These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things, Gadgets, and Devices (2023)



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Like most people these days, we use a ton of tech devices. From smart speakers to laptops to smartphones, we use it all. Better yet, we've gotten or given a bunch of new tech over the holidays, too, and figured you might like to know what we actually use in our real lives. Here, then, are the tech gadgets, gear, and devices that we most love.

Echo Dot 3rd Gen

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Just when you think everyone 'already has one,' you discover you know someone who doesn't. The recipient of this gift was genuinely surprised to receive it and later told us that he particularly enjoyed listening to podcasts late at night and retrieving the daily news from it before getting out of bed each morning. —SE Slack, Senior Strategy & Editorial Director

ASUS Chromebook CX1

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This little Chromebook was for my husband, who does normal, household tasks like paying bills online, shopping, watching YouTube, and general casual computing. He wanted something small and lightweight that he could carry around without fear of breaking it.

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This computer fits the bill. It’s powerful enough for him to accomplish all his online tasks, has a 12-hour battery life, and syncs with all his Google stuff. As far as computers for non-tech geeks go, this one was a win. —Jerri Ledford, Senior News Editor

Fitbit Charge 5

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I replaced my Fitbit Charge 4 with a Charge 5. As fitness trackers go, this one is brilliant! Like its predecessor, it accurately measures steps, distance, heart rate, and calories burned. The only drawback I can find is that it no longer measures elevation. Instead, you get a bunch of wellness trackers, including an ECG feature that lets you screen for signs of atrial fibrillation in just under a minute.

You can choose from 20 different exercises and add six to your device shortcuts so you can track your exercise with just a few taps on the Charge 5. You also get six months of Fitbit Premium for free, which offers additional articles, guided meditations, workouts, and support. To maximize your use of the Charge 5, join the Fitbit Community, where you can meet other people with the same health and fitness interests, as well as participate in challenges and adventures.

In short, I highly recommend this fitness tracker for athletes of all levels. —Tim Fisher, Senior Vice President & Group General Manager

HomePod Mini

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I've owned several smart speakers over the years, including Amazon's Echo Dot, Google's Nest Audio, Google Show, and the Home Mini. Despite being all in on Apple's ecosystem (though I still use Google for email and calendar stuff), I never felt like dropping a ton of cash on a big HomePod, either.

After dismissing Amazon Echo speakers as like having an always-advertising smart assistant in my home, I settled on Google as the heir apparent. Sure, it was using my data to inform its advertising to me on the web, but every command wasn't accompanied by some sort of sales come on. The larger Google Nest Audio speaker sounded good, too, and worked just fine.

Until I got smart lights. See, the Google Home app could never really find my GE smart lights or my Phillips Hue lights. I had to go back to using an app to turn them off and on like a heathen.

When the HomePod Mini came out, I avoided getting one since, well, I was doing fine with Google. Then the various colors came out, and the yellow one matched my living room chair. And it was only $99.

I brought my new yellow smart speaker into my home, and three things happened. Suddenly, I could activate and dim my smart lights with my voice. Also, the smart doorbell I got worked with HomeKit, and the HomePod mini is a lovely little hub to run secure video to.

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Better yet, this little soft yellow speaker sounds amazing for its size. Like, it's even better sounding than the much bigger Nest Audio speaker. The sound is surprisingly detailed and has a large frequency range; there's gotta be some magic in there.

I can bring my iPhone close to the speaker and transfer whatever's playing on it in either direction. I can ask Siri for a morning briefing, find out the weather, and check on traffic, like other speakers, but it all works just like Siri on my phone. This means less cognitive overhead for yet another system I interface with.

