2013 Audi Q5 Review

February 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Car Tech, Reviews, Spotlight

Exterior

The Q5 has been one of the most popular compact premium SUVs in the region, and for a good reason too. Or multiple reasons, as is the case, what with decent looks, comfortable size (without being overly large like the Q7) and acceptably sporty performance. And while the new Q5 looks similar to when it was launched 4 years ago, a whole lot has changed for the 2013 model.

Sure, there have been some basic changes to bring the Q5 in line with other modern Audis, but nothing remarkable. There’s the slick daytime running LED strip on the headlamps, the dark grill where the fog lights are housed has a more downward sloping, aggressive look. The main front grill looks like a single piece from top to bottom thanks to the chrome highlights and the thick outline.

The rear and side remains exactly the same, except for some minor highlights added to the tail lamps. Of course, there are the 20-inch 5-spoked rims which come basic, while our tester came with the S-line package that added the ‘S-line’ logos and branding to the front arches, door steps and dash.

We’re sort of in the middle of the Q5’s lifecycle, so while it’s still got nice looks, compared to Audi’s recent sedans, especially the new A6 and A4, the Q5 looks downright outdated.

Interior

Inside we have the typical Audi feel of quality components presented in precise quantities and luxury. The Q5 has a subdued interior, black and silver in our tester unit with the full options interior ambience lighting (red glow in door handles and foot rest areas). It’s really sublime, especially at night when the red backlight comes on the silver interior gets a nice saturation against the black leather as you’re passing under the street lights.

The front seats are completely adjustable, electronically, including backrest and lumbar support, although the latter is not as pronounced as I’ve seen in other Audis. Ample legroom comes up front with the rear being respectably sufficient. Storage space is also very generous in the back with easy operation thanks to the powered boot.

The one thing I found sorely disappointing was the Audi multimedia system. A low resolution screen with limited colors and no way to connect my iPhone 5’s audio over Bluetooth left a sour taste. The extremely outdated multimedia system, which in our tester didn’t come with navigation either, especially stands out as a poor design choice given how brilliant every other aspect of the Q5 is.

The Drive

I was told that despite having the same overall build as the previous year, the 2013 Q5 is internally marked as a PI (Performance Improvement) edition. In this case the 2.0-lter Turbocharged engine has a massive performance boost with 225HP @ 4,500 – 6,250RPM and an extremely impressive 400Nm torque @ 1,500 – 4,500RPM. Comparatively last year’s model made 225HP and 350Nm of torque. The new performance boost is good enough to give the Q5 a respectable acceleration from 0 to 100kmph of 7.1 seconds.

Despite its size and almost 1.9-ton weight, the Q5 is extremely nimble on the road. The steering wheel is butter smooth to use with minimal force required, making it one of the smoothest 4x4s on the road. However, not everyone will like the power steering on the Q5, perhaps going so far as to say it has a detached feeling, but in my driving experience it felt really nice. Sure, you’re not going to get the type of surface-to-wheel feel you get in Audi’s other performance cars, but for being a luxury SUV, the Q5 excels at comfort.

The best part, however, is that apart from the performance bump, fuel efficiency has also improved significantly. The 2.0T Q5 gives an extremely impressive 7.1L/ 100km fuel economy, and in the 135km I drove the Q5, with mostly city driving and aggressive acceleration, the fuel tank was just a hair’s breadth down from full, still showing 660km left!

When you consider other luxury SUVs in this segment, the 2013 Audi Q5 may not look the most modern one of the lot, but it definitely has the punchiest performance, smoothest ride and arguably the best fuel efficiency. And with 5 years or 105,000km service package included in the price, the 2013 Audi Q5 is one of the best compact luxury SUVs in the market right now.

Trip down memory lane with PC graphics evolution

Personal computers, desktops in particular, have been the defining platform for graphics in every generation since home gaming became a thing. And while we all like to reminisce about the olden days with the 8-bit and 16-bit graphics, unique sound bites and constrained gameplay, it wasn’t until the new millennium began that we started to see photo-realistic graphics in games.

