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Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE laptop review

Price, features and specifications of the Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE laptop

Toshiba Satellite C660 laptop
Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE laptop review. Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2JE is a 15.6-inch laptop with fast dual-core Intel Celeron B815 processor and plenty of features offered at a very good price.
Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE costs around £300 (in UK).

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Nikon COOLPIX S8200 review

Nikon COOLPIX S8200 review. Features and specs of the Nikon COOLPIX S8200 digital camera

Nikon COOLPIX S8200 camera
Nikon COOLPIX S8200 digital camera

Catch those summer evening shots around the bonfire, or freeze the action of the winning goal. Fast, responsive and boasting an incredible 14x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens, the Nikon COOLPIX S8200 will help you capture images you may previously have missed. Its 16.1-MP CMOS sensor crisply renders your view of the world—whether low light, far off fast action or sweeping panoramas. 
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HTC Jetstream tablet review

Features and specs of the 10.1 Android tablet HTC Jetstream 

HTC Jetstream
HTC Jetstream review. It has been quite some time since the HTC Jetstream is for sale(also known as HTC Puccini) so we decided it is high time to take a closer look at this interesting Android v3.1 Honeycomb tablet.

HTC Jetstream has a very fast Qualcomm MSM8260 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. This really is one very capable processor. Together with the 1GB of RAM the Jetstream is quick and responsive in any situation, no matter how heavy the multitasking load is.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 review - was it really that good?

Price, features and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet

Galaxy Tab 2 tablet review
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 review - main features of the tablet. Today we are going to take a closer look at one of the most if not the most popular Android tablets on the market. Of course many of you now would say that this title should be given to the well known iPad but considering the sales volume Samsung tablets are the current champion as is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a 10.1-inch Android tablet with some great features and very high specs.
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Mercedes E-Class cabriolet

Mercedes E-Class cabriolet test drive and review

Mercedes E-Class convertible

Mercedes E-Class cabriolet review. Today at For consumers blog we are going to take a closer look at one of the best 'summer cars'. The E-Class convertible is stylish 4-seater which offers great comfort and plenty of new technological features.
Mercedes E-Class cabriolet has a soft roof which makes it best for warm seasons. But in case this is the only car you will use the whole year the E-class cabrio will do the job just fine. The noise levels are dropped to an absolute minimum for a cabriolet and the thermal isolation is also very good. No raindrops will reach the inside of the car during the autumn rains. Actually this fabric roof is one of the best on the market today.
Mercedes E-Class cabriolet is not only comfortable but also a very dynamic vehicle. The powerful petrol engines will definitely put a smile on any driver face. The E-class cabrio also achieves a very reasonable fuel consumption.

Mercedes E-Class convertible

The interior of the car is also very stylish and comfortable at the same time. Of course the E-class convertible offers the popular Airscarf  function for greater comfort and climate conditions when the roof is down.
Mercedes E-Class cabriolet pics
E-Class cabriolet interior view
Probably the biggest drawback of the Mercedes E-Class cabriolet is the price which is quite high, especially if you go for the higher spec models. Other than that the E-class cabriolet is a very good car for the money.

Mercedes E-Class cabriolet review - video

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Digihome 40912DTV

Price, features and specifications of the 40-inch Digihome 40912DTV LCD TV

Digihome 40912DTV review
Digihome 40912DTV
Digihome 40912DTV review - Supports Full High Definition 1080p resolution content for outstanding picture quality and image reproduction. Ideal for sports, movie and documentary enthusiasts and gaming.

USB connectivity provides an easy way to playback your compatible videos, music and photos directly via your TV.
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Nissan Altima 2013 test drive and review

Nissan Altima 2013 test drive and review
Test drive and video review of the all new 2013 Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima 2013 test drive and review. Today at For consumers blog we are going to take a closer look at the all new 2013 Nissan Altima sedan.
2013 Nissan Altima review

As you probably know this is one of the best selling mid-sized sedans in North America. With the new 2013 model Nissan will try to win back some of the customers in this segment who switched to the more boring Honda and Toyota small sedans.
The 2013 Nissan Altima has new exterior design which is very similar to the previous generation but there are plenty of differences and now the car looks even more sporty and still very elegant.
Nissan Altima pics
2013 Nissan Altima interior 
The interior is more functional and more options and gadgets are available for the new Altima - super comfortable leather seats and satellite navigation are available for the higher spec models.
Here is a short test drive and video review of the 2013 Nissan Altima.

