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It's hard to stay up to date with the ever-growing, forever-changing tech space. But luckily for you, that's where we come in. We're constantly testing new products, researching recent trends in the tech space, and updating our list of cool gadgets accordingly.
The annual consumer tech launch cycle begins in January at CES — a massive industry event that highlights the latest innovation and emerging trends in the tech space, where leading brands showcase products that will upgrade your home office, transform any living room into a legit home theater, step up your gaming setup, and improve your wellness routine — all while keeping you safe and sane. Throughout the year, leading tech giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung, to name a few, hold separate events to showcase their own creations. Therefore, keeping tabs on and evaluating every new tech product that hits the shelves is a full-time job.nbs
We feel that tech gadgets are all about making your life easier and more enjoyable. For this list, we reviewed new product releases from leading makers in countless tech and gadget categories, as well as revisited long-term favorites to see if they still make the cut. From true wireless earbuds to smart home appliances to tech products for parents, here are the coolest gadgets available right now.
Prime 20K Power Bank
Remarkably, Anker’s Prime 20K Power Bank can charge two laptops via a pair of fast USB-C connectors with a maximum power output of 140 watts. It has a battery pack with ample capacity and, rather impressively, a color screen to help you keep tabs on the charging process. The accessory rocks a USB-A connector, so you can simultaneously charge up to three devices.
The Peak Design Tech Pouch is a stylish and exceptionally made accessory that's a must-have for frequent travelers. It has enough pockets and compartments for small gadgets, charging cables, memory cards, and any other accessories you might own.
Peak Design has crafted the exterior of this tech pouch using recycled nylon with a weatherproof finish. There are several colors to pick from: black, charcoal, bone, midnight, and sage green.
D03 Dapper Bifold EDC Wallet
The D03 Dapper bifold wallet by Dango Products is an everyday accessory that effortlessly combines cool design, exceptional craftsmanship, and perfect usability. Made in the U.S. from machined aluminum, water-resistant DTEX, and genuine leather (in black or brown), the D03 wallet has space for up to 14 cards and cash.
You can order the badass wallet with a satin silver or jet-black aluminum chassis. Dango backs the product with a lifetime warranty.
Parliament Smart Wallet
The Ekster Parliament is a smart bifold wallet with RFID coating (to protect against identity theft) and a patented mechanism that ejects cards from its aluminum storage pocket with the press of a button. It has space for at least ten cards, as well as a strap for carrying cash and receipts.
Ekster has crafted the wallet from high-quality leather that comes in a multitude of colors. An optional Bluetooth tracker for the wallet is also available — this ultra-thin gadget has a maximum range of 200 feet, and it is powered by light, so it never needs a battery.
Smart LED Display
The unapologetically retro-styled Tidbyt is a simple, yet high-tech reminder of glorious times when high-resolution screens in phones, tablets, laptops, and TV screens weren’t a thing. The gadget’s basic LED display can show you essential information like weather conditions, upcoming calendar appointments, and even live scores. It can also display artwork of your choosing.
Tidbyt comes with a companion app for customizing the onscreen experience. The characterful tech product is available with a beech or a walnut housing, just like a mid-century radio.
The Google Pixel Tablet — the tech giant’s first Android slate in years — sets a new standard for versatility in this product category. The device’s unique, fabric-covered charging dock packs a powerful speaker, allowing it to transform into a big-screen smart display that’s a legit replacement for Google’s own Nest Hub Max.
Of course, the Pixel Tablet also packs a sharp touchscreen, the same Tensor G2 chip that powers the Pixel 7 Pro and the Pixel Fold, a duo of high-quality cameras, and abundant onboard storage.
WI-C100 Wireless Neckband Earbuds
These wireless neckband earbuds by Sony stand out in today’s market compared to many similarly priced true wireless earbuds by delivering superior sound and much longer battery life at a lower price. Regarding value for money, the WI-C100 earbuds are simply unbeatable.
Other key features of the buds include an IPX4 rating for water resistance and a companion app for customizing their sound. You can order a set in black, white, or blue.
317 Laptop Charger
Anker’s 317 Charger is the budget-friendly backup or replacement you need for your MacBook — or any other compatible laptop and USB-C-toting device. The accessory is smaller than most MacBook adapters without skimping on charging capacity. Its 100-watt maximum output can power up any MacBook iteration, including the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The 317 charger has folding prongs for easy storage. Its retail package includes a high-quality 5-foot cable.
ROG Strix G16 (2023) Gaming Laptop
This iteration of the ASUS ROG Strix G16 gaming laptop impressed me by providing harmony between sleek design, futureproof hardware, and stellar gaming performance, all at an incredible price. The product is one of the product category’s best and the one to get if you want your upgrade budget to remain well below $1,500.
Pixel 7a Android Smartphone
Google’s Pixel 7a is the most value-packed Android smartphone to hit the shelves this year and a worthy sequel to the excellent Pixel 6a. The new iteration has a refreshed design that makes it look like a miniaturized Pixel 7, a more capable chip and camera, and a better OLED screen with a high refresh rate, all for less than $500.
Like all phones made by Google, the Pixel 7a will always treat you to the latest Android iteration for years after you buy it. There are three colors to consider: charcoal, sea, and snow.
Studio Buds + Wireless Earbuds
The Beats Studio Buds + true wireless earbuds are our new favorite in this crowded product category, thanks to their timelessly cool design, comfy fit with clicky button controls, great sound quality, strong noise cancellation, and long battery life, all at a reasonable price. Better yet, the Buds + are equally easy to link with Apple or Android devices.
