Brother MFC-L2820DWXL review: a $300 monochrome printer | Digital Trends

Brother MFC-L2820DWXL review: a $300 monochrome printer | Digital Trends

Brother MFC-L2820DWXL

MSRP $300.00

“Brother’s MFC-L2820DWXL laser printer is a light, but sturdy all-in-one for documents.”

Pros

  • Comes with 4,200 pages worth of toner
  • Fast 34 ppm speed
  • ADF is also quite fast
  • Screen is easy to navigate
  • Lightweight and easy to move

Cons

  • Poor photo quality; graphics have some banding
  • Manual tray can be a little finicky

Brother’s MFC-L2820DWXL laser printer is an all-in-one black-and-white laser printer that includes fax capability. As the XL model, it comes with an extra-large supply of toner, six times the amount Brother usually includes, so you don’t have to worry about replenishing anything but paper for quite some time.

For small businesses and home offices, that makes the already affordable $300 price sound even better. There’s more to consider than just toner costs, so we thoroughly tested the MFC-L2820DWXL to verify its print quality, speed, and reliability in daily use to find out how well it stacks up against the best printers available.

Design

The Brother MFC-L2820DW XL is a large all-in-one that's surprisingly lightweight.
The Brother MFC-L2820DWXL is a large all-in-one that’s surprisingly lightweight. Alan Truly / Digital Trends

Brother gave the MFC-L2820DWXL a tapered black over dark gray body. It features a 2.7-inch color touchscreen for easy navigation of printer controls, setup, and maintenance. The touchscreen makes fairly loud sound feedback for every button press, but you can do most things from your computer or phone. Overall, it’s a classic office look, with a fixed screen that works well.

For a tall laser printer measuring 16 x 16 x 12.5 inches, it’s surprisingly light at just 22.7 pounds. Opening the paper supports increases the dimensions to 20 inches wide and 18 inches deep. The sloped side panels reduce the width to 14 inches at the bottom, so it takes up less desk space than most monochrome laser printers with an automatic document feeder (ADF).

The MFC-L2820DWXL’s 250-sheet paper tray rests at the bottom and can slide completely out. The construction feels robust and there’s a satisfying ratcheting sound when adjusting the paper size guide. A manual feed tray above makes it more convenient to insert an occasional envelope or sheet of specialty paper.

Printing performance

Brother's MFC-L2820DWXL is a fast laser printer that handles text well.
Brother’s MFC-L2820DWXL is a fast laser printer that handles text well. Photo by Tracey Truly / Digital Trends

The MFC-L2820DWXL is fast when printing long documents or multiple copies, reaching a rate of 34 pages per minute. The first page takes about 8.5 seconds, which isn’t bad. If you frequently print one-offs, you might want to check out the Canon imageClass MF275dw, which cuts the first-page-out time to 5.3 seconds.

Text quality is great as expected for a laser printer, and Brother’s MFC-L2820DWXL handled duplex printing reliably. That’s important in a busy office to minimize costs, since double-sided prints use half as much paper for long documents and reports.

The MFC-L2820DWXL isn't recommended for black-and-white photos.
The MFC-L2820DWXL isn’t recommended for black-and-white photos. Alan Truly / Digital Trends

Monochrome printers aren’t the best choice for photos and the MFC-L2820DWXL suffers from both graininess and banding, as seen in the photo above. Despite using Brother’s dot print test to identify dust and carefully cleaning the drum with a cotton swab, lines remained. Charts and graphics are better, but lines still show up in medium grays.

The manual feed tray works well for envelopes, and Brother says it supports heavier paper, up to 61-pound weight. The main tray works with 16-pound to 43-pound paper.

Special features

Copies are quick and easy with the MFC-L2820DWXL.
Copies are quick and easy with the MFC-L2820DWXL. Photo by Tracey Truly / Digital Trends

Brother’s MFC-L2820DWXL is a multifunctional laser printer that includes scan, copy, and fax capabilities. You can digitally capture invoices and receipts, make copies to hand out, and send facsimiles when needed. It’s easy to use any of these features thanks to the well-designed menu system and color touchscreen.

Scanning is fast and has good quality. The maximum resolution is 600 dots per inch (dpi) when scanning from a computer. Copies are also scanned at 600 dpi and come out looking nice. The printer resolution is 1200 dpi, so it’s best to print originals if your document has fine print.

The MFC-L2820DWXL can scan to the cloud if you log into your provider.
The MFC-L2820DWXL can scan to the cloud if you log into your provider. Alan Truly / Digital Trends

There are options to enlarge and reduce, and you can send scanned documents to the cloud right from the touchscreen. There is some setup required for cloud features.

Brother supports duplex copies, but it’s not automatic. Rather than using the ADF, I had to use the flatbed scanner and slip pages to print the second side.

Software and compatibility

Brother Mobile Connect simplifies connecting the MFC-L2820DWXL to Wi-Fi.
Brother Mobile Connect simplifies connecting the MFC-L2820DWXL to Wi-Fi. Photo by Tracey Truly / Digital Trends

Setting up the Brother MFC-L2820DWXL took less than five minutes. I slid in the drum unit that holds one of the two included toner cartridges, powered it on, and entered the model number in Brother’s mobile app to complete the wireless connection.

For modern Wi-Fi networks, installation is quick and easy. This laser printer supports Wi-Fi at 5GHz only, so if you’re on an old 2.4GHz network, it’s time to upgrade to a newer, faster Wi-Fi router.

Brother supports Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, and Linux. I tested the first three and had no trouble connecting to the MFC-L2820DWXL. You can use your mobile device by installing the Brother Mobile Connect app on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone.

The MFC-L2820DWXL works best with a computer, but mobile printing works for most things. AirPrint sends documents to the printer much quicker than Brother Mobile Connect, so you should only use the latter when setting up the printer, scanning, and checking toner levels. Scans are limited to 300 dpi, so use a computer if you need the full 600 dpi quality.

