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Review: Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for Apple's 9.7" iPad Prorating

08/13/2016, 11:43:AM

Logitech's Create Backlit Keyboard Case, made specifically for the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, leverages the tablet's Smart Connector port for both data and power, negating the need for a separate battery or pairing process with virtually no key lag.

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Review: Atlas Wristband 2 makes some improvements, but not enoughrating

07/17/2016, 02:59:AM

Atlas' first Wristband was an ambitious but ultimately failed attempt to build a fitness tracker geared toward strength training, instead of just cardio-oriented activities like running and cycling. The second-generation model makes some modest improvements, but doesn't solve some of the fundamental complaints we had.

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Review: Garmin's Fenix 3 HR is an iOS-connected smartwatch for fitness fanaticsrating

07/02/2016, 03:40:PM

Garmin's highest-end smartwatch in some ways sets a gold standard for fitness trackers, but for the layman, it can be simultaneously overwhelming and lacking in creature comforts.

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Review: Rachio's iPhone-connected Smart Sprinkler Controller is efficient, easy to userating

06/28/2016, 12:15:PM

With summer in full swing, scorching temperatures can wreak havoc on even the greenest of lawns. Rachio's second generation Smart Sprinkler Controller is designed to save you time and money by automating your existing sprinkler system with support for up to 16 zones.

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Review: DJI's Phantom 4 sets new standard for affordable dronesrating

06/25/2016, 07:54:AM

Right out of the box, you can tell that DJI's Phantom 4 is a complete reimagining of the entry-level lineup. From the sleek chassis to advanced automated controls, DJI has set a new standard, leaving competitors and its own legacy models in the dust.

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Review: Moxiware Apple Pencil Magnet is simple, affordable and functionalrating

05/15/2016, 12:51:AM

Though the Apple Pencil is expertly designed to not roll away on a table, there's still not an ideal place to put it when it's not in use, especially when being used on your lap or while standing. Moxiware's new Apple Pencil Magnet aims to fix that with a simple and affordable accessory, though its aesthetics may not be for everyone.

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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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