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    We Ditch Gas Stations and Go Full Electric with Chevy Bolt

    We ditch the gas station and go full electric with the Chevy Bolt, the new electric vehicle that just hit the roads. Our own Jeremy Williams picked up the Bolt as his first EV, and we go for a ride and test drive to learn about his experience driving it for a few weeks.

    Meet the Picobrew Home Beer Brewing Machine

    We check out the Picobrew system, a home beer brewing machine that lets you make 5 liter batches of beer in your own kitchen with an automated brewing system. We chat with Picobrew's co-founder about the process of home brewing and how users can make their own beer recipes.

    Hands-On: Ossic X VR Headphones

    We try on the Ossic X 3D headphones, which were designed for use with virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive. Chatting with an Ossic rep, we learn how these headphones could be used to enhance both VR and music listening experiences.

    Quick Look at Dell's 8K Desktop Monitor

    Here's a really quick look at Dell's 32-inch 8K desktop monitor. It's difficult to do the screen resolution justice in a video, but here's how tiny Windows' Start Menu looks at 100% desktop scaling on this $5000 display!

    Hands-On: TPCast Wireless VR for HTC Vive

    We go hands-on with TPCast, the wireless upgrade accessory for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. Here are our early impressions, along with insight learned about the device's wireless range, ergonomics, and expected battery life from TPCast's co-founder. This might have been our favorite thing at CES 2017!

    Hands-On: HTC Vive Tracker and Deluxe Audio Strap

    We go hands-on with HTC's new Vive Tracker, which allows developers to make positionally-tracked wireless accessories for Virtual Reality. We test tracked rifles, baseball bats, and even a firehose. Plus, we put on HTC's new Deluxe Audio Strap, which makes the Vive much more comfortable to wear.

    Tested: Tactic Wrist Monitor for FPV Systems

    I love interesting gadgets and the Tactic FPV Wrist Monitor ($50) certainly qualifies. It looks like a smart watch, or maybe something Dick Tracy would wear. When you flip out the folding antenna, it's easy to imagine that you're a high-tech spy sending an urgent status update to your secret underground headquarters. The actual functionality of the wrist monitor isn't so clandestine. Its primary function is to receive and display video signals from RC models with a FPV system.

    The Tactic FPV Wrist Monitor integrates a 2" screen and 5.8GHz receiver into a tiny wearable package. What applications can you think of?

    What It Is

    The heart of the wrist monitor is a 2" (51mm) LCD screen. It displays in full color with a resolution of 480x240. Overall dimensions of the monitor housing are 2.2" x 1.9" x .5" (56 x 49 x 12mm). Weight with the wrist band is 2.2 ounces (61.5g).

    The unit has an integrated 5.8GHz receiver with the aforementioned folding antenna. Most FPV activities currently use 5.8GHz signals, so there are plenty of compatible video transmitters available. The receiver can pick up 32 different channels divided among 4 bands (A, B, E, and F). A button on the side of the monitor allows you to choose your desired band and channel. There is no provision to input a wired video signal. Nor can you record or export the receiver's feed.

    Its primary function is to receive and display video signals from RC models with a FPV system.

    A built-in 300mAh LiPo battery provides power for the monitor. A full charge will provide about an hour of operation. Unfortunately, there is no battery status indicator anywhere. You'll know the battery is dead when the monitor shuts itself off. The battery is charged via a micro-USB port.

    The included wrist band is a simple rubber unit with a metal buckle. Like the footprint of the monitor itself, the band is wide and beefy. The band is obviously sized for larger wrists. I think I'm an average guy I use one of the smallest settings on the band. Anyone with smaller wrists may have trouble getting a comfortable fit. Even if you poke extra holes in the band, the girth of the monitor could become a factor at some point.

    Razer's "Project Valerie" 3-Screen Gaming Laptop Prototype

    We check out Razer's Project Valerie, a concept gaming laptop that has three 17-inch 4K screens built into its chassis. Running an Nvidia GTX 1080, we see Battlefield One running across all three displays and chat with Razer about why they built this insane prototype.

    Tested: Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

    Our video producer Joey tests and reviews the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how he's used this small formfactor camera for a variety of Tested shoots, and its post-production workflow. Here's how we used the BMMCC for timelapses, mounting in vehicles, and even on extended trips abroad.

    Tested: DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter Drone

    Less than a year after releasing the Phantom 4, DJI has unveiled the Phantom 4 Professional quadcopter. We test and review this new drone, which is equipped with a new 4K camera system, environment sensors on five sides, and a controller with built-in display. Here's why we think the Phantom 4 Pro is the true successor to the Phantom 3, and the best consumer drone on the market.

    Tested: HP Omen 17 Gaming Laptop

    We've been testing the HP Omen 17, the first laptop we've tested running on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070--a full powered Pascal GPU. That means this is truly a desktop replacement: a portable powerhouse that can run full roomscale virtual reality off of just one AC power outlet. But there are some tradeoffs that allow this fast gaming PC to be priced at just $1500.

    Tested: Oculus Touch VR Controller

    They're finally here! Norm and Jeremy test and review the Oculus Touch virtual reality controllers, which bring motion-tracked hand presence to the Oculus Rift VR headset. Here's how Touch compares with the Vive and PSVR controllers in tracking, features, and ergonomics. Plus, we discuss the launch lineup of games and Touch content.

    Hands-On with the Glowforge Laser Cutter!

