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Kaiterra Laser Egg+ CO2 review: an improved air quality monitor

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:00
With the addition of carbon dioxide detection, the latest Laser Egg device provides more complete protection from common pollutants.

The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:00
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

Sun, 2019-12-01 10:14

Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia, all thanks to dash cams in the right place at the right time.

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Akaso Trace 1 Pro review: A top choice in affordable front-interior dash cams

Fri, 2019-11-29 17:00

The Akaso Trace 1 Pro is the premium version of Akaso's affordable Trace 1, which I already liked for its great front/interior day/night video, even though it lacked GPS. The Pro version of the Trace 1 reviewed here adds the missing GPS and doubles down with Wi-Fi phone connectivity.

The kicker is, that at $130, the Trace 1 Pro is still in the financial ballpark for most users. For ride-givers that don't want to fork over for Nextbase's mighty modular 422GW (or 322GW), this is likely the best thing going.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

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Creative T100 review: These desktop speakers deliver superb sound from multiple sources

Fri, 2019-11-29 11:26

Creative’s T100 is the latest in the companies much-loved T-series of PC speakers. From design to sound quality, it's the best offering in that line. Not that I'm surprised. The company's speakers are consistently among the best I’ve reviewed, and its Pebble system is currently our pick for Best Overall Budget Speakers.  

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best budget computer speakers. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

Each of the T100’s satellites is 8.5 x 3.5 x 4.8 inches (HWD) with a matte-black grille and gloss-black finish on the sides. The tops of the satellites are matte-black, and the right one features input source, volume, and power buttons.

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PocketGo review: Portable retro gaming bliss

Fri, 2019-11-29 06:36

The PocketGo is the latest portable gaming emulator from BittBoy, and it refines handheld retro gaming and hits the sweet spot between size, capabilities, and price. Similar in many ways to the New BittBoy V3 that I reviewed earlier this year, it plays all the same retro games from the NES, GameBoy, Genesis, and many more through software emulation. It’s listed for $50 (including an 8GB MicroSD card), but has been selling for $40 for most of the time since its launch. If you’re looking for pixel-perfect emulation then you should look elsewhere. But if you just want the best way to play all your retro gaming favorites on the go, then this is your best bet.

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Mohu Sail review: This antenna can be mounted in your attic or outdoors, but it doesn’t beat our top pick

Fri, 2019-11-29 06:00
We like the design and the signal amplifier at the antenna end of the cable, but this is not a top performer.

Best Walmart Black Friday deals 2019

Fri, 2019-11-29 05:05

Walmart might not be as strongly associated with tech as Best Buy, but its deals on gadgets and gear are fiercely competitive. Be it a new pre-built PC, smart home devices, or Apple's latest, you'll find standouts in the entries below.

Among them is a $99 Chromebook, a $580 gaming PC, and iPhones. In fact, Walmart is certainly one of best places to pick up an iPhone this weekend because of the generous gift cards it’s offering. For more information on that, check out our roundup of the best Apple-related Black Friday deals.

If you find this list isn't enough to quench your thirst for tech bargains, we highly suggest checking out our full round-up of the best tech-related Black Friday deals from major stores.

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Best Target Black Friday deals 2019

Fri, 2019-11-29 00:27

If you’re in the market for phones, smart home accessories, gaming devices, TVs, or fitness trackers, Target’s deals are, well, right on target. The retailer is even selling some phones for “free”—with a qualifying activation from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, that is.

Target is a good source of Apple-related deals, too, and for those we recommend checking out our list of the best Apple-related Black Friday deals. Standouts there include $200 gift cards with some iPhone purchases and a record low price for the new 10.2-inch iPad (which a few other retailers are matching).

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Best Black Friday 2019 deals for streaming and cord-cutting

Thu, 2019-11-28 09:00
Black Friday deals abound on Roku players, Fire TV Sticks, and other cord-cutting gear

How to personalize your Windows 10 PC

Thu, 2019-11-28 09:00

What makes your house your home? Is it the furniture? The art? A few favorite collectibles arranged on the shelves? The same goes for your Windows PC. If you’re new to Windows 10, we’ll show you how to personalize your PC to make it feel, well, yours.

From the moment you first power on your new computer, you’ll be asked to choose how to manage your privacy and security. But once you complete that short process, the fun begins: You can select backgrounds, configure your Start menu, and choose apps and shortcuts. Think of this story as a complement to our tutorial on how to set up your new PC efficiently and effectively. This is the fun stuff.

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Black Friday streaming TV devices: An upgrade guide

Thu, 2019-11-28 06:00
Which Roku, Fire TV, or other streaming device should you buy on Black Friday? This guide will help you decide.

