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Gaming keyboards are a very interesting category. On one hand they’re keyboards, so you don’t want some things to be somewhat standardized in order to give you versatility, and have it conform to your expectations. On the other hand you want it to have high performance and deliver unique and powerful features to help you take your gaming to the next level. This is a balancing act that Logitech has a long history in managing with many PC gaming accessories throughout the years. I had the opportunity to spend some time with their latest offering – the G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming keyboard to see if it could live up to Logitech’s strong pedigree in this department.

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Review: Asus AC2400 RT-AC87R Dual-Band Router

by Blogger ‎11-30-2014 05:51 PM - edited ‎12-14-2014 09:27 AM

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A good or bad Wi-Fi connection at home usually begins and ends with the router you’re using. Slower speed than normal or a weaker signal the further away you are signs that something may be amiss with the device that distributes your Internet connection. Asus’ AC2400 RT-AC87R is a high-end router that has been designed to tackle both of those issues by maintaining a strong connection, no matter where you are at home.

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Pioneer X-CM32BT-K Micro System Review

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 03:25 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 03:54 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Here's how to transform an ordinary stereo into a more modern one in a snap: add ways to connect to it with and without wires! Pioneer wins this bet by giving the Bluetooth-enabled X-CM32BT-K speaker over seven ways to play music. This versatile system acts as a CD player, an AM / FM tuner as well as a docking station for your multimedia devices (either through Bluetooth or with a wire connection). Furthermore, this micro system does all this without compromising either sound quality or power.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 830

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 12:37 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:26 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For the most part, Nokia’s Lumia line has been the best option to go with for those looking to have a Windows Phone. The Lumia 830 is what Nokia (and parent company, Microsoft) calls an “affordable flagship”, meaning that it should give you a solid user experience, but not the best specs. Sacrifices in one area or another of a smartphone usually turn out to be trade-offs, though this may be one mid-range handset that does what it can with what it’s got.

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Review: Nexus 9 tablet a solid mix of hardware, software

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 06:39 PM - last edited on ‎11-19-2014 10:09 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Nexus devices are, by and large, collaborations of Google’s latest version of Android, and the hardware design of a leading manufacturer, which is HTC in the case of the Nexus 9. The debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop on a device that is good enough to compete with the elite of the tablet category makes for one of the most intriguing Android devices to launch this year. Its performance and user experience only serve to justify the attention its received so far.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z3

by Blogger on ‎11-11-2014 06:37 PM - last edited on ‎11-12-2014 01:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s arguable that Sony doesn’t get the credit it deserves for crafting solid, durable phones that tend to also look better than what some competitors are coming out with. The Xperia Z3 continues the trend of looking good in a way that doesn’t shake things up, but does manage to trim the edges just enough to make it a wieldier handset. Outside of that, there isn’t a great deal that’s different compared to its predecessor, making this a more iterative update to the company’s flagship.

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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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