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Garmin Zumo 660

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There can never be too many navigational systems for our cars, bicycles and so on. After reviewing another model from Garmin, we found ourselves looking at another one from the same manufacturer. Because they are that good. At least the version we tested, the Zumo 660, is much better than the previous Zūmo 550.

A new easy to use GPS

The size of the new Zumo 660 is 136 mm x 83.4 mm x 24 mm. This makes the unit bigger in dimension compared to other models. A 4.3″ touchscreen is here, too, and it includes 480 x 272 pixels, the weight is 270g, 4GB of internal memory and a removable lithium-ion battery with 3.5V, 1880mAh and 6.7Wh.

Just like the previous 550 model, this one does not feature new stuff. Which is fine, because it makes everything easier to perform. The features of this unit are the following: lane assist, Where Am I?, 3-D building view, vocalization of street names, photo navigation, preloaded street maps for North America, Bluetooth wireless and optional FM traffic alerts. This GPS unit will continue to function even it it’s used while outside it’s raining.

Power input means a motorcycle mount with integrated DC harness, an automotive power cable and cradle, compatible USB 2 ports and an optional USB charger.garmin-zumo-660

But newer is not always totally better and depending on what the individual consumer or user is looking for, the 660 will be just about perfect, or seen to be lacking certain necessities. We tried hard to get a secure connection with several gadgets, but we couldn’t.

IPx7 certification standard

This Zumo 660 has a body that is slim, but the weight makes it a bit tiresome to hold with one hand. But that doesn’t take away its excellent speed when using it. There is even a 3D mode available. We especially enjoyed using the touchscreen. The colors it delivered, the easy legibility and the way it looked were all very nice. Likewise, navigation was very smooth and easy to perform in tests.

If you want to clear user data at some point, the Zūmo 660 has something called Clearing User Data reset. To access it, you only have to press your finger to the lower-right corner of the device’s display and the open the GPS unit. You will see a query message. If you are sure you want to delete data, click the Yes option.

The sound offered by the unit’s stereo speakers is not great. But we could easily stream through Bluetooth all sorts of tunes. Use a pair of headphones or something alike.

This product comes with IPx7 certification standards. This assures the consumer that the device is not dangerous to him or her.

Garmin made a navigational system that is not quite as good as what they used to manufacture. There are some cons to it, mostly represented by things that are missing. But on the whole, we did not have many reasons to complain about it. What bugged us the most, though, was how out of the blue the Bluetooth would shut down. And it wasn’t our fault it did that when we reviewed it. Garmin should look into the matter and find a solution for future models. Because as much as we tried, we didn’t manage to make the feature work again, not unless we reverted to that Clearing User Data. But that implied us losing precious data.

Conclusion

The Garmin Zumo 660 is not the company’s best effort to date. And yet, we wouldn’t like to use any other GPS system than this one. Or other models if we want more.

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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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Archos 101 XS

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The $400 Archos 101 XS is part of the company’s GN XS series. This model could have been a great tablet. But as the company is not as skilled in this field as its main rivals, the model we tested and are about to review today didn’t steal our hearts.

A thin 10.1 inch Android tablet

The Archos 101 XS is 1.4 pounds heavy and 0.31″ thin. The screen is a 10.1″ affair and it has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system. The CPU has a clock speed of 1.5GHz. RAM is 1GB and flash memory is 16GB.

Features and other niceties are made of a gyroscope, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, an accelerometer, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and a digital compass.

The slate that this gadget delivers should sit on a surface that offers stability. Otherwise you risk destroying it. There is also a coverboard included. This addition does not have enough space to make it easy to use. And you get no touchpad, if you can imagine that. It was a con for us. But both the slate and the coverboard turn into a nice combination. This makes the 101 XS portable. Compared to what other tablets bring along with their coverboard, the one on this model delivers just one microUSB connection.Archos-101-XS

Limited sensitivity

If there is no touchpad, then there is a cam on the device’s front side. But it’s as if it wasn’t there. Because the quality of the photos we took with this camera was not something to boast about.

