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Apple AirPods Pro: 5 things to consider before you buy

Apple AirPods Pro: 5 things to consider before you buy

They're the Apple product many have been waiting for: AirPods Pro bring active noise cancellation to the instantly-recognizable white earbuds. Joining, rather than replacing, the existing AirPods range, they're not exactly cheap at $249, but for frequent travelers or urban commuters deep in the Apple ecosystem they could be a godsend. I've been wearing AirPods Pro this week: read on for what already stands out.

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Pixelbook Go hands-on: Google’s budget Chromebook is all about focus

Pixelbook Go hands-on: Google’s budget Chromebook is all about focus

The Pixelbook Go hides its design charms on the bottom, which seems a pretty strange place at first glance, but then you have to think about how Google's new Chromebook is actually going to be used. The textured base is at odds with what's otherwise a fairly sober, sensible design, but it has some advantages beyond just looking distinctive.

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New Google Pixel Buds first look – Enough to intrigue

New Google Pixel Buds first look – Enough to intrigue

First things first: I can't tell you how the new Google Pixel Buds sound. Here at Google's big product gush in New York City, all of the functional second-generation wireless earbuds are safely tethered down or in the cautious hands of the company's demo team. That's because, while they may be getting announced alongside the Pixel 4, the Pixel Buds aren't going to launch alongside them.

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Pixel 4 hands-on: A better camera is just the start

Pixel 4 hands-on: A better camera is just the start

Google's Pixel 4 is probably the worst-kept secret in smartphones in recent years; all that was missing was the new Android flagship being inadvertently left in a bar and sold. Still, it's a testament to just how excited phone-buyers and tech-followers are about things like Google's computational photography that, even with the cat well and truly out of the bag, interest in the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL remains so high.

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Beats Solo Pro headphones add smarter active noise cancelling

Beats Solo Pro headphones add smarter active noise cancelling

Beats' most important headphones are getting a huge update, with the new Beats Solos Pro adding active noise cancellation to the best-selling wireless headphones. The new on-ear cans tap Apple's H1 chip for easier Bluetooth pairing, but Beats has added its own spin on how its Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC) system interacts with the outside world.

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Surface Earbuds hands-on and in-ear first impressions

Surface Earbuds hands-on and in-ear first impressions

Today we got our first opportunity to give the new Microsoft Surface Earbuds a listen. Because we're in a relatively loud environment here at the Microsoft Surface event in NYC, it's not exactly the most kind place to test something like this - but, shockingly, these earbuds did the trick. Because of the unique way in which the buds fit in the ear, we were treated to an audio immersion experience the likes of which we've never heard before - certainly not in an environment such as this.

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Surface Pro 7 hands-on and first impressions

Surface Pro 7 hands-on and first impressions

Surface Pro 7 looks a lot like its predecessor, but works with the latest in AMD and Intel power - as well as fast charging. Since the primary differences between the most recent Surface Pro and this Surface Pro 7 are not cosmetic, a lot of the changes will need further review later this year when the device is released (to our review bench). For now, we've got some aesthetics in industrial design to see up close.

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Surface Laptop 3 hands-on and first impressions

Surface Laptop 3 hands-on and first impressions

Surface Laptop 3 comes in a variety of colors and a couple different materials. Each of the units Microsoft's presented today look as handsome as ever, coming with some sleek, determined edges up top and a single, basic, matching four-square Windows logo on top. Also it comes with a 15-inch display if you do so wish to opt for such a size - for the first time in the product's history.

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Surface Pro X hands-on and first impressions

Surface Pro X hands-on and first impressions

With the Surface Pro X, Microsoft's taken a new approach to the Surface brand with this piece of hardware. They've still got the kickstand, they're still suggesting that users work with a Surface Pen, but something's changed. With the imagery used to promote this device, you'll notice that the focus on Windows is ever-so-slightly de-focused. This is a far more mobile situation.

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Skydio 2 drone answers all my autopilot requests: Cheaper, smaller, smarter

Skydio 2 drone answers all my autopilot requests: Cheaper, smaller, smarter

I love drones but I'm a terrible pilot, and that's why Skydio's self-flying technology is so appealing - particularly when the new Skydio 2 makes it so much more affordable. Back when the Skydio R1 launched last year, it was an expensive taste of what AI-powered autopilot could do. Now, Skydio 2 aims to fly that right into the midst of the mainstream drone segment.

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Levi’s new Jacquard smart jackets make Google’s gesture tech more affordable

Levi’s new Jacquard smart jackets make Google’s gesture tech more affordable

Two years after Levi's and Google teamed up on their touch-sensitive Jacquard jacket, now there are two new versions of the gesture-responsive clothing that promise to be more affordable and more flexible. The Levi's Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google brings the cost of entry down to under $200, slims down the gadgetry, and coaxes more functionality from your swipes and taps on the sleeve.

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Amazon Echo Studio first-look: Apple, Google and Sonos should be worried

Amazon Echo Studio first-look: Apple, Google and Sonos should be worried

It looks like a HomePod with a letterbox slot, but make no mistake, the Amazon Echo Studio isn't playing around when it comes to audio. Slotting in at the top end of Amazon's smart speaker line-up, the beefiest of all the Echos sets its sights on audiophiles with a Dolby Atmos tie-in.

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