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The world of new tech and gadgets is fast-moving and non-stop. It seems like every month, every week and even every day, something new and exciting gets announced. From hi-fi headphones to the latest Sonos speakers, bookshelf speakers to gorgeous (and huge) TVs, the newest Apple gadgets to noise-canceling wireless earbuds — the sheer volume of new products can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re aiming to make it just a bit easier.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best new tech and gadgets that been announced thus far in 2023. We’ll be regularly updating this post with the coolest new gadgets that you should keep on your radar, so stay tuned for more as the year goes on.
Last updated: May 12, 2023
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The Nikon Z8 is effectively a smaller version of the company’s Z9. The full-frame mirrorless camera has many of the same features, including the same backside-illuminated sensor and ability to shoot 8K/60fps RAW video, but it’s smaller and roughly $1,500 cheaper.
Price: $3,997+ (body only)
Audioengine D1 (2nd-Generation)
Audioengine announced a second-generation version of its D1 headphone DAC/amp. The new model shares a similar look and price as its predecessor, but has upgraded internals and a new USB-C connection.
Asus ROG Ally
The Asus ROG Ally is the newest handheld gaming PC and an obvious rival to the Valve Steam Deck. It has a 7-inch HD touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh rate and is powered by AMD Z1 Extreme chip. For an extra $100, you can purchase a high-end version with an AMD Z1 Extreme chip.
Google Pixel Fold
The Google Pixel Fold is the company’s first foldable smartphone. When closed, it works as a 5.8-inch smartphone. When opened, it transforms into a 7.6-inch tablet. It’s powered by the same Tensor G2 chip as Google’s Pixel 7 and 7 Pro (and newest 7a) smartphones.
Google Pixel Tablet
The Pixel Tablet is Google’s first ever tablet. It’s unique because it comes with a companion dock that turns it into a full-fledged smart display. It was announced last year, but Google failed to mention its price and availability — that has now changed. It’s available for preorder now and will ship next month (June 2023).
Google Pixel 7a
The Google Pixel 7a is the company’s newest budget smartphone and it’s powered by Google’s Tensor G2 processor (same as all the higher-end Pixels). Compared to last year’s Pixel 6a, the Pixel 7a has a much improved camera system (with a 72-percent larger main sensor) but comes with a $50 price hike. Available now.
The Sony SRS-XB100 is the company’s newest ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s essentially an improved version of the Sony SRS-XB13, as it looks basically the same but has improved sound and better built-in mics for when used as a speakerphone.
The Sony SRS-XV800 is the company’s newest party speaker. It’s quite large — weighing in at 45 pounds — and has integrated colored LED lights that you can customize.. It’s a unique speaker because it has wheels and it has a multitude of connections, including optical so you can even use it as a kind of soundbar for your TV.
The FiiO FT3 are the hi-fi company’s newest and most affordable pair of open-back headphones. They cost $299, yet still promise to deliver excellent and rich sound thanks to their large 60mm dynamic drivers. They are rated at 350 ohms, so you’ll need a separate amp to drive them.
NAD C 3050 Stereophonic Amplifier
The NAD C 3050 is a gorgeous amplifier that blends retro charm with modern technologies. It’s decked out with dual VU meters, push-button input selectors, a walnut vinyl-clad cabinet. Inside, it’s able to deliver 100-watts per channel. You can insert an optional module in its rear that supports BluOS high-resolution music streaming over Wi-Fi.
The BenQ V5000i is an “affordable” short-throw projector that is capable of delivering a true 4K picture up to 100 inches. It comes with a built-in Android operating system and speakers, and can be bundled with a compatible projector screen for $3,500. Available this July.
Sony Xperia 1 V
The Sony Xperia 1 V is the company’s newest flagship smartphone. It looks pretty similar to last year’s Xperia 1 IV, but the Xperia 1 V packs an improved camera system with a significantly larger main sensor.
Ring Indoor Cam (2nd Gen)
Ring’s second-generation model of its popular smart home camera is almost identical to its predecessor. The big difference is that the new model comes with a physical shutter that, when shut, prevents the camera from recording both audio and video.
Teenage Engineering CM-15
The Teenage Engineering CM-15 is the company’s first-ever microphone. It’s a high-end portable condenser microphone that’s meant for recording music or podcasts. It’s made almost entirely of metal and you can purchase a special miniature tripod stand for an extra $100.
