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Our Asus Zenfone 10 video review is now out
11:59 pm | June 30, 2023

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The Asus Zenfone 10 is just as tiny as the Zenfone 9 was last year. It truly stands out, with its under-6" screen, in an Android world dominated by almost 7-inchers. But can a device this small still be considered a proper flagship? We've tried to answer that question, in painstaking detail, in our in-depth written review, which was published yesterday. If you are interested in a more concise take, you'll be happy to know that our video review of Asus' latest and greatest is now freshly baked and out of the oven. Here it is for your viewing pleasure. As usual in our video reviews,...

ATLI EON Timelapse Camera review
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Two-minute review

Shooting timelapse videos doesn’t have to be complicated, and the ATLI EON makes capturing these dynamic videos incredibly easy whether you’re capturing the progress of a construction site, a landscape, a cityscape or even a more intimate scene such as building a model or a flower opening. It’s a versatile camera despite its simple and minimalist design, and that’s part of what makes it so easy to use.

Except for a power button and manual focus ring on the lens, there are no other controls on the camera, including no screen for adjusting settings. This helps to keep power usage low, with only Wi-Fi offering a 5m radius running alongside the camera as it shoots. All controls are accessed through the aTLi Cam app, which shows a live preview as you shoot with the ability to adjust settings during capture.

The ATLI EON is small and lightweight at 2.1 x 2.7 x 1.9 inches / 54 x 70 x 50mm and 4.4oz / 125g with a battery. The kit comes with the ATLI EON camera, a silicone case, and silicone lens hood with a UV filter to make the camera weather-proof, a mini tripod, a tripod riser nut, a 16GB microSD card and a USB cable for using an external power source. The single battery kit costs $169 / £186, while the dual battery kit costs just $174 in the US, making the latter a more attractive option.

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ATLI EON Timelapse Camera

ATLI EON box (Image credit: James Abbott)
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ATLI EON Timelapse Camera

ATLI EON kit (Image credit: James Abbott)

The aTLi Cam app is easy to use, thanks to a simple and intuitive layout that anyone with even a basic knowledge of smartphone cameras will be able to understand and navigate with ease. One quirk of the aTLi Cam app, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store, is that this isn’t the most recent version. 

If you install this way, you’ll be directed to the ATLI website from within the app to download the most recent version, so you have to allow your smartphone to install apps from unknown sources. You can also scan a QR code in the instruction manual that will take you directly to the most recent version.

aTLi Cam app for ATLI EON Timelapse Camera

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Android users, depending on their smartphone model and the installed Android version, may find that the camera and phone won’t connect via Wi-Fi through the app, even after the camera has been added to the app and shows as being online. When this happens, you simply have to obtain the Wi-Fi password from within the app and manually connect to the ATLI EON WiFi, which works just fine. And once the password has been input, you won’t have to do it again but you have to connect before the app is started.

The ATLI EON can be used for shorter capture periods, or scheduling can be set so that the camera shoots between specified times on chosen days, within the limitations of the battery. There’s also a power-saving mode that will disconnect the camera from the app for shooting over longer periods, which is advertised as providing up to five days of power for longer intervals, or up to eight hours with a one-second interval. Plus, you can attach an external power source such as a USB power bank or a small solar panel via the USB-C connection that’s specifically for this purpose.

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ATLI EON Timelapse Camera

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ATLI EON Timelapse Camera

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A great feature of this camera is that it offers manual focus between 2.7 inches / 7cm to infinity, so you can capture small and close subjects. There’s also a notch in the focus ring that tells you that you’re focused to infinity, which is ideal for wider scenes. The silicone case and silicone lens hood provide weather resistance, and the hood can be used to remove reflections when shooting through glass.

Other features include the ability to capture photos and videos, alongside a time-slice feature that allows you to select a number of photos that are then split together in a pattern chosen from within the app, allowing you to show the passing of time in a single image. There’s also an infrared mode within the white balance presets that captures timelapses with pink foliage, if you’re looking for a more stylistic approach to capturing time-lapses.

