This holiday season, enhance the sound and vision in your life—or the lives of those you love—with these tech products.
The Apple Watch got a redesign for Series 4 ($519), making it lighter and more comfortable than ever. It’s an ideal wearable, providing health and fitness information as well as being a communication device. The Series 3 ($369) model is still available and has most of the same functionality.
The first robot in many homes was a Roomba vacuum, and the latest version, the i7, has more suction and better mapping technology than ever before. And with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal, the i7 empties its own bin every time it returns to the base. The i7 is priced at $900. When it’s packaged with the Clean Base it becomes the i7+ and costs $1,250.
Philips Hue Play
The latest additions to the Philips Hue lineup are the Play LED light bars ($170 for two), which are perfect for doing some lighting design at home. You can prop these on counters or coffee tables, you can mount them on walls, and you can clip them to the back of your TV or computer monitor for some nice bias lighting.
Edifier bookshelf speakers
Sometimes you don’t need a speaker that’s smart; you just want good room-filling sound. The Edifier R1850DB bookshelf speakers ($250) are designed with a slight angle, pushing sound a bit up instead of straight out. With Bluetooth 4.0, your smartphone will stay connected to the speakers even if you’re on the other side of the house.
Epson FastFoto Scanner
Epson’s FastFoto high-speed scanner ($700) powers through that box of photos from your closet, digitizing them at the rate of one per second. And it can scan with sufficient resolution that you can create poster-sized enlargements of your favourite snaps.
The best tablet available, Apple’s iPad Pro (from $999 for 11-inch, $1,249 for 12.9-inch), got better this fall with a lighter design, Face ID, and the ability to charge the Apple Pencil stylus by attaching it to the side of the iPad.
Dyson Supersonic and Airwrap
Clever Dyson engineers keep finding ways to leverage their digital motor and fluid dynamic technologies. Use the Supersonic dryer ($500) and Airwrap styler ($600) to sculpt hair without having to cook it with heat.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earbuds
Combining Sennheiser’s quality speaker technology with robust wireless connectivity, the Momentum earbuds ($380) are also comfortable. With these in your ears, you won’t miss that headphone jack at all.
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition
This stylish charging hub ($140) was designed for those wearing an Apple Watch. So while the base will wirelessly charge any Qi-certified smartphone, odds are it’ll be an iPhone nestling into the padded leather surface.
iPhone X, Pixel 3
There are only two smartphone ecosystems remaining, which simplifies the choices considerably. The best iPhones available right now are the iPhone Xs (starting at $1,379) and its larger sibling, the iPhone Xs Max (starting at $1,519), with lovely OLED screens that are so nice to look at. For a little less money, you can go with an LED screen and keep all of the functionality in the iPhone XR (starting at $1,029). If Android is your operating system of choice, Google’s Pixel 3 (from $999) and Pixel 3 XL (from $1,129) are second to none. Picture-taking with the Pixel is astonishing, and the Night Sight functionality means you can look like a pro even in the dark.