Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 [year]

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 2024

November 16, 2017 Richard Gomez 0

Over the last few years, Lenovo has experimented with a number of designs for tablets, laptops and hybrids. No other company has launched so many different models which twist, flip, bend or detach in different ways. The approach seems to have paid off, though, because Lenovo has decided to extend its ideas to other parts of its portfolio.
The Yoga Tablet is an 8-inch Android device which honestly doesn't require any of the acrobatic design we first saw in the Yoga ultrabooks. Android tablets generally don't come with keyboards, so there isn't anything to detach or hide away. The mechanism in question here is a kickstand that swivels around a thick cylindrical base, and allows the Yoga Tablet 8 to stand up, recline, or lie slightly raised.
There's another reason for the cylinder's existence: a massive 6,000mAh battery that would never have fit into such a slim body otherwise. Lenovo has made the main body of the Yoga Tablet just a few millimetres thin, but the b..

Xolo Play Tegra Note review [year]

Xolo Play Tegra Note review 2024

April 3, 2018 Richard Gomez 0

First things first: the Xolo Play Tegra Note is not purely a Xolo product. Xolo itself has had no involvement with designing and configuring it. The Tegra Note was created by Nvidia as a reference platform to show off the power of its Tegra 4 ARM processor. Despite it being the fourth generation of mobile silicon from Nvidia, no manufacturer has announced any plans to use it in any current or future device. With inventory lying around and no customers in sight, Nvidia changed its strategy and decided to create its own consumer products.
Thus, the Tegra Note and the Shield handheld game console were born. The Shield is an Nvidia branded product sold by the company itself, but Tegra Note is treated a little differently. Just like Nvidia creates reference graphics cards based around its graphics processors and allows all its partners to simply duplicate and put their own stickers on them, multiple brands around the world have simply licensed the Tegra Note design. In exactly the same way..

Phonejoy Gamepad 2 [year]

Phonejoy Gamepad 2 2024

August 9, 2017 Richard Gomez 0

There's no shortage of Android gamepads these days, at prices ranging from just around Rs. 1,000, to between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 10,000 for international brands like Steelseries and Mad Catz. Most of the gamepads available online are either tiny controllers (which are really not the most comfortable to use), or – as is much more common now – roughly the size (and shape) of an Xbox One controller, with a flip-out handle in the middle where you can attach your phone.
It's a good solution, for the most part, since you don't need a separate stand to prop up the phone when playing, and the large size also means that the controller tends to be comfortable to use during long gaming sessions. The catch is that most of the controllers of this style tend to be a little bulky – you can't exactly slip one into your pocket and carry it around.
A good compromise between portability and comfort is the Phonejoy Gamepad and an improved version of the gamepad is going to be available..

Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro Review: Good Build, Fun Gaming

Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro Review: Good Build, Fun Gaming

May 2, 2017 Richard Gomez 0

Amkette has, over the years, been rolling out a number of stylish looking mobile products, starting in 2012 in with the Amkette Evo TV, which was updated and released last year as the value-for-money Evo TV MC. The company has also released a number of wired and wireless headphones, as well as a Bluetooth speaker. Now, it's released the Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro, a Bluetooth gamepad for use with Android devices, available only on Flipkart, at Rs. 2,799.
Like Amkette's other products, the Evo Gamepad Pro is a good looking gadget. The button layout, and the placement of its analog sticks appears to draw on the design of the Xbox 360 gamepad, with two analog sticks, a four-way direction pad, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons, and two triggers, along with home, back and start buttons.
There's a flip out section in the middle, which can be opened to serve as a stand for your Android phone. Lifting the cover also reveals the battery light, along with the two indicators f..

Steelseries Siberia Elite Prism Review: Gaming in Style

Steelseries Siberia Elite Prism Review: Gaming in Style

February 26, 2016 Richard Gomez 0

The growth of the gaming scene in India has led to a massive upsurge in the availability of quality gaming peripherals. One particular segment that has benefited from this is gaming audio. A steady stream of personal gaming audio products has been making its way to the market, including products from top brands such as Kingston, Asus, Razer, and Steelseries.
Speaking of Danish manufacturer Steelseries, one of its latest products in India is the Siberia Elite Prism. At Rs. 16,999, it's a fair bit more expensive than a lot of competing products such as the Kingston HyperX Cloud II and Asus Strix Pro. Unlike Kingston and Asus however, Steelseries is a specialist in gaming peripherals and is closely associated with electronic sports and professional gaming around the world. Does that give the Siberia Elite Prism a leg up over its competitors? We find out in our review.
Design, fit and specifications
The Steelseries Siberia Elite Prism has a frequency response range of 16-28,000Hz, wit..

Asus Strix Tactic Pro and Asus Strix Claw Review: Gaming With Precision

Asus Strix Tactic Pro and Asus Strix Claw Review: Gaming With Precision

February 18, 2016 Richard Gomez 0

PC gaming is serious business, so much so that competitive gamers will do anything it takes to get the headshot every single time. For this reason and more, gamers need expensive mechanical keyboards and gaming mice with high dpi ratings for better precision.
Asus' Strix series of performance gaming hardware, introduced last year, is aimed at such gamers – the kind who carry their own peripherals to a LAN party. Asus sent us the Strix Tactic Pro mechanical gaming keyboard and the Strix Claw gaming mouse for review, and after playing around with them (quite literally) for a while, we have our opinion.
Asus Strix Tactic Pro
Saying the Strix Tactic Pro is packed to the hilt with features would be an understatement. From 21 programmable macro keys to replaceable WASD keys, Asus has gone whole hog with this keyboard.
The Strix Tactic Pro is not as heavy as other mechanical keyboards we've used in the past thanks to the use of plastic in its build. However, it is definitely heav..

