Microsoft Edge for iPhone and Android is out of beta

Last month, Microsoft released its Edge browser to iOS and Android users, but only in beta. It was available exclusively to Windows Insiders and required a PC running Windows 10 in order to sign up. But starting today, any iOS and Android users can download Microsoft Edge for their mobile device.

This will come as welcome news to users of Microsoft Edge’s browser. The mobile browser will sync with the desktop version, allowing a seamless handoff via the “Continue on PC” feature. The browser will also sync bookmarks, passwords and reading lists, but not current tabs (though that functionality is forthcoming, according to The Verge.) The current iOS version of the Edge browser supports iPhones only, not iPads.

If you aren’t enmeshed in the Microsoft ecosystem, this announcement probably won’t mean much to you. But if you’re a Windows 10 user and Microsoft Edge is your browser of choice, then your life just got a little bit easier.

Source: Google Play Store, iTunes Store, Microsoft

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Qualcomm hopes to ban Apple’s iPhone X sales with new lawsuit

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm is even hotter than you might have thought — so hot they were suing each other on the same day. While Apple was busy suing Qualcomm over Snapdragon chips on November 29th, Qualcomm was filing its own lawsuit claiming that phones ranging from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone X violate 16 patents, including power-saving methods, interfaces and even camera autofocus. There’s a matching complaint with the US International Trade Commission that would ban imports (and thus sales) of the iPhone X and other models over five of the patents.

As with Qualcomm’s previous ITC tussle, the new ITC case is conspicuously focused only on those iPhones that use Intel’s wireless chipsets.

Apple has declined to comment. With these back-to-back lawsuits, though, it’s clearer than ever that the companies are trying to force each other’s hand. Qualcomm in particular rejects Apple’s claim that its royalty demands are excessive, and it could use the threat of bans on cutting-edge iPhones as a strong bargaining chip. Even if the lawsuit and ITC complaint take a while (ITC cases are usually faster), there’s a good chance that bans on the iPhone 8 and X could do tangible damage to Apple’s bottom line and push it to the negotiating table. Not that Apple is likely to buckle — in addition to its own lawsuits, it has the support of the FTC’s investigation into Qualcomm’s alleged antitrust practices.

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Instagram is testing a lot of new features, including a repost button

The Next Web reports today that Instagram is testing a slew of new features, many of which could be quite welcome among users. Maybe the most exciting feature is a native Regram button, which would let users repost others’ photos and videos without having to turn to a third-party app. Another potentially popular addition is the ability to archive your Stories and it appears you’ll be able to set Instagram to do that automatically. And it looks like iOS users might soon be able to share Instagram posts and profiles to WhatsApp with just a click of a button.

Some other tests include a GIF search for stories, a Closest Friends list that lets users share select posts with just a core group of people, a top emoji and top hashtag search option, the ability to pin a thread in direct messages and an option to program emoji shortcuts for words. Additionally, while Instagram already has an Android beta app, it looks like it might be offering an iOS beta app as well, so select iPhone users would be able try out upcoming versions of the app ahead of time and provide feedback. Lastly, one final, and rather intriguing, test is an unexplained “Add Coffee” option.

Instagram recently added a photo “remix” feature to its direct message function and the ability to add older photos and videos to a Story from a phone’s camera roll. It has also started testing out an option to follow hashtags.

Because these are just tests, there’s no guarantee that Instagram will actually implement them. But TNW says it’s confident that some will roll out in the near future.

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Huawei says it can do better than Apple’s Face ID

Huawei has a history of trying to beat Apple at its own game (it unveiled a “Force Touch” phone days before the iPhone 6s launch), and that’s truer than ever now that the iPhone X is in town. At the end of a presentation for the Honor V10, the company teased a depth-sensing camera system that’s clearly meant to take on Apple’s TrueDepth face detection technology. It too uses a combination of infrared and a projector to create a 3D map of your face, but it can capture 300,000 points in 10 seconds — that’s 10 times as many as the iPhone X captures.

It’s secure enough to be used for payments (unlike the OnePlus 5T), and almost as quick to sign you in as the company’s fingerprint readers at 400 milliseconds. Even the silly applications of the tech promise to be better. The company showed off a not-so-subtle Animoji clone that could tell when you were sticking out your tongue in addition to tracking the usual facial expressions.

There’s one major catch to this system: it’s not actually part of a product yet. Huawei’s Honor team showed the system without mentioning what phones would use it, let alone when they would ship. This was a spec announcement to show that Huawei would eventually have an answer to Apple’s 3D face detection, not something tangible you could buy in the near future.

Source: WinFuture (translated)

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you can still grab

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Marshall Mode In-Ear

Street price: $ 70; deal price: $ 50

We already consider these a great value at $ 70, this additional $ 20 off makes this pair of earbuds a fantastic value.

