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Scorching the competition

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

After steamrolling the Android tablet market last year with the incredibly popular Kindle Fire, the mega online retailer has finally announced the anticipated sequel, known as the Kindle Fire HD. The latest iteration is available in both the original

G-Force

LG Optimus G

When's the ideal time to unveil a flagship superphone? When your Korean competition is issued a $1,055,855,000 legal sanction of course. Yes, LG's newly announced Optimus G (we assume P was taken) is a long-rumored 4.7-inch handset that measures 8mm thick

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Sony KDL-55HX850 HDTV

Sony’s latest flagship KDL-55HX850 bundles internet connectivity, immersive 3D capabilities and Motionflow XR960 to into a 55” LED backlit beast. Add in Skype, Netflix and Pandora at a button press away, and all those set-top boxes littering your living room

The eye shows all

Sony VPL-VW1000ES 3D 4K Projector

Now that 3D is pretty much standard for new home theater gear, 4K resolution (or Quad Full HD, as it's also known) is the industry's new hope for driving consumer upgrades. Sony's VPL-VW1000ES is the first home theater projector to offer

Deep picture for shallow pockets

BenQ W7000 1080p DLP 3D Home Theater Projector

Prices for quality projectors have dropped faster than Facebook's IPO over the last few years, making the dream of mancave movie theaters much more realistic. The trouble is sorting out the deals from the doozies. For a street price of often

Goes for the nuts first

Haywire

Think of Mallory Kane (played by MMA Fighter, Gina Carano) as Jason Bourne with a functioning memory and some sweet heels. Carano comes alive in this action-thriller by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh. As hired heavy for a private black bag ops firm

Bridging the gap

Apple TV 1080p

Apple previously described its foray into the living room as a "hobby". Now that the tiny black puck has been launched side-by-side with the new iPad, it seems more like the ultimate tablet accessory. Given the new iPad's crazy-retina display,

Full-grown phone

HTC One X

The annual Mobile World Congress is the ideal place to show off the latest and greatest in cell phone technology, as long as your name isn’t Apple. HTC’s newly revealed super phone, dubbed the One X, is the most exciting

The wrong kind of touchy-feely

Contagion

Contagion is a germophobe’s worst nightmare. Director Steven Soderbergh and his usual team tackle a well-worn niche, ploughed by titles like Outbreak, to create a pandemic horror story that will leave most viewers running to stockpile Purell and hesitant to

Date-approved, yet still enjoyable

Our Idiot Brother

Despite what the posters say, Our Idiot Brother is less of a roll-on-the-floor-comedy, and more of a feel-good-indie. That doesn't mean you won't laugh out loud while watching though (the parole officer conversations and an attempted threesome are particularly rich moments).

Drive-in? Try Fly-in.

My Life on the Go: Relax


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As much as we love our home theaters, they don’t exactly pack well. So, in this second part of the My Life on the Go series we decided to

Excellence For the Rest of Us

Runco LS-1 HD DLP Projector

Utter the Runco name around most men, and you'll trigger a chain reaction that ends with their wallet hiding in a cave of happiness, shivering in anticipation of the pillaging to come. The company’s new Light Style 1 HD DLP

It's All in the Pix

Happy Gilmore Blu-ray

You all know the lines, scenes and what Shooter eats for breakfast, but for more than a decade, anyone hoping for a rage-fueled trip through the PGA circa 1996 has had to put up with standard def. The wait is over

A peerless racing movie

Le Mans Blu-ray

Le Mans is a movie that was driven by passion, instead of the bottom line. Steve McQueen desperately wanted the film made to showcase his talents as a actor and driver, and authentically at that. Subsequently, he dumped millions of his

Fine Lines

HP x2301 Micro Thin Monitor

Get it straight people. HP's new x2301 monitor isn't thin, it's Micro Thin. What exactly does Micro Thin mean? Well, we'll skip today's lesson on redundancy, and just presume it's a new adjective for describing things measuring 9.8mm (0.39 thick) or

Never Doubt the Will to Survive

127 Hours Blu-ray/DVD

James Franco may have trouble delivering teleprompter lines realistically, but you shouldn't let his Oscar hosting skills dissuade you from watching his excellent performance in 127 Hours ($20)

Nolan's Breakthrough Film, Finally in True 1080p

Memento 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Before Christopher Nolan was a mega-star director, he made Memento, based off a short story written by his brother, Jonathan Nolan. If you've never seen this cinematic mind-bender, you should, because it's his finest work to date in our humble opinion.

