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Skullcandy Dime Earbuds Review: Worth More Than What You Paid

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Skullcandy’s latest pair of true wireless earbuds are quite the attention grabber. Not for any notable features or accomplishments, but rather the price—$25 is quite the bargain. But while you may expect these to be low-end earbuds that barely function, they are much, much more than that.

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The 7 Best Laptop Docking Stations

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If you don’t have the money to shell out for a glamorous desktop PC, a laptop docking station is your best bet. With a dock, you can use your laptop as the brains for a desk setup with multiple monitors, a microphone, headphones, and more. And it’ll be a heck of a lot cheaper than if you were to buy or build yourself a good desktop PC.

Then when you’re ready to leave the house, you can easily disconnect your laptop from the dock and head out.

What to Look for in a Laptop Docking Station

There are so many technical terms that can be hard to decipher when trying to find a good laptop docking station. Here’s a simple breakdown of what factors you need to think about when making your purchase.

  • Connectivity: You need to think about what you want to include in your setup. Do you want to connect just an external monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse? Or do you want a bigger setup that allows you to connect a microphone and multiple monitors? Think of everything you want to include in your workspace. Then pay attention to what kind of connections they need and buy a laptop dock that’ll support your devices.
  • Power: Most docks will charge your laptop while you’re using it. The power output ranges, with some docks putting out up to 100W. Most USB accessories won’t suck up too much power, but if your laptop demands a lot of charging power, you’ll want to pay attention to the max output of the dock.
  • Dock Size: None of the docks on this list are insanely massive, but some are smaller than others. Think about where you’ll want to place the dock and how it’ll fit into your setup. Do you want something that’s more compact and easy to take with you? Or, are you okay with a larger dock if it means more connectivity and power?
  • Compatibility: This is insanely important to remember. Make sure whichever dock you choose is compatible with your laptop. Nothing is worse than getting a product and realizing it won’t work with what you have. We made sure to mention OS compatibility and any caveats you should be aware of with each pick.
  • USB-C vs. USB 3.0: Most of the options on this list will provide both USB-C ports and USB 3.0 ports. Some even come with USB 2.0 ports for your mouse or keyboard. If you have an older laptop, it might not be able to connect via USB-C. If you only need USB 3.0 ports, the last option on this list is the one for you.
  • Resolution and Frame Rate: Pay close attention to which devices promise a 4K output with a 60Hz frame rate, if this is something important to you. Also, keep in mind, a lot of docks will split the frame rate when you add multiple monitors; for example, a dock might support either one 4K monitor at 60Hz OR two 4K monitors at 30Hz at a time.
  • For M1 Macbook Users: For anyone who owns an M1 Macbook, you will only be able to output to a single display even if a dock supports multiple displays. If you want to run multiple monitors from your M1 MacBook, however, there are workarounds.

Best Overall: Plugable USB-C 4K Docking Station

plugable USB-C 4K docking station for laptopPlugable

For most people, this laptop docking station from Plugable will be your best bet. Plugable is one of the most reputable brands in the laptop dock industry. It’s a bit more expensive, but you get what you pay for. There are three video outputs: one HDMI output capable of supporting a 4K resolution at 30Hz, and two DisplayPort outputs capable of supporting dual 4K displays at 60Hz. If one of the monitors you want to connect doesn’t have a DisplayPort connection, you might need to purchase a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter.

Plus, there’s also audio in/out ports for a microphone and headphones, an Ethernet port for faster Internet speeds, and multiple USB ports for your keyboard, mouse, or other accessories. You can also charge your laptop through the dock up to 60W, so you won’t have to worry about unraveling your bulky laptop charger.

This dock supports devices with Windows 10, 8.X, and 7 or macOS 10.14, 10.15, and 11.X (with downloaded drivers required). Chromebooks and Linux devices are not supported.

Best Budget: Tobenone USB-C Dock

Tobenone USB-C Dock for laptopsTobenone

You get a lot of great value in this laptop docking station from Tobenone at a fraction of the cost of the other options on this list. It’s compatible with devices with Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C connections, including the MacBook Pro and the Microsoft Surface 3/Pro 7, though MacOS systems only support mirror mode, meaning you can just cast your laptop screen to an external display. The Tobenone dock also doesn’t require any downloaded drivers, so it’s ready to go and start connecting right out of the box.

There are two HDMI ports and one VGA port for you to connect your displays. If your device supports it, you can connect up to two HDMI monitors and get 1080p at 60Hz on both or 4K at 30Hz. The monitor connected through the VGA port will display at 1080p at 60Hz. Then, you can connect externals like headphones, a microphone, keyboard, and mouse to complete your desk setup. What’s awesome about this laptop dock is that even though it’s a budget option, it offers up to 100W of charging power for your laptop.

Best Premium Option: CalDigit Docking Station

CalDigit Laptop Docking StationCalDigit

If you have the money to splurge on a laptop dock, this one from CalDigit is so worth the investment. It comes with 15 different connectivity ports, whereas the max number of ports on many other options on this list is 9. You can, of course, connect all the basics like your microphone, keyboard, headphones, and Ethernet. But where this dock really shines is in its display connections.

You can connect up to two 4K monitors at 60Hz each via your DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port. Or, you can connect a single 5K monitor at 60Hz with the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port. So if you’re looking to get awesome resolution with a high refresh rate, get this dock from CalDigital. For having so much connectivity potential, it’s a fairly compact device. You can charge your laptop while using the dock with a power output of up to 87W, and it’ll stay cool with an integrated heat sink.

This laptop docking station is compatible with devices with Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or later and macOS 10.12 or later.

Best for Apple Laptops: Hiearcool MacBook Pro/Air Docking Station

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If you have a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, this laptop dock from Hiearcool will give you everything you need for a full desk setup. And it’s actually pretty affordable, too.

While a lot of docks only allow mirror mode for devices with MacOS, Hiearcool’s docking station will allow you to extend your laptop display, meaning you can use your laptop screen independently while adding extra screen space on one or two monitors. You can connect one monitor through an HDMI port for 4K resolution at 60Hz, or you can connect two monitors through HDMI ports for 4K resolution at 30Hz.

