NVIDIA RTX STEM Laptop For Students Review, Featuring ASUS TUF Dash F15

ASUS TUF Dash F15 - Starting MSRP: $879 This NVIDIA RTX Laptop for STEM Students program is very portable, with a nice display, excellent performance, good-enough battery life.   NVIDIA's Drivers Accelerate STEM Apps GeForce RTX Delivers Great Performance Lightweight 15-inch Form Factor Nice Build Quality And Fast Display Middling Battery Life Fan Can Get Loud Under Load When folks think of NVIDIA's GeForce GPUs, the first use case that often comes to mind is playing the latest AAA game titles. However, the company's powerful graphics processors can also do the heavy lifting in a wide...

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Fun Fashionable Foldable

  Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 - Starting $999.99 (Currently $899) The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 isn't doesn't transform the experience like a larger foldable, but it's a capable, stylish smartphone that doesn't dominate your pocket.      Compact, fun form factor Excellent performance Great for selfies Class-leading software support Cover display is surprisingly useful Relatively weak battery life and only 25W charging Only 12MP primary camera, no optical zoom Screen protector not centered perfectly and not polarized Heat causes throttling during games Poor value compared to similarly...

Exploring AMD Ryzen 6000 Vs Intel 12th Gen Laptop Task Energy Consumption

At the launch of its Ryzen 6000 mobile processors, AMD made some bold claims about power efficiency. While the first systems out of the gate, like the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, boasted some pretty impressive performance and good battery life, it was the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED (above) that really took battery life to a whole new level. In the middle of all this, AMD claims its processors are more efficient than Intel's. In some aspects that does appear to be the case, but evaluating power efficiency is a tricky thing. If a platform uses less energy overall, but can't get a particular...

Tim Cook Trolls Android Users Over RCS Message Support Saying Buy Your Mom An iPhone

Apple has unveiled a new generation of iPhones with better cameras, longer battery life, and a "Dynamic Island" instead of a notch. One thing the new phones won't have is RCS messaging support. Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked at Vox Media’s Code 2022 event whether the company would heed Google's calls to adopt the universal messaging standard. His reply was pretty snarky: "buy your mom an iPhone." The issue lies in how Apple connects iPhones through the default messaging app. When an iPhone user sends a message to another iPhone user, Apple intercepts it and routes it through a proprietary system...

ASUS Zenfone 9 Review: A Small Device With Big Performance

  ASUS Zenfone 9 - Starting At: $699 ASUS took a different approach than many competitors with the new Zenfone 9, and packed class-leading performance into a compact, svelte form factor. If you want a small, fast smartphone, the Zenfone 9 may be for you.     Streamlined Form Factor High Performance Decent Battery Life Headphone Jack Large Camera Sensors No Wireless Charging No Telephoto Camera No mmWave 5G Support 2-Year Commitment To Updates   A large contingent of smartphone consumers have a similar list of “must have” features when shopping for a new device....

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 Review: Big Snapdragon Performance Gains

    Lenovo ThinkPad X13s - Starting MSRP: $1085 Lenovo's new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 notebook brings a big performance uplift over previous models without sacrificing its incredible battery life     Big Windows on Arm performance increase Friendly pricing for the battery life-conscious Premium, durable build quality Very thin design Fanless design means total silence No USB-A ports Display could be brighter x86 machines and Apple Silicon Macs are faster   Arm64-based Windows laptops have traditionally been somewhat of a hard sell. Sure, the aptly-named Always Connected PCs...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Review: A Fabulous Foldable Phone

  Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 - Starting At: $1799.00 Samsung made some great refinements to the Galaxy Z Fold4 over the previous gen Fold3, including a better camera, better build quality and a fantastic folding display. However, its battery life is middling and its price tag still hefty.      Great S Pen Support Solid Camera Performance Impressive Build Quality Long Android Update Support Solid Software With Great Multitasking  Gorgeous Foldable Display Relatively Weak Battery Life Slow 25 Watt Charging Hefty $1800 Starting Price   According to Samsung, foldable phones...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 Review: Sleek And Premium

  Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 - Starting MSRP: $1397.00 Lenovo's latest flagship ThinkPad has been refreshed with Intel's 12th Gen Mobile platform and as usual it's a extremely well-built machine, though it is a little pricey.     Premium Build Quality Light -Weight At Under 2.5 lbs Fantastic Keyboard Excellent 1080p Touch Display Quiet With Reasonable Skin Temps Solid Battery Life Sometimes Trails Similarly Configured Laptops Pricey As Tested No SIM Or SDCard Slot   The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is a well-built laptop aimed at business professionals and students...

