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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Leather Notebook Case Review

    Samsung Galaxy Tab Leather Notebook Case Review

    [Rating: 4] A formidable question is whether standard or even the best Android tablets really need cases. Many people and companies seem to think so, both for protecting the screen and device altogether, as well as possibly making the device more stylish and/or more comfortable to hold. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab, users can opt to put down $50 for a hard leather case, or carry it around free and naked. I prefer the former.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tablet Review

    Samsung Galaxy Tablet Review

    [Rating: 4/5] Is this one of the best Android tablets? Read on and find out. Pros: 7″ design is excellent, a great form factor for tablets Hardware, software and data is fast as can be Excellent battery life Cons: Android OS currently has no benefits for tablets; makes it a glorified smartphone Proprietary connector makes it feel like an iPad, but without any spare cables lying around No Wi-Fi only model, high prices on most carriers The expectations are tremendously […]

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  • Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam Review

    Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam Review

    Many of us have left the office space to work from home, or at least away from a dedicated office. For some, that’s permanent. For others, it’s just that day of the week to work from home. And while that freedom is liberating, it leaves much to be desired. Working with other people, office banter…and after much time with/without it, the enterprise-grade hardware that is often associated with working in an office. Whether it’s the projectors, decent phones, or teleconferencing […]

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  • Nikon Coolpix P100 Review

    Nikon Coolpix P100 Review

    [Rating: 4] Every camera has limitations. It’s inherent in all products. Sacrifice one aspect for another, like higher quality materials for a higher price or less functionality. With superzooms, quality usually falters because a good zoom lens is expensive. Many wonder why bother spending so much when low-end DSLRs barely cost more. As camera technology progresses, those inherent weaknesses dissipate and prices become more attractive. Quality improves, only sacrificing the time it took to research those improvements. If you’re looking […]

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  • Steelseries Siberia V2 Review – Gaming Headset

    Steelseries Siberia V2 Review – Gaming Headset

    [Rating: 4] Do these Steelseries headphones compare to the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum – Best PC Pro Headset? How do they stack up against the best gaming headset? Read on and find out. Pros: Excellent audio quality with soft, accurate sound Lightweight design is safe, very comfortable Blue on silver color scheme a visual stunner Cons: Minimal noise cancellation, not good in noisy surroundings Rubber cabling is, for PC users, outdated I already pointed out they were blue headphones, didn’t […]

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  • Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Review

    Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Review

    [Rating: 5] Joby’s Gorillamobile is a great device which is one of the reasons why I took the time to put this Joby Gorillapod SLR zoom review together. But I don’t usually shoot at weird angles with a point-and-shoot. I reserve my best and most unique shots for my DSLR, and the Gorillamobile is too small for that. So Joby – the ball-hinge tripod and accessories company – built the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom, made specifically for larger DSLRs with heavier bodies […]

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  • Sony Cybershot TX9 Review

    Sony Cybershot TX9 Review

    [Rating: 4/5] Finding a great compact camera is nearly impossible thanks to the overwhelming variety and our incessant need for a very personalized, specific device. It must be at the right price, the right weight, the right level of sophistication, the right speed, etc. Did Sony figure it out with the Cybershot DSC-TX9? If you want to find more compact cameras, check out our best digital camera reviews. The Cybershot DSC-TX9 (TX9 from here on out) is a tiny 12.2 […]

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  • Nikon D7000 Review – Point and Shoot Camera

    Nikon D7000 Review – Point and Shoot Camera

    When I started looking at the Nikon D7000, it was way back in December 2010. I purchased it for my birthday, knowing full well that it was a brand new camera and would be the perfect step up from the Nikon D40x, the lowest-end DSLR I could have purchased from Nikon’s current lineup. I was looking for the best point and shoot digital camera. As an amateur photographer who’d only started with DSLRs back in 2008, two years with one […]

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  • Blue Microphone Spark Digital Review

    Blue Microphone Spark Digital Review

    Smartphones are behind for professional-grade equipment, even though we’re using them more and more for just about everything. So what happens? The quality of our content drops. Convenience always trumps usability, quality, and experience. If it isn’t easy to use, if it isn’t perfectly available and at hand when we need it, then we aren’t going to use it. If you don’t need a mic that’s quite this small, compare the Spark with our Samson Meteor Mic review. That’s why […]

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  • Apple iPad Mini vs iPad 3rd Generation (Comparison)

    Apple iPad Mini vs iPad 3rd Generation (Comparison)

    The announcement of the iPad mini yesterday was completely expected but decidedly not the tablet so many of us thought we’d see. The iPad mini (that’s capitalized “mini”) is a 7.9″ tablet that’s larger than most competing 7″ tablets but carries quite a few internal components that may surprise you. If you’re in the market for a 7″ tablet you should very seriously consider passing on the iPad mini for competing tablets like the Kindle Fire HD (or even the […]

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  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Review (PC)

    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Review (PC)

    [Rating: 5/5] There’s something about unrealistic racing games. Not the ones that are so far removed from reality, but the ones that weigh right on the line of fantasy and reality. They charm us, lull us into a comfortable unease, give us that pleasant itch that demands scratching. If you love gaming but are waiting to spend the money, check out some of the best free PC games too. If you need to play one of the best videos games, […]

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  • Vizio VMB070 7-Inch Razor LED Portable TV Review

    Vizio VMB070 7-Inch Razor LED Portable TV Review

    [Rating: 4/5] No matter what brand and size of TV you are looking for, check out the display resolution guide to learn more about TVs like the one below. If you’re just looking to display your best digital pictures, take a look at the best digital picture frame too. Also learn how to get the best TV prices. Pros: Good quality screen Extremely useful, doubles as digital picture frame Great price Cons: Weak speakers and battery life High chance of […]

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  • Torque t103z Headphones Review

    Torque t103z Headphones Review

    Sound is subjective. That’s the only reason people give credence to the question of whether falling trees make a sound. One expert will claim that the best listening experience is inside a car because of the enclosed environment and well-designed acoustics. Another will argue that full-size headphones, with large drivers and a proper amp, are the best because it fully surrounds the ear and removes all possible interference. And others still will argue that molded earphones, even with their tiny […]

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  • Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 Review

    Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 Review

    As of late, Logitech has really gotten into the multi-device world. The accessory maker has not only made more (and better) cases, keyboards, and other peripherals for smart devices, it has made them functional with multiple devices as well. Keyboards like the K760, K810, and K811 — all excellent keyboards — proved that people want to control multiple devices easily. And they do. I can attest to that as a regular user of both the K810 and K811, which I […]

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  • MadCatz Gears of War 3 Review – Dolby 7.1 Surround Headset

    MadCatz Gears of War 3 Review – Dolby 7.1 Surround Headset

    [Rating: 4.5/5] The only way to really enjoy the visceral meat-grinding, head-stomping sounds of a game like Gears of War 3 is with headphones. Don’t kid yourself audiophiles with expensive speakers! No system in the world that can pound out high-fidelity sound as accurately as speakers strapped to your ears. And with all the curb-stomping and chainsawing in the final chapter of Gears of War, the only way you’ll want to hear the likes Marcus Fenix, Dom, Baird and the […]

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