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Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus review
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A lot has changed in the last year in the world of 3D printing. While the machines may appear similar, it's the firmware and processing power that have taken significant leaps forward. These advancements introduce a new generation of printers featuring the latest Klipper firmware, capable of faster and higher-quality printing than their predecessors from just a year ago. 

The Artillery3D Sidewinder X4 Plus is a perfect example of this progress, offering a mid-range print area that is impressively large and a design that allows for large-scale printing in a fraction of the time taken by traditional machines. While maintaining a familiar design, Artillery3D has strengthened the structure to accommodate the increased motion of the print head and platform, minimizing the effects of vibrations by using Pull rods and linear rails. 

Despite its scale, the Artillery3D Sidewinder X4 Plus remains one of the best 3D printers for confident beginners and entry-level hobbyists. However, it also packs in features alongside cutting-edge firmware. The Artillery3D Sidewinder X4 Plus refines previous designs and enhances with increased speed and precision.

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus: Design

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

The Artillery3D Sidewinder X4 Plus follows the common bed-slinger cartesian 3D printer design, necessitating a bit more space for this large-sized printer than most. It launches alongside the smaller X4 Pro, and interestingly, there doesn't seem to be a standard X4 model yet.

Aesthetically, the design is fairly standard, featuring two tall uprights supporting the crossbar, with the tool head suspended from it. A notable addition, typical for printers of this size, is the dual pull rod kit that reinforces the uprights. The tool head, comprising both the hotend and extruder, is complemented by a filament sensor mounted onto the frame and a small touchscreen for navigating settings and options.

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

The printer includes several extras, such as an integrated tool tray and USB Type-A and C ports, rounding off the design nicely. A top-mounted spool holder for filament adds to the height of this already-tall printer.

Despite its size, the printer feels relatively compact compared to its large print area. Its footprint is only marginally larger than smaller models, with height being the primary consideration.

An aspect worth mentioning is the weight. While the aesthetics and product design might seem basic, the quality is evident in the weight of the components used. Linear rails replace the more common rods which adds robustness to the machine and is a feature that's sometimes missing in similar-sized competitors. This weight does make it slightly more challenging to manoeuvre, but it also aids in reducing vibrations and movement during use.

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus: Features

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

The Sidewinder X4 Plus, while resembling other large-format printers, has undergone enhancements in its frame and structure to meet the demands of the advanced Klipper firmware. A notable improvement is the inclusion of all-metal linear rails on the X and Y axes, which not only boosts the printer's stability and durability but also enhances its precision compared to the previous generation. This robust build becomes especially crucial under the stress of high-speed printing, where the linear rails help maintain greater accuracy than traditional rods, ensuring reliability.

A key feature of the X4 Plus is its generous build volume of 300x300x400mm, allowing for larger models or multiple prints with ease. 

Despite being an entry-level machine, the inclusion of advanced features like a 4.3-inch touchscreen is commendable. This screen offers easy navigation and control. The combination of pre-installed Klipper firmware and an ARM processor enables the printer to reach impressive speeds (up to 500mm/s) while maintaining quality.

The printer's all-metal hotend can reach temperatures up to 300°C, making it compatible with a variety of materials, from standard PLA to more demanding ones like Carbon Fiber. The tool head features a dual-gear direct drive extruder, enhancing reliability and enabling the printing of flexible materials.

In terms of convenience, the Sidewinder X4 Plus offers multiple connectivity options. Its WiFi capability allows for direct file uploads from computers or mobile devices, eliminating the need for wires. This, along with USB and LAN options, adds even more flexibility.


Print Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
Build Area: 300x300x400 mm (Length x Width x Height)
Minimum Layer Resolution:
Maximum Layer Resolution:
510x490x680 mm
15.5 kg
Heated bed with a maximum temperature of ≤100°C
Print Surface:
Dual-sided textured magnetic PEI plate
Artillery Slicer, Cura (compatible with Mac version Artillery Slicer)
Supports a wide range including PLA, TPU, PETG, ABS, PET, Carbon Fiber, and more
Print Speed:
Average printing speed of 300mm/s, maximum printing speed of 500mm/s, and maximum acceleration of 10000mm/s²

Upon arrival, the printer's setup is quick and easy, coming 98% pre-assembled. The auto-levelling feature, with 121 points of detection, ensures an even and precise first layer, which is essential for successful printing.

For those living in areas prone to power outages, the printer features a resume printing function. This allows the printer to restart from where it left off after a pause or short power outage, adding a layer of convenience and reliability.

Advanced features like Pressure Advance and Input Shaping should also catch the attention of users. These functions are critical for minimizing vibrations and shaking during high-speed printing, especially relevant when using the high-speed Klipper firmware on a printer of this size.

