I’ve owned every Pixel phone since the first generation, but I might skip the Pixel 8

Close up of Pixel 8 camera on blue background

Ever since the first Google Pixel smartphone showed up, I’ve been something of a superfan. The most important piece of tech I own might be my Pixel 7; for most people it’s one of the best smartphones you can buy. But I might not get the Pixel 8.

To explain why, first I should be clear why I rate the range so highly.

For me, a Pixel’s most compelling feature is its cameras. These phones are renowned for their phenomenal photographic abilities, with Google’s software processing being second to none. They might not have the most impressive sensor setups (to match something like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra), but the results are just as – if not more – impressive. And that’s before getting on to features like Night Sight and Google Photos’ AI-powered image editing.

Other reasons? Unlike most phones that run Android, Pixels have a completely clean UI with no bloatware. They get timely software and security updates, and for more years than most rivals. Subjectively I also think the non-Pro Pixel is the perfect size for a smartphone. And let’s not forget they are (usually) excellent value for money; you get flagship-grade features, design, and performance, at a price that undercuts the competition.

  • Related: the best Google Pixel 8 deals and prices

The Pixel 8 gets a lot of things right

Pixel 8 from Google site

Now, don’t get me wrong, the Google Pixel 8 gets a lot of things right. I’m a fan of the new Hazel and Rose colours, appreciate the boosted brightness that now nudges 2000 nits when you step outside, and Google has made this year’s model even smaller. There’s a 6.2in screen now, down from 6.32in on the Pixel 7, yet it keeps the same sharp 2400×1080 resolution.

Boosting the refresh rate from 90Hz to a smoother 120Hz is a welcome move, as is increasing the battery capacity – even if it’s only by a small amount. Features previously exclusive to the Pro model, like Macro Focus close-up photography, also make the cut.

But let’s be honest. If the Pixel 8 were an iPhone, it would be an S model. This is, on paper, a small update.

And while Google has added a lot of smart new software features, such as Audio Magic Eraser in video and Magic Editor for group photos, it’s likely that I’ll be trickled down to older Pixel models thanks to Pixel feature drops.

And then there’s the elephant in the room: the price. The Pixel 8 starts at $699/£699 – that’s $100/£100 more than last year’s model! In a time where budgets are tight, I just can’t justify spending that much on a relatively minor upgrade. Similarly, the $999/£999 Pixel 8 Pro is $100/£150 more than the outgoing Pixel 7 Pro. That exactly matches how much Apple wants for an iPhone 15 Pro.

For Pixel 7 owners like myself, it just doesn’t make sense to upgrade – even with some tempting trade-in offers currently doing the rounds.

If the price doesn’t put you off and you’re using a Pixel 6 or older, you can pre-order the Google Pixel 8 below:

25 best gifts under $100/£100 for Christmas 2023

25 best gifts under $100/£100 for Christmas 2023

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Looking for the best gifts under $100 / £100? As luck would have it, you can bag plenty of excellent festive tech gifts for less.

OK, so you can’t wrap up a brand-new console on a budget. But you can find a whole host of Yuletide treats without going into the red.

From smart speakers to wireless earphones, the list below features our pick of the top Christmas gadget gifts you can buy for £100 or less. The best bit? None of them will make your recipient feel short-changed.

Our pick of the best gifts for under $100/£100 for Christmas 2023

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They may not be as good as Sony’s class-leading MX5 buds, but this pair of wireless in-ears are still absolutely worthy of gracing one’s ears if premium budgets are out of reach. Comfortable, noise-cancelling, and with superb sound to back it up (courtesy of Sony’s clever sound enhancement engine), they’re a failsafe pick that won’t let you (or your recipient) down.

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Amazon Echo Pop

The Echo Pop won’t blow anyone away with audiophile-gade sound quality. And it doesn’t have to at this price. Temptingly affordable, compact, and available in some rather funky hues, it’ll make for a great addition to any space where music and Alexa skills are needed. Made from all manner of recycled materials, it’s the most accessible way to gift the power of voice assistance this Christmas.

If you know someone who’s forever complaining about the woefully unfrothed status of their milk, this handheld gizmo from Dualit will make their day. Taking care of things in both the heating and frothing department, its easy one-hand operation, coupled with different attachments for hot chocolate and milkshakes, will make it a staple tool in any kitchen.

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An excellent choice for budding students and/or MI6 applicants, the VoiceTracer is a minimalist pen with discrete audio recording smarts. A built-in microphone and easy one-touch recording come in handy for lectures and interviews, while 32GB of memory and a large battery make for a dash of added convenience. Pop the cap, and you can plug it directly into a PC’s USB port for instant cable-free transfers as well. And no, it doesn’t self-destruct. To our knowledge.

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Huawei Watch Fit Special Edition

Carving out a rather handsome niche for itself thanks to a curvy rectangular build, the Fit Special Edition provides plenty of smartwatch smarts for the money. A bright, punchy 1.64in AMOLED display makes everything pop, while sleep, health tracking, and notifications tick off all the major boxes. Compatible with Android and iPhone handsets, it punches well above its sticker price.

