Accessories Reviews

Tstand Review: a reimagining of tablet holding

Tstand Review: a reimagining of tablet holding

This week we've been working with the Tstand, a tablet holder that'll allow you to use your tablet without cranking your neck or your knees. It's big. There's no denying that this stand isn't going to fit into your standard iPad sleeve - but at W 9.5” x L 10.25” x H 2.25 it's also not so large that it won't fit into your 13-inch notebook sleeve. The version we're working with is made mainly of ABS plastic, with silicone rubber bumpers to hold the tablet in place. This stand may look strange, but it might also be the tablet companion you didn't know you needed.

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Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 Review

Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 Review

Bye bye batteries. Apple's trio of peripherals - the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 - have had a revamp, borrowing convenience tech from the iPhone. Most noticeable is the move away from user-replaceable batteries, with the three devices all getting li-ion packs just as you'd find squeezed into the narrow frame of the iPhone 6s. That's not the only change, mind, though the extent to which your fingers will be happy will depend on how well you got on with the old designs.

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Xbox One Elite Controller Review

Xbox One Elite Controller Review

It's been several weeks since I first laid hands on the Xbox One Elite Controller. I've come to the following conclusion: I've never reviewed a device that's so unnecessary and yet so completely worth the cash it costs at the same time. "Oh god," you might say, "I could have bought myself a whole month's worth of pizza with the money I spent on this controller." Not long after, you might find yourself saying "Oh my goodness I can't believe I ever used a controller other than this one... it's so good, and feels so right."

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Razer Diamondback Review (2015)

Razer Diamondback Review (2015)

The Razer Diamondback ambidextrous mouse is one of the most well-rounded and beautiful mice I've ever used, in any category. While I'm still all about using a right-handed mouse - since I'm not really a lefty - this piece of equipment is shaped fine enough that I've not noticed a major difference. This is the return of the mouse that worked with the world's first optical gaming sensor - now back for its 4th iteration, the first update to the mouse since 2007.

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Bud-E Fridge Review

Bud-E Fridge Review

Over the past few weeks we've been using the Bud-E Fridge, and it's quickly become our favorite non-traditional smart device ever. While we're not generally in the business of reviewing devices that are made solely for keeping food fresh, in the Bud-E Fridge we've found an appliance that's as entertaining to use as it is helpful. While we've used tiny, dorm-friendly fridges before, this machine takes the art to a whole new level. One with can sensors and blinking lights.

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Sonos PLAY:5 (2015) Review

Sonos PLAY:5 (2015) Review

The Sonos PLAY:5 is special. First of the streaming music company's all-in-one speakers, its launch in 2009 marked a shift to the plug-and-play simplicity that Sonos is now known for, without sacrificing the sound quality that music lovers demanded. Since then, new and more affordable models have lured in a fresh generation of wireless fans, while products like the PLAYBAR have tackled home theater audio, but it's taken until now for the granddaddy of the range to get its big revamp.

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Chromecast Audio Review

Chromecast Audio Review

Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi systems up to speed in the brave new age of streaming, and all for a bargain price of $35.

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Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

Chromecast Review (2015): Utilitarian Smart TV Masterpiece

The 2015 version of the Chromecast is just nice enough to want to upgrade from the original and certainly worth the cash for new users. Chromecast is, at its core, a doorway for your smartphone to access your TV. Like its predecessor (also called Chromecast), this device acts as the courier for content from the internet to your living room, allowing your smartphone (or tablet, or laptop) to act as the controller and the explorer. This version of the Chromecast is faster than the original and a bit more versatile as it works with a cord now instead of just a dongle.

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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Review

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Review

A keyboard with a set of bright, blinking green lights on it isn't generally the first thing you think of when you think top-quality hardware. With Razer and the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 edition keyboard, you get the unlikely combination of high-end pro-gamer ready hardware and bright, flashy, blinky green lights - in programmable combinations of blinks, no less. For those of you that own the 2014 edition of this keyboard and wouldn't try any other keyboard ever again - now's the time to trade up.

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Razer Mamba Review (2015 edition)

Razer Mamba Review (2015 edition)

Along the the Mamba TE and the DeathAdder (Chroma), the Mamba (2015 Edition) is one of the most advanced gaming mice in the world. This device works with a laser sensor, a max speed of 210 IPS, acceleration of 50G, and an industry-leading 16,000 DPI sensor under the hood. This mouse now also has Chroma lighting - which means you can make it light up in a combination of colors along its left, right, and scroll wheel. This device is very, very similar to the mouse we called 2015's gaming master mouse in a review earlier this year.

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Samsung Fast Wireless Charger Review: Speedy essential

Samsung Fast Wireless Charger Review: Speedy essential

You can't knock Samsung's commitment to wireless charging. Having decided to embrace it in the latest Galaxy range, it went whole-hog, packing in both wireless types and, with the launch of the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, introducing a faster version too, with the promise of cutting almost an hour from regular wireless charging. Question is, does that make seventy bucks for a charging pad a worthwhile spend?

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Razer Mamba TE Review: 2015’s gaming master mouse

Razer Mamba TE Review: 2015’s gaming master mouse

The Razer Mamba TE is a Tournament Edition mouse made to compete with the highest-grade gaming mice in the world. This device continues the Razer tradition of making high-end super-sensitive mice by bringing a 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor with 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling and 1 ms response time. That's no joke. This mouse runs a max of 210 inches per second and 50 G acceleration (if your arm can move that fast.) It also has lots of pretty colors.

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