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AMD RX 470: A Comprehensive and Detailed Product Review

MSI Gaming Radeon RX 470

Since you’re in the market for a new graphics card, you’re probably thinking about several questions. How is this going to make my games look? How much will it cost me? How does it stack up against the competition? Well, you’re going to be pleased with the AMD RX 470.

While it isn’t at the forefront of graphics cards currently on the shelf, it’s a deceptively strong GPU that can keep you playing most current games without too much hassle. Check out our full review below to find out if this is the GPU for you!

Looking Under the Hood

VisionTek Radeon RX 470 Overclocked 4GB GDDR5 Rear Blower 4M (3x DP,...

The Radeon RX 470 is much more than just an entry-level graphics card. This AMD GPU boasts 32 complete units and a total potential 4.9 TFLOPS, reaching as high as 1206 MHZ during boost speed. Expect to use anywhere from 85 to 110 watts during your play sessions that fully use the GPU. You’ll need a minimum of 120 watts of board power for a desktop, and AMD recommends a power supply that holds at least 450 watts.

The RX 470 uses 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, holding its own against similarly powered graphics cards on the market. If you have a monitor capable of displaying 4K resolutions, this card has you covered, along with a 60 FPS framerate even at such a high output. A total of five ports are available with this card: two for DisplayPort at 1.4 HDR, two HDMI ports, and one for DVI-D. The 470 retains compatibility with Windows 7 for those of you that refuse to join the Windows 10 family, and the GPU can also be used with Ubuntu and Linux. Support for AMD CrossFire, DirectX12, and Virtual Super Resolution are just a few of the compatibility perks included by Radeon for this very capable graphics card. The RX 470 supports AMD Radeon FreeSync, designed to eliminate video tear as much as possible. There are over 350 specific compatible monitors available today.

The GPU measures at 10.9X5.5X1.5 inches, so while it is compatible with most motherboards, you’ll want to take measurements if you’ve been sitting on an older build for a couple years. The GPU will take a PCIe slot, and if possible, a 16x slot to ensure you can secure it without making any modifications to your existing build.

Radeon’s Chill feature dynamically shifts the power of your GPU to accommodate for the activity on your screen; when a wave of enemies is actively trying to slaughter you, the GPU cranks up its resources to keep you in the game and grant you the fastest response time possible. Once the scene calms down and you can take a breath, Radeon Chill will slow down the framerate and allow your system a moment’s rest before the next wave shows up.

​Specifications

Graphics Card

RX 470

Brand

AMD

Manufacturer

Radeon

Measurements

10.9” X 5.5” X 1.5”

Video Outputs

5

VRAM

4 GB GDDR5

Expansion Slot

PCIe

Pricing

MSI GAMING Radeon RX 470 GDDR5 4GB CrossFire FinFET DirectX 12...
  • Chipset: AMD Radeon ax 470
  • Video Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Max. Resolution: supports 4x Display monitors

Now, we approach the sketchy subject of today’s graphics cards: the price. Ever since Bitcoin miners decided to exploit the GPU market and take hold of a massive inventory, it’s been difficult to get a solid grasp on the “real” cost of a new graphics card. In the case of the RX 470, many options are available for finding this card in stock.

You’ll find this averaging anywhere from $150 to $350, with slight variations for accommodating the overlocked model. Scouring eBay brings up the same results, but the amount of price gouging that can be seen in more powerful GPU models does not extend to the 470.

Keep an eye out for the amount charged for shipping, as the RX 470 weighs two pounds and will quickly add up in postage if free shipping isn’t included in your order. Finding this in a larger retail store such as Best Buy will be difficult because of its age, but you might luck out and find an open-box item being sold for a discount. Checking out your local gaming or computer expo might yield some results too!

Performance Comparison

Sizing up the RX 470 against the competition, we looked at this card vs. another AMD model: the ASUS Radeon RX 560, and the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060. These are all similarly priced, with the RX 560 fetching around $175 and the GTX 1060 commanding around $275.

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 560 16CU 4GB Gaming GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI AMD...
  • 1285 MHz boost clock (OC Mode) with 4GB GDDR5 memory for an upgraded gaming experience; Stream Processors: 1024
  • ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of AURA Sync enabled products
  • DirectCU II with patented Wing-Blade fans on 0db fan technology delivers 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance contact with direct-GPU contact heat pipes

All three of these cards can be installed in the same PCIe slot, and the EVGA card comes with an adapter needed if you’re going from six to eight pins. Installation of any of these cards takes a minimal amount of time; simply locking it into place and connecting the necessary wires is all it takes, followed by a series of driver installations from their official websites once you’ve powered up your PC again.

Looking at the manufacturers’ warranties, you won’t find too many differences in what is offered should you run into any problems.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5, DX12...
  • Real Base Clock: 1607 MegaHertZ/ Real Boost Clock: 1835 MegaHertZ; memory Detail: 6144MB GDDR5. Revolutionary new 360 degree image capture
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 sc, small size, huge performance. Height: 4. 376 inches 111.15 millimeters; length: 6.8 inches 172.72millimeters; width: Dual slot
  • What you see is what you get, No additional software required to achieve listed Clock speeds

The RX 560 is covered by ASUS for three years, and the GTX 1060 is under warranty through EVGA for the same period, just like the RX 470. Since all three cards use the same slot for installation, they are designed with the same structure and shape, but one main difference can be found in the fan of the GTX 1060. You’ll notice that word – fan.

Both of the RX models come with dual fans, but the RVGA houses only a single fan. This is totally fine if you’re giving your gaming rig a rest for the day, but long nights of shooting demons and grinding for another level are undoubtedly going to make your GPU run a little hot, especially if you want to make it look amazing in the process.

If the rest of your system has great performance and access to built-in CPU coolers, you won’t have to worry too much about only having one GPU fan, but it’s definitely something to consider for your purchase.

RX 470

EVGA GeForce 1060

RX 560

Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Build Quality

Warranty

Price

Using the RX 470: Pros and Cons

In practice, the Radeon RX 470 is not going to win any awards for showing off the maximum capabilities of your gaming rig. This is not a graphics card that was designed to push the standards of visual performance, highlight the individual strands of hair on your game’s main character, or give an incredible show across four separate 4K60 monitors (even though you could still technically do that).

What the RX 470 will do is allow you to play any major release on mid-level settings without turning your gaming tower into a superconductor capable of tearing a hole in the universe. This AMD card pulls off anything that a similar model from nVidia can claim.

The performance of a GPU looks unique when applied to different genres and release years. We can safely say that the RX 470 is not going to make Cyberpunk 2077 look or run as beautifully as CD Projekt Red has in mind.

But there’s no reason it won’t be able to run on an otherwise well-equipped system with the correct settings applied. Jump back a couple of years and asset-heavy shooters like Doom and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare pass the performance evaluation with flying colors, activating the fans on the card but never setting off any warnings about internal temperature for the GPU.

Similarly, a test on Final Fantasy XIV revealed no drops in framerate during grinding and leveling sessions. During an alliance raid, keeping 24 characters on screen at once along with enemies did generate some slowdown, but it’s unclear if that was related to the GPU itself or any lag caused by moments of faulty internet connection.

With that said, let’s get one thing clear: this card won’t last you forever.

Developers continuing to push the idea of VR as an industry standard will expect graphics cards to accommodate the use of a VR headset, and the base model RX 470 simply cannot harness the power of virtual reality.

If your opinion of VR is not favorable, this card won’t allow you to potentially turn it around. You’ll need to consider a higher build and model of the RX family, starting with the RX 490 or the GTX 1080.  

If you’re serious about the look of your rig, the RX 470 comes with a number of customization options for the LED lights built into the GPU itself. Using the MSI Gaming App, you can synchronize the LED lights to gunshots, explosions and spells cast in-game while you are playing. Other animation options exist for breathing light, flashes, or a steady always-on light.

The RX 470 also takes advantage of a nickel-based copper base plate, preventing the GPU from ever generating too much heat. The plate absorbs all the heat generated from the graphics card and sends it through the tiny heat pipes in the GPU, while keeping everything bound together with pre-applied thermal paste.

