The 100 Coolest Tech Gadgets of 2018

Think: invincible action cameras, waterproof Bluetooth speakers, a mobile printer, a compact phone charger, and more.

coolest tech gadgets 2018

We've found the cool tech products you need so you can get your life in gear this year. These are the latest and greatest picks if you want to be on the cutting edge of tech — and we did all the research for you.

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Sony WF-SP700N True Wireless Earbuds

Sony’s SWF-SP700N earbuds are not only completely wireless, but they're also capable of delivering excellent noise cancellation. This feature sets the earbuds apart from all their rivals, and it'll allow you to completely immerse yourself in your workout every time you turn it on.

The wire-free earbuds have an eye-catching design and — even more importantly — a comfortable and secure fit. There are four colors to pick from: black, white, pink, and yellow. 

More: Our Review of the Sony WF-SP700N Wireless Earbuds

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Sonos Beam Sound Bar with Amazon Alexa

The Sonos Beam sound bar has a beautiful design and excellent audio quality. Like all Sonos products, the Beam is incredibly easy to install. Available in black or white, it can blend in with just about any decor, too. 

In addition to full Alexa compatibility, the Sonos Beam has Apple AirPlay support. You can make the Beam sound bar the centerpiece of a new Sonos multiroom audio system, or seamlessly integrate it into one you already have.

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Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charger

Anker's PowerWave fast wireless charger is one of the best options in its price range. It supports fast charging for Android smartphones, as well as the Apple iPhone family (via the recently introduced 7.5W output standard). 

The hardware features of the accessory include a built-in cooling fan and a discreet charging indicator. Anker ships the PowerWave charger with a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0-compatible wall adapter.

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Apple TV 4K Streaming Console

The Apple TV 4K supports not only UHD resolution, but also both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision standards for an even more immersive viewing experience. You can stream 4K movies from iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

Best of all, Apple won't charge you extra for renting and buying 4K movies. Of course, the streaming device will also give you access to an excellent selection of apps and games.

More: Our Review of the Apple TV 4K

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Apple iPad (2018) Tablet

The latest Apple iPad is the best tablet in its price range by an overwhelming margin. Sleek, powerful, and well-priced, it now supports the Apple Pencil stylus. The latter makes the tablet a great option for students and creative personalities. 

Of course, the iPad offers access to well over a million high-quality apps, including augmented reality ones. There are three colors (silver, gold, and space gray) and two storage variants to pick from (32 and 128 GB). There's also the option to pick a model with LTE connectivity.

More: Our Review of the 2018 Apple iPad

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 Windows 10 Laptop​

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 has incredibly powerful hardware tucked into a gorgeous metal body. The second generation Surface Book is so powerful, it'll completely change your performance expectations about touchscreen notebooks.

The 15-inch model in particular is capable of legitimately replacing a gaming laptop. Its GeForce GTX 1060 GPU allows it to run graphic-intensive games or process high-resolution video without a hint of hesitation. With a GeForce GTX 1050 GPU on board, the 13.5-inch model isn't lacking in graphics power, either.

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Victorinox Lexicon Hardside Frequent Flyer Smart Suitcase

The Lexicon Hardside Frequent Flyer carry-on suitcase by Victorinox has sleek design, great build quality, and flawless ergonomics. The suitcase has a single USB port with a pre-installed cable and a dedicated, zipped pocket for your favorite battery pack (a battery isn't included in the retail package).

Another cool bit about the suitcase is the included SIM card pin, which allows international travelers to easily change their carrier when abroad. There are two stylish colors to pick from — titanium and black.

More: The Best Battery Packs for Powering Your Gadgets

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Android Smartphone

The Galaxy S9+ is the most advanced smartphone from Samsung to date. It features an eye-grabbing 6.2-inch Infinity display, an advanced camera setup with two optically stabilized sensors (a wide-angle and a telephoto one), and built-in stereo speakers.

Of course, the waterproof phone also comes with a long list of cutting-edge hardware specs, headed by a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6 GB of RAM. There are three colors to choose from — black, blue, and purple.

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Nintendo Switch Gaming Console

The Nintendo Switch can seamlessly transition from a mobile gaming device to a home gaming console by docking it into a station. With innovative Joy-Con controllers, a fun selection of games with iconic characters, and a great selection of accessories, the Switch has been a hot commodity since its launch, and for good reason.

