Reviews

Review: Twelve South's 'Curve Riser' iMac Stand Can Help Declutter Your Workspace, But Lack of Adjustable Height Hinders Ergonomics

Thursday September 24, 2020 8:54 am PDT by
This month Twelve South launched a new accessory for the iMac, iMac Pro, and external displays, called the "Curve Riser." Similar to its HiRise products, the Curve Riser elevates your ‌iMac‌ to a position that's supposed to be more ergonomic for most users, while also providing some storage underneath the ‌iMac‌. From a materials standpoint, the Curve Riser matches Twelve South's established...

Apple Watch SE First Impressions: Good Price for Surprising Similarity to High-End Models

Thursday September 17, 2020 7:35 am PDT by
The Apple Watch SE is set to start shipping Friday, September 18, but the first hands-on reviews of Apple's lower-cost wearable are now appearing online. Several journalists and media outlets were provided with review units, and so far Chris Velazco from Engadget and Victoria Song from Gizmodo have shared their opinions after 24-hours with the wearable. Given that the Apple Watch SE is a...

Apple Watch Series 6 Reviews Roundup: Brighter and Faster, Blood Oxygen Measuring Requires Precise Fit

Thursday September 17, 2020 7:29 am PDT by
First impressions of the Apple Watch Series 6 have now been shared by select media outlets and YouTubers, providing a closer look at the device's new features, including blood oxygen measuring and a brighter always-on display. Starting with blood oxygen measuring, Engadget's Valentina Palladino noted that the Apple Watch needs to be worn in a certain way to get a successful reading:It took...

2020 10.2-Inch iPad First Impressions: A12 Bionic Leads to Welcome Performance Boost on Otherwise Unremarkable iPad Refresh

Thursday September 17, 2020 7:10 am PDT by
A few days after Apple announced new iPads and Apple Watches, some of these devices have started appearing in the hands of reviewers. In regards to the 10.2-inch iPad, so far Scott Stein from CNET and Chris Velazco from Engadget have shared their opinions on the latest low-cost ‌iPad‌. Given that this ‌iPad‌ lacks the complete design overhaul seen on the 2020 ‌iPad‌ Air, it's come off as a bit...

Review: Nomad's $230 Base Station Pro Features an AirPower-Like Design but With a Few Limitations [Update]

Monday September 14, 2020 10:26 am PDT by
Nomad this week launched its latest wireless charger, the Base Station Pro, which is unique because it uses Aira wireless charging technology to allow up to three devices to charge regardless of where they're placed on the charging mat. The Base Station Pro was first announced in October 2019, so it has been in development for some time. Because of its ability to charge multiple devices with ...

Review: Logitech's Folio Touch With Trackpad for iPad Pro is an Affordable Alternative to Apple's Magic Keyboard

Friday August 14, 2020 1:15 pm PDT by
When Apple introduced updated iPad Pro models earlier this year they came with a new accessory, the Magic Keyboard. Priced starting at $299, the Magic Keyboard for ‌iPad Pro‌ is Apple's most advanced keyboard yet, offering backlit full-size keys and, more importantly, a trackpad. At launch, there was no third-party equivalent to the Magic Keyboard because trackpad support for the ‌iPad Pro‌ was...

Review: Nanoleaf's $200 HomeKit-Enabled Hexagons Paint Your Walls With Color

Friday August 7, 2020 10:24 am PDT by
Nanoleaf has been making wall-mounted HomeKit-connected lights since 2017 with the launch of the triangle-shaped Light Panels, which were followed by 2018's square-shaped Canvas panels. Nanoleaf in 2020 is launching its next-generation lighting product, the Nanoleaf Shapes, with the first option being new Hexagon Light Panels. As the name suggests, the Hexagon panels are six-sided panels...

2020 27-Inch iMac Reviews: A Great Machine for Working From Home With Upgraded Camera, Speakers, Microphone and More

Thursday August 6, 2020 9:59 am PDT by
The 2020 27-inch iMac was announced earlier this week with updated 10th-generation Intel chips, new AMD 5000 graphics, a True Tone display, and an improved webcam, but unfortunately, the machine features no design changes. Apple began shipping ‌iMac‌ orders out earlier this week, and as the new devices arrive to customers, media sites have also released their own reviews. Many of the reviews...

Review: Eve Cam Offers Privacy and Security With HomeKit Secure Video Integration

Thursday July 30, 2020 10:01 am PDT by
Apple with iOS 13 introduced HomeKit Secure Video functionality, which allows home security cameras that adopt support to offer integration with iCloud and the Home app, along with improved security features. Multiple companies have been developing cameras that work with ‌HomeKit Secure Video‌, and Eve recently released its $150 Eve Cam, a new camera option that is compatible with HomeKit...

