Polk Audio manages to tease some relatively impressive virtual 3D audio out of its 2.1-channel MagniFi soundbar, which makes the speaker's subpar bass response all the more disappointing. Equipped with built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant support, the MagniFi 2 is easy to set up, and Polk Audio's custom digital sound processing delivers subtle surround and height effects without undue harshness. The $499 MagniFi 2 also comes with three HDMI inputs, a pleasant surprise for a soundbar in this price range. But while it's unquestionably an upgrade over standard TV speakers, the MagniFi 2's otherwise crisp audio is undermined by muddy bass from the wireless subwoofer, robbing the sound of punchiness. Polk Audio has three lines of soundbars.
Samsung, Amazon, Roku, Google, Sony, Apple and Microsoft have unveiled their fall lineups of new tech gear with one biggie awaiting a reveal: those new editions of the Apple iPhone, which is expected later this month. Perhaps you missed the announcements. Or wondered when the products would be available. We have our annual fall calendar for you, right here. Several new ones products have already been released, including the updated Series 6 Apple Watch, Amazon's Fire TV streaming players (some so bare-bones, they don't have TV controls or 4K streaming support) and a faster, more powerful $329 iPad.
This week was jam-packed with new product announcements but we also got a couple of good deals, too. Apple's AirPods Pro remain at their lowest price ever -- only $199 -- and the latest MacBook Air is $100 off. Those in need of a new smartphone can grab the latest from Samsung for $200 less and the solid Beats Solo Pro headphones are down to $199. Here are the best deals from this week that you can still buy today. You can get AirPods Pro for their lowest price ever, only $199, on Amazon, Walmart or Staples.
Labor Day weekend deals extended into the rest of the week with a number of sales on electronics and home appliances. Amazon's $99 Instant Pot deal is still available while August's latest WiFi smart lock can still be had for $30 off. Some of the latest gadgets are on sale, too, including Apple's 2020 iPad Pros and Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone (which just came out). Here are the best deals from this week that you can still grab today. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has only been available for about a month and it's already on sale.
Sonos has finally made a portable wifi and Bluetooth speaker that sounds great – but it's not quite what most will have imagined. For years Sonos has made some of the very best wifi speakers, recently adding optional voice assistants from Google and Amazon. But they have never been truly wireless, needing to be plugged in and on your home wifi network. The Move changes that, essentially taking the excellent Sonos One and adding a battery to the bottom. But it comes at a hefty £399 price tag, although some retailers already have it at £329.
There's more than meets the eye to these generic-seeming glasses. The Bose Frames contain a small pair of hidden speakers and sensors on their arms. In addition to music listening, you can use them to receive calls and interact with Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. Can't decide whether to buy a lamp or a speaker? This could be the answer.
Once upon a time, projectors were big, clunky, and, well, not exactly easy to move around if you want to watch the big game in your backyard or a movie at a friend's house. However, portable projectors have come a long way and Anker's Nebula Capsule II Smart Mini Projector is a solid bet. The Anker projector, which runs Android TV, is lightweight, works with Google Assistant, and has an auto-focus function that automatically adjusts the screen size to your projector screen within a second, not to mention other features that deliver a sharp and clear picture. I've been in the market for a smart projector so I can watch my favorite teams play and watch movies outside. I had high hopes of testing the Nebula Capsule II against a large projection screen in my backyard, but due to the high Florida humidity--and unbearable October heat--I decided to stick to testing the smart projector indoors.
Samsung's Bixby assistant won't be the reason you buy (or don't buy) your next Samsung-manufactured smartphone, smart refrigerator, smart router, or smart speaker. And Samsung is finally coming to terms with that. This was the implicit thread underlying the 2019 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC), which kicked off in earnest on Tuesday at the San Jose Convention Center. Unlike last year, when Samsung announced new languages for Bixby (German, French, Italian, and Spanish), plus Bixby Marketplace for third-party voice apps, this year's enhancements were on the whole understated. Bixby Templates and Bixby Views make it easier for developers to create capsules (apps, in Samsung's vernacular) across a range of devices, while Natural Language Categories enable Bixby to recommend apps by context instead of name.
The Sonos Move speaker ($399, out Sept. 24) can be used as a WiFi speaker at home, but also as a Bluetooth speaker outside and on the go. The newest Sonos wireless speaker has an important new feature: you can take it with you. The Santa Barbara, California-based speaker company has made its mark inside the home. Now, Sonos is taking on all those portable Bluetooth speaker competitors with its Move speaker ($399, out Sept. 24), which connects like its standard home speakers over Wi-Fi and also uses Bluetooth when you need music to go. At about 9 ½ inches tall, the Move speaker is dust- and water-resistant and, when fully charged, provides ten hours of battery life.
Samsung SmartThings has been the leading product in the smart hub space pretty much since the day it was released, but one small problem has long held it back: It had to be tethered to your router with an ethernet cable. For many users, including myself, that one problem was a deal breaker. There are just two available ethernet ports on my router, and I'm just not interested in turning my living room into a server closet with switches and cables running all over the place. With the third-generation SmartThings Hub (Samsung model number GP-U999SJVLGDA), Samsung finally enters the wireless age in earnest. It still provides the option to connect the hub to your router via ethernet, but Wi-Fi connectivity is the default.