The best tech products we tested in 2022 | CNN Wonderscord

Iterative innovation has been a big theme in tech this year — many of our favorite tools have improved. That’s certainly not a bad thing, as everything from the improved cameras and security features of the iPhone 14 to the truly impressive noise cancellation of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have gone a long way toward making our everyday lives just a little bit better. We also ventured into the world of virtual reality for the first time with one headset that emerged as a clear winner, and we’ve spent countless gaming hours picking out the best gaming monitors and controllers to play like a pro.

After another year of rigorously testing all of the latest tech products to help you figure out what’s actually worth buying, here are the big winners in every category.

The best smartphone overall

The iPhone 14 is the best new iPhone for most people, especially if you’re coming from an iPhone 12 or earlier. Those wishing to invest in a more significant upgrade should go for the iPhone 14 Pro.

The best Android smartphone

If you prefer Android, the Galaxy S22 (or the larger S22+) is the way to go. These phones offer beautiful displays, long battery life, great cameras, and some of the best performance we’ve ever gotten from a smartphone. Plus, these phones look great, with a glass and metal body that comes in four attractive colors.

The best budget smartphone

If you’re looking to spend less than $500, it doesn’t get any better than the Google Pixel 6a. This sleek phone has the same fast Google Tensor processor as the more expensive Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, delivers all-day battery life, and gives you a clean Android experience without the annoying bloatware.

Best smartwatch overall

For those still swinging around with a Series 4 Apple Watch or earlier, the Series 8 is a great upgrade and also a good choice for first-time smartwatch buyers. With a familiar feel, the Series 8 has excellent performance, a beautiful design, and plenty of new features.

The best Android smartwatch

The Galaxy Watch 5 is the best Android smartwatch for most people, as it offers long battery life, good performance, and plenty of fitness tracking capabilities.

The best true wireless earbuds for Apple users

The AirPods Pro 2 are as good as they get for Apple users, offering some of the best sound, controls, and active noise cancellation you can find in a pair of headphones. Existing AirPods Pro owners needn’t rush out and upgrade, but everyone is ready to have fun.

The best true wireless earbuds for Android users

The $199 Sony LinkBuds S offer excellent sound, powerful noise cancellation, and Sony’s Smart Adaptive Sound Control to tailor performance to your surroundings. The LinkBuds S are a good buy for Android users, with support for high-res LDAC audio, and they work well with iOS as well.

The best true wireless noise canceling earphones

The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds 2 offer the best noise cancellation you can get in earbuds, along with great sound, so if you’re looking to tune in to the world around you for travel, office or home without resorting to a bulky over-ear headphone, this is the way to go. to go.

Best headphones for running and outdoor training

The Shokz OpenRun Pro bone conduction headphones don’t sound as good as closed-ear headphones like the Beats Fit Pro, but we liked them for running and hiking, because they let you hear your surroundings as clearly as you would without wearing headphones at all.

The best wireless headphones overall

The Sony WH-1000XM5 improves on the XM4, with a slimmer design and improved noise-canceling microphones – it’s the best over-ear Bluetooth headphone you can buy right now. XM4 owners don’t have much reason to upgrade, but for everyone else, the XM5 is the high-end headphones to get.

The best wireless over-ear headphones for audiophiles

This latest update to the flagship Bowers & Wilkins Bluetooth delivers great sound and great build quality in a package that should appeal to those looking for sound quality above all else in a wireless headset.

The best budget wireless headphones

The 1More SonoFlow Wireless Over-Ear Headphones sound better and have more effective noise cancellation than anything we’ve tested for its lower price. If you want all of these features on a budget, look no further.

Best laptop overall

The MacBook Air M2 is Apple’s best laptop for most people, perfect for everyday multitasking and capable of handling a good amount of gaming and video editing. It’s the fastest laptop you can get for the money, and an especially big upgrade if you’re coming from an Intel-powered Mac.

The best Windows laptop

The Dell XPS 13 is the best Windows laptop you can buy, offering a stunning screen, great keyboard, and long battery life in an attractive, slim design that’s easy to carry anywhere.

best performance

The iPad Pro M2 is the best tablet out there for serious creators who want the power of a laptop and the flexibility of a touchscreen. It’s one of the most powerful devices we’ve ever tested, outperforming every tablet we’ve tested — and some laptops.

The best Android tablet

The Galaxy Tab S8+ has a vibrant, clear display that’s great for gaming and has plenty of power for almost any task, from drawing to video calling. And it works great with the rest of the Galaxy products from Samsung.