The Hiearcool dock is plug-and-play, so once you have stuff plugged in, it’s good to go. It’s compatible with 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros from 2016-2019, 16″ MacBook Pro from 2019, and the retina 13″ MacBook Air. And the dock can send up to 100W of charging power while it’s plugged in.

Best for Travel: Satechi On-the-Go Multiport Adapter

Satechi On-the-Go Multiport AdapterSatechi

If you travel a lot and need a portable dock, buy this one from Satechi. It’s an affordable option that has everything you need without taking up too much space. You have nine different ports in total, including HDMI and VGA display outputs, a port for Ethernet, a micro/SD card reader slot, and multiple USB ports (USB-C and USB-A). This dock can support a 4K monitor at 60Hz using the HDMI port and an additional 1080p monitor at 60Hz using the VGA port.

What makes this dock so great for travel is its compact size, all the available USB ports, and the card reader. Satechi’s laptop dock also comes with travel friendly cable options. There’s a long one meter cable that you can use in your home office, but there’s also a shorter cord that tucks into the adapter for portability.

Satechi’s adapter is compatible with most devices, including devices with Windows and Mac operating systems and Chromebooks.

Best External GPU Dock: Razer External GPU

Razer External GPU for LaptopsRazer

This external GPU from Razer will cost you but if you want excellent gaming performance, this is the way to go. Depending on your device, Razer’s external GPU will boost your laptop’s visuals by adding NVIDIA GeForce, NVIDIA Quadro, or AMD Radeon graphics to your display. It also comes with a huge 650W power supply that will help support demanding games. Plus, it’ll put out 100W charging power for your laptop while you’re gaming.

In order for you to use Razer’s external GPU with a Windows laptop, you’ll need Thunderbolt 3 external graphics support with RS45 or later, as well as a compatible graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD. If you have a device with macOS, you’ll need a Thunderbolt 3 port and High Sierra 10.13.4 or later and a compatible AMD graphics card; NVIDIA graphics cards are not supported with macOS devices.

Best USB 3.0 Option: Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Docking Station

Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD_4K Docking Station for LaptopsDell

This dock from Dell is a great option if you can’t or don’t want to use any USB-C connections, and instead want to use USB 3.0 connections. There are three USB 3.0 ports, two USB Type-A ports, and connections for your headphones and microphone. And you can still have a triple monitor setup, too!

You can connect one monitor through a DisplayPort and two monitors through HDMI. Dell includes one HDMI DVI adapter just in case you need it. Only the monitor connected through the DisplayPort will present in 4K at 30Hz. The other two monitors will support Full HD 1080p. Depending on how many monitors you use at a time and which monitors you use, the frame rate can fluctuate between 30Hz and 60Hz.

To check whether your laptop is compatible with this docking station, Dell conveniently allows you to run your model number and check through Amazon.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/75557/the-7-best-laptop-docking-stations/
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Bitwarden vs. KeePass: Which Is the Best Open-Source Password Manager?

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Bitwarden and KeePass are two excellent password managers that stand out from the pack by being entirely open source and almost completely free (Bitwarden has an optional paid plan.). There are some important differences, though. Here’s how to choose between them.

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Collabio lets you co-edit documents without the cloud

Meet Collabio Spaces: An office suite app with a cloudless co-authoring twist that looks helpful if you need to collaborate on documents without having to worry about losing control of your data or the thread of changes.

The p2p software lets multiple people co-edit a document locally — from a mobile device or desktop computer — without A) the risk of uploading sensitive information to the cloud (i.e. as you must if you’re using a shared document function of a service like Google Docs); or B) the tedium of emailing a text to multiple recipients and then having to collate and resolve changes manually, once all the contributions trickle back.  

There’s more coming down Collabio’s pipe too. Document collaborating will be possible from anywhere in the future, not only (as now) via a local network: A major release slated for next month will add p2p collaboration that works via the Internet — but still without the privacy risk of having a remote server in the loop.

Collabio’s app is MacOS and iOS only for now — but Android and Windows versions are in the works, slated for release this year.

Current supported text formats are DOCX, ODT, XLSX and ODS. Other features of Collabio’s office suite include the ability to scan and recognise texts and images using a camera; annotate and comment on PDFs (including via audio); e-sign text documents and PDFs; and view presentations.

Image credit: XCDS/Collabio

Its maker XCDS (aka “eXtended Collaboration Document Systems”), which is headquartered in London, UK with an R&D hub in Prague in the Czech Republic, has been in business for around a decade at this point — but working on office tools for some seven years, per CTO Egor Goroshko, who says they see Collabio as a startup in its own right.

The app is being funded by (an undisclosed amount of funding from undisclosed) private investors, with the team planning to take in further funding to continue development in the near future as they build momentum for the product.

With the coronavirus supercharging remote working over the past 12 months there is certainly opportunity to improve on the current crop of collaboration and productivity tools — and help to safely break down any unwelcome workflow barriers which have been erected as a result of scores of office workers no longer being co-located. Although the current version of Collabio is designed for nearby, rather than remote collaboration — so its next major release looks the most interesting from that perspective.

The early team behind Collabio included some devs who worked on Quickoffice but didn’t go to Google as part of that 2012 acquisition. Instead they focused on thinking about how to improve the user experience around documents — finally bringing their long-developed p2p document collaboration product to market last fall.

“When we started with Collabio we were ready for the long game,” Goroshko tells TechCrunch. “We knew that we would need to implement most of the features [office suite software] users were familiar with, before we could start developing our own ideas.”

“Long story short, our cloudless collaboration works exactly the same way as a cloud one. Of course there is some difference in the way you connect to the document but after that, you have exactly the same experience as if you work in the cloud,” he continues.

“We started with an iOS app in September 2020 and introduced a macOS version in October. With our early releases, we mainly concentrate on testing the app with real users and prove our ideas. Starting from our launch, we’ve got almost 15K of installs and valuable feedback on what users need and what can be improved. We pushed intensively on the market starting in February 2021 this year and got more than one thousand users during this month.”

There are some key differences between Collabio’s p2p cloudless collaboration and the (more typical) upload-to-a-server flavor that are worth flagging.