I couldn’t print an envelope from a mobile device from the system file manager or with the mobile app. This is strange because I could with Brother’s lower-cost DCPL2550DW all-in-one laser printer.

Price

Brother's MFC-L2820DW XL comes with one standard and one XL toner catridge.
Brother’s MFC-L2820DWXL comes with one standard and one high-yield toner cartridge. Photo by Tracey Truly / Digital Trends

At $300, the MFC-L2820DWXL sounds expensive for a basic black-and-white laser printer, but it’s not. The box includes one standard and one high-capacity toner cartridge, providing an estimated total of 4,200 pages. Brother says that’s six times more toner than the standard Brother MFC-L2820DW. The XL model only adds $50 to the price, so it’s a bargain based on toner costs.

The extra 3,500 pages have an equivalent cost of 1.4 cents per page. When you run out, a TN830XL high-yield toner cartridge costs about $80 and provides 3,000 pages, which works out to an affordable 2.6 cents per page.

Is this the printer for you?

The Brother MFC-L2820DWXL all-in-one printer might be a good choice for busy offices that print lots of long documents. The laser speed really shows after the first few pages, and the best value comes when you print in medium to high volume.

If you don’t print frequently, a less expensive printer might be a better choice. If want the best quality for reports that feature photos and graphics, consider upgrading to a color printer. The best color laser printers match the MFC-L2820DWXL’s speed and handle imagery much better.

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Ring Spotlight Cam Plus vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Pro | Digital Trends

Ring Spotlight Cam Plus vs. Ring Spotlight Cam Pro | Digital Trends

When it comes to home security, few products are as compelling as spotlights. These compact devices work just like regular security cameras, providing motion alerts and recording all activity on your property. However, they also come with a built-in light — allowing them to illuminate your yard and scare away intruders.

Within this category of security devices, the Ring Spotlight Cam Plus and Ring Spotlight Cam Pro are two of the most popular choices. Along with their names, the two spotlights share much in common, including support for the versatile Ring mobile app and Ring Protect plans. But what is the difference between the Spotlight Cam Plus and Spotlight Cam Pro? And is the more expensive Spotlight Cam Pro worth the upgrade?

Here’s a closer look at the Ring Spotlight Cam Plus and Ring Spotlight Cam Pro to help you decide.

Pricing and monthly fees

Ring

The Spotlight Cam Plus costs $170, though you can save money by purchasing a two-pack for $280. The Spotlight Cam Pro costs $230, and it also lets you save some cash by purchasing a two-pack for $380. Both spotlights can be used without a monthly Ring Protect plan, but you’ll be missing out on all of their best features.

Without a Ring Protect plan, you’ll just be able to view the live video feeds and check event notifications (along with a few other minor features). That means picking up a Ring Protect plan is practically a necessity. The cheapest plan is Ring Protect Basic, which costs $4 per month ($5 per month after March 11). This adds tons of functionality to your spotlight. Here are the highlights:

  • 180-day video history
  • Snapshot capture
  • Person and package alerts
  • Rich notifications

Since both products use the same monthly subscription, but the Spotlight Cam Plus is sold at a much lower price, it’s the better choice for budget-conscious shoppers.

Winner: Ring Spotlight Cam Plus

Design and installation

The Ring Spotlight Cam Plus security camera, installed outdoors.
Ring

Unless you place them side by side, it would be difficult to tell the Plus and Pro models apart from each other. They both feature a black faceplate that houses the camera and is flanked by lighting panels on its sides. The rest of the unit is covered in a white chassis. The main difference is that the Spotlight Cam Pro is slightly larger and the bottom speaker unit of the spotlight is a bit more circular (compared to an angular speaker on the Plus). Aside from that, they are remarkably similar.

Installation is the same for both spotlights, as they’re available as battery-powered units that can be placed almost anywhere around your property. Wired units are also available if you’re not a fan of swapping out dead batteries. It should take around 10 to 15 minutes to get the battery-powered spotlights up and running — after mounting them to your home, you’ll simply need to sync them with your smartphone and Wi-Fi network. Once that’s done, they’re ready for action.

Winner: Tie

Resolution and night vision

Ring Spotlight Cam Pro outside.
Ring

The Ring Spotlight Cam Plus films in 1080p, while the more expensive Ring Spotlight Cam Pro films in 1080p with support for HDR. That allows it to produce slightly more vibrant images, with improved clarity in both bright and lowlight environments. Both products are capable of color night vision, though the Pro should offer better all-around performance in lowlight due to its support for HDR. The Pro and Plus spotlights have a 140-degree viewing angle, which gives you plenty of coverage for backyards and driveways.

Winner: Ring Spotlight Cam Pro

Features and spec list

The Ring Birds Eye app showing how a person approached a door.
Ring

There are a few key differences to be aware of with these two spotlights. Much of their spec sheets are shared, but here are the things you should consider:

  • The Spotlight Cam Pro supports Bird’s Eye View. This gives you a detailed, overhead view of how people approached your home.
  • The Spotlight Cam Pro supports Pre-Roll, which captures six extra seconds of video.
  • The Spotlight Cam Pro supports dual-band 5GHz. The Spotlight Cam Plus supports single-band 2.4GHz. Be sure to check your network to see if you need to toggle any settings before making a purchase.
  • The Spotlight Cam Pro uses Audio+ technology for better noise canceling when recording video or using its two-way speaker.

Which is the better security camera?

The Ring Spotlight Cam Pro is a better security camera than the Ring Spotlight Cam Plus. With support for HDR and Bird’s Eye View, it does an excellent job of capturing all the motion around your property. Beyond those standout features, its secondary perks like support for 5GHz networks and Pre-Roll make it even more enticing.

