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The Most Underrated Tech Releases of 2017


SheKnows Editorial

Every year we’re #blessed with hundreds of new tech releases. But even the best products can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why we decided to take a closer look at what was released in 2017. There are products that will make your life easier and some that are just plain fun. So, buckle in and get ready to go on a ride through this year’s most underrated tech releases.

1. Ring Video Doorbell 2

AIRMEGA 400s Smarter App Enabled Air Purifier
Image: Amazon

An updated version of the original Ring video doorbell, this model solves earlier problems like poor WiFi connectivity and dark videos. Featuring motion-activated alerts, 1080 HD video and two-way talk, this video doorbell works with your phone, tablet or computer to show you who’s at the door. It also comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee and an external battery pack that you can use to charge the doorbell without having to remove your device.

Ring Video Doorbell 2, $199 at Amazon

2. Airmega 400s Smarter App-Enabled Air Purifier

AIRMEGA 400s Smarter App Enabled Air Purifier
Image: Amazon

This sleek, compact air purifier is an ideal solution for those living in polluted urban areas or suffering from allergies. It doesn’t have the bulk of more traditional machines, and it’s quieter, too. But most importantly, you can control it from your smartphone or Amazon’s Alexa. It gives you real-time air-quality monitoring and has an easy-to-check filter life indicator so you know when to change it.

Airmega 400s Smarter App-Enabled Air Purifier, $749 at Amazon

3. ZTE Axon M Smartphone

Axon M
Image: AT&T

Tired of flipping back and forth between apps on your phone? With the new ZTE Axon M, that’ll never be a problem again. It features two screens to let you watch a movie while checking email or scrolling through social media and more, with four different screen modes to optimize viewing. There’s a quick TV launch button so you can effortlessly pull up your entertainment, dual speakers and Dolby Atmos audio, and a 20-megapixel camera that captures 4k video. It’s the perfect multitasker for people who want to do everything on their phone.

ZTE Axon M, $725 at AT&T

4. Quartz Bottle

hGroove Smart Wireless Charging Earbuds
Image: Kickstarter

If you’re tired of the hassle of cleaning your reusable water bottle, the Quartz will get you excited. A UV light is activated every four hours not just to clean the bottle but to purify the water inside it, too, removing 99.9% of odor-causing germs. It’s double insulated to keep your drink hot for 12 hours or cold for 24.

Quartz Bottle, $59 for 2 at Kickstarter

5. hGroov Smart Wireless Charging Earbuds

hGroove Smart Wireless Charging Earbuds
Image: Kickstarter

Wireless earbuds for sports enthusiasts and people on the go, hGroov earbuds come with a Qi charging base and secure case. Charge the case on the Qi, then place your earbuds inside when you leave the house. They’ll charge while they’re in the case, so you never have to worry about running out of power halfway through your workout. You can also charge them with a Micro USB cable.

hGroov Smart Wireless Charging Earbuds, $79 at Kickstarter

6. Selfly Camera Flying Phone Case


Part phone case, part autonomous hovering 12-megapixel camera, the Selfly is controlled from your phone so you can take selfies, videos and more. Direct the Selfly using your phone, adjusting the angle with simple hand movements to stabilize the device. When you’re done, snap the camera back into the phone case. The device is only 9 millimeters thick and fits easily in your pocket, so you can bring it with you anywhere.

Selfly Camera, $109 at Indiegogo

7. Amazon Echo Show

Amazon Echo Show
Image: Amazon

Amazon’s Alexa and Echo got a lot of press this year, but the Echo Show is probably the coolest entry to its smart home line. The Echo Show has all the capabilities of the original Alexa, but it can also be used to play videos, connect to you to phone and video calls, listen to audiobooks, watch Amazon Video content and stream music — all hands-free. It also works with compatible smart home devices like Philips Hue lightbulbs and front door or baby monitor cameras.

Amazon Echo Show, $230 at Amazon

8. Nespresso Expert

Nespresso Expert
Image: Nespresso

The new Nespresso Expert machine further streamlines the process of making Espresso, Lungo, Ristretto and Nespresso Americano drinks. You can connect to the machine through Bluetooth, then use the Nespresso App on your smart device to change your coffee settings, save recipes, schedule your brew, have your machine brew on demand and keep track of your stock of Nespresso capsules.

Nespresso Expert, $230 at Nespresso

9. Paragon Smart Cooking System

Paragon Smart Cooking System
Image: FirstBuild

Finally, make those viral cooking videos at home thanks to the Paragon induction cooking stove. Connect your smart device via Bluetooth the to Paragon’s cooktop, mat and probe so you can expertly cook your food — you can even try out trendy sous vide. Just select the perfect temperature with your phone, and the mat or probe will adjust accordingly.

Paragon, $149 at FirstBuild

10. Kolibree Ara Smart Toothbrush

Kolibree Ara Smart Toothbrush
Image: Kolibree

Keep your teeth healthy as can be with this smart toothbrush. Connect it to the Kolibree app on your phone and track the duration, frequency and surface area brushed every time you clean your teeth. It helps you pinpoint areas of your mouth that need more attention and is a great tool for kids who are just learning how to brush.

Kolibree Ara Smart Toothbrush, $129 at Kolibree

This post was sponsored by ZTE.

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