Epson XP-430 packs a multifunction printer into a small package [Review]

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This little Epson multifunction printer can handle big jobs.
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Epson calls its new Expression Home XP-430 printer a “Small-in-One” for good reason: It packs a lot of functions into a compact size.

The sub-$100 unit scans and makes copies in addition to printing wirelessly via Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. It’s not a productivity monster that would be suited for a really busy home office, but for a light-duty personal printer, it’s worth serious consideration.

This gorgeous cubed wireless speaker’s sound is as big as its price tag [Review]

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This Naim speaker is worth every penny.
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The Naim Mu-so Qb compact wireless speaker may be tough to say out loud, but that’s the only unwieldy thing about one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous speakers I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Check out our video review below.

7 stylish Apple Watch bands your wardrobe needs [Reviews]

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Refresh your Apple Watch with these stylish bands.
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The Apple Watch has been out for well over a year now, and it’s beginning to get a little bit long in the tooth. In addition, the second-generation wearable, which is rumored to arrive along with the iPhone 7 this September, isn’t shaping up to be a worthy upgrade just yet.

The best way to breathe new life into your Apple Watch is to customize it with some different bands and bracelets. Check out my top seven picks in the video below.

Music Man Valentine is the only electric guitar you’ll need [Reviews]

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The Valentine is so versatile and addictive you'll want to take it everywhere.
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When this Valentine guitar arrived, I took a look at it, puffed out a quiet “Hmmph,” and carried on working. Even though I’d seen photos, I was still underwhelmed by the instrument’s appearance: pale, natural wood; a tortoise shell pickguard; and the kind of doughy, conservative shape that could make even an audience of meth-fueled Juggalos fall asleep.

Then I picked it up, and fell in love.

These weatherproof backpacks are the only tech bags you’ll ever need [Review]

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These backpacks will carry your tech goodies in style and comfort.
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Backpacks aimed at tech heads are seemingly everywhere these days. But even with such a crowded marketplace, a couple of bags really leap out.

Two such backpacks are the Lowepro’s Fastback BP 250 AW II and Streetline BP 250, both of which are my go-to carriers when I need to haul my camera equipment, laptop, tablet — and maybe even an odd change of clothes — around with me.

Why do these two bags stand out from the pack? Check out the video below for my full reviews: