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Finlux 40F8030-T Smart LED TV specs and review

Price, features and specifications of the Finlux 40F8030-T Full HD Smart LED TV
Finlux 40F8030-T review
Finlux 40F8030-T Smart LED TV
Finlux 40F8030-T review - if you are in the search of a big screen Smart TV with Full HD resolution than you should definitely check the Finlux 40F8030-T.
This Finlux TV has a nice ultra-slim design but unfortunately the frame of the TV is way too big which makes it  look even bigger than it really is.
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Citroen Tubik concept van at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Citroen Tubik concept van pics from Pars car show
Citroen Tubik concept van
Citroen Tubik front
Here are some beauty images of the Citroen Tubik van at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which took part this autumn.  Citroen Tubik is a very interesting concept which we first saw at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and the fact that French manufacturer showcases this car for second year in a row may speak for a production vehicle in the very near future. We expect PSA to give their final decision about this project very soon.
Here are some high quality images of the Citroen Tubik from the Paris Motor Show:
Citroen Tubik concept
Citroen Tubik concept
Citroen Tubik
Citroen Tubik rear
Citroen Tubik rear
Citroen Tubik back
Citroen Tubik concept van side view

Citroen Tubik
Citroen Tubik with open doors
Citroen Tubik van
Citroen Tubik front side
Citroen Tubik concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
Citroen Tubik concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
You can check the amazing Citroen DS5 review or the Citroen DS4 test drive. You can also check the stylish new Citroen C4.
Of course the Volvo V40 Cross Country review is not to be missed as well.
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Peugeot RCZ R Concept in Paris

Peugeot RCZ R Concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
Peugeot RCZ R Concept in Paris
Peugeot RCZ R Concept
Peugeot showed the facelifted version of their 2-door sport coupe RCZ. The news here is that the French car manufacturer is going to offer an even sportier R version of the already sporty tuned RCZ. Peugeot RCZ R is powered by 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with 260hp. We had the chance to see the new car at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Here is closer look at the new 2013 Peugeot RCZ R :
Peugeot RCZ R
Peugeot RCZ R front
Peugeot RCZ R concept car
Peugeot RCZ R side

You can also check the Peugeot 508 test drive or the Peugeot 208 test drive and review.
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Can tablets replace laptops?

Tablet practicality vs laptop functionality
can tablets replace laptops
Can tablets really replace laptops? We made a short survey to check with everyone's opinion on this question and it seems the laptops are here to stay or at least our readers thinks so.
As the poll shows more than 40% agree with what is our own opinion on this question - laptops won't be replaced by tablets at this point. More than 35% of the voters consider tablets to be the next leader in portable computing in the very near future. And some 24% are confident tablets can replace laptops or they have already done it.

As you can see one thing is clear, in future people will rely on tablets much more than they do today. Some of you how skeptic were some people when the first smartphones came out but know they have the biggest market share in mobile communications well ahead of any other competitor.
And what about laptops then? They will also take a big part of portable computing technologies. Laptops are getting better and better every day. Now they are much faster, lighter and more reliable than ever before. This trend of improving the quality of the product always speaks for good future results.
What is the future of mobile computing and technologies?  The IT sector is the one with highest revenue around the globe, thus will provide a secure flow of funds into research and development teams in the big IT companies. New technologies are presented literally every day so we can predict a steady improvement of everything we have today as a source of consumer computing devices.
Our guess is that cloud computing will receive the biggest attention and we will see a vast wider spread of technologies using cloud services. This on the other hand will have a strong influence on hardware industry connected with mobile technologies.
 Our advice to consumers is not to rush into buying the latest technology products without feeling the strong need of using them. It is too often that people buy stuff just to follow the latest trends and that is definitely not a smart way of investing money.

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Samsung WB750 digital camera specs and video review

Features, specifications and video review of the compact ultrazoom digital camera Samsung WB750
Samsung WB750 specs review
Samsung WB750 digital camera
Samsung WB750 review - Samsung WB750 is a very capable and also very affordable compact digital camera. It has 12.5-megapixel sensor and massive 18x optical zoom. 
But that is not all that impressed us in this camera. It can also record a superb Full HD 1080p (max. resolution of 1920x1080) videos with stereo sound. Samsung WB750 also has 3D function which lets you capture amazing 3D images.
The quality BSI CMOS sensors in the WB750 help you get better results even in low light conditions.
There is also a very nice and bright 3-inch LCD display on the back of the Samsung WB750 which is the only viewfinder in this camera (optical viewfinder is not available). The screen has good contrast and good viewing angles as well.
Samsung WB750 is quite compact and it weighs just 191 gr which is a very good achievement considering the huge zoom and all additional features this camera packs.
And probably the best thing about the Samsung WB750 is its price. You can find it on sale for as low as £120 which is an amazing deal for a camera of this class.
Of course all the specs of the Samsung WB750 may look very similar to those of a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V but this is a camera in a league of its own with much higher price tag.

