Top tech products that marked 2014

December 21, 2014 12:25 AM

THE NEWS website Mashable has listed its choices for the top tech products of 2014, and they make for interesting reading...

THE NEWS website Mashable has listed its choices for the top tech products of 2014, and they make for interesting reading, even if some are fairly predictable.

Denon Envaya DSB-200: A far more mature version of the overly flashy Bluetooth speakers currently in vogue. Mashable calls it “a practical gadget that emits beautiful sounds with plenty of bass”. It has two 2.25-inch speaker drivers and the only drawback is that it needs to be recharged often, but the sleek design makes it a solid option for anyone in search of a powerful wireless speaker without lurid colours and funky shapes.

Sony A6000: Sony continues to set the bar for reasonably-priced lightweight cameras. The A6000 is a mirrorless camera that’s sure to please photographers of all skill levels. It has outstanding image quality, good speed, a lightweight design and the price is just right.

iPad Air 2: Apple’s latest flagship tablet is unarguably the best that the company has yet produced. It’s lightweight and incredibly thin, but the tablet technology isn’t quite the leap ahead that other, earlier iPad models have been. Still, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is a welcome addition of security and convenience. The 64 GB option is the best buy, but also the most expensive.

Acer Chromebook C720: The latest version is one of the best Chromebooks Acer has produced. It has a fourth-generation Intel Core i3 processor that allows effortless multi-tasking. Mashable says it is as close to a ‘real’ laptop as a budget-friendly Chromebook is likely to come. The C720 comes with 2 GB of RAM and is a treat for budget buyers.

Amazon Kindle Voyage: The market is flooded with e-readers, but this is probably the closest thing to an actual book. It’s thin and lightweight, has crystal-clear image quality and has the look and feel of a premium product.

iMac with Retina Display: The latest 27-inch iMac is arguably the best all-in-one computer available today. It’s a huge technical achievement that Apple was able to pack such power into the iMac’s extremely thin display. It uses less power than older models, but still produces a beautiful screen and images. It’s expensive, but for what it offers, not many are complaining.

Mario Kart: It’s the video game that has caught everyone’s fancy, much as the original Mario Brothers did back then. Mario Kart 8 is one of the best in the long-running series, with great HD graphics, surprising twists and multiplayer option.

Galaxy Note 4: Samsung’s flagship smartphone has reached a new level of technological wizardry. This state-of-the-art ‘phablet’ has a crystal-clear (5.7-inch) Quad HD display, a more powerful battery and, of course, the Galaxy Note’s signature accessory: the S Pen stylus. It has all you could want in a phone.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3: This is marketed as the “tablet that can replace your laptop”. It offers powerful computing technology in a lightweight tablet, even though the snap-on type cover doesn’t quite make it a laptop. Still, the large 12-inch display, the digital pen and the multi-position kickstand make this a worthy item for anyone’s Christmas stocking.

iPhone 6: No 2014 tech list would be complete without this, the most anticipated gadget of the year, and it did not disappoint, with its 4.7-inch display and its larger twin sibling, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in the phablet range. It has a beautiful design, a great camera and easy-to-use features, plus there’s iOS 8, which brings a host of features, most notably, Apple Pay, the revolutionary platform for mobile payments.

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