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If you’ve ever been in the market for some premium noise-cancellation in ear-wear, Bose has been the company to hit up. Honestly, its QuietComfort 35 headphones represented the gold standard of noise-cancelling earphones until the brand one-upped itself with the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. What a name.  Since then, we’ve been biting our nails in anticipation for the company’s true wireless offerings, which has finally come in the form of the QuietComfort Earbuds — the first in-ear headphones to carry the QC name. So there’s a lot riding on them. When it comes to size, they’re not AirPod-style discreet in…

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Whether you’re a tough-as-nails mountaineer, a mad person who likes competing in triathlons or just an appreciator of long walks outside, Garmin has always your back with a series of wearables that are ready for a tumble and capable of providing all the info you could possibly need. The only downside to this is that Garmin has largely marketed its fitness gear to those diehard enthusiasts willing to spend a little more for a quality product. With more and more people beginning to take an interest in healthier, more active lifestyles Garmin has been in need of a product to…

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We’re no strangers to high-end headphones but, while we’ve seen the best that the likes of Bose, Bowers and Wilkins, Sennheiser and the rest have thrown at the market, the absolutely best has long been Sony’s WH-1000XM. Back when we were taking planes and going out in public, the best way to really block out all those other people was the WH-1000XM cans. Combining wearability, noise-cancelling and audio performance, there simply isn’t a better package. The competition has gotten close over the years but they never quite made it. And now the Sony WH-1000XM4, the imaginatively-named successor to our favourite noise-banishing…

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It’s the perfect time to get your binge on, and Amazon’s really beefed up its original offerings this year. Here are some of our favourite picks from Amazon Prime Video’s homegrown crop of TV shows and movies. Amazon isn’t about to let Netflix have all the fun (and funds) when it comes to making superb original television series and films – and it’s already given its Prime subscribers some award-winning stuff to stream. Its in-house production library may not be as extensive as Netflix’s, there’s still piles of great material to sink your teeth into, from glossy crime shows to…

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Odds are that, if you’re considering an Apple Watch SE, then you’ve never owned one of Apple’s connects watches before. Perhaps its your first smartwatch, or maybe you owned a much older version of the Watch and have decided that you don’t need all the oxygen-measuring tech inside the Watch Series 6. Whatever your reason, you’re probably attracted by the Watch SE’s more affordable price tag. It starts at R6,500 and goes all the way up to R8,200 for the cellular version — which isn’t the sort of thing you can just impulse buy but by Apple standards, it’s a…

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Demanding photographers and videographers have long been fond of Sony’s range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Anything from the all-rounder A7 III to the detail-packing A7R IV and the video maestro A7S III, are ideal for whatever your film/photog needs are. Full-frame sensors are large, which makes the A7 series cameras some of the chunkiest you can get. Enter the A7C, Sony’s littlest mirrorless to date. It’s officially the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera on the market. Despite its trim dimensions, it aims to deliver the same premium performance and features as other models in the range. Let’s see…

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It always felt like Sony wanted Sackboy to be their modern mascot. Like how Crash Bandicoot represented the PlayStation during the 90s, the little hessian textured man from the excellent LittleBigPlanet was meant to fulfill the same roll for a modern audience. Weird thing is, while that was no doubt the intention behind Sackboy, he never actually had his own game. Well, it’s good to know that Sony has finally seen the error of their ways. We now have an actual game dedicated solely to the platforming exploits of a sentient bag. That’s probably too disparaging because if we’re honest, we actually really enjoyed Sackboy:…

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If you wanted an iPad, then the third-generation Air from 2019 was the sweet spot for more. It was more powerful than the stock iPad but cheaper than the beefier Pro — even if its design left a little something to be desired next to the competition. But this year’s Air brings along a collection of changes: it looks like the iPad Pro lineup and it also supports Apple’s newest accessories. But it’ll also cost you more than last year’s Air, but that’s kind of to be expected. Is there enough  of the Pro here to make you drop one…

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“Better” might be the answer offered by certain members of your family but ignore them. There’s no time like 25 December to waken a loved one’s passion for music, even if hurts your ears.  From alluring accessories for lazy listeners to geeky gizmos for kooky creators, these are the gifts to get everyone rockin’ around the fake plastic Christmas tree.  Nuraloop (R5,000) You know the Nura drill by now: before you listen to the headphones, they listen to you – testing your ears’ response to different frequencies so they can tailor their output to compensate. The full-size Nuraphone is an…

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After what feels like 7 years… Wait, what? It has been 7 years? Oh well, after 7 years, the world’s gamers are finally able to get their hands on CD Projekt Red’s anticipated title Cyberpunk 2077. It’s positioned as a follow-up to its smash hit The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which did win game of the year in its launch year.  But the long-awaited game has finally made it to PC and previous-gen consoles. That means many die-hards can finally make an informed decision on the likeability of the final product. Reviews have been particularly forgiving, while many gamers have…

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