The iPhone 15 Pro Max may not look much different from the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but it brings much improved cameras and ergonomics
A $200 package with just about everything you need
When you go online and search for the best mechanical keyboards, you’ll most likely come across Keychron. At least, that’s what happened to me when I wanted to get started with a custom mechanical keyboard. And the device that showed up the most was the Keychron Q1 Pro, a 75% custom kit with a durable aluminum chassis, hot-swappable switches, RBG, wired and Bluetooth capabilities, versatility with different platforms, and more. Basically, it had a little of everything for the person who wanted an excellent prebuilt keyboard that they could customize down the road. It was just a bit out of my price range at around $200.
No, not that Snow White!
Launched as a standalone brand in 2021 by iBuyPower, HYTE hasn't been in the PC case-making business for very long, but the company already has three chassis under its belt. It all started with a splash with the ITX Revolt 3 tower case. Then, there was Y60, and now we have the slightly smaller Y40. A few color options were available with the HYTE Y40, but there hasn't been an option for an all-white scheme ... until now. There's absolutely nothing different between the Y40 versions aside from paint coating, so today, we're reviewing the HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition alongside all other Y40 cases.
Apple has abandoned Boot Camp on Apple Silicon Macs, which means Parallels 19 might be your best chance at running Windows on a Mac. Is it any good?
Even the most fervent macOS users will probably run into a situation where they need to use an application or service that only runs on Windows. In the time since Apple began switching from Intel processors to Apple Silicon systems-on-a-chip, running Windows on a Mac has become more difficult. While this used to be officially supported via Boot Camp, a built-in tool that enabled dual booting macOS and Windows partitions on the same drive, this was removed on Apple Silicon Macs. Enter Parallels 19, a virtualization software that aims to run everything from Windows to Linux on your Mac in virtual machines.
iPadOS 17 doesn't contribute much to the operating system's unique direction.
Since iPadOS 13, the iPad's operating system has diverted away from iOS, offering more exclusive features, tools, and changes. That's partially due to Apple trying to market its excellent tablets as laptop replacements. Now that I've been using iPadOS 17 for over three months, however, it has become evident that the Cupertino firm may just be running out of ideas. iPadOS 17 focuses on porting features introduced with iOS 17 and 16 rather than evolving the iPad's so-called unique identity.
These two watches are minor upgrades, but the new double tap gesture seems genuinely clever and useful.
Yesterday at Apple's September launch event the tech giant introduced four new iPhones and a pair of Apple Watches. Unlike the iPhones, which gained new cameras, charging ports and slightly redesigned bodies, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 look practically identical to the previous generations, and there aren't really major outer hardware updates, other than a screen that can get a bit brighter and dimmer.
I was impressed with the new cameras and lighter build.
Apple just announced its iPhone 15 series that, whether we like it or not, is going to set the benchmark for all new smartphones for the next 12 months. Luckily, this year's update is a bit more exciting than some of the previous years. In particular, the iPhone 15 Pro Max model brings several upgrades that make the phone genuinely exciting, even for an Android user such as myself.
Apple Watch autonomy is a single step away now.
Back in June, Apple previewed watchOS 10, along with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma. This time around, the biggest visual changes revolve around the Apple Watch, as the Cupertino firm completely overhauled the operating system. It also introduced some other handy features that further supercharge the company's wearables. And now that we've had our hands on the watchOS 10 beta for around three months, it's time to reveal what this update is all about through our dedicated review. In a nutshell, watchOS 10 makes using the Apple Watch day-to-day less mundane, thanks to a slew of colorful interfaces that make the OS and its apps more engaging.
Want a triple-screen setup on the go? The Portable Monitor Slide V2 delivers that, if you can deal with the hassle of setting it up.
As I've grown more accustomed to having multiple screens in my desk setup, it's become that much harder to get work done when I'm away from home and have to rely only on my laptop's display. I'm certainly not alone in that, which is why the portable monitor market has grown a lot in recent years, with lots of options from big and small brands alike. However, one of the standout solutions is the Portable Monitor Slide V2, which offers two screens in one package.
HP's Dragonfly G4 isn't just a great business laptop. It's great for everybody
HP's Dragonfly series consistently shows up on our best laptops guide, and there's a reason for that. It's tough to find anything wrong with them, and that extends to the latest addition, the Dragonfly G4. It's super-light, has a 3:2 OLED display option, and the keyboard is best in its class. The webcam is pretty great, too, which is nice to have if you work from home, and HP even added some neat new features, like the ability to automatically switch between cameras while you're using them.
Casetify's PowerThru Power Bank is a simple, portable charger that'll fit your personal style, even if it doesn't impress you on the spec sheet.