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Anker Soundcore Space One

About as good a pair of noise-cancelling cans you can get for the money, the Space One offers custom 40mm drivers with support for LDAC hi-res wireless audio, with a substantial 40 hours of play time in between charges with ANC on, and 50 hours with it off. Promising to reduce external sounds by up to 98% and with a smart unassuming build, we can think of far worse things to spend your cash on.

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Gomatic Navigator 6L Foldable Sling Bag

Designed to collapse into near-nothingness so that it can easily squeeze into larger luggage, this 6L sling comes into its own for day trips where travelling light is key. With internal pockets, a comfortable strap, and an external water bottle pocket, it’s best thought of as one of those speedboats you’ll find hidden inside superyachts, ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. Minus the multimillion-quid price tag, that is.

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JLab Epic Keyboard

Capable of connecting to three devices simultaneously, this wireless JLab keyboard is aimed at multitaskers who work across multiple phones, laptops and/or tablets. Quiet soft-touch keys will be appreciated by anyone else in the vicinity, while a media knob lets you blast or quieten tracks and videos with a simple twizzle.

Nokia C12

With an RRP of one penny shy of a ton, the C12 falls a little short of impulse buy territory. It’s still a bargain by smartphone standards though, with Android 12 (Go edition), a 6.3in screen, a rear camera and all-day battery life all making an appearance. An ideal phone for those who aren’t fussed about specs, and/or a festival phone that’s a bit more capable than more basic featurephones.

Twelve South AirFly Pro

If you’ve ever had to endure a long-haul flight without headphones, we feel your pain. Screaming children, incessant small talk, and a general sense of being too connected with the general public can make time in the sky pass agonisingly slowly. The AirFly Pro will protect you from this fate, as long as you remember to bring along your trusty Bluetooth headphones. Converting regular headphone jacks into Bluetooth transmitters, you can enjoy wireless audio with your own headphones for hassle-free, blissful peace.

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Philips Hue Secure Contact Sensor

 

  • Nothing says “I care for you” more than home security gear. Gift that special person in your life with Philips’ Hue Secure contact sensor, and they’ll always know when a door or window is opened, thanks to its ability to seamlessly merge into existing Hue setups. Safety aside, it can also be used to automate actions such as turning lights on when entering a room — useful for nighttime trips to the WC.

OneOdio OpenRock S

They may not be as good as Sony’s class-leading MX5 buds, but this pair of wireless in-ears are still absolutely worthy of gracing one’s ears if premium budgets are out of reach. Comfortable, noise-cancelling, and with superb sound to back it up (courtesy of Sony’s clever sound enhancement engine), they’re a failsafe pick that won’t let you (or your recipient) down.


Stuff Christmas Gifts £100 Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro

Slapping a fitness wearable on their wrist is a good way to remind relations to get started with their post-Christmas running plan, and Xiaomi’s new Smart Band 7 Pro gives them a lot for less than £100. Built-in GNSS promises better tracking and faster position locking than the Smart Band 6, while an 84% larger AMOLED display allows them to see a lot more information and data without having to swipe. 


Stuff Christmas Gift ideas for £100: Marshall Willen Bluetooth speaker

Marshall Willen

Marshall’s most backpack-friendly Bluetooth speaker to date is also perfect stocking fodder. As you’d expect, it looks not unlike a shrunken version of one of the legendary brand’s amps, but here you’re pairing a smartphone rather than plugging in a guitar. The diddy speaker might weigh just 310g, but Marshall has managed to cram in two passive radiators paired with a 2in full-range driver, for noise-making capabilities that belie its small size.


Stuff Christmas Gift Ideas Logitech Litra Glow streaming light

Logitech Litra Glow

Shopping for a streamer, or perhaps just someone who’s seemingly never not on a video call of some description? This ring light alternative ensures they always look their best. Logitech promises that its TrueSoft tech delivers full-spectrum LED light for a balanced, natural look across all skin tones, while a three-way monitor mount allows you to find the perfect position. It’s passed strict testing guidelines too, so is fully approved to use for the duration of any Warzone stream.


Christmas Gift Ideas for £100: 1More Sonoflow headphones

1More Sonoflow

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and these wireless cans look not unlike Sony’s all-conquering WH-1000XM5. In our review we noted surprisingly good noise-cancelling and punchy sound for a decidedly wallet-friendly pair of headphones, and the 50-hour battery life (with ANC on) is enough to listen to all of The Beatles’ back catalogue several times over before you need to find a plug. The big difference between these and Sony’s offering? The sub-£100 price tag makes them a reasonable Christmas request.


