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Drop a brick
No, reader. Your eyes do not
deceive you. The Xbox One S’s
power brick is missing from our
pictures. Not because it’s an
eyesore, but because it’s
been incorporated into
the console itself.
Praise be!

HOT
FOUR
#1
ONE S TO RULE
THEM ALL
(FOR A BIT)?
XBOX ONE S
Biggie vs 2Pac. Geeks vs self-esteem.
PlayStation vs Xbox. Some battles are
born to run and run, especially when it
comes to games consoles. Now, only three
years after the Xbox One was launched,
it’s been treated to a major makeover. As
you can see from our exclusive pics, not
only is this 4K machine 40% smaller than
the original Xbox One but its ‘robot white’
paint job is also infinitely more dapper.
Recalling Daniel Craig’s suave ivory tux
from Spectre, the One S is a plastic box
that you might not want to squirrel away
in a dark corner. Console war? It’s back on.
Turn over for more on the One S, the PS4K
and Project Scorpio – next year’s Xbox.
As hot as… a white-hot hot white thing
£350 / xbox.com

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H O T S T U F F

XBOX ONE S 3

GAMES Pin-sharp
action
While the One S doesn’t
support 4K gaming, it does
have another equally significant
trick up its sleeve: HDR. This
gives you greatly improved
contrast so firefights
1 should look pretty
spectacular.
Chips ahoy!
Technically, the Xbox
One S is no more powerful
than the Xbox One. It’s
powered by the same processor,
you see. But Microsoft has
FORZA HORIZON 3 managed to allocate
developers a bit more
Forza takes its open-world racer down
oomph for smooth
under, where it can make more of the off-
HDR gaming.
road challenges that felt a little tacked on to
previous Horizon games. That means more
buggies and trucks to roam the outback in,
plus the addition of wildlife. Strewth. Just
try not to crash into any ’roos, mate.

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Born grippy
The new Xbox Wireless
Controller is a dead ringer
for its predecessor. Wrap your
fingers around the thing, and
you’ll notice a textured grip has
been added to the pad’s
backside to help negate
the effects of any
SEA OF THIEVES Halo sweats.
Napster gave pirates a bad name, but Sea
Of Thieves makes swashbuckling on the
high seas with a crew made up of your
mates – sorry, hearties – look like a lot of
fun. With multiple roles on each ship that
must be filled before you can set sail, this is
a multiplayer game in the truest sense.

GEARS OF WAR 4
Microsoft’s big hope this Christmas is the
return of Gears Of War, but don’t expect
a festive edition. Gameplay-wise it doesn’t
reinvent the wheel – but there’s a new man-
mountain to control called JD Fenix, and like
his dad Marcus he enjoys nothing more than
massacring nasties and saving the planet.

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PS4K
vs XBOX
4 SCORPIO
Break out
your Blu-rays 1 POWER
Never mind gaming – at
£350 the Xbox One S is the Without wanting to get too technical, the Microsoft is already
cheapest 4K Blu-ray player you new PlayStation’s innards are likely to be calling next year’s
can buy, and it’ll stream Ultra HD more ‘tuned up’ than overhauled. Faster Xbox “the most
Netflix. If you made the TV RAM with more powerful processors powerful console
upgrade from Full HD this would allow for more textures and extra ever”, meaning it’ll
summer, this will do visual effects, and for 60fps to become be capable of running
it justice. standard across the board. You know, all Oculus-esque VR
stuff that’ll look nice for PlayStation VR. experiences.

2 LOOKS
Considering the PS4K doesn’t officially All that’s been seen
exist yet, it’s impossible to say what of Project Scorpio
it looks like; but considering the Xbox so far is some circuit
One S is about the same size as the boards – so unless
regular PS4, slimming down isn’t really Microsoft is taking a
something Sony needs to worry too very back-to-basics
much about. Still, you can bet they’ll approach to design,
squeeze it down somehow. this is anyone’s guess.

3 4K
Like the One S, it’s unlikely the PS4K will All that power will
support games in Ultra HD – the power get you the kind of
to push all those extra pixels just isn’t full-on 4K gaming
there. So why are people calling it PS4K? you’d have to spend
It’s likely it will be able to play 4K movies about a grand to get
from a new UHD Blu-ray drive and via on a PC. Hopefully
streaming services, which currently they won’t borrow
only support 4K via TVs’ native apps. that price tag too.
5
Kinect, we 4 GAMES
hardly knew thee
Microsoft’s motion- All PS4 games will work with the new It’s too early for any
controlled Kinect platform console, so there won’t be a whole load developers to talk
for Xbox One has been quietly of new ones that’ll be spat out if you try about games for
dumped. Still fancy a spot of putting them in your ‘old’ PS4 or vice Scorpio but it will be
Kinect Sports Rivals? Don’t versa. With a bunch of stonkers in backward-compatible
panic, you can claim a free the pipeline, including the God Of War with Xbox One titles,
adaptor from reboot and Horizon: Zero Dawn, that’s possibly upscaling
Microsoft. very good news indeed. them too.

5 RELEASE
With the Xbox One S out this month, Project Scorpio (or
Sony can’t afford to hang around too whatever it ends
long with the PS4K. That’s why it up being called) is
would surely make most sense to expected to arrive
announce it before PlayStation VR before Christmas
is released in October, with a bundle 2017. The question
in the shops in time for Christmas. is: do you wait, or pick
But hey, we’re not in charge… up a One S now?

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H O T S T U F F

CHOP SEE-Y
Two side-on swishes of
the razorish Moto Z will turn
on the torch – an action so
addictive it’s bound to affect the
battery life. Fortunately, the Z
claims a healthy 40hr stamina
– or more if you add the
22hr Moto Mod
battery.

HOT
FOUR
#2
MODS AND
ROCKERS
Lenovo Moto Z
As tech-heads, we’ve taken up tools
against a sea of objects, including hi-fis,
desktop PCs and cars. Some were
improved, some overheated dramatically
and melted, everyone survived. But
that’s ‘modding’, shortened from
‘modifying’. What Lenovo has done here,
by introducing several magnetic
backpacks for its new Moto Z5 phone
and calling them ‘Moto Mods’, is taken
from the less sexy concept of ‘modular’.
Bah. Marketing jiggery notwithstanding,
the Moto Z (and toughened Moto Z Force)
look the business: slim, metal, 5.5in
Quad HD display and Snapdragon 820
processing. And the attachable, ahem,
‘mods’ instantly add a micro-projector,
JBL speakers or battery pack without
demanding a reboot like the, ahem,
modular LG G5.
As hot as… our ‘modded’ Tamiyas
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#3
iOS OPENS UP
WITH A SMILEY
FACE Oh, it’s Watch
Apple iOS 10 you’re waiting for?
September is a dreary month. The summer Also at WWDC, the
holidays are over, the kids are packed back big hand was pointing
off to St Corrective’s and it’s becoming to WatchOS 3.0
evident that the signings your team made
have done toot-all for their prospects. But O Recents
there is one shining light through the murk, You can now scroll
and that is the new season of Strictly Come through a carousel of
Dancing. OK, two shining lights, the second recently used apps, and
being Apple’s annual iPhone release. each of the wee
But actually, hardware schmardware. previews is live.
Smartphone awesomeness is 90%
software, and we already know all about O You’re fit
iOS 10 because it was announced at WWDC Fitness tracking is the
back in June. It’s jam-packed with ace new killer app for most
features, highlights of which are more Watch wearers, so
control over your apps, third-party access there’s a bunch of new
to Siri and some great Apple Maps tricks. activity clocks.
(Lowlight: maximum emoji integration.)
You don’t even need to wait until O Ohnoji!
September shows its stupid face: head Apple design don Jony
to www.stuff.tv now for all the new Ive must be crying in
features and how to download the public his sleep. The emojis
beta of iOS 10 to your iPhone 5 or better. and animations that
As hot as… deleting the Stocks app litter iOS 10 are all
£free / apple.com over here too.

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H O T S T U F F

HOT
FOUR
#4
AS GOOD AS
IT LOOKS?
Hasselblad X1D
There’s a moment, probably no more than
one Earth second, in which your growing
anticipation of something is shattered by
the inrush of actual sensory experience.
It’s the pause before you rip the paper
off a present, the heartbeat before the
rollercoaster tips over the edge of the first
drop… it’s the moment just before your
fingers touch Hasselblad’s ‘affordable’
medium-format X1D. For that fraction, all
possible outcomes exist equally – it does
feel as good as it looks, it feels like cheap
junk, all of the in-betweens – but as soon
as you’ve touched it, blammo, the spell is
broken. As it is for us, ’cos we’ve touched it.
But we’re not going to ruin the surprise for
you. Whether or not you want a hefty
50MP camera from a company whose
five-figure megacams rarely leave
a professional’s studio, you’ll have to get
yourself to a photo show to touch one.
As hot as… that last nanometre
£7188 / hasselblad.com

Practise with a
cheaper one first?
No sooner has the X1D
created the notion of a
portable Hasselblad, than
DJI has strapped one of the
Swedish firm’s A5D cameras
to a flimsy, fallible, flying
thing. The combo cost?
A not ‘affordable’ $26,000.

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H O T S T U F F

VS

Teaches Learns
SUUNTO MORGENWERK
SPARTAN ULTRA SATELLITE PRECISION M3
The Suunto is not introspective like the Morgenwerk Unlike the caring, sharing Suunto, the Morgenwerk is all
on the right. It spends all its time learning about you, take, take, take. It takes the super-accurate time signal
and then some of its time teaching other people what from GPS satellites and then it takes the time to study
it’s learned. The Spartan – which comes in titanium or how that differs from the accuracy of its custom-made,
stainless steel builds – tracks your fitness activities thermo-compensated quartz movement. And from
via GPS and accelerometers. It then shares that data that it learns how to correct itself, promising to lose or
with the renewed Movescount online service, which gain less than 0.75 seconds per year. This M3 version
adds your runs and cycles to crowd-generated, has added digital smarts with altimeter, compass and
sport-specific city heatmaps. Want to run where the barometer, though the analogue M1 and M2 aren’t
locals run? Now you know. Want to avoid everyone? much more affordable because they have the same
Movescount and Suunto will teach you where to hide. accuracy-processing cleverness.
from £510 / suunto.com €2400 / morgenwerk.watch

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UE Boom app adds a new feature: it now allows your speaker to become
a conduit for Google Now or Apple Siri. A quick press of the Bluetooth
button on the speaker will make it listen to your voice queries, such as:
“Hey, have you just beaten the Google Home speaker to the UK?”

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V I T A L S T A T S

FUJI FURNISHES FLAGSHIP


WITH 4K FILMING FUN The X-T2 is well
rubbered up,
making it less

Fujifilm X-T2 vulnerable to


water and dust.
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Video or stills? Shapely satin-smooth 3840x2160 refreshingly, it now refreshes at


design or rugged build? footage at up to 30fps. Or, if 100fps. You’re getting the idea?
Speed or quality? Nope, 4K is too much for you, it’ll do The X-T2 is boosted. AUTOFOCUS
the Fujifilm X-T2 wants
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OFlippin’ ’eck
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Like the X-Pro2, this new camera
Flip screens on cameras are one
of those things that seem like
SHOOTING ARE
O4K, hooray! gets a sensor bump from 16MP gimmicks until you actually use UP, STARTUP
The successor to 2014’s superb
X-T1, big brother to Stuff’s
to a 24MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS.
But it’s also had an injection of
them, at which point they quickly
become essential. The X-T2’s
TIME IS DOWN
favourite compact system cam pace. Burst shooting is up to is a versatile one, popping out
the X-T10 and similar in many a maximum of 14fps with an sideways as well as up or down.
ways to the five-star X-Pro2, improved buffer, autofocus is Further ergonomic advances
the X-T2 comes from a fine 91-point and faster, and startup can be had from the new Vertical
lineage. But if cameras had time is down to 0.3 seconds. The Power Booster Grip, £300
feet, video would be the Fuji X maximum shutter speed is now of extra-battery-packing
system’s Achilles’ heel. Well, not a Usain Bolt-freezing 1/8000sec, handiness that can supercharge
any more, because the X-T2 and the electronic viewfinder’s certain features as well as
joins the 4K brigade, capturing refresh rate has been refreshed: increasing stamina.

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DECIPHER
ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN…

It’s a bleep year #13 APPLE WATCH’S


DATO DUO BREATHE APP
Elissa Loi
When we were little, you could have given us this without any
electronics inside and we would happily have played with it for hours, At this year’s WWDC
inventing scenarios where it was a spaceship dashboard, or a device keynote, Apple announced
that controlled the weather systems of the Earth. Tornado! Unlucky, a smorgasbord of new
Carlisle! Sadly we are not little, but some people are and they deserve features for the Watch,
a more balanced upbringing, brought about by the mental challenges of including an app called
music. The Dato Duo is a synthesizer, with an eight-step sequencer on Breathe that encourages you to… well,
one side and a collection of fun effects on the other. It can be operated breathe. Like most people, I took a deep
by one or two people and you can also plug MIDI devices into it to create gulp of air and loudly scoffed.
new samples. Sound like a blast? Volcano! But while mindfulness, meditation
€330 / dato.mu and/or deep breathing may sound like
hipster hogwash, there are reported
benefits. Here’s Dr Herbert Benson of
Boston’s Mind Body Medicine Institute:
“Taking a moment every day to do some
deep breathing is one way to evoke the
body’s relaxation response, which is the
opposite reaction to stress.”
Readers using There are medical conditions related to
the ‘read out loud’ stress – including depression and high
feature can now blood pressure – that deep breathing
use wireless can help alleviate. Mindfulness fan Steve
headphones Jobs surely would have approved.
Setting up the Breathe app is easy:
rotate the digital crown to choose how

THE HAPTIC FEEDBACK


STARTS FAST AND GETS
SLOWER TO MIMIC YOUR
LUNGS FILLING UP
many minutes you want to spend, then
begin. But the most significant feature
And... we’re done is the haptic feedback, which starts
AMAZON KINDLE (2016) fast and gets slower towards the end
to mimic your lungs filling up to capacity.
Product designers can, in theory, achieve enlightenment. At the point When it ends, that’s your cue to exhale.
a product reaches the absolute zenith of its development and can’t be Following each session, your heart rate
made any more perfect, they blink out of existence and take up their place will be shown. Hardly an exact science,
in a kind of engineers’ Valhalla, all warm pools of Lego and edible Meccano. but it should give you some evidence
Were we enlightenment spotters, we’d be hanging around the Kindle labs. of de-frazzlement.
The upper end of the range is subject to all sorts of mucking about – see Breathe isn’t exactly revolutionary, but
the recent Kindle Oasis with its magnetic battery case – but down at the along with the Watch’s reminder to move
humble end, we can smell nirvana. This latest version is lighter and thinner around every few hours it forms part of
than the previous entry-level model, and it now has Bluetooth. Welcome an undemanding regime of self-focus
tweaks, but surely the end is near for a couple of the Kindle team. that might add up to more than the sum
£60 with ads, £70 without ads / amazon.co.uk of its breaths.

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A P P S
This month’s mobile must-downloads
1 2 3
NOT JUST
AN APP

Sphero
SPRK+
US$130 /
iOS, Android

4 5 6

Coders are
prone to violent
outburts, caused
by long hours
of screen time
and caffeine
overload.
That effect is
slightly reduced
when the
programmers
7 8 9 in question are
school age, but
nonetheless
Sphero has
released a new
version of
its SPRK
code-ucational
robot with a
tougher, more
tantrum-
resistant shell.
It also has new
tap-to-pair tech,
1 Roku 2 Google Fit 3 Amazon Kindle for easy
£free / iOS, Android, Windows £free / Android £free / iOS, Android connection
There’s a new Roku app for Are you still not fit? We finished Despite E Ink display upgrades to the SPRK
Windows 10, so now you can getting fit ages ago. Had we not, and powerful Kindle apps, paper Lightning Lab
control your TV apps via your though, we’d be liking Fit’s new is still better for flicking through app for iOS and
laptop or tablet-hybrid thing. Home view that shows all your stats a book. Or is it? Yes, it is. But Kindle’s Android phones
You can also stream photos and – steps, calories, distance, active new Page Flip function brings and tablets.
videos from your own library. time – in one sorrowful glance. a handy overview capability. The app’s had
an update too,
with 150 new
4 Final Fantasy VII 5 FourChords 6 Pktball activities and
£11.99 / iOS O £12.99 / Android £free / iOS, Android £free / iOS, Android a more social
Yikes. You’ll want to be someone Tighten up your strings and A little bit tennis-y, but with a play aspect for
who still has Final Fantasy pyjamas sandpaper your finger pads: the dynamic that’s more air hockey, sharing your
to be interested in the Android port FourChords guitar tutor app has Pktball soon ramps up the code projects
of this mid-’90s classic. Big price, had a huge look-and-feel update, addictiveness with silly power-ups. with friends,
considerable RAM requirements with altered skill levels, a new tuner, You can buy different (wacky) parents or
and alarming bug warnings ahoy! better tutorials and ‘badge’ rewards. characters, but it’s otherwise free. teachers. If
they’ve forgiven
you for all the
7 Safeture 8 Shazam 9 Arachnophobia Free shouting.
£3.99/month / Android, iOS £free / Android, iOS, Windows £4.99 / iOS
Heading to Rio for the Olympics? Two types of people in the world: The cartoony graphics don’t initially
Travel safety outfit Safeture has those who think music-identifying inspire confidence in this allegedly
a special team of worriers who apps are good, and are happy to science-based spider app, but
will be sending live incident updates hear about the new always-listening the user comments tell a different
to its app. The first 10,000 Rio ‘Auto’ mode in Shazam for Android… story. The app’s had an update,
downloaders get free activation. OK, one type of person in the world. because spiders keep evolving.

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The bigger picture in tech

SILENT RUNNING
Unveiled as part of a bevy of cars
marking parent company BMW’s
centenary, the Rolls-Royce Vision
Next 100 concept is a jaw-dropper.
There’s no engine, for a start – the
all-electric drivetrain means there
is nothing under that long bonnet
except your monogrammed
luggage. And there’s no steering
wheel – the iconic statuette
has been digitalised to become
an autonomous pilot and virtual
assistant. But the most startling
aspect of all is that this amazing
styling is only a suggestion: future
Roller owners will be encouraged
to work with the company’s
coachbuilders to design their
own perfect car. Yikes.

24
H O T S T U F F

NEWS FEED

4K, CONSUMER
Sky’s 4K telly will begin
its campaign against your
eyeballs on Saturday 13
August. As expected there
will be live coverage of 124
Premier League games
and all of 2017’s F1 races,
but there’ll also be an
on-demand 4K library
of recent films, original
dramas and arts shows.

LET’S OFF-ROAD!
(AUTONOMOUSLY)
The biggest barrier to
autonomous driving is
other people, so Land
Rover is developing off-
road self-driving tech.
Its ability to spot terrain,
measure gaps and identify
overhead obstacles will
also be useful for urban
environments, says LR.

NO CUCKOOS
IN THE NEST
Nest’s Cam Indoor and new
weatherproof Cam Outdoor
(pictured) will soon be able
to distinguish people from
other moving objects.
People Alerts uses Google
Machine Learning smarts,
and launches in September
for US subscribers to the
Nest Aware service.

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S T A R T M E N U
The latest startups, crowdfunded projects and plain crazy ideas

GOE-
GONDI
I

Does you dose?