ALTI EON Timelapse

When shooting a time-lapse with an interval between 0.5 sec and 24 hours, you can simply capture a 1080p MP4 video that will be stitched together in-camera in the H.264 codec at 25fps. You can also capture the individual photos as JPEGs, which are larger at 2688x1520px, so 2.7K. It’s annoying that the camera can’t natively create time-lapse videos at 2.7K since it’s capturing photos at that resolution, but on the plus side, you can stitch these into a time-lapse on your computer using time-lapse or video editing software.

Photo shot with the ATLI EON

2688 x 1520px photo shot with the ATLI EON (Image credit: James Abbott)

Image quality isn’t as good as even a smartphone, but this is common with small cameras of this type; they’re designed to make capturing time-lapse videos easy with the ability to shoot over long periods when required. That said, image quality is sufficient, although the white balance tends to be slightly too warm when using presets and Auto white balance. There is a manual mode where you can set white balance, ISO and shutter speed manually or leave some settings on auto, with additional control over image sharpness, saturation, contrast and hue. And for more advanced users, this mode yields the best results the camera is capable of producing, including improved white balance.

 Should I buy the ALTI EON Timelapse Camera? 

ATLI EON Timelapse Camera

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Buy it if...

Don't buy it if...

How I tested the ATLI EON Timelapse Camera

The ATLI EON was tested over several days in different locations to see how it copes with different weather conditions and environments. The focus of the testing was the time-lapse functionality rather than any other features that may be available, although additional features have been covered in the review.

The time-lapses captured ranged from 30 minutes to several hours depending on the interval frequency. It was, however, impossible to test capture over extended periods, so long-term scheduling functionality was set up and started to test ease of use and reliability.

With nearly 30 years of photographic experience and 15 years working as a photography journalist, I’ve shot many time-lapses using mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, so shooting with a dedicated time-lapse camera was much easier and provided straight out-of-camera videos without the need to process photos and convert them into a time-lapse.

First reviewed June 2023

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 review: a futuristic monitor with a backwards UI
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Samsung Odyssey OLED G9: Two-minute review

Upon seeing the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 monitor for the first time, it truly is a sight to behold. A glorious 49-inch display size, Dual Quad High Definition (5,120 x 1,440), and 32:9 aspect ratio that’s guaranteed to extend the full length of your desk space. I adore the lighter color, as it immediately stands out and looks far prettier, especially paired with the gentle curve of the display. Of course, unboxing it isn’t so glorious, as its sheer size alone requires at least two people to lift it out of the box. Despite this, its weight is still quite manageable once you remove it from the foam packaging.

Setup is simple, as you only need to slot the base into the monitor and then connect the cables as needed. No tools are necessary at all unless you plan on wall mounting the monitor, and even then it only really requires one piece. After setting up, it’s a matter of shifting it around to sit on the desk proper. It can be tricky but thanks to the build quality it doesn’t feel like hitting it against anything will immediately cause a crack in the screen.

The monitor is made of a mix of aluminum and plastic to keep it relatively lightweight, while the base is pure aluminum. This ensures that the monitor is well-balanced and won’t topple over. I’ve tested this aspect too and it’s really that sturdy – unless you lift it up it doesn’t shake or move around in the slightest. Considering how long the screen is, it’s impressive how stable the build is. You can move the screen up and down and slightly tilt it, but I do wish you can tilt it more and swivel it in place, for more dynamic movement. Being able to also turn it to portrait mode would have complemented the Multi-View feature, letting you customize how the split screen mode presents.

If you’re a fan of RGB lighting like I am, the CoreSync and Core Lighting+ features are a lot of fun to play around with. There’s a ring in the back of the monitor that illuminates in multiple colors, and you can switch between different effects using the included remote control. If you have the monitor against the wall, it even projects the colors on it, which is very visually appealing.