However, homes that already have the Spotlight Cam Plus installed may not want to spring for the Spotlight Cam Pro. The exclusive features of the Pro are nice — but they’re not enough to warrant dropping $230 for a spotlight if you already have the Plus. Homes with lesser spotlight cameras should give the Pro careful consideration, as it’s an incredible upgrade when compared to entry-level models.

In short — the Ring Spotlight Cam Pro is the better spotlight, though frugal shoppers will be well served by the Ring Spotlight Cam Plus.

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The 6 biggest announcements we expect from MWC 2024 next week | Digital Trends

The 6 biggest announcements we expect from MWC 2024 next week | Digital Trends

MWC

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is happening next week in Barcelona, and we can expect to see a lot of cool new announcements and reveals for the mobile industry.

But what exactly will we get a peek of? There are a few companies that we already know will be there, and they’ll be pulling back the curtain on their latest releases and even future concepts. Here are some of the biggest announcements we expect from MWC 2024.

Nothing Phone 2a

Leaked renders of the Nothing Phone 2a's design.
Nothing Community

Nothing, the consumer electronics manufacturer wfrom former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, has already confirmed that it will hold an event at MWC on February 27, and the full launch of the Nothing Phone 2a will be a few days later on March 5.

The brand has already established itself as a popular option for low-cost flagships among the competition. Currently, the Nothing Phone 2 starts at $599, which is a much more reasonable price compared to Samsung’s $800 Galaxy S24 or Apple’s $800 iPhone 15. But the Nothing Phone 2a will be an even more budget-friendly option with a rumored price of just $400.

One of the most unique things about Nothing Phones is the transparent glass back with LED lights. While there have been some conflicting leaks about what the Nothing Phone 2a design will look like, we can now confirm the final design of the Nothing Phone 2a.

It appears that the camera bump will be centered and horizontal rather than vertical, like on the Nothing Phone 1 and 2. There will still be LED lights, but based on the leak, it only looks like we’re getting three lights at the top, around the camera bump.

In terms of specs, the Nothing Phone 2a will have the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro. This is the first Nothing Phone with a MediaTek chip, and it’s also the first phone to use the 7200 Pro. The Nothing Phone 2a reportedly has a 120Hz 6.7-inch AMOLED display, a hole-punch camera cutout at the top, and a possible resolution of 1084 x 2412 pixels. The minimum RAM should be 8GB and it will start at 128GB storage.

There haven’t been a lot of leaks regarding the cameras, but the dual-camera system should have at least 50MP and a possible 32MP selfie camera.

OnePlus Watch 2

Black and green variants of the OnePlus Watch 2.
OnePlus

OnePlus is also another company that has confirmed it will be attending MWC 2024. In this case, we can expect OnePlus to reveal its OnePlus Watch 2, which we have some information about already.

The OnePlus Watch 2 will have a traditional timepiece design with a round dial and a flattened edge that is a bit reminiscent of Casio’s G-Shock series watches. It features a stainless steel body with two colors — including a black finish and one with a natural silver style.

The main thing OnePlus has teased about the OnePlus Watch 2 is its battery life. OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus Watch 2 will get up to 100 hours of battery per charge. Even more interesting are rumors that the OnePlus Watch 2 will run Wear OS 4. A Wear OS smartwatch with that level of battery life is unprecedented, so we’re very eager to see what OnePlus has done to pull this one off.

Honor Magic 6 Pro

Honor Magic 6 Pro family.
Honor

Although it doesn’t have a presence in the U.S., Honor regularly produces some of the more interesting Android phones on the market. The company revealed its Honor Magic 6 Pro flagship phone on January 11. However, we’ll likely see a wider release for the Honor Magic 6 series, which Honor is teasing for its MWC event on February 25.

According to reports, the Honor Magic 6 Pro could see a release in Europe and the U.K. This would also include a base model Honor Magic 6. The rumored launch date is February 25.

The Honor Magic 6 Pro runs on the Android 14-based MagicOS 8.0 interface. It has a 6.8-inch Full-HD+ OLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a dynamic refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz. It runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, has 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB storage.

For cameras, the triple-lens system includes a 50MP main shooter, a 180MP periscope lens with 2.5x optical and 100x digital zoom, and a 50MP ultrawide camera. The selfie camera is an impressive 50MP. There is a massive 5,600mAh battery with support for 80-watt wired charging and 66W wireless charging. All in all, it looks like a pretty incredible package.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra

An official product render of the Xiaomi 14 Ultra.
Xiaomi

Xiaomi is another Chinese smartphone brand that will make an appearance at MWC 2024. Xiaomi will be showing off a new flagship smartphone for a more global audience (excluding the U.S.): the Xiaomi 14 Ultra.

Xiaomi released the Xiaomi 14 Ultra in China on February 22, and from what we’re seeing right now, it looks like one beast of a smartphone. We’re looking at a 6.73-inch display with a 1440p resolution and 3,000 nits of brightness, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, a 5,300 mAh battery, and 90W wired charging speeds.

The real magic lies with the camera specs, however. The main camera is a 50-megapixel sensor with a large one-inch sensor. There’s also a 50MP telephoto camera with 3.2x zoom, another 50MP telephoto camera with 5x zoom, and a 50MP ultrawide camera with a 122-degree field of view.

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra will join the current Xiaomi 14 lineup that includes the base model Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro. These phones use Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipsets and feature an AI-heavy feature set and a new Android fork called HyperOS. The Xiaomi 14 has a 6.3-inch screen, while the Pro version has a 6.7-inch display, and both are LTPO displays with 1Hz to 120Hz refresh rates and peak brightness of 3,000 nits.

Xiaomi has confirmed it’ll be at MWC 2024 with the Xiaomi 14 Ultra, and we can expect this is where we’ll learn more about the company’s plans for an international/global release of the phone.

