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Emerging Tech

The Onewheel Plus isn’t just a crazy fun toy, it’s a legit commuter vehicle

We knew the Onewheel Plus was going to be a riot to ride, so we whipped it around Portland for a week to assess just how practical it is as a commuting vehicle
Computing

Huawei makes laptops? Yes, and the Matebook X deserves your attention

Huawei's Matebook X, the company's first clamshell laptop, is among the thinnest and lightest on the market -- and its first to ship with a Dolby Atmos-optimized sounds system. Here's what we thought of it.
Computing

Microsoft's new surface pro is all about the pen ... but it's not in the box

Microsoft's new Surface Pro looks pretty much the same as last year's model, save new hardware. But its peripherals -- including a new Surface Pen and Type Cover -- are the real story.
Mobile

HTC's U11 is a squeezable smartphone, and a wonder to behold

HTC has a new phone, the U11. It’s the successor to 2016’s HTC 10, but it’s now a part of the U series, meaning it has all the top specs you’d expect, and a gorgeous glass back.
Computing

Dell's refreshed XPS 27 all-in-one will let you rock out in virtual reality

Dell has decided to keep a good thing going with the XPS 27 refresh, a Kaby Lake-powered all-in-one that packs minor enhancements over it predecessor. It doesn't rock the boat, but it's improved in all the right places.
Outdoors

Tackle any trail with this beastly, 3-wheeled electric mountain bike

The 90-pound Juggernaut looks like the perfect blend of a motocross bike and a Jeep and after taking it out for a brief spin, it's safe to say this three-wheeled beast has the ability to tame the toughest of trails.
Computing

Light, thin, and somehow fast, Acer's Triton 700 is weird in all the right ways

Acer’s Predator Triton 700 is a thin and light gaming laptop. That alone would be enough to attract attention, but Acer has gone a step further, loading the laptop up with special features.
Gaming

‘Wilson’s Heart’ lets you get lost in an atmospheric virtual reality monster movie

“Wilson’s Heart’ is a 1940s black-and-white movie of a video game that makes great use of Oculus Rift and Touch controls to immerse you in campy dread
Gaming

‘Has-Been Heroes’ offers a unique and frustrating spin on roguelike genre for Switch players

Has-Been Heroes blends together the real-time strategy and action genres, but its chance-based difficulty limits the fun.
Mobile

The Oppo F3 Plus' fantastic dual-lens selfie cam will keep your narcissistic side sated

Oppo's new F3 Plus phone is made not just for selfie fans, but for those who want to squeeze many people in their shots. The dual-lens camera is on the front of the phone, and has both a standard and a wide-angle lens. We've been trying it…
Mobile

Sony Xperia Ear open-style earbuds let you listen to music, the world around you

Sony's wild new Xperia Ear open ear concept headphones use bone conduction to let you hear the ambient noise around you. They also support a smart assistant that supplies directions, calendar appointment reminders, and recordings on…
Computing

Samsung's Galaxy Book isn't much of a book (or Galaxy device)

Our first impressions of the Galaxy Book, Samsung's newest Windows 10 laptop/tablet hybrid 2-in-1 device. It's no laptop killer. Instead, it's a Windows 10 tablet with an iPad Pro-style attachable keyboard.
Computing

We went hands-on with Ryzen, and saw why AMD’s new CPU should make Intel sweat

AMD's much anticipated Ryzen processor is available for pre-order, and close to launch. We checked out performance demos at AMD's launch event for an early glimpse at its performance. Intel may have reason to be worried.
Gaming

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' is Nintendo's most expansive and ambitious game ever

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may be one of the most ambitious games that Nintendo has ever made, and our brief time spent exploring Hyrule on the floor of E3 has left us ravenous for Link's next adventure.
Gaming

'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' is the multiplayer game Nintendo's Switch needs at launch

We go hands-on with Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch. How does it stack up to the Wii U version, and is it worth a look at launch? Find out here in our first take on the launch window game.
Opinion

Nintendo’s Switch looks exciting, but here’s why I’m not going to buy it

Nintendo finally revealed the details on its new console. While it has a lot of potential, it lacks the unique draw that makes it worth the cost of entry.
Wearables

Misfit's first smartwatch is easy to use, and half the price of Android watches

Misfit finally made a smartwatch: the Vapor. It's an early prototype, but we went hands on with it to see how it's shaping up. The fast processing, slick design, and intriguing software had us impressed.