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus: Performance

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

Starting with the setup, the 98% pre-assembled build of the machine is a great advantage for anyone new to 3D printers and intimidated by the construction or assembly of a machine. The instructions could be better, but then again, there is little to assemble, and this is a pre-release model. After a few screws are installed into the base to secure the uprights and the pull rods and cables are connected, you're pretty much ready to print.

In our review sample, the USB key came loaded with a few sample models, which quickly demonstrated the printer's capabilities. It was a fast and impressive start. As the tests progressed, the machine proved reliable, with one pause in the printing process where the firmware needed a restart, and unfortunately, the print was lost.

This issue could have been due to various factors, such as the workshop temperature dropping below 12ºC, which was the most probable reason as it wasn't repeated at a more standard temperature of 16ºC and above.

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

Examining the quality of the prints, they look great. There are some minor blips in surface quality, but overall, the prints are well-produced, with little signs of stringing.

As the print tests became more technical, such as running the Autodesk Kickstarter test, the printer's small limitations became apparent. Issues like negative space and bridging fell slightly behind what I've seen from other printers recently. However, the overall surface quality is good, with visible layering that is precise, and the top surfaces of prints are generally well-finished.

For the majority of prints, there is little to fault. The print quality is above that of most entry-level printers, though it doesn't quite meet the quality of finish of high-end models.

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus: Print quality

Dimensional accuracy - score of 5

Target 25 = X: 24.90mm / 0.1mm Error | Y: 24.97mm / 0.03mm Error 

Target 20 = X: 19.82mm / 0.18mm Error | Y: 19.89mm / 0.11mm Error 

Target 15 = X: 14.94mm / 0.06mm Error | Y: 14.86mm / 0.14mm Error 

Target 10 = X: 9.89mm / 0.11mm Error | Y: 9.97mm / 0.03mm Error 

Target 5 = X: 5.07mm / 0.07mm Error | Y: 5.21mm / 0.21mm Error 

X Error Average = 0.104

Y Error Average = 0.104

X&Y Error Average = 0.104

Fine Flow Control - score of 5 

Fine Negative Features - score of 3 

Overhangs - score of 4 

Bridging - score of 4

XY resonance - score of 2.5

Z-axis alignment - score of 2.5

Adding up the totals gives a final score of 26 out of 30.

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus: Final verdict

Artillary3D Sidewinder X4 Plus

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

The Artillery3D Sidewinder X4 Plus stands out for its impressive build volume, advanced features, and speed capabilities. The printer is designed to cater for anyone looking for a large, fast and well-priced printer for all manner of projects, however, it's important to weigh its strengths against its shortcomings to determine if it meets with your needs.

 If your projects often demand a substantial build area, this printer is an ideal match. The 300x300x400mm print volume is a significant advantage, allowing for large-scale models or batch printing. Likewise, if speed and balanced quality are essential, or you're just impatient, then the Sidewinder X4 Plus is a great choice. That Klipper firmware, coupled with the robust build, enables it to achieve speeds up to 500mm/s - it's also relatively quiet once it gets going.

If the design and aesthetic appeal are big on your list of features, then this model might not meet your expectations. Its design is more functional than stylish, focusing on performance rather than appearance. While not overly complex, if you're new to 3D printing, then some of the advanced features and settings might be daunting, but they really should put you on track.

The Artillery3D Sidewinder X4 Plus offers a blend of size, speed, and precision. However, it's best suited for users who have some experience with 3D printing and those who prioritize functionality and performance over anything else.

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FormLabs Form3+ review
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The FormLabs Form3+ is a distinctive-looking machine with a weighty build and refined quality that instantly highlights this as a high-quality machine. Yet, while the price might put it out of reach for most home users if you're serious about finding the best 3D printers out there - and demand absolute quality, then the Form3+ should be the printer you aim for. However, the core audience is businesses looking for a solution for producing high-quality prototypes or production parts. The quality of the print ensures accuracy and fine detail, while the range of materials offers a greater range of long-term applications for the prints that you produce.

FormLabs has also looked at the entire resin print process, as there's only an escape from the mess that resin can make if you follow a set procedure. Here, FormLabs has first made a machine that pretty much handles the full flow of resin into the machine through the print process so that once the resin tank is installed, the only time you need to get your hands dirty is when you remove the print, ready for cleaning and curing. Even here, at the most time-consuming part of the process, FormLabs has you covered with the cleaning and automated wash and cure system that all makes the process nice and easy and as clean as possible.

FormLabs Form3+: Design

FormLabs Form3+

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

In this review, I'm purely focusing on the main machine, the FormLabs Form3+, which is the resin 3D printer itself. However, throughout the test, I coupled the use of this with the FormWash and FormCure machines. I also tested the cleaning and curing with other machines, but I will say from the outset that the quality of wash and cure is a huge step up when you use the FormLabs machines.

Looking at the Form3+, the design of this SLA printer is instantly recognizable with the orange protective cover, dark grey base, and large LCD screen. While the technology of the machines has developed along with the design, the machines themselves still reflect the company's distinctive style.

