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SteelSeries Arctis 9!? What happened to Arctis 1-8?

The “9” in SteelSeries Arctis 9 notes its station in the Arctis family, rather than the generation. SteelSeries actually sells seven different Arctis models, some of which feature multiple variants. Technically, Arctis 9 is the second-highest rung on the ladder, behind the much more expensive and feature-packed Arctis Pro.

SteelSeries Arctis 9: Design & Features

Weighing 13.30 ounces, the SteelSeries Arctis 9 is, frankly, pretty heavy. To compensate for that, it features a self-adjusting suspended or “floating” headband. Rather than cushioning the metal frame, the Arctis 9 features an elastic band that stretches when you put it on, dispersing the weight across your head so you don’t feel the pressure. Despite its relative heft, the Arctis 9 doesn’t start to weigh your head down or otherwise feel like a burden during long gameplay sessions.

Onboard controls

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 wireless headet has a fairly standard selection of onboard controls and ports. Stacked on the back of the right ear cup, it features a volume wheel, an XL mute button, Bluetooth pairing button, power button, a micro-USB port for charging, and 3.5mm headphone jack to enable wired listening. On the left ear cup, there’s a second wheel for adjusting the balance between game audio and chat.

Most of the Arctis 9’s onboard controls sit behind the right ear cup. Mike Epstein

Let’s talk about the microphone

A closeup of the Arctis 9’s retractable noise-cancelling microphone. Mike Epstein

Battery life and wireless connectivity

It also supports Bluetooth wireless, which opens the door to connect with the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android devices. As with most devices, Bluetooth imparts a noticeable amount of audio lag, which can be distracting for games that require precise timing and/or rely on audio cues. That said, the Bluetooth connection is very stable, even in an environment with lots of Bluetooth signals, so it’s generally useful and stable for more casual play.

I didn’t have an Oreo on-hand for a comparison, but it’s what I thought best described the size and shape of the Arctis 9’s USB dongle. Mike Epstein

Here’s where things get interesting: The 2.4GHz and Bluetooth wireless connection have separate pairing processes, which allows you to pair one device over Bluetooth and one device over 2.4GHz wireless and listen to them simultaneously. You can connect your PS5 and a phone, allowing you to chat with friends over Discord while you play a PS5 game. (Or you can live the dream like me and listen to a podcast while you’re playing a game in the same headphones.) This isn’t a unique feature but it is still relatively new, and a very nice touch for players who either want to jump back and forth between console or PC and a phone, or who need a dual-audio solution.

When you talk about wireless connectivity, you also have to talk about battery life. In the Arctis 9’s case, that’s a pleasant conversation. According to SteelSeries, it should last through up to 20 hours of gameplay on a single charge, which is in line with the high-end of the industry standard. My testing found similar results, though you can expect slightly less time when using the 2.4GHz wireless, versus Bluetooth.

SteelSeries Arctis 9: How’s it sound?

The Arctis 9 features comfortable memory foam padding covered in an “airweave” fabric. Mike Epstein

In both Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PC and the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta on PlayStation 5, the Arctis 9 produced deep, textured explosions from grenades and rocket launchers, creating the roller-coaster-esque booms. The difference between the thud of a bullet’s impact and the sweet, high ping of it whizzing past your head was very clear, and distinct from other in-game sounds.

Listening to podcasts and music, the sensation is similar. In Dua Lipa’s “Love Again,” you can clearly hear and focus the different instruments that comprise the track. In “Blue in Green” by Miles Davis, you can close your eyes and follow the drums playing softly in the background. Its clarity extends beyond making sure the primary sound is legible and ensuring the little details are present as well.

What about surround sound?

On PC, the Arctis 9 supports DTS:X 2.0, a software-enabled virtual surround sound solution that simulates spatial audio. DTS:X produces clear, smooth surround sound, which is great, but it only works with the Arctis 9 on Windows PCs, which isn’t so great for players on PS4 and Mac. (Most software-based surround sound emulation that I’ve seen requires either a USB wired or 2.4GHz wireless connection.)

For PS5 players, the issue is more or less resolved because the new console features hardware-enabled “tempest” spatial audio. So while the Arctis 9 is, in effect, a PC-first product, the PS5 brings its own to compensate. In playing games on PS5, I found that the Arctis 9 leveraged that technology well, allowing you to hear all around, above, and below you without any noticeable hit to sound quality.

So, who should buy the Arctis 9?

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Realme 9 5G Review: Fast But Fickle


Excellent battery life

Comfortable design

Camera can get some lovely shots



Stuttering performance at times

No stabilisation for video

Slow charging times

Our Verdict

An attractive design and comfortable build make the Realme 9 5G a nice phone to use. It’s got long battery life but if 5G isn’t a must then the 4G version and various rivals are better deals.

