By PCMag Staff
PCMag

Across 15 categories, among 2,000+ reviews, we present our annual collection of the finest products to pass through our lab doors this year. Just your luck: Our list of the best tech doubles as the ultimate holiday shopping list.

The Best Tech Products of 2019

Every year at PCMag, we write millions of words about thousands of products, covering everything from free phone apps to blinged-out gaming PCs that can cost as much as used cars. We’re fairly selective in what we choose to review, so, after our assessments, most of those products end up being worthy of our recommendation. On one end of the spectrum, there are always a few stinkers you shouldn’t buy, and at the other end are the top performers, the undeniable values, the trendsetters.

For 2019, you’ll see some consistency across certain categories (who do you think is going to win best iOS phone?) along with some newcomers. As technology evolves, we swap in interesting new classifications and retire the ones that are past their prime. Not long ago, for example, we wouldn’t have had any smart home products in this story. Now we’ve got nine of them.

The list was compiled from every product we’ve reviewed between November 1, 2018, through last week. Eight of those 103 earn a perfect 5-star rating; while the rest of them get away with being merely excellent beyond our expectations.

So this is it: The essential holiday shopping list compiled by our editors who know the products, know the market, and know what’s the best smartwatch for your wife, what to get your Pokemon-obsessed kid, and even the perfect gift for you.

Inseego MiFi 8000/8800
Inseego MiFi 8000/8800
Best Hotspot
$240 at Sprint
Inseego’s MiFi 8000 platform, available on Sprint as the 8000 and on Verizon as the 8800, is the best 4G hotspot platform available. It’s pocket-size, speedy, and easy to operate, with a big touch screen on the front that lets you get at all the settings. With Category 18 LTE, it’s a big step up from most older hotspots. 5G devices right now aren’t quite fully baked, and carriers will keep beefing up their 4G networks for several years. For now, this mature 4G hotspot platform is the way to go.
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