The video below will take you through most of the popular PC benchmarking software (3DMark, Unigine, etc.) as well as in-game benchmark from most of the visually spectacular games of the last decade (Doom 3, Crysis, etc.). Unfortunately the testers were running NVIDIA graphics cards on their system, so while all of NVIDIA’s demos are presented, none of ATI/ AMD’s demos are present here.

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We sure have come an incredibly long way over the past 13 years, yet it’s interesting to see that since the DX10 days, Crysis in particular, graphics haven’t evolved as much as we’d hoped. That’s either Crytek being way ahead of their time in 2007, or that we’ve yet to see something truly groundbreaking in PC games as developers are still focusing on home consoles.

Dad pays daughter to quit Facebook

February 7, 2013 by  
Filed under News

We live in a world that’s addicted to Facebook. We spend every other moment poking people, planting crops, updating our status, and uploading horribly blurred photos of events from the night before (whether intentionally or otherwise).

As a parent, you no doubt want your kids to get off Facebook and perhaps wander out into the sunshine every now and then. So one dad did the unthinkable – he drafted up an agreement with his 14 year old daughter that he would pay her $200 if she quit Facebook for five months.

And she signed it.

The ‘Facebook Deactivation Agreement’ was posted on Paul Baier’s blog for the world to see, and surprisingly the whole thing was his daughter’s idea, who apparently finds Facebook a distraction and a waste of time. The agreement stipulates that Baier will have full access to his daughter’s Facebook account so that he can change the password to keep her from logging in.

Next he’ll be yanking his Internet router.

(via Daily Dot)

Samsung Galaxy S4 reportedly debuting March 15th

February 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Articles, News

There’s no denying that the Galaxy S3 has been a huge success for Samsung and has seen major usage around the world with record breaking sales. There’s also no other denying that the hype behind the successor and we’ve seen a good share of rumors about it. Well, looks like the device isn’t too far away based on a report of its launch date.

Samsung fan site SamMobile reports that Samsung Electronics will unveil the Galaxy S4 on March 15th or the ‘Ides of March’ so to speak. They will be sending out invitations soon but don’t expect Samsung to confirm this, since they flat out said that they ‘don’t comment on rumors and speculation’. It’s no surprise since the last phone was unveiled in the same month, but it’ll be interesting to see if the date holds.

Are you looking forward to the S4?

Next Xbox will require an always-on connection

February 7, 2013 by  
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While this region, and many developing countries worldwide, struggle to maintain a stable Internet connection, Microsoft is reportedly risking a very bold with its next-gen home console, codenamed Xbox Durango. Edge reports that Durango will require an always-on Internet connection to function, with a new Xbox Live playing a huge role in providing console’s services.

Edge’s sources also confirmed long-rumored specifications of Durango. Apparently, Microsoft will use AMD’s eight-core x64 1.6 GHz CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a faster hard drive. The system will also launch alongside a new version of the motion-sensing tech Kinect.

Furthermore, several ‘development sources’ have told Edge that while both Xbox Durango and PlayStation 4 resemble a PC architecture, Sony’s solution is preferable and its OS is less “oppressive” than Microsoft’s new Xbox Live.

These are all rumors for now, so take it with a pinch of salt. While Microsoft may not be ready to reveal what it has in store with the Xbox Druango, Sony might take the first step forward on February 20th, as it prepares to discuss the “future of PlayStation” at an event in New York City.

iTunes clocks in 25 billion song downloads

February 7, 2013 by  
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Apple gleefully announced today that its iTunes store has seen 25 billion songs been downloaded, with the 25 billionth song being “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch. The song was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany, who was awarded a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card as a thank you from Apple.

Despite competition from other similar music services and the likes of p2p file sharing programs, iTunes has still remained one of the most popular online music stores with a catalog of over 26 million songs, available in 119 countries.

“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”

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