Notably, the lack of constant access to the document that you’re co-authoring/co-editing. Although that limitation may also be desirable if you want to tightly manage collaborative access to your data.

“In Collabio we call cloudless collaborative editing ‘Ad-Hoc collaboration’, because without a cloud your peers have no constant access to the document, so this thing is essential for occasional document discussion and updates,” Goroshko notes.

Another important difference he points to is that a shared document remains on the owner host devices only — and a copy can only be saved by the owner (at least for now).

“Other peers have session document access but the application does not upload/transfer files to collaborators’ devices,” he explains. “[The] session lasts til the host keeps the document open. As soon as you close the document, peers lose their access and can’t save the document locally. This is made for reasons of privacy but we are now considering giving users the option to allow connected peers to save a copy of the document.”

Given that all document work is done on devices on a local network there’s no need for an Internet connection to be able to collaborate via Collabio — which the team argues can itself be pretty useful, such as in situations like business travel (remember it?) when a stable Internet connection may not be readily available.

For this local p2p connectivity Goroshko says Collabio uses both wi-fi and Bluetooth — “to achieve better discovering quality”. “This is a common approach used, for example, in AirDrop technology. When peers’ addresses are identified, the application establishes connection via WiFi to achieve better speed and the quality of data exchange,” he says.

“All work is done only on devices in the local network so our Ad-Hoc collaboration does not need the Internet, the same way as you do not need the Internet to exchange files via AirDrop,” he goes on. “Just like with AirDrop, you do not need any specific configuration for Collabio Spaces, everything is done automatically. You start a session and peers see it on their devices, they simply connect to a selected document, and if they know the code, they can edit the document.”

Goroshko says Collabio’s team has been inspired by Apple’s technology — and the tech giant’s ‘it just works’ philosophy. But are committed to bringing the product to non-Apple platforms, aiming for a release later this year.

“It is a large, complex and ambitious project but we believe we can introduce game-changing approaches,” he continues. “The Office software market is quite conservative and market expectations from new software are really high. This is the reason why it has taken so much time to get to a public release stage. But with such a high entrance threshold and with slow innovations in the area of office document management and editing, this creates great opportunities.”

He argues that Collabio has been able to get efficiency gains vs office suites that had to bolt collaboration onto a legacy product exactly because it was being developed from scratch — with “collaborative editing in mind from the first step of proof of concept”. Hence its implementation of collaborative editing algorithms can work “with minimal resources consumption even on mobile phones”.

Goroshko says a Collabio user can have up to five peers simultaneously connected if they launch a collaboration session via a mobile device — with all participants able to edit the document. (Desktops support more connections.)

“You launch a collaboration session with a honeycomb icon, and any nearby devices with [the] Collabio Spaces app show shared documents,” he explains. “Under the hood, it works the similar way as sharing files through AirDrop or streaming audio/video through AirPlay. People nearby can join editing, if they know the security code assigned to the session.”

These p2p connections are encrypted with “standard end-to-end encryption”, according to Goroshko — who admits to “some tricks to allow trusted connections in the local network without access to the Internet”, adding: “We believe that this is enough for the start but in the future we will probably improve this approach.”

So — as with any nascent and non-independently security-tested product — prospective users should approach with caution, weighing up the sensitivity of any data they might wish to share for co-editing purposes before trusting it to Collabio’s novel implementation.

The startup, meanwhile, sees plenty of potential growth coming from frustrated office workers trying to find smarter ways to work remotely.

“Our goal is to create an editor specifically for team work, to help people get the most from collaboration,” says Goroshko. “Working together with others gives you a lot of advantages but requires more effort to sync with others. Planning, tracking, discussions, reviews — currently most of this work is performed separately from the document or locked inside the document. We want to cover this gap and give our users the most from collaboration with each other.”

“We consider two main types of competitors on the market,” he adds. “Classical office document editing suites like MS Office, Google Docs and Libre Office. We do not consider direct competition with them because their features set is enormous. However, many people simply do not use most of these features!

“And now a few newcomers have appeared on the market like Notion or Airtable, introducing smart ways how the document editing process can be integrated into your business. We see ourselves somewhere in between these products and classical office suites.”

A subscription payment is required to use Collabio Suites but a free trial version is available for up to a week.

We’re also told there’s an option for free of charge usage where the user is able to view and edit documents as a peer but can’t be the host of a collaboration session.

The major release that’s coming in May looks set to expand Collabio’s utility greatly — enabling it to tap into the remote work boom — by adding the ability to do p2p collaboration from anywhere via the Internet, also without the need for a remote server sitting in the loop.

How will that forthcoming functionality work? In a word: Math. Goroshko says the implementation will rely on an Operations Transformation algorithm keeping the document consistent “at any moment” during co-editing — avoiding the need for true real-time operations.

“It does not matter what co-editors type for in the end they all have absolutely the same content,” he says. “The algorithm does not guarantee that the result will be meaningful. If several people type in the same place, they will get an abracadabra. But this will be exactly the same abracadabra after all changes have been synced between all participants. This is the point. Operations Transformation does not require true real-time operations, changes can come early or later, even after sufficient delays. In either case they will be transformed to become inline with other changes. So regardless of cloud or cloudless collaboration mode, you do not need specific infrastructure or high speed processing to support collaborative editing.”

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Best Games You Can Play in Chrome for Android Right Now

chrome-android-games-featured-image.jpg Gaming on Android isn’t all about installing apps and tolerating microtransactions. There are a multitude of completely free games you can play on Chrome for Android right now – no install needed! After going through a wide variety of options, we’ve narrowed down our selections to seven top picks across a variety of genres. Many games in this list are Pico-8 based – think of Pico-8 as a virtual console with specs similar to the Game Boy Color, with most of its full games being playable in a browser! Not all Pico-8 games are mobile-compatible, but the ones we’ve chosen for… Read more14383718.gif

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What We’re Playing: ‘Trackmania’ Makes You Enjoy Resetting

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If there’s been one game eating up my free time for the past week or so, it’s Trackmania 2020. This high-speed racer has arcadey thrills, enough tracks to last a lifetime, and one of the purest gameplay loops I’ve come across. So, let’s dive a bit deeper into why I find this game so addictive.