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 There are several modes to choose from, each with its own purpose and specs that correspond with that. Samsung claims that the monitor has 250 nits of brightness on average and, depending on what settings you choose, can greatly affect the screen brightness. The highest nit by far was from Standard Mode with HDR Brightness at 10%, which caps out at 556 nits. 

Other modes like Movie Mode have an average brightness of 266 nits, above average. While most gaming modes average around 160 nits (except for Eco Mode at 238 nits), in those cases refresh rate, resolution, and framerate are far more important during gaming sessions.

Specs for the color tend not to deviate too much, with the Delta-E staying around 1. Color gamut is also relatively stable between gaming modes and other modes, with sRGB scoring 143 under gaming display modes and around 194 everywhere else, and DCI-P3 staying almost entirely at 137 unless in almost every gaming mode in which it dips to 101 at the lowest. This makes sense as those numbers are best for creative projects, while games don’t need the color gamut nearly as high.

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Getting to really dig into the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9, as long as you pair it with a solid graphics card, you can max out the resolution and still hit high framerates. One example is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, one of the best graphics cards on the market, which managed to average nearly 60 fps on Forza Horizon 5 with maxed-out resolution and graphical settings. But if you want the best gaming monitor, an RTX 4090 is the card to go, as it fully supports 4K gaming.

Though most games look impressive on the curved monitor due to its great specs, having that 32:9 support is truly magical. Titles like Forza Horizon 5 and Doom: Eternal look absolutely phenomenal in that ratio, as it not only avoids having UI cut off but the amount of scenery and detail you can see at once is truly gorgeous. Unfortunately, most games don’t support this aspect ratio, including bizarre choices like the recently released Diablo 4. That’s something to consider when investing in this monitor.

There is one major design flaw that does damper an otherwise amazing experience with this monitor: the UI itself. Samsung previously had an easy-to-use UI for both TVs and monitors, which was replaced by this current one. And it’s so unbelievably clunky and complicated, making locating any feature needlessly difficult. It’s a shame too, as there are so many great tools and ways to customize your experience and best suit your needs, with Multi-View being one of my favorites. However, trying to enable it with both screens is like pulling teeth. It’s a shame that such a sleek and future-forward gaming monitor like the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is held back by such a bad user interface.

a large curved gaming monitor

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Samsung Odyssey OLED G9: Price & availability

  • How much does it cost? $2,199.99 / £1,599 / AU$3,399
  • When is it available? Available now
  • Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK, and Australia

The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 costs 2,199.99 / £1,599 / AU$3,399, which is extremely expensive and even approaching the price of premium gaming laptops that were released in 2023. If you’re looking for the ultimate gaming monitor experience and have the spare change, this is definitely an investment. However, for most buyers, it’s completely out of their price range.

It’s available in several regions including the US, UK, and Australia, meaning that you won’t be thankfully adding on the cost of import fees and international shipping if you were located outside the US.

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Samsung Odyssey OLED G9: Specs

Should you buy the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9?

Buy it if...

You want a giant 4K display
Between the excellent refresh rate, resolution, size, aspect ratio, color gamut, and response time, this gaming monitor has been tricked in every way.

You want a solid built-in speaker system
Most gaming monitors have speakers so bad it makes your ears bleed, but this one sounds quite good. It makes titles like Forza Horizons 5 pop.

Don't buy it if...

You're on a budget
If you have limited income, this is not the gaming monitor for you. It costs as much or sometimes even more than a gaming PC or laptop.

You want an easy-to-use UI
The UI is the real drawback of this gaming monitor, as it's clunky and at times completely unnavigable. It makes finding features a chore. 

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9: Also consider

Still not sold on the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9? Here’s how it compares to two similar products.

How I tested the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9

  • I tested this monitor for a week
  • I tested it through gaming, productivity work, and even a creative project
  • Mainly used work software and video games to test it out

As soon as I was unboxing this monitor, I paid attention to the ease of unpacking and setup, as well as its weight, build quality, and stability once it was set up in my office space. Then I tested it every day for a week under normal work conditions for several hours per day.

