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Pixel 9 Pro XL runs Geekebench, Reno 12 series goes global, Galaxy Watch Ultra leaks, Week 25 in review
12:59 am | June 22, 2024

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While we’re still a long way from October, Google’s Pixel 9 Pro XL made an early appearance on Geekbench. The listing highlights the Tensor G4 chipset’s configuration – 1x 3.10GHz prime core, 3x 2.6GHz performance cores, and 4x 1.95GHz efficiency cores. It also comes with the Mali G715 GPU and 16GB of RAM. Google Pixel 9 Pro XL spotted for the first time on Geekbench It will pack 16GB of RAM alongside its Tensor G4. Oppo announced the global versions of its Reno12 and Reno12 Pro. Both new phones are equipped with the...

Final Cut Camera for iOS is now live on the App Store
11:02 pm | June 21, 2024

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Apple released its Final Cut Camera app for iOS on the App Store today offering precise manual control over video capture with ISO, shutter speed, white balance and manual focus. The free app lets users customize video resolution (720p, 1080p or 4K) and framerate (24fps, 30fps, and 60fps). Final Cut Camera app for iOS Final Cut Camera supports video recording in HEVC (H.265) and ProRes with Log color encoding with the latter limited to iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max devices. The user interface also shows your iPhone’s battery percentage and remaining storage. Users who own an iPad...

Honor Play 60 Plus images and specs leak
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Honor is working on a new smartphone called Play 60 Plus. This has been spotted on a China Telecom site and it was also certified by 3C. So now we know a lot of its specs, and on top of that we have some official images to look at. The Honor Play 60 Plus has a 6.77-inch 720x1610 LCD display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 chipset, and a 6,000 mAh battery with 35W wired charging support. On the rear there's a 50 MP main camera and a 2 MP decorative sensor next to it, while selfies are taken care of by a 5 MP shooter. The handset has 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB...

Doogee V40 Pro rugged smartphone with 200MP camera and Doogee AI is coming soon
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The Doogee V30 Pro launched last November will get a successor soon. It will be called the Doogee V40 Pro, and we've received its images and specs exclusively, so let's see what's on offer. Our source tells us that the Doogee V40 Pro will be powered by the Dimensity 7300 SoC, boot Android 14, and have 16GB RAM and 512GB storage onboard. It will pack a 6.78" FullHD+ 120Hz IPS display with a punch-hole for the 32MP selfie camera. Around the back, it will sport a quad camera system comprising 200MP primary, 20MP night vision, 8MP ultrawide, and 8MP telephoto (3x optical, 30x digital)...

OnePlus promises 4-year battery health for all its future smartphones
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OnePlus previously confirmed it was working on a new battery technology called Glacier Battery, and today, the company shed more light on the project in a series of Weibo posts. The battery solution will be more efficient, durable and extremely energy-dense compared to other existing solutions. The new cell will be able to provide at least 80% of its original capacity after four years of regular use, way above the industry average of 800 charging cycles. OnePlus also confirmed the previously rumored 6,100 mAh capacity and revealed that we will see the battery in the Ace 3 Pro, which...

Sennheiser Accentum True Wireless review
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The Accentum Wireless are Sennheiser's latest true wireless earbuds and also the first under the new Accentum brand. At $200, these are meant to be the more affordable option compared to the premium Momentum range with many of the same features, just dialed back a bit. The Accentum True Wireless feature active noise cancellation with transparency mode, Bluetooth LE audio, 7mm TrueResponse drivers, and Qi wireless charging. The design has been created in collaboration with Sonova's hearing aid division for optimal comfort. And you also get access to the Sennheiser Smart Control app,...

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum review: a fuller cleaning solution
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Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum two-minute review

The Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo reviewed here may be the closest I’ve gotten with a robot vacuum to not feeling like I also need one of the best vacuums on standby for deep cleaning purposes. Part of that is the fact that it does a great job vacuuming and mopping including edges – it has a retractable mop pad – but another factor is that the Combo and Combo Complete versions of the new T30S model come with extra vacuuming capabilities. 

In the case of the Combo reviewed here, it comes with a handheld vacuum (plus attachments) that has its own dock in the base station. The Complete version also has a stick vacuum.

