Top 20 Portable Gadgets – Our best picks for 2024

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When technology keeps improving itself with each passing day the average consumer might be a little frustrated when it comes to making choices. I can understand that; a brand new PC that can run at 60FPS+ now would become obsolete in a few years. Yet, there is a certain allure that comes when viewing the latest piece of tech. So, we have put together a list of the top 20 portable gadgets for 2024 just for you. Most of these are hidden gems, so be sure to read on.

The idea of restricting our search for cool technology gadgets is mostly owing to the vast work environment shift of today. People prefer to work as they walk and despite the lock-down protocols, many professionals still need to squeeze in a little bit of travel.

Top 20 Portable Gadgets

In a market flooded with peculiar gadgets like Bluetooth toothbrushes and selfie-printing toasters, it’s crucial to identify the select few tech accessories that genuinely become irreplaceable in our daily lives.

Here is a thoughtfully compiled collection of the top 20 portable gadgets that virtually everyone should consider having.

Wireless Mouse

We have two entrants in this category on our list of budget gadgets. One is aimed at pure hardcore gaming and the other for long productivity and workplace sessions.

Razer Viper V3 HyperSpeed- A Gaming Mouse

The Razer Viper V3 HyperSpeed mouse may not showcase flashy aesthetics, but beneath its unassuming exterior lies a high-performance gem. Boasting exceptional handling, it houses a rapid and precise 30K Razer Focus Optical Sensor, complemented by 4K HyperPolling support for quick responses in competitive gaming scenarios.

Distinguishing itself in Razer’s product lineup, the Viper V3 HyperSpeed excels in esports performance while embracing a remarkably modest design—relying solely on battery power and omitting RGB lighting. Engineered for comfort, it features a well-rounded grip, ample finger length, and a high back, solidifying its reputation as one of the most comfortable gaming mice on the market.

The hardware excellence of the Viper V3 is underscored by Razer’s advanced 30K Optical Sensor, delivering accuracy and precision that would typically command a much higher price. Remarkably, this exceptional gaming mouse is available at the affordable price of just $69.99 (£69.99) on Razer’s official website. Delve deeper to explore the impressive features of this gaming device.

If you do have rather large hands though, you might wanna consider an alternative like the Corsair Ironclaw RGB.

Logitech MX Master 3S

If spending hours coding in front of a computer screen is part of your job. Or if you need a precise tool to help bring your creative project to life, then an MX Master 3S is the way to go. To be a precise and effortless tool, the MX 3 makes long sessions easier to handle. The silent scroll-wheel which claims to be pixel-precise is a boon for many.

You can connect it to multiple devices as well shifting data from one computer to another seamlessly. And no, it isn’t restricted to a single OS. It works across platforms if that’s what you’re looking for.

Wireless Keyboard – Keychron K4

A respectable keyboard user will stand by his claim that mechanical keyboards are the way to go. It’s true, after getting a taste of mechanical goodness one will never feel the same way again when using a membrane keyboard. Unfortunately, mechanical keyboards aren’t exactly cheap, and nearly all of the cheap ones have wobbly keys or poor keyboard backlight life.

Keychron’s K4 strikes a balance between price and performance. While it doesn’t exactly have the Cherry MX keys, it does have the Gaterons which aren’t so bad. Not to mention, it comes in a rigid aluminum enclosure which provides much-needed stability. The keyboard can be used in both wireless and wired modes with little to no difference in latency.

P.S. It’s pretty minimalist in design. Might wanna look into it if you’re into that sort of thing.

SSD- ADATA Ultimate SU650 3D

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

The Ultimate SU650 solid-state drive seamlessly incorporates 3D NAND Flash and a high-speed controller, offering generous storage capacities of up to 1.92TB. With read/write speeds peaking at 520/450MB/s, it outperforms the reliability of 2D NAND SSDs.

