Samuel Polay

Samuel Polay is the host of the Culture Vacuum podcast. He studied communications at the IDC in Herzlyia, Israel, and Austin Community College.

Bose Quiet Comfort 45 review: Back to basics, but still behind Sony

Bose’s latest ANC headphones return back to the Quiet Comfort 35 II’s iconic design. They’re good, but Sony’s WH-1000XM4 narrowly edges them out for $20 more.

Reviews

Roku Streaming Stick 4K review: This $50 streamer has a huge secret

For $50, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K does all the basics. But there’s one secret feature that’s not printed on the box that makes this HDMI stick even better: Dolby Atmos.

Reviews

The Symfonisk Picture Frame is Ikea’s best Sonos speaker, for a price

For $199, this Ikea and Sonos speaker doesn’t really hide away, but damn does it come with terrific sound.

Reviews

Jabra Elite 7 Pro review: A major letdown in every way except one

The Jabra Elite 7 Pro’s exceptional call quality and attractive design can’t make up for its poor active noise cancellation and mediocre sound experience.

Reviews

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) review: What is this incredible soundbar wizardry?

The newest Sonos Beam isn’t just the best Atmos soundbar for budget-conscious buyers, it even scratches the itch for home theater nerds

Reviews

How to sign up for the PS5 beta and unlock M.2 SSD support

Sony’s newest firmware update isn’t just about M.2 SSDs, it’s also packing 3D Audio support and a slew of other new features.

Guides
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How to fix your slow, horrible internet

Are your Zoom calls stuttery and laggy? It might not be your ISP.

Guides

Gaming's long, glorious, extended twilight generation

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are still as relevant as ever.

Gaming

How to install Windows 11

You can upgrade to Microsoft's new OS today, but there are some things you should know.

Guides

The best deals from everywhere except Amazon

There's no ethical consumption under capitalism, but at least you can find great deals elsewhere.

Guides

The Switch Pro will force Nintendo to make tough decisions about gaming’s future

It's not entirely clear what a "Switch Pro" or "Super Switch" would be.

Goin' Pro

Twitter’s weird promoted ads are my jam

After blocking every conceivable major brand, our writer finds nirvana in the strange tweets “regular” people pay money to boost.

Oddities

The streaming wars are going nuclear in 2021

It's cable TV all over again — but this time, studios are putting it all on the line.

Culture

Nintendo has declared war on esports, the internet, and its own fans

The Japanese gaming empire is fostering a toxic relationship with its most passionate and outspoken customers.

Boss battle

The PlayStation 5 is the most confusing console on the market

It's not getting any easier to understand how to actually use any of Sony's new features.

Next-gen

How to build your own PlayStation 5 Pro

Sony has just released the PlayStation 5. Screw that. Build a PlayStation 5 Pro.

Next next-gen

Tempest 3D Audio: the PlayStation 5’s most overlooked feature

Nobody is talking about 3D audio. That's a huge oversight.

Next-gen
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How to paint your PS5 without destroying it

The PS5’s oft-mocked design comes with an advantage over the new Xbox: it’s big side panels are user removable and perfect for customization. Let us show you how (and how not) to DIY your PS5.

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