2013 Nissan Altima review - video

Review 2013 Nissan Altima

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Apple TV 3rd Gen review

Apple TV 3rd Gen review - Features, specs, and video review of the 3rd generation Apple TV

Apple TV 3rd generation review
Apple TV 3rd Generation review - featuring 802.11n Wi-Fi, this Apple media streamer offers hassle-free connectivity to the Internet. Experience high-definition visuals, as this Wi-Fi media streamer supports 1080p HD videos.

The Apple TV (3rd Generation) allows you to play Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo videos, so that you can watch your videos on a bigger display. Stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, using the AirPlay feature of this Apple media streamer.

Moreover, you can use the Remote application and turn your iOS device into a remote control to easily access this Wi-Fi media streamer.
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MID 806 tablet review

Features and specs of the Google Android 2.2 MID 806/MID 80006 tablet

MID 806 Android 2.2 tablet review
MID 806 tablet

Google Android MID 806 tablet review
Here is another cheap Google Android tablet which is also known as MID 80006.

This 8-inch Android 2.2 tablet hasn't got an impressive technology or stunning features but for less than a $100 that's what you will get.
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Disgo 8000 tablet review

Features and specifications of the 10-inch Android tablet Disgo 8000

Disgo 7000 tabletDisgo 8000 review. Disgo 8000 is cheap and functional 10.1-inch Google Android tablet. It offers average performance and some good features. Most of the basic features and specs are very similar to the smaller Disgo 7000 tablet that reviewed some time ago.
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Zuckerberg got married

Mark Zuckerberg got married

Zuckerberg got married. Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg marry his longtime girlfriend and announced the event in the social network, such as changes in family status "married", Reuters reported.
Tens of thousands of people "liked" his status update, which was accompanied by a photo of the couple in wedding attire.
28-year-old Zuckerberg and 22-year-old Priscilla Chan married with a modest ceremony in the garden of his home in Palo Alto, California, after a very busy week, notes the Associated Press said on Monday.
mark Zuckerberg's company went out of stock on Friday and Priscilla Chan graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University Kaliforniysikya on Monday - the day when Zuckerberg turned 28 years old. They met in Harvard and have been together for nine years. Spokeswoman said that Zuckerberg himself invented dizyna the ring for the bride "with a very simple ruby red."
The wedding ceremony was a surprise guest - less than 100 people who thought they were invited to celebrate the completion of Priscilla.
Mark Zuckerberg got married
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Samsung PL120 camera review

Samsung PL120 digital camera review
Features and specifications of the compact digital camera Samsung PL120
Samsung PL120 review
Samsung PL120 review. Samsung PL120 is a 14MP cheap digital camera with 26mm wide angle lens which offers some interesting and unique features. For instance it has two LCD screens - one 1.5-inch on the front of the camera and a bigger 2.7-inch on the back. The front display of course is good for making self photos, portraits and stuff like that. The bigger back display is good enough for viewing your photos and videos even in direct sunlight.
Samsung PL120 has 5x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. That is more than enough for most users and lets not forget this is quite a cheap device after all.
Samsung PL120 can record 720p HD videos with sound.
Here is a sample HD video captured with the PL130:
Samsung PL120 video test

Actually the quality of the recorded videos is quite good as is the sound. You can even zoom in and out while recording without any crazy from the device. Samsung PL120 leaves overall good impressions in this category.
Samsung PL120 has some additional extras like 50 different scene modes including Intelligent scene mode.
The price - Samsung PL120 costs somewhere around £60-70 (in UK) but you can find even better deals on this one as it isn't the most popular among compact digital cameras.

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Meltemi Nokia

Meltemi Nokia
Nokia Meltemi OS

Meltemi Nokia. Until recently, Nokia was the largest maker of smartphones and mobile phones. Gradually the company began to lose its market share.
Earlier this year Nokia announced that it has signed an agreement with Microsoft to use its mobile platform in its future smartphones.