Realme has introduced its new 9-series range, with several models available at different prices points. The standard Realme 9 comes in both 4G and 5G configurations, albeit with a few different component configurations that make them surprisingly the same price.

I’m testing out the 5G variant here to see just how much you can get for less than £250/US$300.

Design & Build

Plastic back with Ripple Holograph finish

Power button with fingerprint sensor

3.5mm headphone jack

Budget phones can tend to be a basic in the design stakes. This is beginning to change though, with models like the recent Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G bringing a genuinely pleasing aesthetic to the table.

Now, Realme continues this trend with its new ‘Ripple Holograph’ finish on the back of the Realme 9 5G. It’s a silky looking surface that changes colour as it reflects light. My Stargaze White model has a Pearloid-like basic colour that morphs into an off-blue or even blush-pink hue depending on how you tilt it.

Visually it’s a refreshing change from the shiny plastic that is the norm, but in terms of grip, the Realme 9 5G is just as slippery as most phones on the market today.

Thankfully it’s a reasonably thin device, so you can at least try to hold onto it without hurting your wrist. The 163 x 75 x 8.5mm frame sits nicely in the hand, allowing you easy access to the 6.6in display, although the 191g weight means you might feel the strain after long browsing sessions.

A metal surround is home to the power button that also features a built-in fingerprint sensor on the right flank, with the volume buttons and dual SIM/microSD slot on the left. You’ll find a solitary speaker on the bottom edge, next to the USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

In the box, there’s an 18W fast charger, USB-C cable as well as a clear silicon case for the phone. Realme also applies a screen protector at the factory, so you’re pretty much good to go as soon as you get the device home. There’s no IP rating on the Realme 9 5G, so be sure to keep it away from the paddling pool this summer.

Screen & Speakers

6.6in Full HD+ LCD

120Hz refresh rate

350 nit maximum brightness

Realme fits a 6.6in LCD panel in the 9 5G, running at a Full HD+ resolution of 2412×1080, with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz.

This can be changed down to 60Hz if you want to save on battery life or you can leave it on the default auto-select mode that varies the refresh rate depending on what you’re doing – i.e., 120Hz for games, 60Hz for reading your messages.

The panel itself takes up the vast majority of the front of the phone, due to its very small bezels that grant it a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio. The only real interruption is in the top left corner where the small punch-hole aperture allows the front-facing camera to see.

Colours are nice and bold, all of which can be adjusted through the various display modes on offer, and the Full HD+ resolution means text and images look sharp and detailed.

Scrolling through the menus in 120Hz mode is pretty smooth, as it is with eBooks and other preloaded content. On social media sites and the web in general it can remain a little jerky, although this is most likely due to the page elements still loading and poorly optimised apps.

For gaming, the GPU copes well with demanding titles like Asphalt 9, rending the detail quickly and clearly. The 240Hz touch sampling rate also made controls responsive, but I did see some frame rate issues at times, causing the game to stutter. I think this was more down to the internet connection rather than the capabilities of the Realme 9 5G though, as other offline games fared better.

The only real downside was the lack of brightness available. I measured the maximum output at 350nits, which isn’t really strong enough to cope with being outdoors on a bright day. With the level set to around 70%, I found the display comfortable to use, less of course when in a dark room, but I couldn’t help feel that it needed a bit more oomph to make it a proper all-rounder.  

The single speaker on the lower edge produces a surprising amount of volume. You can easily fill a room with the audio it blares out. High and mid frequencies dominate, as is natural with small thin devices, making it ideal for catching up with a podcast or audiobook while doing the dishes.

For a more balanced sound, you’ll want to connect some headphones either via the 3.5mm headphone jack or by using the Bluetooth 5.1 connection.

Specs & Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G



Realme goes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G processor, which is a pretty decent offering for this level of smartphone. It’s the same one you’ll find in the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and the Poco X4 Pro 5G, all of which are probably its closest rivals in the marketplace.  

This is paired with a slightly disappointing 4GB of RAM on my test model, although in some territories you’ll be able to select a 6GB version. Realme does employ the Dynamic RAM expansion feature, which uses up to 3GB of onboard storage as a kind of ersatz memory, supposedly giving you a bit more performance.

However, with the base model only coming with 64GB of UFS 2.2 space, you might not want or be able to surrender those 3GB. Again, you’ll be able to opt for a 128GB variant depending on where you live, which would make the dynamic RAM expansion a little more tempting.

MicroSD support does alleviate the storage issues though, with the Realme 9 5G happily accepting cards up to a whopping 1TB capacity, so you’ll be able to keep your music, photos and videos on the device without encountering those dreaded warnings that your drive is nearly full.

I also noticed some strange behaviour in the camera app at times, with the shutter button or focus areas not responding immediately, causing me to miss a shot. These were mostly with low light photography though, which is when the resources are under the most strain trying to compensate against the darkness.