The Marshall Mode earbuds are the top pick in our guide to earbuds under $ 100. We wrote, “In a category plagued with fit problems and overly boosted sound profiles, the Marshall Mode sounds wonderfully rich and balanced. It fit everyone equally well, and has a single-button universal remote.”

Belkin WeMo Mini Smart Switch

Street price: $ 35; deal price: $ 25

We posted this at $ 20, a low, and now it’s up to $ 25. Still good, just not the best.

The Belkin WeMo Mini is the top pick in our guide to plug-in smart outlets. We wrote, “The WeMo Mini is a strong performer that’s easy to use. More compact than its predecessor, it works with both Android and iOS devices, and supports Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT.”

Philips Hue White Smart Bulb

Street price: $ 50; deal price: $ 32

By far the best price we’ve seen on individual bulbs from the Hue line.

The Philips Hue White Smart Bulbs are our pick in our guide to the best smart LED light bulbs. We wrote, “Philips Hue is not just a smart bulb; it’s a whole smart system. The color-adjustable A19 bulbs can remake the look of a room in seconds. Multiple app options and device compatibility make it the best overall choice.”

GoPro Hero5 + $ 50 giftcard

Street price: $ 400; deal price: $ 350

Matching the best price we’ve ever seen on our top pick action camera. We wrote, “Come for the great-looking footage, stay for the nifty extras: waterproofing, a smart touchscreen interface, voice control, and electronic image stabilization.”

Razer DeathAdder Elite

Street price: $ 60; deal price: $ 50

A rare deal on our top gaming mouse pick. We wrote, “The DeathAdder Elite is comfortable for a wide range of hand sizes and grip styles, and it has seven easy-to-reach buttons, an accurate sensor, and a variety of lighting options.”

Samsung UBD-M8500 4K Blu-ray Player

Street price: $ 210; deal price: $ 130

A new low on our top 4K Blu-ray player. Add to your cart to see the price.

We wrote, “If our main pick isn’t available, the Samsung UBD-M8500 works nearly as well on non-4K discs, plus it offers a wide selection of streaming services and loads discs just as quickly as the Sony.”

Amazon Echo Dot

Street price: $ 50; deal price: $ 30

Best price we’ve seen on the Echo Dot, $ 5 below previous sales.

Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earbuds

Street price: $ 250; deal price: $ 150

A Bose-refurbished model of our wireless noise-cancelling earbuds pick. We wrote, “If you want the freedom of wireless, the Bose QuietControl 30 offers Bluetooth support and only slightly less noise cancelling than the QC20. Despite this model’s collar design, it’s very comfortable. It even sounds better with music than the QC20.”

Monoprice Premium 5.1-Ch. Home Theater System with Subwoofer

Street price: $ 180; deal price: $ 140

Our budget pick in our budget surround system guide, matching the low we’ve seen for it. We wrote, “With forward dialogue and punchy bass at a bargain-basement price, the Monoprice is a good compact pick if you’re on a tight budget.”

HP Envy 27-b120qd All-In-One PC

Street price: $ 1,400; deal price: $ 1,150

A new low on our top all-in-one PC. We wrote, “A picture-perfect display, tasteful styling, useful features, and powerful-enough hardware converge in this exceptionally well-rounded all-in-one.”

Anker PowerCore 20100 USB Battery Pack

Street price: $ 40; deal price: $ 32

A rare drop and new low price on this battery pack.

The Anker PowerCore 20100 USB Battery Pack is the “pick for more power” in our guide to the best USB battery packs. We wrote, “The Anker PowerCore 20100 has enough power to recharge a tablet and two smartphones on a long flight, or a smartphone a day for nearly a week. It’s about the size of two decks of cards lined up end to end.”

Refurbished Amazon Tap

Street price: $ 90; deal price: $ 60

At $ 60, this matches the best price we’ve seen on the Amazon Tap. Carries the same warranty as a new one. In our guide we wrote, “The Tap’s built-in battery lets you take Alexa voice control to the backyard or other places outside the home, though worse audio performance and the lack of an always-on microphone is limiting.”

Anker 10ft Powerline Lightning Cable

Street price: $ 12; deal price: $ 10

New low on our longest recommended Anker cable (white model only).

The Anker Powerline is the top pick in our guide to the best lightning cable. We wrote, “Long cables can also be useful, especially when you want to use your iPhone or iPad while it’s charging but the nearest outlet is a good distance away.”

Google Home Speaker

Street price: $ 120; deal price: $ 80

A good price on a smart speaker for those committed to the Google ecosystem, usually over $ 120. We wrote, “Google’s wireless speaker, digital assistant, and smart-home controller looks better than its biggest competition, reliably responds to most voice queries, offers solid multiroom audio, and sounds pretty good.”

Fire HD 10 Tablet

Street price: $ 150; deal price: $ 100

A larger version of our budget pick tablet with a large discount.

UE Roll 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Street price: $ 80; deal price: $ 50

One of the best prices we’ve seen on our top pick portable Bluetooth speaker. We wrote, “Like its predecessor, the Roll 2 offers an irresistible combination of sound quality, ruggedness, water resistance, portability, cool features, and a reasonable price.”

