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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
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Raijintek Morpheus VGA Cooler Review @ Hardware Asylum
Shuttle Barebone XH81 Review @ Madshrimps
Corsair Neutron XT SSD Preview @ TweakTown
Corsair Neutron XT SSD Review (240GB) @ The SSD Review
Building A Gaming PC For Under $400 With SteamOS @ Legit Reviews
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB Vapor-X OC Video Card Review @ TweakTown
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Review @ OCC
be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ techPowerUp
Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini2 WiDi Miracast Wi-Fi Adapter Review @ TweakTown
SensoGlove Review @ TechnologyX
Crucial MX100 256Gb SSD Review @ HardwareSlave
Creating a Multi-Installation Operating System Capable Flash Drive @ TweakTown
Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower ATX Case @ PureOverclock
MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G @ Bjorn3D
ASRock Z97 M8 Barebones PC @ techPowerUp
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition @ Bjorn3d
MSI B85M ECO Motherboard @ PureOverclock
Win a Kingston 240GB M.2 SATA SSD @ Bigbruin
Cooler Master Mizar Gaming Mouse Review @ OCC
ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review @ Vortez
Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
Noctua NF-S12A Series Fan Review @ HardwareSlave
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Review @ OCC
XFX XTS Series 1000 W @ techPowerUp
CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt 2 Triple-Drive RAID Array Storage Unit Review @ TweakTown
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Sunday's News
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Pivos XIOS XS Entertainment Center Review @ Madshrimps
ECS Z97-PK Deluxe mATX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Supermicro X10DRi-T (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC Video Card Review @ TweakTown
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard @ PureOverclock
LaCie D2 Thunderbolt 2 128GB SSD Storage Upgrade Kit Review @ TweakTown
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD Review @ TweakTown
Corsair H1500 Review @ HardwareHeaven
Corsair Voyager Air 2 Mobile Wireless Storage 1 TB Review @ Madshrimps
ASRock X99 Extreme11 Motherboard Review @ The SSD Review
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
Linksys E8350 AC2400 Wireless Router Review @ TweakTown
Fractal Design Core 3300 @ techPowerUp
Diamond Boost Radeon R9 270X Review @ OCC
Buffalo TeraStation 1200 4TB Consumer NAS Review @ TweakTown
Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB SSD Review @ TweakTown
Star Citizen creator: "I don't care about consoles" @ TweakTown
GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling @ techPowerUp
GIGABYTE Force H3X Review @ Vortez
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Review @ Legit Reviews
D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Cloud Router Review @ Legit Reviews
Y-Cam Bullet HD 1080 (2nd Generation) Review @ Vortez

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Monday's News
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Wednesday's News
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Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition S-spec QFRA CPU Overclocking Guide @ TweakTown
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
Linksys SE4008 Review @ HardwareHeaven
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
Logitech G502 PROTEUS CORE Review @ Vortez
Crucial DDR4-2133 DRx4 RDIMM Memory Review - Testing up to 256GB @ TweakTown
Toshiba TransMemory Pro EXII 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ TweakTown
be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W @ PureOverclock
XTracGear Ripper and Ripper XXL Surfaces Review @ HardwareSlave
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review @ Madshrimps
GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide @ TweakTown
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
Gaming PC Under $800 (US) – Our Build Of The Week @ TechnologyX
Tesoro Kuven Devil A1 7.1 Virtual Gaming Headset Review @ TweakTown
Deepcool Maelstrom 240 Liquid Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
ASUS X99 Deluxe Review @ OCC

Wednesday's News
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