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OPPO R11 Review: playing with the big boys

OPPO R11 Review: playing with the big boys

While Xiaomi has the lion's share of the Chinese market and fellow Chinese OEM OnePlus making waves in the international scene, OPPO remains undoubted and produces a steady stream of smartphones every year. A stream that, in all honesty, has accumulated into a rushing river that threatens to flood the smartphone market with nearly indistinguishable devices. Save for a few standouts, like the recently launched F3 and F3 Plus, OPPO's smartphone nearly look identical not just with each other but with other brands as well. With the OPPO R11, however, the company seems to be ready to break out of that mold. While still not exactly premium smartphone material, the OPPO R11 takes a step forward in joining the big leagues.

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Nest Cam IQ Review: Impressive face-recognition comes at a price

Nest Cam IQ Review: Impressive face-recognition comes at a price

In an increasingly competitive world of connected security cameras, Nest has turned to Alphabet-sibling Google and its facial recognition tech to make the Nest Cam IQ stand out. Not just the latest in the company's sophisticated home security camera line-up, the Nest Cam IQ represents a complete platform upgrade, with an all-new sensor, lossless zooming support, and the ability to recognize and track faces. On the downside, it also commands the highest price of a Nest camera so far, so does it deliver for $299?

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Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

Amazon's Echo has grown from a voice-controlled curiosity to being a legitimate home assistant, and now, with Echo Show, it's gaining a display. The latest iteration in the smart speaker series bucks the trend of spoken interactions only, adding a touchscreen so that Alexa can show & tell. At $229.99, however, it's the most expensive version so far, and at this early stage not everything has quite got to grips with the new abilities.

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible Review: Droptop SUV an acquired taste

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Review: Droptop SUV an acquired taste

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible's time in the autoshow spotlight may have faded to distant memory, but its oddball status remains. Even several months after they started showing up on dealer forecourts, usually sufficient time for the gloss to fade on all but the most unexpected exotica, the Evoque Convertible still turns heads. A reasonable part of that, I suspect, isn't so much because onlookers necessarily like the design, but because seeing an SUV with the top chopped off is still strange.

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LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk Review: Because sitting is killing you

LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk Review: Because sitting is killing you

Even if you're not as lazy as I am, you probably spend a lot of your time sitting down. Desk jobs may have spawned a whole industry of ergonomic seating, but getting up off your chair altogether is the newest trend. First came standing desks, initially seen as a fad but gaining traction so that no modern office is without at least a few of them; now, treadmill desks like LifeSpan's TR1200-DT7 are looking to crank up your movement even more. I may not know whether "sitting is the new cancer", but I do know I need more exercise.

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iPad Pro 10.5 Review (2017): Half the laptop-replacement story

iPad Pro 10.5 Review (2017): Half the laptop-replacement story

It's easy to leap to categorizing new products like Apple's iPad Pro 10.5 as either revolutionary or evolutionary. Do they break new, uncharted ground, or are they last year's flagship, polished and refined for another attempt? At first glance, the iPad Pro 10.5's familiar shape makes it easy to conclude evolution, but I'm not so sure.

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Surface Pro Review 2017

Surface Pro Review 2017

The Surface Pro Review we have here passes judgement on the Surface Pro released in June of 2017, as first outlined earlier this year. With the newest version of the Surface Pro, Microsoft made an equivalent to the iMac G4 by combining two important elements. The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is both enjoyable to use in a unique way, and it’s reliable. The unique/enjoyable factor comes from the keyboard attachment – the one that doesn’t come standard with the Surface itself.

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Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock Review: MacBook Pro ports, at a price

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock Review: MacBook Pro ports, at a price

Thunderbolt 3 may be the wunderport of the future, but sometimes it feels like nobody told the peripheral-makers that. While notebooks like the most recent MacBook Pro may have switched entirely to Thunderbolt 3 and the USB Type-C connector, actually finding things to plug into them can be hard going. Enter Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock, one of the first to market to take advantage of the connection's 40 Gbps throughput and power/display/data flexibility.

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Mophie Charge Force Case for iPhone 7 Review: Fixing Apple’s flaws

Mophie Charge Force Case for iPhone 7 Review: Fixing Apple’s flaws

At first, I thought Mophie had screwed up. The portable battery company has made a name for itself as offering some of the easiest ways to keep your smartphone going when its own charge is running low, with an array of external power-packs and battery cases for the most popular handsets. Yet the newest Mophie Charge Force Cases for iPhone 7 don't even have a battery inside.

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2017 BMW 530i Review: Geek excess comes at a price

2017 BMW 530i Review: Geek excess comes at a price

Does it matter if all modern cars start to look the same, if your slick new 2017 BMW 530i could easily be mistaken for a 7 Series twice the price? The new entry point to 5 Series ownership isn't cheap, of course, but it's certainly cheaper than you might expect. There are a couple of compromises along the way if affordable Bavarian motoring is your modus operandi, mind.

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ARMS review: Nintendo succeeds with its surprisingly fun fighting twist

ARMS review: Nintendo succeeds with its surprisingly fun fighting twist

I have no problem admitting that ARMS has caught me off guard. What I'd initially written off as “just another motion control game” for a largely post-motion control world has turned out to be a very interesting and refreshing take on the fighting genre. Before we dive into the review, though, you should know ahead of time that these impressions are coming from someone who doesn't necessarily consider himself a fighting game fan.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: Nothing exceeds like excess

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: Nothing exceeds like excess

When is 'more' simply 'too much?' That's the question I found myself asking again and again from behind the wheel of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, a luxury sport sedan seemingly so intent on occupying extremes that I wouldn’t be surprised if its Italian masters came out with a Vanilla Ice Signature Edition further down the line. Chugging Mountain Dew and challenging horses to straight-line tests of speed from the back of a sport bike might not be in the Quadrifoglio's repertoire, but this sultry turbocharged weapon alternately frustrated or frightened me nearly every time I picked it up, no matter how longingly my eyes caressed its outrageous curves.

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