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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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2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring Review: The Charm Wagon

2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring Review: The Charm Wagon

Is the 2017 Subaru Outback a crossover, an SUV, or - heaven forfend - a wagon? The jacked-up, load-toting version of the Legacy station wagon, the Outback may be hard to pigeon-hole but that hasn't stopped it selling. Indeed, you could well find yourself questioning the crossover craze by the end of your drive.

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Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind

Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind

Three months in, has the reality distortion field around the AirPods faded, or are Apple's Bluetooth headphones still my pick of iPhone accessories? They may have met with some ridicule when Apple revealed them, but the ongoing stock shortages would suggest that the mass market doesn't care: they want their AirPods, and they're willing to pay $159 for them. Having lived with them as my primary headphones for some time now, I can't say I disagree.

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2017 Alpina B7 Review: A BMW M7 by any other name

2017 Alpina B7 Review: A BMW M7 by any other name

You wait a couple of decades for one BMW M7 to come along, and life brings you two. Well, not quite: neither BMW's own M760i or this, the 2017 Alpina B7, is officially an M car, but then neither would you really want them to be. Go too far down that track and you end up sacrificing luxury in the name of raw performance, and that's entirely at odds with the 7 Series raison d'être. Does that make the Alpina B7 a plutocrat's sports pretender? No, no it does not.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Review: 575 singing horses

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Review: 575 singing horses

Should you manage to beg, borrow, or steal the keys to the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR, drop everything - bags, laptop, kids - on the ground and drive to the nearest tunnel. Wait until the road is clear; be patient, my friend, because I promise you the payoff is all worth it. You can occupy yourself by opening the windows and tugging the tactile drive-mode toggle into Dynamic, which has the time-saving side effect of switching on the Active Sport Exhaust. Then, when you have the road to yourself, floor the gas.

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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw

Apple's HomeKit makes a simple promise: take the disparate parts of the connected home, and bring them together under one straightforward umbrella. Still, the stringent requirements around things like security and ease of setup has meant partner devices have been slower to trickle down to the market than for rival platforms: this D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD has the title of first HomeKit-compatible security camera available. $200 gets you a very wide angle lens and freedom from subscription fees, but there are still signs that neither HomeKit nor D-Link's camera are quite where the competition has reached.

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A new Google Pixel XL Review in brief, 5-months later

A new Google Pixel XL Review in brief, 5-months later

It's been 5 months since I started using a Google Pixel XL and, like no other phone before it, I can't imagine switching to any other device. While it's quite possible the newest wave of smartphones from brands like Samsung and LG will out-style and out-display the Pixel with their newest devices this year, there's little real reason why I'd feel the need to switch. Our initial Google Pixel Review took place back in October of 2016 when the smartphone launched - can sustained quality over this period of time make the heart fonder?

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Snow Joe iON24SB-XR Review: Battery-powered snow blower says ‘shush’ to winter

Snow Joe iON24SB-XR Review: Battery-powered snow blower says ‘shush’ to winter

It took a long time for battery-powered tools to gain the same respect as their corded peers, and one of the technologies that played the biggest role in their eventual proliferation was lithium-ion technology. The same energy storage systems tapped into by electric cars heralded a new era in longevity and capability for saws, drills, and impact wrenches, and also erased fears about over-charging and potentially damaging battery packs that were prevalent with nickel-cadmium designs.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO Ultra-Rugged Smartphone Review

Kyocera DuraForce PRO Ultra-Rugged Smartphone Review

The Kyocera DuraForce PRO ultra-rugged smartphone has launched at three big carriers, and it promises to offer everything the outdoorsy, adventurous mobile user needs. Ultra-durable design? Check. Super-wide-angle HD action camera? Check. Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and drop-proof? Check, check, check and check. The phone makes some pretty big promises on paper, but does it hold up to use and abuse in the real world? Read on to find out!

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Lenovo IdeaPad 510S Windows 10 Laptop Review

Lenovo IdeaPad 510S Windows 10 Laptop Review

The spring semester is well underway, and perhaps you're realizing it's time for a new laptop. The market is full of general purpose laptops, the kind you can use for school, work, and fun and not feel like you're making a sacrifice in any of those categories. One of the newest among them is Lenovo's IdeaPad 510S, a portable 14-inch notebook with a bunch of configuration options and an attractive, if not modest, design. How does it compete against other models in its price range? Read our review to find out!

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 Review: A powerful gaming all-in-one

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 Review: A powerful gaming all-in-one

You don't often associate gaming PCs with all-in-ones, but with its new IdeaCentre Y910, Lenovo is doing just that. Often times, all-in-ones feature middle of the road hardware in an effort to strike a good balance between size, thickness, and power. That's not the case with the Y910, as tries to pack as much high-end hardware it can into a package that still satisfies that all-in-one footprint. Is it successful in doing so? Read on to find out.

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