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PCMag scored the SN30 Pro 4.5 out of 5 stars. "8Bitdo's SN30 is functional, responsive, and works flawlessly," it said in a glowing critique. It also maintains 4.4 stars out of 5 at Amazon

Turning again to PCMag's excellent benchmark coverage, the i7-1065G7's Iris Plus was typically around 75% of the performance of a GeForce MX dedicated GPU in a Whiskey Lake notebook, and double to triple the performance of Whiskey Lake's integrated UHD Graphics 620.

Keeping cameras outside of the home only protect you one way. Will Greenwald, a reporter at PCMag.com covering home security products for a decade, points out that cameras can be nearly as capable when facing inward. A camera covering your entryway could be a great extra layer of protection. If your primary concern is people stealing packages, consider investing in a video doorbell instead, Greenwald says.

My 5G testing sherpa and cellular-networking guru, Sascha Segan of PCMag, has tested these networks in more locations and has also seen these differences between carriers.

According to Amazon, it "has more storage for apps and games than any other streaming media stick." PCMag calls it one of this year’s best media streaming devices — and I couldn’t agree more.

"The iRobot Roomba 690 is an entry-level Roomba model, but PCMag explains that it is still packed with functionality at half the price point: Not only does it feature Wi-Fi connectivity and app control, it supports voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well."

Amazon has offered deep discounts on Alexa-enabled devices in previous years, but this year shoppers may be hesitant to jump on board. According to recent research from PCMag, 39% of shoppers that were polled stated that privacy concerns will discourage them from purchasing Alexa-enabled products.

PCMag selected the Fire HD 8 as their Editors’ Choice winner in the low-cost category, though the Fire HD 10 also offers a larger Full HD screen with a slightly higher, but still inexpensive cost.

Consider a separate credit card that you use exclusively for travel, suggests Max Eddy, who writes about cybersecurity for PCMag. "It makes it easier to keep an eye on the transactions since you’re presumably only going to use it a few times a year."

That’s backed up by a recent article in PCMag, which noted that its tests at millimeter-wave cell sites in Chicago and Dallas performed at around 350-600 feet of range, far less than numbers quoted by various companies, such as Verizon at 800 to 3,000 feet "depending on the circumstance."

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray made it a point during an interview with PCMag to underline the company’s recent pledge that it will not raise prices for at least three years if its colossal merger with Sprint is ultimately approved by regulators and allowed to proceed. CEO John Legere, who is set to lead the combined company, made that vow in a letter to FCC chairman Ajit Pai earlier this month. Ray directly confirmed that Legere’s remarks will also apply to 5G data plans.

"Over the next two years, PCMag.com will update the hub monthly with data on the telecoms companies’ move to adopt 5G from the current 4G system, based on coverage, device availability and speed.

PCMag is tracking AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

"There is a ton of misinformation in the 5G space and it is only going to get worse as competition heats up," Dan Costa, editor-in-chief of PCMag and senior vice president of content of parent Ziff Davis, told Publishers Daily. "We wanted a way for consumers and businesses to know how fast 5G is and exactly where it is being rolled out."

A survey last week of 2,800 football fans by PCMag and Sports Illustrated found that 33 percent of respondents in the 18-to-24 age group said they would stream the Super Bowl this year. Most, however, planned to stream it straight to their television sets.

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