Lenovo’s stable of ThinkPad laptops include latest Intel, AMD chips starting at $689 – CNET

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Lenovo moved to a 16:10 display for the new X13 Yoga Gen 2. 

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Lenovo ThinkPads rule the business laptop market and, although the company's premium ThinkPad X1 models get all the attention, your IT department is more likely to give you something from its X, T, L or P series of laptops. That's nothing to sniff at, though, as the PC-maker announced today that all those lineups are getting refreshed models with 11th-gen Intel or AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile processors. 

And those aren't the only enticing changes to the new models. The ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga now have up to a 13.3-inch WQXGA display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, giving you more vertical room to work. You'll also find Wi-Fi 6 or 6E in the Intel models, while AMD configurations will have Wi-Fi 6 and mobile 5G or 4G wireless will also be an option. Enhanced security features will include match-on-chip fingerprint readers and IR cameras for facial recognition.

The new 14- and 15.6-inch T-series laptops will share the same processor, wireless and security features as the X13 but will add bright 500- and 600-nit displays to make it easier to work under overhead lights or outside. You'll also be able to get it with entry-level discrete Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics. But if you need more graphics muscle for design work, you'll want to look at the new P-series laptops. 

Also see: Lenovo announced its thinnest ever ThinkPad 2-in-1 at CES 2021, the X1 Titanium Yoga

The ThinkPad P14s and P15s can be configured with 11th-gen Intel Core vPro processors matched with Nvidia T500 workstation discrete graphics. Their displays -- available in 14- and 15.6-inch sizes -- ship with X-Rite factory color calibration as well. 

If you're looking for just a general workhorse laptop, the ThinkPad L series is also getting refreshed with new Intel and AMD processors, up to Nvidia MX450 discrete graphics, Wi-Fi 6 and optional 4G wireless and is available in 14 and 15-inch sizes. It's also the least expensive starting at $689 when it arrives in May. That converts to approximately £489 or AU$870. 

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The ThinkVision P40w has a 2500R curvature. 

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Along with the refreshed ThinkPads, Lenovo announced the ThinkVision P40w-20, a 39.7-inch IPS 300-nit HDR-compliant display. It's the world's first Intel Active Management Technology-capable Thunderbolt 4 monitor, which gives IT departments a secure, stable connection for remote setup and assistance. The display also has eKVM capabilities so you can connect to two PC sources and even split those sources simultaneously side-by-side on the display. 

The monitor is expected to be available in June for $1,699. 

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HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a brilliant little mechanical keyboard for gaming and work – CNET

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The Alloy Origins 60 gives you more room to mouse.

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After partnering with keyboard-maker Ducky on a couple of limited-edition One 2 Mini mechanical gaming keyboards, HyperX made its first 60% mechanical keyboard, the Alloy Origins 60. It's noticeably smaller than its tenkeyless keyboard, HyperX's Alloy Origins Core, since it's missing the number pad as well as discrete arrow keys and other keys like Insert, Page Up, Page Down, Home and End. The smaller size frees up desk space for mousing and is better for travel. But there's more to this keyboard than just its compact body. 

The $100 keyboard (about £75 or AU$130 converted) uses the company's own Red linear mechanical switches, which are fast, smooth and responsive. The switches have MX-type stems and HyperX used double-shot PBT keycaps and there's no discernable wobble to the keys. Key presses have a solid feel and sound to them, although there is a slight rattle to the spacebar and it doesn't sound quite as nice as the Ducky One 2 Mini. Still, there's a lot more to like about this keyboard. 

Little and bright but not light

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Function layer commands are labeled on the fronts of the keycaps.

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The Alloy Origins 60 has an aluminum body like the other Origins keyboards. This gives it added heft compared to other 60% keyboards, which tend to be all plastic. By comparison, the Ducky One 2 Mini weighs 583 grams (1.3 pounds) while the Origins 60 is 741 grams (1.6 pounds). It's not a huge difference, but it's discernible and the metal gives it a higher-end feel and sturdiness. On the back left side of the keyboard is a recessed USB-C port that the included USB-C-to-USB-A braided cable fits snuggly into. 

