When it comes to tech gadgets, the coolest ones will always stop you in your tracks. You find yourself wanting them even if you suspect you don’t absolutely need them. But even if you don’t need them, it’s nice to treat yourself from time to time, and the best gadgets will still be incredibly useful and make your life easier.
1. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Samsung’s newest foldable phone definitely tops the list of coolest tech gadgets of 2021, even though it’s only available for pre-order at the moment. It’s a full-size smartphone touch screen that folds into a 4.2″ compact design for portability and convenience. The frame is made of sturdy aluminum that protects the hinge and the front and back cover are made of the toughest glass Galaxy Z has seen thus far. It’s got a 1.9″ cover screen that displays pressing notifications and it’s got Flex Mode for hands-free selfies.
2. Sonos Roam Smart Speaker
While the Nest Audio and Amazon Echo all have their relative merits as Wi-Fi smart speakers, and the UE Wonderboom 2 is the platonic ideal of the Bluetooth speaker, the Sonos Roam is a hybrid speaker that offers the best of both worlds with minimal compromise. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the Roam can take advantage of better audio quality and voice-controlled integration with Google Assistant and Alexa. When connected to your phone via Bluetooth, you can take the Roam wherever you want and have access to audio as long as your phone battery isn’t dead. Best of all, the Sonos Roam still links up with your existing ecosystem of Sonos products, giving you another speaker in your multi-room setup.
3. Oculus Quest 2
Virtual reality might be taking its time to have its ‘iPhone moment,’ but it is still very much the next big thing when it comes to the coolest tech gadgets. And there is not a single VR device that flashes that promise more than the Oculus Quest 2. Without the need for a powerful computer or special equipment, you can simply strap the Quest 2 to your head, pick up the controllers and move freely in VR space thanks to its inside out technology, which uses cameras on the outside of the headset to track your movement in the space around you. The Oculus Quest is currently sold out, but we expect inventory to rebound ahead of the holiday season, so stay tuned.
4. 2020 Apple M1 MacBook Air
Apple’s latest rendition of the MacBook Air is the best laptop you can buy, and transformed the entire industry when it was released back in 2020. Not only does it contain faster chips than 98% of laptops currently for sale, it’s got an 18 hour battery life that’ll last you all day. It’s also been built without a noisy fan, and nearly ever review when it first came out touted that it could handle every task thrown at it without one.
5. Anker Nebula Solar Portable Projector
Typically when you think of home theater projectors, you assume they require an overly involved installation process and a PhD-level knowledge of gear to set it all up. But we are in an era where you can pull out the Anker Nebula Solar. Barely bigger than a book, you can point it at a wall, and have it projecting an 120-inch, 1080p version of your favorite Netflix movie with out needing to configure the picture settings or find a power outlet.
These are some of the best techie gadgets currently.