WIRED Recommends is our definitive guide to the best gadgets, gear and new products. This list covers our number one picks for every category we’ve tested so far, and links to the new and noteworthy tech we’ve seen and reviewed this month. You can head to our dedicated guides for more idea and options.
The headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3
Weight: 255g | Battery life: 30 hours | Noise cancelling: Yes
Our recommendation for both the best headphones overall and our top-rated noise cancelling headphones is still one and the same: the Sony WH-1000XM3 (£269). In short, we really approve of these cans. Sony wins on sound quality and design, with touch controls on the right earcup that work beautifully and a battery life that lasts up to 30 hours. With USB-C rapid charging and excellent wireless sound performance, these superstars are worth every penny.
The laptop: Dell XPS 13 (2019)
Weight: 1.2kg | Battery life: 21 hours | Screen: 13.3-inch 1080p/4K
The Dell XPS 13 (from £1,199) is the definitive MacBook-killer. This 13-inch laptop is slim and light yet is powerful enough to deal with a heavy workload. There are numerous configuration options, including non-glare screens, Full HD or UHD and touchscreen versions. The tiny screen bezel means it has a very small footprint, making it easy to fit in any bag and this 2019 edition comes with the webcam thankfully now positioned above the display. The 2020 model is in testing and goes on sale February 4.
The smartphone: Apple iPhone 11
Screen: 6.1-inch LCD | Battery life: 10 hours | Cameras: 12MP wide, ultra-wide
The iPhone 11 (£699) – not the higher specced 11 Pro – is our first choice because it’s hundreds of pounds cheaper than its Pro siblings and still gives you a high quality camera, the same processor, a fairly large screen and longer battery life than previous iPhones. This is the iPhone that could convince plenty of Android loyalists to switch with great cameras, power and performance.
The Bluetooth speaker: UE Megaboom 3
Weight: 925g | Battery life: 20 hours | Waterproof: IP67
The genuinely fantastic UE Megaboom 3 (£121) is our top pick from all the Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested. It balances features, sound quality and value better than any of its rivals with an impressive 20 hour battery life and the ability to stereo pair and daisy chain with other UE speakers.
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The fitness tracker: Fitbit Alta HR
Weight: 23g | Battery life: 7 days | Sensors: Optical HR
If you don’t have a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Alta HR (£80) is a great place to start. Unlike a smartwatch, the battery lasts a whole week and the slim and discreet band houses plenty of tech. It tracks steps, calories burned, sleep and heart rate, includes extras like hourly mini goals and comes in six colours with accessory bands sold separately. The only downside is it’s not waterproof.
The tablet: Apple iPad Air
Screen: 10.5-inch | Battery life: 10 hours | Weight: 456g
We love the iPad Pro, but for most people the revived iPad Air (£479) is the best choice. The timeless design remains, as does the high-resolution screen, intuitive software and huge collection of apps. No platform can compete when it comes to apps designed specifically for tablets. This 2019 edition is compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard, giving you a capable laptop alternative, and there’s support for the (first gen) Apple Pencil, too.