Dell XPS 13 Plus Laptop Review: Gorgeous, Powerful, Radical

  Dell XPS 13 Plus - Starting MSRP: $1299.00 Dell's new XPS 13 Plus laptop is a radical departure from traditional ultralight designs. It's a gorgeous, powerful machine with a couple of caveats.     Strong Intel 12th Gen Performance Beautiful, Efficient Premium Design Thin And Light Form Factor Gorgeous 3.5K OLED Display Very Quiet  Fantastic Keyboard Relatively Weak Battery Life Bottom Gets Too Warm Limited Port Availability   Dell's XPS 13 line of ultralight laptops has been wildly popular for several generations now, so it's no wonder its physical design hasn't...

Motorola Launches Flagship Razr 2022 Foldable With 144Hz Display And Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

It has been almost two years since Motorola released a foldable Razr phone, and flip phone fans in most of the world will have to wait a bit longer. Moto has finally unveiled the 2022 Razr foldable, but it has only been announced for China, where it will retail for just 5,999 CNY, or about $900 USD—that's several hundred less than the last version. Not only does the phone get a sizeable price drop, but it's also more powerful than past Razr foldables with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip and a 144Hz display. The first thing you'll notice about the new Razr is that it's wide—very...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 And Z Flip4 Impress In Hands-On At Unpacked

Samsung's Unpacked 2022 event is set to show off the company's latest foldable devices, watch and Galaxy Buds2 Pro earbuds. The Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip lines have gained in popularity the last couple of generations, as the quality of the design and functionality have improved. The Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 foldable phones are perhaps the most anticipated reveals of this year's Unpacked event. Samsung touts the latest in its foldable phones as being groundbreaking, with customizable form factors, tailored experiences, and upgraded performance. So, let's take a deeper look...

Galaxy Watch5, Watch 5 Pro And Buds2 Pro: Cutting-Edge Swanky Wearables Unpacked

Samsung’s 2022 Galaxy Unpacked event kicks off today. The company is announcing the new Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro as well as the Galaxy Buds2 earbuds alongside their foldable phones. Galaxy Watch5 And Watch5 Pro - Premium And Well-Equipped The Watch5 and Watch5 Pro are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos W920 Dual-Core 1.18GHz processors and feature 1.5GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and IP68 ratings for water and dust resistance. Both smartwatches run Wear OS 3.5 customized with Samsung’s One UI Watch v4.5, which should look familiar to anyone that’s previously owned a...

OnePlus 10T Review: Crazy-Fast Phone, Charges Even Faster

OnePlus exploded on the scene in 2014 talking smack about the big boys and promising to help its customers "Never Settle." In the same way the "Don't be evil" slogan has come back to haunt Google, OnePlus fans have delighted in calling out the OEM for settling on numerous occasions. Get ready for another round of jokes because the new OnePlus 10T has made a few concessions that make it a less capable smartphone.  I am, however, relieved that it's not all bad news. Yes, the OnePlus 10T should have an alert slider, which it does not. It should also have wireless charging, a feature OP has been...

Pixel 6a Review: A Mid-Range Smartphone Win For Google

An important distinction in the eternal iPhone versus Android debate is that the iPhone is a specific brand of phone with its own operating system, iOS, while Android is only an operating system that runs on a wide variety of different phone brands and models. That said, Google, the driving force behind Android, does make its own phones and reserves certain Android features for those devices. Now more than ever, Google seems to be trying to set the standard for Android devices with its latest generation of Pixel smartphones. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro stand as the company’s most premium phone...

Alienware m17 R5 Review: AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop Shines

Back in January at CES 2022, AMD rolled out its Rembrandt processors, now more properly known as the Ryzen 6000 mobile family. AMD made some bold claims about these CPUs, including that they'd surpass its previous generation with up to a 30% performance lift, despite employing fundamentally the same CPU core architecture. AMD's Ryzen 6000 chips come with all kinds of improvements over the previous-generation family, and in fact, the changes are enough that the company refers to this core architecture as "Zen 3+". Many of the updates for Zen 3+ have been focused at improving the power efficiency...

