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2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 Review: More modern, less muscle

2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 Review: More modern, less muscle

If you're in the luxury game, the pressure to build high performance editions of almost every model in your line-up is a strong one. Most premium brands pursue volume as aggressively as possible, extending their reach into every conceivable niche to create a balance of both divine (Audi RS7) and strange (BMW X6 M) bedfellows. After replacing its longtime SLK nameplate with the new SLC roadster, Mercedes-Benz turns its hot rodding skills to the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 and continues its tradition of dumping a big engine in a small car - with a few important twists.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V Review

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Review

Ambition gurgles at the core of Cadillac, but it takes more than bold words and marketing promise to make a car that gives the Germans sleepless nights. On the one hand you have the CT6, a smartly designed walk through what "American luxury" means to the modern driver, while on the other you have this, the 2016 ATS-V Sedan, a fire-breathing assault on contemporary classics like the BMW M3.

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2017 Chevrolet Volt Review: The secret hybrid

2017 Chevrolet Volt Review: The secret hybrid

My head knows the future of transportation is probably electric, but my stomach can’t quite get past the range anxiety. Pure EV drivers do, over time, quit the urge to stare at the dwindling range and worry about where their next outlet might be, but Chevrolet has another solution if you don't mind carrying a little old-school fossil fuel. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt may officially be a hybrid, but it desperately wants to leave its gas engine turned off and providing mental reassurance not actual power.

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Acer Predator G1 Review: A lot of power in a tiny package

Acer Predator G1 Review: A lot of power in a tiny package

Acer's Predator G1-701-70001 gaming rig is here, arriving after the successful splash the G6 enjoyed. One look at the specification list is all you need to know that this is rig is a beast, but in a world where anyone can throw together top-of-the-line equipment into a formidable gaming PC, what does the G1 have to make it stand out from the crowd? The answer is quite a lot, actually.

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Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

As product ideas go, "the Star Trek communicator, made real" requires little explanation. Orion Labs' Onyx aims to keep our smartphones in our pockets and bags where they belong, and return us to the halcyon days of push-to-talk or - if you're old enough to remember them - walkie-talkies by getting us into group conversations again.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review — an ultrabook unlike any other

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review — an ultrabook unlike any other

Ultrabooks are a wonderful thing, but they're known to require compromise: you get this (usually thin and lightweight construction), but you have to sacrifice that (let's say battery life and durability). It's this very nature of compromise that turns many off; more than a few laptop owners have gone with larger, heavier models to get the things their ultrabook counterparts couldn't offer. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga ultrabook changes this -- there is no compromise needed. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find any laptop, ultrabook or otherwise, that can stand up to the utter gem that is this Yoga model. I don't ordinarily feel like reviewing something is an honor, but the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is no ordinary ultrabook.

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2016 Bentley Flying Spur Review: Lavish is an understatement

2016 Bentley Flying Spur Review: Lavish is an understatement

The Bentley Flying Spur is over seven feet wide. Wider, in fact, than a Hummer H1. Just twenty inches narrower than a Smart car is long. Ironically for a marque so closely associated with Britain, that makes the Flying Spur singularly unsuited for a great many British roads. And, with a price tag easily ten times that of the Smart - and dwarfing even the cost of a full tank of gas for the Humvee - it's not something you want to scrape along one of the ancient stone walls you suddenly notice the UK has in abundance when you're driving a borrowed behemoth.

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OPPO F1s Review

OPPO F1s Review

Just as a book is easy to judge by its cover, it's only too easy to judge smartphones by their design and their price. A device that looks like an iPhone with an almost dirt-cheap price tag? Gotta be a cheap knock-off coming from China. That is the stereotype that Chinese OEMs like OPPO face, especially when their smartphones, like the OPPO F1s, do really look like an Apple or even a Samsung flagship. But just like in real life, some things deserve a second, sometimes even third, look. Which is why we gave the OPPO F1s, the new, self-proclaimed "Selfie Expert", a thorough inspection, and we're glad we did. Read on to find out why.

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Corsair Lapdog Review

Corsair Lapdog Review

If I’m gaming in the living room on my couch, there’s really only one input device that I generally want to use. For years I’ve struggled with the idea of using a keyboard and mouse, as I’m typically a PC gamer. However, a controller is just easier to accommodate when you aren’t sitting in front of the desk. And that’s the exact problem that Corsair is trying to solve with their new Lapdog.

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Marshall Major II Bluetooth Headphones Review

Marshall Major II Bluetooth Headphones Review

Marshall excited music lovers a few years back with the unveiling of its then-new headphones, bringing its audio prowess to the most personal of audio items -- headphones -- alongside an iconic and refreshingly different design. The company has released some models since then, one of the newest being the Marshall Major II headphones. These particular headphones come in both non-Bluetooth and Bluetooth varieties, with the latter being a particularly welcomed addition. Many have questioned whether the wireless version is worth the extra cost, and so we got our hands on a pair to find out for ourselves.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

You could forgive Samsung for gloating with the Galaxy Note 7; after all, the phablet category the original Note created was dismissed by many as a sure-fire flop. People laughed at its size, its stylus, and its price, and yet time after time, generation after generation, Samsung has demonstrated it knows what its most serious users want. Now, with the Note 7, it's time for the phablet to go mass-market.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook Review

Want the style and durability of a ThinkPad with the budget-friendliness and speed of a Chromebook? Enter Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 Chromebook, a version of its ThinkPad 13 laptop that runs Google's Chrome OS. High-end Chromebooks have become more common over the past couple years; we’ve seen such offerings from Dell, for example, and now the latest is the Thinkpad 13 Chromebook. Particularly notable with the model is the inclusion of UBS-C ports, but that’s just a small sliver of what the laptop has to offer. Is Lenovo’s Thinkpad 13 Chromebook the Chrome OS business laptop you’ve been waiting for? Read our full review to find out!

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