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Beyerdynamic MMX 100 and 150 Review: Great audio but falls short in comfort [Video]

Beyerdynamic’s most recent additions to its gaming lineup are the entry-level MMX 100 and MMX 150 headsets. With a simple feature set and coming in at $100 and $150 respectively, they have plenty of similar features with a few key differences. With Beyerdynamic’s rich heritage of premium audio, how do they stack up in their price range? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Tested: JOBY GripTight MagSafe Mounts deliver essential iPhoneography upgrades

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Our Tested with 9to5Toys series has gone hands-on with other iPhoneography gear in the past, and JOBY’s new GripTight MagSafe Mounts are the latest to be thrown into the gauntlet. Centered around the headlining feature of MagSafe support for iPhone 13 handsets, we’re finding out if the new releases are worthy additions to your photography setup, or just the latest accessories to get in on the MagSafe fad.

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Converse Valentine’s Day Collection is live with embroidered hearts and more to feel festive

Converse debuts a new Valentine’s Day Collection that features embroidered hearts, kisses, and more. There are 42 styles for men, women, and kids in this collection, and pricing starts at $40. Plus, Converse Members (free to sign-up) receive complimentary delivery. So be sure to get into the festive spirit or spoil someone you love this Valentine’s Day by heading below the jump and shopping our top picks from the new Converse collection. You will also want to check out Lululemon’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide here.

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New Crysis game is under development as Crytek seeks to continue the franchise

Crysis is a franchise for the ages. Back in April 2020, we got our first glimpse at Crysis Remastered, a complete reimagining of the fabled title that originally was released 15 years ago. However, Crysis Remastered didn’t truly bring any new content, instead, it just refreshed what already was. The Crytek team is ready to change that up though, as a Crysis 4 is now under development. The current title is still a work-in-progress, but at the same time, it would remain in line with the other games that have been released. What all do we know about Crysis 4? Head below for more details.

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Sony launches new S400 soundbar with virtual surround and OLED display window at $300

It’s time to take a look at the new Sony soundbar. Today, Sony is introducing a new virtual surround sound solution known as the HT-S400 2.1-ch Soundbar. Complete with a wireless subwoofer, some interesting connectivity to its latest model TVs, and a nice little hidden OLED heads-up display, this one is clearly planted in the more affordable price range, unlike some of those behemoth high-end models that dropped over the last few months. Head below for more details and a closer look. 

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Amazon announces Renewed Premium listings with $249 Oculus Quest 2 bundle

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Today, Amazon is giving shoppers a first look at its just-announced Renewed Premium condition items with the launch of a new Oculus Quest 2 bundle. Entering at the $249 price point, the VR headset itself normally sells for $299 in new condition and lacks all of the included goodies that Amazon has bundled in for this pre-order. This is also notably the 128GB model, which was recently refreshed by Meta to replace the previous entry-level configuration, which we’ve seen on sale in the past. Head below for more information on the Amazon Renewed Premium policy or for a closer look at the Oculus Quest 2 bundle offer.

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LEGO Clone Trooper Command Station review: So good you’ll buy more than one

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Originally slated to launch at the start of 2022, the eagerly-awaited LEGO Clone Command Station pack is now available. But with so much fanfare and hype surrounding the first Star Wars accessory pack, is the $15 Clone Trooper Command Station actually worth adding to your collection in the first place, let alone buying multiple?

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Lululemon Valentine’s Day Gift Guide offers hundreds of ideas for the athlete in your life

Lululemon has dropped a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide that offers high-performing gear that keeps you training, practicing, and moving together. There are hundreds of items to choose from, with gift ideas for her or him. Best of all, pricing in this guide starts at just $12, so there is something for every budget. Find all of our top picks from the Lululemon Valentine’s Day Gift Guide below. You will also want to check out our latest guide to the new Tom Brady “BRADY” athleisure line that’s now at Nordstrom.