Pros

  • Runs major AAA games and indie hidden gems alike with no serious performance issues
  • Relatively affordable price not subject to gouging from current market trends
  • Never runs hot thanks to efficient cooling system and dual fans
  • 4K60 picture from a mid-level GPU means you can wield four monitors without going broke on one GPU

Cons

  • Maximum settings for new-releases can affect GPU performance
  • Using a VR headset will require a deeper investment in a more powerful graphics card
  • Dimensions of GPU may take up a bit too much room depending on the existing setup of your tower

Should You Buy the Radeon RX 470?

ASUS Radeon RX 560 14CU 4GB EVO OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI AMD...

Purchasing the RX 470 is going to come down to what kind of experience you want with gaming and what kind of gamer you are. Those who want to show off their rig, stream their gameplay with a top-of-the-line capture card. They may also post in forums about how they overclocked their CPU are going to pass over this GPU in order to seek something a little beefier in stature.

The RX 470 is no pushover, but it just can’t stand up to the best competition from other cards in the nVidia family, as well as other similar more powerful models from AMD.

As prices for VR headsets continue to drop, the entry level for VR becomes more approachable, and consumers will be looking for a GPU that can help ease their entry into the world of VR.

Spending the money on both a VR headset and a new graphics card is already more than what it takes to purchase a brand new console. The RX 470 was designed with this idea in mind – you’re already dropping a lot on the rest of the tower, so why not save a bit in the process and keep yourself within a budget that will allow you to play your games without burning through both your tower and your wallet?

Because you’re reading this review, we imagine you’re not interested in testing the limits of your PC architecture. You simply want a wallet-friendly, economically-minded graphics card that will allow you to take advantage of software sales and fire up a new game without having to spend twenty minutes searching for minimum system requirements.

If you go with the RX 470, the odds are in your favor: you shouldn’t have any issue purchasing a new release and playing it without dragging down the rest of your PC’s performance with it.

Not only will it accommodate your library of video games, but you’ll easily be capable of using it for business and videoconferencing with more than one client or coworker at once with no risk of resource hogging.

For a solid, reliable GPU that fits into almo st any existing motherboard and one that also works as the graphics core of a brand new rig you’re putting together, the RX 470 comes highly recommended to those who are more concerned about the ability to play a game than how many individual pixels show up on all four of their monitors.

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Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Bluetooth Headphones that Will Enhance Your Entertainment Experience

Bluetooth headphones

If you’ve ever traveled on an airplane, chances are you know how cramped and uncomfortable sitting in the seats are. They’re small, don’t provide enough legroom, and the strangers next to you often take up more space than they need.

Even worse is when you must listen to everyone on the plane. Rather than just taking the time to relax and rest, some people are obnoxiously loud and are happy to let you hear them.

How do you fix this, or any other scenario like it? Most of the time, you plug in some music, and if you’re starting up any type of electronic device, chances are you’re using Bluetooth headphones to do so.

Why Bluetooth headphones though?

If you’ve never experienced what a true wireless pair of Bluetooth headphones feel like when out-and-about, you haven’t had the chance to live free. Instead of your standard wired headphones that can become cumbersome and awkward, Bluetooth devices allow you freedom from wires, making them easier to pack and turn on since there’s nothing to plug in. It’s a quick and painless task to turn on your headphones every time you want to use them, and once you’ve owned wire-free headphones it’s hard to go back to wired.

So, it’s time to sit back, relax, and look at the best Bluetooth headphones out there.

Choosing the Best Bluetooth Headphones

man relaxing on the floor

How do you pick the best wireless headphones?

What seems like a daunting task can be narrowed down into four main categories: sound quality, battery life, features, and comfort. That’s it – that’s all we need to determine if a pair of Bluetooth headphones should be on this list or not. Price can be a factor, but isn’t always a good indicator.

Sound Quality

Let’s start with sound quality. This category is crucial to any headphone, not just Bluetooth ones, and will determine just how successful a model or line is. Transmitting sound is the primary reason of having headphones, aside from drowning out unwanted noise, and if the quality isn’t good, you’re bound to notice. Sound quality can change your perception of music or the movies you watch, so the better it is, the better the experience you get from the sound is.

Battery Life

Next up you have battery life and comfort. These are two practical categories, ones that you should be concerned about. Sure, your snazzy new Bluetooth headphones may sound spectacular, but if the battery cuts out in two hours you won’t be happy. On the other hand is comfort, one category that, again, can decide if certain headphones are right for you. The perfect pair will be just as comfortable after 10 hours of listening as it was after only two hours of use.

Features

Lastly, you have features. This one isn’t as important as the other three on a standard basis, but it’s more leveled towards the individual. Do you want noise canceling built-in? How do water or sweat-proof earphones sound? Is the ability to plug in the headphones once the battery dies important to you? There are plenty of ways companies make a pair of Bluetooth headphones more enticing. This is a more subjective area, but still needs to be considered when ranking the best of the best.

Once you add these all together, you have the recipe for a pair of great wireless headphones.

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Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones - Apple W1...
  • High-performance wireless noise cancelling headphones in matte black
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices.
  • Pure adaptive noise canceling (pure ANC) actively blocks external noise

Ah, Beats.

The company that aided in bringing over-the-ear headphones back into style knows how to make good headphones, even if you don’t believe it.

Their newest release, the Studio3 Wireless, proves little in terms of radical design changes, but does improve on their solid design of years past. Coming in six snazzy-looking colors, everyone will know what headphones you’re rocking with these Beats. This proves to be an interesting design, and some may not like it, while others find it great.

Overall the battery is very good, lasting 22 hours on with active noise canceling enabled. Speaking of noise canceling, the feature actively monitors your environment to calibrate the noise around you, leading to better effectiveness. It works great and is a nice touch. If you do need to recharge in a pinch, the fast-charge technology gives you three hours of juice in just 10 minutes of cord time. Sound quality is great, with natural, well-balanced audio delivered across all media.

Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones - Apple W1...

The biggest gripe with these is the fact that they don’t fold completely flat for travel, and are inheritably big. Some might argue you’re paying more for the “B” on the side of the earpad, but that’s more talk than anything. 

The Studio3 Wireless is the perfect starting point for our list, and if you’re looking for superb noise-canceling technology, these Bluetooth headphones do it great.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones,...
  • Three levels of world-class noise cancellation for better listening experience in any environment
  • Alexa-enabled for voice access to music, information, and more
  • Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear sound and voice pick-up

Everyone has heard of Bose, whether you want to admit it or not.

Some argue Bose products are just fancy marketing and labeling rather than good, overall sound quality. We’re not here to talk about that, though, and the QuietComfort 35 provide a great experience into the Bluetooth market.

These feature-packed Bluetooth headphones top our list by providing excellent battery life and decent sound quality. The biggest draw for this Bose model though? Their comfort. The whole device is packed with extra-plushy foam to deliver a satisfying feeling every time you put them on.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones,...

On top of that, the battery life is rated for around 20 hours, making them a good choice for anyone who wants to go for three days on a single charge. They’re rechargeable via USB, making them a better option than the Series I which used AAA batteries. The sound quality is arguably this pair’s weakest link, but everything else helps to bring that rating up.

The QuietComfort 35 also use Bose’s excellent noise canceling technology, ensuring a smooth, pleasant experience when in use. These may be expensive headphones, but the quality is there.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with them.

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COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones with...
  • Active Noise Cancelling technology. Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between. Advanced active noise reduction technology quells airplane cabin noise, city traffic or a busy office, makes you focus on what you want to hear,enjoy your music, movies and videos. The noise cancellation function can work well both in wire and wireless mode.
  • Proprietary 45mm large-aperture drivers. Deep, accurate bass response. The Active Noise Cancelling around-ear headphones from COWIN give you crisp, powerful sound and quiet that helps you enjoy your music better. The goal that provide Customers with better sound quality, is our constant pursuit.
  • High-quality built-in Microphone and NFC technology. COWIN E7 provides high-quality built-in microphone for hands-free calls, Which is convenient for you to free yourself from wires. NFC pairing aided by voice prompts, promises quick and stable connection with your Bluetooth enabled devices, Powerful Bluetooth Function.