Denon DNP-2000NE Network Player
The Denon DNP-2000NE is a high-end network player that’s positioned to work in with Denon PMA-1700NE amplifier and DCD- 1700NE CD Player. It’s a supports HEOS (for multi-room streaming) and is capable of playing audio tracks up to 32bit/384KHz.
Motorola Edge Plus (2023)
The Motorola Edge Plus is the company’s newest flagship smartphone and looks to be a bonafide rival (and cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus and Google Pixel 7 Pro. It has a 6.7-inch OLED display and is decked out with top-end specs. It’ll be available starting May 25.
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DJI Mavic 3 Pro
The DJI Mavic 3 Pro is the company’s new flagship drone and first with a triple-camera system. It’s essentially an upgraded version of the current Mavic 3, with an extra 70mm medium-tele camera. It also is $150 more expensive.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A5
The Beosound A5 is the most powerful portable speaker that B&O has ever made. It’s able to pump 280-watts of power and deliver 360-degrees of sound. The speaker supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, meaning it can be listened to in and around your home or taken with you on-the-go.
LG Gram SuperSlim
The LG Gram SuperSlim is the company’s thinnest Gram laptop ever. It’s jus 0.43-inches thick, making it thinner than Apple’s current MacBook AIr. It also has a beautiful 15-inch OLED display.
Moment The Tuner by Module 8
Moment ‘s Tuner by Module 8 is the “world’s first variable-look cinematic lens system.” You attach it to your mirrorless camera and it delivers the aesthetic of a classic film. Essentially, it’s a more affordable alternative to buying rare vintage lenses.
Price: $2,000 ($999 Early Bird Kickstarter special)
iFi Go Pod
The iFi Go Pod is a Bluetooth adapter that makes your wired IEMs work wirelessly. The pair of dongles, each with its own built-in hi-fi DAC and headphone amp, attaches where your IEMs where its detachable cable would normally go. It will not work if IEMs don’t have detachable cables.
Schiit Audio Syn
The California company’s newest hi-fi component, Syn, is truly unique. It’s a DAC, remote control preamp and headphone amp all rolled into one compact box. It’s a versatile component that’s designed to make listening to surround sound (and then switching back to stereo) super fun and easy.
HP Envy x360 (2023)
HP announced three new Envy x360 2-in-1 PCs for 2023 — which are 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch — each of which has been updated with improved webcams, Intel’s 13th-gen processors and improved graphics cards. The big news is that the 15-inch model is the first PC that has been IMAX Enhanced certified, allowing it to deliver immersive spatial audio.
Price: $849+ (14-inch model)
Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023)
Acer announced a next-gen version of its eco-friendly laptop. The newest Aspire Vero 15 is outfitted with Intel’s 13th-gen processor and an improved webcam. Additionally, it’s made of even more — now 40-percent, up from 30-percent — recycled materials.
Acer Swift X 16 (2023)
Acer announced a refreshed version of its 16-inch lightweight laptop. The 2023 edition of the Swift X 16 has been updated with AMD’s new 7040-series processors and improved graphics cards. It has a redesigned, more lightweight design that also promises improved thermal performance. It’ll be available this July.
Anker Soundcore Motion X600
The Soundcore Motion X600 is Anker’s biggest portable speaker to date. It’s also unique because it has a dedicated upward-firing driver, which helps the speaker sound more immersive than just standard mono or stereo.
Leica M11 Monochrom
Leica announced a monochrome version of its flagship M11 camera that was released in early 2022. The M11 Monochrom shares the same look, feel and 60-megapixel sensor as the M11, but actually comes with more storage (256GB instead of 64GB).
DJI Inspire 3
The DJI Inspire 3 is the company’s newest drone, but it’s not designed (or priced) for most consumers — it’s meant for filmmakers. It has a full-frame sensor and is capable of shooting 8K video. It also has vastly improved flying and shooting capabilities over the seven-year-old Inspire 2.
Focal Theva Series
The Focal Theva is the French high-end audio company’s new entry-level series of loudspeakers. The series includes a pair of bookshelf speakers and three pairs of floorstanding speakers, as well as a center channel and on-wall speakers.
Price: $998+ (bookshelf speakers)
Garmin Instinct 2X Solar
Garmin announced an updated version of the Instinct 2 smartwatch that it announced last year. The Instinct 2X Solar is essentially an even more rugged and adventure-focused smartwatch, but it has a larger bezel, a built-in LED flashlight and solar charging capabilities.
Q Acoustics 5000 Series
The popular British hi-fi company announced a mid-range line of loudspeakers that sits between its entry-level 3000i series and high-end Concept series. The 5000 series consists of two pairs of bookshelf speakers, two pairs of floorstanding speakers and a center-channel speaker.
Plugable USB-C 5-in-1 Hub
Plugable’s new 5-in-1 USB-C Hub is designed to add extra ports to your new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It adds USB-A (2x), USB-C (2x), Gigabit Ethernet and an audio jack. Plus there’s even a vacant slot to fit your MagSafe charger.
Astell&Kern A&norma SR35
The A&norma SR35 is a new entry-level portable hi-fi player by Astell&Kern. It has four built-in DACs and three analog outputs. As you’d expect, it supports basically every lossless audio format (including DSD256 and MQA files) and streaming service, including Tidal and Apple Music.
PSB M4U TWM
The PSB M4U TWM are next-gen wireless earbuds and they have a similar hybrid planar dual driver design as the company’s loudspeakers. They support active noise-cancellation and transparency modes.
Kasa Smart KP125M
TP-Link has officially launched its first Matter-certified smart plug, the Kasa Smart KP125M, meaning that once it’s setup, it can integrate it into any smart ecosystem you have. The Kasa Smart KP125M is a simple smart plug that can control a single device (such as a lamp or fan).
Price: $40 (2-pack)
OnePlus Nord Buds 2
The Nord Buds 2 are the company’s second-generation wireless earbuds.They are twice as expensive as the original Nord Buds, but promise improved sound quality and, most significantly, add active noise-cancellation and transparency modes. They cost just $60.
Microsoft Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock
Microsoft has a next-gen beast of a docking station for its Surface laptops, with the biggest change being that instead of the company’s proprietary Surface Connect port, the new dock connects via USB-C. The benefit here is that you can use it with any USB-C laptop, not just one from Microsoft’s Surface line.
PSB M4U 9
The PSB M4U 9 is the company’s newest flagship pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones. They are capable of tuning their sound based on your hearing abilities. And they also support RoomFeel technology to deliver a warm sound with a wide soundstage that’s similar to PSB’s loudspeakers.
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The Sony ZV-E1 is positioned as the ultimate vlogging camera. It’s the first full-frame camera in Sony’s ZV line and it packs premium features galore. Essentially, it takes the sensor from the Sony FX3 and the smarts of the Sony A7R V, and puts them in a super compact body.
The company best known for its action cameras has announced its first smartphone gimbal. The Insta360 Flow has a multitude of smart tracking features, a 3-axis stabilizer and a built-in selfie stick. It’s compatible with iPhone and Android.
Jabra Elite 4
Jabra’s newest wireless earbuds aim to deliver premium features at a sub-$100 price. The Elite 4 support active noise-cancellation and Bluetooth multipoint, and they have an IP55 water-resistance rating. Available in several different colors.
The FiiO M15S does double duty as a portable hi-fi player and a desktop DAC/amplifier — it can switch between desktop and portable modes. It has dual DACs and supports audio files up to 384kHz/DSD256. It has five adjustable gain levels and is capable of driving most IEMs and high-end headphones.
DJI Goggles Integra
The Goggles Integra is a new set of goggles that’s specially designed to work with its Avata FPV drone. It’s $150 more affordable than the existing Goggles 2, but also has a more ergonomic design and an integrated battery (both things the Goggles 2 lack). DJI also announced a new RC Motion 2 controller for the Avata, too.
Nothing Ear (2)
Nothing announced the second-generation of its flagship wireless earbuds. The Ear (2) look basically identical to the Ear (1), but have improved sound, active noise-cancellation and host of new features, including Bluetooth multipoint and more customizable EQ settings.
Nomad Stand One
The Stand One is wireless charging stand that fully supports MagSafe. It’s unique because it’s a made of really premium materials — a solid metal body paired with a glass top — and weighs just over a pound. Available in silver or black (carbide).
Nanoleaf Matter A19
Nanoleaf, the popular smart lighting brand, announced its first smart lights that work with Matter. In addition to this A19 bulb (pictured), it announced several other smart bulbs and a smart lighting strip — all of which support Matter.
Samsung S90C OLED TV
Samsung is finally making more OLED TVs. The S90C is a QD-OLED — so an OLED TV that’s integrated with quantum dot technology (for more vibrant colors) — and it’s notable because it’s Samsung’s cheapest OLED TV to date. A 55-inch model costs $1,899.