Samsung WB750 video review

Here are the full specifications of the Samsung WB750 digital camera:
Sensor Resolution
12.5 Megapixel
3D Technology
Optical Sensor Type
Total Pixels
14,600,000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution
12,500,000 pixels
Digital Zoom
4 x
Image Stabiliser
Auto Focus
TTL contrast detection
AE/AF Control
Face-priority AF, Subject-tracking AF
Face Detection
Blink Detection technology, Face Detection AF/AE, Smart Face Recognition, face and smile detection
Digital Video Format
Image Recording Format
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
AV Interfaces
Composite video/audio, HDMI
Exposure & White Balance
Light Sensitivity
ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto
Exposure Metering
Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes
Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Shooting Programs
Landscape, night mode, text, backlight, beach/snow, pre-shot, 3D image, panorama assist, sunset, exposure zoom, dual IS, dawn, beauty shot, magic frame
Special Effects
Frames, fisheye, Sketch, miniature, Classic, Retro, HDR, Vignetting, Halftone Dots, Palette Effect
White Balance
Custom, automatic, presets
White Balance Presets
Cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight)
Max Shutter Speed
1/2000 sec
Min Shutter Speed
16 sec
Exposure Compensation
±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
3 steps
White Balance Bracketing
Lens System
Schneider 18 x zoom lens - 4 - 72 mm - f/3.2-5.8
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera
24 - 432mm
Focus Adjustment
Automatic, manual
Min Focus Range
80 cm
Macro Focus Range
Zoom Adjustment
Motorised drive
Built-in lens shield
Camera Flash
Camera Flash
Built-in flash
Flash Modes
Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
Effective Flash Range
0.3 m - 3.35 m
Additional Features
Continuous Shooting Speed
3 frames per second, 5 frames per second, 10 frames per second
Self Timer Delay
10 sec, 2sec
Additional Features
Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, date/time stamp, DPOF support, PictBridge support, takes photos while film recording, 1080p Full HD movie recording, USB charging, dual image stabilization, Exif Print support, HDR image enhancement technology, 3D photo shooting, Panorama Capture, high-speed recording, Smart AUTO
3" LCD display
460,000 pixels
Display Features
Microphone Operation Mode
Connector Type
1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output
Memory Card Slot
SD card
Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Support
MS Windows XP SP2 or later, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2
Peripheral Devices
USB port
Included Accessories
Power adapter, USB cable
Battery Type
Samsung SLB-10A
1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Memory / Storage
Memory Card Slot
SD card
Supported Memory Cards
SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Image Storage
JPEG 4096 x 3072 ¦ JPEG 4096 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 4096 x 2304 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 1984 x 1488 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 1024 x 768
Video Capture
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 224 x 160 - 440 fps ¦ H.264 - 368 x 272 - 250 fps
Dimensions & Weight
10.5 cm
2.5 cm
5.9 cm
193 g
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature
0 °C
Max Operating Temperature
40 °C
You can also check our Samsung ST77 digital camera review.
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Samsung WB720 14MP compact digital camera price and review

Specs and quick review of the 14MP compact digital camera Samsung WB720

Samsung WB720 compact digital camera
Samsung WB720 compact digital camera review

Samsung WB720 review - I have noticed that since Christmas shopping began few weeks ago this compact digital shooter has been offered with some great discounts. Currently you can find the Samsung WB720 for even less than £100. So lets see if it is any good or just another useless electronic device that looks like a good deal at first but after a while the disappointment comes.
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Storage Options Scroll Basic Plus V.2 7-inch Android tablet price andreview

Storage Options Scroll Basic Plus V.2 7-inch Android tablet price, specifications and review

Scroll Basic Plus V.2 price and review
Storage Options Scroll Basic Plus V.2 tablet

Storage Options Scroll Basic Plus V.2 review - here is another one of the cheap Android tablets from manufacturer Storage Options. Scroll Basic Plus V.2 is a 7-inch Google Android 4.0 tablet with 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Here are some of the main specifications of the Scroll Basic Plus V.2 tablet:
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2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country test drive and review

Test drive and video review of the all new 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country estate car

2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country
2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country review

Volvo V40 Cross Country review - Volvo presented few new models at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and I have to say I was quite impressed with the new Volvo V40 Cross Country.
There are some obvious changes that make this capable light off-road vehicle stand out from the base V40 estate. I myself particularly liked the macho exterior styling and the compact size of the car.

