Photography

Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED review

Some prime lenses are designed for affordability and portability, while others are designed for maximizing image quality at any cost. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED falls squarely in the second category. Tipping the scale at more than two pounds, it’s a beast of a lens, but uses a wide aperture and excellent optics […]

Computer

HP Spectre x360 13 (Late 2017) Review

HP’s Spectre x360 13 has been our favorite convertible 2-in-1 for a while, taking the prize in our “Best 2-in-1s” list as the best for notebook use. Coinciding with Intel’s introduction of its 8th-generation Core processors, HP refreshed the line towards the end of 2017 (and it’s done the same in 2018 with a significant new Spectre […]

Gears & Gadgets

Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price

Intel’s 9th generation Core i9 CPU. Richard Baguley Another view of Intel’s 9th generation Core i9 CPU. Richard Baguley Let’s be honest here: modern processors aren’t exciting. Speed bumps no longer thrill us, and we’ve become blasé about adding more cores. But we are living in a time when computers casually offer amounts of processing […]

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HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1

Enlarge Valentina Palladino It has been 10 years since HP launched the original Elitebook, and the company continues to improve upon this already stellar business notebook family. This year’s Elitebook x360 1030 is the follow-up to last year’s model and will replace the 1020 model in the Elitebook lineup. The new Elitebook has been sprinkled […]

Photography

Sony A7 III review

When it introduced the third-generation A7, Sony said the mirrorless camera would redefine what it meant to be the “basic” model — a promise that has largely been kept. The A7 has always been the entry point to Sony’s full-frame line, along with the higher-end A7R and A7S, and thus lacking some features. The A7 […]

Gaming

HyperX Cloud Mix review — A great headset for daily use

Computer component company Kingston started its HyperX gaming brand years ago, and it has earned a reputation for building great peripherals like its Cloud headsets. But as great as the HyperX Cloud Flight, Cloud Stinger, and Cloud Alpha all are, none of them would work well as your daily headphones. HyperX is now attempting to […]

Gaming

Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital

Enlarge Asmodee Digital Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Terraforming Mars is one of the most popular heavy strategy games of the last two years (read our 2016 review); it earned a nomination for the Kennerspiel des Jahres (expert’s “game of the […]

Photography

AirSelfie 2 review

When it comes to selfies, there are generally two ways to get that perfect shot. You can either use the outstretched arm method, or you can enlist the help of a selfie stick. However, thanks to miracles of modern technology, we now have a third option for snapping pictures of ourselves: selfie drones. In the […]

Mobile

iPad Pro (2018) review

Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro is an impressive workhorse of a tablet, with stunning performance and tablet-optimized iOS apps that make it a fantastic entertainment machine. As the “Pro” moniker suggests, this is undoubtedly a tablet for professionals, and most people will find the $ 330 iPad to be more than sufficient. At a starting price […]

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Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises

Enlarge Valentina Palladino The tech industry is obsessed with making things thin, and Acer is no exception. The company bills the new Swift 7 as the world’s thinnest laptop, measuring 8.98mm thick at its widest point. Designed for professionals and frequent travelers, this year’s Swift 7 tries to beat its competition by being ultra-thin and […]

Photography

Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S review

After a long history of F-Mount lenses dating to 1959, Nikon has finally embarked on a new series of lenses built for an entirely new mount: the mirrorless Z-Mount. The Nikkor Z 24-70mm F/4 S sits as the first zoom lens in the series, covering a standard zoom range that’s widely (and lovingly) referred to […]

Mobile

Huawei Mate 20 Pro review

Research Center: Huawei Mate 20 Pro The Huawei Mate series has evolved hugely over the last few years, perhaps more so than any other smartphone model out there. Look back at the Huawei Mate 9: While capable and impressive for the day, it was one of the least visually exciting phones ever made. Compared to […]

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Lenovo Yoga Book 2018 review: The keyless keyboard returns, now in E Ink

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Lenovo’s quirky Yoga Book is back with some significant updates for 2018. The original Yoga Book was a unique hybrid of a tablet sporting a “halo” keyboard panel with no actual keys and a real paper drawing pad. Part netbook and part convertible, this year’s edition remains quirky but seems more practical and […]

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OnePlus 6T Review: Amazing value with an even more amazing fingerprint reader

Authenticating with the OnePlus 6T. Just press your finger on the screen. Ron Amadeo You get slim bezels and a teardrop-style notch. Ron Amadeo Check out this teardrop notch. If you look closely you can see sensor windows just above the camera in this picture. Ron Amadeo The bottom chin is minimal. Ron Amadeo My […]