Crazy concept phones from Tecno

The folded Tecno Phantom V Fold and Tecno Phantom V Flip.
The Tecno Phantom V Flip (left) and Tecno Phantom V Fold Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

If you’re in the U.S., you may not have heard very much about Tecno since you can’t walk into a carrier store and purchase a Tecno phone. But Tecno is a brand that is very popular in the East, and it is ready to showcase some extremely interesting phones at MWC 2024, including some rollable screen phones.

So far, only Samsung has really shown rollable screen concepts that may actually work in real life. Motorola and Oppo also had such concepts, but they never made it past demos. This year, Tecno will be dipping its toes into the rollable waters.

At MWC 2024, Tecno will unveil the Phantom Ultimate smartphone, which features rollable screen technology. This will still be a concept phone, but it will have an “innovative double-sided screen.” The screen in question will grow from 6.5 inches to 7.1 inches once the rolling mechanism gets going. The dimensions suggest that it will go from a portrait-first to a tablet-like mode.

Another concept that Tecno is working on is a foldable phone with no borders. There aren’t any known details about this one, but it would be interesting to see if this kind of foldable would have any practicality to it, or if it’s just purely aesthetics. Regardless, there’s a lot to look forward to.

A new Motorola phone

Hands on with the Motorola Rizr concept phone.
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Motorola is a familiar face at MWC, and we expect to see something from the company, even though it hasn’t made any official confirmations.

During last year’s MWC, we got a look at the Motorola Rizr concept. This was Motorola’s rollable concept with a 5-inch display and 15:9 aspect ratio that can roll out to a 6.5-inch display. It was comfortable to hold, and it was a great compact size.

Unfortunately, this never made it past the demo stage, as it had many durability concerns — the bottom of the screen had no bezel, so it was likely to get damaged if you dropped it. And when the screen is rolled out, it extends past the rest of the hardware, so it wasn’t flush.

Motorola adaptive display concept on wrist.
Lenovo

In October 2023, Motorola also revealed another concept phone that you can wear. This bendable phone can be worn on your wrist like a smartwatch, or it can bend and serve as a smart display.

We’re unsure if we’ll see another rollable or bendable phone concept from Motorola at MWC 2024. Or maybe we’ll see something entirely new. Whatever Motorola may have up its sleeve, it will certainly be something unique.

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5 phones you should buy instead of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra | Digital Trends

5 phones you should buy instead of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra | Digital Trends

Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

It’s hard not to lust after the biggest and most powerful smartphone on the market, and at the moment, that’s the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. Samsung’s new flagship is here, and it’s simply one of the best smartphones you can buy today. The Galaxy S24 Ultra isn’t just another smartphone; it’s extremely powerful and has some of the most advanced AI features we’ve ever seen on a phone, along with an excellent camera and battery life. Simply put, it’s great.

But you know what? You don’t have to buy it. As good as it is, the Galaxy S24 Ultra is only one of a number of smartphones you can buy, and many of them are as good as the S24 Ultra — and may even exceed it in a few key ways.

Not sure about dropping $1,300 on Samsung’s latest? Here are five smartphones you should buy instead of the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus

Someone holding the Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus with its screen turned on.
Joe Maring / Digital Trends

What is the Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus? Simply put, it’s the phone that made us forget about the Galaxy S24 Ultra. After a great review, we were set to place the S24 Ultra at the top of the Samsung pile and call it good for another year. Then, the Galaxy S24 Plus dropped into our lives.

In short, it’s the S24 Ultra with all the “extras” carefully removed. Sure, you don’t get the Ultra’s S Pen or periscope zoom lens, but did you really need those? Because what you get for a full $300 less is the same high-speed Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, the same 1440p AMOLED display with a 1-120Hz dynamic refresh rate, and 45W charging speeds. Yes, you’re taking a hit in the battery and screen size departments, but these decreases are absolutely tiny, as you’ll lose 0.1 of an inch from the screen’s diagonal measurement and 100mAh of a 5,000mAh battery. It’s so small a change as to be unnoticeable, and the same applies to the camera too. The S24 Plus doesn’t have the sky-high megapixel counts of its bigger sibling, but it doesn’t need them, as it delivers fantastic results each time.

You can get more from the S24 Ultra, that’s for sure — but are those extras really worth $300 to you? That’s a question only you can answer, of course. But as far as we’re concerned, the S24 Plus is phenomenal value for the money and simply the best Samsung Galaxy S this year.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Someone holding the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (left) and S23 Ultra Joe Maring / Digital Trends

It’s all too easy to forget about yesterday’s toys when that new model is sitting right there, but it’s worth remembering that “new” doesn’t always mean “better.”

OK, so it kind of does, and yes, the S24 Ultra is technically better, but the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is still an incredible phone. Compared with the newer model, the differences are barely noticeable and can only be pinpointed by diving into the spec sheets. The older model is a gram lighter, has a handful fewer pixels in the display, and has a slightly older processor. It’s still a beefy, premium-feeling brick, with a gorgeous display and a transcendent amount of processing grunt hidden beneath a gorgeous design.

The S24 Ultra has Galaxy AI as its new headline feature, but honestly, you can drop that without worrying too much about it. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is still a heck of a lot of smartphone, and as a bonus, it actually has a little bit more than the newer model. Remember the S24 Ultra’s 5x periscope zoom lens? The S23 Ultra has a 10x zoom lens, which is hilariously so extra when you look back at it. Who needs that? No one, which is why Samsung dropped it. But that’s the whole reason why the Ultra line exists, and we should celebrate when it turns the dial to 11. Buy the Galaxy S23 Ultra instead, and grab a nice discount for almost the same phone.

