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Espro Bloom Review – A faster pour over coffee maker

Espro Bloom Review – A faster pour over coffee maker

For those getting started with coffee, pour over is arguably the easiest route. You can get a cheap plastic cone for a few dollars, filter papers are similarly inexpensive, and then all you need is coffee and a way of boiling water. It's not to say you can't go deeper down the rabbit hole and make things more complex, but in terms of taking beans and making a brew from them it's one of the most straightforward.

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2020 Audi S5 Sportback Review – Balancing in the sweet-spot

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Review – Balancing in the sweet-spot

You can't please all the people, all the time, but Audi certainly comes closer than many with the 2020 S5 Sportback. The automaker may get some - not entirely undeserved - criticism, like its fellow Germans, for its "a car version for every tiny niche" approach over the past few years, but that doesn't mean the strategy can't come up with some gems.

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2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Review – Use it wisely

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Review – Use it wisely

Driving pickup trucks gives me some insight into what it must feel like being a big, burly boy rather than a 5'8 pipsqueak with a British accent and social anxiety, so it should come as little surprise that I particularly enjoyed the 2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon. While it may not be the largest of the Ram truck family - it lacks, for example, the sumptuous hips of the Ram 3500 - the Ram 2500 is hardly discreet.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC Review – Bucking Trends

2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC Review – Bucking Trends

For all the talk that the sedan is dead, there sure are plenty of them. The sales chart rise of the SUV may be steep enough to give even experienced mountaineers vertigo, but three-box four-doors like the Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC prove there's more to the market than its broadest trends.

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2020 BMW Alpina B7 Review – Speed and Scarcity

2020 BMW Alpina B7 Review – Speed and Scarcity

Money can't buy taste but it can buy exclusivity. If you're both wealthy and lucky, then as in the case of the 2020 BMW Alpina B7 those two stars can sometimes combine. The German tuning house may not have the brand recognition of, say, AMG or BMW's own M Sport division, but in the rarity stakes that only makes the new B7 more appealing.

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Mac mini M1 Review – The great Apple leveler

Mac mini M1 Review – The great Apple leveler

Of all the reasons to be excited by Apple Silicon, its potential to put high-end performance in more affordable computers like the Mac mini M1 could be the biggest. Apple's diminutive desktop is the cheapest way to get your hands on a new Mac and, while there may be some compromises to accommodate, it's arguably the most impressive way to experience the new M1 chipset so far.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Review – How to look good on a budget

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Review – How to look good on a budget

Though many of us often devote our attention to flagship devices, budget tablets and phones are particularly easy to find today. Samsung has a robust lineup of more affordable devices itself, and one of the more recent additions to that is the Galaxy Tab A7. As always, the major concern with budget devices is whether or not you’re buying something that can last a reasonable amount of time before its hardware begins to show its mid-tier quality. So, with that in mind, is the Galaxy Tab A7 a winner or is it something to avoid?

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Doogee S96 Pro Review: Rugged Android Phone

Doogee S96 Pro Review: Rugged Android Phone

We've reviewed our fair share of smartphones through more than a decade, most of them conventional while a few outliers to end up in our hands from time to time. Although by no means unusual or rare, rugged smartphones aren't exactly a staple in the consumer market, often reserved for industrial customers, nor do they often spark curiosity beyond their thick, rugged frames. Some do try to stand out from the crowd with some extra feature or utility. The new Doogee S96 Pro definitely fits that bill and we give it a hard look to see there's more to it than meets the eye.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport Carbon Review – Gilding the Lily

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport Carbon Review – Gilding the Lily

It's tough to argue against the idea that the real excitement in the compact luxury sports sedan segment is happening away from the big German dealerships. Witness, as prime example, the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia, perhaps not the first car you'd think of in the category but carving out an enthusiastic little niche there all the same.

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2020 Audi A6 Allroad Review – A stylish SUV alternative

2020 Audi A6 Allroad Review – A stylish SUV alternative

There are only so many times you can tell someone they should buy a wagon, then see them park a new SUV on their driveway, before you start to question your sanity. America's wholehearted embrace of trucks, SUVs, and crossovers has done a shockingly efficient job of squeezing out the humble wagon from consideration. Audi's strategy with the 2020 A6 Allroad, then, is to make its wagon anything but humble.

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2020 Genesis G70 Review – Agent of Change

2020 Genesis G70 Review – Agent of Change

It's clear that Genesis is on a roll right now, its first SUV reaping rave reviews, and a smaller - and even more striking - crossover set to do the same in the segment below. Easy, then, to forget where that punchy reputation arguably first started, in the shape of the G70 sedan. Flag-bearer for the South Korean luxury marque's eye-catching aesthetic, the G70 also neatly demonstrated that Genesis knew how to dial in a sports sedan.

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2020 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review – Balancing luxury and reality

2020 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review – Balancing luxury and reality

Life at the entry-level can be tough, particularly if you’re a luxury automaker like BMW trying to please both the badge-hungry and the price conscious at the same time. Spare a thought for the 2020 BMW X1 xDrive28i, then, first step into the car company’s crossover line-up, and tasked with balancing a relatively affordable sticker price with the prestige the Bavarians are known for.

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