HyperX's key switches have exposed LEDs, which makes them really shine bright through and around the keycaps. Included with the keyboard is a cap puller, a HyperX-branded keycap as well as a spare spacebar with a swirling somewhat topographical design to it that looks fantastic when lit. It seems silly to swoon over such a small detail, but it really ups this keyboard's appeal.

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The Origins 60 has two pairs of flip-down rear feet giving you three typing angles. 

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The per-key RGB lighting can be programmed using HyperX's Ngenuity app, as can the base and function layer key assignments. The preprogrammed function layer keys are on the right side of the keyboard and labels for them are on the fronts of the keycaps. I especially like the arrow key placement because they're right next to the function key making one-handed use easy. Up to three profiles can be stored directly to the keyboard, too, so they're accessible regardless of the computer you're using. 

At $100, the Alloy Origins 60 is similarly priced to other 60% mechanical keyboards, but the solid build quality gives it more value. Since it doesn't have hot-swappable switches, however, you'll have to be happy with HyperX's linear switches, which I am (though I prefer its tactile Aqua switches for typing). With a 45-gram operating force and a 1.8mm actuation point, they work well for both gaming and typing and, again, they're smooth and responsive. 

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Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Headset promises immersive gaming without a dongle for $100 – CNET

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Microsoft's new Xbox Wireless Headset does away with little dials and turns the outer edge of the earcups into volume and game/chat audio balance controls.

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The new $100 Xbox Wireless Headset seems like an amazing deal compared to even the best Xbox gaming headsets on the market. Using the Xbox Wireless protocol, the headset promises low-latency, lossless audio without the need for a dongle as well as Bluetooth, up to 15 hours of battery life and a clever control design. Pricing for UK and Australia wasn't immediately available but $100 converts to about £70 or AU$130.

The headset will support Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X for precise surround-sound experiences. Its retractable microphone has dual beamforming elements to separate speech audio from surrounding sound and can isolate your voice from ambient background noise, according to the announcement. The mic also has an auto-mute option so it's active only when you're talking, and it has an indicator light so you know when it's active. 

Features including the auto-mute sensitivity, equalizer and bass boost settings and even the brightness of the mic's mute light can be controlled through the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S and Windows 10 devices. Bluetooth wireless is also available so you can simultaneously connect to a phone for chat, calls or music.

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The headset is built with a durable frame using an inner metal headband with a thick cushion to spread pressure more evenly. Microsoft also turned the outside of the earcups into volume and game/chat audio balance dials so you're never struggling to find little dials on the headset during a battle.

A 3-hour charge gives you up to 15 hours of battery life, but you can also charge it for just 30 minutes to get about 4 hours of use, Microsoft says. 

Read more: The best Xbox gaming headset for 2021

The Xbox Wireless Headset will be available beginning March 16 in most worldwide Xbox markets and can be preordered starting today from the Microsoft Store and elsewhere.

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Corsair’s HS70 Bluetooth gaming headset is perfect for the work-from-home gamer – CNET

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The HS70 is a wired gaming headset with Bluetooth. 

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The Corsair HS70 Bluetooth is a wired headset for gaming. On the surface that doesn't make much sense, what with Bluetooth being part of its name and all. The tricky bit is that the wireless part isn't intended for gaming. While that might be a negative for some, it turns out to be incredibly useful if you're looking for a gaming headset that can be used for more than just pinpointing a sniper's location. 

The HS70's Bluetooth is mainly for connecting to a phone or tablet to use for voice chat, or for phone calls, listening to music or whatever else you use Bluetooth headphones for -- but not gaming. Well, not gaming where zero lag or sound quality is important. For that, the HS70 has both USB and 3.5mm connections. 

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The HS70's design doesn't stand out as a "gaming" headset. 