Volvo V40 Cross Country front
2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country

Volvo V40 Cross Country
2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country rear

Volvo V40 Cross Country
2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country rear side view

The  2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country has bigger ground clearance and is offered with in front and 4x4 version as well. This combination make it better car for slippery surfaces and winter conditions but heavy off-roading is not going to work with the Volvo V40 Cross Country.
The 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country is offered with the choice of three petrol and three diesel engines with 254hp for the most powerful 5-cylinder T5 engine. This engine is coupled to the robotised 6-speed Powershift gearbox. A 6-speed manual is offered for the less powerful engines.
Here is a short video  review of the 2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country:

2013 Volvo V40 Cross Country review

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Finlux 32F8030-T 32-inch Smart TV specs and review

Finlux 32F8030-T 32-inch Smart TV full specifications, price and review
Finlux 32F8030-T 32-inch Smart TV specs and review
Finlux 32F8030-T 32-inch Smart TV specs and review
Finlux 32F8030-T review - probably most of you had already began the Christmas shopping and what better choice for a Christmas present than a new TV. The market is literally flooded with offers for new LED, 3D, HD, Full HD, Smart TV etc. TVs and it would be quite hard for most consumers to pick the right one. There are two key factors when buying electronic equipment like this - specs and price.
If you have already decided that you don't want to spend a lot on new TV and made your budget on the low side than you should start looking for the best specs for your money. When talking about new LED TVs I myself usually recommend brands like LG, Samsung and Sony because they've proved reliable and offer good quality for the buck. But there is one big problem with their cheaper models - they are quite short on features. And this is the time when cheap brands like Finlux start to make sense.

If we take the Finlux 32F8030-T Smart TV for example, you will need at least £60-80 more for a similar spec LG or Samsung TV.
There are few main features that make the Finlux 32F8030-T a very good deal. First of all it is a Full HD 1080p panel  with LED back lighting. The brightness is 450 cd /m2 and the refresh rate of 50Hz is also on the low side, but this is quite common in this price segment.
The Finlux 32F8030-T has built-in media player which supports picture, music and video playback. It also supports PVR recording through the USB. The big surprise is that this is a WiFi ready TV with full Smart TV functions. Some of these include Internet and social apps like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, BBC player and some others.

And to make things complete the Finlux 32F8030-T has Freeview HD digital tuner.
As you can see this TV is almost fully loaded and the price of £230 leaves no chance for the competition.
Of course the picture quality of the Finlux 32F8030-T is also no match to this of a similar Samsung TV but that is what you get if you want to keep a tide budget.

You can also check the Finlux 32H7020-D 3D TV and the Finlux 3D TV review.
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Storage Options Scroll Pocket mini Android tablet specs and review

Storage Options Scroll Pocket 4.3-inch Android tablet features, specifications and review

Storage Options Scroll Pocket mini Android tablet specs and review
Storage Options Scroll Pocket mini Android tablet specs and review

Scroll Pocket tablet review - I am not sure what the purpose of a mini tablet like this one would be but it seems that everything that has the 'Android' tag is instantly becoming popular.

Storage Options offers the 4.3-inch mini tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and hardware which is far from impressive. The strange thing here is that the manufacturer doesn't even mention the main characteristics of the hardware of this tablet (not even on their website) like processor speed, RAM volume and some other important parameters.

One of the key features of the Scroll Pocket tablet is the 4.3-inch capacitive touch-screen display. Of course there are smartphones which have bigger display than this tablet but that is what you get for under £50.

Probably in this price segment we have to mention that it is a color display which is a big advantage over regular calculators. You may take this as a joke but that is probably the best usage for such devices - color display calculators. Sure the Scroll Pocket tablet has a fast WiFi N connection and the ability to read 32GB microSD cards but in order to use these properly you need a bigger display. The built in storage space is 4GB.

