2023 has been a wild ride for most. We've seen inflation creep up, with interest rates rising to match. Covid-19, which we all thought we were done with, is also making its way back. Thankfully, this time, the symptoms are a lot milder, and people are recovering from it a lot easier.
On the tech side of things, AI is everywhere, from helping you write and code, to drawing pictures. And believe it or not, the stuff it writes is pretty decent (though obviously not as good as us humans…yet). That aside, it's been a great year for cool new stuff, especially games. We've seen an absolutely brilliant RPG that will keep you hooked for hours, as well as a great sequel to the fantastic The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Besides games, we have cool audio gear, OLED TVs, as well as laptops that stood out to us. It's always difficult to only pick five when there are a ton of really great products to pick from, but we think we have it figured out this time.
And so, without further ado, here are our choices for what we think are the top 5 gadgets (and a game) of 2023.
Sony Bravia XR X95L
The Sony Bravia XR X95L is the best Mini-LED TV we have seen this year. Sony's impeccable picture processing and upscaling, combined with a very bright panel, make for an excellent TV viewing, and video gaming experience. We tested the 75-inch model, which will set you back by a princely S$7,499 or so. Which is also the only downside: The X95L is one of the most expensive Mini-LED TVs you can buy now.
Baldur’s Gate 3
In a year with so many great games, Baldur's Gate 3 stands out with its great storytelling, awesome adventuring, and somewhat old school gameplay that still feels fresh today. If you're never played or heard of Dungeons and Dragons before, it can feel overwhelming at the start. The lack of tooltips to explain the classes available don't help. But, respeccing, and trying out something new or tweaking your build is cheap and easy. The game encourages experimenting, and it's fun to do so. There's nothing better when you accidentally try something stupid to solve a problem, and it actually works.
Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)
If the MacBook Air 13 with M2 was really good for on-the-go work, then the bigger Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is even better. As the name suggests, it comes with a 15.3-inch display, and weighs just 1.5kg. Despite having the same M2 chip as the MacBook Air 13, the 15-inch Air actually performs better, thanks to improved thermal management. The bigger size also allows for much better speakers.
Dyson V12s Detect Slim
An upgrade to the 2021 Dyson V12 Detect Slim, the Dyson V12s Detect Slim improves its laser-aided Fluffy cleaning brush head. Mostly importantly, this version adds a new wet cleaning module called the Submarine. It lets you mop up spills easily using clean water. Fantastic.
Logitech G Pro X 2 Wireless Gaming Headset
If you're fine with spending more for a great pair of gaming headphones, then the Logitech G Pro X 2 Wireless Gaming Headset is one to consider. At S$389, it's much more expensive than the first version, but makes up with a significantly longer battery life, Bluetooth, and analog (3.5mm) support. It's comfortable as heck, and the sound is excellent.
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