As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the best tech products of 2019. These are the most innovative gadgets, smartphones, and smart home appliances that came out this year. Each of these devices made ripples in the tech industry and made us excited about the new tech that 2020 is sure to bring.
Sonos Move – Best Smart Speaker
There are quite a lot of smart speakers available on the market, but almost all of them need to be connected to a power source at all times. Portability is where the Sonos Move shines. Staying true to its “move” name, this smart speaker is battery-powered and can be used anywhere you go.
You can take the Sonos Move with you while tinkering about in the garden, or when you go camping in the woods. You won’t have to worry about the elements either, because the Sonos Move is weather-resistant. It has an IP56 rating, which means it can withstand dust, rain, snow, salt spray, and UV rays. And, as long as you have a WiFi or Bluetooth connection, you can use the built-in Alexa smart assistant to listen to music, check the weather, get answers to questions, or enjoy any of the cool things Alexa can do.
Kindle Oasis 10th Gen – Best E-Reader
For the longest time, nothing could top the Kindle Paperwhite in the e-reader department, especially considering its 16,000 + positive reviews on Amazon. But we foresee the Kindle Oasis taking over the top e-reader throne very soon.
Just like its predecessors, the 10th-generation Kindle Oasis features Amazon’s very own Paperwhite display. It’s glare-free, and, even with the LED lights activated, the screen is easy on your eyes. It also has light sensors, a warm tone, page orientation that auto-adjusts, and page turn buttons. And did we mention that it’s waterproof, too? That means you won’t need to stress when catching up on your favorite novel while in the bath or out at the beach.
The 10th-generation Kindle Oasis comes with cloud storage, WiFi connectivity, has multiple file compatibilities, and a battery life that lasts for weeks.
Amazon Echo Show 5 – Best Smart Display
Released around the middle of 2019, the Echo Show 5 is Amazon’s most affordable smart display.
Aside from the friendly price, the Echo Show 5 only takes up minimal real estate, with its 5.5-inch screen. Powered by Alexa, it’s quite the nifty device for learning new things, browsing the internet, managing your day or your family’s day, and operating every smart gadget in your home. What makes the 2019 version revolutionary, however, is its camera shutter. With all the privacy breaches that were reported this year, it feels nice to be able to cover your device’s camera whenever you want.
Oculus Quest – Best Gaming System
There is no denying that VR gaming is here to stay. And, this year, we got the best tech for the gaming system of the future — the Oculus Quest.
Released in May of 2019, the Oculus Quest lets you experience games like no other console. Complete with a headset, touch controllers, a power adapter, and batteries, this gaming system is worth every penny. You get two price points, depending on the storage: $399 for 53GB or $499 for 128GB. Some offers come with free games, too.
The fact that this system is wireless means you don’t have to worry about getting tangled up in wires while exploring the virtual world. Battery life isn’t that good at only about two hours, but it should be more than enough for an intense session of whacking Darth Vader with a virtual lightsaber.
AirPods Pro – Best Wireless Earbuds for Apple Devices
We are currently getting an influx of fantastic wireless earbuds from top brands. But if you own an iPhone, there is nothing better than the AirPods Pro. Unlike earlier models, this 2019 release gets top marks for being water-resistant and having a better fit. In other words, these are better for jogging or for working out. They’re not as likely to fall out of your ears or die if you sweat too much.
Other features worth noting are the active noise-cancellation and transparency modes. The latter allows the outside world in, so you can hear cars and people talking to you while you’re listening to music.
Samsung Galaxy Buds – Best Wireless Earbuds for Android Devices
Not an Apple user? Don’t worry; one of our best tech gadgets of 2019 is the Samsung Galaxy Buds. This pair comes in two colors: black and silver. Unlike the AirPods Pro, these earbuds don’t have a stem that comes out of your ears.
