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The world of new tech and gadgets is fast-moving and non-stop. It seems like every month, every week and even every day, something new and exciting gets announced. From hi-fi headphones to the latest Sonos speakers, bookshelf speakers to gorgeous (and huge) TVs, the newest Apple gadgets to noise-canceling wireless earbuds — the sheer volume of new products can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re aiming to make it just a bit easier.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best new tech and gadgets that been announced thus far in 2023. We’ll be regularly updating this post with the coolest new gadgets that you should keep on your radar, so stay tuned for more as the year goes on.
Last updated: November 10, 2023
The Best New Tech Gear of November 2023
Master & Dynamic MW09
The Master & Dynamic MW09 are the company’s newest flagship wireless earbuds with active noise-cancellation. Compared to their predecessors, the MW08, the new models boast improved sound, ANC and battery life. They also have a slightly updated look.
Sony A9 III
The Sony A9 III mirrorless camera is the first full-frame camera to have global shutter. allowing it to expose every pixel simultaneously so there is no distortion while shooting both photos and video. The camera will be available next spring.
Steam Deck OLED
The Steam Deck OLED is a new-and-improved version of Value’s 2022-released handheld. The big upgrade is its OLED (instead of LCD) display, but it also boasts significantly more battery life, improved connectivity, a quieter fan and it’s a little bit lighter. It’ll be available in 512GB and 1TB models.
Price: $549 (512GB); $649 (1Tzb)
Meze Audio Empyrean II
Meze Audio announced a second-generation version of its 2018-released Empyrean planar magnetic headphones. The Empyrean II have a slightly updated design, cushier earpads and improved drivers (specifically, Isodynamic Hybrid Array drivers) for even better sonic performance.
Humane AI Pin
The Humane AI Pin is a first-of-a-kind gadget. It’s an AI-powered device – with a camera, speaker and mini-projector — and battery pack that clips onto your clothes and you wear throughout the day. It runs its own software and responds to voice and gesture controls. It’s essentially a smart device without a traditional screen (nor does it run apps) that’s meant to be the future of wearables.
Soundcore AeroFit Pro
The Soundcore AeroFit Pro is the company’s first pair of open-ear wireless earbuds designed for runners. They also come with an optional neckband that connects to the bottom of each earhook for extra security. They have an IPX5 rating and, thanks to LDAC support, can play high-res audio over Bluetooth.
TP-Link Tapo C120
The Tapo C120 is an indoor/outdoor smart home camera that costs $40. The wired camera can capture 2K video and supports person and pet detection, and can even detect if a baby is crying — so you can use it as a pet or baby monitor. It has an adjustable stand and comes with a magnetic mount so you have flexibility where you place it.
Nomad Charge Mount
Nomad announced its first MagSafe car mount. It has a slick all-black design and comes with an 18-watt USB-C car adapter so you can fast charge your iPhone. (Nomad also announced the Mount, which looks the same, costs $45, but can’t charge your iPhone.)
JLab Epic Lab
JLab is best known for making super affordable wireless earbuds — the Epic Lab aren’t that. At $200, they are the company’s most premium pair of wireless earbuds to date. They boast active noise-cancellation, Bluetooth multipoint and wireless charging. And, most significantly, they support LDAC high-resolution audio.
M3 MacBook Pro (2023)
Apple introduced a new family of M3 chipsets — there’s the M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max — and updated 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros that are powered by them. These new MacBook Pros have the same design as their predecessors, but boost improved performance (especially GPU) and the higher-end models are available in a new “space black” color.
M3 iMac (2023)
The iMac hadn’t been refreshed since its huge design overhaul in 2021. This week, introduced updated iMacs with an M3 chip (instead of M1) that promises to be a significantly faster machine. The M3 iMac comes in the same seven colors as before and starts at the same price, too.
Kanto Audio Ora
The Kanto Audio Ora is a pair of powered desktop loudspeakers that connect to your computer via USB-C. They have built-in Bluetooth for easy streaming, and even have RCA outputs for connecting to a hi-fi system.
The Best New Tech Gear of October 2023
DJI Osmo Pocket 3
Like its predecessors, the third-generation Osmo Pocket is a three-axis handheld gimbal. It stands out by having a significantly improved camera, a larger sensor, a longer-lasting battery and a much bigger touchscreen that now rotates between portrait and landscape modes. The catch? It’s considerably more expensive than past Pockets.
Marantz CD 50n
The Marantz CD 50n is a streaming CD player that’s extremely versatile. It has a bevy of analog and digital inputs so you can hook it up to your existing hi-fi system or TV. It also supports high-resolution streaming over Wi-Fi. And is comes integrated with HEOS multi-room streaming platform.
Soundcore Motion X500
The Soundcore Motion X500 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s essentially a smaller and more affordable version of the Motion X600 that was released this past April. It also supports LDAC and is capable of playing higher-res files than most other portable speakers. It costs $170, but you can get $40 if you put a $1 deposit down now.
Wyze Video Doorbell v2
This is Wyze’s second-generation wired video doorbell. It captures a 2K video and has the usual features, such as 2-way talk and night vision. The kicker is that it has a microSD slot for local storage (card sold separately) and supports free 12-second recordings every time the doorbell is pressed.
The Leica M11-P is a special version of the company’s flagship M11 rangefinder. What makes the “P” really unique is that it has a special chip that can add ‘Content Credentials’ metadata to each photo, which can be verified Adobe’s Content Authenticity Initiative. Basically, it can prove if the photo has been edited or altered in any way.
The Happy Hacker Keyboard (casual known as the “HHKB”) is perhaps the most iconic serious-but-portable mechanical keyboard. The new “Studio” model takes its functionality up a notch with a nub mouse and side-mounted touchpads to let it completely take the place of your mouse as well. Yes, there’s a learning curve, but that’s part of the HHKB line’s extremely nerdy appeal.
Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera (Wired)
Best known for its smart thermostats, Ecobee has introduced its first smart video doorbell. It does most of what you’d expect a smart doorbell camera to do — 24/7 live feed, two-way talk, motion alerts and package detection — and is compatible with Amazon Alexa, HomeKit and, coming soon, Google Home.
Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini Stand
This is Mophie’s newest MagSafe-compatible portable battery for the latest iPhones. It has a 5,000 mAh capacity and an integrated kickstand. There’s an in/out USB-C port on the side that, provided you have an extra cable, will allow you to charge a second gadget while also wirelessly charging your iPhone.
Apple Pencil (USB-C)
Apple announced a more affordable Apple Pencil that charges via USB-C. It looks similar to the $129 Apple Pencil and can similarly magnetically stick to newer flat-edged iPads, but it can’t wirelessly charge. It also lacks some higher-end features, like pressure sensitivity, so it’s meant more for signing documents rather than being used for art.
Schiit Audio Skoll
The California hi-fi company announced the Skoll, a balanced MM/MC phono preamplifier for high-end turntables. It has single-ended and balanced inputs and outputs, gain controls on its front panel (up to 70dB), and comes with a remote.
The Analogue 3D is an upcoming retro control that promises to be able to play Nintendo 64 games and output the games in beautiful 4K. Analogue didn’t divulge much other info — nor did it show off a photo of the 3D — but did share that the console will be available sometime in 2024.
Astell&Kern AK HB1
The Astell&Kern AK HB1 is a portable USB DAC/amp that’s designed to deliver high-res audio to your wired headphones. More interestingly, the AK HB1 also has built-in Bluetooth and supports 24-bit LDAC and aptX HD, so you can stream higher-res files to your wireless headphones, too.
PSB Imagine Loudspeaker Series
PSB announced its Image series of loudspeakers consisting of two sets of floorstanding speakers and a pair of bookshelf speakers. The speakers feature crossover and driver technologies from the PSB’s higher-end lines, but at a more affordable price.
Price: $699/pair (bookshelf); $1,499 — $1,999/pair (floodstanding)
Mophie Universal Wireless MagSafe 3-in-1 Extendable Stand
This is a 3-in-1 MagSafe wireless charger for your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods. It’s standout feature is an extendable arm that can lift your iPhone up to 16-inches high while simultaneously charging it.
Sony PlayStation 5 “Slim”
Sony announced a redesigned PS5 that’s a little bit smaller, lighter and slimmer than the 2019-released PS5 — the new model is not technically called “Slim,” but that’s what people are referring to it as. The other neat thing is that you can buy an detachable disc drive for an extra $80 and play physical games.
Price: $459 (Digital Edition); $499 (with disc drive)
Sony InZone Buds
The InZone Buds are wireless earbuds that are specifically designed for gaming on a PS5, PC or smartphone. There’s a USB-C dongle that comes in the case that creates a low-latency connection. They also support ANC and transparency modes for when you’re not gaming.
Logitech Wave Keys
The Logitech Wave Keys is the company’s newest wireless ergonomic keyboard that comes with an integrated cushion for your palms to rest. It’s compatible with both Windows PCs and Macs. Available in black or white.
Tapo Wire-Free MagCam
The Tapo Wire-Free MagCam is a new battery-powered smart home camera designed for the indoors or outdoors. It shoots 2K video and supports people- and pet-recognition (for free). It’s compatible with either Google Home and Amazon Alexa smart home ecosystems.
Leica Sofort 2
The Leica Sofort 2 is a new instant film camera and direct successor to the 2016-released Sofort. Unlike its predecessor, however, the Sofort 2 lets you pick and choose which of your shots you want to print. It has enough internal memory to store 45 of your shots, but there’s a micro SD slot that allows you to add more storage.
Google Pixel 8
The Pixel 8 is the company’s new baseline smartphone. Compared to last year’s Pixel 7, the Pixel 8 has a brighter screen with a higher refresh (now up to 120Hz), faster charging and Google’s new Tensor G3 chip and an improved main camera. The downside is that Google increased its starting price.
Google Pixel Watch 2
Google’s second-generation smartwatch looks identical to the original Pixel Watch, but it packs a much improved processor, a bunch of new sensors (including barometer, magnetometer and a skin temperature sensor) and up to 24 hours of battery life with its always-on display turned on.
