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[20 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

A superzoom with super-fast focus

The latest Lumix superzoom, the FZ48 or FZ47 if you’re based outside of the UK, adds to the stack of long-zoom compacts that have hit the shelves in recent months.
With a 24x optical zoom lens that ranges from a wide 25mm to a substantial 600mm the FZ48 is a straight continuation from the previous FZ45 model. In fact it looks very much the same from the outside, though there are a couple of significant changes beneath the exterior that see it as a step forward.
New sensor …

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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 …