The earphones’ 9-hour battery life is longer than their predecessor and another reason to upgrade. You can order the Studio Buds + in black, ivory, and transparent finishes.
Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner
I’ve been swearing by this tiny laptop accessory by OXO to keep my laptop spotless since I impulsively bought one more than a year ago. The affordable gadget packs a microfiber pad and a retractable soft brush.
The microfiber pad mentioned above is handy for removing smudges from the screen of a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, or any other gadget. On the other hand, the brush makes cleaning a keyboard fast and effortless.
Q7 QLED Smart 4K TV (65-Inch)
The all-new TCL Q7 4K TV has an elegant industrial design and superb picture quality. Its quantum-dot display panel has hundreds of local dimming zones. Combined, the tech features allow the big-screen TV to deliver a bright picture with deep contrast and vibrant colors.
Powered by Google TV, the TCL Q7 offers access to all streaming services out of the box. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, and it comes with a sleek remote with backlit buttons. A cheaper variant of the TV with a 55-inch display panel is available, and so are bigger and costlier 75- and 85-inch versions.
Pelican Marine AirTag Holder
The Marine Holder by Pelican is the most rugged and dependable AirTag accessory worth your attention. The accessory has a shock-resistant exterior with Dupont Kevlar — an impossibly lightweight and tough material — used in its making. It’s also water- and dustproof with an IP68 rating, guaranteeing that your tracker will become practically impervious to damage.
We like that the fully sealed Pelican case is as discreet as it is tough. The product is compatible with keychains, and it comes bundled with a carabiner for attaching it to items.
Motion X600 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Soundcore Motion X600 Bluetooth speaker is the brand's finest and a legit best-in-class contender. Its multi-driver audio setup delivers a sonic experience that's nothing short of excellent. And unlike many rivals, the X600 is capable of Hi-Res and spatial audio playback.
In addition to captivating sound, the X600 brings a striking design with an aluminum handle, a mesh grille, and backlit button controls. You can order the waterproof speaker in black, blue, and green.
5-in-1 USB C Hub for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
Owners of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pros must have the latest USB-C hub by Plugable on their radar. The reasonably priced accessory will treat the latest Apple laptops to a pair of USB-A ports and a gigabit Ethernet connector by connecting to the duo of USB-C ports on their left side.
The gadget also features a Thunderbolt-compatible USB-C port and a standard audio jack. Another bit we love about the Plugable offering is its handy slot for the MagSafe charger.
Life Note 3S Wireless Earbuds
The Soundcore Life Note 3S true wireless earbuds are an appealing and significantly more affordable alternative to Apple’s second and third-generation AirPods. The buds have a stem design with an in-ear fit that lacks silicone tips like the AirPods we mentioned, allowing you to rock out without losing track of your surroundings.
Sound-wise, the Life Note 3S earbuds deliver a great experience for the money. You can customize the audio via the Soundcore app. Other key features of the buds include an IPX4 rating for water resistance, up to 5 hours of battery life, and a case with wireless charging compatibility.
Get Together 2 Mini Bluetooth Speaker
The waterproof Get Together 2 Mini Bluetooth speaker by House of Marley will treat you to a characterful design, a sustainable build that includes natural bamboo and recycled materials like silicone and fabric, and great sound. The latter is powered by a pair of audio drivers and a pair of passive bass radiators.
House of Marley equipped the wireless speaker with intuitive button controls and a cool carrying strap. The Get Together 2 Mini can deliver up to 15 hours of battery life between charges.
This compact flashlight became an instant favorite of ours by offering an impossibly elegant aluminum build, incredible versatility, excellent battery life, and a USB-C connector for recharging it. Thanks to a bundled light diffuser, the gadget can quickly transform from a high-powered flashlight with stellar zoom capabilities to a lamp for use while camping or on the road.
We like the flashlight’s integrated hook for attaching it to items. Its intuitive button controls include an SOS button for use during emergencies.
Watch Series 9
The latest Apple Watch Series 9 has best-in-class health-, fitness-, and wellness-tracking capabilities, powered by accurate heart rate, blood oxygen, and temperature sensors. Compared to its amazing predecessor, the timepiece packs a faster chip and double-tap gesture controls, with the latter being a first for an Apple Watch.
Apple offers the Series 9 with a 41- or 45-millimeter case in a multitude of finishes. Optional cellular network connectivity is available once again. You can customize the timepiece with a wide selection of bands and cases.
Clutch Gladiate RGB Xbox Controller
The HyperX Clutch Gladiate RGB is an awesome new version of our favorite budget Xbox controller. In addition to having a transparent housing that showcases its internal hardware, the wired accessory also features customizable RGB lighting that will add a sense of occasion to any gaming session.
Like its lower-priced sibling with a solid finish, the Gladiate RGB controller delivers price-defying performance and tactility. Unlike countless rivals in its price range, the product also has adjustable triggers.
Crusher ANC 2 Wireless Headphones
The Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 wireless headphones deliver a sensory bass experience that sets them apart from any rival, regardless of their brand and price. The cans' enhanced low range makes bass-heavy tracks, action-packed movie scenes, and intense gaming even more entertaining. The bass delivery is adjustable via a button, so you are in full control.
With the Crusher bass tech disabled, the headphones produce a high-quality sound that's worthy of their price tag. The same goes for their strong noise cancellation, comfy fit, and long battery life.
PlayStation 5 Slim Gaming Console
The refreshed PlayStation 5 is a sleeker and more compact version of an amazing product. The new iteration is noticeably smaller and lighter than the original (by 30% and 24%, respectively) while delivering the same incredible power and performance.
