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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November 25th, 2013 – EVGA has teamed up with ALLBenchmark, the developer of the popular Catzilla benchmark, to release an official EVGA version!
The official EVGA free version is available at: http://www.evga.com/articles/00805/
There is also a video of the EVGA version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufdM88dg_cE
Catzilla, a cross-API benchmark designed for OpenGL 4.0 and DirectX 9 or 11, and Windows operating systems (64-bit and 32-bit Windows 8, 7, XP, and Vista), is a quick, yet comprehensive benchmarking program that uses algorithms found in the latest PC video games, so users can see how their PCs will handle the most demanding games.
Following Catzilla’s simple 500 MB download, a PC’s hardware is tested with an epic video of two battling “Catzillas”. The video, with advanced HD graphics, fiery particle effects and explosive scenes, serves as an entertaining animated short as well as the basis for the comprehensive benchmark test. Platige Image – the award-winning studio behind graphics seen in several video games, commercials, animations and films, including The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 – created the artwork in the Catzilla video.
After the test, which takes just a few minutes, Catzilla provides instant benchmark results, and hardware and software recommendations. With just one click, users can tweak their PC settings for more “oomph”. This includes installing the latest drivers, setting the appropriate amount of cache, increasing free disk space, and changing the color depth and resolution. Catzilla also can recommend the latest hardware that can increase performance.
Note that during the physics test, the buildings depicted in the benchmark will behave differently depending on the computational power of users’ PCs. On slow systems the buildings will almost stay intact. On powerful ones, the buildings will collapse to the ground.
The free EVGA version of the Catzilla benchmark allows users to run the 720p test and compare it with others. Higher resolution EVGA versions of the Catzilla benchmark are also available in the basic and advanced versions. Users can upgrade to higher resolution versions from within the benchmark itself.
Download EVGA’s official free version of Catzilla at: http://www.evga.com/articles/00805/
Find out more about ALLBenchmark Catzilla at: http://www.catzilla.com/
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Some users have complained about a blue light continuously flashing on their consoles, affecting its operation."