Pop quiz, hot shot. What looks like an action cam, is tough like an action cam, but isn’t actually an action cam? We don’t know either, but that’s kind of the Sony RX0 Mark II is. It’s a $700, video-centric, GoPro-shaped camera that could perhaps be called a travel camera or a vlogging camera. It has a flip-up screen to make vlogging easier, good image and sound quality, and it has a rugged design. Unfortunately, the lack of continuous autofocus makes it hard to shoot quickly, the field of view is not nearly as wide as GoPro.
What does an iPod Touch look like in 2019? A lot like an iPod Touch in 2007. In a surprise move, Apple gave its veteran iPod Touch a big power upgrade with a A10 Fusion chip...and access to iOS. So no matter how weird it may feel, you can actually turn an iPod into a Spotify machine. That presents the question of who's intended to buy a $199 iPod when amazing fully-featured phones can be had for just a few hundred bucks more. ⠀⠀
But that doesn't mean the new iPod Touch is without merits. There's a certain joy to using its tiny frame, and its amazing how a lack of cell service can help you feel disconnected. (Or just put your phone on airplane mode...) At its best, it's an upgraded blast from the past, and at its worst, it's an entirely unnecessary device for the modern age.
The HP ZBook 17 G5 (starts at $1,699; $5,600 as tested) isn't the fastest mobile workstation we've tested, mainly because it "only" has Nvidia's second-fastest GPU in the category, the VR-ready Quadro P4200 with 8GB of display memory (versus the Quadro P5200 with 16GB). This weighty 17.3-inch laptop is nevertheless a spectacular system for 3D rendering, CAD, and scientific and engineering workloads, fitted with a gorgeous 4K DreamColor display.⠀ Source: @pcmagofficial#laptop#hp#hpzbook#workstation#computers#nvidia#vr#4k#pc#windows10#instatech#tripontech@tripontech
We weren't impressed by Apple's second-gen AirPods, but the company also owns Beats, and the new true wireless Powerbeats Pro couldn't be more different from them. The Powerbeats offer stronger audio performance, easier controls, and a more secure fit, for a better overall user experience. The only thing we aren't fans of is the price, a high $249.95. But it's no secret that Beats charges a premium for branding, and if you're a fan of the company's design and deep-bass sound signature, you won't be disappointed.⠀ Source: @pcmagofficial#beats#tech#headphones#powerbeats#wireless#music#audio#earphones#tripontech@tripontech
What if an e-bike could be shared with the entire family to help justify the cost? To do that, you’d need a bike with broad visual appeal and a frame that can accommodate riders of all sizes. Something like the $3,398 / €3,398 Electrified X2 from Dutch bike maker VanMoof. The Electrified X2, available in black or white, can accommodate riders as small as 5 feet (155 cm) or as tall as 6 feet 5 inches (200 cm). A non-removable 504Wh battery is housed in the down tube, and the 250W motor is housed in the front-wheel hub, producing a max speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) for European riders, or 32 km/h (22 mph) for the US. Tested across three generations, it certainly is a bike meant for the whole family.
Microsoft is now talking about its next Xbox game console, a ridiculously powerful, solid-state gaming machine it's calling "Project Scarlett." Announced at E3 2019, this next generation Xbox platform promises to be 4x as powerful as the Xbox One -- including a custom CPU based on the Radeon RDNA and AMD Zen 2, fast GDDR6 RAM and a new generation of SSDs designed to eliminate load times.
The result? A extremely powerful console Microsoft claims will push 8K visuals at framerates up to 120fps. The machine's first task? To deliver a top tier Halo experience with Halo Infinite in 2020.