Compared to the first-generation PlayStation 5, the updated console also features a removable Blu-ray disc drive and more onboard storage. Best of all, it's easy to find in stock, meaning that you won't have to wait months or pay above retail to get your hands on one.n
Prime 100W USB-C Charger
Anker's Prime 100W USB-C charger is an upgraded take on a product we've been swearing by for more than a year. As its name suggests, the compact adapter can produce 100 watts of power via one of its USB-C ports, meaning that it can effortlessly charge a big-screen laptop even though it's much smaller than its bundled charger.
Thanks to an onboard USB-A port, the accessory can charge your small gadgets alongside your laptops and phone. A cheaper version of the product with a lower output for compact laptops is also available.
razr (2023) Foldable Android Smartphone
Motorola's entry-level razr has a starting price tag below $700 before additional discounts, making it the most affordable foldable smartphone to hit the shelves this year. That's quite a feat, as the futuristic gadgets usually start in four-digit territory.
While not as powerful as its pricier razr+ relative, the starter version packs a solid Qualcomm chip, a large foldable display with a smooth refresh rate, and a high-resolution camera setup. There are several colors to choose from.
Classic C1 MagFit Case for iPhone 15 Pro Max
Available for the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, the Spigen Classic C1 MagFit case has a timelessly cool design that's a nod to the legendary iMac G3 desktop computer from last century. With a colorful design, the Apple product made its beige and grey plastic rivals look bland in comparison.
The phone cover has semi-transparent colorful back covers (in graphite, blue, or ruby red) that will showcase the Apple logo on the back for the iPhone 15 Pro. Best of all, the C1 case also delivers military-grade protection.
This nifty gadget by KEEP brings a high-tech approach to storing medication. A product of a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-equipped device will secure prescription meds and other small essentials behind a biometric scan from your smartphone. A companion app will also alert you if the KEEP is moved or tampered with and allow you to keep tabs on its temperature.
Available in black or white, KEEP is designed to keep medication cool and dry. When not in use, the low-key gadget doubles as a minimalist digital clock. Its battery can last for 12 hours.
M3 Touchscreen MP3 Player
This touchscreen-equipped MP3 player offers a sleek design, stellar audio performance, great battery life (up to 40 hours between charges), expandable storage, and convenient controls, all at a fantastic under-$50 price point. Its housing is metal and glass, making it look and feel more expensive than it is.
The M3 portable audio player has a 2.4-inch touchscreen, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity. Other noteworthy features include a built-in loudspeaker, FM radio, and a voice recorder.
Elite 8 Active True Wireless Earbuds
Jabra’s Elite 8 Active true wireless earbuds are hands down the best for exercising, thanks to a durable build, an exceptionally comfy fit, great sound with support for enhanced spatial audio, and strong noise cancellation.
Like all Jabra products, the buds also perform superbly during calls. You can expect up to 8 hours of battery life from the earphones between charges. You can order the Elite 8 Active in dark grey, navy, and caramel colors.
HERO12 Black Waterproof Action Camera
The HERO12 Black by GoPro is better than its predecessor and the best action camera out there. It's compact, easy to operate, and full of connectivity features. It can capture incredibly smooth 5.3K video that's sharper than 4K and 27MP still images. It can also livestream your adventures.
Like every GoPro that precedes it, the HERO12 Black has the best video stabilization tech in its class. It can go up to 33 feet underwater without a protective case. It is compatible with a robust selection of original and third-party accessories.
Airmega 160 True HEPA Air Purifier
The Coway Airmega 160 is one of today’s best HEPA air purifiers for small spaces. It has an elegant and minimalist design and a sophisticated air-filtration setup with a real-time air quality indicator, all at an agreeable price.
Available in blue or white, the Airmega 160 has a compact footprint and intuitive controls. Another bit we like about the device is its silent operation. Most of the time, you won't notice there's such an appliance in the room.
Motion 300 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Soundcore Motion 300 is hands down the best Bluetooth speaker under $100. The compact gadget can produce stereo sound with amazing fidelity that's customizable via an app. And unlike its similarly priced rivals, the Motion 300 is also compatible with audiophile-grade Hi-Res Audio content.
The speaker has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, which means it can survive complete submersion underwater. It can deliver up to 13 hours of wireless playback between charges. You can snag one in black, blue, or green.
Link & Lock Carabiner for Apple AirTags
The Raptic Link & Lock carabiner is one of the coolest gadgets and best accessories for Apple AirTags we’ve encountered yet. Crafted from ultra-tough zinc, this product has a heavy-duty lock with a three-digit combination code.
The standout feature mentioned above makes tampering with your favorite tracker and removing it from an item practically impossible. Of course, the Link & Lock will also protect your AirTag from damage via a rubber case with a softer interior.
Thanks to a whole lot of innovative engineering, this collapsible umbrella by Weatherman can withstand wind gusts up to 55 mph. The product can also survive drops and inverting, with the last bit being a weak point for most umbrellas.
The umbrella has a quick-drying, water-repellent fabric canopy (available in many colors). Weatherman backs the product with an excellent lifetime warranty. Smaller and larger umbrellas from the brand are also available.
Cam Pan v3 Home Security Camera
The WYZE Cam Pan v3 is the best budget home security camera worth your attention. It has a high-tech design, pan, tilt, zoom capabilities, and great video quality, all at an amazing under-$40 price point. The gadget is weather-resistant with an official IP65 rating, so it’s equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
We like that the Cam Pan v3 can store video locally on a microSD card. A Cam Plus subscription plan with unlimited cloud storage and other additional features is also available.
