Released early this year, Journey to the Savage Planet didn’t make too much of a splash on launch. I was aware of it, and it pulled my interest thanks to its great presentation, but now I’ve finally gotten to play it it’s not what I expected. I expected a fairly standard first-person shooter, but it wound up being a lot more than that. Let’s talk about it.
When it comes to wallets, I’ve been a fan of Ekster’s line of cardholders for quite some time. My daily carry has been the company’s vegan wallet for the better part of two years and it’s been great. I have the bar set high with the Aluminum Cardholder.
You don’t need to piss off your neighbors to hear the clear spacious sound of full-sized speakers or monitors. Audeze’s LCD-1 reference headphones manage to replicate the experience of large desktop speakers in a comfortable portable package. But with an open-back design and planar drivers, it’s hard to recommend them to anyone but audio nerds and musicians.
Adding LED lighting behind your TV creates ambiance and atmosphere. It looks cool. But you know what’s better? Adding responsive lighting—that means it changes with the image on the screen. There are systems out there that do this, but many of them have a high cost of entry. Enter the Immersion from Govee, which adds responsive lighting to your TV or monitor for just $70. And it’s great.
Exactly one lifetime ago, in July of 2019, I proclaimed my love for the AfterShokz Air bone conduction headphones. I’ve been using them on nearly all workouts—indoors or out—since then. Well, until now. The newer, more modern, and (best of all) smaller Aeropex Mini, which were originally announced at CES 2020, have been on my skull for the past couple of weeks. And I love them even more.
If you took Razer’s Hammerhead true wireless earbuds and gave them features found on the company’s over-ear Opus headphones, you’d get the Hammerhead Pro. These earbuds are the lovechild of what Razer has been working towards with its audio game over the last 18 months or so, but it’s a tough market out there. The question is: Can they compete with killer options from companies like Apple and Jabra?
The Apple iPhone 12 is, unsurprisingly, the most powerful iPhone of all time. But what happens when you take all that power and shrink it down to a similar form factor of yesteryear’s phones? You get the iPhone 12 Mini—the smallest and most powerful iPhone. It’s a hell of a combination and makes for an exceptional device for anyone who is tired of tablet-sized phones.
When it comes to high-end true wireless earbuds, there are Apple AirPods Pro and then there’s everyone else. That’s how it has been—at least in my mind—for the last 12 months. The Jabra Elite/Active 75t have been the closest competitor, so I’ve been looking forward to the incoming 85t since Jabra first announced them. They’re the first set of true wireless earbuds that not only compete with AirPods Pro but best them in almost every way.
Dell’s XPS series has grown from an awkward kinda-gaming, kinda-premium machines into some of the most critically acclaimed Windows machines on the market. The XPS 13 gets the lion’s share of that praise, but today we’re looking at its bigger and more powerful brother, the XPS 15.
Over the years, I’ve worked on a wide variety of computers. From top-of-the-line MacBook Pros and custom gaming PCs to my current (albeit modest) Microsoft Surface Pro 6, I’ve bounced around brands and operating systems alike exploring what’s out there. But after testing the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3, I no longer care about other computers. Only this one.