Setting up the machine is relatively quick once it is removed from all the packaging. As the printer is removed from the box, the weight is instantly apparent, as is the high-quality build that gives the machine a high-quality look and feel.

Once everything is laid out, the actual setup process is incredibly quick. First, the resin cartridge is installed, then the build platform is installed and locked, and finally, the Resin Tank is installed with the wiper clicked into place. Once those components are installed and the machine is switched on, sensors check that you have done everything correctly, and essentially, you're ready to start printing.

There are a few points to the design which really stand out. Firstly, the cartridge and tank are designed in such a way that you can swap materials easily. Simply close the vent cap on the cartridge and withdraw, and the cartridge can be stored for use. Likewise, the resin tank can be removed and comes with a lid so that, again, it can be safely set aside for a time while another material is used. The resin tanks are designed to be reusable and can be cleaned when needed.

While the resin cartridge simply inserts into the back of the machine, the build platform and resin tank are contained under the large hinged orange cover. This makes everything neat and helps protect you. This also enables the chamber itself to be air-heated, which helps with the overall quality of the prints with each of the different materials.

FormLabs Form3+

(Image credit: Denzil Lyne)

One of the interesting features of the Form3+ and the resin tank is that the film is held under tension, which aids with the quality of the finish that is produced. Also, unlike other machines that use an LED matrix UV light source, the Form uses a far more accurate Class 1 Laser, which instantly enables it to produce far higher quality prints and widens the resin options that you can use.

However, this does mean that some of the FormLabs specialist resins are eye-wateringly expensive compared to the open resin options, including more standard 405nm photopolymer resin, which can be purchased at a fraction of the price of some of the FormLabs options.

Finally, one of the big features of the machine when it comes to its pure ease of use is the large touchscreen on the front. This essentially guides you through the process, from setup to print, as well as giving you information about the print process. The screen and its user interface simply make tracking the print and the status of the machine easy with a visual representation of what is going on. This interface also enables you to connect the machine to your WiFi connection so that you can upload models directly from your computer installed with PreForm and monitor the print through the browser interface. However, there's no camera for a live feed.

The design of the Form3+ makes the print process easy. While this machine is more expensive than many of the resin 3D printers out there, it uses true laser technology. It opens up material options far beyond what other resin printers can presently offer. In its design, it also offers a full ecosystem, from the slicing and monitoring software all the way through to the final print.

FormLabs Form3+: Features

FormLabs Form3+

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

Compared with the bulk of 3D printers, many features of the Form3+ will appear distinct, even when contrasted with the latest resin printers. The primary difference is that this is a laser system rather than an LCD, which essentially means that the focused laser of the Form3+ is far more accurate and ensures far more precise curing of the resins than the LCD equivalents. So, if you're prototyping or manufacturing parts, a jeweller, dentist, or engineer, then the Form3+ with its laser technology is the best choice. Whereas, as a hobbyist, the LCD resin printers are good but need help to compete when it comes to absolute accuracy and detail.

When it comes to the laser itself, the Form3+ features a 250 mW laser that provides pinpoint accuracy for high-precision materials and makes it possible to print intricate details and boost the quality of print well above that of its LCD counterparts.

The Form3+ takes this technology a step further with the Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) technology. This essentially enhances print quality by reducing stress on parts, ensuring the print releases from the tensioned flexible screen easily during printing, resulting in finer detail and a smoother finish.

One of the big issues with resin 3D printers has always been the size of the build area. However, the 14.5 × 14.5 × 19.3 cm build platform of the Form3+ is a decent size and, while not as large as many FDM printers, is absolutely fine for many 3D print jobs.

One of the features that has really stood out throughout the review is the fast-change resin cartridges and tank. Not only are these easy to remove and replace, but FormLabs has ensured that there is a way to store and clean the components easily when possible.


Print Technology: Low Force Stereolithography (LFS)™
Build Area:
14.5 × 14.5 × 19.3 cm
Minimum Layer Resolution:
25 microns
Maximum Layer Resolution:
300 microns
40.5 × 37.5 × 53 cm
17.5 kg
14.5 × 14.5 × 19.3 cm
Print Surface:
Compatible with PreForm software; supports STL, OBJ, and 3MF file input.
Compatible with a wide range of proprietary Formlabs resins.
Print Speed:
Not specified

One of my pet hates with resin printers is the post-print process. Here, with the Form3+, the Auto-Generated Light-Touch Removal Supports make print removal a lot easier. A simple twist of the print from the build platform is often all that's needed, or with more delicate prints; snips can be used. Either way, the initial support removal is designed to be easier than with most other resin options out there.

Having a heated chamber is something that we're starting to see on the latest resin printers, and it really does make a difference. Essentially, this keeps the print area at the optimal temperature for the resin. As the Form3+ system is so integrated, this is all handled automatically for you based on the resin that you have inserted.

