Whether you have a hardwood floor or you put a carpet on it, you will need a vacuum cleaner to suck dirt out of them. Most of the time, we use big vacuum cleaners and while they do the job well, they are cumbersome to use.
Another problem with using such is that they are also quite noisy and your neighbors might not like the sound it produces.
In today’s article, I will go over some of the best handheld vacuum cleaners in 2020.
While big vacuum cleaners do an admirable job of cleaning your house or apartment, they are so bulky that it might not be easy for you to whip out and clean on the get-go.
Furthermore, you also have to vacuum your house in the morning because doing it at night might annoy your neighbors.
Handheld vacuums are better to use in most cases because they are easy to manage, can be used almost anywhere, and has enough power to clean most of the things that you would use a big vacuum cleaner for.
I also recommend handhelds simply because they are cheaper and there are many of them out there, so you won’t have any trouble finding one.
But, since you are reading this article, I will go over some of the best that you can find on the market so that you do not have to waste your time searching for them.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaners
1.Black & Decker 20V Max Lithium Pivot BDH2000PL
If you want the most bang for the buck handheld vacuum cleaner, there is nothing better than this Black & Decker option.
The reason why I consider this as the best overall is that it is priced right and at the same time, it has the power that even rivals some of its more expensive counterparts as well.
During my testing, this particular vacuum cleaner had no problems sucking dust, cereal, sand, fur, and other things.
Its pivoting nozzle allows you to clean even the tough to reach areas like in between your sofas, tight corners on your kitchen, etc.
The only thing that I didn’t like about this product is that its powerful vacuum also consumes a lot of battery. In my testing, the maximum time I can operate this thing is just 10 minutes, but it is definitely more than enough in most cases.
For under $100, the BDH2000PL is a must-have.
2.Dyson V7 Trigger
Now, the previous recommendation took the top spot mainly because it is the best of both price and performance. However, if you are okay with spending more than $200 on a handheld cleaner, then the Dyson V7 Trigger is what I would recommend.
It is not only powerful and versatile but its battery is also unparalleled at 30 mins or more (depending on the intensity you’ve set).
With its 15 powerful cyclones mode, you can easily clean up any dirt, dust, or pet hair you want without a hitch.
What’s more, its quiet operation is what I really love the most. You can use this cleaner without any problems even during nighttime because the noise that it outputs is minimal at best.
Lastly, it has a dual-mode functionality wherein you can shift the focus to less battery but more intense power. This mode is more suited to use in cars and bigger spaces.
Despite its steep price, the Dyson V7 Trigger is a perfect handheld vacuum cleaner for most homes.
3.Bisell Pet Hair Handheld Vacuum
There are some people that would just want a handheld vacuum cleaner specifically for the purpose of cleaning pet hair and if that is the reason why you are getting one, then I recommend the Bisell Pet Hair Handheld Vacuum.
It comes with two attachments. Its suction nozzle allows you to suck in more dirt such as dry pet food and the rubberized nozzle can take in even the most annoying of pet hairs.
The power cord has a considerable length of 16 feet and its lightweight build of just 5lbs make it so much easier for you to bring from point A to point B.
Although it can certainly clean dust and other particles, it is not best suited for such tasks. Even if its cleaning capability is one-dimensional, I would still recommend this product, especially if you want to get rid of your pet’s hair on the floor or off the carpet.
4.Hoover ONEPWR BH57005
If the idea of using a cleaner with cords is not your thing, then this cordless vacuum cleaner is for you.
The Hoover ONEPWR BH57005 makes use of interchangeable Li-ion batteries that last a pretty long time. The good thing is that the company also provides its charger along with the product so you do not have to worry about getting another set of batteries.
Its suction power even rivals some of the higher-end models. I particularly like the fact that it can clean pet hair and grit along the edges of my house.
The only thing that I do not like is that it doesn’t come with specialized nozzles which means that it may have some trouble fitting in some tight spaces.
Other than that, the BH57005 is a good vacuum cleaner for any home.
5.Black & Decker 16V CHV1410L
If you want just a regular handheld vacuum cleaner that you can rely on, the CHV1410L is a great alternative to the first recommendation above.
