Our pick of the best new tech for 2021

You love cool gadgets, right? Of course you do, that’s why you’re here. Or maybe you’re looking for a gift idea for a loved one who does.

Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of all the most exciting new tech that you’re sure to love.

If you’re a keen audiophile, we have speakers and headphones that will take your listening to the next level. If you’re into fitness, you can take your pick of smart watches and hi-tech trainers to shave seconds off your next run. And, of course, there’s plenty for people who just like new gadgets, whether it’s a smart home device, an accessory for your games console, or a swish laptop.

Grado SR80x headphones

We love the build and design of Grado’s headphones. They sound warm, lively and full of bass, while looking both retro and minimal. They’ve recently updated their award-winning range and our pick of the lot is the SR80x.

They’re open-backed, which means the audio will bleed out a little, so you may not want to take these on the train. But it does make them lighter and more comfortable to use at home for long periods and it’ll make the audio sound roomier than a closed-back pair. The new headphones have upgraded drivers too, improving the bass and mid-range. Certainly one of the best sets we’ve worn under the £150 mark.

Le Feu bioethanol fireplace

Although it’s hard to deny the charm of a log burner, it looks like their days are numbered as the government looks set to ban the most polluting fuels used in them to curb emissions.

There is a greener alternative – a biofuel burner. These fireplaces from Danish company Le Feu burn bioethanol, an alcohol produced from biomass like plant waste or straw. This burns cleanly, while providing enough heat to warm a room of 20m2, the company claims.

You don’t need a chimney to install one, although Le Feu recommends cracking a door open to maintain airflow. Unlike your old log burner, you can move this eco-burner around and get it to face you or take it outside. We trust our readers are smart enough not to do that while the fire’s on!