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Respawn is working on the next Jedi Fallen Order game as well as an FPS for the Star Wars universe

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is probably one of the best story-based games released in the fictional universe in the past few years. I’ve enjoyed plenty of play time in the title, but it’s time for the next story to be worked on. Announced today, Respawn, the same team behind Jedi Fallen Order, is working on the next game in the franchise. On top of that, the team is also designing a Star Wars FPS as well as a strategy game – that’s three titles from a fan-favorite Respawn development team in partnership with EA and Lucasfilm. While we don’t know everything that these games will be, we have more details on today’s announcements below.

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Elgato intros new Stream Deck foot pedal for hands-free control over your stream

Elgato – a leader in streaming hardware tech – is introducing a foot pedal controller today known as the Stream Deck Pedal. This floor pad provides foot pedal control over your streaming software and ecosystem alongside existing Elgato Stream Deck functionality, including the ability to switch scenes, engage audio FX, flip between camera angles, and much more. Head below for a closer look at the now available foot pedal controller from Elgato. 

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CASETiFY launches recycled iPhone 13 MagSafe cases, customized magnetic chargers, more

Just after getting in on the Peanuts action last week with a new series of Snoopified accessories, CASETiFY is back to start the week with a new series of iPhone 13 cases and add-ons. Delivering a new MagSafe-enabled version of its recycled iPhone 13 cases, there is also an all-new magnetic wireless charger and more from CASETiFY, outlined below.

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Apex Legends Defiance update intros Mad Maggie, Control ‘capture the flag’ LTM, more

It’s that time again. February will introduce a new season in Apex Legends, this time dubbed Defiance. “Madness takes control” is the tagline here, and that madness comes in the form of Mad Maggie. We’ve heard Mad Maggie’s voice lines throughout the Apex Games before, but it’s time for her to finally make a debut as a playable character. In addition to Mad Maggie, we’re also getting a new limited-time mode and refreshed Olympus map. What else is in store? Let’s take a closer look.

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Tom Brady’s new athleisure line, “BRADY”, is live at Nordstrom

Tom Brady just launched his new athleisure line called BRADY, and now you can shop the top styles at Nordstrom – there have been two drops so far in this line called the “Train System” and the “Live System. The prices for BRADY clothing items range anywhere from $20 to $495, and the coloring of the line is highly neutral including black, grays, greens and blues. Best of all, Nordstrom offers free delivery on all orders. Find all of our top picks from the new BRADY line at Nordstrom below, and you will also want to check out our guide to the Target “Brightroom” collection that feature organizers, starting at just $1.

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Nintendo drops new 6 min. Pokémon Legends Arceus overview ahead of this week’s release

The new Pokémon game releases this week and Nintendo just dropped a lengthy six-minute overview trailer to go along with it. Pokémon Legends: Arceus has to be one of the most anticipated Switch titles of the year, and we are just days away from the official launch date this Friday. This is the next main line RPG in the series, and the first truly new Pokémon game we have seen since Sword and Shield released back in 2019 – the Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond remakes launched at the tail end of last year. Head below for a closer look at today’s new Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Overview Trailer. 

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Review: Wyze Cam Pan v2 adds color night vision and more [Video]

Wyze is quickly becoming a household name in affordable home surveillance, and last year the company updated one of its popular cameras with the Wyze Cam Pan v2. Much like the Wyze Cam v3 that we reviewed, the Cam Pan v2 takes a similar design from its earlier version and upgrades it with a new sensor that can nearly see in color in the dark and the ability to pan 360°. Like many of Wyze’s products, it’s packed with features for the $39.99 price tag ($50 on Amazon). Be sure to check out the video below to see all of the details. 