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robovac

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No matter which version you end up with, you’ll find a feature-filled affair including its own voice assistant. Whether it's the best robot vacuum for you will depend on whether you’re willing to spend the money for it. After all, most of my issues with it, outside of price, are fairly unimportant, such as the fact that its foot control (a light tap should set it off to clean) doesn’t always register and that it’s not great with cables (like most robot vacuums).

The only bigger issue I’ve had is with the hot water mop pad washing and its ability to wash out coffee concentrate before continuing cleaning, and even that was easily remedied. I’ll discuss that a bit more at length later.

If you don’t flinch at the high price, however, you will end up with an excellent robot vacuum system.

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum specs

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum review: price & availability

  • List price: $1,199.99 (about £950 / AU$1,800)
  • Available only in the US at the time of writing

Though Ecovacs has plenty of products available in the UK and Australia, the new family of T30S robot vacuums seems to only be available in the US at the time of writing. While unfortunate, let’s hope that it’s temporary as it’s a worthy upgrade from the Ecovacs DEEBOT T20 Omni robot vacuum I reviewed in 2023. Like that vacuum, it’s also expensive.

There are three tiers in the Ecovacs Deebot T30S family. There’s the basic Ecovacs Deebot T30S, the Combo and the Combo Complete. The basic model goes for $999.99 (about £790 / AU$1,500), while the Combo reviewed here goes for $1,199.99 (about £950 / AU$1,800) and the Combo Complete goes for $1,299.99 (about £1,020 / AU$1,950). The difference between these three models comes down to the inclusion of external cleaning tools. The basic model is still fully featured but doesn’t come with an additional hand vacuum or stick vacuum. The Combo comes with a hand vacuum and attachments. And the Combo Complete comes with the hand vacuum and attachments as well as a stick vacuum, all of which dock on the base station. That’s pretty cool considering the difference in price between the different tiers is quite minimal.

All in all, the pricing is not bad for what you get, even if it sits squarely in the premium camp. For comparison’s sake, the Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni mentioned above retailed for $1,099.99 / £951.65 / AU$1,799 when it was released. In fact, it technically still does, though you’ll find it regularly on sale for much less. But the T20 doesn’t include the extra handheld and hasn’t mastered cleaning the edges as well as the T30S.

There are options that cost even more, such as the Narwal Freo, which retails at $1,399.99 / AU$1,999 (about £1,100) and doesn’t offer quite the same level of vacuuming performance.

  • Value for money score: 4 out of 5

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum review: design

  • Base station a little on the wide side
  • Mop pad washing and drying
  • Comes with a handheld vacuum

Robot vacuums seem to come in one of two colors, black or white. In the case of the Ecovacs Deebot T30S, it’s matte black. Regardless of where you place it, it will probably blend in as long as you have the space for it. Measuring almost 22" wide and 20" tall, it does require a little more floor space than most robot vacuums that come with a base station.

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Everything that comes with the Ecovacs Deebot T30 S Combo

Everything that comes with the Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo (Image credit: Future)
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Controls on the Ecovacs Deebot T30 S Combo robot vacuum

Controls on the Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum (Image credit: Future)
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The Ecovacs Deebot T30 S Combo robot vacuum's dust bin

The Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum's dust bin (Image credit: Future)
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Ecovacs Deebot T30 S Combo robot vacuum on a hardwood floor

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The robot vacuum itself looks like most robot vacuums these days. It has the typical round shape with a raised cylindrical area, which I always assume is for navigational purposes like a bridge on a ship. The front of the unit has a bumper that registers presses for the foot control (a light press will start a cleaning cycle). There’s one side brush that feeds debris into a roller brush with v-shaped bristles designed to keep tangles at bay. And there are two mop pads at the back of the unit that can retract over carpeting. Oh, and one of them can extend out to clean edges.

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo's water reservoirs

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The base station contains two water reservoirs, one for clean water and one for dirty, a dock for the robot vacuum as well as the handheld vacuum it comes with, and a compartment for the handheld vacuum's attachments. 

There’s also a front panel that pops open for access to the dust bag into which all the contents of the robot vacuum and handheld vacuum automatically empty when they’re docked. Also of note is that the base station will wash the mop pads during and after use and then dry the mop pads for the next cleaning.

