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The best music streaming services

As more listeners shy away from physical recordings in favor of online music libraries, different streaming services keep popping up, each offering a varied amount of songs, features, and quirks. But only a choice few have what it takes to join our lis…

The best Xbox 360 games

It’s been more than 13 years since the retail launch of Microsoft’s snow-white, seventh-generation console, the Xbox 360. The console stands as one of the best in history, with a tremendous lineup of games across a wide variety of genres, and several e…

The best podcasts of 2019

Podcasts are awesome (even if they may finally kill radio). You can stream them or download and listen to them at home on your computer, or through your favorite headphones on an iPhone while you’re headed to work. Plus, they cover just about every to…

The best walkie-talkies for 2019

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If you’ve ever spent any time in the backcountry either hiking or camping, you know that using cell networks to stay in contact isn’t always a reliable option. This can make communication with the rest of your group — let alone friends…

The best drones of 2019

In just the past few years, drones have transformed from a geeky hobbyist affair to a full-on cultural phenomenon. The market is absolutely saturated with them now (including some fantastic models under $500), and they’re available in just about any sh…

The best desktop computers

As mobile devices become more capable, the desktop — our old standby — is too easily forgotten. While manufacturers might lament the decline in desktop sales, it’s all good news for consumers. You’ve always been able to get more bang for your buck out …

The best noise-canceling headphones of 2018

Here’s a fact that every business traveler, public transit commuter, or office worker is woefully aware of: The outside world is loud and full of distractions. Thankfully, noise-cancellation technology has been steadily developing over the last few yea…

The best backpacking tents of 2018

Unlike traditional car camping where the size, weight, and ease of setting up a tent are mostly non-issues, choosing a backpacking tent requires much more pre-trip planning. Not only is it crucial to shave precious weight whenever possible but pack spa…

The best computer speakers of 2018

The built-in speakers lining your laptop or monitor are rarely worthy of praise. With those chintzy stock speakers, you’re missing out on all the nuance that goes into the creation of your favorite songs, film scores, and, of course, Overwatch taunts. …

The best electric skateboards

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: humanity is living in the golden age of rideable technology right now. Over the past few years, electric motors have become smaller and more powerful, while batteries have become more power dense and access…