Stuff Christmas Gifts £100 Logitech MX Keys Mini Keyboard

Logitech MX Keys Mini

A writer’s retreat might be just the thing to inspire your next bestseller. Stick Logitech’s compact keyboard in your backpack for top typing wherever you travel. Slim, light and good for up to five months on a single charge, the Mini features full-sized keys which are sculpted to suit your fingertips. Its solid metal build reduces the rat-a-tat that would otherwise earn the ire of fellow authors, while an emoji shortcut means you’ll easily find the right smiley to celebrate when you get published.


Christmas Gift Ideas for £100: GameSir Pro smartphone controller

GameSir X2 Pro

For all its ongoing enthusiasm for cloud gaming, Microsoft is yet to launch an Xbox handheld. But with GameSir’s latest controller, you can at least make your Android phone look like one. An officially licensed version of its X2, the X2 Pro is available in both black and white (depending on whether you prefer the Xbox Series X or Series S aesthetic), and matches up with the traditional Xbox face button layout and design. New members even get a free month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate thrown in.


Christmas Gift Ideas for £100: Nomad Horween Leather mousepad

Nomad Horween Leather Mousepad

 

Razer Blade 16 Automobili Lamborghini Edition review: speed demon

Razer Blade 16 lamborghini edition lid

Introduction

How do you make what was already one of the most powerful yet portable gaming laptops around just that little bit more exclusive? A tie-in with a supercar company ought to do the trick. The Razer Blade 16 Automobili Lamborghini Edition is every bit as powerful as the standard Blade 16, only now it’s rocking a bespoke look that wouldn’t look out of place on the passenger seat of an Aventador or Urus.

That means this 16in mean machine is packing the most powerful Nvidia GPU ever squeezed inside a laptop, an overclockable Intel Core i9 processor, and a dual mode 4K mini-LED display so bright it should come with a pair of sunglasses. Might it be so fast Razer needs to have its license suspended? Or does an astronomical asking price stop it from getting out of first gear?

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Design & connectivity: deft dimensions

No need for a double take: the Razer Blade 16 really is a gaming laptop. At 22mm thick and weighing in at 2.45kg, it’s only marginally more portly than an Apple MacBook Pro 16in. Even with the chunky power brick in tow (necessary for supplying the power-hungry GPU with enough volts for 4K gaming) we had no issues carrying it around as our regular work machine.

This Automobili Lamborghini edition parks Razer’s preferred green and black colour combo in favour of one pulled straight from Sant’Agata’s paint catalogue: Arancio Orange. The geometric pattern on the lid is a nod to the Lamborghini Revuelto’s distinctive LED running lights, and the ouroboros logo has been traded for Lamborghini’s bull crest. Both are anodised aluminium, so won’t fade or rub off over time. There are also colour-matched USB ports at the sides, and a serial number on the underside marking its 1-of-150 limited status.

Special edition machines tread a fine line between trendy and tacky; we reckon this is the former. Elsewhere, though, the black metal finish picks up prints like nobody’s business. You’ll have to keep a cleaning cloth handy if you want the Blade 16 looking its best.

Razer Blade 16-16 Inch Gaming Laptop, Switchable UHD+ 120Hz / FHD+ 240Hz Mini-LED, Intel i9-13950HX, 32GB DDR5 5600MHz, NVIDIA Geforce RTX 4090, 2TB PCIe Gen4 NVME SSD

There’s a stellar selection of ports at the sides for a 16in machine. It has two USBs (one Type-C and one Type-A), a full-size HDMI output and an SD card reader on the right, and two more USB Type-As, one USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone port on the left. That’s also where you’ll find the proprietary charging port; the laptop can accept a charge over USB-C, but not at a high enough wattage to be any good for gaming.

Performance: lap record

If CPUs were motor blocks, the Intel Core i9-13950HX inside the Blade 16 would be a nitrous-injected, twin-turbocharged V12. It’s a 24-core beast that can hit 5.5GHz on boost, and there’s enough headroom in the vapour chamber cooling system that you can overclock it even further if you fancy. There’s a generous 32GB of DDR5 memory and a 2TB NVMe SSD, too. It’s so fast to reach the Windows desktop you might not even notice the custom Lamborghini boot sequence.

GPU grunt comes courtesy of an Nvidia RTX 4090 with 16GB of dedicated video memory. While other 16in laptops including the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 have to work within a restricted 145W thermal window (TDP), Razer can achieve the chip’s maximum 175W. In practice, that makes it a gaming monster that can wipe the floor with desktop PCs running RTX 3090s, despite using a fraction of the power draw.

Let’s talk numbers, shall we? At native 4K resolution and without any sort of upscaling, Doom Eternal managed 180fps at Ultra Nightmare quality. Counter Strike 2 averaged 90fps with every setting cranked, and Lies of P nudged north of 70fps. Ghostwire: Tokyo hit 80fps with ray tracing enabled.

Starfield is a lot more demanding, averaging 45-50fps at native resolution, and Cyberpunk 2077 was an even bigger ask. On the Psycho detail preset without any kind of ray tracing, native 4K performance topped out at 22fps. Nvidia’s DLSS tech makes all the difference here, delivering an impressive 90fps. The visual differences are so minor you’d be stupid not to use DLSS just about everywhere that supports it.

