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Searching for a reliable email hosting provider can often leave us puzzled in terms of price and offerings. Almost all promise multiple aliases, device syncing, and guaranteed up-time. To stay competitive, premium email hosts have doubled down on their features with office suites and online collaboration tools.

To guide you with a better choice in 2023, we bring a selected list of the best email hosting providers. High email deliverability and positive sender reputation were major criteria which eliminated fancy, cheap email hosts. In fact, high bounce rate and potential blacklisting are big reasons why you may want to go with a brand name rather than hosting your own email server.

How Our Email Hosting Providers Stack Up

We assessed the performance of the following email hosting providers by measuring them for common purchase criteria. Each was rated on a scale of “one” to “five” against eight competing characteristics, with a maximum possible score of 40. We tried to keep the evaluation criteria as objective as possible based on publicly available data.

Storage: For online storage, a provider would receive the highest rating (25-50 GB ) with a basic plan, whereas lower storage (1-5 GB) would mean a lower rating.

Features: Almost all hosts provided basic email features such as IMAP/POP3, calendar, contacts, etc. As a result, all of them received a score of 5 except Protonmail which lacks a few features like Calendar.

Security: A provider with military-grade encryption received higher ratings.

Value: Price/Performance ratio was measured. How far you could go with a basic plan without stretching the budget.

Privacy: Do the providers scan your emails? What is their policy regarding data storage?

Ease of use: How easy is it to install the solution? Can it integrate with desktop clients?

Account deletion: How quickly you can permanently delete emails.

Office suite: Does the provider have its own office suite or support easy integration with Microsoft Office 365, Libre Office, etc.?

1. Tutanota

Tutanota has a highly secure, end-to-end encrypted email platform with a slogan, “Secure mail for everyone.” As a result, all your data including subjects and attachments remain private at all times. Even non-Tutanota users can be asked to verify their passwords before opening your emails. The web interface is spartan but does not lack in features and functionalities.

Tutanota does not support integration with third-party apps and offers only 10 GB storage for €60/user/year. You can create only twenty email aliases. They really charge a premium for privacy which can be a deal-breaker for many.

Our Rating: 30/40

2. Kolab Now

If you’re willing to pay more for privacy but looking for slightly more features than Tutanota, Kolab Now fits the bill. Even this is expensive though. All storage accounts are limited to a 2 GB/user/month quota. Additional storage is charged at CHF 0.50/1GB/month.

Apart from security, Kolab Now is feature-rich with support for its official desktop client, integration with online apps, and Libre Office suite. You can delete your data whenever you want – no questions asked.

Our Rating: 34/40

3. Rackspace

If you want the security and privacy features of the above solutions while not paying too much, Rackspace offers the best alternative. In fact, they claim “256-bit Encryption in transit and at rest.” Rackspace offers a basic plan at $2/user/month, with huge 25 GB mailboxes, 30 GB cloud storage and unlimited email aliases. You can run your emails from Apple Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook.

Slight upgrades would give you integration with Microsoft office 365. Rackspace offers a complete email hosting platform with all necessary features.

Our Rating: 32/40

4. Zoho

Plenty of users recommend Zoho Workplace for having a complete set of features in email hosting. Zoho has its own substitutes for Office and collaboration, with headings such as Writer, Sheet, Show and Cliq. Its standard annual plan is cheaper than either Microsoft or Google. Zoho has an online help section with a detailed setup guide.

The best part is a ticket-based support system which can be a real help for administrators. However, as far as privacy is concerned, Zoho collects user data just like Microsoft or Google do.

Our Rating: 30/40

5. GoDaddy

GoDaddy offers a mature dual email and web-hosting service with no shortage of features. The hosted email integrates with Microsoft apps such as Skype, Microsoft Team and Outlook Web Access. In fact, GoDaddy’s email interface has the feel of “Microsoft on Steroids.” The add-ons are worth a mention.

If you’re looking for HIPAA compliance for your organization emails, GoDaddy has readily available templates. The biggest disappointment is the hidden cost, as there may be too many “add-on” services which you have to manually remove.

Our Rating: 30/40

6. Protonmail

If privacy is your number one concern, perhaps you should go with Protonmail. You can upgrade to an email with your domain easily on a web interface under “Protonmail Plus” or “Protonmail Visionary” plans. However, the plans can be rather expensive, as getting only 20 GB storage space could cost you at least €24/user/month/yearly. Most email hosting providers retain your emails for months even after you delete your account. This Swiss email provider will destroy all your data when you delete your account.

Our Rating: 29/40

7. Microsoft Exchange Online/Office 365 Business Premium

Microsoft Exchange Online offers a no-frills email hosting plan for users of any budget. Even with their cheapest plan starting at $4/user/month, each user gets 50 GB of mailbox storage. Anything beyond that and you can move your emails to an in-place archive on your PC.

An email user also gets smooth integration with Outlook desktop client while enjoying PCI-DSS standard data leak prevention security. The only drawback of Microsoft is their old school Admin installation which feels hopelessly outdated for 2023.

Our Rating: 31/40

8. G Suite

Microsoft’s closest rival is winning rave reviews with its G Suite apps. If you enjoy using Gmail as your mail client, along with Docs and Hangouts, this might be it for you. Even the cheapest plan at $5/user/month comes with 30 GB storage, business email through Gmail, video and voice messaging, group editing on docs, sessions on Hangouts and shared calendars.

Our Rating: 31/40

9. Fastmail (Popular Demand)

With a nearly 20-year old legacy, Australia-based Fastmail is dedicated to professional email hosting with unrivaled features including super fast “push” features for full mobile sync. In fact, this is one of our favorite picks if you like to manage all your emails on a phone. Fastmail also perfectly integrates with Thunderbird, Outlook and Apple Mail. With two-bit encryption and perfect forward secrecy, you definitely get best security and privacy.

The biggest drawbacks: scrubbing your records is not fast enough because the emails are retained for 14 days, and system logs up to 180 days. Also, compared to Rackspace, Zoho and G Suite, Fastmail has less storage space for a basic plan: only 2 GB for $3/user/month. Still, we’re giving it the highest rating, 5 for Value, on account of the sheer number of supported features.

Our Rating: 31/40 (Storage – 3; Features – 5; Security – 4; Value – 5; Privacy – 4; Ease of Use – 4; Account Deletion – 2; Office Suite – 3)

An Honorable Mention

Our surprise find, Migadu is a little-known Swiss email hosting provider which delivers unbelievable price/performance value along with top-notch security. It lacks fancy features but does the job of email hosting with guaranteed privacy at the cheapest plan of $4/user/month. One may also go for Runbox and Amazon Work Mail, but it was outside the scope of this article.

Our Final Verdict

Different people have different expectations while searching for a reliable email hosting provider. Whatever your choice is, you must understand your own needs better to avoid getting stuck in a bad arrangement.

Winner: In our evaluation, Kolab Now scores ahead of the rest of the pack except for its steep pricing. However, if you have to combine security with cutting-edge features, Rackspace is definitely the toast of the article, and our final recommendation for #1 email host.

Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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Email Marketing Trends For 2023

5 trends Email marketers need to stay on top of in 2023 and a couple of things you can safely ignore…

As we move from one year to the next, the heart of (email) marketing remains the same. It is about providing customer-centric experiences. For email experiences, this is the mantra of right message, right person, right time. The closer you get to this the better the results. Each year

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This is simple to say, but has been incredibly hard to deliver. Broadcast email has been so effective because of the high cost and limited accuracy of solutions to get right message, right time and right person. That’s changing, but don’t dump your broadcast activity just yet.

Trend 1 – Targeting

Capturing user interests with preference centres is dead in all but a few specialised cases, or used as a last ditch recovery attempt as part of an unsubscribe opt-down. Brands not using behaviour in 2023 will be brands stuck in the past.

The cost of doing this is coming down to levels that means there is ROI in the extra effort needed. Some ESPs are building in such capabilities, even MailChimp added behaviourally generated product recommends in 2024. There are an increasing number of third-party solutions designed to work with any ESP that add this capability too.

Brands with a very large number of SKUs, or highly varied content and a diverse audience are behaviour to target content within emails. Highly dynamic emails in which much if not all of the content is specific to the individual. This is modern day segmentation.

eBay is a great example of the challenge and solution. eBay emails are full of content target based on personal behaviours; items browsed, purchased, added to watch lists or recommended based on others with similar behaviours. With the range of products on eBay and a huge diverse customer base this is the only way eBay can maintain relevance at scale.

