12 best gadgets in the world today: our definitive list of the best tech around

T3 Elite's regularly updated selection of must-have gizmos, from the top smartphone to the best car

Whether you’re a seasoned tech aficionado or this is the first gadget website you've visited, The T3 Elite is the best possible place to start your gadget-selection journey.

Here we present the best gadgets available right now in 12 key categories, to save you the hard work of doing all the research yourself – in short, if you’re starting from scratch and want the very best there is, The Elite is your new shopping list.

The Elite will only be updated when something new emerges that is capable of toppling an existing product from its perch – there may therefore be months when the 12 products featured here don’t change.

But this is an exclusive club, and only tech that is capable of achieving a towering standard of excellence gets in.

1. Best smartphone - Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Price from £760

The S5 was an also-ran last year, but the improved S6 is now the best phone money can buy – and the Edge is its cooler cousin.

T3 says: A stylish glass-and-metal design, a stunning screen and a great camera.

Read our in-depth review.


2. Best home audio - HEOS by Denon

Price from £199

Sonos has been ruling the multi-room music roost, but HEOS just pips it to the post, offering a superb-sounding set of speakers, a great app and top VFM.

T3 says: HEOS by Denon will allow you to unlock the music around your home.


3. Best tablet - iPad Air 2

Price from £399

As with any Apple product, you pay a premium, but for your extra pennies you get the best tablet money can buy right now – you definitely won’t be disappointed.

T3 says: Sleek, solid and a spectacular display – the Air 2 is a pleasure to use.

Read our in-depth review.


4. Best headphones - Oppo PM-1

Price £999

A huge wedge of cash is needed, but Oppo’s headphones are well worth the premium entry fee in order to acquire musical nirvana for your ears. Simply sumptuous.

T3 says: The build, immense sound quality and comfort justify the price tag.


5. Best TV - Samsung UE55JS9000

Price from £3,099

Samsung’s new-for-2015 model has a super-smart interface, incredible visuals and superb design. It’s proper future-proof.

T3 says: This 55-inch is amazing in Ultra HD, but also brilliant for regular HD.


6. Best smartwatch - Apple Watch

Price from £299

Apple’s wearable is packed with features and offers a wide range of customisation options to give you some individuality. The only real downside is the limited battery life.

T3 says: This is the one that will properly kickstart the smartwatch revolution.

Read our in-depth review.


7. Best TV streamer - Roku 3

Price £99

It seems that nobody can hold a candle to the original streaming box – the third incarnation is powerful, feature-packed and has loads of available content.

T3 says: The Roku 3 is the best choice for freedom of entertainment.

Read our in-depth review.


8. Best fitness tracker - Basis Peak

Price £169.99

Sporty but smart, the Basis Peak is the perfect fitness tracker without making you look like you’ve just stepped out of the gym. It has great functionality, too.

T3 says: Straddles the line between watch and fitness tracker beautifully.


9. Best laptop - Dell XPS 13

Price £1,060

The best laptop around, and there’s not an Apple logo in sight – PC giant Dell proves that it can do more than churn out desktop computers with this feature-packed laptop.

T3 says: Fantastic performance and build. It will serve you well for years to come.

Read our in-depth review.


10. Best connected home - Nest Learning Thermostat

Price £180

A smarter way to handle your knobs, Nest is an essential upgrade for any home, making your heating easier to manage than ever.

T3 says: Nest is a great first step in creating a smarter home.

Read our in-depth review.


11. Best camera - Sony A77 II

Price £749

An SLR is the ideal camera for those who want to get more from their photos, and Sony’s A77 II is a great way to get on the ‘promateur’ bandwagon.

T3 says: Ideal for shooting a range of subjects in a variety of conditions.


12. Best automotive - Tesla Model S

Price £54,880

Soon, every home will have an electric car in the drive, but if you’re bandwagon-jumping right now and want a touch of opulence with your ride, the Model S is a must.

T3 says: Attractive and speedy, the Model S is the best electric car you can buy.

Read our in-depth review.