Cyberpunk’s path-based ray tracing mode is about as punishing as present-day gaming gets. Even with DLSS, we had to drop to a lower resolution in order to breach 60fps – but that’s also true on larger 17in gaming laptops such as the MSI Titan GT77. That the slim Razer Blade 16 can keep pace is mighty impressive stuff.

The internal fans have to get mighty loud to keep everything cool while under load, but performance was always consistent. They can’t stop the top of the chassis from getting toasty after an extended play session, though. You’re not going to want to touch above the keyboard tray for a while afterwards.

Nvidia’s Optimus graphics switching is quick to throw things back to Intel’s integrated GPU when you’re back on the Windows desktop, but don’t go thinking that means epic battery life. We averaged three to four hours away from the mains, with a mix of web browsing, working and video playback. That’s about right for a gaming laptop, but not enough to leave the charger at home when travelling.

Screen & sound: geared for speed

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From games to streaming shows, everything that appears on the Razer Blade 16’s display looks absolutely gorgeous. The mini-LED panel produces astonishingly high contrast, and the more than 1000 dimming zones put it up there with OLED in terms of depth and black levels. Even in tricky scenes, like fireworks against a night sky, we struggled to spot any backlight blocking or blooming. Slim bezels and a 16:10 aspect ratio also help you get lost in whatever’s onscreen.

Colours are brilliantly vibrant, and accurate enough for creative pros. The HDR-capable panel can also reach a whopping 1000 nits peak brightness. Seriously, it hurts your eyes when standing close to bright light sources in certain games. And that’s not even this laptop’s main party trick.

The native 4K panel usually tops out at 120Hz, which is a fast enough refresh rate for smooth single player gaming – but Razer knows serious multiplayer gamers want even quicker response times. So there’s a second mode available through the Synapse utility software, which drops the resolution down to 1920×1200, but doubles the refresh rate to 240Hz. The Blade 16 has to reboot to swap modes, but it takes less than a minute before you’re back on the desktop and ready to play.

No, it doesn’t look as sharp as a native 1200p display, and only FPS die-hards will truly appreciate the difference 240Hz gaming makes, but if you mainly play competitive shooters it’s nice to have the option. Maybe your Counter Strike K/D ratio will thank you for the extra frames – which the GPU has no problem delivering.

There’s a decent level of clarity on show from the stereo speakers, which easily make themselves heard over the internal fans. There’s not a huge amount of bass though, even as far as laptops go, which can leave music and videos sounding a little anaemic. Fully crank the volume and the high-end gets shrill, too. Gamers should reach for a headset before booting up their favourite title.

Keyboard & touchpad: the write stuff

It’ll hardly come as a shock that the Blade 16 has per-key backlighting. Razer does, after all, love a bit of RGB. The Automobili Lamborghini Edition lights up bright orange, but the Synapse software lets you fully customise every key. Certain games have pre-set colour schemes that kick in when you run them, too. The laser-etched keys are uniformly lit, with zero bleed between each one.

Razer hasn’t tried to squeeze in a numerical keypad, preferring to leave room either side of the keyboard tray for upward-firing speakers. There’s still space for a full size QWERTY ‘board, with only the up and down arrows needing half-height keys. You can pick whether the function keys default to their multimedia shortcuts, and there’s also a keyboard combo for disabling the touchpad while using a mouse, though it’s not labelled.

The keyboard doesn’t use mechanical switches like some gaming laptops, but we had no trouble typing at full speed. Key travel is pretty short, but each one quickly springs back into place after it’s released.

We’re also big fans of the glass touchpad, which is simply massive. The smooth surface allows for friction-free scrolling and sensitivity is well judged for getting around the desktop at 4K resolution. Physical clicks provide good feedback that can be missing from some haptic-based touchpads.

Razer Blade 16 Automobili Lamborghini Edition verdict

Razer Blade 16 lamborghini edition verdict

No-one needs a Lamborghini in their garage. A humble hatchback will get to from A to B perfectly well – but if you can afford one, it’s an undeniably cool way to get around. This limited-run Razer Blade 16 is a similar deal: at a penny under $5000 it’s one of the priciest gaming laptops out there, but the performance on tap is monstrous, and the display puts many top-tier gaming monitors to shame.

The bad news? Only 150 are being made, and they’ll all be sold in the US. But that’s the price you pay for pace-setting hardware and extreme exclusivity.

Happily the regular Blade 16 has just as much oomph, and is also a little easier on the wallet, at $4300/£4400 when you buy direct from Razer. We’ve also spotted it for as low as £3800 from third-party retailers. You really can’t get faster while also staying so portable, and for some that’ll be absolutely worth the price of admission.

?Apple Watch Series 9 vs Ultra 2: what’s the difference

Apple Watch Series 9 watch faces

We were already big fans of the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Apple Watch Ultra. They’re two of the top smartwatches or GPS watches that money can buy, and now they’ve been given an upgrade.

