Tech our word for it: Best gadgets of 2022

This year brought a new optimism as travel gradually rebounded and we went back to the office. Slinky laptops came back into the mix with more business travel, while we leaned on our smartphone cameras to capture vignettes from our ‘revenge tourism’ trips through the year. Hybrid models fuelled the AIO (All-in-one desktop) while our home entertainment got even better with newer projectors and soundbars

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (Rs1,54,999 onwards)

The z fold makes the strongest case for a foldable smartphone and is clear evidence that this category has moved from the drawing board to multi-tasking champs. It’s driven by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and features a rejigged rear cam that includes a 50MP primary lens and a 3X optical zoom on its telephoto lens. But it’s the primary display that stretches to 7.6-inches (with a 120Hz refresh rate) that is its headline feature.

Sonos Roam Price (Rs 19,999)

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This is probably the best lightweight, portable Bluetooth speaker that you can buy now. The audio set up includes two Class-H amplifiers, a mid-woofer that maximises low-end output and also delivers faithful playback of mid-range frequencies, plus a tweeter that creates crisp high frequencies. This elegantly designed speaker won’t look out of place among your living room artefacts. It’s also shower and pool-deck proof, thanks to its IP67 certification.

Apple MacBook Air M2 (Rs1.2 lakh onwards)

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It’s the biggest design overhaul of the MacBook Air since its debut in 2008. The wedge-shaped form has finally made way for an all-new design language. It’s just 11.3mm thin and is one of our favourite ultra-books. It weighs around 1.2kg, is thin from every angle and crafted with a durable, all-aluminium unibody enclosure that feels incredibly solid. Apple’s new M2 chip is at the heart of the new Air.

Blaupunkt SBW600 (Rs19,990 onwards)

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Soundbars have quickly eclipsed old school home theatre systems. Blaupunkt has positioned the SBW600 as a 5.1 Dolby Audio Home Theatre Surround Soundbar, this home entertainment solution packs 360 watts of power. The set up also includes two satellites plus an 8-inch sub-woofer for an immersive experience.

Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 (Rs1,71,990)

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This one makes a strong case for an AIO desktop with its immersive screen and flexible form. The 27-UHD display (3840x2160 pixels/ peak brightness —  360 nits) is immersive and lives up to the ‘Yoga’ suffix; it rotates so you can flit  between portrait and landscape mode.

Sony Bravia X75K TV (Rs69,900)

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Sony’s next-gen Bravia TV features a 4K Ultra HD display and features Sony X-Reality PRO and Motionflow XR experience. This Bravia uses advanced algorithms to cut noise and boost detail and offers stunning 4K picture quality for a vivid and smooth viewing experience.

Google Pixel 7 Pro (Rs84,999)

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It’s been a while since a Google Pixel flagship debuted in India. That’s not the only reason we’re excited about the 7 Pro. It has one of the best smartphone cams with a 5X optical zoom. Google has packed it with a bunch of camera tricks including Photo Unblur and Magic Eraser aside from all the Google Smarts that we’ve come to expect in Pixel phones.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 (Rs34,990)

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The perfect companion for a long flight with next generation Adaptive Noise Cancellation. These over-the-ear headphones are designed for all-day use minus the fatigue with a lightweight form, a richly padded headband and deep cushioned earpads. The acoustic system is powered by a 42mm transducer that provides brilliant dynamics, clarity and musicality.

OPPO Pad Air (Rs16,999 onwards)

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OPPO’s first foray into the tablet space boasts of a slim design — this tab is just 6.94mm thin. It’s perfect for those weekend binge-watch sessions with the 10.36-inch (2000x1200 pixels) 2K IPS screen that packs gorgeous colours. It’s propelled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor and comes in a choice of 4GB/64GB and 4GB/128GB hardware variants.

ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED (Rs99,900 onwards) 

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ASUS calls it the world’s lightest 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED (2880 x 1800 pixels) laptop. It’s just 14.9mm thin, weighs 1.1kg and yet it’s surprisingly sturdy. The Zenbook S13 OLED  comes with Windows 11 out of the box and is among the first notebooks in India to be powered by the all-new AMD Ryzen 6000 U series of CPUs.

BenQ GS50 (Rs79,990)

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This is one of the most portable 1080p Full HD projectors you can buy. You can take it outdoors too: the IPX2 certification protects the projector from an unexpected drizzle. More than the picture quality, the GS50 scores with its audio set up — the built-in 2.1 channel audio features dual 5W midrange tweeters with a powerful 10W woofer.

Vivo X80 Pro (Rs79,999 onwards)

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Vivo is betting big on the rear camera system of its 2022 India flagship that was co-designed with Zeiss. It aces lowlight and zoom photography. The 6.78-inch AMOLED (3200x1440 pixels) display features a 120Hz refresh rate and is binge proof. It comes with a  4700 mAh battery under the hood. Vivo’s 80W in-box, FlashCharge takes your device from 1 to 100 per cent in under 40 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro (Rs17,999 onwards)

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Among our favourite TWS Bluetooth Earbuds this year, these take over from the Galaxy Buds Pro with a new compact, ergonomic design that is 15 per cent smaller than its predecessor and come in a cool matte finish. Acoustic highlights include 24 bit hi-fi sound quality (only on Samsung device), enhanced 360 immersive audio powered by Dolby Atmos and intelligent noise cancellation.

Xiaomi Pad 5 (Rs26,999 onwards)

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The pad 5 makes a pitch as a work + play device with an optional keyboard, smart pen and a user interface (MIUI for Pad) that’s been designed for a tab. Videos come alive on the vibrant 10.95-inch (1600x2560 pixels / 275 PPI) WQHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate that is backed by a 8720 mAh battery under the hood.

OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro (Rs32,999)

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Elegantly designed with vibrant colours on its 4K UHD display, it also offers HDR10+, HDR10, as well as HLG format support for a superior viewing experience. The dual speakers (with a total output of 24W) complement the 50-inch TV that  is powered by the Android TV 10.0 platform.

Nothing Stick (Rs8,499)

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Forget the lack of noise cancellation, these Bluetooth Earbuds make our list purely for design. The unique, cylindrical charging case is a fashion statement of sorts with a unique twist and turn mechanism that keep the buds secure. The buds are ultra-light and fit snugly into your ears. Nothing has packed the Stick with 12.6 mm custom dynamic drivers and they don’t flinch even at high volumes.

Microsoft Surface 8 Pro (Rs104,999 onwards)

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The perfect blend of portability and productivity with useful add-ons like an intuitive stylus in the mix. Microsoft claims that the 8 Pro is twice as fast as its predecessor — the Surface Pro 7, with over 40 per cent higher sustained CPU performance and 74 per cent faster graphics. The 13-inch screen supports dynamic refresh rate (up to 120Hz) and boasts of a higher resolution (2800 x 1920 pixels).

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max (Rs1,29,900 onwards)

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Apple’s 2022 flagship ditched the 2017 notch (yes, we’re equally relieved) for a new pill-shaped cut-out: Dynamic Island. It creates new user interaction possibilities on the new iPhone, that’s also the first with an ‘always on’ display. The 14 Pro twins also boast of improved cameras and are powered by Apple’s best of breed A16 bionic chip.

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