Product Reviews

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 review

Build, destroy and forget<p>Like a typical Marvel movie, <i>Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2</i> starts strong. A dazzling re-interpretation of the Guardians of the Galaxy swoop into action to defend Nova Corps. Explosions, elaborate combat and goofy gags ensue. And like a typical Marvel movie, the adventure runs a …

Comics

The Best Composters for Kitchen Scraps

If we were looking for a low-maintenance composter for your yard, we’d get Earth Machine, a composter that’s big enough for most households and often …

Gardening

The Best Wireless Car Phone Charger Mounts

We spent more than 100 hours researching 11 wireless-charging smartphone car mounts, and testing six of the most promising models, to find that …

Technology

Fire Emblem Warriors review

Don’t let Fire Emblem Warriors get lost among the many Switch releases<p>The Warriors franchise (as in Dynasty Warriors) has become a games industry glass slipper, with various series like Zelda and Dragon Quest trying it on for size. Results have been mixed, but <i>Fire Emblem Warriors</i> is easily the best …

Gaming

Steam tweaks community reviews to fight spam

Valve has known that its platform Steam, the biggest marketplace for PC titles, has had a review problem for years. Groups of users abuse a game's rating by 'review bombing' them, propping up negative feedback with far more 'this was helpful' votes than is humanly possible. While Valve tried a …

Technology

The Best Slime-Making Kit

A good slime kit provides you with all the stuff you need for DIY slime, plus fun extras. We considered 20 kits and tested four: The Cra-Z-Art …

Kids

Star Wars Battlefront 2 review

In this galaxy, the parts are much better than the whole<p><i>Star Wars Battlefront</i> <i>2</i> hits all of the right notes in the heat of a pitched firefight. Blasters chirp, TIE Fighters scream, the orchestral accompaniment soars or crashes as the good guys or bad guys take the lead. In the scenes the players …

Gaming

Master & Dynamic’s concrete speaker is equal parts sound and spectacle

If you're a fan of well-designed headphones that have a unique aesthetic, Master & Dynamic should be at the top of your list. The company has been pairing colored leather and metal accents for years now, creating some of the best looking audio accessories available. Earlier this year, the company …

Gear & Gadgets

Battle Chef Brigade review

What if Iron Chef had elves and orcs?<p>I really, really want to watch a movie version of <i>Battle Chef Brigade</i>. Who could resist this treatment: It’s <i>Iron Chef</i> meets Lord of the Rings! The mythical kingdom of Victusia is tragically overrun by monsters, a scourge kept in check by an army of warrior-cooks, …

Gaming Reviews

The Best Baby Bouncers and Rockers

After eight hours of research—including speaking with a sleep consultant, baby-gear experts, and plenty of parents—and 20 hours spent testing 10 baby …

Babies

The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum

Power cords got you wound up? We’ve spent more than 100 hours over the past few years looking into 80 different cordless vacuums, and after testing …

Consumer Reports

Our Favorite Paper Planners

A paper planner can help you stay organized and get more accomplished each day, and it’s a more polite way to plan projects and take notes in …

Shopping

Surface Book 2 review: Microsoft gets closer to the 'ultimate laptop'

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is an even stronger MacBook Pro competitor than before. Mostly, that's because there's finally a 15-inch model for people who need a bit more screen real estate. But the company has fixed most of the issues we had with last year's 13-inch model, as well. That's …

Laptops

The Best Acoustic Guitar for Beginners

For beginning players who are buying their first acoustic guitar, we think the Fender CC-60S is the best choice. We came to this conclusion after …

Guitar

The iRig Keys I/O makes it easy to streamline your studio

Whether you're demoing a song for your band or recording a masterpiece to share on Soundcloud, you'll likely need a couple of things to connect to your computer. If you're planning on having any real instruments or vocals, you'll need some sort of audio interface to turn your analog sounds into …

Gear & Gadgets

The Best Electric Skateboard

After researching more than 20 electric skateboards, spending dozens of hours zipping around the streets of Los Angeles and chatting with industry …

Cool Stuff

The Best OLED TV

We researched all the latest OLED TVs and tested the top competitors to determine that the LG C7 is the best high-end TV. Although pricey compared to …

OLEDs

The Best Portable Headphone Amp With Built-In DAC

We tested 10 top-rated headphone amp plus USB DAC combo units with a blind-listening panel using three different headphones, five laptops, an iPhone, …

Headphones

The Best Bass Guitar for Beginners

If you’re looking for an entry-level electric bass that sounds good enough to take on a gig and plays easily enough to make practicing enjoyable, the …

Guitar

The Best Pressure Cooker

After 40 hours of research and testing—including cooking 15 pounds of brisket, 13 pounds of black beans, and 12 pounds of brown rice—we think the …

Cooking

The Holiday Gifts We’d Love to Give in 2017

Giving a gift is easy. Giving a gift that is well-received is much trickier. That’s why we’ve invited our staff to share the gifts they’ve personally …

Dungeons and Dragons

Need for Speed Payback review

A bland paint job does few favors for a high performance racing block.<p>I hope you like the car you choose in <i>Need For Speed Payback</i>. You’ll be spending a good long while with it.<p>For me, almost six hours into the story, I was still driving the Honda S2000 I had picked as my first ride in the opening …

Gaming Reviews

Product review: Kriega Urban EDC Messenger Bag

I’ve been using this Kriega messenger bag for the past six weeks and first impressions are good.<p><b>What’s good?</b><p>This 18-litre compartmentalised bag, with …

Messenger Bags

A dedicated AI chip is squandered on Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro

Let's face it: The AI hype train isn't going away and soon all our devices will be run by artificial intelligence. While Apple's answer to the AI takeover is to just call its new A11 processor "Bionic", Huawei has taken a more concrete approach. The company embedded a neural processing unit (NPU) …

Gear & Gadgets

GenZe has a commuter e-bike for a connected world

Cities have started to embrace their bike-riding commuters. More and more bike lanes are appearing on city streets as transportation departments realize that more bikes means less congestion. For long-time riders, it's a blessing. For those bike-curious folks, the chance to get to work without …

Gear & Gadgets

BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2018

For the past 16 years, BuildingGreen has selected ten green building products that significantly improve upon standard “business-as-usual” practices. …

Home Improvement

Doom on Switch: Beware if you have tiny bird hands

Can the wee-handed among us enjoy an FPS on the go?<p>The Nintendo Switch is a hit, thanks to its hybrid functionality and impressive slate of first-year games. But there’s one genre the platform has yet to prove itself with: first-person shooters. <i>Doom</i>, launching tomorrow, is the first. But can id …

Gaming

The Best Dog Harness

Attaching your dog’s leash to a harness instead of to its collar keeps your pet safer on walks and gives you more control if it decides to dash off. …

Pets

The Best Kettlebell for Home Fitness

As a kettlebell gym owner and certified instructor, I know a thing or two about kettlebells. After testing five top-rated kettlebells for seven weeks …

Dick's Sporting Goods

The Best Drill

After using 16 drills to drive 1,669 3-inch screws and bore 345 1-inch holes, we’re convinced that the best one for around the house is the Bosch …