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Last February, Michael Mann took the Wacom Cintiq Companion for a serious spin and discovered a tool that he couldn’t live without. There were a few shortcomings, and the newly released follow-up, the Wacom Companion Cintiq 2 eliminated them, and added more power, flexibility, and features than before. Is this the tool you have been waiting for? Read our review to find out what we discovered with the new version.

Michael Mann, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, posted 12/15/2015

Tis the season to consider tech gifts for Santa to drop down the chimney, or fill your stockings. This list of 12 holiday picks range from tools to keep your phone charged, hydroponic gardens, to making a cup of coffee on the trail. Read our full review for some recommendations that won’t be lumps of coal!

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, and Frank Schramm, posted 12/14/2015

With the holidays quickly approaching, it is important to think about gifts for family and friends. With Virgin Mobile’s new HTC Desire 626s hitting shelves, it’s time to consider putting this phone in wrapping paper. Is this budget phone an inexpensive gem or is your money better spent on another Virgin Mobile phone? Read our review to find out!

Jonathan Fogel, Posted 12/1/2015

In part three of our multi-part story on upgrading the entertainment system in your vehicle, with a Pioneer 4100 NEX in-dash receiver, we concentrate on one of the most important upgrades you can make – the addition of a back-up camera. Using the recently released and affordable Pioneer ND-BC8 Universal Rear-View Camera we follow the installation and use of the unit.

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 11/27/2015


Can a new SSD hard drive keep an older laptop like a first generation HP Ultrabook in the race? Can you teach an old Windows 7 dog some new Windows 10 tricks? And exactly how do you take apart an HP Ultrabook? We upgrade the original Samsung 128GB SSD with a new Kingston 240GB ms2000 mSATA SSD. Read on to find out how the experience went.

Thomas Fogel-Burlan, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, posted 11/27/2015

In part two of this multi-part article on upgrading your vehicle’s audio system, we explore the installation process. A decade ago, a full-featured audio system in your automobile meant AM/FM with a CD player … no longer! New cars ship with built-in GPS, digital tuners, sophisticated displays, and a multitude of features. Once we decided on an upgrade to the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX in-dash receiver, the next step was installation. Thanks to the hard-working folks at The Sound of Tri-State, we followed the installation of the Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash receiver & Pioneer TS-A 1605C & TS-A 1675R Speaker Systems. Part Two of Three.

Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, Posted 11/8/2015

A decade ago, a full-featured audio system in your automobile meant AM/FM with a CD player … no longer! New cars ship with built-in GPS, digital tuners, sophisticated displays, and a multitude of features. Americans are holding on to their autos longer and longer, so upgrading to a state-of-the art audio system like the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX makes a lot of sense. In the first of this multipart story, we explore the equipment, process, and features.

Harris Fogel, posted 11/2/15

Trade shows are the time-honored events at which many manufacturers introduce new products to the public. However, at some point trade shows can start to blur together – some are huge, some are tiny, and others are highly specialized. So, when I received my invitation to attend Canon Expo 2015 held at the Javitz Center in New York, I wondered what would make it different from other similar events such as PhotoPlus Expo or the Consumer Electronic Show. The answer was, plenty! It turned out to be a beautifully designed showcase for a wide variety of Canon products.

Harris Fogel, Posted 9/26/2015

A few years ago, we witnessed the first truly portable USB-powered DAC (digital-to-analog converter) headphone amplifiers. The idea was that with a simple plug-and-play unit, not much larger than a flash drive, you could bypass your computer’s low-cost and often inferior audio-quality DAC and headphone amplifiers. The price ranged from $200 to $300, but most consumers thought the step up in audio quality was a bargain. HRT has long offered superior external DAC solutions, which we have reviewed in the past. With the introduction of the i-dSp and dSp, at a price under $70, have they rewritten the rulebook for external DACs? How do these bargain priced units stack up? Read our full review to find out!

Harris Fogel, posted 9/25/15

Apple's September 9th press event was about many things, but one interesting facet was their treatment of various storage-related issues. John Mulhern III highlights four separate parts of Apple's emerging storage strategy and consider what they mean and the implications for consumers.

John Mulhern III, Posted 9/13/2015