Price: $1,899 (55-inch model)
LG 49-inch Curved UltraGear
LG announced the pricing and availability of its new 49-inch curved UltraGear monitor. The new monitor (49GR85DC-B) has a DQHD (5120 x 1440) display with an ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio and an 1000R curvature. It will be available starting April 2.
The Schiit Rekkr is a tiny and affordable desktop-sized amplifier designed to drive smaller passive speakers or near-field monitors. The Schiit Rekkr is a low-powered amplifier that drives at just two-watts per channel. Available in black or silver finishes.
The Gjallarhorn is another new affordable desktop amplifer by Schiit, and it’s an essentially beefed-up version of Schiit’s Rekkr. It’s roughly twice the size, twice the price and is capable of delivering substantially more power: up to 10-watts per channel.
Master & Dynamic MH40 Wireless (Gen 2)
Master & Dynamic has released a new-and-improved version of its original MH40 headphones. The second-generation MH40 Wireless have the same leather and metal design, but boast improved sound, app compatibility and longer battery life.
The Ikea Vappeby is the company’s first rugged and waterproof portable speaker. It has an IP67 water-resistance rating and promises up to 80 hours of playtime (at 50-percent volume). It’s also just $15. Available in three finishes: black, yellow or red.
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is the newest addition to the company’s midrange line of A-Series smartphones. It has a triple rear-camera (main, ultra-wide, and macro camera) system, a 6.4-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and 128GB of storage. It will be available on April 6.
FiiO K9 Pro ESS
The FiiO K9 Pro ESS is a high-end desktop headphone amplifier/DAC capable of playing lossless audio (up to 32-bit/384kHz) and driving a wide variety of headphones (impedances ranging from 16 to 600 ohms). It also supports Bluetooth streaming, including aptX HD and LDAC codecs.
ESR Geo Wallet Stand
This is the first MagSafe wallet to support Apple’s Find My — if it becomes detached from your iPhone, you’ll still be able to locate it via the Find My app. The wallet itself has a built-in kickstand and three card slots. It’s available on Kickstarter right now.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus (in Yellow)
As part of its mid-year cycle, Apple has announced that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are available in a new color: yellow. They cost the same as other colored iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 models. Both can be preordered now and will start shipping March 14.
Price: $799 (14); $899 (14 Plus)
Sonos Era 300
The Era 300 is a speaker specifically designed to play immersive audio that supports Dolby Atmos. It has a total of six drivers — including one that fires upward — and you can configure two as really immersive rear-channel speakers when paired with a Sonos soundbar.
Sonos Era 100
The Era 100 is a “remastered” version of the One speaker. It has an extra tweeter and a larger mid-woofer. It also supports Bluetooth and line-in (via USB-C) connections. It’s available for preorder and will ship on March 28th.
Wyze Gaming Headset
Wyze, the company best known for its affordable ecosystem of smart home gadgets, continues to surprise us — it’s newest gadget is a wireless gaming headset. It costs just $60 and can get up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge (via USB-C).
Ring Battery Doorbell Plus
This is Ring’s new battery-powered video doorbell. Aside from being wireless, it has a couple key upgrades over Ring’s previous video doorbells, including delivering a higher-resolution picture and an improved field-of-view so you can see if a package was left near the foot of your door.
ReMarkable Type Folio
ReMarkable released a keyboard case for its Remarkable 2. Whereas before you could only draw and take hand-written notes (which could then be turned into text) on the super-thin e-ink tablet, the Type Folio transforms it into a really capable note-taking machine.
Roku Select and Roku Plus Series TVs
Earlier this year at CES, Roku announced that it was going to finally make its TVs. This week, it announced that those TVs are available now. You can get a 65-inch Roku Plus TV (pictured) — which is the higher-end of the two lines — for under $800.
Price: $799 (65-inch model)
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A9 (Gen 5)
Bang & Olufsen introduced a new future-proof version of its Beosound A9 free-standing wireless speaker. It has pretty much the same circular design as its 2012-released predecessor, but comes with modular guts that can be replaced in time if its wireless streaming technology becomes obsolete.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound 2 (3rd-Gen)
The third-generation Beosound 2 is a multi-room wireless speaker — it has same cone-shaped design that’s made out of high-grade aluminium as its predecessors. The only real upgrade is that it has modular internals, which can be replaced in case its power or connectivity become obsolete, making it “future-proof”.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 12
The Instax Mini 12 is Fujifilm’s newest instant film camera. Compared to its predecessor, the Instax Mini 11, the “12” is very similar. The biggest difference is it has a new lens that you can twist to enable a new “close-up” mode.
