About Connor Nolan
Connor is a writer living in Dallas, Texas, where he can usually be found taking photos, working out, or camping. He writes reviews, features, and guides for Android devices, power stations, earbuds, and audiophile devices like DACs and DAPs. Connor's first Android was a Samsung Intercept all the way back in 2010, and his favorite phone of all time is the Pixel 2 XL, which he insists on keeping up to date with third-party ROMs like LineageOS. At 6'5", Connor is quite literally a massive nerd, and he's so obsessed with coffee that he brought his espresso machine camping with him as part of a power station review. Connor often values cool factor over practicality, which is probably why he built an all-in-one VR gaming PC into a 2003 eMac case.
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24/7 peace of mind with a 6-month battery life
Between initial hardware costs and monthly subscriptions, smart home security can get pretty pricey. While there’s no shortage of great bang-for-your-buck budget options available, more premium devices often have hardware and software improvements that make them well worth the buy for those of us wanting a more user-friendly experience. With a $200 price tag, the Arlo Pro 4 definitely bills itself as premium, and has the slick styling and powerful hardware to back it up.
Make the most of your Prime membership by adding the whole family
As a dedicated Amazon shopper, a Prime membership is the cost-saving subscription you need. While the idea of paying money to save money may seem absurd, the starting fee of $139 is worth it if you plan to share your benefits with loved ones. You can all enjoy free two-day shipping, Prime Reading on your Amazon Kindle tablets, and Prime Video streaming without sharing a password, among other perks.
Bluetooth audio has made huge improvements over the last few years. But despite these strides, it still falls short of the kind of audio quality that you've been able to get since the 80s when using a decent set of wired headphones. Wireless audio is super convenient, yet there will always be folks who prefer to trade that in for better sound quality. It doesn't hurt that making that jump also makes earbud battery life a non-issue.
Outclassed at home
Whether it’s just for camping or in case of an emergency, having a power station handy can save you a lot of hassle if you don’t have access to a wall outlet. Plenty of fantastic power stations can handle most people’s daily needs, but there are fewer options for anyone with more demanding use cases. With just over 3.5KWh of LiFePO4 cells made by CATL for EVs, 3000W of AC power, and 16 total outputs, including a 30A RV port, the Mango Power E is 100 lbs of overkill packed into a body that’s hardly bigger than a carry-on bag.
Protecting your Kindle can be stylish at the same time
The 10th-generation Kindle may be celebrating its fourth birthday this year, but if you treat it right, there’s no reason it won’t see plenty more. Out of the box, it’s robust enough to take the odd tumble, but if you’re the kind of person who takes your books with you everywhere you go, you’ll want a quality case to ensure it’s always protected.
Why waste a plug when the sun is free and just as fast?
Jackery has been the big name in power stations for a while, and is probably the first company that comes to mind when anyone mentions the words. That's even more impressive when battery brands like Duracell and Energizer are in on the competition.
Pump tunes with Spotify Connect, and upgrade your Echo
Odds are pretty high that if you’ve ever shopped on Amazon around Prime Day or any other major shopping holiday, you might have bought an Echo or Echo Dot for nearly free. Or maybe you got one bundled with another smart home purchase.
Peace of mind for six months on a single charge
Wyze has become very well known for producing affordable home security devices that perform on par with cameras two or three times as expensive. Since the company introduced its first camera with its “Starlight” sensor (and subsequently put that sensor in every camera update), the improvements to low light performance and added color footage at night have made them excellent bang-for-the-buck cameras. The original Cam Outdoor was already great, but the Cam Outdoor V2 version is one of the best battery-powered security cameras money can buy.
It's heavy and expensive, but Anker's new power station is insanely beefy
Once your portable power needs exceed even the best battery banks on the market, power stations may be your next stop. The $1,400 price tag doesn't exactly make the Anker 757 Powerhouse an impulse purchase, but there are more expensive options that aren't quite as good. With its hefty bank of over 1200Wh in long-life LFP cells, and 1500W of AC output, the Powerhouse is ready for years of powering household appliances.
