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Nubia Red Magic 5G- A Very Competent Gaming Phone

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Nubia Red Magic 5G Review

Everything is going mobile now- from work to play, you can always expect programs that used to only work on desktops to now also work on mobile devices as well.

Gaming phones, as the pundits would say, are borne out of the necessity for smartphones that can be used for hours on end, especially since gaming, in general, can be quite taxing to the device.

While there aren’t a lot of gaming phones out there, one phone that you might find great is the Nubia Red Magic 5G. Is it any good? Let’s find out!

Design

While there are some phones that look pretty much generic or your ‘everyday’ phone, the Nubia Red Magic 5G is different; it definitely screams ‘gamer phone’ because of its aesthetic.

The front of the phone is a pretty standard affair. You’ve got a simple-looking display but once you flip the device, you will see that it is indeed made for gamers.

You get a combination of red and blue color schemes with the ‘Redmagic’ moniker in the middle of the phone. If you do not like this, there is also a black and red version as well.

To the right of the name are the three cameras and on the left is the brand logo. And oh, did I mention that the Redmagic name is RGB?

It is a bit on the chunkier side at 218 grams but despite its bigger form factor, it is surprisingly not that heavy when you hold the phone.

The right side of the device is quite busy because aside from the standard volume and power buttons, you also get to have two shoulder buttons as well.

People who have used game controllers before (like from the Playstation and Xbox consoles) should be familiar with them, but for the people who do not know, shoulder buttons are just extra buttons that you can quickly toggle to perform a certain task. More on this later.

Another striking design feature of the Red Magic 5G is its air vents which are situated on the left side of the phone.

Because this device makes use of a physical fan (yes, there is a small fan inside), as well as liquid active cooling, the hot air needs an exhaust to get out and that is why it has special vents. It looks weird but it doesn’t really hamper your ability to grip the device.

As for the audio solution, the phone has a front-firing speaker on the earpiece and another down-firing one at the bottom.

Players will love the fact that this gaming phone comes with a headphone jack at the top so you can plug in your favorite headsets for even an even more immersive experience.

Display

Nubia Red Magic 5G

Aside from the loud gamer aesthetic, another thing why the Nubia Red Magic 5G is called a gaming phone is its display.

It comes with a 6.65-inch 2340×1080 AMOLED screen but where it shines is its super-fast 144Hz screen refresh rate.

When you look at reviews of this online on streaming platforms, it won’t do you justice simply because Youtube, for example, caps its frame rate at 60 fps. You have to actually use the device to see the difference (literally).

Now, what happens when your phone has a high refresh rate? Well, everything will look smoother and that is something that you want when you are playing a game.

While other gaming phones such as the Razer Phone 2 and Black Shark 2 have high refresh rate displays, this one has 144hz and that is quite impressive.

You might argue that the 24hz additional refresh rate is negligible to the naked eye and in some cases, I agree. This is especially true if you haven’t been accustomed to high-refresh-rate gaming before.

However, as an experienced gamer myself, I can really tell the difference, albeit that I wouldn’t really cry over it if the phone comes with a 120hz display like the rest of the bunch.

The AMOLED screen provides you with amazing color accuracy and the display is punchy and vibrant. Just do not expect Samsung-level performance when it comes to it.

Its 1080p Full HD resolution might also deter you from buying this device since its pixel density is not up to par with other devices, but for most people, it will definitely suffice.

Camera

People who want to have a competitive camera setup in a phone might not like the Red Magic 5G.

Even though the phone comes with Sony’s 64-megapixel IMX686 sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, the images are okay at best.

While they do produce photos that have nearly true-to-life colors, the shots that you can make in dim environments aren’t that good at all.

The camera uses AI technology to ensure that your photos will automatically focus on the subject without too much tinkering.

Despite the fact that there are a lot of options you can toggle on the camera app itself, it is not as robust compared to what Huawei phones have (and also not as simple as other competitors).

The front camera is an 8-megapixel shooter and it is definitely not something special. It is just there as it is customary for modern smartphones to have one.

You could say that despite its 3-camera setup at the back, the feature is definitely not its strongest suit.

Battery

Since this phone is intended for gaming, it should come with a hefty battery and the company delivered on that end.

The Red Magic 5G comes with a hefty 4,500mAh battery and while this is not the same as the Asus ROG phone 2 that has a bigger 5000mAh battery, Nubia did some magic to make it last longer than what the spec sheet says.

If you use the phone strictly for gaming, you should be able to get 5-6 hours of gameplay depending on how taxing the game is on the said device. You can even extend it by dialing the phone’s refresh rate to 60Hz (which is the standard option).

While the company did mention that the phone can support a 55-watt charger, it is not included in the box and you will have to spend more money if you want to get one.

What is included in the box, however, is a measly 18-watt charger that can charge the device fully at around 90 minutes or so.

It is also worth noting that the phone doesn’t support wireless charging, so people that have a wireless charging cradle will not be able to use it with this product.

Gaming

The specs of this device are pretty good, especially if you want to play the most demanding games.

Even when you play graphically-intensive 3D games such as Call of Duty, PUBG, Fortnite, and Asphalt 9 and crank all of their graphical settings to 11, the Red Magic 5G still performs admirably well.