Google Pixel 8 Pro
The Pixel 8 Pro is the company’s new high-end smartphone. It’s the same size and looks mostly the same as its predecessor, the Pixel 7 Pro, but the Pixel 8 Pro has improved cameras, a brighter screen, a next-gen Tensor G3 chip and a lot more software tricks. It also comes with the promise of seven years of OS updates.
Google Pixel Buds Pro
Google didn’t exactly announce new Pixel Buds Pros, although it did introduce new color options to match the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. It did announce, however, that it was going to roll out new features, most notably conversation detection and improved call quality, that will come via a software update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
This “Fan Edition” smartphone is essentially a more budget-friendly version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S23. It looks mostly the same, but has a slightly dated processor and a less-capable telephoto lens. It costs $600, making it $200 cheaper.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE & FE Plus
Samsung announced “Fan Edition” versions of its Tab S9 and Tab S9 Plus tablets. They pack older chipsets and have LED displays rather than OLED displays, but they still look similar and come with Samsung’s S Pen stylus.
Price: $449+; $799+ (Plus)
Samsung Galaxy Buds FE
The Galaxy Buds FE are noise-canceling wireless earbuds that cost just $99. They are essentially a more budget-friendly alternative to the Galaxy Buds 2, which are $50 more expensive.
The Best New Tech Gear of September 2023
DJI Mini 4 Pro
DJI announced a new and improved version of its compact drone. Compared to the Mini 3 Pro, the Mini 4 Pro has the same camera but new obstacle avoidance sensors and smarter tracking abilities. It still weighs less than 250 grams, meaning you don’t need a license to fly it.
Analogue Pocket (Transparent)
Analogue announced an extremely limited batch of transparent Pockets that pays homage to the clear GameBoys of yesteryear. These handheld consoles come in seven different finishes — red, orange, green, blue, purple, black and clear — and will go on sale on September 29th at 11AM ET.
The KA13 is FiiO’s gorgeous (and affordable) new portable DAC and headphones amplifier. It has a USB-C connection and supports lossless audio up to 32-bit/384kHz as well as native DSD256 hi-res audio files.
Tivoli Audio Songbook and Songbook Max
The Songbook (shown) and larger Songbook Max are boombox-style portable Bluetooth speakers from Tivoli Audio. Each boasts a handle, playful knobs and switches and, uniquely, can function as a standalone amp.
Price: $449; $599 (Max)
Sennheiser Accentum Wireless
These are Sennheiser’s take on a more budget-friendly pair of noise-canceling headphones. They promise a similar sound and fit to the company’s flagship Momentum 4 Wireless ($380), but are mostly plastic and don’t have quite the same level of active noise-cancellation.
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra is the company’s new flagship noise-canceling headphones (they replace the 2019-released Noise-Canceling 700s). They have a new foldable design with plush earcups, improved noise-cancellation and call clarity, and they support spatial audio.
The Nikon Zf is a mirrorless camera with retro appeal. It packs a 24.5-megapixel full-frame sensor and similar shooting capabilities as the Nikon’s higher-end Z8 and Z9 cameras, but has physical buttons and dials and looks like a vintage shooter.
Price: $2,000 (body only)
Amazon Echo Show 8 (3rd-Gen)
Amazon’s newest smart display looks almost identical to its 2021-released predecessor, but packs a faster processor, improved sound quality and a now centrally-placed camera. It also has some advanced AI abilities and can sense when you are nearby and will then change what’s on its screen accordingly.
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are the company’s new flagship noise-canceling wireless earbuds (replacing the 2022-released QC Earbuds II). They boast improved mics for call clarity and support for spatial audio. Available in early October.
Amazon Echo Hub
The Echo Hub is a wall-mounted tablet with an 8-inch touchscreen. It’s basically a more streamlined version of the Echo Show 8 and works much the same way. It’s mainly meant to be a central hub for controlling your smart home gadgets.
Amazon Echo Frames (3rd-Gen)
Like their predecessors, Amazon’s newest Echo Frames work as a combo of eyeglasses (or sunglasses) and headphones — there are speakers built into each arm. The third-generation Echo Frames have improved sound, faster Alexa and come in a number of stylish frames.
Bose QuietComfort Headphones
The Bose QuietComfort Headphones replace its 2021-released QuietComfort 45 as the company’s mid-range noise-canceling headphones. They look almost identical to their predecessors, but pack improved software allows for more customizable ANC settings.
Amazon Fire TV Soundbar
This is Amazon’s first soundbar released under the Fire TV name. It’s meant to be paired with any Fire TV (optimized for 50-inch and smaller models) and give them a boost in audio quality. It has built-in Bluetooth for easy music streaming, too.
Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2e
The Px7 S2e is an “evolved” version of last year’s flagship Px7 S2 noise-canceling headphones. The new models are mostly the same as their predecessors, with the same design and specs, but they have a new DSP for improved sound quality. They are also available in a new forest green finish.
Tivoli Audio Model Two Digital
Tivoli Audio’s Model Two Digital is a wireless speaker with built-in Wi-Fi (AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect) and Bluetooth streaming capabilities. It looks like a modern version of the company’s Model One — it has similar wooden veneers but comes with a new metallic grille — although it lacks a true AM/FM radio.
Fujifilm Instax Pal
The Instax Pal is a super small 4.9-megapixel digital camera that comes bundled with Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 2 smartphone printer. After snapping photos with the camera, you can then select which photos you want to print on its companion smartphone app. (Read DPReview’s review for more details.)
Price: $200 (bundle)
Anker Soundcore Motion 300
The Soundcore Motion 300 is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker that’s super waterproof (IPX7) and can even float. It has a metallic grill and rubberized sides and buttons. It also supports LDAC files, so if you have a compatible Android you can play high-res sound.
iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have a couple of key upgrades over their predecessors. They have a customizable Action button, a new titanium case, a USB-C charging port, Apple’s new A17 Pro chip and an upgraded camera system. The Pro Max also has a 5x telephoto lens.
Price: $999+ (Pro); $1,199+ (Pro Max)
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus
Apple’s more affordable line of new iPhones get a brighter screen with the Dynamic Island (which was previously only on the Pros). They’ve also been updated with an improved camera system and a USB-C charging port.
Price: $799+; $899+ (Plus)
Apple Watch Ultra 2
Apple’s second-generation Ultra smartwatch looks identical to its predecessor, but boasts several key updates under the hood. It has a 2x brighter screen, a much faster chipset and supports new-age features like gesture controls and on-device Siri processing.
Apple Watch Series 9
The Series 9 looks identical to last year’s Series 8, but Apple has given it a brighter display and its fancy S9 processor, the latter of which enables new features like double-tap gesture controls and on-device Siri processing. The Series 9 is also Apples’s first-ever carbon neutral product.
AirPods Pro w/ USB-C Charging Case
Apple released new AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case (no more Lightning). They are almost the same as last year’s second-generation AirPods Pro, but they’ve been updated with improved dust resistance (now IP54 instead of IPX4). And when paired with Apple’s Vision Pro headset, they’ll actually support lossless audio.
Fujifilm GFX100 II
Fujifilm announced its newest flagship medium-format mirrorless camera. Compared to its predecessor, the Fuji’s GFX100 “II” has a more compact body, a new sensor and significantly faster autofocus. It’s also $2,500 less expensive than the GFX100. It’ll be available this fall.
Price: $7,499 (body only)
HP Spectre Fold
The HP Spectre Fold is a 3-in-1 foldable PC similar to last year’s Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold — it can function as a 13-inch laptop, a 17-inch tablet or 17-inch desktop (thanks to its attachable keyboard. The main difference is that Spectre Fold promises to be a more refined, more premium and significantly more expensive device.
Twelve South HiRise 3 Deluxe
Twelve South’s newest 3-in-1 MagSafe charger is designed to wirelessly charge three of your Apple devices — iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch — at once. It’ll work with your iPhone’s new Standby mode.
1More Penta P50
The 1More Penta P50 are the company’s newest wire earbuds that promise hi-fi sound at a relatively inexpensive price. Each earbud packs five drivers and the cables detachable, similar to what you’d find in higher-end IEMs.
Devialet Gemini II
The French hi-fi company announced its second-generation flagship wireless earbuds. Compared to its 2020-released predecessors, the Gemini II boast significantly improved active noise-cancellation and sound quality, but they cost $150 more. These are one of the most expensive wireless earbuds out there.
Ultimate Ears Epicboom
UE released its first truly new portable speaker in years. The Epicboom is about twice the size (and cost) of the company’s Megaboom 3. And its UE’s first portable speaker to charge via USB-C.
Sonos Move 2
The Move 2 is a new and improved version of Sonos’s 2019-released Move. It’s been updated with stereo sound, double the battery life, a refined look and support for a USB-C line-in. It also comes in a new olive finish.
The Polaroid I-2 is the company’s most expensive and most ambitious instant film camera to date. It comes with manual controls, a fancy lens and support for three different types of film.
Victrola Hi-Res Carbon
The Victrola Hi-Res Carbon looks similar to the company’s Stream Carbon, but instead of working with Sonos, this model supports high-res streaming over Bluetooth (up to aptX Adaptive). It can stream audio to any Bluetooth-enabled speaker or headphone.
Victrola Hi-Res Onyx
The Victrola Hi-Res Onyx is a more budget-friendly alternative to the company’s new Hi-Res Carbon. It has an all-black finish, but comes with a less high-end tonearm and cartridge. It supports the same high-res streaming over Bluetooth (up to aptX Adaptive).
GoPro Hero 12 Black
The big upgrade with GoPro’s newest flagship action camera, the Hero 12 Black, is that it doubles the runtime for recording continuous footage. It supports Bluetooth audio so you can use a wireless headset (including AirPods) as a mic. And there’s larger lens, called the new Maxs Lens Mod, that you can buy for an extra $100.
Nomad Base One Max 3-in-1
Nomad has expanded its line of premium MagSafe chargers. The Nomad Base One Max 3-in-1 is made of the same high-end materials as the existing Base One and Base One Max, but wireless charging three devices: iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.
Technics announced a modern version of its iconic direct-drive SL-1200 from the 1970s. The SL-1200GR2 retains a similar design but has been given new motor control and an upgrade power supply to help deliver an even more immaculate sound. It’ll be available this December.
