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Gizmag reviews Microsoft's new and improved take on the 2-in-1, the Surface Pro 3

Microsoft's Surface brand is only two years old, but it's already been on quite the roller coaster ride. When the company first announced the tablet/laptop hybrid, reactions may have been cautious, but they were also unmistakably intrigued. But that buzz fizzled quickly, as the two 1st-gen models launched with some huge compromises. Less than a year after we saw an improved pair of 2nd-gen Surfaces, can the third time be a charm? Read on, as Gizmag reviews the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  Read More

The Notifier could be the best entry-level smartwatch so far

Google is preparing to fully roll out Android Wear and the first smartwatch to run the platform could be going on sale soon, but it remains to be seen if consumers are actually interested in extending their mobile devices to their wrists. Having spent a month with the Android and iOS-compatible Martian Notifier smartwatch, I've come to the conclusion that it may offer the best way for early adopters, the mobile-obsessed or the busy every-man or woman to get his or her feet wet in the new wearable world.  Read More

What's old is new again, as Gizmag reviews the Pebble Steel smartwatch

When companies release follow-ups to their existing devices, they usually bring some upgrades to the table. Bigger screen here, faster processor there and maybe some fun new features. Pebble's latest watch, though, is all new on the outside, but exactly the same on the inside. Join Gizmag, as we review Pebble Steel, a familiar idea that's wrapped in a stylish new package.  Read More

It's the same Mario Kart fun with the latest installment, but with some new twists

Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s most loved franchises, and it’s a testament to the strength of its core gameplay how little it has changed since its inception. While the latest entry might not bring much new to the table, its fast-paced, re-tuned gameplay is the most fun we've had with the series for a long time.  Read More

The Creative Sound Blaster Roar portable Bluetooth speaker

When Creative announced its new Sound Blaster Roar speaker, a couple of features stood out as unusual. The in-built siren and the "life-saver mode" that plays loud noises to keep you awake seemed at odds with its main focus of premium quality audio. Gizmag put the portable Bluetooth speaker through its paces.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Jawbone Up24, the wireless update to the popular Up fitness band

Though smartwatches and Google Glass have made for some bold and interesting products, you could easily argue that the best wearables so far have been fitness trackers. But are these US$100+ accessories worth the price of admission? Join Gizmag, as we take a look at Jawbone's newest fitness band, the Up24.  Read More

Gizmag takes a quick look at the Transcend JetDrive Lite, a MacBook storage expansion acce...

MacBooks can make for great notebook PCs, but their speedy solid-state drives don't give you much storage bang for your buck. So why not do something with that SD card slot, and give yourself some extra semi-permanent storage? That's the thinking behind Transcend's JetDrive Lite. Read on, for Gizmag's quick look.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the TriplePlay wireless MIDI controller and pickup from Fishman (Photo: Pau...

In addition to showing off its new Fluence pickup at this year's Winter NAMM, Fishman followed last year's debut of Godin's Session Custom TriplePlay guitar with a TriplePlay version of Fender's HSS Stratocaster. The wireless MIDI controller and hex pickup allows players to tap into a world of almost infinite digital sound generation, tracking the picking and neck action and sending the signals to a computer for processing and output. Gizmag was given the opportunity to give the system a whirl, but rather than break in a brand new instrument, we opted to attach the stand-alone version of the system to an otherwise innocent and unsuspecting guitar of our own.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the latest version of the 13-in Retina MacBook Pro

If you're shopping for a new MacBook, do you go for light and thin with a mediocre display resolution – like you'd get from a MacBook Air? Or do you spend more for a thicker laptop with an amazing display, a la the Retina MacBook Pro? Let's revisit the 13-in MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and see if we can lend a hand.  Read More

The Camileo X-Sports is an HD sports camcorder from Toshiba

The Camileo X-Sports is Toshiba's answer to a GoPro camcorder. At £180 (US$300), it lines up against GoPro's entry level Hero3, which itself retails for £199 ($330). Gizmag took a look at the Camileo X-Sports' specifications and how it performs.  Read More

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