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Best Products of 2019

December 30, 2019

Filed under: review — Terry Wohlers @ 08:50

Most years in the past, I have named my favorite products and services of the past 12 months. For this year, I’ve selected six that have made life better and more interesting.

Dell XPS 13 Laptop – My only concern when getting this computer was its screen size. It turns out that it’s the perfect size for small spaces on planes and in airports and hotel rooms. It’s a great product and I recommend it highly.

Amazon Prime – I can order some products on Saturday and receive them on Sunday. The shipping cost: $0. In any given week, we will order one or more products for free next day or two-day delivery. If you use Amazon Smile, the company donates 0.5% of your purchases to a charity of your choice. Everything else is identical.

SiriusXM App – If you are a SiriusXM subscriber, get the free phone app. With it, you can access all channels. It’s great for listening to music or the news when you’re out and about or at the gym.

WhatsApp – When Facebook acquired this company for $16 billion ($4 billion in cash and $12 billion in Facebook shares) in 2014, few had heard of it. When traveling, I use it to message and talk with others who have it. What’s especially nice is that if wi-fi is not available, WhatsApp uses mobile data, meaning that you can talk from almost anywhere at little or no cost.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w – This $109 wireless laser printer is the smallest in its class. Footprint: just 35 x 19 cm (13.6 x 7.5 inches). The cost of operation is a fraction of most small, low-cost inkjet printers, and it’s fast, reliable, and easy to use.

Three Bears – This new ski lift, which opened last week, is the latest at Copper Mountain. It takes you to terrain that was previously accessible only by the Tucker Mountain Snowcat and 30+ minutes of hiking. We got on it six times last week. If you like extreme skiing, check it out.

I hope to uncover another group of great products and services in 2020. Best wishes to you for a fantastic New Year!