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MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

More than a year after it first launched, the MacBook Retina is still one of the most divisive of Apple's products. Now, in its 2016 refresh, it finds itself in a replay of many of those initial complaints: just one port; a processor chosen for being humble; and a variety of other compromises in the name of keeping a waif-like form factor. Has Apple's stubbornness damned its premium ultraportable in the process?

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Review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 4 business ultrabook

Review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 4 business ultrabook

It's Lenovo's most beloved business laptop: the X1 Carbon. The fourth-generation model has been released, and it's as beautiful as ever, bringing the best aspects of the X1 Carbon line and refining them with updated hardware, a lighter weight, and a thinner body. Lenovo boasts the laptop as being “Ultrathin, Ultralight, Ultratough.” With a price that can top a couple grand, it’s also pretty expensive. Is the latest Lenovo X1 Carbon worth the upgrade? Read our full review to find out!

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Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

We have a smartphone here that exists in the space between the top two mobile device makers in the world: Samsung and Apple. This is the Meizu PRO 6, a device whose hardware and software find themselves at a point near smartphone singularity - where all of the most high-end smartphone details meet. This is a cross-breed if ever we have seen one. At the same time, the PRO 6 is indeed a pretty great phone in its own right.

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August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

The Internet of Things may be the Wild West right now, but if Apple has its way, HomeKit-enabled devices like August's new Smart Lock 2nd generation will tame the confusion. It promises to act as your virtual doorman courtesy of the soothing tones of Siri, though at $229 it's not an inexpensive upgrade.

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2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

Judge a luxury car company not by its flagship but by its compromises: namely, the sacrifices it makes to put its badge - in this case the four Audi rings - on the nose of its smaller, cheaper models. The 2016 Audi A3 2.0T quattro is a case in point, the most affordable way to get the coveted badge on your driveway, but losing some of the bells and whistles along the way. Question is, do those sacrifices outweigh the benefits?

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Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

The smartphone you see here is neither an iPhone nor a Google Certified Android device. It's somewhere in the middle and a bit off to one side. What we've got here is the Smartisan T2, a device that looks like an iPhone, runs a bit like an Android, and costs about what you'd pay for a high-end device that's a couple of years old. But this Smartisan T2 is brand new. What we have here is a unique proposition - a daring release in a market that relies so heavily on iOS and Android that we were shocked to find it in production.

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HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation Review

HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation Review

The HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation is as handsome as it is prepared to do the work you're going to need it to do. Unlike workstation laptops of the past, this unit does not dispense with the thinness or the weight, either. This machine is an Ultrabook - what HP calls the world's first quad core workstation Ultrabook, in fact. It has a 15.6-inch display up front and your choice of a bunch of different innards under the hood.

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iPad Pro 9.7 Review – On the road with the laptop killer

iPad Pro 9.7 Review – On the road with the laptop killer

I’ve tired of tablets, and I’m not alone. The glorious days of finger-computing arrived, certainly, but it was big-screen smartphones that benefited most from them, and persuading new or existing tablet owners to take the plunge or upgrade has proved harder than manufacturers expected. Apple’s answer is the iPad Pro, straddling segments by trying to be not only the best tablet on the market, but a legitimate replacement to your notebook too.

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HP Elite x2 Review

HP Elite x2 Review

HP has a new Elite tablet, and it is the most striking to date. The HP Elite x2 is a convertible system composed of a tablet with a hinged kickstand and a keyboard that attaches to the tablet using a magnetic connector. Anyone familiar with the Surface Pro, as one example, will be familiar with the design nature of the new Elite tablet. How does HP's offering hold up compared to competing models? Read our full review to find out!

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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

If everybody loves an underdog story, why aren't more people buying HTC phones? That's the question the Android stalwart must be puzzling over, having spent the past four to five years trying to figure out how to be "critic's choice" rather than "also-ran" in the smartphone space. The answer for 2016 is the HTC 10, but is this new flagship enough to stand out amid behemoths like Apple and Samsung?

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OPPO F1 Review

OPPO F1 Review

Let's face it, selfies have become an inescapable fact of the digital, mobile lifestyle today. No matter how we snicker or glare at those usually obnoxious selfie sticks (and their sometimes inconsiderate holders), selfies are not going away any time soon. Seeing the potential market, not to mention profits, even digital camera makers have started to pander to this crowd. Of course, smartphones were there first, with almost each new generation advertising selfie-friendly features. Calling itself the "Selfie Expert", the OPPO F1 is, perhaps, the most ambitious. But how does it actually fare beyond the advertising materials? We take a dive into the smartphone selfie world to find out.

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Fluance Fi70 Review: a massive, beautiful Bluetooth speaker

Fluance Fi70 Review: a massive, beautiful Bluetooth speaker

There are speakers, and then there are speakers. When I first saw a picture of Fluance's Fi70 wireless speaker, it was on a pedestal and I imagined it to be something somewhat hefty but not enormous. I realized I was mistaken when a 100lbs box appeared on my front porch. Though officially referred to as a wireless speaker, the Fluance Fi70 is more appropriately described as a sound system aggregated together into a convenient, awfully heavy box. How does it sound? In one word: incredible.

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