To further enhance its efficiency, the intelligent SLC caching algorithm optimizes the operation of NAND Flash memory in single-level cell mode. This optimization significantly contributes to overall improved performance, allowing the SU650 to maintain peak read/write speeds of 520/450MB per second. As a result, users experience smoother and faster operations, especially during tasks such as booting, file transfers, and downloads.

Its USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface along with the fast R/W speeds make it an ideal external storage solution, especially if you like to carry a large Steam library.

Palm-Sized PC – Beelink SEI12 PC

For those seeking a compact yet powerful PC, the Beelink model emerges as the ideal choice. Unlike conventional PCs that occupy significant desk space, this model conveniently fits in the palm of your hand. Boasting an Intel i5 processor, a substantial 16GB of RAM, and a generous 500GB storage capacity, it seamlessly combines power and efficiency in its compact design.

Despite its diminutive size and impressive specifications, the current deal adds to its allure. You can now acquire Beelink’s robust and compact PC at a discounted price of $150 off its retail value, reducing it to just $299 for a limited time. With the savings, you have the flexibility to invest in additional accessories such as a new keyboard and mouse setup, or consider upgrading your monitor. Don’t miss out on this enticing offer—seize it before it slips away!

Portable Monitors

If you travel around much with your laptop and often find it difficult to work because of the lack of screen real estate, then consider some of our options down below for portable gadgets 2024.

Thinkvision M14

Those familiar with the Thinkpads from Lenovo might be familiar with the Thinkvision M14. It’s a Full HD portable display that functions wonderfully as an external monitor. And if you have an MX Master 3 mouse you can work seamlessly between devices.

Skeptics might argue about the poor colour production and limited brightness that might be found on the monitors. Quite the contrary though, it has 72% NTSC and 97% sRGB, which are pretty decent if you consider the 300nits display thrown in the mix as well. The only deficiencies are the limited OSD controls which might be frustrating for some.

ViewSonic VG1655

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

ViewSonic’s VG 1655 is yet another solid option for a portable monitor. While it doesn’t have the best colors the OSD is far better than its Lenovo counterparts. Navigating the menu is also much easier given the 5-way joystick controller of the VG1655.

It has two USB-C ports—one for power and one for data/video transfer—plus a mini HDMI port. Its poor sRGB color-gamut coverage makes it best for working with text and spreadsheets although it comes with the added bonus of onboard speakers. The brushed metal finish adds to the aesthetic quality of the monitor giving it a better edge over the M14.

Anker Nano USB-C Power Bank

The Anker Nano power bank distinguishes itself with an impressive charging capacity neatly packed into a compact design. Resembling the form factor of a lipstick case my grandmother used to carry, it features a built-in folding USB-C connector. This design not only ensures ultra-portability but also eliminates the need to remember a charging cable when tossing it into your bag. The power bank is equipped with a built-in USB-C port, suitable for recharging the battery or charging other devices with an adapter cable. Additionally, four indicator lights offer a clear display of the remaining charge.

In testing, the 5,000mAh battery demonstrated its efficiency by replenishing a depleted Galaxy S23 Ultra to 65 percent in approximately an hour. The Nano’s quick charging capability, coupled with its small size and secure connection, allows for comfortable phone use while charging, without feeling cumbersome.

With one of the best specs, it earns the top spot on the list of the cool technology gadgets of 2024.

Noise Canceling Headphones- Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

Priced at $429, Bose’s QuietComfort Ultra Headphones replace the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, offering a return to a more travel-friendly design. With a new spatial audio mode, enhanced call quality, and various improvements, these flagship headphones combine features from the NCH700 and Bose’s successful QuietComfort series. Notably, they reintroduce foldability for easy storage, lacking in the NCH700, while boasting a more premium and stylish look compared to the QuietComfort 45.

No matter what you choose though, you’re guaranteed to have an ambient experience be it at the Cafe, the rush hour public transport, or the noisy school library.

Earphones and Earbuds

Despite having a list focused on the latest tech gadgets of 2024, we still prefer to consider innovations made in devices rather than mere style and portability. Hence, we took into account both the wired and wireless versions of earphones.

