Do you want only the best flagship phones in 2020? Then you’ve come to the right article! While the smartphone ecosystem has certainly improved quite a lot in recent years and mid-range phones are considered as ‘bang for the buck’, nothing can beat the performance of a flagship device.
If you value photography, amazing specs, or a phone that you can rely on, read our article to find out the best smartphones on the market in the first half of 2020. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the list!
Best Flagship Phones
Price: Starts at $699
Sure, the Android mobile operating system is quite customizable- so customizable, in fact, that even smartphone manufacturers themselves put their own spin on their device’s OS.
But, not a lot of people want that level of customization. Some of them just want a device that works really well as is and that is why the iPhone 11 is what I would consider the best phone for most people.
This phone just works really well right out of the box. It has a pretty simple user interface and every application that you need is presented to you right on the home screen.
The iPhone 11 makes use of the company’s A13 Bionic chip that rivals even the best chipsets that Android devices can have.
Its screen resolution is only 1792 x 828 so it is not really Full HD. However, because of the retina display that the company puts on their mobile devices, you can rest assured that content consumption will not be a major issue here as the screen provides you with vivid and crisp graphical details.
I also love the fact that the device only weighs 194 grams so it is definitely one of the lightest flagship phones on the market today. Although its screen size is only 6.1 inches, it just makes the device easier to wield with one hand.
The iPhone 11 makes use of iOS 13 but you can install the beta version of iOS 14 if you want, provided that you know how to do it.
People really praise iPhones for their amazing cameras and this is no different. While its camera array is not as powerful as its ‘Pro’ counterpart, in most cases, it is more than adequate.
You get two lenses at the back (one 12-megapixel ultra-wide and one 12-megapixel wide-angle) and a 12-megapixel selfie camera at the front.
Even though the device doesn’t come with a 3.5mm jack anymore, you can use your Bluetooth Headphones if you have one.
You might be wondering why I didn’t put the iPhone 11 Pro on this article and that is because its price-to-performance is not justifiable.
Sure, it feels more of a ‘premium’ device because of its price, but the iPhone 11 is still a flagship product from Apple.
With amazing cameras, blazing-fast performance, impressive audio, and great battery life, it is so easy to recommend the iPhone 11 for people that want a simple flagship device that they can rely on.
2.Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
Ever since its release, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has received major price cuts and is definitely one of the best phones that you can get today.
There is a lot to love about this device and one of its standout features is its set of cameras. Its hallmark shooter is the 64-megapixel telephoto lens that is coupled with an ultra-wide and wide-angle lens; both of which are 12-megapixels. At the front, you get a 10-megapixel selfie camera that produces high-quality selfies on the fly.
Samsung is one of those companies that are lauded for their amazing displays and it truly shows on the S20 Plus. The device is fitted with a 6.7-inch OLED panel that has a resolution of 3200 xs 1440. It is one of the best screens put on a smartphone on the market and content consumption using this device is simply an amazing experience.
Its performance package is also top of the line as well. Depending on your region, you get flagship chipsets from both Qualcomm and Samsung’s own Exynos line. Both of them provide the best performance out there that is only beaten by the iPhone’s A13 Bionic chip (but not by much; performance is comparable).
I also love the fact that the phone comes with a high screen refresh rate at 120Hz. However, if you want to enable the feature, you will have to tone down the resolution to 1080p first before you can use it. It is a fair compromise in my opinion.
It is worth noting that putting the device on its 120hz screen refresh rate setting can significantly reduce the battery and that is why the company also included a hefty 4,500 mAh Li-ion battery as well.
Seriously, if you are thinking of getting an Android device, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus should be on your shortlist without a doubt.
3.OnePlus 8 Pro
Samsung is not the only company that has its flagship device’s price cut. OnePlus is also at the forefront as well. Once a company that was praised for creating ‘flagship killer’ devices, OnePlus is now putting their chips on the table to produce actual ‘cream of the crop’ phones on the market.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is the best product offering from the company in the first half of the year. You can expect a much better version of this device in Q3 or Q4 2020 (or early next year, depending on the production schedule).
