Pokémon Scarlet and Violet review: Growth and growing pains

Every Pokémon generation brings a new region to discover. But with the open-world design of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, instead of simply getting an updated map with a linear path from start to finish, it feels like there's a vast countryside to explore. Then you add a deeper story with three branching paths, along with a bunch of quality-of-life improvements and tweaks to the traditional Pokémon format, and you have a game that's a blast to get … [Read more...]

Yale Assure Lock 2 review: The do-everything smart lock

Everyone has different levels of interest when it comes to home automation, but I'd argue that a smart lock is one of the best and most impactful ways of upgrading your abode. And with the Assure Lock 2, Yale's latest smart deadbolt is easy to install, it's simple to use and it works with all the major smart home platforms (including the recently finalized Matter protocol). Also, because the device is available in a wide range of finishes and … [Read more...]

The best gifts for home cooks in 2022

To me, cooking nirvana is when you have a recipe in mind, your mise en place all set, and you can focus on getting that perfect sear or saute. But before you get there, having the right equipment for the job goes a really long way. So for the adventurous cook in your life, here are some of our favorite kitchen gadgets that would make excellent gifts this holiday season.KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand BlenderWill Lipman Photography for … [Read more...]

Eight Sleep Pod 3 review: The high price of great sleep

I've always tried to get as much sleep as possible, but now that I have a one-year-old to look after, anything that can help maximize what little rest I do get is priceless. So when I heard that Eight Sleep was coming out with a new version of its smart mattress topper that offers better sleep tracking and temperature controls, I was curious to see how well it worked. And while the Pod 3 Cover is pricey, after a few months of testing, I never … [Read more...]

The best gifts for tea lovers in 2022

For many people, the first cup of tea is often the highlight of their day. And while you don’t need much to make a great brew, there are a number of tools and gadgets that can make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. So this holiday season, whether you’re looking for a present for you or someone you love, check out this list of our favorite gifts for tea lovers.Hiware Borosilicate glass pitcherHiwareAfter the handle on my previous pitcher … [Read more...]

Surface Laptop 5 review (13-inch): A beautiful design that’s almost run its course

The old adage goes that if something ain't broke, don't fix it. Now while that's often sage advice, obviously there's a limit to how long you can keep something going — especially a gadget — before it starts to lag behind. And with the Surface Laptop 5, it feels like Microsoft is beginning to test that boundary because while the notebook is as sleek and elegant as ever, even with the inclusion of a new CPU, it's easy to see where its aging … [Read more...]