Year-End Roundup: The Best Gadgets We Used This 2018


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This year showered us with some of the most innovative gadgets, from the life-changing smart home systems to the amazing first-generation of VR headsets around. Indeed, today’s industry leaders continued to put their best foot forward and wowed their consumers.


Whether you’re in the market to shop for the best Bluetooth speakers or just want to stay updated with the most notable tech releases, here’s a quick roundup of the best gadgets this 2018.


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Google Home Personal Assistant

P10,000

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What’s better than Google Search? Your very own Google Help at home!


This nifty system helps you manage your day without worries. You can ask about the weather or how long your commute is likely to be before going out for the day, as well as command it to play your favorite show on your TV. It’s your own at-home Google, which you can ask to do things for you at your hands-free convenience.


Google Home is powered by Google Assistant and supports both Android and iOS devices. The premium quality speaker delivers clear and rich sounds. All you need for this to work seamlessly are your smartphone, a nearby electrical outlet and Wi-Fi.


HTC Vive Virtual Reality Kit

P57,950

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To many, HTC Vive holds the title as the best virtual reality system available today. It boasts a 1080p screen resolution, as well as base stations of up to 15x15 feet room-scale stage—which is a lot of space to play around. The SteamVR™ Tracking enables you to play in your most comfortable state, whether seated or standing.


The VR system gives you a precise and immersive experience. It has an adjustable headset with a front-facing camera, a controller with intuitive controls and realistic HD haptic feedback, as well as base stations with 360-degree play area tracking for seamless coverage.


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Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds

P14,125

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The sleek design of the Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds isn’t the only thing that makes it stand out. The audio quality and comfortable in-ear construction make up for its premium price.


Its dual-microphone technology in each earbud distributes a crisp and rich sound. It also allows you to access any information you need with its one-touch access to your voice assistant. What sets the Jabra Elite 65t above its contemporaries beyond the sound and voice quality, however, is its battery life. A single charge can last for 5 hours—15 hours in total with the aid of its pocket-friendly charging case.


Nintendo Switch

P24,995

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The newest console from Nintendo gives its gamers the freedom to play however they want to, whether that means on the go or at home.


The progressive Joy-Con controllers are well-praised for its gameplay flexibility, allowing you to use one or both controllers either vertically or horizontally. The built-in screen has a 6.2-inch multi-touch capacitive display with 1280x720 resolution. It also has 32GB of internal memory, but users can expand the storage space using a microSDHC or microSDXC card. In terms of battery life, the Switch can run for more than six hours.


Apple iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max

P67,990 and P74,990

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Apple’s latest release not only gave last year’s flagship the S treatment but also surprised its customers with a bigger sibling. The Apple iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max boast 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch displays respectively. Both also feature spectacular OLED Retina displays, which deliver true blacks and accurate colors.


The new iPhone drops are clothed with remarkable materials that feel like luxury—and the new grade of water and dust resistance helps too. As expected, both iPhones feature exceptional dual camera systems, quality audio speakers and wireless charging.


Like its predecessor, the latest iPhones are equipped with advanced Face ID and the smartest and most powerful chip today.


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There will come new challengers from time to time, each trying to knock out the current top contender. But for 2018, the items above arguably took home the crown.



Art Alex Lara

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