Tag Archive: Review


Spigen Slim Armor CS case for Galaxy S9+ review: A slippery case for your secret stash

This wallet case doesn’t scream “I’ve got money in me”, but it likes to shine and slide around.

Good wallet cases are multitaskers, protecting your phone while keeping your cash and cards nearby. With a phone as big as the Samsung Galaxy S9+, a wallet case isn’t just a single card slot or squeezing some cash between the case and the back of our phone; you can legitimately use is as an ultra-minimalist wallet. Now, every wallet  [Read More…]

Taotronics TT-BH040 headphones review: The best sound $70 can buy

Active Noise Cancelling headphones that don’t suck for under $ 80. Dreams do come true!

Very rarely do I go through a day without having some sort of headphones in, on, or around my ears. Whether I’m rocking out to The Police, listening to true crime podcasts, or taking calls on my iPhone and Mac, I am constantly plugged in to some form of audio.

While I don’t consider myself a hardcore audiophile, I do know what  [Read More…]

Lenovo Smart Display review: Google Assistant’s best face

I’ve always wanted one of those digital photo frames, the kind you see in parents’ living rooms, cycling between photos of grandkids a couple years out of date. Like Bluetooth speakers, digital photo frames are largely dumb and passive — they wait until you give them something to show, or play, and once that sequence is over, they either just shut off or repeat what’s already there.

When the Amazon Echo arrived up in 2014, we  [Read More…]

Lenovo Smart Display review: Single-handedly selling MrMobile on Google Home

I didn’t get the name “MrMobile” by covering a lot of home tech, folks – but when Lenovo revealed back at CES that it was working with Google to graft a display onto a Google Home, I decided that was something worth crossing categories for. Now, after a week of using the Lenovo Smart Display both at work and home, I’m here to tell you that my hunch was correct: this thing has almost single-handedly reinvigorated my  [Read More…]

AKG K52 Headphones review: Studio headphones on the cheap

Just needs a removable cable.

A few days after this review is published, I’ll be playing guitar and singing at my first solo show in two years. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been buying equipment like amplifiers, a microphone and stand, and a music stand. I also wanted some studio headphones to hear my amplifier effects without disrupting my neighbors. I also wanted neutral headphones around for when I get around to recording some music I’ve  [Read More…]

Koss Porta Pro Wireless headphones review: The retro re-do that mostly works

They’re retro, but that doesn’t make them outdated.

I’ve been wearing the Koss Porta Pros since I was 14. They were the first pair of “audiophile” headphones I could afford after starting to research how to get better sound out of my summer-job paycheck.

Everyone agreed, even way back in 1999, that the Porta Pro headphones were an anomaly, a confluence of retro design and excellent engineering.

Koss Porta Pro Wireless

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Honor 7S review: good looking, but so very slow

We’ve noticed an interesting trend in smartphones over the last few years. The gap between the best and the worst has gotten increasingly smaller. So in today’s market, the advantages of a more expensive phone are less distinct than ever.

So even if you appreciate high-end builds and having the latest features, you’d be advised to think twice before spending an arm and a leg on the latest and greatest.

Should you mind the new wave of budget handsets?

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Spigen Thin Fit case for Pixel 2 XL review: Basic protection with some flaws

If you want a basic but thin case for your Pixel 2 XL, check out this case from Spigen.

Spigen is known for making plenty of phone accessories, from Style Rings to screen protectors and even headphones. But Spigen is most famous for offering a variety of cases for nearly every phone out there, from ultra rugged cases down to the simpler Thin Fit series. There are lots of great cases for the Pixel 2 XL, but  [Read More…]

Honor 7s review: Looks great, performs terribly

This latest budget phone from Honor looks great but has some very rough edges.

If the Honor 7s slipped you by unnoticed, it’s easily done. Launched in China under a different name, it’s a new budget phone that is available in select global markets across Africa, Asia, Europe, South and Central America. The closest it gets to a U.S. release is Mexico, likewise, it’s not currently available in Western Europe.

But Honor does some great work in  [Read More…]

Suzy Cube review: An Android platformer that beats Mario at his own game

The best $ 4 you’ll ever spend in the Play Store.

Suzy Cube is a brilliant new 3D platformer developed by indie game studio NorthernBytes Software and published by Noodlecake Studios. It’s a charming premium title that manages to cram all the fun and charm of a Nintendo-style platformer onto your phone with little to no compromise. Goodbye Mario, hello Suzy Cube!

Download: Suzy Cube ($ 3.99)

Before I get into the full written review, check out  [Read More…]