Welcome to our first annual Techaeris Editor’s Choice Awards. Over the past few years, we’ve awarded many devices and gadgets a Top Pick Award but we felt there were some devices that deserved special recognition. The Techaeris Editor’s Choice Award is aimed at showcasing what we think are the best tech devices and gadgets we’ve reviewed in each quarter.
As we are wrapping up Q1 for the year what follows below is what we think stands out thus far. We want to congratulate the brands below for making the cut and for making outstanding products that we can recommend. Without further ado. Here are the winners of our 2018 Q1 Editor’s Choice Awards!
Editor’s Choice Business Laptop: Lenovo X1 Carbon
With its tough build quality, industrial yet sexy design, versatile I/O options, and lightweight portability, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen is an ideal business ultrabook for those always on the run. This is why it not only earned a Best of CES award from us but also wins a Top Pick Award for 2018.
Editor’s Choice Consumer Laptop: Samsung Notebook 9 EXT
I was pleasantly surprised by the Samsung Notebook 9 EXT 15″. This was the first Samsung laptop I’ve used and it was comfortable. The keyboard was nice to type on, though with a bit more throw than I normally like. The trackpad was nice and silky. The display is super bright, with rich color, deep blacks, and crisp whites. The machine is light, well made and good looking. There’s a lot to like about the Notebook 9.Samsung Notebook 9 review
Editor’s Choice Hybrid Laptop: Lenovo Yoga 920 4K
If you have the cash, you really can’t go wrong with this laptop. Maxxing it out is the way to go. It’s a stunner in terms of looks even meeting and exceeding a MacBook Pro in that department. It’s powerful and capable and given the right configuration, can handle just about anything you throw at it.Lenovo Yoga 920 4K review
Editor’s Choice Portable Bluetooth Speaker: JBL Boombox
The JBL Boombox definitely puts the boom back in boombox with its big sound and easily earns a Top Pick of 2018 Award here at Techaeris. Sure, it’s large — and a bit on the pricey side — but if you’re after loud, bass-booming, all-day and night party sound, the JBL Boombox easily fits the bill!JBL Boombox Review
Editor’s Choice Headphones: Monolith M1060
The well constructed and nicely designed Monoprice Monolith M1060 Planar headphones definitely offer a fantastic and detailed soundstage with balanced sound at a more than reasonable price. Even though the open back design means others in the vicinity can hear what you are listening to, the immersive sound really makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the music. Any audiophile would be remiss not to give these a go and that’s why they’ve earned a Top Pick of 2018 award here at Techaeris.Monolith M1060 review
Editor’s Choice Outdoor Tech: EGO POWER+ Snow Blower
If you’re looking to ditch gas power in favor of electric, EGO is the way to go. Both their mower and this snow blower are high-quality and they perform just as well if not better than their gas counterparts. I have no issue recommending EGO products at this point, they are phenomenal and I’m looking forward to replacing more of my gas powered yard tools with EGO products.EGO POWER+ Snow Blower review
Editor’s Choice Smartwatch: Samsung Gear Sport
The Samsung Gear Sport may be marketed as a fitness smartwatch but has all the features of a regular smartwatch as well. Overall, it’s an excellent choice for those looking for a well-rounded smartwatch solution with plenty of apps and multi-day battery life. As such, we’ve also chosen to award it a posthumous Top Pick of 2017 Award here at Techaeris as it was not only released last year but also because we didn’t get the review up in December as anticipated.Samsung Gear Sport Review
Editor’s Choice Budget Smartphone: Honor 7X
Budget phones aren’t all created equal. All budget phones are going to come with some compromises, and the Honor 7X has its fair share. But I do think this is one of the best budget phones on the market right now, and it has more plusses than it does minuses in the overall big picture. I think budget-minded buyers would be served well with this device. The snobbier smartphone buyers need not apply.Honor 7X review
Congratulations to our winners for taking home our Techaeris Editor’s Choice Award! Be sure to click the links and read the full reviews on all of these products. Check back at the end of Q2 to find out what devices and gadgets make the next round of awards!