Review: Zendure's Passport II Pro 61W Travel Adapter Can Power Just About Everything, Including a MacBook Pro

Friday July 24, 2020 8:17 am PDT by
I often work away from home, and occasionally abroad, so I'm always looking for ways to slim down the number of chargers and cables I need to pack alongside my 13-inch MacBook Pro to see me through the trip. I've used global travel adapters with USB ports in the past, but nothing quite like Zendure's just-launched Passport II Pro, which I've been trying out at home for a few weeks now. This...

Belkin's 3-in-1 Wireless Dock Charges iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods Affordably

Monday June 15, 2020 11:28 am PDT by
Belkin, known for its range of accessories for Apple devices, recently launched the Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, which can charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once. Priced at $110, Belkin's 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is more affordable than most other 3-in-1 wireless chargers on the market, making it an attractive option. Available in either black or white, the 3-in-1 ...

Review: Belkin's New SoundForm Elite Smart Speaker Offers Devialet Audio and Built-In Wireless Charging

Thursday June 11, 2020 12:00 pm PDT by
Belkin is known for its range of iPhone accessories that include wireless chargers, and one of the company's latest offerings is unique because it pairs wireless charging functionality with a home speaker. The SoundForm Elite Smart Speaker + Wireless Charger, which is priced at $300, was released in May, and while it's something of a niche product because of its price point, it may fill a...

Review: Powerbeats Pro Offer Solid Audio Quality With a Fitness-Focused Wire-Free Design

Friday June 5, 2020 1:02 pm PDT by
Apple's Beats brand in April 2019 introduced Powerbeats Pro, the brand's first truly wireless earphones. The fitness-focused Powerbeats Pro consist of two independent earpieces with no wire between them, connect to paired devices over Bluetooth, and offer earhooks to help secure the earphones in place during vigorous activity. We went hands-on with the Powerbeats Pro at their initial launch, ...

Review: Logitech's Circle View Offers Privacy-Focused HomeKit-Compatible Video Recording

Friday June 5, 2020 12:16 pm PDT by
Logitech in May debuted the Circle View, its newest HomeKit-enabled home security camera equipped with Apple's HomeKit Secure Video feature, providing in-home video monitoring with greater privacy protections. I've used Logitech's Circle cameras in my home for many years now and recently checked out the new Circle View to see how it compares to earlier Logitech home security cameras. Desig...

Review: Anker's 24K Gold-Plated USB-C to Lightning Cable Certainly Makes a Statement

Wednesday June 3, 2020 8:32 am PDT by
Last week, Anker debuted a special edition 24K gold-plated USB-C to Lightning cable priced at $100, marking an unusual departure for the popular accessory company known for producing high-quality products at reasonable prices. While the cable itself is really just the company's PowerLine+ III cable with gold plating, Anker offered to send one over to me so I decided to check it out. Unboxi...

Hands-On With Apple's New 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Thursday May 7, 2020 1:13 pm PDT by
Apple on Monday announced the launch of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with updated 10th-generation processors for higher-end machines and new scissor switch Magic Keyboards across the lineup. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We picked one up to check out what's new and to see how it compares to other machines in Apple's notebook lineup. Read on to see what we thought...

Review: Native Union's Drop XL Offers Elegant Wireless Charging for iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch

Monday April 20, 2020 12:27 pm PDT by
With Apple's AirPower off the table for now, three-in-one charging solutions have become popular, and multiple companies are now introducing multi-device charging options. Native Union recently released the Apple Watch Edition of its Drop XL Wireless Charger, which is a three-in-one charger able to charge an iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch all at once. At $150, the Drop XL Wireless...

Review: Logitech's POWERED 3-in-1 Dock is a Convenient Way to Charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods All at Once

Wednesday March 25, 2020 10:05 am PDT by
Logitech in March introduced a new series of POWERED wireless charging options, one of which is a new 3-in-1 dock meant to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, and other devices that support Qi-based wireless charging. After Apple canceled the AirPower charging dock in March of 2019, multi-device charging options soared in popularity. It seems like every company is coming out with a...

2020 iPad Pro Reviews: Minor Upgrade Today Paves Way for New AR Capabilities in Future

Tuesday March 24, 2020 7:50 am PDT by
The first reviews of the new iPad Pro have hit the web and we've rounded them up below. Given that trackpad support is coming to all modern iPad models with iPadOS 13.4, set to be released later today, the actual hardware changes to the 2020 iPad Pro are rather minor. Reviews confirm that the device's new A12Z Bionic chip has very similar CPU performance as the previous A12X chip, and beyond...

Review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Offers CarPlay, a Revamped Infotainment System, and Tons of Safety Features

Monday March 23, 2020 1:48 pm PDT by
Hyundai was one of the first brands officially announced as a CarPlay partner back in 2014, and the feature is now available across pretty much all of the carmaker's lineup. I recently spent some time with ‌CarPlay‌ and Hyundai's native infotainment system in the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and I've been impressed with not only Hyundai's ‌CarPlay‌ implementation but also just how much technology...