Material compatibility is an important factor for many 3D printing tasks. However, with Form3+, materials are designed with purpose, and the machine adapts the settings to accommodate the huge variety of specialist materials. It's worth noting that these materials are expensive, as they're all pro-grade with different characteristics, so make sure you buy the materials you need - on average, these will set you back around $120 / £120 or above per cartridge, over double standard 405nm photopolymer resin. The good news is that 405nm photopolymer resin can be used if you want a cheaper material solution.

Two major features really help with the machine's workflow. The first is the touchscreen. This provides an intuitive interface for easy control and navigation through the printer's settings, although, for the most part, the printer will handle everything for you. Otherwise, once connected to the WiFi network, you can control everything through the PreForm software. This software is outstanding and enables you to adjust the models, supports, and everything you need about the model. There's also a web browser interface that enables you to monitor the print, which is handy.

Along with the printer comes a range of accessories, the obvious ones being the materials, resin tanks, and build platforms. Alongside these are the Form Wash, Form Cure, and finish station. If the budget allows, then these accessories are well worth the extra expenditure as they will help to boost the overall quality of the print and finish by giving you all the tools you need to clean, cure, and finish the prints properly.

FormLabs Form3+: Performance

FormLabs Form3+

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

There are several traits of the prints that emerge from the FormLabs printer that make them stand out when compared with other 3D printers. The first is the finish, which, with the tough grey material, was almost indistinguishable from an injection-moulded part once fully cleaned. The level of detail and the absolute accuracy and consistency of the parts are just well beyond what you expect from an FFF 3D printer.

Even compared with other resin printers, albeit LCD rather than laser, the quality of the print is different, with the higher rate of precision from the laser ensuring that the print quality and level of detail were taken up a notch. However, it's worth pointing out that the latest LCD printers are exceptionally good, and while there is a quality difference between this and one of the cheaper models, that gap that existed is closing.

FormLabs Form3+

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

Examining the quality of the prints, they look great. There are some minor blips in surface quality, but overall, the prints are well-produced, with little signs of stringing.

As the print tests became more technical, such as running the Autodesk Kickstarter test, the printer's small limitations became apparent. Issues like negative space and bridging fell slightly behind what I've seen from other printers recently. However, the overall surface quality is good, with visible layering that is precise, and the top surfaces of prints are generally well-finished.

For the majority of prints, there is little to fault. The print quality is above that of most entry-level printers, though it doesn't quite meet the quality of finish of high-end models.

FormLabs Form3+: Print quality

However, there are several points that you find when using the printer, which means if I had the money, then the Form3+ is definitely the printer that I would opt for without a doubt. It's also the printer that I would recommend for any business needing a production-quality model.

The first of the points around performance is the workflow. While other printers are quickly catching up, they're still far from the absolute ease of use. The cartridge system is simple, as is the tank design; you literally insert it, and then you're ready to go. Likewise, there's no faffing around with adjustment; the machine does everything on that front for you, including filling the tank and making sure that the temperature and consistency of the resin are correct for the best possible quality print.

Once the print has finished, the platform releases easily, and being the build platform 2, a quick push of the handles and the print pops off without the usual battle to release the print. Then it's just a case of dropping into the Form Wash, removing the supports, and then into the Form Cure to finish.

Essentially, FormLabs has created an entire ecosystem that makes the process as mess-free as possible, although eliminating all the stickiness isn't quite yet possible.

Once the print has fully dried, it can then be worked so that if there are any remnants of the support structure, these can be removed with a file, snips, or knife. Generally, the prints came out relatively clean and ready for use. One of the main projects for this project was to create a focus bracket for an Arri Alexa follow focus; this required absolute accuracy, although simple. This proved to be a simple enough project for the printer in one of the tough materials and was immediately put to use.

Likewise, other functional parts were easy to make and support with the Light-Touch Removal Supports that are generated by the software, holding the model firm during the printing process and then ripping free relatively easily once the wash process is complete. Under a bright light, the prints can then be inspected and cleaned before curing. I found that once the wash had been completed, I would remove the supports, brush away any support debris, and then give another quick wash before curing.

If any supports are left in place during the curing process, then on some models, they're almost impossible to remove due to the strength of the materials.

When it came to detail, these models showed a quality and level of detail that no FFF printer that I have used can come close to competing with. Even the best of the LCD printers with their high-resolution screens are left behind when the printer is switched to the highest quality setting.

The surface finish and detail are also exceptional, and while you do have to clean up the prints to a greater degree than with many FFF models, the quality is just outstanding. For me, the real advantage of Form3+ is the Light-Touch Removal Support. Unlike other printer software that creates support structures that are almost impossible to remove, the PreForm software enables you to balance the support structure perfectly.

While this is aimed at the professional market and businesses such as architecture, engineering, jewellery, film, and many more, this printer will also benefit model makers and other craft enthusiasts looking for absolute quality and precision.