Classic Backpack Plus (Second Edition)
The latest Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus is a must-have for on-the-go gearheads with a beautiful design and ample storage space with plenty of compartments. With a maximum capacity of 24 liters, the backpack has enough space for a big-screen laptop (there’s a dedicated zippered compartment) alongside a tablet and other everyday items.
Like all products from the brand, the Classic Backpack Plus has exceptional craftsmanship and tactility. You can order it in six colors: ash, black, bronze, navy blue, green, slate (pictured here), and saltbush. Save for the last-mentioned one, all color options have genuine leather accents.
This is a reimagined version of one of the most iconic toys ever made. With onboard Bluetooth connectivity and a companion app, Rubik’s Connected cube will teach you how to solve the notoriously challenging, incredibly interactive puzzle and have fun in the process.
Rather impressively, Rubik’s Connected app will also allow users to keep track of their progress and access stats to help improve their solving game. There’s also an option to join and compete with a community of users.
Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
There's nothing better than a good massage — except for a good massage that never has to end. This shiatsu massager can be used at home or even in the car (!) and is great for the shoulders, back, calves, and more.
Bonus: It not only kneads but also heats muscles for extra relief.
Apple’s affordable AirTag tracker is a must-have tech gadget for any iPhone owner because it can seamlessly keep tabs on just about anything you attach it to.
When out of your iPhone’s range, the AirTag will update its location when it comes in proximity to a device that’s part of Apple’s Find My network (there are almost a billion of them).
The AirTag is water- and dust-resistant with an IP67 rating, and its replaceable battery can last up to a year. Like all Apple products, the AirTag is backed by an amazing selection of accessories. A set of four AirTags is also available in case you are looking to save by bulk ordering.
ONE Spot Object Tracker
The Chipolo ONE Spot object tracker is a more discreet AirTag alternative that doesn't skimp on functionality. Like Apple's excellent product, this gadget is compatible with the tech giant's vast Find My network, ensuring that your items will be easy to discover if lost.
We like that the One Spot has an integrated keyring hole, unlike the AirTag. The tracker has a replaceable battery that can last for up to a year between swaps.
Galaxy Watch 6
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is the best smartwatch for Android users. Powered by Google’s WearOS, the timepiece has a robust set of health-, fitness-, and sleep-tracking features, including the ability to automatically track your workouts. It is waterproof up to 50 meters, too.
You can order it in two case sizes (40- and 44-millimeter) and gold, graphite, and silver finishes. A more feature-packed Classic version with a rotating bezel is also available.
Titanium Edition Apple Watch Ultra Band
The Apple Watch Ultra is a fantastic smartwatch, and its large titanium case with a distinctive shape and a flat sapphire crystal cover is among the many reasons why. This titanium bracelet by Sandmarc is among our favorites for the timepiece. Its design and finish match the Ultra, making it look even more luxurious.
The accessory weighs two ounces, so it's great for mechanical watch converts. Its retail package includes a sizing tool.
543 USB-C Cable
The affordable Anker 543 USB-C cable is incredibly elegant, sustainably crafted using bio-based nylon, and, thanks to support for 240W power output, capable of delivering incredibly fast charging speeds to any gadget. These qualities make the product our favorite third-party USB-C cable on the market.
You can order the accessory in black or green. There are three lengths you can choose from. Every cable comes with a 2-year warranty.
MagSafe 2-in-1 Wireless Charger
This 2-in-1 wireless charger by Belkin is a must-have MagSafe accessory for new iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 owners. It can simultaneously charge an iPhone and a set of AirPods with a wireless charging case.
Available in black or white, the accessory has a minimalist design and exceptional build quality. Belkin backs it with a 2-year warranty.
Bites 2 Pet Camera with Treat Dispenser
This is by far the coolest gadget out there for pet owners. The sleek Petcube Bites 2 camera allows you to keep an eye on your pet while you're not home through Wi-Fi connectivity and can even deploy a treat for them right from your smartphone.
Other key features of the Petcube Bites 2 include two-way audio connectivity, compatibility with Amazon Alexa voice commands, as well as the ability to send sound and motion alerts. We also like that there's an option to use the product to connect to a veterinarian.
Endurance Peak 3 Wireless Earbuds
JBL’s Endurance Peak 3 true wireless earbuds are an exciting new, reasonably priced option that workout warriors should seriously consider. Available in black or white, the buds have a super secure fit with around-ear hooks and a class-leading IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The latter ensures that the product can survive submersion under water.
The Peak 3 earbuds produce a bass-heavy sound that will reliably keep you motivated during workouts. Their 10-hour maximum battery life (40 hours with the storage case) is among the product category’s best.
Tactical Wallet Case for Apple AirTags
This minimalist wallet by Raptic is more feature-packed than its compact footprint suggests. In addition to space for a quartet of cards and an AirTag holder, the EDC accessory has a removable 8-in-1 multitool. The latter includes a set of screwdrivers, a letter opener, and a pry bar, among other bits.
The wallet is crafted from vegan leather, which is durable and easy to maintain. We especially like that its multitool locks in place when not in use.
More: The Best AirTag Wallets
Matter A19 Smart Bulb
A follow-up to an amazing product, the latest Nanoleaf Essentials A19 is the best, most futureproof smart lightbulb. Thanks to support for the Matter smart home protocol, the connected gadget is compatible with all virtual helpers, including Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. It takes seconds to set up and doesn’t require an additional hub.
