Exploring the Latest Tech Gadgets of 2024

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Exploring the Latest Tech Gadgets of 2024

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The Kindle Paperwhite transforms reading by emitting a warm light, reducing eye strain during nighttime reading and providing a high-resolution display. It also features a built-in microphone for video calls.

Google Nest Mini

The Google Nest Mini is a hands-free sidekick that works with a variety of smart home devices. It’s an affordable way to get into Google Assistant and can help you with a host of tasks, from reading your daily schedule out loud to playing your favorite true crime podcast to telling you the name of the first step in poaching an egg. It also works with some Google Cast-compatible speakers and can control compatible smart lights and thermostats.

The second-generation Google Nest Mini looks similar to the original, but it offers several upgrades. One of the most significant is ambient IQ, which adjusts audio streaming and voice recognition for multiple different rooms. Another is music tuning, which Google claims produces two times stronger bass without sacrificing clarity or quality. But, despite these improvements, the Nest Mini still doesn’t sound as rich as a competing speaker, such as the Amazon Echo Dot (5/10 WIRED Recommends).

You can use the Google Nest Mini to control smart home devices and listen to music from partner services like YouTube Music, Spotify (8/10 WIRED Recommends), and Pandora (7/10 WIRED Recommends). You can also connect it to some smart TVs, check weather conditions, set reminders, make phone calls, and answer many — but not all — questions. And, since it’s made by Google, you can be sure it will continue to update its voice assistant capabilities well into the future.

Logitech G305 Lightspeed Mouse

Logitech opted for the simplest possible design on this mouse, which forgoes any LED frippery and relies entirely on its asymmetrical shape. Gamers will find two buttons on the left side of the mouse and a standard-incremented mouse wheel. These are fully programmable using the included Logitech Gaming Software, including setting one of them as a G-Shift button that engages alternate commands when held down.

This mouse is long-lasting, with 250 gaming hours from a single AA battery and comes with an indicator that will remind you when it’s time to replace it. It’s ultra-portable with built-in storage for the USB wireless receiver and weighs in at 99 grams.

The G305 Lightspeed scores well in our ease of use metric, which examines how well the mouse feels and responds to its owner’s actions. The ambidextrous shape, a ring of buttons on the left side for fingertip grip, and a click latency that’s much lower than average are some of the key features here. The Redragon M913 Impact Elite is a stronger competitor, however. It’s significantly lighter, connects wirelessly to your PC via USB, has a more precisely adjustable CPI range, and works with Windows or macOS. It also has a more robust feel, a better feet design, and a larger selection of programmable buttons. For FPS gamers, it’s a clear winner. Its next-generation HERO sensor has 12,000 DPI sensitivity and LIGHTSPEED wireless technology that delivers super-fast 1 ms performance, the same as wired mice.

Garmin Vivoactive 3

While Garmin has always been a serious competitor in the fitness wearables space, the company sometimes gets overlooked as a high-quality smartwatch option. But, with Vivoactive 3, the brand is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves. The $299 device has the features of a serious workout tracker but also adds on key smartwatch attributes like NFC payments and notification responses.

It offers all of the core fitness capabilities that you would expect from a Garmin product, including a dedicated swimming pool mode, contactless payment support, built-in Garmin Pay, a power-efficient GPS watch with an ANT+ and Bluetooth v4.0 HR strap, cadence measurements, and the ability to connect with external sensors for things like VO2Max estimation and structured workouts. It also comes with pre-loaded workouts and a stress monitor, which is an aspect that neither Fitbit nor Apple has.

If you are a very fitness-focused person who wants a powerful exercise tracker and a good-looking smartwatch, the Vivoactive 3 is one of the best choices out there. However, if you want a more well-rounded experience, you might prefer the $300 Apple Watch Series 3 without LTE or the $300 Fitbit Ionic. They have more of the popular apps that you will recognize, as well as room for music storage. Tom’s Guide delivers the latest tech news and hacks right to your inbox. Subscribe today.

Razer Leviathan V2 X

The second generation of Razer’s Leviathan gaming soundbar has a few extra features that make it a little pricier, but it’s also more compact than the original, and if you’re in the market for a new audio setup, this might be worth a look.

This angular, black-on-black bar packs two broadband speakers and a low-frequency radiator to deliver a loud, high-quality audio experience for PC gamers. It’s also designed for music and movie watching, so even if you don’t like to play games or don’t have time for them, it could be a good option for you if you want a solid home speaker system that can handle a variety of uses.

In addition to the impressive acoustics, this Leviathan V2 X model includes 18 lighting zones for an amazing light show. It’s a feature that many gamers will appreciate, but it could also be a distraction for some people.

My only major grumble is that this sequel doesn’t offer the same level of connectivity as the original Leviathan. It loses the optical and 3.5mm audio inputs that were present in the previous device, so you’ll only be able to connect this one through a single USB Type-C port. The lack of HDMI is understandable given that this is a dedicated gaming soundbar, but it’s still a shame. Razer’s Synapse app is a bit cumbersome to use, but it offers extensive customisation options for your audio setup.

Yootech Wireless Qi Charger

The Yootech wireless charger is one of the most inexpensive 10W Qi charging pads we’ve tested, and it looks good enough to leave on your desk. It’s also surprisingly powerful. The iPhone 12 and 13 can charge twice as fast on it compared to standard wireless charging. And unlike many of the MagSafe chargers that came with older Apple phones, it has a 5-foot cable that’s long enough for bedside or couchside charging.

Its only downside is that it takes longer than most of the charging stands we’ve tested to replenish our test phones, but it’s still faster than a standard wireless pad. It also has a cool feature that lets you see whether your phone is charging or not, which we like because it’s difficult to tell when our phones have been fully charged with standard pads.

It’s not as elegant-looking as a MagSafe charger, but it’s a nice-looking device in its own right. It has a brushed aluminum finish that hides fingerprints and dust well, and it comes with a USB-C power brick that provides the fastest charging speed. It also has a plastic ring for your phone to rest on, similar to the design of top-rated car phone mounts. This prevents scratches on the phone or the stand. And it has an LED indicator that flashes green to let you know it’s charging. Yootech also includes a user manual in the box.

Keychron K2

Keychron as a company is relatively new to the scene, but their K2 wireless keyboard has proven to be a major hit with mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. It’s a 75% compact board that works with both macOS and Windows and uses Gateron switches. Users can choose between white or RGB backlighting, an aluminum frame or plastic, and PBT keycaps or standard keys.

The keys are engineered to let the backlight shine through them, which creates a cool look. The company also added layers of sound-dampening foam to reduce typing noise. This keyboard is very customizable, allowing users to select from 15 RGB lighting patterns and control them using specific key combinations.

Among other things, the Keychron K2 offers support for multi-device pairing, configurable macros, and Bluetooth 5.1 with a braided USB-C cable. Its low battery indicator is displayed next to the charging port, letting users know when it’s time to recharge.

The only drawback to this keyboard is that the switches are not hot-swappable, meaning you’ll need a soldering gun to change them. This is a minor complaint, though, as the Keychron K2 is still an excellent entry-level mechanical keyboard for those who are interested in learning about the hobby. The K2 is available for $79 with a white backlight and plastic frame or $99 for the RGB version with an aluminum frame and Gateron Red, Brown, or Blue switches.

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