Best Sam­sung Galaxy Buds Pro Set­tings and Tips

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro earphones bring an amazing set of features to the table. These wireless earphones are the first buds from Samsung to come with Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) and Spatial Audio. And features like Ambient Sound add more flavor to the earbuds in the long run. However, if you want to reap the most out of these buds, you must know all the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro earphones‘ settings.

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Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro earphones (and the companion app) are easy to operate. And with the right settings at the right place, you can reap the maximum potential of these wireless earbuds.

Read on to find some of the best settings ad tricks that you can apply to your Samsung Galaxy Pro earphones. But first,

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1. ACE THE TOUCH & HOLD ACTION

You must already know that the Galaxy Buds Pro earphones bundle a sensitive touchpad. Using these, you can easily control the playback. And if a call comes through, you can receive it through a single touch.

Samsung gives you an additional option to customize the Touch and hold action of the earphones. For now, you can switch between waking up Bixby or tweaking the volume levels.

To do so, open the Wearable app on your mobile and tap on the Touch and hold option. Once in, pick an option of your choice. Here you do have to remember that if you select the left bud’s volume option, you can’t choose an option for the right since it will be automatically delegated to the same.

However, if you choose to go with Voice Command for the left bud, you have the flexibility of choosing between Spotify and Noise Controls on the right.

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2. TWEAK THE LOCK ACTIONS

The Galaxy Buds Pro touchpads are highly sensitive, and at times, they can be annoying. For example, if you listen to some focus music and accidentally brush your hand against the touchpad, the song may either pause or skip to the next one.

Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to lock the touchpads when you do not want any such distraction. To do so, open the Wearable app on your phone and toggle the switch for Block Touches. The next time you want them to work as normal, disable the feature. And guess what, if you often use this feature, you can have its widget on your home screen. This way, you can avoid opening the app and save precious time.

To add the widget, long press on the home screen and pick Widgets from the menu. Next, search for Galaxy Buds Pro and pick the second option.

3. ENABLE NOICE DETECT

One of the innovative features of the Galaxy Buds Pro is Voice Detect. When enabled, it automatically switches to the Ambient Sound feature when the external microphones detect your voice. Naturally, this feature comes in handy if you do not want to miss out on anyone talking to you when you have your earphones on.

The best part is that you can customize the time. For instance, if you want your earphones to switch back to playing music as soon as possible. To do so, tap on Voice Detect to enable it. Next, tap on the card and select the 5-seconds option. This way, the buds switch back to the default mode when it doesn’t detect your voice for about 5 seconds.

4. TWEAK THE LEVELS OF NOISE CONTROL

It may not come as a surprise to you if we say that the Galaxy Buds Pro comes with Ambient Sound and Active Noise Cancellation. And like most of the added features, these two can also be customized. For instance, if you do not want a full sealing, you can opt for the Low setting for ANC under Noise Controls.

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5. MUTE THE UNWANTED NOTIFICATIONS

Phone notifications are both a boon and a bane. And to be honest, the constant chime can be distracting if you are doing focus-intensive jobs. At the same time, you should not miss out on important notifications either.

To choose which app can interrupt you when you are wearing your buds, navigate over to the Read notifications aloud option on the app.

This will show you the allowed apps. To disable a particular app, toggle the switch next to the app. Next, tap on the drop-down as shown in the screenshot below and select All. Toggle the switch next to the app for which you want to enable the notifications. Simple, right?

SMART LISTEN

Apart from the above, the Galaxy Buds Pro companion app lets you play around with many features like Spatial Sound and Gaming mode. However, Find My Buds is the most important feature to keep enabled.

The Wearable app’s Find My Buds feature is simple and straightforward and lets you find the buds within your house or office. It causes your buds to emit a series of beeps when triggered. The only catch is that the phone and the buds need to stay connected.

Best Wire­less Ear­buds With Ambi­ent Sound Feature

Wireless earphones are small, compact, and don’t have the most tangled dread – wires. That makes them popular and convenient today. Apart from that, features like Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Ambient Noise give them an edge over others. Ambient Noise is also known as headphone transparency mode. It helps you focus on listening to songs and podcasts by canceling out the ambient sounds. That’s quite useful when jogging or walking in a public area which has a lot going on.

Wireless

Until a few years ago, Ambient Sound was only available in a handful of wireless earphones. Things have changed for the better, and this feature is now available in almost all premium wireless earphones. The best part is that you can enable it with a tap of the button (or touchpad) on the earphones.

Here are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds with the ambient sound feature.

Let’s check them out. But first,

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1. SAMSUNG GALAXY BUDS PRO

The ANC feature works its best seal the ear canal to remove any noise and distraction. The degree of ANC is customizable and you can select one depending on your preference. The Ambient Sound feature can be turned on/off right from the touchpads on the earphones, and this is a huge plus.

As long as you find the right fit, the Galaxy Buds Pro is comfortable to wear even for long periods. The best part is that the IPX7 waterproof rating makes them suitable for the gym, and the lightweight nature helps its cause. The compact charging case is the cherry on top.

Last but not least, the audio delivery is balanced. While you may not get a thumping bass, but it gets the job done. At the same time, it comes with added perks like wireless charging, voice detect, and spatial audio.

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2. SONY WF-1000XM3

The Sony WF-1000XM3 is not a discreet looking pair. And you can attribute that to it’s slightly dated design. Nevertheless, the buds are lightweight and are comfortable to wear. One of the main highlights is that Sony ships six pairs of ear tips (form-based and silicon-based), and they add to the comfort in the long run.