As I mentioned earlier, Asphalt 9 zipped along at a fair clip, and to be fair, for most things, most of the time, the Realme 9 5G is a nice device to use. The fingerprint sensor is also very fast, with the recognition software identifying my print a good amount of the time on the first attempt.

Realme gives the device the kind of connectivity you’d expect at this price point, with Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS and NFC all on board.

One very strange decision though is that there is also a 4G version of the Realme 9 which is the same price. But that model boasts an AMOLED display rather than the LCD one on the 5G, plus a larger 108Mp main camera, 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage. 

The extra cost of 5G means downgrades in other areas so it’s swings and roundabouts when comparing the two.


50Mp f/1.8 Ultra HD main camera

2Mp f/2.4 B&W Portrait camera

2Mp f/2.4 Macro camera

16Mp f/2 selfie camera

Realme states proudly that this device has a triple camera configuration, which is technically true. But don’t expect the kind of optics that you’d find on more expensive phones, as aside from the main 50Mp shooter, the other two are rather lowly 2Mp offerings. That’s not to say that you can’t get some decent photos and videos out of this handset.

In good outdoor conditions, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the images that the Realme 9 5G managed to capture. From close-ups of flowers to passing boats, there was a good array of capabilities on show. The focussing could be a little slow at times, which felt more down to the responsiveness of the software to commands rather than the actual lens focussing itself, so I did have to be patient about catching the right moment.

There are zoom options available, but they are only digital and you notice the quality dropping quickly as you move in closer. The images use the now commonplace practice of pixel-binning, so the 50Mp camera captures shots at 12Mp, but if you’re not intending to blow any of these up to make as prints, I think you’ll be happy with the results.

There are a variety of modes available, including portrait, night and ultra-macro, most of which work well. The night mode improved the rather average low-light performance, but it’s best for stationary objects rather than capturing the heart of a party with your friends.

Video tops out at 1080p@30fps, but you’ll only get 60fps if you lower that to 720p. There’s no optical image stabilisation, but you will see an icon that seems to suggest this feature. Instead, this digitally crops the footage in an attempt to remove wobbles. The downside is that this lowers the quality and actually doesn’t do that good a job of stabilising the video.

At 720p/60fps, the footage is smooth and generally keeps its focus, while the 1080p/30fps does suffer more from frame drops. Both struggle to balance light-levels, with a tendency to overexpose.

It’s not bad, but does mean footage can look washed out if conditions aren’t perfect. Again, for many cases, the camera will deliver perfectly decent video for sharing on social media, but if you want to become an amateur auteur then you’ll probably want something a little higher up the food chain.

The front facing camera is a 16Mp f/2 lens that returns some nice images if you’re in well-lit surroundings. Just avoid the various filters that don’t really add much to the party.

Here’s some sample images of what you can do with the Realme 9 5G:

Battery Life & Charging

5000mAh battery

18W fast charging

Charger included in the box

A 5000mAh battery means you won’t have to worry too much about straying away from a power source. After a week of using the Realme 9 5G as my daily driver, I always found I had at least 20% left at the end of the day, even after plenty of social media doom-scrolling, using the camera and playing occasional games.

In our standard battery PCMark Work 3.0 benchmark test, the device clocked up a duration of 19 hours and 11 minutes, which is very impressive indeed. If you use your phone lightly, then the Realme 9 5G could easily get you through two days, and maybe even some way into a third.  

You won’t find any of the fancy 90- or 120W fast charging that can get you from zero to 100% in about half an hour that we’ve seen on more premium models lately. Using the included 18W charger, a flat battery got back to 30% after 30 minutes, while the full recharge took the best part of two hours.

Software & Apps

Android 12

Realme UI 3.0

Some bloatware

As with most Chinese smartphones, the underlying Android system is overlaid with a bespoke skin. In this case it’s Realme UI 3.0, which is actually quite understated and feels pleasant to use. You do get a few bloatware apps pre-installed, mainly a few games and social media apps, but you can delete these to remove the clutter and claim back some of your onboard storage.

Of course, there are duplicates that are there to tempt you away from Google, but you don’t need to use them.

You’ll find plenty of customisation options, including the way the UI responds to commands (scrolling down on the home page for instance) as well as night mode, various power saving modes, and plenty of other tweaks. It’s not too distant from the vanilla version of Android, with the bonus that Realme 9 5G is already running version 12, and should get at least a couple of major upgrades in its lifetime.

Price & Availability

You can buy the Realme 9 5G for £249 (4/128GB) in the UK, but it won’t be available in the United States or Australia. One alternative worth considering for those territories is the cheaper Realme 9i (a 4G variant with slightly lower specs) which can be bought on Amazon US for around $219.99.

If 5G isn’t that big a deal for you, then there is the Realme 9, which also retails for £249 but boasts a 108Mp main camera, AMOLED display, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. To be honest, unless you’re desperate for 5G, that is a much better deal. 