The Best New Tech Gear of August 2023
Sony A7C II
Sony announced a second-generation model of its popular A7C compact mirrorless camera. The “II” boasts a larger 33-megapixel CMOS sensor (up from its predecessor’s 24MP sensor), newer processor, improved autofocus and viewfinder with higher magnification. It starts at $400 more expensive.
Price: $2,198 (body only)
Analogue Pocket Glow
The Analogue Pocket Glow is a glow-in-the-dark version of its handheld console — only a very limited quantity will be sold. You can order one on Analogue’s website on September 1st at 11AM ET.
Jabra Elite 10
The Elite 10 is the company’s new top-of-the-line wireless earbuds. They pack its best sound quality and most powerful active noise-cancellation, plus they have new semi-open design for improved comfort.
Jabra Elite 8 Active
The Elite 8 Active are the company’s most rugged wireless earbuds to date. They have an IP68 water-resistance rating and meet the Military Standard 810H, meaning they can survive extreme temperatures and hard impacts.
JBL Authentics 200
The JBL Authentics 200 is a portable speakers with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Aside from its retro design, its standout feature is that you can set it up so it’ll answer both “Hey Google” and “Alexa” voice commands. (JBL also offers two larger speakers, the Authentics 300 and Authentics 500.)
Marshall Motif II ANC
Marshall announced a new-and-improved version of its flagship noise-canceling wireless earbuds. The Motif II ANC have a similar design as its 2021-released predecessor, but have improved battery life and faster charging capabilities.
JLab JBuds Mini
The JLab JBuds Mini are super small wireless earbuds that come in an equally small charging case — there’s even a ring for attaching to a keychain. The budget-friendly earbuds lack active noise-cancellation, but do have a transparency mode and support Bluetooth multi-point.
Plugable USB Type-C Extension Cable with Power Meter
This new USB-C charging cable has a built-in power meter that can show you realtime charging data. It supports 240-watt charging speeds and thus will be a fun accessory for those charging their smartphone or laptop.
Plugable USB-C GaN Charger
Plugable’s newest 30-watt charger is super small and yet capable of charging your iPhone at its fastest possible speeds. Available in white or black finishes.
U-Turn Audio Orbit (Gen 2)
U-Turn announced a refreshed or “Gen 2” line of its popular Orbit turntables. They’ve been given some hi-fi upgrades including a new magnesium tonearm, electronic speed control and an improved drive system. Like before, there are four Orbit models — Custom, Basic, Plus and Special — in this refreshed line.
Price: $249 — $999
Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series
Bowers & Wilkins introduced a new-and-improved 600 Series of loudspeakers. There are four models — 603 S3 (floorstanding), 606 S3 (standmount), 607 S3 (bookshelf) and the HTM6 S3 (center channel) — each of which features a new Titanium Dome tweeter.
Price: $900 (bookshelf/pair) — $2,500 (floorstanding/pair)
The PlayStation Portal is a handheld console that plays PS5 games. You’ll still need to have a PS5 console to play it, granted. And since it streams games from your console over Wi-Fi, you can only play Portal when you have a reliable Wi-Fi connection. It’ll be available later this year.
Anker Soundcore Space One
The Soundcore Space One is Anker’s newest pair of wireless over-ear headphones with active noise-cancellation. Compared to its predecessor, the Space, the Space One have a new design, improved noise-cancellation and longer battery life.
HyperX Cloud III Wireless
HyperX announced a third-generation of its extremely popular Cloud Wireless gaming headset. The new model has improved sound, more padded earcups and an incredible 120-hour battery life — which is 4x times the juice of its predecessor. On the downside, it’s $20 more expensive.
The Urbanista Malibu is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker with a unique feature — it’s equipped with the company’s solar-powered technology (which Urbanista has integrated in some of its headphones), meaning you might never need to charge it the old fashion way.
Blink Outdoor 4
Blink — owned by Amazon — introduced a next-gen version of its battery-powered outdoor smart home camera that has been upgraded in most ways. The Outdoor 4 has a new design, improved motion detection and slightly better image quality. It takes two AA batteries, which promises roughly two years of run time.
Moment’s T-Series of lenses are designed to get more out of your smartphone’s camera. Compared to its existing M-Series, which has been around since 2017, the T-Series all have thicker glass for better optics and are bigger to better fit today’s smartphones. There are 8 lenses in the T-Series.
Price: $120 – $150 (per lens)
Satechi Dual Dock Stand
This a 3-in-1 accessory for your Mac or Windows laptop. It’s a USB-C hub that adds nine total ports and supports up to two external monitors. It’s an SSD enclosure. And it’s kind of ergonomic stand that rests underneath your laptop. If ordered by August 24, you get 20-percent off with code: NVME20.
Dockcase Smart USB-C Hub 10-in-1 Explorer Edition
Dockcase’s USB-C docking station adds ten ports to your laptop or desktop and can support a dual monitor setup (4K at 60fps). It’s a standout for its mostly see-through design and its built-in 1-inch display that can show you a wide variety of data. The Kickstarter campaign runs through the end of the month.
Price: $159 ($109 Super Early Bird)
House of Marley Stir it Up Lux Bluetooth
House of Marley announced an updated version of its eco-friendly turntable. The “Lux” model has a built-in phono preamp (switchable) and an Audio-Technica AT-95E (MM) phono cartridge. It supports Bluetooth, too, so you can stream vinyl to a wireless speaker.
Technics’s latest wireless earbuds lack some of the hi-fi capabilities of its $299 flagship EAH-AZ80 earbuds, but they deliver active noise-cancellation and convenient features (like Bluetooth multi-point) at a more mid-range price.
Zagg Pro Stylus 2
The Zagg Pro Stylus 2 is the newest accessory for the iPad Pro. The coolest thing about it is that it actually supports magnetic wireless charging just like the second-generation Apple Pencil. It’s also available in five different colors: gray, yellow (shown), white, blue or pink.
Astell&Kern UW100 MK II
Astell&Kern’s second-generation wireless earbuds, the UW100 MK II, look almost identical and cost the same as their 2022-released processors. The difference is that they have improved sound and battery life, and they come in a significantly smaller charging case.
WiiM Pro Plus
The WiiM Pro Plus is the successor to the WiiM Pro that was released earlier this year. The “Plus” does pretty much the same thing — it hooks up to your old audio system and allows you to stream to it in a multitude of ways — but boasts upgraded internals for streaming lossless audio (up to 32-bit/192kHz).
LG Signature OLED M (model 97M3)
The LG Signature OLED M is the company’s super high-end OLED TV that’s almost completely wireless. There’s a separate box that houses all your sources (such as cable box and gaming consoles) and then streams it to the TV. The absolutely huge 93-inch TV has an equally huge price tag.
ESR 25W 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe
ESR’s newest MagSafe 3-in-1 charging station can wirelessly charge the latest iPhone (at its full 15-watt potential) along with your AirPods and Apple Watch. It’s integrated with the company’s CryoBoost cooling technology to make sure your device don’t overheat, too.
Audioengine N22 (2nd Gen)
Audioengine finally released a second-generation version of its N22 desktop and headphone amplifier (which has been around since 2010). The new model has a refreshed design, upgraded internals and adds built-in Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity. It’s also more expensive.
Marshall Studio JTM
Marshall’s new vintage-inspired amplifiers pay homage to its legendary JTM45 tube amp from the 1960s. The Studio JTM range consists of four models — 20-watt head and 20-watt combo amps, and 1 x 12” and 2 x 12” cabinets — all of which are more compact and lightweight than the original.
DJI Osmo Action 4
DJI’s newest flagship action camera, the Osmo Action 4, has a larger sensor – now 1/1.3-inch image sensor — and promises better low-light performance. Compared to the Osmo Action 3, the “4” also has a slightly more durable design and $70 more expensive price tag.
Belkin BoostCharge Pro
Belkin has quite a few MagSafe chargers in its BoostCharge line. The newest addition, the BoostCharge Pro, is a 2-in-1 wireless charging pad that rests flat on your desk and can simultaneously charge your iPhone and AirPods (with a wireless charging case).
Twelve South Curve SE
Twelve South released a more affordable version of its popular Curve laptop stand. It’s looks almost identical to the Curve, but it has a three-piece design that snaps together (instead of a one piece design) and only comes in one silver finish.
Wyze Battery Cam Pro
The Wyze Battery Cam Pro is a battery-powered smart home camera with a unique feature: it’s capable of continuous recording even when running solely on battery. So if your power goes out, the camera won’t miss a beat (until its battery needs recharging).
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The Sony WF-1000XM5 are the company’s new flagship noise-canceling wireless earbuds. Compared to their predecessors, the Sony gave the XM5s better noise cancellation, better sound and better call clarity. Each earbud is actually 25 percent smaller, so they fit more comfortably in your ears.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is the fifth-generation foldable smartphone in Samsung’s “Flip” series. Samsung gave it a bunch of internal upgrades, but the biggest physical change is that the small cover screen on the front of the smartphone is 3.78-times bigger than the one on last year’s Flip 4. Available for preorder now.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is the newest foldable smartphone in Samsung’s higher-end and more-productivity-focused Fold series. It’s not that much different than last year’s Fold 4, but it has upgraded internals and a slimmer, lighter and more pocketable design. Available for preorder now.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
The Galaxy Watch 6 is the next generation of last year’s Galaxy Watch 5. It has a larger and brighter display, slimmer bezels, larger batteries, faster charging capabilities and a couple of new health and wellness features. It’s available in 40mm and 44mm sizes.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is essentially a larger version of the Galaxy Watch 6 — it’s available in 43mm and 47mm sizes. The other standout difference is that it has a physical rotating bezel, which used to be a signature feature for Samsung smartwatches.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Series
Samsung introduced its next-generation line of Android tablets. Like last year, there are three options in the Tab S9 Series — the Tab S9 (11″), the Tab S9 Plus (12.4″) and the Tab S9 Ultra (14.6″) — but the big update is that they all have the same AMOLED displays, even the most entry-level model.
Price: $800 (S9); $1,000 (S9+); $1,200 (S9 Ultra)
The Fluance RT81+ is an upgraded version of the company’s RT81. It has a slightly more contemporary design with the same built-in preamp, but the “+” version has updated cartridge (Audio Technica VM95E) and an anti-resonant platter. It costs an $50.