I expect to see more brands of medium scale adding in blocks of behavioural driven content, such as recommended items, to classically generated static content.

For brands in niche markets with smaller highly focussed lists and limited product ranges then behavioural targeting of content is not as critical but behaviour is beneficial to use in the next trend. Automation.

However, don’t expect 2023 (or 2023… or possibly ever) to see perfection in technology for getting the right message/person/time combination. Relatively untargeted broadcast communication continues to have a place as part of the mix in 2023. A means to learn and elicit new behaviours.

The same behavioural data also naturally allows more lifecycle marketing; treating suspects, prospects, new customers, regular, lapsing and lapsed appropriately. Turning a one-time buyer in a multi-purchaser is the initial starting point for anyone who doesn’t yet have any lifecycle targeting.

Personalised discount offers fit hand in glove fit with lifecycle marketing. Who gets a discount, by how much and when individually targeted based on the lifecycle using and traditional RFM models. However, personalised offers are proving slow to become wide spread due to the relatively low penetration of capable solutions. The trend in 2023 will be for an increase but likely to remain at a small percentage of brands with this capability.

To review the options, take a look at these 6 email segmentation and targeting options.

Trend 2 – Automation

Rather than switching to automation, brands should be supplementing existing email activity and blending in automation programs to supplement broadcast activity.

In fact, many brands already have elements of automation included in their email programmes and they will be adding to this in 2023. But due to inherent limitations in email automation, nobody should be consider stopping use of using any broadcast, albeit broadcast content driven by behavioural data as in trend 1.

The best trigger points for automation are those which show high intent for conversion and happen with reasonable frequency. For example, someone adding a product to their wish list could be a great trigger point, but if your customer base almost never does that then such a trigger point has little value.

Trend 3 – Inbox placement and deliverability

The main ISPs have been hugely successful over the last few years with filter algorithm development. Indiscriminate and illegally sent email has been beaten. Whilst users may still see a little spam, what they don’t see is the massive amount that never gets to their inbox or even their junk folder.

Reputation of sending IP addresses and domains are the main drivers of inbox placement at the major ISPs.

B2B spam filtering may have lagged behind the sophistication of Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo algorithms but that’s changed. In addition to the reputation sharing B2B filtering solutions such as Barracuda and Cloudmark there is a strong trend for companies to outsource email services to Office 365 and G-Suite (formally Google for Work). Gartner report 13% of public companies use these services. And this number is growing.

This means the same filtering and globally shared reputation based approach applies to B2B. The bar is rising on the standards needed for B2B brands to get to the inbox. Poorly permissioned, third party permissioned or sending on opt-out basis is going to be an increasing challenge for B2B.

As the ISPs continue to finesse algorithms they are recognise that one person’s spam is another person’s ham. Filter rules will work increasingly at the personal level and may lead to filtering of permission-based email from the inboxes of the users that are consistently ignoring the brand.

Seed list based inbox monitoring tools no longer give usable inbox placement results. Inbox placement is best monitored by tracking open rates over time by domain – a report that currently not all ESPs provide. The trend is for more brands to make use of the free Google Postmaster report to track their reputation with Gmail.

This last year has seen a noticeable increase in email list bombing. The resulting trend is going to be increased need to use reCAPTCHA on subscribe forms and/or use of double opt-in processes.

Getting to the inbox won’t be challenge for brands who work on the trends 1 and 2 above, but continuing with the status quo will mean more challenges to inbox placement.

Trend 4 – Data regulation and privacy

It’s clear that regulation is going in one direction only, both in the EU and worldwide. Permission is getting stricter; what marketers can do with data is going to be more tightly regulated.

In Europe the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is agreed. We can expect to see privacy regulation changes too, as it needs to keep in step with data protection.

The ICO has confirmed that GDPR will be adopted, as implementation is required before the Brexit timetable. Even after a Brexit has been completed any brands marketing into the EU will need to obey GDPR. The long term worst case for brands could be obeying GDPR for EU residents and different regulations for UK.

In the UK the ICO has issued more fines for illegal marketing this year than ever before and we can expect to see even more fines in 2023.

Whilst the ICO focus has been on the area of most frustration to consumers, illegal phone and SMS campaigns, the Telegraph Media Group were fined £30,000 for sending an email with content for which they did not have permission. Permission is limited to the scope given at time of opt-in.

As the Digital Economy Bill and GDPR make their way into UK law, within the next two years, the requirement for unambiguous consent looks like it may end the practice of pre-ticked check boxes for email permission during a purchase. Using an un-checked box that can be easily ignored will slash list growth and marketers are going to have to work harder at growth and find stronger reasons to gain permission. The change might be to requiring an explicit yes or no to force an active choice, so that the option of permission can’t be ignored.

The ongoing situation with Safe Harbor being declared insufficient for passing data was resolved in 2024 with the EU Privacy Shield agreement. Right now EU brands using services that places their data on servers in the US have an issue.

Trend 5 – Email creatives

A few brands have experimented with pushing the envelope of email design, such as creating carousel type elements, hamburger menus and interactive features in their emails. Often called interactive emails.

Carousels have been proven by CRO experts to be bad on webpages, why should they be a good thing in emails? Whilst hamburger menus are possible in email, these have been shown to make content harder to discover by Nielsen.

Also, not all email clients are able to support the very leading edge approaches, Gmail in particular. Though Google is moving to make Gmail support the latest standards, expect more improvements in 2023.

You might decide 2023 is not the year to experiment with interactive emails if you’ve limited resource and wait for a better understanding of what interactive elements improve email rather than just look flashy.

Expect to see the trend for use of animation and to a lesser extent video to continue in 2023. The key is to make the animation support the message and capture imagination, not just add a pointless decorative element.

When it comes to copy the trend for enterprise brands to get computer support of copy will continue. Solutions such as Persado, Phrasee or virtual testing with Touchstone.

After the initial big splash about smart watches there is still no sign of a big impact to email marketing. You’ve bigger things to win on in 2023 than worrying about if your emails are good for smart watch users.

Perhaps Google Home Assistant and Amazon Echo will start reading out your emails. If and when this becomes common, then subject lines may need to become more descriptive as voice control is used to triage emails. Again, not something for 2023! But check back next year…

For even more thoughts on email marketing in year to come, Jordie van Rijn compiled several predictions and forecasts into an overview of the future of email marketing.

9 Best Email App For Iphone & Ios (2023 Update)

An email app for iPhone enables you to configure email addresses to receive, read, compose, and send emails from that email address(s). It also offers a central interface for receiving, composing, and sending emails of a configured email address(s).

Following is a handpicked list of Top Email App for iOS, with their popular features and website links. The list contains both open source (free) and commercial (paid) software.

BEST Mail App for iPhone & Email Client for iOS

SaneBox is the leading email organization tool for 12+ years called a “lifesaver” by PCMagazine, saving you at least 3 hours of time per week. SaneBox uses powerful AI to keep your inbox organized for you.

#1 Top Pick

SaneBox

5.0

Email Tracking: Yes

Send Email Later: Yes

Encryption: AES 256-bit

Free Trial: 14 Days Free Trial (No credit card required)

Visit SaneBox

Features:

Analyzes your email habits to mimic your behavior.

High-priority emails get pushed to the top of your inbox

Less important emails get filed away for later.

Turn off email notifications when you need a break.

Collects all newsletters so you can read through them later.

SaneBox Snooze banishes less-urgent email until a better time.

Works with all email clients, including Gmail, Yahoo!, Apple Mail and Outlook

14 Days Free Trial (No credit card required)

EM Client is an email application that helps you manage email, calendars, contacts, and tasks. It can be used for Windows and Mac.

#2

eM Client

4.9

Email Tracking: Yes

Send Email Later: Yes

Encryption: AES 256-bit, AES 128-bit, AES 192-bit, and PGP

Free Trial: 30 Days Free Trial

Visit eM Client

Features:

It supports PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption.

You can take a backup of your Email.

This product supports the autoreply email.

You can add tables and resize any cell effortlessly.

Em client allows you to change images size, rotate, and flip.

