Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Best New Gadgets Sonos introduced the second version of the Sonos Beam soundbar on Tuesday, which is remarkable for being a Dolby Atmos enabled soundbar that costs $449. The Beam is half the price of the flagship Sonos Arc (which is now $900 following a price rise that affected a lot of Sonos speakers), making it a cheap entrance into Dolby Atmos for those on a budget or with tiny spaces to fill. It won’t have the same quality (or quantity) of sound as the Arc without the upward-firing drivers, but for its size and price, it’s a worthwhile addition to many a Sonos system.
LG’s 325-inch DVLED TV
Best New Gadgets Look no farther than LG’s newest gargantuan display if you’re searching for a home theatre that truly puts the “theatre” in home theatre. LG’s Direct View LED Extreme Home Cinema Displays, which vary in resolution from 2K to 8K and size from 108 inches to 325 inches — or 9 feet to just over 27 feet — are less of a set of distinct items and more of an opportunity to buy bespoke displays. How much does it set you back? So, if you have to inquire… (A little over a mil and a half.)
Xiaomi 11T Pro
Best New Gadgets If you reside in the United States, you won’t have an easy time getting your hands on Xiaomi’s newest flagship, but it’s worth mentioning if only to discuss how it charges. The 11T Pro comes with a 120W charger that, according to Xiaomi, can charge the phone’s 5,000 mAh battery from 0-100 in 17 minutes. Apple’s MagSafe chargers, by comparison, deliver power at a rate of less than a tenth of that: 15W on the top end.
Do you really need your battery to go from zero to one hundred in 17 minutes? Most likely not. Is it beneficial to the battery? No, most likely. Isn’t it a show-stopper? Well, of course.
Canon EOS R3
No, it’s not for everyone, but Canon’s new sports-focused not-quite-flagship EOS R3 is a powerful piece of professional photographic equipment. The high-end full-frame mirrorless EOS R3 has a 24MP CMOS sensor, but the Dual Pixel AF system with automated tracking for humans, animals, and more, as well as the ability to shoot up to 30 frames per second (RAW!) with the electronic shutter, is perhaps its biggest selling point.
GoPro Hero 10 Black
Best New Gadgets GoPro’s newest action camera has a new, indigenous GP2 processor, which is the company’s follow-up to the GP1 microprocessor it released in 2017. The Hero 10 Black’s capacity to shoot 5.3K at 60 frames per second, 4K at 120 frames per second, and 2.7K at 240 frames per second is credited to that update. The Hero 10 Black’s cloud features are another highlight of the release: while connected to power, the GoPro can automatically upload your film to a cloud account if you pay $5 per month or $50 per year for a subscription. You can acquire it for $400 through GoPro, which includes a one-year membership to get you hooked. You may also purchase it without a sub for…$100 extra. Yes, it is.