Joaquim Santos

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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amp Preview

Oppo’s HA-1 headphone amp comes hot on the heels (not surprisingly) of their first headphone, the PM-1.<p>Oppo built their name (in the US) on the backs of some pretty excellent high-end Blu-ray players, many of which had some serious audiophile hardware inside. So a headphone amp isn’t too much of a …

Meet the godfather of wearables

It all started with beavers. When Alex Pentland was three years into his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, in 1973, he worked part-time as a computer programmer for NASA’s Environmental Research Institute. One of his first tasks — part of a larger environmental-monitoring project …

Samsung Gear 2 review: A smartwatch that tries to be everything - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch delivers an improved design, better notifications, a heart rate monitor, and basic fitness tracking offer a lot of extras. It's water-resistant, too.<p><b>The Bad</b> Limited number of apps; poor S-Health fitness app syncing; can only be paired to Samsung phones; camera …

JL Audio E-Sub e110: The best small subwoofer yet

This is my first review of a JL Audio subwoofer, which is odd because the brand's subs have received raves from the audiophile press for 10 years. The wait was absolutely worth it!<p>I have their new 10-inch E-Sub e110 here, but there's also a larger 12-inch e112 sub; those two are the least expensive …

Audiophile

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: a solid improvement, but don't rush to upgrade

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 and a trio of Gear smartwatches, the company made a big to-do about how it listens to its customers. We know, we know: Every company's supposed to be doing that. But remember, this is <i>Samsung</i> we're talking about. It dominates the Android market by such a wide …

Amazon Fire TV review: the set-top that tries to do everything

Here's the thing about Amazon: We can't figure the company out half the time. Few things embody that quite as well as the Fire TV. The company is adamant that the set-top box is not a gaming console, but it's invested heavily in original game development for it and even produced a shockingly good …

The HTC One M8 has a Google Play edition, but how is it different? (hands-on)

HTC's latest flagship device, the One M8, is one of the best Android smartphones now available on the market, but what would happen to it if Google stripped the phone of some of its customizations? That's essentially what the Google Play edition of the new One offers. Plunk down $699 and you'll …

Motorola Droid Maxx review

Motorola's Droid phones tend to arrive in packs. The original Droid RAZR was released just a couple months before the Droid RAZR Maxx -- essentially, the RAZR with a larger battery. The next year, the company followed up with the Droid RAZR HD, the RAZR M and the RAZR Maxx HD, the latter of which …

Sony VAIO Pro 11 review: finally, a new flagship ultraportable to replace the Z

If you've ever read the comments section here at Engadget, you know it's possible to develop a fanatical attachment to a brand. To a specific product, though? And a laptop, of all things? That's fairly rare. But the VAIO Z wasn't a common notebook. For years, it was Sony's flagship ultraportable, …

Nokia Lumia 625 review

Another week, another Lumia. This latest grenade thrown by Nokia in its continued assault on the smartphone market is the Lumia 625. Following up on its previous high-end devices -- the good-looking one, the one with the fancy camera -- the 625 is a soldier of lower rank. There's already an army of …

LG G2 review

There are a lot of smartphones out there now. You know this. To add to the confusion, many companies are now parading out multiple top-drawer phones: think Samsung's Galaxy S and Note series, or the Xperia Z and Z Ultra from Sony. Even LG, whose new G2 flagship I'm poring over this time around, has …

Toshiba Excite Write review: An overpriced tablet lacking in stylus features - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Writing on the <b>Toshiba Excite Write's</b> screen feels fluid and smooth, and I love the useful eraser button. It also boasts an incredibly sharp screen and includes storage expansion via microSD.<p><b>The Bad</b> There are few useful stylus features and no built-in pocket for the pen. The screen at times …

Gear & Gadgets

MacBook Air review (13-inch, 2013)

Toby’s Estate Coffee in Brooklyn should be my favorite local coffee shop. The Australian company’s first US location is big and bright, with ample seating, great service, and terrific coffee — the ultra-expensive Strada variable-pressure espresso machine behind the bar sees to that. It’s also full …

Razer Blade review (14-inch)

Razer was a company that simply built gaming peripherals — mice, keyboards, headphones, and mousepads. That changed last year. In March 2012, it released the Razer Blade, proclaiming it had built the “world’s first true gaming laptop.” The original 17-inch Blade was an attempt to prove that gaming …

11-inch MacBook Air review: living with Apple's smallest laptop

<i>Note: be sure to read our 13-inch MacBook Air review for lots more on Apple's latest laptops.</i><p>When my parents bought me my first laptop, I fought tooth and nail to spend the extra money and get a bigger model. The 15-inch Dell Inspiron E1505 I cajoled them into purchasing was backpack-fillingly …

Acer Iconia W3 review: a new, smaller kind of Windows 8 tablet

Acer's Iconia W3 is the first of its kind: an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. It marks the start of a new category of smaller Windows tablets that are expected to debut over the coming months. When Windows 8 originally debuted in October it inspired PC makers to try out various hardware designs, but most …

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

At 11PM last Friday night, Yankee Stadium exploded.<p>I had been in section 209 for about two hours when Justin Timberlake started the first verse of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” The crowd roared, and then when Jay Z walked down the stairs rapping “Empire State of Mind,” the crowd went …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 review

Samsung has no idea what size Android device you want but, by golly, it’s going to find out. Throughout its massive Galaxy lineup, Samsung has hedged its bets on almost every possible device size in an attempt to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.<p>Each great Samsung device has at least one …

Google Nexus 7 review (2013)

I make a lot of aspirational purchases. I constantly buy books I really <i>ought</i> to read, subscribe to magazines that are <i>so</i> good the one time a year I actually get around to opening them, and add movies like <i>Schindler's List</i> to my Netflix queue because it's an important cultural touchstone. My credit …

Moto X review

It’s difficult and perhaps dangerous to make a <i>big deal</i> out of a smartphone these days. Can one phone change an industry? Save a company? Create a market? Perhaps that was true in the days just following the original iPhone, but times have most certainly changed. Smartphones are the norm now. No …

HTC One mini review

Miniaturization is rarely a bad thing in the world of technology, but there’s a fine balance to be struck when trying to make something as small as possible without discarding the traits that made it appealing in the first place. Companies from Apple to Motorola to Samsung have tried their hand at …

Sony Xperia Tablet Z review: the company's best Android tablet yet

It wasn't all that long ago that every month offered up yet another Android tablet for review. While Samsung is still producing plenty, the output of Google-powered slabs has generally slowed, replaced by a steady stream of Windows 8 / RT hardware often from the very same manufacturers that were …

HTC First review: a Facebook phone that's pure Google at heart

The HTC First is going to be best-known as the pilot "Facebook Phone," shipping with the all-new Facebook Home software running in lieu of a traditional Android phone skin. That would be enough to make it notable, but the First has a couple of other things going for it, things that lots of people …

Samsung Galaxy S III review

How do you review a phone like the Galaxy S III? It’s already been subject to so much speculation, exposure, and early judgment — some of it coming from myself, admittedly — that it feels overwhelming to try and condense what it means to everyone into a single treatise. To Samsung, it’s the new …

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Years ago, people either bought an iPhone or “a Droid." Verizon’s marketing power, those insane robot ads, and maybe that just-close-enough naming convention made the carrier's Android phones virtually synonymous with their operating system.<p>But now I hear people every day saying "Oh, is that the …