The only reason why I’ve put this far down the list is that it doesn’t’ come with special tools and it doesn’t really have enough power to get some pet hairs.
Still, I would recommend this simply because it can be your everyday cleaner. It can clean dust, dirt, and common debris that is found in your home or apartment.
I also love the fact that the vacuum cleaner has a 12-minute runtime and its power doesn’t get slowed down even if you are reaching its limit. It is fast-charging so just giving it a bit of juice can net you a considerable amount of time for cleaning.
6.Karcher WV5 Cordless Handheld Vacuum
Now, all of the vacuum cleaners I’ve mentioned thus far are either good at getting common debris or pet hairs, but I haven’t really mentioned one that can clean some windows in the best way possible.
Well, the Karcher WV5 is a cordless handheld with attachments specifically-made to clean windows without any problems.
It has two attachments: One that can dry clean the windows and one where you attach a sort of sponge-like material that helps you thoroughly clean your windows even better.
It is pretty lightweight at just 0.6kg and its battery life is 35 minutes so you can definitely finish cleaning your entire home’s windows without a hitch.
I do want to point out that although it cleans windows better than others, it is only its strongest suit.
7.Shark Ion W1 WV201
Do you want a vacuum cleaner that can suck up any debris while also cleaning your pet hairs with aplomb? Then the Shark Ion W1 WV201 is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Because of its lightweight frame, it is quite easy for you to use this vacuum anywhere you need to. Furthermore, its attachments can be stored on the inside of the cleaner so that you do not have to find any of them once you need them.
While it can certainly clean up pet hairs really well, its small dustbin is also its biggest weakness.
Still, this handheld vacuum cleaner certainly has the power you need.
What to Look for in a Handheld Vacuum Cleaner?
You want a handheld vacuum cleaner that is lightweight because you want to be able to utilize it even in hard to reach areas.
Since you are going to be vacuuming for a couple of minutes, having a lightweight cleaner will make sure that your hands won’t tire out in the process.
Of course, you want a cleaner that can handle its job really well. What is the basis for a vacuum cleaner’s cleaning ability? Well, if you want to look at the spec sheet, look for its wattage/voltage.
In most cases, the minimum that you should get is a 16-volt vacuum cleaner because it has the power to get the most common debris. I would go on to say that this should be your baseline.
When you are going to buy a cleaner, you must make sure what purpose you want to use it for. For instance, do you want a cleaner that can be an all-arounder or do you want specifically for use in cleaning your pet’s hairs?
Establishing a particular use-case would make it so much easier for you to find the right one. Look for nozzles or attachments that can help make your job easier.
Although not really a requirement, getting a cordless vacuum cleaner is still pretty nice so that you do not have to contend with wires when you are cleaning hard to reach spaces.
Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers
Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.
You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.
That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!
For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.
The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.
Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.
With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.
For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.
On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.
At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.
Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.
If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.
This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.
Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.
Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.
To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.
The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.
On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.
It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.
However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.
Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.
The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.
Best Tech Deals in October 2020
Technology is always going to be there to help improve our lives. We at Startechnews will provide you with some of the best tech deals every month and today, I am going to be talking about some of the products that have received good price cuts.
Although Black Friday happens in the same month, most of these deals will not be a part of that special day.
Anyway, here are some of the best tech deals in October:
Best Tech Deals in October
1.Apple iPhone XR
Price: $550 (was $599) @BestBuy
If you are fond of using any devices under the iOS ecosystem, then I highly recommend that you get your hands on this Apple iPhone XR deal.
Yes, I know that this device is dated at this point but its specs, as well as its overall performance, are still really good in this day and age.
What I love about iPhones, in general, is that their Bionic chips outmatch the performance of any flagship Android device released in the same year, so you can rest assured that the XR can still be good for at least 2-3 years from now.
That being said, if you are okay with this, you can get head on over to Best Buy to get yours.
Lastly, if you have an old iPhone, you can also surrender that and get even more discounts as well!
2.Amazon Echo Dot
Price: $39.99 (was $49.99) @Amazon
The Amazon Echo Studio is always going to be the best in terms of Amazon’s line of Bluetooth speakers, but there are people who are okay with the convenience and the form factor of the company’s Echo Dot line.
