IF THE BEST tech gadgets of this year are any indication, 2024 is shaping up to be the year of “better living through technology.” We exist in a time of go-anywhere portable projectors, AI-enhanced smart sunglasses, flip phones made with folding touch screen glass, and smart rings that tell us how to sleep better. But which new gadgets are actually worth buying this holiday season?
Our gear-obsessed editors and writers set out to answer this question, determined to find out. We routinely researched and tested hundreds of new gadgets—from kitchen appliances and fitness recovery gadgets, to satellite-connected smartwatches and bleeding-edge handheld gaming consoles. The goal: To hand-pick only the best of the best tech of the year. We now present you with this year’s installment of the Men’s Health Tech Awards.
Ray-Ban Meta Wayfarer$329 at meta.com
Segway Transformers Bumblebee Electric Gokart Pro$2,000 at Walmart
Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen with Gaming Hub
Samsung's latest Freestyle projector release is as refined as ever, with a crisp picture that can reach up to 100-inches, a seamless user experience when navigating streaming apps, and a level of portability that makes taking it wherever you go easy as pie (we recommend grabbing the add-on battery pack).
AnkerMake M5C 3D Printer$399 at Walmart
Buying things is so 2022. Build almost anything you need at home—literally—with Anker’s compact M5C. It’s simple enough for 3D-printing noobs yet powerful enough for pros who demand lightning-fast creation of their latest projects.
Valve Steam Deck Handheld Gaming Console$539 at Walmart
Portable, powerful, and player-friendly, this next-gen handheld puts every bit of your Steam Library in the palm of your hand. It's also blazing fast and long on battery life, thanks to a custom AMD APU and energy-efficient hardware under the hood.
Go 3 Action Camera$380 at Walmart
Blade 16 Gaming Laptop$2,500 at Walmart
Microsoft Xbox Series S - 1TB$349 at Walmart
Sleek, streamlined, and sexy—the all-new Xbox Series S is 2023’s best value in gaming thanks to its massive 1 TB of memory. Get blazing-fast load times, 120fps gameplay, and instant access to all the best downloaded GamePass content with this ultra-compact console.
LG StanbyME Go 27" Briefcase Design Touch Screen$1,200 at lg.com
Tailgating, day-tripping to the beach, or weekend camping with the fam, you never need to be without your favorite guilty binge pleasures. LG provides the perfect portable display to watch them all with this sleek and unique briefcase-style touchscreen that's built to go anywhere.
Polaroid I-2 Instant Camera$590 at Walmart
It's Polaroid's original Instamatic handheld camera, reimagined by professional photographers. The I-2 adds autofocus, a razor-sharp lens, and even built-in manual controls for creators looking to seriously level up their instant analog shots.
Lava Music Lava Me 4 Carbon$950 at lavamusic.com
Upgrade your acoustic-electric jam sessions. This next-gen guitar blends the best of both worlds, and the multi-touch display lets you mix, loop, and add effects on the fly. Plus, the carbon build is ultra-durable, responsive, and handsome.
GoCube Edge Connected Bluetooth Cube
Ready to take your Rubik's Cube obsession to the next level? This next-gen version is every bit as fun to solve and play, but Bluetooth connectivity and smart tracking features take it squarely into the 21st century. Using the companion smartphone app, you can learn to solve it in less than an hour!
REI Co-op Cycles DRT e3.1 Electric Mountain Bike$4,999 at REI
One mountain e-bike to rule them all. The DRT e3.1 packs every premium feature you can imagine—RockShox rear shocks, a Bosch performance motor, LED remote, and a locking battery compartment—into one trail-ready electric bike that's crazy fun to ride.
DJI Air 3 Dual-Camera Drone$1,099 at Walmart
Sony PlayStation VR2 Headset$549 at Walmart
Sony brings the noise this year with the release of its PlayStation VR Headset. Immerse yourself in stunning 4K HDR environments with a 110-degree field of view and next-level graphical rendering via your PS5 console. You might never want to return to "meat space" ever again.
Oladance OWS2 Open Ear Headphones$150 at Amazon
Wilson Shift 99 Pro v1 Tennis Racquet$269 at Walmart
Get into the all-spin zone. With a unique string pattern and the ideal bending profile, this racket is purpose-built to deliver controlled power and blistering spin. Plant-based materials add a dash of eco-conscious responsibility to the mix.
