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Creative Zen X-Fi Style 8GB

While the word MP3 player was hijacked with the popularisation of iPods, in the same way that band-aids hijacked the term plaster in the US, it is a misconception that either of these markets is solely occupied by one brand. One constant throughout the entire MP3 and Media player game has been Creative, makers of speakers, sound cards and more. Today we take a look at a member of their latest generation of portable media players, the Creative Zen X-Fi Style 8gb. Quite a mouthful, but the device itself is compact and clean looking. Let's see how it holds up under the XSR microscope.

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ACRyan PlayOn!HD DVR

While we're mainly a PC hardware review team here at XSR, we like to check our any gadgets or gizmos that hook up to them, or perform functions similar to them. Products like AC Ryan's media players fit very neatly into this category, so to complete our tri-fecta of AC Ryan PlayON!HD reviews, today we're taking a peek at their DVR version, which packs everything the others do as well as a built in TV tuner and support for on the fly programme recording.

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NZXT Sentry 2

NZXT are known mainly for their cases, but this isn't the only item they produce. Today we're taking a peek at something that may not have shown up on everyone's radar yet, the NZXT Sentry 2 Fan controller. Packing a touch screen interface and a sleek look, will it impress in this mini review? Let's find out.

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Ultrasonic Laser Range Finder

While it may not be too expensive, considering it's own marketing speil states that it's great for estate agents or builders, I'd find it hard to recommend this product. If it had more decimal places I could say it'd be great for accurately measuring small distances quickly, but since it only goes to hundredths you'd be just as well off with a tape measure. Really this is a gadget that does what it's supposed to, just not very well. That said, compared to professional or even semi-professional laser range finders, this thing is about a 10th of the price. If you're on an extreme budget and are too lazy to use a tape measure, this product may work for you; but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Edimax AR-7284WnA Router

Over the years Edimax has built up a pretty respectable name for themselves as producers of good quality products for a reasonable price. However, despite them being a site sponsor this is the first time we've taken a look at their hardware head on. No rose tinted spectacles here folks. Today we're looking at the catchily named AR-7284WnA. Let's see what it's all about.

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Tunebase FM Modulator

With the growing trend of governments cracking down on people using their phone while driving, it's never been more advisable to pick up a bluetooth headset of some sort. Today we're looking at a device with not only hands free functionality, but also music streaming and external storage connections. Let's see how it does.

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ACRyan PlayOn!HD 1TB

We previously reviewed the media hub AC Ryan PlayOn!HD Mini and were rather impressed with it. However, that was only a baby compared to what we're looking at today. It's price may not be much higher, but on paper the 1TB non-mini version seems to come packing a nice few extras. Lets see how it compares to its smaller brother and whether it's worth the extra investment cost.

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Metronic Zapbox T2 Freeview HD

With the much warned and anticipated "digital switchover" being rolled out soon the world over, people are looking to pickup digital TV boxes; if they didn't have one already. While there are subscription packages available, one other option is a freeview box allowing for a wider selection of digital channels, with no monthly charge. One such box is the Metronic Zapbox which coes with its own selection of HD channels along with HDMI compatibility. Lets see how it holds up to XSR's testing.

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Stardock USB 3.0 Dock and Card

When it comes to portable storage there are two different improvements everyone is interested in hearing about: capacity and transfer speeds. One of the newest ones to hit the market is the advent of the new USB standard, USB 3.0. Today we're looking at a Startech package that gives you not only a hard drive dock supporting the new port, but also a PCI-E card giving you a pair of USB3 ports to make sure you're fully compatible.

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