They pack touch-based controls, and the companion app can customize them. Like most ANC earphones, the battery life is on the shorter end. You will get around 5-6 hours of constant playback time before the buds need a top-up on a single charge. Thankfully, this can be taken care of by the charging case, capable of providing up to three charge cycles.

The WF-1000XM3 has a few limitations. This pair of earphones don’t have a dedicated IP rating and lacks support for wireless charging. You can enable the ambient noise with just a tap. Also, the soundstage is quite impressive.

3. AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-ANC300TW

The ANC is almost in the tunes of Sony’s WF-1000XM3. The companion app allows several customizations, and the ability to switch the levels of ANC and Ambient Noise is probably one of the highlights. Both these options give you the flexibility to pick the noise level (or no noise) as per the scenario at hand.

However, not all is hale and hearty. With ANC, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW lasts for only 4.5 hours, with the charging case providing around 13 hours as a backup.

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4. JABRA ELITE 85T

The app comes with pre-built soundscapes, which means you do not need to open your music app separately if you want to listen to white noise or rain sounds on loop.

The only drawback is that the Elite 85t comes with physical buttons. Now, when most wireless earphones are moving to touch-based buttons, the physical buttons seem a bit of a downer. On the upside, the buttons are soft to press and do not jam into your ear canal when pressed.

The battery life is decent for earphones with ANC. On a single charge, they will last around 5.5 hours with ANC, and you can buy around 2 more hours if ANC is disabled. While the battery life is considerably decent, they are shorter than the Sony WF-1000XM3’s duration.

But, the attribute that leaps up is its instant connection process. They connect as soon as you open the case and put the earphones in your ears.

5. SENNHEISER MOMENTUM TRUE WIRELESS 2

The folks at the What Hifi state that the Momentum True Wireless 2 delivers an impressive soundstage and can be compared to the likes of Sony WF-1000XM3 or the much-popular Apple AirPods Pro. Now, that’s something, right?

At the same time, the ANC quietens the environment so that you can pick every detail in your favorite songs. You can enable ANC and ambient sound feature using the buttons.

The Momentum True Wireless 2 walks the line between large earphones and discrete earphones like the Galaxy Buds Pro. Well, they do protrude less from your ears, but aren’t entirely invisible once you prop them up.

That said, it brings an attractive package for the price, and if you want to listen to great music with clear vocals and music, you shouldn’t miss this one.

3 Best Web­cams With Pri­va­cy Shutter

When it comes to data and privacy, we bet you’d not want to take any chances, be it securing your accounts with a strong password or shielding your activities on the internet by using a VPN service. Similarly, a webcam with a privacy shutter would help you stay safe out there. The shutter blocks the camera lens when not in use and is likely to prevent any untoward incident from taking place. Also, they are easy to operate.

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Read on to find our recommendations for the best webcams with privacy shutters. But before that,

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1. NEXIGO AUTOFOCUS 1080P WEBCAM

It’s an HD camera and manages to capture decent videos and still images. Several users back this claim in their review. Setup and installation is simple since it involves plug-and-play opertion.

It has above-average performance during the day, but struggles with the quality in low light scenario. The autofocus works. So your face won’t lose focus even when you fidget a lot during your meetings.

Like most cameras, this one attaches to the top of monitors and laptops via a clip. The shutter has a simple mechanism, and you can slide it off after your meetings. The budget pricing means you will have to trade-off some features. In this case, it’s the fluidity of the privacy cover since it’s not one of the smoothest ones out there.

2. LOGITECH C920S HD PRO WEBCAM

Picture quality is way better than the average cameras. The Logitech C920s webcam offers HD resolution, and you get your hands on videos with accurate color reproduction. Plus, the picture is well-detailed.

You can tweak some of the features, such as brightness and contrast, using the camera’s software. The field of view is neither too tight nor too wide and offers decent coverage. And you can zoom and pan to set the frame as per your preference.

Lastly, the privacy shutter is a no-hassle affair—lift it off when you need to do a video call and set it down when you are down.

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3. LOGITECH BRIO ULTRA HD PRO WEBCAM

Being a premium camera, you get plenty of extra perks. For instance, at 910-degree the field of view is pretty expansive, and the odds are that your viewers will be able to see ample space behind you. On the downside, if you are not too comfortable revealing your office or study, you can zoom in for a tighter frame. And guess what, this webcam has a built-in feature to replace the video background.

At the same time, it’s sleek and small, which adds to the portability factor. But it’s not without its share of cons. For instance, the autofocus is a little lacking for a premium camera.

However, there are not many apps that support 4K videos for calls and conferences. Sure, your colleagues would see a clear and natural-looking video, but that’s about it. The 4K resolution comes into the picture when you have to upload a high-res video of yourself. In short, if you want a camera that will double as your office webcam as well as your streaming camera, the Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro is the one for you.

BRING DOWN THE CURTAIN

Apart from the above, you can also take a peek at webcam privacy covers (like the CloudValley Webcam Cover) if you are not yet ready to part with your current webcam. These are small attachments that you can use to cover the lens of the camera. However, you’d need the exact shape and design of your current webcam to get the perfect fit.