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Yamaha’s MX88 synth turns your iPhone into a real instrument

I hate, hate, hate computers and phones/tablets on stage. To me, a Macbook sitting next to a keyboardist or percussionist is just asking for trouble. Computers freeze, apps crash and sometimes you forget to turn off notifications and now everyone in the audience knows you got a new Facebook message. And frankly, they’re not very “rock ‘n’ roll.” So imagine my surprise when, while using the Yamaha MX88 keyboard, I found myself launching the FM Essential companion app — on my iPhone!

The $ 1,299 (You’ll really only pay $ 999) MX88 is the latest member of Yamaha’s entry-level MX lineup. But the keyboard’s sounds and weighted key action are that of far more expensive synthesizers. The instrument ships with over 1,000 voices (instrument sounds) from the company’s more expensive Motif series of keyboards. Quantity is great, but quality is far more important for a musician and the MX88 delivers with its piano and organ recreations.

It’s also nice that the polyphonic instrument can handle 128 simultaneous notes. It allows you can layer sound after sound to the keys and never worry about losing any of the notes.

But if you insist on playing the synth with your fingers, the weighted keys are a delight for an instrument in this price range. The action is quick and gives the player more control over the dynamics of a note when the key is hit.

The controls on the keyboard are straight forward with a small display for voices and more complex control over the synth. The more readily used features like voice manipulation, keyboard splitting, and top level sound menus are all available via a knob or button on the face of the MX88. But there’s also that app.

The FM Essentials companion mobile app, on its surface, is an adequate facsimile of a synth with a tiny keyboard and various voices. It ships with drum loops so your creations have a back beat. But it’s when you plug it into the MX88 that you see the real value. With it, you can control the voices on the keyboard and manipulate them with the on-screen oscilloscope (a visual reference of the waveform). That’s where the fun comes in.

I was able to take normal voices, flip on the arpeggio, adjust the options like cut off, resonance, modulation and make them my own right in the app and much quicker than I could on the keyboard. Plus, once I was done with that, I could play music from my iPhone directly though the keyboard via the same USB port. So I could accompany something I had recorded earlier, or play along to my favorite song.

The only drawback is that you have to buy Apple’s $ 30 Lightning to USB camera adapter cable to get it to work. You can’t just plug into the device USB slot (which seems like where you would plug in your phone). Instead you have to use the host USB slot.

Whether or not I would use this setup live is still debatable. iPhone apps crash just as often as computer applications. But, it has made me a believer than when done correctly, connecting your instrument to a computer isn’t that horrible and in the case of the MX88, actually enhances the experience of an already wonderful synthesizer.

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The best Black Friday deals 2017 (Updated)

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Amazon Echo 2nd Generation

Street Price: $ 100; Deal Price: $ 80

The first sale we’ve seen on the upgraded model of the Echo.The 2nd Generation Amazon Echo is our pick in our guide to the best Alexa-compatible smart-home devices for Amazon Echo. We wrote, “An Amazon Echo offers a convenient interface for your smart home and provides functionality that an app on your phone can’t. If you already have some Alexa-compatible devices or one of the three major smart-home hubs (SmartThings, Wink, or Insteon), adding an Echo can make accessing those devices more interesting and convenient.”

Playstation VR Skyrim Bundle

Street Price: $ 450; Deal Price: $ 335

This bundle was $ 450 until recently, game still goes for $ 60 & while street price of VR gear is falling, street is no lower than $ 400.

The Playstation VR is an “also great” pick in our guide to the best VR headsets for PC and PS4. We wrote, “Sony’s PlayStation VR headset can’t track you quite as well as the competition can, but it’s good enough to provide a fun, solid virtual reality gaming experience.”

TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450

Street Price: $ 90; Deal Price: $ 60

A big $ 30 drop and the best price we’ve seen all year.

The TP-Link RE450 is the top pick in our wi-fi range extender guide. We wrote, “On our two long-range wireless tests (one line-of-sight, and one with walls and other objects between the extender and our test laptop), it gave us excellent performance. And because it’s an AC1750 extender, it supports the fastest wireless speeds of our favorite router and any device you’re likely to own.”

Anker PowerCore 20100

Street Price: $ 40; Deal Price: $ 32

The best price we’ve seen on a charger that can charge multiple phones at once.

The Anker PowerCore 20100 is our pick for more power in our best USB battery packs and power banks guide. We wrote, “With 74 Wh (20,000 mAh) of capacity, this Anker pack can charge your smartphone every day for a weeklong work trip or keep two devices charged for a long weekend away.”

iPad Pro 10.5-Inch (64GB)

Street Price: $ 650; Deal Price: $ 525

Matches low we’ve seen on this tablet pick in the 64GB size.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is our upgrade pick in our guide to the best tablet. We wrote, “Only slightly bigger than the standard iPad but considerably faster, the Pro has a larger, better screen, better cameras, and support for Apple’s Pencil. It’s better than the standard model for creating, multitasking, and gaming.”