FormLabs Form3+: Final verdict

FormLabs Form3+

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

The FormLabs Form3+ is by far the best in its class, sitting between LCD, DLP, and true SLA printers. At its price, it may seem expensive, especially if you have been looking at the lower end of the resin market, but in reality, this is one of the cheaper SLA printers out there.

As FormLabs has been in the market for quite a few years and has a large user base, it's no surprise that they have managed to create a resin printer that manages to streamline the process and, if not eliminate the mess, they have given you the tools to help improve the workflow and keep things as neat, tidy, and sticky-free as possible.

When it comes to the printer, it's a decent size and will take up quite a bit of desk space. But then, it's also worth considering additional space for the Form Wash and Form Cure machine, which, although smaller, are still a sizable footprint. On top of this, you'll also need a bit of spare work surface for the cleaning station. However, due to the advanced nature of the materials and that outstanding support structure, the prints produced cleaned up far quicker than any other model of printer that I have used, and actually, much of the hard work is removed with those light-touch supports.

As a complete high-quality 3D print solution for high-quality models, the Form3+ is hard to beat due not only to the quality of the machine but also to the workflow and ecosystem that makes what has been a time-consuming process in the past so much easier.

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Oppo Watch X announced with familiar looks and specs
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We already saw the debut of the OnePlus Watch 2 at MWC and now Oppo is here with its own Oppo Wach X. Looks alone will tell you these two watches share a lot in common and that’s because they are actually the same device with different branding. Oppo Watch X is identical to the OnePlus Watch 2 down to the design and specs. It boots dual operating systems with Google WearOS 4 handling more demanding tasks while a separate real-time operating system (RTOS) is there for everything else, including activity and health tracking. Wach X also boasts the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset and a BES...

MinisForum Neptune HX100G review
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MinisForum Neptune HX100G: 30-second review


CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7840HX
AMD Radeon RX 6600M
DDR5 Dual channel (SODIMM Slots×2), supports up to 64GB
M.2 2280 PCIe4.0 SSD, up to 2TB
Rear Ports:
RJ45 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Port, USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A Port x2, USB3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port, USB4 Type-C Port ×2, HDMI ×2
Front Ports:
USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A Port, USB3.2 Gen1 Type-C Port, 3.5mm audio in, 3.5mm audio out
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
HDMI ×2, Headphone Jack ×1
205x203x69.3 mm
OS installed:
Windows 11 Home
Power Adapter, Power Cable, HDMI Cable, Base Support Frame, Base Bottom Plate, Technical Documents, Mounting Screw Set

The MinisForum Neptune HX100G is classified as a mini PC; however, in size and stature, it is slightly larger than the vast majority of recent Mini PC releases. It does, however, bridge the size difference between the ultra-compact mini PCs and larger desktop offerings. 

While much of the internal componentry is similar to many of the best mini PCs we've tested, with the AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS and equipped with Radeon RX 6650M graphics, that extra size enables a significant step up in cooling, which helps to unlock the full potential of these components. It also allows for a little more airflow and space in and around the machine, so plugging in external drives and accessories is simple. 

With the two HDMI ports on the back, you have the option to hook up dual 8K displays, making it an ideal solution for anyone needing a multi-monitor setup for creative work or gaming. That additional space and cooling also mean that under most loads, the machine runs nice and quiet, and only when put under intense load do you really hear the fans kick in. For creative work such as using the best video editing software (think DaVinci Resolve or Premiere Pro), this machine is simply outstanding, providing the power you need. For gaming, the speed is good, with all games running well, albeit with some settings slightly reduced.

MinisForum Neptune HX100G: Price & availability

MinisForum Neptune HX100G

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The MinisForum Neptune HX100G is at the higher end of the mini PC pricing scale, but it packs in a high-end CPU and GPU combo that pushes the power and capability of the machine well beyond the reach of most other mini PCs. Moreover, there are several options for you to select from when purchasing this machine, including both barebones and slightly different configurations to meet your budget. The machine is widely available through the MinisForum website, as well as Amazon and other retailers.

  • Score: 5/5

MinisForum Neptune HX100G: Design & build

MinisForum Neptune HX100G

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The MinisForum Neptune HX100G boasts an attractive design with its all-black carbon exterior featuring intricate detailing. This outer casing isn't just for aesthetics; it serves a practical purpose by aiding in the machine's cooling.

Another noteworthy aspect of this external case is that it's made from a carbon and resin composite, making it extremely strong and protective of the internals. If you're in the market for a compact and portable machine, this model offers an excellent solution.

The overall build quality is high, and the machine, while larger than most mini PCs we've got our hands on, feels solid yet retains a relatively compact size. This allows it to sit neatly on your desktop, though it's a bit too large to mount behind a monitor like many other models.

The layout of the machine simplifies the expansion of storage with external hard drives and other accessories. The back features a generous array of ports, from HDMI to USB Type-C, providing ample connectivity options. For those needing a wired network, there's an RJ45 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port.