Anyway, just like the Samsung phone above, the 8 Pro also comes with a 120hz screen refresh rate display. Its 6.78-inch OLED screen has a resolution of 3168 x 1440 so it is a good device to be watching your favorite shows on.
For its performance, you are getting the latest chipset from Qualcomm: The Snapdragon 865. Aside from that, the company also put its amazing Oxygen OS which is a reskin of Android 10 that is praised for its simplicity and ease of use.
Naturally, enabling the higher screen refresh rate eats through the battery like it’s nothing, but you can rest assured that it will be topped up quite easily thanks to the included 55-watt warp charger. The charger can easily provide 50% of juice from 0% in just 20 minutes!
While photography isn’t its strongest suit, the camera performance of the OnePlus 8 Pro has significantly improved thanks to the latest updates from the company.
You get a 48-megapixel wide and 48-megapixel ultra-wide lenses that are also coupled with a telephoto lens, as well as a color filter. Its 16-megapixel camera is also good too.
If there is one thing that I will nitpick about the device, that would be its curved display. It is somewhat pronounced that accidental taps could happen, so just bear that in mind.
4.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Last year’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus is still one of the best flagship smartphones on the market today. In fact, I would even encourage you to get one as its price has been cut down significantly to just $549, which is definitely a steal in my opinion.
One of the things that people really love about the said device is its included stylus. The S-Pen is certainly responsive and you can tweak its features to your liking.
It comes with the previous generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset or the Exynos 9825 chipset if you buy this from any country other than the U.S.
The phone is shipped with Android 9 with the company’s own skin laid over the interface, but you can have it updated to Android 10 if that is what you prefer.
Its huge 6.8-inch AMOLED display just makes content consumption with this device a totally remarkable experience.
You will also love the fact that the phone has a time of flight sensor which basically just means that the camera system is much better overall.
If you want a phone that you can use as a productivity and media device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is one that you should consider getting, even if its specs are a bit dated.
5.Google Pixel 4 XL
Price: Starts at $799
I really love the fact that flagship phones that were released in the last quarter of 2019 have received a massive price cut- the Google Pixel 4 phone included.
Google’s flagship phone is lauded for its amazing camera performance. Its camera hardware might not be as flashy as the other brands, but it pretty much makes up for it using the company’s software.
You get a flagship chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 855, it has a 6.3-inch display with a resolution of 3040 x 1440. I would also like to say that Google has finally joined the high screen refresh rate bandwagon as the panel is able to reach the 90hz refresh rate. Keep in mind that you will have to lower the resolution to enable this feature.
People that want the latest and greatest from the Android ecosystem would want to consider getting a pixel phone as it is the first one to get the latest beta updates from the company. In fact, it is one of the first phones to ever have a glimpse of what Android 11 has to offer.
Although its camera and performance packages are amazing, it falls short in some areas, particularly the battery.
If you enable the 90hz display, the battery life of the device gets diminished considerably. Aside from that, its base configuration only comes with 64GB of internal storage which, in this day and age, is not any more adequate.
The reason why I still recommend this device is that it is a pretty respectable flagship phone. You get early access to Android Beta OSes, you get amazing camera performance, and you now have a vibrant 90hz display as well.
6.Oppo Find X2 Pro
Oppo is a Chinese company that has built a name for itself. Once overshadowed by Huawei, the company has since surpassed it and has now taken Huawei’s market share, at least, in the smartphone space.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is definitely a flagship product- both in its specs and its price. Despite its huge asking price of $1,100, it is warranted simply because it comes with amazing specs.
It comes with the Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset, 6.75-inch AMOLED display (1440p resolution, 120Hz screen refresh rate), 512GB UFS 3.0 storage, and a whopping 12GB of RAM.
Its camera array is also promising as well. The phone is equipped with Sony’s IMX689 sensor which is a 48-megapixel shooter that is capable of producing vibrant shots even in low-light conditions. It also comes with a 14-megapixel periscope telephoto lens and a 48-megapixel ultra-wide sensor as well.
Its selfie camera also has a whopping 32-megapixel sensor, so whether you are trying to take some selfies or joining a video conference, the shooter is definitely more than adequate.
