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Withings Pulse HR review: A longer-lasting competitor to Fitbit’s Alta HR

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Withings has returned as its own company after a short stint under Nokia, and it’s brought out some new fitness trackers to take on the top contenders. The $ 129 Withings Pulse HR looks and acts much like Fitbit’s Alta HR: its svelte, rectangular module tracks heart rate all day and night […]

Computer

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 review

Asus has its sights on Dell’s XPS line, using some very small bezels to pack a lot of notebook into unusually small chassis. The ZenBook 15 is the largest in the company’s latest line, and it outdoes the XPS 15 with a display that seems to float in the air and allows for a surprisingly […]

Computer

Alienware AW3418DW Curved Gaming Monitor review

Gaming peripherals don’t need to be garish. But what this Alienware gaming monitor lacks in flash, it makes up for in performance. With a 4ms response time, an overclockable 120Hz refresh rate, and G-Sync capabilities, it checks all the boxes for serious gamers. The 34-inch size and curved ultrawide screen don’t hurt either. The grown-up […]

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Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device

Enlarge June Oven When my husband and I received a flashy, $ 250 Breville toaster oven for our wedding in 2014, we couldn’t believe how awesome it was. It revolutionized the two-person meal in our household. We were freed from using the geriatric, unreliable oven that came with our apartment, and cookies, pizzas, and baked […]

Photography

Sony A9 review

With an MSRP of $ 4,500 (currently on sale for $ 3,500), the A9 is Sony’s most expensive mirrorless camera, and also the best one for those who want to capture fast action. Packed with a 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, the A9 grabs up to 20 frames per second (fps) and has a world-class autofocus system […]

Gaming

Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 review — Innovating high-end gaming headsets

One of my favorite headsets ever was the Turtle Beach Elite Pro. Specifically, I dug the Elite Pro PC Edition that had the built-in USB connector. By swapping out the included mic for a noise-cancelling upgrade, I had a really decent headset that was excellent for communicating and even for recording voice. The Elite Pro […]

Mobile

Kano’s Harry Potter Coding Kit review: The art of programming without code

Conventional wisdom holds that it’s easier to learn something when you’re young, be that tennis, a new language, or, indeed, software development. It’s against this backdrop that London-based Kano has been selling a range of DIY computing kits designed to teach coding fundamentals and the building blocks of PCs. A few months back, Kano launched […]

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Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Only a handful of wearable operating systems exists today. Dominating the market are watchOS and Wear OS, unsurprisingly so, as they accompany the two most popular smartphone operating systems. But there are a few challengers out there, like Samsung’s Tizen and Fitbit OS, that give users other options. Variety is good, so […]

Gaming

Samsung CHG90 review — Can a 32:9 49-inch monitor fit into your life?

Unlike televisions, computer monitors can take on different shapes. Your monitor probably has a 16:9 ratio (where for every 16 horizontal inches you get 9 vertical inches), but companies like Samsung and HP have also made 16:10 displays for years. More recently, a group of ultrawide 21:9 options have started to win over the hearts […]

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Huawei MateBook X Pro review

Huawei is huge. It’s larger by revenue than Dell or HP, the giants of computing in North America, and employs more people than both those competitors. You likely didn’t know that, of course. Gaining traction in the U.S. and Canada for further growth hasn’t been easy. Just look at the company’s cancelled smartphone partnership with […]

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Pixel Slate review: Paying the “Google” premium for Chrome OS

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Google spent a lot of time and effort trying to convince everyone that Chrome OS isn’t just for laptops. The fruits of the company’s labor have been slowly revealing themselves over the past year through software updates and the few Chrome OS tablets that are already available. But Google officially ushered in […]

Mobile

BlackBerry Key2 review

The BlackBerry Key2 showed how the world is coming around to accepting a phone with a physical keyboard again. It took just three months for TCL Communications — the company that licences the BlackBerry name for hardware — to release the Key2 worldwide, compared to the nine months it took the KeyOne. The interest is there, and BlackBerry […]

Computer

BenQ EL2870U 4K monitor review

Most people still use a 1080p monitor, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But now that the prices of 4K monitors are closer to affordable, it’s easier than ever to buy some extra pixels. We checked out the BenQ EL2870U to see if it makes for a solid, entry-level 4K monitor. Outside of just the […]

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Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Kobo has its work cut out for it. The digital bookshop company reentered the US market this year, teaming up with Walmart to sell Kobo e-readers, the millions of books in its e-book library, and a new audiobook subscription service. The Rakuten-owned company faces stiff competition not just from Amazon, the reigning […]