The best gadgets and gear in 2020

Not sure what headphones, smartwatch or laptop to buy? We’ve got you covered with our round-up of the very best products out there

WIRED Recommends is our definitive guide to the best gadgets, gear and new products. This list covers our number one picks for every category we’ve tested so far, and links to the new and noteworthy tech we’ve reviewed. You can head to our dedicated guides for more idea and options.

The headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3

Weight: 255g | Battery life: 30 hours | Noise cancelling: Yes

Our recommendation for both the best headphones overall and our top-rated noise cancelling headphones is still one and the same: the Sony WH-1000XM3 (£242). In short, we really approve of these cans. Sony wins on sound quality and design, with touch controls on the right earcup that work beautifully and a battery life that lasts up to 30 hours. With USB-C rapid charging and excellent wireless sound performance, these superstars are worth every penny.

Price: £242 | Check price on Amazon | Currys | John Lewis

The Bowers & Wilkins PX7s (£349) are a terrific alternative.
Our favourite wireless earbuds are the Apple AirPods Pro (£219).
The finest headphones for running are the Jaybird Tarah Pro (£131).
For more wired, wireless and in-ear choices, at every budget, check out our WIRED Recommends guides to the best headphones, the best wireless headphones and the best noise-cancelling headphones.
The laptop: Dell XPS 13 (2020)

Weight: 1.2kg | Battery life: 12 hours | Screen: 13.4-inch 1080p/4K

The Dell XPS 13 (from £1,399) is the definitive MacBook-killer. This 13-inch laptop is slim and light yet is powerful enough to deal with a heavy workload. There are numerous configuration options, including non-glare screens, Full HD or UHD and touchscreen versions. The tiny screen bezel means it has a very small footprint, making it easy to fit in any bag and this 2020 edition comes with Intel Ice Lake processors and a sensible webcam position.

Price: From £1,399 (i5) | Check price on Amazon | Dell | Currys

The HP Pavilion 14 (£379) is our top-rated budget laptop.
And HP’s Spectre x360 13 (from £1,199) is our pick of the 2-in-1s.
Student? Get a 13-inch MacBook Pro (from £1,299) is our pick of the 2-in-1s.
For more options, including a great laptop under £500 and our favourite gaming laptop, read our guide to the best laptops and the best gaming laptops.
The smartphone: Apple iPhone 11

Screen: 6.1-inch LCD | Battery life: 10 hours | Cameras: 12MP wide, ultra-wide

The iPhone 11 (£729) – not the higher specced 11 Pro – is our first choice because it’s hundreds of pounds cheaper than its Pro siblings and still gives you a high quality camera, the same processor, a fairly large screen and longer battery life than previous iPhones. This is the iPhone that could convince plenty of Android loyalists to switch with great cameras, power and performance.

Price: £729 | Check price on Amazon | Apple | View deals on Carphone Warehouse

The Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio (£64) is our pick of the best iPhone 11 cases.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (£1,030) is the Android phone to go for.
On a budget? Get the Motorola Moto G8 Power (£209). Trust us.
Google, OnePlus, Oppo and the rest can be found in our guide to the best smartphones and the best Android phones you can buy right now.
The Bluetooth speaker: UE Megaboom 3

Weight: 925g | Battery life: 20 hours | Waterproof: IP67

The genuinely fantastic UE Megaboom 3 (£130) is our top pick from all the Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested. It balances features, sound quality and value better than any of its rivals with an impressive 20 hour battery life and the ability to stereo pair and daisy chain with other UE speakers.

Price: £130 | Check price on Amazon | Currys | John Lewis

Our favourite Bluetooth speaker under £50 is the Anker SoundCore 2 (£40).
And Anker’s Soundcore Flare 2 (£65) is our go-to under £100.
If you’re after something a little larger, louder or water-friendly head to our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers for more options.

The electric scooter: Xiaomi M365 Pro

Range: 27miles (45km) | Speed: 15.5mph | Charge time: 5hrs | Weight: 14.2kg

With a long range, wide foot deck plus a great control panel and companion app, Xiaomi’s M65 Pro (£610) is the e-scooter we rate right now. It brings more power and more comfort to the original M65, with an upgraded 300W motor. Note: riding your own electric scooter outside private land is still illegal in the UK.