Samsung Gear VR with Controller

Street Price: $ 130; Deal Price: $ 90

The updated, Note 8 friendly version of one of our picks, with its first discount.

The Samsung Gear VR is the runner-up pick in our phone VR headsets guide. We wrote, “The Gear VR has both the most and the most mature apps in the category. It also has better specs, meaning more-serious gamers should consider this headset.”

Motorola Moto G5 Plus 32GB

Street Price: $ 220; Deal Price: $ 170

A new low on our favorite cheap Android phone.

The G5 Plus is the top pick in our guide to the best budget Android phones. We wrote, “Excellent performance and build quality compared with other budget phones. Its interface is clean with no bloatware, and it works on all major US carriers.”

Corsair K70 LUX RGB w/ red switches

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 110

The lowest price we’ve seen on a mechanical keyboard we like.

The Corsair K70 LUX RGB is our full-size gaming pick in our review of our favorite mechanical keyboards. We wrote, “If you want a full-size gaming keyboard with media keys and Cherry switches, the best option is the Corsair K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming keyboard. It’s available with Cherry MX Brown, MX Blue, MX Red, and MX Speed switches. Though the K70 LUX was one of the more expensive full-size gaming boards we tested, it was still the favorite of our panel testers because of its superior build quality and handy media keys.”

Philips Hue Single A19 Bulbs

Street Price: $ 50; Deal Price: $ 32

By far the best price we’ve seen on individual bulbs from the Hue line. These hit a new low of $ 40 a few days ago, and today, they’re down even further.

The Philips Hue A19 bulbs are our pick for the best smart LED light bulbs. We wrote, “The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3 are the best all-around smart bulbs you can buy. The Hue bulbs do everything their competitors do, but their wider product and app ecosystem allows for more flexibility and creativity than any other smart bulb.”

Sonos Playbar

Street Price: $ 700; Deal Price: $ 600

A new low on our top pick for best soundbar. We wrote, “The Playbar sounds fantastic and is easier to set up and operate than any other soundbar we’ve tested.”

Sonos Play:1 Speaker

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 150

This matches the lowest price we’ve seen on our top multiroom wireless speaker system. We wrote, “The Play:1 sounds great on its own and is an affordable entry point to the Sonos system. A pair in stereo mode sounds even better.”

Garmin Vívosport Smart Activity Tracker

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 150

A new low for our top activity tracker pick.

The Vívosport is our pick for the best fitness tracker. We wrote, “The Garmin Vívosport nails all the capabilities of a well-rounded fitness tracker by combining an always-visible color display, responsive auto-activity detection with GPS, up-to-seven-day battery life, and accurate continuous heart-rate readings in a wrist-worn band that’s waterproof for swimming.”

Roku Streaming Stick+

Street Price: $ 70; Deal Price: $ 48

A new low on our upcoming top media streamer pick. We wrote, “The Roku Streaming Stick+ costs more than the similar Streaming Stick, but it’s worth the slight premium because it’s more future proof. It supports the latest 4K, HDR10, WCG video formats and Dolby Atmos for audio. Its redesigned antenna also improves its Wi-Fi reception. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same as the cheaper model, which is a good thing.”

Google Home Speaker

Street Price: $ 120; Deal Price: $ 80

A good price on a smart speaker for those committed to the Google ecosystem, usually over $ 120. We wrote, “Google’s wireless speaker, digital assistant, and smart-home controller looks better than its biggest competition, reliably responds to most voice queries, offers solid multiroom audio, and sounds pretty good.”

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable + Mackie CR3

Street Price: $ 330; Deal Price: $ 244 with code DIGTURKEY5

Use code DIGTURKEY5 to get this duo of top picks for a great price.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is our pick in our guide to the best turntable for casual listening. We wrote, “The Audio-Technica is highly adjustable, has a built-in phono preamp for hassle-free setup, sounds great out of the box, offers above-average adjustment flexibility, and has a built-in USB port that makes it easy to digitize your LP collection.” The Mackie CR3 speakers are our top pick computer speakers. We wrote, “There are better-sounding speakers that cost more, and cheaper speakers that sound decent, but these have the right blend of sound quality and user-friendliness.”

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS Headphones

Street Price: $ 70; Deal Price: $ 39

A big drop on these noise-canceling earbuds.

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS are the budget pick in our guide to the best noise-cancelling earbuds. We wrote, “If the Bose QuietControl 30 is out of your price range but you still want Bluetooth, the Phiaton BT 100 NC is a solid alternative. This pair doesn’t offer as much noise cancelling as the QC30, but it still provides a reasonable amount while costing around 30 percent of the price of the Bose model. This model can also connect via analog, so if the battery dies you can still listen to music.”

Denon AVRS730H Receiver

Street Price: $ 450; Deal Price: $ 350

The first big drop we’ve seen on our new receiver pick.