Jabra Speak2 75
Jabra announced its new Speak2 range of speakerphones designed for hybrid work environments. There are three sizes (from biggest to smallest): Speak2 75 (pictured), Speak2 55 and Speak2 40. All have advanced mics and updated noise-reduction technology.
Price: $169 (40); $189 (55); $369 (75)
The FiiO R7 is for people who take desktop audio really serious. It’s a high-resolution audio player, streamer and headphone amplifier that’s specifically designed for your desktop setup. It has a touchscreen and 64GB of local storage (also supports up to 2TB storage via microSD card).
Klipsch The Nines
Klipsch’s newest set of powered speakers, The Nines, are essentially a bigger version of the company’s 2020-released The Fives. They have same vintage design and a multitude of wireless and wired connections (including HDMI-ARC for connecting to your TV).
LG XBoom XL7
The LG XBoom XL7 is the company’s newest “portable” Bluetooth speaker designed for outdoor parties. It’s 32 pounds, so it’s not exactly easy to move, and has with an front-facing LED panel for really setting the party mood.
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 (Gen 2) and Z16 (Gen 2)
Lenovo’s second-generation of its ThinkPad Z13 and Z16 laptops have been updated with next-gen AMD processors and larger touchpads. You’ll be able to configure the ThinkPad Z13 (Gen 2) with an optional all-natural lid made out of flaxseeds. Available this July.
Price: $1,249+ (Z13); $1,749 (Z16)
Honor Magic Vs
The Honor Magic Vs is the company’s first foldable smartphone that will be available outside of Asia. It has similar design as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 — both flip horizontally open to reveal a larger “more tablet-sized” display — but should be slightly more affordable.
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The Sony WH-CH720N are the company’s newest mid-range pair of noise-canceling headphones — you can think of them as an affordable alternative to Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM5. The new models promise up to 35 hours of battery life with ANC turned on.
Beats Fit Pro (New Colors)
The Beats Fit Pro were originally released in late 2021 and continue to be one of our favorite wireless earbuds for running. This week, Beats introduced three new color options: coral pink, volt yellow and tidal blue.
The Yamaha YH-E700B are the company’s new flagship wireless noise-canceling headphones. Compared to their predecessors, the Yamaha YH-E700A, the new models have an all-new design and promise significantly more powerful noise-cancellation.
Mophie Powerstation (2023)
Mophie’s newest Powerstation is a 10,000mAh portable battery that’s capable of charging three devices at the same time. It has two USB-A ports along with USB-C PD port that’s capable of fast-charging most smartphones at 20-watts.
Mophie Powerstation XL
The Powerstation XL is a higher-capacity version of Mophie’s Powerstation. It has the same three charging ports but at 20,000mAh, the “XL” portable battery has double the juice.
Mophie Powerstation Pro AC
The Mophie Powerstation Pro AC is a 27,000 mAh portable battery that’s capable of charging four devices at once thanks to two USB-C ports, a USB-A port, and an AC port. It’s capable of dishing out 130-watts of combined power and up to 60-watts over USB-C PD (for your laptop).
TAD Labs Compact Evolution CE1TX
Technical Audio Devices (TAD)’s Compact Evolution CE1TX is a new super high-end pair of stand-mounted loudspeakers. They’re essentially the next-gen versions of the company’s Compact Evolution CE1 speakers with an improved woofer and midrange drivers (along with several other acoustic upgrades).
Price: $32,500 (pair)
Ikea Vindstryka Air Quality Sensor
Ikea’s newest smart home gadget, Vindstryka, is a smart air quality sensor for your home. It has a large display to show you the air pollutant level in a given room. It’ll work with the company’s Dirigera smart hub and be available in April. No pricing info has been announced.
This is Plugable’s first docking station that’s specifically designed to work with Chromebooks. It lets you use up to two external monitors with your Chromebook, plus adds a variety of other ports.
Roland VMH-D1 V-Drums
Roland and V-Moda collaborated on the VMH-D1 V-Drums, a unique pair of headphones designed to work with an electronic drum set. They have custom 50 mm drivers that promise to deliver dynamic full range sound. And they have extra-long 10-foot cable.
The WiiM Mini is a Wi-Fi-connected streamer that allows you to add Wi-Fi support to any powered speaker, receiver or hi-fi system. It supports Siri and Alexa, meaning you can use your voice to control music. And it has a built-in DAC that supports up to 24-bit/192 kHz audio.
