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Samsung Notebook 9 Review: A Brutally Efficient Windows 10 Laptop, With One Fatal Flaw

If Windows 10 is going to win legions of people over as more than the operating system that you have on your work computer, it needs gear like Samsung’s new Notebook 9. It’s not the most-powerful Windows laptop, or the prettiest. It’s just a valiant crack at a no bullshit machine that’s a pleasure to use and doesn’t cost a fortune.


Leica's Waterproof X-U Camera: The Gizmodo Review

Leica is a respected institution in photography, and rightly so. Over the last 100+ years, the company has mastered the crafts of making exceptional lenses, designing beautiful bodies, and creating a palpable aura of superiority around all of its products. That’s what it wants to do with the Leica X-U too. It’s the camera Leica wants you to own if you’re already loaded down with cameras and need a great running around shooter that can also get slapped, dropped, and drowned. This isn’t a first camera to own. It’s a second or third. Unfortunately the Leica X-U might be at home in the wet, but falls short as a speedy spare.


OnePlus 3 Review: The Best Cheap Phone You Can Buy

In 2014, OnePlus arrived out of nowhere with a powerful idea: What if a phone could look good, be powerful, and not cost a crapload? The OnePlus One was a mic drop and the OnePlus 2 a successful sophomore follow-up, but the new 3 silences the haters — the OnePlus 3 is a “Flagship Killer” and at $US399 ($550), with no more dumb invite system, it’s not just the best OnePlus phone ever, but one of the best cheap phones too.


How To Pick The Best Luggage For Your Next Flight

We’ve spent over 300 hours researching and testing luggage over the past three years to find the best bags for travelling the world. But the best piece of luggage for a business trip isn’t necessarily the best one for a family vacation. And it definitely isn’t ideal for a multiweek trip across Southeast Asia.


The Best USB Microphone On A Budget

The prospect of “getting into audio” is a daunting one. After sifting through loads of conflicting information on gear and best practices, even the most basic setups for podcasters and musicians starts costing, and quickly. Hence, the rise of the plug-and-play USB microphone.


The Conjuring 2 Is A Sequel Worthy Of Its Namesake

Good sequels are hard to come by. This is doubly true in the horror genre, where sequels risk becoming serialised and formulaic — but The Conjuring, released in 2013, was always a different kind of horror film. The sequel follows closely in its footsteps, making use of strong characters and relationships to drive its spooky story. While The Conjuring 2 doesn’t fall victim to the horror genre’s proven inclination towards clones, the sequel feels familiar in a way that fans of the original film will appreciate.

Warning: spoilers within!


I Had A Lot Of Fun Repeatedly Crashing This Flying USS Enterprise

Having made drones easy enough for even a child to fly, Spin Master has taken one of its quadcopters — which impressed us in the past — and turned it into a flying version of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise. You don’t need any Starfleet training to take the controls, but you will want to spend a bit of time practicing piloting your starship.


Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Earphones: The Gizmodo Review

I’m obsessed with wireless headphones. Once you get past the inevitable connectivity conundrum, it’s simply brilliant to listen to music comfortably without being tethered to a device. But wireless earbuds never lived up to that promise — until now.


Razer Blade Review: The Best Gaming Laptop Just Got Even Better

For years now, the Razer Blade the go-to laptop for gamers who want a little style mashed up with their function. The 2016 version is the best yet: It’s lighter, faster, and — critically — cheaper. Yup, Razer made its sharpest Blade yet.


DJI Phantom 4 Review: The Best Drone I've Ever Crashed

The DJI Phantom 4 is a slick, feature-packed drone. People say it’s the drone that anybody can fly, the quadcopter that you just can’t crash. Let me be painfully clear about two things: 1) Not everyone can fly the Phantom 4, and 2) It’s pretty damn easy to crash.


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