Of course, the product can glow in millions of colors. To top things off, the product has an amazing design that looks great on exposed bulb fixtures.
Matte Desk Pad
A high-quality desk mat will make your workspace cozier and more organized. This natural linoleum pad by Grovemade is our top pick in this product category, thanks to an elegant design, a smooth surface that’s also great for handwriting, and a cork base to keep it in place on a desk or a table.
Grovemade offers the matte desk pad in a multitude of sizes and colors. A more luxurious version with a leather surface is also available.
Galaxy S23 Android Smartphone
The Galaxy S23 is one of today’s best Android phones—offering a sleek design, durable build, and top-shelf hardware—while still costing sub-$1,000. It packs a powerful chip, a vibrant display, and a great camera, to name a few significant bits.
The phone also delivers an excellent Android experience with years of timely updates. Bigger and pricier Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23 Ultra iterations are also available, with the latter being Samsung’s best camera phone to date.
Aspire 3 PC Laptop
The latest Acer Aspire 3 is the best PC laptop under $500 and worth upgrading to if you are looking to get the most value for your money. For less than $400, the product has futureproof hardware specs that include a capable AMD chip, a big and sharp screen, and an excellent set of connectivity features, to name a few essential bits.
The laptop’s battery life is also great, considering its affordability. Acer also offers a feature-rich Chromebook in the same price category that’s great for students and casual users.
Gear4 Ring Snap 360 MagSafe Grip
The Gear4 Ring Snap is one of the best MagSafe grips and a must-have for owners constantly glued to their iPhones. The nifty accessory has a sleek metal build that’s more premium than its impulse-buy price tag suggests. On the other hand, its strong magnets will consistently keep it in place.
The accessory’s ring can rotate 360 degrees, ensuring you can always find a perfect grip and viewing angle when you use it as a kickstand. You can order the Gear4 Ring Snap in black or a flashier rose gold finish.
AnkerMake M5 3D Printer
The AnkerMake M5 is our top 3D printer recommendation for most consumers because it can crank out complex objects at best-in-class speed, including elaborate ones that use multiple filament materials. The splurgeworthy product is also elegant and easy to operate via a touchscreen and a companion app.
Other noteworthy features of the AnkerMake M5 include a built-in camera for keeping an eye on the progress of your prints and a die-cast aluminum structure that’s sleek and sturdy in equal measure.
160W USB-C Car Charger
This car charger has a total power output of 160 watts, distributed between three USB ports. One USB-C connector puts out 100 watts, enough to power up most laptops. The other USB-C and a USB-A connector (each with a maximum power output of 30 watts) are also on board, allowing for rapid charging of almost every gadget.
And it’s sleek to boot, with a translucent housing, a built-in voltage display, and illumination. Built-in circuitry protects the connected devices from overcharging and overheating.
Signa S4 Soundbar
The Signa S4 soundbar is the best for most people, thanks to an easy setup, great sound with support for Dolby Atmos, and an elegant design. Best of all, the price is just shy of $400 before other deals and discounts.
Based on the sound, though, it seems like it should be more expensive. Powered by seven audio drivers and a powerful wireless subwoofer, the Signa S4 delivers an immersive sonic experience. Its remote allows your audiophile friend to adjust the bass and voice clarity easily.
Tapo P125 Smart Plug Mini
This incredibly affordable smart plug by TP-Link has a minimalist design, intuitive controls, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri voice commands. The impulse-buy home upgrade (a set of two costs less than $20) also lets your recipient set custom schedules for connected appliances.
In its away mode, the Tapo P125 can randomly power lights on and off when nobody’s home. The feature makes the product a great (and inexpensive) addition to any security setup.
MacBook Air with M2 Chip(15.3-inch)
The 15-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip is Apple’s best laptop for most people looking to upgrade. It offers a timelessly beautiful, incredibly sleek design, more power, and longer battery life than any rival. Plus, because its advanced chip doesn’t need cooling fans, the notebook is as quiet as it is good-looking.
Of course, the Air also rocks a large and vibrant Retina display, superb keyboard and trackpad, and reliable connectivity features packed into a recycled aluminum housing.
T7 Shield Portable SSD (1TB)
The Samsung T7 Shield portable SSD is the best in its category, thanks to its compact and rugged design and the ability to reach fast data read and write speeds. The accessory is compatible with Mac, PC, and mobile devices.
The T7 Shield comes in black, blue, and beige with up to 4TB of storage. Samsung covers the product with a three-year warranty.
Q5 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop
The reasonably priced (for a robot vacuum) Roborock Q5 Pro boasts excellent cleaning capabilities, quiet operation, and clever room-mapping tech. It is one of the best for most consumers and the one to get on a sub-$500 budget.
Robot control comes via a bundled remote, a mobile app, or Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. The connected home gadget can clean for up to a rather astounding 4 hours between trips to its charging dock.
Wonderboom 3 Mini Bluetooth Speaker
The Wonderboom 3 is deservedly one of the best mini Bluetooth speakers, thanks to a powerful and enjoyable sound that defies its tiny size. Its 14-hour battery life is also impressive, considering how compact it is.
Like all compact speakers from the brand, the Wonderboom 3 has a colorful design with oversized volume controls and a fully waterproof build with an IP67 rating. Every speaker has a loop for easily attaching it to items.
CQ27G3S Curved Gaming Monitor
This curved gaming monitor by AOC has it all: a cool design with slim bezels, a large and sharp display panel with stellar picture quality, and solid gaming performance. The latter comes courtesy of onboard AMD FreeSync Premium tech.
