32 posts • joined Wednesday 17th June 2009 12:06 GMT
Re: Mmmm - OK,
"Is Boot Camp a virtual machine or does it run on bare metal?"
It runs on bare metal - which in the case of the MacBook Pro includes a bog-standard hard disk. The Envy 4 has both a hard disk and a 32GB SSD module, which does seem to give its PCM7 score a bit of a boost.
Good beginning, but....
There's no end-game in Diablo 3 really, and not much of a mid-game either for that matter.
Playing the game once only gets you to about Level 30, so to get up to 60 you just have to keep going through the same bunch of dungeons over and over. The randomness of loot is pretty boring too, as it means that you can finish a major boss battle and end up with bugger all worth keeping or selling.
I did enjoy Diablo 3 for about 3 weeks, but once I had a couple of L60 characters set up there was nothing left to hold my attention.
I like the look of their 200Mbps kit - three Ethernet ports and wifi too.
Also not sure that 500Mbps is really necessary, since the average UK broadband speed is still well under 10Mbps...
LogMeIn - not any more
I have used LogMeIn - and a few other remote access apps too - but none of them match the speed and responsiveness of Splashtop.
That's why I focused on the Flash streaming in the review - to emphasis the sheer speed of the app.
Doesn't Work With iPhone
I had no trouble at all using the cable with an iPhone 4. I didn't have a Bravia TV or Acer projector, so can't comment on those models, but it did work with a Samsung TV, and HDMI monitors from a number of other companies. The photos in the review were taken on an LG monitor, for instance.
I also agree with the many companies stating that £35 for a cable is way over the top - but Apple isn't the only company that charges disgraceful prices for accessories. I'm still saving up to take out a mortgage for a replacement battery for my Sony Vaio laptop...
I've currently got a 26" CRT in my bedroom - used to be my main TV in the living room, but has now been relegated to the bedroom.
Although it's 'only' a 26" screen, the CRT is bigger, bulkier and about 10x heavier than the 32" Sharp, so it does kind of make sense for Sharp to push it at people who need a second set for a bedroom/playroom or whatever.
This round-up was also prompted by the little matter of 'antennagate'....
If Apple was forced to give millions of cases away for free then most iPhone users will probably consider a case an essential item - which is not the case for most other types of 'phone.
Horses for courses....
I'm well aware that a device like this is going to have huge buckets of scorn and contempt heaped upon it by our regular readers - who are, after all, very tech-savvy and well-informed about security issue.
However, there are still many people who are a bit intimidated by this new-fangled internet malarkey and - as I concluded in the review - the SmartSwipe might at least provide them with a bit of peace of mind.
Ain't that typical....
Typical - we've been monitoring the iPlayer situation for weeks and then this happens.
You see, when the iPad was first launched in the US the iPlayer did work - it simply treated the iPad as an iPhone. However, about three weeks ago the BBC disabled support for the iPad - which is why we suggested using Sphere as a workaround.
We knew that the BBC was working on the iPlayer Big Screen site but what we'd heard from the BBC led us to believe that it wouldn't be ready for the iPad's UK launch......
No Win Situation
Well I've got one comment accusing me of ignorantly slating the device and only giving it 80%, while another accuses me of 'fanboi propaganda' and scoring too leniently....
In truth, the wifi isn't a complete disaster - as I state in the review the wifi reception did pick up a bit during the initial testing period. However, the 80% score does reflect the wifi problems, as well as the high price.
Oh, and Mr Anonymous Coward - I'm happy to stand by my review and have my name on it. Unlike you.
<<180degrees view? I doubt it as you'd be able to see the image when the screen was perpendicular to the line of sight.>>
I actually said 'virtually 180 degrees'.
You can indeed see the screen clearly from just above the perpendicular.
Plus Ca Change
As I recall, two of the main changes in Office 2008 were the introduction of Entourage and the omission of Visual Basic.
And now the headline news for Office 2011 is that it's getting rid of Entourage and bringing back Visual Basic...
Now that's progress!
Nothing Could Be Simpler..?
<<Nothing could possibly be simpler than setting up SMB (Samba) on a Windows pc.>>
Actually, *not* having to set up Samba would be much simpler - especially for the millions of ordinary people who have never heard of Samba or UPnP.
Taking The Tablets
Apple's september event traditionally focuses on music - ie launching new iPods for Chrimble.
If they launched a tablet now all the headlines would focus on the tablet and the iPod would be forgotten.
It makes far more sense for Apple to hold back on a tablet until January.
MacBook Air battery can be changed...
No, Ted, the MBA battery can't be easily changed. It can only be done if you whip out a screwdriver and dismantle the entire base of the unit, removing no less than 10 tiny - and easily lost - screws in the process.
Try doing that when you're on a plane and just want to swap in a new battery so you can finish watching a film on the machine.
With all due respect, we didn't simply copy the waffle off Panasonic's marketing brochures for this review. We spoke to the product manager for the G10 range at Panasonic and our first question was - "what's the point of 600Hz refresh if the original signal only refreshes at 50Hz".....
Panasonic specifically told us that the set does indeed perform some interpolation. Its internal processor generates multiple frames for each frame in the original signal, and then attempts to select the frames that best display the trajectory of fast-moving objects, such as a tennis ball.
So while the image that you see on screen is still only 25 frames per second, some of those frames are Panasonic-interpolated frames. It's possible that they were lying through their teeth, but at the end of the day we did think that it performed well with sports programmes (and less well with bog-standard talking-head SD content due to the relatively poor scaling - a bit of interpolation and upscaling might help there too...).
It's always the case that prices for any product will vary a lot online. In the case of these headphones we either went with the price charged by the manufacturer on their own web site, or - where the manufacturer doesn't sell direct - the price charged by the manufacturer's preferred retail outlet.