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The best sound you'll get from the HS70 is using the USB-C-to-USB-A cable to your computer. It supports Windows Sonic for Headphones, which gives you excellent spatial audio while you're gaming. You can also use the company's iCue app for Windows or MacOS to access EQ presets or adjust mic and sidetone levels. For console gaming, there's a 3.5mm input and an included directional cable that can be used with Xbox or PlayStation controllers or plugged directly into a Nintendo Switch

When you're using one of the wired connections, you can simultaneously connect wirelessly to your phone. For Switch users this is important, since most multiplayer games with chat support require you to do it through Nintendo's app. For me, it's great, because it's an easy setup so I don't miss any important phone calls, texts and notifications while I'm playing full-screen on my PC: Just plug in the USB cable, turn on the headset and I'm fully connected. 

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The HS70's controls are easy to find without taking the headset off. 

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What's also nice is that it doesn't necessarily look like a gaming headset. Like many people, I've spent a chunk of the past year on video chats while working from home. Aside from the removable mic, the HS70 looks like a fairly normal pair of over-ear headphones. It's actually kind of disappointing there is no built-in mic, too, so you didn't have to use the removable mic.

The headset is comfortable enough for all-day use (although it can get warm after a while). The mute button lets me quickly block any background noise. And again, I can keep tabs on my phone wirelessly while I work wired. Plus, I can easily get up and walk away from my desk without having to disconnect from music streaming on my phone. 

The Corsair HS70 Bluetooth sells for $80 (£100, AU$199), which is a fair price for what you're getting. Which, again, is not a wireless gaming headset, but a wired gaming headset with Bluetooth. On the other hand, if you want a wireless gaming headset, here are some of the best options for PS5 and Xbox.

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One by Wacom pen tablet the first to work with Chromebooks – CNET

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Chromebook users have another option for getting their drawings or writing on their screens. The One by Wacom pen tablet is now Works with Chromebooks certified, which means it is fully compatible with Chrome OS devices. Select Chromebooks such as the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and new Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 have displays that work with Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) pens. Support for Wacom's entry-level pen tablet gives students, teachers and budding digital artists access to pen input regardless of their Chromebook's display. 

The $60 One by Wacom pen tablet, not to be confused with the Wacom One pen display, is a small, basic pen-and-tablet combo that connects to your Chromebook via a USB-A port. The pen has 2,048 pressure levels and is battery-free so you don't have to worry about keeping it charged up. The pen is also replaceable should it go missing.

The past year saw tremendous growth in the Chromebook market, especially for education and business use. Several new models were introduced at CES 2021 aimed at those users as well. Google regularly adds new capabilities to its Chrome OS, the operating system that runs Chromebook and the pen tablet support will likely bring new users to the category. Plus, Wacom is working with Google to offer support for additional Wacom pen tablets and displays.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE is a dual-display gaming beast for $2,899 – CNET

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As part of PC and component maker Asus' CES 2021 gaming announcements, the company unveiled a special edition of its dual-screen gaming laptop. The Zephyrus Duo 15 SE features a new 15.6-inch main display, next-gen components from AMD and Nvidia and a broader range of configurations to make it accessible to more people. However, it still starts at $2,899 in North America where it is available for preorder from Asus' US store.

The Zephyrus Duo 15 features a main 15.6-inch display and a secondary 14.1-inch touchscreen that lifts up when you raise the lid on the laptop. You'll now be able to get it configured with either a 4K UHD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time and 100% Adobe RGB color gamut coverage or a full-HD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time and 100% sRGB color gamut. The 14.1-inch touchscreen will now also be available with either a UHD- or FHD-resolution panel. 

Component configurations will include:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 or 3080
  • 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz memory onboard plus one open SODIMM slot for up to 16GB additional memory
  • 512GB or 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD with RAID 0 support

The cooling system is improved, too, to make sure you can keep those new components running at top performance. While much of the rest of the Duo remains unchanged from last year, Asus did add one small new feature: A microSD 4.0 card reader. 

