Looking like a luxury guitar amp stack, it’s actually two devices in one, wrapped in faux leather with hand-stitched threads, topped off by an aluminium control panel and accents. It’s beautifully conceived and a sophisticated statement piece when placed in a corner.
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Fuji’s about more than just excellent camera tech – the noble art of looking through expensive glass also gets a stabilising boost in these 12x28s
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
The wildly entertaining Wii U game that brought us multiplayer three-dimensional Mario for the first time gets a Switch port – and a bonus Bowser adventure
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Lockdown reductions and vaccines won’t get rid of masks any time soon. Is LG’s purifying face-shield worthy of your time?
Baby Got Stack
Large, loud and lots of fun, Audio Pro’s 300-Watt Drumfire speaker duo is a multiroom lion among the hyenas
Never A Dead Pixel
Google’s Pixel phones, previously a mission to locate, are here in SA. How do they stack up against the established order?
BLADE FUNNER - Razer Blade 15 (2021) Rtba (Q2 2021) / apexint.co.za
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Fix Up, Look Sharper
Good news if you’re confident enough to let the world stare at you in UHD: Logitech has brought 4K to the world of webcams
The latest smart speakers have all had a style upgrade, while adding new functionality to command your high-tech habitat
Let's Play, House
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the unnecessarily complicated ‘smart home’? Let Stuff simplify things with our up-to-date guide to the best products, platforms and broadband advice for joining the dots of your connected abode
Downward Blog - Lenovo Yoga AIO 7
We vaguely scoffed at (but also quite liked) the Sero, Samsung’s crazy vertical TV for millennials that landed last year – but Lenovo’s idea of using a similar concept on a desktop PC makes a massive amount of sense whether you’re a TikTok fanatic, have an aversion to scrolling through blogs, or find yourself regularly navigating very, very long spreadsheets. The all-in-one Yoga AIO 7 doesn’t scrimp on specs either.
Home electronics – Buy Once, Cry Once
PART 2. In my previous column (Buy Once, Cry Once), I considered areas in your A/V budget where you should consider splurging when building a system. The categories I listed—projection screens, amplifiers, speakers—are ones that can provide years of enjoyment, but don’t see regular or major upgrades. I also covered categories like subwoofers that have a real impact on a system’s overall performance, and ones like pre-wiring that can strongly affect a system’s future serviceability.
Whether you fall into the “all well-designed amps sound the same when used within their limits” camp or the “amp selection is critical” army of true believers, it’s arguable that prior to the turn of the millennium amps designed for high-performance audio had fallen into a rut.
The Next Generation
The big car companies refresh their lineups on a pretty regular schedule. Honda, for example, brings out all-new versions of its models every four to five years, and it makes smaller upgrades and improvements in the years between the big changes.
Remember the rear-projection TV (RPTV)? RPTVs were big, boxy contraptions housing a projector that beamed an image at the rear of a screen mounted on the set’s front surface.
The little speaker with a big, big sound
Buy Once, Cry Once
Buy once, cry once. You might be familiar with that old adage, which is used to describe the purchase of a high-cost item that entails upfront financial “pain,” but with no need to buy again in the future due to the superior craftsmanship and build quality. It’s often associated with tools and watches but works quite well for A/V gear.
For a single person who just wants to head out and have fun, then maybe.
A Smarter Soundbar
Today, some 15 years after its founding by tech entrepreneur/billionaire Bob Madonna, Savant continues to expand its Mac-based smart home solution, and with some recent acquisitions, to broaden its market reach.
Revel Performabe surround speaker system
What's Local Dimming?
Q/A Wide angle