The Best and Coolest New Gadgets of May 2022

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May was a mammoth month in terms of new product announcements. Sony finally released new noise-canceling cans, the WH-1000XM5. Sonos announced the Ray, its most affordable soundbar to date. And Google gave us a preview of the next-gen Pixel smartphones that will be released later this year. But that’s just the starting point. Below, we’ve rounded up all the cool new gadgets that were announced this month.

Sony WH-1000XM5

Sony

The Sony WH-1000XM5 are the company’s newest flagship noise-canceling headphones and the successor to the 2020-released Sony WH-1000XM4. The new models have been redesigned with a more lightweight body and wider earcups. They have more powerful active noise-cancellation and improved microphones for call clarity. They also have a new fast charging ability. The downside? At $400, they’re pretty pricey. Available now.

Read our review of the Sony WH-1000XM5.

Price: $400

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DJI Mini 3 Pro

DJI

DJI announced its most capable lightweight drone, the DJI Mini 3 Pro. It weighs just 249 grams, exactly the same as the company’s other “Mini” drones, but it packs a high quality camera, as well as advanced sensors and capturing capabilities that allow it to fly and shoot as if it were a way larger drone. It also can be bought with a remote controller with an integrated touchscreen display so, unlike DJI’s other drones, it doesn’t occupy your smartphone while you fly.

Price: $909+

Read our review of the DJI Mini 3 Pro.

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Sonos Ray

Sonos

The Sonos Ray is the company’s new entry-level soundbar. It costs $279, which is $180 less expensive than Sonos’s other budget-friendly soundbar, the Beam (Gen 2), but it comes with some key tradeoffs. It connects to your TV via optical (instead of HDMI) and doesn’t support Dolby Atmos; Sonos’s pitch is that it’s a good fit for people with older TVs that only have an optical connection. The Ray also lacks a microphone for smart voice controls.

The Ray is available to preorder right now, with an expected delivery of June 7.

Read our review of the Sonos Ray.

Price: $279

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Mophie Speedport 30 and Speedport 67

Zagg

Mophie announced two USB-C wall adapters that are made with Gallium Nitride (GaN), a material that’s significantly more energy- and space-efficient than silicon. The Speedport 30 ($45) is 30-watt charger that’s optimized to charge your iPhone, iPad or MacBook Air while you travel. The Speedport 67 ($70) is a 67-watt charger that’s also optimized for charging a MacBook Pro. Both chargers are exclusively available from Apple.

Price: $45 — $70

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House of Marley Redemption ANC 2

House of Marley

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House of Marley, an eco-conscious audio company named after Bob Marley, announced the Redemption ANC 2, a stylish pair of wireless earbuds with active noise-cancellation. They are made of bamboo fiber composites and recycled plastics, and have features (noise-cancellation, transparency, adjustable EQ and a wireless charging case) that you expect in a premium set of wireless earbuds.

Price: $170

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Line Linestand

Line

The Linestand is a 3-in-1 MagSafe stand — capable of simultaneously charging an iPhone 12/13, AirPods (so long as it has a wireless charging case) and Apple Watch — that comes integrated with a VESA mount so you can attach to a compatible monitor arm and create a kind of floating MagSafe charging system. The main downside is that, in order to actually charge your devices, it requires you to have two MagSafe chargers and an Apple Watch charging puck of your own.

Price: $169

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Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus

Soundcore

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The Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is a powerful boombox style portable speaker. It packs two 30-watt woofers and two 10-watt tweets — that’s 80-watts of total power. Additionally, the Bluetooth speaker has an IP67 rating, so you can dunk it in one meter of water, have it stay there for a half hour, and it’ll still survive.

Price: $180

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McIntosh MCD12000

McIntosh

The MCD12000 is McIntosh’s latest high-end audio component. It’s a CD player with an extremely high-quality DAC that’s capable of reference-quality playback. And, as you’d expect, it features the mesmeric blue power meters, signature glowing lime-green lights and black lacquer finish that are all synonymous with the American audio company.

Price: $12,000

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Google Pixel 7, Pixel 6a, Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds Pro

Google

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Google held its annual developer’s conference, Google I/O, earlier this month — and it announced a bunch of new products. There’s the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which are its next-generation smartphones that will be released in the fall. The Pixel 6a is a new midrange smartphone that’ll be available this summer; it costs $449. The Pixel Watch is company’s first smartwatch that will be released in the fall. And the Pixel Buds Pro are its first wireless earbuds that have active noise-cancellation.

You can read more about these individual products via our recap of Google’s big event.

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Eve Outdoor Cam

Eve

The Eve Outdoor Cam is the first smart outdoor camera that supports HomeKit Secure Video technology, which allows it to detect people, pets or vehicles, as well as store up to 10 days of fully encrypted videos. Like many other smart cameras, the Eve Outdoor Cam can shoot 1080p video, supports two-way talk and has a night mode. It has an integration motion light, too, for extra security.

Price: $250

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Sony LinkBuds S

Sony

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The Sony LinkBuds S are the company’s newest wireless earbuds and they are designed to fill the mid-range gap between its entry-level LinkBuds ($178) and its flagship WF-1000XM4 ($280). Despite their name, however, the LinkBuds S share a lot more in common with Sony’s high-end buds than the basic model. The have noise-canceling and transparency modes, and they support Sony’s high-resolution (LDAC) audio files. They lack wireless charging, however.

Price: $200

Read our review of the Sony LinkBuds S, here.

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Anker 563 USB-C Dock

Anker

The Anker 563 is a new USB-C docking station that has the special ability of allowing any of Mac with an M1 chipset to connect to up to three external monitors. Normally limited to just one external monitor, the Anker 563 is able to circumvent this issue by having two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort. It also has seven other ports — that’s 10 ports total, for those keeping count — making it a really robust hub for a Mac power user.

Price: $250

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Marantz CD 60

Marantz

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Marantz is showing love to the true audiophiles who still adore the warm and rich sound of CDs. The company’s newest CD player blends a modern look with advanced circuitry, and it’s designed to integrate well with the other high-end components in your hi-fi system. It addition to playing CDs, it has a USB-A port (located on its front panel) that allows it to play of a vast array of digital files( including MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV, FLAC) from a connected USB storage device. Marantz is advertising it as the perfect partner for its Model 40n integrated amplifier, which it announced earlier this year. It’ll be available this June.

Price: $999

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Klipsch Reference Premiere and Reference Speakers (2022)

Klipsch

Klipsch announced refreshed versions of its high-end lines of Reference Premiere and Reference loudspeakers for 2022. Both loudspeaker lines — which consist of floorstanding speakers (with and without Dolby Atmos height modules), bookshelf speakers and center channel speakers — have been upgrade with improved tweeters (with larger Tractrix horns for even more high-frequency response and extension) and improved cabinet bracing. Both lines can be used in a hi-fi or home theater system.

Price: $299 — $3,000

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