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[17 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Lots in one box

Who cares about Blu-ray? Firmly ensconced in the PlayStation 3, standalone hi-def disc spinners regularly go for under ?90 – small enough bean to set the alarm bells ringing in any gadget buyer’s ears. The trick, thinks Samsung, is to up the price somewhat and add so many features as to render Blu-ray as just another logo on what the Korean brand is selling as a HD recorder extraordinaire.
The BD-D8900M is truly remarkable in its scope, so much so that it leaves the PlayStation 3 looking a …

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[17 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Wireless sound. Sometimes

If you’re anything like us, then your gaming days are over and you now have to sneak in a quick blast of Gears 3 when the family has gone to bed. The trouble is, playing that late means you can’t really turn up the volume and enjoy the visceral gunfire or high-pitched gear changes. If you’re really considerate, or married to a light sleeper, then you probably struggle to hear your game over the console’s fan.?
To help you, Creative has generated a product with the most absurd name …

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[14 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Baby you can drive my car

The TomTom Go Live 825 sits at the bottom of the Go Live range of GPS devices from market leaders TomTom, but don’t let that fool you. It has more to offer than the Via and Start models and comes packed with plenty of treats. But do you need something so advanced? It is really worth paying ?200 plus for a GPS unit when you can get basic navigation on your phone?
We took the Go Live 825 on a quick 1000-mile jaunt to France and …

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[12 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

3D creator?

“The Flip is dead, long live the Sony Bloggie”. Are the words probably uttered by the Sony pocket camcorder team when they heard the news earlier this year that Cisco had ditched the popular Flip camcorder.
Trying to fill the space, Sony has slowly trotted out a number of different Bloggie models that are aimed at capturing the moment via a dedicated pocket camcorder normally as good as, if not slightly better than, your mobile phone.

While that is a market that is constantly under pressure from phone cameras merely getting …

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[12 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

A real power-house

When you see the XPS 15z your first thought is likely to be about how much it resembles the old titanium MacBook. Its rounded corners, silver metal finish and slot-loading DVD drive all remind us of the Apple machine. Open the XPS up and start using it and not only is the resemblance not as close as you first thought, but your attention will be on other things, like the fantastic screen.
The case is anodised aluminium with a matte finish that looks good and shrugs off fingerprints. It’s …

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[12 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Trouble in paradise

With the best part of a million views on YouTube, the trailer for Dead Island has whipped zombie enthusiasts into a minor frenzy of expectation. That anticipation is piqued further by the game’s intro, a thinly veiled tribute to The Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up music video, albeit set on a tropical island at the outset of a zombie infestation. As well as setting the tone, it briefly introduces the four playable characters, further investigation of whom reveals that they each have a troubled past, and are no …

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[10 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

The mighty mouse of media

On the whole, Onkyo receivers and amplifiers are excellent, especially for the price. Take last year’s TX-NR808 for example, a superb specimen of sonic sorcery – it’s 3D ready, got more bells and whistles than a cat and dog sanctuary, and delivers a punch like a boxing glove strapped to the front of a Land Rover Defender. So, why the need to upgrade, for you or Onkyo itself? Why do we even need a “9” designated refresh?
Well, for starters, technology bleeds down through the range with …

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[8 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Ultra-portable, but not ultra-stylish

Despite the similarity to an increasing number of ultra-slim notebooks, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 stands out from the crowd – especially for ThinkPad fans.
Being a ThinkPad means the X1 has a distinctive design that has been given a welcome refresh without losing its signature look and feel. The magnesium alloy chassis has the familiar soft-touch matte black rubberised paint finish, which shrugs off fingerprints, stands up well to scratches and gives you a superb grip.
The sharp angles give the illusion of being thinner and lighter than …

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[8 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Ultra-portable, but not ultra-stylish

Despite the similarity to an increasing number of ultra-slim notebooks, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 stands out from the crowd – especially for ThinkPad fans.
Being a ThinkPad means the X1 has a distinctive design that has been given a welcome refresh without losing its signature look and feel. The magnesium alloy chassis has the familiar soft-touch matte black rubberised paint finish, which shrugs off fingerprints, stands up well to scratches and gives you a superb grip.
The sharp angles give the illusion of being thinner and lighter than …

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[7 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Facebook fun, on a budget

The Vodafone 555 Blue is the latest Facebook phone to hit the market. But when we say market, we don’t just mean the markets here in the UK. Oh no, Vodafone has big plans with regards to opening up Facebook to millions of mobile users worldwide – at least that was the message at the 555’s official launch in London in July.
As such, the 555 is a feature phone rather than a smartphone, in order to keep costs down. But with the handset also seeing a …