Nintendo Switch Lite review – CNET

The Switch Lite, in all three colors. It’s handheld-only, but it feels great.

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The doorway to Animal Crossing is through the Nintendo Switch. The three-year-old game console is impossible to find in stores right now — unless you want to pay a huge premium over its $299 list price — leading many to consider the lower-cost, handheld-only Switch Lite. Which is what I’m playing right now. And my wife, too. And friends. The $199 Switch Lite seems to be everywhere.


  • Lower price than the original Switch.
  • More sturdy construction.
  • Plays tons of great Switch games.
  • D-pad helps with retro games.

Don’t Like

  • No TV docking.
  • Controllers don’t detach.
  • No rumble/vibration.
  • Nintendo’s family account design makes game sharing hard.

Read more: Where to find the Switch Lite

Nintendo has always made great gaming handhelds. But the company’s fusion of console and handheld together in the Switch changed the equation, and the Nintendo 3DS has slowly disappeared from the picture. The Switch platform is your one choice, even if the Lite version is the only one that’s easy to buy right now. 

If you just want a great handheld system that can play tons of games, well, really,

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BenQ HT2050A review: Great (big) picture for the money

If you’re shopping for a projector between $500 and $1,000, prepare to face a sea of clones. Sizes, designs and even button layouts are often nearly identical from one brand to the next. But there’s something different about the BenQ HT2050A. Although it has a similar price as the competition, it’s larger and there’s a more aesthetically pleasing, curvy design. It looks less like the repurposed business projector and more like something you’d want in your house. 


  • Bright picture with great contrast
  • Accurate, realistic colors
  • Lens is shift a rarity at this price.

Don’t Like

  • Lens shift and zoom don’t adjust far
  • Rainbows, if they bother you

The difference is more than skin deep: This projector’s performance is a step above as well. Better contrast ratio and color than its counterparts create some of the best picture quality I’ve seen in this price range. Darker blacks, paired with bright whites, all with accurate color, make for a pleasing image. The cherry on top is a small amount of vertical lens shift, which is rare in this price range and almost nonexistent in single-chip DLP projectors. This means more people will be able to fit the projector in their

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What happens if your stimulus check is a no-show? Here’s what you can do now

Still waiting for your stimulus check to arrive? You’re not the only one.

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

More than 159 million Americans have already received their coronavirus stimulus payments, the IRS says, but what happens if you don’t have yours yet? Or what can you do if stimulus check never comes? Is it lost, or has the IRS forgotten about you? 

If those thoughts have crossed your mind, we might be able to help, either to put your fears to rest or to provide more information about the potential causes of a delay. It could be your check is scheduled for later this year, or maybe the IRS needs more information from you in order to complete the paperwork. We’ll also explain how to contact the agency if your check never arrives. (Here’s the current status on a possible second stimulus check.) 

This story updates frequently with new details. If you’re seeking additional personal finance information, we have suggestions for how to spend the stimulus money, how the coronavirus may affect your rent payment and other ways to get financial relief

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Ikea’s voice-activated smart shades are the ones you’ve been waiting for

The window on my home’s front door has no curtain or blind, which is something I’ve long wanted to fix since it looks straight out onto the street. There are plenty of basic options that will get the job done, but I’ve been holding out for something a little fancier — and preferably something that I can automate, or control with my voice. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t want to live like a Bond villain?


  • Incredible value compared to competitors like Lutron, Somfy and Tilt.
  • Easy-to-use app covers all of the bases for smart control, grouping and scheduling.
  • Simple, easy to use voice controls vie Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant.
  • Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
  • Magnetic wireless remote comes included.

Don’t Like

  • Totally non-customizable design, available only in gray.
  • Slightly ugly metal housing.
  • Gateway device for app and voice controls sold separately.
  • Mounting screws not included.
  • No way to manually raise or lower the shades when the battery is dead.

Enter the budget-friendly home furnishings of Ikea. After initially getting its feet wet with the Tradfri smart lighting system, the Swedish retailer announced in 2018 that it was working on app- and voice-enabled roller blinds to go

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