The coolest new tech and gadgets you can buy right now
With all the new gadgets we've seen released in 2019, why should you settle for anything but the best new tech? Below we've got you covered with our favorite new smartphones, laptops, smart home gadgets, and more.
2019 has been a wild year for new tech. While you might have heard a thing or two about the new iPhone, it’s just as likely you’ve missed out on a lot of really useful and innovative tech and gadgets. And we get it, it’s hard to keep up with an industry that seems to accelerate to new heights every year. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. And while it might not be the coolest new tech and gadgets you need, it’s the tech and gadgets you definitely want.
Whether you’re a traveler, an adventurer, a tech junky, or you’re looking for new ways to simplify your life at home, we’ve got plenty of options for you below.
Facebook Portal 10
Facebook Portal 10 is a state-of-the-art video calling tablet that makes it easier than ever to remotely communicate with family, friends, or coworkers. Facebook placed a big emphasis on improving user experience during video calls, specifically improving connection and adding a smart camera that intelligently follows you and refocuses as you move. So you’re free to cook a meal or do some chores during your video calls without having to adjust the camera to your every little movement. And when you’re not using the Facebook Portal for work calls or to catch up with old friends, you can use the built-in Alexa to control your smart home, ask about the weather, play music, and more.
Apple Watch Series 5 Smartwatch
The Apple Watch has been around for a while now, and each new iteration has brought its share of improvements, but no watch has brought as much positive change as the Apple Watch Series 5. For starters, Apple finally wised up and added an always-on screen, so you can always see the time without having to activate the screen. Apple’s newest watch is also quite power efficient. With its ambient light sensor, you can extend its battery life up to 18 hours. Then there are the new software features, including a built-in compass, latitude/longitude, elevation, incline, and an emergency SOS button.
Microsoft Surface Translating Earbuds
Not getting enough out of your earbuds? Then you might want to look at the Microsoft Surface Translating Earbuds. They offer all the perks of standard earbuds, like quality audio for music, a 24-hour battery life, or the swipe function that lets you take phone calls or skip songs without touching your phone. But the coolest thing about these Microsoft earbuds is that they can be used as translating devices. If you’re traveling or attending an international conference, you can pair these earbuds with Microsoft Office to give you real-time translated captions. Say goodbye to the days of Rosetta Stone.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
Every year the world seems to hold its breath leading up to the release of the next iPhone. And honestly, some iterations have underwhelmed. But the iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max have truly upped the smartphone ante. As ridiculous as the three cameras might look, it’s more than a gimmick, offering 4k video, ultra-wide camera angles, and a telephoto lens that doesn’t destroy your image quality. The Super Retina XDR display is sharper than previous iterations, and the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch screens (respectively) seem to strike a sweet spot giving you a big enough screen and a not-too-bulky phone, which is something Apple has struggled with in the past. To top it off, the new iPhones are 15% more energy efficient than the previous iteration, which equates to 4-5 extra hours of battery life.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL Smartphones
The iPhone once dominated the smartphone market, but that’s not really the case anymore. Google has become a power in the smartphone market, and the Pixel 4 and 4XL are proof that these phones belong at the same table as the iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy phones. The new Pixel phones were designed with radar sensors to improve the touch and gesture experience. They also come with a super-fast face unlock. It also powers down when you walk away and starts back up when you return. Pixel phones are also known for camera quality, and you won’t be disappointed with the HDR+ and Night Sight features.
greensens Smart Houseplant Sensors
Let’s face it, some of us will never be able to keep a plant alive on our own, let alone a home full of them. But that with greensens Smart Houseplant Sensors, you can turn your house into a full-blown terrarium. These discrete solar-powered sensors hide in planters and monitor soil moisture, ambient temperature, and light conditions to help you find the healthiest conditions for your plants. The app is detailed and tells you exactly what you need to do to keep your plants alive. And you can connect up to 10 greensens Sensors to a single hub.
Blink XT2 Indoor/Outdoor Smart Security Camera
The security camera market is saturated with equal amounts of expensive high-quality cameras and affordable cameras that don’t actually perform as promised. The Blink XT2 strikes a perfect balance, offering an affordable but quality security camera that can be used indoors and outdoors. It comes with features like two-way talk, 1080p HD resolution, and impressive two-year battery life. It’s also compatible with Alexa, so it’s a great option for those with an Echo device at home.
Arlo HD Video Doorbell
With a 1080p resolution, built-in night vision, and a 180-degree field of view, the Arlo HD Video Doorbell can keep an eye on the front of your house whenever you’re not around. Arlo sends motion notifications straight to your phone so you can keep an eye out for package deliveries, visitors, and any suspicious characters that might frequent your neighborhood after dark. And like other Arlo cameras, it’s pretty affordable compared to other leading doorbell cameras.