Or dose you don’t?
PILLO
Well, here’s a conundrum. We want
a super-cute, face-recognising
robobuddy that says “Good
morning” and dumps out our
medication for the day. But we
don’t take any medication. So, we
either need to quickly develop a
medical problem that requires
regular dosing – any ideas? – or
we lie to Pillo: we tell it we need two
‘shamazopam’, three times a day…
and fill the dispenser with M&Ms.
Oh, but look at his face! We can’t lie
to Pillo. So, it’s option three: stop
being so self-centred and back Pillo
for a friend or relative who does
need little white science to stay
alive. And we can still be the friend
Pillo messages when they forget
to dose. So, that’s something.
US$600 / pillohealth.com

BACK IT

STACK IT

SACK IT
GOE-
TE -

TE -

TE -
R

R
R
AR K

AR K

AR K
GONDI
ST KIC

ST KIC

ST KIC
I

Teething troubles Handled Messiah Stone cold smart Mightiest mouse


GOHAWK BEATBRINGER HYPERCOOL Z MOUSE
It’s a droopy tail moment: you He didn’t bring the beat. Nor did Here’s an idea more refreshing We wanted to tell you about
spent half an hour strapping that guy bring the beat (but he than an icicle in the ear. Instead this uber-mouse by shouting
yourself into your flying squirrel did bring the sandwiches), and of lugging a huge cooler full a crazy number at you – the
outfit, just to realise your forgot she brought the beat last week of ice and cans to the park, number of buttons or actions
to switch your GoPro on. But so is off the hook. Ah, look – he you take a load of cans in their or something – but once we
no worries, because this GoPro brought the beat… and how! In eminently more packable started counting, including
backpack adds the ability to run the battery-powered Bluetooth room temperature state. its ability to use rotate, tilt and
a bite switch, as well as having BeatBringer bag, with its two And then you cool them, on accelerometer movements as
an output for an external LED woofers, two tweeters and demand, using this 60-second modifiers, our brain did a big
status light. Now fly, little 200W of amp. He can bring ‘Hypercooler’ that you pre-froze crash and had to be restarted.
Nutkins, fly and bite and shoot! the beat again, that guy. the night before. Smart thinking. Suffice it to say: many.
$100 / poalabs.com $550 / beatbringer.com $80 / hypercool.co $150 / swiftpoint.com

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C H O I C E

GEEK SNEAKS
Punctured your Reebok Pumps?
These techy toeboxes are a shoe-in
1 2

1 Salomon S-Lab
Sense 5 Ultra
Lighter than hummingbird tears
and no less fragrant, these are
designed for chaps who run up
mountains in nowt but skimpy
shorts and a vest. For fun.
£145 / salomon.com

2 Vaude Moab AM
Off-road bikers need a slick sole
for grippy pedals but a grippy
sole for pushing up mud-slicked
hills. It’s a dichotomy that Vaude
has smashed, while also nailing
its pledge on recycled materials.
£95 / vaude.com
3 4
3 DZR Mechanic
Stylish up top but stiff and racy
underneath. Does that sound
like a ‘mechanic’ to you? The
name alludes to the cycling
theme of these cleat-packing
disco slippers.
£100 / alwaysriding.co.uk

4 Saucony Ride 9
Behold the slime-green sass
of Saucony’s newest Ride, the
selection of savvy sprinters…
now with full-length ‘Everun’
energy-return sole splodge.
£115 / saucony.co.uk
5
5 UA SpeedForm
Gemini 2 Record
One of these sneaks contains
a Bluetooth smart tracker, for
sending distance, speed and
cadence info to your phone.
Which one? Get hopping.
£130 / underarmour.com

6
6 The North Face
Back-To-Berkeley
MTNSNKR
[ Picture RGB Digital ]

“Back to Berkeley!” we cry. And


then we look up Berkeley on
Google Maps and decide an
urban ramble somewhere in
Berkshire will have to suffice.
£100 / ellis-brigham.com

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H O T S T U F F

WTF? ‘Affordable’ audiophilia

Can you hear the indifference?


ASTELL & KERN AK70
There is no need to be ashamed: curiosity brings us all
to the edge of the audio rabbithole. You’re not at all to
blame for upping the settings on your CD ripper app,
just to see if you could hear the difference. That guy
in the pub should never have sold you those Grado
headphones. And now you’re falling, spinning into a
world of 24-bit DSD files and everything kilohertz,
and suddenly you’re looking at this distinctly minty
hi-res music player while your family plan their
intervention. All your pleas about how it’s really
good value for an Astell & Kern, about how it can
network over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it a family
purchase – nobody’s listening.
£500 / astellnkern.com

Sub-stantially more friendly


LOEWE SUBWOOFER 300
Speakers, on the whole, have a forward-facing,
purposeful look about them. (What do we want?
“Sound!” Where do we want it? “Thataways!”) The
subwoofer, though, has a shifty and secretive aspect.
It skulks in the corner, probably doing something other
than what you expect. In the case of this subwoofer, it
totally is. In addition to the 150W amp sending bass to
three 15cm drivers (one active and two passive), the
Subwoofer 300 has two extra 75W amps for running
left and right speakers. If you have a compatible Loewe
TV, even better, as its speakers can serve as a centre
channel. What a community-minded sub this is.
£595 / loewe.tv

FUTURE STUFF
OIL BE DAMNED
Fraser Macdonald looks wistfully into a future of fewer petroleum-based products
As any Key Stage scientist knows, evil sinks been making wetsuits for ten years, but for cold waters of Norway and Iceland. She’s still
into the Earth, where it compresses into oil. eight of them it’s been pouring money into alive. Yulex seems to work.
Later, kind-hearted men dig up the nasty researching natural alternatives. So how does all of this relate to gadgets?
black substance and become instantly evil, And it’s finally done it – or as near as Well, this might be the thin end of the tech
turning that oil into products that do nothing possible without sacrificing durability and wedge that brings about a global change in
of any earthly use, such as plastic, petrol and comfort. For its 2016/2017 range, all of its neoprene, foam and rubber use across all
orange Lycra. And, for the longest time, the wetsuits will be 85% natural rubber, sourced sorts of product categories. Oil is finite and
neoprene foam used in wetsuits. from a company called Yulex that manages yucky, whereas natural latex from trees,
But if ever there was a bunch of people FSC/Rainforest Alliance certified plantations. sustainably sourced, could form the basis
with the nature-loving strength of character Is it as good as neoprene? Google up Lea for the greener production of everything
to overcome oil’s nefarious thrall, it’s surfers. Brassy, a Patagonia-sponsored surfer who from phone cases to car tyres. And, unless
Outdoor clothing brand Patagonia has only enjoys catching waves in the life-threateningly you’re evil, that’s got to be good.

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I C O N

THIS ORANGEY
MAELSTROM
PROMISES TO
TEACH YOUR
CHILDREN BETTER
SLEEP ROUTINES

SUZY SNOOZE
US$175 / bleepbleeps.com

That thing is on fire. employed Oxford University sleep recipe. But there’s more to Suzy. in the making of Suzy. And she
You know it, bro! Wait. You meant boffins to train your little terrors Come morning, she has a routine has one last trick up her glowing
actual fire, not colloquial fire. No, to sleep when they’re supposed involving a light-show countdown sleeve: app-powered sound
the orangey maelstrom in Suzy’s to. The result utilises “soothing followed by the raising of her ‘hat’ monitoring, so you get some
hat promotes peace and sleep, not sunset light” and ambient sounds to let them know it’s time to get up. warning that little Skylake
panic and disarray. It’s a child sleep from electro bleep-fondler Erol There’s a video on the Kickstarter is up and about. There’s also
trainer, one that promises to teach Alkan. Do not be afraid. page showing a child waiting in bed Spotify and AirPlay streaming,
children auto-shutdown routines. for this to happen, so it must work. room temperature monitoring and
Doesn’t sound too convincing. a cry detection mode that aims to
Should I entrust my kids’ wellbeing Well, we wouldn’t know, not being Another small victory for parents reinvoke sleep without any human
to a large glowing thing? allowed to have guardianship over who can’t be arsed with parenting… involvement whatsoever! Suffice
Why of course! Maker of Internet anything more complicated than Hey, we’re not Mumsnet – but the to say, sleepy parents have heavily
of Things devices BleepBleeps has a slightly rambunctious IFTTT all-powerful forum was consulted backed Suzy’s crowdfund.

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G A M E S

OUT
2017

FIRST PLAY THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD Wii U


There’s just something about and replaces it with an enormous food and clothing as you go along.
Zelda games. More so than any expanse of Hyrule to explore as Wanna cook apples on the side of
Mario, Donkey Kong or Metroid you please. After an hour spent a volcano? Gor for it. Burn your
adventure, they’ve got the power climbing mountains, diving into foes to death in a wildfire? It’s up
to make grown adults go wobbly vast lakes and wreaking havoc to you, buddy. Catapult Link 100
at the knees. The green tunic. with Bokoblin encampments, feet into the air for the sheer hell
The Master Sword. That infernal we’d barely scratched the of it? We positively insist that you
Water Temple. You’re getting surface of what is quite literally do. This is a game that dares you
misty-eyed at the thought of the biggest Zelda yet. be creative and rewards such
it all, right? You see, as well as being inventiveness with moments
Naturally, Nintendo cares a gorgeous cel-shaded affair, of sheer delight.
[ Words Rob Leedham ]

nothing for this nostalgia, Nintendo’s last major title for the Set for release early next
judging by Breath Of The Wild. Wii U (and probable launch game year, Breath Of The Wild
This gorgeous open-world for its successor NX console) promises to instil new life in
affair does away with the hands you an amazing amount a classic Ninty franchise and
franchise’s classic traipse of freedom over Link’s destiny. hand the NX its first surefire
from dungeon to dungeon Now you can pick up weapons, system seller. No pressure, then.

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H O T S T U F F

FIRST LOOK

DAYS GONE
PS4

You’ve had enough of zombies,


right? But what about if you had
to deal with hundreds at a time, all
trampling over each other in a vast
swarm to get you? That might be
quite fun. Incredibly stressful, but
heaps of gun-toting fun.
The undead in Days Gone aren’t DUE
technically zombies at all. These are
2017
‘freakers’, infected by some sort of
virus that turns them into flesh-
hungry psychopaths.
You control Deacon St James,
one of few surviving members of
a motorcycle gang from the Pacific
Northwest. Considering the playing
area is absolutely massive, with
a dynamic weather system and
day/night cycle, that bike should
come in handy.
But it’s the game’s open-ended
encounters that should have you
most excited. Each one challenges
you to exploit the environment – by
unleashing a load of logs into their
path, buying you enough time to
reach your bike and ride to safety,
or by running and gunning.
Whichever way you do it, it’s
pretty clear this isn’t just some
low-rent The Last Of Us rip-off.

OTHER UPCOMING GAMES

DEATH STRANDING PREY STEEP


Having parted ways with PlayStation, Waking up onboard a spaceship orbiting the Imagine Skate, send it to the top of
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima’s Moon in the year 2032 is normally a good a mountain, make the whole range
first game will be, er, a Sony exclusive. indicator that something’s not quite right, accessible via a load of gnarly extreme
But Death Stranding is an altogether more but in Prey that’s an understatement. The sports, invite your friends to join you – and
mysterious proposition. It’ll star Norman ship’s been overrun by extraterrestrials you’ve got Steep. Challenges are peppered
Reedus and, depending on your feelings and they’re not friendly. Looking like a cross around the mountain; you can race your
towards Kojima, the trailer will either be between Adr1ft and Alien Isolation, it’s not friends or just roam around looking for the
hugely pretentious or massively exciting. a game to break out a new pair of pants for. perfect spot to leap off. Awesome, bro.

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H O T S T U F F

WTF IS
HAIER DUO?
Some days you just can’t be bothered
to bend down to fill the washer.
Aye, chances are you’d just stay down
there, curled up on the kitchen floor. Like,
we have these amazing washing machines
that sip power and stinge water and yet
still rely on us to measure out the detergent
and fabric softener? As if we’re not going Field of dreams
to just lollop an absent-minded half-gallon
into all the trays and go back to Ratchet &
YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS
Clank. It should be like this: grocery delivery Not living near a Dubai-type desert, nor North America’s
to house; up-end entire detergent bottle endless prairies, us Brits don’t tend to have a racing off-roader much
into machine; machine doses according to larger than a Tamiya Monster Beetle. But were we to inherit a field,
washing weight. Dosey-do. this is what we’d buy. Yamaha’s new YXZ1000R SS is the first
‘side by side’ two-seater to feature a racing-style paddle-shift
Wow, does this thing do that? gearbox, meaning owners can now plough up and down the gears
Nope. Just thinking out loud. Mind like an F1 driver as they hysterically smash through haybales
you, the Haier Duo (haier.com) is at mind-boggling speeds. It has a 998c three-cylinder engine
revolutionary in its own way, kicking with a 10,500rpm redline, locking diff and launch control.
it like an ’80s hair metal band with A farmer’s quad this most certainly is not.
double drums. The top one is 4kg, £tba (due Sept) / yamahamotor.eu
1200rpm, with 12 different wash
programmes; the bottom one is 8kg,
1500rpm, with 18 of its own dances.
“Are you doing a whites or a colours
wash?” Both, sucka! “Can you wash this
on a delicates cycle?” Top drawer! “Are
you washing the kids’ clothes, or ours?”
We don’t have kids, George.

That’s it for the excitement, then?


The double drums?
That is not ‘it’, buster. The Haier Duo
has a 7in TFT touchscreen on which
your dainty fingers can bust out a
dirt-busting ditty. And it has many
trademarked things like ‘Pillow Drum’,
‘Smart Dual Spray’ and, our favourite,
‘Smart Opening’, a function that saves
vital seconds by opening the door for On the button
you at the end of the cycle. No, we’re
not excited by that one either. COMO SOLO & DUETTO
Your laptop is an excellent conduit for audio streaming services
And where do I put this monstrosity? and music playback, but it looks duff in your kitchen. A dedicated audio
It’s not as big as you might think – at device such as the Solo (pictured) or Duetto looks the part, but their
128cm, it’s about 1.5 times the height minimalist frontages can make them fiddly when trying to access
of a normal washer. So yes, you might Spotify or finding one of a trillion internet radio stations. Como might
have to get out your Mickey Mouse have solved the problem, and not just with its corresponding control
safety scissors and cut a worktop. But, app, though that’s an excellent beginning. No, it’s the ability to select
as a bonus, your cat is going to love it the function of those six preset buttons along the top, not just to
as a superior place from which to throw radio stations but to whatever sources you regularly use. Now to ruin
you disdainful glances. Mind you, how those good looks with some sticky labels to remind us which is which.
many kitty-bikkits could have been US$300, $400 / comoaudio.com
bought for £1300?

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29th
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BLU-RAY
Probably one of those
films you skipped at the
O cinema because of its
BOND PLAYS middling reviews, but it’s
THE ODDS an urban terrorist thriller
1/3: well worth catching up
James Norton
9/2: Tom
on on disc or streaming…
not least so you can 23rd
Hiddleston weigh into the Idris Elba
10/1: #NextBond arguments.
Idris Elba He’s CIA in this, but DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED
500/1: imagine an MI6 PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
Robbie Savage bow-tie. Hmmm… Deus Ex games don’t come around very
often, which doubles the anticipation
but triples the nervousness. The new
‘Breach’ game mode doesn’t sound right
at all, but hopefully we can ignore it and
get right on with hi-tech sneakery.

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100 Critter dell xps 13


and Guitari
Organelle
You need a thin and light
laptop, you buy a MacBook
Like a Raspberry Pi for Air, right? Hold yer horses:
budding musicians, the the XPS 13 might just be
Organelle lets you load the ultimate ultraportable.
up your choice of ‘patches’ Not just because it’s thin
to turn it into a sampler, enough to pop through 98 philips hue
synth or effects processor. a letterbox, and weighs
Splendid fun to play with, less than your lunch, but
even if you’re tone deaf. because of a blindingly Simple switches are so last century – become a master of
beautiful QHD+ screen. the bulbs with Hue, Philips’ system of smart lights. Wake
US$495 / up to natural light when you like, set daily colour schedules
critterandguitari.com £880 / dell.com and tinker with levels from your smartphone to find the
perfect ambience for your every mood.

from £15 / meethue.com

97 Amazon Netatmo 95 McIntosh 94 glowforge 93 Apple


Fire TV 4K Welcome RS100 Magsafe to
Magsafe 2
The Glowforge is a home Converter
So you’ve just bought a A security camera with Fancy hijacking the Wi-Fi laser cutting machine
spangly new 4K TV and face recognition tech, this in style? Connect the that can slice through the
you’re itching to step up aluminium sentry will tell arrestingly retro RS100 and likes of wood, acrylic and New MacBook, old
to UHD. Amazon’s Fire TV you whose heads are in start flinging your favourites leather, or engrave glass charger? Pick up one
box is one of the best ways the house – friend or foe wirelessly (and losslessly) and ceramics, to let you of these neat converters,
to do it. It was a kick-ass – and alert you if it detects to a Play-Fi-enabled unit, create anything from clad in Apple’s classic
streamer before, but now the latter. With a wide- or hook 16 of them up personalised wallets to aluminium, and charge like
it’ll actually use all those angle view and night vision to a single network for a MacBook key caps. And nothing’s changed – and
extra pixels. Oh, and it’s smarts, not much gets house-wide party – with the best bit? It’s only got save yourself the strife of
packing Netflix in 4K too. past this domestic ’bot. independent controls. one button: ‘Print’. buying a new power block.

£80 / amazon.co.uk £200 / netatmo.com £1000 / mcintoshlabs.com $2395 / glowforge.com £9 / apple.com

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Gibson
Neat Widget
Planning to record a podcast aboard
the Starship Enterprise? This is the
microphone for you. Available in three
colourful, retro-futuristic designs,
the Widget records in 96kHz/24-bit
quality and plays nice with both Macs
and PCs. The only danger is that you
might be too busy cooing over its looks
to have anything to say into it.

£65 / neatmic.com

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mass
effect
andromeda
Of all the games released on
the last generation of consoles,
none quite had the emotional
impact of Mass Effect. Developer
Bioware was able to craft a game
that allowed you to create your
own captain, send him or her off
into space, then play out a whole
series where every decision you
made had a tangible impact. So
it’s fair to say we’re quite excited
about Andromeda, which takes
place in a brand new galaxy,
features a new main character
called Ryder, and sees the return
of the Mako buggy from the
first game.

masseffect.com

Samsung UE55KS7000

Fancy a slice of top-end telly? Samsung’s KS7000 is about


as brilliant as they come, squeezing 4K Ultra HD resolution,
eye-popping HDR smarts and all the gear required for a
UHD Premium sticker – meaning it’s very bright, and very
colourful – into a sleek frame that’s just 44mm thick.

£1400 /samsung.com

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89 pixlr 88 bluesmart 87 fitbit alta
Express black
Fitbit is back with the Alta, SoundMagic
Looking for a lightweight Equipped with a location a simple wristband that E10C
photo editor to handle the tracker, a battery pack pitches day-and-night
essentials? Pixlr Express to boost your gear as you tracking to the everyman.
can crop, resize and edit roll and a phone-controlled It might lack heart data and Bin those bundled buds:
snaps with neat efficiency, lock, this PU-clad case waterproofing, but accurate there’s no excuse for
offering enough effects is cleverer than it looks. automatic sleep tracking having bad sound when
to keep even experienced It even has digital scales and motivating movement you can slap down £40
tweakers Insta-happy. built in, so you can calculate reminders might just for the excellent E10Cs.
And the best news? It the cost of your haul from convince the uncertain SoundMagic has made
won’t cost you a penny. your palm. to kit up. the inline remote on
these in-ears work with
£free / pixlr.com/express €600 / bluesmart.com £100 / fitbit.com everything, and they sound
unbelievable for the cash.

