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Metaphor: ReFantazio

Metaphor: ReFantazio feels like a JRPG free from restraint and sanity

If you’ve been itching for a new Persona game, this is probably going to be your jam.

Atlus' giant fantasy RPG 'Metaphor: ReFantazio' has been a long time in the making. After rolling through a demo at Summer Game Fest last weekend, I’m dying to play it.

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Aaron Souppouris
Aaron Souppouris
20 hours ago

Metaphor: ReFantazio feels like a JRPG free from restraint and sanity

If you’ve been itching for a new Persona game, this is probably going to be your jam.

Atlus' giant fantasy RPG 'Metaphor: ReFantazio' has been a long time in the making. After rolling through a demo at Summer Game Fest last weekend, I’m dying to play it.

by 
Aaron Souppouris
Aaron Souppouris
20 hours ago
Neva

Neva hands-on: A grand achievement in emotional game design

And a stellar platformer.

Neva is going to make me cry.

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Jessica Conditt
Jessica Conditt
20 hours ago
Phoenix Springs

Phoenix Springs offers breathtaking beauty in a desolate neo-noir world

I desperately want to play all of it, right now.

Take me back.

by 
Jessica Conditt
Jessica Conditt
06.13.2024
Skate Story hands-on: Kick, push, shatter

Skate Story hands-on: Kick, push, shatter

Repeat.

Skate Story encourages you to enter a peak state early on, only so you can chase that feeling the rest of the game.

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Jessica Conditt
Jessica Conditt
06.13.2024

Smartphone Reviews

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Just like last year's Pixel 7a, the Pixel 8a features a 64MP main camera and a 13MP ultra-wide camera.
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Google Pixel 8a review: The best midrange Android phone gets flagship AI features

The company didn't mess with its winning formula for the A-series, delivering another great handset for $499.

The Pixel 8a delivers handy AI features alongside a beautiful 120Hz OLED screen, excellent cameras and way above-average battery life for just $499.

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Sam Rutherford
Sam Rutherford
05.13.2024
The Phone 2a is Nothing's attempt to make a solid budget phone.
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Nothing Phone 2a review: A budget phone that's packed with personality

With a 6.5-inch 120Hz OLED screen, a 5,000 mAh battery and unique design, the Phone 2a offers a lot for just $349.

Packing a bright 120Hz OLED screen, great battery life and unique design, the Nothing Phone 2a proves that a good budget phone doesn’t need to be boring.

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Sam Rutherford
Sam Rutherford
03.05.2024
The new OnePlus 12 starts at $800 and unlike a lot of other smartphones nowadays, it comes with an included charger.
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OnePlus 12 review: A no-nonsense flagship for a great price

With a starting price of $800, it's $200 cheaper than a similarly equipped Galaxy S24+.

The OnePlus 12 offers the same speedy performance and better battery life than the Galaxy S24+ along with solid cameras and a great screen for $200 less.

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Sam Rutherford
Sam Rutherford
02.07.2024
Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24+
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Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24+ review: A taste of generative AI in everyday use

New tricks make these familiar-looking devices a more compelling upgrade.

Samsung's new AI tools, combined with subtle design tweaks, help the Galaxy S24 and S24+ make a more compelling case for upgrading from any phone older than the S23.

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Richard Lai
Richard Lai
02.02.2024

Laptop & PC Reviews

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Even though last year's model featured an all-new chassis, Alienware completely redesigned the m16 again for 2024 and all the changes make a huge difference.
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Alienware m16 R2 review: When less power makes for a better laptop

Despite a lower graphics ceiling, the R2 is much more well-rounded than its predecessor.

Despite featuring a less powerful top-end GPU than the previous model, the new m16 R2's sleeker design and better battery make it a better overall system.

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Sam Rutherford
Sam Rutherford
05.09.2024
The ROG Zephyrus G16 is ASUS' larger and higher-performance gaming laptop, but thanks to its OLED display and a wealth of ports, it also makes for a great multimedia editing machine.
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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) review: Not just for gamers

A great display and lots of horsepower make this a great media editing machine too.

