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Amazon Echo Pop review: more style, less substance
As the latest entry-level Alexa smart speaker, the $40 Echo Pop packs a lot of value into a small package. It’s not as good as the Echo Dot, but it’s got looks on its side.
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Honor Magic VS review: foldable perks, foldable quirks
Honor’s foldable is the Samsung Z Fold’s first real competitor outside of China. It’s a more affordable alternative, but its rough edges are grating.
Sony’s small but mighty XB100 speaker is cheerful and very cheap
There are smarter and much bigger speakers to choose from, but this tiny little thing offers surprisingly crisp sound for its low price.
As a virtual assistant, Alexa is quite good: it responds quickly, often knows what it is you want, and is capable of doing many things.
As something I want to actually use, it’s terrible, all thanks to Amazon’s relentless upsells after Alexa responds. That’s my takeaway from Jen Tuohy’s review of the new Echo Pop, where it attempted to get her to pay for a louder alarm after she asked it to set an alarm. What a nightmare.
My recent live/work experiment in the all-electric VW ID Buzz wouldn’t have been possible without BioLite’s first portable battery and solar panel. It was needed to provide continuous power to my Starlink internet, laptops, phones, and more because the Microbus can’t when parked. The BaseCharge 1500 has some minor quirks, but if it’s specced and priced right for your needs then it’s worth considering.
Living and working from an all-electric VW ID Buzz
Two humans and a beagle named Hank spent two weeks and 2,000 miles in Europe with a Ququq camping box to preview the future of #vanlife.
I just got review units of Amazon’s latest Alexa-powered smart speaker and will be putting them through their paces this weekend. Throw any questions you have about the newest (and cheapest) Echo at me in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to answer them in the review.
A day on the Vivobook 15
The Vivobook 15 is a 15-inch budget alternative to the Acer Aspire 5 but with some of the same problems.
Logic Pro for the iPad is very fun with very few compromises
A great digital audio workstation for the iPad with some experimental ways to make music
Google Pixel 7A review: a better deal
It’s $50 more than the Pixel 6A, but some key upgrades keep Google’s A-series at the top of the midrange class.
A day on the Gateway 14
I spent a day on a $279, bright blue, cow-spotted 14-inch laptop, and I’m seriously impressed by how much it has to offer.
VanMoof S5 e-bike review: nice but twice the price
$4,000 and a long list of features, but how many do you really need?
Hyundai Ioniq 6 review: a Tesla Model 3 fighter with art deco style
The Ioniq 6 looks more interesting than it drives. That’s not a bad thing.
My week with Dyson’s absurd wearable air purifier
The Dyson Zone is not the most practical device, but then again, did you really expect that from air-purifying, noise-canceling headphones?