The best graphics cards for PC gaming: GeForce GTX 1650 Super is the new budget champion

Wed, 2019-11-27 13:10

“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?”

That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Battlefield and get right to playing.

Gaming GPU cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

  • Best budget GPU: GeForce GTX 1650 Super []
  • Best 1080p GPU: GeForce GTX 1660 Super []
  • Best 1440p GPU: Radeon RX 5700 []
  • Best 4K/60Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Super []
  • Best 4K/144Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders EditionRemove non-product link []

Updated November 27, 2019 to crown the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super as the new budget gaming champion, and tweak other sections throughout.

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23andMe Health + Ancestry review: The complete DNA testing package

Wed, 2019-11-27 13:01

The base 23andMe Ancestry kit ($99) stands above the competition as our pick for the best DNA testing kits for ancestry, delivering a large array of detailed ancestry results presented within a clean and compelling interface. However, 23andMe’s DNA testing service can provide more than just insights into your lineage.

For $100 more, the 23andMe Health + Ancestry kit ($199) bundles in a wide array of health information pulled from the very same DNA sample, providing details about your genetic predisposition to certain ailments, how your DNA might shape your lifestyle and your body’s reactions, and even genetics-based guesses at some seriously out-there traits—such as your ability to match a musical pitch.

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Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Wed, 2019-11-27 12:09

We all want to know more about who we are. Who were the people who came before us? Where did they come from? Are there relatives out there we don’t know about?

DNA testing services promise to help answer these questions. Today, multiple at-home ancestry DNA kits can find long-lost relatives, estimate your ethnic ancestry, or show where your ancestors came from tens of thousands of years ago.

These tests are popular—according to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), the number of people who bought at-home DNA kits now exceeds 18 million—and it’s easy to see why. All you have to do is swab your cheek or spit in a vial, seal your sample in a bag, and send it off to the lab. In a matter of weeks, you’ll be given a percentage breakdown of the regions your genes hail from.

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Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?

Wed, 2019-11-27 09:00

Should I buy a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? Whether you’re seeking out the best computer for your child or just weighing which inexpensive computer would make a great Black Friday gift, weighing a Chrome OS-powered Chromebook versus a PC can be a tough choice—and we can help you choose the right one. 

Who should buy a Windows PC?

A notebook PC powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages: Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, as well as the choice of any browser you choose. You can tweak and configure your PC as you choose.

That convenience demands more computing horsepower, and often a higher price compared to most Chromebooks. Prices can soar into the thousands of dollars, and if you need a powerful PC for gaming or video editing, Chromebooks really don’t offer that much competition. But you’ll find some great deals among our more affordably priced, top Windows picks.

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How to transfer everything from your old Android phone to your new one

Wed, 2019-11-27 08:00

Getting a new phone is awesome, but transferring all of your data over from your old one isn’t. Luckily, it’s gotten a lot better than it used to be, and it doesn’t take too much work anymore. With a Google account and a little patience, you don’t need to be an Android whiz to ensure your stuff can easily transfer to a new phone.

Google Drive

Before you can do anything, you’ll need to make sure your old phone is signed in to your Google account. It almost certainly is, but head over to the Google tab in Settings to make sure. Then, you’ll need to find your phone’s backup settings. On Pixel phones running Android 10, there’s a Backup option inside the System tab in Settings, but the location varies on other phones. The easiest way to find it is to type “backup” into the settings search bar.

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Seagate FireCuda 520 NVMe SSD review: Outstanding performance and 4th-gen PCIe

Wed, 2019-11-27 06:51

Seagate’s FireCuda 520 is fast, though only on a par with other premium M.2 NVMe SSDs we’ve tested using commonplace third-generation PCIe. However, if you’re running a late-model AMD system, the 520’s PCIe 4 support will garner you a cool 20-percent jump in sustained transfer rates. We like that.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best SSDs. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

Design, price, and specs

The FireCuda 520 is a 2280 (22mm wide, 80mm long), M.2 NVMe, x4 (four lane) PCIe 4 SSD. It feels a little weird saying that last, as we’ve been on PCIe 3 for quite a long time.

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The best movies for cord-cutters to stream for Thanksgiving

Wed, 2019-11-27 06:00
Whether they were so bad they're good, or just misunderstood box-office flops, these so-called movie "turkeys" provide great post-pig-out fun.

Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K UHD TV review: Color galore and brightness to the moon, but those aliasing issues...

Wed, 2019-11-27 06:00
Depending on what you watch, Vizio's P-Series Quantum X TV can be either astonishingly vivid, or mildly annoying. A ton of peak brightness, quantum dot color, and poor anti-aliasing will do that.