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[27 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Bold, bright and beautiful

The designers of Sony’s colourful new VAIO C series notebooks were definitely wearing the brave trousers when they came up with these models. Neon-bright polycarbonate 14″ cases in red, green, orange or pink -as well as a more subtle white- that use the refraction of the material to make it look as if the edges and the logo are glowing from within. You’ll either love the look or hate it, but what’s inside the high-fashion gleam? ?
The translucent colour isn’t just on the lid, it surrounds …

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[24 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Not futile

While another high profile trilogy recently coming to an end on the Xbox 360, over on the PS3 the fight also reached a head against a similarly rampant alien invasion. It is of course our old enemy, the Chimera, who are intent on decimating the human race and turning earth into a glorified icebox. Seriously, it could happen. Naturally, only one man can save the day, and by chance you play that man throughout the course of the game in a first person fashion.
Erstwhile hero Nathan Hale is no …

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[24 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

The Six Million Dollar Phone?

It would be cool if the Droid Bionic followed the same storyline as Steve Austin’s cybernetic TV show. Motorola, a company barely alive. A Google voiceover saying we have the technology, we can rebuild it. Then a better, stronger, faster Android phone exploding out to restore American pride and fight off foreign rivals.
As it happens, though, the Droid Bionic phone was already in production by the time Google announced its intention to buy Motorola’s mobile business. As long ago as January’s CES, Moto was talking up …

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[24 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

With a little Top Gear thrown in

Forza Motorsport 4 launches on 14 October and we were lucky enough to get in some game time prior to launch, as well as sit down for a chat with Dan Greenawalt, Creative Director at Turn 10 Studios.
Let’s get something clear from the start: Forza Motorsport 3 is one of our top titles on the Xbox 360. It has longevity that other driving games have lacked. The sheer beauty of the game, the thrill of the driving experience and everything wrapped up in the …

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[22 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Delightful and cheap

The Sony SLT-A35 reworks the A33 model -which we reviewed and raved about in September 2010- by adding a new sensor and trimming back on some design traits for a yet more cost-effective camera. As well as expanding the Single Lens Translucent (SLT) range, the ?530 asking price of the A35 falls into direct competition with the budget DSLR sector that’s currently dominated by Canon’s 1100D and Nikon’s D3100. But as Sony’s latest relies on an electronic viewfinder (EVF) rather than an optical version, can it charm …

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[22 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Impressive in all three dimensions

This isn’t Sony’s most expensive screen, that dubious honour goes to its KDL-55HX923. But don’t bother with that because the HX823 series’ luscious 3D, sparkling 2D and a web video hub that’s genuinely engaging will blow your socks off.
A Freeview HD tuner used to rank high up on our list of must-haves. Although the presence of a DVB-T2 tuner on this 55-incher is reassuring, it’s not quite the attraction it was now find one on all but the most budget-priced sets.
Design and inputs
Four HDMI inputs, …

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[21 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Can Acer impress?

Steve Jobs doesn’t like 7-inch tablets. Hardly surprising, given that Apple only has one tablet, and it’s not 7-inches. But Pocket-lint likes all tablets, especially ones that give the people what they want: choice.
The Iconia A100 is Acer’s most recent entry into the Honeycomb tablet market. It’s small, sturdy and powerful too. It costs around ?300 for the Wi-Fi only model we’re testing here, comparable with Samsung’s 7-inch, Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab, the P1010.
Mostly buttonless
As is the trend, the A100 has only one “hardware” button. This is an …

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[21 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Tiny and interesting

Let’s get one thing straight from the start. The Pentax Q is quite an incredible camera to behold. It’s tiny. But not only is it tiny, it also looks great. But so blinded will you be by its tininess that you won’t notice what a superb job the company has done with the aesthetics.
The Q has the looks of an old school rangefinder but in the small body of a compact. Naturally, it doesn’t give you the rangefinder feel, but something more akin to a miniature version of …

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[19 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

A bit too slow

Buying a Windows tablet before Windows 8 comes out? It’s not a bad idea if you want the Windows 7 tablet features like running PC apps and handwriting recognition now and Fujitsu’s Stylistic Q550 combines the power of Windows with a touch screen and stylus – and the new Oak Trail Atom CPU which delivers decent battery life. That comes at a price, and a price tag, that won’t suit everyone, including Windows tablet fans. ?
Design
The Q550 looks like a business machine with a few concessions to …

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[17 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Well oiled

One of the poster boys for Microsoft’s formerly new-fangled Xbox 360, the Gears of War trilogy reaches its conclusion in dramatic fashion with this third and final instalment. The occasion is given extra gravitas by the knowledge that once the end credits roll, you will never again hear the gruff yet seductive voice of Marcus Fenix, nor gaze longingly upon his furrowed brow.
And if you believe that, you’ll believe anything. The franchise makes too much money for this to be the end, and with talk of a film in …