Roborock S6 Smart Robot Vacuum Mopper
Say goodbye to the mop and broom and say hello to the Roborock S6 Smart Robot Vacuum Mopper. Despite your best efforts, this Roborock Vacuum will leave your floors clean and crumb-free. It even maps routes through your home to make its cleaning patterns more efficient. It’s responsive to voice controls, so you can ask it to clean up a spilled bowl of cereal in the kitchen or the dug fur collecting on the living room carpet. And its impressive suction power can even clean crumbs from high pile rugs. It’s also quieter than the average robot vacuum, so you won’t shudder at the idea of running it while you’re sitting at home reading a book.
Hobot 298 Window Cleaning Robot
If you’re a homeowner with large windows or a small business owner with customer-facing windows, the Hobot 298 Window Cleaning Robot will gladly eliminate any and all smudges, smears, and fingerprints. The Hobot 298 sprays cleaner or water on your windows to wash away blemishes. Simply turn it on, walk away, and it will clean each square meter of glass in under three minutes. The robot cleaner keeps track of the windows it’s cleaned and knows when to stop.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Fast-Charging Computer
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 offers all-day battery life and fast-charging abilities––ideal for travelers or remote workers on the go. The fast-charging battery can achieve 80% in under an hour, so you won’t be bound to an outlet for long. The Surface Laptop 3 comes with 13-inch and 15-inch screens, and an AMD Ryzen processor ensures the laptops are powerful despite their portability.
LG NanoCell TV 8k LED Television
Sports fanatics and cinephiles should look into LG’s new NanoCell TV 8K LED Television for its incredible high-definition resolution and wide range of colors. 4K TVs are sharp, but 8K offers about four times the resolution, and Nano Color Pro gives you a more dynamic range of colors than your ordinary TV set. Whether you’re watching your favorite football team or your favorite sitcom, you’ll see it clearer than ever before. When you own this TV, going to the movie theater might feel like a letdown.
Google Pixelbook Go Chromebook
Google’s new Pixelbook Go Chromebook comes with a 15% larger battery. So if you’re a student, traveling, or you’re working at a coffee shop, you can leave your charger at home. A rippled underside makes the laptop easier to carry from one place to the next without needing a laptop bag. And even though the Pixelbook Go has such an impressive battery, it’s still lighter than the standard Pixelbook.
Biolite Campstove 2 Electricity-Generating Wood Burner
The Biolite Campstove 2 is an ingenious solution to the modern dilemma: how on earth do you keep all your batteries charged on long camping trips? The stove converts fire heat into energy that you can use to charge your phone, camera, or other electronics while you’re far off in remote places. The stove produces three watts of power to charge your devices, and the LED dashboard is easy to navigate while you’re cooking dinner or keeping warm by the stove’s heat. While it charges your electronics, the stove can also boil a liter of water in under 5 minutes. Pair it with the BioLite KettlePot and Portable Grill to cover everything from breakfast to cooking dinner.
Yi 4K+ Action Camera High-Resolution Outdoor Camera
Looking for an alternative to the GoPro? YI has been producing high-quality outdoor action cameras for years, and its 4K+ Action Camera is no different. It shoots 4K video at 60 frames per second, so you’ll get all the details you want whether you’re hucking cliffs on your skis or hitting doubles on your mountain bike. It’s also equipped to live stream videos. Built with a high-resolution camera, electric image stabilization, and a waterproof exterior, the YI 4K Action Camera is an awesome alternative to the GoPro family.
KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Connected Wall Oven
With the KitchenAid Smart Oven+, you’ll start looking for excuses to host dinner parties. It works with several attachments, including a base heating element, steamer, baking stone, and grill, giving you a variety of ways to cook your next meal. The oven connects with KitchenAid’s smart display hub, so you can easily monitor your food, change the oven temperature, and look up recipes from the same place. It’s a surefire way to upgrade your kitchen.
Aukey Quick Charge 3.0 4-Port USB Wall Charger
The AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 will charge your smartphones, laptops, and tablets up to four times faster than normal outlets. It comes with four USB outlets to simultaneously charge all your devices at once. It’s compact enough to take to the coffee shop or along on your travels. It also comes with adaptive charging and delivers a total power output of up to 4.8 amps.
GNARBOX 2.0 SSD Rugged Backup Device
When you’re out in the field, you’ll need a safe way to store your photos and video footage, despite the potential for inclement conditions. The GNARBOX 2.0 SSD Rugged Backup Device is up to the task with its solid-state drive and water-resistant construction. You can buy up to one terabyte SSD, which should offer plenty of storage for your needs. It’s proven to work dependably even when exposed to rain, dirt, and dust. And best of all, it weighs less than a pound, so you won’t think twice about throwing it in your photography bag for your next adventure.
Whether you’re getting in some early shopping for the holidays, prepping to travel, or looking to simplify your life at home, it’s hard to keep up with all the coolest new tech in 2019. But hopefully one of the items above at least piqued your curiosity.
What new tech are you most excited about in 2019?
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