I am a geek, so qualified to comment on what geeks like in 2019. Here we cover TV, soundbars, home appliances (cooking, cleaning, robots), air treatment, smarthome, #Stop-the-energy-rip-off and powerful gadgets.
Every time I meet someone new, they invariably ask what is exciting in tech. Well here is what excited me – and by inference what geeks like in 2019.
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If you have the money then OLED – almost any OLED, even last year’s models – will give you the best colours, deepest inky blacks and a viewing experience par excellence. One small caveat – OLED works best in rooms where you have decent light control as they are not quite as bright as LED/LCD
You may notice we show the price as $XXX/YYY – the first is the recommended and the second is a typical street price.
The LG OLED 65C9 ($5589/3399) uses the same panel processor as the W9 (Wall only mount – $9399/7995) and E9 ($6529/4290) series which means identical vision performance. The key difference is a 40W/4 speaker versus a 60W/6 or 8 speakers. As you are going to match this with a decent Dolby Atmos soundbar that is not important. These are Google Assistant and Alexa capable as well.
We recommend the LG SL10YG 570W 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar ($1699/1498) with the addition of the 140W SPK8-S two rear speaker kit ($199/$160) for 5.1.4 sound.
The runner-up and by no means inferior is the Sony OLED A9G Master (4995/4890 – recent price drop). It is best married to a Sony HT-Z9RF 5.1.2 (7.1.2 decoding) at $1144.
There is only one to covet this year – it is the Sennheiser Ambeo 5.1.4 that at $3999 is the best money can buy. It not only has Dolby Atmos but a variety of Sennheiser Ambeo 3D technologies that means you don’t need rear speakers or a separate sub-woofer. Drop into Sennheiser’s flagship Sydney store and I guarantee you will walk out with a lighter wallet.
Honourable mention goes to JBL’s Link Bar that adds Android TV to any TV or monitor. It is not quite perfect but it does provide excellent 2.0 (optional subwoofer) sound for the right user. The soundbar is $599/499 and the woofer is $399/250. Otherwise, if you are after a 2.0/1 soundbar, there are heaps to choose from.
Home Appliances – cooking
Two stood out this year for performance above and beyond the competitors.
The Panasonic NN-CD58JS convection microwave 27L ($549/489) simply cooked better. We only test convection combos, and this was bests for pasty browning, baking and grilling – almost at gas oven standard and even quicker. We will be reviewing the larger 34L NN-CD97KS soon.
But the find of the year is something I never even knew I needed and now use it daily. The Ninja Foodi Grill is $469/299 Christmas special at the Good Guys. This is a grill, roaster, baker, air-fryer and dehydrator all in a relatively portable desktop unit. It is perfect for singles and couples, does amazing roast meats and veggies (no more Webber), air fries chips (no oil), and so much more. We keep discovering ways to use it to replace a double grill, over and Webber.
Household Appliances – cleaning
The best overall stick vacuum is the LG A9Master. It matches the Dyson V11 for performance and cleaning but, depending on the kit you buy has more attachments, and must-have, dual slip-in rechargeable batteries. LG’s webpage is here with the A9 kits ranging from $799 to $1499 but you should be able to find street prices 20-30% less.
I really want the best of both – Dyson’s intelligence (and it is quite impressive) and LG’s staying power. But for a typical three-bed-home, the LG’s extra battery allows total cleaning without waiting a few hours for the Dyson to recharge.