If you’re in the market for a wireless charger during Amazon Prime Day 2018, it’s important to remember that some are far better and faster at juicing up your smartphone than others.
RavPower makes The Verge’s favorite wireless charger, the Fast Charge. It’s not the cheapest option available, but for your money, its included 24W wall charger and fast 10W output combine for a value that’s tough to beat.
We’ve worked with RavPower to make this wireless charger more affordable for Verge readers. If you enter the code VERGE034 at checkout during your next Amazon visit, you’ll pay £21.99, which is almost 50 percent less than its regular £39 price.
Even the best wireless charger isn’t without some faults.
The Fast Charge only has one coil, meaning you have to carefully align your phone to get a charge. Also, your phone lies flat on this charger, which reduces readability if you want to easily peer at the screen while it charges or easily unlock the iPhone X’s Face ID.
The RavPower 7.5W Wireless Charging Stand addresses both issues with two charging coils for wireless charging that’s more foolproof. The stand also keeps your phone upright.
It’s not quite as fast at charging, but those conveniences might make up the difference.
This model is also being made more affordable with an exclusive coupon.
Its regular £45.99 price is reduced to £25.99 with the code VERGE069 at Amazon.
Remember to keep an eye on The Verge’s main Prime Day 2018 deals post for other wireless charging options, like Samsung’s heavily discounted Fast Charge Qi Charging Pad, which is on sale for £29.99.
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The Beam soundbar is one of Sonos’ first real attempts to conquer the broader speaker market in the age of smart speakers. Today, the device is going on sale, just over a month after first being announced. It’s available for £399.
We reviewed the Beam a couple weeks ago, and by all accounts, it’s a good-sounding speaker.
What’s unique about it, at least among Sonos products, is that it’s not outlandishly expensive and is also an all-in-one package, not necessarily begging you to buy one (or four) more speakers. It’s meant to offer an easy, high-quality sound upgrade for people who haven’t already bought into higher-end sound gear. And it does that while also bringing them into Sonos ecosystem.
The Beam also connects with Alexa, and Sonos claims it’ll eventually work with Google Assistant as well.
Sonos’ speaker line has a ton of potential for reaching a wider audience, but it’s in a tough position.
The company is reliant on tech giants to bring smart features into its speakers. And if it can’t get them to connect, then the very consumers who are likely to be interested in wirelessly controlled smart speakers may end up going with first-party options, like Apple’s HomePod.
In the past, Sonos has been slow to release new products, but it seems like that’s changing under Patrick Spence, who stepped in as CEO in early 2017. The soundbar appears to be a strong first start, but it’ll need more than that and the £200 Sonos One speaker to fit every room people might want to put them in.
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