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Kimberly Alt

Kimberly researches everything before she buys. She wants to make sure she is getting the best bang for her buck by purchasing the best product/service, which is why she loves her work. She has a degree in Multimedia Journalism and has been researching and writing professionally since 2013 to help consumers make more educated decisions.

Best Wireless Surround Sound? Heos vs Sonos vs Bose vs Airplay

Best Wireless Surround Sound? Heos vs Sonos vs Bose etc

Feel the music’s bass in your body. Watch sports games as if you were on the sidelines. Hear the explosions in action movies like you’re at the cinema. You can have all this without ever leaving the comfort of your home thanks to wireless surround sound systems. New technology allows the sound quality to be better than ever, and you don’t have to drill holes in your wall or trip over wires either. So grab a tub of popcorn and read on to see how these wireless surround speakers can take your listening and viewing experience to a whole new level…

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Best Virtual Reality Headset: HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift vs Gear VR vs Playstation VR & More!

Guy wearing virtual reality headset: Best Virtual Reality Headset

In the 90s, virtual reality headsets ranged from simulation systems to 3D models on computer screens. Today, when we say virtual reality we’re referring to virtual reality headsets that you wear and experience, like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Using the label virtual reality headset for every pair of goggles makes it seem like all of them are created equal, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You’ll learn why some are more expensive than others, and why some of the less expensive ones don’t give you the true virtual reality experience…

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iSmartAlarm Reviews: A Smart Purchase for Your Home Security Needs?

iSmartAlarm on wall with art: iSmartAlarm Reviews

iSmartAlarm has created some buzz about self-monitored security systems (systems that you monitor yourself via notifications sent to you and using your network of contacts – no need to pay a monthly fee for a central monitoring station or enter into a multi-year contract). Not only does iSmartAlarm include multiple camera options, but it also has stellar customer service — two things often overlooked by companies providing home security. We’ve tested iSmartAlarm ourselves and take you through our installation experience. Read on to learn more about this DIY home security system…

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Google Home vs Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod: What Is the Best Smart Speaker?

Three smart speakers side by side

How do you want to use your smart speaker? Do you plan on using it with other apps, having your own personal DJ, learning a wealth of knowledge or something else? Your answer to this question will determine the best smart speaker for you. We’ve taken a stance on which one we think is best, but that doesn’t mean the other speaker might not be a better fit for your household. Read our Google Home vs Amazon Echo comparison and decide which speaker is best for you…

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Bug Out Bag List: The Ultimate Bag For Survival

Person on phone with bug out bag: Bug Out Bag List: The Ultimate Bag For Survival

Whether it’s a natural disaster, a war, zombie apocalypse, or some other dangerous situation, bug out gear can be essential for survival. We’ve come up with 13 key categories you’ll want to consider to make sure you have all the bug out bag essentials. That way you also know what to put into your bug out bag. Start with the items listed in this article and build on to customize it for your needs. Remember, the best bug out bags are filled with the necessities. So keep in mind that every items counts towards the weight you will carry but also may determine your survival…

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Best Wifi Router and Extender: TP-Link vs Netgear vs Linksys vs D-Link

Router on floor: Best Wifi Router and Extender

There’s nothing worse than losing your Wifi connection. Whether you’re in the middle of a project or streaming your favorite TV show, when the Wifi goes down the claws come out. (And by claws we mean a frustrated household.) Even if you have a good signal in part of your home, you might want to extend it to the second floor, an outdoor area or guest house without having to get a second account/modem. Most of us depend on the Internet for school, work and entertainment. Not having access to it can be frustrating. That’s why having a high-functioning router is crucial. So what is the best wireless router? Read on to learn about our picks for the best wifi routers…

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Best DIY Security System: Canary vs Piper vs iSmartAlarm vs Novi vs Ring

Piper camera on shelf

There are two types of home security systems prevalent on today’s market: those with professional monitoring (by a central monitoring station), and those that are self-monitored (by you and your network of contacts). The former typically includes a fairly steep ($30-$75) monthly fee to cover the cost of the monitoring station, while with the latter you typically only pay for the equipment. Don’t want this added expense of monthly monitoring? Worried about false alarms and getting fined by your city? We hear ya! These are a few of the reasons that self-monitored security systems have become so intriguing. They put you in control of your system, and you have access to cutting edge “smart” technology that you can control from your smartphone. With these DIY (do it yourself) security systems you’re in charge of when the authorities are called to your home and how you secure your home…

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Best Cell Phone Carriers: T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint, US Cellular, Google Fi & More

Best Cell Phone Carriers

Looking to save money on your cell phone plan? We know how you feel! It’s not fair that cellphone providers take advantage of us and sell us overpriced phones and plans. We’re all tired of it, but unfortunately, we live in an age where we must be available 24/7. Read our cell phone plan comparison to find out who has the best reputation and if they are good in your area…

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