A hand holding the Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo's handheld vacuum

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As far as the handheld goes, it has a somewhat bulky shape. However, it’s not cumbersome to use. There are three attachments: a mini power brush, a flat brush, and a crevice tool.

  • Design score: 5 out of 5

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum review: performance

  • Great job vacuuming and mopping
  • Mopping can sometimes spread certain liquids
  • Handheld works like a charm

When it comes to vacuuming and mopping, I have been generally impressed with the recent crop of robot vacuums that I’ve gotten my hands on, and the Ecovacs Deebot T30S is no different.

In regard to the vacuuming, one of my tests was to pour a bunch of bay seasoning on the floor. It vacuumed it up in one go. I also ran it after a birthday party with some small bits of food and small bits of trash and it managed to pick everything up. I’ve also not had to worry about untangling anything – an issue with some cheaper vacuums.

The Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum cleaning a spill

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The Ecovacs Deebot T30S mops in an even and orderly fashion as well, leaving my floors spotless. I do have to share one experience that highlights the pros and cons of its mopping capability. When I put down the bay seasoning, I also poured a bunch of coffee concentrate on the floor for it to mop up. The good news is that the coffee concentrate was swiftly whisked off the floor. However, since it is a concentrate, it permeated the mop pads and ended up leaving a thin layer of coffee-flavored water all over my floors. Even after the hot water mop pad washing, it still would make my floors smell like coffee.

Luckily, the mop pads pop right off so I just washed them with some dish soap. After that, no more coffee smell. Of course, most (but not all) of the robot vacuums that I’ve used don’t require or ask you to put any kind of cleaning solution into the clean water reservoir, so this is not going to be unique to this robot vacuum.

Edge cleaning with the Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum

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On a brighter note, one of the mop pads extends out during use so this vacuum is able to clean the edges of my flooring, making the need for a regular vacuum for deep cleaning a little less necessary. The inclusion of the handheld vacuum also makes investing in extra cleaning tools a lower priority. It has plenty of power and a useful range of tools. I was able to quickly and easily suck up leaves and debris from some windowsills that had accumulated a few months of pollen, dirt, and small, fallen leaves.

The Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo's handheld vacuum in action

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  • Performance score: 4.5 out of 5

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum review: app

  • Fully featured app
  • Automatically partitions mapped spaces
  • Relatively basic mapping

Having reviewed a few robot vacuums that are stellar in almost every regard but fall short with their software, I’m particularly sensitive to app-related issues. Thankfully, I have yet to experience anything bad with the Ecovacs Deebot T30S.

It has all the regular functionality of choosing whether to vacuum, mop, or both, and at what strength each function runs at. You can schedule cleaning or start a cleaning cycle remotely. You can adjust the voice assistant controls here as well along with plenty of other fine-tuning.

Screenshots of the Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo's app

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Really, where apps have failed me in the past is with the ability to partition a mapped space into rooms. Not only did I have no issues with that here, but the robot vacuum automatically partitioned all the spaces into their own spaces. It almost did a perfect job, though it did think that my living room is actually two rooms since I have a couch that cuts it in half (and with no space underneath for a vacuum to go). That makes selecting a room to clean very easy. You can also create a zone to clean if you wish.

The only thing I will mention is that the mapping looks a little rudimentary compared to the detailed maps I’ve seen with some other robot vacuums. However, this is more of an observation than a complaint.

  • App score: 5 out of 5

Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum review: battery life

  • More than enough battery life
  • Uses fast charging

Though the battery life runs between 200 and 290 minutes depending on the settings that you run it at, you’ll probably never see it run out of juice. Part of that is the fact that it employs fast charging and regularly returns to the base station to wash the mop pads, during which it will start to charge back up.

I tested the Ecovacs Deebot T30S in a one-bedroom apartment, where it would clean a large living room, bedroom, and kitchen. While it returned to the base station to wash those mop pads, it never needed to return just to charge. And I almost always ran this robot vacuum with vacuuming and mopping capabilities. If you have a larger space, you might experience it having to spend some time charging, but unless it gets stuck somewhere, you won’t have to deal with it. Just give it a little extra time to charge and continue its job.