Price: £610 | Check price on Pure Electric | Amazon | Halfords

WIRED’s favourite bike helmet is the Lazer Century (£140).
Yes, it’s the Peloton (£1,990) for an at-home exercise bike..
Or try the TACX Neo 2 Smart (£1,199) – our best turbo trainer.
We’ve done the legwork on the best electric scooters – so start your future commute research here.
The fitness tracker: Fitbit Charge 4

Weight: 49g | Battery life: 7 days | Sensors: Optical HR, SpO2, GPS

If you don’t have a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 4 is a great place to start. With GPS built-in, great activity and sleep tracking plus new heart rate features, it’s a fitness all-rounder that offers a hell of a lot of smarts in a neat, comfortable band for everyday wear.

Price: £129 | Check price on Amazon | Currys | John Lewis

The best smartwatch is the Apple Watch Series 5 (from £399).
And for an Apple Watch band we’d go for the Apple Leather Loop (£99).
Gym bunnies should also consider the Garmin Vivosmart 4 (£75).
If you’re ready for something more serious, or want a tracker for specific activities like swimming, read the WIRED Recommends guide to the best fitness trackers.
The tablet: Apple iPad Air

Screen: 10.5-inch | Battery life: 10 hours | Weight: 456g

We love the iPad Pro, but for most people the revived iPad Air (£479) is the best choice. The timeless design remains, as does the high-resolution screen, intuitive software and huge collection of apps. No platform can compete when it comes to apps designed specifically for tablets. This edition is compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard, giving you a capable laptop alternative, and there’s support for the (first gen) Apple Pencil, too.

Price: From £479 | Check price on Apple | Currys | John Lewis

The best budget tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (£172).
Our go-to kids tabs, meanwhile, is the Kurio Tab Connect (£100).
And the best e-reader is the Kindle Oasis (£230).
For more picks, our best tablets guide features more iPad and Android tablet options and even a Microsoft Surface. You might also want to check out our guide to the best budget tablets under £300.
The drone: DJI Mavic Air 2

Sensor: 48MP 1/2in Quad Bayer | Max speed: 68.4kph | Max flight time: 34min

The DJI Mavic Air 2 (from £769) is the drone we’d pick to fly in 2020. It benefits from DJI’s winning formula of pairing fantastic image and video quality with best-in-class stability and obstacle avoidance. And even a novice pilot can capture quality shots thanks to scene recognition and activity tracking smarts.

Price: £769 | Check price on Amazon | DJI | Argos

Panasonic’s Lumix S1 (£2,000) is the best camera overall.
Meanwhile Sony’s RX100 Mark VII (£1,199) is our pick of the compact cam crop.
Here’s the links you need for our in-depth tests of the best dronesand the best cameras in 2020.

The running watch: Polar Vantage V

Specs: GPS, HR | Battery life: 40 hours | Water resistance: 50m

Polar’s Vantage V (£324) is the most complete running watch you can buy. It tracks running power in addition to GPS and heart rate and offers genuinely valuable recovery insights for runners who are pursuing performance. Stylishly built, with sleep tracking and phone notifications, the Vantage V lasts 40 hours on one charge.

Price: £324 | Check price on Amazon | Polar | Wiggle

Beginners should pick up the Garmin Forerunner 45 (£139) instead.
And Garmin’s Fenix 6 Pro (£528) will suit for wilder runs.
Our top running shoes are the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 (£160).
WIRED’s best running watches buying guide features GPS watches for all skills and budgets alongside advice on what to look for.

The 4K TV: LG OLED65GX

Display: 65inch 4K OLED | Smarts: webOS | Connections: HDMI 2.1 x4, USB, Wi-Fi

This 65-inch OLED is the best TV you can buy right now. With exceptional picture quality, a best-in-class smart TV operating system; cutting-edge features, Dolby Atmos and all that in a stylish 19mm chassis, the LG OLED65GX (£3,199) does almost absolutely everything very, very, very well – even the sound quality is surprisingly good.

Price: £3,199 | Check price on Currys

As an alternative, check out Samsung’s QE55Q90T (£1,699) (.
Under £1,000 it’s the Philips 55OLED754 (£989).
The LG is quite an expensive TV so head to our guide to the best TVs and, let’s not beat around the bush, the best TVs under £1,000 for more options

The gaming laptop: Razer Blade 15

Screen: 15.6-inch 1080p/4K | GPU: Up to RTX 2080 Super | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Updated with better graphics and an up to 300HZ display, the 2020 model of the Razer Blade 15 (from £1,459) looks sleek and offers huge gaming ability. The RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super graphics cards handle 4K games and that refresh rate is A-OK for esports and fast, twitchy titles.