Seamlessly integrates with Nextcloud, Zoom, Google Drive, IceWarp, Kerio, and MDaemon

Offers Superfast Search, Touch support, Localization, Automatic back-up tool, Instant translation for all messages, Watch for replies and Snooze function, Search within attached documents and Templates, Signatures, Conversations, Secure Communication, Spell Check, Phishing Protection, and Automatic Archiving

Supports Protocol like IMAP, POP3, Exchange (EWS), and AirSync

Provides Labels, and filters for inbox management

EM Client protects your data using AES 256-bit, AES 128-bit, AES 192-bit, and PGP encryption

Offers 4 GB storage space

Provides Instant messaging, Undo send, Snooze, Chat Option, Email tracking, and Send Email Later

Works with all major email services like Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, Yahoo, and Microsoft Exchange

Offers Tasks and To-Do Lists, Customizable Layout, Dark Theme, Notifications, Calendar, and Reminders

It provides customer support via Email

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS

Price: Plans start at $27 a month.

Free Trial: 30 Days Free Trial

30 Days Free Trial

#3

Clean Email

4.8

Email Tracking: Yes

Send Email Later: Yes

Encryption: 256-bit AES-CBC

Free Trial: 14 Days Free Trial

Visit Clean Email

Features:

Instead of focusing on individual emails, it segments your mailbox using rules and filters.

Allows you to move your Email to Trash, Remove, Archive, Apply Labels, Move between Folder

You can also unsubscribe from unwanted emails and block unwanted recipients.

Able to remove thousands of emails by directly communicating with your mailbox.

Seamlessly integrates with OneDrive

Offers Quick Clean, Smart Views, Email Groups, Filters and Sorting, Automate tasks with Auto Clean, and Regular Summaries

Supports Protocol like POP3, IMAP, and SMTP

Provides Labels, filters, and folders for inbox management

CleanMail protects your data using 256-bit AES-CBC encryption

Offers 20 GB storage space

Works with all major email services like Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, iCloud, Hotmail, and Outlook

Provides Instant messaging, Undo send, Snooze, Chat Option, Email tracking, and Send Email Later

Offers Tasks and To-Do Lists, Customizable Layout, Dark Theme, Notifications, Calendar, and Reminders

It provides customer support via Contact Form

Supported Platforms: Web, Mac, Android, and iOS

Price: Plans start at $9 a month. 4% Discount on Yearly Payment.

Free Trial: 14 Days Free Trial

14 Days Free Trial

Microsoft Outlook is a powerful email app for the iPhone. It supports Email from Exchange Server, IMAP, pop3, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. It helps you to be productive and connect yourself at home and on the go.

#4

Microsoft Outlook

4.8

Email Tracking: No

Send Email Later: Yes

Encryption: AES 256-bit, AES 128-bit, and AES 192-bit

Free Trial: 30 Days Free Trial

Visit Outlook

Feature:

It offers enterprise-grade security.

Outlook has a built-in calendar that enables you to schedule and manage meetings or events.

You can see information about contact when you hover over his/her name.

Email and calendar, together in one place

It provides an easy way to find people, and messages, documents in Email.

Seamlessly integrates with OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams

Offers Free access to Office apps, Data encryption, Automatic deactivation, and Ransomware detection

Supports Protocol like POP, POP3, IMAP, and SMTP

Provides Labels, and filters for inbox management

Outlook protects your data using AES 256-bit, AES 128-bit, and AES 192-bit encryption

Offers 250 GB storage space

Works with all major email services like Hotmail, Gmail, iCloud, and Yahoo

Provides Instant messaging, Undo send, Snooze, Chat Option, and Send Email Later

Offers Tasks and To-Do Lists, Customizable Layout, Dark Theme, Notifications, Calendar, and Reminders

It provides customer support via Email, and Community

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS

Price: Plans start at $129.99 a month.

Free Trial: 30 Days Free Trial

30 Days Free Trial

5) Superhuman

Superhuman is a highly exclusive email client which is only available for Gmail users on macOS and iOS devices. It has a simple user interface that helps users to navigate seamlessly. It offers extensive built-in keyboard shortcuts, which reduce the time you need to spend writing and managing emails.

#5

Superhuman

4.5

Email Tracking: Yes

Send Email Later: Yes

Encryption: PGP

Free Trial: 7 Days Free Trial

Visit Superhuman

Features:

Provides AI-based important emails filter

Important messages will be automatically flagged, enabling you to deal with them promptly.

You can undo an email that you didn’t mean to send

Seamlessly integrates with Zapier, Gmail, and Google Workspace

Offers great UI, 100MS RULE, UNDO Send, and Triage

Supports Protocol like POP3, IMAP, and SMTP

Provides Labels, and filters for inbox management

SuperHuman protects your data using PGP encryption

Offers 65 GB storage space

Works with all major email services like Gmail, Outlook, Zoho

Provides Instant messaging, Undo send, Snooze, Chat Option, Email tracking, and Send Email Later

Offers Tasks and To-Do Lists, Customizable Layout, Dark Theme, Notifications, Calendar, and Reminders

It provides customer support via Email

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Linux

Price: Plans start at $30 a month. 8% Discount on Yearly Payment.

Free Trial: 7 Days Free Trial

6) Spark

Spark is an email iPhone app that automatically categorizes emails for secure processing. It allows you to pin or snooze emails. You can invite your teammates to create mail together.

Features:

You can find your Email quickly by using a natural language search.

This program has pre-written emails for replying to emails fast.

You can set reminders to follow up important emails.

It enables you to add a signature in your Email.

Spark helps you to personalize sidebar, swipes, and widget.

You can receive a notification only when an important message comes into your inbox.

Seamlessly integrates with Dropbox, Box, iCloud Drive, OneDrive, Evernote, and Google Drive

Offers Smart Inbox, Smart Search, Email Signatures, Email delegation, Attachments, and Personalization

Supports Protocol like POP, POP3, IMAP, and SMTP

Provides Labels, and filters for inbox management

Spark protects your data using PGP encryption

Offers 5 GB storage space

Works with all major email services like Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, Hotmail, Aol, GMX, and Microsoft Exchange

Provides Instant messaging, Undo send, Snooze, Chat Option, and Email tracking

Offers Tasks and To-Do Lists, Dark Theme, Notifications, Calendar, and Reminders

It provides customer support via Contact Form

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS

Price: Plans start at $6.39 a month. 9% Discount on Yearly Payment.

Free Trial: 14 Days Free Trial

7) Blue Mail

Blue mail is an email application that is capable of managing an unlimited number of mail accounts. It allows for smart push notifications and group emailing. This tool enables you to personalize multiple email accounts.

Features:

You can mark messages to handle later and set reminders for them.

It allows you to access calendars and plan events.

You can seamlessly switch from one theme to another.

Blue mail helps you to count unread emails.

You can filter out starred emails.

It provides security through encryption.

Groups are seamlessly shared with all groups for their convenience.

Seamlessly integrates with Gmail

Offers Unified Messaging, BlueMail, iMail, Later Board, and Share Email

Supports Protocol like POP, POP3, IMAP, and SMTP

Provides Labels, and filters for inbox management

Bluemail protects your data using PGP, TLS, and AES encryption

Offers 25 GB storage space

Works with all major email services like Office365, Exchange, and Google

Provides Undo send, Snooze, Chat Option, Email tracking, and Send Email Later

Offers Tasks and To-Do Lists, Dark Theme, Notifications, and Calendar

It provides customer support via Email

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS

Price: Plans start at $5 a month.

Free Trial: 7 Days Free Trial

8) Edison Mail

Email by Edison is the simplified, email client application. It allows you to manage unlimited email accounts seamlessly! Get emails faster, block all your spam mails.

Features:

Preferences are synced across all your devices.

Email aliases are now supported for Yahoo and Hotmail accounts.

Allows you to manage all your mail accounts, easily switch between inboxes

It offers personalize sound and vibration settings.

Get real-time travel notifications about your flight plans.

Seamlessly integrates with Outlook, Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange, and Gmail

Offers Everything in One Place, Stop Email Overload, Less Time Waiting, and Bring Order to Inbox Chaos

Supports Protocol like IMAP

Provides filters for inbox management

Edison Mail protects your data using AES 256-bit, and PGP encryption

Offers 5 GB storage space

Works with all major email services like Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange, and Comcast

Provides Undo send, Snooze, and Email tracking

Offers Dark Theme, Notifications, Calendar, and Reminders

It provides customer support via Email, and Contact Form

Supported Platforms: Mac, Android, and iOS

Price: Plans start at $14.99 a month. 14% Discount on Yearly Payment.

