Author Archives: Vincent Nguyen

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of SlashGear and dlmag, Vincent Nguyen started in pre-med biochemistry followed by 10-successful years in technology consulting for Andersen Consulting, Informix, IBM and DHL. For the last 18-years, he and his team of world-class editors have been covering the technology and automotive space. He has flown over 3-million miles, spanning more than 25-countries in the hunt for the next big thing. Whether that's testing a new mobile device, behind the wheel of the everyday car of tomorrow, a high-tech luxury sedan, or driving on iconic tracks including Pikes Peak, Daytona, and Le Mans, his knowledge and experience of where big data and big horsepower overlap in supercars, autonomous vehicles, and priceless prototypes is unparalleled in the industry. You can follow him on Instagram (@vincentnguyen) and twitter (@Nguyen)

Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS lens zooms in on what’s important

Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS lens zooms in on what’s important

One of the advantages of an interchangeable lens camera is not being stuck with the capabilities the camera came with, presuming you bought one bundled with some lens in the first place. If you need to take a closer look at wildlife without disturbing dangerous animals or need to get up close and personal with critters, you can swap out your normal lens for a zoom lens instead. Fortunately for photographers, Olympus has a new compact and lightweight M.Zuiko Digital ED super-telephoto zoom lens exactly for that purpose.

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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible first drive review – Top down, allure up

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible first drive review – Top down, allure up

It's been a painfully long wait for the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. I'm a big fan of the LC 500 coupe, and like many was made that way the first time I laid eyes on its concept-stylings back in 2016. It's a luxurious grand tourer that, even after several years on sale, still turns heads with its elegant design, futuristic trim, and of course the benefit of Lexus' flagship LF-A supercar's aura. Then there's the naturally-aspirated V8 engine, giving it the raw power of a true muscle car. There's no replacement for displacement, after all.

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2021 Kia Seltos Review – Small crossover has big ambitions

2021 Kia Seltos Review – Small crossover has big ambitions

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and in this case, I'm referring to the 2021 Kia Seltos. You may know that 'Seltos' derives from 'Celtos,' the son of Greek god Hercules who was fatefully conceived amid a blackmailing affair with princess Celtine. Kia's hierarchy is a little less melodramatic, with Hercules in this case referring to the magnificent Telluride, a three-row SUV that I absolutely love. The Telluride was good enough to run away with the 2020 World Car of the Year award, no small achievement. Is the son of Hercules good enough to merit its own praise?

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Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept previews crossover EV for 2021

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept previews crossover EV for 2021

Audi was the first German car brand to release a production-ready electric SUV: The e-tron, a vehicle unmistakably an Audi with its familiar silhouette and bold Singleframe grille. The e-tron SUV has none of a modern electric car's quirkiness, which is either a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it: Audi's search for something with mass-market appeal left it looking pretty much like a conventional gasoline-powered SUV. If you’re pining for more style in your electric Audi SUV, though, the German carmaker has unveiled the 2021 Q4 Sportback e-tron.

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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan brushes up bestseller with new style and tech

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan brushes up bestseller with new style and tech

Refreshing your most popular model is as much a risk as it is an opportunity in the car world, but it's the challenge Volkswagen faces with the 2021 Tiguan. The automaker sold 109, 572 Tiguans alone in the US in 2019, with the American driver's desire for larger crossovers and SUVs making the midsize SUV VW's bread-and-butter. Further afield, it's the top-selling SUV in Europe: when it comes to refreshing it, VW needs to get things pitch-perfect.

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Google Pixel Buds review (2020): No cord but caveats

Google Pixel Buds review (2020): No cord but caveats

It's been a long time, in tech industry terms, since Google announced its second-generation Pixel Buds, and it's fair to say that the truly wireless earbud category has moved on considerably in the meantime. In all honesty, I expected to be blown away by Google's promised sound quality, comfort, and features for the Pixel Buds' $179 price tag. So at the end of the day, are they worth your hard-earned money? Let's find out.

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Nura NuraLoop review: The sound of custom earbuds without the price

Nura NuraLoop review: The sound of custom earbuds without the price

I'm cutting straight to the chase to flat out tell you that Nura's new NuraLoop earbuds are hands down the wireless earbuds I think you can buy right now. Superb sound quality across every type of music genre, long-lasting battery life on a single charge - making them ideal for long international flights, when we can take them again - and chock full of features to enhance your daily life. From the sound of it, you's be forgiven for thinking that the NuraLoop is the best thing since sliced bread.

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5 things I already want from Apple’s Magic Keyboard 2 for iPad Pro

5 things I already want from Apple’s Magic Keyboard 2 for iPad Pro

It’s been several days and a whole lot of typing since Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro landed on my doorstep, and I’m already thinking about version 2. How can Apple make a great keyboard and trackpad even greater? Well, short of buying Brydge and building in the advantages of its Pro+ keyboard, I'd say there are five main things Apple could improve on. Here's what I'm hoping Apple changes for the next Magic Keyboard.

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Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Review: Your fingers will thank you

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Review: Your fingers will thank you

It’s safe to say that I’ve waited 10 years for a proper iPad keyboard accessory from Apple. Was the wait for the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro worth it? Absolutely. It's probably better to be late to the game but have a solid product, than to deliver something that’s mediocre - I’m looking at you, Folio Keyboard - though I can't help but wish it hadn't quite taken a whole decade to arrive.

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Brydge Pro+ Review: The best iPad Pro keyboard doesn’t have an Apple logo

Brydge Pro+ Review: The best iPad Pro keyboard doesn’t have an Apple logo

Happy harmony is the new iPad Pro and Brydge's Pro+ keyboard, arguably the purest and best accessory out there for Apple's laptop-replacing tablet. If you want the simplest form of a keyboard attachment for the iPad Pro, I recommend skipping the review and heading straight to Apple.com to purchase the Magic Keyboard. If, however, you’re looking for the best typing experience available that happens to have an integrated trackpad and looks damn sleek, then keep reading my review of the Brydge Pro+. I promise it’ll be worth your time.

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2020 iPad Pro Review: Don’t call it a laptop replacement

2020 iPad Pro Review: Don’t call it a laptop replacement

The iPad is in many ways like the electric cars of the automotive world. Range anxiety is one of the biggest concerns for many EV buyers, which is why there are still so many gasoline engine cars on the road. Much the same, in laptops versus tablets, the biggest question is whether an iPad can do "enough" to replace a regular laptop. For would-be buyers of the 2020 iPad Pro, the most important question is likely whether it’ll tick all - or at least most - of the boxes to supplant a traditional laptop. While I can't make that buying decision for you, I’d like to lay out what’s new with the 2020 iPad Pro, why it's now the only "computer" I need with me on the road, and why the obsession with "replacement" may now miss the point.

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2020 World Car of the Year: Kia Telluride

2020 World Car of the Year: Kia Telluride

The 2020 World Car Awards had its share of challenges this year due to the coronavirus, but that hasn't stopped the winners being announced this week. Things kicked off last year at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the candidates were presented to the public. Next, test drives took place before the Los Angeles Auto Show back in November. That’s when the real fun began, as each juror got the chance to drive all the nominated vehicles. It was also the place where we started casting our votes.

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