We’re nearly halfway through 2018 and the great new gadgets just keep coming. If you’re suffering from tech overload, don’t fear! We’re here to download you on 20 great high-tech items worth keeping in mind.
Google Pixelbook Chromebook $1,000: Typing on a laptop is so last season. Instead, try using the Pixelbook Pen to write, draw, doodle, or whatever. This fun and flexible system goes from laptop to tablet to stand-up, with a 360-degree hinge. Google Assistant is also installed in the Chromebook, so all you have to do is circle something with your Pen to search. If you don’t like to be tethered to a cord all day, the Pixelbook has an all-day battery to boot.
Piper Computer Building Kit, $210: Technology can be fun and educational. With this kit, the youngster in your life can build a computer, which will teach them about electronics via the Raspberry Pi version of Minecraft. Not only will they have a great time playing the hit game, but sharpen up their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while doing so.
Sphero Mini Remote Control Ball, $50: Tech items are taking up less and less space. This app-enabled robotic ball may be tiny, but has a gyroscope, accelerometer, and LED lights. It lets you drive, play games, code, and more with face recognition and its app, and offers an hour of battery time in which to have fun with a responsive and surprisingly crowd-pleasing high-tech friend.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8, $950: This popular smartphone’s screen is the widest out on the market, so you can truly see the entire image. The Galaxy Note 8 dual camera has a wide-angle camera with low-light capabilities and supports 2x optical zoom so you get sharp photos at any distance. Its S Pen also lets you jot down notes on and send scribbles to whoever you want.
Nikon D7500, $1,250: Sometimes, capturing a special moment with your smartphone camera just won’t do. Serious snappers will appreciate this DSLR camera as an alternative, which offers a tilting LCD screen with touch functionality; 4K Ultra HD and 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound; power aperture control; auto ISO; 4K UHD Time-Lapse; and more. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth lets the camera connect easily to the Nikon SnapBridge App as well.
GoPro Hero6 Black, $500: Cut down on video production with the Hero6 action camera. WIth QuikShock, you take a video clip, then quickly move it to the GoPro app as it transforms into a fun-filled film that will wow your family and followers. It’s waterproof with a new GP1 chip, ensuring very little stands between you and getting the perfect action shot.
Energizer Recharge rechargeable batteries, $10: With tons of new high-tech toys to play with lately, you’re going to need equally innovative batteries to run them. These helpful AA/AAA units will work in digital cameras, handheld GPS devices, wireless gaming systems, toys, and more. Know your carbon footprint is lighter than before when using them as well, as the batteries are made with 4 percent recycled materials.
Anker 10 Port USB Data Hub, $50: There are moments when sending a file between gadgets is a process so slow that it’s like watching paint dry. Happily, this helpful multi-port hub features a high-grade chipset and a 60W adapter, which allows a stable power supply while you work and provides for faster charges.
JBL Reflect Fit, $150: Runners will rejoice when you gift them JBL’s technologically advanced Reflect Fit earbuds. You can get a heart rate readout just by voice command, they’re sweat-proof even for the most intense athletes, and they stay comfortable for long outings.
Apple TV 4K, $199: If you haven’t made the switch to streaming video, now’s the time to do it. The Apple TV 4K delivers a crisper, clearer picture than ever before, and you can hook it up to your iTunes account as well as other popular apps like Netflix, Hulu and ESPN — or use the Siri Remote to see what’s on. There’s less lag time in your games and apps as the A10X Fusion chip makes for a faster performance.
Sony WH-1000XM2, $350: These headphones take noise-cancelling one step further with personal and atmospheric pressure optimizing. Sound will adjust to your listening style and your altitude, whether you’re traveling, walking, or standing on line at check-in. Listening preferences can be set on the Sony Headphones Connect app.
Ring Video Doorbell 2, $199: Keep an eye on your house while you’re out for the day with Ring’s newest video doorbell. See who’s at the door in 1080HD wide-angle video and instant mobile alerts and see, hear and talk, and answer remotely via smartphone, tablet, and PC.
Cambridge Soundworks Oontz Angle 3 Plus, $35: For any music fan who loves to hear their playlist loud, this portable speaker will come in handy. Not only is it lightweight and quickly connects quickly to Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet, it’s weather-proof, too. Its speaker may be small in size, but can fill an average sized room with high quality sound, perfect to use for the next big bash.
Nintendo Switch, $300: One of the hottest gaming systems on the market. It can go from the home console to portable system, so you can continue to play the game on the move. Have your friends join in on the fun.The Joy-Con controllers with the Switch lets opponents play face-to-face or online for a 4v4 match.
Pulse 3, $200: Get the party started in rain, shine or at a pool party with JBL’s completely waterproof portable speaker. This small speaker produces powerful, clear sound, boasts an impressive battery life, and will keep on going even if it falls into the deep end with you.
Essential Phone and 360 Camera, $678: If you’re looking for a cutting-edge smartphone and need a stellar camera to go with it, Essential Phone with its 360 camera add-on is a great choice this holiday season. This combo is ideal for travelers who don’t want to get bogged down with multiple devices, but also aren’t willing to sacrifice photo quality.