Ben Patterson

Senior Writer

Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart speakers, soundbars, and other smart and home-theater devices.

New Google Nest Mini, Nest Wifi, and Pixel Buds 2 expected to surface at Tuesday's Pixel 4 event

Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy
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Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy

If you have $500 (or less), we've found the best cheap laptops on Amazon and Best Buy. The ones that give you the best bang for buck. Keep reading to find our top picks.

Ausounds AU Stream ANC review: Impressive sound and active noise cancellation

Ausounds AU Stream ANC review: Impressive sound and active noise cancellation

The AU Stream ANC wireless earphones deliver impressive sound and effective active noise cancellation in a comfortable, water-resistant design.

Vizio SB36514-G6 Home Theater Sound System review: Impressive sound, but we had Chromecast issues

Vizio SB36514-G6 Home Theater Sound System review: Impressive sound, but we had Chromecast issues

We loved its true surround sound and immersive Dolby Atmos effects, but the Vizio SB36514-G6 gave us trouble when it came to iOS 13 and Chromecast.

Google Assistant makes it easier to move music, podcasts, and videos from one Google device to another

Google Assistant makes it easier to move music, podcasts, and videos from one Google device to another

Compatible with Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube music, the new “stream transfer” feature lets you ask Google to move your tunes from room to room.

Sonos Flex subscriptions let you rent superb, yet pricey Sonos speakers for cheap

Sonos Flex subscriptions let you rent superb, yet pricey Sonos speakers for cheap

In a "small test," Sonos has started renting speakers in the Netherlands for as little as €15 a month.

Marshall Major III Voice headphones add Google Assistant and a big battery-life boost

Marshall Major III Voice headphones add Google Assistant and a big battery-life boost

The updated version of last year’s Major III Bluetooth on-ear headphones boasts onboard Google Assistant and up to a whopping 60 hours of battery life.

TiVo officially unveils previously leaked TiVo Edge DVRs and TiVo+ streaming service

TiVo officially unveils previously leaked TiVo Edge DVRs and TiVo+ streaming service

The TiVo Edge marks the first TiVo DVR with Dolby Vision support, while TiVo+ offers live streaming TV channels that are integrated into the main TiVo programming guide.

Philips Hue White E12 candle bulb review: Inexpensive, easy to use, and no bridge required (unless you want one later)

Philips Hue White E12 candle bulb review: Inexpensive, easy to use, and no bridge required (unless you want one later)

Arriving in the second wave of Bluetooth-enabled smart bulbs from Signify, the new Philips Hue White E12 candle bulb is an easy and inexpensive way to jump into the Hue ecosystem.

Hands-on with HP’s new Spectre x360 13: Shrunk down and supercharged with Ice Lake

Hands-on with HP’s new Spectre x360 13: Shrunk down and supercharged with Ice Lake

Boasting a 10th-gen Ice Lake CPU under its hood, the HP Spectre x360 is nearly an inch less deep than its predecessor, while its slimmed-down top bezel features a 2mm IR webcam.

Amazon unveils a raft of new devices, including a high-end Echo speaker, Alexa-packing earbuds, glasses, and a ring

Amazon unveils a raft of new devices, including a high-end Echo speaker, Alexa-packing earbuds, glasses, and a ring

Amazon went nuts with its fall hardware event, unleashing a bevy of products ranging from wireless Echo Buds, a smart ring, a smart oven, and even a dog tracker.

Acer Aspire 5 (A515-43-R19L) review: A budget AMD Ryzen 3 workhorse with middling battery life

Acer Aspire 5 (A515-43-R19L) review: A budget AMD Ryzen 3 workhorse with middling battery life

There’s a lot to like about this inexpensive Ryzen 3-powered Acer Aspire 5, but its middling battery life is tough to overlook.

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