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Check out the special edition Lunar New Year Xbox Series S console design

While everyone is still digesting the Microsoft Activision acquisition – and whether or not Call of Duty will end up an Xbox exclusive – a new Lunar New Year Xbox console has been in the lab. Microsoft is celebrating the Year of the Tiger with a (very) limited edition Xbox Series S console decked out in special edition artwork for the Lunar New Year, but it will not be easy to get one. Nonetheless, you’ll still want to head below to check out the red and gold design. 

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SteamDB currently claims under 100 titles will be ‘compatible’ with Steam Deck at launch

The Steam Deck portable PC gaming system launches next month, and Valve is currently in the process of reviewing essentially every title on Steam for compatibility. A few days ago, some games were being updated with a “Steam Deck Compatibility” score ranging from one to four to determine whether the game is unpayable, barely playable, playable, or verified to work well. Some games like Death Stranding are verified, while others like Subnautica are just listed as “playable.” In all, SteamDB shows under 100 titles with this tag so far, but what does this mean for the Steam Deck?

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Positive Grid intros new Mac and iOS RIFF guitar USB interface with metal chassis at $99

Positive Grid – maker of the Spark hybrid smart guitar amp – has now introduced a new guitar USB interface. Officially known as the RIFF, it is once again a combo device for musicians integrated with a broad range of software and emulation options that also works as a typical USB interface for Mac, PC, and iOS-based recording rigs. The sleek guitar pedal-looking interface is designed for use in the home studio and elsewhere with what appears to be a durable metal chassis. Head below for a closer look. 

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LEGO officially discontinues augmented reality VIDIYO theme

Last summer, the LEGO Group issued a statement on its poorly-received VIDIYO theme, noting that it would be temporarily put on hiatus to reevaluate the future of the lineup. Now six months later, the company is back putting the final nail in the coffin for the augmented reality-driven sets.

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Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask is coming to Switch Online next month

The Zelda Majora’s Mask Switch Online release is coming next month. While it was unclear how often Nintendo would update the somewhat controversial Expansion Pack tier of its Switch Online game library, the announcements are starting to hit. After adding five new titles to the SEGA Genesis side of things back in December, earlier this week it announced Banjo-Kazooie would be making its triumphant return to Nintendo platforms as part of its more expensive Expansion Pack (now available with more details right here). Quickly following that launch, Nintendo took to its official Twitter account to reveal the next game coming to the service, the beloved Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask. More details below. 

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Review: Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin pairs striking looks with hi-fi audio and AirPlay 2

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Late last fall, the folks at Bowers & Wilkins resurrected one of the most iconic speakers in the company’s stable, or really any other brand’s for that matter. Fifteen years after its first introduction, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is making a second debut with new modern features like AirPlay 2 – all in that classic and utterly novel design. But, is the Zeppelin’s signature look all it’s cracked up to be, even with some refreshed functionality?

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Pottery Barn’s 2022 Spring Look Book refreshes your home with beautiful textures, colors, more

Pottery Barn is helping get your home ready for Spring with a look book full of items that will give your space a refresh. There are three different sections to the look book, including Modern Farmhouse, Rustic Modern, and Costal Casual. Today, we will be covering our favorite pieces from each collection and diving into the hottest trends this season in home decor. Pottery Barn also just launched the latest Monique Lhuillier x Pottery Barn Spring Collection that’s absolutely beautiful. Head below the jump to find out all of the details throughout the collection and be sure to check out our latest guide to the adidas Valentine’s Day line here.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga lets you play all nine movies, launching on April 5

After being initially announced in 2019, and then delayed indefinitely on April 5 of last year, we finally have an official release date for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The game will make its way to all Xbox One and newer platforms, PlayStation 4/5, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 5 of 2022. What all can we expect from the latest LEGO Star Wars release? Let’s take a closer look below.