£40 / soundmagic.com

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THE MARTIAN
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STAR WARS:
THE OLD
REPUBLIC
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MASS EFFECT
ANDROMEDA

85 84
fujifilm
x-pro2

Most gadgets end up


compromising somewhere
plex down the line. Not so the 83 Moon
Fujifilm X-Pro2, which
manages to tick every
Playing panacea to media box on the most discerning Live out all your Moon
hoard disorder, this app camera geek’s wish list. landing fantasies with this
puts all your digital content Along with its achingly hip Kickstarter-funded globe,
– from films and photos retro rangefinder style, it the most accurate model
to music and movies – at has all manner of clever of our cheesy neighbour to
your fingertips wherever features, such as dual date. it’s a 1:20million-scale
you are. The Media Server optical and electronic replica complete with the
software scans and sorts viewfinders and dual very same craters and
stuff before making it SD card slots. And, most ridges, rendered in 3D,
available to share with importantly, it takes that Armstrong and his
any app-equipped device. superb 24MP photos crew explored in 1969.
resplendent with Fuji’s
£free (IAPs) / plex.tv never-bettered colours £400 / moonproject.space
and custom filters.

£1350 / fujifilm.com

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82 turntables
The original lossless audio format
has enjoyed a resurrection in recent
years, with more and more vinyl
records being sold. So there’s never
been a better time to buy a turntable.
Here are four of the tastiest…

Pro-Ject VT-E 81 Sony 80 GPinto On 79 Atmo Sfera


PS-HX500
Try turning your regular With a valve preamp and No platter? No problem!
turntable on its side and Like an electric penny power source (take your Atmo’s Kickstarted Sfera
you’ll soon find out that farthing or a Wi-Fi quill, pick from 100, 250 or 500 spins your records in mid-
the records fall off. So it’s Sony’s PS-HX500 is a fine Watts) built in, all you need air, with Bluetooth and a
a good job Pro-Ject turned example of old meets new. to do with GPinto’s On phono preamp built in to
this concept into a real, Plug it into a PC via USB is add a set of speakers. the base. Why no platter?
shut-up-and-take-our- and convert your vinyl into There’s aptX Bluetooth Because without one
money product. If it sounds hi-res audio files. Then you onboard too, so you can there’s nothing for those
half as good as Pro-Ject’s just need something else feed tunes from your sound-spoiling vibrations
other decks, we’ll take two. compatible to play them on. phone through it. to flow through.

£230 / project-audio.com £450 / sony.co.uk €3000 / gpinto.it €895 / audiodeva.com

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Jaguar
f-type svr

Supercars aren’t supposed


to be practical – but that
hasn’t stopped Jaguar
designing the F-Type
SVR, a two-seat, 200mph
coupé that you can take
to the shops. Lighter
than the standard model
thanks to a lean design
methodology, it also
Dark Souls Board game happens to be radically
powerful – courtesy of
a re-calibrated 5-litre V8
How best to continue the legacy of an immensely popular engine – while still offering
video game series? By launching a follow-up board game on the kind of comfort Jaguar
Kickstarter, of course! Featuring bosses, characters and a owners expect.
uniquely complex strategy system – all set within the Dark
Souls universe. Now fully funded, it should be out next year. £110,000 / jaguar.co.uk

£tba / steamforged.com

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76 apple 74 colorware 73 MultiNet


ipad pro ResetPlug
Want absolutely everything
Apple’s latest tablet still in life to match your “Have you tried turning
beats all comers, thanks Lumigon T3 favourite pants? It’s time it off and on again?” Plug
to superb performance, to try ColorWare’s brand your router into MultiNet’s
a gorgeous display and of iPhone customisation. ResetPlug and it’ll do the
support for accessories Plenty of phones these days have superpowers, from Pick your desired hues and job for you if you ever lose
– Steve Jobs hated the the Moto X Force’s Hulk-like strength to the LG G5’s patterns – for the buttons, connection – handy if
concept, but Apple’s stylus Iron Man-esque appendages. To that list we can now the logo, you name it – and you’ve got smarthome
is a dream for arty types. add the Lumigon T3 and its ability to see in the dark. send them your handset. kit that relies on a constant
Oh, and it’ll handle games Thanks to its 4MP night-vision camera and dual-IR They’ll paint it up and ship it connection and things fall
too, but don’t tell your flashes, it’ll be like having Daredevil inside your mobile, back; your life will be better. over when you’re out.
boss that. only without all the fighting.
US$300 / colorware.com US$60 / resetplug.com
from £500 / apple.com £700 / lumigon.com

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JUSTIFIED
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DOGMA
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DEAD
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Preacher

Adeptly adapted from the original comic book series,


Preacher is a beguilingly gory exposition of fantasy
made real – equal parts comedy, thriller and dramatic
horror. A pilot that pitched exploding preachers to the
public set the tone for what is now a widely popular
series, with a second due for release in 2017.

Amazon Prime Instant Video

ue roll 2

There are now more types


of Bluetooth speaker on
Earth than species of
beetle (around 400,000),
but the UE Roll 2 stands
out thanks to its colourful
face, waterproofing and
bungee cord. Yes, bungee
71 flow hive 70 august cord – so you can attach 68 Schenker
smart lock it to your belt when you XMG U726
abseil down a mountain.
The Flow Hive dramatically
shortens the process of Serial key-losers rejoice! £80 / ultimateears.com Think you can’t play games
getting honey from a Using your existing locks, on a laptop? Well, this is
beehive, thanks to its the August Smart Lock no ordinary laptop. Its Intel
ingenious frame design. connects to your Android Skylake i7 chip is straight
Turn a handle and its cells, or iOS smartphone via from a desktop, and
filled with wax and honey, Bluetooth, automatically the 17.3in QFHD display
split and allow the golden unlocking as you approach. is powered by a zippy
nectar down a tube and You can also create virtual GeForce GTX 980 graphics
onto your toast. There’s guest keys and track who card. A 4K-ready beast of
a real buzz about this one. comes in and out. a mobile gaming machine.

US$340 / honeyflow.com $200 / august.com from £1750 / xmg.gg

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The first 360°
VR Action Cam.
#explorein360

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67 archer 66 Naim kodak super8 64


Mu-so qb we happy few
The seventh season of this The camera on which so
ace adult animation has just With a 32-bit signal many directors learned A ’60s community kept
gone off air in the US, and processor and a carefully their trade holds a special docile on hallucinogenics
we can’t wait for it to hit aligned array of high-end place in the hearts of is the setting for this game.
the UK. Netflix looks certain drivers, tweeters and cinephiles worldwide. This You play a man who has
to bag it for us Brits, but it woofers, Naim’s mini- resurrection of the Kodak realised all is not well. Can
could be a few long, hard monolith pumps out some Super8 still uses the same you blend in long enough to
months before we’re back serious sound. And with 1965 film cartridges, which escape, or will the doped-
with Archer and the gang Bluetooth, AirPlay and can be sent to Kodak for up masses find you out
as they open a Hollywood Spotify on board, you’ll processing, with a digital and bash your brains in?
detective agency. not be short of support. version thrown in.
£30 /
fxnetworks.com £600 / naimaudio.com £tba / kodak.com compulsiongames.com

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misfit ray

Activity-tracking tech,
sleep-sensing smarts
and handy vibration
iphone se alerts – all hidden within 61 Nest 3.0
an intriguingly minimalist
aluminium shell – make
When Apple finally made this tubular motivator Who needs a butler to
a couple of big iPhones, anything but a misfit… fiddle with the boiler? Stick
it delighted millions. The whether you wear it on this pretty puck on the wall
mediocre 5C also upset your wrist, around your and it will quickly learn just
a fair few, who wanted neck or elsewhere. Its how toasty you like the
flagship smarts in a smaller coolest trick? Controlling lounge – and when. What’s
package. The SE rights the lights – or, if you’re more, nifty features such
that wrong, cramming 6s that way inclined, snapping as eco-encouragement
tech into an iPhone 5-sized selfies – courtesy of a and emergency system
package – at a relatively programmable button. shutdowns make it more
modest price. Everything’s handled companion than controller.
through the Link app, as
£360 / apple.com a multicolour LED delivers £200 / nest.com
on-device updates.

£82 / misfit.com

59 Lego
Creator
Lego Technic Porsche 911 VW Beetle

Lego’s for kids, you say? Pah! What child could truly Craft yourself a slice of the
appreciate the intricate beauty of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS ’60s via the 1167 pieces of
faithfully recreated using 2704 pieces of plastic (most this authentic VW Beetle
of them orange)? OK, so the body might be blockier set, complete with azure
than the sweeping aerodynamics of the real thing, but blue paint job. Then push
throw in opening doors and authentic stickers, and it around the rug to the
you’ve got a majestic model that’s not for sticky fingers. sound of Sgt Pepper.

£250 / lego.com £70 / lego.com

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Roli
Seaboard Rise 57
When is a keyboard not a
keyboard? Why, when it’s
made of flexible rubber,
titanfall 2 allowing you to bend and
squidge each and every
key, altering the pitch and
They say all’s fair in love and war. So even if you’re piloting a blowing people’s ears. With
robot the size of a house, you can mow down your foes as access to a vast sound
you please. The sequel to EA’s mech-tastic 2014 shooter library and an effects pad,
has a single-player campaign as well as online multiplayer, this is worthy of a Mos
and looks like being 2016’s most destructive shooter. Eisley Cantina band.

titanfall.com from £600 / roli.com

pebble core 55 Philips toyota Mirai 53 philips 52 garmin


65PUS8901 fidelio b5 vivoactive hr
Music and exercise go Forget diesel or unleaded:
together like cheese and Philips has decided to break the Mirai does away with Not to be mistaken for a This might just be Garmin’s
baked beans: you can have the TV mould then launch it an engine altogether… and shiny door wedge, this best wrist gadget yet:
one without the other, but into orbit by attaching nine emits only water. Hydrogen soundbar’s smart surprise a hi-res touchscreen, a
really, what’s the point? – yes, nine – pico projectors from on-board tanks is detachable rear speakers spread of sports apps
Pebble knows this, so its to the rear of its 4K meets air from outside, that deliver surround and built-in GPS make
new iPod Shuffle-like Core AmbiLux telly. The result is reacting in the fuel cells to sound on demand. The the Vivoactive HR a truly
comes with a SIM card so an explosion of colour and generate the electricity and spatial calibration tech capable companion for
you can stream Spotify shapes. Great for games, get this motorless machine means astounding audio stat-thirsty sweaters
without lugging your phone movies and kaleidoscope rolling cleanly. One day we’ll wherever you stick the looking to leave their
around with you. Genius. YouTube videos. all drive like this. cable-free friends. smartphone at home.

£tba / pebble.com £4000 / philips.co.uk £66,000 / toyota.co.uk £600 / philips.co.uk £210 / garmin.com

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As tech’s most maverick company, Google Google’s Project Ara is set Not only does Google Bored with your plain
makes a lot of ingenious stuff – and that to blow the modular phone Photos give you unlimited old iPhone keyboard?
sense of trailblazing brilliance is the thing competition out of the storage for free – it also Google’s got you sorted.
that tallies its products together. After all, water when it ships out to groups them together Its free Gboard app bakes
those search billions aren’t going to spend developers this autumn. with cheeky animations in search, gifs and, yes,
themselves. Here are four of Google’s A phone you can keep and gives you basic editing emoji so they’re all just
recent products that have made us look, forever? We’re sold. tools to boot. a swipe away.
made us stare, and made us wonder what
they might come up with next… £tba / atap.google.com £free / photos.google.com £free / itunes.apple.com

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46 luke cage 45 infento LG G5

Haven’t had your fill of the Want your offspring to be If modular phones are the
Marvel Universe? Good the next Adrian Newey? future, LG’s playing the Doc
news! Luke Cage is soon to Start them young with Brown role: whip the G5’s
hit Netflix. Viewers first met Infento, a modular mobility bottom off and you can clip
Cage – with his Hulk-like kit that apes traditional on an audio-enhancing
strength and impenetrable ride-on toys with its clever DAC or battery-boosting
skin – in the eminently construction system, so camera grip. Screen, power
popular Jessica Jones (also budding engineers can build and design are all top-
on Netflix); and if that one’s an array of rides that get notch too, making it a
anything to go by, he’ll be bigger as they do. F1 is but modular phone you’ll
well worth a watch. a nut and bolt away. really want to own.

netflix.com $300 / infentorides.com £430 / lg.com

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audio
Sitting on a nest egg and not sure
Bluetooth speakers be which lightweight dune buggy to blow
damned – plug this into it on? Ariel’s newest wagon is an off-

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any hi-fi amp or powered road monster of the highest calibre.
speaker and it’ll turn it into Harnessing 235bhp in a composite
a device that can handle all polyethylene shell that weighs a paltry
your music streaming. 670kg, it’s no wonder Ariel fitted this
rally-bred beast with harnesses. Once
£30 / google.com you’ve hit 60mph in 3.4 secs, it’s worth
admiring the Nomad’s aggressive
exoskeleton (besides, there’s little else
in the pared-back cockpit to catch your
eye). Feeling creative? The options list
is longer than the spec sheet, so you
can tightly tune your new toy before
belting around the Tesco car park.

£33,000 / aerialmotor.co.uk

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sea of thieves 40 3doodler 39 smarter


create fridge cam
What little child didn’t want
to be a pirate growing up? Pebble 2 3Doodler has worked Smart fridges are all the
Rare’s upcoming open- its magic once again, rage, but they’re pricey.
world multiplayer pirate shrinking its handheld British startup Smarter has
adventure looks set to The Pebble 2 is thinner and lighter than its 3D printer to the size of a cheaper option (probably
make our dreams come predecessor, but the real reason you’ll want a marker pen. It’s quieter around £80) in its Fridge
true, with a gloriously one is that it serves up quick-release straps and runs cooler too, while Cam. It takes a photo
vibrant world packed with for instant accessory matching, along with offering greater control, whenever you open the
feisty ship-to-ship battles, a heart-rate sensor that, combined with thanks to adjustable fridge door, so when you’re
explorable islands and the the Pebble Health app, will help you train melting speed settings out shopping you can
odd pint of grog. your way to a better you. and switchable nozzles. check what you need.

seaofthieves.com £100 / pebble.com £80 / the3doodler.com £tba / smarter.am

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Already years in the making before
its recent delay, it’s fair to say that
anticipation for No Man’s Sky is at
fever pitch for launch this month.
First of all, it’s the biggest game ever
made with 18 quintillion planets – an
impossibly large galaxy to explore,
and one that you’d only ever scratch
the surface of even if you played
for years. It also looks absolutely
stunning, has a brilliant soundtrack

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by 65daysofstatic, and has some neat
online features such as the ability to
name the planets you discover.

no-mans-sky.com

dyson
supersonic

Dyson’s Supersonic is
more than just a load
of hot air. Dyson says
it fights the frizz up to
eight times faster than
the competition, without
the bulk of a professional
hairdryer. A V9 motor in
the handle means no more
trapped tresses, and it’s
quieter than other dryers.

£300 / dyson.co.uk

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coboc Panono 34 johammer j1 KIndle oasis 32 Lenovo
one rome phab 2 pro
Addicted to panoramas? This electric motorbike Spending £270 on an
If cycling to work has you You will be after trying looks like a pizza cutter for ebook reader may seem Say hello to augmented
puffing but bulky electric Panono, a plastic sphere a reason. Its chassis’s low crazy, but when you pick up reality in your pocket:
bikes leave you cold, studded with 36 lenses. centre of gravity means the impossibly slim Oasis, Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro is the
Coboc’s ONE Rome is the Once you’ve sent the the J1 can pack in enough all logic goes kaput. It’s a first smartphone to pack
answer. Its battery can files to the cloud via your batteries to run for 125 gorgeous, decadent object Google’s titillating Tango
drive the 250W hub motor smartphone, you’ll have miles on a single charge. which, when slathered tech. Fancy measuring
for 80km and, although at a self-stitched, 360° shot And its regenerative brakes in a leather battery case, objects with your mobile,
14.4kg it’s hardly as svelte in a jiffy. The 16GB onboard help it build up extra charge offers months of reading or shooting zombies on
as a racing bike, the whizz storage can hold up to on the move. goodness for those who the go? It’s all possible on
is worth the weight. 600 images. live for consuming words. the 6.4in QHD display.
from €22900 /
£3000 / coboc.co.uk from €1500 / panono.com johammer.com £270 / amazon.co.uk US$500 / lenovo.com

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geneva
aerosphere
large
The afro hairstyle has played a huge
part in shaping musical history. Would
Sly Stone have been as influential with
a short back and sides? Geneva has
commemorated the do’s influence by
giving an afro trim to the AeroSphere.
Under the barnet are two 1in tweeters,
two 4in woofers and an up-firing
6in subwoofer. Add an AeroSphere
Base and you can even connect four
together for some multiroom action.

£650 / genevalab.com

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bluesound
pulse mini
Less hairy but no less talented is
Bluesound’s Pulse Mini – part of a
veritable supergroup of products that
trumps Sonos in one important area:
hi-res audio. The whole range supports
MQA files, including this all-in-one
speaker. It’s all controlled from a neat
mobile app, with Bluetooth connectivity
and support for all the major streaming
services. And if you want it to have an
afro, you could always buy it a wig.

£420 / bluesound.com

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29 mr robot 28 resident evil 27 tomatan


7: Biohazard
Write s0me code, fl1p a It’s all very well wearing a
switch, era5e the world’s Resident Evil 4: Classic. band that can count your
debt. Unstable hactivist Resi 5: Fairly enjoyable. steps and measure your
Eliot’s scheme dominated Resi 6: Disaster. Thankfully, heart rate, but if you’re
the first season of Mr the seventh iteration too weak to make it to
Robot, the brilliant US returns the series to its the finish line, what’s
drama scooped up for the horror roots. It’s also the the point? Step forward
UK by Amazon. Season 2 first Resi to be played Tomatan – a Japanese
sees the FBI on his tail… completely in first person, robot that rides on your
and he’s still having visions which should be terrifying back and feeds you
of his dead father. using PlayStation VR. tomatoes as you go.

Amazon Prime capcom.co.jp bit.ly/TomatanVideo

26 tangram
smart ropE

Yes, it is a skipping rope,


but this one has 23 LEDs
in its cable. They’ll display
number of jumps, plus
other stats, in the air before
your eyes while you skip.
Then you can send them to
your phone via Bluetooth.
24 impossible
project i-1
US$90 /
tangramfactory.com If the creators of Instagram travelled BEST FREE
back in time and invented the Polaroid GAMES FOR
camera, it’d probably be a lot like the YOUR CHEAP
Canon EF-M Impossible I-1. It uses Polaroid-type PHONE:
28mm f/3.5 film for instant analogue results but SUPER
Macro IS STM can be paired with your phone using STICKMAN
Bluetooth, allowing you to mess about GOLF 3
with the shutter speed, flash power CLASH
Like the look of the ring and aperture (ISO is dictated by the ROYALE
flash but already own 25 film, remember). There’s also a set of SWORDIGO
a Canon EOS M? This Hipstamatic-style shooting modes,
macro lens has one such as light painting and double
built in, making it the exposures, plus a scanner function so
perfect way to take your you can digitise your analogue wares.
#eatclean lunch shots Not forgetting that the built-in ring
to the next level. flash will do wonders for your selfies.

