• Review: Motorola Atrix 2

    Review: Motorola Atrix 2

    An attractive and comfortable phone with a nice camera and enough speed for most users. The qHD screen is sharp and the design is understated. It’s just too bad Motorola had to ruin the UI with a few ugly effects. It’s not a major update to the original Atrix, but it has some welcome changes and stands on its own as a good choice for non-iPhone AT&T users. Read on for the… Read More

  • 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… 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… 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… 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… 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. 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • Review: Addonics NAS 3.0 Adapter

    We reviewed Addonics‘s first NAS adapter in early 2009, somehow missed the second version of the same, and now present our review of their NAS 3.0 Adapter. Like the previous iterations, the NAS 3.0 Adapter is an extremely small device. It sports two USB ports, an RJ-45 port, and a power socket. As with the original version, the power adapter is not a wall wart. Say what you want… Read More

  • Quick Review: Dungeon Siege III (PC)

    I can’t write a full review of this game because I have no intention of finishing it. I am a huge fan of Dungeon Siege and its sequel, and of the hack ‘n slash genre in general, but I felt it to be my duty to warn you guys away from Dungeon Siege 3 right now, in case you were thinking about picking it up. I’ve played a little over two hours of the PC version of the game… Read More

  • Review: Klipsch S5i Rugged In-Ear Headphones

    Short version: A solid pair of headphones with some token efforts towards ruggedness. Aside from an increased resistance to water, they’re not remarkably tough, but the sound is good and the remote is nice and chunky. Read More

  • Review Of The Cartier Calibre Watch

    There is a word that is thrown around a lot in the watch world that means the public takes a watch (or anything else for that matter) seriously. That word is legitimacy and I love to hear the French pronounce it. Cartier is what they call a legitimate brand. They have heaps of reputation, a solid history and plenty of important people who wear their products. Classic Cartier designs are also… Read More

  • Review: Vue Video Network With Motion Detection

    When I last looked at the Vue Video Network in 2009 I found it to be fairly rough. These tiny, battery-powered cameras were very cool and you could set them up and then “visit” them via the web to see what was going on. However, they weren’t a real security system in that you couldn’t be alerted to motion, making the cameras overly simplistic. However, with the launch… Read More

  • Review: ThinkGeek iCADE iPad Arcade Game

    Few things will grab a middle-aged man’s attention like an iPad full of old Atari games and a ball-end joystick. There is something about that specific mix of electronic nostalgia, the promise of adventure, and the experience of sweet limbic release that allows him to relax into the experience at hand, his face slack, his hand jazzing the stick like a rat trained to respond to reward… Read More

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