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Review: Transcend's 1TB JetDrive Lite 330 Adds Convenient Removable Storage to Your MacBook Pro

Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:33 am PDT by
Last week, Transcend launched a 1TB version of its JetDrive Lite 330 expansion card for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, giving users a convenient way to add significant amounts of storage to their machines without any extra bulk. I've had a chance to spend some time with the new card, and while there are limitations for some of the things you might want to do with it, the JetDrive Lite 330...
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Review: Nomad's New High-End $150 MagSafe 'Base One Max' Charger Works With iPhone and Apple Watch

Tuesday April 12, 2022 9:07 am PDT by
Nomad in March launched its first official MagSafe wireless charger, the Base One, which was limited to charging just an iPhone. Today, Nomad is launching its second ‌MagSafe‌ wireless charger, the dual Base One Max, which is able to charge a ‌MagSafe‌ ‌iPhone‌ and an Apple Watch at the same time. The Base One Max is similar in design to the Base One, featuring a platform with a flat ‌MagSafe‌...
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Review: Ugreen's 4-Port GaN X USB-C Charger Offers Up to 100W Output in a Compact Design

Thursday March 31, 2022 3:59 am PDT by
Anyone invested in the Apple ecosystem will have had to confront the need for multiple USB-C ports when they're home and away, with iPhones, iPads, and Macs all vying for the connectivity these days. But in many cases, there's still a lingering need for USB-A to charge older devices, and that's where Ugreen's 4-in-1 100W GaN X Fast Charger comes in handy. The charger packs three USB-C ports...
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Apple Studio Display Reviews: 'A Confounding Miss'

Thursday March 17, 2022 6:37 am PDT by
First impressions of the Apple Studio Display have now been shared by select media outlets and YouTubers, providing a closer look at Apple's latest standalone display. Reviewers praised some aspects such as the display's built-in speaker and microphone setup, while others felt that "the Studio Display in its current state is a confounding miss." Image via The Verge Priced starting at $1,599,...
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Mac Studio Reviews: Faster Than a $13,000 Mac Pro

Thursday March 17, 2022 6:12 am PDT by
Apple's all-new Mac Studio desktop computer launches this Friday. Ahead of time, the first reviews and unboxing videos for the Mac Studio have surfaced, providing us with a closer look at the machine and its companion Studio Display. Performance While the Mac Studio resembles a larger Mac mini, it is far more powerful. The computer can be configured with the same M1 Max chip available for...
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iPad Air 5 Reviews: Great Value With M1 Chip at $599 Starting Price

Wednesday March 16, 2022 6:49 am PDT by
The new fifth-generation iPad Air will begin arriving to customers on Friday and, ahead of time, the first hands-on reviews of the device have surfaced. We've rounded up some of the reviews and unboxing videos below. Key new features of the iPad Air include the same M1 chip found in the iPad Pro, 5G connectivity on cellular models, an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for...
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iPhone SE Reviews: Impressive Performance in a 'Tired Design'

Monday March 14, 2022 6:28 am PDT by
First impressions of the third-generation iPhone SE have now been shared by select media outlets and YouTubers, providing a closer look at Apple's latest entry-level iPhone. Reviewers praised the device's improved specifications, but were disappointed with its aging design and lack of Night mode. The new model added the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13, 5G connectivity, an upgraded rear...
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Review: Anker's 535 Portable Power Station Keeps Your Devices Running While You're Off the Grid

Friday March 11, 2022 11:02 am PST by
At CES earlier this year, Anker introduced the 535 Portable Power Station, the latest entrant in its PowerHouse lineup of large portable batteries for supporting electronic devices while camping, during power outages, and in other situations where you're off the grid. I've had a bit of time to test out the $500 Anker 535, and it delivers a handy set of connectivity options for charging up a...
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iPhone 13 in Green and iPhone 13 Pro in Alpine Green Reviews: A 'Saturated' but 'Subtle Statement'

Friday March 11, 2022 5:23 am PST by
The first reviews of Apple's newly-introduced Green and Alpine Green color options for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have now been shared by various media outlets and YouTubers, and the general consensus is that the new shades are very saturated compared to similar colors from other smartphone makers, but still make for a subtle color option overall. Image via Engadget The new green color...
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Review: Mophie's 3-in-1 MagSafe Charger is Great for Travel

Wednesday March 2, 2022 11:56 am PST by
Mophie in January introduced the 3-in-1 MagSafe Travel Charger, an official ‌MagSafe‌ accessory that directly competes with Apple's ‌MagSafe‌ Duo. Unlike the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo, Mophie's Travel Charger can charge three devices at once rather than two, plus it comes with an included power adapter, USB-C cable, and carrying case. Priced at $150, or $20 more than the $130 ‌MagSafe‌ Duo, the 3-in-1 Travel...
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Review: Nomad Launches 'Base One' Official MagSafe Charger for $130

