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December 28, 2022  |  Electronics

The 2022 BestReviews 50 best electronics of the year

It's easy to assume that a gadget's release is the pinnacle of technology, only for it to be updated with smaller components, faster processors or better displays the following year. That was the case for many of the electronics on this year's "Best of" list.

As manufacturing and research improve, we can fly around the skies with 5.1K resolution cameras, work from anywhere in the world on always-connected devices and play video games on monitors the size of a TV.

If you love to pack your home with gizmos that make your life easier, this year was incredibly good for you. Despite global issues with manufacturing and shipping, plenty of devices left us in awe of their advancement.

In this article: 2022 Apple MacBook Air Laptop with M2 ChipSamsung Galaxy Watch and Sonos Arc.

Best laptop of the year

2022 Apple MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip

Weighing just 2.7 pounds, the MacBook Air is the perfect workhorse for anybody looking for a robust yet lightweight laptop. The 13.6-inch display is powered by Apple's M2 chip, and it comes with 256 gigabytes of storage.

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Best Chromebook of the year

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

Chromebooks are versatile laptops, ideal when you don't want to struggle with software updates, and the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is the best. It has a 128GB hard drive, 8GB of memory and an Intel Core i3 processor.

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Best phone of the year

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

As far as cellphones go in 2022, the iPhone 13 is hands down the champion. It has a  6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, comes in a variety of colors and has a 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with night mode and HDR recording.

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Best home security of the year

SimpliSafe 9-Piece Wireless Home Security System

Home security is essential, and this battery-powered security camera is the best on the market. The sensors detect motion from 30 feet away and have a 90-degree viewing angle.  The camera records everything that happens, and you can view the footage from your mobile phone.

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Best smartwatch of the year

Samsung Galaxy Watch

This smartwatch is a must-have for timekeeping aficionados, as it has built-in health tracking and a Bluetooth connection for pairing with your phone. The battery lasts several days and is compatible with wireless charging.

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Best sound bar of the year

Sonos Arc

This is an excellent sound bar, compatible with many devices and easily controlled through your TV remote, voice, the Sonos app and Apple AirPlay 2. It produces 3D sound with Dolby Atmos, and enhanced Trueplay tuning technology ensures that the acoustics are always perfect. It's compatible with virtual assistants, such as Alexa and Google Home.

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Best camera of the year

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera

Canon has a long history of making excellent DSLR cameras, and this model is no different. While it doesn't come with any lenses, the body features a 30.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and an ISO brightness range of 100 to 32,000. It can capture 4K video at 30 frames per second and has a maximum shooting speed of 7 frames per second.

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Best computer monitor of the year

Samsung 49-Inch Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor

This 49-inch ultra-widescreen monitor is the ultimate in gaming. It has a 1000R curve, the same as the human eye, so the visuals are crisp and clear. It has a QLED display that uses Quantum Dot technology and is compatible with Nvidia G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro. The monitor has a maximum frame rate of 240 hertz.

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Best drone of the year

DJI Mavic 3 Camera Drone

Drones are incredible for capturing breathtaking scenes from high in the sky. The Mavic 3 is one of the best, as it comes with a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera with a 12.8-stop dynamic range for spectacular 20-megapixel photos. It records video in 5.1K resolution at 50 frames per second and has a transmission distance of 9.3 miles.

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Best headphones of the year

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

Co-developed with Sony Music Studios Tokyo, these amazing Bluetooth headphones use Edge-AI and dual noise sensor technology to reproduce sounds exactly the way the artists recorded them. It has touch controls on the earcups, a 30-hour battery life and built-in microphones for hands-free calling.

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