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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury Review: A ton of fun, but it still costs too much

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury Review: A ton of fun, but it still costs too much

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A huge multinational company launches a game platform that’s an abject failure, drops it after just four years on the market, and then launches a new console that turns out to be a huge success. It takes all of the old first-party games it released on that previous console, which all had very limited audiences thanks to poor console sales, and re-releases them on the new, much more successful console for full price despite the fact that they’re all years old at this point. There is no punchline.

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2021 Volkswagen Arteon Review – Style with a side of exclusivity

2021 Volkswagen Arteon Review – Style with a side of exclusivity

If it takes something special to stand out in the sedan segment right now, then from across the parking lot at least the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon has a lot going for it. In sharp SEL R-Line form, and with not-quite-black Urano Gray paintwork, VW's four-door coupe may be a fancier hatchback if you want to get down to brass tacks, but seldom do they look quite so sinuous.

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2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Review – Desirable Diesel

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Review – Desirable Diesel

Out in the midwest, a bright red 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Duramax Turbo-Diesel will turn more heads than a supercar. Welcomed by my new pickup brethren with raised thumbs, nonchalant nods, and turning heads, it was a stark reminder that - for much of the US - the flexibility and styling of a truck still makes them the go-to mode of transport. After living with the Sierra, for the most part I could understand why.

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2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Review – When you can only choose one

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Review – When you can only choose one

If your dream garage only has space for one car, you could do a lot worse than fill it with the 2021 Audi RS7 Sportback. Not for nothing has the A7 carved out a space at the top of luxury four-door fastback list. Mercedes' CLS may have got there first, but Audi's pared-back styling refined it, and the A7 has arguably come to epitomize the "four-door coupe" category.

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ELEGOO Mars Pro Review – A tiny 3D printing titan

ELEGOO Mars Pro Review – A tiny 3D printing titan

This printer is tiny, but mighty. The printer works with the sort of printing technique that's both messier and far, far more accurate than the most basic sorts of 3D printers on the block. The Mars Pro is a MSLA 3D printer with UV photocuring resin, courtesy of a matrix UV LED array.

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2021 Infiniti QX50 Review – Cruising in the most competitive segment

2021 Infiniti QX50 Review – Cruising in the most competitive segment

You can be a good premium compact crossover and still get overshadowed in the segment, and that's the problem the 2021 Infiniti QX50 faces. The most competitive category in the industry demands not just proficiency but outright excellence, and moreover not just in one area but across the board.

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TerraMaster F5-422 NAS Review

TerraMaster F5-422 NAS Review

The past few months have seen many office work and processes move into homes because of the ongoing pandemic. Even before that, however, the volume of content we produce and consume even at home has made conventional storage solutions, like the HDDs and SSDs in desktops and laptops, no longer adequate. Modern work and lifestyles have given rise to smaller and more affordable Network-Attached Storage or NAS products targeting homes, whether for work or personal use. The TerraMaster F5-422 is one such NAS and we take a good look at what it delivers to your setup at home.

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Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar review: Good sound at a solid price

Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar review: Good sound at a solid price

I don’t think it’s controversial to say that watching movies at home can be something of a nightmare when it comes to audio. Back when I was using only my TV speakers, it always seemed like the audio balance was very off - scenes that were primarily dialogue would be whisper quiet while action scenes would be blaringly loud. So, I set out to fix that issue by getting myself a soundbar, which did help quite a bit but didn’t solve it entirely. The quest to fix this issue permanently seems to lie with multi-speaker/surround sound setups, so I was hopeful that Vizio’s new M-Series 5.1 Home Theater Soundbar would do the trick.

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2021 GMC Yukon Denali Review – Making sense in the middle

2021 GMC Yukon Denali Review – Making sense in the middle

Were I to star in a Super Bowl television commercial for the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali, I would first load my smiling, all-American children into the all-new three-row SUV, plus my dog with its glossy coat and playful paws, before turning to the camera. Seriously, and perhaps after folding my arms to lend gravitas and telegraph just how sincere I was feeling, I would tell you that, just like a modern truck, families grow up and so too do their needs.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Review – Minivan, Max Versatility

2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Review – Minivan, Max Versatility

I would rather own a 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD than most burly three-row SUVs with similar price tags, and I think you should want one too. It's not being intentionally contrary these days to voice some affection for the minivan, almost as overlooked as the wagon but arguably far more practical than the SUVs and crossovers which currently dominate North American vehicle sales.

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GM Enhanced Super Cruise Review: Hands-free driving adds auto lane-change

GM Enhanced Super Cruise Review: Hands-free driving adds auto lane-change

You can't buy an autonomous car yet, but you can get some seriously impressive help behind the wheels on the highways. GM's Enhanced Super Cruise adds automatic lane changing to its hands-off driver assistance, a long-anticipated feature that arrives just as the automaker prepares to nudge the technology into the spotlight. As I discovered in the 2021 Escalade, however, it has a few other new tricks up its sleeve too.

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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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