Flu­id Head Tripods for Videos and Still Photos

If you love photography, one of the equipment in your arsenal has to be a reliable tripods. The market has plenty of tripod options, right from beginner-level tripods to premium ones. However, if you are looking for a smooth motion and fluidity, the range narrows down. And that’s where fluid head tripods come into the picture. Not only do these tripods allow your movements to be more precise, but they also help you get a fluid transition or shots seamlessly.

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Similar to tripods for photography, buying a fluid head tripod for videos is tricky. For instance, does the camera plate allow enough flexibility to balance the camera? Or, does the tripod in question have the right counterbalance for your video camera?

That’s where we come in. This post has assembled a list of the best fluid head tripods for videos and still photos. Since it’s going to be a long one, let’s get going, shall we? But first,

1. RAVELLI AVTP PROFESSIONAL VIDEO CAMERA TRIPOD

  • Weight: 10.8 lbs | Weight Capacity: 27 lbs| Maximum Height: 54.5-inches
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The Ravelli AVTP tripod is one of the least expensive tripods on this list, and for its price, it packs a punch. For one, it can handle heavy cameras with ease. For the record, it can take up to 27 lbs of weight, and for a camera, that’s quite a lot, especially in this age of mirrorless cameras. More importantly, for its looks, this metal tripod sports a premium and professional look.

And it’s just not the looks alone, for it bundles the right performance. For one, the tripod head supports a 360-degree drag on both the direction. The best part is that it works as advertised, and several users have backed this claim. However, it’s not all hale and hearty. There’s a learning curve involved since you need to loosen it up before pan or tilt it smoothly.

As mentioned above, this one is a sturdy tripod and can manage decent weight. The legs are strong and the 3-segment legs help its cause. The best part is that the crutch-type legs are easy to lock/unlock, which helps out in the long run.

In the end, the weight of 10.8 lbs may seem to be a little more for a tripod, but let me tell you that with that smooth head and a metal body (and that price), the Ravelli AVTP strikes to be a good bargain.

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2. MAGNUS VT-4000 TRIPOD SYSTEM WITH FLUID HEAD

  • Weight: 10.8lbs | Weight Capacity: 8.8lbs | Maximum Height: 59.05-inches
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However, the budget pricing means there are some limitations. For example, Magnus VT-4000 lacks tension control. If you need a tighter pan or tilt, there’s no mechanism onboard that would let you do so. On the upside, it has a few locks in place, and as you may have guessed, they let you lock the position of the tilt and the pan as per your preference or frame.

Overall, it’s a sturdy tripod and can maintain its position as long as you keep the weight capacity within limits. So far, this tripod has managed to attract a fair number of reviews. People love it for its sturdy build, solid quick release plate, and buttery smooth drag.

However, the maximum height of the tripod can be a demerit for few folks.

3. VELBON DV7000N TRIPOD KIT + PH-368 VIDEO HEAD

  • Weight: 8.8 lbs | Weight Capacity: 13.2 lbs| Maximum Height: 63.98-inches
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The Velbon DV7000N addresses one of the shortcomings of the above tripod. Yeah, this one includes a tension control at the base of the fluid head. Also, it lets you play with the tightness of the screws. Apart from the tension lock, there’s a dedicated lock for the position of the head as well. Though the DV7000N is designed primarily for video cameras, the sturdy and slightly heavy design means you can use it to mount your DSLR camera and lenses.

It’s a two-level tripod and comes with a spreader. If you must know, the spreader somehow limits the possibility of low-level shots (the minimum working height is around 22-inch). On the upside, the geared central pole of the tripod rises up to add the height perspective to your shoots. The latter actually helps if you are a tallet-than-average person.

Though the Velbon DV7000N is one of the lightweight tripods on the list, it can feel slightly heavy.

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4. E-IMAGE EK60AAM VIDEO PHOTO STUDIO TRIPOD

  • Weight: 15.8 lbs | Weight Capacity: 17.6 lbs | Maximum Height: 62.9 inches
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The E-Image EK60AAM bundles the usual bells and whistles such as adjustable metal legs, a mid-level spreader, grippy footpads, and a lightweight build. And the maximum weight capacity of 17.6 lbs means you can safely use an entry-level DSLR camera with ease.

However, it’s not perfect. For one, the pan & tilt drag of the EK60AAM are fixed. This means you won’t be able to adjust them as per your liking. On the upside, the fixed-tilt/pan makes way for smooth camera moves.

5. BENRO A3883 REVERSE-FOLDING ALUMINUM TRAVEL TRIPOD

  • Weight: 9 lbs | Weight Capacity: 13.2 lbs | Maximum Height: 72-inches
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The Benro A3883 ticks several boxes. The best part is that you can convert it into a monopod. Apart from that, it brings home a 5-step counterbalance that lets you dial down the transition shots’ precision as per your preference. More importantly, this one bundles a center column that lets you raise the height of the tripod. Out of the 5 tripods in this list, this one gets you the maximum height.

Since it doesn’t have a leg spreader, you get the flexibility to mount the legs in your chosen position. This means you can get extremely low-level shots as well.

And there’s more to the story. The reverse-folding design, while unique, has its advantages. For one, it makes the tripod more portable and easy-to-use. Unlike the one above, you get a continuous pan and tilt. In fact, you get a 360-degree pan.

The Benro A3883 is a versatile and durable product and justifies its price tag. The aluminum legs are sturdy and well-built and so is the fluid-head.

