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Apple AirPods Max, OnePlus Nord N10 5G, Google Pixel 4a 5G, and more: ZDNet's reviews roundup

From Apple's top-of-the range cans to ZTE's innovative full-display device and onto connected smart scales, here what's we got our hands on in December.
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1 of 10 Apple

AirPods Max

Are they worth $550? It's a subjective question, and it's one we don't have an answer for yet. By far the most impressive aspect of the AirPods Max is their sound quality. And if you're judging the AirPods Max based on build quality alone, then they're a hit. But the case is, well, a joke. At least it feels like one.

For more see: AirPods Max review: Stunning sound, the case is a joke, and I'm trying to justify the price

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2 of 10 Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

OnePlus Nord N10 5G

Without OnePlus's distinctive alert slider, the Nord N10 5G is in danger of being 'just another phone for around £300', although the Reading Mode that's part of the OxygenOS overlay is present, and battery life is good. Still, it's probably worth shopping around to see what £329 will get you if that's your top budget.

For more see: OnePlus Nord N10 5G review: An affordable 5G phone, but competition is stiff

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Google Pixel 4a 5G

This phone has a fantastic camera, excellent 5G performance, and all the great Android goodies that come with a Pixel, such as timely Android security updates and new feature drops. The display is lovely, the matte back finish is easy to grasp, and we found performance to be flawless. 

For more see: Google Pixel 4a 5G review: Affordable 5G phone with stunning camera performance

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4 of 10 Motorola

Motorola Moto G9 Plus

Given its budget price, the Moto G9 Plus is never going to deliver much more than an average specification. Still, it does this intelligently and delivers some pleasant surprises, including good battery life, a large screen, and some nice customisation features and controls.

For more see: Motorola Moto G9 Plus, hands on: Large screen, large battery, low price

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5 of 10 palmsolo / ZDNet

ZTE Axon 20 5G

This is the world's first phone with an under display front-facing camera. There is no notch, hole punch, rotating, or mechanical rising camera here and you simply get a full display experience. Overall, it is an impressive hardware package, especially for less than $500. 

For more see: ZTE Axon 20 5G first take: World's first under display camera may offer a glimpse of the future

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6 of 10 Dell

Dell Precision 5750

Dell boasts that the Precision 5750 is "the world's smallest and thinnest 17-inch workstation". It's no ultraportable, but if you need a laptop that can deliver genuine workstation-class graphics performance both on the desktop and on the road, then the Precision 5750 is hard to beat.

For more see: Dell Precision 5750 review: A mobile workstation combining heavyweight performance with slimline design

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7 of 10 Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga Gen 1

Lenovo's ThinkPad X13 Yoga Gen 1 impresses on several fronts, including its solid build, well-made 360-degree screen hinge, high-quality display, bundled ThinkPad Pen Pro, and configuration options that include smartcard and mobile broadband, plus screen security features. 

For more see: Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga Gen 1 review: A compact and flexible business 2-in-1

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8 of 10 Netgear

Netgear Orbi Pro WiFi 6 (SXK80)

While the Orbi Pro WiFi 6 is clearly an expensive, top-of-the-range solution, its speed and ability to configure multiple networks for different groups of users makes it a good option for many organisations, as well as for business users who are now working from home.

For more see: Netgear Orbi Pro WiFi 6 (SXK80), hands-on: Premium mesh networking for small businesses and home workers

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Jabra Evolve2 85

The Jabra Evolve2 85 is the nearly perfect headset for the work week. It's available now for $449, or $499 with the charging stand. This is a significant price, but if you spend all day on Teams or on your phone then it is a great option for focused work. 

For more see: Jabra Evolve2 85 business headset review: Extensive Microsoft Teams integration, 10 mics, and 37 hours battery

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10 of 10 palmsolo / ZDNet

Garmin Index S2

$150 is a fairly high price for a connected scale, despite all of the available body metrics and colour display. You may have to be a major Garmin fan to justify the Index S2, but it works well and looks good in the bathroom.

For more see: Garmin Index S2 smart scale review: Weight and body metric data help inform your progress

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