by Craig Humphreys | 19/11/2013
With the Wireless AC standard to be finalised in early 2014 now is a great time to start looking at Wireless AC tech for your home network. NETGEAR suggest the R6250, their latest AC router, is ideal for homes that have upwards of ten devices to connect. While that may seem a lot this is actually an easy target in todays connected world where set-top boxes, smart TV's, phones, tablets, laptops, desktops etc all want to access our content. So today we take a look at NETGEAR's latest offering the R6250 Wireless AC Dual Band Gigabit Router.
by Stuart Davidson | 07/11/2013
NVIDIAs answer to AMDs recent R9 290X launch is the GTX 780 Ti which pushes the Titan very much into the professional arena and takes its place at the top of the gaming stack. We will be putting it up against the R9 290X and GTX 780 (overclocked) in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and Batman: Arkham Origins.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/10/2013
Since the release of the Note 2 Samsung have continued to enhance the Galaxy range with the S4, increasing the specification of their flagship model and enhancing the software features too. With that phone well established in the market it was time to refresh the Note series and today that is the focus of our review, the Galaxy Note 3.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/10/2013
Today we take a look at the latest entry in Synology's single bay NAS solutions, the DS114. Running the same OS we find on their more advanced models it could be the ideal model for the storage novice to use for their first network based device.
by Craig Humphreys | 16/10/2013
Enter Synology and their NAS range, your own personal cloud; sync all your data, documents, photos, media to a single box that is accessible through all devices on your network. Today we look at the brand new DS214, a dual-bay offering aimed at home/small office solutions.
by Craig Humphreys | 24/09/2013
It's that time again... brand new iPhones landed with consumers at the weekend and we are starting our coverage with a look at iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S.
by Stuart Davidson | 20/09/2013
The focus of today's review is a brand new NAS from Thecus. The N2560 uses the latest media ready ATOM processor from Intel as well as running Thecus newest operating system, version 6. With HDMI/audio out and the relevant media apps bundled can perform well enough to be our storage and media centre?
by Craig Humphreys | 18/09/2013
Grand Theft Auto V, the sequel to end all sequels, hyped to the max it has the fans, the haters and the protesters out in force. Rockstar North the developer behind the hit franchise know when they've got a good thing, and boy do they have a good thing.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/09/2013
The Note 3 will soon be on sale with its 5.7-inch display, 0.4 inches bigger than the original but that isn't the largest "phone" that Samsung offer. That title goes to the Galaxy Mega, a smartphone designed to offer great media consumption without the added expense of the stylus found on the Note range. Today we take a look at the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega.
by Stuart Davidson | 07/09/2013
Now with a new range of NAS, and a new OS to run on their devices and some iOS/Android apps we get to see how the products have evolved in the form of the AS-302T.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/08/2013
So what if HTC could design a handset which looked to compete not with Samsung but Apple in terms of build quality... and what if they refined their OS experience to add some differentiation from Samsung while staying a little closer to Android's stock experience than Sense had in the past. Well with the HTC One in exclusive Red we find out and that is the focus of today's review.
by Stuart Kerley | 02/08/2013
Today on our test bench we will be taking a look at a set of Bluetooth wireless headphones from Noontec. Noontec have primarily been developing products for the home entertainment market and have a range of home media players as well as several accessories for the Android mobile platform. Now though they have moved into the personal audio space with a number of new products and today we will be looking at the Zoro Fashion Hi-Fi headphone which is a Bluetooth wireless headset.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/07/2013
Now Sony are bringing the same great dust and waterproof design from their Xperia Z to the tablet market with the Xperia Tablet Z. Today we have the 3G version on tour test bench to see if a tablet can be durable and offer the same quality and features as other high end devices.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/05/2013
So what of the S4, is it enough of an upgrade from the S3 to entice current users? Can it compete with the impressive build quality offered by the HTC One? Today we take a look at the new model to see how it fairs in the current market.
