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At the tail-end of 2012, Microsoft launched the Surface with Windows RT, a gorgeous, homegrown tablet that was meant to be a productivity-focused alternative to the iPad and Android tablets. Unfortunately, the device didn't sell anywhere near as many as then-CEO Steve Ballmer had predicted, which

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It seems like forever ago that HTC was making Windows Phone devices, but it's not even been a year. HTC's 8X earned plenty of praise for the fantastic performance, build and battery life - not to mention the display and camera. The downside, of course, was Windows Phone 8, which, at the time, was

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In just three years, the Galaxy Note has grown from a niche device to a must-have, which is almost as eagerly anticipated as Samsung's Galaxy S flagships. When we placed the Galaxy Note II in the hands of our tame phone driver, they had nothing but praise for the handset. Oh, except for its sky-hi

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Here's how it is: Intel is king of the PC hill, but in smartphones and tablets, you're more likely to be using an ARM chip. For a tech behemoth to be beaten by a tiny firm in Cambridge is unacceptable, so Intel started cranking out mobile chips to redress the balance. For the Droid RAZR i, Motorol

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Gone are the days when, if you wanted to read a book in bed, you'd need to take a torch with you. Nowadays, as long as you've got a Kindle Paperwhite, the books will happily illuminate themselves. The device's even front-lighting and engineering outshone the rival Nook, even if it had a slender 2G

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Much as we love Sony, it's an open secret that the company has somewhat lost its way. For example, when we reviewed the Xperia T, Sony's late-2012 flagship, we found that it really wasn't any better than the Xperia S, its predecessor. In fact, when placed side-by-side, we struggled to work out whi

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The iPhone 5 was thinner, lighter and came with a bigger display than its predecessor. There's plenty to like about this handset, even if the Lightning connector broke compatibility with 100 million iDevice accessories. But what we want to know is this: if you had disguised yourself as Jonathan Iv

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Vizio! Out of nowhere, the budget TV maker emerged with a laptop and desktop combination that earned plenty of sideways glances and praise. When we pulled the company's 24-inch All-in-One desktop into our labs, we found that form had taken too much precedence over function. Yes, it looks gorgeous,

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We've always prided ourselves on having a crack team of laptop reviewers, who run the rule over almost every mobile computer available. One that earned a measure of praise was HP's Envy Spectre XT, which addressed plenty of our complaints that we'd lodged against the original Envy 14 Spectre. The

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Before it became the cuddly face of Google's handset business, Motorola had a knack of knocking out sweet hardware at low prices. The RAZR M, for instance, combined a svelte body, 4.3-inch display and a nippy Snapdragon S4. When you factor in the $99 price point, you can see that, while it won't h

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Amazon's second-generation Kindle Fire arrived with a revamped design, excellent display and stereo sound. For all of these plus points, however, our reviewer's single objection was the same that it's always been. The Kindle Fire is less of a tablet and more of a Trojan Horse, a way to keep the Am

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A $7,000 camera may only share a border with the mainstream gadgets we normally discuss on How Would You Change, but it's one that's worth bending a rule to discuss here. In the hands of our reviewer, we learned that Canon's EOS-1D X wasn't compelling enough to convince 1Ds Mk. III users to switch

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11-inch laptops are tricky beasts, purely because the compromises that make them so portable are almost always the ones that mean you're better off with a 13-incher. That's why our reviewer was impressed with Acer's Aspire V5, a laptop that managed to navigate between the pitfalls and produce a ro

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When you're building a laptop to a price point, there's a fine line between success and failure. Take the Toshiba Satellite U845, an Ultrabook priced at the reasonably slender $750. When we placed it in the hands of our resident laptop critic, she found that the tasteful, pleasing design and sturd

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When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1, everyone at Engadget was intrigued. Even more so, when the company postponed the launch for a radical redesign, a \"predesign,\" if you will. When it arrived, it had the potential to be a Wacom-beater, a graphics tablet that you worked wherever you could

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We have to admit, we've been looking forward to this week's How Would You Change entrant for quite a while. Having reviewed a carbon fiber notebook ourselves, your humble narrator was very curious to see how Lenovo's ThinkPad Carbon X1 fared out in the real world. In the hands of our reviewer, the

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Welcome to How Would You Change, the segment where we pick over the bones of a device we've already reviewed to discuss if our impressions matched your real-world experiences. This week, it's ASUS' Zenbook Prime UX31A, which we said had striking design and great performance. The downsides, of cour

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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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