The Nintendo Switch is a different kind of video game console and to get the most from it you need one or more of the best Nintendo Switch controllers and Joy-Con docks.
Your Nintendo Switch can morph into whatever kind of console you need. Add the Joy-Cons to the device’s side and now you have a handheld gaming console. Remove them and pair the console with a dock to play a game on your couch. Nintendo Switch controllers and Joy-Con docks solve issues that make both these experiences problematic.
Different Nintendo Switch controllers and grips improve your experience in different ways. Any Joy-Con grip makes the tiny controllers that Nintendo includes with the console easier to hold. Because they can charge the wireless accessories, you don’t need to switch gaming modes every time one of them dies.
Replacements for the Joy-Cons are just as great. The Nintendo Switch Core and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller let you abandon the Joy-Cons entirely if you like to play games on your TV. Some controllers are wired, so you don’t need to recharge them at all. They cost less than a new set of Joy-Cons and a Joy-Con grip.
If you need a second pair of Joy-Cons, don’t hesitate to buy the Neon Yellow Joy-Con controller pack. You will never confuse your Nintendo Switch controllers with anyone else’s ever again.
The $79.95 accessory pack has two Joy-Cons inside that are just like the Joy-Cons that came with your controller. You can use them for handheld mode or pair them with a Joy-Con grip. Each has motion sensors inside too, so you can steer in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe by tilting them to the left or right. Best of all, the Neon Yellow Joy-Cons are so bright that you can spot them anywhere instantly.
The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is an exceptional plug-in hybrid that I enjoy driving more than the 2016 Toyota Prius. Unlike the original model, the Prius Prime brings a full EV mode to the party that combines a very good electric range with the proven benefits of the hybrid system.
You can buy the 2017 Prius Prime in three trim levels including Plus, Premium and Advanced. I spent a week putting the Prius Prime Advanced, which starts at $33,100 and was equipped with no additional packages, to the test. You can add accessories like all-weather liners, alloy wheels or other small upgrades to the Advanced trim level, but it already comes with all the options Toyota offers.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Review
The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime won me over from the hybrid only, with more functionality, a new look and smart features even if it is missing CarPlay & Android Auto.
EV Mode is zippy and a nice addition to the standard Prius.
The 2017 Prius Prime Advanced is an excellent vehicle, thanks in part to the price, which allows a buyer to get into a plug-in hybrid for significantly less than the Chevy Volt. This does come at the cost of a lower EV range, one extra passenger in the back seat and a lack of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
2017 Prius Prime Range & Driving
The 2017 Prius Prime offers 25 miles of plug-in range, which is half of what you get with the Chevy Volt but, as it turns out, it’s just about right for my typical week. It would even work for my wife’s daily commute, which is just about 20 miles round trip. The key with the Prius Prime, and other plug-in hybrids, is that the electric only range just needs to handle your average drive, because the hybrid system gives you as much range as you’ll ever need. As long as you stop for gas eventually. The Chevy Volt’s range is a better fit when I travel to a nearby coworking place, but ultimately even the Volt is not enough for an electric only trip.
With the electric range and nightly charging I rarely needed to use much gas during my week with the Prius Prime and that is what counts. Yes the 133 MPGe is an impressive looking number, but the practical side of this is that both me and my wife could use the Prius Prime Advanced for our regular driving needs while relying mostly on electric power.
It’s a Prius, so it’s not particularly fast and it’s not going to give you the thrills of driving a sports car, but it is easy to drive and handles well. It’s definitely fast enough to get into traffic and to get up to highway speeds. When on electric power you get more instant access to the limited power you do have. In town and in traffic that first two seconds of acceleration feels zippy when in EV mode.
You can choose between Eco, Normal and Power driving modes, but Eco is too sluggish for me to use for more than a test. There is also an option to hold the EV power in reserve to use it later. You can charge over a standard 120 outlet and it will take some time, or you can get a full charge in about 2 hours on a 240 volt connection. Overall range is well over 600 miles with the combined electric and gas reserve.
2017 Prius Prime Looks & Interior
It’s a Prius.
The 2017 Prius Prime gains new looks that I like better than the 2016 Prius, but it’s still a car that will strike you as awesomely futuristic and modern or illicit an exclamation of “Why?” when you see it.
A new grille streamlines the front of the car and the upgraded taillights help deliver a better overall look. I won’t go so far as to say I’m in love with the design of the Prius Prime Advanced, but it’s easier to appreciate.
