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.
BenQ EX3501R Monitor
Before I started testing BenQ’s EX3501R monitor, I struggled to find enough desktop space to work the way I wanted to. I resorted to putting my laptop on a stand and using it as a dual display setup with an external monitor. It worked alright, particularly when using apps in fullscreen mode. But it still left something to be desired. With the EX3501R, my productivity has increased dramatically. There’s enough space to run two windows side by side and four windows in each corner of the screen. Best of all, the gentle curve allows me to effectively put blinders on and stay laser-focused on the task at hand. There are also tons of brightness and color settings that allow me to fine-tune the monitor to the perfect place where my eyes don’t hurt at the end of the day. — AJ Powell, Assistant Editor
If the words “cinema” and “robot” get you excited, then the Movi will make you thrilled. From Freefly, the company that arguably created the stabilized gimbal industry with their carbon-fiber multi-axis contraptions, Movi is an impressive and packable hand-held tool for all iPhoneographers out there. Right out the box, the Movi is easy to use thanks to a robust app and software that feature pre-loaded modes like time-lapse, panning, barrel roll and more. It took a few days of playing with it before I felt like I could get exactly what I wanted, and I realized it needed a counterweight system (which they sell) to handle my Moment lenses, but all in all, this is a fantastic piece of equipment. From live-streaming to taking your social media to the next level, at $300 you’d be hard-pressed to find anything that does it as well as the Movi. — Bradley Hasemeyer, Contributor
Native Union Drop Wireless Charger
Not all wireless chargers are created equal. Many don’t meet the standards needed to safely charge your phone, and those that do often look cheap and are constructed of flimsy plastic. Native Union’s Drop Wireless Charger bucks that trend. It charges up to 10W and features a combination of silicon plastic and woven fabric. According to Native Union, the material choices and tread on the top of the charger prevent your phone from overheating while charging, leading to better charging performance. It also comes with 6.5-ft braided USB-C cable. — AJ Powell, Assistant Editor