New Product April 29

Leica is known for creating some of the most aesthetically beautiful cameras and accessories on the market. On the other hand, consumers are also familiar with the company for its higher-than-average pricing. Leica’s latest release isn’t going to help ease those preconceived notions.

The new M-D digital camera continues the gorgeous design that we’ve come to expect from the German optics company. But without a LCD display of any sorts, the $6,000 price tag is going to even harder to swallow than normal…

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New Product April 28

When Amazon first launched its Echo Smart Speaker last year, it also set up a $100 million investment fund to help bring its Alexa developer kit to additional third-party devices. Today, that money is coming to fruition with the new Triby voice-controlled smart hub and speaker.

This is the first non-Amazon device to utilize Alexa’s Voice Service, although we have seen DIY projects that are able to leverage it. Not only does it offer support for the popular virtual assistant, this portable speaker is packed with other features like VoIP, Spotify Connect and more. Full details below.

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New Product April 27

Dyson has made a business out of recreating popular home goods with an eye on greater efficiency and design. Aside from its line of vacuums, the brand has slowly grown in the fan and heater space as well. Today, Dyson turned its attention to the hair dryer. Actually, it did that four years ago. After an arduous process of product development the Supersonic Hair Dryer is ready to be revealed. In typical Dyson fashion, this release is so much more than your typical bathroom accessory…

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New Product April 26

The consumer drone market has largely been dominated by DJI in the last few years. As interest grows, there has been a lack of viable alternatives to challenge the Phantom line of quadcopters.

A new startup out of Beijing has eyes on pushing its way into this space with a drone called Hover. Zero Zero Robotics is planning on using a few key features to catch the attention of potential pilots, including auto-follow and an ultra portable design. Ultimately, the question is less about capabilities but brand recognition. Does this up-and-comer stand a chance against the dominant DJI? More below.

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New Product April 25

Apple has continually done a top-notch job of improving the iPhone’s internal camera system with each release. That said, third-party manufacturers have made a mark with accessories focused on upgrading optics in a variety of ways. Olloclip has made a name for itself with add-on lenses while other brands like Aukey are now pushing low-cost alternatives.

When it comes to replicating a true camera experience, the options have been much more limited. DXO released a Lightning-attached add-on last year, but the price tag and form-factor have remained a deterrent for many. That’s where PICTAR comes in. This retro-inspired accessory add physical controls and functionality via a companion app. The best news is that the price isn’t going to break the bank.

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8bitdo and Analogue have brought some some very interesting retro gaming gear to market thus far from the iOS/Android/Mac controller to the Aluminum/Gold remake NES console and even a Nintendo-Themed Bluetooth speaker. And now, the two companies have teamed up on the new wireless Retro Receiver so we can play all those glorious 8-bit titles with no strings attached.

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New Product April 22

Finding Internet-connected lighting for the inside of your home is a pretty simple proposition these days. Just take a look at our Green Deal roundup, Belkin’s line of WeMo products is littered with smart lighting solutions. However, bringing the internet of things to your outdoor spaces is a little trickier.

Enter Ilumi. While this brand already has a nice line of LED products for your home, it has now announced a new product designed for BR30 compatible sockets. Not only does it have the usual Internet of Things and multi-colored features, there is support for Apple Watch and Alexa on the horizon as well. More below.

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New Product April 21

It feels like the Bluetooth speaker market has bottomed out. We’re missing new and exciting designs, as each release feels like a knockoff of the one before it. Finding a way to reinvent this wheel is proving to be difficult for audio manufacturers. Simply put, Bluetooth is everywhere we look.

Today, Bang & Olufsen released its smallest speaker yet in an effort to shake up the competition. The BeoPlay A1 has the familiar styling of its larger siblings but comes in at a smaller size that is comparable to the popular UE ROLL. However, it sets itself apart in one key area: 24-hour battery life. More below.

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SanDisk has announced an updated version of its iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad with integrated Lightning connector. Along with a more compact design, it also received a significant speed boost thanks to the addition of USB 3.0 connectivity.

The new iXpand Flash Drive can instantly add up to 128GB of removable storage to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. That added space can be an absolute lifesaver if you need to free up room to install an over-the-air update or record 4K video…

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New Product April 20

Somewhere along the line, the tripod became a necessity for content creators but stopped receiving the same innovation as the technology it was holding. Popular accessory makers like Joby and Gitzmo have developed alternatives but their products largely stick to the common theme. That’s where Edelkrone comes in with its new StandPLUS. It takes the tripod and turns it in to a smooth device mount that moves and adjusts effortlessly. The video alone will make you want one of these…

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New Product April 19

It’s been a busy stretch run for television manufacturers as we’ve seen a number of new releases from Samsung, LG and Roku-enabled brands. This is great timing for potential deals at the holiday season as these new sets will have hit the market for at least six months. Today, VIZIO is the latest to announce new 4K HDR television with its new Home Theater Display Collection.

Alongside its next generation SmartCast system with Google Cast that was announced in March, the M-Series will feature a unique design and full High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision Support. With sizes ranging from 50- to 80-inches, this is setting up to be one of the most desirable value buys of 2016…

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New Product April 18

DJI has become synonymous with consumer and professional-grade drones as we’ve entered the fourth generation of its line of products. While we’re seeing deals on its entry-level Phantom 3 regularly, the high-end models reserved for filmmakers rarely drop in price. The consumer-focused drones are easy to fly but lack some advanced features desired by more advanced pilots.