The WiiM Pro is a wireless streamer that’s essentially a more beefed up and more hi-fi version of the WiiM Mini. The other big addition is that it has support for Chromecast Audio and works with Google’s smart ecosystem.
DJI Mini 2 SE
The DJI Mini 2 SE is the company’s new ultraportable drone and the successor to the Mini SE. The “2” version is the same size as its predecessor and has the same photo and video quality, but delivers improved flight performance and intelligence.
KEF R Meta Series
The KEF R Meta series is an improved line of midrange loudspeakers — which consists of several floorstanding, bookshelf and home theater speakers. All have been upgraded with the same sound-absorbing metamaterial tech that’s in the company’s even higher-end loudspeakers.
Price: $1,600 — $3,250
Sennheiser HD 660S2
The Sennheiser HD 660S2 are the successor to the popular 2017-released HD 660S open-back headphones. The new models look almost identical but have revamped drivers that promise improved bass and an overall warmer sound.
Starting at $1,500, the Canon R8 is the company’s lightest and most affordable full-frame mirrorless camera yet. It features the same sensor (24.2MP full-frame CMOS) that’s in the EOS R6 Mark II and can capture 4K video up to 60 fps.
Price: $1,500+ (body only)
The Canon R50 is a new entry-level mirrorless camera and a successor to the M50. The big difference from the M50 is that the new R50 works with the company’s RF system of lenses. Additionally, it also boasts an improved sensor and processor.
Price: $680+ (body only)
OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro
The well-known Android smartphone maker has collaborated with Keychron to create its first ever mechanical keyboard. The Keyboard 81 Pro has a CNC aluminum body, clicky switches and thermoplastic keycaps. It can be used wired or wirelessly.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the company’s new “best of the best” flagship smartphone. It has the biggest and brightest display, the biggest battery, the best camera system (now with a 200MP sensor) and it comes with an embedded S Pen stylus for note-taking.
Samsung Galaxy S23
The Samsung Galaxy S23 is the smallest and most affordable of the company’s three new flagship smartphones. It has a 6.1-inch display and the same triple rear camera system as the Ultra, except the main camera has a 50-megapixel sensor instead of the Ultra’s 200-megapixel sensor).
Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus is essentially a bigger version of the Galaxy S23 (but it’s still not as big as the Ultra). Compared to the Galaxy S23, the “Plus” version has a bigger display (6.6-inch vs 6.1-inch), a bigger battery, and comes with double the base storage.
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra
The Galaxy Book3 Pro Ultra is the most high-end laptop in Samsung’s new Galaxy Book3 Pro series — and it’s essentially a direct competitor to Apple’s MacBook Pros. It’s a clamshell-style laptop that’s a beefed-up version of the 16-inch Galaxy Book3 Pro.
Sonus Faber Aster
Sonus Faber — the Italian hi-fi maker best known for its gorgeous and super high-end loudspeakers — has announced its first-ever outdoor speaker. The Aster is a wireless speaker with an IP65 rating and is probably best suited for public spaces like restaurants or museums.
Marshall has made a number of portable Bluetooth speakers over the last few years. The Middleton is different because it’s bigger. At four pounds, it’s the company’s largest portable Bluetooth speaker with an IP67 water-resistance rating.
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever
Schlage’s newest smart lock has built-in Wi-Fi (no separate hub required) so you can remotely lock, unlock and check the status of the door. The Encode Smart WiFi Lever is different in that it’s designed for interior doors without a deadbolt, such as an closet or an office.
Garmin Vivomove Trend
The Garmin Vivomove Trend is the company’s new stylish hybrid smartwatch and it’s unique because it’s the company’s first smartphone that supports Qi wireless charging. Like its other Vivomove smartwatches, the Trend has a hidden display for alerts and activity tracking.
Sony recently announced several new AV receivers and the STR-AN1000 is the most affordable of the bunch. It’s a 7.2-channel receiver that supports 8K (a first for Sony). Most interesting, it certified to work with Sonos speakers as well as Sony’s HT-A series of soundbars.
McIntosh announced in first AV receiver in several years. The MHT300 is a gorgeous and powerful 7.2-channel that can deliver 150 watts per channel. It basically supports every audio and video technology you’d want, but the catch is its price. You probably can’t afford it.
