The Morning After: Fisker reveals more about its Alaska electric pickup

Plus, chameleonic microphones for audio engineers on a budget.

Fisker Inc.

Fisker has shed some more light on its Alaska electric pickup, which it says will have a relatively low base price of $45,400. The Alaska is a work-friendly vehicle, letting you run your business from the cockpit. It has dedicated work glove and cowboy hat storage, a slide-out laptop tray and a cup holder big enough to hold a day’s worth of water.

The default flatbed is 4.5 feet, but you can drop the partition to increase that to 7.5 feet. Lower the seats and the liftgate and you can push it to 9.2 feet, big enough to haul several sheets of plywood from one job to the next. But much as Fisker may promise this will be one of the lightest and cheapest EVs in its class, we’ll wait to see how much it actually costs when it debuts in 2025 before making a judgment.

– Dan Cooper

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It’s a Swiss Army-microphone for audio pros on a budget.

Image of the Sphere LX Microphone in front of a blurred background of an audio screen.
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Professional microphones are as unique as the instruments they’re built to record, each with their own voices. The Sphere LX is a $1,000 modeling microphone designed to alter its qualities to ape the voices of several extremely expensive studio microphones. James Trew explores what it’s like to use this chameleonic device, comparing it to several of the pro microphones it’s trying to impersonate. I may not find the technical intricacies of audio engineering that gripping, but James’ in-depth report is a must-read, even for me.

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Farewell, old friend.

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Lenovo's leaked Legion Go is part Steam Deck, part Nintendo Switch

It’s got detachable controllers!

Leaked image purporting to be Lenovo's Legion Go on a white background.
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With the Legion Go, Lenovo may have its own rival to the Steam Deck, Ayaneo and ASUS’ ROG Ally. A leak, including product renders, suggests it’s a PC gaming handheld equipped with AMD’s new Phoenix processors and a pair of Switch-like detachable controllers. It looks very possible to prop this thing on a table, addressing the issues of hand fatigue so common with other PC-class handhelds. Just a shame it won’t be able to play Tears of the Kingdom.

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Acura's ZDX EV has an estimated 325 miles of range and starts around $60,000

If those range claims are accurate, it’s pretty compelling.

Promotional image of a blue Acura ZDX EV in a blue environment lit with exclusively blue light.

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