Trackmania has been around for a while, with the first game releasing in 2003. The series has seen numerous releases since then, each bringing something a bit different to the table. Trackmania 2020, however, aims to be a more traditional entry, acting as a remake of sorts for the fan-favorite Trackmania Nations. The 2020 release is not my first foray into the series—I played 2006’s Trackmania United a ton when I was younger, but it is the first time I’ve successfully been able to get back into it, mainly thanks to its recency.

But this release has shown to me that yes, I will spend many hours restarting the same track over and over again for the sake of shaving milliseconds off my best times to get a gold medal. So let’s talk a bit about why Trackmania makes that so enticing, instead of the tedious slog it would be in other games.

Pure Speed

Player perspective racing in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

Trackmania doesn’t beat around the bush in terms of gameplay. As soon as you enter a track, you’re thrown into the deep end figuring out how to corner turns and manage speed. The controls are very simple; this is an arcade racer after all, so it doesn’t include stuff realistic racers have like gear changes or handbrakes. You have an accelerator, a brake/reverse button, and your steering—simple enough for anyone to grasp, but it still leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Spoiler: You’re not going to do well on your first few tracks. While the controls are intuitive, a lot of the track hazards aren’t. There are numerous terrain types and modifiers that massively affect how your car controls. The standard tarmac is as grippy as you would expect, allowing you to take wide turns at high speeds without your car losing traction.

But once you get to a dirt road, the game takes on physics more akin to rally racing, requiring you to swerve around corners and carefully accelerate to not slide off the road. And with stages filled to the brim with inclines, twists, and ramps, these challenges are only made more difficult.

Skidding on the ice in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

There are boost pads that increase your speed and “reactor boost up” pads that turn your car into a makeshift hovercraft. There are even some pads with negative effects, such as disabling your engines and steering for a period of time. All of these elements come together with the out-of-this-world stage designs to create some amazing tracks.

The actual driving physics is a happy balance between something like Forza Horizon and Mario Kart. Is it realistic? No, not really, but it’s realistic enough to be intuitive while still introducing arcadey elements to enhance the fun. This all makes Trackmania a game just about anyone can play while remaining rewarding to improve in. But of course, these mechanics would be nothing without the tracks themselves.

On the Grind

There are tons of developer-made tracks in Trackmania and hundreds created by the community (one of which gets highlighted by the developers every day). There are a lot of courses, and each developer-made course has a unique design with a hypothetically optimal route to take. It drives the community to come up with crazy shortcuts that range from simply cutting corners to launching yourself halfway across the map through some exploit in the stage design.

Track selection in 'Trackmania'Just a taste of the track selection available. Ubisoft

Each of these tracks has multiple medals available that represent various times. This introduces the core game mode of Trackmania—time attack (a.k.a., restarting tracks countless times to get a faster run). Not only does this make you better at each track, but you’ll usually come away having improved at the game’s mechanics as well.

I love games that enable me to dedicate time to mastering stages. Titles like Sonic Generations and Celeste are some of my favorite games because of this, and Trackmania taps into the same mentality. I will reset a stage hundreds of times to achieve a slightly better time, and I never feel better than when I finally get good enough to earn the gold medal.

But more importantly, Trackmania has a lot of smart design decisions to avoid this becoming tedious. You can immediately restart a stage or checkpoint from the push of a button—no menus to waste time—and you can enable a ghost of your best time to show where there’s room for improvement. And if you’re really stumped, you can always turn to the ghosts of other players or look up the fastest runs of each track online. Trackmania is a very communal game, and looking at other player’s runs to improve your own is expected, so you can easily find videos or replays to learn from.

The room for improvement is always there; there’s always a corner to take sharper, jump to land better, or straightaway to more advantage of. And if you get really good, then you can start challenging the “Author Medals”—times set by the designer of the track with near-perfect execution required.

Car racing along grassy hill in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

I’ve already mentioned the mass amount of tracks on display, but one of Trackmania’s biggest selling points is that new maps are added all the time. There are daily tracks to play through, and seasonal campaigns that feature tons of courses you can master. So even if you don’t feel like sifting through the player-made content, you’re unlikely to run out of things to do.

If you want to get into the community-made stuff though, the game doesn’t do a great job at accomodating that. The menus are cluttered and difficult to navigate, and you’re more likely to just get frustrated sorting through the many amateur stages. I’d recommend checking out community hubs like the Trackmania subreddit and TrackmaniaExchange (a website that does a better job at organizing player-made content than the game itself) to find stages.

Start Your Engines

Trackmania is by no means a perfect game—the menus are a pain to navigate and accessing community content is more confusing than it should be. Regardless, the gameplay and stage-design are so incredibly solid that it keeps me and many others coming back over and over again. There is no random chance or unnecessary mechanics—it’s just pure racing fun.

I think the fanbase surrounding this series is the best representation of this. You’ll see some of the wildest stuff come of out this group, and while you may never attempt that crazy shortcut you see on Reddit, it’s cool to see and (somewhat) understand it nonetheless. (If you are interested in the community stuff, I’d  recommend the YouTuber “Wirtual” who covers the community’s greatest achievements.) One of the official trailers for Trackmania was even made by Alpha Testers from the community.

And there’s even more stuff I haven’t touched on here, like the online multiplayer and stage creation because frankly, I’m still working my way through the single-player stuff. But rest assured, if you enjoy duking it out with strangers online or stage editors in games, you’ll get a lot out of both of those modes.

If anything I’ve said here piques your interest, I definitely think Trackmania is worth a shot. While it’s only available on PC, it doesn’t require a crazy gaming rig (you can view the specific hardware requirements on Ubisoft’s site), and it’s also free to download, so there’s little risk in trying it out. The free version isn’t light on content, but the “Standard” ($10 a year) and “Club” ($30 a year) subscriptions offer some more features related to community content, stage selection, and track creation. There’s even an offer right now with Amazon Prime where you can get three months of “Club” membership for free if you link your account (but that’s only going until March 30th, so act fast).

I think if you get into the game those prices are reasonable, but if you’re not a fan of subscriptions in games in general, that’s unlikely to change your mind. In that case, I’d recommend checking out the older games in the series that still have dedicated communities like Trackmania Nations Forever (which is completely free) and Trackmania Stadium.