Top 5 Web­cams With a Ring Light

It’s safe to say that webcams and online meetings are our future, at least for the short-term. When you look from the perspective of specifications, webcams have come up the ladder. No longer do you see a dozen IR lights flanking a tiny lens (yes, ‘that’ era). Instead, webcams can easily pull off FHD and even 4K resolution videos (like the Logitech Brio Stream) with ease. But, sadly, very few webcams have caught on to the trend when it comes to lighting conditions. But it’s not the end of the road since there are a few quality webcams with ring light that compensates for the lack of light in most scenarios.

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Like most conventional webcams, they do their dirty of transmitting the video feed to you and vice versa. And like their counterparts, they connect via a simple USB cable. The only feature which helps them stand apart is the ring light. In most cases, these lights encircle the camera lenses and lend a bit of light to your face. As you may have guessed, these lights remove the hazy and pixelated look that is usually associated with low-light video calls.

Plus, you do not have to invest in a separate ring light, or sacrifice an extra USB port on your laptop makes more sense.

Now that we have it settled, let’s see some of the best webcams with ring lights. But first,

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1. ANGETUBE STREAMING HD WEBCAM

In its heart, the Angetube Streaming webcam is an HD camera. As noted earlier, it captures quality shots, and several users have backed this claim as part of their user reviews. Users love it for its plug-and-play feature as well as its auto-focus feature.

At the same time, it’s quite a flexible camera. Once fixed to the top of your laptop, you can tilt and rotate it. This one comes with a full 360-degree swivel, thereby making it easy to adapt to any conditions. You will also see some usual features like autofocus and built-in mics.

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2. 2021 NEXIGO STREAMCAM N930E WEBCAM

Controlling the brightness of the lights is easy. All you need to do is touch the silver button below the camera. Like its counterpart above, installing this camera is a walk in the park. You simply need to plug it in, and that’s about it.

However, when it comes to audio and video quality, don’t expect out-of-the-world sharp pictures and audio. While the audio leans towards the satisfactory side, videos can turn out to be a tad fuzzy for streaming. But if you are looking for a webcam solely for your Zoom or Google Meet meetings, the odds are that this camera will do the trick.

The autofocus is decent, but it tends to fail at times leading to blurry images. Do note that there’s no beauty filter in this one.

3. VITADE 960A USB PRO WEBCAM

Another popular and well-performing webcam with a light option is the Vitade 960AC. This one is available almost at the same price range, thereby making it affordable. This one promises a field of view of 80-degree (the others are 78-degree), thereby making it effective for day-to-day use. You’ll find different light settings that can be enabled simply by touching the top of the light. The good thing is that the touchscreen is responsive, and a simple touch does the trick.

It attaches both on top of monitors as well as a laptop. There’s a handy clip at the bottom of the device which makes it possible.

The video quality is decent for the price, and so is the light brightness. However, there’s a slight catch. This camera seems to perform well in low light, and when you switch on lights, the video quality turns out to be a tad hazy.

Apart from that, installation is simple and straightforward—plug and play. On the other hand, though the on-board mic is good, it’s not the most sensitive one out there.

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4. RAZER KIYO STREAMING WEBCAM

Yep, you read that right. While the camera’s default settings are spot-on, you can still tweak them to get the ones that suit you the best. Should you want to install the software, you can play with the brightness of the camera and the contrast and saturation. But truth be told, the auto white balance is quite accurate.

This webcam shells out 1080p at 30 fps, pretty much like most webcams in this list. But unlike some, here you’ll get what you’ve signed up for. The color accuracy is great, and so is the detailing of photos and videos. This one is very popular on Amazon and has more than two thousand user reviews to its credit. People love its picture quality and auto-focus feature.

The best thing is that the product’s premium nature is not just restricted to the camera alone. The wire connecting the Kiyo to the laptop or PC is also braided, adding to its durability.

Needless to say, the Razer Kiyo is priced higher than its counterparts. However, if you are looking for one of the best solutions, this is the option you should go for.

DITCH THE BUILT-IN WEBCAM

Today, laptops’ specs have touched the skies, whether you are talking of the newer MacBook Air M1 or the HP Elite Dragonfly. However, when it comes to the built-in webcam, it can be safely said that they do not match the standards of the other hardware.

Third-party webcams are both portable and let you go about your meeting and video conferences with ease. One of the primary advantages is that they are compatible with Windows and macOS systems. You can even use them with Xbox.

Best Wall Charg­ers with USB‑C Pow­er Delivery

Fast charging is a promising field, and it would not be wrong to say that USB-C Power Delivery is the future of gadgets. This fast charging tech can top up compact laptops like MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to charging smartphones and tablets. Hence, it makes sense to get a wall charger with Power Delivery.Delivery

These Power Delivery equipped wall adapters will let you charge all your compatible devices at the same time. The best part is that PD chargers are intelligent enough to determine the power rating of the connected device and based on that, it transmits the power.

So, if you are in the market looking for some great wall chargers or adapters with USB-C Power Delivery, here are our recommendations. But first,

1. AUKEY MINIMA 20W IPHONE FAST CHARGER

If we talk numbers, the Aukey Minima can deliver power up to 20W, thereby letting you charge both phones and tablets that support Power Delivery up to 18W. In fact, if you own one of the new Google Pixel phones, this wall charger with Power Delivery will suit your needs just fine.

It has a single output and the small form factor means it won’t jam the other ports on your wall outlet. Plus, the lightweight design also makes it great for traveling.

