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Eero Pro 6 review, one month later: The solution to all your Wi-Fi problems

Eero Pro 6 review, one month later: 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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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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Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020) Review: ARM laptops are the future

Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020) Review: ARM laptops are the future

From the new Apple M1 powered Macs to the Microsoft Surface Pro X I've been using, ARM-based computers are the new craze in mobile computing. The Surface Pro X was Microsoft's second big consumer push to get into the ARM platform and it really nails the essentials. Microsoft provides a fast and stable Windows on ARM experience, which is impressive despite the underpowered hardware on Microsoft’s latest SQ2-based machine. At the same time, some important features are missing while we wait for proper 64-bit emulation to arrive. That makes the price harder to swallow, but I've still really liked using the Surface Pro X.

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I bought a Barnes & Noble Nook in 2020, and I didn't expect it to be this good

I bought a Barnes & Noble Nook in 2020, and I didn't expect it to be this good

Amazon has dominated the e-reader industry for so long that most of its competitors have either become niche products or faded out of existence entirely. I'd forgive you for thinking Kindles were the only e-readers sold in the United States, but not only is Barnes & Noble still around, but the company continues to release new Nook readers. And I bought one.

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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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Chromecast with Google TV review, one month later: Buy this

Chromecast with Google TV review, one month later: Buy this

Google has announced a new streaming dongle, and it comes with perhaps the best evidence yet that time is cyclical: the new Chromecast runs "Google TV." No, not that Google TV—a new thing that's based on Android but designed for TVs. No, not that Android TV. I know, it's confusing. What's not confusing is that the dongle is essentially a better version of the Chromecast Ultra. It streams 4K video, has a remote, and there are some new features in Google TV. Granted, the new Google TV isn't perfect, but at $50, it's hard to complain.

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Five great cases for your new Pixel 5

Five great cases for your new Pixel 5

Your Pixel 5 just arrived, clean, pristine, and unapologetically slippery with that speckled bio resin coating. It’s worth protecting, isn’t it? If you’re thinking about wrapping your new Google phone in a fancy case, we’ve rounded up five of the most compelling options on the market.

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Android 11 review: More than meets the eye

Android 11 review: More than meets the eye

Android 11 was released earlier this month, following the usual handful of public beta releases. Even though the release might seem iterative and unimportant on the surface, there are dozens of high-level changes across the operating system. Just like every update before it, Android 11 makes your smartphone easier to use and more powerful, even if only slightly so.

We covered many of Android 11's changes as they happened, but now that the release is out and the dust has started to settle, it's time to check out Android 11 as a whole. The exact experience will vary across devices, but Android 11 is definitely an upgrade you should look forward to, assuming your phone or tablet will ever get it.

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Zens Liberty review: The coolest-looking wireless charger around doesn't come cheap

Zens Liberty review: The coolest-looking wireless charger around doesn't come cheap

Wireless chargers come in several shapes and sizes over the years, from stands to pucks and even orbs, but the mechanics behind how they work can make them kind of a pain. Positioning needs to be just so, or the coil on your gadget won't line up with the coil in the charger, and nothing happens. Multi-coil chargers have been a thing for a while, but the new Zens Liberty steps things up drastically, with sixteen coils stacked and staggered across its face. You can pretty much just dump your phone wherever, and it'll charge. It even looks pretty dang snazzy if you opt for the glass-topped version, but you'll pay €199.99 (around $215 right now) for that privilege.

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LineageOS 17.1 review: Android 10, coming to an old phone near you

LineageOS 17.1 review: Android 10, coming to an old phone near you

CyanogenMod was the king of custom Android ROMs for years. Not only did it add plenty of great features on top of stock Android (Theme Engine, anyone?), but it also brought newer versions of the OS to devices that were never officially updated. LineageOS has done an excellent job of maintaining that legacy over the past 3+ years, and the project recently released version 17.1 of the ROM, based on Android 10.

So, what is it like to use LineageOS in 2020? Does Lineage's take on Android 10 feel significantly different than the stock OS? That's what I wanted to find out, so I flashed the latest build on my trusty 2016 Google Pixel and had a look.

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