Review: Acer Aspire E1-531 Laptop

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, No Comments


Recently, I received a laptop to review. Baring in mind that this is my first time reviewing something, plus the fact that I have been a Mac user for years, I was kind of nervous (yet thoroughly excited) to review a different laptop.

Firstly, the Acer Aspire is a strikingly beautiful laptop. The sleek, elegant design of the machine hits you straight in the face once it’s taken out of the box – this, however, may also be because of it’s super glossy look. Think a kind of glassy black you might find in the lair of Bruce Wayne.

Obviously, as a woman, I was very impressed with the look and feel of the laptop. It’s light enough to comfortably carry around (it ways around 2.5 kilo’s), yet sturdy enough to make you feel you’re carrying something of quality.

I also especially liked the look and feel of both the keyboard and trackpad. The keys seemed ‘flatter’, which of course attributes to it’s modern look, and the trackpad is sleek and comfortable to work with. No jerky mouse moves either.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Review – Waterproof, life-proof

Published by on Feb 12th, 2014, 7 Comments


You may have noticed there has been a trend in the last couple of years within the Android smartphone market. Companies like Samsung, LG and others are stuffing their devices full of software features – in many cases useless and redundant. Sony came up with a different plan, though, and its sticking to its guns.

Sony is concentrating on their strengths of old, something that has been with them from the get go. They are focusing on beautiful, strong and durable designs, as well as great screen technology and photographic prowess. (more…)

LG G2 Review – Finally taking on the heavyweights

Published by on Feb 4th, 2014, 8 Comments


LG used to be cool. Their appliances have always been well known, but they used to be the number one flat screen TV manufacturer and they also made some great phones that sold very well. The fondest memories I have is of their flip phones, which were great, and later they had some well received QWERTY devices.

To be honest, the public’s attention has been on Apple and Samsung so much that LG started to feel like a second-rate Samsung in many respects – new devices came just too late to garner interest from the consumer. We saw this with the entire lifespan of their Optimus product line, and to the surprise of no one, it has been dropped to turn over a new leaf.

The G2 is quite clearly LG’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S4. They did try to push up the launch so that it doesn’t coincide with the announcement of the Galaxy S5, just enough time for it to be in the spotlight long enough. They have also tried something new, with a completely unique hardware design. Will it help LG stand out from the crowd, or fall into the doldrums of gimmicky mediocrity?

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Google Nexus 5 Review – the Prodigal Android Kingpin

Published by on Jan 27th, 2014, 7 Comments


At the end of 2013 Google partnered up with LG (as they did the previous year) to create one of the most anticipated phones of year – The Nexus 5. With specs of equivalence to the top smartphones in the world such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5S, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1 and more, the two things that set the Nexus 5 aside from the rest is it’s ridiculously low price tag and the honour of receiving pure, “vanilla” Android updates almost as they are released. In this review, all the praises and shortfalls of the Nexus 5 will be discussed to provide reason as to why this phone is grabbing such attention.

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Review: Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

Published by on Jan 22nd, 2014, No Comments


It’s very interesting how the tech world changes, and how it changes the way we use our devices. And I say that purposefully as the plural – device(s). Even though many tablets and even smartphones tend to portray an idea that the only things we’ll ever need are those said devices, it is just not true – yet. Everyone still needs a laptop or PC to do a lot of things on a day to day basis.

Samsung thinks it has an idea to lure those Galaxy users to buy their laptops. The Ativ Book 9 Lite is a very thin and even lighter laptop that connects seamlessly with your Galaxy smartphone. The Ativ Book 9 Lite comes with Samsung’s SideSync and HomeSync built in, so you can be constantly connected to both your laptop and your phone.

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Sony Xperia C Review – Bang for your buck

Published by on Jan 16th, 2014, 3 Comments


The Xperia C is not a phone very well known in the world’s premier smartphone markets, but is meant for emerging markets with massive market potential in China and India. We are not to be forgotten, however, and the Xperia C is a truly viable option if you are a bit cash-strapped.

It is the company’s first smartphone powered by a MediaTek chipset. Sony has so far always opted for Snapdragon processors. With China being the primary target market, it had little choice really. The latest MediaTek chips support both dual-SIM and quad-core processors and they are cheaper to manufacture too.

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Review: Fujifilm X100s

Published by on Dec 10th, 2013, 4 Comments


Photographer – Steve Huff

I was quite sceptical when I opened the box of the Fujifilm X100s. In front of me sat a R12k camera that would be geeky nirvana for any self-proclaimed hipster. This retro-styled compact camera could pass for a 1970’s classic that would fit well with your oversized headphones and SMEG fridge at home. But when you look past the actual design, there is quite a surprise waiting. That surprise comes in the form a fixed 23mm F2 lens and SLR-sized APS-C sensor, which offers outstanding image quality! I would describe myself as an “enthusiastic” photographer, dabbling in portrait and landscape photography with a DSLR as companion, but after playing around with this camera, I just might have new found respect for the “compact” section of the market. (more…)

Review: Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse – Gaming Heaven

Published by on Nov 27th, 2013, 5 Comments


A couple of months ago I reviewed the Logitech G500s Gaming Mouse, which was a great mouse for the average gamer. This was to be expected, though, as I would definitely say Logitech and Razer could be likened to Microsoft and Apple of the PC gaming peripherals world. With that I mean the one is focused more on just getting the job done and the other focused more on presentation. Logitech tends to be the one focused on the job at hand, and that’s readily apparent with its new G602 gaming mouse. I was really excited to see how the wired experience of the G500s, differs from their wireless offering. (more…)