All of these options from Realme put the phones in direct competition with some other good budget devices, such as the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G that has a Full HD+ AMOLED display running at 120Hz, a 108Mp main camera (plus a secondary ultra-wide one) and 67W fast charging for £299.   

There’s also the excellent Poco X4 Pro 5G which costs £259/€299 (around US$340) for the 6/128GB variant and £299/€349 is you want 8/256GB, while the OnePlus CE 2 5G is another great bargain in the UK and Europe, where the 8/128GB version is available to buy now from OnePlus or  Amazon for £299/€349.


There’s a lot to like about the Realme 9 5G. The design is easy on the eyes, it’s nice to hold in the hand and for general day to day duties most people would find it a worthy companion.

Push the device a bit more and then you’ll notice some stuttering as the small memory allocation comes under pressure. Same with the camera, which can deliver very good photos and acceptable video in well-lit conditions, but struggles to deliver in low-light or when the subjects are moving. Battery life is very impressive though, so you’ll have plenty of time to master the camera.

For around £250 you can’t expect the Earth, and Realme has delivered in most areas where it counts. If you want an affordable phone and it needs to have 5G, then you should check out the Realme 9 5G. Otherwise, the 4G version of the Realme 9 is a better all-round device at the same price.

Specs Realme 9 5G: Specs

Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0

6.6in 2412×1080 FHD+ 120Hz LCD display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Octa-Core processor

Qualcomm Adreno 619 GPU


64GB/128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage

microSD up to 1TB

50Mp main camera, f/1.8

2Mp black & white lens, f/2.4

2Mp Macro lens, f/2.4 aperture

16Mp selfie camera, f/2.1

Fingerprint scanner (on power key)

Bluetooth 5.1

Wi-Fi 5


GPS/APS, Glonass, BeiDou


Dual SIM

5000mAh battery

18W Fast Charging

Stargaze White, Meteor Black

164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4mm


Oneplus 9 Pro Review Second Opinion: Ready To Play In The Big League

Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

To say the launch of the OnePlus 9 Pro has caused a kerfuffle amongst smartphone enthusiasts would be an understatement. It’s the company’s best phone yet, and its most expensive phone so far — two things that haven’t sat well with the brand’s fans and tech enthusiasts.

OnePlus has never really had a spec sheet problem. Rather, the company has struggled with that final bit of polish that separates the wheat from the chaff. Has OnePlus done enough this year to run with the very best flagships?

All the power you could want

Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

If there’s one thing you can rarely fault with OnePlus devices it’s the best-in-class core hardware. That continues to be the case here thanks to the Snapdragon 888 processor, Adreno 660 GPU, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.

Those specs are matched up with a software skin that flies. Oxygen OS is well mated to the hardware and that burden-less philosophy shines. The phone is fast, fluid, and nimble enough to handle tasks as you throw them at it.

Games run maxed out at the highest-end settings, and the OnePlus 9 Pro has no issues at all with sustained performance. Between emulating PSP classics, and games like Call of Duty: Mobile, I noticed just a bit of mild heating but it was definitely not something to be concerned about.

It isn’t just the hardware that shines. Oxygen OS 11 isn’t stock Android, but the chosen additions are far from off-putting. The fluid, cohesive design is excellent.

Hasselblad ain’t bad

Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

OnePlus has made a big deal of its partnership with iconic camera maker Hasselblad. A big part of a tie-up such as this is co-branding. It comes as no surprise that OnePlus wants to market the benefits, but the partnership has had very tangible benefits to imaging. This is most noticeable in color science. While the real benefits can be seen in Pro mode, the standard camera mode also shows drastically improved performance over previous iterations.

The primary 48MP camera shoots some of the most natural-looking images I’ve come across recently. The camera suffers with dynamic range, and more specifically with retrieving details out of shadow regions. But in a world of contrasty, saturated colors, the focus on accuracy is refreshing.

It is easy to see why images taken on the OnePlus 9 Pro might not be your first pick if you were to stack them directly against a Samsung phone or even an iPhone. The images tend to look positively dull compared to some of the more contrast-rich shots from its competitors. Here’s the thing, it is easy to bump up the saturation in post-processing. The other way around? Not so much.

I also liked the fact that OnePlus has kept white balance metering and color science reasonably consistent between the primary and ultra-wide sensors. Not only that, the new freeform lens in the 50MP ultra-wide camera is possibly one of the biggest leaps the company has made in imaging. The high resolution allows for a lot of detail, and the new lens ensures that distortion is drastically reduced. You’ll still notice some at the edges, but the improvements are undeniable.

Related: The best camera phones you can get

All in all, I agree with Eric’s conclusion. The OnePlus 9 Pro represents one of the biggest leaps forward for the company in the imaging department. Next to a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or an iPhone 12 Pro, it’s not quite as good, but not only is the phone significantly more affordable, but it also takes a different approach towards imaging.

