Entertainment Reviews

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most traditional of displays, the humble TV. Google TV was flabby and confusing; the axe fell on the Nexus Q before it even went on sale. Only the Chromecast has had any measure of success, and yet just when we thought Google might have a strategy, along comes a different platform again, Android TV. Running first on the Nexus Player, but set to spread to smart TVs from numerous manufacturers, it’s Google’s fourth lounge reboot, but is it really necessary?

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iLoud review: Bluetooth speaker by day, amp by night

iLoud review: Bluetooth speaker by day, amp by night

The problem with Bluetooth speakers is that they’re typically underpowered, and not very dynamic. You get small-ish speakers pushing out varying levels of sound in both level and quality. The iLoud is meant as a no-compromise device that can even double as an amp for your guitar. To find out if it actually pulls double-duty, we took it for a spin.

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Dell AD211 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Dell AD211 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Bluetooth speakers are fairly ubiquitous, with just about everyone jumping into the mix. Dell can be counted among those who want to make themselves known on your desktop with their AD211. The portable tube is appropriately priced, but does it pack enough punch to make you seek it out? Good question — let’s find out!

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Ollie Review: Sphero creators double down on remote control

Ollie Review: Sphero creators double down on remote control

The team that created the robotic sphere known as Sphero is back. Sphero was first revealed in 2010 and continues to have no rival - there’s simply no remote-control device on the market like it. Here in 2014, Sphero (formerly called Orbotix) brings Ollie (originally code-named Sphero 2B) to market with a completely new form-factor - a cylinder.

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Blumoo review: complete control from your smartphone

Blumoo review: complete control from your smartphone

Something familiar will happen to you tonight. You’ll sit down on your couch, go to turn on the TV — and curse. Probably loudly. Those remotes, all five or more, are strewn about your living room. Under a bag of chips, between the couch cushions — or who knows where. Your remotes just don’t behave. You could suffer this indignity indefinitely, or you could just get a Blumoo.

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Ghostbusters ECTO-1 LEGO Set Review

Ghostbusters ECTO-1 LEGO Set Review

It’s time to pick up the landline and dial the Ghostbusters - the ECTO-1 LEGO set has arrived at SlashGear. This magnificent set comes from the same place several of the most web-popular LEGO sets from the past few years have come: LEGO Ideas. Here we’ve got all four of the team present as well: Venkman, Ray, Egon, and Winston.

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Living with Amazon Fire TV: Two Months On

Living with Amazon Fire TV: Two Months On

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box arrived to shake up an increasingly crowded home entertainment segment, but does it have what it takes to set the living room alight? The squared-off streamer has been hooked up to my TV for two months now, piping Prime on-demand video among other things, but has the new gadget honeymoon ended?

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LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Sail Barge Review

LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Sail Barge Review

Today is the day we review the newest edition of Jabba’s Sail Barge LEGO set, just in time for the 31st anniversary of the original release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Today is also the anniversary of the release of the first film in the Star Wars series: A New Hope. With Jabba's Sail Barge, today we return to the sand planet Tatooine in style, just as we’re meant to.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Review

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Review

The universe in which this LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 unit exists is not one made for a tiny, limited cross-section of creative children and those that want to see their models move. When you see "10+" on the package for the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, you’re going to need to understand that this does not mean it’s excellence is relegated to kids. You’re also going to need to recognize immediately that this is not just a toy - it’s a platform.

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