Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

Table of Contents Show More Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires—a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don’t want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source …

Best TV antennas for cord cutters 2019: Tested for real-world signal strength

Table of Contents Show More Cable and satellite TV subscriptions are becoming ever more expensive, so more and more homes are ditching pay TV in favor of free, over-the-air broadcasts. Digital TV typically provides between 20 and 60 channels depending on where you live, and can save you at least …

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Table of Contents Show More It’s not surprising that robot vacuums are all the rage. Vacuuming is one of the most loathed household chores. While it doesn’t come with the ick factor of cleaning the toilet or the tedium of dusting, pushing and dragging a noisy, cumbersome vacuum is its …

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Table of Contents Show More There’s never been a better time to buy a TV. The industry has worked most of the bugs out of LCD and OLED TVs, and today’s prices are lower than ever. In fact, high-end 4K models cost about half of what they did last year. …

Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Table of Contents Show More We all want to know more about who we are. Who were the people who came before us? Where did they come from? Are there relatives out there we don’t know about? DNA testing services promise to help answer these questions. Today, multiple at-home ancestry …

Every accessory you need to deal with the iPhone’s missing headphone jack

No headphone jack? No problem. Or at least, not a problem that can’t be fixed with a solid adapter. Apple caused quite the commotion when it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and it has been missing from iPhones ever since. Even the latest iPad Pro has jettisoned …

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Table of Contents Show More You only know for sure that you needed a surge protector after your equipment fries. Then it’s too late. For a very reasonable amount of money, you could put an almost literal firewall between your expensive (and cheap) electronics and the juice coming in from …

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

By Michael Brown Executive Editor, TechHive | Apr 17, 2019 12:05 PM PT Table of Contents Show More You don’t need to live in a smart home to benefit from a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, …

Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

By Jason D’Aprile Freelance contributor, TechHive | Apr 2, 2019 11:57 AM PT Table of Contents Show More The best smart thermostat will have an outsize impact not only how comfortable you are in your home, but also on your household budget. Heating and cooling your home accounts for nearly …

Best media streaming devices

Table of Contents Show More Whether you’ve just gotten rid of cable or want to supplement your TV package with online video, now’s an excellent time to buy a media streaming device. Compared to the typical smart TV, standalone streamers such as the Roku Streaming Stick and Amazon Fire TV …

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

By Michael Brown Executive Editor, TechHive | Mar 25, 2019 2:46 PM PT Table of Contents Show More Thanks to the popularity of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker and Alexa digital assistant, a cottage industry of add-ons and accessories has sprung up to make the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Tap …

Best laptop bags: Editor’s choice for commuting, traveling, and more

Table of Contents Show More A good MacBook bag shares many qualities with a MacBook. We want it to be tough, so it needs to be made from good materials. We want to use it for multiple tasks, so it needs to have plenty of pockets and compartments. (And let’s …

Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

By Michael Ansaldo Freelance contributor, TechHive | Feb 22, 2019 8:53 AM PT Table of Contents Show More Whether you rent or own, you want the best security camera system for keeping an eye on your home while you’re gone. That used to entail signing on with a professional—and pricey—security …

The best Bluetooth earbuds of 2019

Table of Contents Show More Bluetooth earbuds are the Goldilocks of the mobile audio world: not too fussy, not too expensive—juuuust right. As Bluetooth earbuds don’t need to be plugged into a smartphone or tablet, you’ll never have to worry about getting tangled up in the cord running between their …

Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Table of Contents Show More Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup power bank. But given the large number of options on Amazon, you might feel overwhelmed, understandably. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton …

Best DVR for cord cutters

Table of Contents Show More Here’s the hard truth for cord-cutters right now: The ideal over-the-air DVR doesn’t exist. While some products are better than others, all of them—from Tablo to TiVo to HDHomeRun with Plex—have at least one critical weakness. If you want to record broadcast TV channels from …