New tech blew Digital Trends reviewers away in May 2022

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SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro

A new standard

Pros

  • Top-tier audio quality
  • Expansive Sonar software
  • High-quality ANC
  • Comfortable fit with multiple adjustment points
  • Fully retractable microphone
  • Dual USB inputs

Cons

  • GameDAC doesn’t fully integrate with Sonar
  • Microphone is prone to pick up noise
  • Spatial audio can have nasty interactions with EQ

There are wireless gaming headsets and there are wireless noise-canceling headphones. Two product categories with two different use cases.

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is, somehow, the best of both worlds. The ANC (active noise canceling) is better than any gaming headset we’ve tested, and the microphone is fully retractable, so it’s hardly noticeable. Of course, the audio quality is what matters most, and the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless proves again to be a notch above the competition.

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SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro

A new standard

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Sonos Ray soundbar

The start of something awesome

Pros

  • Compact for versatile placement
  • Impressive sound for its size
  • Expandable to a full 5.1 system
  • Easy setup and control

Cons

  • Pricey for a small soundbar
  • Lacks a bit of midrange detail

Sonos has made a name for itself with its wireless multiroom audio. It’s also released a few soundbars over the years, but none are cheap. That’s where the Sonos Ray comes in. It’s still not cheap, but at $279, it’s significantly cheaper than anything else Sonos has to offer.

And what you get in return is a compact soundbar that sounds remarkably impressive for its size. It’s easy to set up, and of course, it’s expandable to a full 5.1 system when you’re ready to take the plunge.

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Sonos Ray soundbar

The start of something awesome

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Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub

Deep blacks, more power

Pros

  • Large, sharp 4K IPS panel
  • Excellent image quality
  • Truly useful USB-C hub and KVM switch
  • Outstanding build quality and design
  • Standout warranty and support

Cons

  • Expensive
  • HDR support is so-so

Next-gen panel types like OLED and mini-LED offer significantly deeper blacks and brighter peak luminance, but they are still extremely rare, especially in large PC monitors. This new Dell monitor takes a different approach, though, using LG’s new “IPS Black” technology to achieve better contrast.

While not quite competitive with OLED, the new Dell UltraSharp 32 4K monitor (U3223GE) definitely takes IPS displays to the next level. On top of that, this UltraSharp monitor features the same great design and useful ports (and even a KVM switch!) you’d expect from Dell’s premium line of displays.

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Dell UltraSharp 32 4K USB-C Hub

Deep blacks, more power

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LG PuriCare AeroTower

Powerful, quiet, effective

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Efficient purification
  • Multiple cooling modes and fan speeds
  • 10-year warranty on the motor

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