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OnePlus Band review, one month later: Not the Mi Band killer you hoped for

OnePlus Band review, one month later: Not the Mi Band killer you hoped for

OnePlus smartwatch rumors are almost as old as OnePlus smartphones themselves, but any full-fledged smartwatch that might exist is still in the offing. The first OnePlus wearable is an inexpensive fitness band for the Indian market. The OnePlus Band is priced to compete with the bestselling Mi Band 5 in India, but some of its glaring shortcomings at the basic level keep the OnePlus Band from realizing its full potential.

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Motorola One 5G Ace review: Not good enough for $400

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Not good enough for $400

Carriers and manufacturers are super excited to sell you a 5G phone, even if there's very little benefit to buying one in 2021. The feature has slowly trickled down to sub-flagship phones, and Motorola recently started selling its cheapest 5G device yet: the Motorola One 5G Ace. At a price of $400, it's competing directly with phones like the Galaxy A71 5G, Pixel 4a, and Pixel 4a 5G.

The Motorola One 5G Ace isn't a terrible phone, but it does fall behind the competition in many areas, all in pursuit of 5G connectivity — something that just isn't that important right now.

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Nest Thermostat (2020) review, three months later: The smart home gateway

Nest Thermostat (2020) review, three months later: The smart home gateway

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 may not come with a fancy glass back or a bio resin outer shell, but it's a fantastic device — perhaps one of the best from 2020 — that's deserving of protection. As you'll find with any hot new smartphone, there are some really great cases on the market that provide style, functionality, and peace of mind from bumps or spills. These are our top seven favorite cases for the Pixel 4a 5G.

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Realme X7 Pro 5G Review: A promising midranger with some flagship bling

Realme X7 Pro 5G Review: A promising midranger with some flagship bling

Realme is the fastest-growing smartphone company in the world right now, and it doesn’t seem to have any intentions of losing pace in 2021. The Realme X7 Pro 5G is the latest smartphone to roll off the company’s production line, and at INR 29,999 (~$413), it's an exciting proposition for anyone looking to get a premium smartphone experience without breaking the bank.

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Nanoleaf shapes review: Hexagons are the bestagons, but the app needs work

Nanoleaf shapes review: Hexagons are the bestagons, but the app needs work

At this point, Nanoleaf is pretty well known — if not by name, at least from the geometric shapes in the background of countless YouTube videos and Twitch streams. We've all seen them, curiously Googled them up, and been shocked at the price tag. But these aren't some cheap Assistant-compatible smart bulb; they're wall-mounted art pieces with smart home functionality. So, are they worth it? If you can stomach the cost and the bad app, we think so.

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Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review: A great not-smartwatch

Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review: A great not-smartwatch

Fossil released its first hybrid smartwatch in late 2019, a halfway point between the company's traditional watches and its Wear OS devices. The watch has continued to receive updates since then, and while Fossil hasn't yet developed a full-blown sequel, the company did announce a new variation under its Skagen brand at CES last month.

The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR isn't too different from the existing Fossil hybrid smartwatches, but it is available in more styles and sizes. The software has also matured more since our initial Fossil Hybrid HR review, so we thought it was worth looking at the new model.

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Galaxy Buds Pro review, two weeks later: You can finally have your AirPods Pro for Android

Galaxy Buds Pro review, two weeks later: You can finally have your AirPods Pro for Android

The Galaxy Buds Pro are the biggest update to Samsung's line of in-ear true wireless headphones since the original Galaxy Buds in 2019. The most notable upgrades? Audio comes via a brand-new dual dynamic driver system in each bud (the Buds Pro sound great), and a return to a sealing eartip design combined with multi-microphone ANC deliver seriously effective noise reduction. If you've been waiting for credible noise canceling true wireless earbuds with strong audio chops that aren't the AirPods Pro, Samsung delivers with its latest Buds.

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YubiKey 5C NFC review: Everybody should have one of these

YubiKey 5C NFC review: Everybody should have one of these

If you're at all serious about online security, you're sure to have at least a passing familiarity with two-factor authentication, or 2FA. Single-use codes sent in text messages or emails are probably the most common type of 2FA, but there are more secure methods. The YubiKey 5C NFC facilitates several of those methods in a small, affordable package: at 55 bucks, it's a pretty fantastic little gadget. Honestly, everybody should have one of these things.

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Microsoft Surface Pro X review, one month later: ARM laptops are the future, but Windows is stuck in the past

Microsoft Surface Pro X review, one month later: ARM laptops are the future, but Windows is stuck in the past

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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