£295 / canon.co.uk from £230 / impossible-project.com

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Raspberry pi 3

Is there a more versatile


computer than the
Raspberry Pi 3? Whether
you want something cheap
to play retro games on,
a bargain media streamer
or a brain to run your DIY
smarthome, it’s got all the
power and ports you need
– and it’s still only £30.

£30 / raspberrypi.org

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20
Vodafone smart prime 7 It’s not just Tesla making amazon echo
electric cars that’ll give
you a buzz. While Morgan
Turns out it’s not just OnePlus that can churn out excellent phones is best known for its It looks like Darth Vader
for not much money. Vodafone’s best will cost you even less: £75 vintage-styled three- reincarnated as a tube of
is all you’ll need to fork out for the Smart Prime 7, but to hold it in wheelers, the EV3’s retro Pringles, and Amazon’s
your hand you’d never know. The 5in 720p screen is a treat, the looks hide a more modern Echo is rumoured to be
faux carbon fibre back is a nice touch, the battery will get you from approach to motoring. heading to the UK. Alexa
breakfast to bedtime, and even though it’s got Vodafone in the This plug-in single-seater (as it likes to be called)
name there’s no irritating custom interface slowing things down emits nothing nastier could soon be making
– it’s untouched Android (of the Marshmallow variety). Compared than smiles. lists, DJing and controlling
to other phones at this price it’s no slouch, and while the camera your lights, using nothing
won’t win you any Pulitzers it’s good enough for feeding your £tba / morgan-motor.co.uk but your voice to take
Instagram account. TL;DR? It’s a total bargain. commands.

£75 / vodafone.co.uk £tba / amazon.co.uk

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ghost recon
wildlands
Having fought to take back
control of the ruined streets of
Manhattan in The Division, virtual
vigilantes are now looking for a
new challenge – and good old
Tom Clancy is on hand to provide
one. Wildlands transports you to
South America as part of a team
of Ghosts – four Special Ops
soldiers who plan to take down
a drug cartel using any means
possible. With the biggest open-
world landscape Ubisoft has ever
made – taking in snow-capped
mountains, dusty deserts and
dense rainforests – you’ll have
various modes of transport at
your disposal, with drones to
scope out Santa Blanca cartel
bases. That gives it a feeling of
Just Cause meets Call Of Duty,
with all the flexibility of the
former, the gunplay of the latter
and the four-player co-op larks
of The Division. Is it any wonder
Hp spectre 13 our trigger fingers are so itchy?

ghost-recon.ubisoft.com
If the HP Spectre 13 got any thinner it’d be two sheets of
paper taped together with a screen and buttons drawn on.
With a 13in display and Core i7 processor it’s clearly trying
to land one on the latest MacBook, but HP has shaved
almost 3mm off Apple’s own lightweight laptop.

from £1300 / hp.co.uk

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17 dyson 16 Meem 15 Westworld
360 eye
Like putting the bins out, Imagine a mash-up of giroptic
Many years in the making backing up your phone is The Matrix, Deadwood
but only now starting to one of those chores that’s and The Truman Show
suck the grime from UK too easy to forget. Meem and you’ve just pitched Giroptic’s 360° camera
carpets… no dirt is safe means you don’t have Westworld to HBO. With shoots VR-friendly
from Dyson’s robot to remember. With up to trailers full of shootouts, footage, stitching it
vacuum. The Eye of its 32GB storage built in, it sex and weird sci-fi stuff, together in real time
name is the 360° camera backs everything up every it’s shaping up to fill a so it can be immediately
on top, which it uses to see time you plug your iPhone GoT-shaped hole on our streamed. Unscrew the
where it’s been and what in to charge, with the data Sky boxes. You will be base and you can add an
else needs to be cleaned. stored on the cable itself. showing it, right, Sky? Ethernet adaptor, or a
lightbulb attachment that
£800 / dyson.co.uk £40 / meemmemory.com hbo.com/westworld allows you to screw it into
any compatible light fitting.

€500 / eu.360.tv

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GTA V JUST CAUSE THE DIVISION GHOST RECON


WILDLANDS

13 nike
hyperadapt
12
The only hoverboards that
have made it from Back
To The Future to real life
are those two-wheeled,
motorised idiot plinths, but
that’s not the case for all of 11 htc vive
the film’s gadgetry. Having
produced an exact replica
lenovo (minus the self-lacing) of It requires more DIY than
moto z Marty McFly’s futuristic most gadgets and doesn’t
kicks back in 2011, Nike’s come cheap, but HTC’s
latest Hyperadapt shoes Vive is the one bit of new
What LG started with the have a sensor inside that tech that can turn luddites
modular G5, Lenovo has tightens the laces when into acolytes in a matter
picked up with the Moto Z. you put them on. Feeling of minutes. Its awesome
This 5.5in Android phone a little snug on your feet? motion-tracking and
allows add-ons known as There’s a button on either grin-inducing games
Moto Mods to piggyback side to tighten or loosen show what VR is capable
via magnets, letting you them. The shoes will go of when done properly.
snap on a speaker, mini on sale to Nike+ members
projector or bigger battery, later in the year. £690 / htcvive.com
with more to come.

£tba / lenovo.com £tba / nike.com

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Leica m-d
For many, a camera without a screen is like a
phone without an earpiece. Sure, it can still make
calls, but without being able to hear what’s being
said in response you might not end up with the
spicy meat feast pizza you thought you’d ordered.
So unless you know your way around apertures,
shutter speeds and an ISO dial without resorting
to trial and error, Leica’s latest rangefinder
probably isn’t the camera for you. The idea behind
ditching the screen is to remove distractions and
bring back some of the anticipation and delayed
gratification that came with 35mm photography.
If you’re suitably skilled that will also bring back
apple macbook the disappointment of finding you’ve shot a load
of gloomy duds… but when it costs nearly £5000,
& mac OS sierra comes with a full-frame 24MP sensor and only
shoots in DNG, this clearly isn’t a camera aimed
at point ’n’ shoot beginners.
In case it wasn’t already clear that the robot
uprising was looming, Siri’s imminent arrival on from £4650 / leica-camera.com
Mac OS X at least shows that they’ll help us sort
through our emails before they enslave us. Sierra
also follows voice commands to search for files,
play music, schedule meetings, launch websites,
check the football scores, adjust settings,
transcribe emails as you dictate them and,
of course, that old favourite: check the weather.
But it’s not all chatty business – Sierra also adds
Google Photos-style picture recognition, and
lets you use your Apple Watch to unlock your

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MacBook. And what a laptop it is: breathtakingly
thin and light, with USB-C for charging and speedy
data transfers, an eyeball-tickling Retina display
and 10-hour battery life. If all robot uprisings are as
helpful as this, we welcome our new AI overlords.

from £1300 / apple.com

RAW POWER
Shooting only in RAW means
you get more control over
things like exposure and
white balance when it comes
to editing your snaps.

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8
Some of Microsoft’s biggest
new games will be ‘Play
Anywhere’: if you download
them you can play on both
your console and a Win 10 PC.

microsoft
xbox one s
As the saying goes, if at first you
don’t succeed, make it better and
stick an ‘S’ on the end of it. Which
is what Microsoft has done with
its not-quite-as-good-as-a-PS4
games console. Three years after
the Xbox One was unveiled, the
new Xbox One S has been given
a few new strings for its bow.
Even though it’s 40% smaller,
Microsoft has managed to
squeeze in a UHD Blu-ray drive
(although games will still top
out at 1080p), HDR support and
the option of a 2TB hard drive. The
cheapest 4K disc-spinners start
at £400, so the fact that the most
roomy One S will be £350 when it
goes on sale this summer sounds
like a stonking deal for any 4K TV
owners. With the Xbox Scorpio
due next year, some might be
tempted to wait; but with a great
line-up of games heading our
way, nobody would blame you
for tucking a One S under the telly.

£350 / xbox.com

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6 STUFF’S
FAVOURITE
BATTLES:
HORSES
ARMOURED
TRAINS
BIPLANES &
samsung ZEPPELINS

gear iconx

7 ‘Wireless’ in-ear headphones are


rarely truly wireless. See that thing
connecting them? That’s a wire. See
Samsung’s Gear IconX buds? Not a
wire in sight – pop one in each ear and
you’re good to go. And they can work
without the help of a phone, using an
integrated heart-rate monitor and
accelerometer to track your fitness
through your lugs. You also get 4GB
of built-in storage to hold up to 1000
music tracks, there’s Bluetooth on
board too, of course, so you can
stream from an Android phone if
you’re off on a lengthy run, plus the
case doubles as a charger. Tunes are
controlled using gestures on a touch-
sensitive panel on the outside, and
there are motivational messages
piped into your ears (for when you’re
exercising, not just to get you through

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day-to-day life). They also come with
an ambient sound mode that lets in
external noises, so you’ll be able to
hear that thunderous truck coming
before you step into the road.

from £170 / samsung.com

Battlefield 1
“If I could turn back time,” sang
Cher in 1989. “If I could find a way,
sky q I’d take back that volley of bullets
from a Browning machine gun and
you’d stay alive.” But Cher can’t
We’ve watched so much telly we’d like turn back time. Luckily for her,
to think we’re experts. Best series of EA can. And after a few years
The Wire? Season two, obviously. The of moving the Battlefield series
Simpsons? Not worth watching after closer to the present day,
season 13. Ready Steady Cook? Due Battlefield 1 goes back further
a revival (with Ainsley, not Fern). So we than ever. The setting might be
reckon that qualifies us to say what new but the recipe is the same:
the best way to watch TV is – and 64-person multiplayer battles
that’s Sky Q. Before you even get into set across sprawling landscapes
all the multiroom and tablet streaming that take more of a battering than
skills it possesses, or the arsenal of a French cafe after an England
tuners and masses of recording space, game. As usual there’s a fleet
Sky Q’s EPG marks it out as being a of vehicles to ferry you and your
step ahead of the competition, making comrades around but now there’s
everything else feel positively ancient also an extra class: Behemoths.
in comparison. Plus, with 4K coming Nothing can prepare you for the
for the start of the Premier League first time you see a ginormous
season you’ll soon have something blimp looming across the map,
to fill all those extra pixels on your although you’ll soon stop gawping
Ultra HD telly. Until then there’s the when it starts to rain artillery fire
relaunched Sky Cinema channels, down on you. The only thing more
which will offer more detail and better impressive is seeing one brought
colours thanks to a change in the way crashing to earth – as you’re
films are encoded. And with a new underneath it. All that can save
premiere every night, that’s your you in that situation is a time
excuse for staying in sorted. machine. Isn’t that right, Cher?

from £100 +£42/month / sky.com battlefield.com

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LG oled55c6v
Nobody’s ever sat down to watch
Game Of Thrones and complained
how fat their telly looks. If you’re
spending more time gazing at the
frame than Tormund’s luscious ginger
beard then you’re watching TV wrong
– when it’s pushed up against the wall,
how thick it is really doesn’t matter.
But that doesn’t stop us hopelessly
lusting after LG’s OLED55C6V. It’s the
organic LED tech that allows this telly
to be so skinny, but fortunately that’s
not all it’s got going for it. OLED also
allows the blacks to be blacker than
a goth’s bedsheets and the colours
to pop like a Smarties tube stuffed
full of bangers. Obviously it’s 4K and
supports HDR, so you can get the
most out of those Amazon and
Netflix subscriptions, or plug in
a new Xbox One S to spin Ultra HD
Blu-rays. It also sounds far more
full-bodied than its lithe physique
would suggest, although obviously
to get the best out of this £3000
telly you’re still better off investing
in a decent soundbar.

£3000 / lg.com

NOW WATCH THIS MAD MAX: FURY ROAD


With its frantic action sequences and
stunning colour palette, we can’t think
of a better film to test out your new telly.

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Sony playstation

3 vr (and neo)
As fun hats go, not even a fez can beat a virtual
reality headset. But even the most hardened VR
fan would have to admit their favourite pastime
is still niche. PlayStation will soon change that.
Come October, everyone with a PS4 can join the
VR revolution for £350. The PlayStation Camera
will track your movement, while a pair of Move
wands can be used to interact with stuff in VR,
a bit like a budget version of the Vive’s brilliant
motion-sensitive controllers. And that’s before
Tesla model x we’ve even mentioned the games. Resident Evil 7
(see p56) will be even more terrifying; Farpoint
puts a blaster in your hand (literally, with Sony’s
If we’d put any other SUV on this list – a Renault new lightgun-style Aim Controller) to fight a
Kadjar, Dacia Duster or Hyundai Santa Fe, for planet full of acid-spitting aliens; and Batman:
example – you’d quite rightly turn this page Arkham VR will turn you into the caped crusader
quicker than you could say: “Maybe Jeremy himself. And you know what they say: always be
Clarkson wasn’t so bad.” And there’s no hiding yourself, unless you can be Batman. STUFF’S
from it – Tesla’s Model X is definitely an SUV MOST
(albeit a very neat and tidy one). But how many from £350 / playstation.com WANTED
SUVs can accelerate away from Sainsbury’s faster PSVR GAMES:
than an Audi R8? Or have a windscreen so large FARPOINT
it’s like sitting at the front on the top deck of your BATMAN VR
very own double-decker bus? How many do you BOUND
know that have an autopilot mode that steers THUMPER
automatically, changes lanes and maintains your
speed for you? And how many SUVs do you know
that have a set of sweet gullwing doors like some
sort of asphalt-munching hypercar? The Model X
might be adept at doing the school run, trips to
Ikea and taking a really massive dog (or lots of
little ones) for a walk, but that doesn’t mean it’s
not the most awesome car on the road.

from £64,900 / tesla.com

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FIRST TEST ONEPLUS 3

Third time plucky


OnePlus is gunning for the big boys with a phone that
promises flagship performance at a mid-range price…
so is 3 an even more magic number than we thought?
£330 / stuff.tv/OnePlus3
OnePlus phones are spun out
of viral marketing – without the
social media posts and clickybaity
claims, they’d be nowhere. And as 3
the subject of so much hyperbole,
the OnePlus 3 should be a rubbish,
annoying phone. But it’s not.
This is the best buy in the phone
world right now, and deserves
to be at the top of your list if you
want a great smartphone but
can’t afford those flagship prices.
At under £350, it deserves to
cost Samsung and Apple at least
a few million sales.
OnePlus has confidence now,
and the 3 doesn’t try so hard as
its predecessors to look different.
It has a new look that’s fresh but
familiar. The shell is made from
4
anodised aluminium, looking a lot
like the HTC 10 but perhaps even
more attractive. And if you think
plain metal is boring, you can add
a slim case that will alter the finish
while only adding to the thickness
(and price) a tiny bit.
As ever, though, what really
matters is performance. So what
is it about the OnePlus 3 that’s
got us so excited?

1 Core blimey 2 Storage hunter 3 Panel beater


Like the OnePlus 2, general All OnePlus 3s have 64GB of This is a 1080p screen rather than
performance is great. It’s quick storage, which is loads (and four an ultra-high-density QHD one,
and there are no silly transition times the amount you get in an but the perceptible difference
animations to slow things down. entry-level iPhone 6s). There’s isn’t vast and few phones offer
You’re getting a lot of grunt for no microSD slot, but you’re higher resolution at this kind
your cash with the Snapdragon unlikely to miss it. And 6GB of of price. It uses an OLED panel,
820, a top-end quad-core CPU RAM is more than most laptops meaning contrast and black levels
with super-powered Kyro cores. you’ll find at this price. are fantastic.

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Tech specs
Screen 5.5in 1920x1080 Optic AMOLED
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core
OS OxygenOS 3.1.2 (based on Android 6.0.1)
Cameras 16MP rear, 8MP front Battery 3000mAh
Storage 64GB non-expandable RAM 6GB
Dimensions 153x75x7.4mm, 158g

5 Ready for its close-up


The OnePlus 3’s 16MP rear camera looks beautiful
on paper, but how does it perform in the real world?

Q Ultra-vivid scene Q Eight days a tweak


Colour ranges from good Dynamic range is great,
to gorgeous in daylight, but this OnePlus is very
and the quality of the keen on image processing.
HDR mode blows previous Even in very bright
1 OnePlus phones out of conditions, the images
the water. And as you’d look pretty ‘tweaked’
hope from a 16MP sensor, right down at pixel level.
detail is excellent. It’s rarely ugly, though.

Q Willing and stable Q ISO dearie me


Optical image stabilisation Unless you do select
ensures fewer blurry night that manual mode, the
pictures, and you can use camera is way too eager
4 Interface, not in yer face 5 Sensory overload the manual mode to slow to crank up the ISO
OxygenOS 3.1.2 is one of the This is one of the best phone the shutter for better sensitivity instead of
least offensive custom UIs cameras you’ll find at the price, low-light shots. I’ve taken slowing the shutter speed.
around – because on the for a bunch of reasons (see right). pin-sharp pics with the Why doesn’t it make more
surface it looks just like normal First and foremost, it’s simply shutter at 1/4 of a second. use of that OIS?
Android. You get a vertical apps good hardware. It has lots of
menu scroll, normal-looking megapixels, and a big 1/2.8in
homescreens and a totally sensor that’s larger than the
familiar settings menu. ones in some compact cameras. The tech is as aggressively packed
in as ever with OnePlus, but this
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TEST APPS

App:roved
FOR FOR FOR FOR
ADMIN MAC PRUDENT ROMAN
ADDICTS MANIACS PARENTS RUFFIANS

O Human Resource OBitCam O BBC iPlayer Kids O Epic FlailTM


Machine We’ve heard people saying they Standard iPlayer’s great, but Not to be confused with the free
From the team behind Little wished their iPhone was more there’s always the risk your kids combat game of the same name
Inferno comes this strange like a Mac, but they probably will watch something horrible (without the TM), this 2D brawler
puzzler set in a drab, dystopian didn’t mean one from 1984. that will scar them for life (like in fast forward has your gladiator
world. For each challenge you That’s BitCam’s lot: having your EastEnders). iPlayer Kids is scooting about, getting all stabby
use programming concepts phone see the world through helpfully restricted to CBeebies and occasionally jutting into
to ‘automate’ a worker drone, the lens of a Mac Plus, in all its and CBBC content, optimised for the air like a fly, all while trying
sorting numbers according to monochrome, lo-fi glory. This tiny paws, and yet it still enables very hard to not get impaled.
strict sets of rules. Over time, app is authentic right down to you to download and watch an It’s sort of daft but relentlessly
the rules become increasingly the interface, with old-school entire series of Danger Mouse tough. Beat the first arena and
complex and your little worker chunky buttons and zooming (we checked). It could do with you’re unsportingly chained to
ages, wondering what the point windows. But mostly it’s an bookmarking for favourite shows a post; beyond that, you have
of it all is. There’s heart and entertaining camera app: retro and Chromecast support on to fend off a minotaur and avoid
smarts at the core, even if fun for kids, and a nostalgia Android, but otherwise this is being sawn in two by gigantic
the narrative is rather slight. twanger for tech veterans. top-notch catch-up for nippers. spinning blades of death.