Well, what if there was an option that was one-fifth of the price but sill offered good sound?

No, that’s not a typo. The Cowin E7 Active Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones are here to disrupt the market.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better budget pair than these. For the price, they deliver adequate sound control technology, solid comfort, good battery life, and look like a premium device.

COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones with...

The E7 makes it easy for you to switch between normal and noise-canceling modes, with a simple flick of the switch to do so. While listening in noise-canceling mode will affect the battery life, chances are you’ll still be able to go a few days on a single charge. These headphones carry a 30-hour battery life, making them a good choice for travelers.

The sound quality is pretty good overall, with some issues with lower tones and bass, but again, you must consider the overall budget when judging them. They’re among the easiest of products to use, and while Cowin doesn’t provide any cool features like Google Assistant they still belong with the best Bluetooth headphones.

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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless – NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelling,...
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology in an ergonomically designed lightweight, comfortable and collapsible travel headset perfect for travel. Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • NoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation ensures superior sound quality in every environment. Impedance:Active 490 Ohm/ Passive 46 Ohm
  • Intuitive user control and convenience thanks for voice prompts, touch controls, NFC pairing, smart pause and automatic on/off

Finally, a quality-first brand. One of the recognizable names in headphone and audio products, Sennheiser has been in the business for years.

If you’re looking for a headphone that looks like a business-class device, the PXC 550 is for you. Weighing in at just eight ounces, they feel light and well-built. Instead of the traditional power button to turn on the headphones, you twist the right ear up from a flat position. This lends itself to the other controls as well: swiping up or down will adjust the volume, while swiping left or right will change the current track.

The overall sound quality is great for the higher pitches on music, such as mids or trebles, but falls slightly short with bass. Granted, it’s hard to get a mighty punch from headphones. Music and movies all feel natural, which is a hard feat to accomplish with limited space in a small device. Thankfully, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite music longer as the PXC 550 will last for 30 hours.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless – NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelling,...

These are, of course, noise canceling and deliver a positive experience with that portion too. One of the best parts, though, is how they can be stored. Simply fold the Bluetooth headphones up into a ball, and place them in their case. Boom, you’re done.

That said, if you’re looking for great German-made headphones, these are for you.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Wireless Headphones - Black
  • Premium wireless, over-ear headphones with Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound.Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Designed with clean lines, minimalist expression and a focus on the pure essentials
  • Up to 19 hours of battery life with Bluetooth

Another recognizable name when it comes to the audio scene, these Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 wireless headphones deliver some of the best sound on the entire list.

To drive sound home, headphones need big, bass-driving power, and these B&O Bluetooth headphones feature 40mm drivers. All the clear, natural sound is delivered in a great looking, and feeling, package. Made from premium materials such as leather, aluminum, and steel, these headphones are sure to last you. The ear foam is crafted from memory foam, lending another subtle design detail into the equation.

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Even though this pair of audio equipment doesn’t feature noise-cancellation, the whole design lends itself to block out noise very well. You’ll find a solid 20 hours of listening time from a single charge, which is ample for most applications.

Really, these Bluetooth headphones by Bang & Olufsen look and sound incredible, so if you’re looking for nice sound and modern looks give these a listen.  

Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones, Wireless Bluetooth Over...
  • DIGITAL NOISE CANCELING: Industry leading ANC lends a personalized, virtually soundproof experience
  • PHONE CALL: A built-in mic enables you to take hands-free calls.
  • VOICE ASSISTANT: Alexa enabled for voice access to music, information and more. Activate with a simple touch

The best headphones on our list, the Sony-WH1000XM2 will provide you with the nicest sound quality, superior comfort, and the longest battery life – plus, the best noise canceling you’ll find.

A fully-packed Bluetooth headphone, the WH1000XM2 gives you the one thing you’d want most in an audio device: spectacular sound. It has a slight warm tint to the natural, detailed tones of music, along with punchy bass when needed. Everyone’s ears are different, but this is truly a great-sounding headphone.

One charge will last you 30 hours of noise canceling, and 40 with the technology turned off. There’s no real benefit to turning the cancellation software off, though, as it’s one of the strong points here. Add in the touch controls on the right side of the earmuff and you’ve got a winner here.

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM2: Over Ear Wireless...

Arguably the neatest feature around, though, is the ability to muffle your tunes and hear the sound around you by holding your hand over the right side of the earcup. Sometimes you forget how inconvenient it can be to talk to someone when you’re deep in sound. This makes it easier. These are the best noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones you can buy.

There are Lots of Choices in the World of Bluetooth Headphones

Product

Details

Price

6. BEATS STUDIO3 WIRELESS

Highlights

Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC) actively blocks external noise, Real-time audio calibration, Apple W1 chip for Class 1 Wireless Bluetooth®, Fast Fuel, Stereo Bluetooth®, RemoteTalk

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth 4.2


Battery Life

Up to 22 hours


Form Factor

Over Ear


Weight

9.17 oz / 260 g

5. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones (Series II)

Highlights

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants, Alcantara® cushion, Bose Connect App, Acousting Noise Cancelling, Volume-Optimized EQ, Voice Prompts

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth 4.1


Battery Life

Up to 20 hours


Form Factor

Circumaural


Weight

10.9 oz

4. Cowin E7 Bluetooth Headphones

Highlights

Active Noise Cancelling, Fast Fuel, 40mm Ear Cup Aperture Drivers, Fast Connect, Adjustable Headband

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth 4.0


Battery Life

Up to 30 hours


Form Factor

Over Ear


Weight

9.6 oz

3. Sennheiser PXC 550

Highlights

Touch Sensitive Trackpad, Built-in Limiter, CapTune Support, Fold Control, NoiseGard, NFC Pairing, Smart Pause

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth 4.2


Battery Life

Up to 30 hours


Form Factor

Circumaural


Weight

227 g

2. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4

Highlights

Wireless Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, Bluetooth Technology, Generous battery life, Premium Durable Materials

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth 4.2


Battery Life

Up to 19 hours


Form Factor

Over Ear


Weight

8.3 oz

1. Sony WH-1000XM2

Highlights

​Digital Noise Canceling, Persona Noise Canceling Optimizing, Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing, Bluetooth and NFC, Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control, DSEE HX™, S-Master HX ™ and LDAC

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth 4.1


Battery Life

Up to 4 hours


Form Factor

Over Ear


Weight

9.7 oz

You might already feel overwhelmed when choosing a pair of wireless headphones, but rest assured the perfect pair for you is out there.

There are loads of brands out there, each delivering their own flavor into the mix. Whether you crave the ultimate in comfort, all-day battery life, or what the sleekest-looking headphones on the block, there is a device for you.

Our list isn’t extensive, remember, and focuses on a combination of features, comfort, sound quality, and battery life. There are other things to consider, such as price, when determining the best choice for you. Simply put, these are the best Bluetooth headphones out there right now, regardless of any price point.

This means you can take our list and mend it into something that suits your needs. All of the headphones here are good for what they are. If you’re in need of an earbud makeover, any one of them will give you something you’re currently lacking.

That all said, enjoy the music.

Asus Zen Watch 2 Review – Checking Out Its Specifications and Features

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Rose Gold

The ZenWatch 2 is the second iteration of Android wrist-wear from Asus, and it was first announced in 2014. The first ZenWatch showed flashy, even sleek, design elements and a price point that puts the Apple iWatch to shame. But the watch was missing that critical physical watch button, and Android Wear clearly was not ready for the spotlight.

Flash-forward to 2017, and the Zenwatch 2 tries to address the flaws of its predecessor, and, with its second slim, sexy watch offering in the Zenwatch line, we think it has a winner. Mind you, it is not perfect, but with 18 different straps and three different design versions to choose from, the Zenwatch 2 is back and better than ever.

Asus ZenWatch 2 Build and Design

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Silver with Beige Leather Strap 37mm Smart Watch with...