This flagship device also comes with a 4,260 mAh battery that can last more than a single day with moderate to heavy use. Even though the device is not capable of wireless charging, the included 65-watt SuperVOOC 2.0 charger should give it enough juice in a matter of minutes.
Flagship phones typically mean that they are the most expensive ones that you can find on the market. While some devices are expensive, they are just priced too high just for the sake of it.
The Oppo Find X2 Pro, however, has a flagship price with an amazing performance package to go along with it.
7.Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G
You might have heard of Xiaomi before and that is because the company has churned out a lot of amazing phones in recent years.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G is the latest flagship offering from the company and it definitely warrants its high asking price.
For $1,080, you get a 6.67-inch device that has an OLED display (resolution 2340 x 1080, 90hz screen refresh rate), Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, quad-camera setup on the back and a 20-megapixel shooter at the front. It weighs just 7.34 ounces so it is one of the lighter flagship phones on the market.
Its 108-megapixel camera is one of its headline features. It is then coupled with an unusual array of lenses. Aside from the 20-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, it also comes with two telephoto lenses. That’s right, two telephoto sensors.
The company has stated that the first telephoto lens is responsible for depth-of-field shots while the other one is responsible for the phone’s lossless zoom.
All of the phone’s cameras work really well, though I would say that you have to tinker with the settings to remove the beautify filter that is turned on by default.
Anyway, the device has a 4,500 mAh battery and it has a 50-watt charger included in the package. Unlike the Oppo phone above, the Mi 10 Pro 5G is capable of 30-watt wireless charging.
It has an impressive battery life even if you enable its 90hz screen refresh rate.
So, where does this device fall short? For its asking price, it would have been nice if the screen resolution is bumped to 1440p, though I would understand the company’s rationale for leaving it at 1080p so that you can enable the 90hz refresh rate with ease.
Its RAM and storage should also be higher than its default configuration. At 8GB and 256GB, respectively, $1,000 for a device such as this may deter people from buying it.
Still, this is definitely one of the best 5G capable flagship phones of 2020.
8.Huawei P40 Pro Plus
Huawei phones can be found in the U.S. before but ever since the trade war between two of the world’s largest countries began, Huawei devices have been somewhat hard to find in the United States.
You see, Huawei is a Chinese brand and because there had been issues with security in some of its devices, President Trump has ordered it to be blacklisted in the U.S.
That being said, I would still recommend the Huawei P40 Pro Plus for others simply because it is just too hard to ignore.
Now, every flagship phone has a trick up its sleeve and this one certainly has that as well. Its standout feature is its lossless zoom. It has the best zoom cameras on the market that even rivals other flagship devices out there.
As for its specs, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus comes with a 6.58-inch OLED curved display with a resolution of 2640 x 1200. It is HDR10 compliant which means that you are assured of more vibrant colors than its competitors. It is also capable of a 90hz screen refresh rate as well.
It is fitted with the Kirin 990 processor which is built in-house and has comparable performance with the Snapdragon 865.
The phone’s mighty camera setup is also its flagship feature. You get a 50-megapixel ‘Ultra Vision’ shooter that allows you to snap high-quality photos instantly.
It also comes with a 40-megapixel ultra-wide lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto, and an 8-megapixel zoom lens at the back. The zoom capability of this phone is just unparalleled and it is a shame that this device is not (naturally) available in the United States, though you can have it shipped which will incur additional fees.
The device uses Android 10 with the company’s own EMUI overlay which has a clean look compared to others.
It is fitted with a 4,200 mAh battery bundled with a 40-watt fast charger right out of the box. It also supports Qi wireless charging as well.
Although the device has flagship specs, people who are thinking of getting this one should remember that the phone doesn’t have a Google Play Store (nor will it support it).
You can get your fill of apps by using the company’s own ‘App Gallery’ which has a good selection of Android applications you can use, though it definitely doesn’t Rival what Google has in its app portfolio.
If you are comfortable with that, then the Huawei P40 Pro Plus is one of the best phones out there today.