We kind of had no expectations from this gadget in terms of its display. And sure enough, we were proven right: it featured no way to protect itself from fingerprints. Also, the sensitivity it offers is not the best one. We touched our fingers to its surface and the screen did not give a fast feedback. Then we wrote this review on the tablet’s coverboard. It wasn’t an altogether unpleasant experience. But since there is no palm rest, we quickly became rather frustrated with it. Also, the buttons needed more than one touch to spring to life and produce an effect. On top of that, you aren’t given that much space to use.

In the battery department, test results did not show a splendid battery life. This gadget did not last more than 3 hours.

Very good experience in games

Playing games is a nice experience. But before choosing a title, make sure to set the pixels of that game as high up as they can. Otherwise, you will be offered a forgettable session. Other, more expensive, tablets should deliver the same quality. Once you are set, the device is going to offer plenty of smoothness whatever game you choose to play alone or with friends. And there is a Video application to take advantage of. If there was plenty of light to go around, then image quality looked pretty bad. If the light conditions are poorer, image quality is better when you watch something from an off angle. So it’s a hit or miss sometimes.

Compared to past experiences, working with this OS is not as slow. Well, at least not when doing other activities than playing a game. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system used on this model is going to be replaced by the 5th version in the near future.

Conclusion

The Archos 101 XS had almost every potential to turn into a good tablet. But its many cons cannot make you concentrate on its few pros.

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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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Asus VG23AH

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We haven’t seen a good monitor in a while. With this in mind, we picked Asus’ $279.99 VG23AH up and gave it a couple of try. But this is not any old monitor. No, it’s a 3D-enabled IPS device. So brace yourselves for a new review.

A 23 inch new 3D monitor

The Asus VG23AH boasts a set of specs that look something like this: a 23″ display with 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 60Hz pixel refresh rate, 1000:1 / 80000000:1 (dynamic) image contrast ratio, 5 ms response time, 16.7 million colors, 178 degrees on both the horizontal and the vertical viewing angles, 21.7″ x 9.8″ x 16.5″ and 14.3 lbs.

This new Asus VG23AH does not come with the sort of looks that will send you in a reverie. But the good thing is that it’s not as glossy as other models. Its stand allows for swiveling and tilting.

Connectivity is supported by the following: one VGA, one PC audio input, one HDMI port, one DVI-Digital input and a 3.5mm Mini-Jack. You don’t get USB ports on this model.Asus-VG23AH

The screen of this device is an IPS one. This meant, when we used it in tests, that it was capable of showing very good performance in the areas of greyscale and color. Also, this display supports 3D. And its viewing angles are wider than what we have seen up until now.

Good colors uniformity

If you wish to take advantage of this monitor, the right way to do it is to switch it to the Standard mode. If you do this, you will be able to enjoy great brightness levels. Also, colors will look beautiful. Anything can be adjusted to suit the viewer’s needs. There are numerous settings for the picture on screen. We played with the following ones: 3D depth (for movies that use this technology), focus, brightness, screen position, skin tone and many more until we found what we were looking for at the beginning of this review.

There were no problems to be had with movies in 2D. Uniformity was good. As were the colors. None of them shifted in any way. However, when we switched to 3D, we saw that performance was not as good. The important thing is to always avoid leaving this monitor’s sweet spot. Because that will immediately bring about artifacts and crosstalk, too.

To watch content in 3D, Asus offers a pair of special glasses. Out of all the 3D glasses we tested so far, this pair is on our list of favorites. And that was due to the great comfort they provided.

Film-type Patterned Retarder technology

The sound delivered by the monitor’s pair of speakers was not ideal. That’s because there is no subwoofer inside it. If it were, quality would have been way better than what we experienced.

This device is surely not one to mind the environment that much, And it shows in the quantity of power it consumes: 36W. We could not lower that figure even after turning its brightness levels lower. Or tuning the ECO mode on.

The Film-type Patterned Retarder 3D technology that the VG23AH comes with was great. With its help, content looked very good thanks to its powers of offering great depth to images. Also, sharpness levels were superb overall. Once again, it is better to watch movies or whatever else you want without moving away from the monitor’s sweet spot.

Conclusion

As a monitor, the Asus VG23AH works well. But its cons may weigh it down in the long run.

