If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again—tech hardware companies have made a fortune on annual upgrades, and these five products carry on that proud tradition, offering bold, irresistible takes on familiar old standbys.

Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse (

If you’ve worked exclusively on a laptop in recent years, you’re forgiven for thinking the mouse had become an anachronism. Microsoft’s $69.95 Wedge Touch Mouse updates this desktop staple. It’s wireless, portable, tiny, and allows scrolling vertically and horizontally, making it perfect for use with any Windows 8 system, tablets included.

Nokia Lumia 1020 (

Appearing on one side a typical touch-screen smartphone and on the other a compact camera, this is a valuable tool for any business looking to brand itself on social media sites. While smartphones’ cameras have gotten quite good, the Lumia 1020—available for $299.99 with a two-year contract—changes the game by offering insanely high resolution and a 4.5-inch display, all inside a strikingly thin frame.

Microsoft Xbox One (

The first gaming generations are all grown up, and Microsoft is updating its console’s image by making it the focus (apart from a television, of course) of the modern living room. Along with connecting to your cable box to become the family entertainment hub, Xbox One ($499.99) combines high-end gaming and a Blu-ray player with a 500  GB storage center for movies, music, games and  apps.

Bose SoundLink Mini (

Meet the reigning king of portable Bluetooth speakers, offering full, wireless sound from a tiny source. The SoundLink Mini ($199.95) behaves like a very large speaker system and streams audio directly from your phone or computer. It even remembers devices it streamed from recently, simplifying the Bluetooth pairing process.

My Fax (

Carrier pigeons, telegrams, dial-up… you’d think fax machines would’ve joined this quaint gallery of ancient technologies by now, but the fax simply refuses to die. Luckily, there is now a cheap, easy way to connect with companies that haven’t discarded these fossils: For $10 a month, gives you the control of an actual fax number, allowing you to send and receive transmissions via an app.


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