Best budget tablet

The latest Amazon Fire 7 tablet is a great affordable option for kids or anyone who needs a no-frills device for reading and watching shows. It’s perfect if you need an extra device at home or when you’re on a car trip or on vacation.

Best indoor home security camera overall

Arlo’s Essential Indoor Security Camera is designed with privacy in mind, easy to set up and inexpensive, with a monthly storage plan. The video quality is top notch, the motion alerts are quick and the audio sounds great.

The best indoor home security camera on a budget

Ring’s Indoor Cam isn’t just bland and affordable — it’s a great performer, with clear video and accurate motion alerts. The small footprint allows you to place it anywhere and it has deep integration with Amazon’s Alexa platform and Ring’s home security products.

HomeKit’s best indoor security camera

Logitech Circle View features a wide viewing angle, sharp video, and built-in privacy features. It’s been around for a couple of years, but it’s still the best camera for Apple’s family.

Best wired outdoor security camera overall

The Floodlight Cam Wired Plus from Ring gives you a complete outdoor security camera package. It has flood light with ample brightness, easy setup, and powerful video and audio quality and motion alerts that keep you up to date with what’s going on in your home.

The best outdoor wireless security camera

Arlo’s Essential Spotlight Camera is battery operated, records 1080p video, can be installed just about anywhere in your home, and is among the least expensive cameras we tested.

The best outdoor security camera without a subscription

As its name suggests, Eufy’s Floodlight Camera 2 records 2K video that looks great, has bright spotlights, and best of all, it has internal storage that obviates the need to sign up for a subscription to see the latest clips.

The best HomeKit-compatible outdoor security camera

Apple HomeKit fans don’t have much of a choice when it comes to outdoor cameras, but the Eve Outdoor Cam offers full HomeKit Secure Video integration, efficient lighting, solid video quality, and reliable activity notifications.

The best VR headset for PC gamers

An extraordinary audio/visual package, the Valve Index is a PC gaming headset thanks to its excellent “articulated” controls and a wealth of great software on SteamVR. The inclusion of the excellent Half-Life: Alyx for free certainly helps with that.

The best budget VR headset for PC gamers

PC gamers who have been put off by the Valve Index and HTC Vive Pro 2’s higher price points and want something more powerful than the Meta Quest 2 should try HP’s Reverb G2. Expect easier setup than other PC options, along with high display resolution for each eye.

The best VR headset for PlayStation owners

Until the arrival of PlayStation VR 2 in 2023, the original PSVR is a great option for PS4 and PS5 owners looking to make the transition to virtual reality. From impressive first-party titles to an intuitive cinematic mode for playing non-VR games and movies in a theater-like environment, there’s still a lot to appreciate with this headset.

The most versatile VR headset

Featuring a high resolution of 2448 x 2448 per eye within an ultra-ergonomic design, the HTC Vive Pro 2 is a worthy choice for individuals with deep pockets. Unlike its PC-based competitors, the Vive Pro 2 offers additional functionality like body tracking and wireless functionality — if you’re willing to pay the extra fee.

The best 1440p gaming monitor

For gamers who don’t have the best systems—and that’s a lot of us—the 27-inch Alienware delivers excellent performance, with a better combination of color accuracy and fast response time than any other monitor we’ve tested.

The best 4K gaming monitor

ASUS’ best-in-class 4K monitor has the best picture quality we’ve tested along with incredibly low input lag — it’s pricey, but it’s the best gaming monitor we’ve found, and for serious gamers who can invest, it’s the one to get.

The best Ultra HD gaming monitor

With a stunning picture and fast performance, this ultra-fast OLED monitor from Dell delivered the fastest response times in our tests and should satisfy any gamer looking for an immersive experience.

Best 1080p gaming monitor

For gamers on a budget—especially first-person shooter fans—this small monitor with great color accuracy, HDR support, and a really fast 360Hz refresh rate delivers.

Best console for PC overall

The Xbox Wireless Controller’s excellent ergonomics, build quality, and near-universal compatibility make it the best controller for any type of PC game.

The best PlayStation style controller

Sony DualShock 4

The DualShock 4 is still one of the most comfortable controllers you can buy (especially if you prefer a PlayStation-style design), and the motion controls and touchpad can be used in some neat ways for PC gaming.

Best budget controller for PC

The PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller feels as good as a basic Xbox pad for a fraction of the price, and has useful programmable buttons that even more expensive options lack.

The best wireless controller for PC

Xbox Elite Series 2 controller

With a sturdy and substantial design, plenty of interchangeable components and plenty of software customization options, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the top choice for competitive gamers or those willing to pay for maximum comfort and durability.

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