The front is kept simple, with a USB Type-A and C port alongside audio in and out, making this machine a solid choice for both creative work and gaming.

A notable feature of this machine is the option to upgrade from a barebones configuration, meaning it comes without RAM and an SSD, which you might already own. This can significantly reduce the cost, making it an appealing option for those looking to upgrade power. Access to the internals is a bit less straightforward than in most cases; the rubber feet on the base need to be removed to uncover four screws. These screws can be removed, and the base pulled away with a bit of force. This exposes a metal plate that aids cooling and protects the internals, secured by four screws. Once removed, it reveals the dual RAM slots and SSD slot.

Overall, the design of the machine is very neat, but it's the build quality that truly stands out.

  • Design: 4.5/5

MinisForum Neptune HX100G: Features

MinisForum Neptune HX100G

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The MinisForum Neptune HX100G mini PC offers a variety of features that cater to a diverse user base. Its support for dual 8K displays via USB4 Type-C ports stands out as a future-proof feature. For the present, the inclusion of these ports along with two HDMI sockets allows for the potential connection of up to four 4K@60 monitors.

In terms of connectivity, like most modern machines, it includes Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 for fast and reliable wireless connections, and a network port for those who prefer a wired solution.

Internally, the AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, paired with Radeon RX 6650M graphics, provides ample power. Our review unit came equipped with a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD and 32GB RAM SO-DIMM memory, offering a solid foundation for both creative tasks and gaming.

This power, housed within a relatively compact (though not the smallest) case, could potentially generate a significant amount of heat under load. This is where the machine truly shines. Peering through the Carbon Fiber Armor's case reveals two large fans that facilitate airflow through the system while keeping fan noise to a minimum. Additionally, seven copper cooling pipes and liquid metal cooling significantly mitigate any heat issues.

The cases of such compact machines are often simple, but the MinisForum Neptune HX100G, while maintaining a discreet appearance, has been meticulously designed to maximize cooling efficiency and durability. Its Carbon-Fiber Armor case, composed of 70% carbon and 30% resin, ensures the machine is both lightweight and robust. Upon accessing the interior, further reinforcements are evident, indicating this PC is built to withstand more than most.

  • Features: 4/5

MinisForum Neptune HX100G: Performance

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Crystal Disk Read: 4810.72MB/s
Crystal Disk Write: 3899.02MB/s
GeekBench CPU Single: 2654
GeekBench CPU Multi: 13382
GeekBench Compute: 65629
PC Mark: 8490
CineBench CPU Multi: 16787
CineBench CPU Single: 1736
Fire Strike Overall: 21660
Fire Strike Graphics: 23769
Fire Strike Physics: 29743
Fire Strike Combined: 10449
Time Spy Overall: 8545
Time Spy Graphics: 8112
Time Spy CPU: 12257
Wild Life: 48783
Windows Experience: 9.4

In performance tests, the MinisForum Neptune HX100G shines, showcasing its ability to effortlessly handle intensive gaming, content creation, and multitasking. If you're looking for, say, the best video editing PC in a small form-factor, this one shows impressive prowess. 

The AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS processor and Radeon RX 6650M graphics deliver outstanding performance, easily tackling demanding applications and modern games at mid to high settings. Popular titles such as Assassin's Creed, Cyberpunk 2077, and Tekken 8 all perform well, albeit with some reductions in Ray Tracing settings.

For video editing, 4K footage in DaVinci Resolve was handled with ease, though the 1TB internal storage proved somewhat limited, necessitating the use of an external Samsung T5 EVO 8TB as the primary working drive on this occasion.

The test scores for the MinisForum Neptune HX100G are impressive across the board, with Crystal Disk Read and Write speeds of 4810.72MB/s and 3899.02MB/s respectively, indicating swift storage access for applications. These transfer speeds are particularly beneficial for applications like DaVinci Resolve, enhancing 4K video editing with quicker file transfers and smoother playback, despite the limiting factor of a 1TB capacity.

High GeekBench scores, such as a Multi-Core score of 13,382, highlight strong CPU performance, suitable for demanding tasks like photo editing and multitasking office work.

For gaming and graphics-intensive tasks, Fire Strike and Time Spy scores suggest smooth gameplay and competent rendering for creative applications.

  • Performance: 4.5/5

Should you buy the MinisForum Neptune HX100G?

If you're seeking outstanding performance in a compact form factor, the HX100G is an excellent choice. It's well-suited for gamers and creative professionals who need the power of a desktop in a more compact package. A solid alternative, then, to some of the best video editing laptops (and even the best laptops for photo editing). However, those on a tight budget or looking for a system with more upgrade potential might consider other options.

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1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 review: A promising earbud let down by fit
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1More Fit Open Earbuds S50: One minute review

The 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 use air conduction technology to get sound to your ears. They don’t sit in your ear canal, like most other true wireless earbuds, or cover your whole ear, like over-ear headphones. Instead they’re designed to hook around your ears, positioning little speakers above your ear canals.

