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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review: a pretty one-way path

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review: a pretty one-way path

With the mid-size tablet genre being redefined, Amazon has stepped in with their latest, an 8.9-inch HDX version of the Kindle Fire. Taking square aim at the iPad mini and Air, as well as the Nexus 9, this tablet brings a familiar set of specs and viewing experience. Depending on what you want from your tablet, though, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 might be right for you. To see just how much has improved, and whether or not you should give it a hard look, we took it for a test run.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

The ThinkPad's distant history is pocked with no-nonsense business machines sporting plain designs and thick bodies. Those are largely a thing of the past, with the newest ThinkPads coming with a side dish of sleekness that make them stand out from systems of days gone by. Such isn't the case with Lenovo's new ThinkPad W540, a mobile workstation targeted at business users that in some ways harkens back to the old T-Series designs. That's not a criticism, mind you. There's something refreshing about a laptop that isn't partly based on being overtly stylish, instead zeroing in on functionality for those who care most about what the machine can do. Does the W540's functionality match its boardroom aesthetic, though? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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Tiki-Z mini-Review: The Tiny Gaming King defends his crown

Tiki-Z mini-Review: The Tiny Gaming King defends his crown

The following review is going to be short and to the point. Not because it doesn't deserve more words, not because it's not an important product. We'd never do such a thing. Instead, this review is going to be short because there's not much to say that we didn't already say in our first Falcon Northwest Tiki review and subsequent crowning of the device as the best gaming PC of the year in 2013. Never mind the fact that it was actually unveiled before the year began.

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Basepro review: 4TB storage built into a dock

Basepro review: 4TB storage built into a dock

Docks and stands for your computer are easy to come by, and each offer a different take on the same thing. Get your computer off the ground, possibly displaying the screen, maybe even giving you a better ergonomically sound angle to type at. Basepro, currently being funded on IndieGoGo, is in that category, but packs a little something extra under the hood. With up to 4TB of storage under it’s wedge frame (optional), Basepro is both local storage and a stand for your computer. To find out if it holds up while holding your computer up, we took it for a spin.

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iMac with Retina 5K Display Review – Powerful Pixels

iMac with Retina 5K Display Review – Powerful Pixels

It takes a lot to stand out in tech these days, but the 2014 iMac with Retina 5K display manages it. Fronted by a frankly astonishing number of very, very pleasing pixels, it’s the all-in-one that’s already luring many away from the Mac Pro order page. While you can make a solid product - even a successful one - by cherry-picking parts off a supplier’s shelf, sometimes it takes cooking up your own components if you want to lead the pack rather than just compete within it. In that vein, Apple tired of waiting for a 5K display and so created one itself, turning the now-familiar iMac design into something altogether more special.

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Sunset Overdrive Review: The Awesome-pocalypse is opon us

Sunset Overdrive Review: The Awesome-pocalypse is opon us

Over the past week and a half we’ve been playing Sunset Overdrive, a game exclusive to Xbox One and entirely unique in its look, gameplay, and next-level splattering of pop culture references. Sunset Overdrive places you in the customizable body of an apocalypse survivor. But this isn’t any normal apocalypse. As one NPCs suggests, this is the Awesome-pocalypse. This game isn’t about getting harangued for shooting your opponent incorrectly or for falling off a building too many times in a row. It's about having FUN.

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Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Over the past week we've had a look at the third in a line of Sony's "Z" devices in so many years, this one called the "Z3" when it's not carried by Verizon. This version of the Xperia Z3 goes by the name "Z3v", appropriately, as it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network. The only differences between this "v" model and the standard "Z3" is the added thickness (negligible) and the reason for the difference in size: the addition of wireless charging capabilities. This device is massive, sleek, and quite clearly meant to compete with the finest smartphones ever released.

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Shutter HALO review: a selfie’s best friend

Shutter HALO review: a selfie’s best friend

Capturing the moment is something we all enjoy, and we’re turning to our smartphones more and more to do so. If you’d rather be in the shot than hidden behind the screen, Shutter Halo might be what you’ve been looking for. The small button links to your camera via Bluetooth, and lets you snap a picture remotely. Now you can be in the pic as well as the one taking it! Does a small button really stand up to your wants as a mobile photographer? We find out.

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iPad Air 2 Review – Apple builds a new flagship

iPad Air 2 Review – Apple builds a new flagship

Apple is bullish on tablets and, for all it may be the slimmest and lightest of its breed, the iPad Air 2 is undeniably its new heavyweight champion. Dropping weight and bulk while simultaneously gaining power, the iPad Air 2 also dips into the best-selling iPhone 6's pockets for features like Touch ID and Apple Pay. Question is, though, has the new Air done enough to make itself a must-have upgrade?

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iPad mini 3 Review – Refinement not Revolution

iPad mini 3 Review – Refinement not Revolution

For many tablet fans, Apple's second-generation iPad mini hit the sweet spot. Keeping the bag- and hand-friendly design of the original iPad mini, but adding a Retina display, it replaced standalone ereaders and held the phablet fort until the iPhone 6 Plus arrived. Technology can't stand still, though, and so 2014 brings the iPad mini 3. With the changes far more moderate than the iPad Air 2, though, does the iPad mini 3's previous charm remain as strong? Read on for our full review.

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