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Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb review: music to my ears

Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb review: music to my ears

These days, the names of Harman Kardon and Bose are becoming more and more prevalent, especially in tech and in cars, but they are hardly the only trusted Hi-Fi names in the audio market. And while Sonos has had a good head start in the wireless Wi-Fi speaker market, it’s hardly the only game in town. And depending on your audio proclivities, it might not even be the best. Naim’s name holds just as much weight as the top players, especially in the UK, and while its first wireless system, the Mu-so, is almost two years old, it, together with the Mu-so Qb wireless speakers, remain one of the best sounding wireless audio systems money can buy.

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Starbucks Verismo V Brewer Review: Can pods convert a coffee snob?

Starbucks Verismo V Brewer Review: Can pods convert a coffee snob?

Caffeine is serious business, and if you're anything like me then coffee - and plenty of it - is your delivery mechanism of choice. Over the years we've seen a growing number of ways to bring not only brewed coffee but cafe favorites like lattes and cappuccinos into the kitchen, some more straightforward than others. Now, Starbucks has arrived with its new Verismo system, with redesigned pods and all-new brewers.

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Review: Sub-$200 Bose rival

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Review: Sub-$200 Bose rival

Plantronics cut the cord on active noise cancelling headphones two years ago, and now it's back with the BackBeat PRO 2 to cut the price, too. Follow-up to the well received BackBeat PRO of 2014, the revamped model slims down the hit on your wallet and the space occupied in your bag. That's while still promising superlative wireless performance and enough battery life for back-to-back transatlantic flights with juice to spare.

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Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

In reviewing Anki's Cozmo robot we've confirmed that the future will be full of fun robots - not at all like the Terminators we've come to fear. Perhaps the terror fears of rogue AI had by the greatest minds in modern science and engineering were not meant to come into fruition. Perhaps, instead, companies like Sphero and Anki have found the safe path forward by creating robots that are enjoyable and safe at the same time!

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Logitech K780 Review: Why you want a multi-device wireless keyboard

Logitech K780 Review: Why you want a multi-device wireless keyboard

If you've ever suffered texter's thumb, you might have wished for a full-sized wireless keyboard for your smartphone. Logitech has just that in the shape of the K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard, and it goes beyond replacing the on-screen 'board too: it'll not only stand your iPhone and iPad up in its fancy, rubber-coated groove, but play nicely with your PC or Mac, too. One peripheral, three devices, and all for under eighty bucks.

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Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero's Force Band for BB-8 is the best example of going above-and-beyond the call of duty I've ever seen in a Star Wars toy. And I've seen a lot of Star Wars toys. While there are some mightily impressive action figures out there - some with details so striking, I can barely tell model from real life - this Force Band for the BB-8 by Sphero amplifies the Star Wars magic already present in BB-8 by Sphero, a device we maintain is the Best Star Wars Toy Ever Made.

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Pokemon GO Plus Review : Great for one thing

Pokemon GO Plus Review : Great for one thing

Today the Pokemon GO Plus has arrived in physical GameStop stores and online through Amazon and, again, Gamestop. Our review here is going to be brief - in part because we've only been working with the device for a very short time. Because the device is so extremely simple, only a short amount of time was necessary, really - we're already confident that we know whether or not the Pokemon Trainers of the world should partake in this $35 piece of hardware right out the gate.

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Jays q-JAYS IEM review – a second shot at excellence

Jays q-JAYS IEM review – a second shot at excellence

Apple’s forced demise of the 3.5 mm headphone jack has ironically brought headphones and earphones into the spotlight, with many wondering whether wired audio accessories are still worth their salt. Audiophiles and audio professionals will wholeheartedly agree, and the second gen q-Jay in-ear monitors from Jays is one prime example. By no means an inexpensive purchase, the q-Jays quickly pays for itself in the priceless joy of having a pair of earphones that deliver outstanding quality, clarity, and fidelity worthy being called Jays’ most precise reference earphones.

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UpDesk UpWrite Standing Desk Review

UpDesk UpWrite Standing Desk Review

This may not come as much of a surprise, but I spend roughly the same amount of time sitting at my desk as I do in bed every night. Most of my work revolves around my computer, and as such, I’m tied to a desk. However, not all desks are created equally, and recently I’ve stopped sitting quite so much.

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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Review: All suck, no topple

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Review: All suck, no topple

Sucking more, stumbling less: that may not be quite how Dyson bills the new Cinetic Big Ball Animal, but that's the basic promise from the new canister vacuum. Borrowing from the same physics that keeps Weebles from falling over, the distinctive cleaner justifies its hefty price tag with less frustration around the house and more dirt in the bin.

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This desk changed my life

This desk changed my life

The following is an Ergotron WorkFit-D Sit-Stand Desk Review - with a couple of Ergotron add-ons. Earlier this year it was apparent that my working situation was not going to be able to work any longer. I had neck pain as well as upper and lower back pain from the less-than-optimal working conditions I was providing for myself. I decided to seek out the folks at Ergotron to take some of their products out for a spin. I told them my situation and we decided that it'd make sense for me to test out several items: the WorkFit-D Sit-Stand Desk, Neo-Flex Underdesk Keyboard Arm, and the LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm for monitors.

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Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

As product ideas go, "the Star Trek communicator, made real" requires little explanation. Orion Labs' Onyx aims to keep our smartphones in our pockets and bags where they belong, and return us to the halcyon days of push-to-talk or - if you're old enough to remember them - walkie-talkies by getting us into group conversations again.

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