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Review: Beats Studio3 Wireless offers noise cancellation & Apple's W1, at a premium pricerating

10/07/2017, 12:34:AM

The Beats Studio3 Wireless is Apple's answer to high-end noise-cancelling headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony. While they're a solid product, it's debatable as to whether they're worth a premium over other Beats models.

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Review: Apple TV 4K is an impressive extension of the iTunes ecosystem to the living roomrating

09/29/2017, 11:32:AM

The oft-complained about lack of support for 4K has been rectified in the update to the Apple TV. The new Apple TV 4K not only has the higher resolution but support for HDR -- and AppleInsider has examined it in detail.

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Review: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular further establishes an emerging computing platformrating

09/27/2017, 10:02:AM

The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular takes a major step forward in making Apple's wrist-worn device its own independent, connected computing platform. Simply put, it's a must-have for athletes in the Apple ecosystem, and a wearable device worth considering for many other non-fitness use cases.

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Super fast bionic glass: iPhone 8 Reviewrating

09/26/2017, 09:30:PM

Apple's latest iPhone 8 is supercharged by its new A11 Bionic chip, which does the heavy lifting for a series of major new camera features as well as making everything faster. It also packs iPad Pro's True Tone display and Fast Charging, and adds Qi wireless charging through its beautifully glossy rear glass back, built in a familiar shape but with a new steel structure ringed in an aluminum band with precision seams that continue the water and dust resistance of the previous 7 generation.

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Super fast, big bionic glass: iPhone 8 Plus Reviewrating

09/26/2017, 07:36:PM

Apple's latest iPhone 8 is supercharged by its new A11 Bionic chip, which does the heavy lifting for a series of major new camera features as well as making everything faster. It also packs iPad Pro's True Tone display and Fast Charging, and adds Qi wireless charging through its beautifully glossy rear glass back, built in a familiar shape but with a new steel structure ringed in an aluminum band with precision seams that continue the water and dust resistance of the previous 7 generation.

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Review: Google Wifi mesh networking solution easy to set up, configurerating

09/10/2017, 03:33:PM

Everyone seems to have their own way to fix poor Wi-Fi, from signal boosters to antennas, but mesh systems have risen to the top as one of the better solutions available. Google, being the internet-centric company that it is, entered the fray with a self-branded mesh product last year, and we put it to the test.

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Review: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best, aftermarket wireless CarPlay receiverrating

08/20/2017, 09:08:PM

Alpine's newly released iLX-107 is the first infotainment system to boast wireless CarPlay compatibility, allowing users to listen to tunes, navigate, interact with Siri and more without a Lightning cable. AppleInsider went hands-on with the receiver and came away greatly impressed.

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Review: Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD solid choice, but little sets it apart from alternativesrating

08/11/2017, 06:51:PM

Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt 3, but besides full charging power for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new version doesn't do enough to distinguish it from competitors.

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Review: Mantiz MZ-02 enclosure is a stylish Thunderbolt 3 dock and eGPU enclosure in onerating

08/07/2017, 02:55:PM

A few of the external GPU solutions are aimed at the gamer crowd -- and look like it too. The Mantiz MZ-02 is one of a new generation of enclosures, aimed at boosting graphics performance with the addition of a PCI-E GPU to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped machine and eschewing any stereotypical gamer branding.

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Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through batteries, disappointsrating

08/05/2017, 01:45:AM

The Kwikset Premis is a lot of things. It's a HomeKit compatible connected deadbolt with a nice touch number pad with well-lit numerals. It's also a disappointment. We reviewed it for an extended period and found all the wrinkles.

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Review: Vinpok Bolt-S cable returns MagSafe-like technology to the USB-C MacBook Prorating

08/02/2017, 11:43:AM

MagSafe was removed from the 2016 MacBook Pro, and its not likely coming back. Does the Vinpok Bolt-S cable fill the gap, or is the attraction of the old technology best left in the past?

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Review: Wallflower, an iPhone-connected smart oven monitorrating

07/25/2017, 06:25:PM

Wallflower is a practical Internet of Things product that surprised us by doing exactly what it said it would do: Alert us anywhere in the world if our electric oven/stove turns on or off.

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Review: Koogeek P1 Smart Plug an affordable way to get started with Apple's HomeKitrating

07/16/2017, 03:18:AM

We may be in a renaissance of HomeKit peripherals after iOS 11 ships, but if you're ready to get in now, the Koogeek P1 Smart Plug is a decent starting point -- but not perfect.

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Review: Amazon Echo Show is 'good enough'rating

07/15/2017, 12:21:AM

Arguably the best home assistant gets even better with the launch of Amazon's latest Alexa-powered accessory, dubbed the Echo Show, arriving months before Apple's competing HomePod arrives in December. It's also Amazon's most expensive model at $229.99, compared to $179.99 for the original Echo and $49.99 for the Echo Dot.

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Review: Hover Camera Passport drone is light and takes good pictures, suffers from poor supportrating

06/28/2017, 12:03:PM

Despite online documentation support and instructions charitably described as a nightmare, the Hover Camera Passport is a good solution for most -- but only time, and usage tells the tale.

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Review: Logitech Slim Combo Smart Connector keyboard for Apple's 10.5" iPad Prorating

06/27/2017, 12:35:PM

Logitech's Slim Combo keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a welcome addition to Apple's limited Smart Connector accessory lineup, and a good option for someone who wants to use their tablet as a traditional laptop replacement. The design is largely a mixed bag, however, that will appeal to some and turn away others.

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Review: Linksys Velop mesh networking kit delivers strong Wi-Fi despite setup quirksrating

06/25/2017, 01:05:AM

Continuing AppleInsider's quest to find the perfect mesh networking hardware, this week we take a closer look at Linksys' entry, a three-tower setup named Velop.

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Review: 2017 MacBook Pro fulfills the promise of the line's redesignrating

06/24/2017, 12:41:AM

At the WWDC, Apple took the opportunity to toss the new Kaby Lake i7 processor into the the redesigned 2016 MacBook Pro chassis. If you liked the 2016 but didn't jump, you'll be even happier with the 2017.

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Review: Apple's 2017 27" 5K iMac impresses with truly powerful desktop-class graphicsrating

06/22/2017, 12:03:PM

Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 27 inch Retina 5K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 wide color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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Review: Apple's 2017 12.9" iPad Pro gains feature parity with its smaller siblingrating

06/18/2017, 04:20:PM

Staggered launches of the first generation of iPad Pro tablets left the larger 12.9-inch model in an awkward position, lacking key professional-grade features like always-on Hey Siri and a color balancing True Tone display. Apple has rectified that with its 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro, bringing it up to speed with the smaller 10.5-inch version with a simultaneous release.

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