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HP Spectre Folio 13 Review – Leather 2-in-1 Laptop

Lisa Gade reviews HP’s new innovative and unusual 13.3” Windows 10 convertible Ultrabook, the HP Spectre Folio 13. The laptop is clad in chrome-tanned leather and underneath it has a magnesium alloy and aluminum frame and chassis. The notebook has Intel 8th Gen Y series Core i5 and i7 processors with performance similar to Intel 7th gen U series CPUs (this is the same CPU family used in the 2018 MacBook Air). It’s available with up to 16GB RAM, has…

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iPhone XR Review

Lisa Gade reviews Apple’s more “affordable” 2018 iPhone model, the iPhone XR. The Apple iPhone XR starts at $750 and is available in 6 colors. It runs on the same Apple A12 Bionic CPU as the more expensive iPhone Xs and Xs Max. Thanks to our sponsor, Ultra slim and minimalist cases by Caudabe: . The smartphone has a widescreen Liquid Retina LCD display, FaceID, IP67 water resistance, wireless charging and a 12MP rear camera with software-based Portrait mode. It…

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Lenovo Yoga C930 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Lenovo Yoga C930, a premium 13.9” Windows 10 convertible Ultrabook with a 360 degree hinge that houses a soundbar for better audio. This is the next generation design after the Yoga 920, and it’s available with full HD and 4K displays, both supporting touch and the included Wacom AES pen that lives in a silo inside the laptop (so you won’t lose it!). The Yoga C930 is available with Intel 8th gen quad core i5 and…

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Razer Blade 15 Base Model- the late 2018 Budget Blade

Lisa Gade reviews the newest member of the Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop family- the Blade 15 Base. It starts at $1,599, which is $300 less than the starting price of the original model (the original model is now called the “Advanced” model). It’s still a premium, thin and light matte black unibody aluminum laptop with the same design as the Advanced model. It adds an Ethernet port, HDD for affordable mass storage and runs Windows 10 on the 6…

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Google Pixel 3 XL Review

Lisa Gade reviews Google’s 2018 flagship Android smartphone, available in 5.5” and 6.3” sizes- the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. She focuses on the XL model for this review, but both models share the same specs other than screen size. The Pixel 3 phones are available unlocked on Google Play for use with most carriers (GSM and CDMA), and it’s also sold by Verizon and for Google’s Project Fi. It runs Android 9.0 Pie on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845…

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Microsoft Surface Pro 6, the 2018 edition with Intel 8th gen quad core i5 and i7 CPUs, up to 16GB RAM and NVMe SSDs. It’s available in the usual platinum color and a new matte black color, but otherwise the external design is the same as the previous generation model. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio IPS PixelSense 12.3” high resolution display (new panel this year) supporting touch and pen, a kickstand, magnesium casing, 1 USB-A…

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Acer Predator Helios 500 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the 17” Acer Predator Helios 500, a high end desktop replacement gaming laptop with a fast refresh 144Hz display, 6 core Intel 8th gen Core i7, Core i9 and AMD Ryzen 7 2700 CPU options, NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB graphics (Radeon RX Vega 56 on the Ryzen model) and a base 16GB DDR4 RAM (4 RAM slots). Our unit is the Core i9-8950HK overclockable model. This is a high end gaming notebook with a starting list price…

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Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Professional Pen Monitor Review – Best of the Best?

Lisa Gade reviews the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24, a high end 24” pen monitor with 4K wide gamut display, optional touch screen, 8,192 levels of pen pressure and support for the Cintiq Engine (a Windows 10 PC that slides into the back of the monitor, turning it into a Microsoft Surface Studio competitor). The Cintiq Pro is also available in 13 and 16 inch sizes and a 32 inch is coming. The Cintiq Pro has virtually no parallax, excellent pressure…

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review – the Dell XPS 15 has Competition

Lisa Gade reviews the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme- a 15.6” mobile workstation clad in Lenovo’s signature thin and light X1 Ultrabook casing. The 3.76 lb. / 1.7kg laptop has a 6 core, 45 watt Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti 4GB Max-Q graphics and an optional wide gamut 4K display with 99% Adobe RGB coverage (also supporting pen and touch). It has two M.2 SSD slots, 2 DDR4 RAM slots, the usual excellent ThinkPad keyboard…

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max Case Review Roundup

Lisa Gade reviews cases for the 2018 iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, as well as the upcoming iPhone XR. She covers cases from Case-Mate, Laut, Silk, UAG, OtterBox, Caudabe, Ulak, Insignia, and glass screen protectors too like Invisible Shield. From clear cases, to slim to rugged, there’s a case for any occasion in this roundup. source