This Aukey product has received many reviews from its user base for its simple and straightforward approach. Do note that Aukey doesn’t include a USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to Lightning cable with the adapter, and you might have to buy one yourself.

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2. CHOETECH 20W PD FAST CHARGER FOR IPHONE

The crux of this wall charger is its small and portable form factor. And the folding pins are convenient. The small size means you can toss it in your bag or carry it in your pockets

Again, do note that this USB-C wall charger will work best only when you pair it with compatible Power Delivery accessories, or you will see the default speed.

3. AUKEY FOCUS

The Aukey Focus checks a lot of boxes. For one, this one bundles two USB-C ports, thereby letting you charge two devices all at the same time. Secondly, the maximum power output of 60W means that you can charge compact laptops like the MacBook Air or the 13-inch MacBook Pro with ease. Do note that only one of the ports has a Power Delivery feature.

However, that’s not all the Aukey Focus is known for. This USB-C Power Delivery wall adapter is based on GaN tech. Compared to their silicon counterparts, GaN chargers are physically smaller and lightweight and are more efficient.

As is the case with USB-C PD devices, if you plug in a high power-rated device, the adapter will deliver 60W, while it will resort back to 18W for smartphones. As per Aukey, it can juice a 13-inch MacBook Pro in under 2 hours and can charge the iPhone 11 to 50% in around 30 minutes.

Power segregation is also clever. If only one port of the charger is used, you will get an output of 60W, while the PD port will deliver 45W when both the ports are in use.

Alternatively, you can check out the RAVPower 61W PD Charger. This one is a single port charger and is apt for charging devices like the Apple MacBook Air.

4. ANKER POWERPORT PD

If you think that a single USB-C PD port is a better option, the 30W Dual-Port Charger from Anker is worth a shot. First things first, this one is a gorgeous device, thanks to its all-white exterior. And the odds are that the silvery exterior will sort well with most smartphones. Specs-wise, the USB-C PD port can deliver up to 18W of power. While it’s not enough for laptops, it’s good enough for topping up phones, tablets, and gaming devices like the Nintendo Switch.

The other port is a USB-A port and can deliver up to 12W and is backed by Anker’s PowerIQ for optimum charging.

While it works on compatible iOS and Android smartphones, quite a few users have reported it not functioning as advertised on Samsung phones. It’s worth noting that Samsung phones do not actually support USB-C Power Delivery. Rather, they come with their proprietary charging tech called Adaptive Fast Charging.

Nevertheless, this compact, lightweight wall adapter has amassed a good number of positive reviews. Out of the 6,000+ reviews on Amazon, the Anker PowerPort PD has amassed an average user rating of 4.8-stars out of 5. As per Fakespot’s estimates, 80% of the reviews are genuine and can be trusted.

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5. ANKER POWERPORT ATOM PD 2

If you want to take things to the next level, you can’t go wrong with the Anker PowerPort Atom PD 2. This USB-C PD wall charger brings a lot to the table. For one, it’s one of the few GaN wall chargers out there. Secondly, this one is capable of delivering up to 60W in total. In fact, both the ports are USB-C PD ports, making it efficient to use it to charge both smartphones and laptops simultaneously.

Being a GaN charger, this one is both lightweight and small in size. If we talk numbers, this dual-port charger is 15% smaller than the stock MacBook Pro charger. The power segregation is decent. You will get up to 60W when only one of the ports is used, while the power will dwindle to 30W on each port when both the ports are connected to high-power consuming devices.

Anker claims that the PowerPort Atom PD 2 can fully charge the 12-inch MacBook in just 2 hours.

While the PowerPort Atom PD 2 may cost a bit more than other options listed above. That price difference makes it work with Apple MacBook Air or the older 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro and is compatible with phones like iPhones or the Google Pixel.

Best Bud­get USB‑C Mon­i­tors That You Can Buy

Most modern monitors no longer rely only on HDMI port as an input source. That’s why you get to see various video out ports, such as the DisplayPort connections, Thunderbolt port, or USB-C connections. Out of them, the versatility of USB-C ports is what everyone’s betting on. Besides allowing you to connect it to your USB-C laptop directly, some affordable USB-C monitors also let you juice your laptop.

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Do note that when it comes to USB-C monitors, the affordable range is a tad different. While you do get some displays for around $250, most of them are priced upwards of $300. The good news is if you know your requirements well, you can easily find a good external display without burning a hole in your pocket.

So if you are looking for some budget USB-C monitors in the market, here are our recommendations below. But first,

1. LG 34WN80C-B CURVED ULTRAWIDE IPS MONITOR

  • Resolution: 3440 x 1440 | Size: 34-inch | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Panel: IPS
  • Port: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x 3.5mm audio out
  • Power Output: 60W

It has a standard refresh rate of 60Hz. However, let that not deter you from trying out a couple of casual games. Though it doesn’t bundle any adaptive sync tech like FreeSync or G-Sync, you can easily play a couple of casual games. There’s no blurring, and the accurate and vivid picture quality helps its case.

The LG 34WN80C-B packs quite a few ports. Apart from the USB-C port, it brings home a duo of HDMI 2.0 ports, a single DisplayPort 1.2, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. So even if you want the monitor to be connected to your Xbox and your computer, the dual HDMI port makes it possible.

The LG 34WN80C-B is a popular monitor out there for all these reasons. So far, it has amassed a fair number of user reviews, with people praising its immersive display and the value-for-money proposition.

