USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham reviews the 2018 year in tech, which includes the most popular apps, binge-worthy TV shows and much more USA TODAY
It’s time, once again, for our annual picks for the top 10 favorite tech gadgets of 2018.
First a quick caveat. We didn’t see every product released — but we did see, touch and feel a lot of them. Several of the ones mentioned here I went out and bought after I reviewed them — others I lusted after.
Let’s work our way from 10 to 1.
10: Rugged 4 TB Drive
Unlike smartphones, which hit ridiculous prices in 2018, many topping $1,000, you’ve got to love what LaCie is selling you for a portable, rugged hard drive. I picked up a 4 terabyte external drive for $150. Yes, $150! Two years ago, these drives were 1 TB at best for the same price, and now I’ve got four times as much room. Love it.
No. 9: Lume Cube Air
You probably haven’t heard of it. It’s a little continuous light that can attach to your smartphone via magnet and give you way more people pleasing light for photos than the lousy flash from the phone. At $70 this is a steal for night and party shots.
No. 8: The Amazon Fire TV Edition
These TVs from Toshiba and Best Buy are aimed at cord cutters, with Alexa voice control and a more visual menu than you get from cable and, again, a consumer bargain. Average price is $300 for a 42-inch set — on Black Friday they were giving them away for just over $100. Wow.
No. 7: Sonos Beam
Because no TV should be subjected to the lousy, tinny sound from the teeny speakers of any new TV, we give the nod to the Sonos Beam. It’s a smaller soundbar in size, but with big sound, and affordable at $400.