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Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

It's fair to say that Microsoft's original Band was never the most ergonomically satisfying of wearables. In fact, it looked more like a prototype that skipped the final design stage and just went straight out to customers. Now, with the Microsoft Band 2, not only is the aesthetic sleeker but the whole thing is smarter, but is that enough to legitimately compete with rivals like the Apple Watch and more?

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HTC One A9 Review

HTC One A9 Review

"Pick your battles" is good advice, especially when you're a minnow among sharks, but the HTC One A9 seems determined to fight on all fronts. You'd think the company's newest hero phone would have enough going on just trying to convince us that a flagship needn't max out the spec sheet, but HTC compounds its challenge by launching a device that can't not be compared to the wildly popular iPhone.

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Huawei Watch Review

Huawei Watch Review

This device has been a long time coming - and anticipated by round-faced smartwatch hopefuls. This is Huawei's first fully round display-toting wearable device, and indeed one of the first smartwatches with a fully round panel to have been shown to the world, as well. The Huawei Watch is relatively affordable (especially compared to its biggest competitors) and looks generally unassuming or otherwise low-key in design. Is that enough to take on the likes of Apple and Motorola?

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2016 Lexus GS F First Drive

2016 Lexus GS F First Drive

“Man, this is nice,” my driving partner says, as if a little surprised. We’re just seated inside the 2016 Lexus GS F, awash in colorful leathers, soft Alcantara, and crisp digital displays. While I’m trying to figure out how far we are from the Circuito de Jarama track, our destination for the day, 8:30a.m. traffic engulfs Madrid on the roads all around us.

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2016 Toyota 4Runner Review

2016 Toyota 4Runner Review

It felt almost blasphemous, turning up at Tesla's Model X launch in the vast 2016 Toyota 4Runner. Stood in line outside, surrounded by Tesla owners - many of them preorder customers for the new electric SUV - discussing the longest trip on a single charge they'd made, or the money on gas they'd saved, or just how generally superior to dinosaur-juice burning cars their electric steeds turned out to be, I couldn't help but dwell on the 4Runner's 4.0-liter V6 engine and its 18mpg mileage.

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Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S – a budget Windows 10 laptop

Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S – a budget Windows 10 laptop

Laptops are no longer a financial burden — the market is full of inexpensive notebooks, many of which cost less than a mid-tier smartphone. These machines are usually targeted at students, kids, casual users, and those in need of a secondary laptop, one they’re willing to risk carrying at the subway or checking in at the airport. Lenovo’s newest Ideapad, the Ideapad 100S, is exactly that type of machine, hitting all the right marks: lightweight, small, cheap, and loaded and with Windows 10.

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Nexus 5X Review

Nexus 5X Review

The 2013 Nexus 5 wasn't the phone you'd expect to build a loyal fanbase. Its plastic construction and unassuming design spoke more of engineering side-project than Google flagship, the epitome of hardware taking a back-seat while the latest version of Android - then 4.4 KitKat - held the spotlight. Now, two years later, Google and LG are giving Nexus 5 fans the Nexus 5X, spiritual successor and showcase for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a budget.

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Samsung Gear S2 Review

Samsung Gear S2 Review

When you can do so much with your smartphone, it's easy to assume that your smartwatch needs to be equally capable in order to make it worthwhile on your wrist. Problem is, all those talents can turn the wearable experience into a confusing morass of tapping, swiping, scrolling, and swearing. Samsung may just have come up with the answer in the Gear S2, however, and all it took was a big wheel.

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Chromecast Audio Review

Chromecast Audio Review

Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi systems up to speed in the brave new age of streaming, and all for a bargain price of $35.

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Surface Pro 4 Review

Surface Pro 4 Review

It's probably fair to describe the Surface Pro 4 as an evolutionary update over its predecessor. That's not to say the improvements, collectively, aren't impressive: more of the same, or similar, is no bad thing when you're talking about a tablet that in its several generations has built a loyal following.

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Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft told us everything we thought we needed to know about the Surface Book as a laptop, and then turned that on its head with its detachable tablet. It was showmanship worthy of an Apple event, instantly overshadowing the Surface Pro 4 and causing a few MacBook Pro owners to glance at their notebooks with new eyes. Now, though, with the secret out, does the reality of Microsoft's first laptop live up to the initial surprise?

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2016 Scion iM Review

2016 Scion iM Review

Scion needed a hot hatch on a budget, and so under $20k gets you the 2016 Scion iM and a handful of compromises. If you're European then you might get a sense of deja-vu from the iM. Scion didn't look far afield for its donor car, effectively just rebadging the Toyota Auris sold across the Atlantic and slapping a body kit on the outside.

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