Like its smaller sibling, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 combines a great display with a super sleek build but with better connectivity and even longer battery life.

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Sam Rutherford
Sam Rutherford
04.17.2024
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is simply one of the best 14-inch gaming laptops on the market.
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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) review : This is the 14-inch gaming laptop to beat

It's got pretty much everything you want including solid performance, a slick design and a gorgeous OLED display.

For anyone who wants strong performance in a portable design, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is both pound for pound and dollar for dollar the best choice around.

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Sam Rutherford
Sam Rutherford
04.10.2024
HP Spectre x360 14 tent formation
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HP Spectre x360 14 review (2024): Keeping the 2-in-1 laptop dream alive

It's a great laptop that just happens to have a rotating screen.

The HP Spectre x360 14 has everything you’d want in a 14-inch convertible notebook. It’s fast, features a gorgeous screen and can rotate to suit your needs.

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Devindra Hardawar
Devindra Hardawar
04.02.2024

Gaming Reviews

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Metaphor: ReFantazio

Metaphor: ReFantazio feels like a JRPG free from restraint and sanity

If you’ve been itching for a new Persona game, this is probably going to be your jam.

Atlus' giant fantasy RPG 'Metaphor: ReFantazio' has been a long time in the making. After rolling through a demo at Summer Game Fest last weekend, I’m dying to play it.

by 
Aaron Souppouris
Aaron Souppouris
20 hours ago
Neva

Neva hands-on: A grand achievement in emotional game design

And a stellar platformer.

Neva is going to make me cry.

by 
Jessica Conditt
Jessica Conditt
20 hours ago
Phoenix Springs

Phoenix Springs offers breathtaking beauty in a desolate neo-noir world

I desperately want to play all of it, right now.

Take me back.

by 
Jessica Conditt
Jessica Conditt
06.13.2024
Skate Story hands-on: Kick, push, shatter

Skate Story hands-on: Kick, push, shatter

Repeat.

Skate Story encourages you to enter a peak state early on, only so you can chase that feeling the rest of the game.

by 
Jessica Conditt
Jessica Conditt
06.13.2024

Headphone Reviews

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Sonos opted for a refined design and a matte finish that hides plastic components well.
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Sonos Ace headphones review: An impressive but incomplete debut

Excellent audio and clever home theater tricks, but there’s still work to be done.

The first Sonos headphones are sonically impressive and the soundbar sync feature is easy to use. However, the Ace is expensive and it will be a while before it’s at its full potential.

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Billy Steele
Billy Steele
06.03.2024
Beats Solo 4 laying on two books with an iPhone to the left and a black pen in the foreground.
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Beats Solo 4 review: Upgraded audio, extended battery life and familiar design

The most significant updates to the popular on-ear headphones are entirely under the hood.

Beats made significant updates to audio quality and battery life on the Solo 4, but the design is in need of a refresh.

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Billy Steele
Billy Steele
04.30.2024
White headphones sitting on a wooden table from above with a red notebook and phone in the background sitting on top of a black and a white book.
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Sony ULT Wear headphones review: Brain-shaking bass

The company's Extra Bass moniker is replaced by ULT Power Sound.

Sony’s ULT Wear headphones are a better implementation of bass boost than previous models along with considerable updates to ANC, features and overall design.

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Billy Steele
Billy Steele
04.11.2024
White/silver Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 earbuds sitting in their case with the lid open.
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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 review: Stellar sound, forward-looking features

A similar design to the Momentum True Wireless 3, but there are big updates inside.

Sennheiser’s latest flagship earbuds retain the excellent sound quality the company is known for, and add some quality-of-life updates that are improvements over the previous model.