  • Battery life score: 5 out of 5

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Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum review: also consider

How I tested the Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo robot vacuum

To test the Ecovacs Deebot T30S Combo, I used it for a couple of weeks to vacuum and mop the hardwood floors and carpeting in my apartment. I also tested all the features listed in the app, from mapping to scheduling. I took note of how well the vacuum cleaned the edges of a room as well as around obstacles, not to mention running how the handheld vacuum performed.

Read more about how we test

First reviewed June 2024

Redmi Note 13 Pro gets a new Olive Green color
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The Redmi Note 13 Pro launched back in September, and now it's apparently time for a mid-cycle refresh. We're not talking about any spec changes however, nothing like that. Instead, the brand has silently added a new color to the roster: Olive Green. This joins the previously available Midnight Black, Aurora Purple, Ocean Teal, and Arctic White (not all of these are available in all regions necessarily, mind). As the name implies, it's green. And it does sort of resemble olives. Everything else about the phone has stayed the same. So you still get a 6.67-inch 1220x2712 120 Hz AMOLED...

Infinix Note 40 5G launches in India with 120 Hz AMOLED screen, wireless charging
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Infinix has brought a new device to India today, the Note 40 5G. This handset comes with a 6.78-inch 1080x2436 120 Hz AMOLED screen with 1,300-nit peak brightness, the MediaTek Dimensity 7020 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage (expandable via microSD), a 108 MP rear camera, a 32 MP selfie snapper, and a 5,000 mAh battery with support for 33W wired charging. It also supports Infinix's Wireless Mag Charge. The phone has dual-SIM functionality, an in-display fingerprint sensor, stereo JBL speakers, an IP53 rating for dust and splash resistance, and it runs Android 14 with XOS 14 on...

Brizy AI website builder review 2024
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Launched in 2018 by the team behind ThemeFuse and Unyson, Brizy is meant to simplify the WordPress website building process for users of all skill levels. Its new AI website builder can generate designs in less than 20 seconds, with a range of customizable components to fine-tune the layout later on.

We were impressed by Brizy AI's user-friendly interface, its breadth of customization options, and its collection of tools meant to foster team collaboration. Like Divi or Elementor, Brizy uses shortcodes to create custom layouts within WordPress. 

While each individual component is designed by the Brizy team, it can be customized and rearranged into infinite combinations using the AI. Brizy is also one of the few platforms to offer an affordable white-label program for agencies looking to resell websites.

But while the generated websites provide a solid foundation, they may not always meet the specific requirements of more complex projects. There aren’t many third-party plugins or add-ons available to extend Brizy’s built-in features, which presents another challenge. Some users have also reported bugs and compatibility issues, which can be frustrating when working on time-sensitive projects.

At the end of the day, Brizy stood out to us as a competent website builder for self-hosted WordPress users looking to build websites without code, even if some of the features are a little half-baked and prone to bugs. However, people who aren’t looking for the most affordable solution in the bunch may find a better option in Elementor or Divi.

Brizy plans and pricing

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Brizy is one of the most affordable AI website builders for WordPress (Image credit: Brizy)

Brizy offers a range of pricing plans for its AI website builder, catering to different user needs and budgets. The pricing structure varies depending on whether you choose the Brizy Cloud platform or the Brizy WordPress plugin.

For Brizy Cloud, which includes hosting, there are four main plans: Free Forever, Personal, Agency, and White Label. The Free Forever plan offers basic designs and functionalities with limited publishing options, making it a contender as one of the best free website builders for WordPress. The Personal plan, priced at $13/month, provides more advanced features like drag and drop editing, responsive control, and global styling. 

The Agency plan, at $69/month, is designed for agencies managing multiple client projects and includes features like a web store builder, marketing integrations, and priority premium support. The White Label plan, costing $89/month, allows you to brand Brizy as your own and includes white label customization, a custom platform domain, and branded client communication.

For the Brizy WordPress website builder plugin, there are four yearly plans: Personal ($60/yr), Freelancer ($108/yr), Agency ($192/yr), and White Label ($300/yr). The Personal plan is suitable for personal sites, while the Freelancer plan is ideal for client work. The Agency plan caters to agencies and includes priority premium support and compatibility with WordPress Multisite. The White Label plan offers additional features like API integration, tiered discount pricing, and dedicated priority support.

