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Blair Altland


April 27

HomeKit-ready Aqara Smart Wall Switch debuts at $36, no neutral wire needed

While there’s a somewhat-overwhelming amount of smart light switches on the market, only a small number of them support Apple HomeKit. The new Aqara Smart Wall Switch helps bridge this gap with four variants ready to be controlled by Apple devices when paired with a hub. If you’re wondering why there are four variants, the answer is to provide one and two button options that will be compatible in both new and old homes alike. As we’ve come to expect from most HomeKit-ready devices, these switches also works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, making them platform-agnostic options ready to serve almost any smart home.

March 20

Best Buy 3-day sale discounts official iPhone cases, 16-inch MacBook Pro, HomePod, more

Best Buy has rolled out a new 3-day sale this weekend featuring deals on all the usual categories, including Apple, TVs, smart home and more. Free shipping is available in orders over $35, or you can opt for in-store pickup if your nearest location is still open. Head below for all of our top picks.

February 26

February 25

Tuesday’s best deals: Apple 27-inch 5K iMac $200 off, Anker iPhone accessory sale from $8, more

Tuesday’s best deals include $200 off Apple’s latest 27-inch 5K iMac, an Anker iPhone accessory sale from $8, and a rare discount on the official Milanese Loop Apple Watch Band. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

February 24

Take $700 off 15-inch MacBook Pro, refurb iPhone deals from $120, more in today’s best deals

Today’s best deals include a $700 discount on the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro alongside refurbished iPhone XS/Max and more from $120. Plus, you’ll be able to score new lows in a one-day networking Gold Box. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

January 22

January 7

Synology unveils latest budget-friendly NAS, the DiskStation DS420j, at CES

Synology is taking to CES this year to officially unveil its latest affordable home storage solutions with the debut of its DiskStation DS420j NAS. Designed for managing a user’s data backup and file sharing needs, this four-bay model enters with a compelling $286 retail price for its feature set, 112MB/s transfer speeds, and the usual suite of Synology software capabilities provided by DSM. Head below for a closer look at Synology’s new DiskStation DS420j NAS.

December 27, 2019

December 26, 2019

December 24, 2019

elago AirPods Case $9, August HomeKit Smart Lock Pro hits $150, Sonos AirPlay 2 bundle, more

Tuesday’s best deals include elago’s iPod-themed AirPods Case for $9, August HomeKit Smart Lock Pro at 25% off, and a Sonos One SL bundle. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

December 11, 2019

Denon takes on Sonos with three new multi-room AirPlay 2 speakers from $249

Denon is no doubt one of the more well-known players in the home theater space. But now the company is looking to expand its hi-fi audio products to the rest of your home, announcing a suite of three new multi-room speakers deemed Denon Home. Entering with price points starting at $249, this new collection of home audio products takes on Sonos and other smart speakers with notable features like AirPlay 2 and more. Head below for a closer look.

December 10, 2019

New ConnectSense In-Wall Outlet supports HomeKit, Alexa, and Assistant

With smart home ecosystems largely funneling down to HomeKit, Alexa, and Assistant, it’s always good to see new products that natively support as many as possible. The new ConnectSense In-Wall Outlet thankfully supports all three, solidifying itself as a solid contender in the smart home space.

Unlike typical smart plugs, this unit replaces existing outlets. Going this route yields a clean look while also delivering desirable smart home functionality. “Ultra-precise power monitoring” is also a notable feature, delivering measurements that ConnectSense touts as accurate within a 0.1% margin of error.

November 13, 2019

October 21, 2019

Latest AirPods on sale from $130, plus a new low on Apple Watch Series 4 GPS and more

Today’s best deals are headlined by the latest AirPods on sale starting at $130, plus score a new all-amazon low on Apple Watch Series 4 GPS at $99 off and bring home the 11-inch iPad Pro while pocketing $149 in savings. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

October 3, 2019

September 23, 2019

Arlo unveils Pro 3 Camera System with 2K HDR recording + HomeKit on the way

Today Arlo has officially announced its Pro 3, the latest addition to its expanding roster of home surveillance systems. Looking to lessen the gap between its Pro and Ultra cameras, this new release comes with some notable enhancements. Headlined by a wider field of view than its predecessors, Arlo’s latest brings automatic pan and zoom, HDR recording, and more to the Pro lineup. Hit the jump for additional details.

July 24, 2019

July 23, 2019

Kanex launches three MacBook-friendly USB-C hubs, priced from $60

Following the launch of its iPad Pro USB-C hub a month ago, Kanex is back at it again with three new offerings made with the MacBook lineup in mind. Whether you own a modern MacBook Air, Pro, or the recently discontinued 12-inch offering, there’s a Kanex iAdapt USB-C hub that’s ready to bring ports of old back to your Mac.

July 22, 2019

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