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By September 16, 2015 Read More →

The Lenovo A1000 in 30 Seconds

vlcsnap-error681Lenovo are really pushing for the lower end of the market with a couple of devices low on cost yet containing fairly decent specs. This device is confusingly titled the same as a tablet they put out some years back however it is quite different. featuring a lesser display than the Lenovo A2010 it also contains a 4″ screen, a 1.3GHZ quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB ROM. Powering this is a 2000 mAh battery.

 

  • Processor:  Quad core, 1.3 GHz
  • Screen: 4.0” 480 x 800 pixels
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8gb + microSD card up to 32gb
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Camera: 5 megapixels + 0.3 megapixels
  • Networks: 3G
  • Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB

Killer feature: Turns on

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By September 15, 2015 Read More →

Lenovo A2010 in 30 Seconds

 vlcsnap-error600Sitting at a price point of around £80 the Lenovo A2010 has some decent specs to raise some interest at the bottom of the market. As the details show £80 can get you some decent hardware if a little limited in the storage department.

 

 

 

  • Processor:  MediaTek MT6735M Quad core, 1000 MHz, 64-bit
  • Screen: 4.5” 480 x 854 pixels
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8gb + microSD card up to 32gb
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Camera: 5 megapixels + 2 megapixels
  • Networks: LTE (4G + Cat6)
  • Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB

Killer feature: £80

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By September 15, 2015 Read More →

GeForce Car Dashboard Camera Unboxing

vlcsnap-error288A dashcam is a sensible move for most on the road today as there are many terrible drivers out there. Recording how an accident occurred could be vital evidence for an insurance claim. Those who spend all day on the road would actually seek a higher end product, however those who take to the roads once a day, or perhaps a couple of times a week are probably reluctant to shell out too much on a capture device to keep things in check.

Mobilefun have sent over the Ge Force Car Dashboard Camera, a cheap and cheerful alternative for only £24.99. This camera does exactly what you would expect. Set it and forget, you plug this in and it will happily record your daily commute over and over until the horrible day you might need to use the footage. Adding in the ability to grab a little motion detection footage you can rest easy knowing that your cars view point it being recorded in the shopping center car park, and anyone meddling with your car in the record area will be captured, as long as the battery lasts.

  • Record your journeys in 720p high definition
  • 6 IR sensors for night recording
  • 120 degree wide angle lens
  • Super slim and lightweight
  • SD card slot – supports cards up to 32GB
  • Removable rechargeable battery
  • Resolution of 1280×720p
  • 2.5″ TFT display
  • 1/4“ CMOS Sensor
  • Working temp: 32 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Time and date feature on video
  • Automatic on/off
  • Includes HDMI, USB 2.0 Interfaces
By September 14, 2015 Read More →

Huawei P8 Max in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error880The Huawei P8Max is a phablet device that combines high level specs into a gorgeous, sleek body. Running a Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, 6.8 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels display, 64 GB ROM, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP 4160 x 3120 pixel rear camera and 4360 mAh battery, there is a lot to like in the P8Max. It’s certainly suits the Luxurious Gold colouring and won’t have trouble catching the envious eye of anyone nearby.

 

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By September 14, 2015 Read More →

enCharge Folding Solar Storage Power for Smartphones and Tablets Unboxing

vlcsnap-error008Mobilefun have very kindly sent over a folding solar power supply. This renewable energy solution boasts that it can charge a smartphone or tablet when away from home and no access to a plug. Using four solar panel the enChange captures the suns light and stores the energy in an attached 8000mAh battery for future use. With a 5V output the enChange can pass this power to a phone or tablet once in need.

  • Solar charging for outdoor activities
  • Portable folding storage
  • 8000mAh battery capacity for smartphones and tablets
  • Lightning, Micro USB and Galaxy Tab charging adapters
  • USB port for charging a wide variety of devices
  • LED indicator light
  • Solar: (MAX.) 5W 5V,1000mAh
  • Input: DC5V, 1A
  • Output: DC5V, 1.5A
  • LED: 1.5W
  • Folding Size: 179 x 105 x 39mm
  • Expand Size: 550 x 179 x 15mm
  • Weight: 490g

The charging solution has recently received a drop in price to £39.99 from £69.99 and will certainly come in useful when travelling. 

By September 12, 2015 Read More →

Panasonic go Curved for OLED #VieraVIPClub

P1020281For the last number of years televisions have been getting smarter and more technology has been added in to make a more attractive option for the consumer. Seen as something of a giant smartphone we have seen 3D displays, cameras and Skype integration, planners, social media taking a central position of the specifications list. Panasonic have been trying to keep up with the competition but developing a user friendly front end with an app system for their Viera range. This year it’s all change.