8 Best Gaming Earbuds in 2020- The Perfect Companion for Gamers on the Go
What sound system do you usually use when you are playing games? Do you plug your PC to a full set of speakers or do you prefer using headphones for a more immersive experience? If you chose the latter, are you comfortable using them for hours?
While a lot of people do use headsets, there are some that prefer using earbuds instead. If you are part of this demographic, read further to find out my recommendations for the best gaming earbuds in 2020.
Even though gaming headsets provide a more immersive and bombastic sound experience, some people still prefer using gaming earbuds for the purpose that they are much more subtle than their larger headphone counterparts.
If you are always on the go and you consider yourself a person that plays a lot of mobile games, then getting some earbuds would make sense as opposed to getting a bulkier headset.
Now, with that out of the way, here are some of the best earbuds for gaming in 2020:
Best Gaming Earbuds in 2020
1.Razer Hammerhead True Wireless
I know, you probably have a reluctance to using wireless earbuds but hear me out (no pun intended). Wireless audio solutions have come a long way and you no longer have to suffer from latency and whatnot.
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless is what I would consider as a top TWS (True Wireless Sound) solution for people that do not want to contend with wires while they are on the go.
This product has got it all. Unlike other Razer headphones out there, this one produces a more balanced soundstage as opposed to the others that produce too much bass.
Aside from that, another landmark feature of this product is that its wireless capability is so far ahead of the competition that latency is never an issue.
In fact, when you enable its gaming mode, your teammates can hear you on the other side without any lag whatsoever.
Its included charging case allows you to charge the earbuds for 3-4 times as it can hold up to 16 hours of battery.
You can easily pair this with an Android phone or an iPhone and you can download its instruction manual to help you know exactly how to use this product’s features.
If I had to say something negative, it would be that its wireless range is not as good as other TWS earbuds out there. At 10 meters, it could start to suffer from signal loss, so it would be best that you stay within 5 meters of your mobile device or PC to get the full benefit.
All in all, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless is one of the best wireless earbuds on the market today.
2.HyperX Cloud Gaming Earbuds
HyperX is one of the companies that you can trust when it comes to gaming audio as their headphones are pretty tough to beat for the price.
That being said, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Earbuds is the company’s first foray into the earbuds market and it is definitely showing the others how it is truly done.
The earbuds themselves are quite comfortable because instead of using the usual silicone tips, the company opted to use a different set of ear cups for maximum comfort.
The soundstage is pretty balanced with a slight bias to the lower frequencies. It does not muddy the other frequencies, so you do not have to worry about that.
In the box, you get a total of 3 different-sized ear cups so that you get the best fit for you and it also comes with a convenient carrying case as well to store the buds when they are not in use.
Although from an audio perspective, this is one of the better sounding ones on the market, I do have to point out that its red flat cable might not appeal to some.
Still, at $40, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Earbuds are pretty tough to beat, especially for what they can offer for the price.
3.Turtle Beach Battle Buds
If you want a pair of earbuds that favors the lower frequencies heavily, then this next one’s for you.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are quite unique in that they come with a detachable microphone that allows you to speak with your buddies on Discord or any other similar service.
Mic quality is passable, though it could have been improved in some areas. It is not aesthetically pleasing when attached but the good thing is that you can simply detach it when not in use.
Aside from the microphone, the Battle Buds are perfect for first-person shooters simply because it favors bass responses better than the others.
Where this product falls short is in its build quality as it is made entirely of plastic. But, for a $30 pair of earbuds, that is a compromise that a lot of gamers are probably willing to make.
4.Klim Fusion Earbuds
This next pair of earbuds might not be as popular as the other recommendations, but if you browse through Amazon’s top earbuds list, you will find this next gem among them.
The Klim Fusion Earbuds are surprisingly good despite its very affordable price. This product has a lot of notable features but the biggest one is probably its comfort.
You see, unlike the others that make use of silicone ear cups, the Klim Fusion makes use of Memory Foam for supreme comfort. That means that the ear cups themselves conform to the actual shape of your ears that makes these things comfortable to wear for hours.
What’s more, it comes with an included microphone and carrying pouch so you can store them if you are not using them.
