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Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

You’re spoiled for choice right now with wireless headphones, but Plantronics is hoping the new BackBeat SENSE can slot in with a mixture of clever tech and everyday flexibility. Lightweight and quietly handsome, they may not have in-your-face branding of some rivals, but they come from a company with a solid track-record both in audio and in wireless devices. Bluetooth offers more than just cutting the cord, mind, and Plantronics claims to be doing more than most with its smart wireless system.

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Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

It's time to dive back in on one of the biggest up-and-comers in the straight-to-consumers gaming peripherals game: Corsair. With the Corsair STRAFE, users work with the same high-quality mastery in mechanical keyboard clicking as the rest of the recent Corsair Gaming RGB light-up series, but here the options - and therefor the price - take a cut. You still get the high-end German-made quality of Cherry MX switches, of course. If you like lights, but you don't need the full rainbow, this chop of a keyboard might be right up your ever-loving red-lit alley.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

If you’re only going to do one thing, you need to do it really, really well, so the stakes are high for Amazon’s 2015 Kindle Paperwhite. Slotting in-between the $79 Kindle and the well-esteemed - but, at $199, expensive - Kindle Voyage, the $119 Paperwhite now gets a 300 dpi E Ink screen not to mention new software intended to make reading more immersive. Question is, does the new Kindle suffer from middle-child syndrome, or has Amazon managed to eclipse not only its entry-level ereader but its flagship. too?

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ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

Witness this - a web-browser notebook that flips back into a tablet, made with metal, sporting a touchscreen, that won't break your bank. That's what ASUS has up for grabs with the ASUS Chromebook Flip (C100). This is like the first in a line of Chromebook Flip machines from ASUS because they've done something we'd be surprised if consumers didn't latch on to like mad. That's a low-cost Chrome OS notebook that doesn't look or feel low-cost. It feels positively premium, believe it or not, and it does just what a Chromebook should - make full use of the internet.

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Netatmo Welcome Review – Nest Cam’s face-recognizing rival

Netatmo Welcome Review – Nest Cam’s face-recognizing rival

If a smart home is truly smart, it should know who’s inside it. That’s the argument Netatmo makes with its new Welcome camera, promising Dropcam-style streaming video but combined with facial-recognition. At $199 it matches Nest Cam’s sticker, but without the need to cough up for the cloud if you want to look back through captured footage, and Netatmo says its person-spotting skills should cut the number of false-alarms down, too. I put on my most welcoming expression to see if the learning camera would find me memorable.

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Olympus Air A01 first-impressions: Modular Micro 4/3

Olympus Air A01 first-impressions: Modular Micro 4/3

You’d be forgiven if, after taking a quick glance at Olympus' new Air A01 doohickey, you dismissed it as a lens of some sort. In fact it’s more, much more. Think of the Air A01 as a Micro Four Thirds or Micro 4/3 camera minus the lens and display: ultra portable, allowing you to place or mount it anywhere your creativity takes you, and paired up wirelessly with an iOS or Android device. While add-on cameras are something we’ve already seen from Sony, Kodak, and others, Olympus’ decision to go for interchangeable lenses sets the Air A01 apart; read on for my first impressions.

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The big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review

The big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review

It's time for another war, this time between the best of the best accessories made for the Samsung Galaxy S6. If you're one of those users that wanted to get extra fancy and picked up the Galaxy S6 Edge, we've got a few tips for you as well. If you picked up a Galaxy S6 Active and still think you need extra protection, we're going to have to direct you back to our original review. For now, it's time for the big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review.

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Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google ads advertisement-supported "free" streaming radio stations to their Google Music service. This push creates more of a Pandora sort of model to their already in-service subscription-based model than it does an Apple battler, but the timing is right on. Just as Apple summons more press with a response to Taylor Swift's request for cash, Google aims to cut in with a release of a whole new way to interject with a service that doesn't cost users anything - any cash, that is to say.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Today we review the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active from AT&T. This device takes the innards of the Galaxy S6, expanding the exterior bits to make a device that's resistant to the elements as well as shock. You can drop this one. While the original Galaxy "Active" device wasn't quite as resistant to the one truest danger of all, dropping the darned thing, here we've been given a reprieve. And a good sign for the future. This device has everything the Galaxy S6 has, and more - a bigger battery too.

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Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet’s Phantom resembles something from Portal, has audiophiles by turns fuming or fawning, and squeezes up to 3,000W into a casing some physicists say shouldn’t work. The first all-in-one music system from the polarizing French firm, Phantom’s odd looks are, Devialet claims, merely the side-product of its homegrown pressurized drivers and hybridized analog/digital amplifiers. That means the big story is in the sound, but can this sci-fi prop of a speaker really be worth its $2k price tag?

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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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