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Toshiba Portege Z930-10Q

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When we turned our attention to the laptop universe, there was one model in particular that caught our attention: Toshiba’s £1,300 Portege Z930-10Q. But mostly for how slim it was. Because its other offerings didn’t really sparked our imagination. And now we will tell you why in the review below.

The Portege Z930-10Q has quite an array of specs waiting to be discovered. In our tests we found the following: a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels on a 13.3″ display, a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (capable to turn into a 2.3GHz one), a HD 4000 GPU, 6GB of internal memory and the usual battery.

Multiple connectivity options

Internet connectivity is delivered with the help of either Bluetooth 4, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a slot for a 3G SIM, support for UMTS up to HSUPA at 5.76Mbits/sec and 802.11a for corporate locations. This laptop is among the few whose coating does not bring about reflections. We considered the touchpad to be one of the device’s pros. However, only pinch-to-zoom is available. The typing we did on the laptop’s keyboard was thoroughly enjoyable.

While most of the laptop we have tested came with an optical drive, this model lacks this addition. If a consumer wants to just have a complex software on this laptop, she or he will not be able to do it. But you do get an SDXC-compatible memory card slot, which is really needed.Toshiba-Portege-Z930-10Q

Considering the slimness of its body, the Portege Z930-10Q features many connectivity options. Like one full-sized HDMI port, one VGA, individual headphone and microphone mini-jacks, USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and several Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Good graphics performance

In the battery analysis we did on this laptop review, the built-in battery did not offer more than 8 hours. But that was possible because we did not do a lot of things on this laptop. When we did, though, the battery lasted some 4 hours. It’s a good score, still, but not as great as other products. Alas, we noticed that if we worked only with the World Wide Web and some Word documents, this model did not die on us that quickly. In the tests we did, the battery delivered a score of 109 minutes in the load battery task. This result did not make us go and dance with glee. That made us take another approach. One which implied choosing the laptop’s eco mode. Then we took the load battery analysis again. This time, the score was better: 127 minutes. So remember to choose that mode rather than the balanced one.

The graphics unit was a revelation. It performed very well when we used it on various games and whatnot. The type of processor the Portege Z930-10Q uses definitely plays the main role in the good speed with which this model works. Our standard Cinebench R11.5 rendering benchmark delivered the impressive score of 2.44. These results we mentioned translate into a laptop that is going to fare well no matter the activities you do on it, but they will have to be lighter than usual.

Review conclusion

Toshiba is not one to disappoint every time they release something new. But their Portege Z930-10Q is not quite what we expected from the company. The price might scare some customers away, for one. But keeping things into perspective, this laptop succeeds into giving a good performance. Now if only that battery would last longer.

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Garmin Zumo 350LM

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Enough of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other popular gadgets that are all the rage right now among various categories of consumers. We wanted to try something else this time around. And so our sights fell on a GPS unit that seems to have them all. At least if we are to pay attention to what Garmin is writing about their Zumo 350LM. But true to our nature, we instead grabbed a model that is made of the company’s latest series of GPS devices and tested it. The above review is written so as to share an opinion on this product. A product on which we have the following thoughts.

10.9 cm display

Garmin uses only the best adjectives when they advertise their Zūmo 350LM. But it’s only natural. Among these compliments, several stick out. Such as its resistance to extreme conditions and so on. Curious to see whether the claims were true, we prepared for the test.

The type of customer that the manufacturer aims for its latest GPS system should be made of people who love going by bike. They are the ones who need a device that will offer protection against dangerous external stuff and still function properly. Its solidity can be seen and felt at once in the way it is designed.

Every GPS that we have encountered has had a good display that responded really well to our touch. And so does this model. But that was to be expected from a Garmin product. The touchscreen on this Zūmo 350LM in particular is 10.9 cm in dimension. Its interface is the kind that is easy to use. Apart from that, we could, while reviewing it, make out text even when we were outside under the sun.Garmin-Zūmo-350LM

In real life conditions, this system behaved in a very admirable way. Especially thanks to its pro of remaining in one piece even after being subjected to water. Using it on our own bike was a very nice experience. We didn’t see it fall to the ground, because it comes with a special mount. This device can also be used in a car thanks to its car mount.

TracBack technology

Maps are updated on a regular basis. And the user gets lifetime map updates as a bonus. Which are very handy at any time. The set doesn’t include a Bluetooth-enabled helmet.

Before this model, we had to figure out what road to take after careful deliberation. And most of the times we were wrong about it all. But the Zumo 350LM now offers lane assist with junction view. This feature delivers very easy navigation wherever you may be.

