Google’s Pixel Watch is a first generation product, and it will likely have a successor in the fall. However, this smartwatch is a great option for Android users. The Pixel Watch is a smartwatch with a circular display, which has clean lines. It also features a 41mm dial. It has all the usual smartwatch features, including notifications and voice control using Google Assistant. Fitbit’s fitness tracking capabilities are infused into the watch, making it an even more attractive and capable Fitbit.
Google’s smartwatch is the first of its kind. It has a domed display with a native Fitbit integration to track health. Fitbit Premium for six months and YouTube Music for three months are included.
The third generation Echo Dot from Amazon is a hockey puck-shaped smart speaker. It’s a bit old, but you can get it for $19.99 at Amazon or Best Buy. That’s a $20 discount — yay math! The third-generation Dot allows you to access Amazon’s Alexa assistant from anywhere in your home. It can be used to control smart home features, read you the weather and news or to give commands. The new orb shaped Echo Dots have a much better sound. However, the little puck will do if you want to listen to a podcast or a baseball game.
The third generation smart speaker from Amazon is this puck-shaped Echo Dot. The Echo Dot offers a better sound quality than its predecessor. It also has a more compact design and comes with all of the Alexa smarts.
If you need a powerful computer but are on a budget, Apple’s M2 Pro-powered Mac Mini is a great option. It’s currently on sale at Amazon or B&H photo for $1199 ($100 off). It’s no secret that a Mac will not be able to compete with gaming systems, but it can offer a lot of performance if you are primarily interested in creating content using Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro.
With the M2 Pro processor in the Mac Mini, which is also found in the latest MacBook Pro laptops, you get similar performance — minus the screen, keyboard and trackpad, all of which you must provide. The Mac Mini is missing an SD card slot. This is a minor inconvenience, but it compensates for this with four Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports and two USB-A port. It also supports HDMI 2.1. This is a very well-rounded desktop computer for a small device.