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This is Microsoft Surface Book – Hands-on

This is Microsoft Surface Book – Hands-on

The Microsoft Surface Book at first appears to be a very thin, stylish notebook with Windows 10 Pro inside. This notebook is by all means one of the most powerful notebooks of this size in the history of the notebook. The hinge is interesting, uncoiling like a snake to bring the display upward and back to allow you to type and move about the screen with a standard touchpad Microsoft suggests was optimized for Windows 10 use. Unlike a traditional notebook, this device's display detaches and can be flipped around backwards or used completely independent of its base.

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Nexus 6P hands-on: Google’s top-tier

Nexus 6P hands-on: Google’s top-tier

The Nexus 6P is not your average Nexus smartphone - it's not just a baseline device. With a 5.7-inch display with 2560 x 1440 pixels and AMOLED technology, this device instantly competes with the highest-end smartphones on the market today. Google also suggests that its camera technology is top notch - coming with a 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55 µm pixels, an IR Laser assisted autofocus, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual-LED flash, and the ability to capture 4K video at 30fps, this device appears - spec-wise - to be ready to do battle with the best.

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Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 hands-on: smart media double-down

Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 hands-on: smart media double-down

Today we see the tiny vinyl-record-looking device known as Chromecast Audio launch alongside the Chromecast 2nd-gen. Both devices are hockey-puck looking devices, both made of strong plastic and designed to be out-of-the way - but look good if they happen to be spotted. While the original Chromecast was a dongle attached immediately to an HDMI port, with no concern for the crowded plugs around it, this generation the Chromecast duo both have slightly more extended connections - they know they're not the only devices sticking out of your TV or your speaker system.

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Nexus 5X hands-on: all-around contender

Nexus 5X hands-on: all-around contender

This afternoon we're having our first hands-on opportunity with the Nexus 5X, LG's follow-up to their popular Nexus 5. This device works with Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box - the newest Android, as all Nexus smartphones and tablets are meant to have - and has a 5.2-inch LCD display up front. This smartphone works with a high-powered camera around its back and has a fingerprint scanner for Android Pay and unlocking as well. This device is not meant to compete with the strongest smartphones in the world today - only to drive the Android smartphone ecosystem from Google's perspective.

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Google Pixel C hands-on

Google Pixel C hands-on

What happens when you set the Chromebook Pixel team loose on Android tablets? The Google Pixel C is the result, a sleek metal-bodied premium slate with a detachable QWERTY keyboard for those who refuse to compromise when it comes to text entry.

Sonos PLAY:5 reborn as $500 smart speaker: Hands-on

Sonos PLAY:5 reborn as $500 smart speaker: Hands-on

It's been six years since Sonos launched the original PLAY:5, the first all-in-one speaker for its streaming music platform, and now it's time for the second-generation. In the intervening period products like the PLAYBAR - which attempts to create surround sound from a single speaker - and the PLAY:1 - with its tiny footprint - have given the company plenty of opportunity to refine its processes.

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iPhone 6s vs Note 5 vs iPhone 6 hands-on camera test

iPhone 6s vs Note 5 vs iPhone 6 hands-on camera test

The iPhone 6s doesn't just bring a rose gold finish and 3D Touch display, it also introduces the biggest iPhone camera update in some time. 12-megapixels and 4K video recording, not to mention clever features like capturing so-called Live Photos, and using the display as a front-facing flash, raise the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus' game in the face of increasingly capable Android camera phones.

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This is Pebble Time Round – a smartwatch just 7.5mm thick

This is Pebble Time Round – a smartwatch just 7.5mm thick

When you're making a gadget as personal as a smartwatch, the more choice the better, and so Pebble is welcoming its first ever circular-screen wearable. The Pebble Time Round slots into the same line-up as the Pebble Time and the Pebble Time Steel, billed as the thinnest, lightest smartwatch in the world, and packing the same simple software along with cross-platform compatibility. I caught up with Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky to find out more.

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