Stuff says ++++, Stuff says ++++, Stuff says ++++, Stuff says ++++,
£3.99 / iOS £free / iOS £free / Android, iOS £1.19 / Android, iOS

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TEST APPS

Mini meme

FOOTBALL
OStats Zone
For number wonks, this app
is heaven. You select a match
APPS YOU ONew Star Soccer
Football Manager on mobile is
a bit weighty. For quick sessions
and then immerse yourself in
graphs and pitch graphics with
arrows drawn all over the place,
examining in fine detail every
CAN’T MISS NSS is better, marrying basic
management with arcade
sequences as you forge a footie
career. Aggressive IAP and ads
attempt on goal, and how key are own goals, but otherwise
events unfolded. Many graphs From checking the latest scores to this is a mobile treat, lasting way
are animated and can also be blasting home a 40-yard screamer, these longer than England’s chances
overlaid and compared until at any tournament.
your eyes glaze over.
are the downloads to help you forget Euro
2016 (or remember it, if you’re Icelandic) Stuff says ++++,
Stuff says ++++, £free (IAPs) / Android, iOS,
£free / Android, iOS Windows Phone

OFIFA 16 OOnefootball OActive Soccer 2 OPixel Cup Soccer 16


Ultimate Team If you’re away from the telly For 1990s kids, Sensible World Also hailing from the land of how
The big F keeps shaking things but desperate to know how Of Soccer will always be king of you imagine footie to be in your
up on mobile, and the current your team’s doing, Onefootball footie games; Active Soccer 2 head, rather than attempting to
incarnation is a slightly odd mix will feed a constant stream is the closest you’ll get to it on recreate how it looks on the telly,
of card collecting and console- of notifications to your phone mobile. Games are frantic and Pixel Cup Soccer 16 is a breezy,
style matches that look almost or wearable. If you can only take almost pinball-like at times; bonkers arcade effort. Dinky
like telly highlights (if you squint). sneaky peaks at your screen, but underlying everything is players scoot about, blazing
It’s smart and playable, with there’s a commentary ticker a surprisingly rich campaign screamers from the halfway
decent controls… but would to enjoy, along with stats, news, mode, incorporating a huge line and emitting NES-like
it have killed EA to add some and tweets. range of leagues and options. sound effects when heading
quick match options? the ball. Lovely.
Stuff says +++++ Stuff says +++++
Stuff says ++++, £free (IAPs) / Android, iOS, £3.49 / Android O £2.99 / iOS Stuff says ++++,
£free (IAPs) / Android, iOS Windows Phone O £2.29 / Windows Phone £2.29 / iOS

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S U P E R T E S T L A P T O P / TA B L E T H Y B R I D S

Flash converters
Laptops, your end is nigh – the age of the nimble hybrid is
finally upon us. But which tablet/keyboard combo is the best?

1 Google Pixel C 2 Microsoft 3 Samsung 4 Microsoft 5 Apple


This svelte hybrid Surface Pro 4 Galaxy TabPro S Surface Book iPad Pro 9.7
is a lot cheaper Thanks to several Samsung leaps This gleaming It may seem diddy
than the rest overdue software aboard another £1000+ device next to its 12.9in
and runs on pure tweaks, the bandwagon with raises the Surface brother, but the
Android, just like Surface Pro is a a pretty tasty range to new levels smaller Pro still
a Nexus phone. contender again. gadget of its own. of desirability. packs a punch.

1 4 3

“This won’t hurt much.” “It’ll be alright manufacturer churning out these Frankenstein
on the night.” “Size doesn’t matter machines. In the past year, Google, Apple and
anyway.” Life is full of questionable Samsung have all weighed into this burgeoning
platitudes, and so are gadget makers. bunfight with hybrids of their own.
Want to hear their latest favourite? “It’s just like Faced with a sudden abundance of choice, you’re
a laptop.” This time around, they might just be onto probably wondering which tabtop is the one to buy.
something. That’s because a tablet and keyboard That’s why we’ve rounded all the major contenders
combo gives you pretty much the same device up into one handy supertest, so you’ll know
as a laptop… only it’s twice as lightweight and even whether to stick with a Surface Pro or spend your
better suited to your late night Netflix shenanigans. cash on one of its new rivals. These things don’t
And better still, Microsoft is no longer the only come cheap after all.

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S U P E R T E S T L A P T O P / TA B L E T H Y B R I D S

This simple Android tabtop


is the Chromebook evolved
Wait. You didn’t think Google runs Android 6.0. You know, the expect, Google’s own offerings instead? Tough. This keyboard
would go about this hybrid interface every Nexus, Samsung are particularly slick. doesn’t come with one.
business the same way as and LG smartphone uses. This emphasis on ease of Like most Google devices, the
everyone else, did you? Why? Apps. Whether you want use extends to its design as Pixel C is intended to be a vision of
The simplest device on test to catch up on last night’s TV, whizz well. The combination of a small the tech future: one where you’re
here is essentially a supercharged through a Google Doc on your (for a hybrid) 10.2in display and untethered from your office desk
tablet that you can buy an daily commute or live out your a diddy keyboard means your and can control a business empire
optional keyboard for. Rather most explosive Goat Simulator fingers naturally type close from the corner table in Caffe
than running on Chrome OS for fantasies, this hybrid has a wealth to the tablet’s touchscreen, Nero. Because you know what?
desktops (the software you’ll find of potential downloads available so using it is refreshingly intuitive. That loyalty card won’t stamp
on a Chromebook), the Pixel C straight out of the box. As you’d Fancy sticking with a trackpad itself to a free latte.

O GOOGLE PIXEL C £400 + £120 KEYBOARD +++++

USE
THIS This hybrid is so thin you can
tuck it inside the dustjacket
of a large hardback book.
Careful with your choice –
no one will believe you’re
actually reading War & Peace.

Google Drive
Why pay for
Microsoft Office
when Google’s own
Docs, Sheets and
Slides apps are so
good? Built with
mobile in mind, these
free downloads sync
all your files via the
cloud in Google
Drive, so you can
work on them using
your phone, PC or
hybrid. The only
problem: no excuse
for missing that
Monday morning
deadline.

Recharging the Pixel C is


easily done via its USB-C
port. One tip, though: since
these cables are in short
supply, it’s worth buying
a spare.

DISPLAY DESIGN KEYBOARD & STYLUS OS


Dots not to like? Flip and click Touchy feely Get app-y
If you like pixels (and who The Pixel C is basically There’s no stylus for the Android isn’t quite as well
doesn’t?), the Pixel C’s Google’s Chromebook Pixel C, but thankfully, equipped for tablet use
display has 308 per inch. Pixel reimagined in its touchscreen is breezily as Apple’s iOS, especially
That’s more than you’ll get diminutive form. To put responsive, while the in terms of more creative
from either Apple’s iPad this hybrid into laptop keyboard itself is much sketching and video-
Pro or the Surface Pro 4. mode you pull its tablet better than its titchy editing apps. Still, Google’s
So however you use this and keyboard apart, flip stature suggests. The OS does a tidy job, and
hybrid, you’ll be seeing the the tablet over and let the typing area is normal, it has all those apps that
results in pin-sharp detail. magnets click it into place. with full-sized keys. Windows 10 doesn’t.
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Hallelujah! Software updates


have saved Microsoft’s star
To put it politely, the Surface Pro could quickly put paid to a round of new Surface Pro has refined that Play Store, there’s still enough to
4’s launch last year was a bit of a Lara Croft Go on your lunchbreak. design into something supremely be getting on with. Especially since
palaver. Stymied by a bug-laden Mercifully, many a software portable and quite the looker. you can always stream BBC iPlayer
edition of Windows 10, we found update has rolled through this The Pro 4’s stylus now attaches and Amazon’s Prime Instant Video
the fourth edition of Microsoft’s hybrid since November and the magnetically to its tablet, while through the Edge browser.
most popular hybrid to be only Pro 4 of today is an infinitely a kickstand that can rotate up to It takes a lot of effort to get
slightly less prone to crashing superior machine. That’s because 150° means this hybrid no longer a hybrid’s work-play balance just
than Dick Dastardly and the cast Microsoft got the hardware right wobbles around on your lap. right, but all this fine tuning shows
of Wacky Races. at the first time of asking. And though Windows 10 lacks in a product you don’t want to
The problem? A ‘tablet mode’ Having set the template for the vast app library of Apple’s ditch as soon as the office clock
that didn’t play nice at all, and what a hybrid looks like, each App Store or even the Google strikes 5pm.

O MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 4 £750 + £110 KEYBOARD ++++,

USE
This hybrid should give THIS
you about eight hours’
worth of battery life, with
recent software tweaks
extending the stamina
in standby mode.

Music Maker
Jam
This is basically
GarageBand for
Windows 10, and
who could sniff at
such a prospect?
OK, so Music Maker
Jam doesn’t have
quite the same
scope as its Apple-
made equivalent,
but the ability to
mash together your
own jazz, house and
dubstep tracks by
tweaking an array of
sliders is a barrelful
of fun.

A lot of hybrids force you


to scroll around on their
touchscreen, but the Pro 4
breaks the mould with a nice
big trackpad for your fingers
to get acquainted with.

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Hue and cry Handy but hefty The write stuff End of an error
The Pro 4’s display is a Thanks to an Intel Core Along with the Pro 4’s Windows 10 is a welcome
thing of beauty. A 12.3in processor, the Pro 4 can sturdy keyboard and step back to stability for
affair with 2736x1824 breeze through emails, trackpad combo comes Microsoft’s operating
resolution, it screens photo editing and the Surface Pen. This system. In bringing back
your current televisual documents. But that works seamlessly with the Start Menu and ironing
obsession in brilliantly does mean you have to Microsoft’s OneNote out the irritating quirks
visceral fidelity, with great put up with a relatively software, with year-long of its predecessor, it’s
contrast between deep chunky tablet built to battery life and plenty of given us an OS that’s well
blacks and blood red. accommodate a fan. sensitivity smarts. suited to hybrid use.
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Samsung’s Windows hybrid


is gunning for the Surface Pro
Anyone who ever got their squeeze some serious work out Setting it up is easy enough limiting if you want to hook up
hands on an original Galaxy of what is quite an expensive piece as well. Like Google’s Pixel C, the a mouse or connect any kind of
Gear smartwatch will know of kit. An Intel Core M3 processor TabPro S’s keyboard and tablet are additional device to the TabPro S…
Samsung used to chase tech and 4GB RAM also mean it’s got separate entities. With Samsung’s unless you buy an adaptor for all
trends like a puppy bounding plenty of power to hand – not as hybrid, you slot the two together your old USB devices.
after a tennis ball. Mercifully, much as you’ll get with a Surface and you’re ready to go – no faffing So while this hybrid doesn’t
it’s first proper stab at a hybrid Pro 4, but the trade-off means around with Bluetooth settings or earn Samsung full marks, it’s
has been years in the making, you can enjoy improved battery anything like that. a damn good first effort. If getting
and boy, does it show. life while paying slightly less. It’s not all plain sailing, though. a job done is your priority for a
For starters, it runs on Windows Make no mistake, this hybrid There’s only one USB-C port tabtop, then the TabPro S is well
rather than Android – so you can is a genuine contender. for charging, which could be quite worth your attention.

O SAMSUNG GALAXY TABPRO S £850 (INC KEYBOARD) ++++,

USE
THIS
The tablet on its own is 6.3mm
thick, enough to shame most
phones into a diet, and with
the keyboard on it’s still skinny
enough to compete with any
ultra-light laptop.

Cocktail
Flow
Bring some
Mad Men-style
sophistication to
your TabPro S
with this suave
Windows 10 cocktail
app. You can even
search for recipes
based on whatever
ingredients you
have in your desk-
side drinks cabinet.
It’s a surefire way
to raise the tone of
your next one-to-
one assessment
meeting.

The TabPro S’s rear camera


has a 5MP sensor, which
is seriously low-res by
current standards. But you
weren’t actually planning
on using it, were you?

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The Galaxy expands Staying power Needle-less to say Work and play
A 12in OLED screen is this Despite its effervescent Samsung hasn’t made Windows 10 is well versed
hybrid’s most dazzling display, this Samsung is a stylus for its hybrid, in the drudgery of Word,
feature. This is the same an economical hybrid. Its which is one of its few real Excel and Powerpoint.
tech used in Samsung’s battery will get you about shortcomings. Its full-size Want to play some Xbox
top Galaxy phones, but 11 hours of use, which is keys are easy to use but One on the sly? Download
blown up to laptop size. a couple more than the have less travel than the the Xbox app and you can
So its colours are richer Surface Pro 4. And while ones on the Surface Pro’s stream gameplay from
and more intense than the casing is so-so, this Touch cover, so they’re not your console at home to
any other hybrid here. tab looks sleek enough. as comfortable. your hybrid in the office.
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Microsoft’s premium hybrid


is a beauty. No, seriously!
The Surface Book is a really Granted, you’d expect as much also packs in a dedicated graphics rucksack, and that’s still about
strange product for Microsoft for an asking price of well over card. You still won’t be able to play 500g less heftiness than you’d
to make. Why? Well, you won’t a grand, but the achievement still anything close to The Division get from a MacBook Pro.
want to buy one just out of stands. Looks alone don’t make on it, but that added oomph will If there’s anything holding the
obligation. In fact, this may even the Surface Book worthy of your certainly help when it comes to Surface Book back, it’s the cost.
be the best-looking Windows attention either: this thing is more video and photo editing. Similarly specced laptops are
machine ever made. akin to a laptop than a tablet, and Although this is the largest available for much less – and if
All sleek magnesium casing that means it’s got a whole load device on test here, you won’t you’re not fixated on the idea of
and resplendent glass, with a of power to spare. feel bogged down when carrying owning a Microsoft-made hybrid,
full-sized backlit keyboard to boot, In addition to an Intel Core the Surface Book around. It’ll it may be worth plumping for one
it’s a seriously desirable bit of kit. processor, the Surface Book add about 1.5kg in weight to your of them instead.

O MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK £1300 (INC KEYBOARD) ++++,

USE
THIS
So what games can you play
on the Surface Book? We
managed to get both Call Of
Duty: Modern Warfare and
Counter-Strike running on
‘low’ graphics settings.

Minecraft
Despite having
been bought
by Microsoft
a few years
ago, Minecraft’s
fundamentals
endure. A vast
world is yours
to transform at
will, with as much
imagination as
you can muster.
And with any
luck, the brilliantly
fun new Battle
mode will soon
be arriving on
Windows 10.

Thanks to its more


portly size, if you do plump
for the Surface Book over
the Pro 4 then you’ll get
around three hours of
extra battery life.

DISPLAY DESIGN KEYBOARD & STYLUS OS


You res me up See cheese Just your type Change the game
Once again, this Surface Handsome as it is, the The Surface Book’s great Windows 10 is strongest
boasts an absolutely Surface Book does have surprise is how much of in its traditional desktop
marvellous screen. At one design flaw. The hinge a delight its keyboard is mode, and that plays
13.5in in size, the Book’s connecting its tablet and to use. Its big, chunky keys straight into the Surface
is a smidge larger than keyboard doesn’t fold flat, have plenty of travel, with Book’s hands. Download
the Pro 4’s, but you with a clear gap between a full-sized trackpad. Plus, Steam and you can ditch
still get an equivalent the two. The result is that you get the same Surface Microsoft’s Store for apps
resolution of 267ppi. It’s it strongly resembles a Pen Stylus as with the in favour of the latest PC
a feast for the peepers. wedge of Parmesan. Surface Pro 4. gaming favourites.
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Apple’s artiest iPad yet


also happens to be its best
Apple may not have invented available) is imperious when used fingers alone can’t achieve the handle pretty much any task you
the tablet, but it helped to ensure as a traditional tablet. No other same levels of finesse, and they throw at it, not just the ones your
everyone owned one within a few device boasts the same breadth do tend to leave the Pro etched boss has set a deadline for. Its four
years of its iPad launching. Trouble of quality apps, especially when with leftover sandwich. speakers (one on each corner) are
is, convincing your nan to upgrade it comes to design work with While both Surfaces are better especially well suited for late night
to a new Mini has proved a tad the Apple Pencil (£80). Despite picks for workaday toil, this iPad streaming sessions.
tricky. So here’s the iPad Pro 9.7, Steve Jobs’ original opposition to knows that creativity can strike In other words, this is pretty
a hybrid for professional sorts that styluses, the Pencil easily justifies at any time. With Apple’s most much the ultimate iPad – rather
runs on iOS. its existence when you’re swiping powerful A9X processor, well than a laptop with a clipboard-
That means the smaller Pro away in an app like SketchBook or over 10 hours’ battery life and style screen – and that suits us
(a gargantuan 12.9in model is also Photoshop Express. Our greasy a beautiful Retina display, it can down to the ground.

O APPLE iPAD PRO 9.7 £500 + £130 SMART KEYBOARD +++++

USE
Unless you want to troll the THIS
world, we wouldn’t advise
using this Pro as your sole
camera. That said, this 12MP
snapper is about on par with
the one in the iPhone 6s.

SketchBook
Whether you’re
a clumsy oaf or
a Claude Monet
in the making,
SketchBook does
its best to let your
inner artist flourish.
Crucially, its
pressure-sensitive
smarts translate
your physical
swipes into digital
form in realistic
fidelity. Experienced
artists will also
appreciate the
ability to work
with layers.

Instead of the 4GB of RAM


you get with the iPad Pro
12.9, the 9.7in version only
has 2GB. It’s still got enough
muscle to handle a spot of
video editing, though.

DISPLAY DESIGN KEYBOARD & STYLUS OS


Toned up Stay beautiful Letter blocks System addict
The Pro 9.7’s screen is a Aside from a protruding If the Apple Pencil is a Apple didn’t introduce new
replica of the iPad Air 2’s camera, this Pro is a dead designer’s dream, we can’t features to iOS alongside
great Retina display, but ringer for the iPad Air 2. quite say the same for its Pro tablets, but it didn’t
with a key difference: it’s Both devices are just as its keyboard. It’s smaller need to. You might miss
the first to sport Apple’s gorgeous as each other, than a laptop’s, with no the lack of a ‘start menu’
True Tone technology. This and that’s why we can trackpad, and the keys at first, but arrange your
allows the Pro to react to forgive Apple for wringing have shallow travel. It’s homescreens and you can
the ambient light around maximum mileage out of OK for writing emails and flit between the best apps
it, making it easier to read. its product design. one-page documents. for work and skiving.
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The winner is…


Apple iPad Pro 9.7
If you’re thinking of
buying a hybrid as
a like-for-like laptop
replacement, then
don’t. Like Clark Kent in specs
and natty suit, these devices
promise one thing and excel
at another entirely. That’s
why Apple’s iPad Pro 9.7 is
our pick of the bunch. T
This hybrid knows you TES ER
don’t want to work from
NN
home when your Football WI
Manager Mobile season
is still hanging in the
balance. It’s a sensational
entertainment device, first
and foremost, because your
office PC is already there to
tabulate spreadsheets and
file expenses with.
And if you do want catch
up on your emails, sketch out
your next web page or even
edit a quick YouTube clip?
This Pro is more than up
to the job.

