The Ars Technica Father’s Day Present Guide

We recommend a few good devices for the person who endure you growing up.Previous month, we compiled a few gift-worthy gizmos for Ars readers to seize for Mother’s Day. Today, it’s Dad’s flip. With Father’s Day on the horizon, we’ve once more revisited the countless devices that contain rolled through the Ars labs lately and picked out a set of favorites. The next Father’s Day surprise ideas should placate the sort of tech-savvy Dad (or any parent, really) we’d expect to raise an Arsian. Look and feel free to nudge a loved one toward getting something if you are a dad yourself. And if nothing below works, make an effort to at least offer your old person a call this weekend. Sonos OneIf you feel your dad could easily get into the smart speaker craze, the Sonos One is his best bet. It’s essentially a better-sounding Amazon Echo. It gets the same Alexa digital assistant and can do virtually all the same things-checking the weather, setting up timers or reminders, reading the news, and, most of all, starting and managing music. Alexa is Alexa at this stage: it’s likely to mess up from time to time (like every other voice assistant), but relatively speaking it’s smart enough to get useful. The privacy safety measures we’ve noted before even now apply, but the One has a mute option if things ever before get unpleasant. If there are occasions where Dad simply doesn’t want to speak to a equipment at all, Sonos also offers companion apps that make it easy plenty of to connect and control a large number of music services in one location on a laptop or mobile device. The Sonos One gained the opportunity to control Spotify through Alexa a few weeks after it came out, and it’ll garner AirPlay 2 support in July. The latter should generate it particularly appealing for Apple users, as that revise will let users beam any music from an iPhone or Mac straight to the Sonos-Apple Music and iTunes included. It’ll even put in a modicum of Siri support. Sonos is definitely promising Google Assistant support in the foreseeable future, too. Even before all that, the main one is a solid value right now. It doesn’t audio quite as full as Apple’s HomePod or Google’s Home Max, but it’s a lot more than close enough for $150 much less. With some tracks, it arguably looks clearer. It’s miles much better than the Echo regardless and also a breeze to create. The main one isn’t without issues: it can’t do Bluetooth or wired sound input, its mic array isn’t quite as strong at hearing commands as an Echo, and somehow it can’t help to make a stereo pair with a Sonos Play:1. If your father already has a loudspeaker he likes, it’s easier and cheaper to only get an Amazon Echo Dot and add smarts that method. But in the event that you consider it as a “primary smart speaker,” the main one may be the closest there is to a complete package, currently.     Read more
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Driland Anime Apr 06, 2018