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Hisense Infinity H11 – A neat little mid-range black rectangle

We’re quite fond of Hisense’s range of smartphones here at the Stuff offices, for reasons that might seem counterintuitive. They’re neat, they’re usually easy to use — if they were a friend, they’d be that one that sticks around after parties to help clean up. You know, the one with no drama while everyone around them is losing their collective er… minds. ...[Read More]

PDP Afterglow Lvl 3 gaming headset (PS4) – Something for (almost) nothing

There are a few things that you cannot do without when gaming online — a decent internet connection, somewhere comfy to sit and a headset that you can use for hours on end without discomfort. The first one of these is non-negotiable, unless you’re okay with the sort of ping that sees opponents teleporting like Dragon Ball Z combatants after three weeks of powering up. Most homes have a...[Read More]

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) – Making an excellent device almost perfect

Stuff has been recommending Amazon’s range of Kindles to anyone who would listen for years. Sometimes even to people who won’t listen, because… well, they won’t bloody listen. And the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the e-reader that we’ve probably recommended most, thanks to its combination of pricing, features, and that excellent side-lit screen. But there have been a f...[Read More]

iPhone XR review – All things bright and beautiful

Launched a while after the iPhone XS and and XS Max, this colourful powerhouse is the youngest (and funnest) member in the X family. Think Jack-Jack in The Incredibles 2, but far more reliable. While it might not have the specs to match the XS duo, it certainly has many of the same perks. Apple has dropped the price (by Apple’s standards), switched out OLED for LED and scrapped a camera sens...[Read More]

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Have spear, will travel

Assassin’s Creed has been around for eleven years now and Ubisoft are, technically, still telling the same story. They’re just finding different ways of doing it. From Assassin’s Creed in 2007 to Assassin’s Creed III in 2012 the company used Subject 17, Desmond Miles, to link their historical assassination epics together, moving over to unnamed present-day protagonists (inc...[Read More]

V-Moda Crossfade LP2 – Mighty Morphin Power… Headphones?

With what we were expecting from the V-Moda Crossfade LP2 headphones when we took them from their possibly over-engineered box, it was pleasant to be positively surprised. We started out with high hopes, since the suppliers had taken the trouble to send us Stuff-branded metal shields for the outer ear-cups, and were still impressed despite our high bar-setting. The Crossfade LP2s aren’t just...[Read More]

BlackBerry Key2 review — Great for keyboard warriors, weird for the rest of us

There was a time (circa 2007) when almost every person in South Africa either owned, or wanted to own a BlackBerry. If you didn’t, you’re probably a teenager or living under an Apple tree. Thereafter, things went awry for BB, as they had for Nokia. BlackBerry never went away, but they did shift their high-end phones from their own OS to Android, and clung to the physical keyboard for loyalists. Th...[Read More]

Apple iPhone XS – The iPhone X, improved

The iPhone XS is perhaps the most conventional phone that Apple is launching this year, a direct follow-up to the iPhone X, last year’s iOS-flavoured chart topper with a wallet busting price and a crop of new features. So why go for the XS this year? The iPhone keeps the same size, basically the same screen, even a lot of the same features. But there are parts that have been improved —...[Read More]

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – The end of the beginning is just the starting point

Sometimes, when you get to the end of a long journey, it almost feels like a shame for it to end. That’s sort of the feeling we got from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the final part of the Lara Croft origin trilogy series that started way back in 2013. It’s been a long five years, in more ways than just game release time, but we’re finally at the end of Lara’s beginning. Is th...[Read More]

Onrush review (Xbox One) – What if Overwatch was a car?

If you’ve been missing the largely defunct Motorstorm, a PlayStation-exclusive racing title from the heady days of the PS2 and PS3, you’re probably going to be feeling pretty good about Onrush. Onrush is a vehicular combat title that isn’t what you’re expecting from this sort of game — at least at first glance. A relic from the past Onrush‘s Motorstorm roots are...[Read More]

Vampyr review (Xbox One) – How much of a monster are you?

The streets of 1918 London are not a safe place to be, whether you’re a citizen, a gang member, a vampire, or a vampire hunter. As it happens, you’re Jonathan Reid, a doctor and newly-turned vampire who has to unravel how he came to be a blood-sucking monster. You’re also a major reason why the streets are unsafe, along with the outbreak of the Spanish Flu epidemic. Welcome to the wonderfully dark...[Read More]

Asus Blue Cave AC2600 dual-band Wi-Fi router review – Impractically pretty to look at

Network routers are the dark secret of the tech world. Odds are, unless you’re completely mobile dongle-dependent, you own one of these pieces of gear and you’ve probably arranged matters so that you don’t actually have to look at it. Unless you’re peering at the lights, wondering why your magic internet box has stopped working, that is. This isn’t because these devic...[Read More]

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