The features you get are as follows: a USB cable, preloaded City Navigator NT North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Bahamas), a Quick start manual, mounting hardware, an automotive suction cup mount, motorcycle mount with power cable, lifetime maps and one automotive power cable.Garmin-Zūmo-350LM-back

Another feature is TracBack. Its role is to go back to where you came from in a swift manner. Exit Services is an option which is good for finding out about restaurants, gas stations and other important landmark. For those moments when such a thing is needed, this GPS unit has a speed limit indicator. If you need to be reminded of when to change oil, check the pressure of the tires and such, this device lends a helping hand with its Service History Log. Creating a new route to follow is another possibility, thanks to a feature called BaseCamp.

Review conclusion

The Garmin Zūmo 350LM has all the right makings of a great GPS unit. It’s very helpful indeed.

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Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435

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The $849 Aspire V3-571G-9435 is Acer’s newest addition to its line of laptops. And we will talk about it in this review so you can get an idea about it.

Multitouch gestures technology

This device ships with specs that sound something like this: a 15.6″ screen, an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M GPU with 2GB of VRAMa 1.3MP webcam, a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM quad-core processor (packing) 6GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (the 64-bit version), a 500GB 5,400-rpm hard drive and a battery.

If you consider buying a light laptop, the Aspire V3 should not be first on your list. Because it weighs 5.8 pounds. Its dimensions are 15″ x 9.9″ x 0.9-1.0″.

The keyboard delivers everything that’s good in such a tool. We completed a Ten Thumbs Typing Test with 50wpm. Which is a great number if you are a fast typer who wants a great keyboard. To this result contributed the latter’s large buttons. The touchpad has keys which deliver a lot of accuracy. But the stiffness they showed put us off a couple of times. But multitouch gestures were performed admirably.Acer-Aspire-V3-571G-9435

Limited viewing angles

While taking a look at the V3-571G-9435’s screen, we saw that its viewing angles were too narrow for our liking. Still, this display is capable of great-looking colors that will not appear washed-out. But on the whole, this screen is not as good as what we used from rivaling brands.

For connecting whatever device you have at home to this Aspire V3, you can use either its USB 3.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet, pair of USB 2.0 ports, an AC adapter port, a tray-loading DVD player, jacks for headphones/mic, VGA or HDMI. There are also a 4-in-1 card reader and a Kensington lock for other purposes.

The sound that our ears heard coming from the device’s speakers was very nice. To get the most out of them, a pair of headphones is strongly recommended, though. At least when you decide to play a game, Because if you only want to listen to a tune, the speakers are perfectly capable of offering a good sound.

Weak battery life

The battery is no jewel in terms of how much it can last. In our tests it delivered around 4 hours and a half. The graphics processor was a pro that should be heartily praised. The speed it puts on display while playing games is excellent.
The Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435 will not get very hot. Even if you watch something for half an hour – one hour at a time. Boot time for the operating system was approximately 50 seconds. A much better value compared to the past.
Game frame rates while using this device are 182 if the resolution is set at 1,366 x 768 pixels. And we very much liked that. Do not try to play a game in 3D while its settings are chosen to be the best.

This product may have a webcam. But its performance is not at all notable. Yes, the colors it offers are very pretty, but they are going to get washed-out if you use this laptop in a fluorescent light.

Review conclusion

The Aspire V3-571G-9435 has quite a couple of good pros. But the cons it also throws your way make its strengths pale in comparison. The mouse needs to have a make-over stat. All of these complaints aside, this laptop has a very attractive price for those consumers who want something more than decent for their work.

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Toshiba Satellite C850/02D

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Toshiba is and always will be one of the most influential names in the history of laptops. And of every other product in-between. When we received the news that this manufacturer released a new model, we seized the opportunity and tested their AU$899 Satellite C850/02D offering. We came with high expectations, but in the end we got less than what we would have liked to see. The review that follows will tell you why.

Powered by Intel Core 2.5GHz i5 CPU

Toshiba’s Satellite C850/02D has both pros and cons. But before delving into them, we will stop at its specs. While performing our standard tests, we came across a 15.6″ display. The resolution that it showed us was 1,366 x 768 pixels. Moving even further, we found an Intel Core 2.5GHz i5 2450M processor, an AMD Radeon HD 7610M graphics unit, a 500GB mechanical hard drive and 4GB of RAM.

