In many ways, CES 2021 was different from someone we on the Gear team have been to before. Instead of running around Las Vegas and stuffing everything and getting severely dehydrated, we sat at home and watched the briefing after briefing on Zoom. But CES is still the festival to spend money. It is designed to invoke your most original desires – whether it is for an exquisite gaming chair, an affordable laptop or just a machine to spray out single servings of delicious fro-yo. These are our favorite things on display at CES that you can buy right now to scratch that itch.
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Phones, headphones and accessories
- Moft Snap-On stand for $ 30: I want this. This snap-on stand holds the iPhone in portrait, landscape or “floating” mode and holds three cards. We also included it in our guide to the best accessories for the iPhone 12.
- Moto G Games for $ 170: Motorola updated its budget phone line, which we liked a lot. The updates are quite small, but the price is still low. For a more in-depth look, check out our guide to the best cheap phones.
- Typewise (free): This small, useful app is the first product from a company that works with a 100 percent private “next prediction engine”. The distinctive honeycomb keyboard claims to reduce typos by up to 80 percent.
- MaskFone for $ 50: If you wear a mask in public and take calls, you may need a (possibly senior engineer) mask with an N95 filter, a built-in microphone and earplugs attached. Or you know, maybe not. Take a look at our guide to favorite masks if you want some more options.
- V-Moda M-200 ANC for $ 500: We did not get the chance to try these expensive headphones in person, but V-Moda has never failed us before. We expect this new model from the design-forward company to be one of the best noise-canceling headphones of the year.
- JBL Reflect Mini NWC TWS earplugs for $ 150: JBL’s latest training knobs have a reflective stripe for people who like to be outdoors at night or at dusk. They also reduce noise and have IPX7 water resistance. We did not get the chance to try these either, but we liked other JBL buds.
Computers and cameras