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Nubia Z11 Review

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Nubia Z11 review

We won’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Nubia. This particular Chinese smartphone brand has recently been making waves in its home territory, but until now hasn’t made a big push into the western hemisphere, though its parent company, ZTE, has some presence.

The Nubia Z11 is the brand’s first smartphone to launch worldwide, and touts a “bezel-less” design and camera technology which will supposedly give your DSLR a run for its money.

Announced at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Z11 is a flagship that focuses firmly on design and photography, while also offering a hearty spec sheet, complete with up to 6GB of RAM, to ensure it keeps pace with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and HTC 10.

Though we have yet to fathom why anyone would need the option of 6GB of RAM in their phone in 2016, Nubia isn’t the only manufacturer to bump up the RAM, as the very similar OnePlus 3 also boasts that amount, and costs less too.
 

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Asus ROG G752 Review

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Asus ROG G752

Once all but a misnomer, today there are more gaming notebooks to choose from than ever. While the trend lately has favored more more svelte and understated gaming laptops, machines packing a big screen and big performance haven’t gone anywhere.

 

Asus’s enthusiast gamer hardware and accessory line, Republic of Gamers (ROG), includes a range of ROG PCs and laptops packing the latest performance hardware into distinct chassis and frames that are aimed to stand out.

 

Following last year’s highly-praised Asus ROG G751, the Asus ROG G752 is another portable PC gaming beast that features a distinctive design and plenty of oomph to run even the most demanding of PC games at the highest settings.

 

Although this 17.3-inch monster is available in a variety of high-end configurations, the model sent to techradar for review (a G752VT, specifically) features an Intel Skylake, 2.6GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) alongside 1TB of hard disk storage, and a super-fast GeForce GTX 970M graphics card with 3GB of video memory.

 

With beefy specifications and Asus’s renowned build quality in tow, there’s a lot to like about this massive machine, coupled with a few surprises along the way.

 

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The Best LG G4 Accessories

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The Best LG G4 Accessories

The LG G4 is the Korean giant’s latest attempt at a top smartphone, which packs a stunning display, cracking camera and plenty of power.

 

The design is certainly alternative compared to the variety of black rectangles on the market, as you can have it in plastic or leather – plus the power and volume buttons are on the back. In short, the G4 takes many aspects we loved about the G3, and brings them bang up to date.

 

If you’ve decided this IS your handset of choice, then make sure you’re making the most of your new smartphone by lavishing it with a selection of the best LG G4 accessories available.

 

Whether you simply want to protect it with a hard-wearing case, keep it charged with a handy dock or give it even more storage capacity for storing games and media, there’s a wide range of kit available to match up with your LG G4.

 

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Philips 258B6QJEB review

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Philips 258B6QJEB review

While it may not quite reach the heady heights of the latest 4K displays in terms of pixel count, the Philips 258B6QJEB is an interesting option if you’re seeking a QHD monitor. At 25 inches, it’s a compact piece of kit compared to the many 27-inch (and larger) monitors out there.

 

There aren’t many alternatives at that size, with Dell’s UltraSharp 25 and the HP Z25n proving two more expensive alternatives. Arguably, neither look as good as Philips’ sleek new entry. The appeal of having a smaller monitor on your desk is twofold – there is more space around it for other things, and it can also help with uncomfortable eyestrain that may occur if you are sat too close to a large display.

 

Priced at around £260 (about $400, or AU$550), the 258B6QJEB packs a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution IPS LCD panel that offers excellent viewing angles and image quality, along with an abundance of connections, speakers and a USB hub that makes this particular display a versatile choice.

 

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Asus E402MA review

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Asus E402MA review

There was once a time when nothing but netbooks consumed the sub-£200 ($300/AUS$411) price bracket, but fortunately Microsoft and its partners have recently done a lot to drive down the price of larger, considerably more usable laptops.

 

With the advent of true cloud applications such as Office 365, and a variety of streaming services that have quickly overtaken locally-stored media, lean machines such as the Asus E402MA are making ground at the budget end of the market alongside similar notebooks like the smaller Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11.

 

Packing a 14.6-inch screen, the E402MA has a relatively modest set of specifications: a quad-core Intel N3540 M processor clocked at up to 2.66GHz is paired with merely 2GB of RAM and a rather paltry 32GB of storage.

 

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EE Rook review

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EE Rook
 

The introduction of the BenQ-manufactured EE Harrier and EE Harrier Mini was the start of a new breed of own-branded handsets from Britain’s largest network, continuing the ornithological theme that started with the EE Kestrel, built by Huawei.

 


The EE Rook is the latest addition to the flock. This time made by ZTE, it’s a smartphone that fills the ultra-budget end of the spectrum, and yet still features stock Android Lollipop 5.1, 4G connectivity and a quad-core processor for less than the price of a meal for two.

 

This is clearly somewhat of a my first smartphone. But even casual users is search of a no-frills experience expect a phone that never lets them down – and is that really possible at this price?

 

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EE Harrier review

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EE Harrier
 

EE launched its first own-brand smartphone last year named the EE Kestrel. Also bearing an avian name, this handset was a rebrand of the Huawei Ascend G6, and was very much a contender at the low end of the market, baring little other than 4G connectivity.

 

This year, EE has debuted two new handsets that keep the bird-theme alive: the Harrier and Harrier Mini. I’ve been having a look at the larger of the two handsets to see whether it can find a foothold in the middle market.

 

The Harrier from EE may not be perceived as a rival to top flight handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, but don’t let the lack of familiar branding fool you.

