Tagged With battlemodo

7

After years of flailing mediocrity, smartwatches have gotten good enough to be mainstream. Two devices released in the last month, the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Fitbit Ionic, are the best we've seen. Not only are they both very, very good at telling time, they're also capable of myriad other things your Rolex or Timex is not. I've worn the wristables for the last two weeks, testing their functions and trying to find and answer to one big question: Which smartwatch is best?

2

It's drone season! It's gorgeous out there and the world is full of beautiful scenes that need recording with a drone that buzzes through the air like a cloud of angry bees. Whether you're an aspiring aerial photographer or a thrill-seeking life-caster, there have never been more options on the market for excellent quadcopters. Two of the best drones are so flexible you can fold them up and fit them in a backpack. We're here to help you figure out which one might be for you.

22

For years, the MacBook Pro was the weapon of choice for people willing to plunk down good money for a powerful laptop with slick design. That it's a staple of both hip coffee shops and design studios reflects just how elegantly it balances the needs of the aesthete and the power user. But when it comes to sleek, well-designed, powerful laptops, it's no longer the obvious choice. Nearly every laptop maker has a striking machine that will bring tears to your eyes when your credit card bill arrives.

5

Just because Apple drove a nail into the MacBook Air's coffin doesn't mean you have to give up your dream of owning an Apple computer for $2000 or less. While the new MacBook Pros start out at $2200 -- and can hit prices as high as $4249 -- the MacBook and iPad Pro both start out under the $2000 mark. So if you're really hankering for the Apple experience, then one of these two is your best cheap bet. But which one?

8

You can't just do something dangerous and insane these days without filming it for posterity. And while action cameras let us relieve these life-highlights over and over, they aren't all created equal. We decided to see for ourselves which one could handle your extreme adventures best.

14

Non-alcoholic beers take a lot of flack, and rightly so. The great majority of them taste like swampwater (and give you less of a buzz). But are any of them actually good? We tried 14 different non-alcoholic beers to find out. And the answer is a definitive yes.

Note: This is a US post, with US beers, though you can get some brands like Clausthaler in Australia. Some Giz readers have also suggested places like the Bavarian Bier Café may even stock Paulaner. We like beer, even fake beer. So decided to run the story despite its US-centric nature.

17

Bluetooth headphones have a whole bunch of advantages – mostly that there’s no headphone cable to tie itself in Gordian-beating knots — but one thing they sure aren't is cheap. That’s why we’ve corralled together the best budget Bluetooth headphones going, to see if any of them have the chops to replace lower-priced cabled cans.

3

Finding a comfortable way to carry around your gear is always a challenge for photographers. DSLRs are heavy. Lenses are big. Many enthusiasts -- even pros -- are turning to mirrorless cameras and their small footprints as a way to lighten the load. But you still need a bag, the perfect bag, to accommodate your shrunken gadgets.

35

A zillion new smartphones are going to be announced soon at Mobile World Congress, each promising camera advancements that may or may not live up to the hype. But before we get there, we wanted to take stock of how good the cameras are in the smartphones you can buy now. Here's how the flagships measure up.

13

Electric razors have always had a bit of a bum rap, derided for being louder and less efficient than a "real" blade. But electric razors today look more like Jetsons props than mid-century mechanisations. We collected and tested four of the best shavers on the market. Here's what made the cut.

6

It's hot out there, which naturally pushes us towards soaking one another with jets of cold water. Maybe you want a summertime arsenal for your kids, or maybe you're just... youthful. Regardless, here's the best new water gun.

13

It's hot. You're either at work or sweating yourself to death in your home office. All of those things suck. Yet you can fix them if you put the perfect compact fan on your desk.

13

This is the year tablets stopped being a one-horse race. There are real options now, and that means making real decisions. Here's how the top four choices compare -- and which one measures up to be the best.

6

It wasn't so long ago that we rounded up the best action cameras and put them to the test. Just half a year later, and the biggies all have new versions out. They're all better, but there's only one best. Round Two: Fight!

9

Using your phone as an impromptu torch may work in a pinch. But if you spend enough time diving under desks, rummaging through supply closets and searching dimly lit sheds, you'll want to invest in a proper torch.

11

Staying fit is important. Even if it seems enjoyable to lie on the couch and devour hours of YouTube videos on your iPad, science says you're actually happier when you exercise. Fortunately, gadgets can fit in with your gym routine, and the right apps can even make it better. We've tested dozens of fitness apps, including ones that can help you train for a marathon, stick to a diet or do a downward-facing dog pose with the precision of a yogi. If you're serious about getting into shape, here's what you should download first.

1

A comfortable way to transport gear is essential for a photographer, whether you shoot for a living or you're just a well-equipped enthusiast. Backpacks work -- until they're back-breaking -- so there's a big need for a less stressful solution. That means wheels.