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Acer Swift 7 hands-on review

Acer’s Swift 7 made a name for itself when it launched in 2016 with a body just 12 millimeters thin. That was a new record at the time, and the laptop has slimmed further each year. It was so thin to start, in fact, that Acer has been forced to find other ways to shave […]

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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 […]

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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

Arcade1Up review — An affordable home arcade experience

I’ve long wanted an arcade machine in my home. And for the first time ever, that dream feels attainable. That’s due to the relatively affordable Arcade1Up machines that repackage classic games into slightly smaller cabinets. These are three-fourths scale replicas with a 17-inch LCD monitor. Arcade1Up officially licenses classics like Rampage and Super Street Fighter […]

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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 […]

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Nikon Z6 review

The Nikon Z7 was certainly the star of show when Nikon launched the mirrorless Z-series earlier this year, but there was another camera sitting next to the spotlight: the Z6. A little sibling to the Z7, the Z6’s full-frame sensor packs in fewer megapixels (24.5 versus 45.7), but it gets a boost in both shooting […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]