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TYLT Vu Solo wireless charger review

TYLT Vu Solo wireless charger review

Wireless charging is more trick than treat for most smartphone users, but those able to take advantage understand its benefits. Set your phone down on a pad, and it charges. There are no fussy cables to pick up, and you don’t risk screwing up your charging port (which does much more than just charge your phone). With TYLT’s new Vu Solo charger, setting your phone down on a wireless charging pad is much less a guessing game than it has been, as a neat alignment guide keeps your charging in focus.

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Sling TV Review: Taking TV back

Sling TV Review: Taking TV back

As I write this review, SportsCenter is on in the background. I’ve not watched ESPN in years — actual years — so this review is like revisiting a memory. I’m a bit of a cord cutter (I still get Internet via the cable company), and there are several reasons for that. Sling TV brings cable back into my life, but in the best way possible. I don’t have to re-up some cable contract, and it works with streaming devices I have on every TV. It’s must-have TV. Here’s why.

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Samsung SSD T1 review; a pocketable powerhouse

Samsung SSD T1 review; a pocketable powerhouse

Hard drives are standard fare for any desktop user, but spinning mechanical drives are quickly ceding ground to SSD. For many reasons (better life, performance, and smaller sizing among them), we are looking to SSD as the future of file storage. At CES, Samsung caused quite a ruckus, with many people looking toward their new SSD T1 external hard drive for reason to be excited. An SSD is always welcome news, and the T1 is surprisingly small. Is it still powerful, though? We put it to the test.

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Lenovo Y50 Touch Review

Lenovo Y50 Touch Review

Lenovo is leaving no stone unturned. Want a slim and sleek convertible laptop? They've got you covered. Want a tablet with a built-in projector? They've got that, too. Want a gaming machine boasting a combination of raw power and edgy design? Enter the Lenovo Y50 Touch, a beast of a laptop with a design that lets you know what it's all about before you even fire it up. The Y50 Touch boasts superior hardware from all angles: there's JBL speakers, fourth-gen Intel processors, NVIDIA graphics, a Full HD display, and more. Does the laptop hold up under scrutiny, however, or is it ultimately all flashy designs and big claims? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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Drop Scale Review: no need to weigh your options

Drop Scale Review: no need to weigh your options

Cooking can be confusing and difficult for some, as can technology. So what happens when you merge the two? Will it become a disaster of epic proportions, or do cooking and technology make an odd couple who end up balancing each other out. Drop, a connected kitchen scale that links directly to your iPad, wants answers to those questions. So do we. In our review of Drop, we’re going to run it through its paces, as well as enjoy delicious (or possibly terrible) things we make along the way.

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Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Avid photographers know lighting is important. Often times, those dedicated to getting the perfect picture have expensive meters meant to allow them insight on which is the best exposure and filter (among other camera controls) to use. Lumu, a new plug-in for your iPhone, wants to help lighten your camera bag by getting you to leave the meter at home. Along with a few apps for iOS, the aim is to get you plugging into your audio jack rather than carrying a bulky meter.

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Scout Alarm review: DIY home security you’ll want

Scout Alarm review: DIY home security you’ll want

DIY home security — it seems like everyone is doing it. After being privately funded, Scout is ready to toss their hat into the ring as well. The interesting thing with Scout is that you get a bit more off-the-grid security, but still remain connected. In bridging the gap between modern hardware and software in new ways, Scout is aiming to become the new darling of the home security world. Is Scout worthy of praise, or is their system too clumsy and dated for a modern world?

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Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

The Microsoft Band breaks no ground in wearables, but Microsoft is hoping their submission can at least make you want to own one. The do-it-all wearable has an exhaustive list of features, and carries them across the mobile platform landscape. The aim, it seems, is to let you keep your phone in your pocket and rely almost entirely on your band. We’ve seen that before, too, so can Microsoft crack the use-case code? Is the Microsoft Band one that will actually have you reaching for your phone less?

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Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

At CES 2014, we named the Jaybird Reign our best wearable of the show. That wasn’t because it was pretty, had a flashy screen, or even had some other hardware tweak we hadn’t seen yet. Reign got our award based on their software, which promises a singular, holistic approach to your health status. With smart features and Jaybird’s great hardware history, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the Reign for quite some time. In a world with so many other fantastic fitness wearables, was it worth the wait?

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MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

You might take a lot of pics with your phone, but do you take really good ones? Sometimes, things like a sunset or fast-moving clouds require a bit more patience than we’d like, should we want a really good time-lapse. Even if we just want to capture a moment in time, a shaky wrist can ruin the shot. The MOS Kick wants to solve those issues for you, but is the crowdfunded stand the real deal, or another ho-hum Kickstarter project?

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Lenovo Erazer X315 review: Gaming for all

Lenovo Erazer X315 review: Gaming for all

There’s one thing Lenovo is exceedingly good at: making excellent products at approachable price points. At CES this year, we became enamored with their 4K monitor, which had impressive resolution and a then jaw-dropping low price tag. Keeping in line with their high-end/low-cost desktop ambitions, Lenovo has the Erazer X315, which — for a gaming desktop computer — holds a very slim starting price. Does a low price mean Lenovo’s Erazer is cheap? We give it the gaming go-round to find out.

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Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a keyboard, and nobody can blame you for that. Apple’s offerings may be some of the best around, but are pricey, and lack key features. Are there keyboards that can take their place? Is anything good enough to really make you forget about all the research and development Jony Ive and company put into their home-grown devices? Maybe! We’ve found two keyboards that have the same functionality (or more), and won’t break the bank.

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