Notebooks, Tablets, Smartphones, Wearables And Gadgets

In-depth product reviews and news of notebooks, tablets, smartphones, wearable technologies and gadgets. We're now living in a contextually-aware computing world and mobile devices can not only help us enjoy the ride but create and capture new experiences as well.

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro: Starting at $1,199.99 The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro might not look the part, but it's the most powerful gaming phone on the market currently, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Excellent performance Slimmer design and IP68 rated Secondary USB-C port for charging and accessories Programmable shoulder buttons Ample gaming... Read more...
ASUS has been making Android phones since the early days of the platform, long before we settled on the standard flat glass slab form factor. ASUS tried its hand at convertible Android laptops and phones that turned into tablets, but even after giving up on all of that, it kept experimenting with its gaming-focused... Read more...
Microsoft has spent most of the last couple of decades playing catchup in an number of key growth markets. Microsoft, however, is now in a leadership position in the AI space thanks in part to its partnership with OpenAI. The company's GPT-infused Copilot has popped up in Windows, Office, Bing, Edge, and now it's on... Read more...
Status Between 3ANC Wireless Earbuds - MSRP $249, Sale Price $179 The Status Between 3ANC wireless earbuds could provide Android owners with a viable alternative to Apple Airpods. Multipoint connectivity Excellent sound stage across lows and highs Ability to use either right or left earbud alone Great call quality... Read more...
Well, that was a scary few days—Apple has convinced an appeals court to let it sell the latest Apple Watch hardware, pausing an import ban imposed by the International Trade Commission (ITC). So, you can once again head to Apple's website or your nearest brick-and-mortar Apple store to get the Apple Watch Series 9 or... Read more...
HHKB Studio: MSRP - Starting at $429 The first major upgrade to the legendary, original HHKB packs a ton of features into a tiny package. Hotswappable switches Mouse pointer built in Efficient compact layout Comes with high-quality PBT keycaps Steep learning curve Uses AA batteries instead of a rechargeable  Only available in black-on-charcoal... Read more...
Ask anyone in the chip industry, and you'll probably get a similar answer: chiplet-based CPU designs are the way of the future for high-performance, advanced processors, and it's fairly likely that most highly-integrated CPU architectures will be headed that way eventually. Intel obviously agrees, as the company has... Read more...
A reckoning has come for mobile app stores. Apple is, by all accounts, going to be forced to open up app distribution on the iPhone thanks to Europe's Digital Markets Act, and Epic has bested Google in court to show that the Play Store is an illegal monopoly. In a separate case, Google was sued by numerous state... Read more...
Google has invested heavily in artificial intelligence research over the past decade, and it paid off when researchers developed transformer algorithms in 2017—then it did nothing with it. Transformers are the underlying technology for all the fancy new generative AI applications. It was caught flatfooted when... Read more...
HP Omen Transcend 16 Gaming Laptop (Starts at $1,699, as tested $2,199.99) HP's Omen Transcend 16 is a mid-sized but thin and very clean 16-inch gaming laptop with just a few caveats, and it should be on your short list to consider. Gorgeous design Great gaming and content creation performance Fast, crisp display Easy... Read more...
The holiday season is upon us, and Google has some early presents for Android fans. A raft of new features are beginning to roll out today. They run the gamut from phones, to TV, to wearables, to the Google Messages app. Google has split its surprise feature drop into two parts, with a special focus on Google... Read more...
On paper, the Pimax Crystal is one of the best VR headsets currently available on the market, boasting rather impressive displays and overall capabilities. However, all of that comes at a cost and performance premium that many people may not quite be able to afford. Despite this, if you are looking for a solid VR... Read more...
Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7630) Notebook (Starts at $999, as tested $1,249) The affordably-priced Dell Inspiron 16 Plus offers plenty of productivity and gaming performance, and doesn't sacrifice on battery life. Solid productivity performance Good gaming performance Big, fast display with wide viewing angles Excellent... Read more...
Here's an announcement that can be filed under "unexpected." After previously refusing, Apple has confirmed it will add RCS support to the iPhone, giving Android users the ability to send feature-rich messages to Apple's smartphone. The days of green bubble discrimination are finally coming to an end. However, Apple... Read more...
Google Pixel Watch 2: Starting at $349.99 The Google Watch 2 builds on the success of the original with better performance, battery life, and fitness tracking, but its starting price is still relatively high. Bright, sharp display A solid day of battery life Extremely comfortable on the wrist Stylish design Uses proprietary band connector... Read more...
Google Pixel Tablet And Charging Speaker Dock: Starting at $499 (128GB) The Google Pixel Tablet combines the portability of a thin slate PC with the functionality of a smart home hub thanks to its included dock, with a lot of great use case options on tap for consumers. Bright And Vibrant Display Included Charging... Read more...
Last week at its Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm revealed two new mobile platforms, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and Snapdragon X Elite, amidst a myriad of additional XR and Audio related announcements. Like its namesake, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is designed for smartphones and tablets (that typically run Android), and this... Read more...
Update, 10/30/23: We had a chance to go hands-on with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 prototype phone to confirm Qualcomm's numbers and run a few additional tests. Qualcomm revealed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 at long last this week, at its Snapdragon Summit in scenic Hawaii. We expect to see this chip powering most of the... Read more...
One of the more exciting aspects of Qualcomm's Snapdragon family processors for Windows on Arm64 is that these laptop PCs are always connected (4G or 5G), and they can deliver stellar battery life. Just peruse any of our recent reviews and you can see that, for instance, the Lenovo Flex 5G has more than 24 hours of... Read more...
It's that time of year again—the leaves and temperatures are falling, and Qualcomm is announcing a new flagship mobile processor platform at its Snapdragon Summit event in Maui today. As expected, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is now official, packing a faster CPU core configuration, an updated Adreno GPU, and... Read more...
OnePlus Open - Starting at $1699 The OnePlus Open is the most affordable book-style folding phone available in the US today. It delivers superb hardware, excellent cameras, and great software, with few compromises. Unrivaled value Superb design and build Beautiful displays Excellent cameras Blazing performance 67W... Read more...
Just a few years ago, Huawei was ascendant. The Chinese megafirm was on-track to become the world's largest smartphone maker, and then it was slapped with trade restrictions by the US government. This cut it off from some of vital technology needed to produce today's most advanced mobile chipsets. With its new Mate 60... Read more...
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