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HyperX drops Alloy Origins 60, its first 60% gaming keyboard – CNET

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HyperX Alloy Origins 60 mechanical keyboard

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After partnering with keyboard maker Ducky on a couple of limited-edition One 2 Mini mechanical gaming keyboards, HyperX is going it alone with its first 60% keyboard, the Alloy Origins 60. Announced for CES 2021, the compact keyboard's layout makes it significantly smaller than HyperX's Alloy Origins Core, its tenkeyless keyboard. The smaller size not only frees up space for mousing but makes it better for travel. 

The keyboard uses the company's homegrown red linear mechanical switches, which I've found to be fast, smooth and responsive. They also have exposed LEDs, which makes them really bright. The Origins 60 comes standard with PBT double-shot keycaps with secondary functions printed on the sides so you don't have to remember where the arrow keys are. Three customer profiles for lighting and key macros can be stored to the keyboard's onboard memory using HyperX's desktop software.

The keyboard will be available in the US direct from HyperX on Feb. 22 for $100. HyperX also announced its Pulsefire Haste ultralight gaming mouse, Cloud II wireless gaming headset and Cloud Revolver gaming headset will now be available globally. They were previously available in the US only. 

A little something for Xbox fans

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ChargePlay Duo for Xbox Series X|S. 

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If you managed to get your hands on a new Xbox Series X or Series S and are ready to move on from the AA batteries in their controllers, HyperX has a new charging option. The ChargePlay Duo is officially licensed for Xbox and can charge two controllers at once with its quick docking design.

The charging station has a weighted base to keep it from sliding all over when you drop your controllers on it and there are status lights so you know when they're full. The package includes two, 1,400mAH rechargeable battery packs and has additional battery doors to fit on the new console's controllers. 

Look for the ChargePlay Duo on HyperX's online shop in the US for $40.  

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2: Premium at a better price (and better battery life?) – CNET

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The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is a beautiful 13.3-inch Chrome OS two-in-one with a gorgeous 4K-resolution AMOLED display and a strong Intel Core i5 processor. It's also $1,000 and has a relatively short battery life compared to some of its less costly competition. For its second go-round, the Galaxy Chromebook 2, Samsung made some feature tweaks to bring the price down -- and hopefully improve battery life -- while keeping the same premium look and feel of the original.

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Announced ahead of CES 2021, the new model will be the first with a 13.3-inch QLED display with 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, which can be found on a couple of Samsung's Windows 10 laptops. This change alone should help battery life, but Samsung also dipped down to configurations using either an Intel 10th-gen Core i3-10110U or Celeron 5205U processors. 

The Celeron configuration, which also has 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage, is expected to sell for $550, while the Core i3 model with twice the memory and storage will be $700. Those prices convert to approximately £400 and £515 for the UK, and AU$710 and AU$900 for Australia. 

Much of the rest of the package remains the same as the original, including a sub-3-pound weight (1.2 kg), a slim aluminum chassis, a backlit keyboard and a color-matched touchpad. You'll also find two USB-C ports, a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. 

What you won't find is one of Samsung's S Pens. While the company's slim active pen is included with the first-gen model, Samsung removed it in favor of USI pen support. Also gone is the world-facing camera from above the Galaxy Chromebook's keyboard. Both seem like acceptable sacrifices to bring down the price.

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Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 desktop has rotating screen for vertical viewing – CNET

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Lenovo Yoga AIO 7  has a rotating display.  

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The Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 takes all-in-one desktops in a new direction, so to speak. Announced ahead of CES 2021, its 27-inch 4K IPS display not only tilts up to 20 degrees back but it can also be fully rotated into a vertical position. You might question the need for that, but considering the display covers 99% DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color gamuts and is powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, this could be a good option for content creation.  

