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All play and some work make the Onyx Prime an excellent pair of earbuds

Almost two-day battery life in a pair of earbuds sounds good, but what about the rest of the features? In the world of Android phones, there are budget options, upper-tier flagships, and mid-rangers that sit somewhere in between. Enter the bottomless pit that is the wireless earbud marketplace of today and you'll notice a similar pattern. You can get amazing Bluetooth earbuds that pull out all the stops with barely any compromises nowadays. It all depends on your budget and the segment you're targeting. Just like the best Android phone brands, Bluetooth headphones and earbud makers usually offer something at each price point. Tronsmart stands tall among them, offering premium earbuds like the Apollo Air+ and cheaper, lower-tier options like the Onyx Apex. Adding to Tronsmart's portfolio, the new Onyx Prime earbuds have now joined the ranks. After taking a close look at the latest entrant, here are my two cents on the Tronsmart Onyx Prime true wireless earbuds.

This was my favorite tech device of 2021

It doesn't take a lot to win the heart, just the right mix of fun and practicality. It's been a fabulous year for the tech industry, with fun Android phones that flip and fold breaking into the mainstream. Between all the hustle and bustle, there were a few noteworthy launches that caught my eyes in particular. Samsung's chic Z Flip 3 stood out as a stylish accessory, making a bold statement and leaving its mark on the world. From a more practical perspective, the larger Z Fold 3 equipped with the S Pen Pro took its place as the best foldable we've seen to date. Let's not forget other awesome releases like the Amazon Echo Show 15 , the Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds, and the Google Pixel 6 series. Pre-existing features were finessed and newer technologies made their debut. Despite all the outstanding new devices we've seen this year, the one that captured my heart was the Onyx Boox Nova3 Color . Confused? Let me explain. We constantly see crazy new specs obl

ECOLOR's Smart Egg Lamp is the ultimate portable ambient light on a budget

Water resistance and portability make for an egg-cellent ambient light. The best smart lights come in typical form factors like light bulbs , adhesive strips, or table lamps. ECOLOR's unique entry doesn't fall under any of those categories. Instead, it's shaped like an ethereal Easter egg of large proportions. The football-esque design is something I have never seen before, in smart lights or otherwise. Aside from the unusual shape, the Smart Egg Lamp sports some unexpected features such as an IP65 rating and extensive control over each individual LED light. Considering the low-end pricing on the ECOLOR Smart Egg Lamp, I went in with pretty low expectations at first. Still, the specs are enough to get anyone excited and I was in high spirits upon receiving the package. It may be made for children but I can think of many adults who'd be very entertained by such a cute gadget. It's a charming little accessory worth every dime of that sub-$50 price tag. EC

Genshin Impact Update 2.4: Release date, characters, and everything new

Players will be adventuring below the depths of Watatsumi Island. With Genshin Impact Update 2.3 in the rearview mirror, miHoYo has already set sights on Update 2.4. Scheduled to launch on Jan. 5, Update 2.4 takes players below the ocean to a new area of Enkanomiya, a floating island that resides under Inazuma. Along with new character banners, miHoYo will be adding new events for players to participate in and earn rewards. Here's what we know about Update 2.4 so far. Genshin Impact Update 2.4: Visit the mysterious location of Enkanomiya As leaks had suggested, Genshin Impact Update 2.4 will open up a new location under Watatsumi Island. Enkanomiya is a floating island beneath Inazuma that's been sealed away for millennia. Because it's been sealed underground, there isn't a natural day and night cycle. Instead, miHoYo says that players will use the Dainichi Mikoshi, the artificial sun developed by the ancient civilization, as they explore the area. Genshin I

Xiaomi 12 is a Galaxy S22 rival with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 67W fast charging

It remains unclear if the Pro model will launch globally. What you need to know Xiaomi has unveiled its first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered flagships. The Xiaomi 12 Pro features a QHD+ LTPO OLED screen, three 50MP cameras, and 120W fast charging Xiaomi 12 is a "compact" flagship with a 120Hz display, a 50MP main camera, and 67W charging. Xiaomi on December 28 introduced its new 12 series flagship phones. While the vanilla Xiaomi 12 is a "compact" phone with powerful specs, the 12 Pro brings quite a few major upgrades over last year's Mi 11 Pro. The Xiaomi 12 features a 6.28-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a centered hole-punch cutout for the 32MP selfie camera. Under the hood, it has Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which is expected to power many of the best Android phones of 2022. On the back of the Xiaomi 12 is a triple-lens camera setup featuring a 50MP Sony IMX766 main sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP te

The best places to buy a refurbished Android phone

Everyone wants to own one of the best Android phones , but not everyone can or should pay full price for one. Some people are happy to pay retail, but others are looking for a deal — and one of the ways to find discounts is to look for refurbished phones. As you'd expect, buying a refurbished phone isn't as simple as walking into a store and asking for one — it takes a bit more research and understanding. However, we have all of the information to help you navigate the refurbished market so you can make the best choice when buying a new-to-you phone. What does "refurbished" mean? Even though we see the word "refurbished" get thrown around a lot, that doesn't mean it's necessarily a standardized term. You may often see it used interchangeably with "recertified," "reconditioned," or just "open box," or "pre-owned." No matter the exact wording, it generally refers to a product that was manufactured to sell a

One UI 4 update to resume after Samsung and Google fix compatibility issues

Samsung is currently preparing a revised One UI 4 version that includes a patch from Google. Update, Dec 27 (9:01 a.m. ET) : Samsung vows to restart the One UI 4 rollout soon. What you need to know Some Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 devices are reportedly having various issues after the stable One UI 4 update. The Android 12 update appears to be bricking some devices while booting others into recovery mode. Samsung is supposedly planning to halt the rollout until these issues are resolved. Samsung is reportedly considering holding back the stable One UI 4 (Android 12) rollout for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 due to mounting customer complaints just a few days after the update was released . Some South Korean users have taken to Samsung's community forum to report various issues that have occurred on their devices since installing One UI 4. According to one of the complaints, the update bricked Samsung's foldable devices. In some cases, the phone entered recov

Download speeds lagging on PS5? Here's how to increase your speed.

If there's one thing that can be said about the PS5 , it's that it's fast . The ultra-fast internal SSD can load optimized games in just a few seconds, nearly eliminating loading screens in others. But the SSD won't make your downloads go faster if your internet is poor. So if you've been lucky enough with the PS5 restocks , you'll want to make sure your console's internet connection is as fast as possible When you want to increase the download speeds of your games, there are a few things you can try to make it happen. Jump to: Manage your PS5 downloads Using a wired connection instead of Wi-Fi Using Rest Mode to increase download speeds Update to the latest firmware