Lenovo IdeaPad C340 Review: An affordable convertible with discrete graphics

For a good many years since the launch of the Yoga brand in late 2012, Lenovo took its convertible laptop offerings very seriously—probably more seriously than any other PC manufacturer out there. Now, however, the Chinese electronics company has decided that its customers aren’t confused enough with its brand names. So it’s switching the names up. As a result, its newest Yoga—the Yoga S940—is not a convertible. But its newest IdeaPad—the IdeaPad C340—is. Lenovo’s marketing team may have goofed up the naming of its 2019 set of products but it…

Asus ROG Phone II Review: Gaming phone done right

What makes a phone a gaming phone? Is it a phone first and a handheld console later? Or do we look at it as a device for gaming first and then a phone? More than that, is it the hardware under the hood that makes a phone a gaming phone? If that’s the case, even the OnePlus 7T Pro can be called one. Then, why is ROG Phone II a gaming phone and not just another flagship? All these questions and then some, we answer in our review — Performance…

Google Nest Mini Review: Better than Home Mini but doesn’t beat the Amazon Echo Dot

Google might’ve delayed the launch of the Nest Hub smart display in India but it’s not taking a chance with its newest smart speaker, the Nest Mini. The search engine giant launched the Nest Mini in India a little over a month after its global announcement (along with the Pixel 4 smartphone). That is undoubtedly fast, considering how relaxed Google was about its smart speaker launches in the past. The Google Nest Mini, of course, is a successor to the Google Home Mini and a direct competitor to the third-generation…

Realme X2 Pro Review: Flagship killer 2019

‘Flagship killer’ is a term much abused these days. One phone with top-end specs and below the belt pricing ends up getting that tag. It’s also a title that keeps being passed around. OnePlus had it for a while with the first few devices. Xiaomi snagged it with the Poco F1 and now Realme is giving us convincing reasons to call it’s Realme X2 Pro one. Just more than a year old. It’s the company’s first attempt at making a flagship. And on paper, it looks like the sweetest deal…

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Review: Features clever innovations but lacks basics

Since its inception in the early 1990s by IBM, the ThinkPad brand has been associated with high-end enterprise-grade computing. ThinkPad models, usually sold in an all-black paint scheme with red accents, have generally never come cheap, except the relatively newer E- and L-series ones. Lenovo, the ThinkPad brand’s second owner, launched the IdeaPad brand in early 2008 to cater to everyday consumers. These models are generally more colourful and stylish. Since then, both brands have had distinct definitions and co-existed independently. Now, however, Lenovo is throwing a new name into…

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Review: Too many misses make these cans severely overpriced

Skullcandy’s claim to fame has been its bass-forward headphones offered at a relatively affordable price point. While the former point still holds true with the new Skullcandy Crusher ANC headphones, the latter is no longer accurate since these cans pretty much match up the price tag attached with other big-brand wireless ANC headphones.  Priced at Rs 24,999, the Skullcandy Crusher ANC headphones are now competing in the big leagues i.e. the premium category of headphones, and they do come in all guns blazing with features like adjustable bass response with…

Moto G8 Plus Review: The return of the Moto G series

The Moto G lineup used to be amongst one of the best selling devices in the budget segment until it faced competition from the Chinese smartphone manufacturers. The latter has been offering some compelling choices in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. However, Motorola has a new offering, and it could be an interesting choice for a budget phone. While Motorola launched a slew of Motorola One smartphones this year, they were focused on one camera feature or the other. On the other hand, the Moto G8 Plus is a culmination of…

Philips 55 inches 4K Ultra Slim Smart LED TV Review: Good panel, bleak UI

If you are looking to spend between Rs 60,000 and Rs 70,000 on a TV, then chances are you can get something from premium brands like Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and more in the 4K smart TV space with sizes ranging from 50 to 55-inches. This is also where OnePlus has its entry-level TV priced at Rs 70,000 approx. Today we have with us a TV from Philips. The TV brings with it a 55-inch 4K HDR-enabled panel and the company’s own SAPHI OS. Is it a worthy contender in the…

HP Spectre x360 13 Review: The best Spectre ever built

In my opinion, HP is definitely (and finally) headed in the right direction as far as its consumer PC notebook division is concerned. Now, I say this based on two notable examples I’ve observed in the recent past. One, HP has brought in as many as four new Chromebook models in the last six months alone, including the highly affordable Chromebook 14 that starts at Rs 22,980. Two, HP has finally listened to its irate users and switched to a precision touchpad on its latest Spectre and Envy models. Keeping…

Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro models may have an updated 1080p webcam: Report | Digit

It’s no surprise that Apple is expected to launch a new set of MacBook Pro models later this year. There’s already a lot of speculation surrounding the new MacBooks and they’re expected to come with the new rumoured M1X chip among many other things. Now, according to a new report, it looks like Apple will be fitting a new and updated 1080p webcam on these new notebooks. Apple’s current-generation MacBooks, in case you don’t know, only comes with a 720p webcam. It’s honestly one of the few things that we’d…