Pure Racing

Trackmania


A high-speed racer that makes you enjoy resetting.

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The 7 Best Phone Docks for Your Car

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Everyone knows not to use your phone while driving (we hope so, at least). So, what’s a driver to do? Slap that phone on your dashboard, of course. With a good car dock, you can put your phone on the dash, clipped to an air conditioning vent, or even in the cupholder, keeping it within eyeshot and allowing you to go hands-free. It’s a win-win.

What to Look for in a Phone Dock for Your Car

There are tons of great phone docks on the market, but which one is right for you? Here are a few key things to look for when making your decision.

  • Stability: You need good support for both the phone mount and for your phone. The phone mount needs to be secure enough when fastened to your dashboard, windshield, or car vents that it doesn’t detach while you’re driving. Then, your phone also needs to fit securely in the mount too.
  • Ease of Use: It should be easy to put your phone in the dock and just as easy to take it out. You shouldn’t have to fight with it and possibly damage your phone as you pull it out of the mount.
  • Magnetic vs. Spring-Loaded: There are two main ways to fasten your phone in the phone dock: by magnets or by a spring-loaded mechanism. With a magnet-based phone mount, you have to attach a magnet to the back of your phone or phone case. Sometimes this can interfere with wireless charging, depending on where you place the magnet. With a spring-loaded mount, you have to fit your phone into the spring-loaded arms each time. A spring-loaded mount is more convenient for multiple people unless you plan to buy magnets for all the phones you intend to use with the mount.
  • Will It Fit Your Phone?: It’s very important to make sure your phone and phone case, if applicable, will fit into the mount. If the mount you’re looking at only fits phones with up to a 6-inch display, but you have a thick case that adds an extra quarter of an inch, that mount is not going to work for you.
  • Mount Type: Lastly, there are four different places you can put your phone mount. You can clip it to your air vent, suction it to your dashboard or windshield, or place it in your cup holder. All four options will work great, though in some states it’s illegal to use a windshield mount, so check your state or county always before buying anything. Just think about where you want your phone to be while you’re driving.

Best Overall: iOttie Easy One Touch 4

iottie one touch 4 dash mountiOttie

iOttie is a highly reputable phone dock brand and the Easy One Touch 4 mount is the company’s  most popular option. It comes with an adhesive dashboard pad and a reusable suction cup for strong support. If you want the mount on your windshield, you’ll only use the suction cup.

One of the best things about this mount is its lock and release mechanism. You press the release bars for the side arms, touch your phone to the Easy One Touch trigger, then the arms automatically close around your phone to secure it.

Once your phone is in the mount, you can easily adjust it. The telescopic arm allows you to tilt your phone up and down up to 225 degrees and extend it up to 8 inches.

Best Overall

iOttie One Touch 4 Dash Mount


The iOttie One Touch 4 dash mount is a great easy option that works well for most people.

 

Best Budget: Trianium Magnetic Dash Car Mount

trianium magnetic phone mount for carTrianium

If you don’t have a whole lot to spend, the Trianium Magnetic mount is the one for you. There are four magnets built into the base and covered by a smooth rubber magnetic pad. Then, you’ll need to attach a metal plate to your phone or your phone case. It includes a protective film to prevent any scratches if you decide to attach the plate directly to your phone.

If you use any kind of wireless charger, you’ll have to remove the metal plate before you can start charging your phone. If you want to be able to use wireless charging more seamlessly, I’d go with the Scosche MagicMount below. But if you don’t use wireless charging or don’t mind removing the metal plate before prior to charging, this budget phone mount is a solid option.

Best Budget

Trianium Magnetic Dash Mount


The Trianium Magnetic dash mount is an affordable, yet effective option.

Best with Wireless Charging: Kenu Airframe Wireless

kenu airframe wireless charging phone dockKenu

Kenu’s Airframe Wireless phone dock is great if you love the convenience of wireless charging. Your phone case has to be less than 3mm thick for it to charge best, so if you have a thick case, you may want to consider other options.

All phones that are Qi-enabled, which is most new phones, work with the Airframe Wireless dock. It can charge up to 10W, with a max charging rate of 7.5W for iPhones and 9W for Samsungs. A wireless charging dock in your car means you won’t have to mess with annoying cables anymore, which is certainly a bonus.

The option pictured above is the vent mount, but there’s also a suction mount option if you would prefer it to be on your dashboard or windshield.

Best for Wireless Charging

Kenu Airframe Wireless Charging Phone Mount


The Kenu Airframe phone mount is a high-end option that lets you wirelessly charge your phone.

Best Magnetic: Aukey Car Phone Mount

aukey magnetic phone dock for your carAukey

If you want a magnetic mount for your phone so you don’t have to worry about adjusting spring-loaded arms, the Aukey Car Mount is perfect for you. There are four strong magnets inside the base, which you can adhere to your dashboard or your windshield.

Then, you either attach a metal plate to your phone or slip it in between your phone and your case. If you have a smaller phone, you use the circular metal plate provided; for larger phones, there’s a rectangular metal plate that’s a bit stronger. And again, if you use wireless charging on a regular basis, that’s something to keep in mind when buying Aukey’s magnetic mount. Before using wireless charging, you will need to remove the magnet from your phone or phone case.

Plus, the base can rotate 360 degrees, so it’s easy to get your phone in just the right place to view during a drive.

Best Magnetic

Aukey Magnetic Phone Mount


The Aukey Magnetic phone mount lets you place and remove your phone with strong magnets rather than spring-loaded arms.

Best Minimalist Design: Scosche MAGDMB MagicMount

scosche magnetic magicmount phone dockScosche

This option from Scosche is great if you don’t want your phone mount to take up too much space in your car. You attach this mount to your dashboard with a strong adhesive. Then, there’s a magnet plate you have to either attach to your phone or stick in your phone case and you’re good to go.

Though this phone dock is small, it’s pretty powerful. It uses Rare-Earth neodymium magnets to keep your phone secure during your drive. Plus, if you position the magnet plate in the right place behind your phone case, you can still use wireless charging stations without taking the magnet out.

