Huawei Mate X2, OnePlus Nord CE 5G, Dell XPS 13 9310, and more: ZDNet's reviews roundup

From innovative handhelds to super-light laptops and high-quality earbuds, here's the kit we got our hands on during June.
By ZDNET Editors, Contributor
1 of 16 Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

Huawei Mate X2

The Huawei Mate X2 is an astounding device, with top specifications, a solid build and an 8-inch inner screen that's simply amazing. But it's likely to command a very high price, and will still be hampered by the absence of Google Mobile Services. It's also relatively heavy. 

For more see: Huawei Mate X2, hands on: A feature-packed foldable flagship

2 of 16 OnePlus

OnePlus Nord CE 5G

A 90Hz AMOLED screen, great battery life and fast charging are good features, but dropping the Alert Slider and Gorilla Glass feel like missteps that might give this handset a hard time standing out in the crowded affordable-5G sector. 

For more see: OnePlus Nord CE 5G review: A capable and affordable Core Edition

3 of 16 Dell

Dell XPS 13 9310

Dell's XPS 13 has long been a highly regarded ultraportable, and the Intel Evo-branded 9310 version, based on 11-generation (Tiger Lake) Core processors, is no different. Overall, the Dell XPS 13 9310, like its predecessor, gets an 'Outstanding' recommendation from ZDNet.

For more see: Dell XPS 13 9310 review: Still the Windows 10 ultraportable to beat

4 of 16 Dynabook

Dynabook Portégé X30L-J-13R

The Portégé X30L-J is among the lightest ultraportables we've reviewed, yet there's no shortage of ports and connectors. The ePrivacy filter is only available on the top-end model. That might not matter to everyone, but the noisy keyboard and fan probably will. 

For more see: Dynabook Portégé X30L-J-13R review: A sub-kilogram ultraportable with good connectivity

5 of 16 HP Inc

HP Spectre x360 14

The HP Spectre x360 14 has a solid if occasionally quirky hardware design. Even at the entry level this is a premium-priced laptop, but if you value screen quality and need a versatile 2-in-1 design, then it's definitely recommended. 

For more see: HP Spectre x360 14 review: A compact 2-in-1 with a superb 3:2 OLED screen

6 of 16 Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

Motorola Moto G100

The Moto G100 supports 5G, has a large screen that's easy on the eye, the two front cameras add more selfie flexibility than usual, and general use is, as usual with Moto phones, pleasantly free of bloatware. The key problem with the Moto G100 isn't the handset itself, but the competition. 

For more see: Motorola Moto G100 review: A capable mid-range 5G phone with desktop aspirations

7 of 16 palmsolo/ZDNet

Unihertz Titan Pocket

The last QWERTY keyboard phone from Unihertz was an unwieldy beast, while the new small pocket version is reminiscent of the BlackBerry Bold. There are some cool keyboard functions, but it's tough to see a reason for this phone in today's market.

For more see: Unihertz Titan Pocket review: Rugged, pocketable Android phone with QWERTY keyboard

8 of 16 Lenovo

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

Lenovo's IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is neat, portable, and functional. It's a solid 2-in-1 Chromebook that does double duty as a standalone tablet. Considering the keyboard and kickstand are bundled, it offers very good value for money.

For more see: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook review: Affordable, functional and ultra-portable

9 of 16 Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

Amazon Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle

This is a tablet that's better left to serve as an entertainment device, with the occasional email or document typed out on the keyboard. There are just too many concessions, with apps and performance, for it to truly earn its productivity namesake.

For more see: Amazon's Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle review: This isn't the work tablet you're looking for

10 of 16 Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

Kobo Elipsa

The Elipsa employs the clean, user-friendly and navigable interface of other Kobo ebook readers. Its versatility is great – it's as easy to read loaned library books as those bought from the Kobo store. The handwriting features are basic but well implemented. It's a very good device. 

For more see: Kobo Elipsa review: A versatile E-Ink ebook reader and notetaker

11 of 16 The PiHut

Raspberry Pi 400

If you're in the market for a low-cost computer for a bit of coding or some web browsing, then the Raspberry Pi 400 will be the machine for you. It's quick to get going, easy to use, and makes a perfectly credible Linux desktop PC - all at an extremely affordable price.

For more see: Raspberry Pi 400 review: The keyboard is the computer

12 of 16 palmsolo/ZDNet

Sony WF-1000XM4

The Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds are 10% lighter than the Mark 3 version with a 40% smaller charging case. They are not inexpensive at $279.99, but they offer amazing audio performance, crystal-clear calling support, useful technologies, and very long battery life.

For more see: Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds review: Superb noise cancellation, clear calls, and long battery life

13 of 16 Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

Huawei FreeBuds 4i

Good case and bud design and respectable battery life are offset by somewhat unreliable touch controls and a lack of bass tones for serious music listening. Still, Huawei fans with access to its app store might find them an attractive purchase.

For more see: Huawei FreeBuds 4i, hands on: Affordable wireless noise cancelling earbuds

14 of 16 palmsolo/ZDNet

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE

If you enjoyed the design and functionality of the Garmin Forerunner 945, then you will love the 945 LTE that is slightly smaller and provides LTE connectivity for safety and live tracking needs. It is arguably the best running and triathlon GPS sports watch available today.

For more see: Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE first look review: Connected features for safety and live tracking

15 of 16 palmsolo/ZDNet

Garmin Venu 2

The Garmin Venu 2 is a solid upgrade from the first generation model and is clearly one of the best Garmin devices for casual athletes and those looking for an excellent daily activity tracker. If you are interested in completing HIIT workouts, then the Garmin Venu 2 is for you.

For more see: Garmin Venu 2 sports watch review: Jack of all exercises, master of HIIT

16 of 16 palmsolo/ZDNet

GoPro Hero9 Black

While a smartphone camera is great, there is clearly a market for an action camera that is much more portable, more durable, and more affordable. The mounting options seem almost limitless and provide content creators with the ability to be creative with the capture and editing of footage.

For more see: GoPro Hero9 Black review: Two displays, bigger battery, higher resolution make it the ultimate action camera

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