OnePlus 12

OnePlus 12 Flowy Emerald leaning on a park bench.
Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

The OnePlus 12 isn’t a flagship killer (that’s the OnePlus 12R), but there’s a strong argument it’s a Galaxy S24 Ultra killer.

OnePlus made a name for itself by focusing on the raw specs and cutting out as many extraneous features as possible — and in that sense, it’s the ideological opposite of the S24 Ultra, as the specs, not the special features, are the reason to buy this phone. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, giving it the same big brain as the S24 Ultra, but then OnePlus threw in up to 512GB of storage and a truly ludicrous up to 16GB of RAM. Backing that up is a 1Hz to 120Hz refresh rate on a 1440p display that’s just as big as the S24 Ultra’s. This phone can easily trade punches with the brawny Ultra and stay standing round after round. It’s even a faster charger, thanks to the blindingly fast 80-watt charging speed.

The camera isn’t as good, but it’s still a solid shooter, and it’s easily balanced out by the vast gulf in price. The OnePlus 12 starts at $800, an incredible $500 difference in price. Granted, that’s for the base 256GB model with 12GB of RAM, but that’s equal to the specs offered by the basic S24 Ultra, so it evens out. If you want a big phone with big specs, then grab the OnePlus 12 and save a bucketful of cash.

Google Pixel 8 Pro

Someone holding the Google Pixel 8 Pro in front of a colorful mural.
Joe Maring / Digital Trends

Google’s Pixel line isn’t as common as Samsung’s Galaxy, but it’s made a strong reputation for itself, and for some very good reasons.

In previous years, we’d have immediately plugged the Google Pixel phone as the best camera phone, but this year, the Galaxy S24 Ultra has taken a shocking win in our S24 Ultra vs. Pixel 8 Pro camera comparison. But even with that in mind, there are still many great reasons to pick the Google Pixel 8 Pro over Samsung’s huge smartphone. The camera system is still incredible and takes shots with superior real-life colors, eschewing the vibrant saturation Samsung tends to opt for in its cameras. While the wide-angle and telephoto shots aren’t as strong as Samsung’s, it would be a mistake to think the Pixel 8 Pro doesn’t have an incredible camera system.

That’s not all Google’s biggest new phone has going for it. It’s a similar size to the S24 Ultra, so you’re not missing out in that department, and it has similar display specs, too, including the 120Hz dynamic refresh rate. The Google-made Tensor G3 processor is powerful and fast, and it even has similar AI features to the S24 Ultra — because Google did it first.

The battery life falters a little bit, offering only a single day per charge, but the Pixel’s version of Android makes up for that with a super-clean interface and useful features that don’t bulk up the phone. While we love One UI on the S24 Ultra, there’s no doubt that there’s a lot of extra stuff thrown in there, and purists will love what Google offers.

The final point is the price. The Pixel 8 Pro is a big phone with similar power, camera systems, and features to the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, but it does it at a much lower price. The Google Pixel 8 Pro starts from $999, a full $300 less than the S24 Ultra, and upgrading to 256GB of storage (putting it on par with the Ultra) will cost $1,059 — still well below what you’ll pay for Samsung’s latest.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 half folded on a showcase.
Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

A strong reason to buy the S24 Ultra is because it provides the cutting edge of smartphone tech with extremely powerful specs, a very impressive camera, and almost the most advanced display money can buy. Why almost? Because the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 exists, and if you’re already spending at least $1,300 on a smartphone, why not go all-in and buy the most cutting-edge device instead?

In terms of specs, it’s similar to the S24 Ultra, even if it’s not quite as powerful. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a stellar chip with more power than you’re ever likely to need, and the camera is still excellent. But we all know what the real draw here is: the folding screen. The 7.6-inch inner display has the same refresh rate as the S24 Ultra while offering almost twice the width. When using such a large tablet-like screen isn’t feasible, there’s also a 6.2-inch display on the outside.

Unlike most of the options on this list, the Z Fold 5 is more expensive than the S24 Ultra, with prices starting at $1,799. But when you’re looking to pay an already large amount of money on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and clearly want to get a bit extra, why not go a little bit further and really shoot for the stars?

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The 5 best front and rear dash cams for all cars in 2024 | Digital Trends

The 5 best front and rear dash cams for all cars in 2024 | Digital Trends

Nextbase

Give yourself peace of mind by installing a front and rear dash cam in your car. Compared to dash cams that only have a front-facing camera, a front and rear dash cam will also record everything that happens behind your vehicle, which will be helpful in determining who’s at fault when there’s a rear-end collision. With front and rear dash cams coming in various models and made by different brands, it’s going to be hard to choose what to equip your car with, so to help with your decision, we’ve listed the best front and rear dash cams below.

The best front and rear dash cams in 2024

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    if you want the best overall front and rear dash cam.

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    if you want a front and rear dash cam that’s loaded with smart features.

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    if you want a front and rear dash cam with smart features for an affordable price.

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    if you want a front and rear dash cam with 4K resolution for cheap.

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    if you want a front and rear dash cam on a very tight budget.

Thinkware X1000 Dash Cam

Best front and rear dash cam for most vehicle owners

The components of the Thinkware X1000 Dash Cam.
Thinkware
Pros Cons
1440p resolution GPS antenna not included
3.5-inch touchscreen
Night vision

The Thinkware X1000 Dash Cam is the front and rear dash cam that most vehicle owners would want equipped in their cars, as it’s capable of recording at 1440p resolution so details will be sharp, and it features a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen for easy operating. The dash cam offers night vision, along with technology that reduces noise and lens flare effects for clearer footage taken during nighttime. The Thinkware X1000 Dash Cam also offers an advanced driver assistance system, but that will require you to purchase a GPS antenna.