This is primarily meant as a gaming and creative monitor, meaning it would be used for hardcore video game sessions, basic editing, and creative projects under Photoshop and Indesign. It can also be used as a work monitor, and functions well under that.

Not only do I have prior experience reviewing PC monitors, I constantly use a wide variety of them and understand what makes a quality one work and why a low-quality one doesn't.

We pride ourselves on our independence and our rigorous review-testing process, offering up long-term attention to the products we review and making sure our reviews are updated and maintained - regardless of when a device was released, if you can still buy it, it's on our radar.

Read more about how we test

First reviewed June 2023

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE to return to India with new chipset, pricing revealed
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According to sources familiar with the matter, Samsung is planning to re-launch the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in India in order to get rid of old stock. But this is not the S21 FE that's currently selling in the country, we are talking about the Snapdragon 888-powered version. The one originally available in India was the Exynos 2100 iteration. Right now, the Exynos 2100-powered S21 FE goes for around INR 33,000 ($400), while the Snapdragon 888 version will likely be released for INR 49,999 ($600), but with 8GB/256GB base memory configuration. The Exynos variant brings 6GB of RAM and 128GB...

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4 review: Truly excellent value cross-training shoes
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Under Armour Tribase Reign 4: One minute review


The Under Armour TriBase Reign 4 are a great pair of cross-training shoes, offering excellent value for money, especially at the now reduced price. Their wrap-around rubber soles are supported at the heel and toe, and feature a nice, wide toe box  – all the better for big lifts. However, these shoes aren’t just for shifting steel; the cushioning makes them ideal for short runs (I have been using them to run around a mile to the gym) and explosive plyometric movements, too. 

They aren’t perfect, mind, with some users reporting quick wear of the soles, plus the glossy, vinyl-style laces come undone quite easily. However, at the discounted price afforded to older versions, the TriBase Reign 4 really do reign supreme. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a pair of gym-work buddies that offer better value. 

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4: Specifications

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4: Price and availability

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4

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  • Around $90 in the US
  • Under £70 in the UK
  • AU$120 in Australia

The Under Armour TriBase Reign 4 debuted in 2022 to critical acclaim. Since then, as is the case with older shoes, their price has dropped significantly, almost halving in the US and UK. You can now pick up a pair from third-party retailers such as SportsDirect and Dick’s Sporting Goods for around $90, although prices fluctuate. 

The Reign 4 are also available from the Under Armour site, although sizes are limited depending on available stock and region. 

  •  Value score: 4/5 

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4: Design

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4

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  • Wrap-around rubber sole and wide toe box
  • Midsole cushioning to support impact
  • Slippy tongue and laces

The Under Armour TriBase Reign 4 – much like a lot of gym kit – have clearly been designed with a particular group of people in mind: CrossFitters. Even though only a small percentage of gym-goers devote themselves to WODs, Under Armour has made a smart choice: by designing a shoe for the multi-discipline sporting option, you have something that really can do it all. Lifting? You need a flat platform, minimal heel-toe offset, and a wide toe box that offers the room for your feet to spread out under the pressure. Explosive cardio? You need a bit of cushioning to soften the impact for short stints of plyometrics or for sprinting. And throughout, you need a shoe that offers breathability for hygiene and anti-odor purposes. 

The TriBase Reign 4 deliver on all those fronts; the only thing they can’t help CrossFitters with is proper pull-up form (sorry). The roomy toe box, wrap-around rubber sole and extra heel support provide a firm foundation for squatting and deadlifting. The rubber outsole wraps around the side of the shoe for durability; it’s very low to the ground, plus textured rubber sections on the outsole keep your feet locked in during lifts. 

The cushioning comprises a Micro G foam midsole, running from toe to heel, which I found super comfortable. In addition, the breathable mesh upper is made up of an “abrasion-resistant” material, since CrossFitters frequently involve rope climbs in their workouts. I’d have been happier if there had been an extra layer of protection here – many training shoes do incorporate an extra layer or strip of rubber for rope-climbers – but if the mesh is tough enough, I’ll take it. It’s the one element I wasn’t able to test.

