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iPad Review 2018: This one’s for my kids

iPad Review 2018: This one’s for my kids

This newest iteration of the iPad isn't made for the people who buy a new iPad each time Apple makes one available. Instead, the iPad we're reviewing here today is the Cupertino company's continuation of a design that's already been proven to work. People that've never owned an iPad, people that haven't bought a new iPad for a half-decade, and people looking to buy iPads for schools - this is the iPad for you. I'm a parent, and it turns out this iPad is for my children and me, too.

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Logitech G513 Review: A great (but expensive) keyboard for the RGB-obsessed

Logitech G513 Review: A great (but expensive) keyboard for the RGB-obsessed

If you’re looking for an RGB mechanical keyboard, there are plenty out there to choose from. Many gaming keyboards these days have started using mechanical switches instead of membrane ones, and while most of those seem to use some kind of Cherry MX switches, Logitech has taken things one step further by developing its own switch, dubbed Romer-G. These switches feature in the Logitech G513 Keyboard, the more expensive successor to the G413, and in fact they now come in two different varieties: tactile and linear. How does Romer-G hold up, though? Beyond that, is the G513 a gaming keyboard worth its somewhat high asking price?

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Audeara A-01 headphones review

Audeara A-01 headphones review

Headphones are a dime a plenty, many of them promising the best audio your ears will have the pleasure to ever hear. All of them, however, make one fatal assumption: that we all hear perfectly and in the same way. From a business standpoint, it is understandable. Fine-tuning audio equipment to unique individual capabilities puts a heavy burden on companies.

Last year, Australian startup Audeara came up with an alternative: let the users tune their headphones themselves. And thus the Audeara A-01 rose from the crowdfunding ocean and we put it on our ears to hear that promise come to life.

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Brainwavz B400 Quad Balanced Armature Earphones Review

Brainwavz B400 Quad Balanced Armature Earphones Review

In-ear buds, like those that come with almost every smartphone, are so small it's almost too easy to take them for granted. After all, how much can you cram into such a cramped space to produce good-quality audio? Just enough, if you ask audio accessory maker Brainwavz. Its latest B400 in-ear monitors is the same size as your average IEM but packs four balanced armature drivers in each earbud, promising higher-quality sound than those same average IEMs. At least that's the theory, so we plug a pair in to test it in practice.

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Cadillac Super Cruise Review: I like this more than Tesla Autopilot

Cadillac Super Cruise Review: I like this more than Tesla Autopilot

Tesla may have convinced drivers that Autopilot is the pinnacle of driver-assistance technologies you can actually buy on a new car today, but Cadillac might have Elon Musk beat. Quietly added mid-year to the 2018 Cadillac CT6, Super Cruise is the first hands-off adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping system on the market. It's promise is straightforward: on the right road, the CT6 luxury sedan will handle speed, braking, and steering, without pestering you to keep your hands on the wheel.

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Wyze Cam v2 Security Camera Review

Wyze Cam v2 Security Camera Review

The team behind Wyze Cam is back with an updated version of their inexpensive home security camera, and it's simply called Wyze Cam v2. This updated model has the same $19.99 price as the original despite the hardware boost; it also has the same design, making it visually indistinguishable from the older version. If you're a new Wyze customer, getting v2 is a no-brainer. Existing Wyze owners may be wondering, though: is it worth the cost to upgrade?

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Wireless CarPlay Review: 2018 BMW 640i GT cuts the cord

Wireless CarPlay Review: 2018 BMW 640i GT cuts the cord

Android Auto Wireless may now be arriving on select phones and head-units, but iPhone owners wanting wireless CarPlay don't have to wait - it's available now. While there's plenty to like about the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, not least its 3.0-liter, 335 horsepower engine, I had one particular spec in mind for testing. With iPhone X supporting wireless charging, and CarPlay wireless available in a growing number of vehicles, is it worth spending more on the option if you're buying a new car?

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MoviePass Review (2018): Great when it actually works

MoviePass Review (2018): Great when it actually works

For about the cost of a monthly Netflix subscription, MoviePass enables customers to visit a physical movie theater and view one movie every day. That sounds too good to be true, but it's not. Though the company was founded in 2011, it only recently achieved a high level of public visibility, prompting a bunch of people to ask the same questions: is it worth it? Does it actually work? Is there a catch? We've spent the last couple weeks putting the service to the test to find out.

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Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Review

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Review

Nest has built a name for itself for its sleekly-designed, premium-priced security cameras, thermostats, and other connected home tech, and the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is no different. Latest in the Google-owned company's intelligence-toting cameras, it packs a surprising amount of smarts into an elegant housing.

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Honor 7x Review: This $200 phone surprised me

Honor 7x Review: This $200 phone surprised me

Over the past couple of weeks I've had the $200 smartphone Honor 7x in my pocket. This smartphone's surprised me - and not only because it's rather feature-full for its price. This phone's surprised me because it's doing what OnePlus said it'd do when they started. This smartphone goes to war with the most excellent (and far more expensive) phones in the world, and it does so without any major "me too" tricks.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A great phone jumping through hoops

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A great phone jumping through hoops

Huawei has been making a lot of noise this year about its Android flagships, most recently making a pitch to oust the iPhone X or Galaxy S9 from your pocket with the P20 Pro. Weirdly, though, that phone isn't officially coming to the US. Instead, Huawei's flagship here is a different smartphone from a different family: the Mate 10 Pro. It has the same processor as the P20 Pro, but no notch and one less camera sensor. It also comes with a more affordable price tag.

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OPPO R15 Pro Review

OPPO R15 Pro Review

It’s not easy being a smartphone maker these days. Jump on the latest fad and you’d be called a copycat. Hold off and you’re branded as a dinosaur. So what’s an OEM gotta do? Follow what makes sense. For OPPO, that means giving the OPPOR R15 and R15 Pro an admittedly somewhat useful notch. Of course, that does run the risk of most media coverage simply being about that notch, so we take a deep dive into the higher end OPPO R15 Pro to see if it’s more than just its rabbit screen. And you’ll probably be surprised at what we found.

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