The Bluetooth speaker market is experiencing a renaissance, with several companies manufacturing portable sound machines at a great price. Sonos recently updated its line of tech-minded PLAY speakers. Unlike most Bluetooth speakers, Sonos devices connect to each other using the existing WiFi network, allowing users to control music from any source on any device in their home using the Sonos app. The speakers can be stereo paired, and now you can tune the sound to fit your room with Trueplay, Sonos’ recent software update for its app. By utilizing the iPhone’s internal microphone, Trueplay measures the acoustics of the room and automatically tweaks the speaker sound. $199–499.
Microsoft Surface Book
With the Surface Pro in its fourth generation, Microsoft aims to revamp its line of laptop/tablet hybrids with the flagship Surface Book. The machine runs Windows 10 out of the box, which looks beautiful on the 13.5-inch screen, though the 3:2 aspect ratio appears a little jarring at first. The dimensions, a bit taller than most laptop screens, feel more natural when using the device as a tablet. Use your fingers on the detachable screen or try the new Surface Pen, which now features a resistive tip for more natural writing, an eraser for easy editing and a button to activate Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant, Cortona. $1,499.
Garmin vívosmart HR
The world of fitness gadgets experienced a rising trend in 24/7 heart rate monitoring, with companies like Apple and Polar incorporating sensors into their wearables at lowest-ever prices. Now Garmin enters this game, updating its vívosmart line with the new HR model. In addition to monitoring your heart rate, the device tracks steps, calories, floors climbed and sleep. The vívosmart HR also pairs with smartphones, allowing users to control their music, take calls and receive notifications for texts and social media. Swimmers can wear the device up to 164 feet underwater, and its battery lasts up to five days without needing a charge. $150.
Apple TV and Google Chromecast get a lot of media coverage, but the Roku 4 earns praise as the best set-top box currently available. Believe it or not, Roku actually released the first on-demand streaming box, the Roku DVP, back in 2008. The box didn’t include HD or even access to the entire Netflix library, but the company has come a long way. Roku 4 now offers 4K support and features more than 3,000 channels and apps, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Amazon Prime, YouTube, GoPro and more. $129.99.
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