The new C850/02D laptop made by Toshiba does not adopt the same tactic as its rivals when it comes to connectivity. This model offers the following in this area: one VGA out, a DVD±RW drive, 1 USB 3.0 port, one HDMI, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2.4GHz 802.11n, 1 headphone and 1 microphone jacks, 100Mbps Ethernet and Bluetooth. The company has a bad reputation when it comes to port labels. Why? Because they place the latter under their devices. Which has proved to be silly, since you cannot really read them that well. And yet, the company does this with this model. Here, Toshiba did not color them in different hues. Instead, the team there decided to etch them. A tip: the USB 3.0 ports are the blue-colored ones.Toshiba-Satellite-C850-02D

Spotting this device in a sea of others like it, it will immediately stand out. At least that was how we responded to its retro looks. Which we personally liked a lot. The one thing that struck us the most from an aesthetic point of view was the touchpad: it was textured, of all things. But it’s not something to be considered a con, so we let that be when we noticed it. Internally, the surface is of the kind that is made to resist fingerprints. On the outside, this model has a glossy finish.

Some keyboard problems

When we tried writing this review on the product’s keyboard, the latter worked well when it came to speed and also accuracy. But its buttons failed to offer excellent responses. Which buttons, might we add, were inverted – and we mean the function keys, not every single button . That will most probably bug some of you who are not accustomed to such a change. The touch pad, on the other hand, was our favorite. It sported 2 physical keys located under the pad and they were both separate. This fact sat very well with us, because we are honestly tired with the touch pads we have seen before.

Try another laptop if you want to use this model as a gaming device. It will fall short of your expectations if you want to use it for such a purpose. Its graphics unit may be the best solution for the type of pixels, however it is not suited for complex game titles. Also, the sound delivered by the pre-installed speakers does not work well with our ears. They needed headphones the majority of time spent with the Satellite C850/02D.

The battery is going to last for around 2 hours and a half.

Conclusion

The Toshiba Satellite C850/02D is a laptop with a pretty good performance. The screen is capable of showing content in a very watchable way and the design is good.

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Origin EON15-S

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We landed, once again, in the land of gaming laptops. With the thought of reviewing Origin’s $2800 EON15-S. This device is one of the few to have it all (well, almost).

A 15 inch laptop for gamers

The specs that the Origin EON15-S threw into our face once we started our test were as follows: a 15″ display, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM, an Intel HD 4000 GPU, a high-end Intel Core i7-3820QM CPU, a 128GB solid state drive, 512GB SSD, 750GB and 1TB hard drives up to 7200rpm and hybrid storage with an optional micro SATA SSD and a high-end 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics adapter.

The design of the Origin EON15-S invites you in. But its 3.2 kg of weight don’t make it a portable device. But that’s OK, because it is solid. And its dimensions are good: 55 mm x 375 mm x 255 mm.

Connectivity means the following: 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 DVI, 1 mini-FireWire, 1 HDMI, headphone, line out, microphone and line in ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, DisplayPort, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 SD card slot and 1 DVD burner. We also spotted single-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options.Origin-EON15-S

Good sound quality

Those games that come with full detail levels look good on this device. But, to make them look even better, it is advised to run the laptop at a lower detail level. You won’t like the sound quality offered by the speakers, though.

Encoding and converting stuff took such little time: half an hour for the latter and 40 minutes for the former. The battery will keep you going for about 2 hours and a half. While not a bad figure, it still isn’t as good as competing models.

Everything is glossy about the display. And we personally didn’t like it during the tests we did. Moving down from the screen, we were met with a nice touchpad. The feedback we got from it in this product review was good.

The keyboard is, thankfully, available with backlight. The keys on it performed well when we used them, meaning that we got great response from them. The backlight delivers various colors to opt for in your gaming sessions. These lights also offer the possibility to configure them according to your taste. The number pad had some issues with some of the buttons. But overall it was an OK one. Albeit looking like it should not have been there in the first place, because it was rather cumbersome to the general well-being of the keyboard.

2 coolers included

While we played with the Origin EON15-S, we did not feel the need to take it from our lap, because it didn’t get too hot. That’s thanks to its 2 vents. However, if you use this device for more than 2 tasks at the same time, its processor will start doing quite a lot of noise. We have yet to find a laptop that doesn’t do that, though.

The problem with storage here is that some of you will like it, some will not. For instance, the drive is formatted to reach 111GB. But at the same time, this drive is of a solid state nature. This means that you will be offered fast speed when it’s down to apps, file transfer rates and boot-up times.