+ Now add these


Apple Silicone Case
Because Apple’s Smart
Keyboard won’t protect
your Pro’s backside. To
avoid a slew of unwanted scuffs and
scratches, it’s the only way to preserve
that pristine aluminium sheen.
£55 / apple.com

Filofax Metropol
Tablet Case
If you intend on using your
Pro mainly for design work
this Filofax Case is a delight, with 360°
rotating mount and pockets for your
Pencil and phone.
£30 / filofax.co.uk

Just Mobile
AluPen Digital
Don’t fancy spending £80
on Apple’s own Pencil? This
chunky, ballpoint-like stylus costs half
the price and looks just as striking. You’ll
need an AAA battery, though.
£40 / just-mobile.eu

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THE SUMMARY OiPad OPixel C OSurface Book OGalaxy TabPro S OSurface Pro 4
WHAT’S NEXT?
Don’t worry about holding
off on your hybrid purchase
until the great Christmas
product rush. According to
what we hear on the great
tech rumour mill, most of
these devices won’t be
DISPLAY DESIGN refreshed until 2017 at
the earliest.
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 While both the Surface
Pro 4 and Surface Book
are starting to get longish
in the tooth, current
speculation says neither
will be replaced until spring
2017. That’s when the next
big update to Windows 10 is
set to land, so it makes sense
TECH that Microsoft would want to
RATER back up its refreshed OS with
fancy new hardware.
As for new iPad Pros?
Apple might update its larger
12.9in model with True Tone
screen tech plus 3D Touch
support and a new, more
powerful A10X processor
around September time.
KEYBOARD OS Considering that gargantuan
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 device is hardly lacking for
speed at the moment, any
update to the Pro range will
likely be incremental at best.
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Screen Processor OS Storage Battery Dimensions

1st Apple iPad Pro 9.7


A great tablet with the best array of apps for working on the 9.7in LED, 32/128/
Apple A9X 240x170
fly. Designers will fall head over heels for its arty credentials. 1536x2048 iOS 9.3.2 256GB 7306mAh
@ 2.16GHz x6.1mm
£500 / stuff.tv/AppleiPadPro97 (264ppi)

2nd Google Pixel C


A cheaper alternative to the iPad with plenty to recommend 10.2in LCD, Nvidia Tegra Android 6.0.1 32/64GB 242x179
about it… not least a compact form that’s ultra-portable. 2560x1800 9243mAh
X1 @ 1.9GHz x7mm
£400 / stuff.tv/GooglePixelC (308ppi)

3rd Microsoft Surface Book


The most laptop-like hybrid on test here is a tad pricey, but 13.5in LCD, 2387mAh
Intel Core 128/256/ 312x232
its keyboard is brilliant and it will meet any task you lob at it. 3000x2000 Windows 10 (keyboard
i5 or i7 512GB/1TB x22.8mm
£1300 / stuff.tv/MicrosoftSurfaceBook (26ppi) 6800mAh)

4th Samsung TabPro S


A better Surface Pro than the one Microsoft made, but the 12in AMOLED,
2160x1440 Intel Core M3 Windows 10 128GB 290x199
TabPro S could do with more connection ports. 5200mAh
(216ppi) @ 2.2GHz x6.3mm
£850 / stuff.tv/SamsungTabProS

5th Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3in LCD, 128/256/


Its software issues have largely been patched up now, but Intel Core Windows 10 292x201
2736x1824 512GB/1TB 5087mAh
compared to the rest of this test it’s still a little off the pace. M3, i5 or i7 x8.5mm
(267ppi)
£750 / stuff.tv/MicrosoftSurfaceBookPro4

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AUTOMATION
FOR THE

PEOPLE
Is life better when tech makes all
[ Words Mark Wilson ]

of your decisions? The Stuff team


spent a week taking the cue from
clever bots and apps to find out...

f you’re like us, tech already has HAL 9000s for pre-order on Kickstarter happy to help with. The question is, does
Ione hand on your life’s steering yet, but thanks to location-tracking tech always know best? To find out, the
wheel. Whether it’s Dark Sky apps, machine learning and intelligent Stuff team bravely flicked the ‘autopilot’
nudging you to bring an umbrella, or your messaging bots, there are now button on its fitness regimes, social lives
smart thermostat saying “I’ll take it from countless ways to hand over the and holiday decisions, and reported back
here” as you reach for the heating dial, tiresome responsibility of making on the (often mixed) consequences.
gadgets have quietly appointed themselves life’s little decisions. So whether you like the sound of a fully
as our trusty co-pilots. It’s not just about taking laziness to automated night out, or just fancy getting
But what happens when you hand new heights either. Our poor fleshy minds a bot’s advice on what to watch on Netflix,
over full decision-making control to the are prone to all sorts of cognitive fails and it’s time to join our journey with tech’s
robo-helpers? There might not be any knowledge faceplants that tech is only too best decision-making sidekicks.
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Tom Parsons
Deputy Editor, Stuff.tv

1 GET A SMARTER 2 TAKE A NEW


WAKE-UP CALL DIRECTION
It’s not news that Nothing’s guaranteed to
good sleep is vital break your running stride
to your health, Auto-runner like having to stop and
but I’ve found it Pop to check whether you need
tricky to monitor routeloops. to go left or right at the
my shut-eye com, tell it next junction, and that’s
with apps until how far you why I’ve found RunGo’s
recently. Most want to run voice navigation and
have asked me and it’ll make Apple Watch directions
to sleep with my you a GPX so useful for discovering
phone under my route for new routes. Of course,
pillow,… but then RunGo… Google Maps also has
I tried Sleep Cycle voice instructions, but
(£free, iOS and Android). It monitors RunGo adds crowd-
sleep using your iPhone’s microphone, sourced, user-rated run
which you just aim at your slumbering routes wherever you might
self. Its insights have been amazingly be and a brilliantly simple
detailed, and the alarm wakes me on-device route creator. It hasn’t
when my sleep is lightest within a done the running for me, but it’s
half-hour window. taken care of everything else.

3 GET A PERSONAL 4 CHAT TO YOUR 5 LOOK AFTER YOUR


ROBO-DIETICIAN VIRTUAL GYM BUDDY INNER PLANT
Calorie counting’s You know how I know we’ve not met,
useful, but what your friends roll but believe me when
if every meal was their eyes when I say that you don’t
planned for you you talk about drink enough water.
with a calorie goal your diet? Well, No-one does. The
in mind? That’s I’ve saved mine team behind Plant
why I’ve been the tedium by Nanny (£free, iOS and Android)
taking my food chatting to Lark reckons giving you a Tamagotchi-like
cues from Eat (£free, iOS and plant to keep alive will motivate you
This Much (£free, Android) instead. to drink more. Mine was dead in a day,
iOS and Android). Talking to Lark is though I can’t say I really cared.
Tell it what your just like a human
dietary goals are, iMessage chat.
as well as what you do and don’t like, When I type in what I’ve eaten, it
and it generates a day’s worth of meals (generally speaking) understands, Mio Surprise Me
for you. I’ve found the ‘Shuffle’ mode congratulating me on my healthy RunGo plus RouteLoops
handy for replacing suggestions I don’t choices or pointing out that this is the for bikes equals the
like, although you do need to pay for fourth day in a row I’ve had a packet of Surprise Me feature that’s
‘premium’ to get a week’s worth of Haribo Tangfastics for lunch and that built into every Mio Cyclo
meals and an ingredients shopping list. tomorrow a salad might be a good idea. 300 and above. It’s ace.

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Deputy Features Editor

Rob Leedham
Editor
1 CHAT TO A ROBOT
RESTAURATEUR
I hit peak indecision when choosing
restaurants. Thankfully Mealou, a
charming Facebook Messenger bot, has
1 GET SOME CULINARY chimed in with some good suggestions
INSPIRATION recently. I had to manually send it my
location, but before long I was sat in one
The Guardian’s Sous- of Richmond’s finest burger joints.
Chef bot for Facebook
Messenger has helped
take some of the fuss
out of my cooking.
Type in the kind
of meal you want and it’ll suggest
recipes. It can be imprecise, but my 2 GET A SMARTER 3 SPEND THE NIGHT
roast with chorizo butter was tasty. SOCIAL PLANNER ON AUTOPILOT
For too long, I’ve never had the guts to play roulette
“Cheeky before, but thankfully Bar Roulette
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2 STOP SCROLLING been my default Instead, you set a catchment area
THROUGH NETFLIX go-to answer
to the question
you’re looking to go out in and it orders
you an Uber… except you won’t know
If it takes you almost “What shall we where you’re going until the driver
as long to choose a do tonight?”. plonks you outside. It only picks
movie on Netflix as So one night locations that are highly rated on Yelp,
it does to watch it, try I downloaded and gives you a fare estimate before
the And Chill bot on YPlan (£free, you set off. Be warned: it’s best used
Facebook Messenger. iOS and Android). in big cities and isn’t foolproof, as I
Type in a film you love and it’ll give you After selecting found when it took me to a Mongolian
a relevant recommendation. I got Brad the kind of things I was interested in, restaurant that used to be a pub in
Pitt’s storming Killing Them Softly I was met with plenty of upcoming 2008. But it’s definitely a fun way to
from typing in The Nice Guys. (and on-the-night) things to do stumble across new parts of town.
nearby. A Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
screening starting in an hour? Would’ve
been rude not to – and I never would
have found out about it otherwise.
3 DISCOVER MORE
MUSIC WITH SPOTIFY
Spotify’s personalised
Discover Weekly
playlist is still my
favourite to way find Leave your wallet at home
new bands and artists. Android Pay, like its Apple
That’s why I’m looking counterpart, lets you pay for
forward to trying Soundcloud’s new everything with a tap of your
Discover service and Apple Music’s NFC-enabled phone, letting
forthcoming daily Discovery Mix when you ditch your primitive wallet
iOS 10 launches later this year. in style. A fitting choice for
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ACCOUNTANT
My money skills are so bad that my wallet
feels like a sieve, but OnTrees (£free, iOS
and Android) has helped me plug the
leaks. It connects to your bank accounts, 1 KEEP YOUR DESKTOP
giving you graphs showing where you’re CLEAN AND TIDY
splurging and sending reminders when
you break a budget. I’ve had a few of those. It only takes a few
days for the desktop
on my MacBook to get
messy, but now Clean
(free, OS X) tidies up
after me every day,
sorting files by date into a folder – so
3 PUT YOUR HOLIDAY 2 POLL YOUR FRIENDS I can enjoy a clear desktop without
ON SHUFFLE MODE ON WHERE TO PARTY actually having to tidy up myself.

It’s time to take your automated Deciding on the


decisions to the next level. right place to go
Skyscanner’s Departure Roulette with big groups
(departureroulette.net) is a holiday of friends can 2 GET A PERFECT P.A.
decider for last-minute city breaks.
Fill in your departure airport, some
be a political
minefield, so I’ve
TO RUN YOUR LIFE
dates and a budget, then press ‘spin tried handing A lot of 24me’s
for flights’. OK, I haven’t actually dared over the reins features (£free, iOS
to book yet, but I’d certainly have been to Microsoft’s and Android) are in
up for that weekend in Tbilisi sinking handy new app separate apps; but
bottles of Kazbegi. Looking for more Tossup (£free, when their powers
tailored tips than that? Kayak’s new iOS and Android). combine they become…
Facebook Messenger bot is definitely Enter your slightly more useful. Full-on automation
worth a try. It understood my broad question, set the options (there’s is minimal, but the alerts to fill holes in
questions such as: “Suggest a hotel a location-based restaurant finder your schedule with overdue tasks are
in New York on 4 July.” for dinner choices), and get your a procrastinator’s dream/nightmare.
crowd to cast their vote. This can
be particularly handy for big groups
like stag trips, where Tossup outshone
our Whatsapp group thanks to a lack
of distracting bants. 3 MAKE MEETINGS
THAT MUCH EASIER
Since we started using
Slack at Stuff HQ I no
longer need to speak
Be a digital Dice Man face-to-face with my
Become tech’s answer to colleagues – it’s great!
The Dice Man by letting Siri And now I can also get
decide your every move. the free Meekan iOS/Android app (or
Either ask her to “roll a Slack bot) to organise meetings with
six-sided dice” to make a them. If only it would attend on my
decision, or start a question behalf as well…
with “Hi Siri 8 ball…”

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TWO WEEKS WITH THE LENOVO MOTO G4 PLUS

That’s how we ’rola


New Lenovo branding, same Motorola brilliance? Andrew Williams spends a fortnight
getting to know the extra-talented ‘Plus’ version of our favourite bargain handset…
from £230 / stuff.tv/MotoG4Plus

The fingerprint
scanner isn’t
available on the
standard G4; it’s
quick and reliable.

it’s doing its best to convince with wet fingers pretty well. It is Climb Racing recently, and even
DAY 01 us all it’s business as usual. Like only a scanner, though – so you this casual title looks bigger,
Since 2013, the Moto G has been the basic G4, the G4 Plus has a still have to use the on-screen better and bolder than it does
a good name to head straight for new 5.5in screen, and the curvy soft keys if you want to press on the Samsung Galaxy S7.
if you’re after a budget phone… style of the previous generations the Home button.
but things have got complicated. has been toned down – it’s The Moto G isn’t just a budget
Now there are three Moto Gs, thinner and flatter – but we range any more, so it’s good that DAY 03
including this, the daddy of the still get the same curves on the Plus’s screen doesn’t seem The G4 Plus has a Snapdragon
bunch – with more features, the metal-effect sides. like the equivalent of a cheapo 617 CPU, a lower-mid-range
more megapixels, and a price The fingerprint scanner is a LCD telly you might pick up at phone brain. It doesn’t have
that edges over £200. new hardware feature that you’ll Tesco. You get a 5.5in 1080p IPS the fastest GPU in the universe,
Lenovo may have bought out only get with the Plus version. It’s LCD with natural colours. but it’s still fast enough to run
Motorola since the Moto G3, but fast and accurate, and even deals Contrast is good, viewing Asphalt 8 very well. Bear in mind
angles are solid, and outdoor there’s no fundamental power
visibility is great for a mid-ranger. upgrade when you buy a G4 Plus
This is a brilliant screen for games and
video: Hill Climb Racing looks bigger, This is a brilliant screen for games
and video. I’ve been digging back
instead of a G4, though.
There are no major complaints
better and bolder than on a Galaxy S7 into the class-A-addictive Hill about day-to-day speed in either

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01 05
Donut of Truth™
01 This 5.5in screen is an 04 It’s a Moto G, but it isn’t
04 absolute corker a budget phone any more…
02 The 16MP camera is 05 … and for some, the extra
a real improvement outlay over the standard G4
02 03 Bloat-free Android and won’t be worth it
03 smooth performance

Tech specs
Screen 5.5in
1080p IPS LCD
Processor
Snapdragon 617
octa-core
OS Android 6.0.1
RAM 2/3/4GB
Storage
16/32/64GB
plus microSD
(up to 256GB)
Cameras
16MP/5MP
Battery 3000mAh
Dimensions
153x77x9.8mm,
155g

case. The Plus runs Android 6.0.1 is really good for ‘bokeh’ effects,
and the Moto changes are very with exaggerated contrast between
minor… but pretty useful. There’s sharp and blurry areas.
just one extra app, called Moto, The new camera app is also
that lets you control custom a real improvement – it’s much
gestures and fiddle with the Glance simpler than the old one, putting
screen feature. This is a very cool the most important controls at
addition – pick the handset up your fingertips. And the 5MP selfie
and the accelerometer will tell it cam, while a bit noisy, captures as
to wake up automatically. I’m using much detail as the Galaxy S7.
this feature a lot, and I love it.
DAY 11
DAY 04 I’m realising that nothing has been
All this software features across neglected in the G4 Plus. Even
the Moto G range. The one other the single, front-loaded speaker
big difference you’re getting with has been given an upgrade. It sits
the Plus, though, is its camera. above the screen, is pretty loud,
The 16MP OmniVision OV16860 and has more lower-frequency
is a massive 1/2.4in sensor, clout than earlier generations.
with phase detection and laser
AF assistance.
After a few quick snaps I was DAY 14
almost ready to say this isn’t a big The battery has also been bumped
upgrade, but in trickier conditions up, but it needed to be with that
it’s clearly better than the G4’s bigger screen. It’s a 3000mAh unit,
standard Sony sensor. There’s a and you get a super-quick Turbo STUFF SAYS
lot more fine detail in all conditions, charger that will refill most of the
actually. Tiny text that the G4 cell within half an hour. Fast charging,
might turn into a blur is clear in Stamina is fine, but only very a better screen
the Plus, and colours tend to be light users are going to get two
a bit more realistic. days’ use between charges. It
and a good
lasts for 12 hours of video, which camera make
DAY 06
is decent; but if you’re going to use
this phone to dig deep into mobile
this a great
One demo that really shows off gaming and streaming video every mid-range buy
the benefits of the big sensor is
a close-up nature shot. The Plus
day, you might want to pack an
external battery.
★★★★★

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TEST MOTOROLA VERVE ONES+

Are you being Verved?


Headphone cables are evil and must
be destroyed. Luckily, th
hese totally
e here to help…
wireless in-ears are
£230 / verve.life

QWe’ve seen a few wireless in-ear


headphones on Kickstarter, but the
Motorola Verve range is the first to
hit the mainstream. This isn’t the
same Motorola behind the phones,
though: Binatone licensed the name
and poached most of Motorola’s
audio department before Lenovo
took over.

QThe Verve Ones+ are completely


wireless, connecting to each other
over Bluetooth as well as to your
phone. Just pop each bud out of
the carry case and stick them in
your ears. Once they’re sat snugly
they’ll automatically pair with each
other, then with your phone. Unlike
the regular Ones (£200), the Ones+
are IP57 sweat-resistant, so you
can safely hit the gym with them.

QWe wore these for a week and


only managed to knock one out
accidentally once – but drop one
on the ground in the wrong place
and it could be a nightmare. Handily,
the companion app has a map that
shows where the buds were last
connected to your phone.

QHeadphones need to sound good


and the Ones+ mostly deliver, with
full bass and a respectably clear
mid-range out of the box. Alas, high
notes just don’t have the crispness
we were hoping for. At least the
app-based EQ settings can give
the treble a much-needed boost.

QMost of the time the Bluetooth


connection works fine, but our left
and right buds would occasionally
lose each other for a second or two.
This is an understandable problem,
because it’s really difficult to send
Q The day the music died Q A little bud told me… wireless signals through your skull.
Battery life is always going to The microUSB port means you
be a worry with any wireless should have a suitable cable
in-ears, and the Motorolas are handy when you do run out of
Tech specs
no different. Ours lasted about juice. And the buds tell you how Connectivity Bluetooth Water/
three hours of listening between many hours of play time you’ve sweat resistance rating IP57
top-ups, which isn’t great. got left when you pop them in. Battery life Up to 12hrs (stated)

STUFF SAYS Decent sound, and these buds will let you ditch the cables for good ++++,

Wireless buds How badly do you want to feel like someone out of Minority Report on your morning
go mainstream… commute? If you can put up with a few dropouts every now and then, the Verve
the sci-fi future Ones+ will let you live in that fantasy world today. And as they’re the first to properly
becomes reality hit the mainstream, it’s easy to forgive sound quality that audiophiles will turn their
Tom Morgan noses up at. Welcome to the tangle-free future, music fans.

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ALL-SEEING EYE
The 360 Eye is a tad
taller than most vacs,
but it has no trouble
scooting under beds
and sofas.

