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This week’s hottest reviews on TechRadar

This week’s hottest reviews on TechRadar


Samsung Galaxy G2

This week we got our hands on the hugely impressive Samsung Galaxy S2 and the eagerly awaited BlackBerry PlayBook. We also spent some time looking through the lens of the good-looking Leica X1 and tested more Sandy Bridge chips from Intel.

Read on for the most popular reviews on TechRadar this week.

Samsung Galaxy S2 review

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is the phone the Korean firm deems a worthy successor to its best smartphone so far – with a 1.2GHz processor, super-slim chassis and feather-light innards, it’s easy to see why.

The phone is almost impossibly thin when you pick it up – dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm mean it’s one of the thinnest smartphones on the market at the moment, rivalling the likes of the iPhone 4 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for the title.

BlackBerry PlayBook review

With a name that sounds like something you’d use at a sporting event, the BlackBerry PlayBook is the latest – and most unique – Apple iPad 2 challenger.

Running a new OS called QNX, with quirky features like bridging to a BlackBerry phone for secure email and an oddly confusing initial setup, the PlayBook is a stark departure from the more iPad-like Motorola Xoom.

Business-minded features such as built-in viewers for spreadsheets and word processing files are welcome, and the PlayBook gets extra credit for being fast and nimble on a dual-core 1GHz processor.

Leica x1

Leica X1 review

Leica’s foray into the digital world may have been at a slower and more considered pace than what we’re used to seeing, but working in partnership with Panasonic has nevertheless meant that it’s managed to saturate a healthy range of the camera market.

For more everyday use the company’s point-and-shoot C-LUX and enthusiast D-LUX ranges sit at the base of its stable, while the M9 rangefinder and S2 medium format model lie at the other end to cater for professionals.

In between the two, and among a handful of intermediate models, sits the X1, which can safely be considered as the company’s answer to the growing popularity of compact system cameras.

Intel Core i7 2600S review

Another day another new Sandy Bridge CPU, and another new suffix to get your head around. This time it’s the Intel Core i7 2600S.

Many people have heard of the Core i7 2600K by now, the unlocked overclocking demon that was part of the original Sandy Bridge launch, but the Core i7 2600S you may not have heard of.

It’s also pretty well known that if a second-gen Core CPU doesn’t have a K at the end of the model number, its pretty much game over for any sort of serious overclocking. So what does the S stand for, and does it mean even more features turned off?

Intel Core i5 2500T review

Hitting the low-powered, green gamer is Intel’s Core i5 2500T. We’ve already had a good look at Intel’s Core i5 2500K processor; it’s getting a reputation as the go-to chip if your budget won’t quite stretch to an Intel Core i7 2600K.

Although it’s getting all the attention as the flagship chip in the second generation Core i5 line-up, there are a couple of other interesting family members. Not because of their overclocking ability – they don’t really have any – but because they’re low power chips.

The most interesting one of these is this Core i5 2500T.

Also reviewed this week…


Kymera Magic Wand review

Thinkflood RedEye Mini review


Cayin A55-T review

Consonance Cyber-100 Signature review

Icon Audio Stereo 60 Mk 3 review

PrimaLuna Prologue Two review

PureSound A30 review

Triode Corporation TRV-88SE review


Audio systems

Cyrus Audio Stream XP review

Yamaha NP-S2000 review

CD players

Musical Fidelity M1 Series CD player and DAC review

Desktop PCs

Palicomp Phoenix Hydro-X review


Digital TV recorders

Ross 22300HD-R review

Graphics cards

Asus GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II review

Hard disk drives

Intel 510 Series 120GB review

OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB review


Roccat Kulo review

Unique Melody Miracle review

Unique melody miracle

Hi-fi Accessories

Rega DAC review

Electrocompaniet PD 1 DAC review

Atacama Duo 6 review

Laptop accessories

Henge Docks Henge Dock review

Media streaming devices

Monsoon Multimedia Vulkano review


G.Skill Ripjaws-X 4GB review


Hanns.G HS233 review


Foxconn AHD1S-K review



Intel Core i3 2100 review


Codeweavers CrossOver Impersonator review

Eltima Software SyncMate 3.0 Expert Edition review

FileMaker Bento 4 review

Quark QuarkXPress 9 review

Wingnut Lo-Fi 1.1.0 review

Taptrix InkPad review

Apple iMovie for iOS review


Tannoy Revolution DC6T review


OCZ RevoDrive 120GB review


Apple Smart Cover review


Acoustic Signature Manfred review

TV tuner cards

Black Gold BGT3620 review