2021 BMW Alpina XB7 first drive review: Doing more with more

The BMW X7 is still quite fresh on the market, only hitting dealers about 18 months ago, but it filled such an obvious void in the company’s lineup it feels like it’s been here forever. Sophisticated, slightly posh and undeniably stately, the X7 is a superb SUV. It’s also, if I’m being honest, the only machine where BMW’s increasingly swollen kidney grille works without question. 

The X7 is also reasonably quick, able to get its 5,661-pound bulk to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds in M50i guise. You’d think that would be plenty enough for anybody, but for those lucky few who always need more — and who have the means — there’s Alpina. 

Meet the Alpina XB7, a big, three-row SUV that adds a certain layer of excess to BMW’s somewhat understated machine. Much of that starts with what’s under the hood, with the X7’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 getting a little more attention than it typically does at the factory. Power goes from the 523 horsepower in the M50i up to a whopping 612 in the XB7, while torque hops from 553 pound-feet to 590. That oomph is balanced by additional airflow in the form of extra radiators

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PS5 has been released: Check availability at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

This is it, folks: As of today — Thursday, Nov. 12 — the Sony PS5 is officially available in the US. Both versions of the PlayStation 5 are now available: a $400 digital-only version and a $500 model with Blu-ray. (If you have good broadband and don’t have a need for optical discs — used games, Blu-ray movies, old PS4 games — we recommend you go with the $400 one.) 

What you get in the box.


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This might sound like good news, especially since Sony’s preorder window back in September left all but a tiny number of gamers frustrated by broken preorder sites, poor communication and almost instantaneous sell-outs. But our advice is not to get your hopes up. If you haven’t already successfully preordered a console, don’t expect to be able to walk into Best Buy next Thursday and take one off the shelf. The launch will be online-only, and we expect very limited inventories through the rest of the year. 

But there’s new hope for

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Apple Silicon M1 Mac buying guide: 2020 MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro vs. Mac mini

Apple’s Macs with the Apple Silicon M1 processor will the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. Here’s how to pick the right one for your needs.

Apple’s 2020 M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini

Apple announced the first set of Macs to be powered by the company’s new ARM-based
M1

system-on-chip (SoC) at its
‘One More Thing’ event

. The M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and
Mac mini

are available for pre-order on the Apple store today and will be available next week. At TechRepublic, we’ll be purchasing the new Macs to test against their Intel-based Mac counterparts and similar Windows PCs. But, should you buy one…for yourself or you business? And, which one should you choose?

As with any business tech purchase, the answer to these questions depends on what the machine will be used for. So, I’m going to break down each machine by the job categories I believe it’s best suited for. If I was still working in SMB and enterprise IT, where I started my tech career, this is how I would deploy the M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. Keep in mind, I’m assuming that my company already has the

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Apple’s MacBook Air with M1 chip: Everything you need to know

Get all the specs, new features, pricing, and availability details for Apple’s first M1-powered MacBook Air laptop, and find out how it compares to the previously released Intel-based models.

Apple’s MacBook Air with M1 chip:

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On Nov. 10, 2020, Apple held its “One More Thing” event in which it released information about the upcoming macOS 11 Big Sur and some of the new features of that OS. While exciting in its own right, that was not the star of the show. The spotlight was squarely on Apple’s showcase of three new devices using the newest creation: Apple Silicon, also known as Apple’s M1, a custom System-on-a-Chip (SoC) hardware.

Apple Silicon is the collection of processors, GPU, Secure Enclave, and other chipsets that make up the guts of a computer. Though we will eventually see it sweep through all of Apple’s computing product line, the new SoC has been fashioned into the first device, the MacBook Air.

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The Air has all of the design features and portability that users have come to know and love since Apple first revealed the Air to the public.

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