Ultimately, I bought a second HomePod mini for my bedroom because, wow, that sounds better than the Google Nest Hub I had in there. And here I am, in the new year, hoping that Apple brings back the big HomePod because I am a convert, 100%. —Rob LeFebvre, Associate Editorial Director, News

JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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The teen recipient of this gift was ecstatic once she realized she could take this speaker straight into the shower with her to blast her Spotify playlist as loudly as possible. She also took it to the beach for a party with friends, so Mom and Dad scored big time with this gift. —SE Slack, Senior Strategy & Editorial Director

iFixit Screwdriver Set

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If you tinker with tech, you likely need to get inside whatever it is that needs tinkering. This screwdriver set has every available bit you’ll need, and it comes with a handy tray to place your screws on so they don’t manage to roll away. Seriously, what more do you need? —Bob Schulties, Senior Editor

Gunnar Computer and Gaming Glasses

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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I’ve wanted a tablet for a while, but as an Android user, I don’t want an iPad. (Blasphemy, I know.) I’m always reading reviews and Samsung’s tablets have gotten better over the last few years, so I asked Santa for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. It’s huge, but still more comfortable to carry than any laptop I’ve owned.

The battery life also outshines my laptop which seems to run out right when I’m making the most fabulous edits to Lifewire articles. I love the S Pen–my handwriting is terrible so turning it into editable text is a huge convenience. I plan to use it for Zoom game nights with my extended family, reading tons of books, and the occasional bit of work when I want to get away from my desk. —Molly McLaughlin, Senior Content Strategist

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What are gadgets and devices? ›

A gadget is a small machine or device which does something useful. You sometimes refer to something as a gadget when you are suggesting that it is complicated and unnecessary. ...

What is gadget short answer? ›

: an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty.

What are gadgets and examples? ›

(1) Pronounced "gah-jit," slang for any hardware device, typically small. Synonymous with "gizmo." Smartphones, tablets and portable game and music players are sometimes placed in the gadget category.

What are the most used gadgets? ›

According to recent data, mobile phones top the list of the most popular electronics, worldwide. In 2022, pretty much all (96.1%) consumers own a mobile phone. Of the different types of mobile phones, smartphones are the most popular. They're owned by 95.8% of global consumers.

Why is it called a gadget? ›

Might come from French gâchette or gagée, or from the French family name Gaget, an industrialist who produced promotional gadgets in collaboration with the project to build the statue of Liberty.

What is a smart device or gadget? ›

Smart devices are interactive electronic gadgets that understand simple commands sent by users and help in daily activities. Some of the most commonly used smart devices are smartphones, tablets, phablets, smartwatches, smart glasses and other personal electronics.

Why gadgets are important in our life? ›

Devices do help in saving a lot of space. In earlier days, there were telephones, where one needed to sit in one place and talk, but now with smartphones, one can travel around and talk wherever. Some other gadgets meant for fun, like iPod, Mp3, PlayStation, etc., have always been our favourite.

What is a sentence for gadget? ›

You don't need the latest gadgets to get in shape.

What are gadgets called? ›

A gadget is a mechanical device or any ingenious article. Gadgets are sometimes referred to as gizmos.

What are the gadgets used by students? ›

Top 5 Gadgets That Make Life Easier for College Students
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones.
  • Digital Notebook.
  • Portable Hard Drive.
  • Fitness Tracker Watch.
  • Laptop Cooling Tray.
  • Final Thoughts.
Sep 16, 2022

What are gadgets name any four gadgets? ›

Digital Watches Robots Mobile Phones Computers, tablets, etc
  • Digital Watches.
  • Robots.
  • Mobile Phones.
  • Computers, tablets, etc.

What are gadgets Name any two gadgets? ›

Electric motors used in fans and Television are the two commonly known gadgets we use at home, which have magnets. Q.

What gadgets do you use everyday? ›

10 Handy Gadgets That Will Make Your Everyday Life Easier
  • Smart speakers with voice activation. Smart speakers are the latest in technology and they are here to stay. ...
  • A robot vacuum cleaner. ...
  • An ironing centre. ...
  • A kitchen Machine. ...
  • Pizza Scissors. ...
  • Bluetooth tracker for lost items. ...
  • Smart flowerpot. ...
  • Quick bottle warmer.
Dec 24, 2020

What are the devices that were very helpful to you before that are not used anymore today? ›

