A Reviewer's Guide

The 7 Best Tech Products We Reviewed This Month


April 30, 2018 Tech By Photo by Caavo

Avid Gear Patrol readers will know that we’re all about product discovery, curation, testing and culture. Basically, we look for the coolest products, either new or old, and find out how we can use them — e.g. for travel, work, fun or leisure — and how they fit in the greater product landscape. It’s the end of April 2018 and with it, here’s a look back on the best products we tested this month. From vintage speakers to revolutionary home security cameras, running headphones to a $47,000 camera, check out our full reviews below.

This Is the Weirdest Bluetooth Speaker I’ve Ever Tested (And I Like It)

The Sony SRS-XB41 is the largest portable Bluetooth speaker in the company’s 2018 Extra Bass series. It has bright LED lights. It has some quirky features. It can get wet. And it gets pretty darn loud.

This Smartwatch Is for Anybody Who Doesn’t Think They Want a Smartwatch

The Fitbit Versa is a stylish and skinny smartwatch, that’s actually more fitness tracker than smartwatch. But at $200, it’s probably the best entry-level smartwatch you can buy right now.

This Home Security Camera Uses Artificial Intelligence. It’s Bold, Powerful and a Bit Terrifying

Lighthouse is a home security camera that rivals the Nest Cam IQ for intelligence. However, since it was developed by an AI company, not Amazon or Google, it can do some pretty impressive things that other home security cameras cannot.

Klipsch’s 61-Year-Old Speakers Still Sound Like a Dream

First introduced in 1957, Klipsch Heresy floor-standing speakers have become cultural icons. They’ve remained stalwart in Klipsch’s lineup over their 61-year existence. We go in-depth to see if they’re still worth buying in the days of smart speakers and multi-room audio systems.

These Are My Favorite Truly Wireless Earbuds for Running

The Samsung IconX (2018) are upgraded versions of the company’s first truly wireless earbuds. They’re also my favorite truly wireless earbuds for running because they have the best fit of any that I’ve tested.

This Is What 400 Megapixels Looks Like: The New Hasselblad H6D-400c MS

We review the Hasselblad H6D-400c MS, the company’s new $47,000 100-megapixel medium-format camera. To show it’s mastery of color and detail, contributor Eric Adams photographed the model airplane his father made for him years ago.

This Ultimate Universal TV Remote Is Unlike Anything Else

Caavo is designed as an ultimate universal remote to for your TV. It’s effectively a really sophisticated HDMI switcher can control all the devices connected to your TV, such as gaming consoles, streaming sticks, a Blu-ray player and a cable box. And you control them using a single remote.

Buying Guide: 9 Best Earbuds Under $50

No, the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t dead. And it won’t be for some time. Read the Story