Remember It's "Steeg" not "Stig"

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy Blu-ray Collection

While you're waiting for David Fincher and co. to provide their own cinematic interpretations of Stieg Larsson's break away "The Girl Who Played With.." series, we'd recommend checking out the original Swedish films. Those who have read the books will find

Take It For What It Is

The Expendables

We'll be honest. The Expendables isn't a good movie per se -- and it certainly won't be up for any golden statue nominations. If you approach the film as the ridiculous farce of a blockbuster action film that it is

A Future Comedy Classic

Hot Tub Time Machine Blu-ray

We've been patiently waiting for this Blu-ray release ever since we walked out of the theater back in March. It's hands down one of, if not the funniest movie we've seen so far in 2010, and should not be missed if you

Watch Holmes at Home

Sherlock Holmes on Blu-ray & DVD

sherlock_holmes_blu-rayLast December, Robert Downey Jr. proved to the world that he didn't need the help of special robotic armor to hold his own in a big budget blockbuster. Then again, it shouldn't have surprised anyone that Jr. fit right in as

Own It to See Far More Than the Film

Funny People (Blu-ray)

funny_people_blurayDespite conflicting opinions from critics about the stylistic and emotional merits of the film, at least everyone could agree that Judd Apatow's 3rd movie is worth a watch. Now out on Blu-ray, unlike most comedic releases, this 2-disc special edition comes

The Perfect Film for the Tail End of Summer

Adventureland Blu-ray and DVD

adventureland_blu_rayChances are if you missed this in theaters, you probably mistook it as a kids movie, or worse. Perhaps as a dumb comedy along the lines of "Soul Plane". Though the title may ring bells of "Disneyland", Adventureland is really a

Video Chat Gets the HD Treatment

Microsoft HD LifeCam Cinema

microsoft-lifecam-cinema-720p-webcam1Whatever your current experience is with Video chatting, I think we can all agree that streaming in HD is better; and that's just from a personal standpoint of connecting with loved ones. We're opting to ignore the roaring cheers from the

Totally Awesome!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray Film Collection

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-blu-ray-film-collectionIf Transformers and G.I. Joe haven't pulled at enough of your childhood heart strings, today's release should. All four feature length TMNT films are now out on Blu-ray and, like pizza, are available for purchase in one convenient box. Regardless of

If Tarantino Loved It, Chances Are, You Will Too

Inglorious Bastards (Original) on Blu-Ray

ingloriousbastards_blueray_leadYes, though you may not have known it, the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film is actually a remake of this 1978 international smash. Originally characterized by the ad tag line, "Whatever The Dirty Dozen did, they do it dirtier!" and available tomorrow

The Pinnacle of Blu-ray?

Oppo Blu-ray BDP-83 Player

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July 6th, for most men, will always be remembered as the second day of recovery following the summer's worst hangover. However, this July 6th was a day most videophiles had marked on their calendar (re: nerds like me) for an entirely

Kiss Choppy Streaming Goodbye

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit

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HD video is a blessing and a curse. As sports fans, gamers, and movie buffs, the instant we gazed upon those eye-searing lines of vertical resolution there was just no turning back to standard definition. The trouble is, witnessing Kobe's
The New King of the Projector Mountain?

Samsung SP-A900

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High-end home theater projectors are clearly a luxury that not every man can afford. However that doesn't preclude us from drooling like a village idiot every time the technology advances. On that note, Samsung has announced the release of it's new

The Most Energy Efficient Flat Panel HDTV Ever

Samsung UN46B7000 LED Green HDTV

samsung-un46b7000 Until OLED really takes off in the consumer market, LED backlit LCD screens (yes that's what these TVs are, not LED TVs) like the Samsung UN46B7000 will be riding the cutting edge of HDTV technology. That's because screens of this type

Multitasking Audio & Video, at a Great Price

Sony STR-DG920 Receiver Review

sony-str-dg920-receiver Home theater receivers have always been intimidating products, especially for first time buyers. Four years ago though, picking the best device hinged solely on audio performance. The advent of HDMI and advances in video processing, however, have now changed the

Sony HDR-TG1

For Full HD Camcorders, Does Size Really Matter?

For manufacturers like Sony, the competition has always been about making cutting-edge technology smaller and lighter. In the race to make the smallest, lightest, AND slimmest full HD camcorder in the world, Sony has beaten everyone to

Flip Mino – Customized

Giving Non-Movie Stars Much Deserved Fame, One Hour At A Time

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While we may not be the first blog to feature Flip's latest miniature video creation, we are certain that no other site has ever made it look so damn good. Or tested it

A DVD Player Worth 1080 words. [Editor's Choice]

Oppo DV-981HD Up-Converting DVD Player

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Now that the dust has settled from the duel between Blu-Ray and HD DVD, you might wonder why in the world we'd feature a player that, after all is said and done, still only plays standard DVDs. Let's start with three reasons:
  1. You've dumped a

Vizio XVT Series 1080p LCD/Plasma

Vizio-XVT-Series-1080p-LCD-Plasma-thumb.jpg [click on image to enlarge] Vizio, a brand you may have once brushed off heading directly for the Samsung and Sony units when looking for hdtv's may now have your undivided attention. Overpriced technology is for

Sanyo Xacti HD1010 1080i Camcorder

Sanyo's-Xacti-HD1010-1080i-camcorder.jpgThis is Sanyo's update to the Xacti pistol grip handheld camcorder line. A 1080i HD 30 frame per second camcorder with improved image stabilization, face-recognition (called 'Face Chaser') 4 megapixel stills at 7 frames per second, and a very Michael Bay movie-esque flattering