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The 8 Best Tech Gadgets That Solve Real Problems in 2023

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Have you ever felt Sisyphus? Constantly pushing that boulder up the hill, only to see it roll back down? I hear you; life can be hard sometimes, that’s why I’m constantly looking for ways to make it easier. It could be something insignificant (coffee has gone cold) or something major (wallet or backpack missing), but either way, help is at hand. Below I’ve collected some of my favorite tech gadgets that can make life easier. Time to solve some problems!

Tile Pro

Apple AirTags are the better-known lost property finders, but they only work with iPhones and are missing an important feature that Tiles supports: two-way communication. That means you can not only use your phone to locate the Tile attached to your keychain, bag, or similar, but also use the Tile to locate your misplaced phone. (It will ring loud, even on silent.) Plus, they’re compatible with both iPhones and Android phones. If you’ve ever been a little frustrated with things going missing, you owe it to yourself to start using one of these trackers.

$100 at Amazon

Read more: The best trackers for finding lost stuff

Nixplay

Photo albums were great when you could take a few dozen new photos every year. Now we do that almost every week. So what to do with all the precious memories stored in new phones and old albums? Easy: Transfer them to a digital photo frame so you can enjoy a rolling slideshow as you walk around the room. Nixplay’s stylish frame can hold an unlimited (!) number of photos and an energy-saving sensor keeps the screen dark until it detects movement. Keep in mind that it requires a permanent internet connection, as most of your photos will remain in the cloud.

$152 at Amazon

Read more: The best digital photo frames of 2023

Red heart

A great in-flight entertainment system isn’t much use if you have wireless earbuds like Apple AirPods, because for now most planes have wired headphone jacks. So much for your expensive noise-cancelling earplugs, right? Wrong: The AirFly plugs into a 3.5mm audio jack and pairs with AirPods or other wireless earbuds or headphones. And it’s not just for airplanes either: if you own a Nintendo Switch, you’ve probably wished for a wireless audio option. This is it.

$55 at Amazon

Read more: AirFly Pro Review

EWA

Modern mobile phones often have large screens, making them more difficult to operate with one hand. And if you hold it for a long time, say while reading a book or watching a video, it can become uncomfortable. iPhone users should check out the MagOne, which clips magnetically to the back and offers both a silicone finger grip and flip-out kickstand. The former provides a more comfortable grip (and reduces the chance of accidental drops), while the kickstand lets you put the screen in portrait or landscape orientation. Make sure your iPhone or iPhone case supports MagSafe so you get a secure magnetic connection.

$22 at Amazon

Read more: The best MagSafe accessories, tested and rated

Cinder

Anyone who drinks coffee or tea for more than a few minutes knows the agony of sipping from a lukewarm or even cold cup, a trip to the microwave, and a fateful attempt to get it back to drinkable temperature. The battery powered Ember Mug will keep your drink at the exact temperature you want and can do it for over an hour or more. It is undoubtedly a pricey item, but it is also one of my treasured possessions. Once you’ve experienced the pleasure of perfectly heated coffee from the first to the last sip, you won’t want to go back.

$140 at Amazon

Read more: The best heated coffee mugs of 2023

ZVOX

These are actually two problems, as TV audio is often difficult to hear due to the size (small) and position (facing down or back) of the speakers. But there’s also the problem of hearing dialogue, which gets harder as our ears get older. This soundbar not only amplifies sound (and points it towards you), it also electronically amplifies dialogue using Zvox’s AccuVoice technology. It’s especially useful for people with some hearing loss, as you get six levels of voice enhancement. There is also an output leveling feature designed to reduce the irritating number of commercial breaks.

$300 at Amazon

Read more: The best soundbar for 2023

Ring

Porch piracy is a huge problem, and while a video doorbell won’t physically stop a thief from stealing your packages, its mere presence can act as a deterrent. At the very least, it can warn you when it detects motion, while also recording that motion for later viewing by the police if necessary. Ring makes some of the most popular doorbells on the market; this one has a built-in rechargeable battery, so you can mount it just about anywhere (including outside an apartment door, where there’s likely to be no existing doorbell wiring). Plus, it supports two-way audio, so if you’re alerted to an unexpected presence on your porch, you can say, “Can I help you?” and hopefully deter the would-be thief.

$70 at Amazon

Read more: The best video doorbells to buy in 2023

Govee

Ask a plumber about some horror stories and you’ll get an earful. Burst pipes in second homes, leaks during holidays and so on. Even minor water damage can lead to a large repair bill. That is why I have used these water sensors under sinks, near the hot water boiler, behind the washing machine and in other strategic places. They detect water lying on the floor or dripping from above, and alert you in three ways: audible alarm, app notification, and even email. In my house, they have already caught two leaks that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. This is exactly the definition of “an ounce of prevention,” and it’s an affordable ounce to boot.

$55 at Amazon

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