The midrange Chromebook 2 certainly isn’t the most powerful Chromebook you can get – blame the 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U processor – but it should suffice for everyday work and multitasking, especially with the 8GB RAM of the machine. Plus, it touts decent battery life (compared to the original 2020 model) and a gorgeous QLED panel that uses Samsung’s quantum-dot technology, resulting in better contrast and more accurate colors no matter what you’re watching. Read our review.
The hybrid vacuum/mopping robot doesn’t boast AI obstacle avoidance like our best robovac pick, the Roomba j7, but it’s efficient at cleaning both hardwood floors and carpets. It also offers support for all major voice assistants – most notably Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri – and comes with a handy “VibraRise” feature that raises the mop when it detects carpet, preventing you from extinguishing your carpet and providing a crap if you’re trying to do the exact opposite Read our Roborock S7 Plus review.
Apple’s second-generation HomePod has arrived, and while we’re unlikely to see discounts on the new model anytime soon, there’s a lot to be said about its stylish counterpart, the HomePod Mini. The compact Siri-equipped smart speaker – which currently is seeing a rare $15 discount at Verizon — comes in an assortment of colors from bright yellow to vibrant orange that can add a splash of color to any room.
The Mini won’t put out the kind of sound associated with the larger, more expensive model, but it offers all the same smart home features, allowing it to serve as a hub for both HomeKit and Matter-enabled accessories. It also sounds surprisingly good for its size, so if you don’t get excited about the new temperature and humidity sensing tricks, you can at least be sure you’re getting a well-balanced speaker that’s as capable of podcasts as Britpop. Read our review.