Free Trial: 90 Days Free Trial

9) Canary

Canary is an email app that allows you to access Gmail, iCloud, Office365, Yahoo, Exchange, IMAP, & ProtonMail. It accounts for your iPhone, iPad, and other Mac devices.

Features:

End-to-end Encryption

Full PGP Support

Biometric App Lock

On-Device Fetch

Easy to use as it does not need any learning

Open Source Mail Sync Engine.

Supports Protocol like IMAP

Provides Labels, and filters for inbox management

Canary protects your data using PGP encryption

Works with all major email services like Gmail, Yahoo, Office 365, and iCloud

Offers Tasks and To-Do Lists, Dark Theme, Notifications, Calendar, and Reminders

Provides Snooze, and Chat Option

It provides customer support via Chat

Supported Platforms: Windows, Android, and iOS

Price: Plans start at $3 a month.

Free Trial: Life Time Free Basic Plan

10) Chuck Email

Chuck is an email app for iPhone which allows you to view your emails by sender, subject, or time period. This app analyzes your inbox and shows messages which you should remove.

Features:

You can organize your inbox faster by focusing on individual accounts.

It helps you to filter messages by enabling/disabling specific email addresses.

Seamlessly integrates with Outlook, Yahoo, Fastmail, and iCloud

Offers Remove messages in bulk, All inboxes in one place, Smart Select, and Folder Cleanup

Supports Protocol like IMAP

Provides filters for inbox management

Works with all major email services like iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Office 365, Outlook, Fastmail, chúng tôi and Comcast

Offers Notifications

Provides Undo send

It provides customer support via Email

Supported Platforms: Windows, and iOS

Price: Plans start at $3.99 a month. 9% Discount on Yearly Payment.

Free Trial: 7 Days Free Trial

FAQ ❓ What is an Email app?

An email app enables you to configure email addresses to receive, read, compose, and send emails from that email address(s). It also offers a central interface for receiving, composing, and sending emails of a configured email address(s).

🚀 Which are the Best Email Apps for iPhone?

Below are some of the Best Email Apps for iPhone:

SaneBox

eM Client

Clean Email

Outlook

Superhuman

Spark

Blue Mail

Edison Mail

Canary

⚡ Which Email app comes pre-installed with the iPhone?

The native “Mail” app comes pre-installed with all iOS devices.

🏅 How to restore the mail app on the iPhone?

Mail app comes default on the iPhone. However, for some of the other reasons you have deleted this app, you can restore it easily.

In the App Store, search the “Mail” app on iPhone. Once you found the Mail app in the App Store, you just need to tap the Cloud button to its right. The Mail app will download and reinstall on your iPhone.

The 8 Best Business Voip Providers And Phone Services

In today’s fast-paced business world, effective communication is more important than ever. As a savvy business owner, you’re probably looking for ways to improve your team’s collaboration and productivity. That’s where Business VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) providers and phone services come in. These services offer a modern alternative to traditional landline phones by leveraging the power of the internet for voice calls, video conferencing, and more.

RingCentral - Cloud-based VoIP with video conferencing and team messaging capabilities

Nextiva - Scalable VoIP solutions that integrate with CRM systems and provide valuable analytics

Vonage Business - Unified communications platform featuring a mobile app and developer APIs

8×8 - Global cloud communications provider with contact center solutions and video meetings

Ooma Office - Small business-focused VoIP system with a virtual receptionist feature and mobile app

Dialpad - AI-driven communications platform offering call transcriptions and Salesforce integration

Mitel - Enterprise-grade VoIP solutions complemented by collaboration tools and contact center services

Intermedia Unite - All-in-one communication platform providing email services and file collaboration

By exploring these options further, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect Business VoIP provider that meets your company’s unique needs! Stay tuned as we dive deeper into each of these providers and what sets them apart from the competition.

RingCentral – Cloud-based VoIP, Video Conferencing, Team Messaging

When looking for a top-notch business VoIP provider, RingCentral should be on your radar. This leading cloud-based VoIP solution offers a comprehensive suite of communication tools that can help streamline your business operations and improve collaboration among your team members.

Cloud-based VoIP

RingCentral’s cloud-based VoIP system eliminates the need for costly hardware and complex installations. By using the internet to make and receive phone calls, you can save on expenses and enjoy crystal-clear call quality. Plus, you can easily scale the service up or down as your business needs change.

Video Conferencing

In today’s fast-paced business world, video conferencing is essential for effective communication. RingCentral offers HD video conferencing with screen sharing capabilities, making it easy to collaborate with colleagues or clients from anywhere in the world.

Team Messaging

Effective teamwork relies on seamless communication, and RingCentral’s team messaging feature has you covered. With group chat functionality, file sharing, task management, and more – all within a single platform – your team can stay connected and productive without switching between multiple apps.

Nextiva – Scalable VoIP Solutions, CRM Integration, Analytics

When it comes to finding the perfect VoIP provider for your business, Nextiva stands out as a top contender. With its scalable VoIP solutions, CRM integration, and analytics features, Nextiva is designed to grow with your business while streamlining communication and improving efficiency. Let’s dive deeper into these features so you can see why Nextiva might be the right choice for your organization.

Scalable VoIP Solutions

Nextiva understands that businesses have unique communication needs that change over time. That’s why they offer scalable VoIP solutions that can easily adapt to your company’s growth. Whether you’re a small start-up or a large enterprise, Nextiva has a plan that will suit your requirements. Their flexible pricing options make it easy to upgrade or downgrade as needed, ensuring you only pay for the services you need.

CRM Integration

Efficient customer relationship management (CRM) is essential for any business aiming to provide excellent customer service. Nextiva’s VoIP platform integrates seamlessly with popular CRM systems like Salesforce, HubSpot, and Zendesk. This integration allows your team to access relevant customer data during calls and streamline workflows by automating tasks such as logging call details and updating contact records in real-time.

Analytics

Data-driven decision-making is crucial for businesses looking to stay competitive in today’s market. Nextiva’s analytics feature provides valuable insights into your company’s communication patterns and performance metrics. With real-time data on call volumes, individual employee performance, and customer satisfaction ratings at your fingertips, you can make informed decisions on staffing levels or identify areas where further training may be needed.

Vonage Business: Unified Communications, Mobile App, Developer APIs

When it comes to business VoIP providers, Vonage Business stands out with its robust features and user-friendly approach. Let’s dive into the three main aspects that make Vonage Business an excellent choice for your company’s communication needs: unified communications, mobile app, and developer APIs.

Unified Communications

Vonage Business offers a comprehensive suite of communication tools that are seamlessly integrated into one platform. This means you can easily manage all your business communication channels – voice calls, video conferencing, messaging, and more – from a single dashboard. By unifying your communication channels, you’ll be able to streamline your workflow and improve team collaboration.

Mobile App

Staying connected on-the-go is crucial in today’s fast-paced business environment. With the Vonage Business mobile app, you can take your office with you wherever you go. The app allows you to make and receive calls using your business phone number, send messages to colleagues, and even join video conferences right from your smartphone or tablet. It’s like having a mini-office in the palm of your hand!

Developer APIs

One of the most unique aspects of Vonage Business is its developer-friendly approach. The platform provides a wide range of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that allow developers to integrate Vonage’s communication features into their own applications or create custom solutions tailored to their specific needs. This flexibility opens up endless possibilities for enhancing your business’ communication capabilities.

8×8 – Global Cloud Communications, Contact Center Solutions, Video Meetings

When it comes to business VoIP providers, 8×8 stands out with its global cloud communications, contact center solutions, and video meetings. This platform is designed to cater to businesses of all sizes that require seamless communication and collaboration tools.

Global Cloud Communications

One of the key features of 8×8 is its global cloud communications capabilities. This means that no matter where your team members or clients are located around the world, you can stay connected with high-quality voice calls and messaging. 8×8’s robust network infrastructure ensures reliable and secure connections for your business.

Contact Center Solutions Video Meetings

In today’s fast-paced business world, face-to-face communication is often essential for effective collaboration. That’s where 8×8’s video meetings come in handy. With HD video conferencing and screen sharing capabilities, you can host virtual meetings with team members or clients from anywhere in the world. Plus, there’s no need for additional software or plugins; simply join a meeting using a web browser or mobile app.

Ooma Office: Small Business VoIP System, Virtual Receptionist, Mobile App

If you’re running a small business and looking for a cost-effective yet powerful VoIP solution, Ooma Office might be the perfect fit for you. Designed specifically for small businesses, Ooma Office offers a comprehensive suite of features that can help streamline your business communication.

