Big kids need toys too, and nothing reduces an adult to a state of childlike wonder like a cool new gadget. The editors at Reviewed share their picks for this year’s best electronics, including televisions, cameras and headphones. And of course, there’s a drone.
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LG C8 Series
The LG C8 is uniquely positioned in 2018 as the most affordable of LG’s core OLED lineup. All in all, the C8 delivers the most power at the cheapest price, making it our #1 TV pick this year.
The 6 Series is a top-notch performer that combines future-facing TV tech like 4K resolution and HDR specs with a svelte, voice-searchable version of the Roku platform. It’s easily the best TV in its price range.
The P-Series is one of Vizio’s best TVs in 2018, and the 55-inch model is the best TV under $1,000 that we’ve reviewed. You’re getting higher brightness and more color than the last year’s model, a better design, and more far-reaching smart features.
The 2018 55-inch Vizio E-Series year is easily the best overall choice for most people on a budget. You get a 4K display, HDR, excellent contrast, and accurate colors. Pound for pound, the 2018 E-Series is a great choice if you want a solid TV.
If you spend more time playing games than watching Netflix or channel surfing, you’ve probably got slightly different priorities than the average person when it comes to buying a new TV. The 55-inch specifically is our top pick for most gamers.
The Ultra is Roku’s the top-of-the-line model and still our favorite streaming device. It supports 4K and HDR content at up to 60 frames per second, comes with Roku’s most advanced remote, and there’s even remote location button on the box itself.
These headphones combine thick memory foam padding, an aluminum/magnesium housing, and rich, consumer-friendly sound. The result is a luxurious combination of comfort and high-fidelity audio that make them well worth the asking price.
The active noise cancellation works perfectly to cut out many noises—from the deep rumbles of subway trains to high-pitched HVAC humming. The 35 IIs are light enough to be worn for hours at a time, and last about 20 hours on a single charge.
Just pop open the dental floss-sized charging case and they automatically pair with your iPhone or MacBook. When you’re done listening, just pop them back into the case and they’ll magnetically slot into their chargers and automatically disconnect.
While they aren’t necessarily the best headphones we’ve ever tried, they’re just about the best under-$100 in-ear headphones we’ve tested to date. They’re stylish, sound great, and complement every genre of music.
The Dell XPS 15 (2018) stands as an experiment gone right. This 2-in-1 convertible—with its sturdy hinged screen, powerful 8th Gen Intel processor, and Radeon RX Vega graphics—is one hell of a powerhouse.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC flash storage, is a pure productivity machine—and the perfect laptop for students. It’s easily fast enough to handle simple tasks like streaming Netflix or surfing the web.
One of the best bargain laptops of 2016, the Acer Aspire crams great battery life, a 15.6-inch FHD screen, and competitive Intel chips (with optional Nvidia graphics). You’re also getting a standard 4 GB of RAM and a 1 TB spinning hard drive.
The Sony Alpha a9 is the kind of camera that only comes along once every couple of years. It’s a world-beating mirrorless model with the autofocus and burst shooting chops to credibly stand toe-to-toe with the best Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
The nuanced controls and rear-tilting touchscreen LCD make you feel like you’re handling a much pricier model. And of course, the LX10 takes good still photos and even better video—Panasonic’s 4K capture is among the best.
For under $200, this drone has just about anything you could ask for: stability, GPS, a 1080p camera, and more. It’s also a variable speed drone, meaning it can fly slower for precision flying or faster if you have lots of ground to cover.
It’s slim enough to slide into a backpack without taking up much space. The clincher, however, is the pack’s functionality: There are two USB ports—one that’s Quick Charge compatible, and a USB C port—giving this the edge over its competitors.