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DESIGN - 9/10
The design of the Surface RT is very similar to other tablets but has a few major differences. The first is that is is made of a metal material, one Microsoft likes to call Vapor Mg which makes the Surface lightweight yet incredibly strong and the second is that the tablet is narrowed at 22 degrees to make it seem as though it fades into the distance. Microsoft have also included a kickstand at the rear of the device to allow for optimum typing experience when using the touch/type covers and consuming video media,
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
The Surface RT boasts a quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor at 1.3ghz as well as 2GB of ram. This allows for smooth operation of the metro applications as well as maneuvering the desktop experience. Due to this being the same processor found in ASUS' Nexus 7 2012 , gaming performance is similar however we found that XBOX games ran a lot smoother than those that do not feature XBOX Live integration. There was also some micro-stuttering when multiple heavy games where run however this was to be expected and other than this no slow down has been witnessed so far.
INTERFACE - 8/10
Although Microsoft's Windows 8 UI is no good on a desktop or laptop , here on the Surface RT is where it really shines. The Modern UI is extremely smooth however learning all the gestures to swipe from the edges take a while to get used to. The desktop interface is back as well although this is mainly used for file management, Office 2013 and accessing the control panel to apply Windows RT updates.
DISPLAY - 7/10
The display on the Surface RT is the same resolution as the modern laptop standard; 1366x768. This provides a higher pixel density than most 10.1 inch 1280x800 Android tablets. Although the pixels still can be seen it is a very bright display and text is ultra crisp - comparable to the Xperia Tablet Z because of Microsoft's Sub Pixel Rendering technique which renders double the amount of pixels for text based media.
CONNECTIVITY - 9/10
The Surface RT has probably the most local connections of any device. By that we mean that although it features dual MiMo Wi-Fi antenna's and Bluetooth 4.0, it has a full sized USB 2.0 port to allow for local data switching and USB peripheral use. It also has a Micro SD card slot located underneath the kickstand and a Micro HDMI video out port which is also capable of outputting to VGA also. 4G LTE is missing on the Windows RT device however we can forgive it for it's low price tag,
BATTERY - 8/10
During our test's we found that the battery life for the Surface RT was very good. Over a period of around 9 hours we played a selection of games ,browsed the web, watched YouTube videos and even had a few system updates all at full brightness. After this testing period the battery had drained 73%. This is very nice to see from Microsoft's first outing and is obvious that at 100% charge you will easily get 10+ hours out of it. The Surface RT definitely competes with the iPad 4 in the battery compartment.
CAMERA - 5/10
The only area where the Surface RT is lacking compared to it's competition is in the camera department. However Microsoft has equipped the Surface with dual 1MP shooters, capable of capturing 720p HD video at both the front and rear of the tablet. Microsoft has stated that these are Lifecam HD camera's and as the name suggests, are primarily to be used for conference calls via Lync or Skype messaging. The rear facing camera has been tilted 22 degrees so that it faces straight on when the kickstand is required, allowing for stable video footage. To be honest, who takes pictures on a tablet anyway?
MULTIMEDIA - 9/10
Microsoft has equipped the Surface RT with it's full XBOX suite of applications including; Games , Music and Video. Although the screen isn't 1080p is good enough for streaming video's from Netflix and sound quality is on par with the Galaxy Note 10.1, with it's speaker placement being firing out from the top sides of the tablet. XBOX games feature full achievement set's (something only until recently Android had adopted) and game information making the Surface RT a real XBOX gamer's companion.
OVERALL - 8/10
Although it may not be able to take on the iPad directly, the Surface RT excels it in social gaming and productivity. Especially at the cost of £279/$349 and cheaper if you buy through a university.
I love new technology , and this year Apple brought use the best tablet on the market - the iPad 3 . It is thin , light , fast and still retains the same quality hardware finish that Apple is known for. Although the iPad 3 has be replaced now by the iPad 4 - it is still one of the best tablet pc's out there!
The screen is the most impressive part of the device , a retina display at a stunning HD beating 2048 x 1536 shows images , video and text in a clarity you have never seen before and once you have used the iPad - you won't want to look at a lower resolution screen ever agaim.
