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iClever QY8 Bluetooth earbuds mini-review

iClever QY8 Bluetooth earbuds mini-review

The days of sound-leaking, heavy, and tinny headphones are long gone. In their place is an array of affordable wireless headphones that come in at a budget rates while offering audio quality more than suitable for most consumers' needs. We recently got our hands on a pair of iClever QY8 Bluetooth earbuds, and at $19.99 USD, they certainly fall into the budget category. Does the quality suffer as a result? Read our mini review to find out!

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D-Link 180-degree WiFi Camera Review

D-Link 180-degree WiFi Camera Review

WiFi security cameras like Nest Cam have brought home monitoring within the reach of the mainstream, but all too often come with a subscription sting. Not so for the D-Link Full HD Ultra-Wide View WiFi Camera (DCS-2630L), which eschews the cloud in favor of a one-off price of $199.99 and the convenience of a microSD card. It also promises to fill that storage with a lot more of your home or office, courtesy of a full 180-degree lens.

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iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

When you need your music on the go, you need it in a small form factor -- one that can easily fit in any bag and won't wear you down, but that doesn't sacrifice audio quality or battery life. Most portable batteries come in cylindrical form, but there are smaller single-speaker units out there that are about the size of a baseball. One such unit is iClever's IC-BTS02, a little wireless speaker we've taken for a spin.

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Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest created the smart thermostat market, and now it's under attack. Turns out the appeal of home temperature control without requiring programming more complex than a graduate degree, and more flexible than "on" or "off", is enough to lure in not only customers but competitors. After granular improvements since the 2011 launch, Nest's third-generation hardware bumps up the most eye-catching aspect of the thermostat: the display.

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2015 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display Review: Maxed-out

2015 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display Review: Maxed-out

Some doubted an all-in-one could deliver what a professional needed, but the 2015 iMac with Retina 5K display is looking to not only disprove that but squash such suspicions completely. Updated this year with Intel's newest "Skylake" sixth-generation processors and a brand new Retina resolution screen, Apple's newest iMac promises not only to be faster than ever before, but the very best way to display your work.

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Razer Seiren Pro Review

Razer Seiren Pro Review

The Razer Seiren Pro is a high-end microphone made for gamers - more specifically aimed at those that stream their gaming live for the masses. What you're going to see here is a microphone that looks and feels like a studio-level piece of equipment. But can it deliver in sound where it delivers in looks? This monster of a microphone is the sort of thing you buy when you get really serious about your online recording art - or when you just feel like tossing a piece of your paycheck at a piece of equipment that'll last you forever. Either way, fine audio, here we come.

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Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Today we're having our first look at the Microsoft Lumia 950 on the review bench, showing you just one - perhaps the most compelling - feature of the bunch: Continuum. When Microsoft first created Windows Phone, it wasn't any secret that they wanted the software to look and feel like a mobile version of what was on the way for their desktop operating system. Almost as if desktop begat mobile. Now, several years down the line, Microsoft attempts to tie the two together implicitly with a feature called Continuum.

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LG V10 Review Part II: what no other phone has

LG V10 Review Part II: what no other phone has

Certainly there have been devices that've had second displays in the past - everything from the Kyocera Echo to the lesser-known Samsung Doubletime. What's been missing from this equation hasn't been the hardware, but the skillfully implemented purpose achieved. In the LG V10, you've got a second display that shows you the time. It'll show you some other things, too, but the second screen shows you the time - and, most important of all - it shows you this information without giving your battery a hit.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Review or: why it’s still the best

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Review or: why it’s still the best

Today we're going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 and discuss why this device is the best tablet that money can buy. When we had a look at the original NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, it was very apparent that NVIDIA's tablet-making opponents were going to have a tough time competing with the features and overall quality of this top-notch piece of equipment. One year later and not one tablet can hold a flame to the SHIELD for its combination of quality and price. And now it's cheaper than it was before. What's going on here, you might ask?

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Star Wars Blu-ray Steelbook set Review: back to beautiful basics

Star Wars Blu-ray Steelbook set Review: back to beautiful basics

Six Star Wars films have been re-released in Blu-ray form in two editions, one of which is the Steelbook set we're reviewing today. These movies are available individually, each in their own heavy-duty metal and plastic container, each with a single Blu-ray inside. There's also a "Complete Saga" Blu-ray set that includes a whopping 9-disc collection, full of extra features and commentary tracks. You COULD also purchase the Blu-ray disks in two 3-disc sets, one original trilogy, one prequel trilogy.

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The iPad Pro is here: Now its trial-by-fire begins

The iPad Pro is here: Now its trial-by-fire begins

You already know it's big, and that it's powerful, but does the iPad Pro have what it takes to survive on the road as a true notebook replacement? Apple's 12.9-inch tablet is the biggest outing for iOS to-date, and just as we realized back when it was first announced, it's not only a huge deal for the Cupertino firm but a huge device period.

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BlackBerry PRIV Review Part I: or why you might want this

BlackBerry PRIV Review Part I: or why you might want this

Hello there BlackBerry users, and welcome back! It's been quite a while since we've had a review of BB device like the BlackBerry Priv - one that's a real competitor on the open marketplace. One that feels like BlackBerry is confident in the product its delivering. And why would you want a device like this? An Android device with a push-out physical keys keyboard? Because you've always trusted the BlackBerry brand, and you always will. Just having the brand name there staring you in the face - and having the three volume button combo available - that'll get you every time.

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