Tuesday March 1, 2022 8:02 am PST by
Nomad today announced the launch of the Base One, its first official MagSafe wireless charger. For a long time, Belkin has had the only official ‌MagSafe‌ charging options, but that's starting to change now that third-party accessory companies are able to get Apple's Made for iPhone-certified hardware. The Base One is using ‌MagSafe‌ components sourced directly from Apple, so it is able to...
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Review: Meross Offers Affordable, Hub-Free HomeKit Smart Lighting Solutions

Monday February 28, 2022 6:47 am PST by
Meross makes a wide range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices for multiple regions around the world, including garage door openers, air purifiers, smart plugs, and more. With Meross's smart LED bulb, LED light strip, ambient light, and desk lamp, I was able to create a HomeKit lighting setup to put the company's smart home accessories to the test. Compared to its direct competitors,...
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Review: Chipolo's Find My-Enabled 'CARD Spot' is Ideal for Keeping Tabs on a Wallet

Thursday February 24, 2022 8:48 am PST by
Chipolo is an item tracking company that has embraced Apple's Find My network, and last May, it came out with one of the first Find My-enabled third party accessories, the Chipolo ONE Spot. Identical to the AirTag in almost every way, the Chipolo ONE Spot didn't have an edge over Apple's own item tracking solution, but Chipolo's $35 CARD Spot accessory beats out the AirTag when it comes to wallet ...
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Review: Moment Offers Useful MagSafe Accessories for Photographers

Wednesday January 26, 2022 7:55 am PST by
Moment is best known for its line of lenses designed for iPhones, but the company also makes all kinds of other accessories that are designed to improve the iPhone experience. With the launch of MagSafe, Moment designed ‌MagSafe‌ friendly cases and accessories that are useful for those who want to use Moment lenses or photography equipment like tripods with their iPhones. Moment's...
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Review: CalDigit's Element Hub Delivers Flexible Thunderbolt and USB Support

Thursday January 13, 2022 11:23 am PST by
Recent advancements in Thunderbolt technology have brought the ability to include multiple downstream Thunderbolt ports on various docks and hubs, and CalDigit's Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub introduced earlier this year does just that in the form of a compact dock supporting Thunderbolt 4 and USB4. I've long been a fan of CalDigit's Thunderbolt hubs, and I've been using the company's TS3 Plus...
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Review: FINIS Smart Goggle Tracks Your Swim Workouts and Integrates With Apple Health

Thursday December 30, 2021 9:16 am PST by
I've been a swimmer for as long as I can remember, so I jumped at a recent opportunity to try out the FINIS Smart Goggle, a pair of swim goggles with a small display inside and sensors to help track your swims and keep on top of your metrics even while your head is underwater. The FINIS Smart Goggle kit, developed in partnership with Ciye, is priced at $235 (on sale for $188 as of this...
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Review: 2022 Honda Civic Adds Available Wireless CarPlay

Tuesday December 28, 2021 10:49 am PST by
Wireless CarPlay is seeing increasing adoption across car manufacturers, and one of the most recent to adopt the technology is Honda, which debuted it in the 2021 Accord and has now expanded it to the Civic for 2022. I recently had a chance to spend some time in the new Civic, which delivers a familiar infotainment experience with several handy additions. My test vehicle was a top-end...
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Review: Twinkly's HomeKit-Compatible String Lights Are Perfect for the Holidays

Wednesday December 22, 2021 5:51 am PST by
Twinkly has been making smartphone-controlled string lights and decorations for some time now, but earlier this fall, the company added HomeKit integration to all of its Generation II devices, allowing them to be controlled with Siri voice commands and the Home app in addition to the Twinkly app. Second-generation Twinkly devices have been available since 2019, so this ‌HomeKit‌ update applies ...
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Review: Woolnut's Leather Case for AirPods Max is a Suitable, But Not Perfect All-In-One Travel Solution

Thursday December 16, 2021 7:22 am PST by
Apple's AirPods Max Smart Case is sufficient for the high-end headphones in day-to-day use. When traveling or out and about, however, the case can be problematic given the headphones' canopy remains exposed and prone to be easily damaged when put in a bag or handled with little care. Woolnut's Leather Case aims to provide customers an easy way to store their ‌AirPods Max‌ while traveling or as...
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All-New Golf GTI and Golf R Headline VW's 2022 Lineup With Wireless CarPlay on Many Trims

Tuesday December 14, 2021 12:16 pm PST by
Volkswagen has been working on rolling out support for wireless CarPlay across its lineup, and the carmaker recently invited me out to Asheville, North Carolina, for a look at the redesigned Mk8 Golf GTI and Golf R hatchbacks, as well as the refreshed Jetta and the rest of the 2022 lineup. 2022 Golf R Given that I've previously looked at VW's MIB3 infotainment platforms with wireless ‌CarPlay‌...