Accessory Reviews

Beats Studio Buds Review: Balance and Sacrifice

Beats Studio Buds Review: Balance and Sacrifice

Beats' earbuds are getting into the active noise cancellation game, with the Beats Studio Buds also promising a much smaller package and more flexible product than its previous wireless headphones. The ANC earbud and headphone space is hotly-competitive right now, with mainstays like Apple's AirPods Pro going toe-to-toe with Sony's new WF-1000XM4, Google's Pixel Buds A, and a host of rivals. The big question, then, is whether Beats' mix of tight cross-platform compatibility can give its $149.99 Studio Buds an edge.

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Linedock 16″ Review: Portable ports and power for your MacBook Pro 16″

Linedock 16″ Review: Portable ports and power for your MacBook Pro 16″

Some Mac accessories are stylish and some are practical, but the Linedock 16" aims to satisfy on both counts as it adds power, ports, and storage to your MacBook Pro 16-inch. A Mac-matching slice of aluminum, it slots under your laptop but then tackles some of the biggest complaints users of Apple's portable flagship, including adding not one but two full-sized SD card readers.

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Molecule Hybrid Mattress Review – Sleeping Your Way to Wellness

Molecule Hybrid Mattress Review – Sleeping Your Way to Wellness

It's probably safe to say that the past year or so has been particularly stressful for almost everyone around the world. People have different ways of coping with stress but, more often than not, most of those strategies involve more activity, healthy or unhealthy foods, binging on entertainment, and a general lack of sleep. Sleep often gets sacrificed in today's activity-obsessed world but, as athletes would tell you, it is also the key to actually being more active. Quality sleep isn't actually easy to achieve and that is what Molecule's newest Hybrid Mattress promises to deliver by combining the best of two worlds.

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Anker PowerHouse II 800 Portable Power Station Review – For the Great Outdoors

Anker PowerHouse II 800 Portable Power Station Review – For the Great Outdoors

In an age where we rely perhaps too much on electrical appliances and electronic devices, having a power source available all the time has become even more critical. Going off the grid mostly only applies to just networks these days and while gasoline generators do still exist, they may not be the most practical and definitely not the safest. Portable Power Stations are what's in these days and there's almost one for every size and need. For those who prefer mobility over gargantuan batteries, Anker's new PowerHouse II 800 is offering another combination of portable power with an assortment of ports.

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Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station Review – Hitting the Sweet Spot

Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station Review – Hitting the Sweet Spot

Portable power stations, the hulking versions of the power banks for smartphones you carry with you in your bag, now come in all shapes, sizes, and capacities. Almost all of them offer the same trifecta of portability, power, and safety though they mostly vary in how they balance the first two. Go too small and you won't be able to get much out of it. Put in too much, however, and it defeats the purpose of being portable, even if you have wheels. Offering a powerful battery that won't pull your arms off when you carry it is what the Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station is trying to offer and we take it for a good spin to see if it is indeed the Goldilocks of its kind.

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Formlabs Form 3 3D Printer Review

Formlabs Form 3 3D Printer Review

Over the past several weeks we've tested the Formlabs Form 3 3D printer. This printer can be compared to other SLA (stereolithography) 3D printers, but it works with a process that's advanced beyond the models we've reviewed in the past. The Form 3 works with Low Force Stereolithography, a process that allows this printer to create extremely detailed, consistent, smooth prints with minimal support. This printer is extremely easy to use and well worth the cost.

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Proscenic S1 Cordless Vacuum Review – Lightweight Household Helper

Proscenic S1 Cordless Vacuum Review – Lightweight Household Helper

Our houses are being filled with smart devices but there are still some household tasks that can't simply be solved by those. Sure, a robot vacuum cleaner can handle most floors without breaking a sweat or a circuit board but beds, couches, and cars still require more specialized equipment. It doesn't have to be connected to the Internet to actually be great at what it does and the Proscenic S1 3-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner is perhaps the testament of how a simple appliance can still be "smart" with just the right combination of features.

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8bitdo Pro 2 controller review: Excellence refined

8bitdo Pro 2 controller review: Excellence refined

I’ve used a handful of 8bitdo controllers throughout the years, and the SN30 Pro+ always stood out as one of the best to me. 8bitdo itself has described the SN30 Pro+ as the most advanced controller it has ever made, but now it’s got a successor: the 8bitdo Pro 2. You’d be forgiven for thinking the Pro 2 is the SN30 Pro+ at first blush, because the two controllers look very similar. However, there are a few key differences that the Pro 2 brings to the table, and it’s clear that it’s going to be 8bitdo’s new flagship controller.

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Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station Review

Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station Review

California-based Jackery has been in the portable generator business for almost a decade now but recent events have shown how alternatives to gasoline-powered generators are even more important these days. Safety, environment friendliness, and flexibility have become just as critical as having a power source while off the grid or, more importantly, in an emergency. At its annual Jackery Day, the company announced two new such solutions and we take the Jackery Explorer 1500 for a spin to see how much it has improved since we met the Jackery Explorer 1000 last year.

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Kensington StudioDock Review: An iPad dock with iMac flexibility

Kensington StudioDock Review: An iPad dock with iMac flexibility

The iPad is a computer, at least up until you start to want treating it like one and plug in accessories and peripherals. Then, Apple's tablet starts to feel a lot like, well, a tablet. At $380, Kensington's StudioDock aims to make bridging the two worlds - and going all-iPad on your desktop - easier, a docking station with the ports familiar from an iMac, but a form-factor designed with mobile devices in mind.

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ELEGOO Mars Pro Review – A tiny 3D printing titan

ELEGOO Mars Pro Review – A tiny 3D printing titan

This printer is tiny, but mighty. The printer works with the sort of printing technique that's both messier and far, far more accurate than the most basic sorts of 3D printers on the block. The Mars Pro is a MSLA 3D printer with UV photocuring resin, courtesy of a matrix UV LED array.

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LONGER LK5 Pro Review – 3D printer for prototyping with a little fiddling

LONGER LK5 Pro Review – 3D printer for prototyping with a little fiddling

The LONGER LK5 Pro is the sort of 3D printer you buy when you know how to troubleshoot. This device is a middle-ground between the pre-constructed, high-end, brand-name 3D printers that cost a lot, and the DIY 3D printers that are dirt cheap because you have to know exactly what you're doing right from the get-go.

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