Thanks to a sharp VA display panel with excellent contrast capabilities, the monitor affords an edge over opponents. The highly adjustable stand makes it a good choice for most gamers, from those who sit bolt upright to the slouchers.
Fold Laptop Stand
This laptop stand by Native Union has a compact and lightweight design without skimping on convenience. It will lift any laptop at a 15-degree angle, thus helping reduce neck strain during longer work and study sessions. Best of all, it folds into a twig-like shape that’s super easy to store in a stylish bundled pouch.
The open design of the Native Union Fold will also keep a laptop cool during heavy workloads. On the other hand, its silicone pads will ensure a notebook or tablet stays in place.
Restore Smart Alarm Clock
The Hatch Restore alarm clock is a high-tech nightstand upgrade we vouch for. The nifty gadget’s built-in light can simulate a sunrise for gentle wake ups and deliver relaxing ambient sounds alongside a sunset-like glow for aid in falling asleep.
Integrated touch controls are handy for browsing a rich selection of lighting and sound experiences. Though, being a smart clock, the Restore also has a companion app.
Leviathan V2 X PC Soundbar
Razer’s Leviathan V2 X compact soundbar is an excellent upgrade for desktop PC gamers.
Designed to slot underneath a monitor, the under-$100 product delivers powerful sound that belies its 15-inch footprint. And thanks to the gaming giant’s customizable Chroma RGB lighting, the device will also visually enhance the onscreen action.
The V2 X will link to a PC via a USB-C connector. On the other hand, Bluetooth 5.0 is also on board for streaming music from other devices.
Instinct Crossover Solar Hybrid Smartwatch
The Instinct Crossover Solar smartwatch can replenish its onboard battery during outdoor activities and adventures. It can deliver virtually unlimited battery life, depending on usage habits and sunlight, far exceeding the capabilities of rivals.
Like all Garmin products, the rugged Instinct Crossover Solar is an excellent activity and sleep tracker, with an accurate heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, and GPS, among other bits. We also like its hybrid movement (hence the Crossover moniker), combining analog hands and a digital display.
One Mobile Gaming Controller for iPhone
The Backbone One is hands down the best mobile gaming controller. Available with Lightning and a USB-C connector for iPhone 15 and Android phones, the product has a full set of buttons, thumbsticks, and triggers for console-grade gameplay. Unlike its rivals, the accessory also rocks a standard audio jack for a proper old-school experience.
Backbone’s companion app helps discover new titles, access cloud gaming subscriptions, and share adventures with the gaming community, among other things.
Space Q45 Wireless Headphones
The latest Soundcore Space Q45 wireless noise-canceling headphones by Anker are the best under $200. The over-ear cans have an elegant design, a comfy fit, excellent sound quality, sophisticated noise cancellation, and phenomenal battery life of up to 50 hours between charges. Their companion mobile app is the best in the business.
You can order the Q45 in black, white, and blue. Each pair of headphones comes with a hardshell protective case.
Deco XE75 Mesh Wi-Fi System
The TP-Link Deco XE75 mesh Wi-Fi system by Netgear is reasonably priced, incredibly capable, and futureproof. A single router can cover up to 2,900 square feet of space with up-to-date Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. You can expand the coverage by adding more satellites without breaking the bank.
The mesh Wi-Fi system can accommodate up to 200 connected devices. You can control it via an intuitive mobile app.
Echo Dot (5th Gen)
The latest Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker brings the same orb-like design as its predecessor’s but noticeably better sound quality. Its upgraded audio driver delivers a sonic experience with improved bass and clearer vocals.
Amazon offers the speaker in blue, charcoal, and white. Each product is crafted using recycled plastic and polyester. A variant of the Echo Dot with a digital clock is also available, and so is a Kids Edition with adorable patterns, exclusive content, and a longer warranty.
G502 X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
The all-new Logitech G502 X PLUS LIGHTSPEED is as feature-rich and capable as a top-shelf gaming mouse can be. Thanks to a cutting-edge, ultra precise optical sensor with 25,000 DPI, the accessory can deliver uncompromising pro-grade performance in wireless and wired modes.
As expected, the gaming mouse has customizable buttons and lighting (via a software suite), as well as up to 120 hours of gameplay between battery charges. You can order it in black or white. A wired-only version is also available for less than $100.
III Series Wall Power Outlet
The Austere III Series surge protector has a space-saving design and incredible versatility. Designed to plug into a standard dual wall outlet, the accessory packs a quartet of power outlets, a USB-A port, and a USB-C output. This means that you can ditch your old adapter and rapidly charge a smartphone, a tablet, and countless other gadgets by plugging their cable directly into III Series.
The surge protector has a sturdy enclosure and built-in tech to safeguard against overcurrents and electrical fire. Austere backs the product with a lifetime warranty. Pricier and more capable V Series and VII series outlets with more USB ports are also available.
622 Magnetic Battery with PopSockets Grip
This version of Anker’s 622 magnetic battery pack has been created in collaboration with PopSockets, so it will charge your iPhone and improve its handling. The accessory is compatible with all MagSafe-equipped iPhone models and their protective cases with the magnetic tech on board.
The accessory’s PopSocket grip doubles as a foldable viewing stand. Its 5,000 mAh battery pack can significantly extend the time between charging sessions of any iPhone. It has a USB-C port for replenishing its battery or charging other gadgets.
