Best Book­shelf Speak­er Mounts and Stands

Most bookshelf speakers deliver audio delivery to fill up a room compared to portable Bluetooth speakers. It stands true if you use the top-of-the-line speakers. Compared to their portable counterparts, bookshelf speakers have a bigger footprint. So if you can’t adjust them on your desk (or on an actual bookshelf), you can fix them on a wall mount or a floor stand.

Book­shelf

Besides letting you have more space on your desk, these mounts let you have the flexibility of moving the speakers in the direction of your choice. When it comes to audio delivery, we all know how direction and placement are important.

If you are looking for some quality bookshelf speaker mounts and floor stands, here are our recommendations. But first,

1. VIVO PREMIUM UNIVERSAL FLOOR SPEAKER STANDS

Base dimensions: 8 x 8-inch

The stands are easy to assemble and bundles a solid build. More importantly, the carpet spikes and the rubber feet make them stable, irrespective of the type of flooring.

If you want a classic look and do not mind paying a premium, this Vivo stand is a worthy pick.

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2. PERLESMITH ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT SPEAKER STANDS

Base dimensions: Up to 4.5-inch

Apart from the default keyhole insert, it also ships with vertical plates to mount speakers with mounting holes at the bottom. Installation is plain and simple, and several users have pointed this out. Combining the rubber feet and the cast iron build to ensure that your prized speakers do not topple over.

3. VIDEOSECU ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT SPEAKER STANDS

Base dimensions: Up to 5.5-inch

This stand is equipped with side clamps to lock the speakers in place. Besides that, the padding prevents scratches and scuff marks. Again, there is nifty cable management in place. However, some people have complained of the cable holes being too small.

While the VideoSecu speaker stand has received some rave reviews for its easy assembly and build, it is top-heavy and can wobble if you have hefty speakers.

4. PYLE SPEAKER WALL MOUNT

Base dimensions: Up to 10-inch

If having a wall mount is your idea of a perfect setup, trust the Pyle mount to take care of it. These are simple wall brackets. These brackets do not have dedicated mounts to hold the speakers in place and instead, relies on the built-in silicon pads. That said, this a heavy-duty mount that can easily hold the weight of standard bookshelf speakers.

Surprisingly, you can extend the arm away from the wall by around 11.8 inches.

As we noted above, these are simple mounts and do not have the flexibility to adjust the angle of the speakers. Moreover, a single mount can house only one speaker. Naturally, buying a second mount shoots up the overall cost.

Nevertheless, they have attracted several positive reviews, with people appreciating its durability and sturdiness. Alternatively, you can check out the Wali dual speaker wall mount brackets if you are looking for dedicated mounts with keyhole inserts.

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5. MOUNT-IT! SPEAKER WALL MOUNTS

Base dimensions: Between5.4 to 11 inches.

The Mount-It mounts for bookshelf speakers address a major limitation of the above mount—angular adjustment. This one boasts an adjustable base that lets you change the speaker’s direction. Naturally, this allows you to customize the direction as per the occasion. It can fit speakers with widths between 5.4-inch and 11-inch, making it fit for passive speakers such as the Polk Audio T15.

The Mount-It! speaker wall mounts are quite popular on Amazon and several users have touted them for their durability and build quality.

6. VIDEOSECU SIDE CLAMPING BOOKSHELF SPEAKER WALL MOUNT

Base dimensions: 5.3-inches to 11-inches

If you are looking for an affordable wall mount for your speakers, VideoSecu’s wall mounts can prove to be a good pick. Despite the low price tag, they bundle several features like the ball adjustment that lets you tweak the angle and change the height of the speakers. Besides that, the adjustable side-clamps let you fit a wide array of bookshelf speakers. Like the one above, it’s also made of steel and has a remarkable build for the price.

The best part is that the clamp holds tightly to the speakers. So it won’t let the speaker fall even if you change the angle a bit.

MOUNT THEM ALREADY

Today, bookshelf speakers have several input connectors, and you can pair them with anything—right from a turntable to a new-age digital TV. So getting a proper and stable mount can keep them intact in a spot. That way you can enjoy the best audio quality from them, without worrying about the space they consume.

Best Afford­able Blue­tooth Speak­ers Under $100

Portable Bluetooth speakers are quite convenient to carry around and use. Charge them and then pair them with your smartphone or tablet to listen to your favorite songs or podcasts. The best part is that most affordable Bluetooth speakers are small and lightweight, thereby making them easy to carry around. So whether you clip them to your backpacks or your bike’s handles, as long as the battery is charged, it will do the duty of blasting the newest songs.

Blue­tooth

You can pair up these speakers with your laptop and enjoy movies and videos. We’ve compiled a list of affordable bluetooth speakers that cost about $100.

Read on to find our recommendations for the best affordable Bluetooth speakers under $100.

