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Govee’s inexpensive TV backlight goes big

A strong bias for bias lighting

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 review: overpriced and underpowered

TCL’s budget 20S and 20SE phones beat expectations

Ikea’s latest Sonos lamp speaker is still an acquired taste

Better looks, easier bulbs, still niche

Razer Blade 15 Advanced review: the new hotness

Costly and toasty

Bose’s new SoundLink Flex speaker has a rugged design and ‘astonishing’ sound

The Apple Watch Series 7
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8.5

Apple Watch Series 7 review: time and time again

A bigger screen and faster charging are nice, but not reasons to upgrade

Best gaming laptop in 2021: seven laptops to get your game on

The best gaming laptop at every size and price

Fairphone 4 review: the price of sustainability

Lenovo Smart Clock 2 review: a good dock with an okay clock

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max review: the one to buy

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review: back to the drawing board

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What’s the best student laptop? We asked students

The best laptops for students, from kindergarten through college

Microsoft Surface Go 3 review: left behind

The tradeoffs aren’t worth it anymore

The best laptop you can buy in 2021

The best laptops for you, from ultraportables to high-powered editing machines

Sony Alpha ZV-E10 review: interchangeable lens vlogging machine

iPhone 13 Mini and 13 Pro Max battery life: better, and a beast

If you need your phone to last, you have to get a bigger phone

The iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13
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9

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iPhone 13 review: yep, bigger batteries are better

Small changes, big impact

The iPhone 13 Pro (left) and Pro Max (right)
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iPhone 13 Pro review: a better display, the best camera, and incredible battery life

Smooth operators

Nintendo Switch OLED review: screentime

Google’s latest Nest Doorbell and camera are not obvious upgrades

Battery-powered options are great, but prepare to make compromises

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8.5

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review: the best of both worlds

This is the best Surface Pro we’ve seen in years

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How to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free

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8

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Windows 11 review: a familiar home that’s still being renovated

Microsoft’s new OS is a work in progress

Android 12 review: it’s mostly about the looks

There are a just a few noteworthy features in this design-focused update

How to switch languages using the Android Gboard keyboard

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021) review: cut by the Blade

Sonos Beam (second-gen) review: Atmos(t) a minor upgrade

Bose QuietComfort 45 review: comfortably familiar

A masterclass in going back to what works

The best Chromebook for 2021

The best Chromebooks for every type of user

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7.5

iPad Mini 2021 review: a little different

The middle child

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 review: ninth time’s the charm

Lenovo has nailed the ThinkPad formula

Razer Huntsman V2 review: no need for speed

Fitbit Charge 5 review: touchscreen fatigue

The hardware is nice, but no physical button is a big step back

HP Elite Dragonfly Max review: pretty fly for a steep buy

This laptop is flying business class.

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iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 review: foundational fixes

Apple’s latest updates lay good groundwork, but don’t add many big new features

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How and where to replace your old, depleted iPhone battery

Dell Latitude 9420 review: pricey performance

Jabra Elite 3 review: nailing the essentials for $80