    It's finally here! We have a pre-release model of the Glowforge laser cutter in our office to test, and have been running it through its paces. Adam and Norm show off its features and run through a few test cuts, including tracing one of Adam's drawings. Let us know what questions you have about the Glowforge in the comments!

    Tested: Microsoft Surface Studio Review

    We test and review Microsoft's new Surface Studio all-in-one PC, putting it front of cartoonists and graphic designers to see how the 28-inch touchscreen compares with digitizers like Wacom's Cintiq. Here's what we think about the Surface Studio's display, compact computer hardware, and unique hinge that connects them.

    E-flite Sukhoi Su-29MM: An RC Aerobat With A Safety Net

    I've previously reviewed several models that were equipped with artificial stabilization systems. While there were differences in how each of the systems worked, the models were invariably intended to ease the learning curve for beginning pilots. They do this by electronically preventing the pilot from banking the wings too sharply or climbing too steeply. Stabilization systems will also level the airplane's wings automatically if the pilot gets into a jam. Some systems can even use GPS to keep the model from flying too far away.

    Rookies, however, are not the only pilots who can benefit from a little electronic assistance on the control sticks. Even after mastering that first trainer model, your skills will continue to be challenged as you step into more powerful and maneuverable ships. E-flite's Sukhoi Su-29MM ($230) is an example of an airplane that is intended for intermediate and advanced pilots, but also has a stabilization system. Keep reading and I'll tell you how it works.

    Inside the Sukhoi

    The Su-29MM is an Almost-Ready-to-Fly model made of molded foam components. Its 44" wingspan makes it a fairly compact airplane. Like the full-scale Russian airplane that it emulates, the RC version is intended for extreme aerobatics. E-flite sells the Sukhoi as a Bind-N-Fly Basic kit, meaning that you must provide a compatible transmitter and flight battery. Everything else is included. I used my Spektrum DX8 transmitter and an E-flite 3S-2200mAh LiPo battery.

    All of the necessary electronics are factory-installed in the airplane. This includes a brushless motor, 40-amp ESC, a Spektrum receiver, and four digital mini-servos. There are a few cursory assembly tasks to accomplish, but it can all be completed quickly. It took me about an hour to unpack the components and have everything assembled and programmed into a flight-ready model.

    The Technology in DJI's Phantom 4 Professional and Inspire 2

    DJI just announced two new high-end quadcopters: the $1500 Phantom 4 Professional and the long-awaited Inspire 2 ($3000). We sit down with DJI's VP of Engineering, Darren Liccardo, to learn what new camera and sensor technologies are in these quads, and how computer vision is essential to the future of these flying robots.

    Tested: Microsoft Surface Book Performance Base Review

    While Microsoft didn't announce a proper successor to its Surface Book for this holiday, they released an update to the laptop with a Performance Base model. We test the Surface Book with increased battery capacity and a new discrete GPU, as well as update you on what the past year has been like using the Surface Book as a primary work laptop.

    Tested: Kyosho’s Pistol Grip Drone Racer

    Cutting edge innovations continue to emerge from the multi-rotor industry at a hectic pace. Frankly, it's sometimes difficult to keep track of all the new stuff. A few things are bound to get lost in the noise from time to time. But the upcoming Drone Racer by Kyosho ($220) really caught my attention. My interest has nothing to do with the fact that this quad looks like a race car. I'm captivated by the notion that you drive it like a race car. Rather than the standard 2-joystick transmitter that is typically used for airborne models, this multi-rotor takes its commands from a pistol-grip transmitter like you would find at an RC racetrack. You're probably wondering how that is even possible. Keep reading and I'll explain!

    Under The Hood

    Kyosho provided a pre-production unit of the Drone Racer for me to evaluate. It is planned for release in late November and will be available in two body styles. The G-Zero model, which I received, is obviously inspired by Formula One race cars. The Zephyr version channels an angular, flat-paneled Batmobile.

    The Drone Racer is not a toy-grade novelty item. It is made of legit hobby-quality stuff. But it isn't meant to trade paint with traditional high-powered racing quads. Despite the similarity in name, they are totally different beasts. If there is such a thing as a beginner-friendly airborne racing basher, the Drone Racer is it. It is at home zipping around over your driveway or competing with friends on an impromptu parking lot race course.

    This ship reminds me of many of the beginner-oriented quads that I have flown. Its plastic frame measures 233mm between diagonal rotor shafts. Each 5"-diameter (127mm) prop is driven by a tiny brushed motor via a single-stage gearbox. Power comes from a 1-cell, 1000mAh LiPo battery.

    The Drone Racer's Formula One-like styling is unique, but its most innovative feature is the 2-channel control system.

    No assembly is required, but you will likely be turning screws at some point to make tuning adjustments. For instance, you can set the forward tilt of the rotors to 0 (default), 10, or 20-degrees. The 10 and 20-degree options provide faster forward speeds. Making the change requires swapping out plastic mounts for the frame arms. It's a quick process involving just 8 screws.

    All of the onboard electronics are configured as well. Once again, there are a few tuning options. You can choose between Easy and Active flight modes. Obviously, the Active mode offers more aggressive maneuvering. There is also an option to configure specific settings via a Windows or Android utility. A micro-USB cable is included to bridge the physical connection between the quad and your PC. The program, however, is not complete as I write this. So I was not able to utilize that feature during my testing.