The Yamaha SR-B30A is a new affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar. It’s a pretty simple plug-and-play soundbar that’s designed for people wanting immersive sound for their smaller TV. It supports Bluetooth, but not Wi-Fi streaming.
Beats Studio Pro
The Beats Studio Pro are the first flagship wireless noise-canceling over-ear headphones that the company has released in nearly six years. They have a familiar design, but a lot have new custom drivers, more powerful mics and a bunch of new features that make them work well with iPhones.
Samsung ViewFinity S9
Announced at CES earlier this year, the Samsung ViewFinity S9 will finally be available in the states this August. It’s a 27-inch smart monitor that delivers a 5K picture and comes integrated with Tizen OS. It costs exactly the same as Apple’s 27-inch Studio Display.
Nomad has introduced a modern version of its classic ChargeKey (which it hasn’t made for years). It’s a pocketable charging cable that’s designed to fit on your keychain and charge your devices (with the help of a power adapter). It’s available in two models: USB-C to USB-C or Lighting to USB-C.
Price: $25 (USB-C); $35 (Lightning)
Beyerdynamic Blue Byrd ANC
Beyerdynamic announced new neckband-style wireless in-ear headphones with active noise-cancellation. The Blue Byrd ANC has an IPX4 water-resistance rating, charges via USB-C and supports AAC and AptX Adaptive codecs.
Plugable USB4 Dual HDMI Docking Station
Plugable’s newest docking station, the USB4, is unique because it allows you to connect compatible laptops to two external 4K monitors, both running at a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s designed to work with PC laptops running Windows 10 or newer.
Nothing Phone (2)
The Nothing Phone (2) is the company’s first Android smartphone to be available in the States. It looks very similar to its predecessor, last year’s Phone (1), but boasts higher-end specs and an upgraded and more customizable LED lighting notification system on its back.
The Sony A6700 is the company’s new flagship APS-C mirrorless camera (and the first APS-C camera that Sony has released in years). The 26-megapixel camera is optimized for vlogging thanks to its small body, advanced autofocus system and ability to shoot 4K video at 120fps.
Samsung OLED S90C 4K TV (83″ Model)
Samsung has introduced an 83-inch model of its affordable S90C line of OLED TVs. In fact, the S90C is Samsung’s only line of OLED TVs that comes in a 83-inch size. You’ll be able to pick one up for just over $5K.
Yamaha True X Series
Yamaha has introduced the True X Series of soundbars and wireless surround sound speakers. There are two True X 50A and the more affordable True X 40A, both of which support Dolby Atmos as well as a multitude of wireless streaming capabilities.
Price: $700 (50A); $500 (40A)
Nothing Ear (2) Black
The Nothing Ear (2) are the company’s higher-end wireless earbuds with active noise-cancellation. Their unique see-through design and relatively affordable price make them unique. This week, Nothing announced an all-black model.
Linn Sondek LP12-50
The Sondek LP12-50 is a special edition turntable designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Linn releasing its iconic Sondek LP12. The most interesting thing about it is that it’s a collaboration effort with LoveFrom, the design firm that Jony Ive founded post-Apple.
The FiiO FW3 is the company’s newest pair of wireless earbuds that are designed to bring solid sound and a relatively low price. Each earbud has a DAC-and-amp combo and they support the highest-res audio files that can play over Bluetooth, including LDAC and aptX Adaptive.
Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Multimedia Pro Dock
This is Satechi’s newest high-powered USB-C dock that’s aimed at creative professionals. It has 16 different ports, supports 96-watt passthrough power and can connect several external displays.
Price: $350 ($280 launch price)
Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2
Aqara announced its first smart sensor designed to work with Matter smart homes. It has a two-piece magnetic design and is primed to be placed on a door or window. It has a programmable button and does not need a separate hub to work.
Montblanc MTB 03
Montblanc is best known for its luxury pen and high-end watches, but it’s decided to get into the wireless earbud game. The MTB 03 is the company’s first pair of wireless earbuds. They boast active noise-cancellation, wireless charging and a glossy finish.
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Insta360 Go 3
The Go 3 is Insta360’s newest action camera — and it’s actually a two piece modular system. There’s a thumb-sized camera that pops out of a rectangular body (called the “Action Pod”) with a viewfinder. You can attach the Go 3 onto a mount or item of clothing and then view what it’s capturing on the viewfinder.
Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond Signature Loudspeakers
The British audio company added two new Signature speakers to its ultra high-line of 800 Series loudspeakers. There’s the 801 D4 floorstanding speakers and 805 D4 stand-mounted speakers. B&W have given these new models upgraded crossovers, bracing technologies and improved drivers too.
Price: $50,000 (floorstanding); $12,000/pair (stand-mounts)
Skullcandy announced a new line of rugged portable Bluetooth speakers. There are eight speakers in total, ranging from $30 to $80. The “Ounce” is the smallest and most affordable of the company’s new offerings.
The Terrain (pictured) and Terrain XL are the two largest of the eight portable Bluetooth speakers that Skullcandy announced this week. They both have an IPX7 water-resistance rating and charge via USB-C.
Price: $60 (Terrain); $80 (Terrain XL)
TP-Link Mini Smart Wi-Fi Plug (TP15)
TP-Link announced a little smart plug that is fully certified to work with Matter, meaning it’s pretty much guaranteed to work with your current smart home ecosystem. It also has a side button for manually powering on/off whatever is plugged into it.
WiiM Wake-Up Light
This is a new smart sunrise alarm clock that’s unique because it also works as a full-on Echo speaker with built-in Alexa. You can set wake and sleep schedules so that the light gradually warms or cools, respectively, as well as use your voice to request songs from Spotify or Amazon Music.
Google Pixel Tablet
Announced last fall, Google’s first tablet in years is finally available. It’s an 11-inch Android tablet that’s powered by the same chip (Tensor G2) that’s in the Pixel 7 smartphone. It’s unique amongst tablets, however, because it works with a speaker hub that turns it into a full-fledged smart display that responds to “Hey Google” voice commands.
Denon PerL Pro
The PerL and PerL Pro (shown) are Denon’s first wireless earbuds not under the Nura name. Both are high-end wireless earbuds that support active noise-cancellation. The “Pro” models have more powerful ANC and support higher-res streaming, but are also significantly more expensive.
Price: $199; $349 (Pro)
TCL officially released its 2023 line of soundbars — with TCL Q6510 (shown) being the most high-end of the bunch. It’s a 5.1-channel soundbar that comes with wireless subwoofer and two rear-channel speakers. While very affordable, none of TCL’s newest soundbars support Dolby Atmos.
Sennheiser All-Day Clear
The Sennheiser All-Day Clear are the audio company’s first over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. They have a slim look are are easy to set up thanks to a companion app (compatible with iPhone and Android). They promise a 16-hour battery life per earbud.
Fujifilm Instax SQ40
The Instax SQ40 is the company’s newest instant film camera. It has a similar vintage design flair as the Instax Mini 40, but uses larger 62 x 62mm Instax Square film. As for features, the SQ40 has an Automatic Exposure function and a new selfie mode.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC
The Soundcore Liberty 4 NC are Anker’s new wireless earbuds that cost just $100 yet promise some pretty premium features, including active noise-cancellation, support for LDAC high-resolution audio files and a wireless charging case.
Satechi Triple 4K Display Docking Station
Satechi’s newest docking allows you to connect your M1- or M2-powered MacBook Air or MacBook Pro to up to three external 4K displays (each at 60Hz). It also adds a bunch of extra ports for peripherals and delivers 100-watts of passthrough power.
Anker Nebula Mars 3
The Nebula Mars 3 is a portable projector that’s designed for outdoor viewing. It has a really bright (1,000-lumen) bulb so that it can deliver a 1080p picture (up to 150-inches) even when it’s not pitch black outside. It’s primed for backyard movie nights.
The Nomad Base is a wireless charger designed for the latest iPhones. It’s identical to the company’s Base One but $30 cheaper because it won’t charge your iPhone quite as fast — it maxes out at 7.5-watts instead of 15-watts over MagSafe.
The Stand is a more affordable version of Nomad’s Stand One. It’s exactly the same, but is “MagSafe compatible” instead of “Made for MagSafe” meaning it’ll charge your iPhone a little bit slower — it maxes out at 7.5-watts instead of 15-watts over MagSafe.
Skullcandy Rail ANC
The Skullcandy Rail ANC are budget-friendly noise-canceling wireless earbuds. They have a wireless charging case, an IPX4 water-resistance rating (so they’re safe to workout with) and are integrated with support for Tile tracking.
Apple Vision Pro
Apple’s first AR headset, the Vision Pro, is effectively a standalone Mac for your face. It has high-resolution displays, a bunch of built-in cameras and sensors (so it doesn’t require any extra hardware for controls), and it’s designed as the computer of the future. It’ll be available in early 2024.
15-inch M2 MacBook Air
The 15-inch MacBook Air is almost identical to the 13-inch MacBook Air that was released last summer. It is decked out with the same M2 chip, has the same design (including MagSafe charging) and comes in the same colors. It’s just got a bigger screen. But it’s a big deal because it’s the first-ever 15-inch MacBook Air.
Mac Pro (M2 Max and M2 Ultra)
Apple hadn’t updated the Mac Pro, its high-end tower workstation designed for professionals, since 2019. That changed this week. The newest Mac Pro looks identical to its predecessor, except it’s now updated with Apple silicone instead of Intel. You can purchase the new Mac Pro with either M2 Max or M2 Ultra chipsets.
Mac Studio (M2 Max and M2 Ultra)
Apple has updated its Mac Studio with its newer and more powerful M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips. It offers a cheaper alternative to the super high-end Mac Pro. It has the same design as the M1-versions that were announced last year.
Western Digital Expansion Cards for Xbox Series S/X
Western Digital announced expandable cards specifically designed for the Xbox Series S and Series X consoles. Available in 512GB and 1TB capacities, the storage cards are slightly more affordable alternatives than the ones that Seagate currently offers.
Price: $80 (512GB); $150 (1TB)
Plugable USB-C Hub (USBC-HUB4A)
Plugable’s newest USB-C hub, the USBC-HUB4A, allows you to add four USB 3.0 ports (with 5Gbps transfer speeds) to your laptop or desktop. It costs just $13.