But how do the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 compare?We’ll be bringing you our full reviews soon. But let’s compare the specs first!

Design & build: FineWoven

There’s no major surprises when it comes to the design of both the Apple Watch Series 9 or the Watch Ultra 2. The same button layout and new Action Button remain, and the display is characteristically Apple looking in its flatness.

We thought the weight might have been reduced, but we had no word from Apple on that. The previous Apple,Watch Ultra weighed almost twice that of the smaller Apple Watch Series 8, but on initial impressions that’s not about to get any lighter.

Apple Watch Series 9 [GPS 41mm] Smartwatch with Starlight Aluminum Case with Starlight Sport Band M/L. Fitness Tracker, Blood Oxygen & ECG Apps, Always-On Retina Display, Water Resistant

The Apple Watch Series 9 is available in 41mm and 45mm sizes, and comes in pink aluminum, starlight, silver, midnight and product red colours. Cases are also available in gold, silver and graphite. The Watch Ultra 2, meanwhile, is built from more recycled materials and has a black colour option. It is only available in 49mm.

Apple has invented its own brand-new material. That’s called FineWoven, a microtwill made of 68 percent post-consumer recycled material. Apple has also ditched leather in all its new products and if you buy the Watch SE or aluminum Series 9 with a sport loop strap then it is Carbon Neutral.

Screen: increased nits

The Apple Watch Series 9 offers a 2000 nits display, which is twice as much as the Series 8, says Apple. At night, it can go down to a humble 1 nits in brightness.

Designed to handle the brightest sunlight, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 goes up to 3000 nits (up 1000 nits on last year). It’s also extended its built-in location mapping widgets. Apple is calling this modular ultra, and uses the outer edge of the display to show data such as elevation and depth.

Some moderately big news is that the Apple Watch Series 9 has introduced a new gesture-controlled by the watch hand. That’ll be the double tap. Simply tap your index finger and thumb twice, and you can answer and end calls, scroll through widgets, pause and play TV shows and snap photos from your phone. Revolutionary…indeed.

The Ultra has always been for the more active user. The original smartwatch comes with a dual-frequency GPS for improved tracking, and is fitted with all sorts of health-measuring tech. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 has only improved these features, or at least made them more accessible. The Ultra 2 features the double tap, as well as advanced metrics such as dual-frequency GPS.

Apple Watch Ultra 2 [GPS + Cellular 49mm] Smartwatch with Rugged Titanium Case & Blue Alpine Loop Small. Fitness Tracker, Precision GPS, Action Button, Extra-Long Battery Life

Performance & battery: much of the same

The take home information when it comes to the performance of both smartwatches is that they feature a brand new S9 SiP (system in package). This is designed to upgrade speed and efficiency. And much like the iPhone 15, the two watches come with improved Find My. This can direct you to your lost Apple product and takes distance and direction into account.

The Apple Watch Series 9 has an ‘all-day’ battery life of 18-hours. Until we can test that out ourselves, it’s hard to say how that translates into real life.

A key criticism of the original Watch Ultra though was its battery life. It was advertised as lasting for up to three days, but in reality that was more like two days. We found that the battery also worsens over time, which isn’t exactly reassuring if you’re planning a long hike in the wilderness. We were somewhat disappointed, then, to learn that the battery life for the Apple Watch Ultra 2 remains the same.

Both smartwatches come running watchOS 10 straight out of the box. WatchOS 10 brought us revamped widgets, new control centre access, better GPS and more Apple Fitness+ features.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Apple Watch Ultra 2: price

There’s no beating around the bush on this one. The Apple Watch Series 9 is a full $400/£400 cheaper than the Apple Ultra 2. At $399/£399, the Apple Watch Series 9 is certainly the more cost effective choice. The Apple Watch Ultra 2, meanwhile, is available for $799/£799.

Apple Watch Series 9 [GPS 41mm] Smartwatch with Starlight Aluminum Case with Starlight Sport Band M/L. Fitness Tracker, Blood Oxygen & ECG Apps, Always-On Retina Display, Water Resistant

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Apple Watch Ultra 2: verdict

We’ll point out the obvious here and say that both the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 don’t reinvent the wheel. They build on many of the features we saw in earlier models. In that, deciding which smartwatch is worth your money comes down to personal usage.

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is suited to lovers of the great outdoors, but it demands a hefty asking price. The Ultra 2 is also competing with the Garmins of this world, alongside a whole bunch of reasonably priced health trackers. Right now, if you already have an Apple Watch Ultra, we’d recommend sticking with your current model. If you’re tempted by the Apple Watch Series 9, then on immediate impressions there’s not many upgrades that make buying a new one worthwhile.