The Scosche MagicMount also has a 4-axis, 360-degree head, so you won’t have any trouble moving your phone around to find the best angle.

Best Minimalist Design

Scosche Magnetic Mount


The Scosche magnetic mount is great if you want to prop your phone up, but don’t want your mount to take up tons of space on your dash.

Best for Thick Phone Cases: VANMASS Universal Car Mount

vanmass phone mount for thick phone casesVanmass

This is a heavy-duty phone mount that will fit phones of any size with pretty much any case, including Ring cases, OtterBox cases, a PopSocket, and more. On top of being designed to fit thick cases, this car phone mount is extremely sturdy.

The VANMASS phone holder has undergone vibration tests to ensure your phone won’t drop while you’re driving. Plus, it can hold up to 44 pounds, so your phone is definitely secure. It’s also weather resistant in extreme conditions, like -40 to about 194 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can attach this phone mount to your dashboard, windshield, or air vent.

Best for Thick Phone Cases

VANMASS Universal Car Phone Mount


If you have a hefty, protective case on your phone, the VANMASS phone mount has you covered.

Best Cup Holder Mount: TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount

topgo cup holder phone mount for carTopgo

A lot of car phone docks out there attach to your dashboard, windshield, or air vent. It’s simple to install any of the above options and, if installed properly, they are very secure. But sometimes there’s a fear that your phone will fall anyway. If you feel uncomfortable with your phone being suspended in a mount from your dashboard, windshield, or air vent, you should get a cup holder mount.

The TOPGO phone dock sits in your cup holder, as the name implies, giving your phone a strong, supportive base. You can easily adjust the height up to 8 inches tall and utilize the 360 degree rotation to turn your phone whichever way you want it.

It comes with an adjustable base, so you can fit it perfectly to your cup holder size. This newest version of the TOPGO phone mount can support a cup holder size of 2.4 inches to 4 inches.

Best Cup Holder Mount

TOPGO Cup Holder Phone Mount


The TOPGO phone mount gives you a great location alternative if you don’t want to mount your phone on your dash, windshield, or air vent.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/73861/the-best-phone-docks-for-your-car-2/
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The Best Tech to Upgrade Your Bedroom With

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When you think about bringing technology into your home or building out your own smart home, the bedroom is one of the rooms that tends to get overlooked. However, with smart gadgets like speakers, displays, bulbs, and mattresses, there are plenty of ways to make your bedroom a more comfortable and functional room.

There isn’t a wrong or right combination of tech you can choose here. Whether you grab just one thing from our list or spring for all of them, how you tech-ify your bedroom is based solely on your personal preferences (and budget). We tried to combine a variety of functional options along with some just-for-fun picks, too, to help make your bedroom a more relaxing space.

A Sleep-Tracking Display: Google Nest Hub

Person sleeping next to Google Nest Hub with sleep metrics on displayGoogle

While Google’s small and admittedly adorable Nest Hub offers much more functionality—like playing YouTube videos, controlling your connected smart home devices, making video calls, and more— its real strength in the bedroom is its new Sleep Tracking feature. It senses both motion and sound, and tracks metrics like how long you slept and when you woke up. It can also make note of light and temperature changes along with various sleep disturbances, like snoring or coughing. It’s an easy way to track your sleep without wearing a fitness band all night or relying on sleep tracking apps.

A Sleep-Tracking Display

Google Nest Hub


Track your sleep quality, including metrics like coughing and snoring, with the Google Nest Hub available now in Google’s Store.

A Clock and a Night Light: Lenovo Smart Clock Essential

Smart Clock EssentialLenovo

For those that tend to wake up in the middle of the night, having a way to see what time it is without your scorching your eyes with your smartphone’s bright display is a must. Fortunately, Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential does just that. Its small footprint won’t take up much space on your nightstand, and its USB port gives you a way to charge your smartphone overnight. It also has a night light at its rear, which offers the perfect amount of light for gathering your bearings if it’s still dark out. Additionally, the Essential doubles as a smart speaker and is the perfect middle-of-the-road option for those wanting more than a smart speaker but not a full Nest Hub.

A Clock and a Night Light

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential


This gentle display shows you the time and has a night light that’s not too bright.

Listen to Relaxing Music or White Noise: Google Nest Mini

Google Nest Mini smart speaker in Sky BlueGoogle

If you like to listen to something to help you fall asleep each night, the tiny Google Nest Mini is the perfect speaker. It can play your favorite songs, playlists, and podcasts, and you can even ask it to play white noise and other soothing sounds. The Nest Mini also doubles as an alarm clock and can interface with your personal calendar, so you can ask it what time your first appointment of the day is without getting out of bed. Plus, it allows you to connect with your smart home devices, so you can turn off the lights and lower the temperature for the night with a simple voice command or routine. It’s worth noting that the Google Nest Hub, which we mentioned above, can do all of these things as well. However, the Nest Mini is a better pick for folks who don’t want to spend Nest Hub money.

Listen to Relaxing Music or White Noise

Google Nest Mini


The small Nest Mini speaker is perfect for playing your favorite audio while you doze off. Get it now in Google’s Store.

Watch Some TV Before Bed: Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV device and remote control on light wooden surfaceGoogle

Falling asleep with the TV on is a time-honored tradition. Putting a Chromecast with Google TV on your bedroom TV will make it easy to find your favorite shows and movies from any streaming video service you use, along with live TV, as it centralizes all of your options into a single space. You can even set up a recurring timer through your smart home ecosystem (like Google) to automatically turn off your TV at a certain time, ensuring it’s not running all night long.

Watch Some TV Before Bed

Chromecast with Google TV


Connect the Chromecast with Google TV stick to your bedroom TV and find something good to watch while dozing off, now at the Google Store.

Voice-Command Lighting: Wyze Smart Bulbs

Four Wyze Bulbs tunable whiteWyze

Smart bulbs are one of our favorite pieces of smart home tech here at Review Geek, as they offer tons of valuable functionality you won’t get with “dumb” bulbs. We recommend the 800-Lumen Wyze Bulb for bedrooms, as it doesn’t require a separate hub. You can use either voice commands or an app (iOS or Android) to control it, and even set it up to run on a set schedule that’ll continue to work even if you’re away on vacation. They’re perfect in lamps or in overhead lighting fixtures . You can also opt for Wyze’s color bulbs, which offer tunable whites and 16 million colors at up to 1100 lumens.