This product is also backed up by a 5-year warranty which just means that the company has a lot of pride in this product than one can give them credit for.
At $20, the Klim Fusion is one of the best affordable gaming earbuds on the market.
5.Beats Urbeats3 Earphones
This pair of earphones are pretty good for the price. The Beats Urbeats3 is one that you should consider if you want another product that offers a more balanced soundstage.
Now, why would you want an overall balanced sound? You see, people who buy earbuds not only use them for gaming but they also use them for listening to music and watching their favorite shows as well.
Sure, they might not have the impressive bass response of high-end gaming headsets, but they certainly offer something more than just providing some gaming audio.
Its microphone is quite good and its in-line controls just make it more convenient for you to toggle the volume and mic controls whenever you need to.
While this product can be supported by any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack, iPhone users would receive more benefits compared to people who are using Android devices.
Still, if you are playing your favorite games using a PC or laptop, this can be a great choice.
6.Cooler Master MH703 Gaming Earbuds
Most of the time, when you are using earbuds, you can tinker with the soundstage by using a software EQ of some sorts. Well, this next one actually has a switch that you can press for more bass on the fly.
The Cooler Master MH703 offers pretty amazing sound for a pair of earbuds. That is thanks to its massive 10mm Neodymium drivers.
By default, they provide a more balanced sound but when you press the dedicated bass button on its in-line controls, that is where the magic happens.
With a simple press of a button, you can enjoy punchier bass which is ideal for people who play first-person shooters.
The bass boost feature also improves positional audio as well so you can pinpoint the enemy’s position with improved accuracy.
Its minimalist design might also appeal to a lot of people, especially those that intend to use these earbuds in the office, for example.
My only gripe with this otherwise amazing product is that its microphone is just not that good. And, when you talk a lot with your buddies on the other end of the line, using these earbuds might not be the best solution.
Still, if we are talking purely about sound, the Cooler Master MH703 is definitely one of the best out there.
7.1More Triple Driver
Another pricey earbuds for gaming, does 1More Triple Driver have what it takes to warrant its high asking price? If you ask me, yes!
In terms of audio, these earphones certainly deliver on that front. You get punchier bass without sacrificing the highs and mids which makes it ideal not only for gaming but also for other listening purposes as well.
Its microphone is attached to the in-line controls and although they sound great, you must put careful attention to its position.
You see, when you wear the earphones as they are intended, the microphone can be a little bit too far from your mouth. This means that if you are playing in a noisy environment, it might catch some sounds that you do not intend on including in your chat.
You can easily rectify that by using a clip to keep the earphones near your mouth, but it certainly would have been better if its placement is where it is supposed to be in the first place.
Still, its audio is one of the best out there so I cannot really complain that much.
8.Razer Hammerhead Duo
Let’s go full circle and talk about a Razer product to end this article, shall we? Razer is a brand that prides itself on creating quality gaming keyboards, gaming mice, and gaming headsets, but they also dabble into creating quality earbuds as well.
The Razer Hammerhead Duo is a pretty good set of earbuds mainly because of its driver design. The company has incorporated two drivers on each earbud to ensure that the bass response doesn’t muddy the highs and the mids (which is a common complaint when it comes to Razer’s previous audio solutions).
You get different-sized silicone ear cups to ensure a comfortable fit and its microphone is topnotch.
Since the product makes use of a 3.5mm connector, you can easily use this with a mobile device or you can connect it to your PC without any problems.
For the price of $60, it would have been nice if the company also included a carrying case with it, but that is just me nitpicking at this point.
If you do not like using a wireless pair of earbuds, then the Razer Hammerhead Duo is a perfect wired solution for your gaming audio.
9 Best WiFi Extenders in 2020- Eliminate Dead Spots and Poor Internet Connectivity
Isn’t it frustrating to go to one part of your house and your internet connection is spotty? Or perhaps you decide to read some news while you are taking a dump and you find that your phone cannot get any WiFi signal.
Well, those things are a result of WiFi ‘dead spots’ which are zones in a building that cannot get any internet connection using a router.