Here is a quick look through history at vintage technologies that we no longer use.
  • “Super 8/8mm” Handheld Video Cameras. Kodak invented the Super 8/8mm film format in 1965. ...
  • Betamax. ...
  • VHS Format. ...
  • Laser Disc Players. ...
  • Phonograph. ...
  • Turntables. ...
  • HAM Radio. ...
  • Reel to Reel.
Feb 17, 2010

What is the most useful gadget for kids today? ›

  • Original Tamagotchi. Tamagotchi. ...
  • Nintendo Lite Switch. Nintendo Switch Lite. ...
  • SUNLIN Dance Mat. Dance Mixer Rhythm Step Play Mat. ...
  • Kindle Kids. Kindle Kids. ...
  • Mini Drone Camera for Kids. Mini Drone with Camera for Kids. ...
  • Mark-My-Time Digital Bookmark. Digital Bookmark. ...
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid Camera. ...
  • VTech KidiZoom PrintCam.
Oct 27, 2022

Why is gadget important for students? ›

Technology makes it easier for students to find information quickly and accurately. Search engines and e-books are partially replacing traditional textbooks. Instead of personal tutors, students can get one-on-one help through educational videos – anytime and anywhere – and massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Is mobile phone a gadget? ›

Is mobile phone a gadget? Gadgets are electronic, electrical or mechanical devices that people use frequently in their daily lives. It could be a mobile phone/tablet or a vegetable slicer/blender/lemon squeezer that is usedin a kitchen.

What is gadget essay? ›

Gadgets are very essential nowadays. These help to simplify your life and save your time and money. These are very helpful if you can use them properly. On the other hand, you can become dependent on this if you use them excessively. You need to be in your control when you are using it for entertainment purposes.

What types of smart devices are they? ›

Several notable types of smart devices are smartphones, smart speakers, smart cars, smart thermostats, smart doorbells, smart locks, smart refrigerators, phablets and tablets, smartwatches, smart bands, smart keychains, smart glasses, and many others.

What does mobile gadget mean? ›

A mobile device is a small hand-held device that has a display screen with touch input and/or a QWERTY keyboard and may provide users with telephony capabilities. Mobile devices are used interchangeably (phones, tablets) throughout this document. Source(s): NIST SP 800-101 Rev. 1 under Mobile Devices.

How gadgets make our life easier? ›

Using technology allows you to automate tasks, set up reminders, gather receipts, track investments, compare prices, and more. With technology, you won't have to waste your time doing simple financial tasks. With just a few clicks, you can instantly pay your bills.

How do gadgets affect students? ›

Gadgets effect on behavior and mental changes

Students who spend a lot of time on gadgets may become more violent, lose interest in other things of the environment surrounding them, laziness, less interest in other hobbies, and lacking interest in academics. This problem leads children/students to bad personalities.

How do you think you can best protect yourself from the hazard of using gadgets or technology? ›

How can you protect yourself?
  1. Get up-to-date antispyware and antivirus software. ...
  2. Always log out of your session. ...
  3. Mind your portable devices. ...
  4. Lock your device. ...
  5. Encrypt your data. ...
  6. Use a screen guard.

What is a simple sentence 5 examples? ›

Simple Sentences

Examples of simple sentences include the following: Joe waited for the train. The train was late. Mary and Samantha took the bus.

What is sentence example with example? ›

A sentence is the basic unit of language which expresses a complete thought. It does this by following the grammatical basic rules of syntax. For example:"Ali is walking". A complete sentence has at least a subject and a main verb to state (declare) a complete thought.

Can sentences Examples 10? ›

1.1. Affirmative sentences with can
  • I can play football.
  • You can sing.
  • My sister can read.
  • We can speak English.
  • They can write the words.

What's another word for technology? ›

synonyms for technology
  • automation.
  • machinery.
  • computers.
  • mechanics.
  • mechanization.
  • robotics.
  • telecommunications.
  • applied science.

What is a gadget girl? ›

Super Gadget Girl is a character in Gadget and the Gadgetinis. She only appeared in "Meet Super G.G." In this episode, WOMP builds her to aid Gadget in his missions. Gadget instantly falls in love with her and tries desperately to impress her. Unlike Gadget, she is completely robotic.