Audio-Technica AT-SB727 Sound Burger
Last year, Audio-Technica announced that it would be reviving its iconic portable turntable, the Sound Burger, from the ’80s — and it’s finally available. The new version is updated with modern conveniences, like Bluetooth connectivity and USB-C charging.
Meta Quest 3
Meta released a first look of its third-generation of its VR headset, the Quest 3, which will be released in the fall. It’ll cost $499, which is $100 more expensive than the 2020-released Quest 2, but it’ll be more powerful, deliver a higher-resolution experience and be more comfortable to wear.
Garmin Fenix 7 Pro and Epix 2 Pro
Garmin announced “Pro” versions of its Fenix 7 and Epix 2 multi-sport smartwatches. These higher-end models have a few new features and sensors, such as a hands-free flashlight and an improved heart rate monitor. Like before, the primary difference between the Fenix and Epix line is that the latter has a higher-end OLED display (but a shorter battery life).
Price: $800+ (Fenix 7 Pro); $900+ (Epix 2 Pro)
Logitech MX Anywhere 3S
The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is the company’s newest portable wireless mouse. It looks identical to the MX Anywhere 3, but features a more accurate optical sensor and quieter buttons. It doesn’t come with a USB dongle, however, and only uses a Bluetooth connection.
Logitech MX Keys S
The Logitech MX Keys S is a refreshed version of the company’s MX Keys wireless keyboard. The “S” model has an updated function key row that adds more controls over backlighting and video conferencing.
Wyze Cam Floodlight Pro
The Wyze Cam Floodlight Pro is essentially an improved version of the previous Wyze Cam Floodlight. The “Pro” model has a higher-res camera, a wider field of view and smarter AI so that it can now better recognize people, pets and vehicles.
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The Fujifilm X-S20 is the company’s newest mirrorless camera aimed at vloggers. It’s the direct successor to the X-S10 and has the same sensor. However, it has been upgraded with a new processor — the same one that’s in the X-H2 and X-T5 — and been given a $300 price bump.
Price: $1,299 (body only)
Sony ZV-1 II
The Sony ZV-1 II is the company’s newest compact camera aimed at vloggers. It’s essentially an upgraded version of the ZV-1, with the biggest improvement being its wider 18-50mm lens (compared to the ZV-1’s 24-70mm lens).
Amazon Fire Max 11
The Fire Max 11 is a tablet with an 11-inch display — it’s the biggest tablet that Amazon has ever made. At $230, it’s essentially a more affordable alternative to the $329 10.9-inch iPad. You can buy the Fire Max 11 bundled with a magnetic keyboard and a stylus for an extra $100.
Leica’s newest fixed-lens full-frame digital camera is quite the update to the 2019-released Q2. The Q3 has an higher-resolution 60-megapixel sensor, support for 8K video, a hybrid autofocus system. It has radically different electronic viewfinder that flips and tilts, too.
Mophie Wireless Charging Vent Mount with MagSafe
Mophie’s newest premium MagSafe car mount is exclusively available at Apple. It’s unique because, in addition to wirelessly charging your iPhone, it comes with an adjustable arm that you can rotate to find the ideal viewing angle. It comes with a USB-C 20-watt car adapter.
Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds
The biggest thing with Skullcandy’s newest wireless earbuds, the Smokin’ Buds, is that they cost just $20. They’re obviously pretty minimal when it comes to features, but they do have an IPX4-water-resistant rating, meaning they’re rugged enough to workout with.
Sony Project Q
Sony didn’t officially announce a handheld gaming console designed to stream games from your PlayStation 5 — but it did confirm that it’s working on one, called Project Q, which looks like a DualSense controller with an 8-inch screen. It’s expected to be released in November.
Price: Not yet announced
Samsung M5, M7 and M8 (2023 models)
Samsung announced its line of 2023-edition smart displays. The new M5, M7 and M8 smart monitors are designed to pull double duty as an external display for your laptop as well as function as a smart TV. The M5, M7 and M8 will be available in 27- and 32-inch models.
Price: $280+ (M5); $550+ (M7); $650+ (M8)
Beats Studio Buds +
The Studio Buds + are essentially a newer and better version of the 2021-released Studio Buds. The “Plus” models have superior sound quality, active noise-cancellation, transparency and battery life. They also come in a cool new transparent design.
Teenage Engineering TP-7
The Teenage Engineering TP-7 is a gorgeous and high-end field recorder. It looks like a cassette tape player and its standout feature is a large motorized tape reel that spins while you’re recording or playing back audio.
The Dali IO-12 are new wireless noise-canceling headphones that cost a cool $1,499, making them easily one of the most expensive noise-canceling headphones you can buy. They can connect to an analog source via USB-C cable and play high-resolution audio (up to 24-bit/96kHz).
Amazon Echo Pop
The Echo Pop is Amazon’s newest entry-level smart speaker. It has a new front-firing design, but with all the same Alexa capabilities as the Echo Dot. In addition to the traditional dark gray and white finishes, the Echo Pop also comes in new purple (shown) and green finishes.
Amazon Echo Buds (2023-Released)
Amazon’s newest wireless earbuds are also its most affordable. These Echo Buds have a stem-shaped design (like the original AirPods). If you’re looking for more premium features, Amazon will continue to sell its higher-end Echo Buds with Active Noise Cancellation.
Amazon Echo Show 5 (3rd-Gen)
The third-generation Echo Show 5 is exactly the same as its predecessors in terms of design, capabilities and price. Amazon simply updated the internals so that the smart display has improved sound and a faster processor.
Cambridge Audio Evo CD
The Evo CD is the British hi-fi company’s newest audio component. It’s a high-end CD transport that’s designed to match and be paired with Cambridge Audio’s Evo 75 and Evo 150 integrated amplifiers.
The E4 is Goldring’s newest moving magnet cartridge designed for audiophiles on a budget. It’s the same basic design as the right of Golding’s entry-level (or E-Series) of cartridges, but it has a new stylus that promises even more accurate performance. It also sports a new blue body.
The Technics EAH-AZ80 are the company’s newest flagship pair of noise-canceling wireless earbuds — they go big on sound quality. They boast large 10mm free-edge aluminum drivers and support LDAC audio files (up to 24-bit/96kHz) when paired with a compatible smartphone.
The Nikon Z8 is effectively a smaller version of the company’s Z9. The full-frame mirrorless camera has many of the same features, including the same backside-illuminated sensor and ability to shoot 8K/60fps RAW video, but it’s smaller and roughly $1,500 cheaper.
Price: $3,997+ (body only)
Audioengine D1 (2nd-Generation)
Audioengine announced a second-generation version of its D1 headphone DAC/amp. The new model shares a similar look and price as its predecessor, but has upgraded internals and a new USB-C connection.
Asus ROG Ally
The Asus ROG Ally is the newest handheld gaming PC and an obvious rival to the Valve Steam Deck. It has a 7-inch HD touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh rate and is powered by AMD Z1 Extreme chip. For an extra $100, you can purchase a high-end version with an AMD Z1 Extreme chip.
Google Pixel Fold
The Google Pixel Fold is the company’s first foldable smartphone. When closed, it works as a 5.8-inch smartphone. When opened, it transforms into a 7.6-inch tablet. It’s powered by the same Tensor G2 chip as Google’s Pixel 7 and 7 Pro (and newest 7a) smartphones.
Google Pixel Tablet
The Pixel Tablet is Google’s first ever tablet. It’s unique because it comes with a companion dock that turns it into a full-fledged smart display. It was announced last year, but Google failed to mention its price and availability — that has now changed. It’s available for preorder now and will ship next month (June 2023).
Google Pixel 7a
The Google Pixel 7a is the company’s newest budget smartphone and it’s powered by Google’s Tensor G2 processor (same as all the higher-end Pixels). Compared to last year’s Pixel 6a, the Pixel 7a has a much improved camera system (with a 72-percent larger main sensor) but comes with a $50 price hike. Available now.
The Sony SRS-XB100 is the company’s newest ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s essentially an improved version of the Sony SRS-XB13, as it looks basically the same but has improved sound and better built-in mics for when used as a speakerphone.
The Sony SRS-XV800 is the company’s newest party speaker. It’s quite large — weighing in at 45 pounds — and has integrated colored LED lights that you can customize.. It’s a unique speaker because it has wheels and it has a multitude of connections, including optical so you can even use it as a kind of soundbar for your TV.
The FiiO FT3 are the hi-fi company’s newest and most affordable pair of open-back headphones. They cost $299, yet still promise to deliver excellent and rich sound thanks to their large 60mm dynamic drivers. They are rated at 350 ohms, so you’ll need a separate amp to drive them.
NAD C 3050 Stereophonic Amplifier
The NAD C 3050 is a gorgeous amplifier that blends retro charm with modern technologies. It’s decked out with dual VU meters, push-button input selectors, a walnut vinyl-clad cabinet. Inside, it’s able to deliver 100-watts per channel. You can insert an optional module in its rear that supports BluOS high-resolution music streaming over Wi-Fi.
The BenQ V5000i is an “affordable” short-throw projector that is capable of delivering a true 4K picture up to 100 inches. It comes with a built-in Android operating system and speakers, and can be bundled with a compatible projector screen for $3,500. Available this July.
Sony Xperia 1 V
The Sony Xperia 1 V is the company’s newest flagship smartphone. It looks pretty similar to last year’s Xperia 1 IV, but the Xperia 1 V packs an improved camera system with a significantly larger main sensor.
Ring Indoor Cam (2nd Gen)
Ring’s second-generation model of its popular smart home camera is almost identical to its predecessor. The big difference is that the new model comes with a physical shutter that, when shut, prevents the camera from recording both audio and video.
Teenage Engineering CM-15
The Teenage Engineering CM-15 is the company’s first-ever microphone. It’s a high-end portable condenser microphone that’s meant for recording music or podcasts. It’s made almost entirely of metal and you can purchase a special miniature tripod stand for an extra $100.