Sennheiser Accentum headphones bring affordable ANC

Sennheiser Accentum headphones

 

The Sennheiser Accentum headphones offer an attractive alternative for those seeking noise-cancelling headphones without breaking the bank. While the Sennheiser Momentum over-ears are renowned for their noise-cancelling prowess but come with a premium price tag, the Accentum headphones provide a more budget-friendly option while still delivering effective noise isolation. These headphones boast a combination of hybrid active noise cancellation (ANC) technology and impressive battery life, making them accessible to a wider audience.

Equipped with 37mm dynamic transducer drivers, Sennheiser claims that these headphones deliver an immersive audio experience characterized by powerful bass and crystal-clear clarity. If their performance is anywhere close to the highly regarded Momentum 4 headphones, users can expect a delightful and engaging music listening experience.

 

Sennheiser Accentum headphones bring affordable ANC

Each padded ear cup has been designed with maximum passive sound isolation in mind, while separate microphones target low and high frequencies for effective ANC. Those mics also have built-in wind reduction, so should help your speech stay nice and clear when making voice calls, and adjustable side-tone pipes some of it back into the ear cups for more natural conversation.

The Sennheiser Accentum headphones boast an impressive battery life, offering 50 hours of playback with active noise cancellation (ANC) activated. Even a quick ten-minute charge via a power source provides an additional five hours of playback. These headphones support wired listening through USB-C, utilizing an integrated DAC for enhanced audio quality.

They feature aptX HD codec support for superior audio fidelity, along with standard SBC and AAC codecs. Bluetooth 5.2 enables multipoint connectivity, allowing simultaneous pairing with two devices. The headphones can be customized using Sennheiser’s smartphone companion app for EQ adjustments and firmware updates.

The Sennheiser Accentum headphones are available for pre-order, with the black version expected on October 4th and the white variant arriving in late November. They are priced at £160/€180 each.

 

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SmartWind automated window senses the temperature for an eco-friendly fresh air solution

SmartWind automated window senses the temperature for an eco-friendly fresh air solution

 

SmartWind automated window senses the temperature for an eco-friendly fresh air solution
SmartWind automated window senses the temperature for an eco-friendly fresh air solution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool your home with fresh air using the SmartWind automated window. It monitors the outdoor air temperature, lowering your cooling costs and improving your air quality. An eco-friendly money saver, this cost-effective retrofit provides clean energy by pulling cool air from outside into your home. It installs in your wall near the ceiling, operating like a vent. However, unlike a standard vent, it won’t lose energy when it sits idle because it shuts its valve. In fact, SmartWind’s patented design can achieve an R15+ insulating rating by trapping air in its chamber while closed. This gadget complements your cooling system, saving you significant money on moderate days in the long run. Moreover, it reads the forecast and knows when warm days are coming. In that case, it automatically activates its thermostat beforehand! Overall, it’s compatible with Google Home Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, and it comes in 4 models.

13 Best Smart Gadgets to Make Pet Owners’ Lives Easier

13 Best Smart Gadgets to Make Pet Owners’ Lives Easier

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Got a fur kid at your home? Then you will want to make sure that he stays safe, healthy, and cheerful with you all the time.

A smart gadget can help amazingly.

A pet-centric gadget is a device that monitors and accompanies your pet in different ways. These are designed to help pet owners keep track of their pets in multiple ways.

For example, these gadgets can track your pet’s overall health. Or you can also monitor your dog or cat’s whole day’s activities via a smart camera. Many more gadgets like this help you keep your pets entertained and occupied.

How are Pet-Centric Gadgets Helpful?

Most pet parents continuously hunt for unique, helpful gadgets for their pets. This is because these gadgets make your lives much easier while busy at work. Besides this, these gadgets also make your pets feel pampered and safe.

Because if you are a pet owner, you cannot stay with your pet 24/7. But pets are sensitive creatures and can accept their surroundings easily.

With the help of smart gadgets, you can make them eliminate separation, anxiety, and loneliness. You can stay tuned for their health insights and get alert if there is any issue.

Some smart gadgets like cameras allow you to monitor their real-time activities from anywhere. And some AI-powered devices offer two-way communication along with treat dispensing and all.

Thus, all these can help your pet feel happy, busy, and safe even in your absence.

Benefits of Using Smart Pet Gadgets

Smart pet gadgets allow you to monitor your pet’s behavior. In case of any issues, you can offer proper training to them.

With these, you can see, hear, and talk to your pet even when you are away from home. As a result, you can help your pet get out of separation anxiety.

Some smart gadgets also offer various smart toys to your pet. This helps in keeping them occupied.

Some smart gadgets also assist pet owners in day to day cleaning of pet clutter.

Now that you understand the benefits of using smart pet gadgets let’s explore some of the best smart gadgets.

Furbo 360° Dog Camera

Want to keep your dog in view all the time? This Furbo 360° dog camera is a suitable smart gadget for you that monitors your pet’s every activity. This camera lets you track your dog’s moments and share the special ones with your friends.

This camera comes with a 360-degree view and thus can rotate smoothly at any angle. It features a high-definition 1080p resolution with 4X digital zoom and comes with color night vision and a high-quality microphone. Furbo 360° Dog Camera has an in-built speaker and an amazing feature of barking alerts.

