The Vizio S4221w-C4 ($250 street) is a step down from the 5.1 sound bar, offering essentially everything that's great about the step-up model without the rear speakers. It has great sound quality, built-in Bluetooth, and one of the best remotes offered on a sound bar. It also has the same refined styling, although its 3.… Read more
Cyber Monday. The online yang to Black Friday's brick-and-mortar yin. Truth be told, I don't usually find this day terribly exciting, if only because the deals rarely exceed what I find all year 'round.
That said, there are deals to be had, oh yes. Here are five especially good ones.
1. Big TV, small price. Most bargain-basement TVs incorporate older technology, like traditional backlighting and slow refresh rates. Not this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Groupon has the Westinghouse UW46T7HW 46-inch HDTV for $299.99 shipped.
This model may qualify as entry-level, but it … Read more
Congrats to Shea O. of Salt Lake City, Utah, for winning a Kanex Multi Sync Keyboard in last week's giveaway. You're not going to find a better Black Friday deal than this week's free prize, bargain hunters.
Sam's Club is offering up an 2.1-channel, 300-watt LG wireless sound bar that lets you squeeze bigger, richer sound from your home theater setup. In addition to a wireless subwoofer, the NB3532A has a Bluetooth feature so you can stream music from your smartphone and other enabled devices.
The audio system has a small footprint too, measuring just under 40 inches wide and weighing 17.7 lbs, so it will fit in just about any room where you like to blast your entertainment. … Read more
We've been keeping a close eye on the partnership between Quirky and GE, with high hopes for a new generation of smart home gadgets. That partnership now seems to be bearing fruit, as the first wave of Quirky+GE-branded devices is hitting stores just in time for the holidays. I've already reviewed the Pivot Power Genius smart surge protector, and we've currently got the Quirky Egg Minder chilling in the company fridge. However, it's the Quirky Spotter Multipurpose Sensor that I've been most eager to play with.
The Spotter is a small, puck-shaped device that'… Read more
As we ramp up to the big day -- you know, Thanksgiving Black Friday -- stores are already dishing up some amazing deals. Starting with this one:
Windows gets small Not everyone is convinced that Windows 8 works well as a desktop or laptop OS, but what about in an 8-inch tablet? That's the question answered by the Dell Venue 8 Pro, which is already an intriguing buy at $299.
Apple has gotten into creating technology that assists baby boomers: hearing aids.
The tech giant has partnered with Danish company GN ReSound to design the first "Made for iPhone" hearing aid, dubbed LiNX. Using Bluetooth-like technology, this hearing aid connects directly to iPhones and is the smallest wireless device GN has ever made.
One of the companies' goals is to de-stigmatize the use of hearing aids. According to Reuters, GN's partnership with Apple started last year and the two companies have since met frequently to work on and improve LiNX.
"ReSound LiNX again underlines our core … Read more
Picture and sound quality are exceptional, and while the sound is realistically loud, I never thought it was too loud. The running time is 30 … Read more
WavePad Sound Editor Free lets you do a lot to your music files, but it has some hang-ups that make it a little annoying to use. Many of the features you'd want from the program are locked away in other programs that the app suggests you download. Still, what's inside of this program is worth using if you need to edit your audio files.
WavePad Sound Editor Free is part of a suite of audio- and video-editing apps that help you polish your media files. The program will advertise all of those other programs while you're using … Read more
Siren Sounds doesn't have many different sounds, but those available do work well. And boy, they are loud! You can even layer sirens over each other if you're trying to prank a friend or wake up the neighborhood. Though it might be too loud for most people, this app lives up to its promises, as being an effective soundboard.
This app lets you use multiple siren sounds from police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks for mischievous purposes. The soundboard has a sleek black layout that makes the sirens come on instantly as you tap the buttons. Though Siren … Read more
Sound Studio for Mac offers a number of useful audio editing tools in a clean, accessible interface for creating spoken word tracks or converting existing music tracks to new formats. It isn't overwhelming to look at, nor is it lacking in any of the features that you need for those basic audio tasks, making it a good investment for anyone that needs a solid, well-executed audio editing tool for their Mac.
When you install Sound Studio, it boots up fast and you can start editing audio immediately. You can record or you can drag and drop or import audio … Read more