Welcome to the latest installment of Staff Picks. Each week, we’ll tell you about the tech we’re currently testing — everything from cameras to hi-fi headphones, extremely large desktop monitors to smart home appliances — as well as the grail items we wish we could buy. For our last selections, visit here.
Moment iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Photo Case and Lenses
If the best camera you have is the one on you, then the same can be said for the lenses. And if there is anything I’ve learned after being on both big-budget and no-budget sets, it’s that it’s all about the glass. From an app that lets you shoot in RAW to a phone case that protects your hardware, to multiple lens options, Moment is making sure you don’t miss yours. Between the macro, wide, tele and just-released superfish(eye) lens with 170 degrees of view, they cover whatever shot you need to get. And if you’re wondering, the cases/lenses will fit on both iPhone 7/Plus and iPhone 8/Plus. Pro tip: if you can only get one lens, just know that the superfish has given me some epic shots! — Bradley Hasemeyer, Contributor
Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Earbuds
Think of these as the sport version of your AirPods. They’re completely wireless, charge via a compact charging case, and boast a ton of internals that hardcore athletes want; the IP67-rated earbuds have a built-in heart-rate sensor and can measure your VO2 Max fitness. Plus, the battery life has been improved by 50 percent; each earbud now has a 4.5-hour lifespan and can be pushed to almost 14 hours with intermittent visits to the charging case. — Tucker Bowe, Associate Staff Writer
Focal Listen Wireless
At the same time Focal that launched its most affordable headphones ever, the Spark ($69) and Spark Wireless ($99), the high-end audio manufacturer also released wireless versions of its popular Listen over-ear headphones. Like their predecessor, the Listen Wireless headphones sound great, boasting 40mm drivers and support for Bluetooth aptX. Since they’re foldable, traveling with them is easy. The $299 price tag might scare some away, admittedly; plus, they aren’t active noise-canceling headphones. But if you’re a fan of Focal and want comfortable and nice-sounding wireless headphones, these are solid. — Tucker Bowe, Associate Staff Writer