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Happy New Year! For those of you who have heard rumblings about the Consumer Electronics Show next week, fear not: Although a huge part of Wirecutter is about recommending great tech, we won’t be inundating you with millions of blog posts about sandwich-making drones or smart fridges that double as your personal therapist—or any other bleeding-edge gadgetry that isn’t quite ready for prime time (or your home).
Instead, we’ll be doing the same thing we’ve done every year. (Check out our write-up from 2017.) Our on-the-ground CES team, with support from the remote staff, will take a careful look at all the interesting TVs, cameras, headphones, smart-home devices, batteries, robots, and more (yes, even the smart fridges and the drones) to determine what’s really going to make a difference in 2018 to people like you and me. We’ll sort through the haystack of gadgetry for you to find those great needles of usefulness and publish them together in one comprehensive post on our site. Keep an eye on our site midweek (or in next week’s newsletter) to see what we thought. We’ll also update all our guides that are affected by the new stuff coming out of CES. So, sit tight and FOMO-free—we’ll let you know if there are any new developments that affect our recommendations.
We’ve added some clarity around the best uses for our two top picks from Sonos. And we expect to see some new soundbar models at CES next week, so we’ve condensed our What to look forward to section. We’ve also moved a former pick from Yamaha to the competition section, because it’s become difficult to find. [Soundbars]
Several new companies have gotten into the home security game since our last major round of testing. Although we haven’t tried them all yet, and most don’t have the proven track records of our current picks, we’ve added the latest information to our What to look forward to section. [Home Security Systems]