05/12/2013 10:05 GMT | Updated 06/12/2013 07:39 GMT

Best Gadgets 2013: Our Favourite Tech Of The Year (PICTURES)

The last 12 months has seen some amazing consumer tech hit the market, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Whether it's laptops with 12-hour battery life, two genuinely next-gen gaming consoles, 64-bit smartphones and astonishingly powerful tablets, it's been a year of dramatic leaps forward.

As ever, there is too much to include on one list alone - which is why we've compiled our favourite laptops, speakers, phones, tablets and more in their own specific buyer's guides.

But if you're just looking for a summary of the best gadgets of the year this is a good place to start.

Here are our 20 favourite new pieces of consumer technology of 2013.