, the Apple Thunderbolt Display offers a glossy 27-inch …

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[1 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Lots of fun, lots of work

Kinect Sports?was one of the must-have games on for the Xbox 360 Kinect, and showed us that games didn’t have to be all about sitting on your sofa getting fat. But can the follow up, Kinect Sports: Season Two, match and build on the first outings success?
We’ve been getting energetic in front of our TV to find out.
What sports do you get?
There are six sports to master in the game; American football, skiing, baseball, darts, golf, and tennis. Each has single player and multiplayer matches …

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[1 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

The Dark Night

Apologies for the delay. Blame Batman. Blame Arkham. Blame a massive sprawling game that sucks you into its world and keeps you there for nights on end. We’ve gone a little bit Batman crazy of late, to the extent that we’re typing these words while watching Batman Returns on ITV 2+1. And to be honest, we can’t wait for it to finish so we can get back to the game, which is so much better.
Tim Burton’s vision of Gotham arguably has some crossover with that of Arkham City, …

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[1 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A telephonic delight

Sony Ericsson had something of a critical hit on its hands with Xperia Arc. Here at Pocket-lint, we thought it good enough to earn four stars, and we had only quite minor complaints. And recent days have proved that this is an interesting time for Sony Ericsson, with Sony announcing that it is to buy Ericsson’s part of the business.
But what of the Arc S? This is a minor hardware revision with some nice improvements over the original Arc. There’s a new colour to enjoy, quicker processor and …

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[29 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Zoom Zoom

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS superzoom may look a great deal like its SX30 IS predecessor, but the innards of this 35x optical zoom bridge camera have been stripped out and reworked. The SX40 features a new 12.1MP back-lit CMOS sensor paired with the latest DIGIC 5 processor in place of the SX30’s 14MP CCD and DIGIC 4 system. Better image quality and faster shooting is promised, but with little else updated could Canon have gone a few steps further with this release?
Super superzoom
The SX40’s key sell is its …

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[29 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Missing some personality

Motoring reviews, or rather the people who write them, have a penchant for favouring cars that are powerful and fun to drive down a twisting B-road. But let’s face facts. Most people don’t care about driving like that, and when it comes to shelling out their hard earned cash, want something they can depend on for years to come.
Which is why the Toyota Yaris has always been a favourite in the small car class with buyers, but you won’t see it winning many tests. It’s just dependable, easy …

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[29 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Missing some personality

Motoring reviews, or rather the people who write them, have a penchant for favouring cars that are powerful and fun to drive down a twisting B-road. But let’s face facts. Most people don’t care about driving like that, and when it comes to shelling out their hard earned cash, want something they can depend on for years to come.
Which is why the Toyota Yaris has always been a favourite in the small car class with buyers, but you won’t see it winning many tests. It’s just dependable, easy …

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[28 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Can this 12.5x optical zoom camera get closer to perfection?

The Olympus VR-320, which falls into the ‘compact super zoom’ or travel zoom category, is the bigger brother to the VR-310. Fielding a 12.5x optical zoom that is a match for the similarly-featured Casio EX-ZR100 at twice the price and bettering its own sibling’s 10x.
In theory, all three offer the jack-of-all-trades ability to shoehorn groups of family and friends into frame, as well as pull faraway subjects that much closer, without the photographer having to move and inch.
Design
Outwardly the soap-bar-sized Olympus …