Asus maintains their popular rounded-square face promoted in their first generation of Zenwatches, and while the original model sported a 51mm x 39.9mm build, the Asus Zenwatch 2 is even a little more compact, offering two design choices, the larger of which is slimmer by a fraction, at 49.6mm x 40.7mm.

In terms of chunkiness, the ZenWatch 2 is actually thicker than the first model (9.4mm), weighing in at 10.9mm thick, while the smaller model is even more compact at 45.2mm x 37.2mm and 11.8mm thick. While it is great that the Zenwatch 2 has been able to shed some millimeters, it has yet to reach Apple Watch status.

Moreover, the new Apple Watch Nike+ manages to stuff an entire smartwatch, heart monitor and all, into a tiny 38.6mm x 33.3mm x 11.4mm build in their smaller version. In comparison, the small version of the Asus Zenwatch 2 weights almost 45 grams, while the small version of the Apple Watch Nike+ is an ultra-light 29 grams.

The big version is also a heavyweight at 70g, compared to the most current larger version of the Nike+ Apple watch, weighing in at a mere 35g. The point of all of this is that you are more likely to feel the Asus watch when you are wearing it, though the Zenwatch 2 is still 5g less than its predecessor.

That said, we are talking grams here, so by any comparison, the Asus Zenwatch 2 is lightweight, and its slimmer design makes it even easier to wear in many scenarios, according to one reviewer. And, the Apple Watch and the Asus Zenwatch 2 have one thing in common: they look eerily similar, according to that same review and our own personal eyeball test.

Give the People What They Want: Gunmetal and Rose Gold

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Silver with Beige Leather Strap 37mm Smart Watch with...

Maybe that is because of the Zenwatch 2 sports a very Apple-like stainless steel in gunmetal, silver, and rose gold finishes. Plus, the rounded Gorilla Glass looks very elegant and the extra weight on the Asus Zenwatch 2 makes it feel, perhaps, even more, sturdy than the Apple Watch.

Further, you can get different finishes on the watch body and the button, like a gunmetal version with rose gold watch button, which is something you can’t do with an Apple Watch. Plus, the strap variations provide the user with even more choice, in color, material, and even clasp type, and consumers have the option between 18mm and 22mm straps.

Asus has put a lot of thought into their design options and the build of the Zenwatch 2, providing a very Apple-like product at an even more affordable price point. Of course, if you are not into the rounded-square watch style than you may want to check out the Huawei Watch or the LG Watch Urbane, which are both round-face options.

​Specifications

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz

Operating System

Android Wear

Memory

512 MB RAM

Storage

4GB eMMC Flash

Display

AMOLED 1.63"
320x320, 
278ppi Touch Display

Sensor

6-Axis (A+G) with Sensor-hub

Audio

Built-in microphone
Built-in speaker

Battery

380mAh

Cover Lens

2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Water Resistance

IP67

Communication

Bluetooth4.1

WiFi

Dimensions (LxWxH)

1.95 x 1.60 x 0.37 inch

Weight

16 ounces

But, all-in-all, Asus has learned from its missteps and offered consumers the power of choice stuffed into a sleek package that almost rivals the Apple Watch, except for one thing: the infamous bezel that frames the screen is huge. And, while, we may never see the bezel disappear entirely, it seems even more prominent on the Zenwatch 2, due to its slightly smaller design.

Still, the overall design is stylish enough to almost get past the bezel if you squint a little, but it's probably the most non-elegant element of the watch. Of course, the pixel-rich screen may make you forget about the bezel from time to time.

Asus Zenwatch 2 Screen

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Silver with Beige Leather Strap 37mm Smart Watch with...

The Zenwatch 2 boasts a luxurious 320 x 320-pixel, 1.63-in watch screen at a 278 pixel per inch density, and content and icons appear vivid and crisp. The Zenwatch 2 almost matches the Apple Watch’s 1.65-inch 312 x 390-pixel density and uses the same Amoled screen as seen in the original Zenwatch, which helps one to look past the bezel.

Its pixel density and brightness are so good that one reviewer even claimed he had no issues using the Asus Zenwatch 2 in direct sunlight. Let’a face it, though, many Android Wear smartwatches perform quite similarly as they share the same OS platform and much of the same hardware under the hood. As a result, this arena of design ends up being where most smartwatch-makers have the ability to distinguish themselves from the pack.

And Asus has been one those watchmakers. Choosing to produce a watch made of high-quality stainless steel translates into a watch that is elegant durable, and the combination of metal and glass is a classic pairing. Also, Asus has chosen to augment that classic pairing by allowing consumers to choose from a variety of designs and watchbands.

It is also an important distinction that Asus has decided to go with two sizes, which helps increase marketing avenues and appeal to a greater audience, a trick Apple discover some time ago. The upshot is that instead of a one-size fits all watch, you now have a two-pronged product to market to the following demographics: men/women, children/adults, small/ large, etc.

The Asus Zenwatch 2 Under the Hood

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Silver with Beige Leather Strap 37mm Smart Watch with...

Under the hood, the Zenwatch 2 boasts a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 512MB RAM, which is nothing new and makes up the nuts and bolts of many Android Ware watches out there. It’s a pretty standard setup for a reason, and, with no obvious hurdles or hiccups with the UI, the smartwatch works, well, like clockwork.

One of the neat things about the Asus ZenWatch 2 is that not only can connect to your mobile device using Bluetooth 4.1 and a Wi-Fi connection, it can run independent of another mobile device, storing info internally until a connection can be re-established.

You’ll also find an available six-axis gyroscope to help pick up subtle wrist gestures, including what Asus calls its “quick look” view, activating vital watch info and brightening the screen as you bring the watch in for a closer look. Another ergonomic move was transitioning the power button from the back of the watch to the right side, which makes it far easier to manipulate and also allowed Asus to build in some additional functionality.

Pushing the power button once will turn the display off and on, and holding it down will activate a menu full of your contacts, applications, and a new Android app called Google Now, a precursor to the Google Assistant personal assistant software.

Of course, gestures rule in an advanced AI world, so Asus has built in an alternative method for turning off your display, which consists of tapping the watch face with the palm of your hand. This gesture reportedly works well, and, after a slight vibration on your wrist, the display will either shut down or go into sleep mode, depending on your settings.

Battery Life and Water Resistance

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Silver with Beige Leather Strap 37mm Smart Watch with...

The larger Zenwatch 2 comes with a 400 mAh battery, and there is nothing new there, as much of the Andriod Ware fleet offers the same technology. In a bit of an odd turn, according to one review, the battery life doesn’t perform to its best until after the first few days of full charges.

At first, you will only get 10 hours or so of usable battery time, but, eventually, that will improve to more than 12 hours after a couple of charging cycles. Reportedly, the Zenwatch 2 is now charged via a magnetic pogo pin connector, and connecting and charging are both fast and easy, with the watch regaining a 50% charge in under 30 minutes.

If you are upright and facing the right way, you might notice, too, that the Asus Zenwatch 2 comes with a IP67 certification for water and dist resistance. This means that the watch gains complete protection from dust and will tolerate a 30-min dunk in 1 meter of water, for as long as 30 minutes. Under these conditions, you see no negative impact to your Zenwatch as long as the water is not saltwater.

And You Thought Apple was an Oligarchy...

Apple thoroughly vets any and all software available on their store. That means the OS and software on or associated with the Apple name cannot be changed, altered, or updated without Apple permission. And, while it is true the oligarchy created by the late King Jobs and his close crew members has resulted in an empire of exclusivity, it is not the only elitist game in town.


Google owns Android, and, with Brin, Page, and Schmidt at the top, it also owns the distribution of the OS and its apps. Like Apple, it does not allow its OS or distribution system to be manipulated in any way. The only differences between the two when it comes to exclusivity is that Apple produces both software and hardware products (exclusive to itself), and Google has only yet dabbled in producing its own hardware and licenses out its Android software.


So, when smartwatch-makers licenses the use of Android for their watches, it creates a very consistent (Apple-like) software experience across the board. Yet, it creates no space for individual Android Ware smartwatch makers to distinguish themselves in terms of unique software or OS revision. Good, bad, or indifferent, the polarizing effect this has on the availability of smartwatch variety is both positive and negative.