Specifications
Connectivity USB
Max video resolution 1440p
Mounting type Adhesive

Nextbase iQ 4K Dash Cam

Best front and rear dash cam for vehicle owners who love smart features

The Nextbase iQ 4K Dash Cam with phone app.
Nextbase
Pros Cons
Watch front and rear feeds through app Expensive
Call for help with Witness Mode
Get emergency assistance

If you love your smart home, then why shouldn’t you enjoy similar technology inside your vehicle? With the Nextbase iQ 4K Dash Cam and the iQ app, you can receive alerts whenever there are potential threats to your parked car, and you can tap into the front and rear feeds at any time. You can activate Witness Mode to share footage with a trusted contact for when you sense danger, and you can get emergency assistance when you find yourself in an accident.

Specifications
Connectivity Wireless
Max video resolution 4K
Mounting type Suction

70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500S

Best front and rear dash cam if you want smart features for cheap

The components of the 70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500S.
70mai
Pros Cons
Cheap price for smart features Relatively low resolution for rear camera
Advanced driver assistant system
Built-in GPS

Smart features aren’t only for the expensive front and rear dash cams because there are affordable options like the 70mai Dash Cam Pro Plus A500S. With 1944p resolution for the front camera and 1080p resolution for the back camera, you’ll record clear footage of your everyday travels, and with an advanced driver assistant system, you’ll receive alerts when there are potential safety issues around your vehicle. The dash cam also offers built-in GPS for route tracking, automatic recording when its G sensor detects a collision, and video downloads through the 70mai app.

Specifications
Connectivity USB
Max video resolution 1944p
Mounting type Adhesive

Vantrue S1 Dash Cam

Best front and rear dash cam for 4K resolution without breaking the bank

The cameras of the Vantrue S1 Dash Cam.
Vantrue
Pros Cons
Low price for 4K resolution Wired installation for rear camera
Enhanced night vision
Locks videos in case of accident

For drivers who want 4K resolution in the videos that their front and rear dash cam takes, you should check out the Vantrue S1 Dash Cam. It also offers enhanced HDR night vision for clear footage in low-light environments, and a built-in GPS that keeps track of your location and speed. The dash cam also has a parking mode that will allow its cameras to start recording when there’s motion, and its valuable for protecting evidence because it locks videos whenever its G-sensor detects a crash.

Specifications
Connectivity USB
Max video resolution 4K
Mounting type Adhesive

Onn. Dual Dash Cam

Best front and rear dash cam if you don’t have much to spend

The Onn. Dual Dash Cam, installed in a vehicle.
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Pros Cons
Very low price Relatively low resolution
Parking sensor Rear camera isn’t set to look outside
LCD screen

If you’ve on a very tight budget but you want to equip your vehicle with a front and rear dash cam, the Onn. Dual Dash Cam will be your best bet. The front camera takes 1080p footage of what’s happening ahead, while the rear camera records what’s going on inside the vehicle and behind it. It has a parking lot sensor that makes it start recording when it detects impact, and a large 3-inch LCD screen shows images from both cameras.

Specifications
Connectivity USB
Max video resolution 1080p
Mounting type Suction

How we chose these best front and rear dash cams

Choosing the best front and rear dash cams from all of the models that are available online isn’t an easy task, but we managed to narrow down our top picks by focusing on the needs of the vehicle owners. You’re going to have to determine your own preferences yourself before you’re able to make the decision on which of these options to buy, as well as how much you’re willing to spend. Getting a front and rear dash cam with features that you’re going to use and at a price that fits your budget is the ideal outcome.

Latest technology

You wouldn’t want to get a front and rear dash cam that’s stuck with outdated features, as that wouldn’t be an efficient use of purchasing power. While the most of the latest technology can be found in the more expensive models, even the budget-friendly dash cams should have features that make protecting your car — and more importantly, your family — much easier for you. Not all front and rear dash cams are required to have LTE connectivity, motion detection, and night vision, but it’s always nicer to have as many of these technologies as you can afford.

Ease of installation

Tinkering with your car’s electronics may be a worrisome chore for some vehicle owners, so we made sure that the front and rear dash cams that we highlighted above are easy to install. You wouldn’t need to deal with cutting wires and creating connections, as a front and rear dash cam should be a plug-and-play device as much as possible. If you need to hire an electrician to install your front and rear dash cam, that’s going to be an additional cost that you should try to avoid.

Value for money

Whether you go for a cheap front and rear dash cam or an expensive model, we want you to get excellent value for your hard-earned money. If it’s a budget dash cam, you shouldn’t be getting one that will break after just a few days, and if it’s a premium dash cam, you shouldn’t be paying extra for features that you can get from less expensive options. Determining your budget will go a loong way in helping you decide the front and rear dash cam to get, but in any case, you’re going to want to get the best option that you can afford.

This article is managed and created separately from the Digital Trends Editorial team.

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This is the Nothing Phone 2a | Digital Trends

This is the Nothing Phone 2a | Digital Trends

Nothing Community

A series of images showing what’s claimed to be the Nothing Phone 2a have been published on the Nothing Community website, with the title “Phone 2a official renders.” Showing both a white and a black version of a smartphone with a unique design, yet with recognizable Nothing-style design elements, they have a very official look to them. But do these images really show the Nothing Phone 2a?

It has been confirmed to Digital Trends by an anonymous source that this is the Nothing Phone 2a, giving us our full first look at the phone Nothing will officially reveal on March 5. It’s a considerable departure from the design used for the Nothing Phone 1 and the Nothing Phone 2, with its dual camera set in the center of the top third of the rear panel. Look closely, and you can also spot what appear to be lines of LED lights around it, likely ready for use by the brand’s signature Glyph lighting system.