The 144hz display has a variable refresh rate which means that in some areas of the game, the refresh rate will dial back down to 90hz if they aren’t needed. Of course, you can set it to stick to 60hz, but why would you do that?

I mentioned earlier that the device comes with shoulder buttons on the right side of the phone. That is because most smartphones are usually placed on landscape orientation if people want to play.

The shoulder buttons actually do not do anything by default. They can only be configured while using the phone’s ‘Game Space’ functionality. They are quite responsive and you could say that they are positioned perfectly well for those snappy moves.

As a gaming phone, it should come with a competent cooling solution to prevent the device from heating up. That is why the Red Magic 5G is equipped with a liquid-cooling solution and some air vents on the left side of the phone to keep things cool.

The audio solution is okay. The speakers are quite loud, but I would still recommend using a gaming headset or an audiophile solution for an even better gaming experience.

Game Space

This is a unique feature of the phone. The Game Space is basically just an app that you can fire up and will act as a hub for all of your games. When you launch games from there, they will automatically be boosted, meaning, all of the phone’s resources will be focused on that one game and nothing more.

The Game Space also allows you to tweak the fans so that the phone will never heat up that badly. By default, it is set at the intelligent adjustment option that will ramp the fans up depending on the temperature of the device, though you can also set it to rapid cooling which sets the fans RPM to the max when needed.

Its interface is okay but I am not a real fan. It does allow you to tweak some gamer-centric features, but other than that, it is just another app.

Software

Nubia Red Magic 5G 2020

The phone comes with the company’s RedMagic OS 3.0 which is essentially just a vanilla version of Android 10. It is what you can call a ‘pure stock’ ROM simply because there are not a lot of pre-installed apps on the device.

While the Nubia Red Magic 5G boasts amazing gaming capabilities, it definitely lacks in the software department. Even though some options are considered a standard affair in some devices, it just saddens me that that simple detail is not included in this one.

Take for instance the battery percentage indicator. By default, you cannot see the battery percentage and you will have to dig through various settings to know how much juice your device has left.

Aside from that, the notifications panel- something that is usually populated by different notifications across various apps- does not display anything. Really, this is disappointing.

On top of that, you cannot use any other app launcher on the market. Part of what makes the Android experience so much better than the iOS is its customizability, so for the people that want to tinker with their device’s interface, this might disappoint them.

Even though the company said that they are going to release some updates that will fix these current issues in the future, they are definitely not quick to release one. 

Specifications

  • Display- 6.65-inch AMOLED, Full HD (2340×1080), 144Hz Refresh Rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Protected
  • Chipset- Snapdragon 865 Octa-core processor
  • GPU- Adreno 650
  • RAM- 8GB or 12GB
  • Cameras- 64-megapixel main shooter, 2-megapixel macro, 8-megapixel wide-angle (120-degree); 8-megapixel front camera
  • Storage- 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 
  • Battery- 4500mAh capable of 55-watt rapid charging. 18-watt charger included
  • Sensors- Gyroscope, Fingerprint, Electronic Compass, G-Sensor, Ambient Light, Sensor Hub
  • Connectivity- WiFi AC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, 5G-compatible, Dual Sim
  • Software- Android 10, Redmagic OS 3.0
  • Dimensions- 168.56 x 78 x 9.75mm, 218 grams
  • Available Colors- Pulse, Eclipse Black

Verdict

The Nubia Red Magic 5G is a gaming phone first and foremost. It has an impressive 144hz display, fully configurable shoulder buttons, an active cooling solution, and software that can boost the device’s gaming performance.

Although it comes with respectable specs, it definitely falls short on some aspects. The camera is okay, the battery is great (albeit, doesn’t come with a 55-watt charger out of the box), the software is buggy, and a lot of things can be improved.

For $659, the Red Magic 5G is a truly competitive gaming phone but if you want to use the device for purposes other than gaming, this might not be the best choice for you.

Pros

  • Super-fast 144Hz AMOLED Display
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Fully configurable shoulder buttons
  • Active cooling prevents the phone from overheating

Cons

  • Software is buggy
  • Camera is mediocre compared to other phones of its class
  • Lack of customization

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8 Best Gaming Earbuds in 2020- The Perfect Companion for Gamers on the Go

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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.

Why Earbuds?

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

Price: $100

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

Price: $40

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

Price: $30

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

Price: $20

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

Price: $55

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

Price: $33

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

Price: $100

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

Price: $60

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.

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9 Best WiFi Extenders in 2020- Eliminate Dead Spots and Poor Internet Connectivity

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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

Price: $200

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

Price: $237

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

Price: $227

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

Price: $307

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

Price: $74

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.

6.D-Link DAP-1650

Price: $67

D-Link DAP-1650

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

Price: $100

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.

8.Linksys Velop

Price: $90

Linksys Velop

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).

9.TP-Link RE220

Price: $30

TP-Link RE220

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.

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Sonos Move Review- A Hefty Bluetooth Speaker with Great Sound

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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.

Design

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.

Features

Sonos Move Review 2020

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.

Performance

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.

Sonos Move

Verdict

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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