In a commendable effort Panasonic are focusing their expertise on picture quality and leaving other bells and whistles to 3rd parties. Announcing two Viera televisions at IFA 2015 in Berlin this year Panasonic are pushing to be second to none when it comes to image quality. A position they are easily going to achieve.

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Roving around the competitions at IFA it seems a lot of the other companies are interesting in two things, 98” behemoths or degrading the quality of the previous model to make their new line look all the more impressive, some companies more obviously than others. Panasonic opted to hang their latest panel beside a top end master screen used by Hollywood professionals for precise colour representation. A … move however an impressive one as the screen holds up to the superior picture of the master screen and help illustrate just how close you can get to an uber expensive professional master screen for the living room.

Leaving the smart end of the TV’s front end to Mozilla and their delicious Firefox OS Panasonic have put all of their efforts into the screen technology and getting the most out of the panel. The result is a mesmerizing curved OLED 4K Pro display dubbed CZ950. This is a real step forward for Panasonic having moved away from the Plasma and into the OLED field. Working with veteran Hollywood colourist Mike Sowa Panasonic are confident they have gotten their palette as close to the director original intention as a display can.

hiding inside the beautiful panel chassis is the magic processor that makes it all possible, the 4K Studio Master Pro processor. This is the mastermind behind the picture representation on the panel. Combined with the tuning from Hollywood experts the panel to creates the best picture quality and colour palette.

OLED creates an amazing black level due to the lack of a back light. Each Organic pixel LED light up on it’s own allowing the processor to control each and every pixel leading to unparalleled colour reproduction. This is the first 4K television to have the THX 4K certification, meaing the boffin’s at George Lucas’s THX labs have applied over 600 tests for colour accuracy and the panel has passed. 

To compliment the panel’s success Panasonic have gone the extra mile and designed a television that is beautiful when turned off. The rear of the panel is draped in a luxurious suede-like material called Alcantara. Additionally the screen is a mere few millimeters thick.

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Panasonic Viera TX-65CZ950V is a sight to behold, combining amazing picture quality, stylish looks and a massive picture in a small footprint this is the high end TV people have been looking for an certainly deserves a place at the top of the league. We will see this in store on October in the UK with RRP of £7,999.

By September 12, 2015 Read More →

Garmin combine Satnav and Dashcam in the nüviCam

image001Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. has launched the nüviCam, the first portable navigation device (PND) to feature a built-in dash cam and advanced alerts to enhance driver awareness on the road. Thanks to the integrated dash cam that continuously records and automatically saves files on impact, the nüviCam offers the protection of having an eyewitness that records exactly where and when events occurred.

One of the most comprehensive sat navs to ever hit the roads, the nüviCam offers the latest in premium driver-assist features typically found only in luxury vehicles. For example, Forward Collision Warning2 alerts drivers if they’re driving too close to the car ahead; Lane Departure Warning2 alerts will appear and sound if the driver drifts off the road or into oncoming traffic; and Garmin Real Vision™ takes the guess work out of deciphering hard-to-see house numbers by displaying the camera view along with a bright arrow to direct drivers where to go when approaching select destinations.

“The nüviCam goes beyond helping drivers get from Point A to Point B,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of worldwide sales. “The intuitive driver-assist features not only lessen the stress of getting you to your destination, but the nüviCam also provides peace of mind in knowing that your commute is being recorded and can be referenced should you need it.”

The nüviCam features a 6-inch pinch-to-zoom glass display with a high-definition dash cam built in to the back of the device. When powered on, the integrated dash cam continuously records on the included microSD card, and if an incident occurs, the device’s Incident Detection will automatically save files on impact. GPS records exactly where and when events occur and drivers can play back the video on the device or from a computer using garmin.com/dashcamplayer. There’s also a Snapshot feature on the nüviCam that allows drivers to capture still images in or outside of the vehicle if desired. The included magnetic mount enables the device to be easily and quickly secured or removed from the vehicle.
Other navigation features offered with safety and convenience in mind include voice-activated navigation that allows drivers to speak commands to the device while their hands stay safely on the wheel, and Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling (requires Bluetooth-enabled smartphone sold separately). Smartphone Link, a free mobile app that connects nüviCam with a compatible iPhone® or Android™ smartphone, can also provide real-time data services3, such as weather or safety cameras to the sat nav. Drivers can even pair the nüviCam with the Garmin BC™ 30 Wireless Backup Camera (sold separately) to see what’s behind their vehicle when they reverse.

