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Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S – a budget Windows 10 laptop

Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S – a budget Windows 10 laptop

Laptops are no longer a financial burden — the market is full of inexpensive notebooks, many of which cost less than a mid-tier smartphone. These machines are usually targeted at students, kids, casual users, and those in need of a secondary laptop, one they’re willing to risk carrying at the subway or checking in at the airport. Lenovo’s newest Ideapad, the Ideapad 100S, is exactly that type of machine, hitting all the right marks: lightweight, small, cheap, and loaded and with Windows 10.

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Nexus 5X Review

Nexus 5X Review

The 2013 Nexus 5 wasn't the phone you'd expect to build a loyal fanbase. Its plastic construction and unassuming design spoke more of engineering side-project than Google flagship, the epitome of hardware taking a back-seat while the latest version of Android - then 4.4 KitKat - held the spotlight. Now, two years later, Google and LG are giving Nexus 5 fans the Nexus 5X, spiritual successor and showcase for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a budget.

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Samsung Gear S2 Review

Samsung Gear S2 Review

When you can do so much with your smartphone, it's easy to assume that your smartwatch needs to be equally capable in order to make it worthwhile on your wrist. Problem is, all those talents can turn the wearable experience into a confusing morass of tapping, swiping, scrolling, and swearing. Samsung may just have come up with the answer in the Gear S2, however, and all it took was a big wheel.

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Chromecast Audio Review

Chromecast Audio Review

Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi systems up to speed in the brave new age of streaming, and all for a bargain price of $35.

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Surface Pro 4 Review

Surface Pro 4 Review

It's probably fair to describe the Surface Pro 4 as an evolutionary update over its predecessor. That's not to say the improvements, collectively, aren't impressive: more of the same, or similar, is no bad thing when you're talking about a tablet that in its several generations has built a loyal following.

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Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft told us everything we thought we needed to know about the Surface Book as a laptop, and then turned that on its head with its detachable tablet. It was showmanship worthy of an Apple event, instantly overshadowing the Surface Pro 4 and causing a few MacBook Pro owners to glance at their notebooks with new eyes. Now, though, with the secret out, does the reality of Microsoft's first laptop live up to the initial surprise?

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2016 Scion iM Review

2016 Scion iM Review

Scion needed a hot hatch on a budget, and so under $20k gets you the 2016 Scion iM and a handful of compromises. If you're European then you might get a sense of deja-vu from the iM. Scion didn't look far afield for its donor car, effectively just rebadging the Toyota Auris sold across the Atlantic and slapping a body kit on the outside.

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Bublcam Review : 360-degrees of spherical camera potential

Bublcam Review : 360-degrees of spherical camera potential

The Bublcam does one thing very well: describe itself - in its name, in its industrial design, and in its product. While several 360-degree "spherical" cameras are already on the market, Bubl Technology have done the best job in creating a device that's simple to understand and use from start to finish - WITH high-quality results. This device has four cameras, each pointing in a different direction to create videos and photos that are spherical in shape, fully prepared for immersive viewing online and in the new virtual reality ecosystem.

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Logi Circle Review – WiFi camera with a hit of hyperlapse

Logi Circle Review – WiFi camera with a hit of hyperlapse

Logitech said it wanted its Logi brand to be more friendly than traditional computer peripherals, and the Circle home camera certainly fits the bill. A cutesy robot's eyeball of a WiFi-connected webcam, it aims to one-up Nest Camera courtesy of an onboard battery, with a secret weapon in the shape of instantly-curated hyperlapse clips for speedy consumption. Has Logi hit a home-run in the first inning with its baseball-like Circle?

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Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

The 2015 version of the Chromecast is just nice enough to want to upgrade from the original and certainly worth the cash for new users. Chromecast is, at its core, a doorway for your smartphone to access your TV. Like its predecessor (also called Chromecast), this device acts as the courier for content from the internet to your living room, allowing your smartphone (or tablet, or laptop) to act as the controller and the explorer. This version of the Chromecast is faster than the original and a bit more versatile as it works with a cord now instead of just a dongle.

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Review: Dell Chromebook 13 — a premium option for pros

Review: Dell Chromebook 13 — a premium option for pros

Dell has introduced its new Chromebook 13, a laptop that runs Google's Chrome OS and that, in nearly every way, demands attention and is wholly deserving of it. This laptop has many bragging points, leaving most Chromebooks in the dust and doing so without an uncomfortable increase in price. It starts with a Carbon Fiber display lid and goes from there, tossing in a thin body, beautiful LCD and more. We recently took the machine for a spin; read our full review to find out more!

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Three things to know about the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Three things to know about the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Acer has some pretty nifty laptops, but it doesn't concentrate only on the higher end of the spectrum. The maker has a lineup of Windows 10 Cloudbooks that give consumers an inexpensive way to get their hands on the latest Windows operating system. We reviewed the laptop in full yesterday, and as always, we're back with a handful of key details you should know if you're considering the laptop.

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