100 Cool Tech Gadgets in 2024

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A High-Tech Alternative to Screens

Vestaboard Message Board

Message Board

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A High-Tech Alternative to Screens

Vestaboard Message Board

The best thing about the Vestaboard is that, despite being a decidedly high-tech product, it’s sleek and minimalistic. Featuring 132 customizable split-flap character slots, the device makes for a striking alternative to a standard digital display that’s guaranteed to put a smile on the face of everyone who sees it. It can display anything — from weather updates and live scores to personal messages.

Measuring 42 inches diagonally, the Vestaboard is great for large homes or open workspaces if you have the budget for it. You can control the device via a mobile or a web app.

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A Beautiful Smart Wallet

Ekster Parliament Smart Wallet

Parliament Smart Wallet

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A Beautiful Smart Wallet

Ekster Parliament Smart Wallet

The Ekster Parliament is a smart bifold wallet with RFID coating (to protect against identity theft) and a patented mechanism that ejects cards from its aluminum storage pocket with the press of a button. It has space for at least ten cards, as well as a strap for carrying cash and receipts.

Ekster has crafted the wallet from high-quality leather that comes in a multitude of colors. An optional Bluetooth tracker for the wallet is also available — this ultra-thin gadget has a maximum range of 200 feet, and it is powered by light, so it never needs a battery.

More: The Best iPhone Wallet Cases

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Instant EDC Upgrade

DANGO PRODUCTS D03 Dapper Bifold EDC Wallet

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D03 Dapper Bifold EDC Wallet

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Instant EDC Upgrade

DANGO PRODUCTS D03 Dapper Bifold EDC Wallet

The D03 Dapper bifold wallet by Dango Products is an everyday accessory that effortlessly combines cool design, exceptional craftsmanship, and perfect usability. Made in the U.S. from machined aluminum, water-resistant DTEX, and genuine leather (in black or brown), the D03 wallet has space for up to 14 cards and cash.

You can order the badass wallet with a satin silver or jet-black aluminum chassis. Dango backs the product with a lifetime warranty.

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Best Laptop Cleaning Tool

OXO Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner

Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner

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Best Laptop Cleaning Tool

OXO Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner

Credit: Stefan Vazharov

I’ve been swearing by this tiny laptop accessory by OXO to keep my laptop spotless since I impulsively bought one more than a year ago. The affordable gadget packs a microfiber pad and a retractable soft brush.

The microfiber pad mentioned above is handy for removing smudges from the screen of a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, or any other gadget. On the other hand, the brush makes cleaning a keyboard fast and effortless.

More: A Closer Look at the OXO Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner

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Reliable and Sturdy

Weatherman Collapsible Umbrella

Collapsible Umbrella

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Reliable and Sturdy

Weatherman Collapsible Umbrella

Credit: Brandon Carte

Thanks to a whole lot of innovative engineering, this collapsible umbrella by Weatherman can withstand wind gusts up to 55 mph. The product can also survive drops and inverting, with the last bit being a weak point for most umbrellas.

The umbrella has a quick-drying, water-repellent fabric canopy (available in many colors). Weatherman backs the product with an excellent lifetime warranty. Smaller and larger umbrellas from the brand are also available.

More: We Tested the Weatherman Umbrella

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For the One on the Go

Anker Prime 20K Power Bank

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Prime 20K Power Bank

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For the One on the Go

Anker Prime 20K Power Bank

Now 31% Off

Credit: Stefan Vazharov

Remarkably, Anker’s Prime 20K Power Bank can charge two laptops via a pair of fast USB-C connectors with a maximum power output of 140 watts. It has a battery pack with ample capacity and, rather impressively, a color screen to help you keep tabs on the charging process. The accessory rocks a USB-A connector, so you can simultaneously charge up to three devices.

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For the One Who Likes to Be Prepared

HOTO Flashlight Lite

Flashlight Lite

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For the One Who Likes to Be Prepared

HOTO Flashlight Lite

This compact flashlight became an instant favorite of ours by offering an elegant aluminum build, incredible versatility, excellent battery life, and a USB-C connector for recharging it. Thanks to a bundled light diffuser, the handy gadget can quickly transform from a high-powered flashlight with stellar zoom capabilities to a lamp to use while camping or on the road.