It's worth noting that Brizy offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for all its plans. Additionally, the White Label AI website builder is available starting from $159/month, which includes 10 websites and additional features like premium hosting on AWS, unlimited team members, and client management.

Brizy AI website builder features

screenshot of brizy ai website builder homepage

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With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface, extensive template library, and AI-powered capabilities, Brizy empowers WordPress users of all skill levels to build websites quickly and easily. Here are some highlights from our experience with the platform:

AI website builder

Brizy's AI website builder revolutionizes the way websites are created. By leveraging artificial intelligence, the tool can generate unique, mobile-responsive designs tailored to your specific industry and preferences in just a few seconds. 

Drag-and-drop editor

Brizy's drag-and-drop editor makes it easy to customize your website's layout and design. Users can simply grab and drag elements, columns, or rows to the desired position, and everything will instantly fall into place. 

Global styling

With the global styling feature, users can make site-wide changes to colors, fonts, and other design elements with just a few clicks. This powerful tool ensures consistency throughout your website and dramatically reduces the time spent on making design adjustments.

Responsive control

Brizy offers full control over how your website appears on different devices. Users can customize the mobile and tablet views independently of the desktop version, ensuring an optimal user experience across all screen sizes.

White label solution

Brizy is one of the best website builders for agencies. This is thanks to its white label solution that allows agencies and freelancers to offer website building services under their own brand. By customizing the platform with their logo, domain, and branding, agency owners can provide a seamless experience for their clients while leveraging the platform’s powerful features and infrastructure.

Brizy AI website builder: Setup

Getting started with Brizy's AI website builder is a straightforward process that requires minimal technical expertise. To begin, users must first register for an account on the Brizy platform, providing basic information such as their name, email address, and desired password. 

Once registered, you are guided through a simple onboarding process that introduces key features and functionalities of the AI website builder. This includes selecting your industry, website name, and a brief description of the site's purpose, which the AI uses to generate a tailored WordPress design.

Upon completing the onboarding process, you can dive right into their first website creation experience. Brizy's AI builder generates a complete website in just a few seconds based on the user's input. 

You can then customize and refine the AI-generated design to your liking using Brizy's intuitive drag-and-drop editor. The platform offers a wide range of configuration options, allowing you to adjust colors, fonts, layouts, and other design elements to match your brand and preferences.

Brizy also offers a variety of tools and features to enhance the website creation process, such as global styling, mobile responsiveness, and integration with popular marketing apps. To ensure optimal performance and security, Brizy handles all necessary maintenance and updates on the backend, allowing you to focus on creating and growing their online presence.

Brizy help and support

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Brizy offers several method of gaining support, including a forum.  (Image credit: Brizy)

Brizy provides multiple support channels, including email, live chat, and a dedicated help center. If you submit support tickets via email, Brizy’s support team claims to respond to requests within two business days. However, some users have reported delays in receiving responses to their inquiries.

If you’re looking for a self-serve option, Brizy’s Help Centre features a knowledge base, documentation, and a community forum where users can ask questions and get answers from both the support team and other users. The company also offers video tutorials on its YouTube channel, providing step-by-step guides and walkthroughs for various features and functionalities.

Customer reviews suggest that Brizy's support team is generally efficient and friendly, with many users praising the quality of assistance they receive. However, some users have expressed frustration with the limited support options and response times, particularly for more complex issues. While there’s definitely some room for improvement, we think that the support team does not take away from the platform’s customer-friendliness or ease of use.

Brizy website builder review: Summary

If you’re on a budget, Brizy is one of the most affordable and beginner-friendly WordPress page builders you can get today. Its new AI feature is a welcome addition to an already feature-complete platform with an extensive component library and lots of templates.

Where it does come apart a bit, however, is the technical issues. With Brizy, bugs and glitches seem to be more common than either Elementor or Divi, even though the platform isn’t quite as advanced or complex. The lack of enough third-party integrations is another gripe we have with the platform. Also, while the support team does its best, the level of responsiveness could still use an improvement.

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