Other features include the capability to connect the AIO 7 to your laptop and share its storage so you can easily move files between the two PCs. Lenovo says you'll eventually be able to cast content to the desktop from your phone or tablet just as you would your TV. The desktop comes with a color-matched wireless keyboard and mouse and a detachable 5-megapixel webcam. 

The Yoga AIO 7 is already available in China as the Yoga 27, but it's expected to be available in select markets starting in February. Prices will start at $1,599 (roughly £1,175 or AU$2,050). However, it won't be coming to North America. 

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Lenovo L27e-30 is a sharp-looking FHD screen for less than $200. 

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What will be coming to North America in March is a pair of monitors made for the growing number of people working and learning from home. The $190 Lenovo L27e-30 and $160 L24i-30 are simple, attractive full HD displays designed to fit in more at home than the office. Each has a metal stand with hidden cable management and a slot at the front to hold a phone. They also have Eye Comfort technology certified by TUV Rheinland to help minimize blue light and flickering. 

A new mobile gaming experience

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Lavie Mini with its optional gaming controller. 

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The Lavie Mini is an 8-inch two-in-one laptop with a 1920x1200-pixel touchscreen and up to an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor. It also has Iris Xe integrated graphics, up to a 256GB solid state drive and 16GB of LPDDR4 memory. It's the product of a joint venture with NEC. While it's interesting for its size alone, the Mini also has a couple of cool accessories to turn it into a gaming device. 

One of those is a controller that attaches to the Mini's sides, making it look like a large Nintendo Switch. The other is a dock that lets you stand the Mini upright in tablet mode, making it look like one of Lenovo's smart displays. The dock has an HDMI out so you can connect it to an external display or TV. Although the integrated graphics wouldn't let you play anything too demanding locally, this might be a good option for enjoying streaming game services. That's if it ever comes to market, though: The Lavie Mini is a prototype and not available at this time. 

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Best vlogging camera for 2021: Sony, GoPro, Panasonic, others compared for YouTube – CNET

It seems like everyone has a YouTube channel these days. Experts all over the world are teaching people how to cook, do home repairs and even put on makeup from the comfort of their homes. Still, the footage has to be watchable and engaging. We can't help you develop your online persona or attract and retain viewers, but we can make sure you look and sound your best online -- and we can help you do it for very little money upfront. 

A good starting point is to decide what kind of video recording you want to do. There's no need to spend thousands or even hundreds on a high-end DSLR camera if you can accomplish the video quality you want with your phone or a webcam with a microphone. Also, a good vlogging camera doesn't have to shoot 4K video or cost a fortune. Most of the more affordable models have features such as optical image stabilization, autofocus, slow motion, LCD touchscreens, low-light sensitivity and more.

In this roundup, I'm helping you find the best vlogging camera. I've kept cost in mind, so you don't need to worry about blowing the bank with a camera that shoots 4K video. Simply put, whether you want to do simple livestreams from your laptop or more polished productions, you're sure to find a vlogging camera for your needs and budget here. 

Note that if livestreaming is a priority (which may or may not be for someone interested in YouTube vlogging), you might need additional hardware beyond a camera. I'll include suggestions for that, as well as other accessories to consider, following the cameras' details.

With a small handful of exceptions, every vlog camera listed here has been fully reviewed or anecdotally tested by me or other CNET editors. Those exceptions in the accessories sections are based on positive Amazon user reviews and additional word-of-mouth accolades. Happy video recording and streaming!

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Luckily, people looking for a great vlogging camera don't usually have to look far. Whether iPhone or Android, using a smartphone to shoot footage for your vlog is probably the easiest vlogging camera option for most people for recording and livestreaming. But what can make even good video bad is camera shake. A three-axis stabilizer, also known as a gimbal, will make sure everything you shoot looks nice and smooth. 

DJI's OM 4 (formerly called the Osmo Mobile) delivers on the stabilization using the same tech you'll find on its camera drones. It has the same compact, lightweight folding design for easy travel as the prior model. It has the same controls, making one-handed use a breeze. And it still has a built-in battery for up to 15 hours of use. What's new is how you mount your phone. 