Small Business VoIP System Virtual Receptionist

One standout feature of Ooma Office is its virtual receptionist. This automated attendant can greet your callers with a professional-sounding message and route them to the appropriate extension or department. You can customize the virtual receptionist’s greeting message, menu options, and even set up specific schedules for when it should be active. This feature not only saves time but also helps create a more professional image for your small business.

Mobile App

Ooma Office also offers a mobile app that allows you to stay connected with your team and clients from anywhere. The app enables you to make and receive calls using your business phone number, access your voicemail messages, and even transfer calls to other extensions or external numbers seamlessly. With the mobile app, you can ensure that important calls never go unanswered even when you’re on the go.

Dialpad: AI-driven Communications Platform, Call Transcriptions, Salesforce Integration

When it comes to modern business communication solutions, Dialpad stands out with its innovative features and seamless integrations. As an AI-driven communications platform, Dialpad offers much more than just a VoIP phone service. Let’s dive into the key features that make Dialpad a top choice for businesses of all sizes.

AI-driven Communications Platform

Dialpad leverages artificial intelligence to enhance your business communications experience. The Voice Intelligence (Vi) technology is designed to understand conversations and provide real-time insights, coaching, and analytics. This means you can stay on top of important details discussed during calls and improve overall communication within your team.

Call Transcriptions

One of the most useful features offered by Dialpad is call transcriptions. The platform automatically transcribes your calls in real-time, allowing you to focus on the conversation without worrying about taking notes. These transcriptions can be easily accessed later for review or shared with team members who were unable to attend the call.

Salesforce Integration

For businesses that rely on Salesforce for customer relationship management (CRM), Dialpad offers seamless integration with this popular platform. By connecting Dialpad with Salesforce, you can easily log calls, access relevant customer information during conversations, and streamline your sales process. This integration helps save time and ensures that all essential data is captured accurately within your CRM system.

Mitel: Enterprise-grade VoIP Solutions, Collaboration Tools, and Contact Center Services

When it comes to managing your business communications, you need a provider that can offer robust and reliable solutions. Mitel is one such provider that specializes in enterprise-grade VoIP solutions, collaboration tools, and contact center services. In this section, we’ll delve into the features and benefits of choosing Mitel as your VoIP provider.

Enterprise-Grade VoIP Solutions

Mitel’s VoIP solutions are designed with large businesses and enterprises in mind. They offer a range of features to ensure seamless communication across your organization. Some key features include:

High-definition audio quality for crystal-clear calls

Scalability to grow with your business needs

Integration with popular CRM systems for streamlined workflows

Advanced call management tools like call routing, forwarding, and auto-attendant

With Mitel’s VoIP solutions, you can rest assured that your business communications are in good hands.

Collaboration Tools

Effective collaboration is essential for any modern business. Mitel offers a suite of collaboration tools designed to help teams work together more efficiently. These tools include:

Instant messaging for quick communication between team members

Audio and video conferencing for virtual meetings

File sharing capabilities for easy access to important documents

Screen sharing functionality for improved collaboration during presentations

With these powerful collaboration tools at your disposal, your team will be able to work together seamlessly no matter where they’re located.

Contact Center Services

Managing customer interactions is crucial for any business. Mitel’s contact center services provide you with the tools you need to deliver exceptional customer service. Some standout features of their contact center services include:

Omnichannel support allowing customers to reach you via phone, email, chat or social media

Intelligent call routing to direct customers to the right agent based on their needs

Real-time analytics providing insights into agent performance and customer satisfaction

Customizable reporting to help you make data-driven decisions

By choosing Mitel for your contact center services, you’ll be able to provide top-notch support to your customers while maximizing the efficiency of your customer service team.

Intermedia Unite: All-in-one Communication Platform, Email Services, File Collaboration

When it comes to streamlining business communications, Intermedia Unite is a powerful all-in-one solution that has you covered. This comprehensive platform offers a range of features designed to enhance collaboration and productivity within your organization. Let’s dive into the key aspects of Intermedia Unite that make it stand out among the best Business VoIP providers and phone services.

All-in-one Communication Platform

Intermedia Unite provides an integrated communication system that combines VoIP phone services, video conferencing, chat functionality, and screen sharing. This means you can effortlessly connect with your team members and clients through various channels using one platform. By consolidating these communication tools, your business can save time and resources while improving efficiency.

Email Services

Having a reliable email service is crucial for any business. Intermedia Unite offers robust email solutions that include spam and virus protection, ensuring your inbox stays clutter-free and secure. With features like shared calendars, contacts, tasks, and notes management, you’ll be able to stay organized and on top of your day-to-day operations.

File Collaboration

In today’s fast-paced business world, effective file collaboration is essential for teams working remotely or across different time zones. Intermedia Unite comes with a built-in file-sharing solution called SecuriSync, which allows for easy sharing of documents, images, videos, and other files with team members or external partners. You can also sync files across multiple devices for seamless access on-the-go.

The Best Audio Interfaces For 2023

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Written By Julian Vittorio

Updated Apr 13, 2023 2:22 PM

You’ve got microphones, guitars, and keyboards, a computer, and tons of cables—now you just need to get them talking, and that’s where audio interfaces come in. As the conduit between the analog and digital worlds, your audio interface is possibly the most important equipment in the content creation chain. Whether you’re recording or livestreaming, your interface determines the signal quality you capture and the amount of creative flexibility you have. Conversion rates, inputs and outputs, and portability/expandability are just some considerations when picking an interface. But you don’t have to scroll through all the specs trying to make sense of everything; all you have to do is trust us to help you find the right gear, no matter the scale of your project or budget. We’ve surveyed the market and picked some of the best audio interfaces for folks who want to sound professional without paying pro prices.

How we chose the best audio interfaces

Audio interfaces come in a vast array of configurations, and we selected models based on the most common needs of content creators, musicians, livestreamers, and podcasters. Many of our selections are outfitted with super-versatile combo inputs that accommodate XLR and 1/4-inch connections compatible with most microphones, instruments, and line-level devices like keyboards. Connectivity is also an important factor in determining the usefulness and system compatibility of audio interfaces; we selected a variety of units that use either USB, Thunderbolt, Lightning, or some combination thereof.

Interfaces with fewer inputs are naturally smaller and better suited to portable use. In contrast, interfaces with more inputs are ideal for large-scale studio use and usually have designs that reflect this. This list represents the whole spectrum, with the most portable single-input interface at one end and the most expandable 26-input, 26-output interface at the other. We used our experience as working musicians and general audio enthusiasts to narrow the options and offer something for every scenario, whether on-the-go recording or within a perfectly soundproofed room.

The best audio interfaces: Reviews & Recommendations

High analog-to-digital conversion bitrate and recording quality are essential for selecting the best audio interface for professional use. If you intend to use audio recorded through your interface for any production-level application, be it streaming, podcasting, recording song vocals, or various styles of music production, industry standards favor using the highest-available quality of audio, generally a depth of 24 bits and sample rates of either 96 kHz or 192 kHz. We’ve selected sound investments to capture your sonic creativity.

Best overall: PreSonus Quantum 2626

Why it made the cut: This rack-mountable interface from PreSonus offers capacity, expandability, and a feature set rivaling that of interfaces twice its price, making it an appealing choice for small and home studios.

Specs

Inputs: 2 x Microphone/Instrument combo; 6 x Microphone/Line combo; 2 x ADAT optical; 2 x Line return; S/PDIF; MIDI; Word clock

Outputs: Stereo out; 2 x Preamp out; 8 x Line out; 2 x ADAT optical; S/PDIF; MIDI; Word clock

Connection Type: Thunderbolt

AD/DA Conversion Rate: Up to 24-bit/192 kHz

Pros

Great value for a pro-level feature set

Expandable via ADAT to 26 inputs and 26 outputs

Line returns for integration with outboard gear

Extremely low latency

Includes DAW software

Cons

Only two instrument inputs

Thunderbolt cable not included

PreSonus has a way with engineering pro-quality gear and making it available at a reasonable price point, and the company’s Quantum 2626 may be the best example yet. Rack-mountable and decked out with BNC word clock, ADAT, Thunderbolt, 48-volt phantom power, 24-bit/192 kHz AD/DA conversion, and a host of analog I/O for multi-mic configurations and playback with reference-grade mixing headphones to professional studio monitors, this is one of the best audio interfaces for home recording due to its sheer ability to integrate with other audio gear and expand along with the changing needs of most studios.

