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Review: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

by Blogger on ‎10-29-2014 11:16 PM - last edited on ‎10-30-2014 01:12 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Whether you have a Mac desktop or laptop, take a look at the ports it offers. There are a bunch of them, and it’s not always practical to have cables sticking out of them all the time, especially if you care about portability and clutter. Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD uses the ultra-fast Thunderbolt port standard on Macs and some PCs to pipe in multiple connected devices all at once, making it possible to be plugged in a number of ways with only one Thunderbolt cable.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 03:53 PM

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What is obvious about the design of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the metal in the body. Brushed aluminum sides fuse the textured back panel with the 4.7-inch screen on the front. It’s light, refined and looks good, even if overall performance can’t quite compete with Samsung’s two main flagships — the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4. This doesn’t make it entirely a case of style over substance, but it does make the device appealing just the same if you can accept the trade-offs.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

by Blogger on ‎10-19-2014 01:04 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 10:33 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Samsung makes several different smartphones, but if there’s one that stands out above the others for the company, it’s probably the Galaxy Note 4. The latest in the line that arguably kicked off the “phablet” era, the Note 4 isn’t a huge leap forward from the previous model, yet it still benefits from some of the tinkering Samsung has done with it. The company would like the S Pen stylus to stand out more, and it might with its improved performance here, but the real gem is the big sharp 5.7-inch display.

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Review: Spotify now streaming in Canada

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 11:12 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 08:30 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you’re not familiar with Spotify, you’re probably already familiar with the type of service it offers. One of the most popular music streaming platforms in the world has finally come to Canada, five years after the company originally said it was considering doing so. There is no shortage of competitors, so what is it about Spotify that has made it so sought after? I streamed tunes from it for over a month to find out.

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Review: Kobo Aura H2O is eReading with a splash of water

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 06:57 AM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 08:19 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The obvious convenience of an eReader has always been the fact that it’s a library of books in the palm of your hand. Kobo has long been a stalwart in the category, having come to market with numerous models and iterations in its lineup. The Aura H2O is the first to go waterproof, opening the opportunity to read while in the bathtub, hot tub, pool or at the beach without a need to worry about ruining it.

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Losing reception on your cell phone is one of those things that can quickly turn from being a nuisance to becoming a maddening feeling of disconnect. And while cellular networks have come a long way, their range and reach can be spotty, particularly when you start roving through patchy areas and dead zones. Wilson’s Sleek 4G-C and the Dual-Band Mobile Wireless Booster are signal amplifiers meant to raise those reception bars.

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Review: Eurocom Armadillo

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2014 03:39 PM - last edited on ‎08-29-2014 03:37 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I’ve reviewed a number of Eurocom laptops in the past. In the process I’ve become a big fan of their approach. Their machines tend to have very robust power under the hood, restrained yet aggressive styling, and an undeniable sense of quality. They’re often not the smallest, lightest machines though. If you want to go small and light, and are willing to sacrifice on power then the there are a lot of options out there for you to choose from. While not all their laptops are bulky desktop-replacement gaming rigs, they never quite seemed competitive with ultraportable laptops and ultrabooks in terms of convenience. For gaming laptops their portability is great but in the world of everyday work machines, I can see why some might want something a bit thinner. That’s why I was surprised when I unboxed the Eurocom Armadillo. It doesn’t have a trace of bulk and feels as portable as I could hope for. Finally a Eurocom laptop I could happily carry around with me day to day.

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Review: Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Router

by Blogger on ‎08-26-2014 07:27 AM - last edited on ‎08-28-2014 12:57 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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A modem may be the key utility device that brings in an Internet connection, but it’s the router that plays the important role of distributing it. If not done properly, you don’t get the real benefit of what you’re paying for every month. Routers don’t carry the kind of cachet other fancier gadgets do because you don’t typically interact with them often, yet they do the heavy lifting that makes using the Internet enjoyable and carefree. Netgear’s Nighthawk X6 AC3200 is an ode to design with its stealth bomber-like form factor, yet its performance is what you need to consider most if you really want to amp up a busy home Internet connection.