The good news is that it can be fixable by getting a wifi repeater/extender. Today, I am going to be talking about the best wifi extenders in 2020.
Best WiFi Extenders in 2020
1.Netgear Nighthawk X6S EX8000
If you want the best WiFi extender on the market today, then the Netgear Nighthawk X6S EX8000 is the one that you should buy.
It is a tri-band WiFi extender which means that it can utilize two 2.4GHz bands and one 5GHz for maximum performance.
This product is ideal for large homes and offices and although you can operate this as a standalone router, you can also use it as part of your mesh network as well.
It has a wealth of LAN ports at the back so if you intend to use it as a router for your game console, you can do that with ease.
The EX8000 only supports up to WiFi AC technology, but that should be enough to accommodate most home routers in this day and age.
It has fast throughput, excellent performance, and the unit doesn’t get hot at all. The only thing that you have to consider is the price. At $200, it is definitely one of the most expensive, but in terms of unparalleled performance, the EX8000 eliminates WiFi dead spots in your home without any problems.
2.Amped Athena-EX RE2600M AC2600 WiFi Range Extender
Another amazing WiFi extender, the Amped Athena-EX RE2600M is an AC2600 WiFi range extender that has a lot of nifty features under its sleeve.
It has MU-MIMO support which, for the uninitiated, basically means that it provides steady and consistent internet access to any of the devices that are connected to the network.
Aside from that, because it can support up to AC2600, speeds are pretty consistent and the setup process is a breeze.
It is on the pricey side but because it has MU-MIMO support, it is one that you should consider purchasing, especially if you have multiple devices that are connected to your router.
3.TP-Link RE650 AC2600
While the previous recommendations offer amazing performance, they are router-type WiFi extenders which means that they need ample space for you to put in.
If that is something that you do not like and you just want a more portable solution that still offers a good WiFi range, then the TP-Link RE650 is for you.
Priced at $227, it is not cheap but its feature set actually justifies its price. For one, it is an AC2300 WiFi extender so if you have a competitive router right off the bat, this just supports it even more.
Second is the seamless installation process. This product is intended for non-tech-savvy users and if you want to have this up and running, all you have to do is plug the ethernet cable into its port and set things up on your computer or laptop.
Of course, you can also use its companion app as well and it should be compatible with both Android smartphones and iPhones as well.
This is a plug-in WiFi extender which means that you just have to plug this device directly into an electrical outlet. It comes with antennas that you can position in a way that improves your internet connection, thereby eliminating any dead spots in your house.
Speeds are consistent and thanks to the fact that it is a dual-band WiFi extender, it should support the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequency bands without a hitch.
4.Netgear Nighthawk X6 EX7700 Mesh Range Extender
Now, WiFi extenders, in principle, work in the same way. It amplifies already existing WiFi signals that are emitted by your original router so that it can eliminate zones in your home or office where internet connection is sparse.
That being said, most WiFi range extenders create a separate network that users have to connect to in order to take advantage of it. The problem with this is that it is quite cumbersome to be switching to different networks when you go to a different location in your house, for example.
If you do not want the hassle, you can establish your own mesh network instead. A mesh network basically copies the original router’s network while also boosting WiFi signals as well. Because of how it works, mesh WiFi extenders are generally more expensive than their single-network WiFi extender counterparts.
That being said, if you are still okay with the pricing, the Netgear Nighthawk X6 EX7700 is a really good choice.
It has a relatively compact design that allows you to put the units anywhere in your home and office and it shouldn’t be an eyesore.
This model has two Ethernet ports, WiFi Protected Access (WPS), Mesh interconnectivity, and 5GHz and 2.4GHz support (dual-band).
The range of this mesh WiFi extender is pretty amazing. It is so good that you can definitely install it in a large office and you wouldn’t run into any dead spots at all.
Again, the issue here is the price. At $307, it is definitely not the cheapest WiFi extender on the market. But, because of the fact that it creates a mesh network, the pros outweigh the cons in this regard.
5.Linksys RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900
Not a lot of people are willing to spend a lot of money on WiFi range extenders and part of the reason why that is the case is that they already have an existing router. That is a fair argument, but WiFi extenders just ensure that you will not experience any dead spots in your home or office.