Smart apps aren't immune to stupidity
As technology becomes more integrated into our day-to-day life, it can be super frustrating when things don't go smoothly. This is especially true if you've built out your Alexa-compatible smart home, and you learn it doesn't work well smart bulbs and other connected accessories. Luckily, most of the common issues can be cleared up in a few seconds, right from your phone, and we're here to guide you through them.
Tips from a food photographer
If you open Reddit and scroll through your feed, chances are that you'll see a food post trending on the website. Food is one of the hottest trending topics on the internet, and carefully captured shots of beautiful dishes can do wonders in earning internet brownie points. The best part about food photography is that you don't need any fancy camera to become successful. Any good Android smartphone with decent cameras can get the job done.
From basic uses to hidden Easter eggs, here's how to get the most out of your Echo
If you're wondering what an Echo Dot does or have been eyeing the flagship Echo Studio for your home office, the Echo line of smart speakers has many tricks up its sleeves. The Echo is a versatile home accessory. It has basic skills you'll use every day, third-party sleep aids, customized skills, and more. A few of our favorite things the Echo can do are here. While most are useful, some are just fun.
Save money while you save your Pixel from scuffs
Whether you bought one at launch or snagged your shiny new Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro sometime between Black Friday and today, it would be prudent to protect your Pixel. Cases aren't just good for keeping your phone safe from sinister scratches and scuffs; some cases look downright stylish while doing it. If you want to save some green at the same time, there are plenty of fantastic Cyber Monday deals, Pixel cases included. Whether you want full-blown fashion accessories, or something more spartan, plenty of the best Pixel 7 and 7 Pro cases also happen to have some of the best discounts.
Get a ludicrous $900 discount on this 55-inch Bravia TV with Google built-in
While there's no shortage of fantastic Cyber Monday deals this year, you can get even steeper discounts if you're willing to buy last year's model. Plenty of hardware from this year is also on sale, but these discounts are much less drastic compared to the savings on older tech. At $1000, the Sony A80J 55 Inch TV still isn't cheap, but any time you cut a price almost by half, it's a big deal.
Get blackout protection this Black Friday
While some power stations are clearly better than others, when facing calamity, you don't need the biggest and best one possible if you just want to do something like put together a portable solder station. Luckily, this Black Friday is loaded with deals on power stations for every budget. Whether you're a hobbyist who wants to take your soldering iron or rotary tool on the go, or you want the best portable power station money can buy, we have an option for you.
Yet another Prime benefit that may be cheaper than your insurance co-pay
The rise of online pharmacy services is one of the convenient trends that became increasingly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon was just one of the company that got in on the action with its Amazon Pharmacy service. Amazon's prescription delivery servcies provides a way for you to access health care at your doorstep. Since the company acquired PillPack in 2018, Amazon has split pharmaceutical services in two. You can use PillPack to organize dozens of drugs or use Amazon Pharmacy when you don't have that many prescriptions.
Save more than enough to buy a side of fries and a shake
There's no shortage of fantastic deals this Black Friday, and it's great to see one of our favorite Bluetooth speakers among them. While there are plenty of portable speakers with an IP-rating on the market, Bang & Olufsen's penchant for high-quality makes this one of the best you can buy.
One of the best pairs of ANC earbuds at their lowest price yet
It's not every day that Apple hardware goes on sale, especially when it's something this new. $50 off the new AirPods Pro is clearly not just one of the best deals not just in audio, but one of the best deals across the board for this Black Friday. This will likely be the biggest discount the second-gen AirPods Pro, at less than two months old, will see for quite a while. While this is a no-brainer for any Apple users that hadn't opened their wallets yet, there's plenty for Android diehards to love here, too.
Good security is easier to have than you might think
The internet has always been a place where you need to be careful about how and with whom you share your personal information. But as we live more of our lives online and more of the services upon which we depend are based on the web, the need to be secure with our critical personal data has dramatically increased (if you need security in the real world, take a look at the Blink Outdoor camera).
Ecoflow is no newcomer to the portable power station market, and the Delta 2 shows that EcoFlow isn’t just going to sit back and rest on its laurels. The original Delta power station was great but had room to improve. While it has a slightly reduced capacity compared to the original, the Delta 2's price is also lower at $1,000. That may sound like a lot for a battery, but looking at other big players in the space, like Anker or Jackery, makes it clear that the Delta 2 is actually priced fairly competitively.