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2021 Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge Review – Luxury first, hybrid second

2021 Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge Review – Luxury first, hybrid second

It's not unreasonable to suggest that Volvo owes a fair amount of its current prestige to the XC90. In 2021 XC90 T8 Recharge form, the plug-in hybrid three-row SUV is the de-facto flagship of the Swedish automaker's range in North America, combining Scandinavian minimalism with a jolt of electric power.

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OnePlus 9 Pro Review – All-in on camera and display

OnePlus 9 Pro Review – All-in on camera and display

The OnePlus 9 Pro is a smartphone with a big, brilliant display and a high powered set of cameras. OnePlus 9 Pro is one of two devices, the other also called OnePlus 9 (without the Pro), with a price that's over $200 different - with specs to match. With a price starting at approximately $969 for the most basic OnePlus 9 Pro, we're expecting OnePlus to out-do itself on all fronts.

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Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Review – Alexa’s turn to shine

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Review – Alexa’s turn to shine

Amazon's Echo Show 10 is big on eye-contact. Now in its third-generation, the rotating smart display has the same screen as its predecessor, but mounted on a swiveling base that uses person-tracking to make sure it's always facing you. At $250, it's also Amazon's most expensive Echo Show model so far.

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Sonos Architectural Review: The surprises of pro-installation

Sonos Architectural Review: The surprises of pro-installation

Sonos may be best known for its standalone connected speakers, but its built-in speaker range, Sonos Architectural, is gaining traction in a space still fairly unfamiliar to mainstream users. Professional installation isn't new, but there are still preconceptions about just how attainable it is, with assumptions that it's reserved for multi-million dollar mansions with similarly lavish budgets. When I set out to give a home theater system a Sonos Architectural upgrade, though, I discovered some big surprises along the way.

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2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD Review – Four-wheel temptation

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD Review – Four-wheel temptation

It's perhaps a measure of how much you like a car, that you still want to drive it even when that's perhaps ill-advised. Taking a supercar to do grocery shopping - and then playing paper towel Tetris in the parking lot as you try to fit everything into the trunk - is a good example, and to that I can add trying to coax a rear-wheel drive 2021 Genesis GV80 to play nicely in the Midwest snow.

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Hunter Douglas Duette Motorized Shades Review – Room with a PowerView

Hunter Douglas Duette Motorized Shades Review – Room with a PowerView

Smart lighting may be the easiest route into home automation, but nothing quite wows like motorized shades. Arguably the king of the category is Hunter Douglas, with a range of shades, blinds, rollers, shutters and more so wide, you'd be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. If you've got an unusual window, though, that flexibility really pays off.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review – Beyond the Badge

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review – Beyond the Badge

Two minutes into driving the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E for the first time, I watched a man in a pickup miss his green light because he was too busy staring at the metallic red electric crossover. It set expectations for the reaction I should expect to Ford's new zero-emissions pony car and, though the name may be controversial, one thing became abundantly clear: the appetite for a stylish, competent EV from a company that isn't Tesla is strong.

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Kensington StudioDock Review: An iPad dock with iMac flexibility

Kensington StudioDock Review: An iPad dock with iMac flexibility

The iPad is a computer, at least up until you start to want treating it like one and plug in accessories and peripherals. Then, Apple's tablet starts to feel a lot like, well, a tablet. At $380, Kensington's StudioDock aims to make bridging the two worlds - and going all-iPad on your desktop - easier, a docking station with the ports familiar from an iMac, but a form-factor designed with mobile devices in mind.

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Proscenic A9 Air Purifier Review

Proscenic A9 Air Purifier Review

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to become more painfully aware of the environments they live and work in. Many, in particular, have become more conscious of the air they breathe, especially considering it is how the dreaded coronavirus is primarily transmitted. In other words, appliances and gadgets that advertise cleaner air and sanitized surfaces are unsurprisingly on the rise and, in perfect timing, Proscenic just launched the new A9 Air Purifier which we take for a spin, almost literally, to see if it is as good as it sounds.

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2021 Lexus RX 450h Review – A victim of its own success

2021 Lexus RX 450h Review – A victim of its own success

The RX, Lexus likes to remind us, helped invent the luxury crossover SUV category, but lately it's struggling to avoid being eclipsed by the rivals it inspired. The 2021 RX 450h F Sport AWD is the automaker's answer, combining its eye-catching style with what have long been the Lexus hallmarks of refined road manners and a plush cabin.

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OPPO Find X3 Pro Review

OPPO Find X3 Pro Review

OPPO has been expanding not just its product portfolio and international partners but also its presence in the global smartphone market. No longer just a brand associated with a Chinese company, OPPO's rise to the world's top five, racing against Huawei and Xiaomi, has not gone unnoticed by discerning consumers and market watchers. That progress didn't come easily as OPPO took calculated risks in developing new technologies and designs. Those risks and investments may have finally paid off with the OPPO Find X3 Pro.

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2021 Buick Enclave Avenir Review – Aspire to more

2021 Buick Enclave Avenir Review – Aspire to more

Six years on, and I'm still angry about Buick's Avenir brand. Revealed back in 2015 on the trunk of the stunning Avenir concept, the shapely sedan never made it to dealerships. Instead, as in the case of this 2021 Enclave Avenir, Buick has used it as a signifier of its fanciest trims.

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