ArchiveNovember 2017

Aria Group FXE is a 1,150-hp hybrid supercar from California


Looking more like a stowaway from the money-soaked Geneva Motor Show than an Orange County skunkworks project, this is the Aria Group FXE. Debuting today at the LA Auto Show, the locally-built FXE is a midengined hybridized supercar with a surprising pedigree. The sleek two-seater features a 6.2-liter V8 augmented by a front e-axle powered by a 10-kWh lithium ion battery. Total claimed system...

Beer brewing time with the PicoBrew Pico Model C


We brew a couple of beers in PicoBrew’s streamlined beerbot. The streamlined Pico Model C. I brewed two beers yesterday. It was a good day. Like the original Pico I reviewed earlier this year (now called the Pico Model S), the PicoBrew Pico Model C turns prepackaged ingredients into beer with relatively little effort on your part. You insert your ingredient pack — called a PicoPak...

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop review:


The Good The updated Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop has better graphics and display, a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, 2×2 802.11ac wireless and a fingerprint reader built into the power button — all without going over $1,000. The Bad While battery life is good, it’s noticeably shorter than its predecessor. The base configuration is short on storage. The Bottom Line Dell’s...

Beats Studio3 Wireless review:


The Good The Beats Studio3 Wireless offers improved sound quality, noise canceling and battery life from its predecessor in the same sturdy design. Apple’s W1 chip makes pairing with Apple devices dead simple. Performs well as a headset for making cell-phone calls and and stacks up well against competing models from a sound standpoint. The Bad Design is the same as previous model’s...

2019 Kia Sorento updates with more standard features and safety tech


The third generation of Kia’s Sorento continues the time-honored tradition of the midcycle refresh with a new 2019 model at this year’s LA Auto Show. The update includes a selection of exterior and interior tweaks aimed at refining the design, improving performance and enhancing value. There’s also some new tech inside, so we’ll start with that. The Sorento’s 630...

Nikon D5600 review:


The Good The Nikon D5600 delivers excellent photo quality for its price class, as well as performance that can keep up with your kids and pets. The Bad It may be too small for people with larger hands and it turns off the self-timer after every shot in single-shot mode. The Bottom Line Lightweight and compact with everything the family photographer needs, the Nikon D5600 maintains its position as...

OnePlus 5T camera goes up against iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S8


We find out how the affordable OnePlus 5T’s camera fares against its elite rivals. The lovely screen with skinny bezels is the most exciting update to the new OnePlus 5T, but the camera has seen some tweaks too. The telephoto lens we liked on the standard OnePlus 5 ($599.99 at is gone, replaced with a 20-megapixel sensor that helps improve picture quality in low-light situations...

Care By Volvo subscription service to start at $600 a month


Volvo will offer its new XC40 via subscription for one price, including insurance, service and wear and tear. Volvo is getting into the subscription business. At Wednesday’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the Swedish automaker announced details of its new Care By Volvo program, an all-inclusive, no-haggle subscription service that starts online.  Care By Volvo’s subscription plan kicks off...

LA Auto Show: Jeep Wrangler gets turbo, diesel options for the first time


The off-road world has been waiting with bated breath for the next-generation iconic Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep arguably has the best off-road capability of all the SUVs currently on the market and now it will have a new twist: a diesel engine. The caveat? We’ll have to wait until 2019 for that oil-burner to arrive. In the meantime, folks have the option of a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four...

These smart locks will let you ditch your keys


You don’t need a key if you’ve got a connected deadbolt on your front door — and your options are continuing to grow. Keys are a time-tested means of access, but they won’t do you much good if you leave them inside on your way out the door. Today’s crop of smart locks ($149.99 at think they have a better way. All of them offer convenient, key-free access...

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