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Review: Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

When the first Chromebooks showed up, they felt more like reference designs than fully baked notebooks. Google’s initial attempt at a machine powered entirely by a web browser, the black CR-48, was a developer-only laptop with a slow processor and an unusable trackpad. Last year brought two consumer-ready Chromebooks, Samsung’s Series 5 and Acer’s AC700,…

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad K1

I paraphrase Andy Warhol when I say: Eventually, everyone will build their own tablet computer. Like the scourge of reality television, manufacturers far and wide are trying to muscle into the tablet world, each producing a machine about the same as the last. Lenovo’s new Android Tablet, the IdeaPad K1, is at least a credible…

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Review: ViewSonic ViewPad 10

There’s a really famous road — maybe you know it. It’s paved with good intentions. And by now you should know all too well where it leads. It must have been aggravating for ViewSonic — which has made Windows-based tablet PCs since 2001 — to see its market destroyed by the Apple iPad in 2010….

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Review: Redline Conquest Pro

Redline has been making cross bikes for a long time, and that experience really comes through in the components the company chose for the Conquest Pro — a good mix for entry-level racing. But we were less enamored of the bike’s handling. A long top tube coupled with a shallow head tube angle makes the…

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Review: Cobra XRS R10G

Cobra eliminates the awkward button pushing on most windshield-mounted systems by moving the display and controls to a separate clip-on module for your dash. If only the execution matched the inspiration. The control panel couldn’t be simpler to use, but the cluttered display is nearly impossible to read, cramming several tiny icons onto a 1-inch…

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Review: Gateway ID49C07u

Dashing good looks and cutting-edge performance don’t have to come at a steep price, and for scholars heading back to school this fall, there’s only a handful of machines that strike this trifecta. And Gateway’s ID series — embodied here in its ID49C07u — has all three. Specs include an Intel Core i3 at 2.26…

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Review: Mio Knight Rider GPS

It’s been a rough couple of decades for Knight Rider fans. In 1982 the show’s co-star, an AI-enhanced Trans Am named KITT, stole our nerdy hearts. Seven years after the series ended, everyone’s favorite talking car started a downward spiral…by moonlighting as a high school teacher. And don’t even get us started on the stinking…

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