Your Tech-Obsessed Guide to the Coolest Gadgets and Gizmos This Spring
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After a long, hard winter, spring is finally here! If the warming weather and blossoming flowers inspire you to pick up cleaning supplies, there may be one more area in your life that might need a refresh: technology. Every year, some remarkable products hit the market, from wearable tech to home improvement to gaming gadgets. Tech lovers will agree that technology has made our life easier, but these gadgets are just plain fun (we’re thinking PSP and drones).
With such great offers available online right now due to spring sales, give yourself a small (or big) indulgence or update something in the house that makes your life convenient. We’ve curated this list for tech enthusiasts with irresistibly cool gadgets—you might find something here that you bookmarked to buy later.
Spring Spruce for Home
TV Screen Turned Art Decor
43" Class The Frame QLED 4K UHD HDR Smart TV (2020), $999.99 at Samsung
A TV screen that turns into a piece of art? Now that’s luxe functionality taken to the next level! On Netflix’s show Queer Eye, designer Bobby Berk decorates a living room with this new technology and even actress Hilary Duff has one! Samsung’s The Frame was launched in 2017, and it has gone through many upgrades, introducing new sizes and expanding the art gallery. It comes with 4K resolution and QLED screen that adjusts the picture according to the room’s lighting, which has built-in voice assistant options and offers a multi-view selection that splits the screen.
The price may seem a bit steep, but The Frame enhances any space with its sleek design and art mode concept that the value matches up to the price. The Frame Art Store subscription is free for the first three months and you can also set it up with your own pictures. Customize the colors of the frame or get a stand for the TV—nothing like proudly displaying your works of art!
The Ultimate Cord-Free Vacuum
Dyson V11 Vacuum Cleaner, $559.99 at Best Buy
Dyson V11 is a top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner—maybe the best one the company has come up with yet. One major minus is that it’s super expensive, so you really need to analyze its usefulness for your house. It’s a cordless vacuum cleaner, with three modes—Eco, Auto, Boost—that you can change on its LCD display. It’s powerful, no doubt about that, and on the Eco mode, its life can last for up to an hour, which is enough to take care of most households. Pet owners, this one will definitely make a difference because it can clear up all the pet hair clinging on sofas, carpets, and around the house.
V11 comes with an array of attachments, including mini motorized, crevice, and a docking station. Another positive for the mean machine: you can empty its bin without touching the trash with its ‘point and shoot’ mechanism.
Best Buy is offering the Dyson V11 at a $100 discount right now from its selling price of $699.99, so it’s worth considering if you’re looking to retire the old vacuum.
Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $249 at Walmart
We get it, the Bluetooth speaker market is flooded with different sizes, designs, and technology, so there’s plenty to choose from. But our pick for this spring is the Bose SoundLink Revolve+, another incredible product by the American audio maker.
So, what makes it special? For one, its 360-degree design with wraparound grille ensures that everyone in the room has the same audio experience. Plus, it’s portable with a handle up top and the aluminum body is water-resistant. The battery lasts for 16 hours and the bass is powerful, even outdoors. And, it also has voice prompts and voice assistants. The speaker may look small, but it’s one of the best in the market right now.
ALLCACA Multi-device Charging Station, $26.49 at Walmart
With so many gadgets in our life, things can get messy. Enter this multi-device charging stand and organizer! It has six USB ports and comes with two Android cables, two iPhone cables and two type-C cables. It’s energy-efficient and noiseless. So, stack up all your phones, Kindles, and tablets and keep everything neat and tidy.
Health Positive Tech
KeySmart CleanTray UV Light Sterilizer, $99.99 $79.99 at Office Depot
Our mobile phones are dirtier than a toilet seat, and bacteria and viruses are living merrily on these surfaces. When was the last time you sanitized your devices before COVID-19? After the pandemic hit, we have definitely become more careful about hygiene and sanitation, so our everyday products are finally getting much-desired attention.
With this KeySmart CleanTray, you can sanitize your phone, keys, wallet, masks, Airpods, and pretty much anything that fits into the box. It kills 99.99 percent of germs in five minutes and is a great addition to your home or office, especially in these times. You can also infuse your stuff with sweet fragrances with its essential oil compartment. Plus, it has a 20,000-hour lifespan!