Apple TV 4K (3rd Generation)
The third-generation Apple TV 4K is a better version of the best streaming player out there, thanks to a slimmer design, a beefier A15 Bionic chip, twice the onboard storage, and an all-metal remote with a more versatile USB-C connector. Best of all, the newcomer has a lower starting price.
It can stream HDR-enhanced 4K content from all streaming services. Its powerful chip also makes it a great gaming console, and the tech giant’s Apple Arcade service is packed with great titles. The streaming player also doubles as an Apple HomeKit smart home hub.
Instax Mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer
This compact photo printer by Fujifilm will create 2-by-3-inch hard copies of your smartphone photos with impressive quality. Of course, the Instax Mini Link 2 has a companion app with an elaborate set of tools for editing the photos before printing.
Avid mobile shutterbugs can order the mini printer in black, blue, or pink. The Instax Mini Link 2 is compatible with the camera maker's proprietary instant film.
MX Mechanical Mini Wireless Keyboard
Logitech’s MX Mechanical Mini is the compact wireless keyboard that many have been looking for. It has a minimalist design and a low profile, mechanical keys with exceptional tactility, and excellent illumination. You can choose between three types of keys, ranging from quiet to clicky.
The accessory can pair with and seamlessly switch between any desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. It can last for months between battery charges. A full-size version of the product with a numeric pad is also available.
Surface Pro 9
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 is hands down today’s best 2-in-1 PC. The newcomer has an elegant and versatile design with slim display bezels and top-tier hardware specs. The latter include powerful processors, a vibrant screen with a high refresh rate, and futureproof connectivity options, to name a few.
You can order the product in a multitude of configurations in platinum, graphite, forest, and sapphire, with the last two options being new to the Surface Pro lineup. As always, be mindful that the must-have Signature keyboard and Surface Slim Pen 2 cost extra.
MagSafe Wallet & Card Holder
The Pelican MagSafe wallet is the most rugged, most dependable option for carrying your essential cards alongside your iPhone. Its snap-on magnets are the strongest in its class, meaning that it won’t separate from your iPhone in case you drop it.
Impressively, the rugged case is also IPX4 water-resistant. As expected from a Pelican product, its hardshell exterior has a sturdy closure.
iXpand Flash Drive Luxe (128 GB)
The swiveling SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe is tailor-made for Apple hardware users. It’s rocking a USB-C and a Lightning connector, making transferring images, video, and other files between Apple products and other USB-C-equipped devices insanely effortless.
With the help of a companion app, the metal-clad accessory can also automatically back up photos and videos from an iPhone or an iPad. It is available with up to 256GB of storage.
Torch USB Microphone
The sub-$100 Roccat Torch USB microphone is easy to set up and use, and it's capable of streaming and recording studio-grade sound. It has mixer-style controls and incredibly cool RGB lighting.
We like the gadget's gesture-activated mute function. Overall, this is an excellent buy for gamers who want to stream their adventures online or for anyone who needs an audio upgrade for their WFH setup.
iPad Air (5th Generation)
Powered by the Apple M1 chip, the iPad Air is the best big-screen tablet for most consumers. It is sleek, more powerful than most laptops, and, when equipped with the Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, more versatile, too.
There are five colors (blue, pink, purple, starlight, and space gray) and two storage variants to pick from (64 and 256GB). Optional 5G network connectivity is also available. You can customize and protect the device by choosing from an amazing selection of cases.
SoundLink Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The all-new Bose SoundLink Flex waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a solid contender for the product category’s best offering. Available in black, white, and blue, it has an elegant design and an IP67 waterproof housing that can even float in water.
Sound-wise, the SoundLink Flex delivers a signature Bose experience with excellent quality. Up to 12 hours of battery life, a USB-C charging connector, and a handy fabric loop round up its key features.
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Pro Bluetooth Tracker (2022)
The updated Tile Pro tracker will help you find anything you attach it to, so long as your phone is within its Bluetooth range of 400 feet. In case you lose an item, you'll receive notifications when the gadget comes within range of another Tile user.
Available in black and white, the latest Tile Pro tracker is also easy to set up and IP67 water-resistant. Its battery can last for a year between replacements.
Wood MagSafe Stand
This beautiful stand by Grovemade is deservedly among our favorite MagSafe accessories for Apple's latest iPhones. It has impeccable craftsmanship, thanks to a stainless steel base and stand, leather and wood accents, and a natural cork base. It weighs almost 3 pounds.z
Available with sanded maple or walnut wood accents, the product works with Apple's own MagSafe charger (not included). It can hold your iPhone in landscape or portrait mode, but in case you prefer your iPhone to charge while flat, Grovemade also offers a MagSafe charging dock.
Signature M650 Wireless Mouse
The latest Signature M650 by Logitech is one of the best wireless options out there. The mouse has an ultra-precise scrolling wheel, super silent buttons, and a comfy grip, all for less than $40.
Compatible with all major platforms, the gadget has a swappable AA battery that can last for up to 2 years. You can order it in black, white, or rose.
Rugged Band for Apple Watch
This affordable Apple Watch band by Spigen is both comfy and tough in equal measure. We like its high-tech, carbon fiber-like accents, too: They make it look like a pricier product.
The band has a matte finish and a sturdy buckle closure. It's compatible with Apple Watch models with a 42-, 44-, and 45-millimeter case, as well as the Apple Watch Ultra.
The Leatherman Bond multitool is sleek, superbly built, and reasonably priced. Its 14 onboard tools include pliers, a small 2.9-inch blade, scissors, and a few screwdrivers, among others.
Leatherman backs the Bond with a robust 25-year warranty. Crafted in Portland, Oregon, each multitool comes with a nylon sheath.
