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Nokia E61 Mini-Review

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Mobile Devices

Read more: Nokia E61 Mini-ReviewThe other day I had the opportunity to have a quick look at the Nokia E61 which most people would categorise as a Blackberry type smartphone. I only spent an hour with the E61 which probably doesn't do it justice so we'll just stick to the facts and let the pictures do the talking.

The E61 has a lot going for it with the full keyboard being the most noticeable feature of the phone. For short e-mails this is a godsend, particularly for those people, like myself, will find SMS-ing not the fastest way to communicate.  By necessity the keys are small and can lead to typing mistakes especially because the Delete and the Enter key are rather close together. I found the backlit keys excellent to work with.

Pila GL3 Tactical Torch

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Mobile Devices

A Must-Have Crime Busting Tool.

Over a year ago, I had a look at the Pila GL3 from Permalight Asia. Since that last review, Pila have been hard at work overhauling their whole range.

their website has changed and so have the flashlights. Or have they?

Today I take another look at the GL3 and I’m quite excited. What’s so exciting about something as boring as a torch, I hear you say?

Well read on…

Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP 30” TFT LCD monitor - Reviewed

Written by Z-NetWORKS on . Posted in Displays

Read more: Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP 30” TFT LCD monitor - Reviewed660 Inch Monster Setup! We recently bought 2 (yes, two!) 30 inch monitors for our gaming setup. The choice for the Dell 3007WFP came down primarily to availability here in Australia but we also looked seriously at Apple's 30in Cinema HD display. In this first look review we give you our findings after having used the Dells for about two months now.

What are the main pros and cons of the 3007WFP?

Zero Tension Mouse

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Zero Tension MouseRelief for RSI Sufferers
We generally don't review mice as they are about as utilitarian as a USB stick. But when you suffer from RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome your interest in these rodents is elevated to a much higher level.

The Zero Tension Mouse piqued my interest for promising to relieve the rather painful sensation of nervous tenseness in my right hand. The ZTM is not the prettiest of its species and it certainly was one of the hardest to get used to.  As they say “no pain, no gain” so I struggled with the ZTM for a number of weeks.  Was it all worth it?

aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock - Reviewed 

Waking up is an ordeal and a challenge for most people. Being woken up before your body is ready can be a real trauma, particularly when using alarm clocks.  There must be a better way…

My choice?  A soft kiss on the forehead from my wife or a gentle reminder from the aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock. Well, that's not really a choice, eh, but the aXbo has the advantage of knowing when it is the best time for my body to wake up.

This is how it works.

 

Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO (AGP) - Reviewed

Written by Ronald on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO (AGP) - ReviewedSince the release of the ATI's next generation X1000 series, ATI's graphics cards have brought higher and higher performance...more pipelines, higher clock speeds, etc.  The enthusiasm for ATI's latest cards doesn't necessarily mean that the older X100 series cards are left in the dust.  In fact, it means more affordable lower prices for the older generation.

Let's face it, not everyone can keep up with technology always.  I've had my custom computer built less than 3 years ago and the switch from the AGP interface to PCI-Express passed so quickly that it makes my system seem old already.  The good news is that there are still AGP versions of graphics cards available.

Today, I will be reviewing the Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO.  This product emphasizes overclocking on a budget.  If you are still stuck with the older AGP interface and love to overclock, this card may be for you.

FlashPhone F2K from MPLAT

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: FlashPhone F2K from MPLAT

Let’s face it: free calls are attractive.

Free long distance and international calls are very attractive.

And free and easy communications is the ultimate.

That’s where MPLAT’s FlashPhone shines: it’s a USB device that’s uses programs like Skype or Google Talk to make calls over the Internet. Even if you’re not on your own computer.

How easy is the FlashPhone to use and how clear are the conversations?

Let’s explore a Telco’s worst nightmare: free calls for everyone…

hp IPAQ 2210

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Mobile Devices

Read more: hp IPAQ 2210

When you’ve been a PocketPC user for some years and have gone through several models you tend to develop a keen sense of what would be the ideal PDA for you.

In checking out the hp iPAQ 2210 did I come close to the ultimate machine?

Very close.

Harman Kardon SoundSticks II

Written by Ronald on . Posted in Audio

Read more: Harman Kardon SoundSticks IISince I enjoy sound, you probably have noticed the many speaker reviews on the site.  I'm always interested in the unique designs of speakers and of course in search for better sound.  For PC users, the typical companies that come to mind when talking about multimedia speakers are Logitech, Creative, Altec Lansing, etc. Today, I present to you a speaker set that should not be left out: it is the Harman Kardon SoundSticks II.

 

 

Samsung 910MP LCD Display

Written by Ronald on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Samsung 910MP LCD DisplayLCD displays for the computer have come to the point where they are more affordable and are starting to become more common.  Computer manufacturers now provide consumers with the option of choosing a CRT monitor or upgrading to an LCD display.  When comparing LCD displays with CRT monitors, each have their unique features that tend to a user's preference.  LCD displays are much thinner, lighter, and definitely more portable than a CRT monitor.  CRT monitors on the other hand are much heavier, but are much cheaper.

  

 

Today, I will be reviewing the Samsung 910MP.  Unlike most other LCD monitors, this is a multifunction monitor.  Other than solely being an LCD monitor, this monitor has TV tuning capabilities so you can watch TV on it also without the need of an extra internal or external card or device.  The 910MP manages to have the same Samsung LCD quality while providing the versatility of watching TV on the same monitor while saving overall desk space.  Couple this with an 8ms pixel response time and you've got a fully-featured LCD monitor that can do gaming as well.
 
The LCD monitor came in an expected cardboard box with a handle.  When opening the box on the side, everything was neatly packaged and well protected by the large layers of foam.  The LCD layer lies in between the two foam layers.  The included extra items are packaged on the sides of the box.

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