Our Favourite Gadgets September/October 2012

Our Favourite Gadgets September/October 2012

Yes, in September we finally got the long-awaited iPhone 5, but that was just one of the many, many rad gadgets we tested. Here’s a rundown of all the best new gear you should know about.

For the full list of Gizmodo favourites, head over to the complete Best Gadgets

The Best Smartphone
After waiting in line to buy and spending seven days with the iPhone 5, living with it, owning it, I can say confidently that it’s the best smartphone you can buy. More »

The Best Budget DSLR
More than two years ago, the Canon EOS 550D set the standard for beginner DSLRs. The camera proved that you could get beautiful photos and slick HD video for less than $1500. With an auto-focus video and an incredible touchscreen, the EOS 650D is the most refined version of this camera yet.More »

The Best Bluetooth Headphones
Even with the Phillipe Starck flashiness (which can singlehandedly ruin things sometimes), the Parrot Ziks are the best-looking headphones in this Battlemodo. Plus, there’s the capacitive touch panel on the right ear, which allows you to control playback with gestures. The NFC capabilities allow you to automagically pair with compatible Android phones, and a sensor stops playback whenever you take your headphones off. All of this adds up to an unrivalled user experience. More »

The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones
There’s a lot to love about the Audio Technica ATH-ANC9s. The plush leather pads on the earcups are so soft that they don’t put much of a pinch on your head. On the inside, the cans have a great, slightly bottom heavy sound that doesn’t blow up the clarity or detail on other frequencies. As for the sound of silence, the ANC 9s have three different levels of noise-cancelling like the Sonys do-the only difference is that it, in this case, it really works. More »

The Best Thunderbolt Hard Drive
If your computer has a Thunderbolt drive, odds are it’s been pretty neglected. Some external storage options are good, but no one choice is a no-brainer. Until now, that is. LaCie’s vivid orange drive is the best way to back up files, superfast. More »

The Best AirPlay Speaker
Most AirPlay speakers have failed at their central purpose. Life is not made easier. Your liberation from wires comes with a monstrous configuration headache. But not with Pioneer’s portable XW-SMA3. It finally delivers high-quality wireless audio in an easy, awesome package. You heard right! More »

The Best Bike Light For Less Than $120
This is what we were looking for: The NiteRider Lumina 500 is a super-bright, incredibly even pool of light. It’s so perfectly focused that you can see even small objects when travelling at high speeds More »

The Best Rolling Camera Bag
The LowPro Pro Roller X200 nails its primary function-storing gear securely in a solid, roomy, well-organized compartment. An intuitive, simple layout fits two DSLR bodies with lenses attached, 2 extra lenses, microphones, accessories, and 15-inch Macbook Pro.More »