Are These Gadgets Worth Buying or Way Overrated?

Worth it or worthless?

“The New York Times” tech blog recently ran a list of gadgets you shouldn’t buy.  Because they’re not worth the money, or other options are better.  Here’s a quick rundown of what they found . . .

1.  Stop buying Apple chargers and other name-brand cables.  You can find generic cables that are almost as good now, and a lot cheaper.

2.  Air fryers.  They’re not much better than a regular oven.  And if you’re hoping for the same taste as deep-fried, you’ll be disappointed.

3.  Keurig coffee makers.  Every other brewing method makes better coffee, but if you like the convenience, Nespresso machines are decent.

4.  Avoid essential oil insect repellents . . . sticky bug traps . . . and bug zappers.  Regular old bug spray is best.  The zappers you hang outside do kill a lot of bugs, but the wrong kind.  So they’re bad for the environment.

5.  For pets, avoid “smart” feeders . . . pet cameras . . . and automatic litter boxes.  The feeders aren’t that “smart.”  Security cameras are cheaper and better.  And automatic litter boxes malfunction a lot, and end up being a bigger hassle than a normal litter box.

6.  Here are a few more random things they say to avoid:  Wi-Fi toothbrushes are overpriced and dumb . . . tower fans don’t work well . . . most baby bottle warmers suck . . . and adding extra antivirus software to your computer is pointless.

(NY Times)

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