I was extremely excited when Lenovo first showed off the Smart Clock Essential. As a simpler, cheaper version of the Smart Clock, one of our favorite smart home gadgets, it seemed like an easy winner. Alas, that’s not the case: a combination of poor user interface choices and flaky, undependable software makes the Smart Clock Essential a dud at best.
It’s hard to put my finger on what makes the perfect retro arcade cabinet. You want something with style, quality hardware, and games you’ll love. Any extra features should add to the experience, not detract. And for Arcade1Up’s $400 NBA Jam Arcade Machine, the extra features both elevate it to a better machine and prevent a perfect score. It’s so close to a firey slam dunk, but while it’s not quite that, it’s at least a three-pointer, nothing but net.
Wyze made a name for itself with the very first Wyze Cam, a cheap little security cam that turned out to be a much bigger deal than anyone expected. The company has gone on to make a ton of affordable gadgets since then, from doorbells to headphones. Today, it’s announcing the third generation Cam, which is easily its most powerful camera to date.
The Razer Huntsman Mini is Razer’s smallest keyboard ever, shrinking the features of the popular Hunstman and BlackWidow lines down into a semi-standardized 60% keyboard layout. It’s a solid little board, with more features than I would have expected, and Razer’s fancy optical switches as the highlight of the list.
Roku is the most popular streaming platform in the U.S. and other markets because the interface is dead simple to use and the relatively low cost of hardware makes the platform accessible to people of every budget. With the Streambar, Roku now has the de facto option for those looking to up their streaming video and audio experience with a single device.
When I ordered my Surface Duo, I knew I was in for some disappointment. After all, it doesn’t have near-field communication (NFC), or wireless charging, or even a decent camera. When I finally got it, it gave a bad first impression. But weeks later, I’ve come to one inescapable conclusion. The Surface Duo just isn’t a phone. It’s a desktop in my pocket, and that’s why I love it.
The rather unremarkable-looking Minut Smart Home Sensor might be unassuming when you take it out of its box, but it is actually packed with features. The small hockey-puck shaped monitor retails at $129 and it offers several layers of protection—not only around your apartment or house but also your extended community, like your apartment building or street.
Back in July, I took the Skullcandy Indy Fuel earbuds for a spin and came away very impressed. These are now my most recommended ‘buds in the sub-$100 price range. My focus then shifted to Skullcandy’s newest workout earbuds, the Push Ultra. They have a pretty unique design for a set of earbuds, which works very well while working out—but perhaps not as much in everyday use.
For years, when friends or family asked me “what streaming gadget should I buy,” my answer was “get a Roku.” Assuming your TV’s built-in smart interface isn’t to your liking, it’s the best option in terms of price and compatibility. Or at least it was: Google’s redesigned oddly-branded “Chromecast with Google TV” is a serious contender for the best streaming stick, dongle, box, thingy in its price range.
The Niu NQi GTS Sport is one of the latest electric scooters to be released by Niu. The brand, based in China, has a range of two-wheeled electric-powered vehicles, and this new addition to their lineup represents a rich feature set and great value for money.