The new Note is quite noteworthy
When the Galaxy Note debuted last year, it did so largely to confused reviews from the tech press. Was this a phone? A tablet? Some misbegotten amalgamation of the two? Soon enough, a portmanteau emerged to describe Samsung's creation: phablet. The phablet quickly went on to solid sales, and Samsung expects no less from its follow-up, the Galaxy Note II. So is the new Note anything noteworthy? Check out Electronista's full review to find out.
Military-style gaming headphones
In the world of gaming headsets, headphone manufacturers lean towards using either a military-inspired design for a good looking product, or high-end components for a great audio experience. It is rare when a company tries to accomplish both, something that Razer is attempting to do with its aviation-styled BlackShark headset. Does it manage to sound as good as it looks? Read our review.
iPhone 5 reviews positive, despite some small reservations
Reviews for the iPhone 5 have started to roll-in ahead of bricks and motar sales that start this Friday. Leading the charge, as usual, are Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal and David Pogue of the New York Times who have historically been afforded the opportunity to review Apple’s devices ahead of others. Mossberg says that ‘Apple has taken an already great product and made it better,’ while Pogue says that iPhone 5 buyers will be ‘in for a treat.’
DTS virtual surround via USB
Iogear recently released a USB sound adapter, the Theater Sound Xperience, that brings DTS virtual surround to Windows machines. The hardware accessory is paired with a software utility that provides further options for enhancing music and voice recordings. In our full review, we determine if the device lives up to the company's promises.
Affordable family or small business RAID unit
As household or small-business backups get larger, the need for an easy-to-use RAID array to serve as a master backup unit grows. MacNN takes a look at an entry from Weibetech, the RTX220-QR, that emphasizes easily-swapped, no-tools-required drive addition and seamless, fast, reliable operation -- with Prosoft's Data Backup software included for Mac and Windows users. In our exclusive review, we find out if the unit can become the centralized home (or home office) backup unit for power-users and first-time RAID buyers alike.
Latest Tab aimed directly at iPad 2
Although Apple's iPads have only been on the market for one year, the devices have served as the gold standard in the tablet arena. The most competitive alternatives are equipped with Google's Android operating system, however many of the tablets have failed to contend with the iPad's strengths without commanding a significantly higher price. Samsung has finally released the revised version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet that aims to close the feature gap while matching Apple's pricing structure. In our full review, we'll take a look at how the new Tab stacks up against the iPad 2 and and the rest of the Android-based tablet crowd.
Bag offers good protection, has strap issues
Acme Made's The Clutch has been reviewed by MacNN. The lightweight, rectangular-style bag fits either a 13-inch MacBook Pro or a 13-inch MacBook Air. It folds a flap over the top and secures it with Velcro to keep the notebook secure, while a quilted lining provides further protection. It uses a mix of bicast leather and polyurethane -- PU Leather -- for a easier-to-clean but professional look with a brown/bronze finish.