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Sony WF-1000XM4 long-term review: Getting even better with updates

Sony WF-1000XM4 long-term review: Getting even better with updates

Sony makes numerous headphones and earbuds across a range of prices, but the 1000X line is its flagship family with top dogs like the WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones and the aging but still capable WF-1000XM3 earbuds. The latter were top-of-the-line when they launched almost two years ago, but newer options like the ANC-equipped Galaxy Buds Pro and AirPods Pro have overshadowed Sony's old buds. The updated WF-1000XM4 puts Sony right back in the thick of things with phenomenal noise canceling and premium features. The XM4s are without a doubt my favorite earbuds right now, but they don't come cheap at $279.99, and some of the competition is only a little worse for a lot less money.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite review, one month later: Getting better, little by little

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite review, one month later: Getting better, little by little

Xiaomi offers a compelling flagship lineup with the Mi 11 and the Mi 11 Ultra, though its bread and butter remains the budget market. But the company can still capitalize on the excellent Mi 11 brand name to make its latest budget offerings more appealing, and that's exactly what it's doing with the Mi 11 Lite 4G, the most affordable member of the family at roughly $300.

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Redmi Watch review, one month later: Not very smart smartwatch

Redmi Watch review, one month later: Not very smart smartwatch

While Xiaomi has a long history of making impressive fitness trackers, its sub-brand Redmi is relatively new to the game with just a couple of wearables on offer. Much like other products in its lineup, the new Redmi Watch also caters to the budget segment, offering a smartwatch-like design at a price that isn’t much higher than a fitness band.

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Five great cases for your new Pixel 5

Five great cases for your new Pixel 5

The Pixel 5 is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, and if you haven't already slapped a case on this fella, that fancy speckled bio resin coating may be looking a little worse for wear. To help you keep your phone protected for at least another several months or more, we've rounded up our top five favorite cases for the Pixel 5.

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Everything you need to know about WhatsApp's new multi-device support

Everything you need to know about WhatsApp's new multi-device support

WhatsApp has been prepping support for multiple devices for months now — even longer if you consider its semi-functional existing web and desktop implementation as an intrinsic part of the process. The feature started to go live for some users a few days ago, and appears to be spreading widely now. Most beta app users should have it now, and it is making its way to non-beta users too. It's trivial to set up and, although most functionality is retained, it's still a little disappointing.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra long-term review: The most 'ultra' phone you can get (for now)

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra long-term review: The most 'ultra' phone you can get (for now)

What happens when a company that made its name with incredible values tries to build a phone with every feature imaginable? You get the impressive but imperfect Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. This is Xiaomi's second ultra-branded phone but the first one that takes ultra to heart. From specs to design to camera hardware, everything about this phone is truly ultra... except the battery life.

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I put an Outrun arcade machine in my dining room so you don't have to (but you'll still want to)

I put an Outrun arcade machine in my dining room so you don't have to (but you'll still want to)

I've always wanted a home arcade. This is something that has appealed to me since I saw my first arcade cabinet as a child, playing Mario Bros. at a local strip mall. My affinity for arcade games only grew as I aged, but even in my 40's, I've never really had the spare cash or room to pull the trigger on a legit, full-sized cabinet for my home. This is why Arcade1up's machines are so appealing.

This company has found success manufacturing half-pint cabinets that are perfect for an arcade in a small house (like mine) or a child's room. The OutRun Seated Arcade I’ve been playing is only four feet tall and costs just $550 (no quarters required).

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Review: The Samsung Galaxy A02s is a dirt-cheap phone you won't hate

Review: The Samsung Galaxy A02s is a dirt-cheap phone you won't hate

Not everyone needs or can afford a $1,000 flagship phone, but how much money can you save before a cheap phone crosses over from "affordable" to "terrible?" That's a line in the sand that moves every year from manufacturer to manufacturer and person to person. For me, the 2021 A02s rides the very edge. This is almost precisely the minimum viable smartphone, but it's $110 brand new, and Samsung promises an unbelievable four years of updates. For the price, I don't think you can go wrong, but spend more for a better phone if you can.

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Wyze Plug Outdoor review, one month later: $17 for a smarter smart home

Wyze Plug Outdoor review, one month later: $17 for a smarter smart home

If you want cheap smart home gadgets, Wyze is increasingly at the top of the list. It has cameras, vacuums, other cameras, wearables, a smart lock, and still more cameras. They're all a bit cheaper than the competition, but that doesn't automatically make them a good deal. In the case of the new outdoor plug, though, it definitely is a good deal. For a mere $16.98 (shipping included), you can get a capable outdoor plug that integrates with Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Review: Beats Studio Buds are bangin' — but a bit of a bad bargain

Review: Beats Studio Buds are bangin' — but a bit of a bad bargain

Unless you own an iPhone, you probably haven't thought about Beats much in a few years. Apple bought the company for three billion-with-a-B dollars in 2014, and its more recent products have been increasingly Apple-focused, Lightning charging ports and all.

But the new Beats Studio Buds break with that tradition. Like newer iPads and MacBooks, they charge with the correct cable (USB-C, that is) and support Fast Pair, meaning they're equally at home on Android as on iOS — and at $150, they look like a bargain next to the $250 AirPods Pro. But while I've certainly enjoyed using them, some missing features stop the Beats Studio Buds from being an unqualified home run.

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