The benefits of this open-ear design is that you can stay more aware of what’s going on around you, which is ideal for outdoor workouts or anyone who doesn’t want to feel cut off from their surroundings. Because no part of the design goes inside your ear, they’re also a good option for people who don’t like the intrusive design of other types of buds.

Other audio brands have been venturing into air conduction tech recently, including Bose, Shokz and JBL. But, as I’ll get to soon, keeping earphones in place when there’s nothing inside your ear is a challenge: the 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 won’t give the best earbuds a run for their money. It’s very difficult to get fantastic sound from this sort of design, but I was pleasantly surprised by their audio: it was clearer than I was expecting with some decent, but not powerful, bass. 

They’re built for workouts with some specs you’d expect from the best workout headphones, like an IPX7 rating, making them sweat-resistant, and an impressive listed 38 hours of battery. I got around 35 hours during testing, so this is quite representative. The 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 may sound like a decent set of earbuds, but they’re sadly let down by their fit: for me, they simply weren’t stable enough. 

It’s easy to see why there’d be a problem with this design as in-ear buds are “anchored” in place when they fit in your ear canal. 1More attempts to solve this problem both with earhooks and small silicone rings, which sit just outside of your ear canal. However, the earhooks didn’t bend enough and were oddly-shaped for my ear. This meant I never got a good fit on my left ear, the bud fell out several times, and although I managed to get a slightly better fit on my right ear, the bud still felt precarious the whole time – not ideal for earbuds built for fitness.

Some of these fit issues could have been down to the size and shape of my ears, but I asked a few other people to test them and several had similar problems. Issues with stability became even more apparent when I was wearing glasses, too, as the earhooks and glasses were competing for the same small space behind my ear.

1More Fit Open Earbuds S50: Specifications

1More Fit Open Earbuds S50: Price and availability

1More S50

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  • Cost $149.99 in the US
  • £149.99 in the UK 
  • Around AU$290

The 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 were released internationally in September 2023 and cost $149.99 / £149.99 / around AU$290. At the time of writing, they’ve been reduced on the 1More website to $99.99 / £104.99. We don’t know if this is a permanent discount or part of a limited deal. 

1More also makes the S30, and while these earbuds use the same air conduction tech and have a similar design, they’re cheaper and a step down in terms of specs. They only have an IPX5 water-resistant rating and a 30-hour battery, compared to the S50’s IPX7 rating and 38-hour battery. The S30 cost $69.99 / £69.99 but, like the S50, are currently reduced to $47.99 / £49.99.

To put the S50 into broader context, similar air conduction rivals, like the Shokz OpenFit, are more expensive at $179.95 / £179.99 / AU$289, although I did find the Shokz buds to be generally better and much easier to wear. The S50 are more similar in price to JBL’s air conduction offering, the Soundgear Sense, at $149.99/£129.99/AU$231. 

When comparing the 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 to sports earbuds more generally, you can often expect to pay more for buds at the top of their game, like the Beats Fit Pro at $199 / £199 / AU$299. Then again, plenty of the options in our best workout earbuds guide are much cheaper and perform significantly better than the 1More buds, like the JLab Go Air Sport at only $30 / £29 / AU$69.  

  • Value score: 3.5/5 

1More Fit Open Earbuds S50: Design

1More S50

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  • Earhook design
  • Unstable fit
  • Looks nice and slickly designed

The 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 use air conduction technology to enable you to hear audio, which means there’s nothing in your ear canal. Instead, a speaker is just outside of it. So what keeps these buds in place is an earhook design that fits behind your ear and little silicone rings, which 1More calls “sound loops”, that rest just above the ear canal. There are three different sizes of these loops to choose from to get the best fit. Rival buds have a similar earhook, but we’ve not seen the sound loop-like design anywhere else yet.

I get the thinking behind the sound loops: they’re a way to keep the buds in place without putting anything in your ear, which means you’re still aware of your surroundings. But they defeat the point of open-ear buds a little for me, as they are still using something to block your ear, even if it’s not as intrusive as a bud in your ear canal. I much prefer the design of the Shokz OpenFit. 

But the reason the Shokz OpenFit work well without similar loops is that their earhooks are effective (albeit not perfect). Unfortunately, the 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 have earhooks that are too rigid and not as ergonomic – at least not for my ears. This meant I never achieved a snug or stable fit with the buds, especially in my left ear. This bud fell out even when I was just walking and not working out. 

I played with the earhook, adjusted the positioning, tried out all of the different loop sizes but had no luck. My best guess is that the distance between the bulk of the bud and the top of the earhook was just too big, so it actually fell down over the top of my ear. I did wonder whether this was a quirk of my ears and so enlisted a couple of friends and family members to see if they had similar problems. This was by no means an exhaustive test, but I found women with smaller frames had similar problems, either with one bud or both. 

