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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: The solar roof is really good for one thing

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: The solar roof is really good for one thing

Hyundai offers a solar roof on the Sonata Hybrid sedan, though the promise of free driving courtesy of the sun isn't really where the technology shines. The frugal family car eschews plug-in hybrid technology in favor of the altogether simpler pairing of a decent-sized gas engine and an electric motor that play together, though the solar cells embedded in the glass roof do step away from the norm.

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2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe Review – Speed and Snout

2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe Review – Speed and Snout

If there are three aesthetic rules to live by, they could well be that style is subjective, strong designs soften over time, and it's rude to comment on other peoples' nose-jobs. Pity, then, the 2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe and its love-it-or-(more-likely)-hate-it grille, as bold as the automaker's boasts of driving prowess and lashings of technology.

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2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review – Cheap Thrills

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review – Cheap Thrills

The Toyota Corolla has been around since 1966, earning a reputation for reliability and restraint for the price-savvy driver, but it's never really been something you'd choose for a good time. Come the 2021 Corolla Hatchback, though, and the addition of a manual option and a whole new architecture aims to change that, though without straying too far from the hallmarks of Corollas-past.

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LONGER LK5 Pro Review – 3D printer for prototyping with a little fiddling

LONGER LK5 Pro Review – 3D printer for prototyping with a little fiddling

The LONGER LK5 Pro is the sort of 3D printer you buy when you know how to troubleshoot. This device is a middle-ground between the pre-constructed, high-end, brand-name 3D printers that cost a lot, and the DIY 3D printers that are dirt cheap because you have to know exactly what you're doing right from the get-go.

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2021 Infiniti QX80 Review – Four-wheeled fratricide

2021 Infiniti QX80 Review – Four-wheeled fratricide

Sometimes buying smart involves hoops and hurdles, and other times it's as easy as two dealerships probably occupying the same lot. So goes it for the 2021 Infiniti QX80, the automaker's biggest and burliest SUV, making its pitch for seven or eight seat excellence but finding Nissan may have stolen its thunder along the way.

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Lylux cordless and bladeless hair dryer review

Lylux cordless and bladeless hair dryer review

We're seeing a steady stream of new products for personal and home use that all use the "smart" qualifier to indicate how intelligent they are because they connect to the Internet. Things don't have to be connected, however, to be useful. Sometimes, all it takes is the intelligent and creative combination of modern technologies to provide a more convenient and safer experience. That's the simple joy that the Lylux Hair Dryer is promising by putting together bladeless fans, cordless operation, and smart sensors to make drying hair even less of a hassle.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review – Lower price brings tougher decisions

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review – Lower price brings tougher decisions

Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra is more affordable than last year's flagship, has more cameras, and adds an S Pen: on paper, at least, what's not to love? Setting the bar for smartphones in 2021, the daddy of the currently three-strong Galaxy S21 family promises more of that monstrously effective Samsung recipe: heap on the features until there really is something for everyone. Still, for all its merits, it's difficult not to see the Galaxy S21 Ultra as the evolutionary pinnacle of a species set to be replaced.

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2021 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Review – A hotter plug-in hybrid

2021 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Review – A hotter plug-in hybrid

Polestar may be occupied making all-electric cars right now, but that doesn't mean it's too busy to give co-owner Volvo a hand with some performance upgrades for the Swedish automaker's most popular models. The 2021 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered is fine example, a plug-in hybrid promising not only green credentials but a bump in power under the hood and in pleasure from behind the wheel.

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Bluetti AC200P Power Station Review

Bluetti AC200P Power Station Review

When it comes to batteries, you almost always have to make a compromise between power and size. That's more true with portable batteries where mobility plays a more critical role. There are times, however, when the reverse is true and charging power becomes the deciding factor. The latter is true for Maxoak's newest portable power station, the 2000Wh Bluetti AC200P, which uses the term "portable" very loosely, at least in comparison to other portable power stations. In exchange, however, you won't have to make that many compromises in what or how many you can juice up with it.

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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review – A very rational compact crossover

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review – A very rational compact crossover

Times are tough if you're in the market for a brand new all-wheel drive crossover on a severe budget, but the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer thinks it has the answer. Cheapest model in Chevy's SUV line-up, its sticker price isn't quite that attention-grabbing $19k by the time you add AWD, but even then it still won't break the bank - just as long as you're willing to put up with the Trailblazer's compromises to get there.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review – ANC in the big leagues

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review – ANC in the big leagues

Active noise cancelling earbuds were arguably the stand-out product of 2020, and Samsung is starting out the new year with its latest offering, the Galaxy Buds Pro. Launching alongside the Galaxy S21 family of smartphones, the new earbuds promise not only audio isolation from the hubbub of homeschooling and working from home, but the option to intelligently blend the real world with your bubble of silence.

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WattFun 298Wh Portable Power Station Review

WattFun 298Wh Portable Power Station Review

Everyone could do with a little more power, whether it's staying off the grid for a bit or trying to survive an unexpected power outage. Power banks for smartphones and even for laptops have become commonplace these days but those can't really handle large and essential appliances, not to mention charge phones, tablets, and laptops repeatedly. That's where this new breed of portable power stations come in, pretty much gigantic, multi-functional power banks, and WattFun's latest 298Wh package promises to be the only power source you'll need for trips and emergencies.

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