Gadget Reviews

Tablet

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet DirectStylus 2 Review

With all its gaming prowess, you could quite forget that the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet has a second personality. Taking the clever Tegra-accelerated stylus technology of NVIDIA’s Note 7, and supercharging it with more sensitivity, less latency, and custom-created apps to show it off at its best, the DirectStylus 2 system promises the best of a digital pen with neither cost … Continue reading

Laptops

Lenovo N20P Chromebook Review

Lenovo’s new ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook isn’t the company’s only Chrome OS machine, and latest to the batch is its new N20P Chromebook. Unlike the 11e, the N20P isn’t styled after the company’s famous all-black ThinkPad notebooks, instead sporting a smooth gray body and lid. What we ultimately get is a Chromebook quite a bit thinner than the aforementioned model, … Continue reading

Entertainment

Ollie Review: Sphero creators double down on remote control

The team that created the robotic sphere known as Sphero is back. Sphero was first revealed in 2010 and continues to have no rival – there’s simply no remote-control device on the market like it. Here in 2014, Sphero (formerly called Orbotix) brings Ollie (originally code-named Sphero 2B) to market with a completely new form-factor – a cylinder.

Phone

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Review: Bigger is Better

Apple promised us something big, and it delivered both metaphorically and literally. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus take Apple’s flagship smartphone in new directions, finally bowing to consumer demand for larger handsets. These aren’t just your old iPhone made bigger, however: a combination of broad hardware improvements and iOS 8 makes sure of that. Question is, does … Continue reading

Moto X (2014) Review: Finally, a true Motorola flagship

Motorola never quite got the praise it deserved with the original Moto X, the company’s decision to step off the specs bandwagon unduly masked by relatively uninspiring design. Now, the 2014 model arrives to rectify that, sharing the same name but stepping up performance, aesthetics, and – essential for any device with ambitions to play among the flagships – build … Continue reading

HTC One M8 with Windows Review

What we could be witnessing right now is a crossroads in the Windows universe. HTC may very well have made the step towards legitimacy the Windows Phone platform needed to show the world that they really, truly can compete with Android. In the HTC One M8 with Windows, HTC has switched out Android for Windows Phone in the greatest handset … Continue reading

Gaming

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review

NVIDIA’s Maxwell age of graphics processing begins with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards. What you’ll see below is a brief look at the higher-powered of these two cards, tracking the performance of the NVIDIA-made reference card.

Camera

Sony A6000 Review

With unusual cameras like the A7 and A7R, Sony’s A6000 ran the risk of being overshadowed. Elevated from the NEX range to sit alongside Sony’s full DSLRs with the Alpha prefix, the A6000 builds on the NEX-6 with a new 24.3-megapixel sensor and a flashy autofocus system the company claims is a record-setter. Big claims, then, and a big spec … Continue reading

Accessories

Sennheiser Urbanite headphones Review

The folks at Sennheiser make some of the finest headphones around. They have for quite a while. But some of the most visible headphones in the world today come from a brand with a big “b” on the eardrums. Do they sound better than Sennheiser’s newest slick-looking set of headphones, the Urbanite? No, they do not.