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Doing a lot of conference calls from home these days using Zoom, Microsoft Teams or another platform? These compact speakerphone solutions will really improve your audio experience

David Carnoy writes is CNET, "The speakers and microphones on our laptops and mobile devices aren't terrible (by that I mean they're usable), but now that many of us are working from home -- and doing a lot more virtual meetings -- we're looking for a better audio experience.

One option is to get a set of headphones that are good for makings calls, but the other is to get a speakerphone that's designed expressly for the purpose of making and taking calls. Because these tend to lack a little bass and focus instead on midrange performance (voices), these aren't ideal for playing music or supplying the audio for movie watching, but they do work for that as well, playing louder and sounding fuller than your mobile device's speakers..."

If you've bought a new 4K monitor recently, you might have been puzzled by the array of ports on the back. HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, and Thunderbolt are all commonplace now, but which is the best, and why?

Tim Brookes writes in How-To Geek, "High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, is the most common display interface today. It's used in televisions to connect games consoles and Blu-ray players. It provides a stable digital signal that can be hot-swapped (unplugged and plugged in without turning devices off) at will.

HDMI 2.1 is the latest standard adopted by device manufacturers, supporting a throughput of 48 Gbps. That's enough to drive a 10K display at 60 frames per second in full 10-bit color. Because we're talking about 4K displays, HDMI 2.1 is more than adequate..."

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