Tech products that are compelling will be on your holiday shopping radar.
Tech products that are compelling will be on your holiday shopping radar.
It's the time of year when I'm fortunate enough to evaluate new tech products that I believe merit attention. Keep in mind that my comments are not intended as deep-dive reviews but as initial impressions to spur you to do further investigation and research

I enjoy being exposed to scores of new and disruptive products. The Thanksgiving and December holidays are quickly approaching. It is the time of year when I am able to evaluate new tech products. Someone has to do it.

My comments are not intended as deep-dive reviews but as initial impressions to spur you to do further investigation and research.

Let's start.

HP Envy 34. All-in-one desktop

The work-from- home phenomenon spurred by the Pandemic has been an encore for cable-free PCs, even though the All-in-One market has mimicked the overall contraction in the desktop PC market over the past few years. Some power users who don't want those restrictions could be a problem with minimal internal upgradeability.

HP Envy 34 

Every year, HP launches new AIO designs. The HP Envy 34 is one of the most beautifully designed models by the Palo Alto-based manufacturer.

Legacy desktops can offer more power than newer ones. The HP Envy 34 has an extensive feature set.

The cable-free nature of the PC makes it ideal for executive offices, dorm rooms, and home offices.

The back of the unit has an assortment of interface.

    A magnetic clip that helps keep cords organized and within reach is a nice touch.

    The Envy 34 display has a 21:9 aspect ratio with 5K resolution and is comparable to Apple's 27′′ iMac. The display had 500 nits on it.

    The HP Envy 34 has a 5K resolution, but more expensive configurations include higher-end, game-friendly graphics.

    Users should love the fact that the stand has two more ports, a media memory card reader, and a third port.

    The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is a notebook.

    HP Elite Dragonfly G3 

    The new HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is close to being perfect. It is an absolute pleasure to use with its light, amazingly thin, and elegant form factor design that features terrific performance, excellent battery life and a 3:2 display that enhances productivity.

    The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is a notebook.

    The Elite Dragonfly G3 provides the best typing experience of any thin and light laptop I have encountered.

    The display lid and outer base images of this new model have been refreshed with a blend of magnesium and aluminum, which contributes to the curved "pillow corners" design.

    The laptop is 2.2 pounds and has a display that can be opened with a single hand. Slate Blue and Natural Silver are not controversial colors.

    The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 has several panel choices, including multi-touch Full HD+. WLED panels to a single 32K. The panel provides enhanced crispness.

    The new 12th Gen Intel Core P Series uses more watt, but HP chose to use Intel's more efficient 15- watt Core i5 1245U. It enhances the battery life of the Elite Dragonfly, which is impressively north of 14 hours.

    The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 has right-side ports.

    Windows Hello facial and fingerprints are supported by the Elite Dragonfly. I find the latter more convenient.

    The sustainable story of the Elite DragonFly G3 is the icing on the cake. The laptop's external carcass uses at least 90% recycled magnesium, which will warm the hearts of those with environmental concerns.

    The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 front view is an image from HP.

    The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is one of the most impressive laptops. Its design, battery life, and feature set are excellent. It will cost you if you have optional 4G or 5G cellular support. A fully configured model will cost more than $3,000. If you can afford it, you will fall in love with the HP Elite Dragonfly G3.

    The Q14 Tri- Band Mesh wi-fi system is manufactured by Motorola.

    Many readers of my technology columns know that I am a big fan of the mesh technology that has become popular in the past several years.

    One of the biggest problems home users have with their internet is the lack of strong wi-fi coverage in the living space.

    With many active usages in a typical home, mesh routers have been game-changing.

    Many companies have been offering faster mesh route iteration based on the newer version of the internet. The internet is available on the wi-fi 6e.

    Q14 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi System 

    The Q14 Tri- Band Mesh wi-fi system is a new offering from the company.

    Motorola is trying to catch up to established players. There is much to like about the new Q14.

    The image is from the Q14-Wi-Fi 6E Mesh Router.

    The 6 GHz wireless band can be used with up to 160 wireless channels. This feature increases the number of devices used in your home at the same time.

    It's helpful for people with large properties to have a mesh routers that can extend coverage upwards of 5,000 square feet, so they can use it for things like security cameras and sensor-based alarms.

    The Q14 offering sent to me was priced at $649 and gave me the ability to have maximum wi-fi in my home.

    The routers and satellites are made of premium mesh fabric and have a modern design. You will not be embarrassed if they sit on a bookshelf, desk, or cabinet.

    The Q14 is a design element that can be displayed with pride. The image is from Motorola.

    The Q14 is different from other mesh routers in that it is not simply outstanding performance. The setup is enabled by one of the most intuitive smartphone apps I have ever used, and it facilitates parental controls and cybersecurity at no extra cost. I was able to set up the Q14 in less than 20 minutes thanks to the app.

    The moto sync app is very visual and easy to use. Minim holds the exclusive global license to design and manufacture consumer networking products. The Q14 is an independent network and can only be used with other Q14. It is not a universal extension.

    The Moto sync app powers the Q14 mesh. The image is from the wi-fi 6e Router.

    The Q14 is a value compared to other mesh routers on the market. It is a bargain compared to the Orbi Quad-band. The Q14 has a modest technical feature set.

    The performance differences will likely be indistinguishable to most mainstream household users, so I would advise saving the $1,000.

    The WB5023 is a Dell ProWebcam.

    Last year, Dell impressed many in the tech industry with its stylish 4K Dell Ultrasharp Webcam It was positioned to appeal to work-from- home users who needed superior videoconferencing capability and had few choices other than Logitech's 4K Brio Webcam.

    Dell Pro Webcam – WB5023 

    Dell Pro Webcam WB5023 Dell.

    The built-in monitor clip with tripod attachment, the 4X digital zoom, and the 78-degree field of view make this a high-quality webcam from a hardware standpoint.

    It is not the right webcam for creating high-quality video content or for 4K resolution for professionally produced podcasts, but its overall image quality is excellent.

    Unlike the 4K Ultrasharp Webcam, it has a built-in microphone and more sophisticated features that keep it centered on-screen.

    One other point is critical. Dell has webcams that are compatible with Windows PCs. Dell doesn't provide macOS drivers to modify webcam settings.

    Dell Display and Peripheral Manager Application for macOS 

    The ideal budget-friendly webcam works well. Dell has a good reputation for value.

    There are closing thoughts.

    Tech product prices above are always a bit of a moving target as we are on the verge of the holiday season when online retailers likely have promotions that will provide substantial discounts off the MSRP.

    The price of an item could vastly differ from one day to the next, so keep that in mind when you order these or any other high-tech product.

    Everyone, happy holiday shopping!

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