Editors' Choice

2018 Best Gadgets

1:Electric CAR

Smart Fortwo Cabrio Electric Drive 2017 (from £18,560)

The first soft-top electric city car appeared this year, part of the fifth generation of Smart’s green alternative two-seater. Despite its size and intended urban habitat, it has a respectable 96-mile range and a top speed of 80mph, and for those show-offs who want to roll the top down in winter, it comes with heated seats as standard.Read more..


Nintendo Switch (£280)

While it can’t compete with the monstrous processing power or online multiplayer capacities of its rivals, this modular gaming tablet offers an entirely new approach to video-gaming, merging the Wii and the DS in a convivial hybrid. As testament to its success, more and more non-Nintendo games are being released for the device and video streaming services are coming soon.Read more..


Nest Cam IQ (from £299)

For the vigilant and nervy among us, Nest’s IQ indoor and outdoor security cameras automatically identify human beings and even recognise their faces, alerting you via your phone. Add to that its infrared night vision, live warning speaker and multi-axis rotation, and you can turn your home into a cosy Orwellian utopia.Read more..


Aukey Charging Stand (from £25)

This slick pedestal, from Chinese charging giant Aukey, is both more attractive and more practical than the flat wireless chargers that have preceded it. With three internal coils and adjustable feet, it makes the idea of wireless charging seem less gimmicky and more genuinely convenient.Read more..


Apple Watch 3 (from £329)

The newest Apple Watch has severed the umbilical cord that tied it to the iPhone, allowing you to leave the house without it and still receive calls on the hoof. It’s also now connected to Apple Music, so you can demand almost any song you like and the ever-obedient Siri will oblige.Read more..


Under Armour Gemini 3 graphic RE (£130)

No phone or watch required with these running shoes, which have a sensor embedded in each sole. They also feature a unique “jump test” to help determine how hard your next run should be.Read more..


Lumos (£160)

Forty-eight LEDs adorn this ventilated bike helmet: white at the front, red at the back, and amber indicators to left and right, controlled by a remote on your handlebar. Not only can you signal your intentions to drivers, the helmet can also detect when you’re braking, and its lights react accordingly.Read more..


LOGITECH G29/G920 (£330)

The latest edition of Logitech’s driving set-up continues with its grand tradition of “helical gearing”, which means it has the same smooth transmission you would find in an actual sports car, only without the hefty insurance premium and public disapproval.Read more..


Sphero R2-D2 droid (£180)

Luke Skywalker’s laconic mechanic has been lovingly reproduced in this miniature robot, which can patrol at will, follow you around, and utter his customary hooting trills. He’s interactive, app-enabled and, with luck, captures the original R2’s characteristic sarcasm.Read more..


Bragi Dash Pro (£312)

They aren’t cheap, but the newly improved Dash Pro wireless earbuds have much to commend them. They’re noise-isolating, waterproof, activity-tracking, gesture-controlled and have an improved low-interruption Bluetooth connection. The battery offers five hours of continuous playback, and the case doubles as a portable charger.Read more..

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