The muted, more natural-looking color signature isn’t a crowd-pleaser, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the OnePlus 9 Pro can produce objectively good images.

OnePlus 9 Pro review second opinion: Never settle

The OnePlus 9 Pro is an absolute banger of a phone that proves OnePlus is ready to play in the big league.

The top-tier performance doesn’t come as a surprise either. With a Snapdragon 888 chipset under the hood, you’d expect day-to-day performance to be perfectly satisfactory. But it’s extended use and gaming where the phone leaves a mark through sustained performance. That performance, however, takes a toll on battery life and it isn’t nearly as good as I’d have liked. Quick charging closes the gap, but I wouldn’t mind some more optimization here.

Pricing is where things get a bit more interesting. In the US, the phone now starts at $969, which places it right against alternatives like the iPhone 12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus. Has OnePlus done enough to operate in the same space? Almost, but not quite. The camera has improved drastically, but the telephoto lens, in particular, just can’t match up to the alternatives.

OnePlus 9 Pro

The OnePlus 9 Pro reaches the market with a refreshed design, a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a new Hasselblad camera partnership for improved imaging.

See price at Amazon



The Best Oneplus 9 Pro Cases You Can Get

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

If you’re spending the big bucks on the OnePlus 9 Pro, you’ll want to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. That’s where a good phone case comes in. Here at Android Authority, we extensively test both phones and cases, so we’ve done the research for you. These are some of the best OnePlus 9 Pro cases you can get right now.

Our picks include thin cases, rugged cases, wallet cases, and more. If you’d like to learn more about our favorite case brands or other smartphone accessories we recommend, check out our guides below.

Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best OnePlus 9 Pro cases as new options launch.

Thin and light

Tactile button covers

Anti-slip matte surface


Only one color option (black)


OnePlus Karbon Bumper case

The first-party Karbon Bumper case by OnePlus is made with a combination of Kevlar and TPU. It’s thin and lightweight but protective and grippy, with a raised lip to keep the display and camera bump safe.

Buy now from OnePlus

Thin and light

Precise cutouts

Hybrid protection


Clear cases tend to yellow over time

Difficult to keep clean

TPU bumper is a little stiff


Ringke Fusion-X

The Ringke Fusion-X comes with a thick TPU bumper that offers extra corner protection. It’s thicker and heavier than the Ultra Hybrid but a lot more protective. Like the Spigen option, you get a black bumper and clear polycarbonate back to show off the phone’s design.

Buy now on Amazon

Dual-layer protection

Tactile button covers

Stylish case with different color options


Difficult to remove

Hybrid cases are the way to go if you’re looking for good protection without the thickness or weight. The Caseology Parallax is one of the best hybrid cases you can get for the OnePlus 9 Pro. A TPU case is coupled with a polycarbonate frame to keep the corners safe. You also get a few color choices, like green, black, and blue.

Can hold up to four cards and cash

Folio cover doubles as a kickstand

Multiple color options

Comes with a wrist strap


Magnetic closure might loosen over time

The Double-N wallet comes with everything you’d expect for a classic wallet case. The premium faux leather looks stylish. The TPU casing holds the phone firmly in place and comes with a wrist strap. The magnetic closure keeps the front cover firmly closed, and the folio cover can be used as a kickstand. You have a few color options to choose from, like black, blue, green, pink, and red. You can store up to four cards and some cash.

Good protection without too much bulk

Mil-grade certified

Built-in kickstand


Flimsy plastic kickstand


Poetic Guardian

The Poetic Revolution is the OnePlus 9 Pro case to get for ultimate protection. A thick bumper with reinforced corners, covered buttons, and a noticeable lip keeps the phone completely safe. Its front cover comes with a built-in screen protector as well.

Buy now on Amazon


Otterbox Symmetry

Otterbox is the go-to brand for rugged protection, and the Symmetry is one of the sleeker options in its portfolio. The case is clear and lets you show off the phone’s design while keeping it completely safe.

Buy now on Amazon

We rigorously test smartphones, accessories, and other products in our reviews here at Android Authority. There are plenty of factors we consider before choosing the best OnePlus 9 Pro cases currently available.

Protection: An ultra-thin case is great to keep the phone scratch-free but isn’t helpful in case of bumps and drops. We simulate real-world drops to test durability for hybrid and rugged cases, like if the phone falls while pulling it out of the pocket or if it slips off of a table. We also consider corner protection, the lip around the display and rear camera, and whether the buttons are covered.

Build materials and quality: A bad case could do more harm to your phone than good. Poor-quality polycarbonate cases can break when installing or removing them. If you have to apply a lot of pressure to remove a case, the case might crack. With softer TPU cases, continuously removing the case might cause it to loosen around the corners, affecting the fit and protection.

Grip: Along with hands-on testing, we slide the phone across different surfaces like wood and marble to see whether it is slippery. Cases get extra points if they have ridges or bumps to help with the grip.