by Stuart Davidson | 09/05/2013
With the release of their Blackberry 10 OS we saw Blackberry move to a touch based smartphone, the Z10 and while it was a reasonably impressive handset it may not have appealed to the companys core audience who valued the physical keyboard. Enter the Q10 which brings the Blackberry range up to date in terms of specification and OS while integrating a physical keyboard with the touch and gesture based experience.
by Stuart Davidson | 07/05/2013
Today Synology are launching the latest of their Home/Small Office DiskStations, the DS213j. A 2 drive NAS it offers a balance of features and performance which should appeal to those looking for their first external storage device, or those looking to upgrade from an older model with more basic functionality.
by Stuart Davidson | 13/04/2013
So what if HTC could design a handset which looked to compete not with Samsung but Apple in terms of build quality... and what if they refined their OS experience to add some differentiation from Samsung while staying a little closer to Android's stock experience than Sense had in the past. Well with the HTC One we find out and that is the focus of today's review.
by Stuart Davidson | 02/04/2013
Today Futuremark are releasing, for free, a version of 3DMark which runs on Android (3.0 and above). This is their next step in allowing us to compare the latest mobile devices to each other with iOS support to follow soon. We have had some time with the new Android edition of 3DMark and today we have a selection of benchmark results from various devices as well as some information on the software itself.
by Stuart Davidson | 15/03/2013
One new device from NETGEAR which looks to offer both traditional networking and some additional features is the NETGEAR Centria WNDR4700. Part wireless-n (dual band) router, part storage device it allows us to add our own hard drive and enable media/backup functionality on our home network without the need for separate devices. Today we have one to review...
by Stuart Davidson | 08/03/2013
Not everyone has the budget, or need, for a 4-bay NAS and so Synology offer models such as the DS213 with two bays. Today we will be reviewing that model while also taking a look at their latest software, DiskStation Manager v4.2 (March 2013 release).
by Craig Humphreys | 02/03/2013
Today we are looking at the WN3500RP or Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender for short... or not. Designed to pretty much do what it says, this device extends the range of an existing wireless network by repeating the signal with the use of a new network SSID. So essentially, it is a basic router that forwards on traffic it receives to the primary router.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/02/2013
The latest hardware and software is ready from Blackberry in the shape of the Z10 and Q10 handsets. Both run the new Blackberry 10 mobile operating system and we have the former to review today.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/02/2013
Looking to bring the Windows Phone 8 experience to a lower price point than the Lumia 920 is Nokias new Lumia 620. With interchangeable covers, HD camera and expandable storage it may just fit the bill as a great midrange handset.
by Craig Humphreys | 12/02/2013
This Powerline device features a USB expansion port that can be used to stream music to any device with a USB, RCA / Mini Jack connection. Alternatively, the USB port brings network functionality to printers, scanners or hard drives allowing such devices to be shared across your home network from any power outlet.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/01/2013
So we know the concept of a tablet with keyboard dock has potential but mobile operating systems are not necessarily the perfect solution. Well, until Windows 8 and Windows RT began offering a different experience with the release of the Microsoft Surface recently. Now Dell are looking to take on the Surface, and existing tablets with the XPS 10 running Windows RT and we have one to test today.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/12/2012
The Gauntlet Node is a drive enclosure designed for 2.5 inch traditional and solid state drives using the SATA interface. Not only does the Node turn our drive into a USB 3.0 device, it also allows it to be accessed wirelessly from our smartphone/Tablet or PC.
by Craig Humphreys | 06/12/2012
The D6300 is essentially identical to the R6300 only this time NETGEAR have covered all bases with the inclusion of an ADSL2+ modem as well as the functionality to use any cable/fiber modem. The A6200 is NETGEAR's first USB Adapter to use the 802.11ac specification and enable users to connect to their ac equipment at above Wireless-N speeds.
by Stuart Davidson | 01/12/2012
Now a year on from the Lumia 800 launch Nokia have released the Lumia 920 with a bump in specifications and size. It also includes the latest mobile OS from Microsoft, Windows Phone 8... so does it have enough to compete in a market which has moved on significantly in the last 12 months?