Satechi Pro Hub Slim
The Satechi Pro Hub Slim is the company’s newest hub that’s specifically designed to work with Apple’s M2 MacBook Air and M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pros. You can even match the laptop’s finish. It adds a total of seven ports and supports up to 100-watt passthrough charging.
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Samsung Viewfinity S9
The Samsung Viewfinity S9 is a 27-inch 5K monitor with an anti-glare display, a built-in 4K webcam and a wide variety of ports. It also comes with the Samsung’s Tizen smart operating system, which effectively allows it to work as a smart TV.
The FiiO BTR7 is a gorgeous portable DAC/amplifier that has a tiny screen for displaying the audio’s bitrate and volume. It’s unique because it supports wireless charging and has built-in Bluetooth, meaning you don’t have to have it directly connected to your smartphone or laptop if you don’t want to.
The Sony NW-A306 is the company’s newest portable hi-fi player in its Walkman line — and it’s really affordable. It runs an Android operating system and is capable of playing lossless quality audio. The only real downside is that it only comes with 32GB of storage.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a a 57-inch gaming monitor with an 8K display and a 1000R curvature; according to Samsung, it’s the first gaming monitor that delivers a 7,680×2,160 resolution and a 32:9 aspect ratio in one screen. It’ll be available later this year.
Astell&Kern AK HC3
The Astell&Kern AK HC3 is high-quality USB DAC for your smartphone that’s capable of playing up to 32-bit/384kHz audio. It connects to your device via USB-C, but a Lightning adapter is included in the box for iPhone users, too.
LG C3 OLED
Announced at CES, the LG C3 is poised to be the most popular of LG’s newest OLEDs. It’s the direct successor to the 2022-released C2 and looks very similar. The main difference is that it to get up to 70-percent brighter. Pricing and availability information has not yet been released.
The TCL Q-Series is the company’s upcoming line of premium 4K TVs that are replacing last year’s 6-Series. The new models boast quantum dot technology, Mini LED backlighting, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and they will run Google TV operating system (so no Roku option).
Astell&Kern Acro CA1000t
The Astell&Kern Acro CA1000t is a high-end headphone amplifier and music player. It’s jammed packed with wired and wireless (including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) connectivity options. It has a built-in battery, too, so you take your hi-fi setup mobile.
Wyze Cam Pan v3
The third-generation Wyze Cam Pan is unique because, like its predecessors, it allows you to adjust the viewing angle — you can pan and tilt the camera — from its app. The new model has an updated design that’s now water resistant (IP65 rated). The camera also has a wider field of view.
Wyze Cam OG
The Wyze Cam OG is the company’s newest entry-level smart home camera. It costs just $20 and comes with pretty much all the features of the other basic smart cameras, including 1080p video, two-way talk and motion detection. There’s also a new model with a telephoto lens that costs an extra $10.
Sony InZone M3
The Sony InZone M3 is a 27-inch gaming monitor that looks fairly similar to the InZone M9 ($899), but it doesn’t have the same resolution — it’s 1080p instead of 4K — or full-array local dimming. It has a 240Hz refresh rate (with VRR support) and HDMI 2.1 connectivity.
Apple HomePod (2nd Generation)
Apple’s second-generation HomePod is slightly smaller than the original “full-sized” HomePod. It doesn’t have as many drivers, but thanks to increased processing power is designed to sound exactly like the original. The kicker is that this new HomePod is $50 cheaper.
M2 Mac Mini (2023)
Apple has brought the power of its M2 and M2 Pro chipsets to the Mac Mini. The new models look basically the same as their predecessors, but the new chipsets deliver a big boost in performance and efficiency. You can buy the M2 Mac Mini for as low as $599, which is $100 cheaper than before.
Price: $599+ (M2); $1,299+ (M2 Pro)
M2 Pro MacBook Pro (2023)
Apple announced new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros that look identical to their predecessors. The big difference is that the new laptops have been updated with Apple’s super powerful M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets, which promise big leaps in power, performance and battery life.
Price: $1,199+ (14-inch); $2,499+ (16-inch)
Samsung Neo QLED 8K (QN900C)
Samsung announced its next generation of Neo QLED TVs at CES. For 2023, Samsung is continuing its 8K push with the QN900C (pictured), but it also announced the QN95C, which is a 4K model for those who are looking for something more accessible.
Samsung Smart Monitor M80C
This is a new and slightly improved version of the Smart Monitor M8 that Samsung released in 2022. It’s a 32-inch “smart” monitor with built-in speakers and a webcam. The difference is that the new model now works as a SmartThings smart hub and it will be available in more colors.
