Author Archives: Vincent Nguyen

Co-founder of R3 Media, Vincent Nguyen is currently Editor-in-Chief of SlashGear and Android Community. You can follow him on Google+, twitter @Nguyen and Facebook

Mac Pro 2013 Review

Mac Pro 2013 Review

Apple is finally taking the Mac Pro seriously again. Years of seeing the iMac, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad get the bulk of Apple's design and engineering attention had left many professionals worried that the Mac Pro was to be put out to pasture; now we know they needn't have worried. In fact, the 2013 Mac Pro has reaped benefits from of each of those models before it, the premium - and yes, premium-priced - culmination of Apple's miniaturization, materials research, and performance know-how. Not only does the new Mac Pro comprehensively update Apple's flagship range, it challenges exactly what we expect a workstation to be. Over-ambitious? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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The 2013 Mac Pro is here – and it’s beautiful

The 2013 Mac Pro is here – and it’s beautiful

Has there been a desktop computing reinvention quite like the 2013 Mac Pro? At the top of the year Apple's pro-Mac looked like it was facing the axe altogether, an overlooked relic compared to the slick and increasingly powerful iMac. As 2013 draws to a close, however, the new Mac Pro is arguably the most exciting new model to join Apple's range; the epitome of "Think different" as what exactly makes a workstation is called into question. Demand for the new Mac has already seen ship times for new orders stretch out into February 2014 at the earliest, but we've got our hands on the Mac Pro already to see how it holds up.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible First-Drive

2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible First-Drive

How do you reinvent an icon? The Corvette Stingray C7 brings the coveted Chevrolet into its seventh generation, facing perhaps its most challenging competition yet as engines get more powerful, electronics more finessed, and styling more aggressive. Chevrolet's decision to still aim for that all-American bargain price tag versus the German alternatives is ambitious too, even when you splash out a little extra on the eye-catching Stingray convertible we've had the keys to.

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iPad mini Retina Display review – the holy grail of tablets

iPad mini Retina Display review – the holy grail of tablets

It's the iPad mini we've been waiting for: Apple's smaller tablet that, thanks to a Retina display and brand new A7 processor, now punches above its size and makes a legitimate alternative not only for compact-screen Android and Windows rivals, but Apple's own iPad Air too. That Apple has achieved all that with minimal compromises on weight and battery life seems almost too good to be true: could the iPad mini with Retina display be the best tablet in the range? Read on for our full review.

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iPad mini with Retina display first-impressions

iPad mini with Retina display first-impressions

Apple's iPad mini with Retina display is here, the second half of the Cupertino company's two-hit tablet refresh for 2013. Keeping the slender design and tactile metal chassis of before, but updating it with all-new internal hardware and a beautiful Retina display, the second-gen iPad mini arguably smooths away all of the few wrinkles reviewers and owners experienced with the original version. Then again, with the iPad Air raising Apple's full-sized iPad game, the new mini has a lot to live up to. Read on for our first-impressions.

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Getting Cheeky with the Honda UNI-CUB – a seamless experience

Getting Cheeky with the Honda UNI-CUB – a seamless experience

The Segway failed to set the individual human transporter market alight, but that hasn't stopped other attempts to give your tired legs a rest, and we hopped onboard Honda's UNI-CUB to see how it held up. Revealed last year as the first example of Honda's omni-directional driving wheel technology, the UNI-CUB may look like a stool but it's one that you can pilot almost merely by thinking about it. We rode the electric balancing scooter at the Ericsson Innovation Forums in Tokyo to see what all the fuss was about.

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iPad Air Review

iPad Air Review

Had the iPad lost its way? Not as a range, certainly; over the last twelve months, the iPad mini has been the darling of the tablet scene, coupling affordability with convenience and build quality. The full-sized, 9.7-inch iPad has arguably been sidelined since its smaller sibling's arrival, but no more as of the iPad Air. Now with a design that echoes the wow-factor of the original iPad, and the performance to match, the iPad Air narrows the gap between it and the iPad mini, paring away the compromises as it goes. The best tablet Apple has made? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Review (late 2013)

MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Review (late 2013)

Back in June 2012 we described the original 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display as "the gold standard" for high-end notebooks; now, Apple is back with its refreshed version, swapping in Intel's latest Haswell processors and graphics, but keeping the high-resolution display. Unlike the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, the 15-inch model doesn't slim down any, but then again the meatiest Pro has never really been about portability alone. Instead, it aims to be the powerhouse desktop-replacement that you can bring with you, and with a $200 cut to the sticker price it sounds all the more appealing. Has the 2013 refresh kept the most serious Pro at the top of its game? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Technical Details

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Technical Details

"The Z/28 is really going to be the icing on the cake for the Camaro." So says Al Oppenheimer, chief engineer on Chevrolet's Camaro team, and while he's unsurprisingly a little biased about GM's street-legal race car, having been out on the track in the 2014 Camaro Z/28 it's hard not to catch some of that enthusiasm. Chevrolet's cars aren't production ready yet - though even when they are, GM will only be making 3,000-4,000 over the course of two years - and the test cars are hand-built, down to the special 505 HP engines, but already the potential is clear. Read on for our first impressions.

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HTC One max Review

HTC One max Review

HTC should've had a best-seller with the HTC One. The metal-bodied phone was the go-to recommendation for Android fans in the know, and that it didn't get the attention of Samsung's Galaxy range is arguably more about marketing than anything else. HTC followed Samsung's example in distilling the brand for a smaller version, in the shape of the HTC One mini, and has now scaled things up with the HTC One max. A 5.9-inch display, metal body, and UltraPixel camera technology are arguably ingredients for the perfect phablet, but has HTC baked the One max badly? Read on for our full review.

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