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Lenovo Smart Clock Essential review: It's a (time)keeper

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential review: It's a (time)keeper

The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is not a massive leap in technology—it's a clock radio. A glorified clock radio. A more sensible, smart clock radio. But it's still a clock with a speaker. It tells the time and weather, and it's got Google Assistant. It's missing a few features, and the audio is about what you'd expect for $50, but I found it to be a great addition to my home. Whether or not you agree depends on what you want out of your Assistant devices, but there's a lot to like about the Smart Clock Essential.

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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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Eero Pro 6 review: The solution to all your Wi-Fi problems

Eero Pro 6 review: The solution to all your Wi-Fi problems

Millions of people transitioning to working from home this year has led to more than a few problems. Products like webcams and laptops have been in short supply, and home Wi-Fi networks are pushed to their breaking point with dozens of connected devices, Zoom calls, Netflix sessions, and email threads. In most cases, a mesh router is the best way to build a home network that deals with these new demands.

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Nest Thermostat (2020) review: Unparalleled value

Nest Thermostat (2020) review: Unparalleled value

Nest kicked off the era of smart thermostats in 2011, and since then, there have been improved thermostats, new products, and a Google acquisition. Through all that, Nest's thermostats have remained at the premium end of the market. The company's previous "budget" thermostat was still $180 at launch. The new Nest Thermostat, however, is undeniably a budget device. There's the price, of course, at a mere $130. The hardware also looks much cheaper in real life, but that's not totally unsurprising given the price.

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Seven great cases for your Pixel 4a 5G

Seven great cases for your Pixel 4a 5G

The Pixel 4a 5G is a fantastic device, offering specs comparable to the flagship Pixel 5, albeit at a much more affordable price point. If there are any clear drawbacks, it’s the plastic body that’s certain to attract scuffs and scratches over time. Luckily, there are plenty of great cases out there to keep this from happening. Here are some of our favorite options for the Pixel 4a 5G.

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Urbanista London earbuds review: Premium features without the premium price tag

Urbanista London earbuds review: Premium features without the premium price tag

When Apple debuted the Airpods Pro in 2019, it took what customers loved from Airpods and added active noise cancellation, better sound quality, and a sealed in-ear design. The combination of simplicity, reliability, and convenience makes them some of the world's most popular wireless earbuds. Many clones have been created, but some copy the formula better than others. Swedish company Urbanista's new London earbuds cost $149 and offer touch controls, wireless charging, and ANC — pretty much everything that Apple's Airpods Pro do but for significantly less cash. And while they succeed in a number of ways, there are also some potential deal breakers involved.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 311 review: A good Chromebook held back by glaring flaws

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 review: A good Chromebook held back by glaring flaws

The bounty of budget Chromebooks continues to grow year by year, but most of them aren’t worth your time or money. Lenovo recently launched its C340 Chromebook, which shook up the budget segment by offering great specs at a low price. Now, Acer has a similar offering, the Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-3H-K5GD), offering decent hardware and incredible battery life for just $320. The mediocre touchpad and disappointing display keep me from whole-heartedly recommending this device for everyone, but in broad strokes, the Spin 311 is a fantastic value for students and basic personal use if you're not too picky.

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Jackery Explorer 300 review: Hitting the capacity sweet-spot

Jackery Explorer 300 review: Hitting the capacity sweet-spot

If nothing else, mobile technology is about striking a balance. You might be super-productive if you always had your laptop around, but that's hardly practical to carry on your person everywhere — enter: the smartphone. Earlier this year I took a look at the Jackery Explorer 1000, an absolute unit of a battery pack. And while it has capacity for days, at 22lbs it's also a lot of heft to be hauling around. Is there a better balance we could find here? Jackery's got a number of options running the gamuts of size and capacity, and now the latest entry might just nail that equilibrium: the Jackery Explorer 300.

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Wyze Cam v3 review: The best $20 you'll spend this year

Wyze Cam v3 review: The best $20 you'll spend this year

Wyze has been on a bit of a spree lately, expanding into additional markets with products like its new noise-cancelling headphones and its first smart thermostat, but through all that, there's no forgetting the company's roots: selling very capable, very affordable smart cameras. For a mere $20, shoppers could pick up Wyze's first-gen camera with motion detection, free cloud storage, and support for local microSD recording. Later models added pan and tilt motion control and even full-wireless operation, all while keeping prices tantalizingly low. Now we're turning our attention back to where it started as the stalwart Wyze Cam gets a new v3 hardware refresh with drastically improved light sensitivity, support for higher frame rates, and protection against the elements — all for the same $20 sticker price.

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OnePlus Nord N10 5G review: A disappointment at any price

OnePlus Nord N10 5G review: A disappointment at any price

OnePlus is moving downmarket with its new Nord brand, following up on the smash-hit original with the new N10 5G. Unfortunately, this latest model doesn't live up to the original's name. While US pricing isn't official yet, there's no reason to buy one in Europe, and that would be true even if it weren't for all the launch bugs.

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