For the OM 4, DJI developed a new magnetic mount you can attach to your phone case as well as one that clamps around your phone like past models. This allows you to quickly attach and detach your phone, and it's always perfectly balanced.

DJI's Mimo app is packed with options, too, including its ActiveTrack 3.0 feature that lets you draw a box around your subject and it will instantly start tracking them. Basically, it's more than just a phone stabilizer. 

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Whether you're looking to do a quick how-to from your computer, want to stream yourself while you game or anything in between, the simplest option for your vlog is a compact camera that doesn't need to move from your computer. Yes, we're speaking about the noble webcam. True, you won't be able to move around too much, but it's pretty much a plug-and-play experience because you don't need an encoder. 

Of course, with a lot more people working from home and relying on video conferencing, good webcams became difficult to find. Heck, even mediocre ones are tough to come by right now. Our top pick for vlogging is the $170 Logitech StreamCam because it is purpose-built for streaming at up to 1080p at 60fps. And it's designed to be mounted horizontally or vertically. 

If you want 4K streaming at 30fps in addition to full HD at 60fps, go with the Logitech Brio 4K. Unfortunately, it's impossible to find at the moment for its $199 price: It's back-ordered everywhere. You can also go the other direction with Logitech's C922x Pro that streams at 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60 fps, has solid image quality, and its built-in mics give you decent audio for $125.

It's worth noting that because of the increased demand for webcams, many camera makers including Canon, Nikon, GoPro, Sony, Panasonic and others have made it possible to use some of their camera models as a webcam without additional equipment. However, it's more of an "in a pinch" solution for some of the cameras so I wouldn't rely on it for the best quality and features. See it at Logitech.

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From its small waterproof design to its incredible image stabilization to its excellent video quality, the Hero 9 Black is one of the most versatile cameras you can get for creating YouTube vlog gold. You can use the GoPro Hero Black as a studio camera, but it's really made to be used on the move. 

Adding to the argument in its favor are the Mods designed to make the Hero 9 Black even more vlogging-friendly. The main Media Mod is a housing that adds a directional mic as well as a 3.5mm external mic jack for additional mic input, an HDMI output and two cold shoes. Display and Light Mods can then be slotted into the shoes to brighten your shots and let you see yourself when you're in front of the camera. And if you want to livestream, you can do it through GoPro's mobile app. I do recommend buying it from GoPro at the moment and taking advantage of the current deal that knocks the price down to $350 ($100 off) if you sign up for a year of its cloud storage service that's included in that price. 

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Mevo Start lets you create the look of a multicamera shoot with a single small camera. It lets you stream 1080p video live to every major platform instantly with the Mevo app for up to 6 hours without an external power source. It can also simultaneously record high-quality 1080p video to a microSD card in the camera. 

Livestreaming can be done by connecting both a mobile device and the camera to the same Wi-Fi network, or you can directly connect by Wi-Fi to the camera and use your phone's LTE mobile broadband signal to stream. Or, you can use a power-over-Ethernet adapter to power the camera and stream with a wired connection. The Mevo Start also has NDI HX built into the camera that'll work on your network with either a wired or wireless connection. 

The mobile app is the true star of the show here, though, as it lets you use its high-resolution sensor to create multiple tight and wide shots, and switch between them with a tap on the screen. Or, you can have the software automatically track people and switch between shots.

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Sony turned its RX100 enthusiast compact into a better camera for vlogging with faster autofocus and a quick way to defocus backgrounds. It gives you a big image sensor and a bright lens for better video quality even when your lighting isn't the best. It has a flip-out LCD screen so you can see yourself when you're shooting. It has a handgrip and mics better suited for selfies. And it has a clean HDMI output, too, so you don't have camera settings and info in your video if you output to an external recorder, encoder or display. See it at Sony.