Importantly, the Quantum 2626 comes bundled with digital audio workstation (DAW) software, including Ableton Live Lite and PreSonus’s own Studio One Artist, making this an ideal option for jumpstarting a new recording setup. It features a total of eight microphone preamps, two of which are compatible with instruments and six of which are compatible with line-level signals. Its ADAT and S/PDIF inputs allow users to expand to a whopping total of 26 inputs and 26 outputs, making this an easy and cost-effective choice if you have aspirations to grow your studio down the line. The unit also includes its own dedicated line returns for inline interfacing with outboard gear line compressors and equalizers.

While this unit does connect via the latest and snappiest version of Thunderbolt, it doesn’t include a Thunderbolt cable, which must be purchased separately and aren’t inexpensive. This may turn off some users, but the Quantum 2626 is still much more affordable than many of its direct competitors by several hundred dollars, adding to its allure as the best for home studios. Admittedly, its limit of two instrument inputs affects its usefulness as a guitar or bass preamp. However, this can be circumvented by using a direct injection (DI) box like the Whirlwind Imp 2, which allows 1/4-inch connections to be converted into XLR form for use with any microphone preamp.

Best for on-the-go overdubs: UA Volt 2

Why it made the cut: The UA Volt 2 is an all-in-one recording toolkit for the traveling musician, offering a pleasing “vintage” mode that achieves a tube amp-like effect.

Specs

Inputs: 2 analog combo XLR/¼-inch inputs; MIDI

Outputs: MIDI; L/R TRS monitor channels

Connection Type: USB-C

AD/DA Conversion Rate: 24-bit/192kHz

Pros

Clean, analog-like sound modes

Compact design with integrated power supply

Price

Cons

May not have enough inputs for some uses

No onboard DSP processing

A clean rectangular chassis measuring roughly 7 x 5 x 2 inches and weighing just 1.4 pounds, the Universal Audio Volt 2 interface offers both panache and portability. The Volt 2’s control panel is straightforward, with clearly labeled gain controls and monitoring options alongside two combo XLR/¼-inch inputs, which accept mic, instrument, and line level signals. A few backlit buttons offer access to 48-volt phantom power, instrument signal selection, and the Volt’s distinctive “vintage” mode, which engages solid-state electronics to add soft clipping and warm saturation to the input signals in the style of the Universal Audio Solo 610 Tube Preamp.

Compared to audio recorded with similar two-input interfaces, the Volt 2’s converters (informed by the flagship Apollo line of interfaces) and its max audio conversion rate of 24-bit/192kHz help the interface sound distinctly “open” in its high-frequency range. There’s a relatively detailed midrange that doesn’t suffer from much of the obscure and “muddy” character that is often a hallmark of its price range. And the “vintage” mode engages a soft clipper to flatten peaks in the input signal in a behavior similar to valves, lending a character that our reviewer found worked particularly well for early rock and Motown-esque bass and guitar tones. In general, UA has been on a real winning streak in 2023/2023, with impressive, expressive releases such as the SD-1 dynamic mic, the UA Sphere DLX Modeling Microphone System, and a series of UAFX portable processing engines/amp emulators for guitarists.

One significant design limitation of the Volt 2 is its lack of onboard DSP processing, which is required to run Universal Audio’s vast library of over 200 plugins. This is somewhat remedied yet further convoluted by the recent introduction of UAD Spark—a subscription service offering access to around 20 of the company’s plugins without an Apollo interface or other external processors. Long story short: you’ll save a lot of money opting for this 2-in/2-out Volt-series interface over an Apollo, but you won’t be able to use it to run most of Universal Audio’s plugins. However, what you will get is an incredibly flexible and relatively affordable travel interface with the potential to add a distinctly pleasing “pre-mixed” analog quality to input sources.

Best for livestreaming: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Why it made the cut: The compact Scarlett 2i2 from Focusrite sports an intuitive layout and two versatile input preamps that make it ideal for running a basic recording or livestreaming setup.

Specs

Inputs: 2 x Microphone/Line/Instrument combo

Outputs: Stereo out; Headphone out

Connection Type: USB

AD/DA Conversion Rate: Up to 24-bit/192 kHz

Pros

Small and portable

High-quality converters

Simple, easy-to-use design

USB bus-powered; no wall wart required

Accommodates every type of audio signal

Cons

Not expandable

Only two inputs and one headphone output

Even minimalist recording setups require robust enough gear to deliver high-quality audio. The Scarlett 2i2 is a compact USB-powered workhorse that offers pro features like combo inputs, 48-volt phantom power for condenser microphones, and 24-bit/192kHz analog-to-digital conversion at an affordable price point, making it the best audio interface for live streamers, mobile recordists, voiceover artists, and more.

Most basic livestreaming and podcasting setups require one or two microphones at most for voice capture, so the two-input capacity of the Scarlett 2i2 makes it a lean and fitting choice for such a context. This stripped-down design allows it to draw all its power off of USB, which makes it more compact than some of its competitors that require an external power supply. Its minimal capacity also makes it a solid option for use as a stereo output when using software synths, samplers, and other line-level computer-based sources.

While the Scarlett 2i2’s small-but-mighty design is one of its main strengths, it doesn’t have the capacity nor the expandability of larger audio interfaces. Other competing items like the Audient iD14 are just as small but include ADAT inputs for adding eight more preamps to your setup should the need arise. Suppose you want to record more than three sources simultaneously, whether they’re microphones or instruments. In that case, you might opt for one of these ADAT-compatible interfaces or grab one like the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, which includes eight of its own.

Best for guitar: IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

Why it made the cut: This pocket-sized interface comes bundled with amplifier simulation software and includes a dedicated amplifier output, making it perfect for recording to Mac, iPad, and iPhone while integrating with existing rigs.

Specs

Inputs: Instrument

Outputs: Amp output; Headphone out

Connection Type: USB, Lightning

AD/DA Conversion Rate: Up to 24-bit/96 kHz

Pros

Smaller than a smartphone

Includes amplifier simulation software

Onboard quick-adjust volume and signal controls

Headphone output for easy monitoring

Cons

Instrument only; no line-level or microphone sources

Prevents device charging while in use

If you’re looking for the best audio interface for guitar, the iRig HD 2 is a robust quick-start option that’s small enough to fit on any desk or slip into a gig bag. Though minimal in its design, it sports thoughtful features like onboard level controls, a built-in headphone output, and an optional amp throughput for sending signal to a computer and an amplifier simultaneously. It’s compatible with Mac and PC and connects using either Lightning or USB (cables included).

Besides its portable shape and its ability to capture high-quality 24-bit/96 kHz audio, one of the iRig HD 2’s most significant features is its bundled amplifier simulation software, Amplitube. The program includes a host of virtual pedal effects and amplifier cabinets for creating realistic, studio-quality electric guitar recordings without an amplifier or external FX rig. Not only does the software eliminate the need for bulky recording equipment, but it allows users to record loud electric guitar tones in near-complete silence, making this a good option for recording at night, in shared spaces, and on the go.

The iRig HD 2 is undoubtedly a great choice for mobile recording, minimalist setups, and guitar demo use. Still, it can only accommodate a single 1/4-inch instrument input, so it’s not compatible with microphones or multi-instrument setups. Additionally, when used with an iPad or an iPhone, this interface occupies the device’s Lightning port and eliminates the ability to charge during use. If you’ll be recording for long periods on an iOS device, be sure to bring along a charger or a battery pack to juice up between takes.

Best budget: PreSonus AudioBox USB

Why it made the cut: This simple interface packs two combo inputs, speaker and headphone outputs, and high-quality 24-bit/96 kHz analog-to-digital conversion into an affordable bus-powered unit.

Specs

Inputs: 2 x Microphone/Instrument combo; MIDI

Outputs: Stereo out; Headphone out; MIDI

Connection Type: USB

AD/DA Conversion Rate: Up to 24-bit/96 kHz

Pros

Powered via USB

Studio-quality analog-to-digital conversion

Combo inputs for microphones and instruments

Includes recording software

Cons

Limited to two inputs

Phantom power affects both channels at once

If you need a simple, portable audio interface for powering a small podcasting setup or barebones recording studio on a budget, the two-channel PreSonus AudioBox is worth a look. Its two combo inputs accommodate XLR microphones, as well as 1/4-inch instrument inputs, and it has simple stereo outputs for a set of speakers as well as a single headphone output for monitoring. A knob on the front panel allows users to adjust the mix between their prerecorded audio and their live signal, eliminating the common latency and delay issues typical of digital recording.