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Review: Console Quality iOS Gamepad

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Review: Console Quality iOS Gamepad

February 14, 2016 Richard Gomez 0

Purists always argue that gaming on a smartphone is inferior to console or PC gaming, and quite a big chunk of their argument has to do with the unintuitive nature of touchscreen controls. In a way, they are right. Racing, fighting, and first-person/third-person shooter titles are the most affected by the placement of on-screen buttons. For example, the original Bioshock on iOS was panned by critics for its poorly implemented virtual buttons.

However, there is a solution in the form of game controllers that either plug in to smartphones or work as standalone Bluetooth accessories. Apple opened this avenue to third-party manufacturers with iOS 7, albeit with a long list of conditions.

The Logitech PowerShell, MOGA Ace Power and SteelSeries Stratus are a few examples of gamepads made for iOS devices and certified by Apple. However, all these controllers had some flaw or the other; if one had tiny analogue sticks another was too expensive. Mad Catz, a gaming peripherals manufacturer t..

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. TE and Mad Catz R.A.T. TE Review: Better Than They Look

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. TE and Mad Catz R.A.T. TE Review: Better Than They Look

February 13, 2016 Richard Gomez 0

Described as “a company that consists primarily of hardcore gamers”, Mad Catz has been around longer than contemporaries such as Razer. The latter is perhaps the most visible in the gaming peripheral space, thanks to its products' catchy names and sleek looks. However, Mad Catz is known for radical designs, unique controllers, and most notably, arcade sticks for fighting game aficionados.
Today we have the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. TE keyboard and R.A.T. TE mouse for review. The TE suffix denotes that these two peripherals are of Tournament Edition quality. This means they're tuned for whatever most e-sports junkies are up against in competitive play – or so Mad Catz would like us to believe. How do they really fare? Read on to find out.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. TE
The S.T.R.I.K.E. TE is Mad Catz's first mechanical keyboard. It might not look one with its bright colours and unconventional design, but it takes no more than a few clicks to realise that it's not as ostent..

Gionee Elife E8 [year]

Gionee Elife E8 2024

February 22, 2016 Richard Gomez 0

Chinese handset-maker Gionee has launched its flagship Elife E8 smartphone in partnership with domestic e-commerce player Snapdeal priced at Rs. 34,999.
What is good?
The phone has an elegant uni-colour look, its metal sides giving it sturdiness. The Gionee Elife E8 also comes with a dedicated camera button enabling users to take quicker photos. The positioning of the fingerprint scanner is good and it is also very fast.
The 6-inch wide quad-HD display is amazing to watch movies on. Gaming is also a delight. There were no problems with viewing angles.
The 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor, along with a 3GB RAM, can take anything that you throw at it. Switching between apps was very fluid. Gaming was also fun as there were no lags while playing games like WWE Immortals, Nova 3, and Mortal Kombat.
Going by Geekbench 3 scores, the phone has excellent multi-core performance. On An Tu Tu, the phone scores 49,992 points, taking it very close to other rival flagship devices and above the Me..

Resident Evil HD Remaster Review: Monster's Ball

Resident Evil HD Remaster Review: Monster’s Ball

February 22, 2016 Richard Gomez 0

Resident Evil is a long-running video game franchise with a dedicated audience that's known even outside gaming circles thanks to a series of (mostly awful) movies starring Milla Jovovich. Resident Evil HD Remaster is a recent remake of a 2002 Nintendo GameCube game, which was a remake of a 1996 game for the original PlayStation, Sega Saturn and PC. There's a lot of history in this title, and it's a very faithful remake that helps highlight just how much the series – and gaming in general – has changed in nearly two decades.
For a game that's based on code that's 13 years old, Resident Evil HD Remaster looks stellar. It might not have the eye candy of remasters of last generation games such as Metro Redux or The Last of Us, but it is significantly better looking than the Resident Evil 4 remaster, which looked just a shade above the GameCube original. Playing on a PC with anti-aliasing enabled further improves the graphics, with the game still being capable of ..

Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro 2 - [year] Review

Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro 2 – 2024 Review

April 10, 2018 Richard Gomez 0

Delhi-based Amkette has a number of Android-focussed devices, such as the Evo TV which is an Android set-top box; it's also launched the Evo TV MC, which is cheaper and puts the focus mostly on media playback. In August, the company also launched the Evo Gamepad Pro, a controller for Android devices that can be used for gaming, or to navigate an Android set top box interface.
Now, just a little over six months later, Amkette has released the Evo Gamepad Pro 2, available online at Rs. 2,599. Gadgets 360 spent nearly a week with the gamepad, playing various games using it, and found that it was a fairly capable gamepad that's cheaper than similar gamepads from other established brands such as Mad Catz or Steelseries.
Since it's only been six months between the two gamepads, it's not surprising that the controller hasn't changed much. The one big change – pun intended – is to the size of the controller. The first version of the gamepad had a smaller clip to hol..