The Denon AVRS730H is our pick in our guide to the best receiver. We wrote, “The Denon AVR-S730H offers easy setup, good room correction, and supports streaming from a wide number of online music services.”

Samsung Gear IconX Earbuds

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 150

The first discount we’ve seen on this pair of earbuds.

The Samsung Gear IconX earbuds are the Android/Samsung pick in our true wireless guide. We wrote, “Offers decent sound, probably on a par with that of $ 70 corded in-ear headphones. The fit is comfortable and secure for most ear types. Touch-sensitive volume, track, and voice-command controls mean you don’t have to press the earbud uncomfortably and awkwardly into your ear as you make adjustments.”

Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope

Street Price: $ 700; Deal Price: $ 600

A nice deal matching the previous low on our best telescope pick. We wrote, “It has a primary 5-inch mirror, which is big enough for a light-gathering capacity that yields crisp images of some of the best objects in our solar system, from Saturn’s rings to Jupiter’s cloud bands, and provides sufficient power to introduce you to objects in the deep sky.”

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Grenco Science G Pen Elite Vaporizer

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 85

As long as you don’t mind waiting for this backordered deal, this is the best price we’ve seen on on our pick in our best portable vaporizer guide. Use code BFCM5 for an additional 5% off.

We wrote, “The Elite has features you rarely see in the under-$ 200 price category, like combination convection and conduction heating, a digital display for battery life and precision temperature control.”

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit

Street Price: $ 100; Deal Price: $ 80

Includes dimmer switch, bridge and pico remote, and at $ 80, it’s the best price we’ve seen.

The Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit includes our pick in our best in-wall wireless light switch and dimmer guide. We wrote, “The Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer is a reliable smart replacement that provides remote on-off, dimming, and scheduling, similar to its competition. However, the single-pole dimmer offers support for more smart-home platforms, including HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home, than any model we tested.”

Anker 10ft PowerLine Lightning Cable

Street Price: $ 12; Deal Price: $ 10

New low on our longest recommended Anker cable (white model only).

The Anker 10ft PowerLine Lightning Cable is our “also great” pick for longest Anker cable in our best lightning cable guide. We wrote, “Long cables can also be useful, especially when you want to use your iPhone or iPad while it’s charging but the nearest outlet is a good distance away. In our tests, the charging and data-transfer speeds of these longer PowerLines match those of the 3-foot version.”

Garmin Dash Cam 65W

Street Price: $ 250; Deal Price: $ 230

This is the lowest price we’ve seen on our upgrade pick in our best dash cam guide.

We wrote, “It’s the smallest model we tested, so it’s less prominent on the windshield, and it uses a magnetic mount (though it attaches to the windshield via an adhesive pad) that makes it simple to pop on and off. The 65W offers 1080p resolution and a 180-degree field of view that covers a wide area—great for scenic vistas—but makes cars in front look a little farther away.”

ELAC Debut B6 Speakers

Street Price: $ 280; Deal Price: $ 200

A rare drop, we see this discount about once a year.

The ELAC Debut B6 is our runner-up pick in our best bookshelf speakers guide. We wrote, “The value and quality of the ELAC Debut B6 speakers come as no surprise. This set was veteran speaker designer Andrew Jones’s first project since leaving Pioneer for ELAC, and Jones clearly brought along the lessons he learned from making $ 30,000 speakers.”

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Samsung 500 GB T5 Portable SSD

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 170

While not a huge discount, this is the best price we’ve seen on our pick in our best portable SSD guide.

We wrote, “The 500 GB Samsung T5 Portable SSD is the best portable solid-state drive for most people because it’s reliable, fast, reasonably priced—for an external SSD—and compact.”

TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450

Street Price: $ 90; Deal Price: $ 60

A big $ 30 drop and the best price we’ve seen all year.

The TP-Link RE450 Wi-Fi Range Extender is our pick in our best wi-fi range extender guide. We wrote, “The TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450 is the best wireless extender for most people because it offers incredible performance at long range and supports the fastest wireless speeds of most devices you’re likely to own, even if you have a MacBook Pro.”

Refurbished Kindle Voyage

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 120

The best price we’ve seen if you’ve been considering this upgraded Kindle.

The Kindle Voyage is our upgrade pick in our best ebook reader guide. We wrote, “The Kindle Voyage adds features that aim to make it a luxury reading experience, including a side light that adjusts brightness automatically, buttons on the side of the screen that you can squeeze to turn pages, a micro-etched glass front that further reduces reflections, and a smaller, slimmer body.”

Epson 2040 Projector

Street Price: $ 700; Deal Price: $ 550

Lowest price this year at $ 550 but trends show it might drop lower in the coming weeks.

The Epson 2040 Projector is our LCD option in our best $ 1,000 projector guide. We wrote, “The BenQ uses DLP technology, which creates artifacts known as “rainbows.” Most people don’t notice or aren’t bothered by them, but some people do and are. The Epson 2040 is based on LCD technology, so it won’t create rainbows.”

