As 2018 slips in 2019, let’s take a look back at the best and shiniest tech gadget of the year.
Smart Band with Best Price-Performance Ratio: MI Band 3
You'll have to shell out over $100 to get a fitness tracker from the likes of Fitbit that offers heart rate monitoring, but with the Mi Band available for a quarter of the cost, so much so that it's given Xiaomi a significant sales lead over Fitbit and it's easy to see why Xiaomi is the second-largest wearable manufacturer in the world.
With the Mi Band 3, Xiaomi is offering a larger OLED screen, better heart rate, activity monitoring features, and water resistance up to 50 meters. The Mi Band 3 is just as affordable as earlier models in the series. There's even a model with NFC connectivity that is available. Well, if you live in China.
With NFC added into the mix the budget fitness tracker can be used to pay for public transport in more than 160 cities in China. It can also be used as a virtual access card to gain entry into homes, offices and other identified locations.
Drone with Best Cross-Border Cooperation: DJI Mavic 2 Pro
There's a very good reason why DJI is the market leader of drones: its combination of high-tech features, flight modes and video/image quality is an unbeatable combination. With the Mavic 2 Pro, that reputation is only enhanced once more.
It’s been a few years since DJI acquired a majority stake in legendary Swedish camera maker Hasselblad, and we’re finally seeing it pay off for the consumer. The Hasselblad camera in the Pro (which has a very unmemorable name, the L1D-20c) delivers great footage with accurate color. Thanks to the large 1-inch CMOS sensor, you now have a camera that’s better at controlling noise and packs a lot of detail for post-production.
Best-Looking Smartphone: OPPO Find X
There’s a curved glass front and back, with a metal frame sandwiched between, inlaid with metal hardware controls. The rounded glass on either side meets at a tight radius, where a sliver of color-matched metal frame runs down either side of the phone.
Yes, the OPPO Find X is arguably the best-looking smartphone we’ve ever seen, as it manages to pack in excellent tech and an ultra cool headline feature.
It can be called as a head-turner as the company has managed to eradicate the notch and bless this phone with a near bezel-free display that almost completely dominates the front of the Find X. Also, it’s created a seemingly novel but impressively robust engineering solution to retain all of the hardware you’d expect to find on a flagship smartphone, without being able to see most of it when it isn’t in use: there are no camera lenses visible, no easily-spotted speaker grill, no fingerprint sensor, and no garish flourishes a drunk designer decided to add for effect.
Most Favorite Smartphone: Apple iPhone XS Max
Out of the three iPhone models introduced in 2018, the iPhone XS Max is Apple’s best—and most expensive. But the higher price brings with it features that make the iPhone a better device.
The most obvious is the 6.5-inch display, which provides more screen real estate in any iPhone model ever. Moreover, the iPhone XS Max’s larger size allowed Apple to fit in a bigger battery. During normal usage, the iPhone XS Max can typically get through a full day with plenty of juice to spare. Plus, the camera experience has never been better on an iPhone with improved sensors, processors, and algorithm as well as a refined Portrait Mode. More importantly, with an A12 Bionic processor, the iPhone’s XS Max’s performance is better than any other device on the market. It’s fast and fluid, but most importantly, it’s future-proof, which means performance should still be great 12 plus months from now.
All in all, the combination of design, camera quality, performance, and battery life make Apple’s iPhone XS Max the most favorite smartphone of 2018.
Most Trustworthy Entry-Level Wireless Mouse: Logitech G304 LIGHTSPEED
The G304 does not give out any flashy RGB lighting but its humble appearance gives it a professional look that will not look out of place even in a corporate setting. The mouse has 4 buttons including the scroll wheel that is all programmable with the Logitech G software. The classic design is comfortable and fits well into my small hand.
The G304 uses Logitech’s Lightspeed technology which has been tested by pro esports players. I can say that there’s absolutely no problem in the area of response times. It also uses Logitech’s HERO (High-Efficiency Rated Optical) sensor that can give you tracking performance across the entire DPI range up to 12,000 DPI. Which is entirely adjustable in the Logitech Gaming Software.
Most Powerful CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K
With ultra-speedy for video rendering and editing, best clock speeds of all the consumer CPUs, the Intel Core i9-9900K is most powerful CPU in the 9th Generation Intel Core lineup. For casual web broswers, this chip is overkill. But for gamers and creatives, Intel claims that this processor will take your performance to the next level.
Camera with First-Class Image Quality: FUJIFILM GFX 50R
The Fujifilm GFX 50R is a rangefinder-styled medium format mirrorless camera with 50 Megapixels and a built-in electronic viewfinder.
Just like medium format film cameras in the past, the FUJIFILM GFX 50R has been developed in pursuit of a compact and lightweight system while delivering the ultimate picture quality for everyday snapshots and street photography. This new model expands the potential for the GFX system and makes medium format output even more accessible.
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