Moreover, while the market has revealed an array of different smartwatch designs by different manufacturers, the Android Wear watches, essentially, function all the same, as do the Apple Watch varieties. The result is that, as a consumer, you are basically making a choice between Apple or Google, regardless of manufacturer name.

Asus Zenwatch 2 Wrap-Up

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Silver with Beige Leather Strap 37mm Smart Watch with...
  • Operating System: Android Wear (Does NOT support iPhone IOS) Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects your ZenWatch 2 against the deep scratches that cause glass to break
  • ASUS FaceDesigner enables you to Create the perfect watch face with style and functionality.
  • IP67 Water Resistance means your ZenWatch is shower safe and can be submerged up to 1-meter under-water.

Asus has always made it a point to bring technology to the people at a very affordable price point, and, with the Zenwatch 3 having just come out, the cost of the Asus Zenwatch 2 just got even more affordable at around $240.

The Zenwatch 2 is not only affordable, though – it is designed with the elegance of an Apple Watch in mind, and, in fact, the two smartwatch options look suprisingly similar, the Apple Watch only having a slightly larger screen and being thinner and lighter. But the Zenwatch is a little more affordable, making it is a great option if you are just getting into the smartwatch game.

Great looks, customizable colors, bands, and the power of a new and improved Android system that features voice recognition, make this the leader of the Android Wear pack. So what if it doesn’t have a heart monitor yet? You can take it underwater, and that is something we do not recommend trying with the Apple Watch.

Nvidia Shield Tablet Review – Taking A Look at Its Features and Specifications

Nvidia Shield Tablet and Controller

Some technology is destined to be great, with lasting popularity and longevity like the Razer DeathAdder or the Apple iPad, while, sadly, some technology is not long for this world and is discontinued almost as soon as it is released. The Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the latter not the former, and its brief life started in mid-2014 and ended some time between late 2017 and early 2018.

It was exciting to see a video card maker get into the tablet game, and the gaming world was abuzz about the different Nvidia Shield Tablet flavors to be released in 2014, following the evocative Shield clamshell design of the previous year. When it first shipped, the new Nvidia Shield Tablet featured a super-pixel-rich 8-inch 1920Ă—1200 display that was capable of outputting to a 4K resolution via HDMI cable.

Further, it came in two versions: the 16GB, wi-fi only version for about $300; and the 32GB 4G LTE version for around $400. A year later, though, these original models were recalled due to overheating batteries, and Nvidia released the Shield Tablet K1 in response, a portable gaming console that featured 16GB and wi-fi for around $200. The K1 initially got some good attention, as it packed one of the most powerful processor/GUI combinations ever seen in a tablet under its belt.

This version combined a tablet with an optional gaming controller and also promised a cool new stylus which could unlock hidden features, but, unfortunately, the pen, the controller, and even the charger were not included with the original purchase price. Needless to say, consumers were not so impressed with this marketing strategy, even at a less than $200 price point, and Nvidia soon struggled to move their powerful tablet.

So, in 2016, after sluggish sales, Nvidia announced it had no plans to update its tablet lines, and, in 2017, after no word from the manufacturer itself, it was assumed that the Shield Tablet was dead. Dropped presumably in favor of Nvidia’s new Shield TV product line, in 2018 the Nvidia website now lists their Shield Tablets as officially discontinued.

The Anatomy of the Nvidia Shield Tablet

NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8' Tablet - Black

Originally, the Nvidia Shield Tablet came with a powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and a 16GB HDD (expandable to 128GB). It shipped with Android 4.4, measured 221 x 126 x 9.20-in, and weighed 390 grams.

Connectivity options included Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS, and built-in sensors included Gyroscope, Compass, and Accelerometer. Plus, its 8-inch, 1920 x 1200 display hit a size and resolution that had few competitors, since the Google Nexus had moved on to take aim at the larger, more powerful Apple iPad.

Designed in a similar way as the light, slinky Google Nexus, the mid-sized Shield Tablet packed a punch with graphic, processor, and the addition of dual front-facing speakers. You would have also found a microSD slot and a decent battery. Plus, the backside was coated in an anti-slip finish to prevent accidental breakage or shock, and the black matte-texture followed the unit from the back all the way around the front.

​Specifications

Processor

NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 192 core Kepler GPU
2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU with 2 GB RAM

Display

8-inch 1920x1200 multi-touch Full-HD display

Video Features

4K Ultra-HD Ready

Audio

Front facing stereo speakers with built-in microphone

Storage

16 GB

Wireless

802.11n 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, 
Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS

Interfaces

Mini-HDMI with HDCP 1.4 output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD slot
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support

Motion Sensors

3-axis gyro

3-axis accelerometer

3-axis compass

Gaming Features

SHIELD controller compatible 
GeForce NOW™ cloud gaming service
Console Mode 
NVIDIA ShadowPlay

Cameras

Front: 5MP HDR

Back: 5MP auto-focus HDR

Battery

19.75 Watt Hours

Operating Size

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Included Apps

Google Play

NVIDIA SHIELD Hub

Fallout Shelter

NVIDIA Dabbler™

Squid

Twitch

Size (WxDxH)

5.0 x 0.36 x 8.8"

Weight

12.6 oz / 356 g

Battery Life

Up to 10 hours

The adequate 5MP camera and the tiny logo completed the austere features on the back of the tablet. And, on the front, there was a matching 5MP camera, as well as the addition of two powerful forward-facing speakers. All ports were located on the top of the tablet, and buttons could be found on the upper right-hand side, including a volume rocker and a power button.

With no physical face buttons, the Nvidia Shield Tablet maintained its sleek look while offering a powerful array of ports, like the mini-HDMI out, micro USB, and microSD card slot capable of reading up to 128GB cards. The upshot was a powerful and versatile tablet that offered hardware still hard to find in some of the tablets on the market today.

The Strange Case of the Nvidia Shield Tablet

NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8' Tablet - Black

Another interesting-looking feature (albeit fairly useless) is the rubberized speaker grilles. Although this was a unique move, lending to the tablet’s clean, modern profile, it did nothing to affect the sound, though it had the rather annoying characteristic of attracting lint and animal hair, which constantly needed to be cleaned away.

Moreover, compared to the original Shield design of 2013, the controller on the K1 was not permanently connected to the display, but, rather, had to be purchased separately, which added to the base price of $200 by about $60/controller. In a positive light, though, up to four controllers could be wirelessly connected at the same time, which was a rather unique concept in 2015.

Then, when the Shield Tablet K1 was introduced, it featured Android 5.1 Lollipop (which supported neither the pen nor the controller) with an option to upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat (when it became available) via online download. Moreover, although Nvidia thoughtfully pre-loaded the Dabbler photo editing app, it did not include Shield Hub, a standalone game manager that improved the functionality of the tablet for gaming.

Plus, in terms of battery life, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is only about average and reportedly got 10 hours while streaming movies or searching the web and about half that when gaming. Plus, the controllers did not come with rumble support, which Nvidia claimed they omitted in 2013 (when display and controller were attached) due to weight concerns. However, in 2015, with the move to detachable controllers, the feature was still missing.

Despite its missteps, though, Nvidia had something special with its Tegra K1 mobile chipset. The 2.2GHz quad-core processor came with Nvidia's Kepler GPU architecture, which rivaled performance found in many of the company’s graphics cards. And, according to one review, the chip bench tested only slightly below the Samsung Galaxy S6 and performed better than both the Nexus 6 and OnePlus 2, as well as the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Tablet or Gaming Machine?

NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8' Tablet - Black

One of the more interesting things about the Nvidia Shield Tablet was that it made a powerful tablet on its own, without the addition of entering the gaming universe. With one of the fastest mobile processors on the market, and, at around $200 price point, the tablet alone was a great buy.

However, Nvidia decided to market the tablet as a gaming unit, which, in retrospect, was an interesting choice, as other really good gaming consoles have come and gone - Alienware Alpha, Sega Dreamcast - only because of slight missteps or bad timing.

