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808 Audio Canz Wireless Speaker

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 28th, 2014

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There are a lot of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, but pound-for-pound, the 808 Audio Canz Wireless Speaker is probably one of the most compelling. For such an inexpensive speaker, the Canz are a great choice – both tiny and surprisingly powerful, they deliver decent performance. Of course, they are not without their flaws. We were sent one of these wee units to try out, and have come to the conclusion that if you’re looking for a solid and affordable portable audio solution, the Canz are worth considering.

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Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 26th, 2014

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Last year, we reviewed the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, a great solution for folks that want a better way to interface with the iPad for creative projects. Well, it looks like the bar has been raised once again with the Wacom Creative Stylus 2. Compared to its predecessor, the new Stylus 2 is more comfortable, less expensive (from a market introduction perspective), and more functional. If you’re looking for a great pressure-sensitive stylus, you really can’t go wrong with this choice.

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Intel® Core™ i7-5960X Processor Extreme Edition
Speeds Worthy of Darth Helmet

By Seán O'Sullivan - November 22nd, 2014

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For a number of years now, it seems that Intel’s focus has been on creating energy-efficient processors that let our portable electronics do more for longer. As wonderful as it is that that the Haswell processor can keep a hipster’s MacBook Air running unplugged for a dozen hours while pecking out a screenplay in a coffee shop, there’s a segment of the market that have been waiting for the next show of sheer muscle.

Well, that day has definitely arrived with the Haswell-E (or the the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, if you want to be formal) – Intel’s first eight-core desktop processor, aimed squarely at the kind of enthusiasts who refer to their PCs as “rigs” and are happy to tinker and overclock to squeeze every last drop out of their tech.

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Linksys SE4008
8-Port Ethernet Switch

By Sharad Hirjee - November 15th, 2014

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A few months ago I reviewed Linksys’ beast of a new router, the WRT1900AC. In that review I had mentioned that the router was stackable, saving the valuable real estate. Linksys has launched its new 8-port gigabit switch, and while all of the competition is moving to physically smaller switches, Linksys is bucking the trend and actually went bigger in the name of aesthetics and symmetry. Let the stacking commence!

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Logitech Z906
5.1 Surround Sound Speakers

By Sharad Hirjee - November 5th, 2014

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Audio has always been very important to me. After playing around with a few inexpensive sets of speakers I got serious about it, and went out and got myself a set of Klipsch Promedia 5.1 speakers back in the early 2002 and have not regretted it since. The KP 5.1 was a staple in my computer room and was used for everything from watching movies, listening to music and of course the odd video game or two. This THX-certified beast featured 4 satellite speakers, a center channel speaker each of which pushed 60 watts and an 8 inch 200-watt subwoofer – for an impressive total output of 500 watts. The highs were crisp, the bass was deep and full and the total system had an impressive response of 25Hz-20kHz. What all of this means is that when watching a movie on my PC through the KP 5.1, I would get a movie theater-like audio experience. So the bar has been set very high.

Unfortunately, after more than a decade of reliable service, the amplifier gave out and I needed to replace the system. Klipsch no longer makes this product (or a viable alternative), so off I went on an adventure of trying to replace what I thought was perfection. After much research I discovered that there were not that many options to replace a system like the one I had. Then I found Logitech’s Z906.

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Frenzy 8Z
Slim Jim With Vim!

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 2nd, 2014

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It’s amazing how many people are connected these days – especially children. In my commute I see so many kids using tablets that it makes me question Santa Claus’ gift policy. Many parents like the freedom and independence that a tablet gives their kids, and who can blame them? With all kinds of entertainment and educational applications available with a few taps, it’s a compelling way to leverage the power of connectivity. However, not everyone can afford an iPad air or a larger Android tablet – and frankly, not everyone needs that sort of real estate, which limits the options for many. Canadian-based Western Leaf Electronics aims to give consumers an option with their Frenzy 8Z tablet – an affordable, decently-sized Android-based option. They sent us one to try out, and it is definitely a solid choice if you’re looking for a tablet solution without having to sell your kidneys.

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D-Link DCS-2330L
Outdoor HD Wireless Network Camera

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 30th, 2014

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Home monitoring is so much more accessible now than it used to be. Now with smartphone integration, it’s pretty easy to keep tabs on the homestead while you’re away. We reviewed the Belkin Netcam HD a while back. Now meet a home monitoring solution that’s suitable for the great outdoors as well as indoors: the D-Link DCS-2330L Outdoor HD Wireless Network Camera, a network-enabled camera that is flexible, effective, and resilient in our Canadian climate.

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