When Apple introduced MagSafe to the iPhone back in 2020, a lot of new features and great accessories became available. Even product categories that already existed were reimagined with Apple's magnetic connection system, like the portable charger and power bank. Previously, you needed to carry a portable charger and power cord to juice up your phone in a pinch. But with MagSafe, all that's required for emergency charging is a compact power bank no larger than your average bifold wallet. There are a lot of MagSafe power banks out there, including the subject of today's review, Casetify's PowerThru Power Bank.
The FireCuda 540 combines good PCIe 5.0 level performance with the highest endurance we've ever seen.
While many companies are chasing top-end performance or great cooling to make the best PCIe 5.0 SSD, Seagate is after something else: endurance. Its FireCuda 540 SSD isn't the fastest among PCIe 5.0 drives, but at 1000TBW per terabyte, it's definitely the most durable by far. If you want an SSD that will last you years without even failing a little, the FireCuda 540 is the SSD for you.
The novelty of the secondary E Ink display wears off quickly
First unveiled at CES this January under a different name, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 4 is a unique dual-screen laptop with one OLED and another color E Ink display placed on opposite sides of the laptop lid. This lid is anchored to a clever swivel hinge that allows for 180-degree rotation. This allows the ThinkBook Plus Gen 4 to be both a laptop and tablet with either display.
Say hello to some more "affordable" graphics cards!
Buying a good graphics card within the last couple of years has been nothing short of a grand adventure, filled with high prices, low stock levels, and a shortage of electronics to boot. Still, this hasn't halted AMD, Nvidia, and now Intel from launching new products, and today we're going to be looking at the new AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT and Radeon RX 7800 XT. The two GPUs are positioned to take on the RTX 4060 Ti and RTX 4070 graphics cards, hence the similarly named SKUs.
There's nothing too fancy about this convertible, but that might be just what you need
The HP Spectre lineup is where you'll get the best experience if you're looking for the best Windows convertible from the company, but if you're on a budget, there's the Envy line. While it's more mid-range and brings slightly cheaper starting costs, the HP Envy lineup is just as good, still offering features from the best HP laptops, like great webcams.
You may not have heard of Khadas before, but this mini PC is changing what the form factor is capable of
There's no shortage of mini desktop PCs on the market, and after seeing far too many pitches for these kinds of machines from relatively unknown companies, it takes a unique concept to get my attention. So you can imagine my surprise when Khadas — a company I had never heard of — reached out to tell me about the Khadas Mind, a mini PC that got my attention from the start.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is the best gaming headset for a reason. It's simply phenomenal
In the world of gaming headsets, there are so, so many to choose from. I see so many options in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene. I know many people who use a HyperX headset and many more who use a regular pair of headphones and a dedicated microphone. I fall into the latter camp and always have (I previously used Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless wired to my PC, for example), but the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless actually managed to change that.
The Lenovo Legion Glasses are a portable monitor you wear, and they're surprisingly good.
Lenovo had a ton of new products to show off at this year's IFA show in Berlin. If not for the Legion Go stealing the entire show for me, the Lenovo Legion Glasses would have been my pick for my favorite product at the show. They're a pair of AR glasses that plug into anything with a USB-C port, and the glasses will display whatever content is being output superimposed in the center of your vision.
The Omen Transcend is the priciest of all HP's gaming laptops, but it has a number of premium features to make up for the cost.
HP has a three-pronged approach to mobile PC gaming, delivering laptops with varying prices and features through the Victus, Omen, and Omen Transcend brands. HP refreshed all three of its gaming brands for 2023, and we've now had a chance to test and review all of them. The Omen Transcend 16 (2023) — the latest to receive our attention — is the pinnacle of what HP offers in terms of high-end gaming laptops. To name a few standout selling points, it has a taller display with a 16:10 aspect ratio (not to mention a gorgeous mini-LED option), the chassis is made entirely of magnesium aluminum, and it's thinner and lighter than its siblings.
The Inspiron 16 Plus (2023) is a great everyday laptop, sitting between the XPS 15 and Dell's G-series gaming laptops when it comes to performance
It wasn't too long ago that I reviewed the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1, an excellent laptop for students thanks to the AMD CPU and the versatile convertible form factor. But Dell has since sent me the "better" version of that: the Inspiron 16 Plus (2023). This is a much more premium and powerful Inspiron device that you'd normally get with some of these great Dell laptops.
The MP600 Pro NH wins a surprising victory against Samsung's acclaimed 990 Pro, albeit with some extra heat.
Although PCIe 5.0 SSDs are just now coming onto the scene, PCIe 4.0 drives are still very much relevant and will continue to be some of the best SSDs for at least a year. Among PCIe 4.0 SSDs, Samsung's 990 Pro has reigned as the fastest SSD (or at least tied as the top with WD's SN850X), and I was pretty confident that it would remain that way forever when I reviewed it back in April.