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2. LG 27UK850-W IPS LED MONITOR WITH HDR10

  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Size: 27-inch | Refresh rate: |Panel: IPS
  • Port: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x USB-C 3.1, 1 x 3.5mm audio out
  • Power Output: 60W

It’s a versatile monitor and can be used for casual gaming as well. The FreeSync support ensures that there’s no ghosting and screen tear when playing. Of course, FreeSync will kick into play only when you pair it with a compatible AMD GPU.

Apart from the FreeSync support and the smaller screen space, most of the features are the same. For instance, you get Power Delivery up to 60W via the USB-C port. At the same time, you can use this port to transfer stuff to your laptop or computer.

So far, it has earned a total of 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon, primarily because of the picture quality and its sturdiness.

3. BENQ EW3270U ENTERTAINMENT MONITOR

  • Resolution: 3840×2160 | Size: 31.5-inch | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Panel: VA
  • Port: 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort v1.4, 1 x USB-C
  • Power Output: No

Above all, the BenQ EW3270U is a versatile monitor. It also doubles up as an effective monitor for the home office. As noted earlier, the ample screen space means you can open more than two windows side by side and carry on your work. The only issue is that the narrow viewing angle might be an issue if you often share your screen with your colleague.

There are a few extras as well. Though it has a native refresh rate of 60Hz, this BenQ monitor also supports FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility. So if you pair it with the right GPU, you can get your share of blur-free and tear-free gaming.

It’s not perfect. Though it lets you connect to a USB-C laptop, it doesn’t support passthrough charging.

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4. MSI OPTIX MAG251RX ESPORTS GAMING MONITOR

  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Size: 24.5-inch| Refresh rate: 240Hz | Panel: IPS
  • Port: 1x DisplayPort 1.2a, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C, 3x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-B, 1 x 3.5mm audio out
  • Power Output: 15W

This FHD gaming monitor is not expensive either. The Optix MAG251RX also promises an immersive display, even though it’s an FHD monitor. For the record, it packs a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, displays 100% of the sRGB color gamut, and the panel can get bright up to 400 nits. And hey, it supports HDR as well.

As you may have guessed already, the 240Hz display is super fast. With the FreeSync support, you can play intensive games like Red Dead Redemption 2 with ease.

There is an ample number of ports. If you need to connect it to your MacBook Pro to view your work on an extended display, it’s completely doable, thanks to the USB-C port. In fact, this one provides power up to 15W. Sadly, you can’t use the USB-C port for data transfers.

Other than that, you can connect it to two gaming sources, thanks to the dual HDMI port. Here, FreeSync works over both DisplayPort and HDMI.

4 Best Touch Screen Mon­i­tors That You Should Buy

It goes without saying that the Moto 360 smartwatch is a looker. For the price, Mon­i­tors this WearOS smartwatch ticks all the right boxes when it comes to affordable smartwatches. For one, it comes with features like Activity Tracking and Ambient Mode. More importantly, it is comfortable to wear, and the round ‘flat tire’ design looks classy. The best part is that this smartwatch comes with standard quick release bands, making it easy to swap out for third-party bands.

Mon­i­tors

Most of these touchscreen monitors work well with Windows 10 systems as well as a few Android phones. They tend to be a bit expensive than other monitors even if they do not bundle the latest specifications. This is primarily because of the screen.

Nevertheless, if you want to buy a touch screen monitor for yourself, here are our recommendations for the best ones. But first,

1. BEST OVERALL: DELL P2418HT

Resolution: 1920X1080 | Size: 23.8-inch | Panel: IPS

Even though the P2418HT has been in the market for quite some time, it packs a sharp look. It’s a 10-point touch screen, which means that the screen will respond and detect even when you touch it all the 10 fingers. This feature is a godsend, especially if you plan to use this monitor to create art or graphics designing.

While the picture quality is sharp, the screen still needs a bit of color calibration. Thankfully, the OSD buttons at the front make it easy to do so.

The Dell P2418HT boasts of single DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA connectors when it comes to the inputs. The former is especially helpful if you have a laptop with DisplayPort over USB-C. Unfortunately, there are no built-in speakers, so you will have to rely on an extended speaker or the ones on your laptop.

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2. BEST OF THE LOT: ASUS ZENSCREEN MB16AMT

Resolution: 1920X1080 | Size: 15.6-inch | Panel: IPS

Not only does this touch screen monitor respond well to touches, but it also supports a slew of gestures such as scrolling, sliding, stretching, or pinching with your fingers, just as you’d do on your smartphone. For the record, it’s a 15.6-inch FHD display set in an IPS panel.

However, at heart, the ZenScreen MB16AMT is not really meant for graphic designers or creators. During their test, the folks at PC Mag found the ZenScreen Touch to display 69% of the sRGB color space.

At the end of the day, the ZenScreen MB16AMT makes for a good general-purpose touch screen monitor. And the fact that it doesn’t need a separate source of power is a huge plus.

3. ALSO CONSIDER: PLANAR HELIUM PCT2235

Resolution: 1920X1080 | Size: 22-inch | Panel: N/A

The Planar Helium PCT2235 is a big monitor and measures around 21.5-inches and packs a full HD resolution. And like its counterparts above, it also packs 10-point multi-touch making it easy and convenient to work on.

