10 of the Best New Gadgets That Dropped in February 2021

BenQ X1300i 4LED Gaming Projector

BenQ X1300i 4LED Gaming Projector

The X1300i was announced by BenQ, and it’s being marketed as the first genuine gaming projector suited for the PS5 or Xbox Series X. The 3,000-lumen projector will play 1080p video at incredibly low latency ([email protected]), which is required for competitive gamers. It also features built-in speakers and runs on the Android TV operating system, so it works like any other smart TV – except it can expand to a 150-inch screen.

Price: $1,299

Wyze Bulb Color

Wyze Bulb Color

It seems like only yesterday that Wyze was renowned for its $20 smart home camera, the Wyze Cam, but the company has put out a range of affordable smart home gadgets in the last year (or more). The Wyze Bulb Color is the company’s first set of color-changing smart bulbs. It works in the same way as the business’s existing Wyze Bulb, but you can now choose from virtually infinite — or 16 million, as the company claims — colours and temperatures to create the perfect atmosphere. It’s compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant.

Price: $35 (4-pack)

Nomad MagSafe Cases for iPhone 12

Nomad MagSafe Cases for iPhone 12

Nomad, one of the most well-known smartphone case manufacturers, has announced the release of the first iPhone 12 cases that fully support MagSafe. This means they’re fully compatible with MagSafe accessories and can charge up to 15 watts wirelessly. Nomad offers two MagSafe cases, which are essentially MagSafe versions of the company’s existing and popular Rugged and Rugged Pro cases.

Price: $60

Xbox Wireless Headset

Xbox Wireless Headset

A new wireless headset for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S has been introduced by Microsoft. The Xbox Wireless Headset, as the name suggests, is a much finer gaming headset than the Xbox One Stereo and Wired Chat headsets. The earcups, like the company’s noise-canceling Surface Headphones, are actually spinning volume control dials, and there’s a high-quality boom microphone. The headset also supports the latest surround sound technologies, such as Dolby Atmos.

The headset is currently available for pre-order, with a March 16 delivery date. (However, these items are selling out quickly.)

Price: $100

Amazon Cuckoo Clock

Amazon Cuckoo Clock

Amazon has revealed three new products under its new “Build It” programme: a cuckoo clock, a smart sticky note printer, and a smart nutrition scale. However, you won’t be able to buy these items just yet since “Built It” is a Kickstarter-style initiative in which a product is built if enough people back it. So, if you’re interested, you can pre-order any of the previously stated things, and they’ll ship to you in the following months, given that it’s Amazon and most of these products will most likely be completely backed.

Price: $80

Satechi R1 Bluetooth Presentation Remote

Satechi R1 Bluetooth Presentation Remote 1

A Bluetooth clicker from Satechi is ideal for controlling presentations on your Mac or iPad. The R1 clicker resembles an Apple TV remote (with which people have a love/hate relationship), but it contains unique buttons for controlling PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, and Prezi presentations. It even has a built-in laser pointer.

Price: $45

Pro-Ject Phono Box RS2

Pro Ject Phono Box RS2 1

The Phono Box RS2 is Pro-latest Ject’s flagship phono preamp, and it’s designed to work with the Austrian company’s higher-end turntables. With extensive gain control and support for both RIAA and DECCA equalisation standards, it’s highly fine-tuneable. When you consider its steel-and-aluminum chassis, which comes in silver or black, it’s a great-looking audio component for anyone wishing to update their home hi-fi system.

Price: $1,999

Devialet Phantom I

Devialet Phantom I

Devialet’s beautiful-yet-alien-looking wireless speakers have long been a favourite of ours, and we now have a new one: the Phantom I. The Phantom I has the same look and feel of the brand’s earlier Phantom speakers — its two opposing woofers pulsate against one another in perfect symmetry without ever touching — but the French audio business has improved the Phantom I’s power efficiency, so it should sound better. They also included AirPlay 2 functionality and a snazzy new physical remote. In terms of cost, it’s still quite high. The Phantom I is available in two versions: 103dB and 108dB, with prices ranging from $2,200 to $3,200.

Price: $2,200+

McIntosh MHA200 Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh MHA200 Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier

For its new super-fancy headphone amplifier, McIntosh pulled out all the stops. The MHA200 features a pair of McIntosh’s Unity Coupled Circuit output transformers (which are also found in the company’s considerably bigger speaker amplifiers), a variety of connecting choices, a beautifully tactile volume knob, and a characteristic McIntosh aesthetic. It’s pricey, to be sure, but it’s also built for audiophiles who are only concerned with one thing: immaculate sound.

Price: $2,500

JLab Audio Talk USB Microphone

JLab Audio Talk USB Microphone

JLab Audio is best known for its inexpensive headphones and wireless earbuds, but the company has just unveiled the Talk Series, a new series of high-performance USB microphones aimed at gamers, streamers, and podcasters. There are three different microphones in the series, with prices ranging from $49 to $149, and they’re essentially less expensive alternatives to competitors like the Blue Microphone.

Price: $99

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