1MORE Triple-Driver

There’s no school like old school; using a pair of wired earphones on your daily commute hasn’t become obsolete. Their wireless companion may have come a long way in improving sound quality. Even so, the wired options still have a little fight in them.

1MORE’s Triple-Driver earphones are a testament to that claim. With three individual drivers dishing out different frequencies of a song, you can’t help but marvel at its quality. There’s none of the hassle of Bluetooth pairing and they can be customized to fit your ears snugly with over 9 pairs of ear tips, three of them being memory foam types. The bigger brother with the quad drivers is an even better contender but isn’t entirely justified in its price.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

If you’ve got the money to splurge, then it’s worth giving these portable gadgets a shot. They aren’t as costly as a pair of Airpods, but they offer far better sound reproduction than some of their rivals like Sony and Bose. The battery life is tremendous at 45 hours of playback which tends to dwarf earbuds like the Sony WF1000XM4 and the Bose Quiet-comfort Noise-Cancelling earphones.

The sound quality is extremely impressive given its small size and easily overtakes several competitors. In short, it’s capable of convincing a hardcore wired earphone enthusiast to make the switch to wireless.

Apple Watch Series 9

Apple’s iPhone SE “Plus” may not be released anytime soon, instead, you can get hold of an Apple Watch Series 9 which is a minor step up from Series 8.

Launched in September 2023, the Apple Watch Series 9 bears a striking resemblance to the Series 8 but brings notable improvements, including a significantly faster S9 chip and a brighter display. As there are no plans for a refresh in the upcoming year, now presents an opportune moment to acquire the Series 9.

Positioned as the middle-tier option in Apple’s lineup, this model introduces a new double-tap feature alongside its enhanced performance and display. However, for those prioritizing affordability, the Apple Watch SE is a viable alternative. If you lean towards top-of-the-line features or engage in frequent outdoor activities, the Apple Watch Ultra is worth exploring, particularly for those comfortable with a larger watch size.

The minimalist design complements the plethora of facilities that the watch has to offer, making it the best of both worlds. Apple also gives its customers access to customize the watch themselves. Personally speaking, the price of the Series 9 doesn’t exactly necessitate an upgrade. The Series 9 or SE are still valid competitors and will remain so until the next technological breakthrough.

Camera – Sony Alpha 7 IV

The Sony a7 IV stands out as a versatile camera, surpassing basic capabilities and delivering excellence in both stills and video performance. This advanced hybrid mirrorless camera is designed to meet the needs of photographers with its remarkable resolution and autofocus capabilities. Additionally, it offers robust 4K 60p video recording, making it an ideal choice for filmmakers and content creators.

GPD WIN3

Imagine a Windows PC… on a Nintendo Switch. Sounds ludicrous I bet? Well, the team at GPD didn’t think so. It’s currently marketed as a AAA gaming console with Windows 10 pre-installed.

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

The device currently runs on Intel’s 11th gen processor with Iris graphics. AAA titles generally demand heavy graphical outputs, but WIN3’s 720p display is only occasionally taxing on the iGPU. Most games can be played on Medium to High settings and I dare say, it even runs Cyberpunk 2077.

It’s currently featured on the Indiegogo website and is in its prototype stage. Further features are being added too, such as a sliding screen which reveals a Qwerty Keyboard, a USB-C display output among others.

Netgear Nighthawk M2

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

I bet most people are familiar with one of those Jio portable Wi-Fi dongles. Though they don’t have the best battery life or the fastest connection, they get the job done at much-reduced prices. There is a niche for those who would love to go all out and get the best there is on the market. To them, I recommend the Nighthawk M2.

This pocket-sized performer is capable of upload and download speeds that rival most home-based Wi-Fi routers while hardly skimping on battery capacity. With a 2Gbps download and 150 Mbps upload speeds along with a non-stop battery life of two days, it’s sure to become a companion on trips. It comes with the option to equip an additional receiver for weak signals in the way of spots. It has an Ethernet port that can be used both at home or at a hotel that offers the Ethernet option.

