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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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Review: Apple's 2017 10.5" iPad Pro stuns with 120Hz ProMotion displayrating

06/17/2017, 12:27:PM

Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro takes a device that was already a best-in-class tablet and makes it even better, headlined by a larger display with a stunning 120Hz refresh rate. But with a $649 starting price, Apple cuts just a few too many corners for our liking, especially when compared to the value proposition of the recently released $329 9.7-inch iPad.

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Review: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K display gets solid 2017 architectural refreshrating

06/15/2017, 03:06:PM

Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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Review: Apple's new 12" MacBook boasts incremental speed improvementsrating

06/13/2017, 07:18:PM

Apple last week refreshed its MacBook lineup with processor upgrades and minor aesthetic tweaks, with the 12-inch MacBook benefiting from new Intel silicon and faster SSDs. Are the changes enough to prompt existing owners to upgrade? Find out in AppleInsider's video review.

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Review: Apple's new Kaby Lake 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar unexpectedly speedy vs. 2016 modelrating

06/10/2017, 01:20:PM

After less than a year on the market, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has been upgraded with Intel's Kaby Lake processor -- and a lower price. Are the changes (and downgrade, in one notable case) to get the price down enough to get you to buy one?

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Review: Garmin's iPhone-connected Forerunner 935 offers Fenix features at lower costrating

06/04/2017, 01:14:AM

Garmin's Forerunner 935 is essentially a carbon copy of the Fenix 5, but with a few sacrifices for the sake of price -- and that, ironically, probably makes it a better buy for all but the most hardcore athletes and outdoor trekkers.

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Review: Elgato's HomeKit-ready Eve Degree sensor does a fine job - in its limited rolerating

06/03/2017, 03:14:AM

Elgato's Eve Degree is a simple and convenient way of monitoring conditions around the house, but more of a luxury than a necessity for most people, even in a fully decked-out smarthome.

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Review - DoBox is a solid USB, HDMI & filesharing hub for iPhones and iPads with room to improverating

05/29/2017, 04:00:PM

The DoBox was designed with a slew of features intended to make life easier for travelers using iPad or iPhones. AppleInsider examined one of the first produced after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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Review - Koogeek Smart Socket not ideal way to enter HomeKit ecosystemrating

05/27/2017, 01:14:AM

More and more HomeKit peripherals ship each day with lighting ones being the most common -- where does the Koogeek Smart Socket land on the spectrum?

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