1. i Phone x
Apple’s new Face ID technology works better than we expected and gives app creators another canvas for new kinds of experiences and interactions. (Animoji, anyone?) And for those more concerned with speed and camera performance, the iPhone X delivers on those fronts, too. This is the future of the iPhone, and we’re more than happy to never look back.
2. Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
Samsung’s prowess with screens and industrial design that really impressed us. We’d argue that the S8 and S8 Plus are the most beautiful machines Samsung has ever crafted, and there’s no phone maker in the world that does these big, bezel-less displays better. (No wonder Apple tapped Samsung to make the iPhone X’s screen.)
3 Surface Laptop
The biggest knock against the Surface Laptop is that it ships with a locked-down version of Windows 10 S, but that’s easily remedied with an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro — a process that’s much easier than it sounds. The Surface Laptop line will almost certainly grow more powerful and capable over the next few years, but Microsoft’s first-gen notebook for the masses still belongs on shoppers’ shortlists.
4 Nintendo Switch
Nintendo’s Switch hybrid marks a bold step in a new direction. First-party games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are among the best (if not the best) in their respective series, and developers have been keen to port more adult fare like Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossusto the new platform. Best of all, you don’t need to be lounging in your living room to enjoy the Switch’s surprisingly broad slate of year-one games Nintendo recently revealed it has sold more than 10 million units so far, with the new console poised to overtake the Wii U’s lifetime sales in a single year.
5 Xbox X
For gamers who would rather trade portability for unadulterated power, there’s the Xbox One X.It’s the most powerful gaming console available right now, and to make the most of it, you’ll want to hook it up to the best 4K television you can get your hands on. It’s a tougher sell for more casual gamers, however, and it lacks glitzy add-ons like a VR headset. Still, Microsoft has been clear from the outset: If power is your biggest priority, the Xbox One X is the way to go.
6 Sony WH-100XM2
Sony’s latest set of high-end cans just might be the best headphones we tested in 2017. That’s no small feat, since we’ve tried out a quite a few seriously impressive headsets this year. Audio aficionados might notice that this pair sounds basically identical to the model it replaces, but we’re not complaining about the bold, dynamic audio the WH-1000XM2 produces.Sony upped the battery life to 30 hours of use with Bluetooth and noise cancellation enabled. There are technically better sounding headphones out there, but as far as overall value goes, Sony wins.
7 DJI Spark
The DJI Spark is one of the more modestly priced drones we’ve tested, but what really sold us was how easy it is to simply pick up and start using. You don’t even need a phone or a controller to use it; simply fire it up, let it go, and control it using hand gestures. Grabbing epic selfies has never been so simple.
8 Cadillac Super Cruise
Cadillac’s Super Cruise earns points for taking the pain out of long drives. The biggest difference between Super Cruise and other semi-autonomous driving systems is that you’re able to remove your hands from the steering wheel entirely.A suite of cameras are trained on you, and as long as you keep your eyes on the road, you’re free to fiddle with your phone, have a conversation with your passengers or just luxuriate in peace with your hands in your lap.