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All posts by Dreyer Smit

Dreyer Smit is the Executive Managing Member of Aureus Tech, a South African Online Retail company specializing in Mobile computing solutions. Beyond the 9 to 4:30 he tests out the latest gadgets he can get his hands on.
  • Linux Ubuntu 12.1 review: finally growing up

    After reviewing the last version of Ubuntu 12 a few months ago I wasn’t too impressed with the OS in general. Ubuntu kept loyal to its obscure following by not dipping its toes into the real reason Windows and OSX are popular. And I’m happy to say that it has finally broken out of that mold with Linux Ubuntu 12.1. I would like to remind you that this is still a beta and I’m reviewing the work that it has done so far. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Asus N76 review: monster sound from a high-end laptop

    When we talk high performance laptops, Asus always comes to mind. And the new Asus N Series N76 laptop is a beast. Not only does it have spectacular performance and an awesome display, the sound that this monster produces can only be described as amazing. We all know that laptop design hasn't been really groundbreaking recently. Every laptop out there looks strikingly similar to the next with aluminum bodies and black bezel displays. And let's not forget those Chiclet keyboards. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Dropping the ball: It’s a fight for your post iPhone heart

    So it was that time of year again where your favorite tech blog goes into overdrive. But I’m not here to try to spin relatively disappointing releases into something awesome. Now that we have seen what every phone maker released for the next year we can now decide which phone is actually the best one to get. I’m not including HTC in this because let’s be honest, the OneX is old and I’m not too excited about the 8X, it looks like it belongs in a long-distant era. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Windows 8 RTM — love at first sight

    Like it or not, Windows 8 is about to take the world by storm. I had the chance to play around with the latest RTM build for a while and I have to admit Microsoft did a very good job. It’s been a year since I got my hands on the Consumer Preview, and every build after that improved a lot. When I got the first Preview back in September 2011, the first...

  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion — worth falling in love with

    Over the years I have used and reviewed many operating systems, from Linux to Windows and sometimes MacOS. Well when the latest version of OS X was released I was interested in how Apple could have improved the usability for me, a permanent Windows user (and currently a Windows 8 fan). I've used several MacBooks over the years and found the OS rather unintuitive to say the least. Fast forward to 2012 and...

  • HP Envy 17: defying the skeptics

    When it comes to reviewing laptops I prefer to stay away because they’re basically all the same, with a few exceptions. So when it came time to replace my ageing Acer Aspire with Core i5, I had a long hard look at the options. I wanted Full HD display, the latest Quad Core processor, good graphics, Blu-ray and no plastic in sight. Then HP updated its Envy range and, since I work with these things, I had a few happy clients praising the notebook. So I jumped. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Microsoft Office 2013 installed, previewed, loved

    After what seemed like ages installing Office 2013 I was good to go. A word of advice to anyone ready to try out this new version of Office, don’t listen to what the dialog boxes are telling you. Anyway, when it was finally installed I gave it a whirl. As a person who practically lives in Office I was interested in how this new version of Microsoft's productivity suite would affect my everyday...