How was 2022? Mine was pretty cool, at least if we’re talking tech. (The less talked about viruses, hurricanes, and politics, the better.) Before we get to all the fun new stuff 2023 will bring, let’s take a look at some of the best tech products of the year. Of the many I’ve tested, the following 10 stand out as favourites.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro Smart Watch
60 dollars70 dollarssave $10
The Bip 3 Pro continues the tradition of incredibly good, incredibly cheap Amazfit watches. It’s not perfect, but it’s easy to recommend to anyone looking for wrist-based time, notifications, fitness tracking, health tracking, and much more. Oh, and the incredible battery life should make Apple feel very, very embarrassed.
$60 at Amazon
Read more: Amazfit Bip 3 Pro smartwatch review: Shut up and take my $50!
DJI Avata FPV Drone – Pro-View Combo
If you can vary the cost and don’t mind a bit of learning and practice, the DJI Avata is a ridiculously fun way to fly like a bird and see what the birds see. This combo kit includes not only the drone, but also first-person vision goggles and a gesture-sensitive hand controller.
$1,388 at Amazon
Read more: Start saving your money! The DJI Avata drone is incredible and you’ll want it
Geekom IT11 Mini PC
Why buy a laptop if you’re going to do all your work at a desk? The Mini IT11 packs a lot of power into its compact chassis and you can use it with any keyboard and monitor you want. Unless you’re a gamer, this should meet every home and office computing need you have.
$450 on Amazon
Read more: Forget laptops: I tested the Geekom IT11 mini PC and it’s a complete home run for working from home
Hisense U7H 85 inch Quantum ULED 4K UHD Smart Google TV
If you’re ready for a seriously big TV upgrade, the Hisense U7H brings 85-inch home theater beauty to your living room. With its dazzling Quantum Dot color and massive 120 local dimming zones, this TV is very close to competing OLED models that cost much more. You’ll need some serious wall space or an extra-deep TV stand, but if you can afford the accommodation, you’ll love this big screen.
$1,800 at Best Buy
Amazon Kindle 11th Gen (2022)
Amazon’s newly updated e-reader is everything but entry-level, offering more storage, a better display, and a nice dark mode. It’s a great distraction-free reading tool, but you might want to wait for its inevitable discounted price.
$100 on Amazon
Read more: So I bought the new Amazon Kindle 2022 and it’s not what you think
Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Mop
If money isn’t important (or your home is really dirty), splurge on Roborock’s super versatile cleaner. It not only sweeps and mops, but also self-empties the bin and water tank. I’ve tried many robot vacuums over the years; I have yet to come across one that works so well and requires very little human intervention.
$1,400 on Amazon
Read more: These are the best robot vacuum cleaners that will keep your house clean in 2022.
Roku Streambar Pro Soundbar
I love this soundbar for two main reasons. First off, it doubles as a top Roku streamer and is great for anyone looking to upgrade their current streaming status. The latter can be expanded with a wireless subwoofer and satellite speakers to better complement the sound. Even without these extras, this will greatly enhance your TV audio experience.
$180 at Amazon
Read more: Best soundbars for 2023: My top 6 picks for cinema-quality sound at home
Tribit StormBox Blast Portable Speaker
160 dollars260 dollars
The StormBox Blast has everything you could want from an outdoor Bluetooth speaker: easy portability (thanks, ’80s boombox-style handle), incredible battery life (up to 30 hours, smashing the competition), and if I’m honest, the Sonos Move outdoors easily beats. We owe this to two tweeters and two mid-woofers that combine to bring out a hefty 90 watts of sonic goodness. Everything I played in StormBox Blast felt BIG.
$160 on Amazon
Read more: The best outdoor speakers for 2023
Xgimi Elfin Mini 1080p Projector
Compact enough to sit on the arm of your couch, Xgimi Elfin projects a sharp, glossy picture onto your wall. Keystone automatically adjusts size and focus, and Android comes built-in so you can watch almost anything (except Netflix, drat) right out of the box. But this coupon deal won’t last long.
$499 at Amazon
Read more: Xgimi Elfin is the best portable projector I’ve ever used.
Govee Outdoor LED Strip Lights
68 dollars90 dollarssave $22
Take the stairs one last time: Govee’s wonderful weatherproof LEDs stay in place once installed and illuminate your home with a festive light for any holiday or event, not just Christmas.
$68 at Amazon
Read more: Govee Permanent Outdoor Lights review: Make your neighbors insanely jealous
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