Once upon a time a 7-inch tablet was considered small and now most tablets are above that size, 4.3 is just not good enough.

That is the main reason I think the Storage Options Scroll Pocket tablet will be the perfect Christmas gift for your kids as the tablet itself would do great with some simple games and social media apps, the presence of one of the good Android OS is a big advantage.
So, this was our short review of the Storage Options Scroll Pocket mini Android tablet, I hope you are not disappointed with the review or the device. In case you are, you can check the rest of our tablet reviews.
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Sony KDL-32EX650 Full HD LED TV review

Price, features, specifications and video review of the 32-inch Full HD LED TV Sony KDL-32EX650

Sony KDL-32EX650 Full HD LED TV review
Sony KDL-32EX650 Full HD LED TV review

Sony KDL-32EX650 review - this affordable 32-inch Full HD 1080p LED TV offers high quality picture and plenty of useful features. The 32EX650 is perfect for those not looking for 3D TV but don't want to compromise picture quality and functionality and we have to admit that this TV really delivers.

Sony KDL-32EX650 uses Edge LED backlight technology which is much more efficient compared to standard LCD panels. The TV supports full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 and has dynamic contrast ratio of over 1 million.
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Newsmy NewPad T3 Android tablet review

Price, features and specifications of the 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet Newsmy NewPad T3

Newsmy NewPad T3 Android tablet review
Newsmy NewPad T3 Android tablet review

Newsmy NewPad T3 review - today at our consumer blog we are going to take a closer look at another cheap Android tablet.  Newsmy NewPad T3 is a 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet with 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 512MB RAM and 8GB of storage space.

The 7-inch 5-point capacitive touch screen has 800x480 resolution. The LCD display has good colors and viewing angles but is far from perfect. The low resolution is outdated but that is what you get for under £100.
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Finlux 42F503 42-inch Full HD LCD TV review

Price, features, specifications and review of the 42-inch Finlux 42F503 LCD TV

Finlux 42F503 42-inch Full HD LCD TV
Finlux 42F503 42-inch Full HD LCD TV

Finlux 42F503 review - this cheap 42-inch LCD TV is currently on sale at eBay for less than £300. This is a very good price for a TV of this size with Full HD 1080p picture.

The refresh rate of this TV is only 50Hz so in case you need a gaming TV or intend to watch a lot of action movies you better look elsewhere.
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Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 laptop specs and review

Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 laptop specs and review
Price, features, specifications and  review of the 15.6-inch laptop Fujitsu Lifebook AH512
Fujitsu AH512 review
Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 laptop specs and review
Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 review - this affordable laptop is the successor of some of the best selling Fujitsu laptops like the Fujitsu AH530 and the Fujitsu Lifebook AH531. Just like these capable machines the Fujitsu AH512 is focused on user friendly experience and performance offered at relatively cheap price.
There are few different modifications of the Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 laptops but today we are going to take a closer look at one of the average models with dual-core Intel Pentium B960 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500MB HDD capacity.

Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 unboxing videoAll Fujitsu AH512 laptops come standard with 15.6-inch HD LED display. It is not the best screen you can find in a laptop but considering the competition in this price segment it is one of the good ones.
One of the great features of AH512 laptops is their battery life. Some models achieve an average of over 5 hours of work time. Here are the main features and specs of the Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 laptop.
Fujitsu AH512 laptop
Full size keyboard in Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 laptop

Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 laptop specifications:
Display type: 15.6" TFT glossy display
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
Max resolution : 1366 x 768 HD
Widescreen display: Yes
Aspect ratio: 16:9

Dual-Core Intel Pentium B960 / 2.20 GHz / 2 MB
64-bit computing :Yes
Chipset type: Mobile Intel HM75
Installed Size 4 GB / 16 GB (max)
Technology DDR3 - 1600 MHz - PC3-12800 - SO DIMM
Configuration Features 1 x 4 GB
Hard Drive 500GB - 5400 rpm
Optical drive
DVD Super-Multi
Card Reader
Type 4 in 1 card reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD, SDHC, MS, MS Pro
Graphics Processor / Vendor Intel HD Graphics
Audio output: On-board sound chipset
Compliant Standards Support of high definition audio
Features 2 x built in speakers
Audio Input Microphone
Camera type: built-in HD webcam
Networking Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported Yes
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth Version 4.0 + EDR
Expansion slots:
Memory slot total (2) Memory slots free (1)
Interfaces 1 x Express Card slot (34/54MM), 1 x microphone – input, 1 x headphones – output, 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub, 3 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (1 with Anytime USB Charge), 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 , 1 x display / video - HDMI