What is the best gadgets for online classes? ›

10 Best gadgets for online classes for students
  • Headphones w/ microphone.
  • Ergonomic chair.
  • Webcam upgrade.
  • Orthopedic backrest.
  • Laptop stand.
  • Standing desk.
  • Wireless keyboard/mouse.
  • WiFi Booster.
Sep 14, 2022

What are the benefits of using technology for teaching and learning? ›

Benefits of Technology in the Classroom
  • Provides A More Engaged Learning Environment. ...
  • Prepares Students for the Future. ...
  • Connects Better with Students. ...
  • Boosts Collaboration. ...
  • Supports Learning. ...
  • Gamified Learning. ...
  • Virtual Field Trips. ...
  • Create Student Websites.
Oct 29, 2021

What are the gadgets or tools that you are using for educational purposes? ›

The gadgets mostly used by students are tablets, mobile phones and cameras. Also, the growing demand in terms of requirements from students is assisted by these electronic gadgets. Tasks and collaboration are done easier using technology available for educational purposes.

What are the 10 products of technology? ›

Below are some examples of more modern communication technologies:
  • Television. Television sets transmit signals over which we can listen to and view audio and visual content. ...
  • Internet. ...
  • Cell phones. ...
  • Computers. ...
  • Circuitry. ...
  • Artificial intelligence. ...
  • Software. ...
  • Audio and visual technology.
May 25, 2021

What are some types of technology you use at home? ›

Types of domestic technology
  • Cleaning equipment.
  • Electric lighting.
  • Cooking appliances.
  • Food storage and preservation.
  • Home maintenance.
  • Air conditioning.
  • Computer systems.
  • Power generation.

How many types of gadgets are there in Windows 7? ›

Each new Windows 7 system ships with a handful of gadgets that show dynamic data such as the time, the weather and current news headlines, but there are more than 5,000 gadgets available that run the gamut from the frivolous to the essential.

Is one of the examples of mobile gadgets? ›

Some of the most popular examples of mobile devices are smartphones, tablets, laptop computers, smartwatches, e-readers, and handheld gaming consoles.

What is the used of gadgets? ›

Gadgets simplify your life and save precious time and money. They are accommodating if used properly. Excessive use of devices can increase your dependency on them. Always be in control of yourself when using entertainment and performance gadgets.

What are the examples of modern gadgets? ›

What Are the Different Types of Electronic Gadgets?
  • Handheld MP3 player with earbud headphones.
  • A digital video camera.
  • A smartphone with a touch screen.
  • Satellite phones are gadgets that rely on a satellite network.
  • Tablets are thin, small computers that are touch-screen activated and navigated.
Nov 19, 2022

What devices do students use the most? ›

During a typical school day, students are most likely to use a laptop (73%) or smartphone (42%), followed by a tablet (24%) or hybrid (9%). Which devices do students want to use next year? Currently, 15% of college students use a hybrid for school work on a weekly basis.

What are some examples of devices that are commonly connected to the Internet Besides phones and personal computers? ›

Here is a list of different types of devices that enable web browsing.
  • Desktop computers. Web browsing on desktop computers is still, for many people, the most obvious way to access the internet. ...
  • Mobile phones. ...
  • Tablets. ...
  • Smart TVs. ...
  • Game Consoles. ...
  • Wristwatches. ...
  • Ebook readers. ...
  • Digital cameras.
May 22, 2015

What are the modern devices that help in communication give one example of each? ›

Hence, it is noteworthy to take a look into the modern communication devices that revolutionized how people interconnect with each other.
  • Cellular Phones. ...
  • Smartphones. ...
  • Tablets. ...
  • Laptops. ...
  • Personal Digital Assistant. ...
  • Virtual Assistants.
Feb 10, 2020

Can you think of any devices objects that came into use in the recent past but are now outdated? ›

Walkman, Discman and MP3 players

Each of these formats of portable music player eventually fell into obsolescence as other more technologically advanced players appeared. They all had their benefits though.

