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Order Xbox Series X and you get this: Our unboxing and first impressions

Order Xbox Series X and you get this: Our unboxing and first impressions

This is the Xbox Series X, a gaming console released in late 2020 by Microsoft. It'd been 7 years since the release of the console called Xbox One, and high time we saw a relatively massive change in the design of the hardware. We'll be looking at the software, the games, and the overall experience in our full review, soon. Today it's all about the size, shape, and feel of the console hardware itself.

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This Verizon TCL 10 5G UW is under $400 and that’s a big deal

This Verizon TCL 10 5G UW is under $400 and that’s a big deal

Verizon's most affordable 5G phone has arrived, with the TCL 10 5G UW delivering mmWave speeds for under $400. Latest in the phone-maker's 10 Series, the new Android phone slots in as the cheapest way to get on Verizon's 5G network so far, undercutting the Motorola One 5G UW by $150.

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The gold iPhone 12 Pro is just so darn pretty – Hands-on

The gold iPhone 12 Pro is just so darn pretty – Hands-on

"Without pain," so the old saying goes, "how can we know true joy?" Happily the stress was all left to the iPhone 12 Pro design team, leaving me to simply take pleasure in how near-perfect this new smartphone's design feels. Resembling a scaled-down version of the iPad Pro, this year's lineup consists of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, all having the same flat edges. I've never been a big fan of the rounded edges from Apple's last few generations of iPhone, though not because it looks terrible by any means. For me, it's more about how the iPhone feels in my hand.

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I try not to fawn over tech, but the new iPhone 12 Pro sure feels good

I try not to fawn over tech, but the new iPhone 12 Pro sure feels good

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have landed on my desk, and oh boy, do they feel good. Now, "hand feel" is one of those rightly-maligned things in tech review circles these days, a shorthand not only for lazy design description but a more general fetishization of tech that feels a little weird at this point. So please, allow me enough rope to hang myself as I talk about just that.

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OnePlus 8T Review : Around the curve and back on track

OnePlus 8T Review : Around the curve and back on track

This is the official OnePlus 8T review as conducted by SlashGear. The OnePlus 8T may not agree with you if you've become accustomed to living the "Pro" smartphone life. Over the past few years, smartphones with "premium" features have clobbered our pocketbooks and looked to capitalize on the latest trends in "new for the sake of newness" in ways I've not been particularly pumped about. With the OnePlus 8T, it feels to me that OnePlus has returned from a brief stint of wild indulgence in over-the-top flashy features - back, here, to a place where the company's delivered a smartphone that's solid for all the right reasons.

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The Pixel 4a 5G is here and I’m feeling deja-vu

The Pixel 4a 5G is here and I’m feeling deja-vu

Deja-vu just got bigger, and faster, with Google's Pixel 4a 5G arriving to add some speed and screen size to what's probably been the best budget Android phone of 2020. More affordable sibling to the new Pixel 5, the 5G-capable smartphone still starts out at under $500 but adds the big display that some felt was missing from the Pixel 4a.

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New Chromecast with Google TV Hands On – Assistant voice remote and 4K

New Chromecast with Google TV Hands On – Assistant voice remote and 4K

Google has a new streaming gadget hoping to get one of your TV's coveted HDMI ports, and the Chromecast with Google TV promises smarter suggestions and less "ugh, what should we watch" confusion in return. Announced during Google's big Pixel 5 event today, 2020's revamped Chromecast also adds a voice-powered remote control and a new interface built on top of Android TV.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro First Look – 144Hz display raises the stakes

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro First Look – 144Hz display raises the stakes

Xiaomi may not be a household name in the US but that's not for lack of solid smartphones, as the latest Mi 10T Pro makes clear. Announced this morning as the flagship of the new Mi 10T range, its spec sheet makes for familiar reading if you've been keeping up with the cutting-edge from Samsung and others. However the price makes a huge difference.

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Apple Watch SE first look – It’s a family thing

Apple Watch SE first look – It’s a family thing

The Apple Watch SE doesn't look like a "cheaper" Apple Watch. That's by design, of course, as Apple doubles-down on its best-selling smartwatch by turning it into a family, not just a single timepiece. As with the second-generation iPhone SE earlier this year, the Apple Watch SE offers cherry-picked features from the flagship - in this case the new Apple Watch Series 6 - but with a more attainable price tag.

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Yubico 5C NFC security key has USB-C and wireless in one

Yubico 5C NFC security key has USB-C and wireless in one

Yubico has revealed its latest hardware security key, with the YubiKey 5C NFC combining USB-C and NFC support for easier authentication. Billed as the top request from the company's users, the newest key looks like a thumb drive but is actually a cross-platform way to make sure it's you that's logging into your various accounts.

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When Acura says listen to the 2021 TLX, you listen good

When Acura says listen to the 2021 TLX, you listen good

"You can listen to it, but you can't drive it" is not normally what you want to hear when you're faced with a brand new sports sedan like the 2021 Acura TLX. After all, our biggest question about the new TLX is whether it'll drive as well as it looks, with its Acura Precision Concept and Type S Concept inspired design.

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hands-on: You can preorder, but you shouldn’t

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hands-on: You can preorder, but you shouldn’t

Samsung has a new flagship, though the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the feel of something pretty familiar. Largest of the company's phones with its 6.9-inch Super AMOLED display, the S Pen enabled handset doesn't stray too far from last year's Note 10, only pausing to dip liberally into the aesthetic of the Galaxy S20 Ultra released earlier in 2020.

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