Reviews

  • Apple looks ahead with the new MacBook Pro

    Apple looks ahead with the new MacBook Pro

    My MacBook Pro is on its last legs. The anti-glare laminate began bubbling up some time ago, spreading across the screen like an untreatable rash, fogging up the webcam in the process. The hinge is loose, so the screen shakes when someone walks by. The little black rubber bumpers have fallen off the bottom and, every so often, there’s an audible buzz of a fan rumbling from under the… Read More

  • HP’s Spectre x360 is an ultrabook winner with a convertible approach

    HP’s Spectre x360 is an ultrabook winner with a convertible approach

    Truth be told, I don’t really use convertible laptops. I’ve used many, but the whole articulating hinge idea never resonated with me. However, it is a cool concept and, if done correctly, a nice feature to have, thus complementing the rest of the system. The result is that a student (for example) can with minimal effort turn a work machine into an entertainment center for friends. Read More

  • The Powerbeats3 bring some nice upgrades for iPhone owners

    The Powerbeats3 bring some nice upgrades for iPhone owners

    The Powerbeats3 don’t look all that different from their predecessors. There are a few tweaks here and there, mostly aimed at getting them to fit better. The primary distinction is tucked away inside, a happy addition to the Bluetooth earbuds that arrives as a result of the headphone company’s acquisition by Apple. While the brand wasn’t exactly front and center at the… Read More

  • Google Home brings Google’s smarts to your living room

    Google Home brings Google’s smarts to your living room

    Google Home is an interesting product to review. In a way, it’s just an internet-connected microphone and speaker array that draws all of its smarts from the cloud. On the other hand, it’s maybe the purest reflection of Google’s ambitions in both the artificial intelligence and home automation space. Once you get your home, setup is easy. I barely remember doing it. The… Read More

  • LG’s V20 is a huge phone with two clever cameras

    LG’s V20 is a huge phone with two clever cameras

    The LG V20 is the immediate successor to the V10 — a smartphone that LG had christened to be the first with a notification bar that was also a “second screen.” Their first attempt was a ruggedized phone that turned out to be well-loved by those who bought it, but the V20 aims to go above that and solidify the concept. The V20 is an enormous phone with no app drawer by… Read More

  • Acer’s Swift 7 is a sleek ultrabook with a meager processor

    Acer’s Swift 7 is a sleek ultrabook with a meager processor

    Like a barebones PC chassis, the Swift 7 has potential, but lacks a few integral pieces — like a backlit keyboard, for instance. Read More

  • Lenovo’s Yoga Book is a fascinating attempt to reinvent the hybrid tablet

    Lenovo’s Yoga Book is a fascinating attempt to reinvent the hybrid tablet

    No mainstream electronics manufacture is making more interesting, innovative and downright bizarre products than Lenovo. Between its contorting efforts under the Yoga banner and the modular handsets being produced by Motorola, the Chinese company is taking the sort of form factor risks we rarely see outside of hardware startups. Nowhere is this better embodied than in the $499 Yoga Book. Read More

  • HP’s OMEN 17 is an epic gaming laptop that needs just a tweak or two

    HP’s OMEN 17 is an epic gaming laptop that needs just a tweak or two

    HP Inc. isn’t a name that comes to mind when you think of “enthusiast PC gaming system,” but the more endearing folks at HP think that recent tweaks made to OMEN gaming brand can change brand perception in the eyes of PC gamers, like myself. Read More

  • The Google Pixel XL is Android’s best ambassador

    Let there be no question. This is a Google phone, through and through. Sure, the software giant may have teamed with another company to actually manufacture the product, but everything down to the $769 Pixel XL’s MadeByGoogle URL is a not so subtle reminder of that fact. The company’s latest phones take a step beyond it long-standing and well-loved Nexus line to demonstrate the… Read More

  • Cozmo is an endearing little robot with growing up to do

    Cozmo and I are still getting to know each other. It’s been a few days and we’ve warmed to one another, sure, but there’s still a lot of work to be done and blocks to be stacked. I was there when he first woke up, shook himself awake and opened his big, bright eyes, tentatively rolling off his charging platform. Cozmo is an easy little robot to fall for. The Anki team has seen… Read More

  • Pebble bets on simplicity

    Things have changed a lot in the four and a half years since Pebble first took to Kickstarter to help fund its first device. Apple’s entered the space, Samsung has released about 200 different devices and Google has attempted to create some semblance of consistency among dozens of new players — all while fitness wearable manufacturers have continued to blur the lines of what an… Read More

  • Bower & Wilkins’ P7 wireless headphones are all luxe and great performance

    Bower & Wilkins’ P7 wireless headphones are all luxe and great performance

    It was announced on the second day of the month, and, well, here it is: The wireless version of Bower & Wilkins’ P7 headphones. Well, how are they? As great as I’d hoped, but there are some changes that were made that seem out of place. But rest assured: Despite being tailored to the mid and high frequencies, they still have those warm, roomy lows for bass. Price as… Read More