Leaked renders of the Nothing Phone 2a's design.
Nothing Community

A recent official Nothing YouTube video included a conversation with the company’s designer, who confirmed the Glyph lights would be part of the Nothing Phone 2a, but in a different way than on previous devices. In the images of the black version, we can see three separate lights surrounding the camera module. It’s a smaller array than on the Phone 1 and Phone 2, and we don’t know how they will function. Hopefully, they will include most (or all) of the functions we’ve already enjoyed.

We recently had a conversation with Nothing’s CEO Carl Pei, where it was revealed that the phone will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip, and we had an exclusive look inside the phone, too. We can now see where the camera lenses sit on the back of the phone in relation to the phone’s internals. We also discovered that the Nothing Phone 2a will have a RAM Booster feature capable of adding up to 8GB of virtual RAM to the standard 12GB of RAM.

Image showing the internal structure of the Nothing Phone 2a, provided by Nothing to Digital Trends
EXCLUSIVE: Nothing Phone (2a) internal layout showing MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip Nothing

The renders, confirmed as showing the Nothing Phone 2a, along with a growing list of the specifications and a view of the phone’s internals, mean we have a fairly full overview of what to expect on March 5. However, knowing Nothing’s love of quirky products, we’re sure there’s still plenty to discover about this exciting smartphone.

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Best Motorola Phone deals: Get Foldable Phone from $500 | Digital Trends

Best Motorola Phone deals: Get Foldable Phone from $500 | Digital Trends

Motorola, a tried-and-tested name in the smartphone industry, is making a comeback with a refreshed lineup that includes budget-friendly devices and foldable phones. If you want to try one of the brand’s products, you’re in luck because there are Motorola phone deals that you can shop right now. There’s something for everyone in the offers that we’ve rounded up below, but you’re going to have to hurry in deciding what to buy because there’s no telling how much time is remaining before these bargains expire.

Motorola Moto G Play — $100, was $170

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The Motorola Moto G Play is an Android smartphone for those who are on a tight budget. Despite its cheap price, it offers good build quality and a very long battery life of up to three days on a single charge. At the front is a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and at the back is a 16MP triple camera system that’s powered by AI for excellent photos in any situation. The Motorola Moto G Play is powered by 3GB of RAM, offers internal storage of 32GB that may be expanded by up to 512MB through a microSD card, and ships with Android 12 but you’ll be able to upgrade to Android 14.

Motorola Moto G 5G — $170, was $250

Someone holding the Moto G 5G (2023) with the display turned on.
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For an affordable smartphone that works with 5G technology for fantastic connectivity, go for the Motorola Moto G 5G. The smartphone takes advantage of the smoother streaming and faster downloads with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor and 4GB of RAM, as well as its 6.5-inch touchscreen with HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The Motorola Moto G 5G also comes with a 48MP camera system, a battery that can last up to two days from a full charge, 128GB of internal storage that may be expanded by up to 1TB through a microSD card, and Android 13 that you’ll be able to upgrade to Android 14.

Motorola Edge — $240, was $550

The Motorola Edge (2023) standing against a light pole, with its screen turned on.
Joe Maring / Digital Trends

The Motorola Edge offers amazing value with its gorgeous 6.6-inch OLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, solid performance with its MediaTek Dimensity 1050 chipset and 6GB of RAM, and great battery life that can last up to two days. The smartphone, which features a 50MP camera system with optical image stabilization, and Android 12 that you’ll be able to upgrade to Android 14, was tagged in our review as a worthy challenger to the Google Pixel 8.

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G — $250, was $400

Moto G Stylus 5G 2023 with stylus popped out.
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As a more affordable alternative to Samsung’s flagship smartphones that come with a stylus, the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G doesn’t disappoint. The device’s stylus is responsive and fluid when used on its 6.6-inch touchscreen with Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, with overall performance going smooth because of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 processor and 6GB of RAM. The 50MP camera system uses Ultra Pixel technology to gather more light for photos, and you’ll have enough space for your photos and videos in its 256GB of internal storage that you can expand by up to 2TB. The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G ships with Android 13, but you’ll be able to upgrade its operating system to Android 14.

Motorola Razr — $500, was $700

A video playing on the Motorola Razr 40's half open screen.
Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

The Motorola Razr is in our roundup of the best phones and the best folding phones as the best cheap folding phone. Despite its relatively more affordable price compared to most of the other foldable phones in the market, the Motorola Razr still provides everything that you’d expect from a folding phone, including a 1.5-inch OLED external display and a 6.9-inch Full HD+ pOLED main display with a 144Hz refresh rate. You can view notifications, play music, record videos with its 64MP main camera, and so much more through the external display so you won’t have to open the Motorola Razr for these functions. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor and 8GB of RAM, plus Android 13 that you’ll be able to upgrade to Android 14.

Motorola Razr Plus — $700, was $1,000

The Motorola Razr Plus, half folded with its cover screen on.
Joe Maring / Digital Trends

The Motorola Razr Plus further amplifies the features of the Motorola Razr, starting with the much larger and more useful 3.6-inch pOLED external display where you can run any Android app, though it maintains the 6.9-inch Full HD+ pOLED main display but with a faster refresh rate at 165Hz. Performance is fast and smooth with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and 8GB of RAM, and its Android 13 operating system may be upgraded to Android 14.

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Snag yourself a 5G Android phone with 48MP camera for $170 | Digital Trends

Snag yourself a 5G Android phone with 48MP camera for $170 | Digital Trends

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If you’re planning to buy a new Android smartphone but you don’t want to spend several hundreds of dollars, the good news is that there are phone deals that you can shop for huge discounts on already affordable prices. Here’s a great example — the Motorola Moto G 5G 2023, which is already pretty cheap for its sticker price of $250, is down to just $170 following an $80 discount from Motorola. You’re going to have to be quick with your purchase though, as there’s no telling how much time is left before the offer ends.