Input devices
Type Keyboard, touchpad
Features: Spill resistant keyboard with built-in numeric keypad

6-cell 4400mAh (48Wh)

Price - around £300

You can also check the rest of our laptop reviews or join the Fujitsu Lifebook AH512 discussion in our forum.
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LG 32LS5600 Full HD LED TV specs and review

Price, features and specifications of the 32-inch Full HD LED TV LG 32LS5600 

LG 32LS5600 Full HD LED TV
LG 32LS5600 Full HD LED TV review

LG 32LS5600 review - this 32-inch Full HD LED TV is probably one of the best offers in this price segment. LG 32LS5600 has plenty of good features and specifications but the price tag is surprisingly low.

One of the main reasons for that is because this TV is offered mostly in the Eastern European market where the price is a huge factor when choosing a TV.
One of the key features of the LG 32LS5600 is that it offers very good Full HD picture in  1080p resolution of 1920x1080.
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Busbi 7 Android tablet specs and review

Busbi 7 Android 4.0 tablet specifications and review

Busbi 7 Android tablet
Busbi 7 Android tablet

Busbi 7 tablet review - if you are in the search of cheap Android tablet you might want to take a look at this 7-inch Google Android 4.0 tablet. Busbi 7 is an affordable device which won't offer the greatest Android experience you can get from a tablet but in this price range that is nothing unusual.
Hardware - Busbi tablet relies on a single core 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and only 512MB of DDR3  RAM. With specs like these you can expect anything else but speed. The space for storage is 4GB but that is easily expandable with the help of microSD card slot.
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2013 Range Rover 4 test drive and review

2013 Range Rover 4 SUV test drive and video review

2013 Range Rover 4 test drive and review
2013 Range Rover 4 test drive and review

2013 Range Rover 4 review - we have to admit that the latest generation Range Rover is probably the most exciting premiere of the year. This year the automotive world is focused on few new models and Range Rover 4 attracted the biggest attention.
There are plenty of innovations in the new Range Rover. It has new all aluminium chassis and aluminium engines as well. Now the big SUV is lighter, just a bit bigger but more economical than ever. Dynamics is another key feature in the new Range Rover 4. With the new lightweight construction and powerful engines the big SUV handles much better than its predecessor.
Range Rover 4 also has new or should we say revised adaptive suspension which also improves ride quality and handling.
No matter the extreme luxury features that you can find in the 2013 Range Rover SUV it is still a very capable offroader. Of course few different presets which control the gearbox, suspension and throttle response are available depending on the conditions you are driving the vehicle. 
2013 Range Rover 4 review
2013 Range Rover 4 interior
2013 Range Rover 4 interior
2013 Range Rover 4 review
2013 Range Rover 4 review
2013 Range Rover 4 rear
2013 Range Rover 4 back
2013 Range Rover 4 tail lights 
2013 Range Rover 4 rear
2013 Range Rover 4 has wide trunk opening
2013 Range Rover 4 review
2013 Range Rover 4 with adaptive Xenon and LED lights

Plenty of safety systems and tech features are standard in the 2013 Range Rover but the list of options is not very short. You can easily reach prices of  well over $100,000 for a fully loaded Range Rover 4.
Here is a quick video review of the 2013 Range Rover, recorded at the 2012 Paris Motor Show where the new SUV was officially unveiled:

2013 Range Rover 4 video review

You can also check the Range Rover Evoque test drive.

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BMW 3-series F30 touring, M-sport and ActiveHybrid 3

BMW 3-series F30 touring, M-sport and ActiveHybrid 3 - vehicles overview

New BMW 3-series models
BMW 3-series F30 touring, M-sport and ActiveHybrid 3

New models for 2013 BMW 3-series sedan and touring

2013 BMW 3-series F30 new models - German car manufacturer BMW showed couple new models and some concepts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. New for the model line of  the 3-series F30  is the touring model which was shown in few different modifications - the least powerful and most economical 316d, probably the best selling 320d and 330d with M Sport package. Of course the estate version of the 3-series will be offered with petrol engines as well.