by Stuart Davidson | 19/11/2012
Sony, like other manufacturers, look to cater for entry level consumers with devices such as the Xperia Miro, packing as much of the quality, features and performance into the device as is possible for minimal cost.
by Stuart Davidson | 08/11/2012
As part of a flurry in the tablet market which saw the refresh of the Nexus 7, release of iPad Mini and debut of Microsofts Surface Amazon return to the marketplace with a follow up to their Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD. Today we have one on our test bench to find out how it stacks up against the competition.
by Stuart Davidson | 02/11/2012
One of the aspects of Windows 8 Pro that really stands out when using it is that the operating system feels very much like it is designed for new, touch based hardware. For that reason one of the devices that should offer a great experience is Surface, Microsofts own tablet which runs a streamlined version of Windows 8, Windows RT. Today we take a look at the Surface to see if the new Windows experience finds an ideal home on the new hardware and if the tablet itself can compete in the high end of the mobile market.
by Stuart Davidson | 02/11/2012
There is an argument that the 7ā€¯ form factor tablets from the likes of Google and Amazon dont eat directly into the iPad sales but it clearly isnt a risk worth taking for Apple and so today sees the launch of the iPad Mini. Priced at a more affordable level than the full size model can it offer something to combat sales of similar sized Android devices? We have one to test and find out.
by Craig Humphreys | 31/10/2012
Today we take a look at the N750 Premium Edition, one of the few models to suit just about everyone with its built in ADSL2+ modem for use with DSL connections and a RJ45 port to be used with cable or fibre connections.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/10/2012
Enter the SteelSeries Free, a new bluetooth controller which looks to bring more precise gameplay to Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth... while also being compatible with PC and Mac.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/10/2012
The Xperia S was a good, solid handset which didn't have industry leading specifications but performed well and offered some unique design elements. Sony's follow up is the Xperia T, a device which looks to build on their experience with the S and capture some more of the lucrative Android market.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/10/2012
With a completely new styling and specifications in excess of Wireless-N the new NETGEAR R6300 is one of the most advanced routers available. Today we review a pair of them giving us Wireless-ac (802.11ac) connectivity at either end of the transmission.
by Stuart Davidson | 04/10/2012
Containing 2GB of memory and one of the fastest quad core CPUs around... along with an even bigger screen today we have a Note 2 on our test bench to find out whether Samsung have come down on the right side of the size line.
by Stuart Davidson | 21/09/2012
It's the latest iPhone, it's landing on doorsteps and shop floors today and we have ours unboxed, photographed and reviewed... so let's get started on the latest and greatest from Apple...
by Stuart Davidson | 30/08/2012
With their new tablet Archos aim to take a chunk of the productivity tablet market with a device aimed very much at those interested in the Transformer Pad... so with several generations of tablet development behind them and a lower RRP than ASUS, can they succeed?
by Stuart Davidson | 24/08/2012
Clearly the success of the Galaxy Note as a brand inspired Samsung and despite having a well-established Tab range (of Android Tablets) their latest device goes with the alternative title which helps identify its key feature, a high functionality stylus. Today we have the Galaxy Note 10.1 on our test bench and will establish whether it has what it takes to compete with the likes of ASUS Transformer Pad, the alternative productivity tablet.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/08/2012
Today we have the Nexus 7 on our test bench to see if it offers a desirable, and workable, alternative to the more expensive larger tablets which are currently available.
by Stuart Kerley | 06/08/2012
Today on our test bench we have the SkyVision WS100. With a name that doesn't quite give away its purpose the SkyVision is a nifty little box of tricks that allows us to stream HD video from any HDMI ready device to another, wirelessly. Could this be the answer to many peoples cable jungles?
by Stuart Davidson | 03/08/2012
With a 1.6GHz Tegra 3 processor inside, aluminium body and 1920x1200 resolution display the Transformer Pad Infinity is ASUS highest specification tablet to date; but is it their best?