As always the ui is easy to use and navigate - making it the most universally compatible device on the planet and with over 250,000 iPad specific apps , android tablets have got a long way to go to catch up to this amount!
I would say that if you have the money go for this or the 4th gen iPad , but i dont belive it is necessary to upgrade to this from an iPad 2 - definately from an iPad 1 .
The WHSmith Gadgets stapler is a cheap alternative to what other branded companies may charge a premium for - and i know you may be saying - its only a stapler however these do get pricey !
The WHSmith stapler is easy to use , just put your sheets underneath and press down to staple , simple as 1 ,2, 3! - Its just like any other stapler and so theres not much of a learning curve required with this product.
In my experience the stapler has been reliable and has worked with every thing i have thrown at it - card , paper and even thick cardboard . The stapler can take around 25-30 staples at a time however i am not sure as i only use these at my place of work - and is perfect for fixing together reports and statements for customers.
I would definately recommend this product if you are on a low budget or just want a stapler that will work for the time being !
I have had the Motorola Xoom since the day it came out in 2011 and was my first ever tablet pc. Although there was the obvious choice of the Apple iPad 2 i decided to go with the Xoom. The Xoom is one of the thickest tablets on the market but its curved back allows you to hold it easily. Also it has a really solid build construction comparible to the iPad unlike other tablets at similar price ranges (Galaxy Tab 2 etc).
It runs Android 3.0 out of the box and in the UK can be upgraded to Android 4.0 ice cream sandwhich which makes the tablet , faster , smoother and overall a much better experience for you to enjoy.There are over 700 000 android apps however only a few of those (10000 or less) are designed especially for the tablets 1280x800 HD screen which means some apps will look like scaled up mobile apps - as that is what they are !
Gaming on this device in the beggining was good as there was no other tablet like it with a dual core NVIDIA tegra 2 processor however over time the gaming speed has decreased and even playing games such as fruit ninja can lag . This is only noticeable in games such as Need for speed or surpisingly - Temple Run.
The best part in my opinion about this device are it's speakers - they are loud and clear and the best tablet speakers i have heard and comparable to the Galaxy Note 10.1 . They are backfiring but fill the room quickly
So what do i think ? Definately a good tablet if you can find it cheap - however if you don't mind sacrificing the screen size and the SD card slot - the Nexus 7 would be my first coice
The ASUS N73SV is an absolute powerhouse with it's dual core intel core i5 processor and 6gb of ram and it can handle video rendering extremely quickly and without any forced closes. The most impressive part of this laptop is the HD Screen and Nvidia GT 540m graphic card. The two paired together make this portable laptop a true gaming machine. Games i usually play on this are Battlefield 3 and Minecraft - both run at full settings at over 60fps .
There is one flaw with the laptop and this is the blu-ray player. The player can ONLY read blu ray discs and not burn/copy them , which is a huge bummer for me as i like to keep and onboard library of my films due to having such a large amount of space on the hard drive (640gb!!). However despite this it plays blu-rays with stunning definition and detail.
One other area where the ASUS shines is it's speakers powered by Bang and Olufsen ICEpower which allow for customization of vocal depth , clarity and base and make any video or song sound absolutely fantastic!
It has a relatively decent battery life with the maximum i have had getting 5 hours , but as this is such a power house it runs best when plugged in.
I recommend the ASUS n73sv to anyone wanting a desktop replacement AND also to the avid gamer , it is significantly cheaper than the AlienWare laptops and has specifications which beat the base models which retail for £500 more than this product
Two years ago my sister received the iPod Touch 4G as a Christmas gift . She has used it every day since. It has enough storage space to fit thousands of mp3's on it and hundreds of video clips. The screen is the best part of this device. It has a retina display at a 480p resolution. It looks a lot sharper and clearer than the Super Amoled screen of my Samsung Galaxy S which i previously reviewed.The iPod touch 4G has specifications similar to the iPhone 3GS and carries the same look , but slimmed down in to a more attractive body. It is extremely thing (thinner than the iPhone 4s - Not sure about the 5 !) and is relatively speedy in web browsing and most games run well - just remember to clear the hdd sometimes if you have the 8gb model as games become unplayable. The speakers on the iPod touch 4g are very small and pump out a decent level of sound however Apple intend you to use the supplied Apple Ear Buds to listen to music with more depth and bass. The iPod touch can run over 700,000 apps and games from the Itunes App Store and can purchase songs from the worlds largest mp3 library. Although it is an mp4 player , the screen is a bit too small for using solely as a video machine and definately is too small for reading ebooks from the iBooks App . Unfortunately unlike the 5th generation - Siri is not included so no voice assistant here and the 720p rear facing camera is only really good for quick youtube uploads and Facebook sharing - not for filming a hole movie with both front and back cameras have sub-1mp camera's.