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MSI PS42 Prestige Review – MSI’s First Ultrabook

Lisa Gade reviews the MSI PS42 Prestige, MSI’s first Ultrabook. The 14” PS42 has an aluminum chassis and an IPS matte full HD display. The laptop is available with Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake R quad core i5 and i7 U series Ultrabook CPUs with Intel UHD 620 graphics and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB graphics. It’s quite light at 2.64 lb. / 1.19 kg and slim at 15.9mm. It has a backlit keyboard, fingerprint scanner, DDR4 RAM up to 16GB,…

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Apple Watch Series 4 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Apple Watch Series 4, also available with 4G LTE. The watch is available in aluminum and stainless steel finishes in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. The OLED display is 15% larger than previous models thanks to smaller bezels, without making the watch larger—in fact it’s 0.7mm thinner. The Series 4 is compatible with existing Apple Watch bands and come with a wireless charger. It ships with watchOS 5, and new features include a forthcoming EKG module,…

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max Review

Lisa Gade reviews Apple’s 2018 flagship iPhone models: the 5.8” iPhone Xs and the iPhone 6.5” Xs Max. New for the X line is the Max phablet size option, mirroring the iPhone Plus models of old. Thanks to our sponsor, Ultra slim and minimalist cases by Caudabe: . Both have a borderless “Super Retina” widescreen OLED display supporting HDR 10 and Dolby Vision, improved dual 12MP rear cameras with a Portrait mode 2x zoom secondary camera, Apple A12 Bionic CPUs…

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HP Omen 15 Review (2018)

Lisa Gade reviews the 2018 HP Omen 15 gaming laptop with Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake CPUs. Thanks to our sponsor LastPass, be sure to visit them at . There are 2 designs for the 2018 Omen 15, and we show both here but focus on the new design that’s smaller, has tiny bezels and optional 4 zone keyboard backlighting. The 15.6” Omen 15, also available as a 17” model, and it runs the gamut from budget to high end…

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Linedock 13 Review – USB-C Dock with Battery and SSD

Lisa Gade reviews the Linedock 13, a unique aluminum USB-C dock that has an SSD and 20,000 mAh battery inside as well as a wide selection of ports including 4K display at 60Hz via HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort and USB-C. The Linedock is designed to match the 13” MacBook Pro- the Space Gray color perfectly matches the Mac, and there’s a black option too. It also works with the 15” MacBook Pro (they’re working on a 15” version too), and…

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Dell Latitude 5491 Review – 14″ Laptop with a 6 Core CPU

Lisa Gade reviews the Dell Latitude 5491, a rare 14” business laptop /Ultrabook with Intel Coffee Lake 8th gen 45 watt mobile workstation CPUs rather than 15 watt Ultrabook processors. The laptop is available with NVIDIA GeForce MX130 2GB DDR5 dedicated graphics and there’s a touch screen option. The Latitude 5491 has a wealth of ports- including Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet and an SD card slot. Being a business laptop, it has an excellent keyboard, Microsoft Precision trackpad and plenty of…

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Lenovo Legion Y530 Review – No Bling Gaming Laptop

Lisa Gade reviews the Lenovo Legion Y530, a 15.6” gaming laptop with an angular design, tiny display bezels, small footprint and no bling. The 5.1 lb. / 2.3 kg Legion Y530 is available with Intel 8th gen Core i5-8300H and i7-8750H 45 watt CPUs, NVIDIA GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti dedicated graphics (switchable via NVIDIA Optimus with Intel UHD 630 graphics), up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, an M.2 PCIe SSD and a 1 TB HDD. This intro level or “budget”…

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Honor View 10 and 7X Telephone Tuesday Sept. 2018 US Giveaway

We’re giving away 4 Honor unlocked GSM Android smartphones thanks to Honor! Two Honor 7X phones and two Honor View 10 phones. This is a US-only giveaway at Honor’s (a Huawei sub-brand) request, because it’s in honor (pun intended) of Telephone Tuesday- the day after the US Labor Day holiday when calling volumes to business are the highest. We’ll have 4 lucky winners and the contest runs from Sept. 4, 2018 to Sept. 15, 2018. Use this link to enter:…

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Umidigi Z2 – the Best $239 Android Phone You’ve Never Heard Of

Lisa Gade reviews the Umidigi Z2 Android 8.1 smartphone with a 6.2” widescreen 2246 x 1080 IPS display, 4G LTE, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage plus a microSD card slot. This is an unlocked GSM dual SIM Chinese import phone that brings to mind the early days of OnePlus with a very attractive design and materials, and upper midrange specs at a very low price. It’s glass front and back with an aluminum frame, and it runs a very clean…

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