And now we learn that Nokia is developing a completely new operating system that will use their ordinary mobile phones (not smartphones). The OS is codenamed Meltemi. Nokia expects the new operating system to help it retain its leading position in new markets where consumers still prefer mobile phones to smartphones due to their (non-smartphones) at a lower price.
The Meltemi OS probably takes different elements of the platform MeeGo Nokia N9 - for example, touch interface, which is controlled by gestures. It is not excluded and technology compatibility Qt, which will bring the capabilities of these expensive devices to smartphones - most recently in the Qt code name appears on the Meltemi. While waiting for the Finnish company to formally present his work in this direction, a new online information about her plans
It comes from sources on the site Netbooknews, working group for mobile phones of Nokia. They say the company is preparing to launch two MeeGo cheap devices for emerging markets where smartphones are not yet sufficiently widespread and are also expensive. The new data are not limited to, but probably in the software to the platform will include elements of the work of the Norwegian company Smarterphone, which in November 2011 is a property of Nokia. Then the company said news of the deal, saying it was part of their strategy to provide mobile communications for the next billion mobile users.
In the second quarter 47% of revenue from Nokia devices and services were non-smartphones. That was reason enough for people at Nokia do something to increase sales of non-smartphones.
Meltemi Nokia phones
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Nokia to launch new Meltemi cheap touch phones

Nokia to launch new Meltemi cheap touch phones

New cheap Meltemi touch phones from Nokia. You may recall that some time ago in a leaked information about a new project of Nokia, called the Meltemi. The information alleged that it is a new platform for budget mobile phones that have touch screens and even multi-touch, but not based on Symbian, and a modified version of the S40.
We expect to see the first products using the new platform, May 15, when Nokia will hold a press conference in Pakistan. My Nokia Blog site says that within it we can see the models 305, 306 and 311. The first two are practically one device, but the 305 has two slots for SIM cards, and 306 – with one. Albeit in a slightly higher price range, far more interesting is 311 of which we expect Wi-Fi, 3.2MP camera, multitouch and battery with notable in-class capacity of 1000 mAh.

Meltemi will be taking a lot of interface elements MeeGo (Nokia N9), such as the three navigation screen, but will include like Android and Symbian components such as drop-down list of notifications.
Meltemi Nokia
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Seat Exeo test drive and review

Seat Exeo test drive and review
A quick test drive and video review of the small sedan Seat Exeo

Seat Exeo test drive and review. You've probably heard that the Exeo is based on one of Audi's most popular vehicles - the previous generation the B7 version of the A4. We all know it was a very successful model so VW Group decided to transfer the production to its Spanish division. Now the Exeo doesn't sell as good as the previous A4 but it is still a very good car.

Seat Exeo is offered with a choice of six petrol and three diesel engines and manual or automatic gearbox. The most powerful of all is the turbo-petrol 2.0 TSI with an output of 208 hp.
In case you need small, reliable premium sedan with good standard equipment than the new Exeo is just the right choice for you. Seat Exeo is also offered in a station wagon ST version.

Seat Exeo review - video
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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review

Price, features and full specifications of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V digital camera

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V camera review
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review. Some time ago we reviewed the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V and we liked it a lot. Actually it was one of the best point and shoot digital cameras we've come upon.
Now there is a new model which claims to be even better, so lets take a closer look at the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V digital camera.

Main features
The DSC-HX10V has 1/2.3-inch Super HAD CCD image sensor and 18.2 million effective pixels. With the huge 16x optical zoom you won't have to worry about distance. That's one of the highest ever zoom lenses inserted in a compact camera. This zoom is just amazing for such a small device. And if this is not enough you can always try the 32x digital zoom.
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Samsung WB690 camera review

Features and specs of the compact digital camera Samsung WB690

Samsung WB690 camera
Samsung WB690 digital camera

Samsung WB690 camera review. Samsung WB690 is a 12MP compact digital camaera with incredible 18x optical zoom.