We like the flashlight’s integrated hook for attaching it to items. Its intuitive button controls include an SOS button for use during emergencies.

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Best Camera for Adventurers

GoPro HERO12 Black Waterproof Action Camera

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HERO12 Black Waterproof Action Camera

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Best Camera for Adventurers

GoPro HERO12 Black Waterproof Action Camera

Now 13% Off

The HERO12 Black by GoPro is better than its predecessor and the best action camera out there. It’s compact, easy to operate, and full of connectivity features. It can capture incredibly smooth 5.3K video that’s sharper than 4K and 27MP still images. It can also livestream your adventures.

Like every GoPro that precedes it, the HERO12 Black has the best video stabilization tech in its class. It can go up to 33 feet underwater without a protective case. It is compatible with a robust selection of original and third-party accessories.

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Better Than Any Medicine Cabinet

KEEP Intelligent Storage

Intelligent Storage

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Better Than Any Medicine Cabinet

KEEP Intelligent Storage

This nifty gadget by KEEP brings a high-tech approach to storing medication. A product of a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-equipped device will secure prescription meds and other small essentials behind a biometric scan from your smartphone. A companion app will also alert you if the KEEP is moved or tampered with and allow you to keep tabs on its temperature.

Available in black or white, KEEP is designed to keep medication cool and dry. When not in use, the low-key gadget doubles as a minimalist digital clock. Its battery can last for 12 hours.

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Best 3D Printer

Anker AnkerMake M5 3D Printer

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AnkerMake M5 3D Printer

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Best 3D Printer

Anker AnkerMake M5 3D Printer

Credit: Trevor Raab

The AnkerMake M5 is our top 3D printer recommendation for most consumers because it can crank out complex objects at best-in-class speed, including elaborate ones that use multiple filament materials. The splurgeworthy product is also elegant and easy to operate via a touchscreen and a companion app.

Other noteworthy features of the AnkerMake M5 include a built-in camera for keeping an eye on the progress of your prints and a die-cast aluminum structure that’s sleek and sturdy in equal measure.

More: The Best 3D Printers of the Year

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Most Rugged MagSafe Wallet

Pelican MagSafe Wallet & Card Holder

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MagSafe Wallet & Card Holder

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Most Rugged MagSafe Wallet

Pelican MagSafe Wallet & Card Holder

Now 22% Off

The Pelican MagSafe wallet is the most rugged, most dependable option for carrying your essential cards alongside your iPhone. Its snap-on magnets are the strongest in its class, meaning that it won’t separate from your iPhone in case you drop it.

Impressively, the rugged case is also IPX4 water-resistant. As expected from a Pelican product, its hardshell exterior has a sturdy closure.

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A Retro-Styled Smart Display

Tidbyt Smart LED Display

Smart LED Display

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A Retro-Styled Smart Display

Tidbyt Smart LED Display

Credit: Thomas Hengge

The unapologetically retro-styled Tidbyt is a simple, yet high-tech reminder of glorious times when high-resolution screens in phones, tablets, laptops, and TV screens weren’t a thing. The gadget’s basic LED display can show you essential information like weather conditions, upcoming calendar appointments, and even live scores. It can also display artwork of your choosing.

Tidbyt comes with a companion app for customizing the onscreen experience. The characterful tech product is available with a beech or a walnut housing, just like a mid-century radio. It’s a great gift option, too.

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For Old-School Shutterbugs

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer

Instax Mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer

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For Old-School Shutterbugs

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer

This compact photo printer by Fujifilm will create 2-by-3-inch hard copies of your smartphone photos with impressive quality. Of course, the Instax Mini Link 2 has a companion app with an elaborate set of tools for editing the photos before printing.

Avid mobile shutterbugs can order the mini printer in black, blue, or pink. The Instax Mini Link 2 is compatible with the camera maker’s proprietary instant film.

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Best Tech Pouch

Peak Design Tech Pouch

Tech Pouch

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Best Tech Pouch

Peak Design Tech Pouch

The Peak Design Tech Pouch is a stylish and exceptionally made accessory that’s a must-have for frequent travelers. It has enough pockets and compartments for small gadgets, charging cables, memory cards, and any other accessories you might own.

Peak Design has crafted the exterior of this tech pouch using recycled nylon with a weatherproof finish. There are several colors to pick from: black, charcoal, bone, midnight, and sage green.