The gaming universe can be unforgiving, and, to that end, the decision to showcase the Nvidia wireless Shield Controller as well as an anemic compatible Android game market will forever remain a mystery.   

That said, the 11.2-ounce Shield Controller is, essentially, the same controller that was found on the 2013 Shield clamshell, but freed from the shackles of an attached screen.

Reportedly lighter and more comfortable to hold, Nvidia opted to go with a Wi-Fi connection instead the more traditional Bluetooth one. High-speed Wi-Fi allowed for increased bandwidth and supported 3.5mm headphones to be hooked up directly to the controller as well as the ability to link up to four devices at the same time.

Moreover, the controller included touch buttons for play, back, and Android's home management system, as well as a big green Nvidia button that launches Shield Hub (originally sold separately).

Finally, in an effort we can only imagine being in the vent of uniqueness, the controller sported a small triangle-shaped touchpad for controlling your tablet remotely.

It is unclear as to why you would want to do this with a giant gaming controller (instead of rumble support) or why the touchpad was a triangle instead of a square, but we’ll chalk it up to overambitious engineering.

Shield Tablet Add-Ons and Extras

NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8' Tablet - Black

We’ve told you about the K1 original price point , but that is without the controller which is less than $60, the additional Shield Hub software (which later shipped with the unit), the case/stand, and other accessories, for which you could easily spend twice the original price.

Moreover, the range from $50 to $60 is pretty steep for a controller that is only supported by what one reviewer estimated as no more than 400 garbage games in the Android universe. And neither would you have gotten a micro USB cable or even a power brick (about $30 then / around $8 now and both included in previous iterations of the Shield Tablet).

And forget about a stylus, although the exclusion of the device is interesting considering that Nvidia decided to include their painting and photo editing software, Nvidia Dabbler, at their reduced price. In any case, the stylus would have cost you anywhere from $20 - $60.

NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8' Tablet - Black

The add-ons just kept piling up, though, as, if you had wanted to play anything other than what you would have found on the Google Store, you would have had to opt in for Gamestream, Nvidia's streaming technology that allowed you to stream PC games to your Shield via Nvidia servers in the cloud. And, according to an article by Slash Gear that would have cost you an additional around $7.99/mo.

The list of supported games here would have been somewhat more impressive, boasting titles like Batman: Arkham Origins and Titanfall. However, you’ll need a high-speed internet connection and a 5GHz dual-band router to get the system working right.

Nvidia Shield Tablet Wrap-Up

NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8" Tablet - Black
  • More ways to game with Android games and GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.
  • Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, featuring a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU and 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU.
  • Full HD 1080p, 8-inch display, and dual-front facing speakers for incredible video and sound.

Despite moving ahead with the Android 7.0 update in brought powerful new changes to an already powerful machine, but, in the end, it wasn’t enough to save the Nvidia Shield Tablet from being discontinued.

Nevertheless, the Nougat update was remarkable for a number of reasons. First, the Android 7.0 updates for tablets were scarce, and, second, the Shield was the only Cortex-A15 powered tablet ever to receive the elusive OS.

Further, the update allowed the Shield to do even more and featured more multitasking features, a better JIT compiler, and new notification settings. Plus, with added support for Nvidia peripherals, it meant even more Android games were compatible with the Shield controller. To give you an idea of just how much this meant to the legacy of the Nvidia Shield Tablet, we have included a list of popular features below with help from our friends at Know Your Mobile.

  • An improved JIT compiler improved OS runtime performance.
  • The introduction of VR mode.
  • The premiere of the Vulkan API, which supported 3D graphics and new system effects.
  • An improved battery and power management system named Doze.
  • A way to limit what data your device uses while on the Nvidia data server.
  • The split-screen mode helped increase multi-tasking capabilities.
  • A new app called quick switch, which allowed users to flip-flop between the two most recently used apps.
  • An improved notifications protocol.
  • The introduction of lock screen wallpaper.

However, even the overhauled Android 7.0 update was not enough to save the Shield, and, despite its improved, more flexible and powerful OS, it’s duality as a tablet and a gaming console, and its revolutionary and ultra-powerful hardware, the Nvidia Shield Tablet was discontinued sometime between 2017 and 2018.

Perhaps it was that lack of Android games, perhaps it came down to the fact that even Nvidia can’t make 8-inch screen fit for gaming, or perhaps it was the Nvi dia controller. Whatever the cause, the Nvidia Shield Tablet will go down as one of the most powerful gaming tablets in history.

Laser Printers – The Best Models Manufactured by Brother

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It’s the digital era – who prints anything anymore? A lot of people, as it turns out, and you never know when you won’t be able to show something on a mobile device and requires a hard copy.

If you’re in an office or professional environment, you’ll still need access to a printer to handle a day’s work full of documents and correspondence. Brother is one of the most well known printer manufacturers on the market today, and we’re going to show you ten of the best Brother printers to help you decide which is the right printer for you.

Why Do We Still Need Printers?

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Even as digital overtakes physical in all forms of media, there will never be a total replacement for printed paper and ink. Visit any doctor’s office, law firm, or government branch and you’ll inevitably be asked to sign something which must be retained on paper. They might digitize the same document that you signed, but you can be sure that a hard copy will be retained just in case the database becomes corrupted or must be witnessed later.

What Type of Printer Should I Buy?

This is going to depend on the location of the printer, along with your personal reason for investing in one. If you just need it for correspondence and printing records of your signed documents, a simple inkjet printer will do fine – in fact, you might not even need to bother with a color printer, and it will save you a bit of money in the process!

If you want to print photos on a specific type of high-quality paper, there are printers that specialize in photo reproduction. For professional environments where documents have to be printed in mass quantities at high rates, you’ll want to think about using a laser printer. These are going to be much more expensive, but they’ll be worth it when you don’t have to wait minutes for one document to come out of the printer.

Where Should I Buy a Printer?

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Printers are still available at large retailers such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Fry’s. If you’re not interested in looking at one in person, online retailers like Amazon and NewEgg stock a wide variety of printers.

Most of the time, you can find rebates and offers for financing or free shipping, and in some cases, you’ll be able to avoid paying sales tax. eBay is another option for finding a printer, as long as you pay close attention to the feedback profile of a vendor and ensure that you’re being sold a quality item.

Reviewing Brother Printers

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We studied many different models in the Brother printer family to determine the top ten to include for the sake of this list. Along with reliability and the consistency of the Brother name, we paid close attention to the accuracy in document printing, color shades when using the correct ink, the average number of pages printed per minute, and how long an ink cartridge will last before needing replacement.

Prices of Brother Printers

Depending on how many features you’re looking for in a printer. This will increase as you add on components like wireless connections, color ink capability, and all-in-one inclusion for faxing and copying. The most expensive Brother printer will feature laser printing, the most efficient model for an office that needs to quickly produce large quantities of documents in a short time.

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Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer, HLL2395DW, Flatbed Copy &...
  • Engineered for convenience – This new Brother Monochrome Laser Printer is conveniently equipped with a flatbed scan glass for quick copying and scanning. Mobile Device Compatibility AirPrint, Google Cloud Print 2.0, Brother iPrint and Scan, Mopria, Cortado Workplace
  • Optimized for efficiency – Engineered with new features, the HL L2395DW laser printer (replacement for the HLL2380DW) and has been optimized for efficiency, allowing you to print up to 36 pages per minute(1)
  • Faster, high quality prints: This monochrome laser printer is built with a 250 sheet paper capacity that helps improve efficiency due to less time spent refilling trays. It also handles both letter and legal sized paper. Power Source AC 120V 50/60Hz.Machine Noise (Ready/Printing): 30dB / 50dB

This model allows you to print 36 pages of black and white ink per minute, and for the cost, it’s hard to beat this printer, which allows you to send documents from your mobile device directly to the printer. You’re able to place it on your home network through an Ethernet port or a wireless router.

While the HL-2395 doesn’t allow for color printing, this model is an excellent choice for those who make a regular habit of reproducing important documents, coupons, or calendar reminders. This model lacks a tray for receiving your printing, so make sure you have a free hand when it’s finished. A great pick for anyone in need of a printer, copier, and fax machine that can be used from anywhere in the house.

