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iPad Air

Silver iPad Air

We recently updated our old iPad 4 to a new iPad Air 64GB Wifi and Cellular Model. We are very pleased with our purchase for a number of reasons, but the one that stands out is its small size without compromising on the same screen size as the iPad 4. The iPad is now about 30% lighter than the model it replaced, along with a reduction in size, the new iPad Air is now manageable with a single hand.

We also noticed a performance difference between our previous iPad and the new iPad Air. The iPad Air sports an A7 64bit chip as its engine. The Retina screen which we have become accustomed to works nicely in the iPad Air, but we notice that the screen is no longer heavy glass, but appear to be a form of plastic, while it feels cheap, it is a responsive high quality screen, delivering much of the iPad Air’s weight savings. Overall it is hard to criticise, and in fact it is almost impossible not to praise the iPad Air.

Key data that you need to know:

Height: 240 mm (9.4 inches)
Width: 169.5 mm (6.6 inches)
Depth: 7.5 mm (0.29 inch)
Weight: 478 grams (1.05 pounds)

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
Bluetooth 4.0 technology
UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)


Light, fast, great size and light



Sunbeam Cafe Series Electronic Kettle KE9600

Sunbeam Cafe Series Electronic Kettle KE9600

We recently bought a Sunbeam KE9600 Cafe Series Electronic Kettle – Stainless Steel, to replace a Breville Stainless Steel kettle.

We purchased this electronic kettle for a number of reasons, but most importantly of all for its ‘quiet boil’ function, particularly considering the Breville Kettle it replaced was meant to have been ‘quiet boil’, but instead sounded like a 747 Jumbo taking off. We had our doubts about whether quiet boil was a real technology or whether it was just marketing hype. We had previously been disappointed with the past three Breville quiet boil kettles. Our new Sunbeam started off promising with Sunbeam saying:

The KE9600 was awarded the Quiet Mark accreditation for being one of the quietest kettles on the market and in further sound quality testing was deemed by the jury of listeners to have a ‘pleasant and non-intrusive’ sound quaility.

While this Sunbeam is far superior to the Breville kettle it is not what we would call quiet boil, particularly not after the first half a dozen boils. This is the main negative about this kettle.

On a positive note we now have five brewing temperatures 80°C, 85°C, 90°C, 95°C and 100°C, a surprising easy to use interface, with three buttons, and a nice big temperature display. This kettle enables you to keep water warm, which comes in handy if you are multitasking in the kitchen. We love the detachable base and stainless steel finish, with a hardened plastic handle, to avoid burning your hand. The stainless steel is also good quality, avoiding finger prints appearing all over it when handled.

Overall we recommend the Sunbeam KE9600 as a good all round kettle for sub-$150.


Variable brewing temperatures, clear easy to read digital display, easy to use, quality construction and great value


Quiet boil is not so quiet.