Best Gadgets of 2015
Each year we set out to answer that very question. After a good deal of testing and scrutinizing of each product’s design, features, performance, innovation and impact on solution providers, we make our list. The resulting honor roll reflects a wide range of not just hardware, software and services, but also the evolving trends in technology such as the growing importance of mobility, cloud and the Internet of Things.
Here are the winners of the best gadgets of 2015.
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid
Meet BB-8™ – the app-enabled Droid™ that’s as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot – an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings.
It’s now possible to explore the galaxy with your own trusty Astromech Droid by your side. BB-8 is more than a toy – it’s your companion. Check out the video.
If you are a Star Wars fan, this is a must have! Your kids will love this toy!
Sony PlayStation 4
With over 10 million units sold, Sony’s powerhouse console should be at the top of any gaming must-have list. It’s home to great Sony exclusives, third-party titles and it doesn’t hurt that it’s also the premiere spot for indies.
Star Wars Battlefront Limited Edition Available!
One of the best gadgets of 2015 was from Microsoft. With a bigger 12.3″ PixelSense screen size for its 2015 Surface Pro 4, it meant the not-quite-a-tablet, not-quite-a-PC would be significantly slimmed down. It’s the company’s vision of a full Windows 10 experience on the go and it packs a considerable punch. The tablet that can replace your laptop with exceptional performance and the latest in advanced technology.
New Type Cover with Fingerprint ID for quick secure login!
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is a large and powerful smartphone powered by the Windows 10 Phone OS. It stands out with its 5.7-inch, OLED display packing 1440 by 2560 pixels. Inside it ticks Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC which has been liquid-cooled to facilitate heat dissipation. And the camera is one worth being excited about – a 20MP sensor with OIS and a tripple LED flash is found at the back. The latter uses three LEDs to produce more natural colors. Further specs include 32GB of on-board storage, a microSD card slot, a 3440mAh battery that can last through 19h of talk time. The USB Type-C port at the bottom is a welcome bonus.
Ready. Set. Watch. Keep an eye on the kids.
You can set up Nest Cam in 60 seconds. Literally. Just plug in the power cord, download the app and set it up from your Android or iOS device.
Put it anywhere.
Nest Cam’s magnetic stand works in all kinds of homes, on all types of surfaces. Screw it into the wall, stick it to something metallic, set it down on something flat or attach it to a standard tripod or mount.
Easy 60-second setup | Full 1080p HD video | Activity alerts | Night Vision | Clear Zoom | Talk & Listen | Nest app | Software updates over Wi-Fi
Wireless charging, blazing-fast transfer speeds, DDR4 memory support and longer battery life are some of the capabilities that Intel’s sixth-generation Core chips delivered to laptops and desktops earlier this year. Intel’s Skylake Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K SKUs doublePC performance, triple the battery life and deliver graphics that are 30 times better, according to Intel. Without a doubt, Skylake delivers on better performance. It’s also important to keep in mind that Skylake is just as much about an entire new computing platform and shouldn’t be judged solely on benchmark numbers. That said, benchmarks for Intel’s laptop powerhouse version of Skylake cores impressed us with everything from speeds to battery life.
ASRock Z170 Extreme7
In typical fashion, ASRock has gone straight in the deep end and taken like a duck to water with this Z170 Extreme7+. For $249 it offers three M.2 ports, all capable of PCIe 3.0 x4 and with RAID in mind, as well as some other interesting add-ons for USB 3.1. It allows for anything that can run through PCIe lanes to be used – RAID controllers, network ports, SATA ports, M.2, USB 3.0/3.1, WiFi, FPGAs, ASICs, specialized function units and any weird idea that springs to mind.
Inspired by the classic designs of luxury watches, with cutting-edge technology, the Huawei Watch redefines what we’ve come to expect from a smartwatch. Developed as a statement piece rather than a smartphone for your wrist, it combines elegant craftsmanship with Android Wear to deliver a new high-end standard for the category. It’s smart, redefined.
Good Inexpensive gaming Laptop at a price tag of $599! As Ultrabooks go, the Acer Aspire E5 is one of the top picks. The name may be a mouthful, but the rest of the package is a delight. It’s stylish, sleek and packs a crisp display and long-lasting battery. It’s the lightweight way to go with Windows 10.
Acer Aspire E5 Video Review (credit:MobileTechReview)
Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch
Train smarter and go farther with Surge—a sleek, fitness super watch designed to help you reach your peak performance. With built-in GPS, multisport functionality, and automatic, continuous heart rate, Surge delivers the stats you need to measure your effort and maximize your training time. Add activity tracking, automatic sleep detection, music control, and text and call notifications, and you have everything you need to stay connected, motivated and in the zone—no matter what goal you’re working toward.
Stay fit and enjoy a good-looking healthy holiday!
HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE MOONSHOT
For your Data Center needs
It wasn’t too long ago that Hewlett-Packard, now Hewlett Packard Enterprise after the company’s split, unveiled a bold new blade server-based ProLiant platform named Project Moonshot that consisted of low-powered Intel Atom processors. The Moonshot server is a platform that manages to cram 45 Intel server cartridges into a 4.3U chassis alongside two network switches. It’s a high-density ecosystem that weaves together use-specific jobs, local chassis fabric and a converged infrastructure. The latest Moonshot switch, Model 45XGc, supports 45 1 Gigabit Ethernet and 180 1 Gigabit Ethernet internal connections, with up to two switch modules supported per chassis.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone
So, what’s my favorite tech item? I’ll give you a hint: it flies. Yep, it’s the DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone with a 4K UHD Video Camera, the company’s high-end drone. Makes me absolutely giddy every time it lifts off the ground. This drone is so much fun to fly.
And if you want something cheap for the kids so they can experience the same joy, the Syma’s X5C, which is a #1 best seller on Amazon for around $50 is just what you need.
Bonus deal No. 5:
SanDisk Ultra 64GB Ultra Micro SDXC UHS-I/Class 10 Card with Adapter
Samsung’s 850 EVO series is the company’s latest solid-state drives for professionals and consumers and deliver stellar performance and endurance due to their three-bit vertical NAND stacked-cell technology. Starting at $100 and available in 120-, 250-, 500-GB and 1-TB capacities, the drives primarily target consumer upgrades, students and corporate deployment, and mark the first time Samsung has employed vNAND in a consumer-grade drive.
FOR SECURITY: MALWAREBYTES 2.0
For service providers handling the dreaded “my computer is slow” complaint, the standard suite of antivirus tools might not be enough. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 Premium is a free-to-try tool for Windows that finds more problems than others we’ve tested and can generate service revenue for MSPs and IT consultants. It’s easy to install and use, and for $25 (15% cash back with Ebates)includes real-time threat prevention and the ability to perform scans on a schedule. This tool can help keep client machines free from harm and minimize repeat service calls. Malwarebytes is designed to work alongside traditional antivirus tools, and finds issues that antivirus tools often leave behind.