Installation and removal: Installing a case shouldn’t be difficult, and we don’t feature cases that can’t even be installed easily. However, removing a case can be a pain with high-quality cases and potentially damage your phone. It’s a big no-no if you have to apply a lot of force to the point where you feel the phone almost bending.

Design and colorways: Design and color are personal choices, but it’s nice to have options. We also have a dedicated category for clear cases to show off the phone’s design.

Price: You don’t have to spend too much to get a good case. $10 cases that offer as much protection, if not more, than $50 options.

9 Best Malwarebytes Alternatives For Windows

9 Best Malwarebytes Alternatives for Windows (2023) Antivirus vs Anti-Malware

Antivirus and Anti-Malware are two different software designed for the same purpose – Malware Removal. While Anti-Malware used to be the most specialized in Malware-Detection, Antivirus Software today is equipped with top notch malware detection and much more. As a result, they are noticeably more expensive than an Anti-Malware software focused on Malware Removal only.

However, the fact that most software companies have altogether levelled the difference between both these software makes us include the famous Antivirus Suites in the list. But the priority will be given to the software that focuses primarily on Malware Removal and is also affordable.

If you are in a hurry:

We suggest using IObit Malware Fighter and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus as two of the best Anti-Malwares available for Windows in 2023.

Also Read: IObit Malware Fighter Review

Best Malwarebytes Alternatives for Windows in 2023

The Anti-Malware software mentioned in the list have been ranked in the said order after a careful evaluation of their features, Ease-of-Use, and their effectiveness. With that being said, let’s get straight into the list:

1. IObit Malware Fighter:

List Of Features

Real-Time Threats Blocking

Privacy Protection

Amazing Browser Protection

Looks out for Applications misusing various Permissions

Removable Drive Protection

Boasts the ability to detect over 209 Million different Malwares


Secure-Vault to keep your important documents safe

Price: Free; $19.95/year

If you are wondering, Yes, I too find the name a bit cheesy. And the software doesn’t stop there, it comes equipped with some of the best and most useful features to impress its customers. The first-thing I became a fan of is its User-Interface; It is just built to impress you.

In addition to that, the sheer amount of threats that it can prevent is just applaudable. The company claims the capability to detect a whopping 209 Million Malwares; Even Malwarebytes itself doesn’t claim that.

IObit Malware Fighter has two versions – Free & Paid. The Free Version though contains lesser number features, it does the task pretty well.

Considering all its features and capabilities, I can surely claim IObit Malware Fighter to be one of the Best Free Malwarebytes Alternative.

Download IObit Malware Fighter

Also Read: Complete Review On Iobit Malware Fighter

2. McAfee Total Protection

List Of Features

Award Winning Anti-Malware

Secure VPN

Password Manager

Safe-Web Browsing

Encrypted Storage

McAfee Shredder to Delete files securely and permanently

Multi-Device Compatibility


1 Device: 24.99/year (Purchased for 2 Years)

10 Devices: 29.99/year (Purchased for 2 years)

Though McAfee is one of the biggest names in Cyber-Security, it qualifies as the top contender in this list thanks to its relatively affordable pricing that falls in the range of an Anti-Malware.

It needs not to be mentioned that there is nothing that McAfee lacks in terms of Security. The award-winning anti-malware equipped with other marvelous security features like VPN, Encrypted Storage, etc. make it a perfect Malwarebytes Alternative.

Though the McAfee Pricing is a bit confusing, you’ll know when you visit the website. The plan with the most value is for 10 devices @ $29.99/year.

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3. Glarysoft Malware Hunter Pro:

List Of Features

Faster Virus Scanning

Automatic Updates

Easy-to-use Interface

Price: $24.97

Glarysoft Malware Hunter Pro is another great Anti-Malware software. You might get mistaken by the short list of features that this software has to offer. Glarysoft Malware Hunter Pro features an easy-to-use interface and focuses on what it does the best i.e. protection from Malware. Glarysoft Malware Hunteris available for $24.97/year/PC.

There isn’t much to talk about with Glarysoft Malware Hunter Pro except for that it is a simple and Malwarebytes Alternative.

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4. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus:

List Of Features

Real-Time Threat Protection

Protection from worms, viruses, Trojans, Ransomwares, Zero-day exploits, Rootkits, etc.

Network Threat Protection



Vulnerability Assessment – Scan for Security Loopholes

Wi-Fi Security Advisor

Bitdefender VPN

Battery Optimizer

Bitdefender Password Manager

Price: $19.99

Bitdefender is another popular name when it comes to Cyber-Security. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is one of the many solutions that the company offers. The reason for choosing Bitdefender Antivirus Plus here despite being one of the least equipped solutions by the company is that it Provides Solid Malware Protection at a far more reasonable price than its siblings.

Also, you would be mistaken to believe that Bitdefender falls short of features than any Anti-Malware on the list. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is a smartly designed software that provides peace of mind wrapped inside an Easy-to-Use Interface.

