This year brought us some of the most fun and intuitive gadgets in recent memory. We’ve seen the resurgence of old gaming consoles in mini form, incredible new phones, and awesome new streaming platforms. Tech keeps getting better and more useful, and in 2019 we saw a ton of great product launches. Narrowing down the best tech gadgets of 2019 wasn’t easy.
Whether you are looking for a new phone or a gift for your gamer, we covered a lot of tech this year and compiled our top picks in this article. New tech should make our lives easier, more convenient and downright fun. With that criteria in mind, below are our picks for the best tech gadgets we saw this year.
iPhone 11 Pro
The iPhone 11 Pro is the most ambitious and most impressive iPhone to date. The three cameras on the back of the iPhone 11 Pro provide users with the best photo capabilities on any phone to date, and the A13 processor turns this phone into a lightning bolt of speed. And for those who take a ton of pictures on their phone, the camera boasts anywhere from 64GB to 256GB of storage, providing users with plenty of space for all the pictures and videos this impressive phone can produce. Not to mention your photos will look great on the impressive and vibrant display. The iPhone 11 Pro is impressive on all facets.
Late in 2019 Disney finally joined the streaming wars with Disney+, which brought Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney’s animated classics to the streaming world. Disney entered the streaming wars with an impressive library of content. Kids can watch Moana on repeat, while adults can stream The Simpsons to their heart’s content. And Disney is sliding under Netflix pricing by charging only $7 a month (you can also subscribe for a whole year for just $6 a month. Most importantly, Disney+ introduced the world to Baby Yoda. The Mandalorian has only been out for a short time and is already considered one of the most popular shows on any streaming platform. As if that wasn’t enough to lure in customers, Disney+ customers can also bundle in ESPN+ and Hulu for the ridiculous price of $12.99 a month. For all these reasons, Disney+ has proven to be one of the best tech products of 2019.
Book worms rejoiced with the release of the Kindle Oasis. This premium e-reader doesn’t more than the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite, but the extras make it worth the additional cost. The 7-inch screen is bigger than both the Kindle and Paperwhite, and the backlighting makes it so you can read in the dark. And because the 32GB version holds roughly 24,000 books, you won’t ever run out of books to read. And when your eyes get tired, you can pair your Bluetooth headphones to listen to audiobooks. Oh yeah, and it’s waterproof, so you can even bring your Kindle Oasis to the beach, pool, or when you take a personal day to relax in your tub. This e-reader is a must-have for all book worms.
Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch Lite is the smaller, lighter and more portable version of the Nintendo Switch, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best tech gadgets of 2019. Any Nintendo Switch game that has a handheld mode can be played on the Switch Lite, so you won’t lose out on your library of Switch games using the Lite. On-the-go gamers can expect about three hours of battery life, which is slightly better than the original switch, and you also get the choice between fun colors like yellow, turquoise and grey. If you love playing games whenever you have a free moment, this is a great portable gaming system.
Samsung Space Monitor
The Samsung Space Monitor is such a simple and clever idea, it makes us wonder why this didn’t come out sooner. The ultra-thin monitor clips to the backend of your desk, leaving virtually zero footprint on the desk and maximizing your workspace. The thin monitor then allows you to keep the desk almost flush against the wall so you don’t have any funky gaps between the desk and the wall. It’s a win-win. If the intuitive design isn’t enough for you, the monitor also boasts 4K UHD resolution and comes in both 27-inch and 31.5-inch sizes, making any content you stream to the monitor look amazing. It’s a premium monitor that doesn’t eat up all your desk real estate.
Apple Airpods Pro
Apple Airpods Pro improve upon virtually everything that we loved about Airpods in the first place. The fit is better, they sound better, they are easy to control and feature ANC (active noise cancellation). Airpods Pro comes with a handful of different rubber tips for the fit, too. We do wish there were more options, but what’s provided works well for most people, and much better than previous generations of Airpods. When they are fitted in the ear, the sound is outstanding. Even better, if you want to talk to someone without having to take off your pods, you can quickly turn on the transparency mode, which allows you to hear yourself naturally without having to remove one of the headphones. And the active noise cancellation is great for noisy plane rides and drowning out unwanted traffic noise. The Airpods Pro are a huge hit, and one of the best wireless earbuds available on the market today.
