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Review: Logi Base Smart Connector charging dock is the best way to juice your iPad Prorating

04/30/2016, 10:22:AM

MagSafe has long been a defining feature of Apple's market leading notebooks. Thanks to the Smart Connector charging capabilities first introduced by the new Logi Base dock for iPad Pro, Apple's iDevices now have their own convenient MagSafe equivalent.

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Review: Apple's 2016 12" MacBook is a welcome improvement, but won't change any mindsrating

04/27/2016, 12:16:PM

Apple's second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel's latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of the 2015 model remain, making it unlikely this refresh will change anyone's opinion on the divisive-yet-impressive notebook.

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Review: Polar Balance is a great smartscale for Polar fansrating

04/24/2016, 12:39:AM

Polar's first smartscale is a polished and perfectly serviceable product, but a few peculiar design decisions keep it from maximizing its potential, making it mostly of interest to people already in the Polar ecosystem.

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Review: Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is easy to use, but highlights HomeKit's flawsrating

04/09/2016, 06:00:AM

Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is a perfectly serviceable home automation product, but in some ways it proves that Apple's HomeKit platform still has a ways to go before it becomes mainstream.

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Review: Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro is professional-grade, powerful & priceyrating

04/03/2016, 07:52:PM

After being neglected in 2015, Apple's 9.7-inch iPad has received a much-needed professional makeover, gaining key features from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and even outperforming it in a few ways. It's a substantial upgrade, and one we find absolutely worthy of the "Pro" moniker, though the $599 starting price may deter some buyers.

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Review: Apple's 4" iPhone SE is better than we deserverating

04/02/2016, 12:06:PM

With a decidedly classic design just like the iPhone 5 series, the new iPhone SE has been completely revamped inside in a huge way. For fans of smaller phones, the iPhone SE is just what you've been waiting for -- a capable, modern smartphone in a compact, ultraportable, proven chassis.

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Review: Atlas Wristband is an ambitious but flawed strength training trackerrating

02/13/2016, 12:26:PM

The Atlas Wristband is a noble first effort at something no other fitness tracker does, but there are too many rough edges to recommend it to anyone but a small subset of fitness enthusiasts.

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Review: Parrot's Bebop Drone is lightweight, aimed at casual hobbyistsrating

02/07/2016, 06:29:PM

The market for personal drones has grown exponentially over the last several years, led by consumer-oriented products from companies like Parrot. We got the chance to play with the firm's entry-level model, the Bebop Drone, designed for casual hobbyists looking to get their feet wet in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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The best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Createrating

02/06/2016, 06:32:PM

The first two Smart Connector accessories for iPad Pro offer very different keyboard style experiences, each addressing two different types of tablet users. But which keyboard is best, Apple's Smart Keyboard or Logitech's Create? AppleInsider breaks down which accessory is best for you.

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Review: Polar A360 fitness tracker makes ease-of-use a top priorityrating

01/02/2016, 03:55:AM

Polar's A360 is one of the most user-friendly fitness trackers you can buy, and arguably one of the best on the market period, even if it lacks some of the features advanced athletes might want.

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Review: IK Multimedia Studio Mic is a portable, flexible, essential piece of kitrating

12/30/2015, 10:29:AM

Delivering both Lightning and USB connectivity, and covering all the basic needs for a podcaster or musician, we're impressed by the IK Multimedia Studio microphone. But with a $139 price tag, and the inability to support in-call audio from Apple in iOS, we feel like it's a good product that's let down by iOS for one common podcasting use.

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Review: Gamevice Lightning-connected gaming controller for iPhone is unique, too expensiverating

12/24/2015, 09:22:AM

With a clever Lightning-connected design and solid construction, we're mostly impressed by the Gamevice gaming controller for iPhone. But with a $100 price tag, a risk of not fitting future iPhone models, and broken controller forwarding support from Apple in iOS, we feel it's an extremely niche device.

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Review: Nyrius Wireless Smart LED Multicolor Light Bulbrating

12/19/2015, 12:07:AM

Nyrius' Bluetooth-connected lightbulb might get the job done, but there's nothing that really sets it apart from rivals, and there are several things that set it back.

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Review: Devialet Phantom is a high-end speaker worth its weight in Kevlarrating

12/13/2015, 10:25:AM

Developed by niche French audio firm Devialet, the Phantom has achieved wide acclaim from industry acolytes for impossibly low-distortion sound reproduction rivaling that of speakers ten times the cost and many times the size. It's also the latest chic accessory to be featured in Apple's retail stores.

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Review: Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6 & 6srating

12/12/2015, 11:43:AM

Apple's Smart Battery Case will certainly get the job done, but it includes some baffling design decisions, and just isn't a great value compared to third-party products.

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Review: Apple Pencil is iPad Pro's must have accessoryrating

12/07/2015, 08:39:PM

Apple Pencil is the most talked about accessory to come out of Cupertino in recent memory, and rightfully so. Its classic design, packed with cutting edge technology, makes it an enticing product for digital artists and, more importantly, speaks to the future of Apple's tablet lineup.

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Review: Apple goes high fashion with Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dockrating

11/21/2015, 06:02:AM

Apple dipped a toe into the world of fashion with Apple Watch and Apple Watch accoutrements, including a tie-up with Hermes, but we think the company's latest accessory is also one of its most elegant. And it's a dock.

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Review: Mophie Juice Pack Reserve for iPhone 6/6s & Power Reserve 1X external batteryrating

11/19/2015, 11:40:AM

Battery maker Mophie's latest portable charging accessories are compact, convenient and durable, making them an easy recommendation for anyone looking to keep their iPhone juiced on the go.

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Review: SteelSeries Nimbus is the best gaming controller for Apple TV and iPadrating

11/15/2015, 03:51:AM

Comfortable, competitively priced and featuring a Lightning port for recharging, the SteelSeries Nimbus is the best iOS-compatible gaming controller we've ever tested, and it's the best option to pair with your new fourth-generation Apple TV. But without a clamp to hold an iPhone, it should be the go-to choice for Apple TV and iPad gamers only.

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Review: Apple's iPad Pro with A9X CPU and 12.9-inch Retina displayrating

11/14/2015, 02:21:AM

The iPad Pro is Apple's most fully realized example yet of the future of computing, with a workhorse of a processor and a beautiful 12.9-inch Retina display packed inside a svelte, ultraportable design. Current limitations with iOS apps prevent it from being a PC replacement for the most demanding tasks, and at $799 it won't appeal to casual users, but we are confident the iPad Pro will carve out a niche in the high-end market.

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