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5. Comodo Antivirus

List Of Features


Cloud-Based Antivirus

Cloud-Based Whitelisting


Default Deny Protection

Application Control

Pricing: Free; $29.99/year

Comodo Antivirus is another popular antivirus solution that is essentially an Anti-Malware i.e. it is known for its Malware-Protection only which isn’t a bad thing.

Comodo also has a free version that contains most features of the paid version. The Malware Protection with Free Comodo Antivirus is top-notch which makes it one of the best Free Malwarebytes Alternative.

However, the features that it offers are significantly lesser when we look at the price at which the software is offered i.e. $29.99. I mean, McAfee and Bitdefender are offering way more in the same price.

But if you care just about Malware-Protection, I can’t help but agree that it definitely is a worthy Malwarebytes Competitor.

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6. ESET Antivirus NOD32

List Of Features

Real-Time Malware Protection

Multi-Platform Protection

Banking and Privacy Secured

Protect your IoT and Webcam for Unauthorized Access

Legendary Antivirus Technology


Pricing: $39.99/year

ESET is another popular name in Cyber-Security. The company has various solutions to protect you from modern-day online threats. ESET Smart Internet Security is one of its basic solutions which provides a good number of features at an affordable price.

The features include Real-time Malware Protection and also secures your privacy by blocking unauthorized or unwanted access to location and webcam. Anti-Theft is a great feature to have.

But again, Banking and Privacy Secured is more of a gimmick than a real-world solution. Because you can’t really secure your banking or transactions without a VPN.

Considering all its features and Easy-to-Use interface, it is definitely one of the finest Malwarebytes Competitor.

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7. Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

List Of Features

Protection from Keyloggers, Spywares, and other online threats

Real-Time Malware Protection


Webcam Protection

Pricing: $39.99/year

When you look at all the features that are offered by Webroot SecureAnywhere, they seem pretty normal. But in actuality, this is something great about Webroot SecureAnywhere. It doesn’t boast a lot of things which it can’t deliver and instead focuses on providing protection against malwares which is, in-fact, its primary task.

Webroot SecureAnywhere features a simplistic and not-too-modern interface. I liked its simplicity. Webroot offers a 70-day money back guarantee which is more than any of the mentioned above.

Considering all its features, I believe Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus to be one of the best Malwarebytes Alternative available in the market.

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8. Malware Fox

List Of Features

Real-Time Scanning

Browser Cleanup for Privacy

Protection from Zero-Day Attacks

Ransomware Protection

Repair Files Damaged from Rootkits

Price: $24.95/year

Real-Time threat detection before its spread is great to have. But it would have been nicer if Malware Fox had included some serious web-protection like some other Anti-Malware provide at the same price point.

Malware Fox also features a free Trial-Version which stays valid for a good 14 days to give you a fair idea of how efficient the software is. Hence, for the time, it is also one of the best Free Malware Removal Tools.

That being said, if you have been looking for a Simple Anti-Malware Software that provides top-notch protection from various MALWARE Threats, Malware Fox is one of the best Malwarebytes alternatives for Windows in 2023.

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9. Trend Micro:

List Of Features

Protection against Ransomware Attacks

Protection against Phishing Scams

Secure Online banking

Features to Maintain Social Media Privacy

Safeguard Against Identity thefts

Performance Optimization

Pricing: $29.95

Trend Micro is another well-known antivirus solution for Windows. Trend Micro promises to offer uncompromised security and protection against malwares and other threats. However, these claims don’t look as promising. Though it is definitely capable of identifying and removing most malwares, it isn’t fool Proof.

Also, it says to promote secure online banking which basically means that it checks the link if it is an original link or not and should not be confused with Encryption or Anonymity.

Trend Micro offers a 30-day free trial to give you a hands-on experience. To wrap this up, Trend Micro is a worthy Malwarebytes Alternative only when you want to employ basic security.

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FAQs For Malwarebytes Alternatives:


Are Anti-Malwares better than Anti-Virus Software?

No, Anti-Malware software isn’t better than Antiviruses in any way. Any distinction between these software that may be prevalent in the beginning is levelled now. Now all that is left is what you want from an Anti-Malware or Antivirus software.


How to choose the best Anti-Malware or Antivirus Software?

‘THE BEST’ is totally subjective. The best way to identify the best Anti-Malware is to look at its features and its competitor’s features and also at the price because it is way easier to get carried away for security and choose the top of the line Antivirus software that may cost a couple of hundred dollars.


My Suggestion for Anti-Malware or Antivirus for the best Protection?

Although we are talking about Anti-Malwares over here and should only be considering malware-protection, I am of a strong belief that until you are secure online, any security is useless. By this, I mean that you have to have a VPN installed on all your devices in addition to Malware protection. So, I suggest going with an affordable Antivirus/Anti-Malware that comes with a solid VPN.