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Billy Steele
Billy Steele
03.22.2024

Wearable Reviews

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A man stands in front of his laptop in a kitchen while wearing the Apple Vision Pro AR/VR headset.
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Apple Vision Pro review: Beta testing the future

Apple's spatial computing headset is fascinating and frustrating.

The Apple Vision Pro is an ambitious first step into the world of spatial computing, with the best displays and AR integration we’ve ever seen. But it’s also clearly a beta product aimed at developers.

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Devindra Hardawar
Devindra Hardawar
02.08.2024
The Pixel Watch 2 on a person's wrist held in mid-air, with some blurred out greenery in the background.
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Pixel Watch 2 review: Not leading the way, but no longer lagging

With better battery life and some unique features, Google’s second-gen smartwatch is catching up to its rivals.

Our review of the Pixel Watch 2, including testing of its new stress management feature, heart rate sensor and battery life.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
10.11.2023
The Apple Watch Series 9 on a person's wrist.
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Apple Watch Series 9 review: Freedom from touching your screen

Quit swiping.

Our review of the Apple Watch Series 9, including our testing of the new Double Tap gesture.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
09.20.2023
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 face pictured.
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Samsung's Galaxy Watch 6 review: Evolution not revolution

It's just a practical, wellness-centric smartwatch — and that's OK.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is a pretty comprehensive smartwatch that offers a wide range of health and fitness tracking features at a fair price point.

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Malak Saleh
Malak Saleh
09.14.2023

Audio Gear Reviews

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AIAIAI Unit 4 Wireless+ studio monitors on a picnic blanket in a park along with an SP-404 MKII with an adorable Speak & Spell skin.
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AIAIAI Unit-4 review: Unique wireless portable studio monitors

With low-latency wireless transmission and enormous batteries, the Unit-4 make a strong case for their high price.

The AIAIAI Unit-4 Wireless+ are basically the only game in town if you need portable studio quality monitors with low-latency wireless and long-lasting batteries.

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Terrence O'Brien
Terrence O'Brien
02.16.2024
Ground Control Audio UwU virtual pet buffer

The UwU Virtual Pet Buffer is a Tamagotchi in a guitar pedal

Your new pedalboard buddy encourages you to play and practice to help it evolve.

Ground Control Audio's UwU Virtual Pet buffer is a Tamagotchi in a guitar pedal that encourages you to practice to keep it healthy.

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Terrence O'Brien
Terrence O'Brien
01.28.2024
Terrence O'Brien playing the Embodme Erae II with one hand and taking a mediocre photo with the other at NAMM 2024.

Embodme Erae II hands-on: A customizable MPE MIDI controller for your soft synths and analog gear

The announcement of a next gen Erae was one of the bigger surprises at NAMM 2024.

The Erae II takes the customizable MPE playing surface of the original and adds a more robust interface and tons of connectivity options.

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Terrence O'Brien
Terrence O'Brien
01.27.2024
Casio Dimension Tripper

Casio's Dimension Tripper lets you control your guitar pedals with your guitar strap

The Bluetooth controller is currently only available through a crowdfunding campaign.

Casio showed up to NAMM 2024 with the Dimension Tripper: an experimental Bluetooth expression controller that you operate with your guitar strap.

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Terrence O'Brien
Terrence O'Brien
01.27.2024

Speaker Reviews

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Samsung Q990D soundbar's front right corner with a TV and a Nintendo Switch console in the background.
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Samsung HW-Q990D soundbar review: A small but significant update

The home theater powerhouse got the one thing it was missing, but not much else.

Samsung's home theater powerhouse got the one thing it was missing, but not much else for this year's model.

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Billy Steele
Billy Steele
05.10.2024
JBL Authentics 300
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JBL Authentics 300 review: Alexa and Google Assistant coexisting

Running two assistants is novel, but that’s where most of the appeal ends.

The ability to run Alexa and Google Assistant at the same time on one device is the biggest selling point on the Authentics 300.