Voice-Command Lighting

Wyze Smart Bulbs


Enjoy 800 lumens of tunable white lights with this easy-to-use smart bulb from Wyze.

Illuminate and Charge: TaoTronics LED Wireless Charging Lamp

TaoTronics LED Wireless Charging LampTaoTronics

If you’re in need of a bedside lamp and prefer function over form, the TaoTronics LED Wireless Charging Lamp is a wonderful choice. Its streamlined modern design doesn’t take up much space, but still allows you to maneuver it in any direction for extra light if you like to read in bed. It also has a built-in wireless Qi charger in its base, for fast charging compatible devices at rates up to 10W, and a USB port for devices that don’t support wireless charging.

Illuminate and Charge

TaoTronics LED Wireless Charging Lamp


This modern, functional table lamp can be moved to any angle for bedtime reading, and it has a wireless Qi charger in its base for your smartphone.

A Vibrant, Responsive Lamp: Govee Aura Smart Table Lamp

Govee Aura Smart Table Lamp showing off white and color lighting optionsGovee

Likewise, for those who need a little style along with their functionality, we heartily recommend the Govee Aura Smart Table Lamp. It has a simple design and can put out color lighting in addition to plain white light. The lamp has a few buttons at the top that allow you to turn it on and off, and select a specific brightness and color mode. You can also control things from the companion iOS and Android apps. It’s more of an atmospheric light than a lamp you’d use for some nighttime reading, however, so keep that in mind.

A Vibrant, Responsive Lamp

Govee Aura Smart Table Lamp


Enjoy atmospheric lighting for a more relaxed or playful bedroom setting.

Charge All the Devices: Anker Wireless Charging Station

Anker Wireless Universal Charging StationAnker

Nighttime is the perfect time to recharge both you and your devices. While you sleep, let all of your compatible devices—like your smartphone, smartwatch, and earbuds—wirelessly recharge their batteries as well with the Anker Wireless Charging Station. The all-in-one charging stand supports compatible Qi-charging devices, like the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Pixel Buds, and the Apple iPhone. That way everything you need to get through a day is ready to go in the morning whenever you are.

Charge All the Devices

Anker Wireless Charging Station


This wireless universal charging station from Anker lets you charge compatible devices, like smartphones, smartwatches, earbuds, and more.

Make Your Dumb Gadgets More Useful: Wyze Smart Home Plugs

Two Wyze Plugs stacked on one anotherWyze

If you’ve already got some older or “dumb” gadgets in your room, you can make them a little more useful with the help of a Wyze Smart Home Plug. You can plug in standard devices like lights, fans, air purifiers, humidifiers, and more, then control it with voice commands just like you would with a dedicated smart home device. While smart plugs aren’t necessarily the most exciting bit of tech, they do offer an extraordinary convenience you’ll be fond of immediately. Smart plugs do require the device or appliance to have a mechanical on/off switch, however, and not all devices have one.

Make Your Dumb Gadgets More Useful

Wyze Smart Home Plug


Connect older, non-smart gadgets (like humidifiers or lamps) into a smart plug and control them with voice commands.

Everyone’s a Fan of a Smart Fan: BOND Hub

BOND Hub to make remote-control fans smartBOND

What smart plugs can do for lamps and air purifiers, the Bond Hub can do for remote-controlled ceiling fans. You can use the companion app (on iOS and Android) or your preferred smart voice assistant (like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant) to turn your fan on, control its speed, and even turn on its light if it has one. It doesn’t even require any installation—all you need to do is plug in the BOND device, download the app , and point your fan’s remote at the BOND.

Everyone’s a Fan of a Smart Fan

BOND Hub


Make any remote-controlled fan in your house smart, and control it with the BOND app, by attaching this hub.

Stay Healthy: TaoTronics 6L Humidifier

TaoTronics 6L HumidifierTaoTronics

A humidifier is an easy way to help keep yourself healthy. It can stop cold symptoms as well as scratchy throats, nosebleeds, and cracked skin caused by dry air. The TaoTronics 6L Humidifier is a quality, affordable humidifier that’s perfect for large master bedrooms as well as smaller kids’ bedrooms and even nurseries. It automatically monitors the humidity in your room, keeping it between 55-65%, and includes a remote control for easy use even when you’re across the room. Its low-noise operation, waterless shut off function, sleep mode-dimming LED won’t disturb you as you’re trying to rest, either.

Stay Healthy

TaoTronics 6L Humidifier


Humidify the air in your bedroom to avoid colds, scratchy throats, and dry skin.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep: Reverie Customizable Mattress and Power Base

The R650 Adjustable Power Base (left) and the Dream Supreme II Hybrid Mattress (right)Reverie

You can buy everything on our list and put it in your bedroom, but if you don’t have a quality mattress and frame, it’s probably not going to do much to improve your sleep each night. If you’re looking to upgrade your current bed setup, we recommend opting for the R650 Adjustable Power Base along with the Dream Supreme II Hybrid Mattress. Both offer lots of customization options and premium comfort. The frame has both a tilting and Zero Gravity option and a massage mode for when you’ve had a super tough day. Likewise, the mattress keeps you from overheating at night and is comfortable for all types of sleepers and mattress firmness enthusiasts thanks to its unique “foam spring” system.


R650 Adjustable Power Base


Get a supportive and adjustable powered base for your mattress, that’ll let you tilt it so it’s perfectly comfortable.


Dream Supreme II Hybrid Mattress


This customizable mattress lets you adjust the firmness and support to your personal liking. Plus it stops you from overheating.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/74840/the-best-tech-to-upgrade-your-bedroom-with/
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The 7 Best Webcam Lights to Make Your Next Call Look Great

Jelly Comb LED Light against multi-colored backdropJelly Comb

Lighting is one the most important elements of your webcam setup, but it’s often overlooked. To perform their best, cameras need a controlled amount of light—if it’s too dark or too bright, it can heavily affect the video quality. So let’s look at some simple, home-office-friendly solutions to this problem so you can look better on your next video call.

