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PDP Nintendo Switch Fight Pad Review: A solid 3rd-party GameCube controller

PDP Nintendo Switch Fight Pad Review: A solid 3rd-party GameCube controller

Were it not for Super Smash Bros., the GameCube controller would probably be a distant memory for most people. A curiosity of the past, perhaps, given its rather unique design and button layout. A stepping stone on the path to the more refined gamepads we have today. Thanks to Super Smash Bros., though, the GameCube controller is none of those things, and instead it’s alive and kicking. Though the original Wii had a set of GameCube controller ports all its own, Nintendo eventually figured out a way to bring GameCube support forward to the Wii U, all in the name of Super Smash Bros. and the Melee veterans who love it.

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Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Review

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Review

Some say that innovation isn’t a matter of creating something completely original because almost nothing these days is. Instead, it’s about taking existing things and mixing them together in a new and exciting way. If that’s true, then the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition, the mouthful formal name of what most will probably simply call the Vivo NEX 2, is perhaps one of the most innovative smartphones these years. Or at least that’s the claim that we’re now putting to the test.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate review: Greatness within reach

Super Smash Bros Ultimate review: Greatness within reach

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is here and it’s unquestionably the biggest Switch game of the year. While every Smash Bros. release is a major event, there’s a certain excitement for this one, as all fighters that have ever appeared in a Smash Bros. game are returning for Ultimate. Pair that roster, which now includes more than 70 characters, with a map pool that climbs over 100, and we’ve got quite the massive game on our hands. Even though it sounds like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a balancing team’s worst nightmare, it’s definitely exciting for us veterans who have been playing since the first game. It begs the question, though: Can you have too much of a good thing?

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LG V40 ThinQ Review: Unique in colorful quality

LG V40 ThinQ Review: Unique in colorful quality

The LG V40 ThinQ is a unique smartphone because of its multiple alternate trajectories in smartphone trends. This is a phone that amps up everything I loved about the LG V35 (my favorite phone of 2018). Instead of running with the trends of one smartphone company or another, LG seems to have done a professional job of pinpointing the best elements available in the hardware industry today - creating, in the process, one of what's easily one of the most impressive phones of the tail end of this year.

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Amazon Echo Input Review: Alexa in your own speakers

Amazon Echo Input Review: Alexa in your own speakers

Amazon's Echo smart speakers typically work better on the smart side, rather than the speaker quality front, but the new Echo Input promises to pair Alexa with your own choice of speakers. Part of the company's wide-ranging gush of Alexa hardware this year, the $34.99 gadget is effectively an Echo Dot that can only talk back to you if it's plugged into an external audio player.

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HP Spectre Folio Review: A classy leather 2-in-1 ultrabook

HP Spectre Folio Review: A classy leather 2-in-1 ultrabook

If you've seen one laptop, you've seen them all, or so it seems. HP has challenged that notion with a new take on laptop design, eschewing metal and plastic lids, visible hinges, and port-lined edges for something completely different: a large, premium leather portfolio. The Spectre Folio catches the eye immediately, prompting questions like, "What the heck is that?" It's hard not to like the luxurious, classy design, but what does the 2-in-1 offer beyond a pretty shell?

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Razer Phone 2 Review: The Slight Difference

Razer Phone 2 Review: The Slight Difference

The Razer Phone 2 once again offers a unique smartphone package to a still-stagnant smartphone market. We're no longer in a place where there's a massive number of people looking to buy their first phone (in the USA, anyway), we're at the point at which most people have had a couple smartphones - or more - in their adult lives. Now's the time to release something different - something that takes a chance with hardware design and features that appeal to some, but not all.

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TiVo Bolt OTA 4K DVR Review: Designed for cord-cutters

TiVo Bolt OTA 4K DVR Review: Designed for cord-cutters

TiVo is a household name that feels increasingly obsolete. In a world where thousands of movies and TV shows are available to stream on-demand, where live television is available over the Internet, and where DVRs exist in the cloud, one is justified in questioning whether any physical DVR can serve a purpose for modern consumers. With TiVo's Bolt OTA 4K, the answer is yes.

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The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 is unrepentant excess

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 is unrepentant excess

Few vehicles are as over-specified for their typical habitat as the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 and the Mercedes-Benz G550. The automaker’s iconic “G Wagon” may be a legitimate off-roader, but its unmistakable design is more familiar from Malibu than out in the mud. With this latest generation, then, the question has to be whether Mercedes has diluted the G-Class for the inevitable on-road tastes, or if this rebooted beast is as flagrant as ever.

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OPPO R17 Pro Review: a speedster you can afford

OPPO R17 Pro Review: a speedster you can afford

We’re entering a period of change in the smartphone market. The boundaries between premium and midrange phones are blurring and features once reserved for more expensive products have become available even on cheaper ones. Previously “mid-range” phones are also getting more premium prices. No where is that delightful confusion more applicable than with the OPPO R17 Pro, the latest from the acclaimed Chinese smartphone maker. It definitely looks premium and sounds premium but is just a few steps shy of being the perfect smartphone you can get on a tight budget.

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Puppyoo T10 Home Vacuum Review

Puppyoo T10 Home Vacuum Review

I did not expect to be reviewing a vacuum this season. Not least of all because I've had the same pet-aimed vacuum cleaner for the past decade, and it's not as if there's a major calling out there for reviews of vacuum cleaners. But this device was strange - and intriguing enough that I had to give it a whirl. As it turned out, I didn't know what I'd been missing these past 10 years. Apparently vacuums have gotten a lot more awesome since I was last in the market for a tool such as this.

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Honor Magic 2 Review: enchanting but mildly disappointing

Honor Magic 2 Review: enchanting but mildly disappointing

The quest for “edge to edge” bezel-less screens have forced smartphone makers to search for solutions to a problem of their own making. Unless you completely ignore it the way Samsung does (at least for now), there is no escaping the notch, a.k.a. the cutout, in its various shapes and sizes. Some, like Vivo and OPPO, have briefly toyed with and quickly abandoned the idea motorized elevating front cameras. Others, like Meizu and ZTE’s nubia, ditched the front camera entirely but put a second screen on the back instead. Another path, which may still gain some traction, is the one taken by Honor in the Honor Magic 2. But no matter how the Huawei sub-brand spins the narrative towards AI and cameras, there will be little doubt in people’s minds: the slider takes center stage.

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