Reviews

  • Team BlackSheep’s Vendetta is a fast racing drone with a high learning curve

    Drone racing as a sport is taking off, with teams, sponsors and television networks all getting in on the action of this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming and even drone-racing simulators, where drone-pilot hopefuls can try emulating the real thing. But what if you want to actually take to the skies with a racing drone? Team… Read More

  • Withings does the hybrid smartwatch right with the Steel HR

    Withings does the hybrid smartwatch right with the Steel HR

    Smartwatches aren’t for everyone. That much has been clear since day one, a fact seemingly confirmed by a recent stagnation in the space. Too many are designed to be once-size-fits-all, but ultimately are just too bulky and flashy with too many battery life compromises for most wrists. As someone who tries on a lot of these devices, I’ve always been partial to the hybrid. I used… Read More

  • Acer’s new rugged Chromebook 11 N7 is designed to withstand drops and drinks

    Acer’s new rugged Chromebook 11 N7 is designed to withstand drops and drinks

    Yes, it’s true: Chromebooks aren’t for everyone. But Acer has a new Chromebook that it thinks is good for people who berate their computers (or just work in unforgiving conditions). The Chromebook 11 N7 is battle-tested and fulfills the U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standard. It can take up to 132 pounds of downward force on the top cover, with corners designed to take the blunt… Read More

  • The Canary Flex is a cool little camera with some kinks to work out

    The Canary Flex is a cool little camera with some kinks to work out

    The security camera space was different when Canary blew past $1.9 million in pledges on Indiegogo way back in 2013. These days, it’s a packed space with high-profile competition from Nest, Netgear, Blink and Netatmo, to name just a smattering. The original Canary camera was an imperfect but solid debut from the New York-based hardware startup, with good hardware featuring built-in… Read More

  • Misfit shoots for simple with the Phase hybrid smartwatch

    Misfit shoots for simple with the Phase hybrid smartwatch

    I’ve been mostly enjoying my time with the Phase, thus far. It might be all the time I spent with the Gear S3 of late, but it feels good having a relatively reasonably sized watch on again. Something that’s not flashy like the Apple Watch Nike+, something that, honestly, you forget you even have until you need it. The Misfit Phase isn’t a groundbreaker. That path has already… Read More

  • Samsung’s Gear S3 goes a little too big

    Samsung’s Gear S3 goes a little too big

    Samsung’s never shied away from going big. Big phones, big TVs, big watches. In fact, that was one of the defining characteristics for the first few generations of the Gear line, the first few of which were really more wrist-worn tablet than smartwatch. Things thankfully mellowed out a bit last year with the introduction of the S2, a more minimalist approach to wrist-worn computing… Read More

  • HP’s OMEN X is a powerful and mostly satisfying gaming cube

    HP’s OMEN X is a powerful and mostly satisfying gaming cube

    Maingear and HP collaboration, the OMEN X is a good example of how far a consumer computer manufacturer will go to try and cater to a hard to please niche like PC gamers. Recently the latter has been doing a great job of appealing to different user needs with their Spectre line, from premium ultrabooks, to the VR-ready desktop replacement OMEN 17 laptop that I reviewed earlier this… Read More

  • 8Bitdo’s NES30 and Retro Receiver for NES Classic is the ideal wireless controller

    8Bitdo’s NES30 and Retro Receiver for NES Classic is the ideal wireless controller

    If you are one of the lucky few who either managed to get an NES Classic Edition already, or who will likely be getting one this holiday as a gift, then you’ll notice right away that the controller included is barely usable, thanks to a short cord. That’s where 8bitdo’s new NES Classic wireless control kit comes in. The included cord is so short that there’s already a… Read More

  • Super Mario Run is a hopeful glimpse of Nintendo’s mobile ambitions

    Super Mario Run is a hopeful glimpse of Nintendo’s mobile ambitions

    There’s unrest in the Mushroom Kingdom once again. It’s a familiar story… Princess Peach just trying to live her life. Baking cakes, throwing parties. She sends an invite over to her old friend Mario, a friend and confident and sometime savior, only to be once again menaced by an unrepentant recidivist, a flame-haired reptilian antagonist who hovers in on his Koopa Clown… Read More

  • Inboard’s M1 electric skateboard offers stiff competition

    Inboard’s M1 electric skateboard offers stiff competition

    Boosted Board, long considered the de facto electric skateboard, finally has some competition from a rival that is also based in California. Price as reviewed: $1,399 at Inboard The Inboard M1 brings a new take to the category, with hubless motors that are planted into the rear wheels of the board. This means that the motors, batteries and wires are hidden, and there’s no resistance in… Read More

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