Denon DNP-2000NE Network Player
The Denon DNP-2000NE is a high-end network player that’s positioned to work in with Denon PMA-1700NE amplifier and DCD- 1700NE CD Player. It’s a supports HEOS (for multi-room streaming) and is capable of playing audio tracks up to 32bit/384KHz.
Motorola Edge Plus (2023)
The Motorola Edge Plus is the company’s newest flagship smartphone and looks to be a bonafide rival (and cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus and Google Pixel 7 Pro. It has a 6.7-inch OLED display and is decked out with top-end specs. It’ll be available starting May 25.
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DJI Mavic 3 Pro
The DJI Mavic 3 Pro is the company’s new flagship drone and first with a triple-camera system. It’s essentially an upgraded version of the current Mavic 3, with an extra 70mm medium-tele camera. It also is $150 more expensive.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A5
The Beosound A5 is the most powerful portable speaker that B&O has ever made. It’s able to pump 280-watts of power and deliver 360-degrees of sound. The speaker supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, meaning it can be listened to in and around your home or taken with you on-the-go.
LG Gram SuperSlim
The LG Gram SuperSlim is the company’s thinnest Gram laptop ever. It’s jus 0.43-inches thick, making it thinner than Apple’s current MacBook AIr. It also has a beautiful 15-inch OLED display.
Moment The Tuner by Module 8
Moment ‘s Tuner by Module 8 is the “world’s first variable-look cinematic lens system.” You attach it to your mirrorless camera and it delivers the aesthetic of a classic film. Essentially, it’s a more affordable alternative to buying rare vintage lenses.
Price: $2,000 ($999 Early Bird Kickstarter special)
iFi Go Pod
The iFi Go Pod is a Bluetooth adapter that makes your wired IEMs work wirelessly. The pair of dongles, each with its own built-in hi-fi DAC and headphone amp, attaches where your IEMs where its detachable cable would normally go. It will not work if IEMs don’t have detachable cables.
Schiit Audio Syn
The California company’s newest hi-fi component, Syn, is truly unique. It’s a DAC, remote control preamp and headphone amp all rolled into one compact box. It’s a versatile component that’s designed to make listening to surround sound (and then switching back to stereo) super fun and easy.
HP Envy x360 (2023)
HP announced three new Envy x360 2-in-1 PCs for 2023 — which are 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch — each of which has been updated with improved webcams, Intel’s 13th-gen processors and improved graphics cards. The big news is that the 15-inch model is the first PC that has been IMAX Enhanced certified, allowing it to deliver immersive spatial audio.
Price: $849+ (14-inch model)
Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023)
Acer announced a next-gen version of its eco-friendly laptop. The newest Aspire Vero 15 is outfitted with Intel’s 13th-gen processor and an improved webcam. Additionally, it’s made of even more — now 40-percent, up from 30-percent — recycled materials.
Acer Swift X 16 (2023)
Acer announced a refreshed version of its 16-inch lightweight laptop. The 2023 edition of the Swift X 16 has been updated with AMD’s new 7040-series processors and improved graphics cards. It has a redesigned, more lightweight design that also promises improved thermal performance. It’ll be available this July.
Anker Soundcore Motion X600
The Soundcore Motion X600 is Anker’s biggest portable speaker to date. It’s also unique because it has a dedicated upward-firing driver, which helps the speaker sound more immersive than just standard mono or stereo.
Leica M11 Monochrom
Leica announced a monochrome version of its flagship M11 camera that was released in early 2022. The M11 Monochrom shares the same look, feel and 60-megapixel sensor as the M11, but actually comes with more storage (256GB instead of 64GB).
DJI Inspire 3
The DJI Inspire 3 is the company’s newest drone, but it’s not designed (or priced) for most consumers — it’s meant for filmmakers. It has a full-frame sensor and is capable of shooting 8K video. It also has vastly improved flying and shooting capabilities over the seven-year-old Inspire 2.
Focal Theva Series
The Focal Theva is the French high-end audio company’s new entry-level series of loudspeakers. The series includes a pair of bookshelf speakers and three pairs of floorstanding speakers, as well as a center channel and on-wall speakers.
Price: $998+ (bookshelf speakers)
Garmin Instinct 2X Solar
Garmin announced an updated version of the Instinct 2 smartwatch that it announced last year. The Instinct 2X Solar is essentially an even more rugged and adventure-focused smartwatch, but it has a larger bezel, a built-in LED flashlight and solar charging capabilities.
Q Acoustics 5000 Series
The popular British hi-fi company announced a mid-range line of loudspeakers that sits between its entry-level 3000i series and high-end Concept series. The 5000 series consists of two pairs of bookshelf speakers, two pairs of floorstanding speakers and a center-channel speaker.
Plugable USB-C 5-in-1 Hub
Plugable’s new 5-in-1 USB-C Hub is designed to add extra ports to your new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It adds USB-A (2x), USB-C (2x), Gigabit Ethernet and an audio jack. Plus there’s even a vacant slot to fit your MagSafe charger.
Astell&Kern A&norma SR35
The A&norma SR35 is a new entry-level portable hi-fi player by Astell&Kern. It has four built-in DACs and three analog outputs. As you’d expect, it supports basically every lossless audio format (including DSD256 and MQA files) and streaming service, including Tidal and Apple Music.
PSB M4U TWM
The PSB M4U TWM are next-gen wireless earbuds and they have a similar hybrid planar dual driver design as the company’s loudspeakers. They support active noise-cancellation and transparency modes.
Kasa Smart KP125M
TP-Link has officially launched its first Matter-certified smart plug, the Kasa Smart KP125M, meaning that once it’s setup, it can integrate it into any smart ecosystem you have. The Kasa Smart KP125M is a simple smart plug that can control a single device (such as a lamp or fan).
Price: $40 (2-pack)
OnePlus Nord Buds 2
The Nord Buds 2 are the company’s second-generation wireless earbuds.They are twice as expensive as the original Nord Buds, but promise improved sound quality and, most significantly, add active noise-cancellation and transparency modes. They cost just $60.
Microsoft Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock
Microsoft has a next-gen beast of a docking station for its Surface laptops, with the biggest change being that instead of the company’s proprietary Surface Connect port, the new dock connects via USB-C. The benefit here is that you can use it with any USB-C laptop, not just one from Microsoft’s Surface line.
PSB M4U 9
The PSB M4U 9 is the company’s newest flagship pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones. They are capable of tuning their sound based on your hearing abilities. And they also support RoomFeel technology to deliver a warm sound with a wide soundstage that’s similar to PSB’s loudspeakers.
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The Sony ZV-E1 is positioned as the ultimate vlogging camera. It’s the first full-frame camera in Sony’s ZV line and it packs premium features galore. Essentially, it takes the sensor from the Sony FX3 and the smarts of the Sony A7R V, and puts them in a super compact body.
The company best known for its action cameras has announced its first smartphone gimbal. The Insta360 Flow has a multitude of smart tracking features, a 3-axis stabilizer and a built-in selfie stick. It’s compatible with iPhone and Android.
Jabra Elite 4
Jabra’s newest wireless earbuds aim to deliver premium features at a sub-$100 price. The Elite 4 support active noise-cancellation and Bluetooth multipoint, and they have an IP55 water-resistance rating. Available in several different colors.
The FiiO M15S does double duty as a portable hi-fi player and a desktop DAC/amplifier — it can switch between desktop and portable modes. It has dual DACs and supports audio files up to 384kHz/DSD256. It has five adjustable gain levels and is capable of driving most IEMs and high-end headphones.
DJI Goggles Integra
The Goggles Integra is a new set of goggles that’s specially designed to work with its Avata FPV drone. It’s $150 more affordable than the existing Goggles 2, but also has a more ergonomic design and an integrated battery (both things the Goggles 2 lack). DJI also announced a new RC Motion 2 controller for the Avata, too.
Nothing Ear (2)
Nothing announced the second-generation of its flagship wireless earbuds. The Ear (2) look basically identical to the Ear (1), but have improved sound, active noise-cancellation and host of new features, including Bluetooth multipoint and more customizable EQ settings.
Nomad Stand One
The Stand One is wireless charging stand that fully supports MagSafe. It’s unique because it’s a made of really premium materials — a solid metal body paired with a glass top — and weighs just over a pound. Available in silver or black (carbide).
Nanoleaf Matter A19
Nanoleaf, the popular smart lighting brand, announced its first smart lights that work with Matter. In addition to this A19 bulb (pictured), it announced several other smart bulbs and a smart lighting strip — all of which support Matter.
Samsung S90C OLED TV
Samsung is finally making more OLED TVs. The S90C is a QD-OLED — so an OLED TV that’s integrated with quantum dot technology (for more vibrant colors) — and it’s notable because it’s Samsung’s cheapest OLED TV to date. A 55-inch model costs $1,899.
Price: $1,899 (55-inch model)
LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear
LG announced the pricing and availability of its new 49-inch curved UltraGear monitor. The new monitor (49GR85DC-B) has a DQHD (5120 x 1440) display with an ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio and an 1000R curvature. It will be available starting April 2.
The Schiit Rekkr is a tiny and affordable desktop-sized amplifier designed to drive smaller passive speakers or near-field monitors. The Schiit Rekkr is a low-powered amplifier that drives at just two-watts per channel. Available in black or silver finishes.
The Gjallarhorn is another new affordable desktop amplifer by Schiit, and it’s an essentially beefed-up version of Schiit’s Rekkr. It’s roughly twice the size, twice the price and is capable of delivering substantially more power: up to 10-watts per channel.
Master & Dynamic MH40 Wireless (Gen 2)
Master & Dynamic has released a new-and-improved version of its original MH40 headphones. The second-generation MH40 Wireless have the same leather and metal design, but boast improved sound, app compatibility and longer battery life.
The Ikea Vappeby is the company’s first rugged and waterproof portable speaker. It has an IP67 water-resistance rating and promises up to 80 hours of playtime (at 50-percent volume). It’s also just $15. Available in three finishes: black, yellow or red.
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is the newest addition to the company’s midrange line of A-Series smartphones. It has a triple rear-camera (main, ultra-wide, and macro camera) system, a 6.4-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and 128GB of storage. It will be available on April 6.