More: Learn More About the Nintendo Switch

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Google Home Max Smart Speaker

The Google Home Max is a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker that packs a mind-blowing audio punch, courtesy of a duo of 4.5-inch subwoofers and two 0.7-inch custom tweeters. In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity with Chromecast and multiroom audio support, the Google Home Max also offers you the option to pair your favorite devices via Bluetooth. 

With a $399 price tag, the Google Home Max is surely a pricey proposition. However, its amazing audio quality and a bundled 1-year YouTube Music/YouTube Red subscription make it well worth the splurge. 

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Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar

The sleek SoundTouch 300 soundbar by Bose is an excellent one-piece option with exceptional sound quality and a rich set of wireless connectivity options. They include Wi-Fi connectivity with multiroom audio support and Bluetooth with NFC (near-field communication) for one-touch pairing with a compatible device. 

Bose also gives you the opportunity to add more audio components to the SoundTouch 300 and turn it into a fully-fledged surround sound system.

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Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins PX Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

The Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones have gorgeous design and craftsmanship, as well as simply fantastic audio quality. The headphones will also automatically pause content when you take them off. 

The noise-cancelling cans can last up to a robust 20 hours between charges, and they utilize USB-C for charging. There are two colors to pick from — gray and blue with soft gold accents.

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Ultimate Ears
​Ultimate Ears​ WONDERBOOM Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker​

You'll be hard-pressed to find a more adorable-looking waterproof speaker than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM. Available in a multitude of color combinations, the compact speaker sounds great, too. It blasts 360-degree sound with excellent quality, courtesy of two active audio drivers and two passive radiators for deep lows.

In case one WONDERBOOM isn't enough, you can pair it for an even bigger sonic experience. The gadget can deliver up to 10 hours of wireless tunes on a battery charge.

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Sonos One Smart Speaker

The Amazon Alexa-powered Sonos One speaker has the same functionality as an Echo, but it sounds a whole lot better. The gadget has a six-microphone setup for seamlessly hearing your voice commands, as well as superb audio quality for its form factor. 

Of course, it'll also seamlessly integrate into an existing Sonos multiroom sound system if you already own one. Sonos offers the speaker in black or white.

More: See Our Full Review of the Sonos One Smart Speaker

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Apple iPad Pro Tablet

Both the 12.9-inch and the 10.5-inch variants of the Apple iPad Pro are handily the best full-size tablets available on the market today. They're legit replacements for most laptops. 

Each member of the power couple packs an ultra thin metal body, an immensely powerful processor and graphics chips, sharp display with high refresh rate, and the best selection of apps in the business. An optional Apple Pencil and a keyboard cover are also available.

More: Our Review of the 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro

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Libratone Q ADAPT USB-C Noise-Canceling Earbuds ​​

The Libratone Q ADAPT noise-canceling earbuds are our favorite wired headset with a USB-C connector. Launched alongside the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, they offer great design, impressive build quality, and a well-tuned audio signature.

Users can adjust the noise-canceling level of the headset via a dedicated button on the remote control. Libratone offers the Q ADAPT earbuds in black or white. 

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Apple HomePod Smart Speaker

The Apple HomePod has better audio quality than any other smart speaker available today. Available in white or space gray, the device sounds amazing for its size, and it'll wow you every time you play your favorite tunes. It also picks up voice commands better than its competitors.  

You can pair two HomePods for true stereo sound, or use multiple units in a multiroom setup. The speaker works best with Apple Music, and it's important to note that using voice commands with Spotify isn't available with the HomePod.

More: Our Review of the Apple HomePod

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Emporio Armani
Emporio Armani Connected Smartwatch​

The Emporio Armani Connected smartwatch has a casually cool, gorgeous AMOLED display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 2100 chipset for wearable devices. The Google Wear OS smartwatch also has up to two days of battery life and easily interchangeable bands.

The watch has a stainless steel case that's available in several cool finishes. They range from stealthy black, all the way to a yellow gold option that's anything but subtle. 

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Google Pixelbook​ Touchscreen Laptop​

The Google Pixelbook is the poster child for the tech giant's Chrome OS platform. It has great design and craftsmanship, incredible performance, and a dedicated button for Google's superb, AI-powered virtual assistant.

The latest Chrome OS iteration is also better than ever, offering access to a vast selection of Android apps from the Google Play store. In addition, an optional stylus pen will allow you to make the most out of the 360-degree touchscreen.

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​mophie​ powerstation USB-C XXL External Battery Pack

Stylish and versatile, the mophie powerstation USB-C XXL universal battery pack can charge a MacBook or MacBook Pro with USB-C, alongside another of your devices. With a battery capacity of 19,500 mAh, the gadget can add up to 14 hours of battery life to your Apple notebook. 

