Stories by Elias Plastiras

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook (2013 model)

Dell has added a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU to its versatile little XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook, which gives it much improved battery life and better performance when it comes to processing 3D graphics. However, Dell hasn’t done much to cha...

Comparison: Seagate and WD 5mm thick hard drives

Ultra slim hard drives have been released by both Seagate and WD this year in a bid to allow tablet and notebook manufacturers to create thinner products with more built-in storage space. Whether or not manufacturers harness these new drives to creat...

Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 touchscreen notebook

The Dell Inspiron 15R is a mainstream notebook that aims to offer a good balance of features, performance and battery life at a competitive price. The most basic configuration starts from $799 ($1149 in New Zealand) and includes a third-generation In...

Synology DSM 4.3 software (preview)

Synology has announced that an upgrade to the DiskStation Manager (DSM) software for its NAS (network attached storage) devices will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. Find out what's new and whether your Synology NAS will be compatible with...

Acer Aspire S7-392 Ultrabook

Acer’s Aspire S7 was introduced last year to quite a few ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’, mainly because it was a thin and light little thing with an attractive design. This year’s Aspire S7-392 looks just like the old one, but it has a few significant differences ...

Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones

Sennheiser has blended form with function very well in its Momentum headphones, which are not only stylish, they also produce clear and accurate sound quality. Indeed, what you get with the Momentum headphones is a luxury audio product that delivers ...

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 is one of the thinnest and lightest Windows 8 devices on the market. It's a 10.1in tablet that weighs just 558g and it runs an Intel Atom Z2760 CPU. But what's it good for?

Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2 convertible Ultrabook

Panasonic's Toughbook CF-AX2 is a business-rugged convertible Ultrabook that can withstand the knocks and bumps of everyday usage, as well as survive modest falls if it should ever slip out of your hands. What makes it stand out from previous Toughbo...

Acer Aspire R7 convertible notebook

It's the most unconventional notebook on the market, but Acer doesn't really want you thinking of it as a notebook. Instead, you should think of it as a home entertainment device that can be used as a tablet, and maybe only sometimes as a normal note...

TP-Link TD-W8980 N600 modem-router

TP-Link's TD-W8980 is an ADSL2+ modem-router that's fit to the run the Internet distribution needs of a fairly typical home network. We found it to be a reliable performer during our extended test period, and it was also very easy to set-up and use. ...

Tivoli Music System compact hi-fi

The Tivoli Music System is a small, integrated hi-fi that will work wonders in a bedroom or small-sized living room. It has all you need in a sturdy, good-looking wooden enclosure. You might balk at the over-$1000 price tag, but exceptional audio per...

WD My Book AV-TV smart TV hard drive

Most smart TVs in the Australian and New Zealand markets have the ability to take advantage of USB storage for time-shifting and recording. WD's My Book AV-TV is a hard drive that is specifically designed to be the storage space for these TVs, allowi...

Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook

The Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 Ultrabook is predominantly a tablet that is slim, sturdy and feels good to hold. It's got a potent configuration packed in behind its screen, which includes an Intel Core i5 CPU and fast solid state storage. Basically, yo...

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