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Will Call of Duty be an Xbox exclusive? Sony doesn’t seem to think so at this point

Will Call of Duty be an Xbox exclusive? And what about the rest of the Activision Blizzard titles that are now nestled in Microsoft’s growing stable? These are some of the biggest questions gamers are pondering after Microsoft announced it was going to be dishing out the cash equivalent of $68.7 billion to absorb the Activision Blizzard conglomerate earlier this week. After suggesting some of the big Bethesda franchises would soon be locked to its gaming platforms, Microsoft might very well do the same thing with Activision Blizzard’s most popular IP as well. Although, Sony has now taken to the airwaves to offer gamers less-than-confident assurance that won’t be the case. More details below. 

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AMD’s new Radeon RX 6500 XT with 4GB of VRAM is the graphics card that shouldn’t exist

It’s 2022 and both AMD and NVIDIA are still releasing graphics cards, even though it’s nearly impossible to score a GPU at MSRP from any retailer. AMD’s latest release, the Radeon RX 6500 XT, has a few…tricks up its sleeve. To start, the 6500 XT has a measly 4GB of RAM. But, even with its limitations, AMD claims that its latest graphics card can game at over 60FPS in Call of Duty: Vanguard, nearly 80FPS in Halo Infinite, and over 100FPS in Fortnite. Should this graphics card even exist at this point? Let’s take a closer look below.

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Twelve South refreshes leather BookBook cover for M1 iPad Pro and white Magic Keyboard

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Today, Twelve South is launching a new version of its iconic BookBook Cover for iPad. This time around, you’ll find the same signature vintage stylings that we’ve come to expect, but with a refreshed color palette to fit in with the new white Magic Keyboard from Apple, as well as the latest M1 iPad Pros.

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Banjo-Kazooie makes triumphant return to Nintendo, but only in the Expansion Pack

Banjo-Kazooie is set to make a not so triumphant return to Nintendo hardware this week. While it has been years since we saw a proper Banjo title on a Nintendo system, this one will be coming as part of the arguably controversial Nintendo 64 Switch Online library that is locked behind the Expansion Pack paywall. While some gamers were a little bit salty over the more pricey online tier, Nintendo is indeed bringing Banjo-Kazooie to its N64 Switch Online this week. Head below for more details. 

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LEGO Boba Fett’s Palace reportedly launching in March with nearly 800 pieces and 7 minifigs

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As the LEGO Group’s plans for Star Wars in 2022 begin shaping up following the release of new sets to start the year, today we can report on what to expect from one of the theme’s upcoming creations. The long-rumored LEGO Boba Fett’s Palace 75326 will be launching come March, and it is slated to stack up to nearly 800 pieces while including seven minifigures. Head below for everything we know so far.

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DJI Mic wireless kit review: Versatile audio in a premium package [Video]

DJI might be best known for drones and camera stabilizers, but it is also branching out into audio. The DJI Mic kit has everything needed to get great wireless audio from up to two people at the same time. While it’s a great accessory for the recent DJI Action 2, the vast compatibility makes it a great choice for many applications. Be sure to hit the video below to see and hear all of the details. 

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adidas Valentine’s Day collection launches festive prints and pricing from $10

adidas celebrates Valentine’s Day with a festive collection including running shoes, apparel, accessories, and more. This collection was designed to be “A celebration of love in all its forms”. Inside this line you will find exclusive clothing and footwear dropping just in time for Valentine’s Day. Better yet, it’s available for all budgets with pricing starting at just $10 and adidas Club Members (free to join) receive complimentary delivery. Head below the jump to find all of our top picks from the adidas Valentine’s Day line. Finally, you will want to check out our guide to the Target “Brightroom” collection that feature organizers, starting at just $1.

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Weber’s 2022 grill lineup includes smartphone connectivity, built-in LEDs, and more

Today, Weber announced the first three new products of its 2022 grilling portfolio that are “designed to fuse the best in smart technology, high-quality materials, performance engineering, and craftsmanship.” There’s the 2022 GENESIS Smart Gas Grill, 2022 SMOKEFIRE Wood Fired Pellet Grill, and an all-new WEBER CRAFTED Outdoor Kitchen Collection that’s sure to bring your spring BBQs with friends and family to new heights. Keep reading to find out more about Weber’s 2022 grilling collection.

