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Panasonic Toughbook G2 hands-on: Rugged computing ready for combat

Panasonic Toughbook G2 hands-on: Rugged computing ready for combat

The Panasonic Toughbook G2 is the latest in a line of professional hardcore computers that put all other concerns behind functionality. If you're looking for a laptop made reliable, powerful, and rugged enough to be used by combat troops - this is that machine. We have a sample unit here, so we're not doing a full-fledged review, but we have gotten a good enough look at and feel for this hardware that we're able to show you the basic ins and outs of a machine that's made to take a beating as much as it's ready to read a barcode.

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IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA's SYMFONISK Picture Frame speaker has arrived, and if you didn't know it hid wireless music talents behind the abstract art, you'd be forgiven for not realizing Sonos' involvement. Third addition to the SYMFONISK range, the new Picture Frame speaker joins the Bookshelf Speaker and Table Lamp Speaker as some of the most affordable ways to add Sonos to your home.

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This $60 mesh router is Vilo’s fix for home WiFi’s biggest headache

This $60 mesh router is Vilo’s fix for home WiFi’s biggest headache

Mesh routers have arguably been the secret weapon for successful remote working and home-schooling over the past 18 months, but upgrading your network for maximum coverage has so far come at a price premium. Not so with Vilo, a new name in networking, and one betting that a lot more people would go mesh if they could get a three-pack for under sixty bucks.

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This unique 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series cigarette boat redefined my definition of speed

This unique 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series cigarette boat redefined my definition of speed

Mercedes-AMG is no stranger to fast boats. The automaker has a dozen special editions under its belt now, but 2021's may well be the most dramatic. Riffing off the potent 2021 AMG GT Black, the new Cigarette Racing 41’ Nighthawk AMG Black Series is an ocean-bound love letter to speed and high-tech engineering. As I found out on deck, though, it's as much about feelings as it is technology.

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Grid 4S hands-on and eyes-on – tech history meets art

Grid 4S hands-on and eyes-on – tech history meets art

Many of us probably have our favorite phones and gadgets we'd like to preserve for posterity and nostalgia even if they don't even turn on anymore. Most of those, however, end up forgotten in drawers where they can even become potential fire hazards. The folks over at Grid Studio, however, have come up with a very tasteful and beautiful way of preserving pieces of smartphone history that can also be quite informative as well. Enter the Grid 4S which takes one of Apple's most important iPhones, takes it apart, and enthrones it in a hand-assembled masterpiece of industrial art fit for any iPhone or Apple fan's living room.

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The purple iPhone 12 is lovely and frustrating

The purple iPhone 12 is lovely and frustrating

Apple promised that the purple iPhone 12 would be really, really purple, and it wasn't wrong. Joining the color line-up on Friday, the new finish for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini is no restrained aubergine or subdued Byzantium. Instead, you get a love-it-or-hate-it lilac with hints of charming lavender, and that has me both excited and frustrated at the same time.

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After trying Apple’s AirTag I can see why Tile is furious

After trying Apple’s AirTag I can see why Tile is furious

Usually, misplacing something with the Apple logo is a cause for horror, but with an AirTag attached to them I'm almost looking forward to losing my keys. Apple's long-anticipated trackers are here at $29 a pop; I'll have a full AirTag review soon, but I couldn't help but share some of my first impressions about what's arguably Apple's most interesting product in a while. Little on the Apple Store shelves, after all, packs so much into such a small device, layering ease of use on top of technological complexity.

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Twelve South Forte stand for iPhone taps MagSafe for its magic: First Look

Twelve South Forte stand for iPhone taps MagSafe for its magic: First Look

Apple's reboot of MagSafe as an iPhone charging platform promised plenty of third-party accessories, and we're finally seeing options there like Twelve South's new Forté for iPhone. The adjustable stand doesn't over-promise, instead offering a straightforward way to elevate your iPhone 12 and 12 Pro series smartphone off your desk.

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Meow Mix “Meow Remix Sessions” vinyl album hands-on

Meow Mix “Meow Remix Sessions” vinyl album hands-on

Today we're looking at and listening to the brand new album from the people who make Meow Mix. The folks at the J.M. Smucker Company released an album with 5 remixes of their eponymous Meow Mix Jingle. "The Meow Remix Sessions" is a real vinyl album you can purchase from Amazon right this minute for around $10 USD, and it comes with a coupon for a bag of cat food, too.

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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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Shiny Pokemon TCG Shining Fates unboxing and foil inspection

Shiny Pokemon TCG Shining Fates unboxing and foil inspection

The Pokemon Trading Card Game released a new set here at the tail end of February called Shining Fates. Today we're taking a look at a few different boxes and and unpacking a few packs to see what's inside. This isn't your average set - it's relatively small, meaning you've got a better chance to "Catch Em All" than usual. This set contains not only standard rares, and foils, and Pokemon V cards, and VMAX Pokemon, but SHINY versions of each of these sorts of cards.

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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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