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Though its cameras aren't as pocket-friendly as they once were, the current Pocket Cinema Cameras are still compact considering all they can do. There are two models: A 4K version with an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount and a 6K model with an active EF lens mount and a Super 35mm-size sensor. I tested the 4K version, which worked well as a cam for my studio space (aka my small, well-lit home office). The MFT mount means you have a wide variety of lenses to choose from at more affordable prices than EF lenses. 

There are a lot of features to like about the camera, but what I most appreciated was the touch interface that makes using the camera so much easier than your average digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Other features like a USB-C 3.1 port, HDMI out, dual card slots (CFast and SD UHS-II) and both 3.5mm and Mini XLR mic jacks give you room to expand as your needs grow. 

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This mirrorless digital camera might be shaped like a traditional SLR camera, but the GH5 was built for video. You'll find all the features you need in a camera for vlogging, and then some, regardless of your experience level, and it's all wrapped up in a splash-, dust- and freezeproof body. 

If its $1,398 price is more than you want to spend for a camera body (you'll need to buy lenses, too), its predecessor, the GH4, is still an excellent option despite its age -- it was released in 2014 -- for around $600. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 hands-on.

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The 80D pops up in a lot of top lists for good reason: The company's Dual Pixel CMOS sensor gives it a fast on-sensor autofocus system; the Live View performance -- which lets you see the footage you're shooting on its screen without looking through the viewfinder -- is smooth; it has headphone and mic jacks, and it supports 1080p and 60 fps. The one downside is that it doesn't have a clean HDMI output, so if you're going to livestream, you'll need to shut off all the display info and switch to manual focus. Read our Canon EOS 80D review.

Must-have accessories

Getting great video for YouTube requires a little more than the best vlogging camera and Wi-Fi connection. You'll want good lighting and audio, too. And if you're planning to stream, you might need a capture card or encoder to get video from your camera and up on YouTube or other video-sharing sites. 

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The compact Lume Cube Panel Mini gives you a bright boost when you don't have enough light but still fits in a pocket. It puts out a lot of light that's adjustable in 5% increments and the color is adjustable too, from 3200K to 5600K in 100K increments -- all done with a small toggle wheel on the side. It charges via its USB-C port and can run for up to 14 hours (just not at 100%) and it can be plugged in and run that way as well. 

It comes with a diffuser to help soften its light and the compact, lightweight design and a cold shoe mount so you can just slide it on your camera and start shooting. It also has standard tripod mounts on the bottom and side. 

The VC kit, which stands for video conferencing, comes with a small suction cup mount that you can easily stick to your phone, tablet or display for brightening your face or subject without having to reposition the light every time you move your camera. See it at Lume Cube.

Rode

An external microphone is a must for high-quality vlogging. When it comes to mobile or on-camera mics, I lean toward Rode's microphones, such as the SmartLav Plus and the VideoMicro (shown here, mounted on a DSLR). 

Atomos

Monitors like the Ninja V not only give you a better view of what you're shooting, including seeing your framing when you're working solo, but also let you continuously record to their built-in storage. The Ninja V, for example, has an internal 1TB SSD so you can record up to 150 minutes of 4K video. Along with monitoring and recording, it also supports playback so you can instantly make sure you got the shot you wanted. And it's not just for cameras: You can also use the Ninja V for video game capture and playback at 4K resolution in HDR. 

Epiphan

If you want to livestream from most cameras, you'll need a hardware encoder like the Magewell. It allows you to connect HDMI and USB audio and video sources and stream from them to YouTube, Twitch or Facebook over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It has an HDMI output, too, so you can monitor your stream. See it at Magewell.

Elgato

A software encoder will let you stream your PC games and webcam video to YouTube and Twitch. However, console players will need a capture card like the HD60 S. Connect this to your Nintendo Switch, PlayStation or Xbox and then to a PC or Mac and a display, and it will capture your gameplay and set you up for streaming. The included software will help you mix in webcam video as well. See it at Elgato.

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