Looking back on all the coolest gadgets that dropped this year.
Master & Dynamic MW75
Master & Dynamic announced their latest flagship noise-cancelling headphones, the MW75, which is the direct successor to the MW65 released in 2019 and represents a big change. They’ve got a new design, a slew of improved features (including adaptive noise cancellation and support for a companion app), and a whopping new price of $599. They’re one of the most expensive noise-cancelling headphones on the market, yes, but they’re also some of the highest quality and most beautiful.
Moment Anamorphic Lens Adapter
Moment, a company best known for its mobile photography accessories, announced an anamorphic lens adapter for mirrorless and DSLR cameras. It simply screws into the filter thread of any camera lens, turning it into a 1.33x anamorphic lens. If you’re a photographer looking at a larger image with the mesmerizing flares that anamorphic lenses are known for, this is what you want. Moment introduced the Anamorphic Lens Adapter on Kickstarter. The early bird pledges can order it for $999 and it’s expected to ship in December. When it fully retails, it’s expected to cost $1,299.
Anker Soundcore Sport X10
The Soundcore Sport X10 are earhook-style wireless earbuds, meaning they wrap around your ears for a better grip and stay in place. Admittedly, there aren’t many of these earhook-style wireless earbuds out there, with Beats’ $200 Powerbeats Pro being the best-known. However, at just $79, the Soundcore Sport X10 is a significantly cheaper alternative.
Twelve South HiRise3
The HiRise3 is the company’s latest 3-in-1 charger for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods (any model with a wireless charging case). It has a more compact and minimal design compared to other like-minded chargers. Additionally, it fully supports MagSafe, which means it can fast charge any iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. The only major downside is that the required 20-watt USB-C power adapter is not included and must be purchased separately. It’s available now in black or white.
Nothing Phone 1
Nothing gave us our first glimpse of its first-ever smartphone: the Phone 1. The standout feature of the upcoming Android is the innovative backlit notification system. A different light pattern (and sound) will play depending on the person calling you or the app sending you the notification. The idea is that you can see who is trying to reach you even if your smartphone is face down. There’s no release date or price for the Phone 1, and unfortunately it looks like this hyped smartphone won’t be available in the US.
The M2 MacBook Air
Mirroring the squarer design of the latest MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Air is powered by Apple’s latest M2 processor (more on that in a moment). It’s basically a baby MacBook Pro. The updated display is a 13.6-inch with the same rounded corners as the MBP and is available in four colors including a new deep blue.
Leica M-A Titan Set
Nothing says timeless, exclusive or insanely expensive quite like Leica, and the latest limited-edition Leica M-A Titan Set certainly ticks all the boxes. For a limited edition of just 250 pieces, Leica is producing a version of the Leica M-A and APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH analog lens with titanium key components. For this luxury, you can expect to pay more than three times the list price of a non-titanium M-A, which is $19,995.
Ikea Obegränsad Record Player
Ikea announced plans to release a turntable called Obegrnsad next fall. Developed in collaboration with the famous house music group Swedish House Mafia, the turntable comes with a built-in preamp for easy connection to a powered speaker or sound system. There’s no word yet on pricing.
Sennheiser TV Clear
Sennheiser’s latest pair of wireless earphones are specially designed for TV listening. They can connect wirelessly to any new or older TV (via built-in Bluetooth or a low-latency transmitter) and allow the user to listen at their preferred volume. In addition, they allow the wearer to tweak various sound settings, for example if they want to lower the bass and emphasize dialogue. The catch? These new buds don’t come cheap.