It lets you call your dog when you are away, thus eliminating separation anxiety. Besides monitoring your pet, it can also offer treats to your dog. It can store 100 treat pieces. You can adjust the size of the treats according to your pet.

FitBark Dog Monitor

Are you bothered about your dog’s sleep or day-to-day activities? Let FitBark monitor all this for you so you can learn about your dog’s overall health.

Fitbark tracks your pet’s activities and sleep and offers you a deep health report. As a result, you can stay aware of whether your dog is active.

FitBark monitors your dog’s activities 24/7. It comes with six months of battery life, waterproof resistance, and is made with durable material. FitBark features a Bluetooth 4.0 connection and allows you to share your pet’s health updates with your friends or family.

Tractive GPS Pet Tracker for Dogs

Track your dog in real-time with this smart Tractive GPS specially designed for dog or pet owners. You can choose from a monthly, one-year, two-year, or five-year subscription plan. It is available for 30 days with a money-back guarantee.

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It allows you to create a virtual fence by marking safe zones. You can know when your dog leaves and returns to this safe zone. This tracker also allows you to track your dog’s whole day’s activities, from active time to calories burned and resting.

It comes as a collar attachment that can track your dog in over 150 countries. It comes in a lightweight and small design that complements your pet’s overall look.

Wickedbone Smart Bone

Make sure your dog is not getting bored when you are busy with your work with this Wickedbone smart bone. It is an intelligent toy for your dog or pet that does not require any manual interference. You can play or control it via an app or joystick in drive mode.

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Wickedbone Smart Bone is made with FDA food-grade polycarbonate that is safe for your puppy’s teeth, claws, and overall health. It comes with a 470 mAh battery that can last for 2 hours in interactive mode, 30 minutes in app mode, and around one month in sleep mode.

It is primarily designed to gain your pet’s attention to keep him entertained all day.

Veken Pet Fountain

Offer your pet fresh, filtered, and healthy water to drink even in your absence with this Veken pet fountain. It is a low-consumption and ultra-quiet pump that has a 2.5L water capacity.

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Veken Pet Fountain is made with high-quality BPA-free material, which is durable and easy to clean. It has three modes: flower bubble, flower waterfall, and gentle fountain.

It has a triple filtration system, and it comes with three replacement filters. These filters include non-woven fabrics, activated carbon, and ion exchange resins.

eufy Pet Camera

This eufy pet camera gives you a way to always comfort your pet with your voice and his favorite treats. It is a 360-degree camera that gives you an all-around view of your pet 24/7. It features a wide-angle lens that removes blind spots.

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Its powerful night vision lets you record cute moments of your pet in HD detail. You can watch the pet’s activities in real-time with the eufy pet app.

It also comes with a 3-distance treat dispenser that treats your pet by tossing. It works like a pet sitter as you get notifications about every activity, barking, meowing, or more.

Moorebot Scout Smart Camera

Moorebot Scout is a novelty robot camera that patrols 24/7 to track your pet. You can control this omnidirectional robot camera with your smartphone. It tracks and follows the pets and humans around it.

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This also works as a home security gadget. It allows you to control it with your voice via Alexa, Siri, and Google Home. You can easily stream its video recordings on your Echo Show. It sends cloud alerts directly to your phone. It follows a pre-programmed path and auto-docks to its charging station.

Dreametech L10 Pro Vacuum Cleaner

Looking for a thorough and smart pet hair cleaner? Dreametech L10 Pro is a robot vacuum cleaner with a powerful 4000pa suction. It works amazingly in removing pet hair from the floor or carpet.

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It features dual-line LiDAR navigation and high-precision 3D technology that accurately finds obstacles. You just need to save your home map to it, and you can easily control it via a dedicated app. Its 5200 mAh battery lets it deliver 150 minutes of cleaning.

Besides cleaning pet hair, it can wipe out all the dust, dirt, and other clutter from the surface.

Petcube Cam

Go for this Petcube Cam if you want to monitor your pet continuously. It is a smart HD camera. It comes with a resolution of 1080p and a two-way audio feature.

Petcube Cam offers live video streaming to get real-time tracking of your pet. It offers a 30-foot crystal clear night vision. Petcube Cam comes with a one-year warranty. It also offers all Petcube users 24/7 accessibility to a licensed vet from the dedicated app.

Petcube Play 2 Camera

Make separation anxiety easier for your pet by staying connected to them with the Petcube Play 2 camera. It offers a 160 degrees wide angle view with an HD resolution of 1080p. The camera features night vision and 4X digital zoom.

It has two-way audio, so you can speak with your pet and listen to him. One special feature of this Petcube Cam is its interactive laser toy that entertains your pet. Your pet will love to play a game of chase with this.

Petcube Bites 2 Lite

Petcube Bites 2 Lite is a smart HD camera with a 160 degrees view lens. Its 1080p HD resolution and 8X digital zoom let you monitor your pet.