Today, at the National Association of Broadcaster’s annual show in Las Vegas, DJI announced the Matrice 600. A top-of-the-line model that is loaded with features for filmmaking. With cutting-edge specs like a new video link system and camera-specific adaptation, this isn’t for your average weekend warrior.

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When the Apple Watch launched nearly a year ago, one of the most intriguing aspects of the design was the ability to interchange bands to match your style. While there are a variety of options available direct from Apple, they are rather costly depending on the type. Even the simple silicone sport bands cost $50. Naturally, third-party manufacturers took note of this and started pumping out alternatives at lower price points.

The trouble is, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of knockoff options available on Amazon. It’s tough to know where to start and what the quality of these third-party bands will be. Over the last two weeks I’ve been wearing two different styles of watch bands from OULUOQI, a new brand for sale on Amazon. Its silicone option is available in ten different colors and retails for $10.99 Prime shipped, which is down $41 from Apple’s official band. I also looked at the Black Milanese Loop style for $18.99 Prime shipped. Were they any good? Head below for a few quick thoughts on each.

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New Product April 15

Samsung has long been considered the cream of the crop when it comes to HDTVs. Although LG has recently made a run at the crown with its beautiful OLED displays. This week, Samsung introduced its new lineup of Super Ultra HDTVs with a focus on even slimmer designs that includes the “world’s first bezel-less curved” model

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New Product April 14

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It has been a rather slow stretch for LEGO news since Toy Fair 2016 concluded back in February, although the deals have been flowing lately. Today we’re getting word of the largest and most expensive set that we’ve seen focused on the Minecraft theme. After releasing four new kits about six weeks ago, LEGO returns with a massive 1,600 piece creation. The Village 21128 focuses on life with Alex in a busy biome with plenty of minifigs and accessories. With that many pieces, you’d hope so. Head below for full details and a gallery.

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New Product April 13

There is no denying the impact that alternative energy sources are having on our world today. Even here at the 9to5 family, we’re taking note with Electrek.co, our newest site focused on electric vehicles. We roundup the best Green Deals each day with a focus on sustainable energy and manufacturing practices that are safer for the environment. There is no shortage of solar-based products on the market that are capable of charging your iPhone, tablet or even bigger things like a refrigerator.

Along those lines, more generators are being released with alternative methods of power as opposed to traditional fossil fuels. Today, Renogy has announced the Lycan Powerbox Solar Powered Generator that utilizes the energy of the sun to provide power in the case of an outage. It uses a replaceable lithium-iron phosphate battery as opposed to traditional acid-based alternatives. More below.

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After teasing its release last week and discounting the rest of its lineup, Amazon has today announced its newest Kindle: the Oasis. The online giant has dubbed this release its “thinnest and lightest” e-reader ever. After initially debuting the first Kindle eight years ago, Amazon’s latest is focused on more than just a thin physical design, also packing a special dual-battery charging system.

Although prices start at $79.99 for its brethren, you’ll be paying much more if you’re interested in picking up the Oasis…

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New Product April 12

Instant cameras have seen a resurgence in popularity over the last few years. Once synonymous with Polaroid, the popular snap-and-print style of photography has been adopted by younger generations. Just a few months ago we detailed the Snap+ that integrates a display and a built-in printer.

Today, the Impossible Project announced the new I-1 camera at Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual design conference. This redesign of those popular Polaroids is loaded with analog and digital features alongside iOS connectivity. It may just be the perfect combination of classic styling and modern photography…

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New Product April 11

While Google’s latest approach to smart TVs involves Google Cast, Android TV is still around with new partners and models announced at CES earlier in the year. Now, RCA has revealed details and pricing for its new line of 4K Android TV sets that will be available in June.

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Lytro, known primarily for its unique light field altering cameras, has introduced a new model focused on the big screen. Taking its volumetric 3D product and transforming it into Hollywood-grade device has resulted in the Lytro Cinema. This is a new camera that is capable of capturing 300 frames per second and 755 megapixel images. Wow. At 400 gigabytes of streaming data, it’s going to take more than your average hard drive to store these files…

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New Product April 8

It’s no secret that GoPro needs to make a splash on its next action camera release. The bottom of its pricing has completely fallen out as the popular electronics maker has reduced the size of its lineup by 50%. While it does have a new quadcopter in the works, GoPro is currently focusing on another area of interest for its cameras: virtual reality.

After first teasing a new VR rig in February, we’re now getting our first in-depth look at the Omni spherical array. It is designed for six HERO4 Black Action Cameras with “pixel-level synchronization” across each device. Whoa. The question is, do we need it?

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New Product April 7

As we rapidly approach this year’s tax deadline, it’s our annual reminder that we need printers in our life. Sure, it is fully possible to live a paperless existence but sometimes we just have to go back to the old standby. That said, companies like Epson and Brother continue to churn out high-quality printers that are worth checking out.

Today, Epson has launched its newest release: the XP-430. This Small-in-One printer offers a slim footprint and checks every box in terms of features, including AirPrint. With scan, copy and printing capabilities, it’s time to kick your old printer to curb in favor of something a little more useful…

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New Product April 6

Garage door openers haven’t seen much in the way of innovation over the last few decades. Sure, they are quieter and offer smartphone-connectivity, but what device in our home doesn’t? Ryobi, makers of some of the most popular tools and outdoor equipment, has announced a new garage door accessory that is guaranteed to put yours to shame.

The Ultra Quiet Garage Door opener claims to be “20% quieter” than similar products on the market. But it’s not just the motor that’s impressive: this multi-function system is fully customizable with a bevy of add-ons like wireless speakers, fans and sensors. Oh, and naturally, it is smartphone-connected. More below.

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