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Garmin Venu evaluation: Physical fitness proficiency with numerous pixels delegated fill

Garmin Venu evaluation: Physical fitness proficiency with numerous pixels delegated fill

Valentina Palladino Smartwatches try to get us away from our smartphone screens, but ironically, a smartwatch's screen is one of the most important things about it. While plenty of materials have been used in smartwatch displays (including E-Ink, RIP Pebble), OLED and AMOLED panels have become ubiquitous on high-end wearables. But Garmin, maker of some…
iPadOS evaluation: The iPad is dead, long live the iPad

iPadOS evaluation: The iPad is dead, long live the iPad

When we reviewed the 2018 iPad Pro, we were impressed by the power and potential of the hardware, but iOS 12 wasn’t up to the task of making the iPad a true content creation machine or a daily workhorse. We said it was time for Apple to branch out from iOS 13 with an iPad-specific…
Dell XPS 13 two-in-one evaluation: Lots to bend, couple of weak points

Dell XPS 13 two-in-one evaluation: Lots to bend, couple of weak...

Valentina Palladino If the changes brought to the Dell XPS 13 earlier this year intrigued you, you may be even more excited for the XPS 13 two-in-one. Dell updated its flagship convertible even more than it updated its laptop. The company changed up the two-in-one's screen, hinge, keyboard, and internals—including new Ice Lake processors. A…
iPhone 11 evaluation: The most appealing option in Apple’s finest lineup in years

iPhone 11 evaluation: The most appealing option in Apple’s finest lineup...

Enlarge / It still has a notch! Samuel Axon Like the iPhone XR before it, the iPhone 11 is the default iPhone. It's priced where flagship phones used to be priced, and it offers almost all the same features as the expensive iPhone 11 Pro models that also launched this year. Apple's iPhone lineup today…
iOS 13: The Ars Technica evaluation

iOS 13: The Ars Technica evaluation

Enlarge / iOS 13 on an iPhone 11 Pro. Samuel Axon Last year, Apple set users’ expectations with iOS 12, saying it would be focused on improving performance and fixing bugs and stability issues instead of adding a bunch of new features. And while there were still plenty of bugs over the course of the…
ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th-gen mini-review: Minor updates made to an excellent device

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th-gen mini-review: Minor updates made to an excellent...

Valentina Palladino There are some people who would never buy a ThinkPad, and there are others who flock to Lenovo's flagship business family every time the company makes an update. The latest release will be no exception, even if the updates it brings are relatively small. The seventh-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon will look familiar to…
Lenovo Thinkbook 13 s evaluation: ThinkPad affects at a terrific rate

Lenovo Thinkbook 13 s evaluation: ThinkPad affects at a terrific rate

Valentina Palladino Lenovo's ThinkPad family has a lot of fans, but not everyone can spend ThinkPad money on a laptop. Designed for small business customers (and regular consumers who want a more privacy-focused machine), Lenovo's new Thinkbooks seem like an experiment to boil the essence of a ThinkPad down into its most important parts and…
15- inch MacBook Pro mini-review: Just how much does Apple’s fastest laptop computer deal?

15- inch MacBook Pro mini-review: Just how much does Apple’s fastest...

The 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro—it looks just like last year's model. Samuel Axon For ports, we're still looking at four Thunderbolt 3—two on each side. Samuel Axon It still has the butterfly keyboard, though Apple claims this one will fail less often. Samuel Axon It's quite portable for a laptop this fast. Samuel Axon Apple…
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 evaluation: Premium and useful all in one

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 evaluation: Premium and useful all in one

Valentina Palladino Dell's Inspiron line doesn't make as many headlines as the XPS line does, but that could change quickly. Over the past year or so, Dell has taken premium features that come standard in XPS machines and translated them for the Inspiron line. The company knows it can't rely on the XPS family alone…
Mini-review: Fitbit’s Versa Lite prefers cost over unneeded functions

Mini-review: Fitbit’s Versa Lite prefers cost over unneeded functions

Valentina Palladino The Versa Lite confused me at first. When Fitbit announced the new Inspire and Inspire HR fitness trackers, the company also debuted the new Versa Lite. This smartwatch looks identical to the original Versa, which came out last year, but it lacks a few features and costs $40 less. Considering the Versa was…

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