If you want a budget solution, you can get the Linksys RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900. It has considerable speeds and it is quite easy to set up.
The process is simple. You can either connect an Ethernet cable from the extender to your computer or laptop or you can also utilize its companion app as well.
The unit is a dual-band extender so you will have no problems switching to 2.4GHz or 5GHz if need be.
It has a rather simple white aesthetic so it should fit right in without being a complete eyesore.
The only thing that you have to worry about is that the extender can get hot at times, though it shouldn’t be that much of a problem so long as it gets ample ventilation.
When you look at this WiFi extender, you might mistake it for a smart home speaker because of its cylindrical design. But, as you can probably tell by this article, it is definitely a WiFi range extender and it is a pretty good budget offering from a reputable brand.
D-Link has created a lot of amazing home routers but of course, getting a WiFi range extender doesn’t hurt at all.
The D-Link DAP-1650 is a relatively inexpensive WiFi extender that has a considerable performance. At only AC1650, its speeds are not stellar but it does a good job of ensuring that it covers an entire area of 300 sq. ft.
It’s got four Ethernet ports if you intend to plug some network devices in and its easy setup process is thanks to the company’s own app.
Aside from the speed, it does fall short in the features department, though for the price, you cannot really complain.
7.Netgear EX6200 Dual-Band AC1200
Wait, another Netgear product? You might accuse me of being biased here but the fact is that the company just makes amazing WiFi extenders that it is just too hard to ignore.
Anyway, the Netgear EX6200 is another desktop WiFi range extender with amazing throughput and performance that supports an area of 150 sq. ft. Although it can go farther, its signal diminishes significantly after that point.
Its effective area is 85 feet so if you are within this range, you can expect maximum performance across the board.
This product has 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 port where you can plug your external storage devices or whatnot.
Although the EX6200 is bulky, it looks really nice and can be positioned either horizontally or vertically depending on your preference. It has multiple air vents to ensure that the product remains cool at all times.
It is a dual-band repeater and setting this up is quite easy thanks to the company’s built-in network genie.
The Linksys Velop is another range extender where you can create your own mesh network. One of its strongest suits is that it is very easy to install and use. To set it up, you just have to download its companion app and things should be outlined to you with instructions that are easy to follow.
It has a very nice design and can easily fit in your household. Aside from that, the mesh router supports WiFi AC (dual-band) and has two gigabit Ethernet ports per unit. It has beamforming support as well so that your devices will get amazing speeds whenever it is connected to the network.
Now, there are two things that you need to consider here. First is that although it is reasonably priced, you will have to buy three of them to create an effective mesh network. That means that you could be spending up to $270 for the entire kit.
Aside from that, this WiFi extender is too dependent on positioning, so you will have to find the right spot that maximizes its performance and throughput (though, you will only have to do it once anyway).
If you want a truly budget WiFi Range extender that is worth some praise for its performance, then look no further than the TP-Link RE220.
This is a plug-in WiFi range extender which means that you only have to plug it into an electrical outlet for it to work.
It is a dual-band router that has amazing speeds across the board and its signals can be broadcasted in greater lengths as well.
Because this product is dirt cheap, you can buy more than one of them and utilize the company’s mesh functionality to create your own mesh network, thereby improving its performance even more.
Setting this up is as easy as downloading the company’s WiFi extender application and following the instructions on the screen.
Where this falls short is that its Ethernet port can only go up to 100mbps in speed, but since most households rarely go over that limit anyway, that is a fair compromise.
Sonos Move Review- A Hefty Bluetooth Speaker with Great Sound
Smartphones have indeed improved over the years. Their cameras can even rival some of the dedicated cameras on the market and their displays are so vibrant that they can be a great alternative to a TV.
However, phone manufacturers rarely think about the sound quality of their devices, so you may need to rely on an external audio solution for your needs.
Today, I am going to be talking about the Sonos Move. Find out why I think this is one of the great-sounding Bluetooth speakers on the market today.
