The most in-demand home tech gear for 2022 – Pique Newsmagazine
We’re taking note of the most innovative and practical tech gear now available in Canada, from the Mac Pro to a surge outlet with space for 17 plugs and cords.
Keeping up with the latest and greatest in home tech gear can be a daunting (and expensive) task. For the nearly mid-point of 2022, we prioritized practicality: what are Canadians purchasing and putting on their wish lists?
A few superstar products emerged: like a very powerful new Apple console and a Dyson Airwrap that’s coming soon. There’s also smaller and super practical stuff like smart watch wristbands, a neckband speaker for those suffering from ear bud fatigue and a practical surge powerbar with USB ports.
Below are eight innovative tech products that make life a little smarter.
Who it’s ideal for: Anyone who wants to be a super powerful home computer.
Why we’re endorsing it: This super-charged Mac Pro is customizable and very powerful (ideal for those who edit, code and work in 3D), with 28 cores (the highest number yet for a Mac).
Where it could use improvements: Like the technology, the price point is top of the line.
Size/weight/dimensions: 3.5GHz 8‑core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz and 512GB SSD storage.
Price (subject to change): Tower starts at $7,499 and rack starts at $8,129 at Apple.
Samsung Home Projector
Who it’s ideal for: Home projectors suddenly became a must-have item in the early days of COVID as people wanted to stream TV and movies on their smart devices without losing the experience of a big screen. Unfortunately, a lot of the cheaper options turned out to be low quality or didn’t have the necessary outlets (like HDM1). The compact Samsung Home Projector is portable, easy to use and the picture quality is sharp.
Why we’re endorsing it: The Samsung Home Project isn’t cheap but it works: 1080p, 360 sound, a cradle that rotates 180 degrees and HDR10-compatible, it can project up to 100 inches. Reviewers love the clear picture, voice command ability and 4K quality.
Where it could use improvements: High price point; works best with Samsung TVs.
Price (subject to change): $1,149 at Best Buy.
Sony SRS-NB10 Wireless Neckband Speaker
Who it’s ideal for: For those who find headphones and earbuds uncomfortable, the Sony neckband is great for listening to music and taking calls. It allows for multi-tasking but is not loud like a speakerphone or smart home device. It has a 20-hour battery life, it works with streaming devices (like watching TV without having the whole house hear it) and is splashproof.
Why we’re endorsing it: Ingenuitive and a good option for those who work from home.
Where it could use improvements: This is the kind of device you won’t know you like until you try it.
Size/weight/dimensions: Weighs 4 oz.
Price (subject to change): $199 at Amazon and Sony.
Surge Protector Tower Bar
Who it’s ideal for: Anyone who is constantly searching for space for their plugs and cords.