ASUS 15.6 Inch Intel Dual Core Celeron Laptop

February 28th, 2015

One of the bestselling laptops at the moment is this 15.6 inch model from ASUS. It sports a 2.16 GHz Dual Core Celeron from Intel as well as 4GB of memory and 500GB of hard drive storage.

ASUS 15.6-Inch Intel Dual Core Celeron 2.16 Ghz Laptop, 4GB RAM and 500GB Hard Drive

Price: $235.99

3.7 out of 5 stars (1325 customer reviews)

95 used & new available from $189.87

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Dell E2414Hx 24 Inch LED-Lit Monitor

December 10th, 2014

At the moment this is the hottest monitor over at Amazon, grabbing a 4.5 star rating in the process. so we thought we’d take a look at what all the fuss is about.

Dell E2414Hx 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

Price: $145.00

4.6 out of 5 stars (202 customer reviews)

22 used & new available from $107.88

The Dell E2414Hx is a high-res widescreen 24 inch LED PC display boasting reliability, brilliant screen clarity with an environment-conscious design. Here are the numbers and features for the unit

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Amazon Fire HD 7

October 14th, 2014

Amazon have just released their new tablet range, the Fire HD 7. The range offers 8 and 16 GB options, and a series of colour options, black, magenta, white, citron and cobalt.

Fire HD 7, 7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black

Price: $139.00

4.4 out of 5 stars (16700 customer reviews)

1 used & new available from $139.00

The tablets are coolly priced at $139 for the 8GB model and $159 for the larger 16GB one.

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Samsung S32D850T 32 inch LED Computer Monitor

October 1st, 2014

We like large screens especially for our PCs, so we thought we’d take a quick look at this Samsung 32 inch LED monitor. The S32D850T currently sells for US$700 on Amazon and you sure get a whole lot of screen for your money.

Samsung 32″ WQHD LED Monitor (S32D850T)

Price: $690.00

4.2 out of 5 stars (73 customer reviews)

28 used & new available from $572.14

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Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA Docking Station

September 10th, 2014

We like USB/HDD docking stations, very handy to have when you’ve got spare HDDs or SSDs lying around. And here’s a cool one from Sabrent.

It can handle 3.5, 2.5 inch HDDs and SSDs in its dual bays with a USB 3.0 connection to the PC. The really funky feature on the Sabrent EC-HDD2 is the Standalone Duplicator, which as its name suggests allows you to clone a hard drive without being connected to a PC. Simply drop in a couple of HDDs (one being blank ideally!) and hit the copy button and let the docking station do its thing! Just to round off its features are the facts that the EC-HDD2 is hot-swappable and plug and play. What could be easier?

Interested? You should be! Check it out on Amazon.


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Polk Audio N1 Gaming Sound Bar

September 1st, 2014

With the gaming fraternity squarely in its cross-hairs, the Polk Audio N1 Sound bar offers ‘The Single-Speaker Secret to Great Gaming Audio’. A wild claim may be? Not according to the reviews that are floating around for this piece of kit.

Polk Audio N1 39-Inch Bluetooth Soundbar

Price: $145.00

4.1 out of 5 stars (84 customer reviews)

15 used & new available from $129.91

The N1 will connect up to the gaming console of your choice with its 6 foot (2 metre) digital optical cable and will blast forth the audio from your gaming sessions. Microsoft has collaborated on the Polk N1 and it consequently has a couple of modes specifically for Halo and Forza Motorsport.

Our concern with the N1 is that by providing an output for a sub-woofer that this implies the bass is a bit lacking in the unit. This is mentioned in some of the reviews but of course at least the sub-woofer output allows you to beef up the sound if required.

Polk Audio N1 Sound Bar features and specifications

• Collaboration of game designers and audio engineers.
• Connects directly to your console
• Dolby® Digital and Polk’s patented SDA® Surround Sound Technology
• Customized, optimized audio built in

Polk Audio N1 Sound Bar reviews

Amazon – 4 out of 5
PC Mag – 4 out of 5
Crutchfield – 4.8 out of 5

Pros – Simple setup, design, multiple inputs
Cons – not for audiophiles

An average score of 4.3 out of 5 based on these 3 reviews.

The reviews are very positive claiming the Polk Audio N1 works well across the spectrum of audio. So whether you’re into gaming, movies or music, the Polk Audio N1 could well be your audio solution.


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Bose CineMate Series II

October 30th, 2012

We’ve been looking at Bose gear a lot recently, so rather than halt the trend we’re going to continue with a quick peek at the CineMate Series II 2.1 sound system today. This compact 2.1 home theatre system sports Articulated Array speakers and is specifically aimed at users looking to hook up a sound system to their TV. There’s a simple setup, with a four button easy to use remote control.

Bose CineMate Series II specifications

* 2.1 channel configuration
* 2 speakers and sub-woofer, all wired
* Integrated Amplifier
* 1 x Optical audio input (SPDIF)
* 1 x audio line-in

The key with the Bose CineMate Series II is it’s ability to fool the user into believing that they have full surround sound produced by just two speakers. Bose reckon they do this, and describe the process with a couple of boffins in the video below.

Bose CineMate Series II video

Bose CineMate Series II reviews

Amazon – 4 out of 5
CNet – 3.5 out of 5
Epinions – 3 out of 5
BestBuy – 4.4 out of 5

Pros – Ease of use and setup, sound quality
Cons – Lack of treble/bass controls

An average score of 3.7 out of 5 based on these 3 reviews.

Whilst the 3.7 score for the Bose CineMate Series II doesn’t exactly light up the home theatre sound system world, the reviews are not massively negative. So if you’re looking for a sound system for a spare room or may be just have a small lounge the CineMate Series II may be what you’re after.


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