Price: From £1,459 | Check price on Razer | Amazon

The Asus ROG Strix 700 (£890) is the best gaming headset.
PC gamer? Asus’ ROG Swift PG27UQ (£1,752) is our No.1 gaming monitor.
And the Razer Ultimate Viper (£143) is the gaming mouse to get.
If you’re looking for something more on the budget or mid-range, read through our full WIRED Recommends buying guide to the best gaming laptops.

The wireless speakers: Sonos

Voice: Alexa, Google | Wi-Fi: Yes | Apple AirPlay: Yes

Painless to operate and with a range of comprehensive kit, Sonos (from £199) still offers the best pound-for-pound wireless, multi-room system around. The user experience is smooth and stable, there’s a wide product range, including subs and amps, together with AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect etc (though no hi-res audio) and an up-and-at-’em sound. If you need somewhere to start we’d recommend the voice controlled and good value Sonos One. (The recent controversy over support for legacy products has been smoothed over to an extent but we’ll be keeping an eye on it).

Price: From £199 | Check prices on Amazon | John Lewis

The best soundbar is the Sonos Beam (£349).

Our pick for a hi-res multi-room system is Bluesound (from £299).
If your ears deserve only the best, try the Linn Series 3 (£2,950).
For more reviews on both multi-room, house-wide systems and individual statement speakers for all budgets, have a read of our guide to the best wireless speakers.

The coffee machine: Jura S8

Water capacity: 1.9L | Pressure: 15 bar | Settings: 15

The stylish Jura S8 (£1,395) has an ample coffee selection – latte macchiato, flat white, espresso, ristretto and more – and it’s great for green tea drinkers too. Operate via a high-res touchscreen or the Jura Coffee app. plus adjust the AromaG3 grinder to your preferences by altering how fine you have your coffee powder. Worth every penny.

Price: From £1,395 | Check price on John Lewis | Harrods

The Nespresso Latissima One (£199) is good value and simple to use.
The Krups Opio Steam and Pump (£93) makes sense for small kitchens.
Meanwhile, Kuvings’ EVO820 (£479) is the best juicer we’ve tested.
Not your cup of coffee? Check out the WIRED Recommends guide to the best coffee machines to find the perfect brew for you.

The electric toothbrush: Philips Sonicare Smart 9500

Sure it’s expensive and the app could be slight overkill for some but if money is no object, this is the electric toothbrush to go for. With five cleaning modes, four brush heads and three intensity settings the Philips Sonicare Smart 9500 (£246) is highly customisable and aside from the superb clean you’ll get, the battery life of 14 days is handy and we’re fans of the glass charging stand and travel case too.

Price: £246 | Check price on Amazon

The Braun 10-in-1 MGK7021 (£86) is the best beard trimmer we’ve tested.
The Philips Series 9000 (£214) is our go-to electric shaver.
Cancelling plans? GHD’s Helios (£159) is our hairdryer of choice.
For more options, head to our bathroom-inclined WIRED Recommends guides including the best electric toothbrushes, the best beard trimmers and the best electric shavers.
The vacuum cleaner: Dyson V11 Absolute

Run time: 60 mins | Weight: 3kg | Bagged or bagless? Bagless

You won’t be disappointed by the Dyson Cyclone V11 Absolute (£595), if your budget will stretch. With three power levels, it offers the same performance, in terms of suction, as a full-size vacuum. It’s great for stairs and with two floorheads, four additional tools and auto detection, the Dyson handles edge to edge cleaning like a champ.

Price: £595 | Check price on Amazon | Dyson | John Lewis

For corded power, try the Miele Complete C3 Cat&Dog PowerLine (£209).
And WIRED’s go-to robot vac is iRobot’s Roomba i7+ (£1,451).
For more options – with picks for pet hair, whole house cleaning and battery life – read our WIRED Recommends guides to the best vacuums and the best cordless vacuums you can buy right now.

The baby monitor: Kodak Cherish C525

Video: 720p HD | Two-way talk: Yes | Alerts: Sound, motion

With a 5in display for the parent unit and a video feed in the Kodak Smart Home app, infrared night vision and two-way talk, Kodak’s Cherish C525 (£160) is our preferred baby monitor system. Response time for sound and motion alerts is good and the HD camera is sharp with a 85-degree viewing angle. Range is up to 4,000 square feet and you can save footage to an SD card as well as the cloud.

Price: £160 | Check price on Argos

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