Conclusion

The Origin EON15-S has many attributes to make it a good gaming laptop. But it also has cons among all of its pros. Even so, it is undoubtedly worth a shot if you are after something with lots of power and good looks.

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Leapfrog LeapPad 2

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Kids should not be forgotten when it comes to gadgets. Important manufacturers have already released some models especially for children. Leapfrog is not a popular name, but their LeapPad 2 is a tablet we got good things from when we set to testing it for this review. Here is what we met with.

A tablet for kids

First things first, it has to be known that the Leapfrog LeapPad 2 is aimed at kids between 3-9 years old. But it’s good even for children who are over this limit.

The touchscreen of this tablet is 5″. Which is a very good value for kids. A 2MP camera is on the front and there is a second one of the same amount of megapixels on the rear. In our set of tests, both these cams did well.

Leapfrog improved the looks of this model. Compared to the original, it’s more elegant. The CPU is a 400MHz; but it can become a 500MHz for more demanding activities. Everything on this gadget is controlled via a stylus. Or the kid’s own fingers. And the responses you get are brilliant. 9 hours was the total amount of life that we were offered by the device’s battery. As for storage, it is originally 2GB. It can reach 4GB.Leapfrog-LeapPad-2

The LeapPad 2 features games that are very enjoyable. Every single one of them is presented by either photos or by a voice. Your kid will get to know everything about the rules and so on. However, we found the music accompanying the games frustrating. We counted over 300 games on this tablet. And over 300 applications. Other than that, you are also offered software that was not featured on the first version.

eBook reader too

Your kid can also read eBooks. An example of that is the Brave eBook. Brave is a new animation created by famous Pixar. Also, it should be noted that eBooks in this case have different purposes. They are selected by the company to help children become better at reading. We reviewed it and it gave a good performance. The processor did not make this tablet lag or crash when we browsed the eBook mentioned above.

But the PeapPad 2 was not implemented with Wi-Fi. To counterattack this lack, the manufacturers made it possible to just connect the device to a laptop or a PC. That way, the user can easily either load pics or download games. This was thought so as to make a kid interested in using the tablet and not in wasting her or his time with difficult and frustrating operations.

Because there are no two kids alike, this tablet was made to accommodate itself and react accordingly to each and every learning pattern of each and every child who uses it. After a while, the LeapPad 2 will adjust its questions to fit the kids’ acquired skills. The built-in games that will help them in the learning process are worth a try or more. If you don’t like them, you can always buy new ones if you can afford it. Because they do not really come cheap, unfortunately.

Conclusion

The Leapfrog LeapPad 2 has a price tag of £5. Which is insanely cheaper than other kids’ tablets. The manufacturer invested quite a lot into making this gadget good for your child. And it’s not just a tablet: it can teach kids all sorts of things. And that is always good.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

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Touch-screen computers were once a very popular item on the shopping lists of many consumers. Nowadays, not so much, And yet, lo and behold such a device in the form of Lenovo’s $1,449.99 IdeaCentre A720. We were left very much impressed with this model. About which we will talk in our next review.

A new desktop PC solution

The list of specs brought forward by the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 looks like this: a 27″ LCD display, a processor of the Intel Core i5 2.5GHz variety, 1920 x 1080 pixels, an nVidia GeForce GT 630M GPU, 6 GB of RAM, a Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS, 500 GB of storage space and a Blu-Ray Disc optical drive.

The Aspire A720 is, first and foremost, a device which is thin compared to others like itself. Its display is also among the slimmest we’ve come across. Overall, its looks are very avantgarde. And it’s not heavy at all.

The speakers that are delivered with this product produce good sound. But you will still need a pair of headphones.

We could easily perform, in our own tests, 10-finger touch typing on this product’s keyboard. We would have loved to see a greater amount of pixels for the resolution. But as it was, we weren’t too disappointed with what we saw on the display.Lenovo-IdeaCentre-A720

The 720p webcam that is on board has a great advantage: it allows for visual tracking. Which has to do with controlling the game you may want to play. It worked very well when we reviewed it. But don’t expect it to work with every single game out there.

Not impressive in 3D mode

We counted quite a few connectivity options. Of which we will make a list: 1 HDMI-in and 1 HDMI-out ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 Ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Kensington lock port, audio, an SD card reader and 1 jack for the TV tuner antenna.

The addition of a hinge to the display makes for a good pro. Because that way, you get steadiness when it comes to play demanding games. Still, this is not one of the better devices when it comes to hinges. We prefer others, actually. But the A720 is not at all poor in this category. It’s just that it will move a few times when its display is touched by the user, so you will have to be careful in that respect. When we played 3D games, we did not feel blown away by the performance we saw. So all you game addicts: choose another device for your hobby.

