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Jamstik Studio is the MIDI guitar you might actually want to use

By engadget, gear, guitar, jamstik, jamstik studio midi guitar, midi, midi controller, mpe, music, musical instruments, review, studio midi guitar, synth, synthesizer

The Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar is, as the name implies a guitar. But to be clear, if you’re just looking to buy a guitar, there is no reason to get one. It’s serviceable, but nothing special. The mahogany body and rosewood fretboard feel decen…

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: Waiting on the world to change

By engadget, foldable, Galaxy Fold, galaxy z fold 2, galaxy z fold2, gear, Mobile, review, Samsung, samsung galaxy fold, samsung galaxy z fold 2, smartphone, z fold2

Samsung wasn’t technically the first company to unveil a foldable phone, but the Galaxy Fold was the first device to demonstrate what foldables could be. And then we reviewers broke them. After that, Samsung seemed to buckle down. It acknowledged…

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Microsoft Surface Duo review: An exciting, expensive, erratic affair

By android, dual screen, engadget, galaxy z fold 2, gear, Microsoft, microsoft surface duo, Mobile, review, Samsung, samsung galaxy z fold 2, smartphone, surface duo

A new class of devices is rising — a type of device that wants to be both a phone and a tablet. The Surface Duo is one of the more exciting attempts to straddle that divide. Instead of going for a foldable screen like Samsung, Motorola or Hua…

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Arturia’s KeyStep Pro is a near-perfect MIDI controller for hardware synths

By arturia, engadget, eurorack, gear, keystep, keystep pro, midi, midi controller, modular synthesizer, music, musical instruments, review, sequencer, synth, synthesizer

For hardware synth and drum machine enthusiasts, there are two controllers that stand above most of the competition: Arturia’s KeyStep and BeatStep Pro. Their combination of USB, MIDI and control voltage connections mean they play nice with ev…

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MOD Duo X review: A do-it-all music box with potential

By effects, effects pedal, effects unit, engadget, gear, guitar pedal, lv2, mod, mod devices, mod duo, mod duo x, modular synthesizer, multi-effects pedal, music, musical instruments, open source, pedalboard, review, synth, synthesizer

There’s this growing trend of musical devices that try to do it all. The Organelle. The ZOIA. The Polyend Digit / Beebo. The Mod Duo. They’re basically computers that can be effects processors, synthesizers, loopers or samplers. They all have …

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Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 review: A versatile smart charcoal grill

By barbecue, barbeque, bbq, charcoal grill, cooking, engadget, gear, gravity series 560, grill, Grilling, home, kitchen, masterbuilt, review, smart grill, smoker

When it comes to connected grills, pellet models are all the rage. While they produce some excellent tasting food, wood pellets aren’t as readily available as charcoal, despite the rising popularity. Sure, you can find them at hardware stores …

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Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR review: A big, bright content creation machine

By aero 17 hdr xb, Content Creation, engadget, gaming, gear, gigabyte, intel i7-10875h, laptop, nvidia geforce rtx 2070 super max-q, review

With its Aero lineup, Gigabyte has developed a reputation for powerful, slim, long-lasting laptops with low-key designs that don’t scream “gaming.” The $2,800 Aero 17 HDR XB is a great example of that philosophy — it has plenty of power but i…

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Pico System III review: A fun and simplified intro to modular synths

By buchla, electronic music, engadget, erica synths, eurorack, experimental, experimental music, gear, modular synth, modular synthesizer, music, musical instruments, pico system, pico system iii, review, synth, synthesizer, west coast synthesis

Modular synths are definitely enjoying something of a revival. The reasons why aren’t important right now. Just know that it’s true. Problem is, modular synths are traditionally complicated and expensive. They’re so expensive that you might wonder ho…

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Lenovo Flex 5G review: Stunning battery life ruined by Windows on ARM

By 5g, 5g laptop, engadget, gear, laptop, lenovo, lenovo flex 5g, lte, Microsoft, pc, Qualcomm, review, Reviews, snapdragon, verizon, windows, windows on arm, windows on snapdragon

In 2019, Lenovo announced it would be the first to make a 5G laptop with Qualcomm’s Windows on Snapdragon platform. A whole year later, the company finally started selling the Flex 5G, which is available via Verizon for a whopping $1,400. That…

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Technics EAH-AZ70W true wireless earbuds review

By active noise cancellation, anc, audio, eah-az70w, earbuds, engadget, gear, noise cancelling, panasonic, review, technics, true wireless, true wireless earbuds, wireless earbuds

Technics isn’t name that’s synonymous with headphones, especially true wireless earbuds. The brand is better known for decades of quality turntables. But Panasonic is leveraging that good will to cater to the latest headphone craze. The EAH-AZ…

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Weber SmokeFire review: An intriguing work-in-progress

By barbecue, barbeque, bbq, cooking, culinary, engadget, gear, grill, Grilling, review, smart grill, smart grills, smokefire, weber, weber connect, weber grills, wifi

Weber is admittedly late to the game. The company is years behind the likes of Traeger, Pit Boss and other companies when it comes not only to pellet grills but also smart grills in general. With the SmokeFire line, Weber offers its unique spi…

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Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub review: Backyard grillmaster training

By barbecue, barbeque, bbq, cooking, engadget, food and drink, foodanddrink, gear, Grilling, grilling hub, home, review, weber, weber connect, weber connect smart grilling hub

WiFi-enabled pellet grills are a backyard luxury for aspiring pitmasters. They not only allow you to remotely monitor temperature, but to adjust settings from your phone. However, they're a significant investment, and not everyone is k…

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