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Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – An embarrassment of riches

Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – An embarrassment of riches

Amazon is out of its mind, and yet for some reason I'm considering opening my wallet and spending hundreds of dollars on a Kindle Oasis. The company's new flagship ereader wows first with design, then with sticker-shock: closest yet in Amazon's quest to dethrone paper with its digital replacement, but out of the reach of all but the most dedicated, deep-pocketed readers.

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Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack Review

Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack Review

At this point in the relatively lengthy history of SlashGear reviewing backpacks, we've gotten to the point where we're fairly sure we've seen nearly every iteration. What caught my eye with the Manfrotto backpack (SKU MB MA-BP-R) "Advanced camera and laptop backpack w/ Rear Access" was its design - especially in its ability to conceal its contents with a back-facing bit of access. When I travel, I often end up going to heavily populated areas where pickpockets run rampant. This backpack, made for your camera, laptop, and tablet, has a feature that, by definition, blocks access to its contents.

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2016 BMW 340i Review – Back on form

2016 BMW 340i Review – Back on form

Messing with an icon can be trouble, something BMW found when it launched the sixth-gen 3 Series in 2012, and something it aims to redress with the 2016 340i. The car that had long been the sport sedan to beat suddenly suffered a crisis of identity: too focused on luxury for those who look to Bavaria for their four-door performance, but not cosseting enough in the face of Mercedes' efforts. Now, for 2016, we get the 340i and a surprisingly successful do-over.

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MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

More than a year after it first launched, the MacBook Retina is still one of the most divisive of Apple's products. Now, in its 2016 refresh, it finds itself in a replay of many of those initial complaints: just one port; a processor chosen for being humble; and a variety of other compromises in the name of keeping a waif-like form factor. Has Apple's stubbornness damned its premium ultraportable in the process?

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Review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 4 business ultrabook

Review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 4 business ultrabook

It's Lenovo's most beloved business laptop: the X1 Carbon. The fourth-generation model has been released, and it's as beautiful as ever, bringing the best aspects of the X1 Carbon line and refining them with updated hardware, a lighter weight, and a thinner body. Lenovo boasts the laptop as being “Ultrathin, Ultralight, Ultratough.” With a price that can top a couple grand, it’s also pretty expensive. Is the latest Lenovo X1 Carbon worth the upgrade? Read our full review to find out!

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Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

We have a smartphone here that exists in the space between the top two mobile device makers in the world: Samsung and Apple. This is the Meizu PRO 6, a device whose hardware and software find themselves at a point near smartphone singularity - where all of the most high-end smartphone details meet. This is a cross-breed if ever we have seen one. At the same time, the PRO 6 is indeed a pretty great phone in its own right.

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August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

The Internet of Things may be the Wild West right now, but if Apple has its way, HomeKit-enabled devices like August's new Smart Lock 2nd generation will tame the confusion. It promises to act as your virtual doorman courtesy of the soothing tones of Siri, though at $229 it's not an inexpensive upgrade.

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2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

Judge a luxury car company not by its flagship but by its compromises: namely, the sacrifices it makes to put its badge - in this case the four Audi rings - on the nose of its smaller, cheaper models. The 2016 Audi A3 2.0T quattro is a case in point, the most affordable way to get the coveted badge on your driveway, but losing some of the bells and whistles along the way. Question is, do those sacrifices outweigh the benefits?

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Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

The smartphone you see here is neither an iPhone nor a Google Certified Android device. It's somewhere in the middle and a bit off to one side. What we've got here is the Smartisan T2, a device that looks like an iPhone, runs a bit like an Android, and costs about what you'd pay for a high-end device that's a couple of years old. But this Smartisan T2 is brand new. What we have here is a unique proposition - a daring release in a market that relies so heavily on iOS and Android that we were shocked to find it in production.

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HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation Review

HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation Review

The HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation is as handsome as it is prepared to do the work you're going to need it to do. Unlike workstation laptops of the past, this unit does not dispense with the thinness or the weight, either. This machine is an Ultrabook - what HP calls the world's first quad core workstation Ultrabook, in fact. It has a 15.6-inch display up front and your choice of a bunch of different innards under the hood.

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iPad Pro 9.7 Review – On the road with the laptop killer

iPad Pro 9.7 Review – On the road with the laptop killer

I’ve tired of tablets, and I’m not alone. The glorious days of finger-computing arrived, certainly, but it was big-screen smartphones that benefited most from them, and persuading new or existing tablet owners to take the plunge or upgrade has proved harder than manufacturers expected. Apple’s answer is the iPad Pro, straddling segments by trying to be not only the best tablet on the market, but a legitimate replacement to your notebook too.

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HP Elite x2 Review

HP Elite x2 Review

HP has a new Elite tablet, and it is the most striking to date. The HP Elite x2 is a convertible system composed of a tablet with a hinged kickstand and a keyboard that attaches to the tablet using a magnetic connector. Anyone familiar with the Surface Pro, as one example, will be familiar with the design nature of the new Elite tablet. How does HP's offering hold up compared to competing models? Read our full review to find out!

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