In terms of features, these true wireless earbuds have up to six hours of battery life, a charging case, splash-resistance, and ear tips in various sizes, so you can find the best fit for your ears. These earbuds can be connected to both iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth. They come with what Samsung calls “Ambient Aware.” This feature lets you hear sounds around you even when you’re wearing the earbuds and listening to music.
Nintendo Switch Lite – Best Handheld Gaming System
Released in late September 2019, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a handheld version of the Nintendo Switch. So far, it has amassed mostly positive reviews on Amazon, and we agree that this is one of the best tech gadgets of 2019.
Available in four colors, the Nintendo Switch Lite lets you enjoy your favorite games wherever you go. You can go online via WiFi, or use game cartridges anywhere. You can also play with friends with the multiplayer function. If you own a standard Nintendo Switch, this version is compatible with physical and digital games that come in handheld mode. Unlike the Nintendo Switch, the Lite version is a lot cheaper, too.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max – Best Apple Smartphone
Perhaps one of the best products to come out of Apple this year is the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It is not the cheapest phone out there, but it does come with a set of features that make owning a smartphone essential.
If you want great photos, top performance, and a smartphone that can withstand splashes, water, and dust, there are few better options than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Complete with a triple camera system, you will love every photo and video that you take with this Apple device.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is also known for its great battery life and its fast-charge capable. If you want to know more about the iPhone 11, check out our previous article here.
Huawei P30 Pro – Best Android Smartphone
Another smartphone that we think deserves the top spot in our list of the best tech gadgets of 2019 is the Huawei P30 Pro. Unlike the iPhone 11 Pro Max, this Android smartphone comes with a quad-camera system that lets you take magnificent photos and even more impressive videos. Even if you don’t consider yourself the best at taking photos, the Huawei P30 Pro is sure to help you improve your images.
Apart from its impressive image and video-taking capabilities, this phone’s advanced OS (operating system) and superior storage capacity makes it a wonderful choice. It allows for fast charging and is splash-, water-, and dust-resistant as well.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Best Touchscreen Laptop
We like a good hybrid laptop, and we think the best one that was released this year was the Microsoft Surface Pro 7. Running on Windows 10 Home, this laptop features a 12.3-inch touchscreen. It comes in various memory and storage capacities and showcases a battery that can last more than 10 hours.
Offering great versatility, this device will let you type with ease, browse the web using finger gestures, or tap into your creative side by using the Surface Pen to draw on your laptop.
If you’re in the market for a new laptop, check out our list of the best 2-in-1 laptops.
Samsung Space – Best Monitor
Monitors can take up a lot of space in your work station. Thankfully, this year gave us the Samsung Space. This 32-inch monitor is the answer to your prayers if you have limited desk space. Due to its unique adjustable arm stand, you can push this monitor against the wall or pull it down to sit on the surface.
This monitor comes with HDMI and mini DP connectivity. It clamps to a desk for easy installation. And, it comes in a smaller 27-inch version, too.
Roborock S6 – Best Robot Vacuum
Another great addition to your smart home that came out this year is the Roborock S6. There are quite a lot of great things to love about this robot vacuum. It has Alexa compatibility and its smart ability to work with customizable cleaning zones. It’s not very noisy either, making it a giant improvement compared to your typical handheld vacuum cleaner. As far as cleaning modes go, this robovac can mop and increase suction on carpets. It can run for up to three hours non-stop, and it will return to its charging cradle on its own when its battery is about to run out.
Sony RX100 VII – Best Compact Camera
Measuring only 4×1.68×2.38 inches, it’s easy to dismiss the Sony RX100 VII. But it will pleasantly surprise you with its 20.1MP (megapixel) optical resolution, image stabilization, smart real-time tracking for images and videos, and many other impressive features that you will typically only find in bigger and more expensive cameras.
This camera also has real-time auto-focus for human and animal subjects, so that you get clear photos every time. It has a microphone jack, too, making it a handy device to have when taking videos. Whether you are an amateur movie-maker or you are a professional that needs a more compact option, this camera is one of the best tech gadgets of 2019.