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1. OONTZ ANGLE 3 BLUETOOTH PORTABLE SPEAKER

Aside from the above, Cambridge Soundworks’ OontZ Angle 3 packs enough features for its price. This triangular Bluetooth speaker has a rugged build and carries an IPX7 rating to protect against water splashes.

On the downside, the OontZ Angle 3 still packs a micro USB port for charging.

2. JBL GO 3 PORTABLE SPEAKER

This trendy speaker is cool enough for a day out on the beach. It’s fully waterproof, and the IP67 rating will keep it protected from water damage. It has a few limitations. For instance, there’s no speakerphone, and the lack of a companion app means you won’t be able to pair it with a secondary device.

Aside from that, it packs in Bluetooth 5.1, which is known for its power efficiency. However, the battery life of the JBL Go 3 is not as impressive. This one lasts around 5 hours on a full charge.

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3. TRIBIT STORMBOX MICRO

If you love listening to the bass-heavy track, you might want to give the Tribit Stormbox Micro a shot. This one is an affordable pocket-sized speaker which barely weighs 9.9 ounces. Along with heavy bass, this one outputs loud and impressive audio for its size. At the same time, you can pair it with another StormBox Micro speaker for a stereo effect. Cool, right?

It comes with a decent build. It has the same rubbery grills that are synonymous with most speakers of this size and price. Surprisingly, the StormBox Micro has USB-C charging. The battery lasts around 5 hours depending on your volume levels.

4. JBL CLIP 4 PORTABLE MINI BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

If you want a slightly better build than the Stormbox Micro, JBL’s Clip 4 is worth checking out. The new Clip is extremely lightweight and brings home an impressive build quality. For its size, the Clip 4 sounds loud and has the right touch of bass. The audio delivery is clear, and you can easily use it as the secondary speaker while watching movies or TV series.

This year JBL has upgraded the shape of Clip 4 to oval. And yeah, there’s a strong metal carabiner as well. Like the Go speaker, the Clip 4 is also available in a slew of attractive colors. It has a rating of IP67 for dust and water resistance.

It’s worth mentioning that the Clip 4 can’t be paired with other JBL speakers to amplify the audio output. And well, for the price, it isn’t a big compromise.

5. SONY SRS-XB12 MINI BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

The highlight of the SRS-XB12 speaker is its bass-heavy audio delivery. The output is loud and bassy and is enough to get the party started. It packs a passive radiator (a signature XB series feature) at the bottom, and it’s this feature that amps up the bass. Like its competitors above, it’s small and portable, and can easily be carried in a bag.

Another advantage of the SRS-XB12 is the nifty Add button, which lets you pair this speaker with other Sony speakers to amplify the sound.

Battery-wise, the SRS-XB12 plays a safe bet. On a single charge, it can last up to 16 hours on moderate volumes. And if you ask us, that sounds decent for a speaker which costs less than $100. However, it still packs a micro-USB port which is a bummer.

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6. ANKER SOUNDCORE MOTION BOOM OUTDOOR SPEAKER

Unlike the other speakers on this list, this speaker lets you fine-tune the audio through the companion app. Apart from the built-in presets, you can also save your EQ settings.

The Soundcore Motion Boom is a large speaker and comes with a handle at the top for easy portability. It’s fully waterproof and has an IPX7 rating. And if that wasn’t cool enough, let us tell you that it can also float in water while playing your favorite song. Now, that’s quite something, right?

7. ANKER SOUNDCORE MOTION PLUS

The Soundcore Motion Plus is the perfect pick if you want a Bluetooth speaker with support for aptX streaming Bluetooth codec. So if your smartphone supports the said codec, you will be able to stream high-res music seamlessly. This speaker is a little bigger comparatively, but you should have no issues in carrying it. All you need is a separate bag and a charged-up battery, and that’s about it.

The audio output is impressive for the price. It delivers a heavy and rich bass with clear and crisp audio. And the wider soundstage helps it stand out from the rest of the speaker on this list.

Furthermore, the volume can be amplified by pairing it with a secondary Motion Plus speaker. The battery lasts around 12 hours on a single charge. While, it’s not the best out there, the impressive audio for the price makes this portable Bluetooth speaker a worthy pick.

WIRELESS FREEDOM

Most of the sub-$100 speakers do a pretty good job of playing your favorite songs loud and clear. And they are the perfect fit for random get-togethers or a day out on the beach.

Best Lap­tops Under $700 for Students

A typical students laptop packs a lot of features generally. It helps for research work, creating documents, watching movies, or playing games. Many would point at the Apple MacBook Air but it is expensive and not really wholesome. Thankfully, there are ample Windows laptops and Chromebooks out there that are not as expensive and lets you go about your job seamlessly.

Students

Performance is not the only factor to consider when picking a laptop for a student. It should both have long battery life and be portable. And hey, build quality is also an essential factor, especially if you are thinking of using it until the next chapter starts.

So, if you are in the market looking for some well-performing student laptops under $700, here are our recommendations.