Brother HL-L2320D Mono Laser Printer
  • Print Speed: up to 30ppm; Mono
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface for local connectivity
  • Automatic Duplexing (two sided printing)

Brother’s entry-level printer does only the minimum amount of work necessary to classify itself as a printer. There are no network capabilities, and you won’t be sending anything from a mobile device for printing without putting a document on your PC first.

With that being said, sometimes, all you need is a black-and-white printer that can print concert tickets or vehicle registration verification. Like the 2395, this doesn’t have an output tray, so be careful not to let your printing fall to the ground. Don’t overlook this option if you need or know someone who is in need of a printer that does exactly what printers were designed to do in the first place.

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Brother MFC-J6930DW All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Wireless...
  • Your purchase includes One Brother MFC-J6930DW All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Carton Contents: LC3017 Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow High Yield Ink Cartridges CD-ROM & User Manuals
  • Printer dimensions: 22.6” W x 18.8” D x 14.7” H. Printer Weight: 51.6 lbs. Carton dimensions: 22.5” W x 26.5” D x 19.5” H. Carton Weight: 58.4 lbs
  • Printer can connect with a USB cable as well as WiFi and other wireless choices

For those who are looking for something with a few more bells and whistles, this all-in-one device might be what you need. On top of wireless networking options and mobile printing, the MFC-J6930DW has a touch screen for your convenience. This makes quick copies and sending faxes even easier and allows you to check ink levels and network connection levels without running a system test from your PC. It’s not as efficient as other printers – you’ll only get 20 color pages per minute and 22 if you’re printing black and white.

The 2370 is, for all intents and purposes, a wireless-enabled version of the 2320: no output tray, black and white, and not much else in the way of features. The added convenience of hooking this to a network, however, allows more than one person in a house or small office to print what they need.

If you don’t plan on using color documents and need to split access to the printer among several different people, the HL-2370 is a cost-efficient way to provide printing capabilities to everyone who needs it. Don’t underestimate the horsepower of this printer, either – Brother promises up to 15,000 prints a month from this model!

Brother MFC9130CW Wireless All-In-One Printer with Scanner, Copier and...
  • FAST PRINT AND SCAN: The Brother MFC-9130CW lets you get things done with up to 19 ppm print speed and scans up to 29 ipm in black and 22 ipm in color
  • AFFORDABLE AND FLEXIBLE COLOR PRINTING: Affordably print professional quality, rich, vivid color documents with laser printer quality. The 250 sheet adjustable paper tray helps minimize refills and the manual feed slot handles varied printing needs
  • 3.7” COLOR TOUCHSCREEN: Print from and scan to popular cloud apps directly from the 3.7" color touchscreen including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, OneNote and more. Save time by creating custom shortcuts on the touchscreen for your most used features.

Brother’s relatively inexpensive option for an all-in-one laser color printer does just about anything you could ask for in a document printing device. You can hook this into a wireless network and use a mobile device to queue up your documents and expect about 19 pages per minute to come out.

One thing to keep in mind, if you plan to use this for a professional setting, is the lack of two-sided printing as a feature. Like some other compact Brother models, this doesn’t include any tray for output, so remember that if you have a giant document coming in multiple pages.

Brother Monochrome Laser Printer, Multifunction Printer, All-in-One...
  • INNOVATIVE SCANNING CAPABILITY: Supports multiple scan-to destinations such as email, USB, SharePoint, Cloud Services, Network, and more. (1) First Page Out Time 7. 2 seconds max. Printer Driver Compatibility Windows, macOS, Linux. Black Print Speed max. 42 ppm. (2) Mobile Device Compatibility AirPrint, Brother iPrint&Scan, Mopria, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct (3)
  • ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES: MFCL5800DW helps protect against unauthorized device and document access, and securely connect to your network
  • 70-PAGE AUTO DOCUMENT FEEDER: The 70-page capacity auto document feeder is perfect for unattended copying, faxing, or scanning. Power Source - AC 120V 50/60Hz

The L5800 is deceptive in its features. You might look at the label and ask, “Why would I buy this one? No color capabilities and I can’t send directly from my phone. What’s the point?” By the time you’re done asking this question, this beast of a printer has pumped out 42 pages in a minute, more than any other laser printer on this list. Furthermore, it’s network-enabled, perfect for a mid-sized office that doesn’t want to blow their budget on a printer. One of the best on the list for sure!

Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer with Wireless Networking and...
  • Upon activation, the Amazon Dash Replenishment service measures the toner level and automatically orders toner from Amazon when low. This ensures that you never run out again.
  • Fast, high-quality printing at up to 23 ppm. No scanner or fax function.
  • Wireless and automatic two-sided printing. 18.3 x 16.1 x 9.4 inches.

Here’s the elite personal printer of the list: a small model that hides a color laser. You can print just about anything instantly, and average 23 pages per minute if you need extra copies for the family. It works directly from a mobile device, so the kids can print their homework resources at the same time you find a new recipe for the night. Don’t get the papers mixed up, though – there’s no tray to catch anything you print on this model, which looks similar to the 2300 series.

Brother MFC-J885DW Work Smart Inkjet All in One
  • Design that delivers High availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and price/performance
  • Easy to install
  • The country of Origin is Philippines

If you need an upgrade from the 2370 as well as copying and fax capabilities, this might be the device for you. You can send documents from your phone or tablet through a wireless network and make copies or send faxes through the touchscreen.

You should know, however, that this is one of the slowest printers on the list, averaging only 10 pages per minute when using color ink. Keep this printer in mind if you use faxing, copying, and printing sparingly and don’t need to worry about lots of copies at once.

Brother MFCL2750DW Monochrome All-in-One Wireless Laser Printer,...
  • Perfect all-in-one – The MFC-L2750DW developed for the busy home or small office, Brother’s latest compact laser all-in-one printer features advanced printing at 36 pages per minute(1) as well as faxing, copying, and scanning capabilities
  • Engineered for productivity – This replacement for the MFCL2740DW helps save time with single-pass duplex (2-sided) copying and scanning via an up to 50-sheet automatic document feeder along with multi-page copying, scanning, and faxing functions
  • Printing on the go: Send print jobs wirelessly from your desktop, laptop, smartphone, and tablet(2). The "Touch to Connect" printing with NFC gives added convenience(3)

The 2750 is one of the most efficient printers on the list, capable of printing 36 black and white pages per minute. Unlike some of its similar cousins in the 2700 series, this model contains a resting output tray, so you don’t have to worry about snatching a paper before the ink has dried. It’s compatible with wireless networks and wired alike, allowing you to print important legal notations from anywhere in the house.

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Brother MFC-L8900CDW Business Color Laser All-in-One Printer, Amazon...
  • UNIT DIMENSIONS: 19.5" W x 20.7" D x 21.6" H | Unit Weight: 63.1 lbs
  • ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION: The Brother MFC-L8900CDW Color Laser All-in-One is an exceptional printer for businesses that require large print and copy volume
  • BUSINESS PRINTING & COPYING: This printer increases productivity with print speeds up to 33 ppm and scan speeds for double-sided pages up to 58 IPM

Whether we saved the best for last depends on what you need in a printer. This is the Rolls Royce of Brother printers and does it all: a laser color all-in-one device that runs on a network and accepts print queues from mobile devices. Combine this with the hefty price tag and it’s probably not necessary for anyone to own this in a residence, unless they have their own printing business. Even with all its features, it still finds time to print 33 pages per minute.

The 8900 is a fantastic choice for an office that needs color capabilities in a printer that’s going to see a lot of use on a daily basis.