by Stuart Davidson | 27/07/2012
In June Orange announced their latest own brand handset, manufactured by Gigabyte and based on a reference design by Intel which also appears from other brands in locations like India (Xolo X900) the San Diego runs on an ATOM CPU making it different to the norm, right from the outset. Today we have a San Diego handset on our test bench to find out if it can follow on from the success of Orange's previous devices and whether it is desirable in a very crowded marketplace.
by Stuart Davidson | 20/07/2012
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Samsung has recently been discounted across a wide range of retailers and so today we take a look back at what the device offers and whether it is worth considering for those looking to maximise their value when grabbing a tablet.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/07/2012
Sitting at the entry level in terms of new Android 4.0 smartphones is HTC's Desire C. Clearly taking its design from the high end One family the Desire C looks to replace the Wildfire at the bottom end of the HTC product stack and today we have a handset on our test bench to find out what it offers.
by Stuart Davidson | 02/07/2012
The One X sits at the top of HTCs 2012 range of phones and offers some impressive specifications but not everyone needs or wants a quad core, 32GB device with large 4.7" screen. For those users one of the options HTC has made available is the One S, a 4.3" device which tailors its specification for more value orientated consumers. We have the One S on our test bench today so let's take a look at it...
by Stuart Davidson | 29/06/2012
Rather than go with a rebranded version of an existing headset for their Battlefield 3 set Razer decided to design a new model and that is the Blackshark. Today we have the Blackshark on our test bench to see how it performs.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/06/2012
Having the tag of most pre-ordered handset of this year, today we find out whether the Galaxy S3 has what it takes to continue the success of the Galaxy S2; or equally importantly whether it can compete with other handsets such as the One X from HTC.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/05/2012
Following the success of the Prime ASUS have designed a new tablet which sits somewhere between the original Transformer and its follow up. Taking specifications from the newer model and a functionality from both that model is the Transformer Pad 300 and today we have it on our test bench.
by Stuart Davidson | 15/05/2012
HTC's response to the strong range of Samsung handsets, and the recently announced Galaxy S 3 is the One range which has three models designed for different audiences. Sitting at the top of the pile is the One X with its Tegra 3 multi-core processor, 32GB of storage and Super IPS Screen and that is the focus of our review today.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/04/2012
In a move designed to refresh their image and product line Sony recently dropped the Ericsson brand from their handsets and are going it alone in the naming sense with a new range of Xperia phones which look to jump start their Android sales. Sharing a similar design they all have unique selling points such as the Xperia P's floating touch display were we simply hover over the screen to activate functions and sitting at the top of the product stack is the Xperia S.
by Niall Coleman | 30/03/2012
Today we have the Galaxy Nexus on our test bench and will take a look at what it offers in today's smartphone market, focusing of course on aspects such as the OS which is still quite unique in the Android world.
by Stuart Davidson | 29/03/2012
The Palit GTX 680 JetStream is a factory overclocked 3 slot, triple fan cooled card which aims to show the competition how a GTX 680 should be done. We will be putting it through a selection of real world gaming tests including Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim as well as overclocking it to the limit...
by Stuart Davidson | 23/03/2012
We have already taken a look at single GPU performance and now it is time to update that article with a look at SLI, featuring ZOTAC's version of the GTX 680 in titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 with single screen and surround gaming as well as Stereoscopic 3D testing.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/03/2012
Take one ASUS GTX 680 2GB, overclock it to its limit... add one MSI R7970 Lightning, the highest spec AMD card around and overclock it to breaking point. Thrown in comparisons at 1920x1080 and 5760x1080 mixing with the latest games such as Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 and SW: The Old Republic. Check cards are piping hot before completion and you have todays review.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/03/2012
Today we take a detailed look at gaming performance of the GTX 680 in titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 with single screen and surround gaming as well as Stereoscopic 3D testing. Added to that is GPU computing and media playback performance along with thermal, power, noise and overclocking results. Want to see how the GTX 680 does against the 7970 at its maximum overclock, or the GTX 580 OC 3GB we have that sorted too...