Several of our usual benchmarks did not score such good grades. And by that we mean our Photoshop CS5, Handbrake video encoder and Benchmark. While the former took 4 minutes, the middle one registered 2 minutes. Finally, the Benchmark one was over and done with in about 3 minutes.

This unit’s hard drive is a capable one. It sports some utilities, programs and so on. Its general performance did not shoot and miss when we put it to the test.

Review conclusion

The pros of Lenovo’s IdeaCentre A720 are many. It doesn’t lag and its display is not small at all. More than that, it boasts a hinge for the screen. This addition turns this model into a touch PC which works wonders. We aren’t that quick to heartily recommend this machine. But should you want to own a device with a touch screen badly, then this model will be enough to quench your first for the time being.

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Vizio CA24

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Vizio’s CA24 is here to rock our socks off. This combination of a TV and a computer not only looks good, it also shines when it comes to performance. In this review is what this device is all about.

A TV & computer combination

The all-in-one Vizio CA24 sports a vast array of specifications. Which are a 24″ screen of full high definition properties, an 1080p resolution, an Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium as operating system, SRS 2.1 surround sound audio, 2 memory slots, an Intel HD 4000 graphics unit, a 1TB† 5400rpm SATA hard drive, an SD memory card reader and plenty more where these came from.

Connectivity comes in the form of one eSATA port, one headphone jack (that includes an integrated microphone), two HDMI inputs and four super-speed USB 3.0 ports. There is also one remote control.

The design of this model is one of the hardest ones to forget. Everything is made of metal, which means extra durability. It is also a very slim all-in-one. Its measurements: 23.11″ x 18.62″ x 9.06″. Its weight: 14.2 pounds.Vizio-CA24

Multi-touch touchpad

Returning to the specs: we were blown away by how powerful the CPU was in our tests. And the fact that there is an Intel Turbo Boost Technology makes the experience even more amazing thanks to the sheer speed with which tasks are performed.

We used, as a typing tool for our review, this product’s multi-touch touchpad and also its wireless keyboard. Everything went smoothly.

From our own observations, the Vizio CA24 has no bloatware. Which was why we could enjoy its performance without annoying ourselves over petty additions that are unnecessary. It also meant that this device had better boot up time.

The screen, like we mentioned, is a 24″ that is complete with a full high definition resolution. From our past experiences, such a set of specs only means great quality. And it proved right: colors, brightness, sharpness, contrast and everything else looked and felt excellent. We watched this unit as if we were watching a television set.

Good sound quality

If the user feels like watching movies online, using Google for something and so on, this combo offers access to the Internet via 2 options: one is 10/1000 gigabit Ethernet and the other is 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi. No lags and no freezing moments were had while online.

To make sure that you keep in touch with loved ones when you are not in the same city as them, the CA24 presents a 1.3-megapixel cam which includes a mic. We could hear the others loud and clear in this test. And they looked good in the image quality department.

Sound is very good thanks to the excellent on-board subwoofer. We did not heard distortions or other cons.

If at any point during your experience with this device you encounter an issue, you will be offered help fast. The company has really good customer service where you are taught what to do in the case of an emergency.

If you look in the box attentively, you will discover the following features: user’s manual, an external subwoofer/power supply, a wireless touchpad, a remote control and a wireless keyboard. Security problems are taken care of by Microsoft Security Essentials. They do their job very well.

Conclusion

The Vizio CA24 all-in-one is a product that should be featured on all desks if you are interested in something like it. You are promised a lot and your expectations will surely be exceeded.

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Genius G-Shot HD575T

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There is no shortage of interest in video cameras. As proven by the many such devices still being released even these days. Genius’ $169 G-Shot HD575T of which we are discussing in this review below is an example of that. So take a seat and enjoy what we are about to tell you.

An extra light camera

The Genius G-Shot HD575T is stoked full of nice specifications. Among them we find a 3″ display, 0.032 Gigabytes of memory, a 4x digital zoom, an SD memory card, a 5x optical zoom, a F/3.5 aperture, a CMOS image sensor, a Li-ion battery. This cam has a good weight: 7.9 oz. It measures 110 mm x 58 mm x 50 mm.

