Premium hardware let down by unpolished software

Patrick

Xiaomi launched in India with its high-end Mi series phones, but much of the company’s success in the market has been built on the back of its exceedingly popular Redmi series. In fact, the last major Mi-branded product in India was the Mi Mix 2, a device that got a fair amount of hype but didn’t do much for Xiaomi.

Last year, Xiaomi decided to spin off Redmi into a separate brand in a bid to shake off its affordable device connotations. Now, with the launch of the Mi 10, the company is making moves to carve out a

Apple MacBook Air (2020) review: Worth a grand?

Patrick

January 2008. Steve Jobs wouldn’t stop talking about an amazing computer, which he pulled out of a manila envelope. This was one of Apple’s most jaw-dropping unveilings. The first MacBook Air was a mere 19.3mm (0.76 inches) at its thickest point, something unheard of at the time. Its all-aluminum body made for a timeless design that even modern iterations continue to imitate — and it lives on in the 2020 MacBook Air.

Times have changed and the MacBook Air has plenty of competition. Laptops get more powerful, thinner, and better built every year. Then there are tablets, which are more

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: Fitness still needs work

Patrick

Update: May 25, 2020: We have updated our Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review with details on ECG monitoring. Read on for more details!


It may not have looked like it, but the original Samsung Galaxy Watch Active was in need of a refresh. There was nothing wrong with the design, but we found plenty of problems under the hood — particularly with fitness and activity tracking. That’s why I was so excited to see the company release the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 so soon after the original.

We’re happy to report that Samsung fixed some of the gripes

Four cameras where one would do

Patrick

Update: The Redmi Note 9 Pro is now available, priced at Rs. 12,999 (~$175) for 4GB/64GB and Rs. 16,999 (~$229) for 6GB/128GB. For more info on what’s new, what’s good and what’s not, check out our full Redmi Note 9 Pro review. For reference, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is currently available starting at Rs. 13,999 on Amazon India for 6GB/64GB.


The Redmi Note 8 Pro adopts the new premium-looking 8 series styling and comes with four cameras and a new chipset. On paper it all sounds pretty great for the price, but how does it stack up in

Four bays are better than two

Patrick

I recently wanted to get some more storage because the archive footage for my Gary Explains videos had outgrown my current setup. I thought about replacing some internal drives in my PC or maybe adding another external drive (or two). Those would all have been workable solutions, but I had an itch to buy a NAS since I have never owned one before. Buying a NAS would solve my storage problems and allow me to play with a new bit of kit. After buying the NAS and setting it up, I thought it would be good to do a mini

An affordable flagship done right

Patrick

These are interesting times for smartphone buyers. While OnePlus pioneered the concept of an affordable flagship smartphone, Xiaomi, Realme and many others have sustained the momentum. Packing specifications that rival top-of-the-line hardware and nearly matching the experience, the line between a value flagship and a true premium device is blurry at best.

Enter the Galaxy S10 Lite. Samsung’s flagship property has so far skirted away from the $500 to $600 segment, but changing times call for radical new solutions.

The Galaxy S10 Lite errs close to the full featured Galaxy S10 experience with top-end internals, a software experience to

Logitech G432 review: Good for gamers on a budget

Patrick

Logitech peripherals are everywhere, and much of the company’s success may be attributed to its gaming headsets. The Logitech G432 stands on the shoulders of the G430, a popular headset among Twitch streamers. Let’s see how this holds up as a cheap gaming headset.

Who should buy the Logitech G432?

Logitech G432 gaming headset man wearing

The spartan gaming headset looks very similar to the older G430.

  • Gamers who just need something cheap to get the job done. People who don’t have time to fuss around with software and don’t care for premium construction quality will be perfectly pleased with the G432.
  • Parents who want something

Google Pixel 4 XL review: Untapped potential

Patrick

 

Every year, the Pixel has a problem. The first had terrible build quality, the second had display issues, and the third a poor battery experience. And every year, we collectively hold our breath and hope that this time Google will address the issues and produce a Pixel that truly lives up to its potential.

This is not that year.

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