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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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Huawei MateBook X Pro Review

Huawei MateBook X Pro Review

I couldn't help but make a comparison to a MacBook right out the box when I first opened the Huawei MateBook X Pro. This is a device that's taken some definite design cues from the MacBook Pro - the latest round of MacBook Pros, at least. It runs Windows 10, though, and it has some unique features that Apple's notebook doesn't. This Huawei MateBook X Pro isn't just a notebook made by a smartphone company - it's a smart piece of hardware in its own right.

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2018 Hyundai Kona review: A subcompact crossover SUV with an attitude

2018 Hyundai Kona review: A subcompact crossover SUV with an attitude

The all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona is the new kid on the block with plenty to offer first-time new car buyers on a budget. Mind you, don’t let my use of the word budget and a starting price of $20,450 imply a lack of style, creature comforts, safety, or even that it’s cheaply built. Those opting to fully spec out the Kona - as was the case for our test car, fittingly, on the Island of Kona, Hawaii - will be nothing short of delighted, just as long as their expectations are in check.

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Razer Blade Review: a colorful, ultraportable gaming beast

Razer Blade Review: a colorful, ultraportable gaming beast

Razer has launched a trio of gaming laptops, first among them being the Razer Blade. The laptop is dark, adorned with colorful lights, sporting a design that makes it identifiable as not just any ole laptop, but a gaming laptop. Relative to other models, I wouldn't hesitate to call the Razer Blade an ultraportable offering, but what compromises were made to get this level of portability?

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Classic rainbow box of LEGO Review (Bricks on a Roll)

Classic rainbow box of LEGO Review (Bricks on a Roll)

This week we're having a peek at a return of a classic idea - give a kid a box of LEGO bricks and they'll go hog-wild with creative building ideas. They've brought this idea back in a number of mixed brick sets, one of which is the "LEGO Classic Bricks on a Roll" set number 10715, 60th Anniversary Limited Edition. That's a pretty long set name, but the contents are simple.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movies Anywhere Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movies Anywhere Review

Today we're having a peek at what's included with the digital purchase of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Movies Anywhere. This service is like a central hub for multiple connected streaming video services like VUDU, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, and Fandango Now. With Movies Anywhere, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released with a version of the film not available with any other service.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

The Samsung Galaxy S9 forces us to question upgrades for their own sake. On the one hand, there's our desire as consumers to have the very latest tech gadget, even if we don't even use the phone we have now to its full extent. For manufacturers, there's the pressure to revolutionize each time, and throw out what worked before simply because it's associated with an "old" product. Into all that arrives the Galaxy S9, managing to be both new and familiar at the same time.

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2018 McLaren 720S Review: Beware the British

2018 McLaren 720S Review: Beware the British

The clouds are dark, ominous; pregnant with rain and perhaps worse. California may be the Golden State, but I've lived through the sudden spite of its leaden winters and know too well how scenic roads can unexpectedly become slippery routes straight into the ditch when nine months of dust meets sheets of water. With the keys to the 2018 McLaren 720S in my pocket for just three days, the prospect of tempering my exuberance or - worse still - breaking one of the few cars that have made it to the West Coast is seriously lacking in appeal. Unlike the Egyptians, we British have no Sun God to pray to.

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Logitech Powerplay review: The best argument to ditch your wired mouse

Logitech Powerplay review: The best argument to ditch your wired mouse

Wireless mice have a certain unsavory reputation among PC gamers. Though many will tell you that the latency associated with wireless accessories make wired ones better, that doesn’t usually come into play unless you happen to be so good at the game you’re playing that adding 10 or 20 nanoseconds to your reaction time is the difference between winning and losing. No, for most of us, the reason to stay away from wireless accessories is one of convenience: It’s decidedly not fun to have a mouse or a keyboard die on you when you’re in the middle of a game, so it’s just easier to opt for wired peripherals.

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2019 Volvo XC40 Review

2019 Volvo XC40 Review

The SUV market is getting crowded, fast, and carmakers are scrambling to have their own models stand out. At first glance, Volvo's new 2019 XC40 might not fit the bill, both figuratively and literally. Its smallest SUV, the subcompact looks like a seriously shrunken version of the company’s larger XC60 and XC90. Yet the XC40 is looking to prompt a shake-up much bigger than its footprint, with a new platform under the sheet metal and a new way of adding one to your garage. I got a chance to take the new XC40 for a spin, to see if it has what it takes to stand tall among larger vehicles in its segment.

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