There was a time when laptops were filled with compromises. They were slower and had crappier screens than their desktop counterparts. But times have changed with mobile tech now pervasive and laptops sporting powerful performance, high-end specs and some of the best screens you've ever seen. Each year, the bar is raised a little higher. So, what's the best laptop of 2018?
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There are literally thousands of different laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to shoulder cases to satchels and every form factor in between. It can be very challenging to find exactly the right bag for you. Australian company STM has been in the bag business for over a decade and created some of the nicest bags around. The STM Myth Laptop Brief is a well made and thought out bag with space for a laptop and tablet, as well as convenient pouches for your accessories.
The Lenovo Yoga 730 is evidence that you can teach an old dog new tricks. It's hard to believe that the same company that brings the understated, matte black ThinkPad to the market delivers the Yoga convertible, with its touchscreen, fully-foldable design and shiny body. There's a lot to like about the Yoga 730 - but there are some rough edges.
Now that USB-C has become a standard feature on most portable computers, finding a docking solution that lets you connect an external display, hard drive and other peripherals has become far simpler. Gone are the days of proprietary docking stations. Now, one cable can link you to a cavalcade of ports. The Thunderbolt 3 Dock by Other World Computing, lets you connect your Windows or Mac system is a dozen external ports through a single cable.
My current workstation set up has a 13-inch MacBook Pro perched on a stand adjacent to a curved 24-inch display I pic ned up on sale as it was the display stock at a local store. But when LG offered me the chance to review its 38-inch 38WK95C-W monitor I jumped at the opportunity- once I checked that I had enough space on my desk for it. Here's what I thought.
There is no denying the 2018 Tesla Model 3's importance. It is intended to be Tesla’s volume-seller, the car that will hopefully make luxury electric cars more accessible to more people, especially when the long-promised $US35,000 version hits the market. It is the key to Tesla’s future, the source of many of its struggles this year, and an EV—hell, a car, period—truly unlike any other.
Equipped as you see here with distance driving in mind, the Model 3 Long Range further normalizes electric cars by offering a truly capable machine with a mix of power, performance, price, range and convenience no other electric cars currently match. For right now, anyway.
There's no doubt that Apple makes some of the most expensive computing hardware around. They charge a premium on the back of great build quality and an eye for detail that leaves many other computer makers in their wake. But when Apple sent me their latest 15-inch MacBook Pro for review I had to do a double take. When I checked the spec and price on Apple's website I discovered the system I was reviewing was priced at $10,339. That's a big jump from the opening price of $4,099. Here's what you for more than double what my first car cost.
The iPad has shifted from being a content consumption device, when it was introduced in 2010, to a potential replacement for a laptop in some use-cases. And while it's not going to be able to replace every traveller's needs, it can suffice in many situations. But for that to happen, an external keyboard is essential. There are a few options but if you're looking for something that uses the Smart Connector then there aren't too many options around. One is the Logitech Slim Combo. Here's what I found after a couple of weeks of testing.
Recently while researching a vacation package I was considering booking, I noticed that while all of the customer reviews about the destinations, tour guides and mechanics of the trip were glowing, there were a few people who gave poor ratings for reasons that didn't seem like the travel company's fault: Their flight was cancelled so they missed a day; they got food poisoning so couldn't enjoy a tour; or they hadn't purchased travel insurance so they couldn't get a refund when they could no longer embark on the trip.
Mesh networking is the "in" thing at the moment. As we depend on Wi-Fi to connect more devices than ever, those blackspots around the house or office become more acutely annoying. D-Link has been a long-time player in the networking business so it's no surprise they've made an entry to the mesh business. They have several options to choose from. I've been running the COVR-C1203. Here's what I've found.
There are literally hundreds of security cameras on the market. If you've been looking at cameras for a while, you'll be familiar with Swann. They've been making home security gear for a long time. The Swann Smart Security Camera is a security camera that can be used indoors and outdoors and boasts wireless operation. Here's what I found after a couple of weeks of testing.
As we've noted many times, Amazon is cluttered with fake reviews, and it takes work to sift through them. BuzzFeed dives deep into the economy of these fake reviews, which includes a subreddit tragically named /r/slavelabour. (The name is kind of a joke, but a very sad and true one.) The whole piece is just as depressing, as it basically spells out how utterly doomed Amazon reviews are.
One of the easiest ways to get into the world of smart home devices is to invest in a security camera. Google has been making a big play to embed smart, connected devices to the home through Google Home and their acquisition of Nest. The Nest Cam IQ integrates into the Nest app and includes facial recognition and very sharp images.
Now that the non-Pro version of the iPad supports the Apple Pencil - the company's high-tech $145 stylus - you might be tempted to finally ditch the paper and pen and move to a fully electronic note-taking tool. So, I've been taking a look at apps that make the iPad into an electronic notepad. The first one I'm playing with is Notability - a $14.99 app that simulates the look of a notebook but adds some nifty high-tech features.
Even the humble doorbell has been given the smart home treatment. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 upgrades the humble doorbell to include a video intercom system and remote monitoring as well as providing your home with a simple security camera you can monitor. Here's the Lifehacker Australia review of the Ring Video Doorbell 2.