Happy New Year! 2022 is here — and a new year brings new possibilities, new opportunities, along with new demands. Though with COVID-19’s Omicron variant wreaking havoc around the world and about to kickstart a third wave in India, maybe the best thing we can hope for is to stay safe inside our homes. Once again. Everything old is new again — and that also applies to our list. The staff at Gadgets 360 has a few ideas of new gadgets they would like to own in 2022. And there are overlaps with those from last year. iPhone and next-gen gaming consoles are the most recurring items, except folks are jumping forward a model with the former, from iPhone 12 to iPhone 13. They are followed by laptops, monitors, and smart TV devices.
What gadgets do you have on your new year’s wishlist? Tell us on Twitter @Gadgets360 or in the comments section below.
Abhinav Lal, VR headset
I’ve been saying this for the past two years, but it still holds true — since I haven’t bought one yet. The only gadget on my wishlist this year is a VR headset. And once again, I’ve no idea when I’m going to take the plunge, or which model I’m going to buy. What’s life without a little mystery?
Aditya Nath Jha, MacBook Pro 16-inch M1 Max
I have been a MacBook owner ever since I got serious about my online work. Time saved is money earned, I learned this the hard way over the past few years. Having the absolute best machine to work on certainly helps as it saves minutes and sometimes even hours from your tasks, when you consider the accumulated time over a long period.
I currently use a MacBook Air M1. But as I keep using it further, I have realised I need a bigger screen and a better speaker experience if I am going to use a laptop as my primary work machine. The 16-inch MacBook Pro model which was launched last year with the top-of-the-line M1 Max chip is something that screamed business to me the moment I saw it first in Apple’s presentation.
For sure my current laptop is great, but the smaller screen can be straining at times. It might be tough to buy the 16-inch MacBook Pro in the foreseeable future but if Apple decides on any price cuts or promo offers, then I might dive in one more time.
Buy: MacBook Pro 16-inch M1 Max
Aditya Shenoy and David Delima, MacBook Air M1
Aditya: MacBook Air has been my primary machine for the past four years and it has been super productive. I really appreciate the compact form factor bundled with the excellent battery life and capable performance. And with the new MacBook Air M1, Apple has really improved the performance. It’s still compact, and thanks to the new processor, has become more powerful and efficient. I think the MacBook Air M1 is just the perfect replacement for my 2017 MacBook Air. Though I will only do it if there are good discounts in 2022.
David: The M1 MacBook Air was the first time I was excited about an ARM-based laptop, and that’s because developers began to start taking ARM computers seriously. Well, that, and the ridiculous battery life and performance they offer. Apple’s build quality is already excellent, and these laptops should enjoy software support for years. Seeing the improvements Apple brought with its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors last year, I’m very inclined to wait and see whether the company comes out with an updated MacBook Air this year — M2 maybe? — and that’s why I haven’t yet bought an M1 model.