Between losing Prince, David Bowie, and a global outbreak of Zika virus, not many of us on the Digital Trends staff will remember 2016 as a high point for the world. And that’s not to mention the fun little election we had in the United States -- maybe you heard about it?

But there’s always refuge in tech. While the rest of the world goes crazy around us, devices continue to get cheaper, faster, and more amazing every year. And for all its cruel meddling, 2016 failed to end that trend.

We got desktop computers that we’re excited about again, drones that can tear around the sky at the speed of cars, and yep, even a sleeping bag that’s also a jacket. On the periphery, we’ve also watched budding new technologies from years past blossom into indispensable staples of modern life.

To sift the best from the rest, our expert editors handpicked the outstanding highlights in their categories, then convened as a panel to decide which single product towered above all others this year. It wasn’t easy. So at least we have one good problem this year.

Between losing Prince and David Bowie and a global outbreak of Zika virus, few of us on the Digital Trends staff will remember 2016 as a high point for the world. And that’s not to mention the fun little election we had in the United States — maybe you heard about it?

But there’s always refuge in tech. While the rest of the world goes crazy around us, devices continue to get cheaper, faster, and more amazing every year. And for all its cruel meddling, 2016 failed to end that trend.

We got desktop computers that we’re excited about again, drones that can tear around the sky at the speed of cars, and yep, even a sleeping bag that’s also a jacket. On the periphery, we’ve also watched budding new technologies from years past blossom into indispensable staples of modern life.

To sift the best from the rest, our expert editors handpicked the outstanding highlights in their categories, then convened as a panel to decide which single product towered above all others this year. It wasn’t easy. So at least we have one good problem this year.