Let’s check them out. But first,

1. HP ENVY X360

  • Weight: 2.9 pounds | Display: 13.3-inch FHD
  • Ports: 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, 1 x microSD slot

And it’s not just the performance that drives this laptop. The display is clear and crisp on the 1080p display. You will see accurate colors, and the stereo speakers ensure that you can easily binge-watch your favorite series without any issues during your breaks. It’s worth to be noted that the Envy x360 comes with Bang & Olufsen audio center.

Apart from that, you get the option of connecting an MPP 2.0 stylus, should you want to indulge in a little digital sketching. And the 2-in-1 design is the cherry on top.

The battery life is decent and you should get a day’s worth at average brightness.

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2. ACER SWIFT 3

  • Weight: 2.65 pounds | Display: 14-inch FHD
  • Ports: 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.5 audio

It weighs 2.65 pounds and you can easily carry it in your backpack. The 14-inch FHD screen helps to make the text and visuals appear crisper. That said, the screen isn’t exactly too bright and you’ll have to stuggle if you plan to work outdoors in the day.

As noted earlier, it can effortlessly multitask, whether it’s running a boatload of Chrome tabs together or switching between two or more apps. And this has been backed by quite a few authoritative reviewers. The seamless performance is backed by long battery life.

The Acer Swift 3 has its limitations like the speakers aren’t too loud and you’ll have to use wireless earphones for a video calls.

3. LENOVO THINKPAD C13 YOGA

  • Weight: 3.30 pounds | Display: 13.3-inch FHD
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.2 Type-A, 2 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x MicroSD card reader, 1 x 3.5 audio

And it’s the stylus that comes in handy for many reasons. For one, you can jot down quick notes and reminders, apart from using it occasionally for illustration purposes.

The ThinkPad C13 Yoga is powered by AMD’s 3000C-series processor, though there are a few Ryzen variants. The 3000C-series processor is fast and can easily handle anything you throw at it without going warm or slowing down. The battery life is decent for Chromebooks.

Of course, the battery life depends on the intensity of your work. And more power-intensive work will tend to drain the battery faster. Nevertheless, the folks at The Wired managed to eke out around 9 hours during their battery tests. Not long ago, Chromebooks were often ridiculed for their functionality, rather limited functionality. Thankfully, things have changed for the better with devices like the C13 Yoga.

Another Chromebook that you can check out is the Google Pixelbook Go M3. While it has an impressive battery life and comes in a chick package, the 8th-generation Intel Core M3 processor can at times be laggy. If you can extend the budget, you can check out the Intel Core i5-8220Y powered Google Pixelbook Go. Though it’s a tad expensive, this Chromebook is often touted to fly through everyday tasks with ease.

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4. ACER CHROMEBOOK SPIN 713

  • Weight: 3 pounds | Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.55 audio, and microSD slot

Another Chromebook that you can have a peek at is the Acer Chromebook Spin 713. The highlight of this Chromebook is the 3:2 aspect ratio, unlike the 16:9 aspect ratio of the above Chromebooks. Naturally, the 3:2 aspect ratio makes it easy to run two windows side by side. At the same time, the Intel Core i5-10210U processor zips through everyday work with ease. There’s no lag and it can easily run several tabs without slowing down.

The folks at Laptop Mag could run 20 tabs together without any issues. Interestingly, seven of those tabs had YouTube videos running. The battery life is not bad either. On average, it should last you around 10 hours.

As noted earlier,k you get the advantage of added vertical height. There’s less amount of scrolling involved when reading and browsing online. It’s slim and can be carried conveniently in bags. Interestingly, it’s certified (MIL-STD 810G) against drop and temperature changes. Cool, I’d say.

5. MICROSOFT SURFACE GO 2

  • Weight: 1.2 pounds | Display: 10.5-inch 1920 x 1280
  • Ports: 1 x USB-C, 1 x Surface Connect port, 1 x Surface Type Cover Port, 1 x MicroSD, 1 x 3.5 mm audio

The Microsoft Surface Go 2 makes for a good pick if you are wary of spending upwards of $500 on a laptop. It’s a mid-range laptop in a tablet form and runs Windows. An Intel Pentium Gold CPU powers the base variant and is ideal for basic daily use. Apart from the decent processing speed, the highlight of the Surface Go 2 is the form factor and performance promise.

It’s the convertible design that adds to its versatility. Be it fitting into a small space or using it as a book to go through your notes; the convertible design amplifies its usability. And hey, you get neat specs like a touch screen display in a neat 3:2 aspect ratio panel. Whenever you need it, you can prop it up in a kickstand position.

Owing to the form factor, you can expect some tradeoff, and for this option, it’s the battery life which lasts around 5 hours. It’s on the shorter end, and you’ll have to ensure that the battery is topped up daily. Note that Microsoft ships a higher variant of the Surface Go 2. This one packs the top-end Intel M3 processor and naturally costs a lot more than this one.

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.

Galaxy Buds

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.

Pri­va­cy

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.

Tripods

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
  • Segments: 3

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.