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Review: Motorola Moto E

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2015 04:56 PM

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Sometimes a good smartphone isn’t always the best — or even among the best. As flagship smartphones keep battling it out at the top echelon, mid-range and more budget-friendly handsets have been an interesting subset deserving of some attention. Motorola has doubled down on devices like these, offering a few different options to choose from. The Moto E is pure entry-level, and yet, it comes with a surprisingly good user experience.

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Review: Dell XPS 15 laptop

by Blogger on ‎03-24-2015 02:06 PM

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Using a 15-inch laptop tends to be a matter of choosing power or screen size, but in some cases, both become complementary factors influencing a buying decision. Dell's XPS 15 is one of those, and it’s a PC equivalent to a MacBook Pro 15-inch, sporting similar specs under the hood. It may not have a distinct style on the outside, but it’s what’s on the inside that will count most when getting things done.

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Review: Eurocom Electra 3 gaming laptop

by Blogger on ‎03-21-2015 11:51 AM - last edited on ‎03-23-2015 10:51 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Lately I’ve been on a bit of a kick with gaming laptops. They’ve really been coming in to their own as of late. There are so many great options and people’s interest in having enough PC muscle to game, in a laptop form factor is definitely increasing. For most people something like an Ultrabook or Chromebook is basic enough to get work done day to day, but when you want to do multimedia creation, or enjoy the latest PC games without having to sacrifice on graphics or performance, a gaming PC is tough to beat. If you can get the power of a gaming PC with the mobility of a laptop you’ll have something that has been the dream of many gamers for years. These days it’s not that farfetched and you have a few options. The latest model I’ve looked at is the Electra 3 from Eurocom. I’ve been a big fan of Eurocom’s laptops in the past so I was curious if this latest model would continue their winning streak.

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Review: Seagate Seven external portable hard drive

by Blogger on ‎03-15-2015 08:56 AM - last edited on ‎03-16-2015 10:54 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I’ve used lots of different data storage solutions over the years. From Zip disks, to flash drives, to all manner of external and internal hard drives. These days it can be tough to surprise me with one. After all, how different can they really be? Not many really stand out to me. That is exactly why the Seagate Seven portable drive caught me off guard so much. As soon as I got the box for it in my hand I knew something different was going on here. Unboxing it was elegant and fluid, with a well-designed box and a cook magnetic closure. It instantly gives you the sense that this is something special in the world of hard drives – not purely utilitarian like most out there.

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Review: The Asus N551JK desktop replacement laptop

by Blogger on ‎03-12-2015 01:17 PM - last edited on ‎03-12-2015 02:08 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The latest laptop that I’ve been spending time with is the Asus N551JK. These days it seems like everyone is moving towards Ultrabooks and ultra-portable convertible laptops but there is certainly still a place for beefy desktop-replacement style machines for those power users who focus more on utility than portability. That’s where the N551JK shines. It’s clearly not trying to compete with all of those extremely thin, light, and portable machines. It embraces the idea of a desktop replacement by delivering power, flexibility, and versatility in a package that won’t make you miss your desktop PC at all. Worried about not having an optical disc drive for DVD and CDs? The N551JK has one. Worried about not having enough RAM or hard drive space/ The N551JK has you covered there too. This machine gives you all the specs from your desktop PC without making you sacrifice on ports of versatility.

 

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Ever since Ultrabooks first rolled out, they’ve been amazing machines perfectly suited for business users and students who need to get their work done, need to be highly mobile, and also want a touch of style. For a while a lot of Ultrabooks where relatively similar in terms of features, form factor, and power. That not a bad thing since they were still well suited to the task at hand, but now we’re starting to see more innovation in Ultrabooks with models differentiating themselves from the pack more often. Lately I’ve been trying out the ASUS Zenbook UX303 Ultrabook.  This model at first glance doesn’t look all too different but once you power it up you will see that it definitely is something special.

 

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I have limited space in my living room. A big home theatre setup would be impractical so I always had my eye on soundbars. They help you enhance your audio experience while being easy to setup and not taking up much space. I had the opportunity recently to spend some time checking out the Energy Connoisseur CS-30 Soundbar and Subwoofer system and found it perfectly filled that gap in my setup.

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Review: BlackBerry Classic

by Blogger on ‎12-26-2014 07:28 PM - last edited on ‎01-14-2015 01:33 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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BlackBerry probably had no other name to call its latest phone than the Classic. It is, after all, classic BlackBerry, harkening back to a time when the Bold was the company’s most beloved handset. This device also marks the return of the toolbar with the trackpad front and centre, adding the kind of tactile navigation some users have clamoured for.

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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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