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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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Origin EON17-S

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The $3,499 Origin EON17-S is the next item on our list of already tested gadgets. This laptop may cost quite a lot, but you will get your money’s worth (though not all of it) if you buy it.

A 17-inch new laptop

The EON17-S fine tuned by Origin has a 17.3″ display with full high definition attributes, a 3W subwoofer, a 1TB hard drive, 2 120GB solid-state drives, 16GB of system RAM, an Intel Core 3.10GHz i7-3920XM Extreme Edition processor and a pair of SSD.

In the looks department, this laptop comes in either black, silver or red. On the whole, this model looks like what Alienware would produce. Its 11 pounds make this laptop quite heavy to hold. The keyboard has plenty of space between its buttons. It is one that offers backlighting, so if you decide to work in the dark, you will not miss hitting the right keys. Then you have the touchpad. We very much enjoyed using it thanks to the great feedback it offered in our tests.

The display of this EON17-S is covered in a glossy finish. Which, needless to say, is extremely annoying while working with the laptop. Something should be done about this, because if it were not for this con, we would have deeply liked the screen. Why? Because the viewing angles, the brightness, the colors and so on look great.Origin-EON17-S

Impressive connectivity options

The abundance of connectivity options we discovered in this review, was excellent. We came across the following: 3 USB 3.0 ports, 4 audio jacks (headphone and 7.1 channel surround-out), 1 power jack, 1 mini-FireWire port, 1 LAN port, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 external USB Blu-ray drive, one 9-in-1 card reader, 1 DisplayPort, 1 DVI video ports, one HDMI, 1 optical drive bay (this one offers the possibility to use it with whatever kind of CD/DVD/BD drive or an additional storage drive).

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios are also features in the list of features. Speaking of which, sound comes from a pair of speakers. The latter use a 3W subwoofer to produce it. A Creative THX TruStudio software is offered, so that the user can easily optimize the audio output. Everything can be personalized, so that you can enjoy the best of sound. The latter’s quality if good.

Limited battery life

The operating system used here is a Windows 7 Home Premium version. The thing that we liked the most about it was that we saw no unnecessary programs with it. Much too many laptops sport bloatware these days that it is really frustrating.

The amount of life that is delivered by this model’s battery is 2 hours and 40 minutes. Quite nice, if you ask us. Still, the EON17-S still has a long way to become our favorite gaming laptop if we only judge it by its type of battery.

The graphics unit employed on Origin’s latest gaming product is rather big. But this means that more effort was made into turning this device into a good one when it comes to graphics performance. The controller was over-clocked; this helps it achieve superb quality in gaming sessions.

The warranty offered by the company for their newest device is 1 year for each of the labor and arts.

Review conclusion

The Origin EON17-S is capable of lasting in a professional way when it’s used for gaming and other activities. But it’s not as powerful as some of the others we have already reviewed.

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Cyborg M.M.O. 7 mouse

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To change things a bit, we chose another product altogether to test and afterwards review. And by “another product” we mean a mouse, the $130 Cyborg M.M.O. 7 mouse to be exact. And we chose it because we know there are many gamers among our readers. So let’s see together what (hopefully) pleasant surprises this model offers. Or not.

A special gadget for gamers

The Cyborg M.M.O. 7 is a gaming mouse that breaks conventions. The number of keys it features is more generous. We counted 1 mode shift button and sideways wheel, 5 thumb keys and a four-way POV switch on the thumb rest. The ones for the pinky sport 1 key. Then there is the main mouse boasting other 2 mode keys besides its usual number of buttons and 1 sensitivity key. The design of this product translates into a weight cartridge which includes 3 palm rests that can be interchanged, five 6-gram weights and 3 pinky rests that can also easily be interchanged for a more comfortable use.

