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2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible Review

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible Review

Is the Volkswagen Beetle a charming slab of four-wheel history brought back to life, or a cynical piece of modern-day memorabilia for baby boomers? On the one hand, the 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible puts a little distance between its droptop and the fairly cliched car it's based upon. Nonetheless, at around $30k are you paying more for image than anything else?

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Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro Review: a tiny battery-powered Windows 10 PC

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro Review: a tiny battery-powered Windows 10 PC

You've no doubt seen miniature PCs -- small sticks and blocks that scarcely take up room on a desk. The Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro is similar, but takes the idea of portable to a whole new level: this PC is small enough to slip into a pocket and it features an internal battery to keep things running when not plugged in. That makes the Kangaroo Pro far more convenient in certain situations, making transfers between stations as simple as unplugging the computer from one device and plugging it into another. How does it live up to everyday usage, though? Read on to find out!

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Ninety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cord

Ninety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cord

It's easy to get hooked on having Amazon Alexa around, but though the affordable Echo Dot's always-listening microphones are good, there's no beating the true portability of a battery-powered speaker. Rather than splash out on an Amazon Tap, though, Nintey7's Vaux offers an upgrade route to make an Echo Dot mobile. For $49.95 you can not only cut the power cord, but boost Alexa's volume in the process.

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Garmin VIRB 360 camera review: rugged, simple, powerful

Garmin VIRB 360 camera review: rugged, simple, powerful

Garmin is a name mostly associated with navigation devices, but it has been branching out to other consumer electronics markets, from fitness trackers to dash cams. A 360-degree camera, however, is probably the last thing you thought it would get into, and yet here it is with the VIRB 360. In a market already crammed with GoPros and action cam knockoffs, does the Garmin VIRB 360 have what it takes to stand out? We took it for a spin and was quite floored by what this newcomer was able to pull off.

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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Review: Brave new turbocharged world

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Review: Brave new turbocharged world

In the world of sports car design the mid-engine layout is king, which makes the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S one of the reigning blue-bloods of the high performance niche. Perfectly balanced, and from a certain perspective affordably priced, the Cayman family of compact coupes has given Porsche a strong throne from which to command its sub-911 empire.

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Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Review: A premium 2-in-1 with a price to match

Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Review: A premium 2-in-1 with a price to match

You wait for one premium 2-in-1 Windows 10 hybrid, and along come a whole selection at once. Samsung is hoping the Galaxy Book 12-inch will catch your eye out of a growing market, promising the latest in digital S Pen technology plus more processing power than you might expect from such a skinny slate. Question is, does the Galaxy Book do enough to warrant its $1,129.99 price tag?

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2017 McLaren 570GT Review: Because “practical” needn’t be dull

2017 McLaren 570GT Review: Because “practical” needn’t be dull

In the fast, exclusive, and expensive world of supercars, "practical" is a dirty word. Cachet for such cars, after all, comes from their speed, or their rarity, or how efficiently their jaw-dropping design endears you to those of your gender of preference. Yet the 2017 McLaren 570GT carries its convenience like a mark of honor, and it turns out with good reason.

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808 Audio CANZ Glo portable wireless speaker mini Review

808 Audio CANZ Glo portable wireless speaker mini Review

Back during CES, 808 Audio introduced a bunch of new speakers boasting features like strong bass and a rugged design. We recently got our hands on one these speakers, the CANZ Glo. Unlike the models intended for use in harsh environments, the CANZ Glo are designed for your portable partying needs. This small cylindrical speaker features an outer metal grille and an inter white plastic that, when activated, glows various bright colors with different rhythms and speeds.

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Go-tcha Review for Pokemon GO [Auto Update Auto-Catch Time!]

Go-tcha Review for Pokemon GO [Auto Update Auto-Catch Time!]

Over the past couple of weeks I've been using a Go-tcha Wristband for Pokemon GO. This Pokemon GO Gotcha (or however you want to write it) is essentially a Pokemon GO Plus with its button held down. It comes from the folks at Codejunkies, a group who specialize in the sort of devices that are akin to a modern-day Nintendo Game Genie. Cheaters without cheating, winning games because they're very good at backwards engineering.

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Elgato Stream Deck Review: Too useful just for Twitch streamers

Elgato Stream Deck Review: Too useful just for Twitch streamers

Elgato has earned a reputation for its gaming capture hardware, and many of the big game streamers rely on it to share their play to increasingly large audiences. Its newest product however, the Elgato Stream Deck, aims to help you raise your production game, with a set of customizable buttons that can trigger anything from Twitch messages to donation reactions. Clever, but after Optimus struggled to get its display-for-button keyboards to market, and Apple met with skepticism over the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, has Elgato managed to buck the trend?

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Lenovo Yoga 720 Review — a slim, premium laptop with Thunderbolt

Lenovo Yoga 720 Review — a slim, premium laptop with Thunderbolt

Lenovo has updated its Yoga 700 product line with a new model, the Lenovo Yoga 720. This model is best described as sleek, silver and slim, if you'll forgive the alliteration, and it comes with a sub-$1,000 price. There's a lot to like about this laptop, and you can spot some of them upon first glance -- the ultra-slim bezels are a great start, as is the ultra-flexible hinge. Is the latest Yoga model worth the upgrade, though? Read our full review to find out!

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Hulu Live TV Review: The promise of good things to come

Hulu Live TV Review: The promise of good things to come

Hulu has finally launched its own live TV product, following in the footsteps of competitors like DirecTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and most recently, YouTube TV. It's an exciting time for television, at least as far as consumers are concerned, ushering in a level of freedom unprecedented in the live TV industry. As we've detailed for most of these products in the past, subscribers get access to things like mobile device streaming, multi-platform support, cloud DVR storage, and more. The big question now is: how does Hulu's service compare to the rest?

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