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

Street Price: $ 175; Deal Price: $ 150

A good drop on our top outdoor security camera, available at a number of retailers.

The Nest Cam Outdoor is our pick in our best wireless outdoor home security camera guide. We wrote, “The Nest Cam Outdoor Wi-Fi camera does everything a DIY surveillance camera should, and tops the others we tested in convenience features. The camera provides 1080p video, two-way audio, and a mounting system that gives you the capability to point it in any direction. It also has the only weatherproof cord among the units we tested.”

AncestryDNA

Street Price: $ 90; Deal Price: $ 59

At $ 59, this marks the best price we’ve seen on our DNA testing kit by $ 20.

AncestryDNA is our pick in our best DNA ancestry testing kit guide. We wrote, “AncestryDNA is our pick for those who want to learn about their relatively recent ethnic roots or are seeking to connect with unknown relatives. Though all of the DNA services we tested provided broadly similar results for the ethnic origins of our panel of testers, AncestryDNA did a better job than its rivals of presenting this data in a clear manner while placing the information in a useful historical context.”

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EcoVacs Deebot N79

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 150

A new low on our top pick in our guide to the best robot vacuum. We wrote, “The Deebot N79 is nimble enough to navigate through most homes without getting stuck very often—and that’s what really makes most bot-owners happy. Its battery life is the longest we’ve seen, it runs the quietest, and it has one of the better control schemes we’ve seen for the price—including Wi-Fi and a smartphone app.”

BenQ GW2765HT 27″ Monitor

Street Price: $ 330; Deal Price: $ 220

A new low price on our budget pick 27-inch monitor. We wrote, “If you want a big, beautiful display with a good stand but don’t need USB ports, DisplayPort daisy-chaining, or a thin bezel, we recommend the BenQ GW2765HT. At under $ 350, it’s one of the least expensive 27-inch IPS monitors that still has good display quality and features.”

Sony UBP-X800

Street Price: $ 300; Deal Price: $ 150

Matches a low we saw briefly only once before. This is a huge drop below street price on our top pick 4k Blu-ray player. We wrote, “This Sony plays 4K UHD discs, offers better image quality with Blu-rays and DVDs, and includes good streaming options and excellent speed.”

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 140

With SSD deals as rare as they have been the past year, while not a huge discount, this is one of the better prices in ages. The Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD is the top pick in our guide to the best SSDs. We wrote, “Even after two years as our top pick, the Samsung 850 Evo remains the gold standard for SATA SSDs thanks to its high speed, low price, five-year warranty, and great software.”

Sony XBR-X900E 55-Inch TV

Street Price: $ 1,200; Deal Price: $ 1,000

A substantial $ 200 drop on our improved HDR TV pick. We wrote, “If you want a TV in 49-inch or 75-inch sizes, watch almost exclusively HDR content, or need a 120 Hz panel because you’re sensitive to motion blur, the Sony XBR-X900E is a great buy.”

Vizio SB3821-D6 SmartCast 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System

Street Price: $ 130; Deal Price: $ 90

A big $ 40 drop on this pick, making improved sound a very affordable $ 90. The Vizio SB3821-D6 is the “tighter budget” pick in our budget soundbars guide. We wrote, “This 2.1 soundbar lacks its bigger sibling’s HDMI (ARC) support and rear speakers, but it still delivers better stereo performance than much more expensive rivals and supports Bluetooth and Google Cast.”

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Which game controllers are worth buying?

If you’re picking up a game console like the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro this holiday season, congratulations: You already have a great controller for your new system. Traditionally, third-party gamepads have always been a bit subpar, the kind of thing you buy cheap and pawn off on an unsuspecting younger sibling at playtime. But what if you want to game on your mobile device (or an Apple TV)? Or what if you’re looking for an edge in your favorite console title? We’ve taken a look at the available controllers out there to find the best one for your needs, no matter which system you prefer.

Best controller for the PlayStation 4

Sony DualShock 4

The shape of the PlayStation controller hasn’t changed much since the original system came out over two decades ago, and for good reason. The button configuration is easy to learn, and the overall shape feels good in hand. The DualShock 4 added a few features, like a touchscreen and a speaker, but the real reason to keep this as your primary PS4 pad is that small refinements have made it better to hold, including comfortable concave thumbsticks and well-spaced shoulder buttons that give your fingers plenty of places to rest. It also works with the PS3 so gamers still living with their older system can toss their DualShock 3. In our PlayStation 4 review, we called the DualShock 4 “the best game controller that the company’s ever created,” but even PC players will find an ideal gamepad for their favorite games, thanks to its native Steam support.

