Consumer electronics reviews and tech news Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:29:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ION Sound Lounge Ottoman Speaker Combo Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:29:46 +0000 ION Audio today introduced Sound Lounge, a stylish and plush ottoman equipped with built-in stereo speakers and a ported subwoofer for $130. The Sound Lounge is a comfortable seat, footstool or tasteful accent piece fused with powerful sound to enhance your dorm room, living room, game room or bedroom. Sound Lounge features an integrated Bluetooth […]]]> 0 Acer Liquid E3 Review Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Acer isn’t a manufacturer that you’d typically associate with mobile phones, despite having numerous handsets under its belt. With this experience, Acer is hoping to make a success out of its latest mid range offering, the Liquid E3. A quick look down the spec sheet leaves little doubt where the Liquid E3 is going to […]]]> 0 Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Review Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Indroduction Phablet devices are big business right now. It’s courtesy of devices like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and this; the Huawei Ascend Mate 7. It’s the Chinese company’s latest flagship device, but proffered as a large-screen alternative to (rather than a replacement for) the Huawei Ascend P7. Coming in as […]]]> 0 LG G Watch R Review Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:30:27 +0000 With a bright circular screen, a strong battery, and genuinely useful voice controls, the G Watch R is the best Android Wear watch yet. Sadly, it’s probably too large and sporty for some. (8 out of 10) Pros Strong, water resistant, metal construction Very comfortable to wear Excellent voice controls Surprisingly long battery life Cons […]]]> 0 Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:25:17 +0000 Kinivo is reintroducing the ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker for the holiday season for under $20. The speaker easily fits into the palm of your hand and is a lightweight option for those who enjoy their music on-the-go. Built to be used virtually anywhere, the company says ZX100 amps up your mobile’s audio fidelity with surprising […]]]> 0 Fujitsu Lifebook T904 Review Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Windows 8 may not go down in the history books as the most successful OS of all time, but Microsoft’s much maligned effort can at least be credited with helping to popularise 2-in-1 designs that combine laptop and tablet-style functionality. The popularity of convertibles hasn’t been confined to the consumer space, and Fujitsu has […]]]> 0 Canon 7D Mark II Review Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:15:00 +0000 New: we’ve added our own sample images to those offered by Canon. As the Canon 7D was launched way back in 2009, its update is somewhat overdue and there have been rumours of a Mark II version for quite some time. Now at last the Canon 7D Mark II has been revealed and can take […]]]> 0 Alienware Area 51 Review Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Alienware has always made interesting designs, but the 51 might be the first to properly live up to the brand name. What you’re looking at is a total recreation of the Area 51 desktop PC, one that actually looks like something a martian might walk out of at any moment. As Steam Machines and other […]]]> 0 Pipo W2 Review Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Update: The W2 comes with a USB 3.0 port, not a USB 2.0 one. Digging in the device manager window in the control panel, I found a reference to "Intel USB 3.0 extensible host controller – 0100" and Pipo confirmed that it is a USB 3.0 port indeed. I remember about four years ago […]]]> 0 Polk Hampden Desktop Speaker Review Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 (4 out of 5) Performance (4 out of 5) Value For me, the Polk name conjures images of company founder Matthew Polk in his white lab coat, standing next to speakers of his design; such was the Polk print ad campaign back in the day. I’ve known the brand well since childhood, due to those […]]]> 0