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[23 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Shut the world up

Headphones, or more accurately in the case of the Digital Silence DS-321D, earphones, with noise cancellation technology are nothing especially new. But the technology continues to improve, and more importantly they are getting less bulky and consume less power.
But style is nothing without performance, so we need to establish how good the DS-321Ds are at filtering the nonsense of travel and other unwanted noise. So we put these earphones to the test, because, as they say, silence is golden.
Design
Physically, the Digital Silence headphones are small and …

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[22 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Desk tidy for the 3D age

Can’t decide whether to invest in a 3DTV? Acer’s HN274H, a 27-inch PC monitor that uses an active shutter 3D system might be the perfect stop gap.
Although hardly a good-looking design, with a gloss black chassis that’s a tad grating, this 1920×1080 pixel resolution panel can display all the detail from a Blu-ray disc.
But surely this PC monitor can’t host a watchable 3D movie? Actually, it can, and then some. Designed primarily to supply 3D graphics to those using 3D applications or playing 3D games …

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[22 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Back to basics

Don’t you sometimes yearn for the simple life? A time when firmware upgrades weren’t a daily chore, when internet-based VOD was just a theory, and when a TV could be operated by those over forty?
Panasonic has taken the ‘less is more’ approach to its latest entry-level TV, no bad thing in theory, but perhaps even stretch it a little too far. 3D? You’ll not find that here. But surely some home networking or online video? Nope. What about a couple of lovely USB slots? Nada!
Picture quality
What this 32-incher …

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[20 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

It’s chronic

We can safely say that in 2011, PC manufacturers have stepped up to the mark when it comes to design. Although Apple has had a fairly long headstart, we’ve seen more head-turning design in the Windows market thanalmost any other time, and not just at the high-end either.
Samsung has been in the thick of it and the Series 7 Chronos, or 700Z, is no exception. But this isn’t an Ultrabook, fighting it out in the thin and light stakes, but a fully-fledged notebook, packing in the power, but without …

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[20 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Making 3D easy

Active shutter or passive 3D? Expensive glasses and awesome detail, or cheap glasses and a slightly softer image? Can’t make up your mind? Don’t worry, neither can Philips, which is why its forever delayed 2011 crop of 3D TVs are divided between the two technologies.
This 42-inch Edge LED TV in the brand’s 7000 Series sports Easy 3D – Philips’ name for passive tech – as opposed to its Max 3D-toting brethren, but it’s no poorer for it. Surprisingly for a TV using cheap-as-chips 3D specs there are only …

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[19 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

You get what you pay for

There’s a saying in tech that when it comes to buying the latest computer you should always spend as much as you possibly can to make sure you get something that will last you as long as possible.
But with tough economic times ahead, that isn’t always possible. The ViewSonic ViewPad 10e, available for just ?199, seems like a fantastic way to have your cake, eat it and still have plenty left over. But is it money well spent or will you be angered by the …

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[17 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Always know when to fold

Tablets, like smartphones, are ten a penny now. You can get a rubbish one for ?80, or a really great one for ?400. They usually all look pretty much the same, are mostly either about 10- or 7-inches in size and are mostly comprised of a screen. The Sony Tablet P, on the other hand, offers something unique: a folding clam-shell design.
The question is, does this unique-looking device bring enough to the table to justify its steep asking price, or is it just another niche product …

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[16 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Is this your next tablet?

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime isn’t a robot in disguise, but it does have a few tricks up its sleeve that any Autobot or Decepticon would be proud of. This new Transformer improves upon the original version from earlier this year, adds more power and funky new styling.?
But is this update worth the substantial price – it’s more than a budget laptop – and does it offer enough to be crowned the best Android tablet on the market?
Design on a diet
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer …

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[15 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

A trusty friend

Acer’s Timeline small business laptops mix both business and pleasure; you get a good quality, if a little basic, machine for not much cash. The latest 15-inch model adds good looks to the mix, along with a Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor and plenty of memory. ?
Unless you’re forking out for a custom colour, laptops are usually black, silver, or if you’re really lucky, white. So it’s nice to see Acer taking a different approach to the look-and-feel with the Timeline X.
Our sample machine was a tasteful …

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[15 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Second in command

Samsung’s flagship plasma TV represents a delicious compromise. It’s got the second best online dimension, after Sony’s Bravia Internet Video platform, which is too often strapped to TVs with lacklustre 3D pictures. And the second best 3D performance, losing out to Panasonic’s plasmas, which are the best performers, but are blighted by a content-light online service.
We’ll leave this 51-inch plasma’s 3D dimension alone for a while – it’s an optional add-on, with no 3D glasses in the box – and concentrate first on why Smart Hub is becoming …