The technophile staff at Gadgets 360 likes not only reviews literally hundreds of different gadgets each year, but also buys tons of them for personal use (yay, consumerism!). Just like last year, we asked everyone what’s on their tech wishlist for 2018, and reflect on whether they ended up getting their 2017 pick or not for whatever the reasons may well be.
Last year I said I was looking to buy an HTC Vive VR headset in 2017, and that would necessitate a PC upgrade for me as well. Well, neither of those two came to pass, and this year, I’m finally getting a PC upgrade. Instead of upgrading my gaming desktop, I’ve decided to buy a gaming laptop instead. Over the past year, I’ve been shuttling between two cities for personal reasons, and a desktop just doesn’t make sense for me anymore.
So while I’ll be spending 50-60 percent more on a gaming laptop compared to a similar-specced desktop, one can’t put a price on the convenience of the form factor. Thus, this year, I look forward to buying an Alienware 15, complete with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. The VR headset may have to wait though, until prices – which are still exorbitant – drop further.
Buy Alienware 15
What would have been my big 2017 purchase without a doubt I’ve kept reserved for the coming year – the Nintendo Switch. The company name which has been a pioneer of the gaming industry had a massive success with the release of its newest console becoming a worldwide ought to have product, both for the enthusiastic, loyalist gamers at the same time being accessible to newcomers alike.
While lagging behind the console war with Sony and Microsoft over the past decade, its new hybrid-console levels the playing field with titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey as indications in its debut year alone, and several third-party developers commiting to the console, while also retaining what they’d rather be known for- the piece of gaming hardware you’d have carrying out, and chancing on any time you’d get to mash buttons in daily life.
Any skepticism one might have by now including what I had has been well put to rest; as we move on from the golden age of gaming living in a post-world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Overwatch, which champions video games as we might argue as the supreme art-form, emphasising on both powerful narratives & engaging gameplay, with the most important of all – having fun. Having used the system through friends and colleagues already, the only thing kept me waiting is Game Freak’s announcement of the next main-entry Pokemon RPG title, which I can say will be one millions have been waiting for long. Also, an XL more-colourful version please.
Buy Nintendo Switch
The first thing on my list for 2018 would be a new television. My current 32-inch full-HD Samsung TV is begging to be replaced. I have my eyes set on a 43-inch LG TV and if I get a good deal on it will happily install it in my living room.
The second thing would be upgrading my car head-unit to a different one that supports Android Auto. I already have my eyes on a unit that fits right in an enables Android Auto seamlessly but availability is an issue. I could do with inbuilt Google Maps navigation and Google Assistant in the car.
Third on my list is Android Wear. I have been using an LG G watch for close to 3 years now and the battery life has started getting inconsistent. While I would want to run it to the ground a replacement is due. Currently, the Asus Zenwatch 3 looks like a good contender but I will be waiting for more Android Wearables in 2018 before zeroing in on one.
Buy LG 43-inch TV, Asus Zenwatch 3
Until just last month, there was no chance that my wish for 2017 – a 4K HDR TV – would come true. But then by mere accident, it did. It’s nowhere near the best of the lot, as it was bought to function as a monitor, but that hasn’t stopped from me experimenting with 4K HDR content, when I can get my hands on it.
With that in the bag, I’m going to focus on the severely-lacking sound setup for the TV, which currently consists of terrible in-built speakers. A soundbar (hopefully one with Dolby Atmos) and a subwoofer are ideal for the size of my living room, with the Sony HT-ST5000 one of the very few officially available in India.
Also on the list is a headphone upgrade, now that my Jabra Move have given up on me for the second time. I’m still debating between in- and on-ear – the size determines when I can carry them – so time (and more research) will tell where I end up.
Buy Sony HT-ST5000
On top of my wish list for 2018 is the Bose QC35. Simply the best in the active noise cancelling business, the QC35 is a blessing in disguise for the frequent flyer as well as for the daily commuter in me. I have used a significant number of earphones and headphones claiming to offer ANC, but a demo of the Bose got me swooning over them. I’ll somehow have to convince my wallet to open up to that preposterous price tag, though.
And, obviously, the Tesla Roadster is also on my wish list. But I’ll probably wait till 2020 (or 2050) to get my hands on that beauty.
Buy Bose QC35 II