The Amazon Echo Dot is currently sold for just $39.99 and although it is just a $10 discount, it is still pretty good nonetheless.
One of the reasons why I highly recommend that you get one for yourself is that you can actually use Alexa to help you do a lot of different things.
If you are following some sports teams, for example, you can ask Alexa to search for scores and any news about the teams that you are truly passionate about.
The device’s always-on microphone is there to take your voice commands and Alexa will do the rest for you.
Although it is relatively okay as an audio solution, there is more value when it comes to using its ‘smart’ features.
Price: $275 (was $299) @Amazon
The Nintendo Switch is considered to be one of the company’s best gaming consoles yet. The beauty about this particular game console is that you can either play it as-is (handheld) or you can wire it to your TV via HDMI to enjoy your games at a higher fidelity screen.
This deal is for the new version of the Nintendo Switch that aims to fix the joycon drift issue that has plagued the first version of the console and it has a bigger battery life so that you can play untethered for a longer period of time.
You can buy the discounted Nintendo Switch at Amazon.
4.Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro
Price: $199.95 (was $299.99) @BestBuy
The Beats by Dre Solo Pro is a really good pair of wireless headphones that have active noise canceling. Although you might not like its on-ear design, this pair of cans is still quite comfortable to use for hours.
You get a lot of different color options to choose from and its ergonomic design allows you to use these headphones without any issues.
The Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro currently retails at a discounted price of $199.95 down from $299.99. If you are a fan of the brand or just for good Bluetooth headphones, in general, this is a really good choice.
5.Apple Airpods Pro
Price: $219 (was $249) @Amazon
The Apple Airpods Pro needs no introduction. It is one of the best Bluetooth headphones that you can buy not only for your iPhone but also for your other mobile devices as well.
Part of the reason why so many people love this particular product is due to its active noise-canceling feature. Normally, you can only expect great performance if you are using over-ear headphones, but not the Airpods Pro.
Its active noise-cancellation is really good because it shows you a warning that you shouldn’t enable the feature when you are walking on a busy street. It is really that effective.
It has consistently been compared to other Bluetooth audio solutions on the market, but nothing compares to it unless, of course, if you are talking about high-end over-ear solutions.
If you are interested in getting your hands in an Apple Airpods Pro, you can head over to Amazon to purchase this thing for only $219.
Price: $229 (was $329)
If you want to get your hands on an Android TV that is really good and it doesn’t break the bank, then I suggest that you look at the TCL 43S425.
This is a 43-inch 4K TV that has the famous Roku operating system built-in. That means that you can enjoy a ton of different features, movies, and TV shows without ever having to download any application to do those things.
Although TCL is a relatively new brand in the US, you can rest assured that the build quality and the materials that are used in the making of these television sets are of high-quality.
7.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Price: $229 (was $279) @Amazon
We considered the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 as one of the best smartwatches for Android and even though it is a year and a half old at this point, it is still pretty good regardless.
You are looking at a smartwatch with great build quality and you can use this no matter what activities you are going to do.
Its battery life is okay, though not that great. The good thing is that you can top this device up quickly and easily using its included charger.
If you want a smartwatch that allows you to track your physical activity really well, get this product as soon as possible.
8.Bose QC 35 II Wireless
Price: $239 (was $349)
Consistently regarded as one of the best Bluetooth headphones for quite some time now, the Bose QC 35 II Wireless is great both in terms of comfort and sound quality.
Although its overall performance does not rival that of the company’s higher-end models, this is not to downplay whatever this thing is offering because it still provides you with some really amazing features- one of which is its award-winning active noise-canceling capability.
You should get the Bose 35 II Wireless right now because you can have the chance to get a limited edition Rose-Gold color if you order this month.
Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade
When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.
There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.
You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.
Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.
Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.
There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.
Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.
The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.
You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).
What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.
Specs and Performance
- CPU: A12 Bionic
- GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- RAM: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB/128GB
- Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
- OS: iPadOS 14
- Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
- Battery: 32.4 Wh
So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.
While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.
Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.
Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games.
Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.
It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.
Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.
However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.
My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.
If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.
The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.
Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.
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