We take note of the most innovative and convenient technological equipment currently available in Canada, from the Mac Pro to a power 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 near mid-2022, we’ve prioritized convenience: what are Canadians buying and putting on their wish lists?
A few superstar products have emerged: like a very powerful new Apple console and a Dyson Airwrap that’s coming soon. There’s also some smaller, super-convenient stuff like smartwatch bands, a neckband speaker for those who suffer from earbud fatigue, and a handy power bar with USB ports.
Below are eight innovative tech products that make life a little smarter.
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who wants to be a super powerful home computer.
Why we endorse it: This super-powerful 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 is top of the line.
Height/weight/dimensions: 3.5 GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz and 512 GB SSD storage.
Price (subject to change): The tower starts at $7,499 and the rack starts at $8,129 at Apple.
Samsung home projector
Who is it ideal for: Home projectors suddenly became a staple in the early days of COVID as people wanted to stream TV and movies to their smart devices without losing the big-screen experience. Unfortunately, many cheaper options turned out to be of poor quality or lacked the necessary sockets (like HDM1). Samsung’s compact home projector is portable, easy to use, and the image quality is crisp.
Why we endorse it: The Samsung Home Project isn’t cheap but it works: 1080p, 360 sound, a cradle that swivels 180 degrees and HDR10 compatible, it can project up to 100 inches. Reviewers appreciate the clear picture, voice control capability and 4K quality.
Where it could use improvements: High price; works best with Samsung TVs.
Price (subject to change): $1,149 at Best Buy.
Sony SRS-NB10 wireless neckband speaker
Who is it ideal for: For those who find headphones and earphones uncomfortable, the Sony neckband is ideal for listening to music and taking calls. It allows for multitasking but isn’t noisy like a speaker or smart home device. It’s got 20 hours of battery life, it works with streaming devices (like watching TV without the whole house hearing it), and it’s splashproof.
Why we endorse it: Resourceful and a good option for those who work from home.
Where it could use improvements: It’s the kind of device you won’t love until you try it.
Height/weight/dimensions: Weighs 4 ounces.
Price (subject to change): $199 at Amazon and Sony.
Surge protection bar
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who is constantly looking for space for their sockets and cords.
Why we endorse it: Protects devices from power surges; it has 13 outlets and four USB ports.
Where it could use improvements: Check the recommended outlet capacities for your space.
Height/weight/dimensions: 110 volts, 1875 watts.
Price (subject to change): $39.99 on Amazon.
Rowenta Turbo Silence 16″ fan
Who is it ideal for: Thinking of investing in a fan when summer decides to come to British Columbia? This Rowenta Turbo Silence fan is silent, powerful and comes with a remote control.
Why we endorse it: This fan was released in 2017 and remains one of the most powerful options on the market.
Where it could use improvements: There are several sizes/models and prices vary considerably.
Height/weight/dimensions: Depends on pedestal size/speeds/style.
Price (subject to change): $179 at Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond and $249.99 at Canadian Tire.
Braided Apple Watch bands
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who needs a new strap for their Apple Watch. The new braided bands are made from recycled polyester and the texture is soft and stretchy.
Why we endorse it: These woven bands are exclusive to Apple. They are available in nine different sizes.
Where it could use improvements: Apple does not publish customer reviews.
Height/weight/dimensions: 41mm and 45mm.
Price (subject to change): $119 at Apple.
Dyson Airwrap Multi
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who loves a new drop beauty product. Users who already own an Airwrap do not need to purchase a new unit and can simply upgrade the accessories.
Why we endorse it: Dyson drives innovation in everyday products and has created tools to dry, straighten, curl and straighten hair.
Where it could use improvements: The launch date in Canada has not yet been announced. The exact number of attachments is unclear.
Height/weight/dimensions: To be determined.
Price (subject to change): To be determined. Airwraps are $749.99 at Dyson.
Therabody TheraFace PRO
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who loves their Theragun might like this next level facial massager, which will have RED LED and infrared light therapy, a cold ring for eye bags with multiple attachments for headaches, jaw tension and a cleaning ring.
Why we endorse it: Although the Canadian debut hasn’t been announced, we can’t wait to try it out.
Where it could use improvements: So far, the price is only listed in pounds and there is no release date.
Height/weight/dimensions: 4.2 pounds
Price (subject to change): 399€.