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Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Review

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Review

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is the most versatile professional notebook computer I've ever used. After using this device for only a relatively short period of time, it's clear that Microsoft made peace with the idea that they could, and would, create a multi-tiered laptop machine with a transforming body that remained elegant as it performed all tasks. Now, if this machine continues to perform well after we've used it in work mode for a few more weeks, we'll have a real winner on our hands.

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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review – Dolby Atmos magic

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review – Dolby Atmos magic

Sonos' original Beam wowed with just how much home theater audio it packed into its tiny footprint, and now the Beam (Gen 2) is adding Dolby Atmos to the mix. A little more expensive at $449, and a lot smarter inside, this new Beam sees Sonos double-down on targeting an audience that wants surround sound but doesn't want to be surrounded by speakers. There, with some qualifications, the surreptitious soundbar succeeds.

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iPad mini 2021 Review – Apple’s smallest tablet is a big deal

iPad mini 2021 Review – Apple’s smallest tablet is a big deal

More so than most items in Apple's range, it feels like you either love the iPad mini or you don't quite understand its appeal. Now in its sixth-generation, the smallest iPadOS tablet has seen its biggest update so far, 2021 bringing a whole new look, larger screen, and extra features like 5G. It's still relatively affordable, though, especially when compared to the foldable Android devices we're starting to see make inroads into the tablet segment.

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iPhone 13 Review – An unexpected gap

iPhone 13 Review – An unexpected gap

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are Apple's 2021 smartphones for the mainstream, progressive upgrades that avoid huge changes in favor of welcome refinement. Unlike last year, though, this year's iPhone 13 family feels like it covers a broader spread, with Apple saving some of the key improvements for its more expensive devices.

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TOSY Flying Duo Review : Like a TRON Light Disc, but real

TOSY Flying Duo Review : Like a TRON Light Disc, but real

Today we're taking a peek at the TOSY Flying Duo - two flying toys from RoboFi that roll with LED lights aplenty. The TOSY Flying Disc and the TOSY Boomerang make up the TOSY Flying Duo, sold together in a package originally crowdfunded with Kickstarter. We've been playing with both of these devices for a couple of weeks, and they're surprisingly great.

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Vivo X70 Pro+ Review – Imaging in Focus

Vivo X70 Pro+ Review – Imaging in Focus

Photography has been a core focus of smartphones for the past years, with companies competing on imaging features that often revolve around pixel counts. Both consumers and manufacturers have become smarter and have started putting the focus on other aspects of digital photography, like HDR, low-light performance, and, of course, the all-famous portrait mode or bokeh simulation. Smartphone makers have even partnered with known camera or lens companies to back up their claims. Of all the major phone brands, Vivo has been working hard on raising its profile in that category, so we took the new Vivo X70 Pro+ for a test drive to see if its camera chops are all that the company makes it out to be.

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iPhone 13 Pro Review – Beyond the glitter

iPhone 13 Pro Review – Beyond the glitter

Great cameras, great performance, a great screen, and a great battery to power it all: Apple's recipe for the iPhone 13 Pro is fairly straightforward this year. Then again, like some of the best meals, simplicity can be the hardest thing to achieve. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max aren't short on fancy garnish, but the biggest question is whether, at their core, they're enough to sate your appetite for a not-inexpensive upgrade.

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EcoFlow DELTA mini Portable Power Station Review

EcoFlow DELTA mini Portable Power Station Review

When it comes to portable power stations, the bigger battery capacity is often seen as the better option. Of course, that comes at the cost of diminishing the "portable" part of the equation, and not all sizes will fit all. There are times when being able to move around and pack things up easily are top priorities while still putting heavy importance on power output. That's the promise that EcoFlow's new DELTA mini Portable Power Station is making, and we took it for a test run to see if it really checks all the necessary boxes for a worry-free trip outdoors.

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VAVA Chroma Triple Laser 4K UHD Projector Review

VAVA Chroma Triple Laser 4K UHD Projector Review

While TVs today are getting smarter and larger, not everyone may have the space to even hang such a panel. Conversely, some might want a watching area bigger than what most consumer TVs can offer. In both cases, laser projectors can provide the flexibility that some people need in a home entertainment system, and young company VAVA just debuted what could be one of the stronger options in that market. The VAVA Chroma ultra short throw projector packs quite a lot of buzzwords and features, but is it really worth the price it is asking? We picked up the large projector and placed it near our wall to find out.

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2021 Hyundai Venue Review

2021 Hyundai Venue Review

The 2021 Hyundai Venue isn't just considerably cheaper than the average new vehicle sold in the US, it's actually cheaper than the average used car price right now. At $18,750 (plus $1,185 destination) the diminutive crossover is a member of the shrinking list of sub-$20k new cars, and you'd be forgiven for assuming - as I did - that along the line something would have to give.

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GoPro HERO10 Black Review

GoPro HERO10 Black Review

The GoPro HERO10 Black convinced me that a dedicated camera device can be desirable and even necessary, even for a smartphone-using non-extreme-sports sort of person such as myself. During our first days with the GoPro HERO10 Black, we've taken the device on a journey through the basics, checking whether the device has the power to entice not only the hardcore user, but the odd shot hobby user or enthusiast, too.

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2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Review

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Review

Subaru gives you all-wheel drive as standard, and the 2022 Outback Wilderness would like to make a suggestion as to just what you should do with it: roam well off the beaten path. The automaker's newest trim level, Wilderness have started out on the Outback but it's already spreading through the rest of the range - most recently to the new Forester - but there's more to see here than just a badge.

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