Entertainment Reviews

Sonos Arc Review: Dolby Atmos in the soundbar we’ve been waiting for

Sonos Arc Review: Dolby Atmos in the soundbar we’ve been waiting for

The problem with making things look easy, Sonos has discovered, is that peoples' wish-lists only ever get longer. The new Sonos Arc is a textbook example: on the face of it a simple response to the question "Where's the Sonos Dolby Atmos soundbar?" it nonetheless required a whole new platform and, as a side-effect, leaving some of the company's earliest adopters peeved. When you're responsible for that sort of disruption, you have to live up to the hype.

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Review: TiVo Edge DVR with voice remote control

Review: TiVo Edge DVR with voice remote control

Earlier this year, TiVo introduced its new Edge DVR, a model featuring a new angular design and the same type of thick remote control included with the older Bolt DVR model. The new Edge DVR packs a large number of features, combining live television with popular streaming apps and enough storage for hundreds of hours of high-definition TV. Does the Edge keep TiVo relevant in a world where people are increasingly ditching cable? The answer is complicated.

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian AT-ST Raider LEGO Review

Star Wars: The Mandalorian AT-ST Raider LEGO Review

The LEGO Star Wars set 75254 "AT-ST Raider" rolls with one of the most epic-looking pieces of hardware in The Mandalorian. This set contains four minifigures and a rather mixed-up looking All Terrain Scount Transport (AT-ST), the likes of which we've only ever really seen looking a lot more... completely flat metal gray. Now it's got parts in red, with stripes, and all sorts of oddities.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2019) Review: Android TV meets AI upscaling magic

NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2019) Review: Android TV meets AI upscaling magic

For something intended to be hidden out of sight, the NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2019) sure is a funny shape. Then again, after four years solidifying its reputation as the go-to Android TV box, perhaps NVIDIA's brand new SHIELD TV is allowed to step outside the lines a little. One thing's for sure: with a new AI-powered upscaler, lower sticker price, and brand new remote, there's more to this 2019 model than just a fresh shape.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Pasaana Speeder LEGO Review

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Pasaana Speeder LEGO Review

The LEGO set we're looking at today is from the first collection of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. This set goes by the name of "Pasaana Speeder Chase" with set number 75250. This set features a radical bit of action from the 9th film in the Skywalker Saga, and includes minifigures of Rey, a First Order Jet Trooper, a First Order Treadspeeder Driver (or you could just call them both stormtroopers if you did so wish), and a BB-8!

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Parrot ANAFI FPV Review : All-In-One Pack for 4K drone pilots

Parrot ANAFI FPV Review : All-In-One Pack for 4K drone pilots

The folks at Parrot just released their new Parrot ANAFI FPV All-In-One Pack, and we've been giving it the once-over for the past couple of weeks. The Parrot ANAFI FPV All-In-One Pack is basically the ANAFI drone with FPV accessories and a handy all-in-one backpack. Parrot's aim with this pack is to provide an easy-to-use yet professional drone experience for every sort of user - newbies and veterans alike.

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Hidden Side Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 LEGO Review, with Graveyard Mystery

Hidden Side Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 LEGO Review, with Graveyard Mystery

Today we're taking a peek at a couple of new LEGO sets in the company's newest line: Hidden Side. This new LEGO line Hidden Side stars with some spooky setups and enhances play with a smartphone app. The sets themselves are akin to past releases with monsters, haunted houses, and Halloween in mind. Given their release of this series here so far in advance of Autumn, we must assume that the ghoulish attraction of the month of October is spread beyond its Roman Calendar confines at last!

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SunBriteTV Veranda 55-inch Outdoor TV (2019) Review

SunBriteTV Veranda 55-inch Outdoor TV (2019) Review

SunBriteTV makes televisions that are meant to be used outdoors. Not out in the jungle or on a camping trip, but in environments where a person might want to see a TV screen while eating a meal or having a party - places that usually have chairs. The SunBriteTV set we're reviewing today was made for the least extreme of three categories of outdoor-friendly TV, complete with a weather-sealed body for protection from the weather and wildlife.

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Hopsy SUB Compact Tap Review: Mini beer keg machine in effect

Hopsy SUB Compact Tap Review: Mini beer keg machine in effect

Over the last couple weeks we've had a Hopsy SUB Compact Tap on the review bench, and it's been pouring. This machine is a "compact home draft appliance", a machine that pours beer from miniature kegs. The kegs are delivered each month, and I would (if I'd actually subscribed) be sent six Mini-Kegs per month at approximately $15 USD a unit.

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Amazon Kindle 2019 Review: A brighter ereader

Amazon Kindle 2019 Review: A brighter ereader

Amazon's $90 Kindle is out to eat the Kindle Paperwhite's lunch. Adding front lighting for the first time on the entry-level ereader, the new 10th-generation Kindle 2019 snags one of the most common reasons buyers had for opting for the more expensive model. Read on for our full review.

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Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO Review: Epic Ape!

Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO Review: Epic Ape!

Today we're looking at The LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part LEGO set 70840 "Welcome to Apocalypseburg!" This is easily one of the most massive LEGO sets we've put together and certainly the most extravagant in the minifigure universe. This set is a whopping 3,178 pieces large, and it's not for the feeble of heart. It's a doozy and a half, of that you can be sure.

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TiVo Bolt OTA 4K DVR Review: Designed for cord-cutters

TiVo Bolt OTA 4K DVR Review: Designed for cord-cutters

TiVo is a household name that feels increasingly obsolete. In a world where thousands of movies and TV shows are available to stream on-demand, where live television is available over the Internet, and where DVRs exist in the cloud, one is justified in questioning whether any physical DVR can serve a purpose for modern consumers. With TiVo's Bolt OTA 4K, the answer is yes.

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