AU: Please be mindful some of these are US-only products. -EH
We know you don’t want to blow your pay cheque on merely the shiniest or the newest. So we’ve considered a balance of price, features, reliability – and above all, quality – to make sure you’re choosing a gadget that isn’t just great, but one that’s sensible. We’ve updated our roster of Giz-approved gadgets, and below, you’ll find these picks – the best tech tools 2010 has to offer.
We can geek out all we want, but the best way to choose is a phone is not just by the hardware or the OS, but the phone and the carrier. Here are the smartphones to pick on for now.
• Ultraportable: MacBook Air 11-inch
• 3D Laptop: Asus’ G51Jx 3DE beat out the competition and has a built-in IR emitter.
• Processors: Decide your budget, THEN pick a processor from this list.
• Mobile Graphics: Anything with Nvidia’s GeForce 400M series will have serious gaming muscle
• Router: The Netgear RangeMax V1 emerged victorious from the Ultimate Router Battle
• SSD: Kingston’s SNV425-S2 64GB drive stands out by delivering blazing performance on the (relative) cheap.
• Tablet: Apple iPad
• eReader: Amazon Kindle DX
• Android Tablet: Barnes & Noble Nook Color
• Budget dSLR: Canon T2i (EOS 550D)
• Midrange dSLR: Canon 7D
• ‘Spensive dSLR: Nikon D3s
• Pocket Camcorder: Flip Ultra HD, but only if you don’t already have an iPhone 4. Otherwise, your smartphone’s capturing better video than Flip’s dedicated device – give your pockets some extra space.
• Phone Camera: iPhone 4
• 3D TV: Panasonic’sTC-P50VT20 topped the pile in our three-way shootout.
• Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1020-K
• Game Console/Media Extender: Xbox 360
• Speakers: High-quality sound doesn’t need to cost a fortune – turns out there’s a lot of great audio gear out there for less than $US2000. Audioengine’s A5 speakers are $US350 each but pack serious sonic punch – and they’re self-powered. Check out the rest of the roundup if you’re looking to splurge a little more.