ICYMI: See how Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 works in the real world

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This week we checked out some ambitious Samsung products and a few other gadgets. Cherlynn Low tested Samsung’s third-generation foldable hybrid Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphone and one of the first devices to run on the new Wear OS platform, the Galaxy Watch 4. James Trew removed the keys and customized the Keychron Q1 keyboard. Meanwhile, Daniel Cooper was pleased with HP’s lightweight yet high-performance Pavilion Aero 13 laptop.

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Cherlynn Low, Galaxy Z Fold 3 And while calling it an impressive technology, it’s still unclear if most people can replace a regular smartphone. The third generation of folding devices features a stronger and redesigned screen, streamlined hinges, and a rugged aluminum build, and Samsung says it’s 80% more durable than its predecessor. According to Cherlynn, it can easily withstand being thrown into a wallet full of sharp, heavy objects, and the IPX8’s waterproofness keeps it safe from water droplets.

The Fold 3’s external 6.2-inch, 2,268 x 832 display updates at 120Hz and uses a dynamic AMOLED panel for fast scrolling and vibrant images. The stylus has an additional charge and the device does not have a slot, but the phone also supports the S Pen. There is also increasing software support to improve the full-screen experience, such as multi-window panels and flex mode panels. In addition, there are five in-vehicle cameras that typically produce bright and colorful shots. Despite these victories, she felt the device was overkill and trying to do too much to achieve mainstream adoption.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

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How Cherlynn Low Galaxy Watch 4 And call Samsung’s other smartwatches the best Android wearable options and make her feel. The combination of competent hardware, intuitive software features and comprehensive health tracking continues to provide a satisfying experience. The Galaxy Watch 4 adds some interesting marquee features with body composition scanning and snoring detection, but Cherlynn is currently somewhat reliable in determining how useful these features are. Is low.

The Galaxy Watch 4 includes a sharp 1.4-inch screen with 450 x 450 resolution, a touch-sensitive rotating bezel, and a modern 5nm processor with more storage. It also supports gesture controls that allow you to answer calls and messages, but Cherlynn says it’s still not working. She was also disappointed with the battery life of the watch, but with little success in a day. She was more impressed with how accurately and quickly it recorded her gait and liked the watch tracking 95 different workouts. She was also pleased that the Wear OS platform strongly reflected Tizen’s intuitive UI strengths. However, it excludes the new ability to download apps directly from the Play Store. Despite some issues, we recommend the Galaxy Watch 4 or Watch 4 Classic for Android users.

Keecron Q1

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Keychron is known for making economical keyboards, and James Trew is its latest product. Q1It’s affordable, easy to customize, and full-featured. The Q1 has a hot-swappable switch and an Aviator-style USB-C that should appeal to both enthusiastic tinkerers and anyone interested in the ridiculous details of mechanical keyboards. In addition to the keycap puller and switch remover, it comes with a keycap for Windows and MacOS layouts, but it lacks Bluetooth and should be used as a wired peripheral.

The Q1 has the expected RGB keylights, but with a south-facing integration for more subtle effects. Inside, there is a foam deck that reduces noise and a screw-in stabilizer for more stable keys. James especially liked the option to etch a customized metal badge where the Insert key would be placed. He reported that key exchange is easy and using the companion Via app is a convenient way to customize Q1. However, he points out that the 3.5-pound Q1 wasn’t designed for portability and can’t be adjusted in height.

HP Pavilion Aero 13

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Daniel Cooper found a lot of reasons to recommend HP’s new pavilion aero.. The company’s lightest laptop to date weighs just 2.2 pounds and fits in a 13.3-inch 16:10 display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. The review unit’s spec list concludes with AMD’s Ryzen 5800U with Radeon Integrated Graphics, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD. Daniel said the build quality is stable, except for the malleable display hinges. The keyboard is well designed and satisfying. Trackpad accuracy is acceptable. He also approved a battery that lasted 9 hours and 43 minutes during the test.

He wasn’t too excited that the keyboard wasn’t backlit by default, but he could pay an extra $ 20 to get it. And while happy with the performance of the WideVision 720p webcam, he said the downward-launching B & O speakers produced audio that he could tolerate but couldn’t fully enjoy. Pre-installed software was another annoyance. Getting plugin popups is never appreciated.Aero wasn’t set up for intensive gaming because it’s a relatively affordable laptop, but Daniel was able to play it. Fortnite Moderate graphics power and fairly smooth. Overall, Aero clearly weighs more, he says, and could be largely recommended as a replacement for the Dell XPS 13 for those on a tight budget.

Razer Blade 14

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Razer’s new 14-inch Blade laptop That’s true for all the correct notes on Devindra Hardawar: It’s extremely powerful thanks to the NVIDIA RTX 30 series GPUs and AMD’s latest processors, weighs just under 4 pounds, and is lightweight enough to be carried comfortably. Featuring a minimalist design and a sleek black aluminum case, Devindra’s review unit featured an RGB LED keyboard, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD, and a quad HD 165Hz display. He reports that laptops can easily handle demanding games even at maximum settings, and ray tracing performance is stable.

Devindra also liked the responsiveness of the keyboard, but said the layout felt a bit cramped over longer game sessions. During the battery test, Blade 14 set it to 10 hours and 50 minutes (performing productivity tasks, not games). However, during a fierce gaming session, Devindra reports that the CPU has reached 94 degrees Celsius. This is an unusually high temperature. Another drawback? RAM cannot be upgraded like the larger Blade 15 and 17 laptops. He says this is worth recommending, given the starting price of $ 1,800, if these compromises aren’t breakers for trading. ICYMI: See how Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 works in the real world

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