Here are AR’s picks for the Best New (and Newish) Gadgets for January 2015:
Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-111 RRP $329)
Weighing only 1.1 kilograms, this slimline Chromebook offers a full suite of Google products and services in a take-anywhere form factor with 8.5 hours of battery life.
Apple iPad Air 2 (RRP from $619)
The first iPad to include Touch ID for fingerprint unlocking, this tablet weighs only 450 grams and includes faster connectivity, better cameras and a 40 per cent improvement in CPU performance compared to previous models.
Fitbit Charge HR (RRP $179)
Designed for active users, this wrist band delivers continuous activity tracking, heart rate monitoring and has caller ID for connected smartphones.
Belkin Stripe Cover for iPad mini (F7N248 RRP $44.95)
This classic folio style cover with perforated vertical stripe is available in black or plum and also for the iPad Air.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android RRP from $579)
With up to 18 hours battery life on the 10.1-inch Full HD display, users can play games, movies, music and more on this uniquely designed tablet. Also available running Windows.
Ruark Audio R1 Mark III (RRP $399)
This table radio features DAB+ radio, Bluetooth streaming from smart devices and a USB port for charging, all packed into a beautiful, iconic design.
Agent 18 iPhone 6 Flexshield (RRP $30)
Los Angeles collective Agent 18 is gaining a reputation for making the coolest cases on the market and this Lattice Flowers model is no exception.
Sonance SonArray Outdoor Speaker System SR1 (RRP $3,695)
Great for outdoor entertaining and parties, this system comprises eight satellite speakers and one in-ground subwoofer.
Microsoft Lumia 830 (RRP $579)
“With PureView imaging, wireless charging capability and a wealth of other great features, the Lumia 830 delivers the best innovations and experiences from our flagship smartphones at a more affordable price,” said Microsoft Devices GM Steve Steve Lewis.