To make sure drivers never miss a turn, the nüviCam utilises Active Lane Guidance, which uses a combination of voice prompts and visual cues to prepare users to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. “Up Ahead” appears alongside the driving map and constantly informs of nearby services, including restaurants, fuel stations and rest areas, and spoken Garmin Real Directions™ guides drivers like a friend would, using recognisable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. Additional features included are speed limit warnings, school zone warnings, PhotoReal Junction View, Bird’s Eye Junction View and preloaded Foursquare® data that adds millions of new and popular points of interest like restaurants, shops and more.

The nüviCam comes preloaded with detailed maps of Europe and free lifetime map4 updates are included to ensure the most up-to-date maps, points of interest and navigation information is available. This sat nav also features Garmin Digital Traffic via DAB, the best and fastest traffic solution available from Garmin, for the life of the device.

The nüviCam is the latest from Garmin’s consumer automotive segment, the leading worldwide provider of portable navigation devices for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. Garmin’s user-friendly navigation solutions have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.

The Garmin nüviCam has a suggested retail price of £309.99. For more information, visit www.garmin.com/nuvi.

By September 10, 2015 Read More →

Sony Xperia Z5 in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error184The Xperia Z range has always been on of the flaghip phones to consider the sleek build, Sony screen technology and high end specs are always enticing. The Z5 does not disappoint on paper nor in hand. Sony are keen to state their Snapdragon 810 avoids overheating issues by using a “dual-pipe” technology to avoid this common problem.

 

  • Processor:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor
  • Screen: 5.2” Full HD 1080p IPS display
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • ROM: 32gb + microSD card up to 200gb
  • Battery: 2700 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Camera: 23MP camera with Exmor RS, 4K video capture + 5MP with Exmor R
  • Networks: LTE (4G + Cat6)
  • Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB

Killer feature: IP65 / IP68 dust-tight & waterproof with a capless USB!

 

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By September 10, 2015 Read More →

Lenovo – Making the heart go boom

P1020076For many a year Lenovo has had been a go to brand for a robust business solution with this Thinkpad line of laptops and desktops. A serious name that lead to serious solutions. This year we are getting a whole new Lenovo, whilst possessing the straight and serious edge that gained a prestigious reputation over the year we have been shown a lighter, fresher and altogether more cuddle side.

Entering from stage let is the new Lenovo, a Lenovo with a quickly design concept, a grasp on the modern tropes and an aim to please. Wearing a new badge that many will find hard to recognise Lenovo are engaging the public with an attitude to propel themselves into the heart of their customers to pull them back for more.

They are listening to what people want and making massive efforts to provide almost every desire coupled with an alternative, without pushing the customer to pay over the odds. This change is happening across the board, not just a simple flip over to pushing out a few more phones.

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Take the Y Series brand. Taking care to pay attention to the hardcore gamers in the world Lenovo have developed a line of gaming rigs called the Ideacentre that will appeal to both the customer and the system builder. Kitted out with the latest hardware Lenovo have taken the extra step to keep the machine accessible for the inevitable upgrade and or replacement with with their desktop case. There will be two tiers a Y900 and Y700, the main difference being the Y900’s ability to take dual graphics cards.

Lenovo have recognised that gaming on the PC has a massive consumer base and are trying to make the most flexible gaming system, out of the box, that a hardware manufacturer can provide.

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Pushing the focus to portable gaming the same attitude has been worked into the Y-Series gaming laptops. The IdealPad Y700 is designed to appeal to a gamer and added extras to make things a little more suited like backlit keys, QHD display and a Realsense 3D camera and a range of gaming accessories to not only keep things colour coordinated but push the best quality for the money.

Whilst still retaining the Thinkpad business approach Lenovo have made some solid updates to their gaming end and there is a lot to like in these machines. Expect to see the IdeaCentre Y900 in November should cost around £1,039 and Y700 £649. The IdeaPad Y700 will land in October at £617.

By September 8, 2015 Read More →

The Lenovo Miix 700 in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error167Lenovo have come up with an option for those Microsoft Surface Pro lovers out there who are finding it too expensive to justify. With prices starting around $700 the Miix 700 covers much of the same ground, without the killer i3, i5 and i7 processor options. Instead, Lenovo have chosen the Core M7 to keep things moving. An impressive hinge mechanism helps with some of the limitations of the Surface Pro’s read angle on the desktop and lap.

  • Processor:  Intel Core M7 processor (the latest Skylake version)
  • Screen: 12”  2160 x 1440
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • ROM: up to 256 GB SSD + microSD card up to 128gb
  • Battery: Up to 9 hours
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Camera: Optional Real Sense 3D camera
  • Networks: Optional LTE
  • Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB

Killer feature: $700 is a lot less than a similarly specced Surface Pro 3

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