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[6 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Reach for the sky

Remember the Nintendo Wii? The console that, for better or worse, pioneered motion control and had a nation of casual gamers flapping their arms about as if swatting invisible demons. We don’t cover it much on Pocket-Lint, possibly because it looks like a Fisher Price children’s toy compared to the hi-tech grown-up toys that litter these pages. More prosaically, it’s because there aren’t many games released for it any more. However, when it’s a new Zelda game, we have to take a look. It’s Zelda, a gaming …

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[6 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Taking high-end compact cameras to the next level?

The Fujifilm X10 isn’t like an ordinary compact. Far from it: the 12-megapixel sensor at the camera’s heart is a 2/3in size – far larger than a standard compact camera sensor and larger still than the 1/7in sensors found in most other high-spec compact cameras such as the Canon PowerShot G12 or Nikon P7100.
A ‘zooming optical viewfinder’ (as Fuji calls it) also makes an appearance: a viewfinder that shows 85% of the frame at any given focal distance, something otherwise unheard on in …

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[3 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Do 20.3-megapixels make for meagre or mighty images?

A follow on from last year’s NX100, the NX200 has a lot more to offer, and should have sorted some of the problems of the three-star-rated NX100.?
The latest, slimmed-down Samsung compact system camera (CSC) packs in a 20.3-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and promises aplenty. But at almost ?700 is the NX200 too pricey to be promising?
A brief history
Samsung has not been making the kind of waves in the CSC market that it ought to have. In part, this has been down …

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[3 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Take a wider view

It’s nearly three years down the line and Philips is still the only major TV manufacturer selling panels as the cinema intended. The original Philips Cinema 21:9 was a hit, if a rather pricey one. The second added 3D and won itself Best TV at the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2010. And the third, in the shape of the 21:9 Platinum, with still the same ?4k tag, added LED backlighting to bring it up-to-the-minute in terms of display technology. Now the Royal Dutch has done something nearly unthinkable …

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[3 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Finally a ?travel zoom’ worth the fare?

A good zoom on a travel camera is a great idea, youll get closer to the action, and with cameras like this Exilim, you’ll still be able to fit it in your pocket. And, although the original asking price was a hellish ?299, we found the Exilim EX-ZR100 online for a much more competitive ?179 at the time of writing.
So is this portable little shooter worth an investment, or is it something you should avoid at all costs?
Generous zoom
While the race for more and …

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[1 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Premium headphones for your iPhone

The market for accessory headphones has never been more competitive. Thanks to the fact that phone manufacturers usually put the cheapest headphones they can find in the box, upgrading your device’s headphones is top of the list when it comes to improving audio performance.
The iPhone is served by just about every manufacturer out there and the B&W C5 headphones sit towards the top-end of that list in terms of pricing. But with that, you get headphones from one of the biggest names in hi-fi speakers, a …

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[1 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Mega-value zoomer

Looking for a knockabout pocket camera with larger than average zoom that won’t cost the earth? The metallic silver VR-310 we had in for review – with black, red, or purple also available – is both attractive in an unassuming way, bit also an all-too familiar boxy rectangle.
However, it’s still relatively rare that we come across a pocket camera that fits in a 10x optical zoom with focal range of a wide angle 24mm to 240mm – in 35mm terms – offers a mostly metal build, yet retails for …

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[1 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Magical pen gets even more spells

If you’re not familiar with the Livescribe smartpen setup, allow us to fill you in. The Echo is the follow-up to the Pulse and, like its predecessor, contains a camera that is capable of shooting over 70 frames per second.
Working in tandem with specially designed paper that has thousands of tiny dots on it, the camera records the dots that you connect and then can recreate those marks, digitally, on your computer using software that decodes the pictures. This clever method allows smartpen to know …

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[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A bit two-dimensional

How does Sony do it? This flagship TV in the brand’s EX Series is one of the most impressive we’re ever seen. The way the 55EX723 upscales all sources to fit its massive 55-inch panel is clever stuff; it cleans and polishes all kinds of web-based video to remove noise, but somehow look cinematic, too – it’s a real treat.
Which is why we’re just a little annoyed that 3D images on the 55EX723 are nothing short of downright dirty. The 3D aspect is actually an add-on; although …

Camera reviews, Other devices »

[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A bit two-dimensional

How does Sony do it? This flagship TV in the brand’s EX Series is one of the most impressive we’re ever seen. The way the 55EX723 upscales all sources to fit its massive 55-inch panel is clever stuff; it cleans and polishes all kinds of web-based video to remove noise, but somehow look cinematic, too – it’s a real treat.
Which is why we’re just a little annoyed that 3D images on the 55EX723 are nothing short of downright dirty. The 3D aspect is actually an add-on; although …