Inside you’ll find a gigantic screen at the center of the dash. It’s the home for all of the tech, but it’s also the main focal point anytime you get in the car. Yes, you still have a dash where key details for the driver exist, but you can’t talk about the inside of the car without mentioning this dominating screen.
The seats are heated, but the buttons are tucked way under the overhang of the dash, so it’s a stretch to reach them. The seats are comfortable overall and there is plenty of rom for those in the front seat.
One catch is that this is only a four seater. The back seat does not come with a middle belt like you will find in the Chevy Volt. Cargo space is down slightly from the standard Prius, but I still had enough usable space for all of my needs.
2017 Prius Prime Technology & Safety
The huge screen comes with a new version of Toyota Entune that is definitely the best version we’ve used, but it is missing a key new car feature I want: Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Toyota is a holdout that refuses to add this support to Toyota vehicles. I definitely miss CarPlay or Android Auto when in the Prius Prime. Android Auto gives me Waze and other apps on the dash and CarPlay is nearly as good as Android Auto with great access to apps and messages.
The large display is easy to see, it doesn’t blind you at night and the system is generally easy to use. You can plugin to play music or connect over Bluetooth. The call quality is above average. Finding what you want in the system is simple and this is the right direction for Entune, I just wish it also came with support for Android Auto and CarPlay. There is no volume knob, so you need to use touch buttons, but thankfully there are steering wheel mounted volume controls.
On the Premium and Advanced trim level there is a built-in wireless charger that you can use for many new smartphones.
On the safety side, the Advanced trim level includes many of our must have features like radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure alert and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. The radar cruise control system works great and simplifies longer trips by taking the frustration out of following inconsistent drivers.
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Do you hate constantly adjusting your cruise control, or giving up on cruise control because of traffic or due to a driver in front of you who keeps changing speed? You need a smart cruise control system.
Smart cruise control goes by many different names. You may see it listed as Radar Cruise, Adaptive Cruise or Intelligent Cruise control. Whatever it is called, it will allow you to set your cruise control and then stay with the flow of slower traffic.
Here's why we love it and why you need it. You get on the highway and set the cruise at 76 miles per hour. You also set the distance you want kept between you and the car in front of you. There are typically three or four settings so you can be close or keep a lot of space. Now you simply steer and your car will go 76 mile per hour when traffic allows it or there is no one in front of you. When someone is in front of you going 73 mph, the car automatically slows down to keep you the distance you choose from that car. This is indispensable in traffic and on long road trips.
Not all smart cruise control systems are the same. Some of work at all speeds, while others only work above a specific limit. Some systems can bring you to a complete stop in traffic and then restart without you needing to touch a pedal.
You can find adaptive cruise control on cars as cheap as $18,500 like the Toyota Corolla, and as an option on many cars below $30,000. Even on pricier cars you may need a higher trim level or special package to get this feature.
The newest Verizon iPhone 8 deal is the perfect way to add your kid to the family cell phone plan or to add a family member like grandma or grandpa to the plan with a free iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.
We typically only see iPhone 8 Buy One Get one deals from AT&T, and you need to also be a DirecTV customer, but starting Friday you will find a Buy One Get One deal on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at Verizon. This deal also works on the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ if you prefer Android.
The Verizon iPhone 8 BOGO deal is open to new and existing customers, but at least one of the lines needs to be new. If you are already a Verizon customer this means you will need to add another line which is why this makes so much sense for adding a kid or an older family member to your plan.
To get the deal you need to buy both devices on a payment plan and be on the Verizon unlimited plan. The free phone needs to be from the same manufacturer and of equal or lesser value. That’s the only catch there is to this deal that can help you save up to $949 on an iPhone 8 Plus or up to $849 on the iPhone 8. Shoppers will see the discount applied to their bill over 24 months.
Generally when you have to pick an iPhone 8 case you have to choose between style and durability or thickness and protection. Speck already did a great job of delivering just enough protection and a lot of style, and the new Presidio Ultra for iPhone 8 takes this to another level.
This is a multi-part iPhone 8 case that allows you to carry a Speck Slim Presidio case on your phone at all times. This slim case includes a raised bezel a great amount of protection and easy clickable buttons. There is a large opening for charging and lear access to the speakers.
When you need more protection -- like when working out, going outdoors or being more active -- you can snap on the include Impactium Ultra Bumper. This adds another layer of shock protection from drops, added screen protection on the front of your iPhone 8 and also keeps dust and debris out of the charging port.
It's a slim iPhone 8 case all the time and a rugged iPhone 8 case when you need it, without the need for two cases. There's even a holster included to secure it to you or to use as a kickstand.