BMW 3-series F30 330d touring M Sport package
BMW 330d touring with M Sport package

2013 BMW 316d touring rear
BMW 316d touring

Another interesting modification of the 3-series F30 that we saw at the Paris Motor Show was the 3-series ActiveHybrid 3. The sport hybrid sedan is offered in the typical for BMW hybrids light blue color and which makes it easily recognizable together with the massive looking 18-inch alloys which actually help increase fuel efficiency. There are few different modes that you can choose while driving this advanced hybrid but in all of them the car achieves great fuel economy and amazing performance figures. The ActiveHybrid 3 is a bit expensive (around 40,000 Euros) but it is definitely worth it if you intent do drive your drive your 3-series in the city where the achieved economy is pretty obvious.

BMW 3-series ActiveHybrid 3
BMW 3-series ActiveHybrid 3

BMW ActiveHybrid 3 alloys
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 alloys

Here is what Forbes magazine says about the new BMW 3-series hybrid:

"Think of it as a sport sedan that happens to get good fuel economy. Flooring the throttle quickens the pulse and shoves you firmly into the seat, as the car eagerly accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds. The twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine’s snarl sounds great too. The ActiveHybrid 3, which is new for 2013 and just went on sale last week, marks the first time the BMW 3 Series is getting a hybrid, and the German automaker does not in any sense allow it to be a slouch. Despite weighing 305 pounds more, the hybrid corners like a typical 3 Series, which is to say almost like a sports car. Tossing it around the narrow and bumpy back roads of Monticello, N.Y., was a blast, thanks to its near-perfect weight distribution and superb steering."
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Google Nexus 10 tablet specs and hands-on video review

Google Nexus 10 hands-on video review - main features and specifications, Nexus 10 price

Google Nexus 10 review - in this hands-on video review we will present you the brand new powerful tablet from Google. It comes in addition to the successful Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus smartphones. It is our opinion that Google made this offensive launch of different Android devices to answer Microsoft's ambitions with their upcoming Windows 8 which as it seems will dominate mobile devices in near future.

So, what is the all new 10-inch Google tablet all about. First of all we have to say that it is really a high quality product. The build quality of the Nexus 10 tablet is very good. One thing we didn't like is the fact there's plenty of plastic around the display itself which makes the device look much bigger (not that it is small).

Other than that the Nexus 10 is a very thin device (8.9 mm) and weighs just 603 grams so it is more on the compact size. Probably the best feature in the Nexus 10 tablet is its display. The gorgeous 10-inch HD display has resolution of 2560 x 1600 and powerful graphics processor.

Watching movies in Full HD on this display is just an amazing experience and a real pleasure. The display and the advanced hardware performance make this tablet truly a great multimedia device unlike any other tablet on the market. Playing games, surfing the web or reading e-books is all perfect when you have a great display like the one of the Nexus 10 tablet. The screen itself is slightly curved and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 is used to cover and protect this high resolution masterpiece.

The amazingly fast dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor and 2GB of RAM make this devices quick and responsive and with the advanced MIMO WiFi connection you get fast Internet connectivity for perfect browsing experience. Google Nexus 10 is offered in either 16GB or 32GB versions for internal storage capacity. You also get a bunch of connectivity options with this tablet - Bluetooth, Micro HDMI, Micro USB, NFC and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The sensors built in the Galaxy 10 tablet include Accelerometer, GPS, Gyroscope, Barometer, Ambient Light, Compass.

The 5MP autofocus camera with flash is placed on the back of the tablet and there is another 1.9MP front facing camera which is perfect for video chat and calls. The Nexus 10 tablet comes with the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. With this tablet you get not only stunning hardware but the best of Google's software. This includes all the latest updates for Android like the advanced features of Google Now, the recently updated Google Maps with Street view and of course the ability to choose from the thousands of apps in the Google Play store. Probably now many of you will say that the only thing that's missing is 3G connection but that is not the purpose of this tablet, it is not a smartphone after all. Google Nexus 10 tablet comes at the price of $399 for the 16GB version. For the amazing package you get this price may be considered a real bargain.

