Entertainment Reviews

Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet’s Phantom resembles something from Portal, has audiophiles by turns fuming or fawning, and squeezes up to 3,000W into a casing some physicists say shouldn’t work. The first all-in-one music system from the polarizing French firm, Phantom’s odd looks are, Devialet claims, merely the side-product of its homegrown pressurized drivers and hybridized analog/digital amplifiers. That means the big story is in the sound, but can this sci-fi prop of a speaker really be worth its $2k price tag?

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review

If Nexus Player was Android TV's trailer, NVIDIA SHIELD is the platform's first big blockbuster. This piece of hardware exemplifies all of the high points of NVIDIA's hardware history, taking the Android TV operating system to a place that not only shows off everything Google's done, but adds on features that make this environment even better. In NVIDIA SHIELD you'll find your new best bet for a top-notch living room TV controller, gaming system, and media center all in one.

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Xbox One TV Tuner Review

Xbox One TV Tuner Review

The following review is of two devices, combined making the Xbox One capable of running over-the-air digital TV. The first item is the Hauppauge digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The second is the Mohu Leaf 50 antenna. These two devices are what's needed to pick up TV - if you're not about to pay cash for your local major cable provider and want to enjoy over-the-air TV right alongside gaming content on your Xbox One. While the process of purchase might be odd, the result is excellent.

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Elsa’s Sparking Ice Castle LEGO Review

Elsa’s Sparking Ice Castle LEGO Review

At long last, LEGO's mini-dolls collection of brick sets gets its day in the sun with Frozen. Here we're having a peek at Elsa's Sparking Ice Castle, a set you're only going to find in the pink-colored aisle of your local department store's toy section. While this environment is generally limited to hair salons, restaurants, gardens, houses, and pools, this set brings the heat with a tower made of ice. It comes with unique pieces, shiny stickers, and Olaf the snowman.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Review – A Prime no-brainer

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review – A Prime no-brainer

Amazon may have been late to the streaming box game with the Fire TV, but the retail behemoth isn’t letting that initial tardiness hold it back, following up with an even more affordable way to bring on-demand content to your living room. The Amazon Fire TV Stick comes in at just $39, undercutting Roku and just a few dollars more than Google’s Chromecast, and offers - in broad strokes at least - the same multimedia prospect as its more expensive sibling. At less than half the price of a Fire TV, though, have so many corners been cut as to suddenly leave Jeff Bezos’ dongle unsatisfying? Read on for the full review.

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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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