Samsung WB690 also has a huge 3.0-inch display for viewing your photos and videos.
No matter the high specs Samsung WB690 is not an expensive camera and that is why it has become very popular. User ratings are also very positive about the WB690.
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Kocaso MID-M860 tablet review

Price, features and specifications of the Kocaso M860 Android 4.0 tablet

Kocaso M860 tablet

Kocaso M860 tablet
Kocaso MID-M860 tablet review. Today we are going to take a look at another affordable Android 4.0 device. Kocaso M860 is an 8-inch tablet with capacitive multi-touch screen and Google Android 4.0 OS.
One of the good features of the Kocaso MID-M860 tablet is that it looks very nice and it also quite light. It measures 210x154x13mm in size.

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2012 BMW X6 M video review

2012 BMW X6 M video review

A closer look at the powerful SUV BMW X6 M

2012 BMW X6 M review. Today we are going to take a look at the fastest production SUV on the market today. Probably many of you would say that isn't true claiming that Porsche or some other brand has something better than that but the truth is that the X6 is the real speed and handling king among supersport SUVs.
The 2012 BMW X6 M has aggressive styling and that is of course for a reason, this is not an ordinary SUV after all.
Under the hood a there is a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 with around 555hp. That is quite a lot but remember the X6 M is a pretty heavy vehicle.
The engine utilizes BMW’s M TwinPower and patented exhaust manifold technologies to increase thrust and pulling force, while preserving the most compact dimensions possible. Two low-mass twin-scroll turbochargers are positioned together with the catalytic converters in the V section between the two banks of cylinders. By reversing the flow of gases through the engine from traditional arrangements, the intake and exhaust ducts are shortened and widened. The result is that pressure losses on the exhaust side are minimized.
The goals were to virtually eliminate turbocharger lag while maximizing combustion efficiency and power output. The new M V8 engine with twin-scroll twin turbo technology uses a single exhaust manifold with tuned-length runners, incorporating both cylinder banks and connecting cylinders in carefully selected pairs. This configuration, patented by BMW M and known as Cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold (CCM), offers quick response, a linear build-up of engine power, and a broad, consistent torque curve by feeding each of the twin turbochargers with a “charge pulse” at approximately every 90 degrees of crankshaft rotation, rather than the more traditional “irregular schedule” of charging.
Coupled with special suspension specifically optimized for M that features Adaptive Drive and the newly developed M Servotronic power steering, the performance Sport Activity Vehicle promises very competent handling. Other high-tech features include launch control for maximum acceleration and a six speed M Sport automatic transmission optimized for performance. Drivers can manually select gears using either paddles or an electronic gear selector lever. Electronically controlled, variable power distribution to the front and rear axle prevents even the slightest tendency to over- or understeer right from the start, before DSC Dynamic Stability Control is even required to cut in. BMW is referring to the new 4.4-liter motor as its “M TwinPower Turbo” unit. The name reflects the fact that the motor features Twin Scroll Twin Turbo Technology and a common exhaust manifold encompassing both rows of cylinders. Although traction control is standard, the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) greatly optimises the aggressiveness of the system. The MDM setting allows the driver to enter a controlled drift and push the vehicle’s handling to the limit. There is also a DSC-Off Mode which allows some drifting experiments with the huge X6 SUV.

BMW X6 M video review

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Lenovo B70 laptop review

Lenovo B70 laptop review
Price, features and specs of the cheap Lenovo B70 laptop

