reviews
AMD’s Radeon VII Is a Solid Gaming Card, But That’s Just the Beginning

AMD’s fighting competitors on all fronts. It’s battling Intel in the CPU space, with each company advertising more cores and tacking on more features to woo users (and manufacturers) away from the other. Yet its battle against Nvidia in the GPU space is different. While Nvidia comfortably dominates the high-end space, AMD has been content to offer cheaper cards with comparable power in the mid-range and below. The Radeon VII, AMD’s new £700 card—the first 7nm GPU to ship to consumers—is intended to take on Nvidia’s very best cards. What’s surprising is that it isn’t just as good as Nvidia’s best—sometimes it’s better. Read More >>

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Huawei Mate 20 X Review: Huawei Goes Big On Mobile Gaming

The Huawei Mate 20 X launched alongside the regular Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro in October. It felt like a bit of an afterthought following long and detailed launch presentations on the main phones (plus a random live gig, because Huawei), and didn't get nearly as much of the attention in the resultant media or social commentary. Read More >>

smartphones
This Gorgeous Punch Hole Phone Will Fool You Into Thinking It Costs a Lot More

Late last year, Samsung put an end to the notch era with the Galaxy A8S. Sadly, that device is currently only available in Asia, which largely puts it out of reach for people living on this side of the Pacific. But just recently, Honor followed up Samsung’s phone with its own punch-hole wielding bezel-less handset. And after spending some time with the new $650 View 20, it feels like Honor has come up with a sanely-priced phone that performs as good as it looks. Read More >>

bikes
Volt Axis Ebike Review: Luxury Cycling

The bicycle has really come on in the last few years. For the first century that followed its invention, advances in bike tech were slow and modest. A better tyre. A lighter frame. Gears. Exotic handlebar shapes. Metallic paint. The word "Grifter." Someone had the idea of putting a bell on and that idea caught on and so forth. Read More >>

wearables
I Thought Under Armours’ Smart Running Shoes Would Be Dumb as Hell, But I Was Wrong

Don’t let anybody talk you out of a good pair of running shoes—they’re vital to preventing injuries when you run. But generally, when it comes to picking out kicks to run in, most runners and athletic shoe stores are primarily concerned with fit. If you go for a fitting, usually a specialist will have you run on a treadmill so they can analyse what type of runner you are, and what kind of shoe will best suit your gait. So far, tracking metrics and form have mostly been the domain of wrist-based fitness bands and smartwatches. Read More >>

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‘Welcome to Apocalypseburg’ is a Grand Lego Movie 2 Set With Something for Everyone

Lego releases a lot of sets every year, of varying sizes and price points, but a few of them come out and have to make you think. You can't just impulse-buy a £280 set the same way you might a pick up something smaller and cheaper. Even if it is shaped like the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes. I'll tell you right now that the latest one is worth at least a second thought. Whether you're into Lego for building, playing, or displaying, The Lego Movie 2's 'Welcome to Apocalypseburg' (70840) has something for you. Read More >>

laptops
Razer Blade Stealth Review: Compact, Powerful, Beautiful (and Pink!)

If you opt to go for the quartz version of the new Razer Blade Stealth, you may be distracted by the pink. The keys, the trackpad, the bezels – hell, even the desktop is pink. Not “rose gold” like an Apple product, but pink like a Barbie box in the toy aisle. But do me a favour and look past the pink (the Stealth is also available in black) and focus on the rest of the redesign of Razer’s smallest laptop. Thanks to some smart aping from Dell, some serious power under the hood, and a uniquely Razer approach to the industrial design, the new Razer Blade Stealth is a compact wonder. Read More >>

tablets
How Wacom’s New Affordable Cintiq Beats the iPad

With the iPad Pro and its tight integration with the Pencil stylus, Apple’s tablet finally became a legitimate content creation tool for artists—and legitimate competition for Wacom, whose tablets have been a staple among designers and pixel pushers for decades. Wacom’s hardware, particularly its touchscreen Cintiq tablets, don’t come cheap, but its new £530 Cintiq 16 is priced to compete with Apple, and despite a few compromises, remains a better option for aspiring artists. Read More >>

laptops
MSI’s GS75 Proves Powerful Gaming Laptops Don’t Need All That Bulk

As much as I love beastly, no compromises gaming laptops like MSI’s GT75, sometimes just thinking about systems like that makes my back hurt. I mean, who wants to carry around a 10-pound notebook that needs not one, but two massive power bricks just to get optimal performance? Read More >>

laptops
Huawei’s MacBook Air Clone For Windows is Nearly Flawless

Last year, Huawei took a big shot at Apple with the MateBook X Pro, a laptop that encapsulated some of the best things about MacBook Pro line while ignoring more gimmicky features like the Touch Bar and Apple’s frustrating butterfly keyboard. So for 2019, Huawei made a new mainstream 13-inch laptop meant to take down the recently revamped MacBook Air, and aside from one shortcoming, the MateBook 13 outclasses its biggest competitor in nearly every way. Read More >>

phones
The World’s Smallest Mobile Phone is Also Kind of a Pain to Use

You may have heard of the Zanco Tiny T1. Starting life as a Kickstarter campaign it promised to be the world's smallest functional mobile phone, with an equally tiny £30 pricetag. It's been described as "10,000 times cuter" than an iPhone, the kind of thing Derek Zoolander might use, and so on. While it is in fact a fully-functional tiny mobile phone, the fact that it's so tiny makes it incredibly irritating to use. Allow me to explain. Read More >>

reviews
The Nvidia RTX 2060 Is Perfectly Adequate

At CES a reporter had a question for Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. What could he say to alleviate the concerns of fans who felt that the new RTX 20-series GPUs were overpriced and trying to force ray tracing technology on customers who don’t have much use for it? Huang smiled, with a mixture of serenity and satisfaction. “2060,” he said as if those four numbers were the secret to life and all of Nvidia’s success. Huang was referencing the just announced Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, a card that’s pricier than its equivalent in previous generations, but still your most accessible entry point to the future of graphics. Read More >>

gadgets
Apple AirPower Never Showed Up, But This Charging Mat Is a Solid Substitute

Once upon a time, legend told of a magical charging pad that could power up a smartphone, watch, and wireless earbuds all at the same time. Reports from locals who claimed to have seen it even mentioned that it bore a mark that looked like half-eaten fruit. However, despite all the prophecies and rumours, no one has been able to show proof of such a device actually existing. So armed with a dream and some gadgets, I set out on a quest to find that mythical wireless charging pad. Read More >>

phones
Asus’ ROG Phone is the Dumb Fun RGB Handset Gamers Deserve

A lot of people still aren’t convinced gaming phones are something that should even exist. But if there was one phone that might be able to sway peoples’ opinions, it’d be Asus’ Republic of Gamer (or ROG) Phone. In fact, based on some recent corporate shuffling, Asus is so emboldened by the ROG phone that the company is shifting its mobile strategy to focus even more on mobile gaming and high-end users. That’s an ambitious bet, but after playing around with ROG Phone, I have to admit there is a little sparkle to this mobile battle bus. Read More >>

laptops
Alienware’s Thinnest Laptop Yet Balances Power, Price, and Portability Nicely

All of a sudden, it seems like almost no one is making laptops like Alienware makes laptops: beefy, loud, and fast. Most of the top gaming laptop makers have embraced the design style popularised by Razer and supported by Nvidia’s Max-Q design ethos: thin and sacrificing a little power for portability. But not Alienware, man. This company is still making laptops that are lap in name only, and the Alienware m15, in particular, stands out, because it’s really big, it’s really powerful. And as it turns out, it’s surprisingly portable. Read More >>