You find a lot of "best of" lists on the Internet this time of the year, following the intense September-to-November product launch corridor and a full year of new hardware and software. The Ars reviews team is no exception—it's been an incredibly busy year for us, and it's good to take a minute to stop and remember the good and bad stuff before going to CES and beginning the whole cycle over again.

Our tastes are all over the place—some of what follows is stuff we like and actively use, and there are other things we find conceptually interesting but don't actually recommend. If there's a through-line, it's that many of these items are accessories rather than primary computing devices. Sometimes it takes a little add-on to make an old phone or computer feel new again.

Slaw Device BF-109s

by Senior Technology Editor Lee Hutchinson

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