The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet

Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2018
The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet

A USB-C hub is quickly becoming an indispensable piece of gear. Though we like to mock Apple for its rat’s nest of wired dongles for connecting legacy peripherals, more and more PC laptop and tablet makers are adopting USB-C, making it a headache to connect devices like older hard drives or mice.

In fact, most ultrabooks and tablets now include just one or two USB-C ports, often without high-speed Thunderbolt capabilities. Fortunately, there are so many USB-C hubs available with various combinations of legacy I/O that finding one to meet your particular needs is as easy as ordering off a menu: a few USB-A ports here, an SD card slot there, and possibly HDMI and ethernet, too. Some even allow you to charge your laptop via a pass-through USB-C port. 

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Best e-readers for digital-book lovers

Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2018
Best e-readers for digital-book lovers

Folks used to think that e-readers would relegate traditional paper books to the scrapyard of the past and destroy the publishing industry as we knew it. But, in the time since the first Kindle e-reader was unveiled in 2007, the dire declarations of what effect the devices might have on our reading habits and on publishers have given way to widespread acceptance from industry wonks and bookworms alike, for one simple reason: E-readers are pretty great.

Lightweight, easily readable in direct sunlight or, on models equipped with a built-in backlight, in the dead of night, an e-reader is an excellent choice for browsing periodicals, documents, comic books, and of course, books. Most are capable of storing thousands of books—and with power-efficient E Ink displays, word aficionados can typically read for weeks at a time before their device’s battery will need to topping off. These are all great features but, as they’re all features that most e-readers share, choosing which device to buy can be daunting. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you find the device that suits your needs. We’ve assembled reviews of the most popular e-readers on the market today—as well as some you might not have heard of that deserve your attention.

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Amazon All-new Kindle Paperwhite review (2018): The best just got better

Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2018
Amazon All-new Kindle Paperwhite review (2018): The best just got better

Amazon's All-new Kindle Paperwhite comes along just in time. While we've loved prior versions, the e-reader hasn't changed much since its debut in 2012, aside from incremental upgrades such as better front-lighting, additional storage and a few software tweaks. Its most recent version, from 2015, was losing ground to similarly priced competitors such as the Kobo Clara HD.

With the All-new Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon's not only managed to catch up to the competition, it's lapped them. The new e-reader's premium features, reasonable price, and wide variety of content make it the best e-reader for most people.

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