Welcome to the latest installment of Staff Picks. Each week, we’ll tell you about the tech we’re currently testing — everything from cameras to headphones, 2-in-1 laptops and home appliances — as well as the grail items we wish we could buy. For our last selections, click here.
Penclic Professional Typist MK1
Innovations in computer keyboards typically come in two flavors: wavy, disjointed ergonomic varieties, and gaming-oriented models with gobs of knobs and dials and lights. I hate them both. But this Penclic keyboard has won my heart. It’s a slim, efficient and modern take on the vintage mechanical computer keyboards of the 1980s. It incorporates a key-press mechanism that’s faster and generates better tactile feedback than the membrane-based systems currently in favor, helping maximize your W’s per M. It also generates a satisfying click with every press that’s not quite as loud as the ’80s variants, but still very cool. In fact, it’s kind of addictive, for both users and listeners. If you roll in with one at the office, it’s a good bet a few more will show up a week or so later. – Eric Adams, Contributing Tech Writer
The Traveler Titanium In-Ear Earphones by Echobox
If you know anything about hi-fi in-ear earphones, you know they can be expensive — Sennheiser, Noble Audio and Shure all make models that cost several hundred dollars or more. If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, try these: Echobox, a new audio company, ships direct to consumer, which for you means great headphones for less.They’re no-fuss earbuds that just sound great, especially when paired with a hi-fi player or Tidal. – Tucker Bowe, Tech Writer
UrbanEars Baggen and Stammen Speakers
Sometimes, it’s okay to be lured in by an ad campaign. Even if UrbanEars new “multi-clevel” speakers sounded tinny and flat, I’d still be geeking on them right now. I’m sure they don’t (a test is forthcoming) — but the ads are fantastic. These speakers have nobs (hallelujah!), full wi-fi functionality, and all the clever little tech tricks that smart speakers now boast — like saved playlists, multi-room capabilities and conncectivity to every streaming service known to man. It’s something worth showcasing, and UrbanEars did the showcasing wonderfully. – Matthew Ankeny, Tech Editor