The Helium PCT2235 has its share of downsides as well. For one, the viewing angles are not that great. Plus, around 14 milliseconds’ response lag makes it unsuitable for gaming or for watching movies since the screen tends to leave a blur. If you must know, touchscreen monitors are slower when compared to their conventional non-touch monitors.

Connection wise, it does pretty well and comes with each of HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA ports, and USB 2.0 ports, thereby giving you the liberty to hook the screen as per your preference. Do note that plugging the HDMI cable will not transfer the touch information across, and you will need another channel, preferably a USB cable for that.

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4. BEST LOOKS: ASUS VT229H

Resolution: 1920X1080 | Size: 21.5-inch | Panel: IPS

When it comes to ergonomics, it’s not as flexible as the Planar monitor above. As compared to the 55-degree tilt of the PCT2235, the Asus VT229H can only go up to 20-degree. And since it packs a conventional base, it’s not easy to lie it flat against tables or desks.

One of the defining features of this touchscreen monitor is its sleek and bezel-free look. Though the thin bezels give it a cool look, it tends to get in the way of your work, especially if you stray too close to the screen edge.

One of the major disadvantages of this monitor is its lack of a DisplayPort input. And in its absence, you get HDMI and USB-B port, which do the work of transferring video signals and touch data to the monitor. Apart from that, you get a VGA input and a 3.5 headphone jack.

THE MIDAS TOUCH

Be it free-hand a sketch or tweaking the different modes in Photoshop, using a touch-based monitor helps in easing your work. More importantly, you can zoom in at one go instead of pressing some random keyboard shortcuts.

Top 7 Adjustable Lap­top Stands for Desks

Have you heard that staying hunched over your laptop all day long does more harm than good? I bet you must’ve at least once. If you are experiencing lower back pain or discomfort, it’s a good time you should fix it quickly. Hence, it’s important to maintain proper ergonomic piston while working, and that’s where laptop stands or laptop risers come into the picture. These nifty devices let you maintain a straight position while working. And if you often switch between desks and chairs, you must get a height-adjustable laptop stand.
Lap­top

These stands or risers are flexible and let you adjust the height as per your convenience and comfort. Some even let you switch from a sitting position to a standing position. Neat, right?

In this post, we have compiled a small list of the laptop stands or risers with adjustable heights that you can buy. Let’s have a look. But before we begin, have a look at these,

1. BOYATA STORE LAPTOP STAND

This aluminum laptop stand is well built and many user reviews are backing this claim. At the same time, there are non-skid pads at the base of the stand and the tray to keep both the laptop and the stand from sliding around.

Many praise the Boyata laptop stand’s design. Out of the three thousand (and counting) reviews on Amazon, it has accumulated an average rating of 4.8-stars out of 5.

Fakespot estimates that there are approximately 63.7% reliable reviews present. Do note that adjusting the laptop stand’s hinges may turn out to be challenging for some users.

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2. NULAXY LAPTOP STAND

The Nulaxy Laptop Stand is a premium stand and has a solid and sturdy build. It has all the features in place. For instance, there’s a cutout in place to allow heat dissipation. The feats are lined with anti-skidding material top prevent it from moving.

Though it’s sturdy, it tends to wobble a bit when typing, especially when it’s tipped to its maximum height. If you spend most of your time typing on your laptop, then you might want to reconsider this point.

3. KENTEVIN ADJUSTABLE LAPTOP STAND

This makes it incredibly lightweight and portable. At the same time, it’s sturdy and can carry laptops with up to 44lbs weight.

The unusual design and the fact that it lets you do more than raise your laptop’s height have earned its share of good reviews from its user base. It’s priced below $20.

It’s not as versatile as the ones above when it comes to height. When fully extended, it can go up to 7-inch, thereby making it unsuitable to use it while standing. Nevertheless, if you plan to use it while sitting down, it’s one of the best that you can get.

4. IVOLER LAPTOP RISER

The best thing about this stand is that its compact nature. When folded, it measures a mere 9.4 x 1.75-inches, making it unbelievably portable. Furthermore, the company also ships a pouch with the stand.

It’s sturdy and is designed for thin laptops with screen sizes between 10-inch and 15.6-inch. The company claims that it can carry laptops up to 35lbs.

5. MOFT UNIVERSAL LAPTOP STAND

The portability quotient means that you will have to compromise elsewhere, and in this scenario, it’s the height. At 2-inch and 3-inch, the Moft stand offers just two height settings, and depending on the heights of your desk, and that can be a bit limiting.

The stand is sturdy and doesn’t wobble. However, since it sticks to laptops’ underside, the odds are that the air vents will be blocked on some machines. If your laptop has the air vents near the hinges, you might want to look elsewhere.

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6. HUANUO ADJUSTABLE LAPTOP STAND FOR DESK

Using this table is a straightforward affair. Pull the table up, set both the legs in the same slot. It’s strong and sturdy, and several users have vouched for its build and stability.

However, one of the limitations of standing desk converters (or its alternatives) is that they tend to eat away space beneath it and give your desk a disorganized look, especially if you have an external keyboard or mouse hooked to it.

The best part is that it’s foldable. You can fold it up and stow away when not in use.

7. URMUST LAPTOP NOTEBOOK STAND

When it comes to air-flow, there is plenty of opening and slit for the hot air to escape. At the same time, there are hooks and anti-skid pads in place to keep the laptop from sliding.

It’s quite popular on Amazon and has managed to collect over fifteen hundred user reviews on Amazon, with users vouching for its durability and lightweight nature.