Dell XPS 13
It’s hard to find this combination of portability and power. That’s what makes the Dell XPS not only one of the best ultrabooks of 2019, but one of the best overall laptops this year. Traveling business warriors and students will appreciate the 11-hour continuous battery life that will last through the whole work and school day. It can also handle any computing task you throw at it. Its 10th Generation Intel Core i3-i7 processor combined with the 265GB SSD and 8GB of RAM provide more than enough computing power. All of that power is packed in a frame that only weighs 2.7 pounds, making it one of the lightest laptops around. Combine all of that together, and we’re talking about one impressive laptop. That may not be enough to win over die-hard Apple loyalists, but this is a powerful laptop.
Amazon Echo Dot With Clock
We didn’t realize how much we needed a digital clock on the Amazon Echo Dot until we got one. It’s a small but welcome convenience. Now, you can peek over at your Dot to check the time without reaching for your phone or dealing with Alexa. Beyond the clock, it’s the same nifty little Echo Dot that we know and love. You can listen to music and get weather and news updates all by simply calling out to Alexa. You can generally find the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock on sale, so keep an eye on Amazon to get the best price.
Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit lovers finally got their wish of having Fitbit tracking technology inside of a smartwatch. The Fitbit Versa 2 connects to your phone so you can check your calendar and receive messages and notifications without having to look at your phone. Your notifications are easy to read on the always-on AMOLED display. Even though it has a snazzy new display and better capabilities doesn’t mean Fitbit ditched what it does best: fitness tracking. The Versa 2 still has an accurate heart rate monitor and pedometer so you can still keep track of all of your workouts, but now you can look great while doing it.
Eero Mesh Smart Router
Everything is getting smarter, even our WiFi routers. Gone is the router that you plug into your wall and forget about it until it stops working. The Eero Mesh Smart Router is as easy to set up as it is to control. Need a little more connection speed while you are gaming on your computer? You can ask Alexa to stop sending Wi-Fi to all other devices connected to the router and send all of that connection speed to your computer. And setting it up only takes a few minutes, so the tech illiterate have nothing to worry about. Quit living with bad WiFi coverage from your dumb router and upgrade to the Eero Mesh Smart Router.
You spoke and Apple (finally) listened. Mac users have long yearned for a better keyboard since the touch bar was released. The Apple 16-inch laptop delivers exactly that, plus stronger core components, making it one of the best laptops around. Apple ditched the super low profile keys for ones that are closer to the 2015 version of the laptop, and it feels much better to type on. Along with the keyboard upgrade comes a better processor along with up to 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM, which is more than you’ll ever need for just about any multimedia task. If there is one downfall, it’s that you’ll definitely pay a pretty penny for these improved components.
Sega Genesis Mini
Many older consoles such as the original Nintendo and Super Nintendo saw a resurgence after they went mini, but the Sega Genesis was one of the last hold outs. Finally, in late 2019, Sega released its mini console version of the Sega Genesis, and it couldn’t be more perfect. It’s equally as nostalgic as it is fun to play. The Sega Genesis Mini comes with roughly 40 games including the classic Sonic The Hedgehog. The mini console pack also has two USB controllers, so you and a friend can nerd out on the classic 90’s gaming console that helped shape your youth. The Sega Genesis Mini is a blast and reminds us all how much fun the Sega Genesis was.
The Oculus Quest allows gamers to be completely immersed in their gaming experience. So much so that you actually paint the VR boundaries before you start playing. When you step outside of the boundary of the game, a pass-through camera allows you to see the real world (you know, the world we live in) without having to remove the Oculus from your eyes. And the Oculus Quest comes with games that will please everybody, from action-adventure nuts to sports fans. If you want to really wow your friends during your next gathering, show them what true immersive VR gaming is like with the Oculus Quest.