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Artellia Monno review: Wireless charging overkill

Artellia Monno review: Wireless charging overkill

Over the past few years, wireless charging has become pretty ubiquitous; even some bargain-bin true wireless earbuds support it. Given that, it's entirely possible you have several wireless charging-compatible devices floating around your home right now. If you're looking to simplify your power management, a multi-device charging pad could help you do just that. The Artellia Monno, recently funded on Kickstarter, is a sleek and competent charging pad that can wirelessly top up three devices at a time. During its campaign, it was available for $79, but it's projected to cost $129 at retail — a pretty penny for a third-party charger.

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Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

The Pixel 4a is a device that laughs in the faces of flagship smartphones everywhere, daring to offer an unrivaled camera experience, snappy performance, and regular Android updates for only a fraction of what the other guys charge. Despite its low price tag, you're still probably going to want to wrap this fella in a case. Here are our top five picks for the best Pixel 4a cases in a handful of categories.

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Aukey Omnia chargers reviewed: A good deal from 18W to 100W

Aukey Omnia chargers reviewed: A good deal from 18W to 100W

Christmas is coming up, and before all the gifts are open, there's one thing you should remember: Most of those snazzy new gadgets need to be charged. But before you toss a five dollar Amazon special in little Billy's stocking to go with his new Nintendo Switch, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Although the dark days of dangerous and out of spec chargers are mostly past us, we still think it's worth throwing a few extra bucks at a known-good charger. To help your purchasing decision, we took a look at a handful of different models from Aukey's current charger lineup, from 18W to 100W and $15 to $50.

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Zhiyun Smooth-X and Smooth-XS review: The new standard for travel gimbals

Zhiyun Smooth-X and Smooth-XS review: The new standard for travel gimbals

Smartphone gimbals (a.k.a. stabilizers) aren't a new product category, but they've changed and improved quite a bit over the years. While there are always new features being added, that can make them cumbersome and get in the way of usability. Zhiyun is trying out a more simplified and compact design with the Smooth-X and Smooth-XS that's targeted at travelers and casual users. These aren't as flexible as most gimbals, but they're easier to use, cost less, and take less space.

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OnePlus Buds review: Fantastic $80 AirPods knockoffs

OnePlus Buds review: Fantastic $80 AirPods knockoffs

Bluetooth headphones are a dime a dozen, but good headphones — especially good true wireless headphones — are anything but cheap. OnePlus used to be known for its "flagship-killer" mantra, and now the company is bringing the same approach to Bluetooth headphones with its new OnePlus Buds. For just $80, you can get a good-sounding and very comfortable pair of truly wireless earbuds (or, more honestly speaking, AirPods clones), and they're easy to recommend.

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Galaxy S20 case reviews: Spigen, Samsung, Speck, Ringke, Supcase, dbrand, and more (Update: Pela, Alexander Millano, Whitestone Dome)

Galaxy S20 case reviews: Spigen, Samsung, Speck, Ringke, Supcase, dbrand, and more (Update: Pela, Alexander Millano, Whitestone Dome)

The Galaxy S20 is an incredibly expensive phone, no matter which one you buy, with the range-topping S20 Ultra starting a jaw-dropping $1400. When you're carrying a phone that's more expensive than some people's first cars, it's understandable that you'll want to buy a good case to keep it crack-free. Glass sandwiches may be all the rage in phone design right now, but there's no denying they're fragile, and picking a case to protect your new investment can be tough, especially with so many names and brands out there to choose from. We've got reviews of some of the top cases from brands like Spigen, Speck, Poetic, dbrand, Supcase, Pitaka, Ringke, and Samsung itself.

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The best cheap true wireless earbuds you can buy (Summer 2020)

The best cheap true wireless earbuds you can buy (Summer 2020)

As the true wireless earbud market has matured, we've reached a point where we now have a lot of good quality options even at lower price points — they're no longer just an expensive toy for early adopters. Anyone can pick up an affordable pair of TWEs these days and expect half-decent sound quality as well as a few useful extra features. We've reviewed quite a few of these over the years and are therefore able to help you decide which pair is right for you. These are our favorite options in the 'less than $50' and 'less than $100' price brackets.

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Razer Kishi review: This is probably the best way to play games on your phone — if you can afford it

Razer Kishi review: This is probably the best way to play games on your phone — if you can afford it

As phones get more powerful, mobile games get more complex: Snake and Brick Breaker have given way to fully-featured PC and console ports, to say nothing of cloud gaming. A lot of these games require a controller to fully enjoy, but mobile gamepads are generally clunky things. Enter Razer's newest controller: the Kishi attaches to phones of many different sizes to turn them into sleek portable consoles. It's really cool — but it's also really expensive, and it doesn't fit some of the most premium devices available today.

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW earbuds review: Exceptional sound, questionable value

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW earbuds review: Exceptional sound, questionable value

Audio-Technica's been making audio equipment for almost 60 years. In that time, it's earned a reputation for making great, no-nonsense headphones. Its newest true wireless earbuds, the ATH-ANC300TW, play to the company's strengths: they're straightforward and sound incredible. But they're also simple to a fault, failing to offer high-tech features I've come to expect in premium true wireless sets — and that makes the prospect of spending $230 on them dubious.

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: Back with a bang

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: Back with a bang

With their first attempt at the end of 2018, ever-reliable German audio brand Sennheiser produced the best pair of true wireless earbuds I had used up to that point. So I was understandably excited to try the second generation when they were announced earlier this year. The hefty price point of $300 remains the same, but battery life has been doubled and active noise cancellation has been added. There’s also a white model this time around if that’s more your style. Comparisons to Sony’s excellent WH-1000XM3 and Master & Dynamic’s MW07 Plus — not to mention Apple’s AirPods Pro — are inevitable given the price and feature set, but Sennheiser’s latest buds do more than hold their own in this company.

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