Best controllers for Windows and the Xbox One

Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller

Even if it isn’t as much of a leap over the previous generation as the DualShock 4 was, the Xbox One controller still improves on a winning formula. The sticks are designed to keep your thumbs in place, the triggers are quieter and the rear controls vibrate. We found that the only real step backwards at the controller’s launch were its stiff shoulder pads. Luckily, the revision that debuted with 2016’s Xbox One S refined it further, with rounded seams and clickier shoulder buttons. And PC gamers also get to enjoy the redesign, thanks to the addition of Bluetooth compatibility.

Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

If the standard Xbox One controller just isn’t enough, gamers with a little extra cash have the option of stepping up to the Elite gamepad, designed with hardcore and professional players in mind. The shoulder buttons are clicky, and the entire pad is heavier, thanks to its metal thumbsticks, which we described in our review as “incredibly springy and precise.” The biggest change is the customization options, which allow you to swap out the buttons and joysticks or even add a set of metal levers as additional inputs on the back. The levers can make the pad feel a little cluttered, but they’re great for driving games when you don’t have a racing wheel. The only real drawback is the Elite’s price, which is more than half of what it costs to buy an Xbox One S.

Razer Wolverine Ultimate for Xbox One

Razer’s peripherals have always been designed with gamers’ unique needs in mind, and the Wolverine is no exception, offering up a comfortable textured grip and clicky buttons. The Wolverine Ultimate ups the ante over the customizable Xbox Elite by offering an even greater degree of tweaks: not only a slew of extra programmable buttons but also the ability to swap the positions of the thumbsticks and D-pads entirely. If you’d rather have three joysticks or prefer the D-pad on the right, you can, and there’s even Chroma lighting thrown in for extra pizazz. Unfortunately, the freedom of design is countered by the fact that you’ll be physically tethered to your console by the Wolverine’s thick, braided cable.

Best controllers for the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The Joy-Cons that come with your Switch are pretty awesome for their motion control capabilities and the way they snap onto your system to make it portable. But playing a game like Mario Kart 8 or Breath of the Wild on them can get a bit… cramped. The Joy-Con Grip included with the system is decent, but when you’re feeling a bit more hardcore, there’s the Switch Pro Controller, which takes all the controls from the standard Joy-Con and puts them into a form factor that will feel familiar to PlayStation and Xbox players. The best part: It’s the only official Switch controller with a D-pad. Unfortunately, you’re also paying a bit of a premium for that privilege.

8bitdo N30 Pro / F30 Pro

SN30

The best controller for a game is usually the one that came with its original console, but that’s not always possible when it comes to classic releases on current systems. Instead of making do with your modern gamepad, it’s worth taking a look at 8Bitdo’s retro-styled controllers. They capture the original style and feel of old Nintendo controllers while being compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and even the Switch. If you’re looking for near-exact copies of the original pads, there’s the N30 and SN30, with the 2.4G version of the latter working wirelessly with your SNES Classic. But gamers who don’t want to give up modern innovations like thumbsticks will find the Pro versions of these controllers more to their liking. The N30 Pro’s biggest flaw is a series of shoulder buttons that The Verge found “cramped and uncomfortable,” but the upcoming SN30 Pro looks to give your adult-size fingers just a bit more room to relax.

*The F30 and F30 Pro are the Famicom-styled versions of the N30 and N30 Pro.

Best controllers for Android and iOS

SteelSeries Stratus XL for Android and Windows

Console-quality game controllers for Android devices are hard to find and, outside of the Xbox controllers, your options for Windows gamepads aren’t particularly great either. The SteelSeries Stratus XL hits a sweet spot for both systems by offering a solid build and top-notch ergonomics at a reasonable price. The buttons are deep and the thumbsticks are a bit stiff, meaning some users might find the XL a bit of a struggle in shooters. But Destructoid says the D-pad is “miles ahead of an Xbox pad,” with fantastic diagonals ideal for fighting games.

SteelSeries Nimbus

With exclusives like Thatgamecompany’s Sky coming to Apple TV, games on the Apple TV are going to get way more serious, and you’re definitely going to want something better than the Siri remote to play them with. The Nimbus borrows from the time-tested designs of the Xbox and PlayStation controllers but doesn’t skimp on vital details: The D-pad is decent, and the thumbsticks are grippy and durable, with MakeUseOf noting that they ask for “the perfect amount of pressure to manipulate.” Even if you haven’t invested in an Apple TV, you can still enjoy the Nimbus with your iPhone or iPad, though, if using the latter, you might want to invest in a Nyko Smart Clip to hold on to your handset.

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Wirecutter’s best early deals for Black Friday

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Amazon Fire HD 10

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 100

The 10″, newer model of our budget pick in our best Android tablets guide, with a big $ 50 discount.

The 10 is quite similar to the 8, and with this price, makes it much more interesting as a media consumption tablet. We wrote, “The 2017 Fire HD 8 is slower, has a lower-resolution screen, and is more limited than the ZenPad, but it’s a great cheap tablet for media consumption, especially for Amazon content.”

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Street Price: $ 40; Deal Price: $ 25

A new low on our runner-up pick in our best media streaming devices guide.