 

Pegged at the pay-as-you-go price of £199, the Harrier packs a pin-sharp 5.2-inch full HD screen, 16GB of storage (10.3GB of which is usable), a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm processor backed by 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop, which thankfully is not spoilt by any unnecessary third-party launchers.

 

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Linx 10 review

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Linx 10

 

Now that prices have significantly dropped, and Microsoft has dumped the woefully prohibitive version of Windows that was RT, Windows tablets are starting to become a purchase that warrants genuine consideration for many people.

 


The Linx 10 is one of this new breed, and at £160 (around $238, or AU$307), is not the very cheapest 10-inch tablet around, but it’s not very far off at all. If you’re thinking it looks rather familiar, well, that’s because it is – the Linx 10 shares almost identical hardware with the Schenker Element 10.1 that we looked at back in September last year. Save for a minor spec bump in the processor department from a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740D to the newer generation Z3735F, which can burst at faster speeds of up to 1.83GHz, telling these two tablets apart is a tough task indeed.

 

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Acer Iconia One 7 review

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IMG_7644-650-80[1]Acer isn’t a newbie to the low end of the Android tablet market, having slowly carved itselves a niche as one of the better-known brands among a host of budget competitors. While early attempts at tablets bearing the Iconia label were relatively uninteresting, the latest addition to the range – the Acer Iconia One 7 – looks (at least on the surface) like it might be a little more appealing.

 

Running Android 4.4.4 KitKat straight out of the box, and powered by an Intel Atom processor, first impressions of this 7-inch tablet are pretty good for the low price of only £99 (US$146, $192 AUD). Easy comparisons can be made to the Google Nexus 7, though the One 7 has slightly smaller dimensions and a lower resolution 16:9 screen.

 

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Linx 8 review

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When you think of cheap tablets, the undeniable truth is that you’re probably thinking of a plastic Google Android tablet to keep your kids happy. If I had suggested just a few short years ago that buying a fully-fledged Windows tablet (not those awful Windows RT models) for less than £100 was even possible, I’d probably have been pointed and laughed at by all and sundry.

 

How about if I suggested that this was now entirely possible with the Linx 8, which can be easily found for less than £90 (around $134, AU$173). Fortunately for Microsoft, the age of cheap, capable Windows tablets has well and truly dawned, and Linx’s 8-inch offering is perfectly poised to steal a share from underwhelming Android alternatives like the Acer Iconia 7.

 

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Asus Transformer Book T200 review

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Asus’ T100 Transformer Book came out just over a year ago, offering a full Windows tablet experience that easily out-did failing Windows RT devices of the time. It has since been one of our favourite laptop / tablet hybrids to emerge, packing Intel’s new breed of Z-series Atom processors.

 

The newer and larger brother, the T200, keeps the things we liked about its fully-fledged Windows 8.1 predecessor, but packs a larger 11.6″ screen and faster processor, throwing in some extra ports and a handy 2.5″ drive bay into the keyboard dock, too.

 

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Oppo N3 review

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Oppo N3A few short months ago, Oppo was barely a blip on the international radar. After moving beyond the bounds of Blu-Ray players, it first garnered international attention with the Find 5 superphone.

 

At the time it was the first smartphone to launch with a 1080p screen onboard, beating the HTC One andSamsung Galaxy S4 to the punch, and gaining Oppo the attention it rightly deserved.

 

Fast forward to the latter months of 2013 and Oppo had introduced the Oppo N1: another flagship to take over from where the Find 5 left off. This time, the headline spec was the rotating camera, a feature not seen since the Nokia N90.

 

Its latest flagship the N3, takes queues from the N1 and enhances the camera’s rotational skills as well as bumping the other specifications all round.

 

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Huawei Honor 3C review

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Honor 3c
If you’d looked at the smartphones available on the market available 18 months ago, those with a minimal budget would have had a limited choice consisting of the highly-commended original Motorola Moto G, or a range of low-spec Android handsets from Huawei, Alcatel or Samsung.

 

Following the success of Motorola’s Google-backed budget blower, manufacturers have visibly stepped up their game in an attempt to claim a share of the lower end of the market; after all, not everyone has £500+ to blow on the latest iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

 

The Honor 3C offers mid-range specifications at a thoroughly budget price, and for that you get an 8GB smartphone with a wealth of features, including a quad-core processor, a 5-inch 294ppi HD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, 2GB of RAM, dual micro SIM capability and an 8MP camera.

 

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iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2

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iPadMini2-Press-05-970-80[1]It was only a few short weeks ago that Apple introduced us to its first ever ‘phablet’ – the oversized iPhone 6 Plus. With its 5.5-inch screen and tablet-alike features, some would argue that Apple has bitten into its own market by taking away many of the reasons that would make Apple fans want to own both an iPhone and a 7.9-inch iPad.

 

There are, of course, fans of Apple’s diminutive tablet out there that might currently own an ageing Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD, and who aren’t operating-system bias. For them, and Apple fans-alike, the lure of a shiny new tablet may be too tempting to avoid.

 

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Arcam MiniBlink Review

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What happens when you want to join the wireless revolution, but don’t want to ditch you old HiFi, and you want to have the highest quality of music along with it? This is where the Arcam MiniBlink comes into play. It allows you to turn that old, outdated audio kit into a modern audio receiver. Even most modern systems do not include a bluetooth receiver. So what makes the MiniBlink so special when you can get a reasonable one for only £20? Keep on reading to find out.


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