All the Gear We Fell In Love With During 2020

In an era of social disturbances and digital competition, Hidret also shows his friends and family figures if they own a bottle, you can turn drinking water into a rivalry. Yes, bottles are still expensive, but if you’re able to track your own data, or save the planet from single-use plastic, or if you’re just on a health kick-Harvard University’s School of Public Health says Drinking enough water is associated with controlling body temperature, preventing infections, improving sleep quality, and keeping organs functioning properly – a smart water bottle is worth a try. -Sara Muller

21st century audiovisual equipment

We are all our blind spots. My kitchen can come equipped with a top-vitamics and kitchen-assisted stand mixer. But before the epidemic, my husband and I have the same huge, bulky, frizzy, blown speaker with a 55-inch Panasonic TV we’ve seen for the past 10 years. We didn’t just watch TV thinking about it.

This all changed in March 2020. In April, desperate for some understanding that all was not lost, I temporarily started my upgrade A soundbar. The improvement in sound quality left a lot of hair on my scalp. A few months later, Parker Hall, our A / V examiner, was closed. midrange TCL 6 Series Television For long-term testing. The difference between our old TV’s dusty, heavy boulder and the light, thin, shiny one was obvious to our 5-year-old. “Why do you do paw Patrol Look so much better now? He asked, jumping on the couch in his jammies. If you have also forgotten that your television is worth upgrading, I recommend it. —At the order

Desktop guitar amps

I didn’t realize how fond of guitar I was until I got one. Classic tube amps sound amazing, but they are expensive, they weigh a ton, and they add enough heat to heat small rooms (and enough sound to scrape a small house).

This year, I discovered a desktop guitar amp. Light, toolbox-shaped amps like Yamaha THR30-II And Positive grid spark Bring everything you like about a physical amp in the 21st century. From wireless cable technology to onboard processing to honor processing (sans-paddleboards), these new digital amps ultimately sound too good to call them toys. Sure, I prefer my handheld Fender Bassman in the studio, but for most other applications, I reach for these little ones for sheer convenience. Both the Spark and THR models come with USB and headphone output as well as Bluetooth, making it easy to jam along to songs, record quick demos, or play during quiet hours.

I’m not the only one who took them. I was watching recently a documentary about Taylor swift’s social litrature, And saw the lyricist play with a familiar little Yamaha in an intro section. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me. -Park Hall


There was no watershed moment this year at which Ebex technically leaps ahead. It was more to come slowly. It was probably because of the Kovid-19 that many people were pushed wrongly and as commuter bikes, and they performed admirably. Or because you can buy now A decent ebony Weighing no more than 40 pounds and costing no more than $ 1,000, even after taking away the hub motor and pedal sensor, it has a decent bike built with solid brand-name components at its core.

I’m a motorcycle guy at heart, so the high-speed (for bikes) and high price tags (for any vehicle) didn’t catch my attention in the early days of heavy-handed eBay bikes. I wanted them to compete with analog bikes and be a tool of the general public not to suck. Colors will increase, prices will decrease, and electronics will move completely into the frame as cheaper bikes get better, but this was the year I asked people to “just wait a little bit” when they ask if they had a should buy. —Matt dancer

A hot water bottle

After moving into a new place last winter, I quickly discovered that the top-vent wall furnace of my apartment was good for heating exactly one corner of my living room and that there was no space. A friend suggested that I keep a hot water bottle on the bed at night to keep me warm, which I feel is bizarre and not effective at all. I was wrong. for now $ 13 on AmazonAll the joys of non-modern heating are mine, a thermoplastic bag filled with hot water at night. It is also a knitted sweater as if it were not already comfortable. (To be clear, the sweater is for a water bottle, not you.) Just be aware that you cannot keep it in the microwave, and scaling hot water is not recommended. -Lauran Goud

A tv remote holder

Pre-pandemic, I tried to avoid watching TV from bed, but this year that rule went out the window. my Fire tv stick A self-soothing necessity became, but I would inevitably lose my little remote in my nest of blankets. This super-cheap Remote holder Was buying an impulse, and now it is strangely unavoidable. It can be applied via screws or adhesives, and it helps me keep track of my remotes so I don’t have to rummage through my candy wrapper bed in panic to adjust the volume or leave a YouTube ad is. cheap Thrills! -Lorin Stamp

A document camera

Hue HD Pro ($ 100 on Amazon) Is the most useful thing I’ve tested in 2020. If you do any kind of teaching, demonstration, or peer review on paper, or anything else that requires a camera for you, and another on a document, the Hue HD Pro is the device you’re looking for. It integrates with Zoom, Skype, Vibex and Microsoft teams, or you can record through the included software.