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Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

The Microsoft Band breaks no ground in wearables, but Microsoft is hoping their submission can at least make you want to own one. The do-it-all wearable has an exhaustive list of features, and carries them across the mobile platform landscape. The aim, it seems, is to let you keep your phone in your pocket and rely almost entirely on your band. We’ve seen that before, too, so can Microsoft crack the use-case code? Is the Microsoft Band one that will actually have you reaching for your phone less?

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Logitech Ultrathin, Type+, Keys-To-Go iPad Air 2 keyboard Review

Logitech Ultrathin, Type+, Keys-To-Go iPad Air 2 keyboard Review

With the iPad Air 2 in tow, we've had a go at the three newest Logitech keyboards this November, seeing how each of these machines fares in the field. With the "Keys-To-Go" model we've got the simplest machine - thin, tiny, and coming with not a whole lot else other than portability. The Type+ provides a cover for your iPad Air 2 along with a keyboard, allowing you to protect your iPad in-between typing sessions. The Ultrathin acts as a Smart Cover, but doesn't protect the way the Type+ does - instead you get an awesome hinge that allows you to adjust your iPad Air 2 at will.

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Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review

Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review

Third-party accessories for iProducts are a dime a dozen, but finding one that's truly worth carrying around and using regular is a rare occurrence. One of the few rare gems happens to be Olloclip's new 4-in-1 lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, unique among camera add-ons because it works for the front and rear simultaneously. Portable, with a twist in design allowing you to clip it onto a pendant or keyring, the Olloclip has been hanging from my belt over the past few weeks; read on for my full review.

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Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro Review

Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro Review

Finally, a truly great Windows laptop. Lenovo's YOGA 3 Pro is thin, yet robust. It's powerful enough to handle tasks like video processing and light gaming, yet its battery life is optimized to such a degree that I'm able to use it like I would my main work notebook. The Lenogo YOGA 3 Pro transforms between a notebook, a touch display, and a tablet, but its abilities aren't just in place to be retrofitted to Windows 8's touchscreen intentions. The Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro isn't perfect, but it's very, very close.

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Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

At CES 2014, we named the Jaybird Reign our best wearable of the show. That wasn’t because it was pretty, had a flashy screen, or even had some other hardware tweak we hadn’t seen yet. Reign got our award based on their software, which promises a singular, holistic approach to your health status. With smart features and Jaybird’s great hardware history, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the Reign for quite some time. In a world with so many other fantastic fitness wearables, was it worth the wait?

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MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

You might take a lot of pics with your phone, but do you take really good ones? Sometimes, things like a sunset or fast-moving clouds require a bit more patience than we’d like, should we want a really good time-lapse. Even if we just want to capture a moment in time, a shaky wrist can ruin the shot. The MOS Kick wants to solve those issues for you, but is the crowdfunded stand the real deal, or another ho-hum Kickstarter project?

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Lenovo Erazer X315 review: Gaming for all

Lenovo Erazer X315 review: Gaming for all

There’s one thing Lenovo is exceedingly good at: making excellent products at approachable price points. At CES this year, we became enamored with their 4K monitor, which had impressive resolution and a then jaw-dropping low price tag. Keeping in line with their high-end/low-cost desktop ambitions, Lenovo has the Erazer X315, which — for a gaming desktop computer — holds a very slim starting price. Does a low price mean Lenovo’s Erazer is cheap? We give it the gaming go-round to find out.

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Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a keyboard, and nobody can blame you for that. Apple’s offerings may be some of the best around, but are pricey, and lack key features. Are there keyboards that can take their place? Is anything good enough to really make you forget about all the research and development Jony Ive and company put into their home-grown devices? Maybe! We’ve found two keyboards that have the same functionality (or more), and won’t break the bank.

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Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro Review

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro Review

The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is a unique piece of work. Lenovo didn't fall into the same trap many manufacturers make in creating tiny boosts for their devices each year, changing only base configurations. They didn't say, hey, this YOGA Tablet is neat enough, let's just give it a better display for the tail end of 2015. Instead they've made a radical change - they've created a 13.3-inch display-toting tablet that carries its own projector and the world's first tablet-based 5-watt subwoofer. Suddenly this tablet business seems like a whole different ball-game.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Review

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Review

This week we've had a look at what it means to be rolling with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with a full Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. This isn't your everyday average upgrade - it's not like we're using the Nexus 9 that just happens to be branded by NVIDIA. Instead, this is the first non-Nexus tablet to receive the update, complete with NVIDIA's own apps under the hood. This is more than just a software update just for the sake of having the latest and greatest - this is a real-deal update of the abilities of the unit.

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