Note that the Reign 4 aren’t designed for long runs, nor should they be used for them – you’ll want to visit our list of the best running shoes for that. Instead, they’re well-suited to short, sharp jogs or sprints that are part of a more varied workout. Likewise, running shoes aren’t designed for squatting, since all that extra cushioning creates an unstable surface. This isn’t the case with the TriBase, which are designed to maximise your contact with the floor at three points between the forefoot and heel, hence the name. 

The downsides? The short tongue and the flat laces; the shiny vinyl coating feels unpleasant and doesn’t take tension well. The shape and surface of the laces resulted in them frequently becoming loose mid-workout – unless extra care and attention was taken when typing them up. But, if you can get past that, then these shoes are exceptionally well designed.

  •  Design score: 4/5 

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4: Performance

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4

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  • Excellent weightlifting shoes 
  • Fully flexible, with no splitting near the toes
  • Very comfortable, great for everyday wear

For someone who used to wear a pair of beaten-up old Vans in the squat rack, the TriBase Reign 4 are a revelation. Never have my feet felt so comfortable while lifting, or more secure. Vans may have been thin-soled flat shoes that are ideal for ground connection, but their narrower toe box impacted the stability of my lifts. 

The Reign 4’s spacious toe box felt like I was squatting barefoot, except without the slippiness of a sweaty foot on a vinyl mat. That wrap-around rubber comfortably locked my feet into the lift.

Despite the outsole wrapping around the shoe, it hasn’t split, even in the area that’s frequently flexed – the base of my toes. When I’m doing push-ups, planks or split squats, I’m sitting back on bent toes; one of my first thoughts during the set was whether I’m damaging the shoes by doing so. However, following a few months of wear, I’m happy to report there’s no splitting whatsoever. These shoes seem very durable. 

They’re comfortable, too. I have been happily and willingly wearing these shoes outside of the gym: to work, to the pub and for running errands. Aside from the laces, which continue to be a minor annoyance for me, I’m exceptionally happy with the performance of these shoes. 

  •  Performance score: 4.5/5 

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4: Should I buy?

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4

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Buy it if...

Don't buy it if...

How I tested the Under Armour TriBase Reign 4

I wore these cross-training shoes for around two months before writing this review, testing them in the gym and out. I used them for plyometric exercises such as box jumps and burpees, I used them for planks, standing on toes and checking for splits in the rubber, and all manner of strength and conditioning workouts.

I also used them for short runs, around 1.5km on concrete roads, to test their comfort during sprints and steady-state cardio.  

Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow review: great for stomach sleepers – just don’t try to wash it
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The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow is a luxurious pillow with down fill. It doesn’t contain feathers – which can be a good thing if you’ve ever been poked by feathers. One advantage to buying a Brooklinen Down Pillow is that you can select from three levels of firmness. I’m reviewing the Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow, since my preference is plushness – and I tend to be a combination sleeper alternating between my stomach and side and this pillow is designed for stomach sleepers. However, the Brooklinen Mid-Plush Down Pillow is ideal for most sleepers, while the Brooklinen Firm Down Pillow is designed for side sleepers. 

I tested the Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow for over two weeks to see how it matches up to the rest of the best pillows on the market.  And if you’re looking for ways to really boost your sleep comfort further, take a look at our guide to this year's best mattresses for all budgets.

Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow review in brief

The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow provides a luxurious experience, and I consider it one of the best down pillows on the market. While Brooklinen’s firmer options are filled with down clusters and feathers, the plush option consists solely of down clusters, and they contribute to the light and fluffy feel of the pillow.  It’s not quite as thick and fluffy as some competitors, like Parachute’s Soft Down Pillow, but it is indeed a supremely soft pillow.

Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow at a glance

Type: Plush down pillow
Best suited to: Stomach sleepers
Dimensions:  20” x 26”/standard, 20” x 36”/king
Trial period: 365 nights
Warranty: 2 years

The pillow also provides the level of support that I would expect in a lighter and squishier pillow.  The down clusters are encased in a 100% cotton sateen shell that’s smooth to the touch. For the more than two weeks that I tested it, the Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow was a pleasure to sleep on. I didn’t toss or turn, and woke up refreshed each morning, with no aches or pains. 

However, if you sleep hot, the pillow does not provide any cooling properties. Although I fall in the category of hot sleepers, I didn’t experience any night sweats during the two weeks of testing. So, I’m classifying the pillow as temperature-neutral, since it didn’t have any type of cooling effect, but it didn’t raise my body’s temperature, either.

Two Brooklinen Plush Down Pillows stacked on top of one another

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I’d recommend the Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow for stomach sleepers, and Brooklinen’s other down pillows for those who want a firmer pillow. 

The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow review: price and deals

The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow may be expensive as pillows go, but it’s rather moderately priced for a down pillow. Most down pillows are well over $100, and some can cost $300 or more. 

Brooklinen also makes two other options. The Brooklinen Mid-Plush Down Pillow ($139/Sale $125.10) and the Brooklinen Firm Down Pillow $149/Sale $134.10). 

Regarding prices, if you purchase 2 pillows, the price is reduced by 10%. A pack of four pillows reduces the price by 15%.

In addition to down pillows, Brooklinen also makes a down alternative pillow with a microfiber fill, and a memory foam pillow. However, neither comes in a choice of firmness like the down pillows. 

A comparable alternative is the Casper Down Pillow ($139), which includes a combination of ethically-sourced duck down and feathers. It actually has 5 different chambers and is a pillow within a pillow. The Casper Down Pillow is incredibly soft, cool to the touch, and comes in standard and king sizes. It also has the advantage of being machine washable. However, the Casper Down Pillow does not come in a choice of firmness levels.

Another option is the Parachute Down Pillow, which is also machine washable and comes in a choice of soft, medium, and firm density- as well as a boxy-shaped down sleeper pillow. It’s available in standard and firm sizes. All of the pillows are made from 85% down clusters, and 15% down and feather fibers. Prices are a little steeper, and for the standard size, range from $129 for a soft pillow to $149 for a medium density to $169 for a firm.

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The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow review: design and materials

  • 100% down cluster fill is soft and plush  
  • Cloud-like comfort for stomach sleepers
  • Ultra-fresh antimicrobials keep pillows fresh

The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow is made of 100% down clusters, instead of the 30% clusters in the Brooklinen Mid-Plush Down Pillow, and the 14% clusters in the Brooklinen Firm Down Pillow. The pillows are certified as the finest Canadian White Duck Down.

The down clusters are what make the pillow so soft, compared to the firmer versions with feathers.  For stomach sleepers, the plush down pillow provides the sensation of sleeping on a cloud.

The pillow has been treated with Ultra-Fresh antimicrobials, which is designed to limit the growth of bacteria, odors, and stains. This is important since the pillow is not machine washable, like many down pillows.

The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow review: performance

  • Luxuriously soft
  • Not too thick to be uncomfortable
  • Lack of feathers eliminates shedding and poking

For over two weeks, I slept on a pair of Brooklinen Plush Down Pillows to see how they fared in performance, testing for setup, comfort, support, and temperature regulation. I also slept in side, back, and stomach positions to see if the performance was the same. Here’s how I got on… 


Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow in its delivery box

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5 out of 5 stars

The pair of Brooklinen Plush Down Pillows arrived in branded boxes. If you’ve read my reviews in the past, you know that I dislike branded boxes because they advertise what’s inside. However, this box only included the company’s name.  

Both pillows arrived in one large, sturdy box, and upon opening it, I was pleased to see that each pillow was individually enclosed in a thin plastic bag with a carrying handle. Since I take bedding hygiene quite seriously, this was a pleasant surprise. 

Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow in its delivery box

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There were also a few small documents enclosed, like the DOWNMARK certification that guarantees that the product is made by a Canadian manufacturer using down or feathers - which eliminates the uncertainty of purchasing a fake or substandard item. There’s also another authenticity certification from the Feather Industries of Canada. In addition, there’s an Ultra-Fresh protection tag, guaranteeing the pillow had antimicrobial protection. 

Brooklinen Plush Down Pillows in their plastic wrap

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Since the down pillows weren’t vacuum-sealed and didn’t have off-gassing smells like some pillows I’ve tested, I didn’t experience an unpleasant odor and didn’t have to wait for the pillows to regain their shape.

Temperature regulation 

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillows don’t claim to have cooling features - but I didn’t find them to be hot either. In other words, the material didn’t hold heat. This is due, in part, to the fact that down pillows tend to be naturally breathable and temperature regulating. 

I actually found them to be temperature-neutral, and I was able to sleep comfortably each night.

 Firmness and support 

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Brooklinen Plush Down Pillows were very plush and comfortable. This is the softest model that the company makes, and I enjoyed the sensation of sleeping on a cloud. If you tend to prefer soft pillows, you’ll enjoy these – especially if you’re a stomach sleeper. I’m a combination sleeper, which means sometimes I sleep on my stomach, and sometimes on my side. 

I found the pair of pillows to be both soft and supportive in either position. When sleeping on my back, I was still comfortable, but not quite as comfortable as when I was in the other two positions.

However, I need to explain that your preferences make a world of difference in deciding whether this type of pillow is right for you. I don’t really like firm pillows, so it’s no surprise that I would be happy with the softest pillow that Brooklinen makes – in fact, I requested the plush pillow over the mid -plush or firm models.

For me, the pillow provides the right combination of softness and support to ensure that I slept comfortably and never woke up with aches and pains. However, I acknowledge that even some stomach sleepers may find that the pillow doesn’t provide enough support, and they may prefer the mid-plush or firm option.

As with many (if not all down pillows) I did have to refluff the Brooklinen Plush Down Pillows the next morning, but I didn’t consider that a major issue.

Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow review: user reviews

On the Brooklinen website, the down pillows have 3,531 reviews (73% gave the pillows 5 out of 5 stars, and 12% the pillows 4 out of 5 stars).  The reviews don’t specify if the pillow was plush, mid-plush, or firm. However, positive comments ranged from buyers saying they loved the pillow to those calling it perfect for side sleepers. Negative comments referred to the pillow being flat.   

Should you buy the Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow?

Two Brooklinen Plush Down Pillows resting against a headboard

(Image credit: Terri Williams)

If you want a down pillow that’s full of down fill instead of goose or duck feathers, I highly recommend the Brooklinen Plush Down Pillow. It’s super soft, but also provides a degree of support. And although it’s not marketed as a cooling pillow, the materials ensure that it doesn’t get hot, either.

However, keep in mind that unlike most down pillows, you can’t launder it in the washing machine. 

And while it’s ideal for stomach sleepers, those who prefer to sleep on their back or side may prefer Brooklinen’s mid-plush or firm pillow instead.

A comparable down pillow is the Casper Down Pillow ($139), which includes a combination of ethically-sourced duck down and feathers. It actually has 5 different chambers and is a pillow within a pillow. It is incredibly soft, cool to the touch, and comes in standard and king sizes. It also has the advantage of being machine washable. However, the Casper Down Pillow does not come in a choice of firmness levels.

Another option is the Parachute Down Pillow, which is also machine washable and comes in a choice of soft, medium, and firm density- as well as a boxy-shaped down side sleeper pillow. It also comes in standard and firm sizes. All of the pillows are made from 85% down clusters and 15% down and feather fibers. Prices are a little steeper, and for the standard size, range from $129 for a soft pillow to $149 for a medium density to $169 for a firm pillow.

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