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Hands-On Performance Review: Gaming Beast

ASUS figured out several years ago that it could cater to mobile gamers by packing fast, optimized hardware with intelligent features into its gaming phones, and then surround them with an ecosystem of complementary software and peripherals. Thus the ROG Phone was born. Now in its fifth iteration (ASUS ultimately skipped an ROG Phone 4 SKU), the ROG Phone 6 is the first to employ Qualcomm’s supercharged Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. Thankfully we managed to get our hands on one with short notice, and we were able to run a bunch of benchmarks and some other testing on this new ASUS gaming...

Cooler Master CK721 Review: An Innovative Wireless Keyboard

The Cooler Master CK721 wireless keyboard is a compact and versatile plank that will fill just about any gamer's needs. The ability to use this small form factor keyboard via USB Type-C (wired), Bluetooth 5.1, or the included 2.4GHz dongle also means users can take it just about anywhere and use it with a wide range of devices. Toss in its comprehensive software suite for customization, and you have a solid addition to any gaming setup, that's also versatile and suited to a variety of needs. Cooler Master CK721 Design and Features The CK721 wireless mechanical keyboard is a small form factor solution...

AMD-Xilinx Kria KV260 Starter Kit: Exploring Machine Vision AI

Machine learning is everywhere. It's an integral part of our smartphones and smart home appliances, running customer service chat bots for big retailers, and hard at work recognizing people and actions in security systems, among numerous other applications. Neural networks are the backbone of the robotics and automation push in the manufacturing sector, and it's intelligently touching up the photos we take when we're on the go. It's even making a pizza for us like a seasoned professional.  AMD's recent acquisition of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) and adaptive computing stalwart Xilinx...

OnePlus Nord Buds Review: Great Sound, No-Frills Value

In just two years, OnePlus has managed to launch four pairs of TWS (true wireless) earbuds: the excellent OnePlus Buds ($79), the affordable OnePlus Buds Z ($49), the higher end OnePlus Buds Pro ($149) with ANC (active noise canceling) and wireless charging, and the mid-range OnePlus Buds Z2 ($99) with ANC. Now, OnePlus is capitalizing on its affordable Nord sub-brand with a fifth, even more budget-friendly option – the $39 OnePlus Nord Buds – which are now available from OnePlus and Amazon. That’s great, but are these new TWS earbuds any good? What do you give up for $39? And...

Ryzen 6000 And ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Laptop Review: Revisiting Performance

AMD had a wildly eventful keynote at CES 2022, jam-packed with announcements. During the festivities, CEO Dr. Lisa Su, Frank Azor, Jason Banta, and Laura Smith jointly revealed a wide array of products, including the Radeon RX 6500 XT, Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors, and refreshed Radeon RX 6000S series mobile GPUs, along with AMD Advantage program updates, and the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and next-gen Ryzen 7000 desktop processors. There was a mountain of information to unpack after the event, but as time passes things are coming into focus. We recently had the chance to check out the Radeon RX 6500...

DJI Mini 3 Pro Review: A Great Compact Drone With Big Features

When we reviewed the DJI Mavic 3 last year, we came away impressed, and rightfully so, because it was a great product. The new DJI Mini 3 Pro we'll be showing you here today, however, has essentially redefined expectations for a sub-250g drone. Nothing was left untouched in the Mini 3 Pro and virtually every aspect has been upgraded. The DJI Mini Series has been catering to the entry-level consumer drone market for several years now. DJI continually innovates with the Mini series and regularly ups the ante at its targeted weight and price points. This particular drone segment is extremely...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Benchmarks: Faster At Everything With Better Efficiency

Qualcomm is updating its mobile platforms with a couple of enhanced SoCs, including the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 for flagship Android phones, and the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for premium handsets that fall just a step below. As it happens, we had the opportunity to preview the performance of the former and spoiler alert, it's fast. We'll get to precisely how much of a performance uplift it delivers over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but first let's go over some of the specs and features. For anyone who's been following the mobile scene for some time, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 seems like an inevitable release. For...

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