FiiO K9 Pro ESS
The FiiO K9 Pro ESS is a high-end desktop headphone amplifier/DAC capable of playing lossless audio (up to 32-bit/384kHz) and driving a wide variety of headphones (impedances ranging from 16 to 600 ohms). It also supports Bluetooth streaming, including aptX HD and LDAC codecs.
ESR Geo Wallet Stand
This is the first MagSafe wallet to support Apple’s Find My — if it becomes detached from your iPhone, you’ll still be able to locate it via the Find My app. The wallet itself has a built-in kickstand and three card slots. It’s available on Kickstarter right now.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus (in Yellow)
As part of its mid-year cycle, Apple has announced that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are available in a new color: yellow. They cost the same as other colored iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 models. Both can be preordered now and will start shipping March 14.
Price: $799 (14); $899 (14 Plus)
Sonos Era 300
The Era 300 is a speaker specifically designed to play immersive audio that supports Dolby Atmos. It has a total of six drivers — including one that fires upward — and you can configure two as really immersive rear-channel speakers when paired with a Sonos soundbar.
Sonos Era 100
The Era 100 is a “remastered” version of the One speaker. It has an extra tweeter and a larger mid-woofer. It also supports Bluetooth and line-in (via USB-C) connections. It’s available for preorder and will ship on March 28th.
Wyze Gaming Headset
Wyze, the company best known for its affordable ecosystem of smart home gadgets, continues to surprise us — it’s newest gadget is a wireless gaming headset. It costs just $60 and can get up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge (via USB-C).
Ring Battery Doorbell Plus
This is Ring’s new battery-powered video doorbell. Aside from being wireless, it has a couple key upgrades over Ring’s previous video doorbells, including delivering a higher-resolution picture and an improved field-of-view so you can see if a package was left near the foot of your door.
ReMarkable Type Folio
ReMarkable released a keyboard case for its Remarkable 2. Whereas before you could only draw and take hand-written notes (which could then be turned into text) on the super-thin e-ink tablet, the Type Folio transforms it into a really capable note-taking machine.
Roku Select and Roku Plus Series TVs
Earlier this year at CES, Roku announced that it was going to finally make its TVs. This week, it announced that those TVs are available now. You can get a 65-inch Roku Plus TV (pictured) — which is the higher-end of the two lines — for under $800.
Price: $799 (65-inch model)
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A9 (Gen 5)
Bang & Olufsen introduced a new future-proof version of its Beosound A9 free-standing wireless speaker. It has pretty much the same circular design as its 2012-released predecessor, but comes with modular guts that can be replaced in time if its wireless streaming technology becomes obsolete.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound 2 (3rd-Gen)
The third-generation Beosound 2 is a multi-room wireless speaker — it has same cone-shaped design that’s made out of high-grade aluminium as its predecessors. The only real upgrade is that it has modular internals, which can be replaced in case its power or connectivity become obsolete, making it “future-proof”.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 12
The Instax Mini 12 is Fujifilm’s newest instant film camera. Compared to its predecessor, the Instax Mini 11, the “12” is very similar. The biggest difference is it has a new lens that you can twist to enable a new “close-up” mode.
Jabra Speak2 75
Jabra announced its new Speak2 range of speakerphones designed for hybrid work environments. There are three sizes (from biggest to smallest): Speak2 75 (pictured), Speak2 55 and Speak2 40. All have advanced mics and updated noise-reduction technology.
Price: $169 (40); $189 (55); $369 (75)
The FiiO R7 is for people who take desktop audio really serious. It’s a high-resolution audio player, streamer and headphone amplifier that’s specifically designed for your desktop setup. It has a touchscreen and 64GB of local storage (also supports up to 2TB storage via microSD card).
Klipsch The Nines
Klipsch’s newest set of powered speakers, The Nines, are essentially a bigger version of the company’s 2020-released The Fives. They have same vintage design and a multitude of wireless and wired connections (including HDMI-ARC for connecting to your TV).
LG XBoom XL7
The LG XBoom XL7 is the company’s newest “portable” Bluetooth speaker designed for outdoor parties. It’s 32 pounds, so it’s not exactly easy to move, and has with an front-facing LED panel for really setting the party mood.
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 (Gen 2) and Z16 (Gen 2)
Lenovo’s second-generation of its ThinkPad Z13 and Z16 laptops have been updated with next-gen AMD processors and larger touchpads. You’ll be able to configure the ThinkPad Z13 (Gen 2) with an optional all-natural lid made out of flaxseeds. Available this July.
Price: $1,249+ (Z13); $1,749 (Z16)
Honor Magic Vs
The Honor Magic Vs is the company’s first foldable smartphone that will be available outside of Asia. It has similar design as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 — both flip horizontally open to reveal a larger “more tablet-sized” display — but should be slightly more affordable.
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The Sony WH-CH720N are the company’s newest mid-range pair of noise-canceling headphones — you can think of them as an affordable alternative to Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM5. The new models promise up to 35 hours of battery life with ANC turned on.
Beats Fit Pro (New Colors)
The Beats Fit Pro were originally released in late 2021 and continue to be one of our favorite wireless earbuds for running. This week, Beats introduced three new color options: coral pink, volt yellow and tidal blue.
The Yamaha YH-E700B are the company’s new flagship wireless noise-canceling headphones. Compared to their predecessors, the Yamaha YH-E700A, the new models have an all-new design and promise significantly more powerful noise-cancellation.
Mophie Powerstation (2023)
Mophie’s newest Powerstation is a 10,000mAh portable battery that’s capable of charging three devices at the same time. It has two USB-A ports along with USB-C PD port that’s capable of fast-charging most smartphones at 20-watts.
Mophie Powerstation XL
The Powerstation XL is a higher-capacity version of Mophie’s Powerstation. It has the same three charging ports but at 20,000mAh, the “XL” portable battery has double the juice.
Mophie Powerstation Pro AC
The Mophie Powerstation Pro AC is a 27,000 mAh portable battery that’s capable of charging four devices at once thanks to two USB-C ports, a USB-A port, and an AC port. It’s capable of dishing out 130-watts of combined power and up to 60-watts over USB-C PD (for your laptop).
TAD Labs Compact Evolution CE1TX
Technical Audio Devices (TAD)’s Compact Evolution CE1TX is a new super high-end pair of stand-mounted loudspeakers. They’re essentially the next-gen versions of the company’s Compact Evolution CE1 speakers with an improved woofer and midrange drivers (along with several other acoustic upgrades).
Price: $32,500 (pair)
Ikea Vindstryka Air Quality Sensor
Ikea’s newest smart home gadget, Vindstryka, is a smart air quality sensor for your home. It has a large display to show you the air pollutant level in a given room. It’ll work with the company’s Dirigera smart hub and be available in April. No pricing info has been announced.
This is Plugable’s first docking station that’s specifically designed to work with Chromebooks. It lets you use up to two external monitors with your Chromebook, plus adds a variety of other ports.
Roland VMH-D1 V-Drums
Roland and V-Moda collaborated on the VMH-D1 V-Drums, a unique pair of headphones designed to work with an electronic drum set. They have custom 50 mm drivers that promise to deliver dynamic full range sound. And they have extra-long 10-foot cable.
The WiiM Mini is a Wi-Fi-connected streamer that allows you to add Wi-Fi support to any powered speaker, receiver or hi-fi system. It supports Siri and Alexa, meaning you can use your voice to control music. And it has a built-in DAC that supports up to 24-bit/192 kHz audio.
The WiiM Pro is a wireless streamer that’s essentially a more beefed up and more hi-fi version of the WiiM Mini. The other big addition is that it has support for Chromecast Audio and works with Google’s smart ecosystem.
DJI Mini 2 SE
The DJI Mini 2 SE is the company’s new ultraportable drone and the successor to the Mini SE. The “2” version is the same size as its predecessor and has the same photo and video quality, but delivers improved flight performance and intelligence.
KEF R Meta Series
The KEF R Meta series is an improved line of midrange loudspeakers — which consists of several floorstanding, bookshelf and home theater speakers. All have been upgraded with the same sound-absorbing metamaterial tech that’s in the company’s even higher-end loudspeakers.
Price: $1,600 — $3,250
Sennheiser HD 660S2
The Sennheiser HD 660S2 are the successor to the popular 2017-released HD 660S open-back headphones. The new models look almost identical but have revamped drivers that promise improved bass and an overall warmer sound.
Starting at $1,500, the Canon R8 is the company’s lightest and most affordable full-frame mirrorless camera yet. It features the same sensor (24.2MP full-frame CMOS) that’s in the EOS R6 Mark II and can capture 4K video up to 60 fps.
Price: $1,500+ (body only)
The Canon R50 is a new entry-level mirrorless camera and a successor to the M50. The big difference from the M50 is that the new R50 works with the company’s RF system of lenses. Additionally, it also boasts an improved sensor and processor.
Price: $680+ (body only)
OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro
The well-known Android smartphone maker has collaborated with Keychron to create its first ever mechanical keyboard. The Keyboard 81 Pro has a CNC aluminum body, clicky switches and thermoplastic keycaps. It can be used wired or wirelessly.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the company’s new “best of the best” flagship smartphone. It has the biggest and brightest display, the biggest battery, the best camera system (now with a 200MP sensor) and it comes with an embedded S Pen stylus for note-taking.
Samsung Galaxy S23
The Samsung Galaxy S23 is the smallest and most affordable of the company’s three new flagship smartphones. It has a 6.1-inch display and the same triple rear camera system as the Ultra, except the main camera has a 50-megapixel sensor instead of the Ultra’s 200-megapixel sensor).
Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus is essentially a bigger version of the Galaxy S23 (but it’s still not as big as the Ultra). Compared to the Galaxy S23, the “Plus” version has a bigger display (6.6-inch vs 6.1-inch), a bigger battery, and comes with double the base storage.
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra
The Galaxy Book3 Pro Ultra is the most high-end laptop in Samsung’s new Galaxy Book3 Pro series — and it’s essentially a direct competitor to Apple’s MacBook Pros. It’s a clamshell-style laptop that’s a beefed-up version of the 16-inch Galaxy Book3 Pro.
Sonus Faber Aster
Sonus Faber — the Italian hi-fi maker best known for its gorgeous and super high-end loudspeakers — has announced its first-ever outdoor speaker. The Aster is a wireless speaker with an IP65 rating and is probably best suited for public spaces like restaurants or museums.