We wrote, “If you’re a heavy Prime video user or want voice search, the Fire TV Stick offers a compelling alternative to the Roku that has really improved over the past few months.”

Bose QuietComfort 25

Street Price: $ 280; Deal Price: $ 180

Our pick for 3 years running, this the first substantial sale we’ve ever seen on the Bose QuietComfort 25, a huge $ 100 off.

The Bose QuietComfort 25 is our pick in our best noise-cancelling headphones guide. We wrote, “The amount of noise reduced is incredible: noticeably and significantly more than the vast majority of noise-cancelling headphones. In our testing, they dropped an average of 24.2 dB of noise, including over 30 dB at some frequencies, and more low-bass reduction than any headphone we’ve tested.”

UE Roll 2

Street Price: $ 75; Deal Price: $ 50

While we’ve seen this price a few times, it’s only a few dollars above the best we’ve seen.

The UE Roll 2 is our pick in our best portable bluetooth speaker guide. We wrote, “The Roll 2 sounds full, with smooth reproduction of everything from bass notes to cymbals, and it plays loud enough to fill a hotel room or a spot at the beach with sound. It’s so watertight, it will survive being dunked 1 meter underwater for 30 minutes.”

OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 136

Only a few dollars off from the best price we’ve seen on our pick in our best coffee maker guide.

We wrote, “Simply put, the OXO On makes it easy to brew a really good cup of coffee. If you grind your beans to the correct particle size (which is extremely important) and weigh the grounds so they extract just enough, the OXO will take the reins from there.”

GoPro Hero5 Black + $ 50 Gift Card

Street Price: $ 450; Deal Price: $ 350

Even with a new model out, drops are rare. This discount + the extra giftcard make this a great deal.

The GoPro Hero5 Black is our pick in our best action camera guide. We wrote, “The Hero5 Black builds on the success of its predecessor, the Hero4 Silver, with new features that significantly enhance its usability. The built-in waterproofing is the most important addition, since it means you can shoot anywhere, anytime, without fiddling with a case.”

Netgear Orbi RBK50

Street Price: $ 350; Deal Price: $ 280

We haven’t seen this drop below $ 320 before now, so save some money on one of the easiest ways to improve your home network.

The Netgear Orbi RBK50 is our pick in our best wi-fi mesh-networking kit guide. We wrote, “Netgear’s Orbi RBK50 is the best Wi-Fi mesh kit for most people, because it covers all the bases in the simplest way. It ranked at or near the top of the pack for throughput in every location we tested, and it required far less of our time and effort than most of the kits we tested for it to do its best.”

9.7-inch iPad (5th generation)

Street Price: $ 330; Deal Price: $ 250

While we have seen drops to around the $ 300 range, this sale drops an extra $ 30 off of previous prices and makes for a new low

The 9.7-inch iPad (5th generation) is our pick in our iPad guide. We wrote, “The things that have made all iPads great tablets—such as an unbeatable selection of outstanding apps, stellar hardware quality, long battery life, and unrivaled customer support—help them continue to best other tablets on the market.”

Oculus Rift + Touch

Street Price: $ 400; Deal Price: $ 350

The first drop below $ 400 we’ve seen, and it’s a big $ 50 savings.

The Oculus Rift + Touch is our pick in our best VR headsets for PC and PS4 guide. We wrote, “It’s clear Oculus put a lot of thought into building a headset that will appeal to gaming veterans and newcomers alike with a comfy fit, quick startup process, and wide range of content.”

Apple Watch Series 1

Street Price: $ 280; Deal Price: $ 210

Already a good sale, but if you use your Target Redcard, you can get an additional 5% off.

The Apple Watch Series 1 is our pick in our best smartwatch for iPhone users guide. We wrote, “If you want a smartwatch for managing your phone notifications, tracking activity and recreational exercise, and doing the gee-whiz things you can accomplish with apps (like texting with your voice or finger, checking sports scores, creating reminders, and adjusting your smart thermostat), the Apple Watch Series 1 is your best bet.”

Nikon D3400 (w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens)

Street Price: $ 450; Deal Price: $ 397

While we used to see regular sales on the D3400, those have slowed down considerably. This latest deal matches the best price we’ve seen on this bundle.

The Nikon D3400 is our pick in our best DSLR for beginners guide. We wrote, “The Nikon D3400 is Nikon’s current entry-level model, and while it’s available for around $ 500, it can take better photos than cameras that sell for hundreds more.”

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The best computer and mobile accessories to give as gifts

Perhaps the person on your list is already quite happy with their laptop or mobile device (slash, you’re not up to buying them a new one). There are plenty of accessories that make for affordable, and dare we say, practical gifts. Included in our holiday gift guide are two styles of keyboards, a high-end mouse, a battery pack, selfie and battery cases, a 400GB (!) microSDXC card, Bluetooth trackers and a wireless charging pad — useful for, say, a new iPhone owner.

Source: Engadget Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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