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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 | ]

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 …

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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 …

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[29 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Got to hand it to Sony

There’s no denying that all eyes are on the Sony PlayStation Vita at present. Most look on with eager anticipation, but some are more cynical.
While it managed to shift over 70 million units worldwide, there’s a common, if not entirely founded belief that its forebear, the PSP, was a flop. Its proprietary game discs, UMDs, were as welcome as WMDs, and as soon as the smartphone became more widespread, offering cheaper and plentiful gaming alternatives, many have labelled it an expensive also-ran.
Even the latest in …

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[29 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Child’s play?

You’ve got your iPad or Android tablet, but what about your kids? According to toy company Leapfrog, your children want a tablet too. But does the LeapPad Explorer, a tablet designed especially for 4-9-year-olds fit the bill, or will they still want your iPad or Android tablet instead??
We gave the LeapPad to Pocket-lint test subjects William, aged three and three quarters, and Emily five and a half, to see whether or not the kids tablet could impress.
Design
Designed for kids, this isn’t a single sheet of glass and metal affair …

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[29 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Big and useful

Cheap, cheerful and just a little chunky, the Samsung RV720 is an impressive budget 17-inch laptop that’s a step up from the usual desktop replacement – but perhaps not the powerhouse you might imagine from a notebook this size.
It costs less than ?500, which is pretty impressive for a home-based laptop. But is it powerful enough to meet the day-to-day needs of a potential?owner??
Design
For a budget notebook, the RV720 has a certain amount of style. The chassis is a metallic grey plastic but there’s no flex on the …

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[26 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A blunt instrument

There’s a TV advert doing the rounds at the moment that helpfully points out that Saints Row: The Third is available at Argos. As well as nudging you towards an impulse purchase, while treating that special person in your life to some Elizabeth Duke jewellery, the advert also acts as a – presumably unwitting – reminder that Saints Row is of course the Argos Grand Theft Auto.
Cut and paste gaming at its most cynical, the series thus far has practically been a photocopy of GTA, albeit a …

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[26 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A Kindle challenger?

The ebook reader market is a funny one, because it has been typically dominated by a couple of companies. With the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Readers being the most popular devices.
The real difference between these devices is content. Amazon distribute its content from its own store. It’s a closed system, but one that’s widely accessible thanks to apps for your PC or smartphone. Sony (and many others) on the other hand offer open format support, but don’t then have the provision across platforms, or the same integrated …

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[26 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

The enchanted kingdom

Disneyland Adventures is the latest Kinect title for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 accessory aimed squarely at the kids, but can get you to fall in love with the magical kingdom all over again?
We doubt there are many kids who don’t love the magic of Disney, and while it no doubt drives many parents mad with its merchandising. We have to ask, is this game more Toy Story, or Cars 2. We got the kids out to help us review the game. ?
Meeting new friends
Core to the game is the …