Reviews

2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

For Porsche, unveiling the new Panamera isn’t just about replacing one of its best-selling models, it also ushers in a whole new era for the automaker. When Porsche launched the Panamera four-door sedan back in 2009, it was a couple of years before I had kids. Though anything is possible, to my mind it was unimaginable that you could make a four-door version of the 928, the car that was to me - next to the 911 - the heart and soul of Porsche. After the initial shock, I never really gave it much thought.

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Razer Turret Review and my living room keyboard dreams

Razer Turret Review and my living room keyboard dreams

I'd been waiting a long time for this keyboard to be released. This, the Razer Turret, a keyboard, mouse, and mousepad made for the living room. I first saw it back at CES 2015. Back then, it went hand-in-hand with the Razer Forge TV, a device that was revealed just before its biggest competitor, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. I was more excited about having a handy keyboard and mouse for my couch than I was for the Android TV platform, no matter the manufacturer. Razer had made the ideal set of controllers for lounging and gaming. It'd be months before I got the opportunity to use this device duo at home.

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Piper Review : DIY computer in a box (with Minecraft)

Piper Review : DIY computer in a box (with Minecraft)

Over the past couple of weeks we've been having a go at Piper, a DIY computer project. This project uses open source plans, hardware, and software to make an awesome learning and playing experience for people of all ages. While much of this project is aimed at kids, the entire process can be 100% enjoyable and fruitful for creators of any age.

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D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router Review

D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router Review

As the cost of network hardware continues to tumble, fast ways of getting online around the home needn't break the bank. Announced at CES 2016, D-Link's DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router promises a noticeable upgrade from your cable company's default hardware, without headaches at setup and for a street price of under $150.

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CogniToys Dino Review : 1-week with a talking dinosaur

CogniToys Dino Review : 1-week with a talking dinosaur

The dinosaur "toy" shown here is not what it appears to be. It's supposed to be a toy for smart kits - or, to be fair, goofball kids if they know how to press a button and speak. It looks like a toy, but it's not just that. This is the CogniToys Dino, and it's likely the smartest dinosaur-themed object in my living space. He's also the most-used children's toy here (used by children or their parents) over the past few weeks. He cannot be stopped.

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2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 Review: Torque fit for a king

2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 Review: Torque fit for a king

At a time when diesel is a dirty word, Land Rover's refusal to give up with the 2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 could be considered obstinance fit for a king. Sleeker than the Range Rover "proper" and more family-friendly than the Evoque, the Sport combines lashings of torque with quality accommodation, but comes with a high sticker price to match.

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PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service

PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service

In mid-March, Sony rolled out its previously limited PlayStation Vue service across the nation, bringing three channel packages to anyone with a PS3 or PS4, Amazon Fire TV/Fire Stick, or iPhone/iPad (and, as of June 29, Android). I'd been using Sling TV before this, but I was never too pleased with the service and so when the opportunity came to switch, I did. I've been using PlayStation Vue for the last two or so months and feel confident saying that, for the most part, it's pretty great.

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HP Spectre 13 Review: Thin requires compromise

HP Spectre 13 Review: Thin requires compromise

How thin is too thin, and is extreme style worth extreme compromise? The HP Spectre 13 is the latest notebook to ask those questions, chasing - and indeed besting - Apple's MacBook in millimeters of depth and raw power potential, though demanding concessions in functionality and connectivity from users in the process.

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Olympus PEN-F Review: Retro done right

Olympus PEN-F Review: Retro done right

The Olympus PEN-F is retro done right: not just classic looks for the sake of tickling your reminiscence glands, but for delivering the best aspects of old gear. Launched back in January, the micro-four-thirds camera introduces several "firsts" to the PEN line-up, fittingly given it's also styled after Olympus' first PEN rangefinder from eighty years ago. Camera technology may have moved on hugely since the original PEN, but the key lessons are just as relevant today.

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Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Today is the first day I'm able to speak in public about my experience with Pokemon GO. It's been about a week and a half since I first started playing in the Field Test - very similar to the Beta most people were playing (likely identical) - and it's time to let loose. This game is fantastic. Not in the same way a visually spectacular game like Fallout 4 or DOOM are fantastic, but in a new way. A way that's not like any game I've played before. Pokemon GO is a real game-changer.

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Lenovo Miix 310 Review: an affordable 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo Miix 310 Review: an affordable 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo has a new 2-in-1 PC for those who want the convenience of a tablet and the truly usable form factor of a proper laptop. Unlike some competing 2-in-1 systems, the Ideapad Miix 310 features a keyboard with a hinge — attach the tablet portion to the keyboard and the combination of the two feels nearly identical to an ordinary laptop. It’s not just a laptop, though, and it's all the better for it. Is the Miix 310 the inexpensive 2-in-1 you've been waiting for? Read our full review to find out!

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2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Range-Anxiety

2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Range-Anxiety

Electric cars may be the future, but so is range anxiety. That's the lingering conclusion after testing two of the most popular, competitively-priced EVs on the market, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE, and the 2016 Nissan Leaf SL. Unlike anything from Tesla's forecourt, you'll get change from $40k even buying brand new, and various subsidies tickle the sticker prices even lower. Question is, are either of these all-electric chariots really ready to join the rat-race?

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