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Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

You’re spoiled for choice right now with wireless headphones, but Plantronics is hoping the new BackBeat SENSE can slot in with a mixture of clever tech and everyday flexibility. Lightweight and quietly handsome, they may not have in-your-face branding of some rivals, but they come from a company with a solid track-record both in audio and in wireless devices. Bluetooth offers more than just cutting the cord, mind, and Plantronics claims to be doing more than most with its smart wireless system.

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Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

It's time to dive back in on one of the biggest up-and-comers in the straight-to-consumers gaming peripherals game: Corsair. With the Corsair STRAFE, users work with the same high-quality mastery in mechanical keyboard clicking as the rest of the recent Corsair Gaming RGB light-up series, but here the options - and therefor the price - take a cut. You still get the high-end German-made quality of Cherry MX switches, of course. If you like lights, but you don't need the full rainbow, this chop of a keyboard might be right up your ever-loving red-lit alley.

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Three things to know about the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12

Three things to know about the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12

Lenovo has another ThinkPad, the Yoga 12, and we took it for a spin recently. We have got all the details about it in our recent review, and we encourage you to check it out for yourself. We know, though -- life is busy business and maybe you don't have the time right now. That's where this condensed version comes in. We've picked out the three most notable aspects of the new Yoga laptop and laid them out for your edification.

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 — a flexible laptop with super VOIP features

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 — a flexible laptop with super VOIP features

Lenovo has launched its ThinkPad Yoga 12 laptop, a 2-in-1 convertible offering that can be toggled between a regular laptop arrangement and other positions like tablet or a stand. This isn’t unusual for Lenovo, but marks the latest entrant of the company’s tried-and-true design that has won over many PC users. With this latest system, owners are given an integrated stylus alongside a light weight and thin body, powerful hardware, and more. Who would benefit from this latest Yoga notebook? Read our full review to find out!

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

If you’re only going to do one thing, you need to do it really, really well, so the stakes are high for Amazon’s 2015 Kindle Paperwhite. Slotting in-between the $79 Kindle and the well-esteemed - but, at $199, expensive - Kindle Voyage, the $119 Paperwhite now gets a 300 dpi E Ink screen not to mention new software intended to make reading more immersive. Question is, does the new Kindle suffer from middle-child syndrome, or has Amazon managed to eclipse not only its entry-level ereader but its flagship. too?

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ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

Witness this - a web-browser notebook that flips back into a tablet, made with metal, sporting a touchscreen, that won't break your bank. That's what ASUS has up for grabs with the ASUS Chromebook Flip (C100). This is like the first in a line of Chromebook Flip machines from ASUS because they've done something we'd be surprised if consumers didn't latch on to like mad. That's a low-cost Chrome OS notebook that doesn't look or feel low-cost. It feels positively premium, believe it or not, and it does just what a Chromebook should - make full use of the internet.

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Netatmo Welcome Review – Nest Cam’s face-recognizing rival

Netatmo Welcome Review – Nest Cam’s face-recognizing rival

If a smart home is truly smart, it should know who’s inside it. That’s the argument Netatmo makes with its new Welcome camera, promising Dropcam-style streaming video but combined with facial-recognition. At $199 it matches Nest Cam’s sticker, but without the need to cough up for the cloud if you want to look back through captured footage, and Netatmo says its person-spotting skills should cut the number of false-alarms down, too. I put on my most welcoming expression to see if the learning camera would find me memorable.

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Olympus Air A01 first-impressions: Modular Micro 4/3

Olympus Air A01 first-impressions: Modular Micro 4/3

You’d be forgiven if, after taking a quick glance at Olympus' new Air A01 doohickey, you dismissed it as a lens of some sort. In fact it’s more, much more. Think of the Air A01 as a Micro Four Thirds or Micro 4/3 camera minus the lens and display: ultra portable, allowing you to place or mount it anywhere your creativity takes you, and paired up wirelessly with an iOS or Android device. While add-on cameras are something we’ve already seen from Sony, Kodak, and others, Olympus’ decision to go for interchangeable lenses sets the Air A01 apart; read on for my first impressions.

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The big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review

The big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review

It's time for another war, this time between the best of the best accessories made for the Samsung Galaxy S6. If you're one of those users that wanted to get extra fancy and picked up the Galaxy S6 Edge, we've got a few tips for you as well. If you picked up a Galaxy S6 Active and still think you need extra protection, we're going to have to direct you back to our original review. For now, it's time for the big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review.

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Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google ads advertisement-supported "free" streaming radio stations to their Google Music service. This push creates more of a Pandora sort of model to their already in-service subscription-based model than it does an Apple battler, but the timing is right on. Just as Apple summons more press with a response to Taylor Swift's request for cash, Google aims to cut in with a release of a whole new way to interject with a service that doesn't cost users anything - any cash, that is to say.

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Four things to know about the Lenovo C40 AiO PC

Four things to know about the Lenovo C40 AiO PC

Lenovo has another all-in-one PC available, and this one is targeted at the every-person. The PC user who needs to do a little bit of everything and nothing too demanding: homework, research, a business report or two. We recently reviewed it, but maybe you haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Be sure to check it out to find out everything the system has to offer, but in the meantime we’ve picked out the most pertinent details, the things you likely want to know and don’t have the patience to hunt down for yourself. Read on for all four.

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Review: Lenovo C40 — a general purpose all-in-one PC

Review: Lenovo C40 — a general purpose all-in-one PC

Lenovo is most vocal about its laptops, but the company has more than a few all-in-one systems, some of which we've seen in the past. Latest to join them is the Lenovo C40, which recently launched and brings with it -- with this particular model, at least -- AMD hardware. This all-in-one has a relatively modest price and mid-tier specs, making it a nice general-purpose system for those who need to do school assignments, prep spreadsheets, or play a few games. Read our full review to find out what all it offers!

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