Welcome to the latest installment of Staff Picks. Every other 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. To see what we’ve previously been testing, click here.
Sony 1000XM2 Noise-Cancelling Headphones
We’re on a noise-canceling kick over in the office, recently testing the Bose QC35 IIs, the Bowers & Wilkins PX and Sennheiser HD1 Wireless. These Sony’s are the new headphones we’re taking on, and, from early reports, these might be the new ANC wireless headphones to beat. Look out for our Editor-in-Chief’s full review in the coming weeks. — Tucker Bowe, Staff Writer
Analogue Super Nt
As a kid who grew up playing Super Nintendo (Donkey Kong Country and Yoshi’s Island) and then later Game Boy Color (Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Silver), I can’t wait to play the Super Nt. Unlike its more luxurious sibling, the Analogue Nt Mini, which can play old NES games, the Analogue Super Nt can play Super Nintendo and Super Famicom games on your new TV. It upscales games directly from the cartridge to 1080p, promising zero lag or distortion, and also outputs 48kHz 16-bit stereo sound. The SNES Classic can’t do that. And you can actually play all your old cartridges. The SNES Classic can’t do that, either. So how much better or worse is the Super Nt than the SNES Classic? You’ll have to read my review next week. — Tucker Bowe, Staff Writer
Jabra Elite 65t
The Jabra Elite 65t earbuds are just a touch more expensive than Apple’s AirPods, but come with way more features (even if fast pairing isn’t one of them). They have actual buttons on the side of each earbud, to play/pause, control the volume and answer calls. You can control the amount of ambient noise you hear around you. And they’re Jabra’s first truly wireless earbuds that support Alexa. If that actually makes these earbuds more useful — that remains to be seen. I’ve only had the chance to play around with these for the better part of a day, but look out for a review in the upcoming week or two. — Tucker Bowe, Staff Writer