Nothing Ear 2 review: Doubling down on what works
Nothing's Ear 2 are now here, showing that sometimes all you need is a solid pair of earphones.
Nothing's Ear 2 are now here, showing that sometimes all you need is a solid pair of earphones.
The VisionTek VT7400 is a reasonably-priced docking station that supports three 4K displays on almost any laptop, even ones without Thunderbolt.
There are plenty of docking stations on the market these days, and while they come in many different shapes and sizes, there's one thing they tend to have in common — they're based on Thunderbolt. It's a popular interface these days, and with speeds up to 40Gbps, it's easy to see why. But Thunderbolt isn't supported on AMD laptops, and with Apple Silicon Macs, the processor limits external displays. That's where docks like the VisionTek VT7400 come into play.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a more refined Galaxy S22 Ultra, and while it might have features you don't need, it's one of the best.
Samsung is back with a brand-new batch of flagship smartphones in the Galaxy S23 series, with the Galaxy S23 Ultra leading the pack. This is the first non-folding Samsung phone I’ve used since the Galaxy S10, but ever since the first Galaxy Ultra phone came out with its crazy Space Zoom camera feature, I’ve been itching to try one out for myself. The wait has been totally worth it.
The Honor Magic 5 Pro has been unveiled to the world. While it's not yet available, we can see that there is a lot of potential here
Honor was known for making midrange phones for years while it was still a part of Huawei. With its separation from Huawei to become a standalone brand in 2021, Honor is pushing further into the flagship space to battle for the best smartphone title — and the newly announced Magic 5 Pro is here for the next step.
The two most high-profile Android releases of 2023 so far duke it out in a camera shootout.
What's more important in digital imaging, sensor size or megapixel count? Now's as good a time as any to find out because the two most high-profile Android releases of 2023 so far also happen to bring new camera systems headlined by main cameras that have taken those opposite paths. Samsung's Galaxy S23 Ultra packs a new 200MP main camera, while Xiaomi's 13 Pro uses a 1-inch type sensor. Xiaomi's sensor is significantly larger than the S23 Ultra's 1/1.3-inch sensor, but Samsung's camera can produce shots with four times as many pixels as Xiaomi's.
HP's Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is the best Chromebook there is, showing how a close collaboration with Google can change everything.
Google doesn't make Pixelbooks anymore, so if you want that kind of premium ChromeOS experience, where do you turn? As it turns out, you turn to HP, which partnered closely with Google on the Dragonfly Pro Chromebook. I attended an in-person workshop where I talked to people from both HP and Google about it. It makes a lot of sense for Google to make this move since it can work with its partners instead of competing with them.
HP and AMD say that the Dragonfly Pro laptop is made to compete with Apple's MacBook Pro, but did it succeed?
When HP held a workshop in New York City and gave out our Dragonfly Pro review units, there was talk about competing with not just Apple Silicon but the new MacBook Pro. That's a bold statement, something I've never heard anyone on the Windows side make. But AMD has Apple in its crosshairs, and frankly, it's put a lot of work into the custom Ryzen chip that's in the Dragonfly Pro to hit some of the features that only Apple has been able to deliver.
A sleek design hides a full PC with 27-inch QHD display and Core i7-12700H CPU.
Lenovo's IdeaCentre all-in-one PCs have long been a popular option for home and home office use thanks to their versatility and compact nature. All-in-ones are sort of a middle-ground between laptop and desktop, featuring a built-in display, all required performance hardware, ports, and included wireless keyboard and mouse. The specific design used for the seventh-gen IdeaCentre AIO 5i 27 is sturdier than previous models thanks to a two-arm display stand ring, it's compact enough that you'd think it's just a monitor, and it has excellent speakers and webcam.
This is one of the weirdest, coolest products I've ever reviewed.
Huawei has been pivoting into the weird, wonderful world of accessories in recent months, with excellent products popping up left and right. The Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 are some of the best wireless earphones you can get at the moment and the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is a fantastic smartwatch, but what if you could combine the two? That's the idea behind the Huawei Watch Buds, and it's a combination that works really, really well.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and MediaTek Dimensity 9200 are the best smartphone chipsets to date, but only one is victorious.
For years when it came to flagships, Qualcomm was the undisputed number one when it came to flagship chipsets. At times the company would trade blows with Samsung's Exynos chips, but in recent years Samsung's chipset prowess has come to a halt. The Samsung Galaxy S23 series now carries the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and the Exynos 2200 in the S22 series was a complete mess. However, MediaTek has now taken up the mantle as the primary Qualcomm competitor, and the chipset battle is heating up.
Plugable's first Works with Chromebook docking station is a winner, letting you enjoy dual monitor support and many extra ports.
Some of the best Chromebooks these days are going in the same direction as Windows laptops, stripping out classic ports like HDMI or Ethernet in favor of Thunderbolt or USB-C. These are modern ports, but you'll need a dock to connect your Chromebook to multiple displays or a wired internet connection. There are a lot of great Chromebook docking stations, many of which pass Google's tests and carry the Works with Chromebook certification, but none of these docks were made by Plugable.