by Stuart Davidson | 20/03/2012
What if one device solved the need to have a separate 3/4G enabled tablet, or laptop in addition to a phone? Well that is what Samsung aim to achieve with the Galaxy Note. Sitting very much above the phone space, yet below a full blown tablet, with its 5.3" screen it could be the answer... then again it could also be too big to be a phone or too small to be functional for other tasks. Today we find out which way our experience went.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/03/2012
With today's launch of "The new iPad"... though many are calling it the iPad 3, we have a device which follows a similar design ethic to the iPhone 4S. Make most of the changes internal and otherwise stick as close to the previous design as possible. We have the new iPad on our test bench and today will be putting it through our review process, read on to find out what we think of it.
by Stuart Davidson | 07/03/2012
We headed over to Germany this week to check out the latest tech on offer at Cebit 2012. Check out our coverage.
by Niall Coleman | 07/03/2012
When we first heard about the best name ever for a tablet PC, or possibly any component, we had visions of a robotic looking blue and red case... sadly, well kind of, this proved not to be and instead Asus released a sleek looking update to the original Transformer that we reviewed last year. The Prime is one of the world's first Android tablets with a quad-core processor and is running Android 4.0 and today we have one on our test bench for review.
by Niall Coleman | 06/03/2012
Recently Nokia have had somewhat of a makeover and having received the Lumia 710 all the nostalgic memories of the good times I had with Nokia came flooding back. So I am slowing things down with the Samsung Galaxy S2 and going with the Nokia Lumia 710 for a while, seeing how things work out... running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, who could resist?
by Niall Coleman | 20/02/2012
Today we will find out if the Noontec A9 has what it takes to offer a decent upgrade to Smart TV (Android) functionality for those who don't want to move to the latest HDTV with the features built in.
by Niall Coleman | 16/02/2012
HTC's Titan, powered by Windows Phone 7.5, was released at the end of 2011 and today we give it a once over to find out what it offers for those looking for something a little different to Android and iOS.
by Niall Coleman | 01/02/2012
Archos are back with an updated "Gen 9" version of the 101 Android tablet. Featuring Android 3.2.1 and updated specifications can it offer something worthwhile in an ever more crowded market?
by Niall Coleman | 25/01/2012
The Explorer is HTC's new entry level smartphone aimed at those customers looking for a smartphone but turned off by the large, feature rich and costly offering that is the HTC Sensation and its ilk.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/01/2012
Looking to capitalise on their ever growing experience with Android and the success of those older V3 and Pebl products Motorola announced the new Razr (or Droid Razr) towards the end of 2011. This new device in the Razr family features unique high quality styling with some impressive specifications and aims to sit at the top of the smartphone market. Today we take a look at one in detail to see if it can compete in that area.
by Niall Coleman | 04/01/2012
With the growing trend towards home networks and the ever expanding multimedia market the LinkStation Pro is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) box that is designed for the home user market. It offers instant storage expansion and file access on a home network and over the Internet. This compact bit of kit is available with 1.0TB, 2.0TB or 3.0TB built-in 3.5in hard drives and features a 1.6GHz processor that promises transfer speeds of up to 76MB/s.
by Stuart Davidson | 30/12/2011
This article documents the process of choosing components for the new Windows Home Server 2011 box, from the low wattage Intel CPU, through the motherboard, PSU, memory and drives before looking at the setup process and how the OS looks and works in day to day use.
by Niall Coleman | 21/12/2011
The Rhyme is a departure for HTC from previous handsets in terms of form and function. When looking at this model we cannot help being struck by its unique styling and it's out of the ordinary, for HTC at least, colour and bundled accessories.
by Stuart Davidson | 14/12/2011
Launched recently the Lumia 800 is Nokia's first Windows based phone and one of the first handsets in a new wave of devices on the platform. With the latest OS, version 7.5 (Mango), we have been using the handset for a week now in day to day use, read on to find out our thoughts on the handset and OS.