Lenovo B70 laptop review. This particular model of Lenovo B-series laptops is known as one of the cheapest business in Lenovo's notebook range. The B70 laptop has a 15.6-inch glossy LED backlit display with a resolution of 1366 x 768.
Lenovo B70 laptop
Lenovo B-series laptop
The processor of this cheap Lenovo B70 laptop is a 1.5GHz dual core Intel Celeron B800 with 2MB cache. Of course this isn't a high performance laptop but it is OK for most daily casual activities like browsing the web, sending mails and watching HD videos.
Lenovo B70 comes with 4GB of RAM which is upgradeable to 8GB.
The space for storage is provided by the 320GB hard drive.
Lenovo B70 uses an Intel HD Graphics 3000 which has a shared memory (up to 1274MB) and isn't particularly good for playing games.
The optical drive in Lenovo B70 laptop is a DVD Rewriter.
Lenovo B70 usually comes preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.
And here are Lenovo B70 features and specifications:
Processor: Intel Celeron B800 Dual Core (1.5GHz, 2MB Cache)
Screen: 15.6-inch Lenovo glossy, LED Backlit, 1366 x 768
Hard drive: 320GB
Optical drive: DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Wireless LAN: Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network card: 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Integrated webcam with mic
Card Reader: 5-in-1 card reader (SD//MS/MS-Pro/MMC/xD-Picture card™)
USB Ports: 3x USB 2.0 ports
Speakers: Integrated Sound System
VGA port: 1 External VGA Port
Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI : 1x HDMI Port
E-sata : 1x eSATA Port
Battery type: 6-cell
Weight: 2.39 Kg
Fingerprint reader: yes
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
Warranty: 12 Months Warranty - Direct with Lenovo

Lenovo B70 price in UK is around £300.
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Subaru XV test drive and review

Subaru XV test drive and review

A quick test drive and video review of the all new 2012 Subaru XV

Subaru XV test drive and review. Here is the all new small SUV form Subaru. The XV is a brand new model for the Japan company and it is aiming at small SUV markets where customers prefer cars like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. The new Subaru may even take some of the market share of the bigger Forester which has bigger interior space, better functionality and looks less sporty.
Subaru XV pics Subaru XV review
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Actually Subaru XV is part of the crossover segment where competition is really strong and there are many new models in this class lately.
So what else is interesting about the Subaru XV except for the crossover eye-catching design of the rims. There are plenty of interesting features like the big ground clearance which will help those who will take this crossover for some light off-road.
Subaru XV
2012 Subaru XV interior view
Other than that the XV will be offered in three different trims - XV 2.0i, XV 2.0i-L and XV 2.0i-S. All of these engines are boxers and will be coupled with Subaru's manual or automatic CVT gearboxes.
 Subaru XV has nice 'clean' interior wit all instruments well positioned and easy to use. The dashboard is dominated by the huge nav/info screen.
 Here is a short test drive and video review of the all new 2012 Subaru XV.

Subaru XV review - video

Prices for the new Subaru XV are starting form around $30,000.

BMW X4 2013 released
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Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet review

Price, features and specifications of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet

Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet

Today I would focus my attention to a beautiful Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet and its consumer product review. Yarvik GoTab Zetta is a 9.7-inch Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet. It is one of the high-spec Sweex Yarvik tablets.

Tablet features and specifications
Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet has a fast 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM and about 8GB space for storage.

The 9.7-inch (24.6 cm) capacitive 10-point multi-touch screen of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet has a scratch-resistant surface. It's an IPS display working at resolution of 1024x768 pixels and has 16.7 million colors. It is a nice display, with bright images and vivid colors.

The graphics performance is provided by the Mali-400 Dual Core graphics which offers up to 2160p QuadHD playback. It is also OpenGL 2.0 compatible. This is one of the powerful graphic chipsets inserted in a tablet and it offers quite an amazing experience on the go.
On the rear side of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet there is a 2.0 megapixel camera with VGA video recording capability. The front facing camera makes images and videos only in VGA resolution.
As we already mentioned the place for storage is 8GB but you can easily expand it to 32GB with the help of a microSD card.

Connectivity options of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet include fast 802.11b/g/n WiFi connection. The built-in ports and interfaces include mini HDMI out, micro-USB host, micro-USB slave and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

As most new tablets the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet uses the latest Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Of course this means you can download as many apps as you want from the Android Market.

The battery of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta is 8000mAh Li-Pol and it will usually hold charge for around 5-6 hours of work before you need to recharge it again.
Yarvik GoTab Zetta back
Yarvik GoTab Zetta back side
Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet dimensions:
Width: 244mm
Height: 191mm
Depth: 10mm
Weight: around 655g

Price info
The price of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet is around £170 (in UK). It is quite a good deal considering this is a high-end device with plenty if good features.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ review

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ test drive and review

Chevrolet Sonic LTZ test drive and review. Today we are going to take a look at this small car that seems to be a real best seller recently. Probably even Chevrolet didn't expect that their Sonic will turn into such a success.
In other locations different from North American, Canadian, Mexican, Chilean, Japanese, Israeli, Middle East and South African markets this vehicle is also known as Chevrolet Aveo.
Actually this is the second generation Sonic.
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Buffalo MiniStation 500GB portable hard drive

Features and specs of the Buffalo 500GB MiniStation portable hard drive

Buffalo MiniStation portable hard drive

Buffalo MiniStation 500GB is perfect for those who need some more space for storage on their PC or laptop.