If you want comfort when using a gaming mouse, then the M.M.O. 7 is the right model for your everyday gaming needs. However, at first we were a bit taken aback with the design, but we got accustomed after a not too long period of time. But remember: to have the most enjoyable experience, first program this mouse’s keys to act accordingly. Either way, the thumb keys that have a different position on the mouse were very handy in tests while gaming.Cyborg-M.M.O.-7

ActionLock technology

As on any other gaming mouse, the M.M.O. 7 has a couple of both mode and non-mode keys. The former gave us access to ActionLock. This is a feature that switches the clicking option to the holding one. The non-mode keys has 3 modes. They react according to the type of game you are playing by mapping various modes. This option makes the M.M.O. 7 all the more appealing. But apart from having many pros, it also comes with cons, naturally. When you are playing a game and you have to stop yourself to change something, it’s not nice. Well, the problem is that the user can quickly press the ActionLock by sheer without wanting to. That results into a simultaneous pressing of the mouse key and the ActionLock one.

The official Internet page of Mad Catz lists a rather large number of game profiles of different genres. According to the explanation we found, the aforementioned game profiles help the user of this mouse choose the best commands for a game or several. Personal configuration is the key element here. For our tests we chose 3 profile titles. One of them was Star Wars: The Old Republic one. The time it took to load them all was no more than several minutes. We wanted to see the same fast times when it was time to change the profile we were using to a different one. To do that, we had to access the mouse’s software. And that took quite some time. After that we cleared the profile we were using and that was that. It should have happened way faster, but we weren’t that greatly bothered by it.

Review conclusion

Today’s mouse, the Cyborg M.M.O. 7, is a tool that will befit many people who are into gaming. This mouse does not require a generous amount of money, is swift and delivers an enjoyable performance. Minus that sometimes annoying ActionLock option.

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Medion Akoya E6228 (MD99050)

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We took the decision to review another product made by Medion. This time it was the company’s $569 Akoya E6228 (MD99050).

A new low end laptop

The Medion Akoya E6228 (MD99050) works with the following specifications: a 15.6″ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, an Intel Core 2.4GHz i3-2370M processor, 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 750GB hard drive and an Intel HD 3000 GPU.

Medion did not dare make their latest laptop look different than what the are used to on their other models. In a nutshell, the deign is very nice. Its body will not be bothered by fingerprints.

If you want a very light laptop, look further than this one. Because it weighs quite a bit: 2.6kg. You can safely use it on your legs or lap, because it stays cool.

Don’t be afraid of the display showing reflections. It won’t. But we had to make sure the display was tilted before looking at pics or clips in order to see them in a better quality.Medion-Akoya-E6228-(MD99050)

The kinds of scrolling that this device’s touchpad works with are 3-finger flicks and 2-finger types. You will get along very well with this touchpad. The buttons on the keyboard also provide great feedback. We wrote this review on them, during our tests, and we did not run across problems.

Limited battery life

Thanks to the fact that the processor is a fast one compared to what Medion used on previous models, the overall speed in our case was good. Encoding sessions took 1 minute each. But because of the slow hard drive and the poor amount of RAM, this CPU will not make it through a task that is more complex.

The battery supplied inside the Akoya E6228 (MD99050) delivers 4 hours on a single charge. If you don’t think that’s enough, then you can always lower the display brightness level.

Connectivity translates into 1 HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 DVD burner, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 ports, ports for connecting a mic or a pair of headphones, 1 VGA port and 1 SD card slot. You also get Bluetooth to go.

Weak speakers

Games that are really big right now won’t be able to look good on this laptop. Because its GPU does not deliver what is needed from it in this case.

We advise our readers to buy a pair of headphones, because the quality of the speakers is not great at all.

Movies, songs and other types of content in high definition looked good on the laptop’s display. To control what we watched, we employed either the keyboard or the touchpad. Yes, there is no remote here. However, before kicking this device into life, be sure to set up its USB-based digital TV tuner. There is also an antenna that offers portability. To get the best out of it, you will have to take care where you sit and live. Because it will not work all the time. But with that USB-based digital TV tuner, you will need no adapter. The product offers a full-sized antenna connection to go by. That is very good thinking from the part of Medion. The number of channels we got was 3: they were the ones called Ten, Seven and ABC. But if you take your time and allow it to dig deeper, it is going to offer many more channels.

Conclusion

The Medion Akoya E6228 (MD99050) does not count as a great laptop in the big books. And it’s a pity, since it actually is reliable. And the performance it delivers is good.

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