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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

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Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD Q900.

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Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

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QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

The QNAP HS-453DX is the most capable multimedia NAS box on the planet. But it's very pricey and just how useful its direct audio/video output will be depends on your setup. But it's not dead easy to use.

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Samsung RU8000 4K UHD TV review: A good-enough smart TV, but not one that's keeping up with the times

By last year's standards, Samsung's RU8000 is a good TV; but this year, it's eclipsed in terms of both color and HDR performance by less-expensive competitors.

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OWC unveils its Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C, an external NVMe drive promising 980MBps speed

OWC's Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C is an external NVMe SSD with a weather-resistant case and capacities up to 2TB, as well at 980MBps speed.

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Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Designed for 2.5-inch drives, including SATA SSDs, the Synology DS419slim is a mighty mite with a cornucopia of media-serving features, including the power to stream 4K video.

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Fledging Shell Thunderbolt 3 review: Roll your own X5 with this fast, portable NVMe enclosure

It runs hot under heavy loads, but Fledging’s Shell Thunderbolt 3 is screaming fast BYONS (Bring your own NVMe SSD) external storage.

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Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth speaker review: Flashy lights, fun, amazing sound—and it's waterproof!

The Sony SRS-XB32 is a fun Bluetooth portable speaker with a nice amount of thump and great overall sound. And its IP67 rating means it's submersible up to three feet.

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LG E9 4K OLED smart TV review: The real deal gets brighter

LG's top-of-the-line 4K OLED remains a velvety, colorful, and now slightly brighter viewing experience.

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Samsung Q900 smart TV review: This 8K TV will make you forget all about 4K

Samsung's best TV yet shows what's possible with 8K video. It also upscales lower-resolution material with aplomb.

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Etymotic ER4XR in-ear headphone review: Top-notch sonics and a comfortable fit

Though definitely on the pricey side, Etymotics ER4 XR's deliver the musical goods, and the flanged tips are more comfortable in the ear than the standard memory foam types.

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Hisense H8F 4K UHD TV (2019) review: Better color, better blacks, and better HDR

Hisense's H8F has upped its game with array backlighting, more vivid color, and true HDR pop.

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Upgrading an older iMac’s PCIe SSD: Third-party solutions that save you beaucoup bucks

Most 2013 and later iMacs ship with proprietary PCIe SSDs, many of which are old, slow, and small. Upgrading to an SSD not made by Apple, including common M.2 types, will save you tons of money while improving performance. In many cases, drastically.

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Seagate IronWolf 110 2.5-inch SSD: Up to 4TB of NAS storage designed to last, but a lot of cash

Seagate's IronWolf 110 SSD is designed for NAS, but can also be used in PCs. Thanks to very good performance, a high durability rating, and surprisingly low premium, you might just want to do that. Being available in capacities up to 3.82 TB doesn't hurt either.