It is a 500GB portable hard drive that is small and lightweight so it is easy to carry around. It also won't take a lot of space on your desk thanks to its small size.
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Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet review

Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet review

Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet
Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet

Features, specs and review of the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora Android 4.0 tablet

Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet review. Today we are going to take a look at the new Ainol Novo 7 tablet which has improved specifications and a bit higher price.
Ainol Novo 7 Aurora is a 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet with fast 1.5GHz Allwinner Many COR A10, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash memory for storage.
The 7-inch (17.78 cm) IPS display of the Novo 7 Aurora is producing nice, crisp images with decent resolution of 1024x600 pixels. It is bright enough for viewing in direct sunlight and almost from any angle.
It is also a capacitive 5-point multi-touch screen so operations like pinch to zoom and others like that will run just fine on the Novo 7 Aurora tablet.
Connectivity options of the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet include 802.11 b/g/n WiFi but unfortunately no built-in GPS connection.

One miniUSB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a TF card slot are also available in this tablet.
Generally the tablet is fast and responsive (unlike some other cheap Android tablets) and you may experience big lags only when heavy multitasking.

The operating system of the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3) which is one of the newest Google Android operating system. As you probably know the previous model - Ainol Novo 7 Paladin is the first tablet using the Android 4.0 operating system. Of course as a fully functioning Android device you can enjoy all the apps from the Android Market.

Ainol Novo 7 Aurora review - video


The price of the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet is very competitive, considering some of the high-tech features it has. You can find this tablet for around $200 (£140 in UK) which in my opinion is a good price for a fast Android 4.0 tablet with IPS display and 1GB RAM.

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LAVA LT-7008 tablet review

Price, features and specifications of the LAVA LT-7008 tablet

LAVA LT-7008 tablet
LAVA LT-7008 tablet

LAVA LT-7008 review. Some time ago we reviewed the Lava 7" Android 2.2 tablet which has a 7-inch resistive touchscreen, 256MB of RAM and not very fast 800MHz processor.
Now there is a slightly newer improved version of this tablet and it is currently on sale at eBay for around £60 (UK).
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2013 Mercedes A-Class review

2013 Mercedes A-Class review

Test drive and video review of the all new 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2013 Mercedes A-Class test drive and review. We are going to take a closer look at the all new Mercedes-Benz A-class which is completely redesigned and with plenty of new technological features.
2013 Mercedes A-Class front view
2013 Mercedes A-Class front view
As you will see the new 2013 Mercedes A-class has new looks which are completely different from the previous generation of this model. Now the car sits lower and has similar looks to the slightly bigger B-class. Other than that the A-class remains a small vehicle which will suit best urban places and heavy city traffic.
With those looks and with the improved dynamics the all new A-class will face its biggest rival from BMW - the 1-series which is very similar in shape and size but the Bavarian will have the advantage of BMW's driving dynamics.
2013 Mercedes A-Class
2013 Mercedes A-Class rear
The interior of the 2013 Mercedes A-class has also improved significantly. Now it feels much more upmarket and luxurious. The dash is dominated by the iPad styled info-display, very similar to the one in the 1-series BMW. The classic circle air vents are an interesting design feature that makes the interior look more stylish, just like in an Italian car.
2013 Mercedes A-Class
2013 Mercedes A-Class interior view
As for the engines and transmissions there will be many changes that will make the new A-class more dynamic and more fuel efficient than ever before. Of course small diesel models will be the most popular choices as this is a small car after all. A mild hybrid will also take part in Mercedes green line of engines.
All so far is good news but try to order the new A-class with all features and options and here comes the surprise. No matter this is the smallest vehicle in Mercedes range its price is definitely not small at all.
So is the new Mercedes A-class going to be a success... well may be, considering the brand still has strong positions in the luxury car segment but we do not expect it to overcome other luxury minis like the BMW 1-series or Audi A3.