LG CineBeam PF510Q
The LG CineBeam PF510Q is a tiny portable projector that’s capable of delivering a 1080p picture that’s up to 120-inches. It has built-in Wi-Fi (including AirPlay 2)and Bluetooth, which allows you to stream content directly from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to the projector.
Logitech Brio 300
The Logitech Brio 300 is a new budget-friendly webcam that captures a 1080p (at 60fps) picture (60fps). It also has a built-in microphone, a physical privacy shutter and connects to your computer via USB-C. Available in three colors: gray, white or pink.
Lenovo Yoga AIO 9i
Announced at CES, the Lenovo Yoga AIO 9i is the company’s gorgeous new all-in-one Windows desktop computer. Its 31.5-inch 4K display appears like it’s floating thanks to its adjustable metal arc stand. The base of the desktop also features a Qi wireless charging pad.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i
The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i is a first-of-a-kind laptop with dual OLED touchscreen displays and can function as a tablet, laptop and, well, something else. The two displays can be folded or flipped together to work like a 2-in-1 tablet, but they can also be stacked vertically on top of each other.
Razer Blade 18
Razer announced new 16-and 18-inch models of its Blade gaming laptops, the latter of which is its biggest and most powerful Blade laptop ever. It has a QHD+ display with a 240Hz refresh rate, and can be configured with the latest processor and graphics card by Intel and Nvidia, respectively.
LG Gram UltraSlim and Style
The LG Gram UltraSlim is a 15.6-inch laptop with an OLED display and updated internals; according to the company, it’s 9-percent lighter than the previous 15-inch Gram. The LG Gram Style has got a more premium (and glass) look and feel, plus it has a hidden touchpad with LED backlighting.
Ring Car Cam
The Ring Car Cam is a security camera for your car. It consists of two small cameras that are mounted to your car’s dashboard via a cantilever arm. One camera faces inward, while the other camera faces outward. The idea is that it allows you to keep an eye on your car when you’re not there.
Price: $200 (pre-orders); $250 (retail)
Lenovo Smart Paper
The Lenovo Smart Paper is an E-Ink notepad that’s looks and works very similarly to Amazon’s 2022-released Kindle Scribe. It functions as an e-reader with access to more ebooks than you could possibly read, but comes with a stylus for note-taking and doodling as well.
Drop BMR1 Nearfield Monitors
The Drop BMR1 are the company’s first-ever set of computer speakers. You can connect them to your computer via AUX, but they also support Bluetooth streaming. They can be vertically (shown) or horizontally orientated, depending on how you want them to look on your desk.
Victrola Stream Onyx
The Victrola Stream Onyx is a more budget-friendly version of the Stream Carbon turntable. It works the same way — it’s certified for Works With Sonos, so you can easily stream vinyl directly to your Sonos system — but is made with less premium materials. It’s also $200 cheaper.
Poly Voyager Free 60+
The Poly Voyager Free 60+ is a pair of high-end wireless earbuds that have touchscreen integrated into the charging case. You can use the touchscreen to adjust volume and noise-cancellation, as well as see the battery status of each earbud.
JBL Spinner BT
The JBL Spinner BT is a belt-driven turntable with a built-in moving-magnet phono preamp. Other than its orange accents, what makes the Spinner BT unique is that it supports Bluetooth aptX HD so you can stream vinyl to your wireless headphones or portable speakers. Available late 2023.
Razer Leviathan V2 Pro
The Razer Leviathan V2 Pro is a soundbar for PC gamers. It has integrated lights that can sync with your other Razer gaming accessories. It supports 3D immersive audio and has an integrated IR camera that tracks the listener’s head position and optimizes audio based on their location.
Sennheiser IE 200
The Sennheiser IE 200 are the company’s most affordable in-ear headphones in its well-lauded IE series. The IE 200 share a similar look and feel as the company’s higher-end options, which tops out at $1,500 with the IE 900, but they are targeted towards more budget-conscious listeners.
JBL Bar 1300X
The JBL Bar 1300X is the newest and most high-end in JBL’s “Bar” line of soundbars with detachable rear satellite speakers. It’s a 11.1.4-channel system with 21-total drivers (including six upward-firing) and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
JBL Pulse 5
The JBL Pulse 5 is the company’s newest ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker with an integrated LED that lights up and changes color with your music. Compared to its predecessor, the Pulse 4, the fifth-generation speaker has a smoother exterior and promises bigger, better sound.