Lenovo combined the P15 and P17 to become the P16, a mobile workstation with tons of performance overhead.
Lenovo unveiled its ThinkPad P16 (Gen 1) in 2022 as a successor to the ThinkPad P15 and P17. Lenovo decided to take the average size and run, serving up a completely new laptop that's designed to act as a mobile desktop replacement. The bottom and back edge of the laptop are noticeably different from the usual ThinkPad style, and you would be forgiven for thinking, at first glance, that this is a gaming laptop. Indeed, it has some extreme performance hardware inside, but it's more geared toward design, creative, and development work that requires a discrete GPU and sizzling 14- or 16-core performance from the 12th Gen Intel Core HX-series CPUs.
The regular Galaxy S23 may not look like a significant improvement over its predecessor, but it's actually a worthwhile upgrade.
It's hard to get excited about yearly smartphone upgrades these days since most don't offer a substantial reason to splurge. But the Galaxy S23 is an exception — a worthwhile upgrade over its predecessor, even if the spec sheet tells you otherwise. I used the regular Galaxy S22 for the better part of 2022, and the Galaxy S23 checks all the right boxes for an upgrade. From the 6.1-inch AMOLED screen and the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chip to the improved battery life and camera experience, there is a lot to like about the Galaxy S23 that makes it convincingly better than the last year's model.
It might be expensive, but this tried and tested Z690 Intel motherboard is worth it for the right person.
When choosing a motherboard for a 12th- or 13th-generation Intel processor, you'll have various options since it's possible to go with an LGA 1700 socket motherboard with either an Intel 600 or 700 series chipset. Here, we're looking at one with the former, the Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Hero, which released in 2021. Despite its age, it's still worth considering for your next PC build.
Dell's Premier Collaboration Keyboard shadows Logitech's MX Keys but comes short in one big way.
Dell might be behind the best laptops like the devices in the XPS lineup, but you can't forget their computing accessories like keyboards or the docks, either. While Logitech dominates the market of computing peripherals, I'm starting to grow fonder of Dell. I recently reviewed the Dell Pro Webcam, and it had me itching for more Dell accessories to complete my setup at home alongside my monitor and my favorite Dell laptop.
A kickstand in a phone case isn't new, but the way ESR does it is unique, and the way all cases should integrate it.
A lot of cases serve a single function: to protect your device. However, there are options out there that offer other features like credit card slots, increased water resistance, extreme drop protection, and more. One feature that's always interested me is a built-in kickstand, but this usually means the case is extra thick to incorporate it, the kickstand adds a bump to the phone, or it's just plain ugly. Enter ESR.
The Acer Chromebook Enterprise Vero 514 puts the environment first, but it is also one of the fastest Chromebooks we've ever reviewed.
A lot of great Chromebooks and some of the best ChromeOS tablets aren't just for personal or school use anymore. Many businesses are now using specialized Chromebooks as part of their fleet of devices. After all, ChromeOS can be easy to manage with the Chrome Enterprise Upgrade. The operating system is lightweight, simple, and less sophisticated than Windows, so it's easy to learn.
The Galaxy S23+ is an excellent flagship smartphone with long battery life and fast performance, but competition is fierce at its $999 price point.
Samsung dropped three new flagship phones this year at the beginning of February: the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra. The Ultra model is by far the most interesting -- with its 200MP camera, S Pen stylus, and long battery life, it's quickly become one of the best phones you can buy. Meanwhile, the standard S23 is a solid smartphone for those who want to save money and don’t need a huge screen.
The Lenovo Legion 7i Pro is a premium gaming laptop that looks and feels the part in almost every way. If you can stomach the price, it's phenomenal.
Lenovo's Legion laptops generally offer very good gaming experiences, and the latest Legion Pro 7i is an absolutely phenomenal machine. It packs powerful performance and a solid display into a premium design that stands out for all the right reasons — except for its price.
We continue to be impressed by Tecno's flagship efforts.
A new foldable phone just launched at Mobile World Congress 2023, and chances are you haven't heard of the brand before. Tecno, a Chinese brand, has actually been making mobile phones since 2006, but up until two to three years ago, it focused almost exclusively on selling ultra-budget phones in Africa. It doesn't even sell in its home country. Over the past few years, Tecno began expanding to other markets such as Latin America, Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East.
Razer built a Thunderbolt 4 dock to match its established gaming style. Is it any good?
The Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma was one of the first TB4 docks to hit the market early 2021, and it set itself apart from the best docking stations with an all-aluminum build, black finish, and customizable underglow RGB lighting. While it's no doubt a top choice for gamers who want to expand their laptop's port selection while also bolstering their desk's light show, it's also a great dock for casual users who want a modern dock with great performance, dual 4K display support, and up to 90W of charging power back to the host laptop.