10 cool new gadgets to keep on your radar
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A lot has happened this week. Amazon had its second annual Prime Day – and plenty of gadgets are still on sale. Microsoft held its big Surface event this week where it announced its next-gen computers (you can read more about those below). And Kodak apparently can’t keep up movie request.
Many other products have also been announced. Here’s what you need to know.
KEF has announced its first pair of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation – the Mu7 – and at $300 they’re designed and priced to rival other flagship noise canceling headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM5. Mu7 sports custom 40mm drivers and aptX HD support for premium sound. They get their unique industrial (aluminum) design thanks to the partnership with Ross Lovegrove, who helped KEF design a number of their super expensive speakers. Available in two different shades of grey: silver or anthracite.
Beyerdynamic has announced the second generation models of its Xelento remote control (illustrated, $999) and Xelento Wireless ($1,199), which are wired and wireless (neckband-style) in-ear headphones, respectively. And they are not cheap. Both models contain the same 11mm dynamic drivers, gold-plated connectors and silver-plated cables. The Xelento Wireless supports Bluetooth 5.2 and promises 14 hours of playtime.
Price: $999 (remote); $1,199 (wireless)
Microsoft Surface Studio 2 Plus
The Surface Studio 2 Plus is an updated version of its sophisticated all-in-one desktop computer, distinguished by its 28-inch touchscreen that can also fold almost flat on your desk (so it’s easier to draw on it). This new version has updated chipsets (both CPU and GPU), which Microsoft claims double its performance, and has three Thunderbolt 4 ports on the back. And no, it’s not cheap. It will be available on October 25.
Microsoft Surface 5 Laptop
The Surface Laptop 5 is a fairly modest upgrade from its predecessor, the Surface Laptop 5, as Microsoft has given it new Intel processors – although there’s no option for the AMD chip like before – and USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support. You can order it in 13.5 or 15-inch models. And it will be available on October 25.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9
The Surface Pro 9 is Microsoft’s all-new 2-in-1 tablet. It’s very similar to the Surface Pro 8, but it packs newer Intel (12 Gen) or ARM chipsets and can be purchased with colored aluminum finishes; previously, with the Surface Pro 8, you could spruce it up with a colorful keyboard and other accessories. It has the same 13-inch screen as its predecessor. It will be available on October 25.
Acer Swift Edge
Acer claims its Swift Edge is the world’s lightest 16-inch OLED laptop; it weighs 2.58 pounds, which is actually lighter than Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air M2, which weighs 2.73 pounds – and that’s pretty crazy. The most notable thing inside is that the Swift Edge packs a new AMD Ryzen processor, which is supposed to be more energy efficient than Intel’s latest CPUs, and it’ll need that efficiency to power an OLED display too. big and bright.
Meta Quest Pro
The Quest Pro is the company’s highest-end and most expensive VR headset to date. Compared to the $399 Quest 2, the Quest Pro is better in almost every way – better display, better processor, more memory, and it comes with vastly improved controllers – but it also positions itself more as a productivity device than for games. It has a new color passthrough feature for mixed reality experiences, so you can see the real world with real-time graphics, alerts, and notifications.
Roku smart home
Roku has announced its own ecosystem of smart home devices to compete with Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple HomeKit. It’s called the Roku Smart Home and consists of indoor and outdoor security cameras, a video doorbell, smart lights, and smart plugs. All of these devices will work with Roku’s voice assistant, Roku Voice, and will be compatible with Roku’s new Smart Home app. They’ll also be compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so buying into Roku’s ecosystem doesn’t completely lock you in either.
Price: Depends on device
Acer Chromebook 516GE
The Acer Chromebook 516 GE is truly the first Chromebook designed for gaming. It has a 16-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 120Hz refresh rate. It has an RGB keyboard because, well, it’s a gaming laptop. It lacks the bloated processor and graphics card of real gaming laptops, however, and instead rely on a fast internet connection (supports Wi-Fi 6E) for cloud gaming.
The Sony ZV-1F is the company’s latest compact camera for vlogging. It costs just $500, which is its cheapest option yet, and it’s designed for beginner vloggers who want to upgrade from their smartphone. The Sony ZV-1F is essentially a more economical option than the Sony ZV-1 ($748); it has a similar 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor, but has a 20mm f/2 lens, which is less versatile than the ZV-1’s 24-70mm lens.