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Review: Denon HEOS multi-room speakers

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 12:46 PM - last edited on ‎08-12-2014 12:55 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Having the Denon HEOS system set up in my home for the past couple of weeks has been quite a treat. It seems like multi-room audio is the real ‘it’ factor these days with so many gadgets coming out to try to deliver this desirable feature in a compelling way. After spending some time getting to know Denon’s HEOS line I found myself very pleased indeed. Denon is no stranger to home audio needs and this new HEOS line certainly shows it. I played with the HEOS 3, HEOS5, and HEOS 7 speaker models. I had the 7 set up in my living room where I usually listen to music the most. The 3 I setup in my bedroom where I don’t always listen to music but wanted the convenience of extending my multi-room setup there. The 5 I had set up primarily in my kitchen where the full-bodied sound came in handy, but since this unit has a handy handle on it, I found myself moving it around more often when I wanted to try it out in a new room.

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Denon 4K audio visual receivers

by Blogger ‎08-09-2014 02:36 PM - edited ‎08-12-2014 02:14 PM

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If you’re serious about your audio visual setup, no doubt you’ve got your eye on 4K content. It’s the emerging trend for amazing quality picture at home. Getting a 4K screen is only the first step, however. You’ll want to make sure all of your new gear is ready for the new standard. Even if you don’t have a 4K screen yet, if you’re buying a new A/V receiver you should consider its 4K compatibility so that once you do get a 4K screen, you won’t need to replace your receiver too. With that in mind we’re taking a look at two 4K compatible receivers from Denon; the AVR-S700W and the AVR-S900W.

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Review: LG G3 earns place among elite of 2014

by Blogger ‎07-31-2014 02:13 PM - edited ‎08-08-2014 03:09 PM

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LG has quietly made a statement in the past 12 months that it is serious about making some of the best smartphones money can buy. The G3 takes a few solid steps in the right direction, making the case that sometimes less is more and design is an important detail not to be overlooked. It’s prettier than its predecessor and manages to outperform it in ways that it should, making this one of the more interesting and compelling handsets to come out so far this year.

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Preview: LG G3 pushes to be among the best smartphones

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2014 12:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:23 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If it’s true that LG made a breakthrough in the tough smartphone market, it may well have been the G2, which signaled the company was serious about competing with the best. As good as the phone was, in some respects, it needed some work to improve the user experience. This is exactly what the LG G3 seems to be tailored for, not only trimming the fat of its Android skin, but also using a display that is unquestionably one of the best on any handset today.

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Review: Monster DNA Pro over-ear headphones

by Blogger on ‎07-15-2014 04:25 PM - last edited on ‎07-16-2014 09:19 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For the last few weeks my commutes have been noticeably better. No I didn’t find a new route to work to avoid the traffic. I’ve been taking these Monster DNA Pro over-ear sound isolating headphones for a spin. I was somewhat skeptical about these when I initially got my hands on them. I wasn’t sure how well they’d really perform versus my existing headphones. Did I really need a premium set of headphones? Would it really make that big of a difference to justify the initial sticker shock? I just wasn’t sold on the idea yet. I’ve got to admit now, that after just a couple of days of using these headphones I’m now a convert. They’ve kind of spoiled me and now I see premium grade headphones as a must-have in my daily carry. I left home without them once, and found myself regretting it all day long.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2014 07:56 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2014 03:00 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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In the space of less than six months, Samsung has launched three different tablet variants in a quest to offer something for everyone, and the Galaxy Tab S falls in the premium consumer column. Where the TabPRO is primarily targeted at business users and the Galaxy Tab 4 line aimed at the budget-conscious, the Galaxy Tab S is the company’s elite consumer tablet, meant to not only be the best Samsung can deliver, but also the best on the market.

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Review Comparison Roku 3 vs. Apple TV

by Blogger ‎06-23-2014 07:27 PM - edited ‎06-25-2014 07:51 AM

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The Roku 3 and the Apple TV are two of the leading streaming video and content solutions that are designed to plug-and-play into any existing networked TV setup. Provided there’s a nearby Ethernet or WiFi connection, these two tiny set-top boxes will open a world of TV, movies, music and streaming content either from their respective content libraries or through third-party services like Netflix and many others.  While very similar in general appearance and functionality, the approach taken by Roku and Apple in this space today is like night and day.

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