LG E9 4K OLED smart TV review: The real deal gets brighter

LG’s E9 series of OLED smart TVs—we review the 65-inch model OLED65E9PUA here—is a story of incremental improvements. When you’re arguably already the best, that’s usually all that’s required. In this case we’re talking about 90 nits of additional peak brightness, and relatively modest tweaks to the processing and user …

Vizio SB2020 Sound Bar review: This ultra-compact, budget sound bar delivers budget sound

Vizio has a well-earned a reputation for delivering high value at low prices, but I struggle to characterize the entry-level Vizio SB2020 that way. This soundbar has all the basic features you would expect to find in a $70 soundbar, but it delivered a disappointing audio performance. While most budget …

Vizio SB2020 Sound Bar review: This ultra-compact, budget soundbar delivers budget sound

Vizio has a well-earned a reputation for delivering high value at low prices, but I struggle to characterize the entry-level Vizio SB2020 that way. This soundbar has all the basic features you would expect to find in a $70 soundbar, but it delivered a disappointing audio performance. While most budget …

Samsung Q900 smart TV review: This 8K TV will make you forget all about 4K

Now that I’ve seen Samsung’s 8K UHD Q900—the company’s best TV to date—I’m truly regret that the industry didn’t just skip over the 4K generation (2160p) and jump straight from HD (1080p) to 8K (4320p). It’s not that the best 4K TVs look bad, it’s just that 8K gets darn …

The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: There are too many subscription services—so many, in fact, that you might even forget that they’re silently siphoning away your funds. There are a lot of ways to deal with this problem, from maintaining and auditing a subscription list, to setting cancellation …

Vizio 2019 product showcase: The value-oriented manufacturer has an impressive lineup

I have long admired Vizio for its high-value TVs and soundbars. This year is no exception, with performance improvements across the board. The company first announced many of these products during CES last January, but now they are hitting the market with prices that are sure to please consumers. Vizio …

How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control

Siri has always been one of the Apple TV’s best features. On a fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K, the voice assistant can quickly launch videos, tune to live TV channels, and provide search results for specific genres. But until recently, Apple didn’t offer a hands-free way to use …

Hisense H8F 4K UHD TV (2019) review: Better color, better blacks, and better HDR

I was skeptical about Hisense’s move to array backlighting for its 2019 H8F 4K UHD TV series. Just last year, even the company’s second-tier H9F was side-lit, and first forays into technology don’t always turn out so great. Well, the H8F may not be “great”—that’s $2,000 LG E8 and Samsung …

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 …