PowerConf S330 USB Speakerphone
The Anker PowerConf S330 USB speakerphone is designed for making conference calls from just about anywhere. The compact gadget packs four microphones and a high-quality speaker. According to Anker, the product is suitable for making calls in rooms with up to six people.
This gadget has convenient controls and a stylish fabric cover. Best of all, it takes just a second to set up — all you need to do is plug it into your device’s USB connector.
Rugged Armor Case for Nintendo Switch OLED
The affordable Spigen Rugged Armor case, like the accessory maker’s excellent smartphone accessories, will reliably protect the Nintendo Switch OLED in handheld mode. The snap-on product offers seamless access to the console’s buttons and ports, as well as enhanced grips for its joy-con controllers.
The case has a transparent back and a removable wrist strap. A similar Spigen case for the older Switch is also available.
Quatro Wireless Power Bank
The sleek Satechi Quatro battery pack can charge an Apple Watch, as well as a trio of additional gadgets on the go. In addition to an Apple Watch dock, it packs a wireless charging pad and a pair of USB ports (USB-C and USB-A).
The product’s battery pack has a 10,000 mAh capacity, so it can fully charge any iPhone and have plenty of power left for other gadgets.
Pro UV Sanitizer & Charger
The PhoneSoap Pro UV sanitizer is our favorite because it can rapidly and efficiently rid your essential items of potentially dangerous germs. According to its manufacturer, the device’s onboard UV-C light is effective against COVID-19.
Another thing our editors love about the PhoneSoap Pro sanitizer is that it packs a pair of ports (USB-A and USB-C) for charging phones and other gadgets. You can order the gadget in several colors.
Aluminum Dock for Apple MagSafe Charger
This aluminum dock by Satechi is a must-have for iPhone owners who use Apple’s MagSafe charger to power their phones. The optional accessory has a sleek and durable aluminum exterior that’s very nice to interact with. It looks as if it were designed by Apple itself.
Setting up the Satechi aluminum dock is a quick and easy process. The product has a soft padding that will help it stay in place.
Go Air Pop True Wireless Earbuds
The JLab Go Air Pop true wireless earbuds are the most affordable pair we have tested to date and worth every penny of their impulse-buy price tag. The sub-$20 buds are surprisingly comfy, thanks to their super lightweight, water-resistant housings. Their sound quality is adequate, especially considering how cheap they are.
You can expect up to 8 hours of tunes from the Go Air Pop between charges. There are several colors to pick from.
Stow Lite MacBook Sleeve
The Native Union Stow Lite sleeve is one of the best for protecting your MacBook or another similarly sized laptop on the go. The reasonably priced accessory has an elegant design, headlined by a durable fabric exterior with a water-repellent finish and cool leather accents. It also has a soft interior with sturdy zipper closure.
You can grab a Stow Lite sleeve for a 13-, 14-, and 16-inch MacBook with a sage, slate, and indigo finish.
The Google Nest Doorbell will allow you to see and talk to visitors, even while away from home. The device can stream high-resolution video with a wide field of view, including in the dark. Thanks to onboard machine learning, it can alert you if it notices a person, a package delivery, an animal, or a vehicle.
Best of all, the weather-resistant gadget is battery-powered and easy to install. There are several cool colors to pick from.
Wi-Fi Smart Lock
The latest August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is compatible with most deadbolts, so it can easily integrate just about any front door into a smart-home setup. It even allows you to keep your existing home keys.
You can manage access to the lock, check its usage history, and receive notifications when someone opens the door via a mobile app. Available in silver or black, the lock is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant.
Slim Aluminum Wallet
This minimalist wallet by Ridge has the footprint of a credit or ID card, so it's as compact as it gets. This particular variant is crafted using colorful aluminum plates and elastic materials. They allow it to expand to hold up to 12 cards, as well as some cash.
The wallet also has RFID-blocking materials to safeguard your cards. Ridge backs its creation with a lifetime guarantee.
ScreenDr Professional Screen Cleaning Kit
This pro-grade screen cleaning kit will keep the display of your laptop — and every other gadget you own — spotless. The liquid is safe for all screens, while a bundled microfiber cloth helps you make the most of every spray.
There are several ScreenDr bottle sizes to pick from. I really like that every bottle has a handy storage area for the cleaning cloth, thus ensuring that you'll never lose it.
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip
The TP-Link Kasa Smart connected power strip packs six individually controlled power outlets and a trio of USB ports for charging smaller gadgets. Like all TP-Link products, the handy gadget is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana voice commands, although it lacks Apple HomeKit support.
In addition to monitoring the energy consumption of the devices it powers, the Kasa Smart power strip has built-in surge protection. The latter will protect your gadgets in case of a power surge caused by bad weather.
This rollerball pen by Grovemade may be an analog technology, but it's no less useful. Made of solid brass, the writing instrument will help you take a break from the screen in the coolest possible fashion.
I really like the pen's addictive twist action for retracting its rollerball cartridge. There are several additional metal finishes to pick from. To make it a complete set, consider pairing the pen with either a maple or a walnut stand.
2-in-1 Headphone Stand with Wireless Charger
This minimalist, beautifully crafted headphone stand by Oakywood will not only show off and store a pair of wireless cans but also charge your phone and other compatible gadgets. The accessory has a fast wireless charging pad neatly integrated into its handcrafted base.
You can choose a headphone stand with an oak or a walnut base. The Poland-based accessory maker also offers a more basic, just as beautiful stand without a wireless charging pad.
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