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[19 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Water, water, everywhere and all of it fit to drink

Us Brits do like a cuppa. It’s said that our empire was built on tea (arguably not the drinking of it, before the historians among you start to get in touch), and thankfully, that’s about the only thing that’s left over from our colonial days – a love of a good brew.
So when somebody comes along with a gadget that claims to help us make the perfect cup, we tend to take note. The Strauss T6 is just such a gadget.

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[19 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Small, but powerful

Nikon’s new system camera is the company’s first for over fifty years, since the introduction of the Nikon F no less, and as such represents a true milestone for Nikon. The fact that the new system uses a 10.1-megapixel CX sensor, a new lens mount and arguably jumps on the coattails of the Panasonic and Olympus FourThirds format compact system, is perhaps a rather big gamble. Or is it?
The new Nikon 1 system camera uses an all-new CX format CMOS sensor and is distinct from the DX (APS-C …

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[19 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Close, but no cigar

Sony is a comparatively late entrant into the Android tablet fray, bringing forth two tablets of very different character. The Tablet S is the rather more conventional of the pair, but Sony does at least manage to differentiate. Is there a place for the Sony Tablet S in a market flooded with similar devices?
Design and build
The most obvious differentiator is in design. We heard of it likened to a folded newspaper and that’s how it feels in the hand. It’s interesting certainly, and the effect is …

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[18 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

As high-end as compacts come?

Nikon’s P7100 is built with the high-end user in mind. This 10.1-megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom compact is one of a handful to come equipped with an optical viewfinder – although with a 80 percent field of view it does have its limitations – and the body is laden with numerous control dials and buttons that make it feel rather DSLR-like in use.
When the P7000 was released last year it failed to captivate us quite as much as we’d hoped. Indeed it couldn’t knock Canon’s G12 …

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[18 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Entertaining hardware

Aspire Ethos is Acer’s premium entertainment line of notebooks, and the 5951G is the latest member of the family. Built around the combination of a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA graphics, with Dolby Sound, this aims to be a multimedia powerhouse for the wired living room.
If a laptop is going to be a home media hub it needs to look the part. There are a lot of subtle design cues to the Ethos that simply say ‘quality’ Things like the metal grille over the speakers, or …

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[15 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Football’s coming home

The nights are drawing in, tree-based debris litters the ground, and a man’s thoughts turn to one thing: anti-depressants. Alternatively, you could invest some time in deciding which pretend football game to buy in order to get through the cruel winter months.
This is gaming’s equivalent of Coke versus Pepsi war, for a number of years PES had the upper hand over the commercially successful but creatively sterile FIFA. However, following a series of mediocre PES outings, blamed on the hardware transition, a hugely improved FIFA surged ahead to …

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[15 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

The straw that breaks the Windows fan’s back?

You don’t have to love Apple, or even like it, to have a deep appreciation for the new generation of MacBook Air. The two models, of 13- and 11-inches, are the most visually impressive and delightful laptops on the market.
Where Apple scores with the Air is somehow managing to cram in a good, dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD into a case that makes netbooks look lardy and ungainly. We’ll stop short of calling it magical, but it certainly …

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[15 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

What does Apple’s new OS offer you?

The roll-out of Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 5, is now underway and bar a few early troubles dealing with the demand, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are now exploring the new features the update brings to their devices.?
We’ve been living with the developer build before upgrading to the final version on our devices and we’ve been looking closely to see exactly what you get. Will this put Apple at the head of the mobile pack? Is it simply playing catch-up with …

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[14 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

A real winner

Sony’s Cyber-shot HX9V doesn’t mess about. This 16x optical zoom compact has a bevy of features under the hood – making it a gadget fan’s ideal camera. With nearby competitors like the Lumix TZ20 and Fuji F550EXR the Sony has various ways to stand out from the crowd: its 16x optical zoom has lens-based image stabilisation; the 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor benefits from Sony’s back-lit Exmor R technology for improved image quality; plus there’s a built in GPS unit to track where you shoot. Can the HX9V do no …

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[12 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Titan by name, titan by nature?

Whether it’s Greek mythology or astrology, the notion of the titan is well established. The name brings with it a sense of size, a sense of power and a sense magnificence.?But can the new HTC Titan, a Windows Phone 7 smartphone sporting a whopping 4.7-inch screen, live up to such a billing?
Coming in with screen real estate that surpasses rival devices, is it just a little too big, or can this monster phone be big and beautiful?
Design
Everyone we have shown the HTC Titan to has …