Why you should buy the Motorola Moto G 5G 2023

The Motorola Moto G 5G 2023, as its name implies, supports 5G technology, so it will be able to take advantage of networks’ improved connectivity. The smoother streaming and faster downloading is further enhanced by the smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor and 4GB of RAM. While the Motorola Moto G 5G 2023 won’t be able to challenge the performance of the best Android phones with these specifications, they’re more than enough for the average user.

The 6.5-inch touchscreen of the Motorola Moto G 5G 2023 offers HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, for sharp visuals and seamless movements, and the smartphone is also equipped with a pair of large stereo speakers for high-quality audio output. It’s pre-installed with Android 13, which you’ll be able to upgrade to the latest Android 14, and its internal storage of 128GB may be expanded by up to 1TB through a microSD card. The Motorola Moto G 5G 2023 also features a 48MP camera system with Quad Pixel technology for better light sensitivity and Macro Vision to see your subjects up close.

The Motorola Moto G 5G 2023, which is already relatively affordable to start with at $250, is even cheaper in an ongoing offer from Motorola. The Android smartphone is down to only $170 for $80 in savings, but we don’t think this price is going to last long. If you think the Motorola Moto G 5G 2023 will suit your needs and it fits your budget, then don’t hesitate — proceed with the transaction immediately before you miss out on the discount. Keep delaying, and you may find the smartphone back to its normal price.

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The Google Pixel Fold 2 just leaked. Here’s everything that’s new | Digital Trends

The Google Pixel Fold 2 just leaked. Here’s everything that’s new | Digital Trends

Google’s next foldable phone is going to be a screamer, and not solely for good reasons, if the latest leaks are to be believed. SmartPrix (via OnLeaks) has shared alleged renders depicting the Google Pixel Fold 2, and it looks like a mixed bag of regressive design and positive developments.

The biggest change compared to the first-gen Google Pixel Fold is a camera bump that ditches the stretched bar look on the current-gen Pixel smartphones. Instead, we now have a rectangular design with two rows of pill-shaped black outlines, hosting three camera lenses and a bunch of other sensors.

It’s a stark departure from the mainstream Pixel camera bar, and it revives a look that was last seen on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4 series phones. Looks aside, the side placement also means the phone will keep wobbling if you place it on a flat surface. I’m not exactly a fan of this approach, to be honest.

Google Pixel 2 leaked render.
OnLeaks / SmartPrix

Another notable change is the side profile. The curved edges of the Pixel Fold have been flattened, a look that will also appear on the Google Pixel 9 series phones, according to leaked renders.

But if you look closely and ignore the ugly camera hump shape, the Pixel Fold 2 looks identical to the OnePlus Open in its leathery black trim. The side rails, those curved bezels, and the front camera placement are all identical.

Even the ridge seems to have been lifted straight from the OnePlus Open, down to its polished metal aesthetics. It’s not a bad thing, as the OnePlus Open is one of the best-built phones I’ve ever used, and the form factor is an absolute joy to handle.

The most progressive change happens once the phone is opened. The thick bezels are gone, and what we see on the Pixel Fold 2 renders are uniformly thin bezels on all sides, a trend that we first noticed on the foldable phones offered by Oppo.

Leaked alleged render of Google Pixel 2.
OnLeaks / SmartPrix

The front display reportedly measures 6.4 inches, while the inner foldable panel relies on a 7.9-inch flexible OLED screen. It seems shaving off the bezels naturally allowed Google to add some valuable screen real estate.

As far as the internals go, rumors suggest the fourth-gen Tensor silicon and up to 16GB of RAM. Those two are big upgrades, but it’s the in-hand profile that might surprise buyers in a pleasant fashion. The Pixel Fold 2’s thickness will reportedly come in at just 10.54mm, which, if true, would make it one of the thinnest foldable phones out there.

Overall, the Pixel Fold 2 is shaping up to be a massive overhaul in every aspect. If only Google could have shown the same love to the camera hump aesthetics, I would have already started saving for this one.

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Motorola’s Razr foldable phone is discounted to $500 today | Digital Trends

Motorola’s Razr foldable phone is discounted to $500 today | Digital Trends

Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

If you’re planning to buy a foldable smartphone, here’s an offer from Motorola that may be hard to refuse — the Motorola Razr 2023 for a discounted price of $500, for savings of $200 on its original price of $700. Folding phones rarely appear in phone deals, and they get sold out quickly when they do. We expect the same thing to happen with this bargain, so if you’re interested in taking advantage of it, you should proceed with completing your purchase as soon as you can.

Why you should buy the Motorola Razr 2023

The Motorola Razr 2023 is in our roundup of the best folding phones as the top option if you want to get one for cheap — it’s our recommendation if you’re one of those people who doesn’t need to have everything you can possibly get on a foldable phone. It’s a lightweight and compact device that features a 1.5-inch OLED external display with a 60Hz refresh rate and a 6.9-inch Full HD+ pOLED main display with a 144H refresh rate. You can view notifications, check the weather, play music, record videos and many more through the external display, without having to flip the phone open.

In terms of performance, the Motorola Razr 2023 runs pretty quick with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor and 8GB of RAM. It ships with Android 13 pre-installed, but you’ll be able to upgrade the smartphone to the latest Android 14. Its camera system is headline by a 64MP camera with optical image stabilization, and its 4,200mAh battery can last you the whole day.

The Motorola Razr 2023 is an excellent choice if you want a folding phone, and it’s currently an even better option due to a $200 discount from Motorola. From its sticker price of $700, it’s down to a more affordable $500, but only if you hurry because there’s no telling when the offer will end. If you want a similar smartphone from Motorola with a faster refresh rate, a larger outer display, and an updated processor, the Motorola Razr+ also has its

from $1,000 for savings of $300. You can’t go wrong with the Motorola Razr 2023 though, so buy it now if it’s the phone that you prefer.

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