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500 Rechargeable Toothbrush, $263.99 at Best Buy
While we’re not underestimating regular toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes have taken dental hygiene up a notch. This Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500 Toothbrush (phew, that’s a long name) has three different brush heads and a tongue brush for cleaning your teeth, tongue, and gums. With the Philips Sonicare app, you can get real-time feedback on how and where to clean. It also has different modes and intensities and comes with a travel case and a convenient glass charging station. Philip claims that this smart sensor technology toothbrush removes 10 times more plaque than a manual brush and gives users seven times healthier gums in two weeks!
You Better Watch Out
Apple Watch Series 6, $399 at Best Buy
Wearable tech has grown leaps and bound in the last few years, and Apple has claimed the top spot with its Apple Watch. The new version, Series 6, came out last year with one significant upgrade: a blood oxygen sensor. It’s much faster than the previous models and the always-on display is also brighter. You can track your sleep, get ECG reports, answer texts and calls, and track your activity and workouts. Battery life is a common criticism that Apple faces with its smartwatches, and if you’re wearing it at night to analyze your sleep patterns, you’ll need to charge it during the day. There are various sizes and colors available, but you need to have an iPhone 6s or a succeeding model for this cool tech accessory.
Not Under My Fitness Watch
Polar Vantage V2, $499.95 at Walmart
If you’re seriously considering buying a watch to track your active life, then the Polar Vantage V2 multi-sport watch might be what you’re looking for. Polar Vantage V2 is light-weight and its battery lasts for up to 100 hours when you enable multiple power save options. Compatible with iOS and Android, this GPS watch monitors your heart rate, keeps track of your progress, and offers recovery feedback. It has unique metrics for different activities, from running and cycling to swimming and sailing. Some of its features include: Running Performance Test, Cycling Performance Test, Leg Recovery Test, Sleep Plus Stages™, Free Running Programs, Swimming Metrics, FitSpark™ Training Guide, among others. You also get access to the Polar Flow platform that gives you data for your training and performance—this stuff is truly hardcore.
Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., $49.99 at Best Buy
This is a limited-edition handheld for your retro collection! Nintendo is celebrating 35 years of Super Mario Bros. with this game and watch that has just three games: Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Ball (the first-ever watch game featuring Mario). This small handheld has an LCD screen and buttons and can be charged using a USB cable, which is included.
It can’t be compared to your PSP or Xbox—it’s just a fun clock with a bunch of games. But if you’re a Nintendo fan, you would want to get your hands on this one up for sentimental reasons. It’s not high-tech by any stretch of the imagination and that’s the charm. It’s a classic handheld device that’ll make you nostalgic for a simpler time.
The Drone Wars
DJI Mini 2 Drone, $599.99 at Best Buy
If you’re testing the waters of aerial photography and drone technology, then DJI Mini 2 drone will help you soar. This small, light-weight (less than 250 grams so you don’t need Federal Aviation Administration registration) drone is portable and has better wind resistance than the previous model. It also supports up to 10km of video transmission with OcuSync, has a 12-megapixel camera, and can shoot 4K video up to 30 frames per second. Beginners, this one is a fun starting point if you don’t mind its slightly less efficient zoom.
Get Your Headphones in the Game
Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones, $311.62 at Walmart
Noise cancellation headphones come in handy every day, whether you’re traveling on public transport or trying to concentrate in a cafe or open-floor co-working space. Sony has made its presence known in this category with its over-ear headphones, and gamers will also enjoy the sound of this recommendation.
The updated WH-1000XM4 is more comfortable than its 2018 version and has better voice calling. Noise cancellation is top-notch and it also connects to two devices simultaneously. You can adjust ambient noise through its app and still listen to announcements, and there’s another neat trick of covering the right earcup with your hand and it pauses the music to let you have a quick chat. The speak-to-chat feature is also useful—it pauses the music when you start talking and allows ambient sounds in. There are touch sensors to control volume, play/pause, and answer phones, and the WH-1000XM4 proudly plays for up to 30 hours on a single charge.
Time to Movie on
Epson Home Cinema 2250 Projector, $999 $899 at Best Buy
Planning a lot of date nights at home? You can now enhance your movie experience with this extra bright projector that has built-in Android TV (so HBO and Hulu will be quick access). The resolution is 1080p on this one and it also has a vertical lens shift, so you can position the image without moving the projector. This home cinema is a boon for movie buffs, so make some popcorn and press play.