Our pick for the best budget audio interface, this unit is bundled with a significant amount of recording software, including Ableton Live Lite and Studio One Artist Edition, which makes it a good option for users who are starting from square one. It also has high-quality converters capable of recording at fidelity up to 24-bit/96 kHz, and it includes MIDI inputs and outputs for connecting keyboards and other devices.

The bare-minimum design of the AudioBox comes with some perks and drawbacks. For example, it’s powered via a single USB connection and doesn’t require a separate wall wart, so it’s perfect for remote laptop recording away from electricity. At the same time, it can’t provide independent phantom power to each input, so you can’t use a powered condenser microphone and a sensitive ribbon microphone simultaneously. The single headphone output also requires users to bring their own splitter or headphone amp if they’re working with others. Still, if you can work within its limits, the AudioBox is a great value.

Want something even more compact and inexpensive? If you only need to plug in one instrument and one microphone, the PreSonus AudioBox GO 2×2 USB-C interface offers bus-powered AD/DA in the most pocketable package, all for only $79.

A MacBook Pro and Shure SM58 paired with the AudioBox GO make for a fantastic minimalist recording rig. Julian Vittorio

Things to consider before buying an audio interface

Audio interfaces come in a broad range of input numbers, so it’s important to select a unit that fits the type of content you’re creating. Single- or double-channel audio interfaces should be sufficient for basic streaming and podcasting work, but musicians should opt for four or more inputs to avoid being painted into a corner creatively. An eight-input interface is the best place to start in terms of flexibility, but keep in mind that those units aren’t as portable as a two-input design.

Type of audio you’re recording

Most of the units on this list include specially-shaped combo inputs that can accommodate both XLR and 1/4-inch TRS connectors, allowing a variety of microphones and instruments to be used and which will provide the most flexibility in working environments. Compare the type of audio equipment you’re looking to capture with an audio interface’s inputs can save a lot of headaches down the line; for example, the iRig HD 2 is a convenient single-input interface, but it’s not compatible with microphones.

Portability

The most portable audio interfaces tend to have a maximum of two inputs, with some models offering expansion via their ports. To maximize the portability factor, choose an audio interface that’s powered via its own connection to the computer. This type of design limits the need for extra electrical wiring, and it also allows you to record remotely using only the battery of a laptop.

Expandability

If you’re aiming to build a studio or expand your production in the future, choose an audio interface with ADAT optical inputs like the PreSonus Quantum 2626. A single ADAT port generally allows interfaces to accept an additional eight channels of audio from another compatible dedicated unit over a simple optical cable, effectively doubling or even tripling the capacity of a base model eight-input interface.

FAQs Q: Are expensive audio interfaces worth it?

The more you spend on an audio interface, the more likely it is to have high-quality analog-to-digital conversion, efficient design, and expandable I/O. That said, you don’t have to break the bank to achieve good results. The relatively affordable Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, for example, can record at a very high 24-bit/192 kHz quality (a resolution that satisfies the expectations of mastering engineers and lossless streaming services like Apple Music, etc.). Still, it’s limited to only two inputs. Whether a more expensive audio interface is worth it depends on whether you value capacity, expandability, and future-proof design.

Q: What makes one audio interface better than another?

Audio interfaces combine many critical components in a single unit, including analog-to-digital conversion and preamplifiers. The best audio interfaces are the most flexible and can accommodate various input types, from condenser microphones to keyboards. The more expensive an audio interface is, the more options for expandability it should offer.

Q: How long does an audio interface last?

There’s no real limit on the lifespan of an audio interface beyond the deprecation of its connector type. For example, Apple recently stopped designing computers with FireWire ports, which used to be commonly found on audio interfaces for over a decade. These devices can still be used with an adapter, but if you’re looking for an interface with staying power, pick one with a newer connector like Thunderbolt or USB-C.

Final thoughts on selecting the best audio interfaces

Whether you’re livestreaming, podcasting, making music, or recording voiceovers, an audio interface is an essential piece of gear for connecting analog audio equipment with your computer. When shopping for the best audio interface for your needs and budget, keep in mind the number of simultaneous inputs you’ll require: a two-input unit like the PreSonus AudioBox USB may be sufficient for a streaming, vocal, or podcasting setup, while an eight-input interface like the PreSonus Quantum 2626 is better suited for recording a full band. Mobile recordists may also prefer a bus-powered audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, which allows you to record on the go without needing an external power supply. Regardless of your end goal, it’s important to pick an audio interface that matches the scale of your studio and accommodates your needs for portability, expandability, and audio quality.

Why trust us

Popular Science started writing about technology more than 150 years ago. There was no such thing as “gadget writing” when we published our first issue in 1872, but if there was, our mission to demystify the world of innovation for everyday readers means we would have been all over it. Here in the present, PopSci is fully committed to helping readers navigate the increasingly intimidating array of devices on the market right now.

Our writers and editors have combined decades of experience covering and reviewing consumer electronics. We each have our own obsessive specialties—from high-end audio to video games to cameras and beyond—but when we’re reviewing devices outside of our immediate wheelhouses, we do our best to seek out trustworthy voices and opinions to help guide people to the very best recommendations. We know we don’t know everything, but we’re excited to live through the analysis paralysis that internet shopping can spur so readers don’t have to.

The Best Dog Backpacks For 2023

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Written By Carsen Joenk

Updated Feb 6, 2023 1:51 PM

How we chose the best dog backpacks

As animal lovers and dog owners, we sought dog backpack options that are safe, secure, and comfortable. To do this, we conducted thorough research and consulted the products our furry friends currently use. We chose models that provided detailed information regarding fit and fabric, looking for units that feature ventilation, adjustable straps, padding, and reflective strips. We included packs suitable for various sizes and paid attention to bag capacity. We also kept an eye on price, offering a more budget-friendly yet well-constructed option.

The best dog backpacks: Reviews & Recommendations Best overall: Ruffwear Front Range Day Pack

Why it made the cut: The Front Range Day Pack is a great option for frequent day-hikers with weight-forward saddlebags that sit close to the body, foam-padded construction, and three leash clip points. 

Specs 

Uses: Long walks and day hikes

Sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large / X-Large 

Adjustment points: 5

Pros

Radial cut saddlebags  

Padded handle

Available in multiple colors

Cons 

Pricey

The saddlebags feature a radial cut, weight-forward design, creating compression to keep each side close to your pup’s body and maintain balance. Inside each bag, a stretchy mesh pocket keeps treats, bags, and bowls organized. You can attach a leash to three points: a tow loop, webbed chest loop, and back V-ring.  

Available in three colors, the Front Range backpack is perfect for everyday use. It can fit all the essentials for a day hike or long walk without being unnecessarily bulky.

Best for hiking: Ruffwear Palisades Dog Backpack

Why it made the cut: The Palisades backpack comes with everything your dog needs to make it through a long hike, plus, the bags are removable in case you just need the harness for a quick jaunt. 

Specs

Uses: Long hikes, backpacking, camping trips

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large / X-Large 

Adjustment points: 5 

Pros

Collapsible water bladders 

Reflective trim 

Cross load compression system 

Cons 

Expensive 

Not a great option for small dogs 

Ruffwear strikes again with the best dog backpack for hiking. The Palisades pack is an excellent option for long hikes, multi-day trips, backpacking, and camping. Available in three sizes ranging from 22- to 42-inch chest sizes, this model can carry a lot while prioritizing comfort. A high-volume option, the Palisades Pack will be able to hold everything your dog needs to stay fed, hydrated, and happy in the great outdoors.

Favorite features include two 1-liter collapsible water bladders for balance, a cross-load, a “flopper stopper” compression system to increase stability, and removable saddlebags to lighten the load during a break or day hike during a camping trip. There are five adjustment points, two leash attachment points, reflective trim, and a padded handle to round out the design. Though a bit pricey, the Palisades Pack is worth it to keep your dog healthy while hiking. 

Best for large dogs: Kurgo Big Baxter Dog Harness

Why it made the cut: The Big Baxter is designed for large dog breeds that have trouble finding a backpack that will fit; this model has a chest strap that fits up to 48 inches and supports a dog that weighs up to 110 pounds. 

