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Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Talon Review: Custom done right

Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Talon Review: Custom done right

The Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Edition Talon is not a mobile PC. It's a heavy beast, made with 4mm thick aluminum plating and optional glass panels, coming in at around 40-pounds in all. The folks at Falcon Northwest made a name for themselves with custom-painted, custom-built, meticulously detailed high-end PCs. As their 20th Anniversary Edition Talon build was launched here in the second half of 2019, we decided to put their team to work on creating a build that was not only stocked with a powerful set of innards, but a custom-painted exterior to boot.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening review – Second time’s the charm

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening review – Second time’s the charm

Though I count The Legend of Zelda as one of my favorite game franchises, I’ve never properly played Link’s Awakening. When I was a kid, my Game Boy served mostly as a vehicle for Pokemon, and though I’d always heard good things about Link’s Awakening, I never actually gave it a decent chance. Luckily for me, Nintendo has remade the game for the Switch, giving me a chance to play it without having to bust out a decades-old handheld. For those who may be in the same boat, is Link’s Awakening a safe buy on the Switch?

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Skullcandy Vert Review: Wireless earbuds made for gloved hands

Skullcandy Vert Review: Wireless earbuds made for gloved hands

Skullcandy has launched a pair of wireless earbuds that come with a unique twist: a large puck-shaped dial designed for use by gloved hands. The idea behind the unique design is simple: if you're out snowboarding, for example, you'll likely be wearing a pair of gloves and listening to music using earbuds. In order to adjust the volume, pause the playback, and more while on the snow, you'd need to remove the gloves first. Skullcandy designed its new Vert model to offer a solution to this problem.

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Rocketbook Beacons Review: a unique take on collaboration and planning

Rocketbook Beacons Review: a unique take on collaboration and planning

As a tech-oriented publication, it's only natural that the majority of the products, news, and trends we cover revolve around the latest gadgets and apps that proliferate in the modern world. Some people, however, have found not only some utility but even enjoyment in analog tools and workflows, especially the act of writing on paper or on boards. Rocketbook tries to appeal to this class of people with an important offer. Keep writing down your notes, ideas, diagrams, and mind maps but with the added conveniences of the cloud. The new Rocketbook Beacons are taking that promise and making it available on a larger scale, literally.

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2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Review: The “E” is for “Excellent”

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Review: The “E” is for “Excellent”

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid wears its green credentials on its sleeve: quite literally, in fact, with unmistakable lime green badges on the front fenders. Seventeen years after introduction, there's now no doubting that the market was ready to embrace a Porsche SUV. Question is, does a hybrid drivetrain sit at odds with this sporting luxe-truck?

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Nintendo Switch Lite review: How it stacks up to the standard Switch

Nintendo Switch Lite review: How it stacks up to the standard Switch

The Switch Lite is something that most of us probably assumed was inevitable. Nintendo loves to iterate on its consoles with new models - handhelds especially - so a hardware revision for the Switch is something that was bound to happen. Now that the Switch Lite is here, is it worth buying in place of the standard Switch? Is it worth trading in your Switch and downsizing to this newest model?

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iPhone 11 Review: When enough is enough

iPhone 11 Review: When enough is enough

Don't think of the iPhone 11 as a compromise: think of it as the phone equivalent of Apple's Greatest Hits album. Replacing the iPhone XR - and, at $699, an aggressive $50 cheaper to begin with - the iPhone 11 takes some of the best technologies of recent phones and combines them into one compelling handset.

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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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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2019)

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2019)

Joining the 7th-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon is Lenovo's 4th-generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga, the flexible model in its X1 product family. As its name suggests, the X1 Yoga features a 360-degree hinge, enabling users to fold the display back, including into 'tablet' mode, for use in ways that aren't possible with the X1 Carbon. What does this model have to offer and why should you choose it over its more traditional sibling?

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OnePlus 7T Review: Even Better

OnePlus 7T Review: Even Better

The OnePlus 7T is essentially the OnePlus 7 Pro with a few key details changed, just a smidgen. Today we're taking a peek at how well the OnePlus 7T stands up to the OnePlus 7 Pro as well as the rest of the market. This phone launches for approximately $600 (around $50 more than the base cost of its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T released one year ago.) We'll see where those extra few ten-dollar-bills went, and we'll give a final verdict before this whole thing is through.

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Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

When it comes to smartwatches, there's the Apple Watch and then there's everything else. Five generations of wearable have seen Cupertino's timepiece lose most of its rough edges; now, the Apple Watch Series 5 is taking one of the last big usability issues to task. With an always-on display, the new Apple Watch aims to keep out-shining the competition.

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2020 Audi RS7 Sportback First Drive Review

2020 Audi RS7 Sportback First Drive Review

If you're driving something special, you want it to look the part, and so when Audi was creating the second-generation 2020 RS7 Sportback it put in the time to differentiate not only on driving dynamics from the regular A7, but also the exterior design. Sure enough, while the new RS7 Sportback still has that svelte sloping roofline, put both cars side by side and the differences stack up. Step outside to find a Tango Red Audi RS7 Sportback waiting for you, and it's enough to give you sweaty palms.

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