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Even in a year heralding splashy new consoles from Xbox and PlayStation, the Nintendo Switch was the console that could. Launched in 2017, the Switch became a fast seller. That was helped by the launch of the handled Switch Lite in September 2019.

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Here’s something you haven’t seen until recently: a name-brand dashcam, Pioneer ND-DVR100. Its design is also more pleasing, tucking up into the top of the car windshield like an OEM part rather than hanging down on an unsightly mount. The camera lens does all the basics plus a couple of tricks: It has an odd frame rate of 27.5 frames per second when recording that is tuned to make sure it never misses the state of an LED traffic light, which has a pronounced on/off flicker other cameras might record as no signal at all. Built-in GPS tagging makes sure the footage that you are recording will have time and GPS location embedded. ($150)

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This webcam boasts full HD 1080 pixel resolution to deliver high definition video at 30 frames per second, 2 million high definition image sensors, automatic white balance and light correction, making it one of the best webcams out there. With a picture so clear and bright, it’s great for everything from making video calls to streaming to recording. There are two microphones that filter noise. All you have to do to get it started is plug it into any USB drive. The 360-degree adjustable bracket helps you work the best angles every time. $39.97, amazon.com

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All you have to do is plug in this webcam via a USB 2.0 connector and you’re good to go. There’s no need to download software. The built-in microphone automatically filters out background noise so that everything sounds crystal clear. The full HD 1080p webcam has panoramic resolution, designed for professional video use. To ensure you get the perfect angle, it can be rotated 90 degrees. Widely compatible, it can be used on a range of platforms. $38.99, amazon.com

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What makes this Amcrest webcam a standout is its versatile placement, as it comes with a mounting clip and ¼ tripod thread, so it can be used practically anywhere you can think of. Boasting full HD 1080 pixels, the USB webcam has a wide 70-degree viewing angle, so optical distortion is never a worry. For peace of mind, the Amcrest webcam comes with a privacy cover for when the webcam isn’t in use. The built-in dual noise reducing microphone has terrific sound for both audio and recording. It works on a range of devices and platforms. In case of any technical glitches, it also comes with a full one-year warranty and lifetime support provided by Amcrest directly. $49.99, amazon.com

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Home offices are great — until they transform from a concentration-supporting workspace into a drop-zone for all those extra files, boxes, games and more that don’t quite fit in the living room or other rooms of the home. Small-space home offices tucked into a larger room may not have the same problem, but it never hurts to take an honest look at any potential clutter culprits and toss them ...

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For less than $600, stores such as Amazon, Best Buy, the Microsoft Store and Walmart are selling laptops with up-to-date hardware — look for o…

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If you’re expecting to work from home for a while, an adjustable desk is worth considering. Note, not specifically a standing desk, but a motorized desk that gives you the option to stand for part of the day, sit for part of the day, and adjust its height to make sure you’re comfortable to reduce strain on your back, shoulders and so on. Standing desks were all the rage a few years ago, though in some cases you’re just trading one problem for another. Standing — as anyone who does it for their job all day can tell you — isn’t great either. There are several things to consider before you make the switch.

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The good: The new Echo Dot looks and sounds better than ever, and now you can pair two together for stereo audio. The ongoing space race between Alexa and Google Assistant means it’ll keep getting a steady stream of new features. Best of all: It’s still just $50.

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The good: Dell has fixed this laptop’s only remaining serious flaw, designing a super-slim 2mm webcam to fit into the thin screen bezel. Optional colors look great, as does the 4K touchscreen. Excellent keyboard, and decent battery life for a 4K laptop.

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