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Conversion Rate Optimisation : A 9 Step Process

But when I recently met Ben Jesson and Karl Blanks from Conversion Rate Experts their background didn’t fit the norm. Their company was founded when a real-life rocket scientist teamed up with a internet marketing specialist to look at websites through unconventional eyes.

This unusual perspective has turned out to be highly profitable for their clientele, which includes firms like Google, Vodafone, and Sony.

In this interview we explore how Conversion Rate Experts approaches optimisation since I think companies, agencies and consultants can learn a lot to their approach to returning the commercial returns from websites of all types.

2012 update:

When I completed the original interview with Ben and Karl back in 2010, I asked whether they had a summary of their process to share. We did cover this in Question 3, but recently Karl has been in touch to say they now have an infographic to show this process. I thought I’d share it so you can review your processes against it. You can read more about their process on their blog where they expand upon each step.

What is Conversion rate optimisation?

Q1. We’re seeing a lot more companies working now on CRO. What is it? Is it more than landing page optimisation?

Yes, it should be. Landing page optimisation focuses on one page. We coined the term Conversion Rate Optimisation (“CRO”) in 2007 to describe the process of optimizing the business itself. It’s really commercial optimization

A proper job of CRO includes the review of the entire process from the initial lead-generation ad, all the way through to the post-sale follow-up. The real goal is to identify which parts of the sales funnel will yield the greatest wins with the least work.

That means it’s necessary to bring a lot of disciplines to the party, including understanding traffic sources, visitor psychology, and the company’s position in the marketplace, including its core strengths and weaknesses. On top of that there’s usability testing, copywriting, and web design factors to look at.

All these elements go into creating hypotheses for testing. We’re maniacal about testing, because we’ve seen too many businesses merely throw a series of “best practices” against the wall to see if anything sticks. Best practices should not be the answer to optimizing a website, but merely one starting point for formulating a test strategy.

Once we determine what truly works for a particular website, then we examine how our findings might be used in other media channels. For instance a better series of benefit statements might be transferrable to direct mail or email autoresponder campaigns””subject to testing in those media, of course.

The business case

Q2. How do you help companies persuade colleagues of the returns from CRO, the business case?

Unlike certain industries like public relations, the entire foundation of CRO is based on data, measurement, and testing. You don’t need to present arguments when the data can do the talking for you. Once you measure the value of visitors, conversions, and sales, then it’s simple arithmetic to show how, say, a 10% boost in conversions would help the bottom line.

Identifying the biggest opportunities

Q3. What approaches do you use to decide which part of a site needs most urgent attention?

FORTUNE magazine called what we do “a combination of multivariate statistical analysis and good old-fashioned detective work” and that pretty well describes our approach.

It’s often very useful to map out your entire sales/conversion funnel and make sure it’s being comprehensively measured in whatever web analytics package you prefer.

What mistakes limit conversion?

Q4. Give some examples of the most common “conversion rate killers” you see.

Killer #1: Not split testing. Many people think they’re done if they take action to make changes to their site. In reality they’re only “done” when tests show that the changes in fact improved conversions. Installing a “best practice” magic button that another site swears by might actually lower conversions. Despite the popularity of video, Google once discovered through tests that video reduced conversions on one of its pages. You simply must test to find out.

Not long ago, multivariate testing software cost more than £5,000 per month. Now you can use Google Website Optimizer and other software packages for free, so there’s really no excuse. We created a tool, called Which Multivariate, which helps you to select the best software for multivariate testing.

Killer #2 is “meek tweaking”””in other words, making changes that are never likely to have a significant effect.

Killer #3 is asking for the sale on the first visit. It’s often a good idea to test the creation of a multi-step conversion funnel, in which you provide great value before you ask for the order. Comparison charts, forums, special reports, and email marketing are examples of elements that allow you to provide good information, ask for names, cultivate a relationship and thereby improve the chances of a sale.

We recently gave a talk on 15 Common Causes of Conversion Death

What are the latest approaches?

Q5. Are you seeing any innovative design techniques that are helping conversions?

Excellent design is a prerequisite for conversion, but the biggest breakthroughs tend to be the new tools and techniques for gathering insights into the visitor’s mindset.

KISSInsights and Ethnio are both good for asking your visitors to give you immediate feedback on your site. GazeHawk enables you to conduct an eye-tracking study on your site for a tiny fraction of the traditional cost.

Many of your readers will already know about how wireframing is important in order to get agreement on functional aspects before you take the time to make a site look good. We like Balsamiq for that purpose. [Editor – I use that too – a great simple wireframing tool for consultants and agencies]

Finally, your readers may want to get our free newsletter to see what a million-dollar landing page looks like, along with a graphical analysis. We call it that because it generated over a million dollars for one of our clients.

If you want even more examples of what’s possible with conversion improvement, watch the video in the header of our website.

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