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LEGO’s new Clone Trooper pack and Ahsoka BrickHeadz sets are finally available

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After being delayed at the start of the month, the rest of the LEGO Star Wars January 2022 wave sets have been released. Well, almost. Delivering two of the final three sets yet to ship, both of the new Clone Wars LEGO builds are now available for purchase including the Clone Trooper Command Station and Ahsoka BrickHeadz.

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Get a good look at Netflix’s new Cuphead show in today’s debut trailer, launches next month

The upcoming Netflix Cuphead show has an official date alongside today’s new launch trailer. We previously featured details on the adorable 1930’s based cartoon series making its way from home game systems into Netflix form, but it looks like the wait is finally over with an official release date set for next month. The Cuphead Show follows the “unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead” along with “his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman,” and you can get a closer look at today’s official debut trailer below. 

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Microsoft about to acquire Activision Blizzard and all its franchises in new $68.7 billion deal

Microsoft is about to buy Activision Blizzard. In Microsoft’s continued attempt at global gaming domination, and after spending a small country’s fortune on Bethesda, it is about to fork out the equivalent in $68.7 billion to acquire Activision Blizzard. This transaction, according to today’s press release, will make Microsoft “the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.” Activision Blizzard has had its fair share of issues in the press as of late, but Microsoft is looking at the bigger picture for gamers here and will now absorb what appears to be all of the company’s major gaming franchises in the process. More details below. 

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LEGO debuts new 2,600-piece Ideas Globe launching next month

After getting a first look at the very beginning of the month, the LEGO Group this morning is now announcing the latest addition to its Ideas stable. The all-new LEGO Ideas Globe is finally here, stacking up to nearly 2,600 pieces in order to deliver a display-worthy recreation of the planet. Head below for all of the details.

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PC Building Diary: Assembling my first gaming rig and why I should have gone pre-built instead

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Like many other console gamers through the past few years, the allure of switching over to a PC finally got the best of me. There’s just the problem of actually making the jump, considering just how hard things are with the ongoing stock shortages. Detailing the entire experience of building a PC for the first time, down below you can follow along as I go through all the components in my first rig and my thoughts on why I should have just gone for a pre-built in the first place.

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The North Face International Collection features limited-edition prints from $25

The North Face has a new International Collection that offers limited-edition gear for your next adventure, featuring 15 items with pricing starting at just $25. Inside this line you can find the Nuptse Retro Jacket, Sherpa Half-Zip, Duffle Bag, Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, and more with the fun Geometric print for 2022. Head below the jump to find out more details about the North Face International Collection. Finally, you will want to check out our guide to the Target “Brightroom” collection that feature organizers, starting at just $1.

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Dune Spice Wars offers a slower-paced RTS with 4X elements, launching sometime in 2022

For the first time in 20 years, we’re getting a new Dune RTS game. Based around Frank Herbert’s Dune universe, Dune Spice Wars will be a real-time strategy game that has 4X elements. While we don’t know the exact pricing yet, nor the release date, the developers released an FAQ over the weekend to answer some questions that the community posed after the title was announced last month. So, what will Dune Spice Wars be? Let’s take a closer look.

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Details and images of Bethesda’s Starfield companion Smartwatch surface

We are getting another look at what will presumably be the soon-to-be officially announced Starfield Smartwatch. Starfield is the next big RPG from Bethesda – think Elder Scrolls in space, but likely even bigger – that’s set for release at the end of the year and now looks as though it might very well have a real-world companion smartwatch to go along with the experience. We seemingly caught a brief glimpse of the Starfield Smartwatch back in summer 2021 as part the “Into the Starfield: The Journey Begins” video Bethesda released to hype up its next open-world experience, but new details have recently surfaced with an even better look and more information on what is hopefully more than just a game-branded smartwatch. Head below for more. 

