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Reviews

Review: Apple's all-new 12" MacBook with Retina displayrating

04/21/2015, 08:55:AM

With the launch of its new ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook, Apple has signaled that the future of notebooks is here. The future does indeed look bright, though the initial cost and compromises made in building the new MacBook should keep most people from buying in -- for the first generation, at least.

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Review: Zivix Jamstik MIDI guitar controller for iOS and OS Xrating

04/19/2015, 01:15:AM

Aspiring musicians looking to learn to play guitar with the aid of lessons on their iPad, iPhone or Mac should check out the Zivix Jamstik, a small, convenient and unique MIDI controller that uses technology to offset the learning curve associated with learning an instrument.

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Review: Buying a contract free, certified used Apple iPhone from Gazellerating

04/02/2015, 10:45:AM

Apple and most third-party vendors charge a hefty sum for a new, out-of-the-box iPhone, especially an unlocked model, but there is an alternative in the form of resale services such as Gazelle, which AppleInsider recently put to the test by ordering an iPhone 6.

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Review: Apple's early 2015 13" MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpadrating

03/21/2015, 12:08:AM

While we love Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, you still need to buy an entire computer to get one. For the moment, that means picking up the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, a tradeoff that's certainly worth it --ï¿œunless you need maximum power or extreme portability.

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Review: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera offers pro features at a consumer pricerating

03/08/2015, 01:09:AM

From iPhone to mid-level DSLR cameras, the video production world has many options for the amateur and prosumer videographer. Blackmagic's Pocket Cinema Camera offers users a next step into the pro video world, along with pro video challenges.

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Review: Outdoor Tech Chips helmet headphones, a Siri-compatible Bluetooth ski accessoryrating

03/07/2015, 02:56:AM

Skiers and snowboarders looking to listen to music and stay connected while on the mountain should check out the Chips Bluetooth headphones from Outdoor Tech, a well-designed and simple solution for adding wireless connectivity to your helmet.

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Logitech Keys to Go Review: The ultimate portable bluetooth keyboardrating

02/28/2015, 07:33:PM

For those wanting an ultra-portable keyboard to use with your iPhone or iPad, but don't want the bulk and weight of a keyboard case should consider the Logitech Keys to Go.

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Review: Fitbit Surge, an iPhone-connected health & fitness trackerrating

02/21/2015, 12:08:AM

For iPhone users seeking a wrist-worn fitness tracker with GPS, heart rate monitoring, and multiple-day battery life, the Fitbit Surge is a good "tweener" device -- not quite a smartwatch, but much more functional than a basic wearable.

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Review: Bose's SoundLink Mini is an exceptional Bluetooth speakerrating

02/01/2015, 11:55:AM

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose's SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space.

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Review: Mobile Home puts Siri in the driver's seatrating

01/24/2015, 12:52:AM

Apple's Siri is a great tool for safely automating iPhone tasks while driving, but under certain circumstances the virtual assistant can only be summoned by taking a hand off the wheel and pressing the home button. With CarPlay being anything but ubiquitous, Beanco Tech created a stopgap in Mobile Home.

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Review: Adobe Ink and Sliderating

01/03/2015, 12:04:AM

A few months ago, digital media monolith Adobe introduced its first foray into hardware with Ink and Slide, a stylish stylus and ruler combo with forward-thinking features and a sleek design. AppleInsider was able to take both for a test drive.

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Review: iOgrapher iPhone and iPad camera platformrating

01/01/2015, 12:22:PM

Made for iOS devices, iOgrapher is a highly adaptable camera platform that can be equipped with a variety of aftermarket lenses, microphones and other equipment to turn Apple's mobile product range into a portable movie making studio.

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Review: Yuneec E-Go, an iPhone-connected electric skateboardrating

12/20/2014, 12:31:AM

The Yuneec E-Go electric skateboard certainly is not your typical Bluetooth smartphone accessory, but this highly mobile mode of transportation is the most fun we've ever had using our iPhone.

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Review: iPhone-connected BACtrack Mobile breathalyzer with HealthKit supportrating

12/07/2014, 04:16:AM

With Bluetooth connectivity and Apple HealthKit integration, the BACtrack Mobile Smartphone Breathalyzer for iPhone brings the "quantified self" trend to a new category: alcohol consumption.

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Review: Moga Rebel iOS gaming controller for Apple's iPhone & iPadrating

11/30/2014, 09:14:AM

Moga's new full-size Rebel Bluetooth gaming controller is the best iOS-compatible controller we've tested yet, successfully helping to bridge the gap between powerful home game consoles and mobile devices like both the iPhone and iPad.

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Review: FLIR ONE and Seek bring thermal imaging to iPhonerating

11/23/2014, 04:49:AM

After decades spent in development, thermal imaging hardware has finally trickled down to the consumer, bringing with it the ability to "see" and measure infrared radiation using something as small as an iPhone. FLIR was the first to bring an iOS-compatible offering to market, but is now challenged by startup Seek, which stuffed similar tech into a smaller package at a lower price point.

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Review: BrydgeAir keyboard makes your iPad Air feel like a 'MacBook mini'rating

11/22/2014, 05:51:AM

iPad Air 1 & 2 owners looking for a quick and easy way to turn their tablet into a MacBook-style, lap-friendly portable computer need look no further than the new backlit BrydgeAir keyboard -- a well-built, well-designed productivity accessory.

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Review: Microsoft's health tracking, iOS-compatible Bandrating

11/16/2014, 09:32:AM

The competitive price, strong feature set, and universal compatibility of the Microsoft Band will make it a compelling product for anyone in the market for a wearable fitness and health tracking device, though it does suffer from some of the expected shortcomings of a first-generation product.

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Review: Pioneer's AppRadio 4 with built-in support for Apple CarPlayrating

11/15/2014, 02:28:PM

Pioneer was the first to market with third-party CarPlay-compatible systems, and AppleInsider has put its new AppRadio 4 model to the test, to see how it -- and Apple's new vehicle-based infotainment system -- measure up.

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Review: Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display rating

11/10/2014, 08:43:AM

After years of waiting, Mac faithful can finally purchase an ultra high-resolution display made by Apple that not only mates quality with a competitive price tag, but comes with a capable built-in computer to boot.

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