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What to Look for in a Webcam Light

Here are a few things you should know when considering different lights.

  • Design: There are many ways to design a light, but the main ones you’ll see on this list are light panels and ring lights. Panels have powerful lights and are especially great if you have multiple to balance each other out from different angles. Meanwhile, ring lights tend to be less powerful, but are designed to evenly light up your face by themselves.
  • Settings: Any light you pick-up should include at least some lighting modes so you can adjust the brightness or color temperature. Depending on the amount of light already in your room and the type of webcam you have, you might need more or less light. An option to adjust the temperature of the light from cooler, white light to warmer, and yellow light is also appreciated.
  • Mounts and Arms: Whether it’s an adjustable tripod, suction cup, or arm, it’s important to be aware of how the light needs to be set up. Tripods come in all shapes and sizes but larger ones can take up a lot of space, while smaller ones may not reach high enough. Suction cups are highly versatile but can be bothersome when it comes time for removal. And arms tend to be a more permanent solution that aren’t great for transport but are highly adjustable and stable.
  • Power: When it comes to power, you’ll see a few different methods on this list. Some lights will just plug into a USB power source (whether that’s a brick on the wall or your computer), others use AC adapters, and some just use AA batteries. We’ll mention what to expect from each light in this regard.

Best for Most People: UBeesize 10-Inch Ring Light

UBeesize 10-Inch Ring LightUBeesize

Ring lights are great, simple lighting solutions that evenly spread light across your entire face, and at 10-inches, this model from UBeesize is a great size for a desk setup. The included tripod is excellent if you want to set the light on the floor or behind your monitors, and there’s even a mount for your phone (great if you’re using it as your webcam). And with 33 levels of brightness, you should have no trouble finding the right setting for you. For power, It just plugs into your computer via a USB cord, so there’s no need to worry about batteries.

Best for Most People

UBeezie Selfie Ring Light


UBeesize’s ring light blends customization and convenience, all while keeping an affordable price.

Budget Alternative: Whellen Selfie Ring Light

Whellen Selfie Ring LightWhellen

If you don’t want to spend too much on your lighting rig, then this simple ring light from Whellen should be right up your alley. While it doesn’t offer anything fancy, it can clip onto your laptop or monitor and does a nice job at lighting up your face. There are three levels of brightness  and all you need to power it is two AA batteries.

Budget Alternative

Whellen Selfie Ring Light


An inexpensive light ring that clamps onto your monitor.

A Premium Option: Elgato Ring Light

Elgato Ring LightElgato

When it comes to ring lights, there’s nothing more over the top than Elgato’s. While definitely pricey, this 17-inch light is highly customizable, both in angles and lighting strength, and even features a mounting ball for a DSLR camera. The padded clamp on the light arm ensures your desk won’t be damaged when it’s installed, while also granting great stability for moving the light into whatever position you need it in. All you need to do for power is plug in the AC adapter, and make sure to download Elgato’s software (Windows/iOS/Android) for this light so you can access all of its features.

A Premium Option

Elgato Ring Light


A premium ring light with a sturdy arm.

Professional Solution: Neewer Portable Photography Lighting Kit

Neewer Portable Photography Lighting KitNeewer

This two-pack of USB, LED lights puts the control in your hands, allowing you to have a lighting setup tailored to your situation. You can adjust the height and angle thanks to the included tripods, adjust the strength and warmth of the lighting with the remote, and utilize the included filters for a more colorful look. If you’re looking for a lighting setup you can fine-tune to perfection, then this kit from Neewer will give you that without breaking the bank.

Professional Solution

Neewer Portable Photography Lighting Kit


A pack of two LED lights that can be fine-tuned to your liking.

A Nice Lamp: TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp

TaoTronics LED Desk LampTaoTronics

But maybe you want something that can sit on your desk without looking out of place. Well then, TaoTonics has the product for you, as its LED desk lamp can provide a good amount of light without being an eyesore. There are five different brightness and color settings to choose between, you can swivel the lamp to light up the correct area, it plugs into a wall outlet, and it even includes a wireless phone charger built into the base. On top of that, the sleek, minimalist design is a welcome sight in any office.

A Nice Lamp

TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp


A nice-looking desk lamp with a powerful LED light.

Versatile: Jelly Comb LED Light

Jelly Comb LED Light with tripodJelly Comb

If you change location frequently, a more elaborate lighting rig isn’t the best idea. That’s why this LED light from Jelly Comb is so great. While it still features a powerful LED light (which is also customizable in both brightness and warmth with the on-device buttons), the more notable feature is the included mounts. One is a suction cup that can be stuck to the back of monitors or a wall, while the other is a small tripod for resting the light on your desk. It also features an internal battery that can be charged through a USB cable.

Whether you’re on the road or need a light you can bring to and from the office, this compact light is a fantastic solution.

Versatile

Jelly Comb LED Light


A compact light that’s great if you change setups often.

All-in-One: Razer Kiyo Webcam

Razer Kiyo WebcamRazer

Of course, you could always just get an HD webcam that has lights built-in if you don’t need the best lighting possible. And the Kiyo webcam from Razer is just that—a high-quality USB webcam with a built-in ring light. It records in 1080p HD, so the video quality itself won’t suffer, and you can adjust the light’s strength through Razer Synapse. While the lighting you get from this webcam won’t be as good as some of the other options listed here, rolling your webcam and lighting rig into one product simplifies your setup—the Kiyo can even fold-up for easy storage when not in use.

All-in-One

Razer Kiyo Webcam


A ring light and HD webcam rolled into one.


Lighting can be a tricky thing to figure out, but the time you spend on it will be rewarded with a much-improved image. Whether you’re picking up a simple ring light or a nice lamp, all the products on this list will help light up your world.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/72105/the-7-best-webcam-lights/
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The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro Prove OnePlus Is Oh So Close to Becoming a Real Samsung Rival

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Last fall’s OnePlus 8T was a solid device, but it still seemed like OnePlus could step it up. With the release of two new flagship phones, it looks like OnePlus agreed. The new $730 OnePlus 9 and $970 OnePlus 9 Pro sport noticeably improved cameras due to a new partnership with Hasselblad, even faster charging,…

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