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Billy Steele
Billy Steele
11.30.2023
Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Mini
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Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Mini review: Excellent and expensive

The smallest Ambeo soundbar yet is impressive, but you’ll pay a lot for it.

Sennheiser’s smallest Ambeo soundbar does a better job with Dolby Atmos than the Sonos Beam, but it costs $300 more.

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Billy Steele
Billy Steele
11.09.2023
Drop's BMR1 speaker is pictured on a shelf.

Drop's BMR1 PC speakers are almost really good

A little more low end and some extra connectivity and the BMR2 will be banging.

There's plenty to like about Drop's BMR1 PC speakers, but there are also enough things that could be improved that make them hard to fully recommend.

by 
James Trew
James Trew
09.22.2023

Photography Gear Reviews

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DJI Osmo Pocket 3 review: Maybe the only vlogging camera you need
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DJI Osmo Pocket 3 review: Maybe the only vlogging camera you need

Much improved picture quality and subject tracking enables solo vlogging.

Three years after the Pocket 2, DJI has introduced the Osmo Pocket 3 with some big improvements.

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Steve Dent
Steve Dent
12.04.2023
Meta has upgraded every aspect of its smart glasses.
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Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses review: Instagram-worthy shades

An accessory for your face and your social media accounts.

With its latest smart glasses, Meta has managed to improve the core features, while making them more useful with new abilities like livestreaming and hands-free photo messaging.

by 
Karissa Bell
Karissa Bell
10.20.2023
Panasonic G9 II mirrorless camera review
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Panasonic G9 II review: Its best Micro Four Thirds camera to date

Phase detect autofocus, incredible stabilization and surprisingly good video.

Panasonic's $1,900 G9 II is one of the most capable hybrid cameras available, and the best Micro Four Thirds camera in the company's lineup.

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Steve Dent
Steve Dent
10.18.2023
DJI Mini 4 Pro review: The best lightweight drone gains more power and smarts
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DJI Mini 4 Pro review: The best lightweight drone gains more power and smarts

Better range, tracking and crash protection, plus ultra slow mo 4K

DJI’s Mini 4 Pro sets another new benchmark for small drones.

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Steve Dent
Steve Dent
09.25.2023

Tablet Reviews

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Lenovo Smart Paper review

Lenovo Smart Paper review: A solid e-ink tablet spoiled by the cost

It’s expensive and the cloud subscription is a borderline scam.

Lenovos's Smart Paper is now available in several countries, including the UK. At around $400 (in the UK, £500) it's expensive. But with offline handwriting recognition, does it offer a seamless way of sharing notes across devices?

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Mat Smith
Mat Smith
10.30.2023
Photos of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra tablet.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review: A little too big, a little too expensive

While some might enjoy this massive tablet, most people will be better off with a smaller device.

The Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is a powerful, well-designed and massive tablet. The 14.6-inch screen makes it awkward to use in your hands, but the S Pen is a great stylus, and using it with a keyboard in Dex mode makes it a powerful productivity tool.

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Nathan Ingraham
Nathan Ingraham
09.08.2023
The Pixel Tablet on its dock on a walnut chest of drawers showing the Android home screen.
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Google Pixel Tablet review: Clever accessories transform an unexciting tablet

The things that make Google’s latest tablet great are not the device itself.

The Pixel Tablet is a competent smart display that is also a tablet that's always charged and ready when you need it. Some quirks aside, it's a versatile product that deserves a spot in your home.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
06.20.2023
The Amazon Kindle Scribe held up in mid-air by a hand gripping its right side. The screen shows the words "Hiragana Practice" at the top, followed by columns of Japanese script below.
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Amazon Kindle Scribe review: Better than pen and paper but not the competition

The e-ink tablet is excellent for reading and writing, but lacks sharing and editing features.

Amazon’s first Kindle that supports stylus input offers an excellent reading and writing experience. But don’t expect handwriting-to-text conversion or sophisticated note-taking and syncing tools.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
11.30.2022

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