UnderArmour Unisex UA SlipSpeed Training Shoes$150 at Under Armour
The vented, breathable upper and all-around cushioning provide comfortable support for days, while a reimagined sole means max traction with zero squeaks. Plus, the fold-down heel takes this workout shoe from training to recovery mode without missing a beat.
Rapsodo MLM2PRO Mobile Launch Monitor and Golf Simulator$700 at Amazon
Swing, analyze, improve, and repeat with this portable golf simulator. Dual cameras create ultra-slow-mo GIFs of your swing, showing exactly how and where you struck the ball. Then, shot-tracer tech tracks the arch and angle of the ball after every drive.
Callaway Paradym Drivers$600 at callawaygolf.com
The Paradym line is one of Callaway's most advanced driver series ever. The aggressive design is more refined with a high MOI and adjustable perimeter weighting so that you can dial in your exact level of play. No matter if you're a novice, an intermediate, or a seasoned pro, this club belongs in every guy's golf bag.
SIQ Smart Basketball + App
Level up your b-ball game with this smart basketball—the same tech used by NBA pros. Paired with the companion app, it tracks your shots to help improve your form, shot percentages, and "pressure" game shooting. SIQ even guarantees up to 25% better numbers in just a few weeks.
Coros Pace 3 GPS Sport Watch$229 at coros.com
Train hard, track harder. The Pace 3 is a fitness watch built for serious athletes who demand everything from their gear, like a next-gen heart monitor, accurate SP02 sensors, and a dead-on barometric altimeter. It’s all packed into a lightweight, low-profile designed to run for weeks.
Pivo Max Video Tracker$270 at pivo.ai
For solo fitness enthusiasts who love to record their latest workouts but can't afford an actual cameraman, Pivo Max is the next best thing. Pair it with your smartphone, tablet, or digital camera to create buttery smooth, AI-tracked videos with 360 degrees of rotation.
Norda 002 All Terrain Shoe$295 at nordarun.com
Serious trail running calls for serious footwear. Norda's 002 All Terrain Shoe is designed with a lower stack height, a padded heel collar, and clever geometry to be ultra-responsive over highly technical terrain.
Nike Running Division Aerogami$275 at Nike
Rain, hail, sleet, and snow, this next-gen waterproof running jacket is designed to take them all on and keep you dry along the way. It stays cool, too, with on-demand ventilation and a perfect fit with the help of adjustable bungees at the hood and hem.
Apple Watch Ultra 2$774 at Walmart
The flagship smartwatch in Apple's best-in-class Apple Watch line-up is one watch to rule them all. The latest generation is the best athlete-minded smartwatch we've ever tested, period.
Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM Bluetooth Speaker$350 at Walmart
If you like your tunes loud—like very, very loud—the EPICBOOM is a pint-sized go-anywhere Bluetooth speaker that brings the party. It's built for deep, immersive bass with 360-degree audio. It's great for all types of listening, but we especially love how the waterproof speaker performs in our heavy gym sessions, both indoors and outdoors.
Beast Health Beastmode Blender
There are blenders, and then there are blenders. If you demand serious power for your morning smoothies, or frozen margaritas, or maybe you just like to crush rocks in yours, the Beastmode Blender is your man. The 1,200-watt motor is beastly enough to tackle whatever you throw at (or into) it.
Solo Stove Lloyd Modern Gel Fuel Fireplace by Terraflame$700 at solo stove
It’s classic mid-century modern design meets legit modern construction. This indoor/outdoor fireplace features a sexy, curvy, steel-bodied exterior, while gel fuel canisters provide beautiful, clean-burning flames complete with real wood-cracklin’ sound.
Yale Assure Lock 2 Plus Smart Lock$290 at shopyalehome.com
It's 2023. What are you still doing using keys to get into your house? Upgrade your access with this ultra-connected smart lock that allows you to lock, unlock, and access your home with the swipe of your iPhone.
Garmin Venu 3 Smartwatch$450 at Walmart
Better health through technology. That's the goal of Garmin's all-new Venu 3 Smartwatch—a midrange smartwatch designed to track sleep health, fitness levels, and overall well-being, so you can live better, longer, and stronger.