These are the best Nokia 6 cases to protect your phone and keep it looking new. Our buying guide will go over all the different cases available and what they each have to offer. This is an excellent affordable phone, but with a big 5.5-inch screen a case is highly recommended.
Just because Nokia’s latest phones are ultra-affordable, or even cheap, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep them protected. In fact, being an excellent phone for just over $200 means you’ll have some extra money to get a quality Nokia 6 case.
We have everything from thin cases, cheap options, kickstand cases, to heavy-duty protection. Our list details cases as low as $7, which is better than paying $150+ to repair a broken screen. You’ll need to spend upwards of $25 for the most durable cases or something made by Nokia themselves.
While we recommend investing in a quality case from Nokia, even cheap $7-10 TPU cases on Amazon are better than nothing. In fact, TPU cases typically offer some of the best protection for half the cost of other cases. The more expensive Nokia 6 cases have durable materials, extra features like a kickstand, or premium materials like Carbon Fiber.
Additionally, a case will have raised edges around the screen and camera lens. This way important aspects of your phone can’t get damaged easily.
The Nokia 6 comes in a few different storage and RAM configurations, but they all have the same design. Meaning any and all cases from our roundup will fit your phone.
In closing, being one of the best budget phones available in 2017 means owners have tons of cases to choose from. Popular brands like Incipio have great protection, and several others on Amazon. That said, it’s not the latest Galaxy S8 so your options are somewhat limited. Don’t worry though, as we’ve gathered a list of the best cases that will keep your phone safe, protect the screen or camera, and make it easier to hold. Grab a case from our slideshow below.
First up is the official Carbon Fiber case from Nokia themselves. This slim, sleek, hard-shell case features a smooth yet easy to grip carbon fiber outer shell. Each corner has extra protection to keep your phone safe from drops too.
Being an official case made by Nokia means you'll get the perfect fit. Precision laser-cutouts give you access to all the buttons, ports, camera, sensors and more. In fact, this case is more of a snap-on cover. So while it doesn't cover the entire phone, all the important parts are safe.
Each corner folds over and extends beyond the screen, so you can lay the phone face-down without worry. It doesn't hurt that the case looks stylish with the stainless steel and carbon fiber finish.
The Apple TV 4K offers you access to 4K movie rentals, AirPlay, mirroring your iPhone and loads of other features, but it isn’t the best 4K streaming device for everyone. It’s also more expensive than many competing products. Here are the best Apple TV 4K Alternatives and what they offer compared to the newest Apple TV.
Apple delivered a major breakthrough when they negotiated lower digital 4K movie purchase prices and they offer the best access to 4K rentals across the board, but there is no optical audio out and there is no support for Dolby Atmos yet. The Apple TV 4K is also one of the most expensive 4K streaming devices out there.
Yes, the Apple TV is going to slot into your Apple filled life better than most of the devices on this list, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t viable alternatives out there if you want different features or are looking for a more affordable way to watch 4K video on your TV. If you have HomeKit connected devices, you may want to go with the Apple TV 4K, even if there is another device you like better since it is also a smart home hub.
Many of the devices include apps that you can install on your iPhone or iPad to use as a remote control, and some include options to stream from your iPhone to the TV, similar to how you use AirPlay or mirroring.
Here are the best Apple TV Alternatives that can all streak in 4K, including favorites like Netflix and that offer access to apps like HBO Go, Amazon Video, movie rentals and more.
Amazon Fire TV 4K
Nvidia Shield TV
Xbox One S
The cheapest Apple TV 4K alternative is the Amazon Fire TV 4K, which you could put on three TVs for the price of one Apple TV 4K. The Google ChromeCast Ultra is the same price, but it relies on you using a phone as the hub instead of a remote control, which may turn off some users. Each device has strengths and ways to stand out, and should be part of your research as you look into buying a 4K streaming box in 2017 and early 2018.
The Amazon Fire TV 4K is one of the best Apple TV 4K Alternatives. This is an affordable device at $69.99 and we've seen it on sale for around $55 during the holidays.
This slim unit sits behind your TV, streams all of your favorites in 4K including Netflix and Amazon Video. There are a lot of 4K video rentals on Amazon, and Amazon is matching Apple's prices most of the time for rentals and purchases.
You get a voice controlled remote like you do with the Apple TV, but in this case you are using Alexa instead of Siri. The Amazon Fire TV supports 4K at 60 FPS, HDR and Dolby Atmos.
It's easy to use, and you can use Alexa on it to control your smart home and interact with other apps. The Fire TV 4K does not include an Ethernet port, so you will need to buy an adapter if you need to use a wired connection.