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Robot
chores
Is your home a domestic abyss of dust, dog hair
and gunk? These clever vacs promise to do the
cleaning for you. We tested their bold claims…

Dyson 360 Eye


£800 / stuff.tv/Dyson360Eye

Rob Leedham Editor

What’s the story? usually sit too low beneath its ’APPY HOME
If there’s one thing that using sensors for the vac to notice,
a robot vac will teach you, it’s while mirror-like aluminium The Dyson Link app
that we’re a long way from table legs are also a source of is supremely handy
being ruled over by an army considerable confusion. But when it comes to
of AI-powered overlords. Don’t when the 360 Eye does collide setting up your 360
get me wrong, the Dyson 360 with the contents of your living Eye and keeping it
Eye is astonishingly smart for a room, it tends to do so slowly. ticking over. Best of
piece of cleaning apparatus, but Crucially, its plastic shell has all are its activity maps,
it also has the ability to brutally been designed with wiggle which plot out the
chew up your undies. Learning room built in so that it actually exact area your vac
to love this sucker means moves with any impact to has cleaned and how
allowing for its limitations, lessen its force. long this took.
but love it you will.
A product of almost two Any good?
decades of engineering and While the 360 Eye won’t be
development, the 360 Eye is joining Mensa any time soon,
packed full of innovative tech it’s no dunce either… and it
that gives it a clear edge over cleans like a demon. Thanks to
its Roomba rivals. For starters, Dyson’s expert cyclone suction
CHARGES its ‘Eye’ is actually a 360° tech, carbon fibre bristles for
MAY APPLY camera that maps the whipping up dirt from floors and
With 30 minutes per space around it to help with a set of actual tank tracks for
charge, the Dyson will navigation. Combined with a scaling tall carpets, this thing is
need more than one series of infrared sensors, the built to go to war with the most
go to clean the floors idea is that your furniture can messy homes – a field I have
of a whole house. live free from the fear of bumps no little expertise in.
and scratches. After a fortnight spent
Naturally, things don’t with the 360 Eye, I’ve grown
always work out this way. extremely fond of this vac.
[ Photography Matt Beedle ]

Doorstops rank number one And my flat has never looked


on this Dyson’s hit list as they more resplendent.

STUFF SAYS Imperfect but still brilliant, the 360 Eye will make
you fall in love with a vacuum cleaner… ’nuff said +++++

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CLEAR THE AREA


A five-minute room
prep will give you
peace of mind and
stop your vac sucking
up damaging clutter.

I SEE CEILINGS
The Scout has an
upward-looking
camera to make
its meanderings
more accurate.

Neato Botvac Connected Miele Scout RX1


£500 / stuff.tv/NeatoBotvacConnected £500 / stuff.tv/MieleScoutRX1
Peter Brown Senior Video Editor Fraser Macdonald Consulting Editor

What’s the story? neglects to collect an errant What’s the story? vacuumy underneaths – the
For all its cleaning prowess, Lego piece or pile of biscuit Miele is the BMW of home Roomba and Neato only have
my favourite thing about the crumbs? No bother – you can appliances, so you’d hope its one each.
Botvac Connected is just how operate this vac manually from robot vacuum cleaner would
well my tortoise took to riding your phone. be a similarly dependable slice Any good?
it. Perched on top of its glossy of engineering. Alas, just as More often than not, these
plastic shell, he’d never seen Any good? the Scout RX1 doesn’t come brushes knock bits of dirt away
the world fly by at such a speed. Cleaning is generally sound. This with hazard warning lights from the Scout’s mouth, not
Given his typical ambling pace, thing is capable of finding dirt in or a stereo, it doesn’t perform into it. And the vacuum action
I doubt he’ll ever experience places you’d forgotten existed, as reliably as a fancy German just isn’t powerful enough to do
such a feat again. but it still needs rescuing on motor either. a decent cleaning job.
In truth, this Neato operates an occasional basis – you’ll On first impressions I’d It’s slightly more effective
very similarly to Dyson’s 360 want to keep tabs on your assumed this thing was on hard floors, so you could use
Eye. Instead of having a camera Botvac while it’s doing its work. actually a rebadged iRobot, it just to look after your crumby
on its noggin, its special feature With its compact design and so similar is it in design to a kitchen. But, with a hopeless
is a brush that does its best to the ability to sweep through Roomba. In fairness, it does sense of direction and a heady
whip up dust away from any a flat on a single charge, it’s still have two swirly brushes on thirst for mains power from its
pesky corners the Neato might a worthy (cheaper) alternative its base to guide dirt into the docking station, the RX1 does
not otherwise reach. And if it to the Dyson. roller-brushed maw of its little to endear itself to you.

STUFF SAYS Good battery life and features STUFF SAYS Cheap and stylish… but not
raise the Neato above the fray ++++, very good at moving or cleaning +++,,

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DON’T LOOK DOWN
This Roomba comes
with a built-in ‘cliff
detector’ to help it
avoid any expensive
crash landings.

iRobot Roomba 980 TES


WI T
£800 / stuff.tv/iRobotRoomba980
Marc McLaren Editor, Stuff.tv NN
ER
What’s the story? room as it goes so it knows
The Roomba 980 is smart where any obstacles are.
enough that a spot of cleaning
seems almost beneath it. If Any good?
it offered to cook dinner and It’s not perfect, though. Deep
wash the dishes afterwards, corners are a no-no, and
I’d trust it implicitly. it seemed reluctant to go
Make no mistake, this vac under furniture. Maybe it’s
will do a great job on your claustrophobic. More of
floors – but then at £800, a problem was its refusal THE WINNER DYSON 360 EYE
you’d expect nothing less. to go from a wooden floor
Its talents are evident from onto a rug, with its sensors
the start: setting up is literally seemingly telling it the edge If you’re spending up to £800 likely to be stumped by rugged
a matter of removing it from of the rug was a wall. on a robot vacuum cleaner, carpet terrain or fall foul of a
the box, positioning it on its As robot vacuums go, this you might well expect it to sudden sense of misdirection.
charging dock and pressing Roomba is still excellent. It sweep up every last bit of Learn to live with the thing
Start. Seconds later it’ll be cleans thoroughly, looks great, dirt that’s plaguing your living and the amount of time you
scuttling across the floor like doesn’t make too much noise room floor, all at the push of spend cleaning by hand will
it owns the place, mapping the and is super-simple to use. the start button. be slashed right down.
Only Dyson’s 360 Eye While we’re not quite yet
comes close to delivering such living in a sci-fi home utopia,
a spotless vision of the future. the 360 Eye is a gurn-inducing
STUFF SAYS The Roomba 980 is worth the It cleans more efficiently than glimpse of what that world
price – a reliably excellent performer ++++, any of its rivals and is far less looks like.

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TEST NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080

Play your card right


It costs more than a PS4 and an Xbox
One combined, but is this the 4K booster
that PC gamers have been waiting for?
£620 / geforce.co.uk

QDo you think high-end graphics


cards are for PC gamers who
cherish a perfect frame rate above
their families? You’re right – who
needs love when you can game in
glorious 4K? The Nvidia GeForce
GTX 1080 is no bargain, but it
promises a 30% performance
increase over the old Titan X for
£300 less.

QIn a head-to-head face-off with


the Titan X in the same system,
we enjoyed frame rate increases
of as much as 37% at 1080p in
The Division and 45% at 1440p
in Doom. That means beautifully
smooth scenery pops out from
your monitor.

QAs you’d expect, HD gaming


is a breeze for the GTX 1080; it’s
with 1440p (aka 2.5K) that things
start to get interesting. While the
Titan X struggled to hit 60fps in
1440p games with the settings
maxed out, the 1080 is the first
board to manage this feat across
all of our test games. The Division
Q Bill withers looked almost photoreal in some
This is the best card you can buy of our play tests.
for your leccy bills. It draws much
less power than the Titan X, QSo what about 4K? Well, while
meaning it’s cheaper to run. the GTX 1080 comes tantalisingly
You’ll need to be gaming an awful close to being capable of running
lot to see real savings, though. games in 4K on its own, you still
need to drop the detail down
in recent games to get a truly
smooth performance.

QThere are exceptions, however.


The new Doom reboot maintained
a 64.8fps average in our testing at
4K, and looked astonishing doing it.

Q Delve into 12 Tech specs


This card isn’t only good for Base/boost clock speeds
4K gaming – it also supports 1607/1733MHz Stream
DirectX 12, which lets developers processors 2560 GPU memory
access more advanced graphical 8GB Power connector 8-pin
features as well as CPU-based Power consumption 180W TDP
performance gains.

STUFF SAYS Not 4K perfection, but this is still the best graphics card you can buy ++++,

It’s stunning, but Make no mistake, this is the fastest single graphics card we’ve ever seen, offering
not quite the 4K significant performance gains over the previous Titan X flagship card for a lot less
gaming magic we money. However, it still doesn’t give you true 4K gaming and is a lot more expensive
were dreaming of than previous-generation high-end cards. If you want 4K performance from a single
Guy Cocker card, you might have to wait for the inevitable GTX 1080Ti.

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TEST GAMES

PS4, Xbox One, PC / lego.com

Lego Star Wars:


The Force Awakens
The brick-wielding little people turn their attentions to Rey, Finn, BB-8 and the gang as they create
more innocent fun out of saving the galaxy. But is their own Force stuck in a creative slumber?

ego games just don’t give game structure. This time there’s creation at a time, but now you’ve to be able to instantly take control
L a damn. In a market of
Poe-faced shooters and
cover shooting, which peppers
a lot of the levels in story mode.
got several choices. At their most
basic, Lego puzzles have always
of Poe or Finn and their blasters.
Some long-standing irks remain,
gritty sci-fi universes, all they ask These scripted sequences pin you been little more than ‘find this to though. Awkward camera angles
is that you have a giggle, smashing down behind obstacles until you do this to then do that’. Adding and viewpoints that get obscured
brick things to make more brick blast through whatever’s blocking multiple options will make you by the scenery happen far too
things – and in Star Wars, Lego your way. Too often, though, this stop and think, even if it’s only often, for instance.
may have found its perfect extra element just feels like a for an extra few seconds. Ultimately, the small tweaks
partner. It’s more of what we’ve chore, dragging each sequence Other changes are smaller, but aren’t enough to mix things up for
come to expect: run around a out beyond its welcome. And much do have a big impact on how you anyone who’s already played the
Star Destroyer, shimmy along like the platforming, it’s been done play. Swapping characters is a lot old versions to death. Buying your
a platform, then knock about some better elsewhere. smoother with the new option first Lego game? Get stuck in. The
First Order types for fun. Mixing up the puzzle mechanics wheel. Bumbling about as C-3PO rest of us might be left wishing for
There have, however, been a is a much more welcome change. might be fun for a few minutes, but an update to the magic formula.
few changes to the typical Lego Brick piles used to let you build one when the action hots up it’s great Justin Mahboubian-Jones

STUFF SAYS Fun as ever, but not there’s much here beyond what you’ve seen before +++,,
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Throwing toy bricks


at the blockbusters
The action-packed Star Wars
films are dramatic but jolly
at their core, making them
perfect fodder to embrace the
gentle mockery that always
accompanies Lego’s forays
into the gaming world. The
Force Awakens takes this
sound relationship and rolls
with it, without deviating
from the path laid out by
its predecessors.
You might think you’re
‘too old for Lego games’. And
yes, most of the Star Wars
franchise has always been
partly aimed at kids. But who
cares? Lego games have an
irreverent charm that’ll keep
The new game has …but after Return Of The you coming back.
scenes set before Jedi, which took place Developer TT Games also
The Force Awakens… 30 years previously. picks up on the films’ more
ridiculous moments. The Lego
version of a scene from the
Force Awakens trailer – where
a squad of stormtroopers are
standing in a flickering, dimly
lit dropship – managed to draw
guttural laughter from me. The
Lego scene pans over to a
single trooper… frantically
flipping the light switch up
and down.
It’s a fair point: why are
the lights going on and off
on a futuristic spaceship
that can travel fast enough
to turn the stars into blurs?
Full marks to the developer
on that score at least.

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WATCH

Nerve_cinema
n this new thriller from and travelling across Manhattan
I Catfish directors Ariel
Schulman and Henry
from dare to dare by motorbike.
They’re celebrities on the red Knight Of Cups Batman Vs
Joost, Emma Roberts plays Vee, carpet of the internet, and their
_Blu-ray, DVD, VOD Superman MORE
a timid teen living on Staten Island lives are the premiere. LIKE THIS
with little more than the internet But Nerve’s dark web of dares _Blu-ray, DVD, VOD
for company. becomes increasingly dangerous Less a film, more a
When her brash best friend as the rewards get higher – and sequence of beautifully This superhero showdown
Sydney starts doing dares for the shaky phone footage does shot vignettes intercut should have been epic.
cash in a livestreamed online game a great job of recreating the palm- with Christian Bale Batman and Superman,
called Nerve – a kind of Fight Club sweating tension of the more frolicking mournfully with facing off on screen for
for millennials, or America’s Got death-defying challenges. beautiful women (I think the first time! Instead we
Talent reimagined by Anonymous Nerve is adapted from a novel we’re meant to feel sorry get a brooding borefest,
– Vee sees her chance to break aimed at young adults, and you can for him). Knight Of Cups clocking in at a torturous
out of Sydney’s shadow. tell, but it’s no more juvenile than is a Terrence Malick movie, two and a half hours. Skip
It starts out innocently enough: those superhero films that millions but cinematographer straight to Henry Cavill
eat dog food, flash the crowd during take so seriously. Ultimately, it’s Emmanuel Lubezki is and Ben Affleck kicking
a high school football game, kiss only the overly theatrical ending the real star. Watch on the crap out of each other
a stranger for five seconds. Before that might make you log off. the biggest telly you can. for the last 20 minutes.
long Vee pairs up with fellow Tom Wiggins Tom Wiggins Tom Morgan
player Ian (Dave Franco), wearing
expensive clothes she didn’t buy STUFF SAYS ++++, STUFF SAYS +++,, STUFF SAYS ++,,,

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STREAM LISTEN

Guardians Of The Galaxy Boy King _Wild Beasts


_Netflix
Wild Beasts love a bit of in hip-shuddering genius.
Take the charismatic Congratulations, you’ve the lusty stuff. Ever since For all its inventiveness,
charm of Chris Pratt and just cooked up one of their Mercury-nominated this album never shirks
mash with the hulking the zaniest bands of Two Dancers brought them its mission to get your
mass of an extraterrestrial superheroes in the history to popular attention, this rocks off. Such is its carnal
Dave Bautista. Add a pinch of the universe, and the Cumbrian quartet have majesty, it could restore
of Vin Diesel as a deadly Guardians’ foray onto been mining outrageous even your gran’s libido.
alien tree, then a splash the silver screen is as seams of art-rock Whether you want a few
of Bradley Cooper as a entertaining and funny innuendo. Boy King is their new tracks for your ‘sex
genetically engineered as it is refreshing. A fitting most muscular record yet, jams’ mixtape or just fancy
killer raccoon called antidote to the overly but it’s no less drenched hearing a band right at
Rocket. Mix with a vintage serious huffing and puffing in sultry falsetto vocals and their peak, Boy King is
rock soundtrack, and going on back in Gotham convulsive percussion. well worth a spin.
even it out with Avatar’s and Metropolis… with a What tracks like Get My Rob Leedham
Zoe Saldana playing sequel due to be released Bang and Big Cat lack in
a cut-throat assassin. next spring. subtlety, they make up for STUFF SAYS +++++

Q Daredevil_Netflix
(BUT Bloodier, swearier and sexier than most Marvel offerings,
BETTER) Daredevil now has The Punisher and Elektra getting
involved for season two.

Q The Dark Knight Rises_Amazon Prime


Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale didn’t live up to the hype,
but we did like the nod to the ‘sometimes you just can’t get A Weird Exits Give A Glimpse
rid of a bomb’ scene from 1966’s Batman: The Movie. _Thee Oh Sees Of What Yer Not
_Dinosaur Jr
Ensnaring Thee Oh Sees’
Q Jessica Jones_Netflix force-of-nature live show Welcome to the 1990s.
and committing it to record Be A Part, Good To Know
While she’s not strictly a superhero any more, our isn’t easy. While Gelatinous and Tiny still sound like
Jessica still has the unearthly skills to escape the Cube sounds like a fight they would perfectly
clutches of mind-controlling sadist Zebediah Killgrave. with a giant snake and suit a teatime slot at
Ticklish Warrior is like being Lollapalooza ’93, and
attacked by a swarm of the rest of Dinosaur’s
guitar-playing killer bees, 11th album has plenty of
it’s hard to shake the feeling melodies that’ll make you
that you might be better cry while you nod along,
off with their recent live and guitar solos that’ll
album instead. make you cry harder.
Tom Wiggins Will Findlater

STUFF SAYS ++++, STUFF SAYS ++++,

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These Google-brained laptops are brilliant little machines,


but what can you do with them beyond web browsing?
Justin Mahboubian-Jones shares his favourite tricks…

bookmarks), just right-click the


THE BASICS app’s icon and select ‘window’.

QCurl up with a good ’book. QReach for the Skype. Don’t


Chromebooks range in price let the lack of a built-in Skype
from £150 to the £1000 Pixel. app or extension put you off
They’re all based on the same a Chromebook. It’s perfectly
‘cloud first’ principle, so the possible to use one to Skype
main differences are in hardware. Aunt Sally in Australia – just head
Only the Pixel really offers over to web.skype.com and sign
a MacBook-like build and Toshiba Chromebook 2 (£200, in as normal.
typing experience, while argos.co.uk) will easily sustain
a number of newer models a day’s work on a single charge. QWork the remote. Need to
have touchscreens. do something more demanding?
QDesktop jockey. Chrome Accessing your work computer
QBounteous batteries. OS is browser-based, but that with a remote desktop client
Chromebooks are relatively doesn’t mean you have to is simple. Install the Chrome
simple devices with low power open apps like Microsoft Word Remote Desktop extension
consumption – so unlike normal in a tab. To open them in a on both your Chromebook and
laptops, even cheaper models more desktop-like window your target computer and you’ll
offer great battery life. The (without the omnibar and be ‘in the office’ in minutes.

OFFLINE EXTRAS
QWatch Game Of Thrones.
Chrome OS is a bare-bones
operating system, but it packs
a built-in media player capable
of playing most video files.

QFinish that rant. You can


carry on editing files in Drive
or Docs even without a data
connection. Click the ‘Settings’
button in the Chrome browser
then go to the ‘Offline’ area to
activate it.

QGet game. The Chrome Web


Store has a bunch of decent free
offline games. We like chemistry
puzzler Little Alchemy and
brain-twister Pathuku.

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LEVEL
UP WITH...

ANDROID APPS
play.google.com
Google has just begun
rolling out Play Store
app compatibility for
Chromebooks. This
is exciting news, bringing
thousands of free apps
and Android functions
to the platform. Apps
can be controlled via
keyboard, mouse and
touch. No touchscreen?
You’ll need something
like the Airbar…

AIRBAR
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As Chromebooks enter
the world of Android apps,
it makes sense for them
to embrace touchscreens
too. Models such as the
new HP Chromebook 11
G5 ($190, hp.com) have
optional touch-friendly
displays. But you can add
similar powers to your
machine with the Airbar,
which uses a laser placed
in front of the display.