There was another problem that affected the fit: glasses. Even with my right ear feeling stable, wearing glasses meant the arm of my glasses and the earhook were competing for space behind my ear. I could either lay the earhook down first and put my glasses arm on top, which meant my glasses were unstable and vision ever-so-slightly distorted or the other way around, which meant the buds were even more unstable. 

I opted to wear contact lenses for the rest of my testing, but some people won’t be able to. This also means wearing these buds and sunglasses could be an issue, which feels disappointing considering these are buds designed for outdoor workouts.

Despite these fit issues, these are a nice-looking pair of earbuds with a sleek design. I tested the silver version but, from what I can tell from online press shots, the darker grey shade is a little more appealing. The silver shade is nice, but does look a little cheap and plasticky. The same can be said about the charging case, which has a shiny cheap look about it. The charging case that comes with these buds is also big compared to the cases offered by competitors at 86 × 65 × 29.8 mm and weighing in at 63g (82.5g with the buds in). It could be slipped into a bag or a large pocket, but it’s not ideal for taking out on a run with minimal gear.

  • Design score: 2.5 / 5

1More Fit Open Earbuds S50: Features

1More S50

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  • IPX7 water-resistant rating
  • Air conduction for ambient awareness
  • Good battery life

These earbuds are durable with an IPX7 sweat-resistant rating. This means they should handle the most sweaty workout sessions, even splashes, light rain and, technically, an accidental dunk in water. However, we wouldn’t advise it – and best keep them out of the shower.

There’s some opportunity to change the audio with 12 EQ presets within the 1More app. It’s good to have this option, but I preferred the way the buds sounded out of the box. You can also use the app to customize some of the touch controls on the buds. These didn’t work well for me as I never got a stable fit, so touching them made it more unstable.

The 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 have what 1More calls its ‘PurePower Driver’ inside. The company says it has a diamond-like DLC diaphragm, which results in a 40% boost in power over conventional models. It’s not clear whether this means whether that’s over previous 1More models or rivals. There are also dual mics on each earbud for calls, and an AI algorithm promises to distinguish voices from background noises, helping block out any ambient sound when you’re on a call. 

In terms of battery, 1More promises up to 11 hours of battery life from the buds and 38 hours of battery life with the charging case. I found these figures to be accurate during testing. 

This is where the S50 really shine, bringing some of the best battery compared to rivals. For example, the Shokz OpenFit offer seven hours of battery life, and 28 hours from the case. And the JLab Go Air Sport (with an in-ear design) bring you eight hours with an additional 32 hours of battery life with the case.

  • Features score: 3.5/5

1More Fit Open Earbuds S50: Performance

1More S50

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  • Decent sound
  • Only some leakage
  • Great for hearing your surroundings

One of the biggest benefits of these open-style buds is that you can hear what’s going on around you, especially traffic, loud conversations and music. I personally found this to be a better experience than simply using the “ambient awareness” or similar modes on ANC headphones and earbuds, which I always find difficult to process.

However, due to the build of these buds – with their positioning and the silicone sound loops – not all sounds were clear in my immediate environment and it was easy to get distracted by the audio. This means you’ll need to be careful, as you definitely can’t hear everything when you’re using them. Especially when the volume is loud, which is worth bearing in mind if you run next to roads.

As you’d expect from an open-ear design, there’s some sound leakage. But not as much as I anticipated, which makes the 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 a versatile proposition for wearing in a range of different environments – assuming you get a decent fit.

The S50 deliver a good but unremarkable sound. The audio is clear and there’s some decent bass and volume here too – again, two things I wasn’t expecting from the open-ear design. Push up the volume high on a bass-heavy track and things do start to sound a little muddied. Due to the style of these buds there’s also no real sense of immersion or an expansive soundstage. But then again, these buds were never going to be the best-sounding out there, you’d need to find a pair of the best ANC buds for a more polished experience. However, for me, the sound is perfect for providing a soundtrack to a walk or workout.  

  •  Performance score: 3.5/5 


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How I tested

I wore the 1More Fit Open Earbuds S50 most days over three weeks, and had the opportunity to test them in a range of different environments.

I used them while walking around the city and by the beach, running through the countryside and rollerblading. I took them to work at several coffee shops and the gym and wore them as I worked at home alone.

I also went on a trip to Rome whilst testing these buds, which gave me a good opportunity to use them in some different situations, like on a plane to listen to movies with my phone and in an airport to listen to podcasts and stay aware of flight announcements.

I paired them with an iPhone 14 Pro and mostly used Apple Music and Spotify streaming services to test them with music, as well as podcasts on Spotify and movies on Mubi.

I’ve tested many different headphones and earbuds over the past 12 years, especially those designed for fitness and active lifestyles. I like to find the devices that prioritize comfort and ease of use and flag up any new tech that feels more style over substance.

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