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Category: Equipment Guides

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How Can I Bundle Cell Phone and Internet Service?

by | Feb 3, 2023 | Equipment Guides

Save money every month with a cell phone and internet bundle.

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Best Gaming TVs for 2023

by | Jan 31, 2023 | Best Of, Equipment Guides

Gamers have different TV needs. Like binge-watchers and movie buffs, they crave superior picture and sound quality. That means high resolution, HDR, HDMI 2.1 ports, a high (and variable refresh rate), low input lag, and more. We’ve rounded up the best gaming TVs from LG (best overall), Hisense (Best midrange), and TCL (best under $500) so you can get your game on.

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Your Guide to Watching 4K Ultra HD in 2023

by | Jan 24, 2023 | Equipment Guides

Now that 4K technology is becoming the new standard for TV resolution, and TV providers carry more 4K TV channels and on-demand content, you probably have questions. What are the best 4K TVs? Which 4K streaming service is best? Is there a difference between 4K and 4K U tra HD? Our TV experts have the answers for you.

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Best Smart TVs

Best Smart TVs 2023

by | Jan 19, 2023 | Best Of, Equipment Guides

We’ve compared several new smart TVs, considering these questions and more, and found four to recommend to you. The Samsung QN90B is our overall favorite, the LG C2 OLED is our pick for best picture, and bargain hunters will love the Hisense U8H ULED Google TV and TCL 5-Series Roku TV.

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Hopper 3 vs Genie

DISH Hopper 3 vs. DIRECTV Genie

by | Jan 12, 2023 | Equipment Guides, Versus Reviews

When you sign up for DISH or DIRECTV, you’re not just choosing a TV package—you’re choosing a DVR/receiver, which is your portal to all that delicious, mind-rotting eye candy.

Feature-rich and powerful, the DISH Hopper 3 is consistently named the best TV box in the biz. DIRECTV’s Genie is well-regarded, but not as mighty, and consistently second-banana to the Hopper 3. If you want more details, keep reading to see what we’ve dug up on both boxes.

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Top 5 DVRs of 2023

by | | Best Of, Equipment Guides

Do you love TV but don’t have a schedule that lets you watch your favorite shows when they air? You need a DVR. With the recording and storage power of a good DVR, you can keep up with everything you like to watch, and then some. And you won’t need a half dozen streaming subscriptions to do it.

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The Complete Guide to TV Ports: How to Hook Up Your TV

by | Jan 3, 2023 | Equipment Guides

Not sure how to connect your TV? We made a comprehensive cheat sheet on how to connect everything to everything else. DVI? HDMI? USB? Bookmark this page and never be confused again.

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Best CenturyLink-Compatible Modems 2023

by | Dec 29, 2022 | Equipment Guides

DSL technology varies so vastly from place to place that finding a compatible modem for CenturyLink is tricky business. But buying your modem can save you money in the long run, since CenturyLink charges $15 per month for you to lease one. Fortunately, we’ve gathered a bunch of good options for you to pick from.

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Surround sound bars

Which Is Better: Surround Sound or Soundbars?

by | Dec 27, 2022 | Equipment Guides, TV FAQs

Sure, surround-sound systems can be bulky and difficult to set up, but if you want an incredible home theater, this isn’t the place to cut corners. Soundbars work best in smaller spaces like apartments or bedrooms, and they use tricky virtual sound techniques to give you a miniature surround-sound experience.

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How to Program an RCA Universal Remote

by | Dec 21, 2022 | Equipment Guides, TV FAQs

Setting up your remote is actually a pretty simple process. But trying to figure out which set of instructions to use can get confusing. There are a few different procedures you can follow, depending on whether your remote has a Code Search button or whether you have a device code for the gear you want to pair with your remote.

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