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Check out Regal Robot’s authentic new Rancor throne magnets from the ‘Book of Boba Fett’

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In the world of authentic Star Wars collectibles, Regal Robot has a reputation for releasing some of the most eye-catching display pieces. Now its new Rancor throne magnets bring that screen accuracy to an even more affordable price point. Straight out of the Book of Boba Fett, the new release brings some iconic imagery right out of Jabba’s palace and into your collection.

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Cherry DW 9100 Slim keyboard and mouse review: A must-have for the office? [Video]

Cherry is probably most known for mechanical switches, but Cherry Americas also carries an impressive line-up of peripherals. One of the latest releases, the Cherry DW 9100 Slim, takes a slim and stylish approach to a keyboard and mouse combo with both a wireless dongle and Bluetooth connectivity. Coming in at $109, is this the best combo for the office? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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LEGO Ninjago Ultra Combo Mech review: A love letter to classic mecha in brick-built form

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In the new year, we’ve been focusing on LEGO Star Wars reviews, but another 2022 kit caught my eye. Delivering plenty of anime callbacks in a value-packed build, the LEGO Ninja Ultra Combo Mech is one of my favorite kits in years.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Kirby! Nintendo dishes up freebies and deals

Some Kirby 30th anniversary content is on the way from Nintendo. This year marks the adorable little guy’s 30th year as everyone’s favorite pink gaming mascot after debuting way back in 1992 with Kirby’s Dream Land on the Game Boy. After launching a slew of new content for Mario’s 35th anniversary back in September of 2020 (including a new Mario battle royale game, the Super Mario 3D All-Stars Collection, and a new Game & Watch-style handheld), Nintendo has already started the festivities for Kirby with some deals and freebies. Head below for a closer look. 

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HORI launches new Pokémon Legends: Arceus Switch accessories, pre-order now

Ahead of Pokémon Legends: Arceus launching come the end of this month, the folks over at HORI are showcasing a new lineup of companion Switch accessories. Geared towards helping make the most of your journey through the Hisui region, there’s a refreshed Split Pad Pro alongside other add-ons for Nintendo Switch. All of which is now available for pre-order down below.

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HITMAN Trilogy is launching on Game Pass January 20 with all three iconic titles

The HITMAN Trilogy is finally complete, and the team now wants everyone to have many different ways to explore the World of Assassination. The collection includes all three games in a single package, which makes it easier than ever before to become Agent 47. While the game is launching on PlayStation, the real ticket here is the fact that HITMAN Trilogy is coming to Xbox and PC through Game Pass, which means existing subscribers will be able to play without any additional purchases. What all does the HITMAN Trilogy include? Let’s take a closer look.

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Rode debuts new VideoMic Go II for smartphone content creators and filmmakers at $99

Australian audio company and microphone maker Rode is introducing its new on-camera mic with the latest addition to its VideoMic line. The new VideoMic Go II is designed with universal compatibility for cameras, smartphones, tablets, and computers while being designed to support a broad range of users from filmmakers and live-streaming broadcasters to content creators on TikTok and elsewhere, all without spending a fortune. Head below the fold for a closer look.

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Jabra’s new Elite 4 sport earbuds with ANC and Google Fast Pair now shipping

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Jabra’s new Elite 4 are finally available for purchase, delivering the brand’s latest pair of fitness earbuds. With new inclusions of active noise cancellation and improved water resistance, there’s also a steeper price tag to match.

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Iconic audio brand Shure debuts new SRH headphones for content creators

We are getting refreshed and upgraded models in the Shure content creator headphones lineup with the new SRH840A and SRH440A. These new headphones are designed for home studios, content creators, and critical listening with a design that fits right in on the street. While the previous-generation models are seeing notable price drops on Amazon right now, both of the new models are now available directly from Shure. Head below for a closer look. 

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