April 20, 2024

These were the coolest and strangest gadgets of December

It’s a new year and we have many amazing devices ahead of us. Although December may have been a little slower, we still had plenty of devices to check out and review during the month of Christmas, although not as many as usual.

Moving on from November’s list, let’s focus on the devices that defined December.

Gizmodo Australia’s Favorite Electric Vehicle of 2023

In December we celebrated our favorite EV of the year, the MG4, and reviewed it that same month. The MG4 is a win for MG. It’s extremely hard not to like this car, and more than any other car, I’ve felt like this might be the one for you. me, In particular. Small and stylish, with good range and, most importantly, an affordable price, it is cars like the MG4 that will make the biggest difference in the switch to electric vehicles.

Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

Samsung’s new SmartTags

Samsung’s SmartTag 2 is a very good way to find your lost keys, cat, bag or whatever. It’s not perfect, there is still quite a bit of room for improvement in the gen 3 model. But if you have a Samsung Galaxy device and you want a device that helps you find things and you never want to use it with any other type of phone, this is your best option .

Image: Alice Clarke/Gizmodo Australia

The Garmin Edge 840 Solar

This is the bike computer for professionals and people who want all the good bike toys. It presents information well overall and the solar panel adds a little more power if you go out for a while. It’s up to you whether you prefer the Edge 840 Solar’s solar panel or the larger screen of the 1040. Most people would probably benefit more from the larger screen, unless they take frequent trips of 32+ hours without access to the energy. At $879 it is very expensive, especially when the non-solar version costs $749. But it is very impressive. Critic Alice Clarke says she has been spoiled and she never wants to go back.

Image: Alice Clarke/Gizmodo Australia

A smart cup (SMUG)

Despite its high price, reviewer Alex Kidman couldn’t deny that the Ember Smart Mug 2 accomplishes its mission of keeping my coffee piping hot for an extended period of time. It does what it says on the tin (keeps coffee hot), but it’s an extremely forgiving device. However, it could be perfect for a coffee lover with a craving for luxury.

Image: Alex Kidman/Gizmodo Australia

The PlayStation 5 is getting slimmer

The new smaller version of the PlayStation 5 is the same console that came out three years ago, at least in most important ways. That’s for better or worse, although if you’re looking to buy Sony’s main console, you can at least feel better knowing that it could actually fit on your TV stand. Gizmodo’s American colleagues had the opportunity to set up the two consoles side by side, and they can definitely say that the new console is much shorter than the original (we compare the Spider-Man 2 PS5 special edition with the new Slim, but it’s not still the same console). However, most of the size difference is height and depth. The original PS5 measured 15.4 by 4.1 by 10.2 inches. The new console measures 14.1 by 3.8 by 8.5 inches, so while it’s more than an inch shorter and more compact, it’s still nearly the same width thanks to the need for an extended shelf for the console. optical disk drive.

Image: Kyle Barr/Gizmodo

Logitech’s new headsets reduce the use of dongles and introduce a mess of cables

Logitech’s new headset has a great trick: it can quickly switch between any of its consoles with the press of a button. At first glance, it’s an exciting launch that potentially reduces dongle complications. However, to achieve this, the headset requires a batch of cables, essentially requiring all of your devices to be located in the same space. It’s also quite expensive: $750.

Image: Kyle Barr/Gizmodo

The new Tesla Model 3 is sure to be eye-catching

We also tested the 2024 Tesla Model 3 in December, and while the improvements to the range were welcome, along with the much more premium-looking exterior, the removal of gauges and a physical gear change didn’t impress us and left us a bit annoying. . Don’t get us wrong: it’s still a pleasure to drive, but having the gear lever on the center screen isn’t fun.

Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

The SteelSeries Apex Pro

This is the keyboard sink. It’s overkill for all but the most dedicated esports players, and you still want one. It’s very expensive, there’s no way around it (although it occasionally goes on sale for $100 off, so you might get lucky with sales, but even on sale, that’s a lot). But those OmniPoint switches seem pretty expensive to make, and they’re worth it for people who spend a lot of time using their keyboards and think they’d benefit from being able to individually customize the actuation distance of each of the primary keys. Whether you need it or not is up to you. But damn, is it good?

Image: Alice Clarke/Gizmodo Australia

Russia’s new electric car

Details on the Amber are a bit scarce, but the New Voice of Ukraine reports that all components will be Russian-made and the production version will be built at the Avtotor factory in Kaliningrad, which previously made cars for BMW, Ford, Kia . and Hyundai, so you know the quality will be top notch. Things like range, power and price are completely irrelevant at this point. Forget about buying Chinese electric vehicles or even Teslas. The Russians have clearly beaten everyone in the electric car game. I mean, does your car have holes in the side for paddles? No? I bet you feel like a loser now.

The HP Pavilion Plus 2023

All in all, HP’s Pavilion Plus is a good deal for its price. Our colleagues in the US didn’t have any major complaints during testing and believe it would serve as a great entry-level or budget laptop for most users. The mediocre battery is a shame, but its extremely impressive display, above-average performance, and decent design make up for it.

Image: Dua Rashid/Gizmodo

The new Skullcandy headphones

Active noise cancellation sucks on the Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 headphones, so if that’s important to you, then you should move on. But if you want to feel the bass more than get lost in the delicate details of a song, these headphones are excellent. It’s a strange novelty, to be sure, but critic Alice Clarke would have loved them if she were 15. If bass-heavy songs are your bread and butter, then you can probably use them as your daily driver.

Image: Alice Clarke/Gizmodo Australia

Razer put RGB in a Lexus

Razer and Lexus have been working on this gamer car for a while, with a three-part series posted on Lexus’ YouTube page. They’re not long episodes, 3 minutes and 20 seconds at most, and the whole thing reeks of a PR stunt, but we’ll move forward with this effort. The front seat backs have been fitted with gaming monitors, and each seat is a Razer gaming chair (at least with RGB), while the front seats have a shared center screen. There are even what appear to be fake RAM units behind the back seats, which look a bit like a flux capacitor (except instead of time traveling, they make sure you can have more Google Chrome windows open ). Will it ever go on sale? Haha no.

The BlueAnt X-3D Max makes noise

The BlueAnt X-3D Max is a generally decent speaker at a fair price if you just want simple audio. Reviewer Alex Kidman couldn’t ignore the fact that in this space there are a lot of smart options available that can do more, but equally, there’s a market of music listeners who absolutely don’t want that.

Image: Alex Kidman/Gizmodo Australia

Cyber ​​truck month

Of course, how can we not talk about the Cybertruck, everyone’s favorite monstrosity? The Cybertruck was officially delivered to (some) buyers in December, with a much higher price tag than originally listed and a much lower range. Australia is unlikely to

The CRKD Nitro platform

If you’re a Switch player who predominantly plays away from your home base, then the CRKD Nitro Deck is a good option among many. There is a rich and varied ecosystem of controllers, and what sets them apart largely are ergonomic factors and, to some extent, build quality. Reviewer Alex Kidman had no complaints against the Nitro Deck in terms of build quality, but can see how the shape and position of its sticks, while not a problem for him, may be for others.

Image: Alex Kidman/Gizmodo Australia

Image: Gizmodo Australia

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