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Nixeus ARC 4.0 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

Nixeus ARC 4.0 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

Music, as with most gadgets and entertainment in one’s life, has become portable, with powerful speakers about the size of soda cans filling the market. They pack a battery, allowing them to run for hours without a wired tether; they connect to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, eliminating the other wired tether. Many even function as a speakerphone, allowing one to take a call seamlessly, then return to their music. All these things are true of the Nixeus ARC 4.0, a wireless speaker we recently took for a spin.

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Razer Diamondback Review (2015)

Razer Diamondback Review (2015)

The Razer Diamondback ambidextrous mouse is one of the most well-rounded and beautiful mice I've ever used, in any category. While I'm still all about using a right-handed mouse - since I'm not really a lefty - this piece of equipment is shaped fine enough that I've not noticed a major difference. This is the return of the mouse that worked with the world's first optical gaming sensor - now back for its 4th iteration, the first update to the mouse since 2007.

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Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Challengers for the throne of connected lighting have come and gone, but Philips' Hue system remains the best-known of the wireless bulbs. It's color-changing and white lamps are now available for a number of sockets and fittings, but one thing has proved consistent: the central bridge that controls them all.

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LG V10 Review Part I: replacing the Galaxy Note

LG V10 Review Part I: replacing the Galaxy Note

Over the past several years, Samsung and LG have waged a silent battle against one another. This was a battle of the big phones. The Samsung Galaxy Note reigned supreme for several generations, checking all the boxes for a power user. These must-haves included a removable battery, a massive display, expandable storage (via microSD slot), and an excellent camera. But in the same year that Samsung does away with two of these "must have" features for their most powerful smartphone, LG picks up the slack. In the LG V10 is the home for the power user.

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Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

ASUS has introduced a new variant of the ZenFone 2, which we reviewed earlier this year. This new variant is called the ZenFone 2 Laser, and it comes with a modest $199 USD starting price, shaving $30 or more off the ZenFone 2’s price tag. The Laser variant is largely the same as the original ZenFone 2 smartphone, but with some small differences, not the least of which is the laser-assisted auto-focus from which the variant gets its name.

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2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Review

2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Review

I am not a rapper. I'm not even - to my parents constant disappointment - a superstar DJ. Instead I'm a 5'8 British man, and I really shouldn't like the 2016 Cadillac Escalade. In fact, as someone who believes in climate change and gets vaguely embarrassed by expressions of outlandish and obvious excess, I should probably hate it.

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Bud-E Fridge Review

Bud-E Fridge Review

Over the past few weeks we've been using the Bud-E Fridge, and it's quickly become our favorite non-traditional smart device ever. While we're not generally in the business of reviewing devices that are made solely for keeping food fresh, in the Bud-E Fridge we've found an appliance that's as entertaining to use as it is helpful. While we've used tiny, dorm-friendly fridges before, this machine takes the art to a whole new level. One with can sensors and blinking lights.

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Three things to know about the Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Three things to know about the Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Lenovo's Ideapad 100S Chromebook is a version of its Ideapad 100S that runs Google's Chrome OS operating system rather than Windows 10. In many ways, the two laptops are the same, but Chromebooks and Windows PCs have some fundamental differences and so not everything is identical. We recently gave the Chromebook version a quick review, and while you should check it out, we're also back with three primary highlights.

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Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

We recently reviewed Lenovo's Ideapad 100S, an inexpensive Windows 10 laptop with enough power for everyday use and moderate battery life. The laptop is ideal for many users, such as students and casual web surfers, but Windows 10 isn't everyone's cup of tea, and so Lenovo has a second, similar laptop: the Ideapad 100S Chromebook. As expected, the two laptops are very similar, but bring with them some of their own unique aspects, the details of which we have in our latest full SlashGear review.

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Sonos PLAY:5 (2015) Review

Sonos PLAY:5 (2015) Review

The Sonos PLAY:5 is special. First of the streaming music company's all-in-one speakers, its launch in 2009 marked a shift to the plug-and-play simplicity that Sonos is now known for, without sacrificing the sound quality that music lovers demanded. Since then, new and more affordable models have lured in a fresh generation of wireless fans, while products like the PLAYBAR have tackled home theater audio, but it's taken until now for the granddaddy of the range to get its big revamp.

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Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

It's fair to say that Microsoft's original Band was never the most ergonomically satisfying of wearables. In fact, it looked more like a prototype that skipped the final design stage and just went straight out to customers. Now, with the Microsoft Band 2, not only is the aesthetic sleeker but the whole thing is smarter, but is that enough to legitimately compete with rivals like the Apple Watch and more?

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HTC One A9 Review

HTC One A9 Review

"Pick your battles" is good advice, especially when you're a minnow among sharks, but the HTC One A9 seems determined to fight on all fronts. You'd think the company's newest hero phone would have enough going on just trying to convince us that a flagship needn't max out the spec sheet, but HTC compounds its challenge by launching a device that can't not be compared to the wildly popular iPhone.

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