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SOMETIMES IT FEELS like we’re living in the future with the avalanche of new and surprising tech gear released every year. Drones are commonplace now, the latest Apple Watch Ultra can call emergency services for you from virtually anywhere in the world if you’re in a crash, solar-powered gadgets mean we can stay off-grid almost indefinitely, and you can now fit thousands of hours of professionally guided workouts inside a mirror in your bedroom. It seems the future is now.
No matter what you’re into—playing harder, working (out) smarter, or learning to relax better—there’s guaranteed to be a tech gadget out there to help you do it. Our tech-hungry editors and staff spent the past year testing hundreds of top-selling, next-generation smart products. Some were amazing. Many weren’t. We looked at high-tech gadgets for gaming, photography, fitness equipment, camping, auto emergencies, working from home, and more—all so we could round up the very best tech gear for our 2023 Men’s Health Tech Awards.
This PlayStation-inspired controller seamlessly hooks up to your iPhone so you can play PS games on the go. In the collapsed position, it’s even smaller than a Nintendo Switch, taking up less space in your travel bag. Also makes for a great gift for gamers.
This new drone connects to a pair of HD goggles and an easy-to-use remote control, allowing you to zip through any room or landscape in 4K. Boasting an impressive 18-minute flight time, DJI’s second first-person-view drone really makes you feel like you’re flying IRL.
This is the budget video camera to buy. It offers the same performance as the iconic Hero11 Black but in a smaller package that’s easier to use, so you can shoot clear videos of your extreme adventures, morning runs, and any activity in between.
Housing a massive battery, this portable power station charges up to ten devices, so you can keep your electronics fully juiced. Plus, a resettable energy “odometer” allows you to track your energy consumption.
This ultracompact backup power bank gives you peace of mind for auto emergencies and extra juice on long road trips or while car camping. The 16,000mAh battery is powerful enough to jump-start a 6.0-liter gas or diesel engine in seconds.
For streamers and gamers who love voice chat, this dedicated mixer provides full control over your audio. The immersive, three-dimensional surround sound and built-in vocal effects take your mic and audio to the next level.
Content creators—we’re looking at you, streamers and vloggers—this premium mirrorless camera from Nikon is the one you’ve been waiting for. With a compact, lightweight design, crystal-clear 4K video, and an incredibly affordable price tag, it’s the one digicam to buy when you want to buy only one.
LG’s fitness-focused earbud is a literal banger. The Tone Free Fit has a crystal-clear sound with impressive bass for those get-it-done workout playlists. Its charging case uses UV-C light to zap sweat-induced bacteria, and the earbud’s SwivelGrip technology enables it to stay in place through any workout.
Samsung’s upgraded smartwatch model has a larger scratch-resistant screen and a hyper-accurate heart-rate sensor. This great tech gift can take a licking and still track your fitness goals during rough-and-tumble workouts.
This high-tech sweater is infused with 37.5 Technology temperature-regulating particles that move away moisture when you’re hot and retain body heat when you’re cold. What’s more, its stylish neck trim makes it great as a snow-sport base layer.
Forget keeping your battery charged. These next-gen headphones from Adidas run completely on solar. Even stored in the dark, they offer up to 80 hours of playtime on a fully topped-up battery. Plus, the IPX4 rating means they’re sweatproof and splash-proof for the most intense workouts.
Another clever design from Lululemon, this duffle bag is streamlined and forward-thinking. The 32-liter volume is perfect for gym days or short weekend trips. Plus, we love the exterior compartment that quarantines dirty laundry away from your clean clothes.
This WiFi-enabled pellet grill has a smart combustion system made up of sensors that detect and adjust the grill’s temps, ensuring your food is evenly cooked. Plus, its new Timberline grease-and-keg system automatically vacuums ash into a bucket, for less cleanup and more cooking.
Sonos’s cheapest soundbar is a massive upgrade for your TV’s built-in speakers, offering a more balanced sound. It has exceptional dialogue clarity, so you won’t have to turn on closed captioning to understand what those House of the Dragon actors are saying.
Consider this a less aggressive home version of the type of laser hair removal you’d get in a salon. Yes, it takes a bit more work than professional-grade lasers, but you can expect up to six months of smooth skin when it’s done.
For pups who need serious wrangling, the Halo 2+ is an all-in-one smart GPS dog collar and wireless virtual-fence system. Create up to 20 wireless fence zones to ensure your dog never strays outside its “safe zone.”
If the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020 didn’t teach you to love the joys of a bidet, now’s the time to get in the game. This model from Brondell offers a warm water wash jet, a wireless remote, customizable user settings, and breezy installation.
Skip the bottled water for an eco-friendly countertop water purifier like Coway’s Aquamega 200C. It features a single carbon filter block with dual stages to remove contaminants like lead (by up to 99.9 percent), VOCs, and PFCs.
Ditch that pile of niche cooking appliances you’ve been accumulating over the years. This clever steam oven combines a convection oven, a steam oven, an air fryer, and a food dehydrator in one compact countertop device.
When a fashion watch isn’t “smart” enough but a legit smartwatch is overkill, there’s the CZ Smart Hybrid Smartwatch. It has all the timeless style of a classic, analog Citizen timepiece with the next-gen versatility of a modern fitness tracker.
For those small personal items that you’d rather hide away from prying eyes (and hands), there’s Trova’s Go. This sleek, portable safe keeps cash, cards, prescription meds, and more under biometric lock and key, only accessible via your smartphone.
Do your back and body a solid by upgrading your tired workstation to a modern standing desk. FlexiSpot is the name in standing desks, like this handsome, versatile model with integrated USB charging ports, available solid wood desk, optional drawers, and dead-simple assembly.
For digital nomads and on-the-go professionals, a portable second monitor is a game changer. Espresso’s espressoDisplay 15 Touch is the world’s lightest, thinnest, and, in our opinion, coolest monitor for expanding your desktop.
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Deputy Editor, Commerce
As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia.
Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology. He was previously the Style & Gear Editor at BroBible.com, and a commerce writer for TheManual.com. His interests include shopping for rare vintage clothes and following his favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals.
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He’s kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. His travel advice has appeared on the websites for Forbes, Travel + Leisure, CNET, and National Geographic. He loves the great outdoors and good bourbon, and (usually) calls Tulsa, Oklahoma home. Mike also enjoys speaking in the third person.