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Five Best Desktop Microphones

If you take a lot of video calls over Skype or Hangouts, record podcasts, make music, or you’re a burgeoning YouTube celebrity, you’ll need a decent microphone for your desktop — one better than whatever’s already built-in. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.


Five Best Android Home Screen Replacements

There are plenty of Android launchers around, but we’re starting to see the emergence of a category that we might call “contextual launchers” — something that personalises your Android phone, is context-aware and surfaces information you need when you need it, and changes the way you interact with your device. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.


Five Best VPN Service Providers

A VPN (virtual private network) is a great tool to protect your privacy and security while you use the internet, as well as a nifty means of working around geo-blocking. Whether you’re at home or using public Wi-Fi while travelling, the best combine great pricing with security features and privacy guarantees that make them worth your trust. This week, we’re looking at five of the best VPN providers, based on your nominations.


Five Best To-Do List Managers

Finding the right tool to track your to-dos is a highly individual choice. The top options offer flexible syncing and scheduling options, great apps, notifications and reminders, and the right mix of features and flexibility that make it easy to stay organised. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.


Five Best Home Wi-Fi Routers

A good Wi-Fi router is the most essential component for your home network. The best ones offer great range, speedy communication, broad management features and customisability. This week, we’re looking at five of the best on the market right now, based on your nominations.


Five Best Remote Desktop Tools

Managing your own computer from afar or troubleshooting a family member’s PC is much easier when you can rely on a good remote desktop utility. This week we’re going to look at five of the best remote desktop and management tools, based on your nominations.


Five Best Desktop Video Players

Your computer is a powerful entertainment device, but if you’re regularly watching movies and TV shows using it, you need the right video player. The ideal candidate would be fast, lightweight, flexible, and able to handle obscure codecs and odd file formats. This week we’re looking at five of the best desktop video players, based on your nominations.


Five Best Programming Languages For First-Time Learners

If you’re thinking of learning to code, the language you choose will be heavily influenced by your long-term plans and ambitions. Nonetheless, some languages are easier to pick up than others, have a community dedicated to teaching, or offer more useful skills once you master them. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.


Five Best External Hard Drives

External hard drives are a commodity these days — they’re cheap and easily acquired — but that doesn’t mean some models still don’t offer a better package than others. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on nominations from readers.


Five Best Nexus 7 Cases

The Nexus 7 is one of the most popular Android tablets, and for good reason: it’s slim, trim, powerful and affordable. If you want to keep it safe, you’ll need a decent case or protective sleeve for it — one that can protect it from drops, bumps and other objects in your bag. This week we’re looking at five of the best Nexus 7 cases, based on your nominations.