2016 has been a very interesting year for a lot of reasons, in particular, the tech products that we have received over the year have been extremely exciting things that change how we use technology daily, as well as how we live our lives overall, from the latest and greatest virtual reality headsets to fantastic smartphones to personal assistants.

In this article, we are going to take you through what we think are the best tech products that were released during the year of 2016.

Check them out below.

COMPUTING
Winner: MIicrosoft Surface Studio

From some time Apple has left their Mac loving customers wondering when the next amazing Mac will be announced, which han’t looked so promising. The surprising thing is that Microsoft unveiled what might be the answer that those Mac lovers are looking for, we know right, Microsoft unveiling something exciting, strange right!

This was with the Surface Studio, which is an all-in-one computer that completely changed how we thought about AIOs, featuring a fantastic looking display that the user could bring down to their working environment via a hinge that was designed specifically for that purpose.

This was combined with the introduction of the Surface Dial, which is a puck device that can be placed on top of the Surface Studio and twisted and turned to control applications on the device.

Runner Up: Razer Blade Pro and Razer Core

Windows made some huge changes to differentiate itself from Apple massively, with a number of manufacturers unveiling products that not only met what Apple had done with computing previous but also topped that offering.

One such manufacturer was Razer who unveiled the fantastically awesome Razer Blade Pro and Razer Core, which completely changed how we thought about gaming laptops and laptops in general. The Razer Blade Pro itself is an awesome gaming laptop, most of the time gaming laptops would be considered as massively thick devices that perform for gaming but don’t perform as well for life, Razer changed all of that with the Blade Pro by fitting it out with a GTX 1060 but also releasing it with a simple yet sleek design that resembles the well-loved design of Apple MacBooks.

And then they took things further with the announcement of the Razer Core, which is a Thunderbolt-compatible external GPU that makes their laptops even more beastly.

SMART HOME
Tied Winner: Google Home

Google was second to the post with the release of the own smart home device, capable of controlling all of your smart home tech whilst providing you with access to Google’s services, just with your voice. It features a design that has been built to fit in with the rest of your home and it shows a clear focus from Google

Tied Winner: Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot just have to be featured on this list, as the first of the personal home assistant devices, they transformed how we integrate our home into our lives, pretty much transforming our homes and kick starting people’s interest in Smart Home tech, for that reason it is one of the best tech products of 2016.

Runner Up: Philips Hue

When you think of smart home tech, you think of Philips’ line of Hue devices. They transform your old lighting setup into something that you would have never thought of just a couple of years ago, connecting your lighting systems to the internet and allowing you to control them with other smart home tech like the Amazon Echo.

SMARTPHONES
Winner: Google’s Pixel and XL

There have been a lot of impressive smartphones released this year but one of the most impressive has to be Google’s new entrants into the smartphone market, the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL. Both smartphones show Google’s new focus on the smartphone market, for some time now they have only been providing the software and advice for low-end smartphones, with the Pixel and Pixel XL they built upon that with their own high-end smartphones.

And they are both extremely impressive, competing heavily with the already existing market of smartphones, featuring a top-notch camera, great power, the latest version of Android, and much more.

Runner Up: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones are a very close runner up to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in our opion, although they feature a great camera, awesome power, and much more, they didn’t impress us too much as they did not build upon what Apple has already done with the smartphone, despite it still being a great smartphone, it just isn’t as exciting as Google’s Pixel.

2nd Runner Up: OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 is our second runner up, its a fantastic Android device that meets the competition head on with an awesome set of specs for a lower price tag than other smartphones on the market.

TABLETS
Winner: iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Apple’s iPad Pro is a serious piece of kit, although it is restrained by the capabilities of the iOS system when compared to something like the Surface Pro 4 (which uses a full version of Windows), it is still price competitive. At £499 it offers a sleek 9.7-inch display with all of the things that make Apple a great manufacturer of tablets. You can also upgrade it to the 12.9 version, however, that one costs £679.

Runner Up: Surface Pro 4

As we previously mentioned, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is a fantastic tablet. It features laptop-esk specificiations that can be configured to be as powerful as you want it to be. It also runs a full version of Windows, so it can be used for many different purposes, a lot more than an iPad, however, it is very expensive.

GAMING
Winner: Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift was deifnitely one of the biggest highlights of 2016, it transformed the gaming scene, bringing virtual reality into the mainstream and even getting other manufacturers to get into the virtual reality scene from Google up to Sony.

Tied Runner Up: Xbox One S

Although the Xbox One S didn’t build upon the original Xbox One in terms of power or big features, it was impressive in that the One S is much smaller, adds HDR and 4K Blu-ray support, and comes with a much sleeker design.

Tied Runner Up: PlayStation 4 Pro

The PlayStation 4 Pro is our other runner up, it features the same design as the original PlayStation 4, but it adds some particularly interesting features, particularly the ability to play games at a 4K resolution, however, it couldn’t do the same for Blu-ray unfortunately.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Winner: Canon 5D Mark IV

The Canon 5D Mark IV is a camera that photographers around the world have been waiting for a long time for. It features a 30.4 MP sensor, can shoot in DP RAW and has the ability to create your own 4K movies. It also has Wi-Fi built-in with an ISO range of 100-32000.

Runner Up: Nikon D500

The Nikon D500 is our runner-up, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad camera. The Nikon D500 is a fantasic camera for photographers, featuring a weather-sealed magnesium alloy framed build, it is a great option for the person who takes shoots around the world. It has a burst speed of 10 FPS, can shoot up to 200 JPEG images, and features a 153-point autofocus system. All combined with the 20.9-megapixel cropped sensor.

TELEVISION
Winner: Samsung KS9500

In our opinion, the Samsung KS9500 is the best television that is currently available on the market. Available in 65-inch, 78-inch, and 88-inch size ranges, it provides some of the sharpest images that are currently available thanks to its 4K resolution of HDR compatibility.

Runner Up: Google Chromecast

Elsewhere in the television market, a lot of other television-related products were released this year with some highly impressive options for expanding upon your television viewing and linking your television to internet services. The Google Chromecast has to be one of the best devices available, it is an easy-to-use device that allows you to stream content right from your applicaitons like Netflix or YouTube to your TV at the souch of a button.

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