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Mecer Xpression Z140C – When you need a functional computer on a budget

Not everyone can drop R6k or more on an entry-level laptop and it's with those folks in mind that Mecer has created its Xpression Z140C machine. Starting at just R2,700, it's a true budget computer. 

SteelSeries Rival 310 – On the one hand, it’s a pretty good mouse

We really, really want to love the SteelSeries Rival 310, a gaming mouse that is technically a budget piece of kit. For the most part, we totally do. The Rival 310 is a slick piece of hardware, an achievement for something with so few moving parts. There's only one thing that's really wrong with it, and that's only because the reviewer's a bit of an anomaly. If we could change one thing about the ...[Read More]

Xiaomi announces its first Android Go handset, the super-budget Redmi Go

Once upon a time, a budget Android smartphone wasn’t a very nice thing to look at. Made to conform to a price point rather than to attract customers, cheaper Androids were typically poorly-designed, slow, and difficult to use. Once upon a time. Xiaomi’s newly-announced Redmi Go, the company’s first Android Go smartphone, is hoping to change your mind on that score. The Redmi Go u...[Read More]

The Nokia 3.1 budget smartphone is available in South Africa now

The Nokia 3.1 is, for lack of better words, a ‘real’ Nokia. It looks and feels like the Nokias of old… although we’d need to test if it could survive a tumble down a flight of stairs to be sure, otherwise is it really worthy of the Nokia name? Now owned by a company called HMD Global, Nokia’s back on its smartphone game with the likes of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 6.1, and the br...[Read More]

Sony Xperia L2 – If wide-angle selfies are your thing…

Something that we don’t see all that often from Sony, or other smartphone makers, are handsets that are a little lower down on the specifications ladder. Stuff often has its hands on the best of the best but rarely gets to play with the rest. Which is a terrible shame, because there are some lovely phones out there that don’t require the sale of a major internal organ in order to take ...[Read More]

Garmin Forerunner 30 – Garmin’s cheapest Forerunner is a solid budget motivator for road runners

The Garmin Forerunner 30 is a watch for the run curious, you know, those folk who’ve made fitness one of their New Year goals but don’t want to spend a fortune on something they fear could wind up gathering dust. Don’t get us wrong, that’s not a criticism of this Forerunner or those who buy it. Any decision to start working out — in whatever way and at any point in th...[Read More]

Which iPhone should you buy? – Apple has 8 phones on the market. Here’s how to choose

Looking for the peak iPhone experience today? Well, the iPhone X is where it’s at… but the iPhone 8 Plus is also excellent. And the iPhone 8 is pretty good, too. But that’s just the newest stuff: Apple still sells five other iPhone models from the last couple years, each offering a mostly-similar core experience with some key differences in size, power, camera quality, and other perks....[Read More]

Budget LG K10 and K7 to take on the mighty Moto G

Phones don’t usually grab the headlines at CES, but that didn’t stop LG launching two new budget bargain handsets at CES. The 5.3in K10 and 5in K7 look set to do battle with Motorola’s Moto G, with prices and specs to match. They look pretty tasty for cheap phones though; the glossy plastic pebble pattern round back should give you something to grip on to, and the 2.5D glass on t...[Read More]

Google unveils its first low-cost Android One phones

Google has revealed the first wave of its Android One devices at an event in India, kicking off its mission to spread affordable smartphones across the developing world so there are decent odds that we’re going to see them here. Manufacturers Spice, Karbonn and Micromax will spark off the first wave of handsets, all of which feature a 4.5in screen, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1.3GHz quad-co...[Read More]

There’s a new crop of budget handsets coming from Samsung

Samsung didn’t just unveil the mini-version of the Galaxy S5 yesterday, they also showcased four new handsets for the budget-minded and they’re all sequels. The Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Star 2 and Galaxy Young 2 are all on the way to consumers on a budget and they’re all packing Android 4.4 KitKat. Specks of specs Android 4.4 is what almost all of these handsets have ...[Read More]

MTN Steppa – One way to skin a phone

Let’s get something out of the way right now. That rating you see? It isn’t really representative of what MTN’s custom Steppa smartphone is. What it represents is a comparison to the other high-end smartphones on the market today and that’s not what the Steppa deserves, because it’s aimed at a whole other market. How do we know this? Probably because you can pick one ...[Read More]

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