There wasn't any big Apple or Google event this week, but this final week of October definitely wasn't short of new product announcements. From Zeiss finally makings its fabled ZX1 camera available for preorder to new noise-canceling wireless earbuds, Shure's new podcasting microphone to copious new iPhone accessories, these are the best new gadgets that were announced this week.
Zagg Pro Keys Wireless Keyboard
The Pro Keys is a wireless keyboard and detachable case for Apple's 10.2-inch Apple iPad (7th & 8th gen) and 10.9-inch iPad Air (4th gen). The neat thing about it is that it holds the iPad in such as way that appears to float in the air, just like the Apple’s more expensive Magic Keyboard. It also is adjustable enough to provide multiple viewing angles, and even has a stylus holder that supports the Apple Pencil (either model).
LG Tone Free FN7 Wireless Earbuds
LG has a number of wireless earbuds that all look the same but have slightly different abilities (and come a slightly different prices). The company's newest, the LG HBS-FN7, have the same UV germ-killing charging case, but this time add active noise-cancellation. They'll be available later this year. Price is still unknown.
Mophie Juice Pack Connect
Mophie released a new modular charging system for your iPhone called the Juice Pack Connect. It consists of a small 5,000mAh portable charger and an adhesive anchor that sticks to the back of your smartphone case. The portable charger slips on and locks onto the anchor and wireless chargers your smartphone, giving it up to an additional 70 percent charge. You can buy additional Juice Pack Connects that you can swap in. It's essentially a modular alternative to having the powerbank built directly into the smartphone case. However, at $80, it's a pretty expensive alternative, but it does provide a functionality somewhat like MagSafe for older phones.
Roland TD-07KV V-Drums
Roland announced a new affordable electric drum kit that's designed for beginners. The TD-07KV is actually a modular drum kit that can be expanded on as you progress. The starter kit comes with authentic Roland mesh-head snare and tom pads and large V-Cymbals. Additionally, it works with the Melodics app (for desktop) and comes with 40 free lessons.
Shure made a more affordable and hybrid version of its $399 SM7b microphone that's a great option for new podcasters. The MV7 works with the same companion app (Shure Motiv) that allows you to adjust EQ and sound settings while recording. It's technically a "hybrid" because it works with both USB (digital) and XLR (analog) connections, and delivers an easy plug-and-play experience. The only major downside is that it doesn't come with a stand or any kind of mount, so you'll have to find/buy your own.
Wyze Cam v3
The Wyze Cam v3 is a new-and-improved version of the company's hugely popular Wyze Cam v2. The updated smart home camera maintains the $20 price tag that made it so appealing in the first place, but adds a weather resistant design and better night vision thanks to a new color sensor.
Logitech Ergo M575 Wireless Trackball
The Logitech ERGO M575 is a new wireless trackball that costs just $50, which is half as expensive as the wireless trackball that it replaces, the M570. The new model has a similar ergonomic design, but lacks the ability to pair with more than one device at a time.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20
Bang & Olufsen announced a new box-shaped portable speaker that is actually a successor to its Beolit 17, which it released three years ago. The new Beolit 20 looks very similar, but adds a significantly improved battery and USB-C charging. Most significantly, there's an integrated Qi-wireless charger on the top of the speaker so you can charge your smartphone while you stream music. It' available in two colors: grey and black.
If you've forgotten about the ZX1, you can be forgiven. Zeiss announced the Android-powered camera around two years ago — and it's only finally available for preorder. The ZX1 comes with a really nice sensor and lens combo — a Zeiss 37.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and a non-detachable Zeiss Distagon 35mm (F2) lens — but what makes it really unique is its large 4.3-inch touchscreen and Android operating system that lets you edit photos on the camera with the Adobe Lightroom. It's a strange beast that is hard to recommend to anyone, especially at its sky-high price point, but it's a wonder that it's even come out at all.