Final Verdict

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Details

Price

01 BROTHER HL-2395DW

Functions

A4 Duplex Wireless Network Mono Laser Printer, Flatbed Colour Scanner, Flatbed Copier

Engine

Mono Laser


Standard Memory

128MB

LCD Display

6.8cm Colour LCD Touch Screen

Print Speed

Up to 34 ppm


Printer Resolution

600 x 600 dpi, HQ1200 (2400 x 600 dpi) quality, 1200 x 1200 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets

Interface

USB 2.0 @ Hi-Speed, 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet and IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless, IEEE 802.11g/n (Wi-Fi Direct)

Mobile/Web Print

iPrintScan, AirPrint, Web Connect, Google Cloud Print, Mopria

Dimension (WxDxH)

410 x 398 x 272 mm


Weight

9.4 Kg


Warranty

1 Year

02 BROTHER HL-2320D

Functions

Duplex Mono Laser Printer, Flatbed Colour Scanner

Engine

Mono Laser


Standard Memory

8MB

LCD Display

No

Print Speed

Up to 30 ppm


Printer Resolution

Up to 2400 x 600 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets

Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, Wi Fi Direct

Mobile/Web Print

AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™, Brother iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct®, Mopria®

Dimension (WxDxH)

22.6" x 18.8" x 14.7"


Weight

51.6 lbs.


Warranty

2 Years

03 BROTHER MFC-J6930DW

Functions

A3 Colour Inkjet Printer, Colour Fax, Flatbed Digital Copier, Duplex Flatbed Colour Scanner, Direct Print/Scan, PC-Fax

Engine

Colour Inkjet


Standard Memory

256MB

LCD Display

9.3cm Panel TFT TouchScreen Colour LCD

Print Speed

Up to 68 Seconds


Printer Resolution

Up to 1200x4800 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Upper Tray: Up to 250 Sheets, Lower Tray: Up to 250 Sheets


Copier Speed

12/9 ipm


Digital Scanner

Colour


Scanner Type

Flatbed Digital


Scanning Technology

Dual CIS


Digital-Media Type

USB Flash Memory

Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 10/100Base-TX Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC

Mobile/Web Print

iPrintScan, Airprint, Web Connect, Google Cloud Print, Brother Apps, Mopria

Dimension (WxDxH)

575 x 477 x 374 mm


Weight

23.6 Kg


Warranty

1 Year

04 BROTHER HL-2370DW

Functions

Duplex Mono Laser Printer

Engine

Mono Laser


Standard Memory

64MB

LCD Display

1-Line LCD

Print Speed

Up to 36 ppm


Printer Resolution

Up to 2400 x 600 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets


Interface

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet, Wi Fi Direct, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Mobile/Web Print

AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™ 2.0, Brother iPrint&Scan, Mopria®, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct®

Dimension (WxDxH)

14.0" x 14.2" x 7.2"


Weight

15.9 lbs.


Warranty

1 Year

05 BROTHER MFC-9130CW

Functions

Color Print Copy Scan Fax PC-FAX


Standard Memory

192Mb

LCD Display

3.7" Touchscreen

Print Speed

Up to 19 ppm


Printer Resolution

Up to 600 x 2400 dpi


Copying Capability

Black and White, Color


Design Style

Flatbed


Scanning Capability

Black and White, Color

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets


Interface

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Wi Fi Direct, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Mobile/Web Print

Google Cloud Print™, Brother iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct®

Dimension (WxDxH)

16.1" x 19.0" x 16.1"


Weight

49.6 lbs.


Warranty

1 Year

06 BROTHER MFC-L5800

Functions

Color Print Copy Scan Fax PC-FAX


Engine

Mono Laser


Standard Memory

256 MB

LCD Display

3.7" Color Touch Screen

Print Speed

Up to 42 ppm


Printer Resolution

Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi


Copying Resolution

Up to 1200 x 600 dpi


Scanning Resolution

1200 x 1200 dpi, 600 x 600 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets


Interface

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Mobile/Web Print

AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™ 2.0, Brother iPrint&Scan, Mopria®, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct®

Dimension (WxDxH)

19.5" x 16.8" x 19.1"


Weight

37.9 lbs.


Warranty

1 Year

07 BROTHER HL-3170CDW

Functions

A4 Wireless Network Colour LED/Laser Printer


Engine

Colour LED (Single cycle)


Standard Memory

128MB

LCD Display

1-line, 16 characters

Print Speed

Up to 22 ppm


Printer Resolution

600 x 600 dpi, 2400 dpi (600 x 2400) quality

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets


Interface

Hi-Speed USB2.0 10Base-T/ 100Base-TX Ethernet 802.11 b/g/n Wireless

Dimension (WxDxH)

16.1" x 18.3" x 9.4"


Weight

39 lbs.


Warranty

1 Year

08 BROTHER MFC-J885DW

Functions

Color (Print/Copy/Scan/Fax)

Engine

Color Inkjet
Standard Memory

128MB
LCD Display

2.7" Touchscreen

Print Speed

Up to 12 ppm
Printer Resolution

Up to 6000 x 1200 dpi

Copying Capability

Black and White, Color

Scanning Capability

Black and White, Color
Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets
Interface

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, NFC, Wi Fi Direct, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Mobile/Web Print

AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™, Brother iPrint&Scan, Mopria®, Wi-Fi Direct®, NFC
Dimension (WxDxH)

15.7" x 13.4" x 6.8"
Weight

16.8 lbs.
Warranty

2 Years

09 BROTHER MFC-2750DW

Functions

Laser Printer, Laser Fax, Flatbed Colour Scanner, Flatbed Digital Laser Copier, PC Fax

Engine

Mono Laser
Standard Memory

256MB
LCD Display

68mm TFT Colour LCD (Touchscreen)

Print Speed

Up to 34 ppm
Printer Resolution

600 x 600 dpi, HQ1200 (2400 x 600 dpi) quality, 1200 x 1200 dpi
Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets

Copier Speed

Up to 34 cpm

Copier Resolution

Maximum 600 x 600 dpi

Scanner Colour/Mono

Colour

Scanner Type

Flatbed Digital

Scanning Technology

Dual CIS
Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet and IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC

Mobile/Web Print

iPrintScan, AirPrint, Web Connect, Google Cloud Print, Brother Apps, Mopria
Dimension (WxDxH)

16.1" x 15.7" x 12.5"
Weight

26.5 lbs.
Warranty

1 Year

10 BROTHER MFC-L8900CDW

Functions

Laser Printer, Laser Fax, Flatbed Colour Scanner, Flatbed Digital Laser Copier, PC Fax

Engine

Colour Laser
Standard Memory

​512MB
LCD Display

12.6cm Panel Touchscreen Colour LCD

Print Speed

Up to 31 ppm
Printer Resolution

600 x 600dpi, 2400dpi (2400 x 600) quality
Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets

Copier Speed

Up to 31 cpm

Copier Resolution

Maximum 1200 x 600 dpi

Scanner Colour/Mono

Colour

Scanner Type

Flatbed Digital

Scanning Technology

Dual CIS
Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Ethernet and IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wireless

Mobile/Web Print

​iPrintScan, AirPrint, Web Connect, Google Cloud Print, Brother Apps, Mopria
Dimension (WxDxH)

19.5" x 20.7" x 21.6"
Weight

63.1 lbs.
Warranty

1 Year

Based on all our research, and the needs of different types of people who may need to use a Brother printer, we can’t choose one printer for an all-encompassing choice.

If you need a printer that can replicate a black and white document once in a while and doesn’t cost you too much for the initial investment, we would recommend the 2320. Yes, it’s the cheapest one on the list, and it doesn’t hook up to any networks, but if all you need is a black and white printer for one computer, there’s no reason to spend any more money than necessary on a Brother printer and can still produce 30 pages per minute. If you need color capabilities, the 3170 is your best bet.

If you’re going to be replacing an office printer, the requirements for a Brother printer will be raised substantially. You need a printer that can shoot out lots of paper in a short amount of time, and it might help to have a device capable of sending faxes and making copies all at once.

In this case, we’re putting all our eggs in one basket, just like the MFC-8900CDW. It’s not going to come cheap, but the number of features in this all-in-one device is too rich to ignore, especially if your office relies on teams or divisions and needs a capable device.

If you can sacrifice color but still need network capabilities and the ability to copy or fax, the L5800DW gets our next pick, with its ability to give you 42 pages in a minute. Just remember to set aside the dollars you save toward new ink cartridges – you would be amazed how quickly any printer can go through ink, and it will happen just as you’re preparing to print something incredibly important!

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