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Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos is the first to admit it made a mistake. The PLAYBAR, its home entertainment-focused soundbar speaker, was an audio marvel back in 2013 when it was first announced, but the ergonomics didn't live up to the sound. Turns out, Sonos belatedly realized, that while the PLAYBAR works best when wall-mounted, only the minority of people actually wall-mount their TVs. Enter the Sonos PLAYBASE, completely redesigned to slip right underneath your flatscreen.

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LG G6 Review: The display is the key

LG G6 Review: The display is the key

After the ill-fated modular excesses of 2016, LG has found its head in 2017, and the LG G6 is all the better for it. Owners of the G5 may be left frustrated that the vision of interchangeable accessories and growing functionality they were promised has failed to pan out, but the rest of us are getting a far more rational - and, thus, usable - device instead. That all comes down to the G6's screen.

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2017 Toyota 86 Review: A lesson for supercars

2017 Toyota 86 Review: A lesson for supercars

The Scion FR-S is dead, long live the 2017 Toyota 86. Claiming a new badge and assuming the same name as the affordable coupe already sported outside of the US, the refreshed version of the 2-liter two-seater sticks with its winning formula. In the process, it underscores a lesson many more expensive sports cars could do worse than learn.

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OPPO F3 Plus Review

OPPO F3 Plus Review

These days, if your smartphone doesn't have defining special feature or selling point, it's going to be forgotten amidst a sea of smartphones whose designs and specs are starting to all look alike. And it isn't enough anymore to have a wallet-friendly price only. OEMs need to offer more. Some boast screens with almost no bezels. Others flaunt dual cameras. The OPPO F3 Plus, which was just announced last week, sort of mixes all those, but with a different twist. Yes, it has dual cameras, but it puts those on the front, making sure you get the perfect selfie, whether by yourself or with others. But how does that promise measure up in practice? We take a long hard look to find out.

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HTC U Ultra Review: Flawed Beauty

HTC U Ultra Review: Flawed Beauty

The fans won't want to hear it, but HTC has made a misstep with the HTC U Ultra. Flagship follow-up to last year's HTC 10, it promises high-style and plenty of functionality to go with its premium $749 price tag, and there's no denying that its high-gloss glass body caught my magpie-like eye. All the same, some questionable hardware decisions have left me frustrated.

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom review: A great speaker for its price range

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom review: A great speaker for its price range

Finding a good Bluetooth speaker at an affordable price is a hassle, and it becomes an even more difficult endeavor when you need that in a portable package. Ultimate Ears thinks it may have a solution to this conundrum with its new Wonderboom speaker, promising good sound, portability, and some degree of durability in a package that costs $99. Is it too good to be true, or does the Wonderboom actually deliver on the claims Ultimate Ears has made?

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ChefSteps Joule Review: If Apple cooked sous-vide

ChefSteps Joule Review: If Apple cooked sous-vide

ChefSteps' Joule wants to be the iPod of home sous-vide. The Internet of Things has reached the kitchen, and few gadgets please ambitious home chefs like a sous-vide cooker. Distilling what once was limited to professional kitchens into a one-two punch of sleek hardware and user-friendly software, if Joule was any more helpful it'd be eating your dinner for you.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review – The grandest adventure yet

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review – The grandest adventure yet

I'm just going to admit it right off the bat: I haven't been on board the Breath of the Wild hype train this entire time. When Nintendo first started showing the game off, alongside the promises it made about a truly open world and a reinvention for the Zelda franchise, I was skeptical. I didn't think Nintendo could deliver on its promises. After all, for the past 20 years, Zelda has been anything but open world – aside from a slight detour from the tried-and-true formula in A Link Between Worlds on the 3DS. I thought, if anything, Breath of the Wild would just be a console version of that.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the Galaxy Note Tablet that never was. In the best way possible, Samsung has created an Android answer for the iPad Pro. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has some of the qualities of the Samsung Galaxy Note series - save a couple of the most important features. Where the Galaxy Tab S3 could have excelled above the iPad Pro, Samsung has decided to play it safe. Can Samsung’s newest Galaxy-branded tablet be the high-end tablet-with-stylus Samsung needs to go toe-to-toe with its biggest mobile competitors?

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Yi Home Camera Review: a great budget security camera

Yi Home Camera Review: a great budget security camera

Every home should have a security camera even if it's just for peace of mind. There's no shortage of options on the market, and just about every budget range is covered. The lower one goes on the budget scale, though, the higher one's odds of picking up a low-quality, inferior product. Such concerns have been expressed about Chinese company Yi's wireless Home Camera, but are those concerns valid? Read our review to find out!

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Nintendo Switch review: Excellent hardware with one roadblock

Nintendo Switch review: Excellent hardware with one roadblock

I have something of a love/hate relationship with Nintendo consoles, especially in recent years. While I grew up with consoles like the Super NES, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube, in the time since then my preference has shifted to Nintendo's handhelds like the DS and the 3DS. Now that the Nintendo Switch is on the scene, Nintendo is looking to bounce back from a horrible console cycle with the Wii U, while at the same time blending the worlds of console and handheld gaming. How successful is it in doing so?

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Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L Review

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L Review

It's fair to say that Peak Design started something big with the Everyday Backpack. The company, already beloved for its Everyday Messenger bags among other camera accessories, set out to raise $500k on Kickstarter back in 2016; it ended up pulling in more than $6.5m, then nearly $700k more in a second preorder phase. Clearly, the Everyday Backpack tapped into something photographers in particular were looking for, but as I discovered myself there's more to the bag than just that.

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