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It must have been a sobering experience for an electronics giant like Sony to have spent so much time languishing among the "also rans" while your competitors romp ahead, particularly in such a burgeoning market as the mobile phone. While other tech markets seem to have stagnated or shrunk we've seen the mobile phone become the new standard barer and, from my point of view at least, it has been fascinating to see it follow a very similar evolution to that of the PC. We've seen processors move from single to dual to quad and now octa-core (kind of). we've seen a push for divergence and miniaturization followed by a complete reverse in direction with a "bigger is better" mentality and we've seen gaming performance blossom from blocky, pixelated time killers to fully immersive, graphics rich, console quality epics.

The Xperia Z is a very important handset for Sony. It looks and feels like the first of a new breed of handset free from the shackles of former bedfellows Ericsson. It's very much the premium part and, so far, the reviews have been extremely positive. It would appear that Sony at last have themselves a contender which, despite the usual foibles that accompany every Sony mobile phone release, may at last see them play with the big boys.
One of the big features that have garnered attention from press and public alike is the ip57 dust and water resistance. The Xperia Z can be dunked in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes and suffer no ill consequences as a result. This is assuming you have properly closed the various port covers of course. And if you haven't? well, the Z's innards are reportedly coated with some hydrophobic trickery but there's every chance you'll face a similar fate to that of someone dunking a regular, non water resistant phone.

The port covers on the "Z" actually have "O" rings around the edges so as to properly seal them against water and dust ingress. Naturally an initial worry is how long these ports will continue to seal properly.

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Friday's News
Wayne Brooker at Friday 24th October filed under Competitions
Wednesday's News
Wayne Brooker at Wednesday 22nd October filed under Competitions
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ASRock X99 WS Workstation Motherboard @ PureOverclock
Noctua IndustrialPPC and Redux Fan Roundup Review @ OCC
Thecus N8810U-G 8-Bay 10GbE Rackmount NAS Review @ TweakTown
ASUS Maximus VII Impact mITX Intel Z97 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Cards in SLI & Overclocked @ TweakTown
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Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation Review @ TweakTown
SanDisk Optimus Eco SSD RAID Enterprise Performance Analysis @ TweakTown
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Review @ Vortez
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone Unboxing & First Impressions @ TweakTown
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Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 Review @ HardwareHeaven
Samsung 845DC PRO 800GB Enterprise SSD Review @ TweakTown
Antec ISK 600 @ techPowerUp
Intel’s Pentium G3258 - Budget Overclocker’s Dream or Big Bust? @ TechnologyX
Vivi wins MSI MOA 2014 Grand Final @ Madshrimps
KINGMAX M.2 2242 SATA SSD Review (128GB) @ The SSD Review
Windows 10 Hands-On Review – Microsoft Makes Big Steps Forward @ TechnologyX
Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v4 450GB Enterprise Review @ TweakTown
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4 GB @ techPowerUp
Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 3300MHz DDR4 Review @ Legit Reviews
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Deepcool Maelstrom 240 Liquid Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
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Wednesday's News
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Sunday's News
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Thursday's News
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Wednesday's News
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Mpow Mbox Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review @ TweakTown
GOTTA WYSIWYG Boost Portable Chargers Review @ TweakTown
Super Flower Leadex Gold 650W Review @ Vortez
Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H Motherboard User Review @ TechnologyX
Azza Z mITX Case Review @ PureOverclock
Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 285 WindForce OC Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB SSD Review @ TweakTown
MyDigitalSSD BP4e mSATA SSD Review (512 GB) @ The SSD Review
HiFiMAN HE-560 Release Version @ techPowerUp
Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
AORUS Thunder K7 Keyboard @ PureOverclock
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Giada D2308U Mini-PC Review @ Madshrimps
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WD Red 6TB NAS Enterprise HDD Review @ TweakTown
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Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 32GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit Review @ TweakTown
Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 CPU Cooler Review @ TweakTown
Silverstone Raven RV05 Case Review @ Hardware Asylum
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EVGA X99 Classified  motherboard @ Bjorn3d
Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation Review @ TweakTown
Micron M600 mSATA SSD Review (256GB) @ The SSD Review
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Friday's News
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Cooler Master Hyper 612 V2 Cooler Review @ HardwareHeaven
CRYORIG H5 Universal Review @ Vortez
4K Showdown - ASUS GTX 980 4GB in Single, SLI, 3-Way SLI and 4-Way SLI @ TweakTown
Enermax Revolution X't 430 W @ techPowerUp
XFX R7 250E Review @ OCC
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ TweakTown
XFX R7 250E Core Edition Review @ Neoseeker
WD Red Pro 4TB Enterprise NAS HDD Review @ TweakTown
Samsung SE-218GN Slim External DVD Writer Review @ TweakTown
ASUS X99 DELUXE (Intel LGA 2011-3) @ techPowerUp
Corsair Carbide 240 AIR Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
Win a Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Kit @ Bigbruin
Tesoro Kuven Gaming Headset Review @ Vortez
4K Showdown - Intel X79 vs. X99 with ASUS GeForce GTX 980 4GB Quad SLI @ TweakTown
GIGABYTE GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Roccat Tyon Mouse Review @ HardwareHeaven
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SanDisk Ultra 128GB SDXC and 64GB microSDXC Memory Cards Review @ TweakTown
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Cougar 700M Black Edition Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ TweakTown
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Press Releases 

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Monday's News
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Wednesday's News
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Monday's News
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