To be honest, there is nothing really groundbreaking about the aesthetics of the Sonos Move. It looks like a big water jug with some touch capacitive buttons and some microphones at the top of it.
The simpler design aesthetic can be a good thing, though, since it can fit in no matter where you intend to place the device in your home or office.
Anyway, the Sonos Move is a bit similar to the company’s past products in that you have a large Bluetooth speaker with some grilles on the front, some controls up top, and some buttons at the back of the device.
Speaking of buttons, you get a power button, a Bluetooth/WiFi button, and a ‘Connect’ button which can instantly help you pair your iPhoneor Android device to the speaker itself.
Although this product is considered as a ‘portable’ Bluetooth speaker, its weight of 3 kilograms or 6.6 pounds might be too heavy for most people. Plus, I do not like the fact that it doesn’t have a dedicated handle.
It does have a groove at the back that helps you lift the speaker up, but because it doesn’t use any grippy material like rubber, perhaps, moving this thing from one place to another might be a cumbersome experience for you.
The speaker can be placed horizontally, but its included stand would orientate the device vertically instead. If it is put vertically, the device measures 240 x 160 x 126mm.
Speaking of the docking base, it can actually charge the Sonos Move if you are not using it. Though it charges slowly, it is definitely a convenient way of topping up the device when it is idle.
Of course, you can also choose to use a charging block with a USB Type-C connection for faster charging times.
The Sonos Move is IP56 rated which means that it is weatherproof. I wouldn’t submerge it underwater, though, but it should be able to survive a couple of splashes here and there.
This Bluetooth speaker is also supposed to be shockproof as well. In case of accidental falls and slippage, the device should survive somewhat. I do not like to test the validity of this claim mainly because the speaker itself is hefty enough that it might get damaged inside. Still, I think it is worth mentioning.
The Sonos Move is actually a ‘smart’ speaker in the sense that you can use either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to help you search for things that you fancy.
It should go without mentioning that you need to connect the device to your home network for you to enable the aforementioned smart features. You can do that by using the Sonos app.
Now, if the portable speakers are not in range, it will automatically fall back to its Bluetooth capability. Although it only uses Bluetooth 4.2, the company did state that it is exhausting the maximum capabilities of the said technology in order to bring unparalleled sound. In other words, you need not worry when it comes to sound quality, even if you are a bit distant from the speaker itself.
When it comes to its smart features, the device should have no problems hearing your voice. That is thanks to the multiple microphones that you can see at the top of the speaker.
Because it can be quite sensitive, you can opt to mute the microphones if you do not intend to use any smart functionalities.
At the top, you will find an array of touch capacitive buttons for play/pause, as well as programmable buttons that you can tweak using the Sonos app.
So, how does the Sonos Move perform against the competition? Well, it is pretty good. By default, it provides a balanced sound with a slight emphasis on the lower frequencies. That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the genre of music you intend to listen to.
For instance, if you are playing a rap track with the signature heavy bass tones, then the Sonos Move will have no problem playing the song. However, when you get into classical music where highs and mids are more pronounced, I would say that its performance in this area is middling at best.
The good thing, though, is that you can set your preferred EQ settings using the Sonos app which effectively alleviates the said problem. It is just worth mentioning, in my opinion, because not a lot of people know exactly how to get the best possible sound from the music they’re listening to.
If you do not know how to tweak the sound yourself through the EQ, you can enable the speaker’s ‘TruePlay’ functionality that uses the microphone to analyze its surroundings and tweaks the audio to suit its environment.
Although this feature is hit or miss, it can be a great alternative for people that do not want to sink a lot of time into getting the best audio quality from the speakers.
There are a lot of Bluetooth Speakers on the market and the Sonos Move has a place in it. It is a rather large speaker but with its built-in microphones and impressive sound, I wouldn’t mind it at all.
It can pair smoothly whether you are using an Android or iOS device and it works by using your existing WiFi connection or its Bluetooth capability.
Although I can recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a competitive Bluetooth speaker, its price of $399.99 might be too much for some people. Aside from that, there is also its weight that needs consideration.
Still, the Sonos Move is a hefty speaker with great audio capabilities.
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