The Best Gadgets and Gear in 2018

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FITNESS TRACKER: FITBIT ALTA HR

If you don’t have a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Alta HR is a great place to start. Unlike a smartwatch, the battery lasts a whole week and the slim and discreet band houses plenty of tech. It tracks steps, calories burned, and comes in six colours. The only downside is it’s not waterproof.

WIRELESS HEADPHONES: SONY WH-1000XM2

Bose used to be the king of wireless noise-cancelling headphones and the Bose QC35 II are an outstanding set of headphones, but we recommend the Sony WH-1000XM2. Bose just about edges things for noise cancelling, but Sony wins on sound quality and design. The touch controls on the right earcup work beautifully and the latest version of these headphones boosts battery life to a whopping 30 hours.

The Best Gadgets and Gear in 2018SOUNDBAR: Q ACOUSTICS M3

Q Acoustics is one of the best in audio. The company has been producing high-quality speakers at competitive prices for years, and its M3 soundbar is a perfect example.

Its compact and elegant design will fit neatly under any TV, regardless of whether you mount the M3 on a shelf, in a cabinet or on the wall. Thankfully setup couldn’t be easier, ensuring maximum performance with minimum fuss, and it includes Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity, with the latter supporting Audio Return Channel (ARC).

Most importantly the audio performance is excellent, delivering a room-filing sound with decent bass thanks to a built-in subwoofer. As a result the M3 can handle whatever you throw at it, whether it’s a new TV show, the latest movie or even your favourite music playlist.

SMARTPHONE: SAMSUNG GALAXY S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ fits a 6.2-inch display into a shell that feels, well, normal. Granted, it doesn’t look that different to the Galaxy S8+, but Samsung’s hardware design is still ahead of most rivals.

It shrugs off a few trends too. There’s a headphone jack, now a baffling rarity in new and expensive phones, and no notch. The most important change since the S8+ is a 2x zoom camera on the back, bringing it in line with the iPhone X. Samsung also followed Apple with its AR Emojis.