IN MANY WAYS, CES 2021 was different than any we on the Gear team have attended before. Instead of running around Las Vegas poking all the things and becoming seriously dehydrated, we sat at home and watched briefing after briefing on Zoom. But CES is still the festival of spending money. It’s designed to invoke your most primal desires—whether that’s for an exquisite gaming chair, an affordable laptop, or just a machine to squirt out single servings of delicious fro-yo. These are our favorite things exhibited at CES that you can buy right now to scratch that itch.
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- Moft Snap-On Stand for $30: I want this. This snap-on stand holds your iPhone in portrait, landscape, or “floating” mode and has space to hold three cards. We also included it in our guide to the best accessories for the iPhone 12.
- Moto G Play for $170: Motorola refreshed its budget phone lineup, which we liked a lot. The updates are pretty minor, but the price is still low. For a more in-depth look, check out our guide to the best cheap phones.
- Typewise (free): This small, helpful app is the first product from a company that’s working on a 100-percent private “next word prediction engine.” The distinctive honeycomb keyboard claims to reduce typos by up to 80 percent.
- MaskFone for $50: If you’re wearing a mask in public and taking calls, you may need a (possibly overengineered) mask with an N95 filter, a built-in microphone, and attached earbuds. Or, you know, maybe not. Check out our guide to our favorite masks if you want a few more possibilities.
- V-Moda M-200 ANC for $500: We didn’t get a chance to try these pricey headphones in person, but V-Moda has never let us down before. We’re expecting this new model from the design-forward company to be one of the year’s best noise-canceling headphones.
- JBL Reflect Mini NWC TWS Earbuds for $150: JBL’s latest workout buds have a reflective strip for people who like being outdoors at night or at dusk. They’re also noise-canceling and have IPX7 water-resistance rating. We didn’t get a chance to try these either, but we’ve liked other JBL buds.
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- Panasonic Lumix BGH1 for $2,000: Did you want to use quarantine to launch your filmmaking career? This small box-shaped camera is an order of magnitude cheaper than the popular Red cinema cameras, and it’s packed with features for livestreaming and recording broadcast-quality video. It also bills itself as the first micro four-thirds camera that’s approved by Netflix.
- Lenovo P11 for $230: You’re getting quite a bit of tablet for not a lot of money with this model from Lenovo. It includes a high-res IPS 11-inch display, the Snapdragon 662 chip with LTE connectivity, 6 gigabytes of RAM, and a four-speaker Dolby Atmos sound system. The inclusion of Google’s Kids Space might make it a contender for our best kids tablet.
- GoPro Labs (free with GoPro Hero 9, Hero 8, Hero 7, and Max 360 cameras): We still recommend two of GoPro’s action cameras as good buys. This year, the company announced GoPro Labs, which are ways for customers to try some of GoPro’s experimental software enhancements. These include new ways to trigger recordings, stopping and starting motion capture, and a new “one-button” mode.
Health, Home, and Kitchen
- Cuzen Matcha Machine for $369: CES is where you go to look at things that are hilariously self-indulgent, and a $369 tea machine that takes the place of a humble grinder and a simple whisk might be at the top of that list. However, we do love matcha, and watching a machine painstakingly grind and froth it for us sounds like a nice break right now.
- Alarm.com Flex IO Sensor for $130: We haven’t tried it, but Alarm.com’s latest security sensor looks easy to install. It’s weatherproof, works wherever there is LTE coverage, and has magnets to mount it in places where traditional security sensors might go—next to windows, doors, and bulkheads.
- GoSun Flow for $199 ($50 off): The Flow is a backpack-sized water purifier that fits neatly into GoSun’s entire outdoor kitchen lineup. You can easily attach the nozzle to a portable sink or wall for an easy off-the-grid bathing, cooking, or cleaning solution.
- Flo by Moen Leak System for $50: This year, faucet and fixture company Moen released a new sump pump as well as a new app, which connects all of your smart Moen devices to monitor water flow rate, temperature, and pressure in your house. Its U By Moen smart water faucets also have a new water-saving handwashing function that turns off the water flow for the 20 seconds it takes for you to scrub all the viruses away.
- Trova Home for $549: The purpose of attractive Bluetooth-enabled lockboxes is to keep your valuables locked and safe away from everyone, including possibly your unlucky future self. However, Trova’s do look very nice, so there’s that.
- The Miiskin App for $25 Annually: This year, the skin-care company Miiskin debuted its Automatic Body Imaging tech. Instead of darkly imagining what the skin on your back, shoulders, or the back of your thighs might look like, the app guides you through taking a full-body photo so it can look for suspicious moles for you. The company is HIPAA-compliant, and it helps you blur all your body parts and keep your face out of the frame.
- Satisfyer Love Triangle for $50 : Product writer Jess Grey described this affordable, innovative, Bluetooth-connected sex toy as “spanakopita-shaped,” and now it’s all I can think about. It has air-pulse stimulation and connects to Satisfyer’s app to customize vibration, even setting it to the beat of any song you like.