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Most Versatile MagSafe Charger

URBAN ARMOR GEAR UAG Wireless Charging Pad and Kickstand

UAG Wireless Charging Pad and Kickstand

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Most Versatile MagSafe Charger

URBAN ARMOR GEAR UAG Wireless Charging Pad and Kickstand

This magnetic charger by Urban Armor Gear is more versatile than most MagSafe rivals, including Apple’s own, because it has an integrated kickstand. The latter will allow you or a gift recipient to watch videos, scroll through social media, and even game with a wireless controller while powering up your iPhone.

I like the accessory’s carbon fiber bits and metal stand because they offer convenience and versatility that go beyond charging. The product also comes bundled with a stylish and durable USB-C cable.

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Badass AirTag Protection

RAPTIC Link & Lock Carabiner for Apple AirTags

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Link & Lock Carabiner for Apple AirTags

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Badass AirTag Protection

RAPTIC Link & Lock Carabiner for Apple AirTags

Now 25% Off

The Raptic Link & Lock carabiner is one of the coolest gadgets and best accessories for Apple AirTags we’ve encountered yet. Crafted from ultra-tough zinc, this product has a heavy-duty lock with a three-digit combination code.

The standout feature mentioned above makes tampering with your favorite tracker and removing it from an item practically impossible. Of course, the Link & Lock will also protect your AirTag from damage via a rubber case with a softer interior.

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Best 2-in-1 PC

Microsoft Surface Pro 9

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Surface Pro 9

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Best 2-in-1 PC

Microsoft Surface Pro 9

Now 30% Off

Credit: Stefan Vazharov

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 is hands down today’s best 2-in-1 PC. The newcomer has an elegant and versatile design with slim display bezels and top-tier hardware specs. The latter include powerful processors, a vibrant screen with a high refresh rate, and futureproof connectivity options, to name a few.

You can order the product in a multitude of configurations in platinum, graphite, forest, and sapphire, with the last two options being new to the Surface Pro lineup. As always, be mindful that the must-have Signature keyboard and Surface Slim Pen 2 cost extra.

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Best Battery Pack for iPhone Users

Anker MagGo Qi2 Power Bank

MagGo Qi2 Power Bank

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Best Battery Pack for iPhone Users

Anker MagGo Qi2 Power Bank

This MagGo magnetic power bank by Anker supports the latest Qi2 wireless charging standard, ensuring it can charge the latest iPhones faster than a standard MagSafe battery pack. The essential accessory has a battery pack with 10,000 mAh capacity, so it can recharge an iPhone and have plenty of power to spare for other gadgets. A USB-C port for fast wired charging is also available.

We like the gadget’s onboard color display for keeping tabs on the charging process and its battery capacity. Its integrated viewing stand is super convenient, too.

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For Great Sound Anywhere

Sony ULT Field 1 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

ULT Field 1 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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For Great Sound Anywhere

Sony ULT Field 1 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The all-new Sony ULT Field 1 waterproof Bluetooth speaker is an instant contender for the best in its product category. Available in black, white, gray, and orange, it has an elegant design and an IP67 water- and dust- and shockproof housing.

Sound-wise, the Sony ULT Field 1 delivers a powerful experience with a stellar bass that can be enhanced further with the press of a button. Up to 12 hours of battery life, a USB-C charging connector, and a detachable carrying strap round up its key features.

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Best MagSafe Charging Stand

Satechi 2-in-1 Foldable Qi2 Wireless Charging Stand

2-in-1 Foldable Qi2 Wireless Charging Stand

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Best MagSafe Charging Stand

Satechi 2-in-1 Foldable Qi2 Wireless Charging Stand

This freshly launched 2-in-1 MagSafe charging stand by Satechi became an instant favorite of ours for its design, versatility, and fast charging speeds. Featuring an exterior made from aluminum and vegan leather, the accessory is a perfect match for any Apple setup. Its iPhone dock has adjustable viewing angles, while its base has a slot for charging AirPods or other compatible earbuds.

The charging stand supports the latest Qi2 wireless charging standard, so it’s fast and futureproof. We love that it folds completely flat for easy storage. A slightly pricier version with a retractable Apple Watch dock is also available.

 

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