Therabody RecoveryTherm Cube$149 at Therabody
It's time to ditch the disposable heating pads and old-school icepacks. Therabody's all-new RecoveryTherm Cube is an ultra-portable device designed for both hot and cold therapy whenever and wherever you need it. The best part: Unlike one-time-use alternatives, it's reusable.
Cruz BlenderCap Premium Cordless Blender$129 at blendercap.com
For smoothies, protein shakes, and other mixed beverages on the go, you need a serious blender. BlenderCap is a metal (not plastic) cordless blender with the power to make all of the above and a battery that lasts up to a week.
Hai Smart Showerhead$199 at gethai.com
It might be retro-cute on the outside, but the deceptively clever design has built-in tech that uses up to 30% less water while delivering better pressure, improved spray, and a customizable shower experience via a dedicated mobile app.
AeroGarden Stem Grow Light for Indoor Plants
If you're a self-proclaimed "plant killer," or you can't seem to keep your indoor plant babies alive longer than a few months, they may just need a bit more light. This compact grow light sets up in seconds and works with almost any existing potted plants you already own.
Anker Nebula Mars 3 Outdoor Portable Projector$1,245 at Walmart
Take your movie nights out under the stars with this best-in-class 4K portable outdoor projector. The bright, 1000-ANSI-lumen bulb throws a maximum 200-inch image wherever you need it, and the 40-watt speaker actually sounds pretty good to boot.
Audio-Technica Sound Burger Portable Bluetooth Turntable$199 at audio-technica.com
It’s the ultimate in go-anywhere turntable audio. The unique retro-modern design combines Bluetooth and USB charging under the hood with a belt-drive system that’s compatible with both 33 ⅓ and 45 records.
Samsung 55" The Frame TV
True to its name, Samsung's The Frame TV is worthy of an art wall. It's a flat-screen unlike any other, with a 55-inch QLED 4K display that renders up to a billion colors beautifully and precisely. So you can display your favorite photos, artwork, TV shows, and movies all in one place.
Hisense 55" Class U8 Series$698 at Walmart
It's big, bold, beautiful, and jam-packed with almost every feature you'd find in a television that costs three times as much. The ULED 4K UHD display renders sports, movies, and everything in between in stunning, true-to-life color. You'll never want to leave the couch again.
Umbra Cono Portable Smart Lamp$95 at umbra.com
Cute, playful, portable. The simple design of the all-new Cono Smart LED Lamp from Umbra allows you to direct light exactly where you need it. Just stand it up, turn it upside down, or lie it on its side—your call.
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds$299 at Walmart
Bose reinvents the earbuds game again. The all-new QuietComfort Ultra feature next-level noise-canceling tech and echo reduction with even better spatialized audio. Plus, the all-day comfort and 24-hour battery life make them perfect for even the longest travel (or work) days.
Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2e Headphones$399 at bowerswilkins.com
These premium over-ear headphones are among the best available at this price. The 24-bit processing and 40mm drive units bring music, movies, and everything in between to life. Plus, the active noise-canceling is second to none.
Xebec The Tri-Screen 2$499 at thexebec.com
Two screens are better than one, but Xebec’s Tri-Screen 2 proves three are better still. Take your productivity to the next level with more screen real estate than ever. The best part? The desk accessory folds up with your laptop into a compact, take-anywhere package.
Google Pixel Tablet$499 at store.google.com
It’s your entire Google-fied world in the palm of your hand. Stream movies, keep tabs on your social, and stay connected—all on a compact, 11-inch tablet with a slick charging dock that doubles as a speaker.
Beats Studio Pro Wireless Headphones
The original chunky, DJ-inspired over-ear headphones just keep getting better. The Beats Studio Pro Wireless deliver a studio-quality listening experience with spatial audio, dynamic head tracking, and a 360-degree environment. Plus, the 40-hour battery life will outlast even the longest long-haul flight.
Ring Video Battery Doorbell Plus
Keep tabs on your home, your dog, or even your neighbor's dog. The battery-powered design means it sets up quick and easy anywhere, with no wires necessary. Plus, it delivers head-to-toe HD+ video to any phone or computer with an internet connection.