The M2 has an in-built touchscreen that displays data ranging from the number of active users to the total internet data available on the device. In other words, an ideal outdoor companion and a competitor in cool portable gadgets of 2024.

Lifestraw Water Bottle

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

While most of the stuff here is the technology of the ultra-modern sort, here’s one that will help you last in the harsh outbacks. It doesn’t need any fancy motors or spinning wheels, just a stream of running water. The filtering tube on the inside helps remove any impurities down to the microbial level.

This also helps reduce the mounting plastic waste that continues to damage the planet. It can be reused for a considerable period as well. The product page listings mention that it can filter up to 100l, which is quite a lot before being replaced.

For products that require real-time experience, it’s the user reviews that matter more. And judging from the opinions, people seem to be quite satisfied with the results. If hiking on long or new terrains or the occasional adventure is your idea of fun, then consider getting one of these.

DJI Mavic Air 2

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

DJI has made several leaps in the consumer drone marketplace. Their reputability for producing quality and feature-rich drones is what brings us to this choice, the Mavic Air 2. For under $1000 this is one of the best drones out there. With relatively sound battery life and bumped-up image quality sensors and lenses, the Air 2 looks to pack a punch. It does have a few shortcomings though.

The most frustrating issue would be the difficulty in the transfer of raw footage from the device to your computer. While JPG images were seamlessly moved DNG files were often corrupted or failed to show up on the display. Using the proprietary app might be a solution but then editing is restricted to Full HD.

On the bright side, 4K recording for up to 15 minutes is possible given the in-built 8GB memory card. Storage can be further expanded by using the micro SDXC slot.

Puppy Hachi Infinite M1 Projector

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

Projectors have come a long way, from being slide show office stationery to being the mega screen on movie nights. The process of setting one up hasn’t changed much though. The cumbersome cables and the limited portability make it hard to recommend for those on the go. If only someone could combine the portability of an Android tablet with the extended screen of a projector.

Puppy’s Hachi M1 is a solution to that exact problem. They decided to make their projector an Android tablet-like device that can display its screen on any flat surface. It even comes with touch sensitivity, meaning when the device is placed vertically it produces a touchscreen tablet on any surface.

It comes with Android 9.0, an octa-core Snapdragon chip with a built-in battery, and a display size of up to 100 inches. This is one of those devices that earned its spot as a portable gadget.

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500

Electric toothbrushes were once the pinnacle of showing off an elaborate lifestyle. Now, one can easily get a hold of it for as low as $20. In such a situation, how would a $250 DiamondClean 9500 fare? Well, compared to its $70 cousin, there isn’t much going for it instead comes across as merely expensive with the expense hardly adding any extra bells and whistles.

Oral B’s IO toothbrush fits the same category as mentioned above. Extra pricey with not much to go for it. We would recommend keeping your price range below $100 or ₹7500.

Why did we include it in our list here? Simply because it’s the top of the line and also to show how redundant it truly is.

Satechi Dock5 Multi-Device Charging Station

Top 20 Portable Gadgets - Our best picks for 2024

Working from home probably requires one constant shift between devices. By the time your work’s done and your entertainment session’s over you’ll probably leave them to charge overnight. Finding a power source for each device though can be frustrating.

With Satechi’s Dock5 you can line up to 5 devices with wireless Qi charging for one of them. There are two USB-C and two USB-A ports that can be used to charge multiple devices at once. If you think a possible fire hazard is in the offing, no need. The Dock5 comes with a built-in overhead temperature counter.

That’s pretty much all there is from our end. If you’d like to have more “top-series” like this one, leave a comment below. Visit us here for more related content.

Achyuth Nambiar
Achyuth Nambiar
Being a tech enthusiast and someone who loves to read, I try to combine the two into my latest attempt... blogging. A gaming PC though a Far Cry (pun intended) remains a distant dream.

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