Marshall has made a number of portable Bluetooth speakers over the last few years. The Middleton is different because it’s bigger. At four pounds, it’s the company’s largest portable Bluetooth speaker with an IP67 water-resistance rating.
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever
Schlage’s newest smart lock has built-in Wi-Fi (no separate hub required) so you can remotely lock, unlock and check the status of the door. The Encode Smart WiFi Lever is different in that it’s designed for interior doors without a deadbolt, such as an closet or an office.
Garmin Vivomove Trend
The Garmin Vivomove Trend is the company’s new stylish hybrid smartwatch and it’s unique because it’s the company’s first smartphone that supports Qi wireless charging. Like its other Vivomove smartwatches, the Trend has a hidden display for alerts and activity tracking.
Sony recently announced several new AV receivers and the STR-AN1000 is the most affordable of the bunch. It’s a 7.2-channel receiver that supports 8K (a first for Sony). Most interesting, it certified to work with Sonos speakers as well as Sony’s HT-A series of soundbars.
McIntosh announced in first AV receiver in several years. The MHT300 is a gorgeous and powerful 7.2-channel that can deliver 150 watts per channel. It basically supports every audio and video technology you’d want, but the catch is its price. You probably can’t afford it.
Satechi Pro Hub Slim
The Satechi Pro Hub Slim is the company’s newest hub that’s specifically designed to work with Apple’s M2 MacBook Air and M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pros. You can even match the laptop’s finish. It adds a total of seven ports and supports up to 100-watt passthrough charging.
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Samsung Viewfinity S9
The Samsung Viewfinity S9 is a 27-inch 5K monitor with an anti-glare display, a built-in 4K webcam and a wide variety of ports. It also comes with the Samsung’s Tizen smart operating system, which effectively allows it to work as a smart TV.
The FiiO BTR7 is a gorgeous portable DAC/amplifier that has a tiny screen for displaying the audio’s bitrate and volume. It’s unique because it supports wireless charging and has built-in Bluetooth, meaning you don’t have to have it directly connected to your smartphone or laptop if you don’t want to.
The Sony NW-A306 is the company’s newest portable hi-fi player in its Walkman line — and it’s really affordable. It runs an Android operating system and is capable of playing lossless quality audio. The only real downside is that it only comes with 32GB of storage.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a a 57-inch gaming monitor with an 8K display and a 1000R curvature; according to Samsung, it’s the first gaming monitor that delivers a 7,680×2,160 resolution and a 32:9 aspect ratio in one screen. It’ll be available later this year.
Astell&Kern AK HC3
The Astell&Kern AK HC3 is high-quality USB DAC for your smartphone that’s capable of playing up to 32-bit/384kHz audio. It connects to your device via USB-C, but a Lightning adapter is included in the box for iPhone users, too.
LG C3 OLED
Announced at CES, the LG C3 is poised to be the most popular of LG’s newest OLEDs. It’s the direct successor to the 2022-released C2 and looks very similar. The main difference is that it to get up to 70-percent brighter. Pricing and availability information has not yet been released.
The TCL Q-Series is the company’s upcoming line of premium 4K TVs that are replacing last year’s 6-Series. The new models boast quantum dot technology, Mini LED backlighting, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and they will run Google TV operating system (so no Roku option).
Astell&Kern Acro CA1000t
The Astell&Kern Acro CA1000t is a high-end headphone amplifier and music player. It’s jammed packed with wired and wireless (including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) connectivity options. It has a built-in battery, too, so you take your hi-fi setup mobile.
Wyze Cam Pan v3
The third-generation Wyze Cam Pan is unique because, like its predecessors, it allows you to adjust the viewing angle — you can pan and tilt the camera — from its app. The new model has an updated design that’s now water resistant (IP65 rated). The camera also has a wider field of view.
Wyze Cam OG
The Wyze Cam OG is the company’s newest entry-level smart home camera. It costs just $20 and comes with pretty much all the features of the other basic smart cameras, including 1080p video, two-way talk and motion detection. There’s also a new model with a telephoto lens that costs an extra $10.
Sony InZone M3
The Sony InZone M3 is a 27-inch gaming monitor that looks fairly similar to the InZone M9 ($899), but it doesn’t have the same resolution — it’s 1080p instead of 4K — or full-array local dimming. It has a 240Hz refresh rate (with VRR support) and HDMI 2.1 connectivity.
Apple HomePod (2nd Generation)
Apple’s second-generation HomePod is slightly smaller than the original “full-sized” HomePod. It doesn’t have as many drivers, but thanks to increased processing power is designed to sound exactly like the original. The kicker is that this new HomePod is $50 cheaper.
M2 Mac Mini (2023)
Apple has brought the power of its M2 and M2 Pro chipsets to the Mac Mini. The new models look basically the same as their predecessors, but the new chipsets deliver a big boost in performance and efficiency. You can buy the M2 Mac Mini for as low as $599, which is $100 cheaper than before.
Price: $599+ (M2); $1,299+ (M2 Pro)
M2 Pro MacBook Pro (2023)
Apple announced new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros that look identical to their predecessors. The big difference is that the new laptops have been updated with Apple’s super powerful M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets, which promise big leaps in power, performance and battery life.
Price: $1,199+ (14-inch); $2,499+ (16-inch)
Samsung Neo QLED 8K (QN900C)
Samsung announced its next generation of Neo QLED TVs at CES. For 2023, Samsung is continuing its 8K push with the QN900C (pictured), but it also announced the QN95C, which is a 4K model for those who are looking for something more accessible.
Samsung Smart Monitor M80C
This is a new and slightly improved version of the Smart Monitor M8 that Samsung released in 2022. It’s a 32-inch “smart” monitor with built-in speakers and a webcam. The difference is that the new model now works as a SmartThings smart hub and it will be available in more colors.
LG CineBeam PF510Q
The LG CineBeam PF510Q is a tiny portable projector that’s capable of delivering a 1080p picture that’s up to 120-inches. It has built-in Wi-Fi (including AirPlay 2)and Bluetooth, which allows you to stream content directly from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to the projector.
Logitech Brio 300
The Logitech Brio 300 is a new budget-friendly webcam that captures a 1080p (at 60fps) picture (60fps). It also has a built-in microphone, a physical privacy shutter and connects to your computer via USB-C. Available in three colors: gray, white or pink.
Lenovo Yoga AIO 9i
Announced at CES, the Lenovo Yoga AIO 9i is the company’s gorgeous new all-in-one Windows desktop computer. Its 31.5-inch 4K display appears like it’s floating thanks to its adjustable metal arc stand. The base of the desktop also features a Qi wireless charging pad.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i
The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i is a first-of-a-kind laptop with dual OLED touchscreen displays and can function as a tablet, laptop and, well, something else. The two displays can be folded or flipped together to work like a 2-in-1 tablet, but they can also be stacked vertically on top of each other.
Razer Blade 18
Razer announced new 16-and 18-inch models of its Blade gaming laptops, the latter of which is its biggest and most powerful Blade laptop ever. It has a QHD+ display with a 240Hz refresh rate, and can be configured with the latest processor and graphics card by Intel and Nvidia, respectively.
LG Gram UltraSlim and Style
The LG Gram UltraSlim is a 15.6-inch laptop with an OLED display and updated internals; according to the company, it’s 9-percent lighter than the previous 15-inch Gram. The LG Gram Style has got a more premium (and glass) look and feel, plus it has a hidden touchpad with LED backlighting.
Ring Car Cam
The Ring Car Cam is a security camera for your car. It consists of two small cameras that are mounted to your car’s dashboard via a cantilever arm. One camera faces inward, while the other camera faces outward. The idea is that it allows you to keep an eye on your car when you’re not there.
Price: $200 (pre-orders); $250 (retail)
Lenovo Smart Paper
The Lenovo Smart Paper is an E-Ink notepad that’s looks and works very similarly to Amazon’s 2022-released Kindle Scribe. It functions as an e-reader with access to more ebooks than you could possibly read, but comes with a stylus for note-taking and doodling as well.
Drop BMR1 Nearfield Monitors
The Drop BMR1 are the company’s first-ever set of computer speakers. You can connect them to your computer via AUX, but they also support Bluetooth streaming. They can be vertically (shown) or horizontally orientated, depending on how you want them to look on your desk.
Victrola Stream Onyx
The Victrola Stream Onyx is a more budget-friendly version of the Stream Carbon turntable. It works the same way — it’s certified for Works With Sonos, so you can easily stream vinyl directly to your Sonos system — but is made with less premium materials. It’s also $200 cheaper.
Poly Voyager Free 60+
The Poly Voyager Free 60+ is a pair of high-end wireless earbuds that have touchscreen integrated into the charging case. You can use the touchscreen to adjust volume and noise-cancellation, as well as see the battery status of each earbud.
JBL Spinner BT
The JBL Spinner BT is a belt-driven turntable with a built-in moving-magnet phono preamp. Other than its orange accents, what makes the Spinner BT unique is that it supports Bluetooth aptX HD so you can stream vinyl to your wireless headphones or portable speakers. Available late 2023.
Razer Leviathan V2 Pro
The Razer Leviathan V2 Pro is a soundbar for PC gamers. It has integrated lights that can sync with your other Razer gaming accessories. It supports 3D immersive audio and has an integrated IR camera that tracks the listener’s head position and optimizes audio based on their location.
Sennheiser IE 200
The Sennheiser IE 200 are the company’s most affordable in-ear headphones in its well-lauded IE series. The IE 200 share a similar look and feel as the company’s higher-end options, which tops out at $1,500 with the IE 900, but they are targeted towards more budget-conscious listeners.
JBL Bar 1300X
The JBL Bar 1300X is the newest and most high-end in JBL’s “Bar” line of soundbars with detachable rear satellite speakers. It’s a 11.1.4-channel system with 21-total drivers (including six upward-firing) and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
JBL Pulse 5
The JBL Pulse 5 is the company’s newest ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker with an integrated LED that lights up and changes color with your music. Compared to its predecessor, the Pulse 4, the fifth-generation speaker has a smoother exterior and promises bigger, better sound.