The base model of the google nexus 7 costs only £159 and what do you get for that ? Well you get a 1.3ghz quad core nvidia tegra 3 processor , 1gb of ram , a 7" 720p screen and 16gb of on board storage. These are better specs than found in the newest Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and much better than the Motorola Xoom / Asus Transformer EeePad. The quad core processor means the nexus is extremely fast and can handle high in graphics games such as Temple Run and GTA 3 with ease and no sense of slowness. The nexus 7 is a great quality product , although for the £159 you do sacrifice on build materials (namely plastic in this case) which Google have supported with that the plastic allows you to grip it easier which is very true. The nexus 7 is lighter than the ipad but not as light as the new iPad Mini , which is 100 pound more expensive and has a worse screen and specs. With other 700,000 android apps to choose from , the Nexus 7 is a steal.
I brought this television set in 2010 so i could play xbox on it in my room coming from an old 4:3 box tv. No w the picture quality is fairly good when run through a HDMI cable or COMPONENT cable and having the ability to increase the sharpness , contrast and colors are great features to have and i definitely recommend you set the color setting to full so the images don't look all washed out. As for the built in free-view tv , images sometimes come out looking chunky and not soft at all. Especially when focused on people's faces , the image looks as though it has been water painted on. I believe the picture quality would look better if a separate free-view box was to be hooked up to this. The speakers are decent , the don't product much base and can often get distorted as the fire towards the back of the tv however these can be improved with a set of 2.1 stereo speakers you can pick up from around £25 and up.
This television set has served me well and is still working today (thankfully!) , i have had no issues with colour or led bleeding from the side of the screen however as with all new gadgets it does get very dusty. Overall i think this is a very good tv for the price and would recommend that you try it out
I use this camera every day , at home , in education and out and about. The Nikon D3100 has a 14.2 million pixels imaging sensor and takes stunning photographs. It can also record 1080p HD video at 24 fps or 720p HD video at up to 30fps. Personally i recommend recording at 720p to get the smoothest results. The DSLR supports full sized SD cards and at the moment i have a 64gb card in mine. The camera has around 2mb of on board storage and therefore you can only take a single shot without an SD card inside. The camera is fairly light for one of it's size and is extremely easy to use. For people who are not tech savvy the camera comes with some editing features built into the camera , however these are a bit fiddly to use effectively. The camera can also be placed on a tripod via an adaptor at the base of the camera and the 18-55mm lens gives decent zoom and focus allowing you to zoom relatively close to the subject of your image.
As i use this camera every day i have gotten used to how complicated it is to use at first , but for all that complicativeness i have a brilliant camera which takes stunning images. If i could add a photo i would !
I believe that this camera is more focused to the beginner photographer or a student in college etc. If you are an avid photographer then i would recommend getting something more sophisticated.
I got this phone a little over a year ago knowing it had been out for over a year now and it has served me well. The Galaxy S has a 1ghz hummingbird processor and 512mb of ram which will allow you to play games with little to no frame drop . It has an amazing super amoled screen which the colours really pop out of. It has excellent viewing angles out side and call quality is decent. The smartphone is made entirely of plastic which allows it to be so lightweight but not too light that makes you feel as though you have lost it. Samsungs Apps store is great for getting free exclusive apps that would usually cost you money on the Google Play Store. A good example of one of these apps is the game Need For Speed Hot Pursuit which at the time would have cost around £3.99 but was free . Overall i really recommend this phone for anyone who is looking into buying their first smartphone.