by Niall Coleman | 03/12/2011
The HTC EVO 3D smartphone features a 4.3in 3D capable screen with dual 5 megapixel lenses capable of 2D/3D photos and video capture. With the launch of the EVO 3D, HTC have brought their first 3D smart phone to the market.
by Niall Coleman | 23/11/2011
As a first for AC Ryan the Veolo uses Android 2.2 (Froyo) as the OS, bringing an enhanced experience for apps on a TV, including casual games and social media and we have one on our test bench today to find out if the Veolo lives up to the high standards of previous AC Ryan models.
by Niall Coleman | 29/10/2011
Samsung's Galaxy S2 has been in the market for a few months now and there are good deals to be had in every region so what better time to look at the model below the Nexus, the Galaxy S2 which will likely get its own upgrade to Android 4.0 in the coming months...
by Niall Coleman | 20/10/2011
One of the key players in this crowded market is HTC who a few years ago were relatively unknown but now offer a wide range of devices, including tablets, with new models hitting the shelves regularly. One of the more recent handsets is the Sensation, a high spec dual core offering and today we will take a look at this device to find out what it has to offer those looking for a high end Smartphone.
by Stuart Davidson | 18/10/2011
The Slider, like the Transformer, is an attempt by ASUS to offer an attractive tablet which offers something different to the competition. With a built-in, slide out keyboard, the Slider is clearly aimed at those who love their hardware keyboards on mobile phones bringing the technology to the tablet arena. We have one of the early samples on our test bench today to find out if it lives up to the quality of the Transformer.
by Craig Humphreys | 14/10/2011
Today the wait is over as the iPhone 4S is in our hands so join us as we take a look at Apples latest device to establish whether enough has been done to make it a desirable alternative to the ever evolving Android models.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/10/2011
Today we take a look at the first mainstream Chromebook, from Samsung, to find out what it offers, how the operating system works and who it might appeal to.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/09/2011
Today we take a look at the Sony Tablet S, an Android Honeycomb (3.2) capable tablet which has impressive specifications and a design that sets it apart from the competition. Let's find out how Sony aim to change what we feel a tablet should be like with our in depth review.
by Niall Coleman | 09/09/2011
The HANNSpad has many of the same features and specifications as the ASUS Transformer but at a bargain £150 price. Let's find out if it is a worthwhile purchase and whether it is a tablet which is open to user customisation (Honeycomb on a £150 device anyone???).
by Niall Coleman | 08/08/2011
A manufacturer who is keen to get a decent slice of the high end Android market is ASUS and their Transformer tablet which is reminiscent of a faux-leather couture handbag is a slim, lightweight Android tablet that doubles as a capable laptop thanks to a matching keyboard dock. Today we will be taking a detailed look at the Transformer to find out if ASUS can back up the high quality styling with some substance.
by Stuart Davidson | 21/07/2011
Given the advances in mobile devices whether it be tablets, phones or laptops the ability to access, update and maintain our content remotely is becoming more important. One company aiming to make this easy for us is SilverStone through their DC01 network storage device. Today we will be taking a look at the DC01 and finding out how it could improve our media experience when at home or out and about.
by Stuart Davidson | 13/05/2011
Today on our test bench we have the LG Optimus 2X (G2x for our American readers) which is the world's first dual core phone, containing NVIDIA Tegra 2 technology for advanced graphics with high end performance and features. Is it a leap forward in mobile communications or does it signal a switch to phones becoming "just a small tablet"...
by Stuart Davidson | 15/02/2011
One company who are known for their quality mobile devices are Archos and a couple of months back they announced their own up to date range of Android tablets, the 70 and 101. These devices are based on Android 2.2 (currently) and aim to provide a better quality of product than the cheaper tablets while aiming to get close to the performance of the Tab.
by Stuart Davidson | 28/10/2010
With Novatech's background we always have to take note when they release a new product and yesterday at an event in London they presented the nTablet to journalists. We attended the launch event where the overall feeling towards the nTablet was positive however more importantly we have had the opportunity for the last week to use one of the first sample of the system in day to day use, let's take a look at the product and how it performs...