There are not many cameras that could say they’re extra light. But this model sure is. It feels like a smartphone, actually, to tell you the truth. So much so, that there was no problem if we wanted to work with this device more than half an hour in one sit.Genius-G-Shot-HD575T

There are many connectivity options on the G-Shot HD575T. Out of them, the most important are the HDMI and the USB ports.

Arcsoft Total Media Extreme included

We soon discovered, during tests, that we could even fold out this camera’s screen. That enabled us to use the point and shoot method of view finding. This proved to be very helpful when snapping pictures. It also helped that the G-Shot HD575T shipped with many options, settings and so on. We could jump from one setting to the other right then and there without having to dig too deep in the cam’s menu.

You will be surprised, as we were, by the presence of something called Arcsoft Total Media Extreme. This is a full licensed version which features an editing component along with a player. Both of them delivered a very good performance in tests. Because there are not many video editing suites on this device, the addition of the above option is very thoughtful from the part of the manufacturer.

Good colors quality

And now we will go on by telling you about the performance. On the whole, it was good. As long as the light was normal. Because if it’s not, results will be poor. Meaning that photos will have noise; also, the colors will look dark. But when the light is right, pics will look much better. Despite some instances where the end results will appear somewhat darker than usual. But the quality of colors was superb. Even if we saw some noises in the photos we took, the aforementioned colors still looked really beautiful. Their saturation was also perfectly acceptable. Crispness also made many appearances throughout our pic snapping.

Videos can be shot in 1080p and it is all high definition. We were content with what we saw. Clips will never look as good as photos did, but you can still use the G-Shot HD575T if you want to go to a concert or in your garden.

Review conclusion

Genius is not as famous of a name as Panasonic and Samsung, just to name a few of the more popular brands. But this company’s G-Shot HD575T handles it all well in this review. Its major pros are its lightness, the easiness with which it works and its performance now and then.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M92

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We are happy to review another desktop PC we recently came across. We are talking about a device called Lenovo ThinkCentre M92. Without further ado, we are going to let you know if it deserves your money – $699 in total – or if you are better off without it.

A desktop PC with personality

As is befitting to any serious desktop PC out there, Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M92 also comes with a basket-full of nice specs. Which can be put in the following list: 1x4GB Samsung DDR3-1600 memory, an Intel Core i5-3470T CPU (2×2.9GHz + HTT, 22nm, Turbo to 3.6GHz, 3MB L3, 35W), Removable DVD+/-RW Drive, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 operating system, Intel HD 2500 Graphics (650-1100MHz, 6 EUs) GPU, a Custom Q77 motherboard, a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 5400-RPM SATA 3Gbps HDD and a Removable DVD+/-RW Drive.

Examining this list, we thought that the processor used on this model was a fairly odd option for Lenovo. While the performance it delivers is good, it is still behind other processors. Also, our tests showed that the hard drive was much too slow for this system.

This device has looks which were made specifically for it. For instance, air comes in via the device’s front; it is then taken out out of its rear. That and the fact that the chassis is solid make the design pleasant to look at.Lenovo-ThinkCentre-M92

The ThinkCentre M92 consumes less than 65W. Which is good to know. And that happens even when we performed some demanding tasks.

USB 3.0 ports

Ports, inputs and other connectivity options mean 1 DisplayPort-to-DVI dongle and 2 USB 3.0 ports. Yup, it is not much. You miss out on all the most important stuff, like a HDMI port, a DVI one and audio ones. Thankfully you are offered USB 3.0 support and jacks for connecting either a microphone or a headphone. Don’t count on seeing Wi-Fi, because this gadget completely lacks it.

Also, another thing you shouldn’t have high expectations about is heat. Because the M92 will disappoint by getting fairly hot since it has such a processor. It’s still not as bad as what we experienced some time ago with desktop PCs you could make an omlette on and eat it right then and there.

Since this device featured a DVD writer, we had a go at it to see if there were any pros or cons. We have mixed opinions. While it is a good addition, the user will have to make sure to attach 1 external USB cable to make it work. However, you won’t need to try to remove it like a maniac afterwards. No sound came from this hard drive. Not ever. We tested it to see if it became loud when we used it for more complex tasks. It didn’t. Thanks to the addition of VESA mounts, we could employ it for kiosks.

Review conclusion

These being written, we can conclude that Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M92 has a rather high price tag for the things it can actually do. Even if the kind of warranty that this company offers is good, we still cannot hide our discontent at witnessing the system’s lack of better specifications. If you belong to the end user category, then this machine is not your knight in shining armor. There is not even Wi-Fi available. So after all, the M92 should not be considered if you are after something more elaborate and with a somewhat better price.

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