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When Vizio announced that it was making laptops, people flooded our inbox demanding we review the Vizio Thin + Light (14-inch, 2012). After all, the company's reputation for undercutting rivals with quality hardware meant that its debut entry had to be taken seriously. Out of the gate, it won poin

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Here on How Would You Change, we rarely delve into the complex world of audio, but for the Parrot Zik by Starck, we're relaxing this policy. Considering its illustrious creator and bundled technology, this isn't your average pair of Bluetooth cans. When we reviewed it, we found that imperfect audi

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Were Acer's Aspire S5 an episode of Friends, it'd be \"The One With the Motorized Port Cover,\" and if you've ever seen an episode of Thunderbirds, then you'll know how satisfying it is to watch the mechanized housing in action. Still, was this device worth $1,400 just for the excuse to hum this mus

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Can mainstream companies produce hardware that'll compete with specialist game rigs? That was certainly the idea behind Samsung's Series 7 Gamer, a laptop designed to muscle in on Alienware's patch. When we reviewed it, we found that performance more than lived up to the hype. Even its average spe

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It's that time of the weekend when we encourage you to settle down with a strong pot of coffee, grab a pencil and pretend that you're a smartphone designer. This week's entrant is Motorola's Atrix HD, a $99 bargain-basement device that launched on AT&T before Motorola's Google-infused revoluti

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When Samsung's Galaxy Note launched, it was treated as an enthusiast device, which would never gain mainstream popularity due to its hulking size. Of course, given the staggering popularity of the device (and its successors), it wasn't long before other companies sought to steal a piece of the act

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In stark contrast to its PC lineup, Lenovo's tablet offerings are often the wrong side of exciting. The IdeaTab S2109, for instance, arrived with little fanfare or enthusiasm, and little to make it stand out from the rest of the mid-range 10-inch tablet crowd. Unfortunately, the day-to-day experie

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When a company first enters the Ultrabook space, you don't expect perfection, but you'd hope a company like Sony could deliver. The Vaio T13, the company's first Intel-approved thin-and-light, was priced at under $800, blending a low price with a sturdy chassis and reasonable performance. However,

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A year is a long time in technology, and reading back through the reviews of LG's Optimus 4X HD, it's clear to see a company in transition. Spool forward a few months, and the Optimus G and Nexus 4 has pushed the Korean giant back into the ascendancy. Still, we need to grapple with the 4XHD, which

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Nintendo's 3DS XL had a bigger screen, was more comfortable to hold and doubled its internal storage. What did it lack? No secondary analog stick, a compelling digital content offering and any sort of oomph under the hood. Those three were nearly deal breakers for our reviewer, who said the handhe

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It's rare that a device gets the personal seal of approval from our reviews chief, but that's the the hallowed ground that Samsung's Series 9 gets to stand upon. It earned praise for its excellent build, battery life, display and performance, and our only gripe was a trackpad that needed a softwar

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When we reviewed LG's Optimus L7, we compared it to BMW's 328i, saying that it was pitched as an entry-level car that could satisfy power-hungry buyers -- but really, that was very unfair on the vehicle in question. The problem with this particular phone is that while it promised to be a stylish l

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Yes, it's basically a trojan horse, convincing you to buy stuff from Amazon's online store, but at least it's beautiful. HD display, stereo sound and decent hardware propelled the Kindle Fire HD to second place when it first came out, right behind the original Nexus 7. Still, this is \"How Would Yo

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We feel for engineers who have to build budget machines. After all, with a limited component budget, do you splash out on a long battery or a better keyboard? Toshiba's Satellite U845 was designed to navigate those pitfalls, doing \"just enough\" to combine a reasonable battery life with decent perf

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How did our reviewer describe Acer's Aspire V5? We said that for a little bit more money, you could you do better. It's hardly the nicest thing that's ever been said about a low budget laptop with robust specifications, albeit with a pretty dodgy battery life. Some of you probably heeded our advic

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 promised plenty, but when we reviewed it, it didn't quite hit all of its marks. Maybe it was the high price when judged against its plastic chassis, or perhaps that our reviewer really wanted a better display than the 1,280 x 800 LCD that was provided. On the upside, the

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Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is such a beautiful piece of hardware that we're having trouble concentrating. With that carbon fiber chassis, the Ultrabook is thin, light and classily understated. Even packing Ivy Bridge internals, it still managed to crank out five hours of battery life and, aside f

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Vizio (yes, that one) decided to launch itself head-first into the laptop market with the 14-inch Thin and Light, a staggeringly beautiful piece of hardware. Sadly, what it lavished on a full-metal chassis, SSD and high-res display wasn't matched in the battery and keyboard / mouse department. Tha

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It's rare that How Would You Change takes a look at headphones, but we think this pair deserves the scrutiny. Parrot Zik by Starck is a $400 pair of Bluetooth cans with NFC, capacitive touch panels, active noise cancellation, head detection and a jawbone sensor for speech. Two of our reviewers put

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To paraphrase the words of our reviewer, ASUS' Zenbook Prime UX31A is the third-best thin and light laptop you can buy. That's high praise indeed when the only two superior devices are the MacBook Air and Samsung's Series 9. So, why does it deserve such love? That's probably down to its sleek desi

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