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Review of Mechanical Keyboards For Wired

Just published: my review of mechanical keyboards for Spoilers: I liked the clicky Logitech G513 the best, although there are lots of good ones to check out if you prefer more blinkiness.

Our top pick is the Logitech G513 (available at Amazon for $99.99) , a durable keyboard made of aircraft-grade aluminum that’s great for typing for long periods. For those on a budget, our Best Value pick is the Havit Mechanical Keyboard and Mouse Kit (available at Amazon), which offers a responsive keyboard with an attractive minimal design.

Mesh WiFi Tested for

I can finally reveal the reason I have been standing in the yard staring at my laptop screen over the past few weeks: this review of several mesh WiFi systems for These systems spread the reach of your WiFi by sharing it amongst several routers that work together, rather than a single router.

…Nest WiFi has an extra trick up its sleeve: it works as a Google Voice Assistant speaker. That means you can ask it to do things, such as play tunes from Spotify while you cook, or control smart devices. That could be a pro or a con depending on how you feel about things talking to you: personally, with three meowing cats and a barky dog, I have enough things in my house talking to me without Google joining in.

AA Rechargeable Battery Roundup on

Following up from the USB battery articles I wrote for is this review of AA rechargeable batteries. Bottom line: most were pretty good but there was a surprising amount of variation.

After hours of testing, we chose the Energizer Recharge Universal (available at Amazon for $20.99) as our best rechargeable batteries. They provide the best balance of capacity and price, holding about 2200 mAh of charge and supporting up to 1000 charge cycles…For a less expensive alternative, we recommend AmazonBasic Rechargeable Batteries (available at Amazon). Each individual cell holds about 1800 mAh of charge so your devices won’t run for as long as they would with the Energizers or other higher capacity batteries.

Two Battery Roundups on

I wrote two battery roundups for on USB batteries. One is about portable batteries, while the other is on larger batteries for laptops and the like.

Modern mobile devices can do pretty much everything. Your smartphone is a camera, a video player, video game console, an MP3 player, and a notebook, all in one compact package. Unfortunately, using all of your handset’s functionality can eat up its battery power, fast. That’s where a USB battery pack can help. It will charge your mobile devices on the go, no power outlet required.