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Phones with the best battery life

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The OnePlus 3T’s battery lasts way longer, takes sharper selfies and has a 128-GB storage option. The bottom line: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The S8 Plus [Read entire story]

Father’s Day tech gifts for $100 or less

Echo products still can’t offer audio that syncs across multiple devices in different rooms. The new and improved Dot takes Amazon’s best-in-class smart home speaker and wraps it in an ultra-affordable package. The [Read entire story]

Best home video and TV gifts for Father’s Day

The Roku Streaming Stick is one of the least expensive devices to stream video from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Sling TV and other services. Roku’s system offers more apps, better search and more customization than [Read entire story]

The best tablets money can buy

The Surface Pro 4 fits a larger screen with a higher resolution into a slightly slimmer body than last year’s model. The pen and keyboard cover are also improved, and this is one of the first mobile systems that [Read entire story]

Best audio gifts for young graduates

Google’s budget audio dongle pipes music to any stereo from the most popular streaming apps on your phone. It’s simple and works well, with direct compatibility for most major music services, and even more are [Read entire story]

Best headphones for grads

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The QuietComfort 35 combines top-of-the-line active-noise canceling with wireless Bluetooth operation in an extra-comfortable, fold-up design. The sound is excellent for Bluetooth, and [Read entire story]

Smart gadgets to make you Mom’s favorite

Roost Water Leak and Freeze Detector Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector boasts killer design, reliable performance and a reasonable price. The bottom line: The Roost is one [Read entire story]

Our favorite smart thermostats

Nest Learning Thermostat The next-gen Nest Learning Thermostat has a larger display, a better resolution and a new far-field sensor for viewing time and temperature information from a distance. Nest is behind in the [Read entire story]

Four cheap phones we love

Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The latest ZenFone 3 packs a premium design and materials into a brilliant, affordable phone. The bottom line: The ZenFone 3’s beautiful looks, premium construction and satisfying [Read entire story]

These laptops rank on top

The inventive Touch Bar streamlines work and saves clicks, and Apple has improved almost every part of the thinner, lighter MacBook Pro, including a larger touch-pad, faster components and a flatter keyboard. The [Read entire story]

Best sound bars under $300

Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The Yamaha offers a wide-open sound that is great for movies and surprisingly good with music. The connectivity is up there with some of the best sound bars, regardless of price. The [Read entire story]

Best wireless routers

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The RT2600 has long-range, fast Wi-Fi speed and plenty of features. The router can host more than one broadband connection, and works as a network storage server when coupled with an [Read entire story]

Best DIY home security systems

From setup to shutdown, the Piper NV all-in-one security device was an absolute delight to use. For easy, seamless DIY home security and automation integration, look no further than the Piper NV. Nest Cam’s [Read entire story]

Best mirrorless cameras

Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 For the most part, the Sony delivers terrific photo and video quality in a compact, well-designed body. Terrible battery life and a mushy shutter mechanism may negatively affect your [Read entire story]

4 great phones you can’t get from your carrier

Cnet rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 The Huawei has more power than you’ll need, a camera that’s great for arty shots and a battery that won’t quit on you by dinner. The bottom line: Cnet rating: 4.0 stars out of [Read entire story]

Best phones of 2017

Polished design. MicroSD storage slot and water-resistant (again). No removable battery, which isn’t surprising, but is still a compromise compared with 2014’s S5. The fast, powerful, beautiful Galaxy S7 phone is [Read entire story]

Sound bar buying guide: What you need to know

The Samsung is one of the best sound bars we’ve ever heard for both movies and music. The dedicated rear speakers deliver increased immersion compared to single-speaker designs. Dolby Atmos is only available on a [Read entire story]

Best new AV receivers

The Sony proves itself a worthy all-arounder with a dynamic performance in both music and movies. Useful features include multiroom streaming, three separate powered speaker zones and wireless support for AirPlay, [Read entire story]

Best of the new TVs

The B6 outperforms every other TV we’ve tested, with the exception of even more expensive 2016 OLED TVs, which perform about the same. The bottom line: LG’s high-end 2016 OLED TVs deliver the best picture quality of [Read entire story]

Best tablets under $200

Cnet rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 The ZenPad is affordable, lightweight and thin, with a sleek design. Adjusting the screen’s color balance, saturation and sharpness is a breeze thanks to its user-friendly UI, and its [Read entire story]