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ICYMI: We try Samsung’s S Pen / Case combination for Galaxy S21 Ultra



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Samsung brought the S Pen to the Galaxy smartphone series for the first time this year. This week we managed to check out the new S Pen / suitcase combination for the S21 Ultra, and we found it capable, but not as refined as we had expected. We also played around with Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-T4 and have good things to report about the retro-looking camera. And when it comes to retro, players who still have their original Game Boy should check it out Deadus, an indie horror game who take pre-orders for a physical release.

Samsung S21 Ultra S pencil case

Chris Velazco / Engadget

Samsung fans who also want a pen have had a good alternative in the Galaxy Note line, and the company’s S Pen is apparently popular enough that Samsung brought it to the new Galaxy S21 Ultra. The new S Pen / case combination aims to give the pen a longer life by packing it in a case for the Ultra handset.

But Chris Velazco found this solution to be unwelcome. This is not due to the pen itself, which is more of a ballpoint pen size than the traditional pen. Chris actually liked the pen: he found it comfortable to hold and use to write notes and shortcuts. However, this version of the pen lacks air movement and camera controls (a Pro model coming later this year will have these features). The biggest drawback here was the case, which easily picked up different pieces of lint and dust and made the large handset more unwieldy. The left-handed placement of the pen made it a bit difficult for right-handed users, and Chris was concerned about the durability of some of the trim around the charging ports. Since it is the only case that houses an S Pen, it is still a good option for those who want to use the pen with the S21 Ultra.

Fujifilm X-T4

Steve Dent / Engadget

When James Trew was looking for something to update his beloved but aging Canon 550D, he naturally asked his colleagues here at Engadget. They steered him to the Fujifilm X-T4, which Steve Dent reviewed last year. A mirrorless camera of 26.1 megapixels with extendable screen and stabilization in the body, and the X-T4 also has a retro styling that James especially likes. In his review, Steve called the camera’s quality management, excellent video quality and high recording speeds.

Since using it, James has also found much to praise in the X-T4. He was especially looking for a reliable camera that had a solid collection of lenses, that would work well for video and that could absorb lots of light. He reports that IBIS (image stabilization in the body) helped to produce images with impressive clarity and balance. The X-T4 gives him a lot to experiment and train – a process, he says, which is as rewarding as the good pictures it produces.

Deadeus

Adam Birch

Dead has been available for a while now and has earned fans of those who like retro games, dark indie titles or both. Now it takes pre-orders for a physical release on the original Game Boy. Players like James Trew have contrasted with the Pokémon-like graphics and style of play with the dark themes of cult, ritual and murder. Your character has three days, and 11 potential endings, to decide how to calm an angry, flesh-hungry god.

Although James said that it was possible to reach a complete end in less than two hours, he also mentions that the time mechanic in the game gives new things to find and discover with each new day. This will also change your strategy as you uncover more details about the story you have chosen to follow. The game’s creator, Adam Birch, is an artist by trade and told James that the idea to Dead came from a cartoon he has been working on. James said that the macabre and disturbing design of the game pulls the player out of the cozy, RPG mood and into the weird story – and that players who like the hardware or genre should definitely play it.


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