2013 Mercedes A-Class review - video

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Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop review

Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop review - price, features and specs of the Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop

my Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop review
Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop reviewed
Dell Inspiron N5050 review - this cheap 15.6-inch laptop is best for those who want to have high quality brand laptop but without spending too much for it. I personally prefer the Latitude model line which is more sturdy and productive but of course comes at a higher price.

In the last couple of years I also used couple Dell Latitude laptops and I think it is definitely worth upgrading to the Latitude series even though you will have to pay more, it is definitely worth it.
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Bush BU11FVRSD50 500GB Digital TV recorder review

Bush BU11FVRSD50 500GB Digital TV recorder review - features and specs of the Bush 500GB Digital TV recorder

Bush 500GB TV recorder
Bush BU11FVRSD50 500GB Digital TV recorder

Bush BU11FVRSD50 500GB Digital TV recorder review. This TV recorder with Freeview+ enables recording up to 240 hours of TV stream directly to its built-in 500GB hard drive.
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2012 Audi A4 test drive

2012 Audi A4 test drive and video review

Audi logo

2012 Audi A4 test drive and review. Today we are going to take a look at one of the most popular compact sedans in the world. The latest generation Audi A4 has aggressive styling with elegant exterior lines and one of the best interiors in class.

The new Audi A4 is offered with a wide variety of petrol and diesel engines. Of course the diesel choices will reach higher sales in Europe where Audi (VW Group) is popular with some of the best diesel engines. These engines can be coupled with either six speed manual transmission or with the automatic dual-clutch DSG gearbox. Of course the new A4 can be ordered with the all-wheel drive Quattro system which is good in harsh conditions but will slightly decrease fuel economy.
2012 Audi A4 review
2012 Audi A4 test drive and review
The interior of the 2012 Audi A4 is nice and roomy. All instruments are logical and easy to use. Audi's infotainment system MMI is updated for 2012 and now is more functional and easier to use.
The biggest competitor for the A4 will be the all new BMW 3-series F30 which is claimed to be the leader in the small business sedans segment. Mercedes C-class and Lexus IS are also competing for a place in this class but they are expecting a complete upgrade of their model range.
The facelifted 2013 Audi A4 is already in most Audi dealerships and will completely replace the current model by the end of the year.

2012 Audi A4 test drive - video
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HP Compaq Presario CQ57 review

HP Compaq Presario CQ57 laptop review

Price, features and specs of the HP Compaq Presario CQ57 laptop

HP Compaq Presario CQ57 review. This nice 15.6-inch laptop has plenty of nice features and performs really well with the 2.53 GHz Intel Dual-Core i3-380M (380M, 3MB Cache) processor coupled with 4GB (DDR3) of RAM and some other high-tech solutions.

The screen of the HP Compaq Presario CQ57 is 15.6 inches and it is LED backlit with HD resolution of 1366x768. It is a high brightness glossy screen so it performs best indoors. There is also an integrated webcam with a mic on the top of the display.
The video for this laptop is provided by the integrated Intel HD graphics with up to 1274MB shared memory. It is good enough for watching HD videos and playing some games but if you like playing the newest 3D games than look elswhere.

HP Compaq Presario CQ57 laptop
HP Compaq Presario CQ57

HP Compaq Presario CQ57 has 320GB hard drive which is just fine for most users, you can always connect an external device in case you need more space for storage.
Connectivity options for this laptop include fast 802.11b/g/n wireless connection as well as 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet so connecting to the Internet is quick and easy with the HP Compaq Presario CQ57 laptop.
This laptop comes with three USB 2.0 ports, one VGA Port and 2-in-1 card reader (available for SD, MMC cards).

The optical drive of  the Compaq Presario CQ57 is a Dual Layer Super Multi DVD rewriter.
The battery of the HP Compaq Presario CQ57 will hold charge for about 3-4 of moderate use which is just fine considering only few will need to use this laptop on the go.
Here is a short video review of the HP Compaq Presario CQ57 showing how this laptop looks and performs in real conditions.