Lillipad Standing Desk
Elevate your work-from-home game, literally. This electric-powered standing desk raises to up to 48 inches at the press of a button. When you're done with work nonsense and Zoom meetings for the day, it collapses down small enough to slide under a couch or hide away in a closet.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Guess who’s back—back again! Flip phones are cool again, and the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is the coolest. It’s versatile, adaptable, and customizable, with a unique cover screen that lets you text, frame selfies, answer calls, and check your calendar without opening the phone.
Evergoods Civic Access Pouch 2L$75 at evergoods.us
If you pack heavy for your “everyday carry,” you want a carry-all that can haul it all. This two-liter pouch has the divided storage space you need, wrapped in a weather-resistant, padded foam shell that looks great to boot.
Sonos Move 2 Portable Smart Speaker$429 at Walmart
Sonos already rules your home audio. Now, that same killer sound is available anywhere with the company’s most powerful and portable Bluetooth and WiFi speaker. With a drop-resitant and water-resistant shell, and a full day of battery life, it’s down to operate as a go-anywhere outdoor speaker.
Remarkable Type Folio$199 at remarkable.com
Cut all the distractions from your WFH setup. The Type Folio is a blissfully disconnected tactile keyboard that's designed with one goal in mind: To keep you focused on creating. Plus, the slim add-on (reMarkable 2 sold seperately) is super portable for those marathon creative coffee shop sessions.
Ekster Grid Backpack$195 at ekster.com
It packs like a suitcase but carries like a backpack. The Grid is designed with easy, 180-degree access to all your essentials inside, while the exterior "grid" system makes it easy to expand your storage space with straps and add-ons.
Twelve South HiRise 3 Deluxe Charging Station$150 at twelvesouth.com
Charge everything, everywhere, all at once. This clever charging station from Twelve South combines a MagSafe charger with a wireless charging base for 3-in-1 power top-ups of all your most essential devices.
Spinn Pro Smart Coffee Maker$5 at spinn.com
From espresso to cold brew to drip coffee, the Spinn Pro does it all. Order your morning cuppa via the mobile app, and in 60 seconds, it’ll grind and brew it to perfection. Think of it as “your personal countertop barista.”
Dyson Purifier Big + Quiet$1,100 at Dyson
Beyond the sexy, futuristic good looks, this bleeding-edge air purifier scrubs every cubic inch of breathable air in your home. Gases, odors, allergens, toxic particles, formaldehyde, and more—all gone using Dyson’s largest-ever filtration system.
Ember Tumbler$200 at ember.com
If, like us, you tend to go through a neverending cycle of letting your hot coffee get cold, reheating it in the microwave, then immediately forgetting about it and repeating the cycle over again, you need the battery-powered Ember Tumbler. This heated mug keeps your fav beverage at whatever temperature you like for up to three hours.
Therabody TheraFace Mask$599 at Therabody
Bathe your face in red, red+infrared, and blue LED light for skin that’s firmer, smoother, and healthier than ever. This mask is clinically proven to minimize fine lines and dark spots after as little as eight weeks of treatment.
Ziip Halo Facial Toning Device$349 at ziipbeauty.com
Lotions, creams, and toners can only do so much. This next-gen skincare device uses multi-current technology to lift, sculpt, and handsome-ify your facial skin. Bonus: The compact size is perfect for travel.
Foreo Luna 4 Body Brush
Ditch the old-school loofahs and scrub brushes for this tech-forward, USB-rechargeable body scrubber. It uses a proprietary T-SONIC massage for cleaner, smoother, healthier skin. Plus, it feels dang good in the shower.
Proclaim Custom-Jet Oral Health System$899 at proclaimhealth.com
Custom tools are almost always better, and that's true when it comes to your dental hygiene tools, too. Proclaim's at-home Oral Health System uses custom-scanned mouthpieces fitted to your mouth to guarantee the best, deepest clean of your life.
Braun Series 9 PRO+ Electric Razor for Men$350 at Amazon
Braun’s flagship electric razor Series 9 Pro Shaver is tough enough to tackle the thickest facial hair. Five shaving elements, sonic technology, and a new ProLift Trimmer combine to wrangle even your scruffiest seven-day beard.
Panasonic Multi Shape Kit
Shave, trim, and brush with this all-in-one grooming kit from Panasonic. The multiple shave heads pair seamlessly with the rechargeable base unit to make it the ultimate body groomer. Thanks to a waterproof wet/dry design, it even works in the shower.
This story originally appears in the December 2023 issue of Men’s Health.