The accessory has a stylish fabric cover with excellent tactility. It has been designed to not only look great, but also to protect your metal-clad laptop from scratches.

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Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds

The Jabra Elite 65t completely wireless earbuds are sleek-looking and exceptionally comfortable. Their audio quality is also handily the best in its price range. 

Other highlights of the headset include superb wireless connectivity, stellar noise isolation, and 5 hours of battery life. The headset comes with a neat charging case that holds up to 10 more hours of battery life.

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Google Home Mini Smart Speaker

The Google Home Mini is a stylish and more adorable-looking rival to the Amazon Echo Dot. It features the tech giant's excellent, AI-powered Google Assistant, which responds to voice prompts by tapping into an ultra advanced neural network. 

It can play music, answer questions, set timers, and control connected appliances, among many other things. There are two colors to pick from — charcoal and chalk.

More: Our Favorite Smart Speakers

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Pioneer Rayz Plus Noise-Canceling Lightning Earbuds

The Pioneer Rayz Plus are our favorite earbuds with an Apple Lightning connector. They have adaptive noise canceling, as well as a Lightning input, which allows you to charge your iPhone while you're using them.

A mobile app will let you calibrate the headset to your hearing and customize its controls. Lightweight and stylish, the Rayz Plus also deliver great sound quality.

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​Olympus Tough TG-5​ Waterproof Camera​

The Olympus Tough TG-5 is our favorite waterproof (up to a depth of 50 feet) camera available today. It has great image quality, the ability to capture 4K video, and a rich set of available features. They include a built-in thermometer, Wi-Fi connectivity, and intuitive controls. The gadget is also crushproof.

More: Top-Rated Waterproof Cameras

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Cross Peerless TrackR ​Ballpoint Pen​​

The Cross Peerless TrackR pen is a beautifully designed and superbly crafted writing instrument with a built-in Bluetooth tracker. Powered by TrackR technology, the pen will connect to your smartphone and send you notifications when you leave it behind. The pen can also help you track your smartphone. 

The mechanical parts of the pen have a lifetime warranty. There are two colors to pick from — black or blue.

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PlayStation 4 Pro Gaming Console

The PlayStation 4 Pro delivers 4K gaming (on select titles) without the need of a madly expensive desktop or laptop computer. Of course, Sony's range-topping gaming console is also compatible with the PlayStation VR headset.

Sony's latest gaming console can also stream 4K content from Netflix as well as upscale non-4K video content. The console is compatible with all PS4 games.

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Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Wireless Speaker​​​

OK, so this speaker's a splurge, but it's worth it! This gorgeous glass speaker by Sony will not only deliver 360-degree sound with exceptional quality, but it also improves the ambiance in your home via an LED filament light. The latter delivers a soft glow that resembles a candle or a lantern. 

You can control the speaker and its light via a smartphone app (available for iOS and Android), as well as pair a duo of LSPX-S1 units for an even more fulfilling sonic experience. Overall, it's a pricey proposition that's a true conversation piece.

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Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera

The Canon EOS M100 mirrorless camera is a great option for photographers looking to step up from a point-and-shoot snapper, or advanced shutterbugs in search of a compact travel companion. Key features of the camera include a large 24 MP APS-C sensor, a fast image processor, and a tilting touchscreen.  

The EOS M100 also offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity for easy pairing with a mobile device, and a good selection of interchangeable lenses. It's available in black or white. 

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SteelSeries Arctis Pro Gaming Headset with GameDAC

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro wired gaming headset and GameDAC have been designed to work with PC and Sony PlayStation 4 hardware. Equipped with high-end audio drivers, the headphones deliver outstanding audio quality for both gaming and music. They're certified compatible with Hi-Res Audio content. 

As expected from a SteelSeries Arctis product, the Pro headset has sleek design, seamless fit, and customizable lighting. You can order the headset without the GameDAC, too. 

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​Apple MacBook Pro Notebook With Touch Bar

The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID is sleeker, lighter, and more powerful than the model it replaces. The notebook features an innovative Touch Bar that delivers relevant shortcuts and tools for the apps that are in use. 

Another cool feature is the Touch ID, which not only makes the notebook secure, but it also enables Apple Pay. As expected from a MacBook, the new Pro models feature excellent keyboards, the best trackpads on any laptop, displays with exceptional quality, and great battery life.