Welcome to the 2018 Techaeris Editor’s Choice Awards for Q3. This is a new awards program () where we pick some of our favorite consumer tech products from the past quarter. Now that Q3 is wrapping up it’s time to announce what we felt were the best gadgets we reviewed and handled over the past few months. Don’t forget to check out our Q1 and Q2 Editor’s Choice Awards in case you missed them.
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 Q2 Editor’s Choice Awards! In no particular order.
Editor’s Choice all-around monitor: Dell S2719H
The Dell S2719H is a nice monitor. There are some things I could do without or would have like to have seen included like the black glossy back, lack of VESA mount, and lack of adjustability. The latter two just seem to be a thing most monitor makers are doing so it’s not strictly a Dell thing. Still, at its sale price, this is a decent buy. Dell also offers these monitors in a 23″ and 24″ version.
Editor’s Choice mid-range smartphone: moto Z3 Play Prime
There will always be some people that need flagship phones but many average users don’t want to spend that much money. This is where the moto Z3 Play fits. It doesn’t have flagship specs but it can easily fill the needs of the average user. It does come with its problems though. The power button on the left is annoying. The camera isn’t the best but it’s good enough. Regardless, the price point is going to make this a must look for many buyers.moto Z3 Play Prime review
Editor’s Choice Smart TV: Samsung Q8F QLED 4K UHD TV
Without a doubt, the Samsung Q8F QLED 4K UHD TV is pricey, even though it’s not their flagship. If you’ve reached the end of this review, then you’re probably the person who is considering dropping the cash for this type of investment. In the end, it is an investment. Samsung knows this and that’s why they make these QLED TVs with great care and precision. I really think this television will last for years to come, and as 4K content starts becoming more available, you’ll be 100% ready for it.
Nearly $3,000USD is hard to swallow, but Samsung does offer its own financing should you want to go that route. The Q8F is a solid choice for a 4K UHD TV, and QLED technology is pretty much on par with OLED now. Blacks are deeper, colors are punchy, whites are crisp, brightness is amazing without washing out colors. There’s a lot to like about this TV but you should also take a look at the Samsung Q9F which offers up the OneConnect box, which I think is worth the price of admission.
At the end of the day, we can talk specs, colors, contrast, QLED vs OLED all day long. What matters is how these TVs look… and having tested this one for the past few months, I can say that it’s well worth your time. Now you have to decide if the Samsung Q8F QLED 4K UHD TV is worth your money.Samsung Q8F review
Editor’s Choice smart display: Lenovo smart Display
The Lenovo smart Display is something unique. It’s a brilliant device especially for those who use a lot of Google services. The hardware and the software are both brilliant in their design. I’d be happy to have this on our counter and hopefully, more features will be added soon.Lenovo smartDisplay review
Editor’s Choice 2-in-1 PC: Dell Latitude 5290
If you’re on the hunt for a Surface Pro competitor for business or just for a personal machine. The 5290 2-in-1 is a great choice. It has a lot going for it and with Dell’s current deals, it may be worth your dime. If you’re a business user looking for a Surface Pro competitor and need security features to boot, then this is it.Dell Latitude 5290 review
Editor’s Choice entry-level soundbar: Samsung HW-N400
The Samsung HW-N400 is a well-built, nicely designed, great sounding and affordable soundbar that will elevate your TV sound for the better. I like the price of this guy and it is well worth your efforts to take a closer look at it.Samsung HW-N400 review
Editor’s Choice flagship smartphone: LG G7 ThinQ
While the LG G7 ThinQ doesn’t look remarkably special, it does have some great options and features, as well as decent build quality for those looking for a new smartphone. Given the crowded market and bigger name recognition of other OEMs, hopefully, users will give the LG G7 ThinQ a fair shake!LG G& Thin Q review
Editor’s Choice 4K monitor: BenQ EL2870U
I’ll admit, this monitor was a hard review unit to box up and send back. I had become so used to how things looked on it, that I was reluctant to go back to my ultra-wide gaming monitor. From the crisp colors to the 27.9-inches of screen real estate this monitor, the EL2870U is impressive.
Like I said before, I hadn’t heard of BenQ prior to this review. However, after using the EL2870U monitor, it’s a company I’ll be keeping an eye on. For under $500 this monitor should definitely be on your radar. Despite its lackluster speakers, the monitor is a must buy. I know I’ll certainly be picking one up for myself in the near future. If you’re looking for even more real estate, BenQ also has a 32-inch version which we also previously reviewed.BenQ EL2870U review
Editor’s Choice affordable gaming laptop: Acer Nitro 5
If you’re looking for decent gaming performance and not getting into 4K gaming any time soon, the Acer Nitro 5 is a solid choice that isn’t going to break the bank.Acer Nitro 5 review
Editor’s Choice business laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad T480
If you’re looking for an efficient, powerful, business-focused laptop to take on the go, the Lenovo ThinkPad T480 is an excellent choice given its performance, specifications, customization options, and price point.Lenovo ThinkPad 480 review
Editor’s Choice gaming keyboard: Cherry MX Board 6
While the Cherry MX Board 6.0 is pretty nondescript looking, nothing beats Cherry MX switches. The build quality and performance are top notch and you won’t be disappointed with this keyboard if you have the money to spare and don’t require extras like macros.Cherry MX Board 6 review
Editor’s Choice wired earbuds: Creative Aurvana Trio
While dual-driver earbuds are becoming popular, the Creative Aurvana Trio prove that more is better. With their triple driver setup, you’re definitely getting those “detailed highs, normal vocals, and accurate bass” that Creative claims. Quite possibly the best sounding earbuds I’ve used to date, the Creative Aurvana Trio easily earn a Top Pick of 2018 Award here at Techaeris.Creative Aurvana Trio 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 Q4 to find out what devices and gadgets make the next round of awards!