The price of the HP Compaq Presario CQ57 is around £300 in UK tech stores. Of course you can find cheaper models with similar specs but don't forget that HP/Compaq laptops are rated as some of the best quality laptops on the market.

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Lenovo B570 PDC B940 specs

Lenovo B570 1068 - 15.6" - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB

Lenovo B-series laptops
Laptop Lenovo B570 PDC B940

Lenovo B570 PDC B940 main features and specifications:

  • System type: Notebook
  • Chipset: Mobile Intel HM65 Express
  • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 3 MB Cache
  • Memory 4 GB DDR3 (max 8GB)
  • Storage 500 GB
  • Display 15.6" LED backlight 1366 x 768 / WXGA
  • Networking: WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Optical drive: DVD-Writer
  • Battery: 6-cell
  • Integrated options: Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Memory card reader: 6 in 1 (xD-Picture Card)

Lenovo B series laptops are engineered for business users who crave cutting-edge technologies without a hefty price tag. Type and scroll accurately with the island-style AccuType keyboard and multi-touch touchpad. View your data just as comfortably on the HD display, which tilts back to an ample angle.

Lenovo B570 PDC B940 price - this laptop can be found in tech stores for around £330 (in UK)
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Hitachi Touro 2TB external hard drive

Hitachi Touro 2TB external hard drive review - features and specs of the Hitachi 2TB Touro HDD

Hitachi Touro 2TB review. In case you need more storage space for your home PC you may consider buying the Hitachi Touro external hard drive with 2TB additional capacity for storing your multimedia and other files.
Hitachi Touro has two levels of data protection, with both local and cloud backup so no need to worry about loosing your data.
This external hard drive is currently on sale at eBay for £80 which is a good price for a 2TB external HDD.

Hitachi Touro specs:
Type: external HDD
Capacity - 2 TB
Interface: USB 2.0
Software included: drivers
Cables Included: 1x USB cable
Power Device : power adapter
OS required : Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7, Apple MacOS X 10.5 or newer
Dimensions (WxDxH) - 12.9 cm x 6 cm x 18.3 cm
Colour: black

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HP ENVY 14-1260se laptop review

HP ENVY 14-1260se laptop review - features and specs of the 14.5-inch HP ENVY 14-1260se laptop / HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition

HP ENVY 14-1260se laptop review - features and specs. HP ENVY 14-1260se is a thin and powerful laptop from the HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition.
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
HP ENVY 14-1260se is just 1.1" thin and weighs around 5.70 pounds.

It has a fast 2.66GHz Intel Core i5-480M processor with Turbo boost technology (increases the performance up to 2.93 GHz). HP ENVY 14-1260se comes with 6GB DDR3 RAM which can be increased to 8GB (2 DIMM available). The hard drive of the HP ENVY 14-1260se is 750GB (5400RPM SATA) which is quite a lot for such a small device. This hard drive has the HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection (HP 3D DriveGuard) which locks the hard drive when it senses abrupt motion in order to prevent data loss.
HP ENVY 14-1260se has a nice 14.5-inch BrightView LED display with 1366 x 768 resolution. It is one of the good displays out there but I wish it was matte rather than glossy screen as this is a portable laptop which can often be exposed to direct sunlight.
The nice quality picture of this display is provided by the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics with 1024MB DDR3 with up to 3738MB total graphics memory. This video card is good enough for Full HD playback and most new games will run just fine as well.
Connectivity options of the HP ENVY 14-1260se laptop include wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth.
These connections are also available:
1x RJ -45 (LAN)
3x USB 2.0
mini-display port
3.5mm headphone jack
HP ENVY 14-1260se
The optical drive in the HP ENVY 14-1260se is a LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support.
Other multimedia features include HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated microphone. The HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition also comes with Beats Audio including Beats Audio software (Beats Audio Console).

HP Envy 14 Beats Edition unboxing - video

The price of the HP ENVY 14-1260se is very reasonable. Considering all the good stuff this laptop has its price of just $650 is very good and it can definitely be considered a good laptop deal.

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