Google Nexus 10 hands-on video review
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Apple iPad Mini tablet hands-on video spoof review

Funny Apple iPad Mini tablet hands-on video spoof review

iPad 3 review
Apple iPad Mini spoof review - here is an interesting hands-on video review of the brand new Apple iPad Mini tablet. As you've probably noticed a lot of people are already sick of Apple's ridiculous iPhone and iPad commercials. Now you can find hundreds of spoof videos for every new Apple product. The reason is because so many people find it quite annoying the way Apple promotes its new products. In this iPad Mini spoof review the new tablet is compared to the best selling smartphone Google Galaxy Nexus (by Samsung). This phone was actually banned in US for quite some time because of an Apple claim against Samsung. Another ridiculous thing about Apple is the latest 'round edges' patent they got few days ago which suggests anything with round edges is an iPad... I am not sure who does the marketing at Apple but they definitely need to clear their minds and start fresh or soon they are going to sell their products to their employees and some sick Apple fans. Enjoy the video!

Apple iPad Mini tablet hands-on video spoof review

 You can also check the full Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 review or the iPad 3rd generation review .
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FujiFilm FinePix JX580 digital camera specifications

FujiFilm FinePix JX580 digital camera specs and review

FujiFilm FinePix JX580 digital camera
FujiFilm FinePix JX580 digital camera

FujiFilm FinePix JX580 camera specifications:
  • Camera resolution: 16 Megapixels
  • Image sensor size: 1/2.3 Inch CCD with primary colour filter
  • Lens focal length: f=4.6 - 23mm, equivalent to 26 - 130mm on a 35mm camera
  • Lens: Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens
  • Screen size: 3-inch LCD display
  • HD video recording: Yes 720p
  • Storage media: No internal memory
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Electronic viewfinder: No
  • Battery: Lithium Ion Rechargeable
  • Accessories Included: YesLi-ion battery NP-45A or NP-45B, AC power adapter,USB cable, hand strap, CD-ROM, owner's manual
Weight: 104g
Dimensions: 94mm (W) x 56.6mm (H) x 21.4mm (D)

FujiFilm FinePix JX580 unboxing and quick overview - video

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Opel Adam test drive and review

Opel Adam test drive and review - features, specifications and video review of the charming small car Opel Adam

Opel Adam front brown
Opel Adam review
Opel Adam review - when it was first announced this 3-door hatchback was a bit of a surprise for us and a bit strange that Opel decided to name such a small vehicle after the great name of the company's founder Adam Opel. Probably many Opel enthusiasts who expected some kind of super car for this occasion will be a bit disappointed.

 But Opel Adam can't be called a disappointment at all. This small charming city car drove so much attention to it that it was actually the best presented car for Opel at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. That is where we had our first meeting with the car. There were literally at least 10 different versions of the small Adam there, in different exterior and interior colors and modifications. This variety of colors and designs was really stunning.

Opel Adam front side
Opel Adam in awesome combination of colors
Opel Adam back side
Opel Adam rear side
Opel Adam front
Yellow Opel Adam with black grill and rims
2013 Opel Adam review
Opel Adam side in green and white
Opel Adam blue
Opel Adam in a combination of blue and white top
Opel Adam front cherry
The cherry Opel Adam with white elements
The exterior of the small Adam is similar to the one of lets say a Fiat 500 or Audi A1 but has typical Opel design elements. The overall result is very good and leaves the impression of one of these small expensive boutique cars that you see on Paris avenues. The front looks sporty but not too aggressive so it will suit both man and women. The rear of the car is dominated by Opel's boomerang tail lights and a wide trunk opening. This boomerang form can be also found in the front daylight running LED lights.

Opel Adam's interior feels very roomy and all the instruments are easy to reach and use. The dashboard is also quite fashionable and is probably more on the feminine side but in that case is not a bad thing.
Opel Adam steering wheel
Opel Adam steering wheel
Opel Adam interior
Ope Adam instrument panel
At first Opel Adam will be powered by 1.2 or 1.4 petrol engines coupled with 5-speed manual gearbox. The power output for these starts from 51 kW (70 PS) up to 74 kW (100 PS) for the most powerful version. Later next year new direct-injection engines and automatic transmission will be presented for this small hatchback. Opel are also planning a hybrid powertrain for Adam in early 2014.

So, our overall impressions with the Opel Adam are very good. It is a small city car with plenty of modification options which definitely makes it more charismatic and desirable. But Opel Adam will have to face tough competitors like the Fiat 500, Audi A1 and of course the Citroen DS3. All of them are very good cars but we are positive about the Adam's success.
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