Petcube Bites 2 Lite also comes with two-way audio to hear and speak. It lets you interact and offer treats to your pet remotely with its in-built treat dispenser. It gives you a great way to keep your pets busy when you are away from them.

Whistle™ Health Dog Tracker

Whistle™ Health Tracker is an AI-powered smart gadget for pet owners that helps to monitor their pets’ behavior closely. As a result, you can get insights into your dog’s health.

It monitors various health aspects of dogs, like scratching, drinking, licking, sleeping, and more. With this, you can set your pet’s fitness goals and track their performance. You can use this dog health monitor to personalize your dog’s food portions.

It comes with an Ask a Vet feature that lets you connect to a licensed vet via its app anytime.

Whistle™ Health & GPS+

Whistle™ Health & GPS+ is a smart collar designed to offer you regular health and GPS tracking of your pet. This AI-powered collar comes with two rechargeable batteries. It lets you monitor your pet 24/7.

You can set up a safe place for your dog. You get location alerts on your smartphone as soon as your pet leaves a safe place. It analyzes various activities of pets such as licking, drinking, scratching, etc., thus offering you health updates. It comes with a one-year warranty.

Final Words

Does your fur kid have any of these smart gadgets? If not, try any of these and see how they can offer convenience to you and your lovely pet. Moreover, these give you peace of mind that your pet is perfectly fine and under your supervision all the time.

You may also want to explore the best pet trackers to monitor your pet’s location.

Flevo Bowly dog toy makes thinking a game and also challenges your dog’s key drives

 

Flevo Bowly dog toy makes thinking a game and also challenges your dog’s key drives
Flevo Bowly dog toy makes thinking a game and also challenges your dog’s key drives

 

Ensure your pup gets the most challenging experience out of every play with Bowly. This challenging dog bowl is designed from extensive

behavioral research with dogs to meet their natural needs

– Physically and mentally stimulating: Your pup will work hard to figure out how to get the treat out of Bowly. This satisfies their natural instincts and offers a fun and healthy way for them to enjoy their playtime. It makes each success a proud victory for your dog and you

– Sizes for all dogs: It comes in 2 sizes—one for Small breeds and one for Medium-Large breeds

A valuable addition to any dog’s routine, Bowly promotes overall well-being and provides a fun and effective solution for weight management. It’s ideal for pet owners seeking to improve their dog’s health and happiness

EarBuddy ear cleaner removes wax, dirt, and water from your ears in a gentle way

EarBuddy ear cleaner removes wax, dirt, and water from your ears in a gentle way

 

EarBuddy ear cleaner removes wax, dirt, and water from your ears in a gentle way
EarBuddy ear cleaner removes wax, dirt, and water from your ears in a gentle way

Kick traditional cotton swabs to the curb and say hello to an eco-friendly alternative: the EarBuddy ear cleaner. Its patented technology

gently cleans grime and wax from your ears.

 

– Gentle: Made 30% smaller than cotton swabs, it gently and quickly cleans your ears.
– Patented technology: With an easy-to-use design, its patented technology removes dirt, grime, and wax from your ears in a safe way.
– Inflatable tip: Soft and safe, the inflatable tip causes no harm to your eardrum.
– Reusable and eco-friendly: Because you can wash and reuse this gadget over and over, it offers a more sustainable solution to ear cleaning than cotton swabs that you toss in the trash.
– Effective: By effectively removing all that stuff you don’t want in your ears, it increases your comfort.

 

Finally, this works for adults and children alike. Made from recyclable materials, it lets you feel good about your hygiene choice.

The Roborock Q Revo is a compact smart AI robot vacuum cleaner that combines advanced navigation technology with powerful cleaning capabilities

The Roborock Q Revo is a compact smart AI robot vacuum cleaner that combines advanced navigation technology with powerful cleaning capabilities
The Roborock Q Revo is a compact smart AI robot vacuum cleaner that combines advanced navigation technology with powerful cleaning capabilities

Elevate your cleaning experience with the cutting-edge Roborock Q Revo smart AI robot vacuum. Discover what makes this intelligent robot stand out

Enhanced Mopping Performance: The Q Revo introduces a dual spinning mop system that swiftly cleans floors at an impressive speed of 200 RPM

Effortless Maintenance: After completing its cleaning cycle, the Q Revo autonomously returns to its versatile dock. This innovative dock not only self-empties and refills the robot but also facilitates mopping and fast charging

Power and Intelligence Combined: With a remarkable suction power of 5,500Pa and Reactive Tech Obstacle Avoidance, the Q Revo ensures thorough cleaning while intelligently navigating around obstacles

Seamless Roborock App Integration: Take full control of your cleaning routine through the user-friendly Roborock App. Create No-Go Zones, customize cleaning schedules, and leverage advanced mapping features

Upgrade your cleaning game with the Roborock Q Revo and experience a hassle-free and smarter approach to maintaining a spotless

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