Specs

Uses: Day hikes, backpacking

Sizes: Adjustable 50-110lbs 

Adjustment points: 8

Pros

Adjustable saddle bags 

Integrated harness 

Front and rear leash attachment 

Cons 

Not water resistant

The Big Baxter Pack from Kurgo is one of the only dog backpacks that can accommodate a chest measurement up to 48 inches and a weight up to 110 pounds. Available in three colors, the Big Baxter is a two-sided pack with an integrated harness, mesh ventilation, and eight adjustment points. Even the saddlebag height is adjustable. A large padded handle and rear-mounted leash hook mean you can remain in control when necessary. 

This pack offers plenty of room to support multi-day trips, but it’s light enough for day trips. As a bonus, the chest strap has an integrated bottle opener so you can crack open a cold one when you’ve finally reached the summit as your dog laps up the water they carried beside you.  

Best for small dogs: Doggles Extreme Backpack

Why it made the cut: The Doggles Extreme Backpack is one of the only models on the market suitable for super small breeds—like Dachsunds, Yorkies, Jack Russell Terriers, and other dogs with 12-inch girth.

Specs

Uses: Day hikes 

Sizes: XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large 

Adjustment points: 4

Pros

Waterproof 

Lightweight 

Range of sizes 

Cons 

Zippers and adjustment points can be difficult to manipulate

If you have a super small dog eager to pull their weight, the Doggles Extreme Backpack is one of the few options that will actually fit your pup. While teacup and toy breeds are never going to be able to carry a ton in their backs, you’ll certainly be able to fit a few poop bags and maybe a collapsible bowl. 

The Extreme comes in five sizes, and the smallest can fit pups with a chest size as small as twelve inches, which can hold roughly .23 liters. This waterproof model features reflective trim, Duraflex buckles, and shoulder cutouts to keep saddlebags stable. While small dogs really shouldn’t carry very much, this bag doubles as a harness that, on its own, can increase safety during long walks and other outings.

Best budget: Outward Hound Daypak

Why it made the cut: The Outward Hound Daypak is an ultra-lightweight model that will keep your furry friend comfortable during day hikes and short trips. 

Specs

Uses: Day hikes and walks 

Sizes: Medium, Large 

Adjustment points: 4

Pros

Weighs less than 1 pound

Breathable mesh fabric 

Four expandable pockets 

Affordable

Cons 

Sizing availability is limited 

Lacks reflective trim

Though they may seem like a simple piece of equipment, a backpack can have a significant effect on your dog’s skeletal and muscular health, just like human packs. There are certainly super cheap options out there, but we recommend spending a few extra bucks to ensure you purchase a pack with a well-constructed, safe design. 

The Outward Hound Daypack is an excellent, budget-friendly option that doesn’t skimp on structural necessities. One of the lightest backpacks on the market, weighing less than a pound, it can still carry enough supplies for a long hike. It offers four expandable storage compartments, four adjustment points, mesh fabric, and a top handle. The Daypak is available in two bright colors, so you can easily keep an eye on Rover even when he darts ahead of you. 

What to consider when buying the best dog backpacks

If this is your first time purchasing a backpack for your furry pal, there are a few things you should know. Some dogs may strap on those saddlebags and feel right as rain, ready to trudge forward through the wilderness. Some dogs are just the opposite. They will flat out refuse to walk with a pack on their back. Some just can’t ignore the multiple straps, and there might not be a way to change their perspective. You might not know until you try. However, you can do a few things to get your dog acclimated to their packs. 

First, don’t plan any long walks when introducing a new backpack; in fact, the shorter the walk the better. This not only gives your pup room to get comfortable but it can alert you to any fit issues before you’ve committed to a long hike. Some experts even recommend placing the pack on the dog’s back and letting them walk around the house to get used to the feeling before strapping them in completely. 

You can also try to coax them into a backpack tryout with a few treats. Before filling the pack full, start by gradually introducing weight. Start with a lightweight, collapsible bowl or a roll of waste bags before throwing in a water bottle, and be sure you understand how much weight your dog can carry. As you add weight to the bag, make sure to distribute the contents evenly so your pup doesn’t have to exert more energy on one side of the body.

Dog size

The first thing to consider before buying a dog backpack is the size of your pup. Sizing for dog backpacks mirrors sizing for humans in that they come in extra-small through extra-large. Before buying, it’s helpful to know your dog’s weight—as well as their neck, overall length, and girth measurements—because many companies will offer a sizing chart to ensure you select the right model. 

When it comes to load and capacity, less can be more, especially for long walks. Your four-legged friend should never carry more than 25% of their own body weight, and it’s generally recommended that that number shift to 10-12% for long walks and steep hikes. Let’s say you weigh 150 pounds, think about how tired you would be if you were carrying almost 40 pounds up a challenging trail. 

Add weight slowly over time, work up to full capacity over the course of a few months and make sure to monitor your dog’s behavior throughout. You should also take care to do a little research regarding the breed. Just because you have a big dog does not always mean they should be schlepping a heavier pack. Some canines are predisposed to have skeletal, muscular, or joint pain. If you’re not sure, you can always check with your veterinarian before purchasing a new dog backpack. 

Construction

With so many options out there, it’s important to focus on the structural features that will keep your best friend safe wherever they travel. Some dog backpacks feature one holding compartment that sits directly on top of a canine’s back, similar to how humans carry their backpacks. While these may be suitable for short walks, it’s generally recommended to invest in a saddlebag model with two compartments that should sit comfortably along the sides of the body. These compartments will allow you to distribute weight evenly. Some saddlebags convert easily into a harness to complement those short walks. 

If you’re going on a long journey, consider investing in a dog backpack with a built-in water bladder (similar to a Camelbak). Using these bladders eliminates the imbalance caused by a sloshing water bottle. 

Fit & fabric

Beyond balance, a snug, secure fit is necessary to eliminate painful rubbing and chaffing that could lead to rashes. Typically, the more adjustment points, the better; they allow you to customize the fit in all the right areas without making sacrifices. The same is true for the number of straps. Two straps (one around the chest and neck, the other under the belly) are a fine way for a dog to carry a backpack. However, consider trying out a model with a T-strap that wraps around the neck/chest and uses a center strap to connect to the second loop around the belly for increased comfort and stability.

Safety 

There are a couple of key features that make a difference when it comes to safety and security outdoors. It’s good to choose a bright, identifiable fabric with some reflective elements. This will help you find your pup if they wander too far during an off-leash stretch and are also more likely to alert drivers and bikers of their presence on the road, just in case they end up where they don’t belong. 

Top handles will allow you to help your dog navigate rocky terrain by easily lifting them up, and multiple leash points will let you clip in quickly for extra control in crowded areas.

Other items

For a longer trip, say you’re going camping, you could add an extra layer (like an insulated vest), a backpacking bed, or protective boots. For more information about footwear for your dog, check out our recommendations for the best dog shoes.  Of course, it’s always a good idea to bring along biodegradable poop bags because you never know when they’ll need to go. 

FAQs Q: How much does a dog backpack cost?

A dog backpack can cost anywhere from $25 to $150, depending on your needs. A waterproof model made for a large dog with a sizable capacity will be more than a small harness with a zipper pocket designed for a tiny dog. Now, just because you have a larger pooch doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on a suitable pack; there are budget-friendly options for dogs of just about any size. Mid-range models usually sit somewhere between the $40-$60 mark, depending on the materials used and saddlebag size.

Q: Are dog backpacks safe for dogs?

This is definitely a question you should ask your vet. But, generally, yes, dog backpacks are safe for dogs when used properly. It’s important to purchase a backpack that is the right size for your dog to distribute weight evenly and not overpack. You should always make sure your dog has access to water, especially when carrying a pack outdoors, and, after the first few wears, check their skin and fur to make sure there aren’t any signs of irritation. Generally, backpacks are not good for puppies or older dogs, and some pups may just refuse to wear one.

Q: How much can a dog carry in a backpack?

A dog can typically carry under 25% of his body weight on his back. This is, of course, reliant on the size of the backpack itself. You need to make sure you don’t overstuff the model you purchase; all pockets should be able to zip easily and if your pack has more than one pocket, make sure you are evenly distributing materials. Your dog’s physical ability will also determine how much they can carry and for how long. Carrying 25% of your body weight up a steep trail is no easy feat, so take the time to consider where you’ll be going and for how long before you load up your dog backpack. 

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