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These Are the 5G Phones Worth Buying This Year

There’s more to 5G than overblown marketing hype and some really weird (and in some cases, dangerous) conspiracy theories. Here’s what you actually need to know: 5G offers faster download and upload speeds, more bandwidth, lower latency, and enough throughput to support a household of people trying to connect to the internet (though 5G home broadband is…limited, to say the least).

And 5G connectivity isn’t as scarce as it was in the beginning times. Carriers are rolling out more towers and installing more nodes on existing towers across the U.S. If your carrier has already flipped the switch on 5G where you live, or if you’re thinking of upgrading your phone this year, buying a 5G phone is a good idea.

Apple, Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and even some budget smartphone players have all fully committed to the new wireless specification, though it’s not equal across the major carriers. There’s a bit of nuance to 5G and its different frequencies, which can make choosing a compatible device kind of annoying!

🔗 https://gizmodo.com/these-are-the-5g-phones-worth-buying-this-year-1846313336

The Best Settings to Try on Your Chromecast With Google TV

Roku, Amazon, and Apple might dominate the market for streaming devices, but don’t count Google out yet. The company launched its first Chromecast device with its new Google TV software for $50 last year, and it’s a viable alternative for your living room that comes with plenty of useful features worth knowing about.

The Chromecast with Google TV plugs into the back of your TV the same way as the original; the difference is that it’s a full-blown set-top box in dongle-form—visually similar to Android TV, which still exists, but with a stronger emphasis on personalized content offerings. There’s even a watchlist you can curate using your TV or smartphone.

Whether you’ve got the new Chromecast or you’re waiting for new software, there are plenty of ways to customize your experience with Google TV.

🔗 https://lifehacker.com/the-best-settings-to-try-on-your-chromecast-with-google-1845534700

The Best Gaming Keyboard for Wannabe Esports Athletes

There are plenty of (very justifiable) tropes when discussing video games, but the one that I can’t let go of when I’m thinking of PC gaming is the keyboard being mightier than the sword. It can make or break your gaming experience. And there are so many mechanical gaming keyboards available that choosing the right one can feel like attempting to unearth a diamond in the rough.

That’s why I’m here to tell you about the best mechanical gaming keyboard—one that’s fit for most gamers, despite your skill level and planned intensity. I am not the esports type, and I do not have the patience for your run-of-the-mill RTS game (Starcraft). But I am a freak for the Elder Scrolls franchise, and the nature of my profession is such that I am constantly typing.

🔗 https://gizmodo.com/the-best-gaming-keyboard-for-wannabe-esports-athletes-1845960584

 

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The Best Mesh Router with Wi-Fi 6 Is Very Affordable

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Amazon’s Eero 6 Is the Cure for Your Stuck-At-Home Internet Problems

🔗 https://gizmodo.com/amazons-eero-6-is-the-cure-for-your-stuck-at-home-inter-1845690149

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 (AMD) review

🔗 https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-x13-amd

The 8 best local music players on Android, now that Google Play Music is dead

🔗 https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/11/01/the-8-best-local-music-players-on-android-now-that-google-play-music-is-dead/

The best mechanical keyboards you can buy right now

🔗 https://gizmodo.com/the-best-mechanical-keyboards-you-can-buy-right-now-1844719700