2023 was a good year for smartphones, with many quality Android models in particular. We could have told you about the Galaxy S21, the Pixel 6 or even the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2. But we must recognize that the smartphone that comes closest to perfection, this year, is none other than the iPhone 13 Pro. And yet, from a distance, it seems very close to its predecessor the iPhone 12 Pro, notably with a very similar design and screen. But the few new features make a real difference: Pro Motion technology which allows you to enjoy a 120 Hz display, excellent battery life, unparalleled performance thanks to the in-house A15 Bionic chip and a photo / video part that takes off compared to the competition, especially thanks to the video and the arrival of the very impressive “Cinematic Mode”.
The alternative : Google Pixel 6
To play on a recent graphics card in 2023 without breaking the bank, it is best to opt for a “gamer” laptop PC. And that’s good, since we were treated to some excellent wines this year. Our preference goes to Asus ROG’s Zephyrus M16, a machine that strikes a nice balance between design and performance, while remaining at an acceptable price. One of the strengths of this model is undoubtedly its screen in 16:10 and 16 inch format, which displays a definition of 2560×1600 pixels, with a refresh rate of 165 Hz. Ideal characteristics for the on-board configuration, which offers in particular – your choice – a GeForce RTX 3060 or 3070. We also appreciate its autonomy of more than 6.30 hours in office automation and the very nice thinness of the chassis. A real safe bet in its category.
The alternative : MSI GE76 Raider
By releasing a “tenkeyless” version (without a numeric keypad and therefore more compact) of its 2023 G915, Logitech is taking few risks, the original already being one of the best mechanical keyboards on the market. If you are fond of a keyboard that is small in size, but still offers a certain level of comfort compared to competitors with even lower measurements, you will be fully satisfied with the G915 TKL. This wireless keyboard has an exceptional design, including a brushed aluminum tray with an exemplary finish, “low profile” type keys that offer an ultra pleasant typing while remaining fairly silent and more autonomy. 40 hours with backlight. And if you are not convinced by the “TKL” format, turn to the “classic” G915, just as successful.
The alternative : Razer Huntsman V2
It is difficult to choose the best mouse of the year, as the manufacturers have redoubled their efforts to offer us quality products. We could have cited the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, but its lightness can be disconcerting. The model that seems more balanced to us is from Razer. The Basilisk V3 is indeed a marvel of ergonomics and precision (for right-handed people). We thus find a recess on the left which accommodates several buttons, including the famous “sniper” which allows to combine the functions. Significant novelty: the wheel can be both serrated and “free” and is extremely pleasant to use. It is therefore an excellent choice for versatile use, on almost any style of game.
The alternative : Logitech G Pro X Superlight
The choice of the Switch OLED as the best console of the year was quickly established, given that it is literally the only “new” console to be released this year and that, unlike the PS5 or the Xbox Series X / S, stocks are holding up. That being said, we must admit that this revision of the Switch is very convincing and partly renews the experience, especially in portable mode. Thanks to its new screen, of course, which now measures 7 inches and offers excellent quality rendering thanks to the use of an OLED panel. We also appreciate the new crutch, much more solid, which will allow the console to be raised very easily, to better enjoy a multiplayer game.
The alternative : Switch Lite
To enjoy Forza Horizon, Gran Tursimo or Asseto Corsa in the best conditions, you need a good steering wheel. If you’re looking for the best of the best – and are willing to pay the price – we highly recommend the T-GT II from Thrustmaster. Compatible with PC, PS4 and PS5, this model offers excellent engine quality and an impeccable level of finish. Equipped with a large number of functions accessible directly on the panel, it is also compatible with all Thrustmaster accessories. An excellent steering wheel, which will suit both seasoned pilots and Sunday drivers alike.
The alternative : Thrustmaster T248
Playing on a state-of-the-art PC is good, but there is one aspect that is still too often overlooked: screen comfort. Sitting for hours on end to play or work inevitably has consequences on our body and it is essential to have a good chair or an adapted armchair. In 2023, we tested several models of “gaming” chairs and our preference is the Recaro Exo FX. This German brand specializing in car seats has invested in the gaming sector for a few years and offers here an ultra comfortable chair, with very good support for the lumbar region, a sober design and excellent manufacturing quality. We also appreciate the great modularity of the armrests and the solidity of the feet. A reference.
The alternative : Anda Seat Kaiser 2
“A perfectly executed product, which excels at what it has to do”: this is how the H3 helmet from Epos sums it up. Wired type, it is connected via a jack and can therefore be used both on PC and on consoles. Very classic, therefore, but its qualities lie elsewhere: in its excellent comfort, first of all, which will allow long gaming sessions without fatigue. Then comes an essential point: the quality of the sound, quite simply exemplary. The rendering is balanced and saturation absent even at high volume. It is above all its great versatility that impresses us, especially for a headset originally made for playing. It will of course be the perfect companion in an action game, but also shines in movies and even listening to music. Add to that an efficient microphone, which reproduces impeccably the voice and you obtain a reference of the market, quite simply.
The alternative : Logitech G733
So-called “true wireless” headphones are more popular than ever, popular with audiences who no longer want to burden themselves with bulky headphones or tangled wires. This popularity is largely due to Apple, which has imposed its AirPods since 2016. In 2023, the AirPods 3 are therefore among the best in their category. The format is more compact, the headphones fit perfectly in the ears, while being less invasive than “intras” (which fit into the ear canal like AirPods Pro). Apple has also improved the sound rendering, which is very balanced. And, of course, we find an impeccable integration into the Apple ecosystem, with pairing to a brand device in the blink of an eye and exclusive functions, such as spatial audio.
The alternative : Sony WF-1000XM4
Yes, the iPad Pro M1 is expensive, yes you almost have to buy an extra keyboard to get its full potential … But it doesn’t matter: if you have to choose the best tablet of the year, everything is needed. naturally. The 12.9-inch version, in particular, uses mini-LED technology for exceptional rendering. The build quality is flawless and, above all, there is this M1 chip that does wonders, delivering unparalleled power on the market. You can run a game like Divinity Original Sin II with exemplary visual quality and at 60 FPS. In short, it’s hard to find fault with the iPad Pro M1. And if the 12.9-inch format seems too big to you, go for the 11-inch version, which is just as convincing.
The alternative : iPad Air