What are the most useful gadgets you own? ›

This is a list of 10 useful gadgets you can not live without.
  • 3) A smartphone. ...
  • 4) A cigarette lighter USB charger. ...
  • 5) A flash drive. ...
  • 6) BiKN tracking device. ...
  • 7) AquaNotes. ...
  • 8) The credit card lightbulb. ...
  • 9) Portable Wi-Fi. ...
  • 10) A mini Bluetooth speaker.
Sep 25, 2019

Which gadgets is best for students? ›

Best Gadgets for Students in India
  1. Tablet with Stylus. A tablet can be a valuable gadget in a student's life because it is very handy in their day-to-day lives. ...
  2. Powerbank. You are always on the go as a student. ...
  3. Bluetooth Headphones. ...
  4. Smartwatch. ...
  5. Amazon Echo Dot. ...
  6. Laptop. ...
  7. External hard drive. ...
  8. Bluetooth Speakers.
Nov 8, 2022

What is a gadgets answer this question? ›

A gadget is a small machine or device which does something useful. You sometimes refer to something as a gadget when you are suggesting that it is complicated and unnecessary. ... kitchen gadgets including toasters, kettles and percolators.

Whats is a device? ›

A device can be any electronic element with some computing ability that supports the installation of firmware or third-party software. Typical hardware includes a computer mouse, speakers, printer and microphone. A device may also be referred to as an appliance, gadget or electronic tool.

Is phone a gadget or device? ›

Gadgets are electronic, electrical or mechanical devices that people use frequently in their daily lives. It could be a mobile phone/tablet or a vegetable slicer/blender/lemon squeezer that is usedin a kitchen.

What is gadgets in our life? ›

Some of the gadgets we cannot even imagine without being them are Laptops, smartphones, microwaves, smartwatches, etc. The use of devices has solved lots of problems with physically challenged people. It has influenced us in many ways, and we can't even think without gadgets in our daily lives.

How many types of device explain? ›

Peripherals are commonly divided into three kinds: input devices, output devices, and storage devices (which partake of the characteristics of the first two).

What is a simple device? ›

Simple devices, as they are known, do not incorporate sufficient energy to impact the safety of an IS circuit and as such, do not have entity parameters. Examples include discrete switches, wire terminals, resistors and RTDs and some LED indicator applications.

What are gadgets name any two? ›

It is beneficial for the learners in the time of conversation by knowing the technological gadgets name list. Nowadays people are addicted to using technological gadgets like cameras, phones, ebooks, laptops, smartboards, tablets, and so on.

What type of word is gadget? ›

any device or machine, especially one whose name cannot be recalled; "He bought a neat new gadget for shredding potatoes."

What media and information gadgets or tools do you use to connect with people? ›

Basic Communication Tools
  1. Mail.
  2. Email.
  3. Telephones. Landline Telephones. Cell Phones. Smartphones. Internet Calling: Google Voice and Others.
  4. SMS/Text Messaging.
  5. Cell and Data Plans.
  6. Video and Web Conferencing.
  7. Social Networking Sites.
  8. G-Suite and Microsoft 365/Office.

Is TV a gadget? ›

Electronic gadgets are based on transistors and integrated circuits. Unlike the mechanical gadgets one needs a source of electric power to use it. The most common electronic gadgets include transistor radio, television, cell phones and the quartz watch.

Why are gadgets important to students nowadays? ›

Technological Gadgets Promote Independent Learning

Nowadays, students use the internet when they are researching and also use online libraries to do their assignments as well. Therefore, technological gadgets are very helpful for students to improve their learning skills.

How gadgets can help students in learning? ›

Technology makes it easier for students to find information quickly and accurately. Search engines and e-books are partially replacing traditional textbooks. Instead of personal tutors, students can get one-on-one help through educational videos – anytime and anywhere – and massive open online courses (MOOCs).

What is the benefits of using gadgets? ›

Advantages of electronic gadgets

Electronic devices may help to enhance speaking, listening, and creative skills. Toddlers and preschoolers learn by listening to music or watching programs on handheld gadgets or television. The visual representation helps to stimulate their senses.


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