Edifier is a brand renowned for its high-quality yet inexpensive speakers. The Edifier S880DB bookshelf monitor speakers are one such example. They retail at a very reasonable $259.99 and, at that price, I’d say they are a bargain.
Look beneath the saddle of almost any cyclists’ bike and you’ll likely see an under-seat saddle bag to carry a flat kit and other emergency items. But that’s not pro. No saddlebag is the cleanest look–but therein lies the problem. How are you supposed to carry your gear without a saddlebag? It’s not like non-pro riders have a team car for when they flat.
Many moons ago—perhaps even a decade ago in 2020 years—I called the Creative Outlier Air the best true wireless earbuds for the money. Now, Creative is back with the aptly named Outlier Air v2, which fixes the most nagging issue with the v1 (spoiler: the buttons). But the true wireless landscape has changed dramatically in the last year, so can the $69 v2 hold the best value title?
The HyperX Cloud II has been a reigning king in the world of sub-$100 gaming headsets. The comfortable build, solid sound quality, and impressive microphone made it a favorite of many and now HyperX aims to improve on its best-selling headset with a wireless version.
Praise be to the mighty Samsung, for it has heard our pleas of “good freakin’ grief, phones are getting too expensive.” In its infinite wisdom, it hath remade the Galaxy S20, flagship from earlier in 2020, with slightly cheaper materials and components. It hath been rechristened the “Fan Edition,” and bestowed upon us for seven hundred dollarydoos. Hot diggity, rejoice!
If you haven’t tried bone conduction headphones yet, you should: they’re an excellent way to listen to music or the spoken word while keeping aware of your surroundings. AfterShokz is probably the best-known vendor of these gadgets, and it has a new mid-range set of Bluetooth headphones: the OpenMove.
Last month, we published an article about Windows laptops that don’t suck. Among those choices was the Acer Swift 3, and the company hit me up about a review shortly after. Not only does this laptop not suck, but it’s an all around killer Windows machine for the price.
There’s not much to say in a review about Gallium Nitride (GaN) chargers. They either work or they don’t. This one does, but it comes with a few extra bells and whistles. The Anker PowerPort III offers 60 watts of charging across two USB-C ports, but it also comes with three swappable outlet adapters: US, UK, and Europe.
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.