Reviews

  • Review And Giveaway: Battlefield 3

    Review And Giveaway: Battlefield 3

    Short version: Battlefield 3 plays it safe and focuses on maximizing player engagement, but falls prey to a lack of variety, a shabby UI that's clearly a holdover from consoles, plus of course the inevitable bugs, lag, and rocket spam. There's a good game in here, but only if you're willing to overlook some real flaws. But as it has been for years with big multiplayer games like this, the bugs… Read More

  • Striiv Gamifies The Pedometer Craze

    Striiv Gamifies The Pedometer Craze

    The pedometer - those little things you wear to measure your steps - has always been a weight loss gimmick. Only recently, however, have pedometers gotten smart enough to do more than just vaguely shame us into walking a little further. Take Striiv, for example. This keychain-sized device measures steps walked and stairs climbed and includes a unique set of cute little games that should, in… Read More

  • Review: Rage

    Review: Rage

    Short version: Probably the best-looking game I've ever played, despite a general lack of imagination. The gameplay itself, though, is (without exaggeration) probably less sophisticated than Doom. But is this ditzy game worth your money? Read More

  • Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Review: A MacBook Air For The Rest Of Us

    Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Review: A MacBook Air For The Rest Of Us

    The Aspire S3 is Acer's first ultrabook. The notebook is almost unabashedly a MacBook Air clone with straight lines and a clean design but it's also $400 less. There are some trade-offs when comparing this to the Air, sure, but for the most part the Aspire S3 is a fine ultraportible for the Windows crowd. What Acer and all the rest of the ultrabook makers are building are by all accounts fine… Read More

  • Pedal Power: Two Empress Guitar Pedal Reviews For Knob Twiddlers

    Pedal Power: Two Empress Guitar Pedal Reviews For Knob Twiddlers

    I love analog tech and I love analog sound. That's why I wrote up these two basic reviews of two Empress analog pedals for guitarists sick of bleeps and bloops and color LCD read-outs. I added a few video demos, as well, but I was able to play with this gear for a while in my own home studio and came away quite pleased. Empress Phaser Pedal Empress' phaser pedal packs a lot of features in a… Read More

  • Review: Deus Ex – Human Revolution

    Review: Deus Ex – Human Revolution

    Short version: Absolutely worth a play, but there are a number of flaws that cause DEHR to fall short of greatness. The bosses, the "domestic" environments, and certain je ne sais quois mais ce n'est pas bien about the level design. It's far from perfect, but the core gameplay, second by second, is fun and exciting. Read More

  • Review: Polaroid GL10 Instant Photo Printer

    Review: Polaroid GL10 Instant Photo Printer

    Short version: A nice-looking device, and it works more or less as advertised, but the quality of the printing simply isn't good enough. If you want instant photos, analog is still the way to go. Read More

  • Review: Audyssey Lower East Side Speakers

    Review: Audyssey Lower East Side Speakers

    Short version: A solid pair of laptop or desk speakers, unremarkable but warm and powerful, with an understated and attractive design. More attention to detail would help justify their price, though. Read More

  • Head-To-Head Review: Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100

    Head-To-Head Review: Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100

    With HD video recording, great image quality, and a solid selection of lenses, the Nikon D5100 and Canon T3i are on the top of a lot of wish lists out there. For people already in the Canon or Nikon camp (full disclosure: I'm a Canon man), the choice is obvious if an upgrade is in their future, but for the less dogmatic and new recruits to the DSLR crowd, it's not nearly as clear-cut. $800 buys… Read More

  • The Olympus PEN E-P3: Making Cameras Fun Again

    The Olympus PEN E-P3: Making Cameras Fun Again

    Short Version As a long-time fan of Olympus' Micro 4/3s series of cameras, I came to the E-P3 expecting good things. I was not disappointed. The camera is like Mini Cooper or a Smart car: it gets you where you need to go, you have fun on the way, and the resulting savings in size, bulk, and, in some ways, price makes it a great second camera for a DSLR buff or a great first camera for someone… Read More

 
  • Review: Sony SMP-N100 Streaming Media Player

    Review: Sony SMP-N100 Streaming Media Player

    The Sony SMP-N100 is Sony's addition to the media streaming device market. It's a small, unobtrusive device that doesn't attract any attention to itself. It supports Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video On Demand, and a whole host of other streaming media services. In pretty typical Sony fashion, the device performs its primary tasks admirably well, but everything else falls a bit short. Read on for… Read More

  • Chanel's Titanium Ceramic Chromatic Watch Hands-On

    Chanel's Titanium Ceramic Chromatic Watch Hands-On

    In my short years as an 'aspiring' watch photographer, few timepieces have truly evaded a good picture as the Chanel J12 Chromatic. The rich universe of hues that emit from Chanel's new "chromatic" material are more or less impossible to capture in stills - as the colors mix and meld with the light so amazingly. It is a sin to evaluate this watch for yourself seeing it in still images alone. Read More

  • Review: The HP Palm TouchPad

    Review: The HP Palm TouchPad

    Short Version: Like Duckie from Sixteen Candles, Palm has been the perennial third choice. Even in its late heyday, when the Treo still ruled the airwaves and the iPhone was a faint glimmer in Apple's eye, they got the short end of it with consumers and critics. But there was - and is - a zealous minority who see Palm as the Third Way, a way out of Apple/Android/Microsoft hegemony and who see… Read More

  • Kobo eReader Touch Edition Tour

    Review: Kobo eReader Touch Edition

    Short version: Superficially similar to the new Nook, but the Kobo is perhaps even simpler, and the form factor is slightly more book-like. If you don’t need 3G or the other perks of the Kindle ecosystem, and just want a straightforward e-book reading device, this Kobo could be a good match. Read More

  • 2011 Infiniti QX56 AutoTech Review

    AutoTech Video Review: Infiniti QX56

    The Infiniti QX56 is the motoring equivalent of a scrumptious wedding cake: big and tall, classy, and oh so delicious. As the embedded video explores, the QX56 is a massive vehicle that knows how to handle itself while presenting the driver with a competent dash cluster and infotainment system The in-vehicle technology isn’t over done. It’s not loaded to the chassis with gadgets or… Read More

  • Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard

    Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard

    Short version: This new mechanical keyboard from Razer is clicky and attractive, but some layout and design choices irk me, and this thing ain’t cheap. Read More

  • Review: Marshall Major Headphones

    Review: Marshall Major Headphones

    Short version: An attractive and compact pair of headphones, not revolutionary by any means, but powerful and portable, and hey, they say “Marshall” on them. Read More

  • Review: 3M MP160 Pico Projector

    Review: 3M MP160 Pico Projector

    Short version: 3M’s MPro series puts on a little weight! It’s still smaller than a regular projector, but it’s chunkier than every pico projector out there. But it’s also bright and well-built. If you’re not bothered by its girth, this is a great option, though the whole class of devices is still pretty expensive. Read More

  • Review: Microvision ShowWX+ Pico Projector

    Review: Microvision ShowWX+ Pico Projector

    Short version: It’s hard to beat the ShowWX on portability and convenience, but on brightness and image quality it falls short of the competition. Read More

  • Review: EA Sports Active 2 For Kinect

    Review: EA Sports Active 2 For Kinect

    Short version: EA Sports Active 2 can be your own personal trainer if you manage to set up Kinect properly and you have space where you can exercise. The online tracking is a nice addition and the exercises are great. If you're looking for something to keep you healthy on the long run, this is for you. Read More