Flashback 2016: The best gadgets

We take a look at some of the best products across categories


TV: Leeco Super3 X55
TV: Leeco Super3 X55

As in previous years, computing devices and televisions ruled the gadget launch calendar. However, we also saw a spike in the popularity of air purifiers and anti-pollution masks, because the deteriorating air quality has become a concern in most Indian cities. Smartwatches caught the attention of potential buyers. Bluetooth speakers became quite popular as well, but as with most things audio, the rule of “spend more for better audio” is very evident. We look at some of this year’s most exciting gadgets.

TV: Leeco Super3 X55

Rs59,790*

Launched in September

The affordable price tag for this 55-inch, ultra-high definition (3,840x2,160 resolution) TV really stands out. The flowing table-stand design is quite unique. Users also get access to the live TV channels streaming service, and an app store

Projector: BENQ W3000

Rs1.25 lakh

Launched in June

This Full HD display (1,920x1,080) projector has a single-chip digital light processing (DLP) projection engine, peak brightness of 2,000 lumens and is 3D-capable. It also has the Cinematic Colour feature, which is close to the Rec. 709 HDTV standard for colour reproduction.

Bluetooth Audio: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay S3

Rs24,990

Launched in June

The design is inspired partly by a geometric dodecahedron and partly by a tennis ball. Within the compact footprint, the BeoPlay S3 packs in two Class-D amplifiers that produce a combined 240-watts peak power, and a 4-inch woofer for lower frequencies.

TV: LG 55UH850T Super UHD TV

Rs1.9 lakh

Launched in September

This ultra-high definition (3,840x2,160 resolution) television stood out for the rich and vibrant quantum display, support for HDR videos and excellent Harman Kardon audio. The WebOS smart TV platform is by far the best in its category.

Laptop: Apple Macbook Pro with touch bar

Rs1,55,900 onwards

Launched in November

Everything about the new MacBook Pro variants is better than the predecessor—they are 17% thinner, and have brighter and richer screens and faster graphics. The Touch Bar with the keyboard contextually shows up options based on the apps you are using

Laptop: HP spectre

Rs1,10,290 onwards

Launched in June

This is labelled the “world’s thinnest laptop”. HP has used a mix of aluminium and carbon fibre for the chassis, and the “piston hinge” display stands out. It is available with the Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processor options, and has the 13.3-inch Full HD screen.

Smartwatch: Apple watch series 2

Rs32,900 onwards

Launched in October

The Apple Watch Series 2 runs a powerful S2 chip, a brighter OLED display, built-in GPS, is waterproof, and has better battery life. The newest watchOS software is slick to use. The Series 2 comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, with a variety of strap options.

Air Purifier: Philips 2000 Series

Rs20,695

Launched in September

The AC2887 purifier has a very powerful 333 m3/h clean air delivery rate (CADR) rating. It also displays live air-quality parameters, using a professional air-quality monitoring system. Nothing comes close in terms of performance at this price

Air purifier: Blue Pure 211 by Blueair

Rs22,990

Launched in October

The clever design immediately stands out—the entire top part is the fan, while the bottom section is a replaceable filter, with a pre-filter fabric wrapped around it. It has a very high 590 m3/h CADR rating, among the highest in this price range.

E-Book reader: Kindle Oasis

Rs23,999 onwards

Launched in April

The Oasis grabs your attention with an asymmetrical design, with a 6-inch e-ink screen. It has 4 GB storage and can hold at least 1,000 books. The smart cover has an additional battery.

Fitness band: Fitbit Charge 2

Rs11,999

Launched in September

Compared to the Charge, the Charge 2 has a bigger and usable display and a heart-rate monitor which makes more accurate activity calculations. Fitbit’s smartphone app is still the best, and the band can be worn comfortably for hours on end.

Camera: Sony cyber-shot RX100 V

Rs79,990

Launched in November

The RX100 has been one of the finest compact cameras for a long time. The latest update makes it even better—an updated autofocus mode, the 1,000fps (40x) slow-motion video mode, and a new chip that improves image quality for high ISO photos.

*Prices may vary.

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