The best part is that the clever designing ensures that you can slide your keyboard underneath the tray and type away.

RISE UP

When it comes to laptop trays and laptop risers, the first thing you should check is if it can accommodate your laptop’s size and weight. At the same time, if you spend most of your time typing away furiously, you might want to invest in a keyboard and mouse combo, for it’s a tad difficult to type when your laptop is stacked on a stand.

Best Braid­ed USB‑C Cables That You Can Buy

I would not be lying if I said that cables are one of the most abused phone accessories. From leaving them out under the hot sun in the car to yanking them out from the port, they see a lot of abuse from most of us. And in just a matter of a few months, you may either end up with a frayed cable or a loose connector. Luckily, there are several braided cables out there to come to your rescue.

Cables

These USB-C cables are strong and are resilient than regular cables. Plus, the braided exterior also keeps them from tangling, thus easing your work.

We have compiled some of the best-braided cables you can get for your Android phone or tablet with a USB-C port. Depending on your usage, you can either use them to transfer files or charge your phone faster.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

1. JSAUX USB-A TO USB-C BRAIDED CORD

Length: 3ft, 6ft, 10ft

This one supports up to 480Mbps data throughput and delivers charging speed up to 5V/3A, meaning you will get decent speed. Do note that if your phone supports charging in higher wattages, these cables won’t cut it. The best option would be to look at USB-C 3.2 cables.

Plus, at 6.6ft, this cable gives you ample flexibility to route the cable as per your preference. Note that braided cables can be a little stiff than conventional cables.

2. AMAZONBASICS DOUBLE BRAIDED NYLON CABLE

Length: 1ft, 3ft, 6ft
This cable has been well received by users primarily for the materials used and the sturdiness and durability it brings to the table. It has around 73% 5-star reviews, and Fakespot estimates more than 50% of these reviews are genuine and reliable.

As suggestive of its name, the cable is double braided. Though it adds to the cable’s durability, it also means that the cable ends up being a little stiff, which makes it difficult to route or fold it as per your preference.

Another slight limitation is that the connectors are too long, preventing these cables from being used in the car as they do not bend easily at the endpoints. If you can live with these limitations, this AmazonBasics cable proves to be a good buy.

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3. AUKEY RIGHT ANGLE USB C TO C CABLE

Length: 3.3ft, 6ft, 6.6ft

The good thing is that the USB-C connectors stay anchored to the port no matter how much you move your phone/tablet. Simultaneously, the woven fabric in the wire’s exterior prevents the cable from sharp bends, thus prolonging its life.

The data speed of 480Mbps gives you the wriggle room of using it to transfer contents to and fro from your phone or tablet.

4. ANKER POWERLINE+ III

Length: 6ft

Another USB-C cable with a premium build is the Anker Powerline+ III. The company claims that it can withstand around 35,000 bends without any splits or snags. Though nobody is keeping count, it’s safe to say that the Powerline+ III cable will stay with you for a long time. Speaking of the specs, this one supports 60W high-speed charging when paired with a compatible phone and adapter and can transfer data in speeds as high as 480Mbp.

Another crux of this cable is the USB-IF certifications. For those uninitiated, USB-IF cables are tested by independent labs for safety and performance. Quite naturally, all these make the Powerline+ III slightly expensive than its counterparts above. On the upside, with the 6ft length, you get enough wriggle room to reach remote power outlets.

5. CHOETECH 100W USB-C BRAIDED CABLE

Length: 6.6ft

If you want to go all-in and taste the best features, you should check out the USB-C cable by Choetech. It’s a USB C 3.1 Gen 2 cable, so you can stay assured of this cable’s transfer speed. For those uninitiated, SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps promises a theoretical speed up to 10Gbps. And that’s not all. This cable also supports USB Power Delivery and delivers power up to 100W.

The fast charging speed means that you will use the same cable to charge your USB-PD compatible phone, tablet, and laptop. Less e-waste, you see

At the same time, it can support 4K videos @ 60HZ 4K, meaning you can use it to connect your USB-C laptop and a USB-C monitor (see best ultrawide monitors with USB-C).

It has over 84% positive reviews on Amazon, with users vouching for its charging process, sturdiness, and quality.

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6. NOMAD LIGHTNING CABLE USB-C

Length: 4.9ft, 9.8ft

Last but not least, we have the USB-C cable from Nomad. Nomad cables are known for their high construction quality, and this one is no different. The cable is made of double-braided Kevlar and can withstand the test of time. You can say the same about the extended strain relief, which prevents the cable from fraying and splitting. What’s more, Nomad also ships a silicon cable tie to well, tie up the cable when not in use.

And it’s equally powerful. For one, it’s a USB-C PD cable and can deliver power to compatible laptops up to 100W. Woah right? On the downside, it still packs USB 2.0 transfer speed.

It’s well-built cable, and the length of 9ft m means that you do not have to sit near a power outlet to carry on your work.

A 5-year warranty further backs it.

ROUGH AND TOUGH

These USB-C cables are both durable and pack enough features to handle data transfers and phone charges. And to be honest, you’ll also need to do your bit as well to keep in mint condition.

For instance, you can invest in some quality cable clips (like the Beluga Cable Clips) one from to route the cable to your desk to prevent them from rubbing against desk edges and the likes. Other than that, do make a note to tie them up neatly with cable ties when not in use.