Author: Luis Valderrama

Luis has worked in games and technology for nearly a decade with occasional binge in software/application development and testing for several tech powerhouses and publications. His writing has been featured in AOL’s Games.com, with skills honed as part of Oracle Labs and Google Development Groups. At VM Labs, he is the Lead Editor and Tester, overseeing a team covering computing trends on a daily basis. Yes, that means he uses both macOS and Windows – every day.

For people living in the big cities which are always filling up with traffic, and commuting is soul-crushing in nature. But it does it have to be this way? Of course, no! More and more, people are turning to cycling as a way to get around with ease. A great electric bike is definitely what you need, making the transition of re-opening both easier, and more fun. The Blix Sol Eclipse is the perfect example, with grandness and elegance. The Blix Sol Eclipse is a stylish electric cruiser that’s perfect for city-dwellers. It’s high-tech, comfortable to ride, and a whole…

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Looking to buy a new TV, but want to nab the best price possible? Sit back, the next best time to purchase is fast approaching. Prices for screens big and small, and pretty all other electronics follow a predictable, annual cycle, and knowing that cycle can save you some money. As we welcome the rituals of fall, kids are back to in-person learning, stadiums are at full capacity and families gather in living rooms to root for their favorite teams. In the tech world, fall signals the start of TV bargain hunting. Are you looking forward to buy a new…

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In practical matters, the most critical qualifier into buying the new Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 is cash. This thing is damn cheap. The 82HG0006US model in this review is affordable enough to earn some leeway when it comes to day-to-day use expectations. Which is col, because you can’t miss one or two shortcomings in a laptop this cheap. The most obvious is the Flex 3’s 11-inch display (not so high-quality, but at this price point you can’t have everything). PROS Excellent valueSolid build qualityGreat battery life CONS Lackluster 11-inch screen Nonetheless, the Flex 3 has a handsome blizzard white exterior,…

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As graphics cards in our PCs get ever more powerful, having a 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution monitor is a much viable option for many people, and the LG 32UD60-B is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a stylish and capable UHD display that’s ideal for both business and pleasure. When you really want to view content at such a high resolution, a large screen comes really handy, to avoid squinting at tiny and miniscule icons, and with a 32-inch screen, the LG 32UD60-B certainly provides that, while avoiding being obnoxiously large – remember, this is a monitor…

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Every student needs a good laptop for school, but some of these machines can be obviously expensive for students shopping on a tight budget. The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 81VU0079US is an affordable alternative that caters for this demographic, and so are most Chromebooks. If you’re planning to use the IdeaPad 1 only for basic home, office and college tasks, the 81VU0079US can be described as “very usable”. PROS Very affordableLight and sturdyGreat performanceGood keyboard CONS Low-resolution screenWould do with a USB-C port Its spec-sheet is suitable for light computing duties like web browsing, MS Office apps, music and movie playback,…

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If you’re looking so a super-affordable new TV, the All-new Insignia F30 Series might seem like an appealing choice. Its Fire TV televisions are downright cheap, with the 55-inch NS-55F301NA22 we’re reviewing retailing for hundreds of dollars less its direct competitors – and with the holiday discounts, it can be had for even much less. On the new F30 Series, the best feature remains the robust and responsive implementation of Fire TV OS and all the versatility that come with it. PROS Affordable 4K smart TVDecent color handlingHDR supportAlexa voice assistant built in CONS HDR could be more powerfulAdverts in…

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Budget laptops like the Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-36UT are easily overlooked. People are either going for premium ultraportables that offer the best performance and portability, or they look towards affordable Chromebooks that let them get online that cost under $500 to meet their computing needs and budget restraints. This leaves entry-level Windows laptops largely unnoticed, despite their ideal balance of price and performance that actually make them ideal investments for many consumers. That balance is something the Acer Aspire 5 has long practiced, offering powerful components and solid performance while keeping the price affordable and accessible. PROS Up-to-date componentsGood build…

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The AOC C24G1A is a 24-inch gaming monitor designed for gamers who want a responsive gaming panel without compromising too much on picture quality. Much like the Samsung CFG70 we reviewed in early 2018, this panel uses Vertical Alignment (VA) technology to deliver the best of both worlds – superb contrast ratio, good picture quality and fast response time – but with some limitations. PROS 144Hz AMD FreeSync PremiumGood contrastSolid adjustment options CONS No speakers or USB Design Our AOC C24G1A review unit has a 1500R curvature, in addition to a three-sided borderless design that will look great on your…

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There’s just something unique Asus’ ZenBooks. They’re charming, incredibly slim and lightweight, and thanks to Asus, some have ace up their digital armor. In the case of the Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA-XS74, the crème de la crème feature here is Intel’s new Tiger Lake chip. If you’ve keeping pace with the latest in tech, then you know why these new chips are the way to go in mobile computing. For starters, under Intel’s new Evo initiative, Intel Tiger Lake chips (and subsequent releases) offer more powerful performance, longer battery life and with the introduction of Thunderbolt 4 and W-Fi 6,…

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The Sceptre C275B-1858RN is a curved, 27-inch gaming monitor that ticks most boxes for gamers and pro-artists. In addition to a beautiful aesthetic, it brings into the crowded market an excellent mix of gaming features including AMD Freesync, a fast response rate and a VA panel with vibrant colors and sharp graphics. For those in the market for a monitor that can easily do-it-all without being too expensive, this Sceptre monitor looks like a great choice. Alternatives in this category include our Editors’ Choice, the AOC CQ27G2, but on a price-feature basis, the C275B-1858RN offers excellent value. PROS Fantastic, curved…

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