“OK GOOGLE” MEDIA MOGUL TAKE A SHORTCUT


QSpeak up. Chromebooks Q Top of the crops. Unless Q Know it all. Press ‘Ctrl +
support voice commands you’re a real pro, Chromebooks Alt + ?’ and you’ll get a virtual
thanks to the same ‘Ok Google’ are perfectly capable photo keyboard showing all of Chrome
prompt found on Android editors. For basic tweaks like OS’s most useful shortcuts.
phones. You can enable them cropping, just click the edit wand
in Settings under ‘Search’. in Chrome OS’s image editor. Q Lay it out. Chromebooks POCKET
are big on gesture controls. £free / chrome.google.com
QOpen sesame. You can also Q Next level. Need something Pressing three fingers on the Few of us have the luxury
use voice commands to open a bit more refined? Pixlr (£free, touchpad and drawing them of being online all the
installed apps and extensions. chrome.google.com) is the one. towards you will pull all windows time, but browsing
This works for Drive, Files, It packs much of Photoshop’s into multi-tasking view. articles on a Chromebook
Gmail, or any others you see functionality into a web app. is one of its main joys.
in the ‘all apps’ section. Q Change of address. That’s where Pocket
comes in – this app
Q Straight to video. These The omnibar is handy for
lets you save interesting
QDictate the day. Hands machines might lack the power quick searches, but it doesn’t reads with a click, then
aching for a rest? Install a needed for serious video editing, auto-complete web addresses. automatically downloads
speech-to-text app like the but WeVideo (from £free, To instantly turn a website them for you to read
excellent VoiceNote II (£free, chrome.google.com) lets you name into a full URL, just press later on the train, bus
chrome.google.com). add voiceovers, transitions etc. ‘Ctrl + Enter’. or nuclear submarine.

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These comedy gems, quirky features and shameless


geek-outs will liven up the drizzliest commute… and
all but one of them are free to download from iTunes

The 2000 AD
Thrill-Cast
Home of grim-faced
lawman Judge Dredd,
2000 AD has been
flinging oddball British
sci-fi our way since
the late 1970s. The
Thrill-Cast is packed
full of insight, chatting
with some of the
industry’s biggest
names in a restlessly
lo-fi manner. Fans
will also welcome the
chance to win some
comic-related bling.

The Adam Analog(ue) My Dad Wrote Shut Up And FiveThirtyEight The Mysterious
Buxton Podcast A lot of tech podcasts A Porno Sit Down Elections Secrets Of
There are two types examine the subject What would you do If you think a podcast Will the land of the Uncle Bertie’s
of people in the world: like surgeons, poking if your dad suddenly about board games free soon be ruled Botanarium
those who know and into specs and self-published an sounds like just the by a man whose love Jermaine ‘Flight
love Adam Buxton, release dates, but erotic novel, despite thing to send you of casual xenophobia Of The Conchords’
and those who lead this one takes a step being a terrible writer off to sleep on a long is rivalled only by his Clement might be
sad, unfulfilled lives. back by discussing with an evidently flight, this will change fondness for fake tan? the name that draws
Adam has finally how gadgets fit into limited understanding your mind. Its three This podcast will tell your attention to
launched his own everyday life. The two of female anatomy? mega-informed you. It’s about the this surreal seafaring
podcast, in which he hosts live on either The answer probably hosts discuss the polls rather than the story, but it’s the
meets and chats with side of the Atlantic isn’t read it to the design of tabletop US election media awesome sound
a diverse bunch of (hence the dual world, but that’s games with such circus, and is run by design that justifies
guests. But the best spelling), which helps what Jamie Morton enthusiasm that you Nate Silver – a stat the US$4.99/month
bits are the intros and unearth differences does in this 13-part can’t help but go and boffin who called the Howl.fm subscription
outros, recorded while in how the US and UK series, aided by two pre-order their latest results in all 50 states (see right). Sorry, this
out walking his dog. use their tech. bewildered friends. recommendations. correctly last time. one’s not on iTunes.

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FINDING POD
3 WAYS TO
DISCOVER
MORE SHOWS

SAMPLER
This podcast goes all
meta on the subject,
discussing hand-picked
extracts from interesting
new shows and talking
to their makers. They
sometimes also play
listeners’ favourite
funny moments.
£free / iTunes

LAUGHABLE
Find yourself mainly
listening to comedy
’casts? This new app
is focused on just that,
letting you search by
comedian to see which
episodes they’ve been
in and then queue them
up to create a playlist.
£free / iOS

Song Exploder Alice Isn’t Dead No Such Thing Final Games


Each 15-minute A woman drives a As A Fish Taking its cue from
episode of Song truck across the USA Looking for some trivia Desert Island Discs,
Exploder takes a in search of a wife she bombs to fill your next this puts big shots
tune, breaks it down previously thought awkward silence? This from the gaming
to its constituent dead. On the way she weekly show from QI’s industry in a similarly
parts and asks the encounters a deadly research team is here uninhabited (but
artist responsible to man/creature who to arm you up. The four somehow electrically
tell the story behind seems intent on hosts take it in turns to powered) place and HOWL
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end up picking and apparently has the fact, which is prodded which eight games features like the sleep
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to in Casts, but Howl
that feature bands dark tale is narrated flowers into something take and why. Liam
stands out with its
you’re into, but the from the woman’s ‘quite interesting’. Edwards, formerly commitment to high
insight is frequently point of view via Subjects include ferret of Rockstar Games, production values and
fascinating. A music her CB radio, adding copulation, postbox hosts from the floor original shows.
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[ Words Simon Lucas Illustration Jamie Sneddon ]

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SUBS’ BENCH:
ON A BUDGET

BT ULTRA HD
First out of the blocks
with 4K broadcasting,
BT gets the basics right.
There’s a decent choice
of live 4K sport, with
1 DALI KUBIK ONE 2 BOSE 3 SKY Q SILVER rugby and MotoGP
The Kubik One has the classic QUIETCOMFORT 35 Forget the gloopy multiroom
backing up Champions
League and Premier
‘good touch for a big man’. By When you make the best experience shown in the League football. And
soundbar standards it’s a bit of noise-cancelling headphones adverts – the main reason the view is better than
a biffer, but that doesn’t matter around, as Bose did with to get Sky Q is for sport. With the ref’s: from the beads
for three reasons. Firstly, these the QuietComfort 25s, the the standard Sky Q box (from of sweat on a midfield
things never are very stylish. temptation must be to leave £44/month) unable to receive terrier to the logos on
Secondly, it’s available in nine well alone. But Bose is nothing 4K broadcasts and Sky planning fans’ replica shirts.
from £16/month /
different finishes, so you should if not intrepid – and so, to to flick on the Ultra HD switch
bt.com/ultrahd
have no trouble matching it to its winning formula of epic for the new Premier League
your favourite team. Thirdly, comfort, sound and build quality season, Sky Q Silver is the
and most importantly, the plus matchless noise-cancelling, bundle to shell out for. For the
sound it produces has no trouble it’s added wireless Bluetooth non-sporty members of your
capturing the size and fervour of functionality. Throw in excellent household, this also means
a packed stadium, yet is detailed battery life, and the QC35s 4K movies and entertainment,
enough to pick out the yelp as will be the only headphones plus the ability to record four
a cheating striker hurls himself you ever need to shut out that other shows while you watch
theatrically to the turf. room of rival supporters. the game. BENQ W3000
£800 / dali-speakers.com £290 / bose.co.uk £56/month / sky.com/skyq It’s might not be 4K, but
this is everything you
could expect from a
projector at this price
and then some. It’s a
beautifully made Full HD
projector that serves up
a 100in image from less
than three metres –
and the BenQ keeps
a tighter grip on that
picture than Cristiano
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image inches per pound,
it’s unbeatable.
£1200 / benq.co.uk

4 WHIRLPOOL VESSI 5 SONY VPL-VW300ES 6 CONCENTRÉ


BEER FERMENTER If you want truly world-class
DE VIE SOFA
The Vessi is a craft beer factory performance, it’s going to cost A comfortable sofa’s all well
Q ACOUSTICS MEDIA 4
in a box. From steeping the you. But just as Lewis Hamilton and good, but it’s just a sofa. An
It’s not a soundbar, it’s
barley with water to boiling the doesn’t come cheap, if you fork emergency bed at a push. What a sound-trapezoid. Not
hops to create wort and mixing out for the VPL-VW300ES you want in furniture is flexibility. a snappy description, we
in the yeast, the Beer Fermenter then, like the chisel-bearded You want modular. So what you know, but the M4’s odd
is a fully hands-on experience. racing genius, you’re getting want is Campeggi’s Concentré shape allows for a hefty
It also lets you finesse things the best there is at what de Vie by Matali Crasset. Yes, subwoofer to work in
like secondary fermentation it does. And what it does it’s a sofa – but thanks to its tandem with a pair of
and regulating alcohol content. is crystal-clear, pin-sharp uber-technical configuration 6.5-balanced mode
radiators and deliver
Just make sure you have your 4K images that, given the right it’s also a couple of guest chairs.
a bigger, more potent
gathering planned in advance source material, aren’t so much Or footstools, armrests or, yes, noise than any other
– like a Rory McIlroy putt, like a projected image as the a single bed… all while closely soundbar at this price.
fermenting can’t be rushed, view through a clean window. resembling Stanley Kubrick’s You’ll get a big match
although the Vessi does claim If you want to supersize your dream of the distant future. Just atmosphere even at the
a tidy seven-day turnaround viewing experience, the 300ES don’t let anyone holding a drink third-place bout in the
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GOOGLE
PHOTOS
TRICKS

How should I edit my holiday snaps?


1 / Get free storage
Google Photos is
our favourite way
to back up photos
TWEAK LIKE A PRO from proper cameras
GOOGLE NIK COLLECTION as well as phones.
Sign up, then just
£free / google.com/nikcollection drag and drop from
your desktop.
Previously a pricey offering
from Google, the Nik Collection
is now available gratis. It’s a set
of seven desktop apps that
offer simple-to-use, pro-level
photo tweaking options.
Each has a particular area of 2 / Restore old snaps
expertise. Dfine and Sharpener Changed your mind
Pro are great for reducing noise about a photo you
and enhancing detail. If you want deleted? The Google
to change the overall look of used as plug-ins for other DO THIS… Photos bin holds
your photos, Color Efex Pro and editing packages, or run as
Viveza let you tweak colour and standalone apps.
MAKE A PUNCHY B&W SHOT images for 60 days.
Just select ‘Bin’ and
tonality, or add filters to specific You can combine several Pick a photo with a wide range of pick the snaps you
areas. For a more vintage look, plug-ins for each image you lighting in close proximity. Open want to restore.
there’s Analog Efex Pro and edit – Google recommends it in Silver Efex Pro and try the
Silver Efex Pro. HDR Efex Pro, using Dfine to reduce noise, then presets in the left-hand column
meanwhile, lets you merge Viveza, then Color Efex Pro, then to find a good base, then use the
several images to create a single Silver Efex Pro (if converting to right-hand column’s sliders and
HDR (high dynamic range) shot. B&W), and then perfecting with boxes to tweak until the image
All of these handy tools can be Sharpener Pro to finish off. really bursts with contrast.
3 / Make a montage
As you upload your
pictures, Google
Photos groups them
to create animations,
collages, movies
FIX YOUR and stories. You’ll
SMARTPHONE SNAPS find them in the
VSCO Assistant tab.

£free / iOS, Android


Most smartphone camera apps
have a handful of rudimentary
editing functions to help you fix
those not-quite-perfect snaps, KILL THE NOISE 4 / Find any photo
but few are as elegant as the The search options
Visual Supply Company’s free NOISELESS in Photos are
app. Among its editing features £45 / macphun.com astonishing. Tap on
are a straightening tool (adieu, the magnifying glass
wonky horizons!) and a crop tool Most cameras have a noise icon and type. You
that lets you cut off unwanted DO THIS… reduction function, but it’s often want cats, beaches,
sections or improve the balance better to turn that off and use
of your composition. CROP OUT THE BAD a third-party program – and
smiles? It’ll find ’em
quicker than you can.
VSCO also offers sliders that Camera phone lenses tend to Noiseless is among the best. Its
shift both vertical and horizontal be wide, so sometimes there’s algorithms tweak the appearance
perspective – essential for too much going on in photos, of pixels in a way that retains
[ Words Sam Kieldsen ]

making photos of buildings look distracting from the main detail while minimising graininess.
‘head on’, like they were taken subject. Tap VSCO’s crop tool You can tweak each image facebook.com/joinstuff
from an elevated position. The and you can trim off the fat, separately, which means you google.com/+stufftv
app keeps a copy of the original, focusing the viewer’s eye on won’t overdo it and end up with twitter.com/stuffTV
so all editing is reversible. what’s important. photos looking more like paintings. stuff@haymarket.com

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1 ...USE AN XBOX 2 ...MASTER 3 ...GET LIVE


ONE ELITE PAD GOOGLE NOW DESKTOP
WITH YOUR PS4 Baked into your Android phone WALLPAPERS
is a voice assistant that’s rather Here’s how to liven up your
Microsoft’s metal-paddled Elite coy about advertising its talents. desktop background with a
is the best console controller Here’s how to build a fruitful smartphone-like live wallpaper:
ever made. Here’s how to use friendship with Google Now:
it to level up your Destiny ranking On a Mac. There are some solid
on your PS4: Read the encyclopaedia. Go to Apple-approved apps to choose
ok-google.io for a Macedonian from. Live Desktop (£0.79) sits
Gather the ingredients. Aside developer’s directory of in your menu bar, has a handful
from the £110 Elite controller, commands, split by category. of free looping backgrounds
you’ll need a CronusMAX Plus and isn’t too hard on your CPU.
(£45, controllermax.co.uk), a Track down a text. Google Now If you’d prefer weather updates
4-port USB 2.0 hub (£6, amazon. can drill down through your or a virtual fishbowl, check out
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cronusmax.com). Ensure it has as wallpapers, but there are
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up to accept the Xbox One Elite countless apps, Google Now can functionality for you. We used
controller. For details go to the save you from scrolling through BioniX Wallpaper Changer
setup video at bit.ly/cronuspro pages of confusing icons. “Open (£free, bionixwallpaper.com).
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114 SMARTPHONES
T OnePlus 3 STUFF SAYS
HO

1
‘Business as usual’ has never been so good. Once again, OnePlus has swanned A big, brilliant bargain of a
Y
BU phone that looks and feels
in with a £300-ish phone that offers a true alternative to some costing more
like £600. The tech is as aggressively packed in as ever, but this is also the as good as a handset costing
W best-looking, most expensive-feeling OnePlus phone to date. If an extra £300
NE is nothing to you, there are slightly better screens and cameras available. But last
twice as much
time we checked, most of our readers like a good deal. This is an unbeatable one. £330 +++++

Samsung Galaxy S7
2 Welcome to the age of ‘sensible Samsung’, a smartphone maker of dependable
excellence. The Galaxy S7 looks a lot like the old S6 but has been improved all round,
not least with a better camera. This sets a high bar for all of Samsung’s competitors.
from £550
+++++

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge BEST FOR


3 Compared to the brilliant S7, the S7 Edge has a bigger 5.5in display, a higher-capacity
battery and, of course, that curved touchscreen with its swipeable row of widgets. If
you can afford it, then paying £70 more seems reasonable for a better-looking phone.
from £630
+++++
CUTTING-EDGE
GADGETEERS

HTC 10
4 This handset barely puts a foot wrong, but it’s a marketer’s worst nightmare. What’s it
good at? Everything. What’s special about it? Battery life. Stamina may be the least sexy
of features, but knowing the 10 will survive an impromptu pub trip feels pretty good.
£570
+++++

Apple iPhone 6s
5 “Everything’s changed” is pushing it, but within the 6s’s familiar body lies a surprising
amount of innovation. You’ll really notice the A9 processor’s added speed, the 12MP
camera’s scope and quality, and of course, the time-saving delight that is 3D Touch.
from £540
+++++

LG G5
6 The scale of the LG G5’s ambition is breathtaking. It’s a unique modular smartphone,
allowing you to swap out its parts for improved ones, such as a bigger battery, camera
controls or Bang & Olufsen audio tech. It’s a big, ballsy move that we hope pays off.
£530
+++++

Google Nexus 6P
7 The 6P gets the Nexus series back on the rails. Camera? Design? Performance?
Software? All get a serious thumbs-up. Standouts include the finger scanner and
from £450
+++++

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the front camera, which are among the very best available at any price.

Lenovo Moto G4
8 Motorola (now owned by Lenovo) once again ups the ante and shows every other big
phone maker what can be done for less than £200. With a slimmer design, metal-effect
sides and a bigger screen than the old Moto G, this is the new no.1 budget phone.
from £160
+++++
BEST FOR
BUDGET
BUYERS

Vodafone Smart Prime 7


9
BEST FOR
The Smart Prime 7 is a lesson in quite how cheap phones can get before they seem from £75 SUPER
cobbled together out of bits found in bargain bins. On specs alone it easily holds its +++++ VALUE
own against rivals that cost twice the price – a solid gold bargain.

Apple iPhone SE
10 The cheapest iPhone ever made packs pretty much all the power of the iPhone 6s into
the 4in aluminium shell of the iPhone 5s. Its compact, no-compromise concept should
tempt plenty of newbies into Apple’s world. The SE is the best small phone you can buy.
from £360
+++++

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T STUFF SAYS
HO Apple iPad Pro 9.7

1
Incredible power, superb
Y
BU
The iPad Pro 9.7 takes everything we loved about Apple’s original 12.9in Pro tablet, features and near-flawless
makes it a lot more portable, and even adds in a few extras of its own. The True
Tone display, which changes automatically based on ambient conditions, is a
design: the iPad Pro 9.7
marvel, while the 12MP shooter is frankly overkill for those brave enough to is pure tablet perfection
use it out and about. It’s expensive, but perfection usually comes at a price. from £500 +++++

Apple iPad Mini 4


2 This is the mini tab we’ve been waiting for. It’s 1.4mm thinner and 32g lighter, just the from £320 BEST FOR
FUN ON
right size for a great portable entertainment hub, and subtle display tweaks will do +++++ THE GO
justice to games and graphic novels alike. Plus it will easily last three days on a charge.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0


3 This is the best of the small-screen Android tablets, bringing you all the fab features of
its bigger brother but in a smaller, even lighter form design. The 8in model is great for
reading mags, playing games and watching films, while being easier to hold in one hand.
£300
+++++

Google Pixel C
4 The Pixel C is a superb tabtop. This 10in tablet with keyboard (£120) and 2K display is
excellent for working on the go, and it’ll handle demanding games easily. The Android
OS is a major advantage – the choice of apps is years ahead of Chrome OS.
from £400
+++++

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7


5 Slimmer and faster, with a brilliant screen and serious stamina, the Galaxy Tab S2
sees Samsung back in the running for the Android throne. The Xperia Z4 almost pips
it with its bundled keyboard, but the S2’s a versatile, big-screen tab first and foremost.
£350
+++++

Apple iPad Mini 2 BEST FOR


6 Yes, it’s not as good as the new Mini 4… but believe it or not, Apple’s iPad Mini 2 is the
best cheap-ish tablet on the market. At this price, it’s frankly bargain-tastic. That’s
why the ‘old’ model stays in our Top 10 – it’s still a mini tablet of real quality.
from £220
+++++
SMALL
BUDGETS

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S


7 If you want to get some serious work done without feeling like you’re doing it on a toy,
the TabPro S is a better option than even the iPad Pro 9.7. It’s basically a full-on PC
slimmed right down to skinny tablet dimensions.
£850
++++,

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 BEST FOR


8 Apple’s tablet colossus, the supercharged iPad Pro, is for serious creatives with deep
pockets: the perfect digital coffee-table book that just about doubles as a laptop. To
make best use of all that screen, remember to also buy a Smart Keyboard and Pencil.
from £680
++++,
ARTISTIC
TYPES

Asus ZenPad S 8.0


9 A top affordable tablet with a dazzling display – getting 2048x1536 pixels at this price
is a big win. It’s also dead slim and light, at 7.9mm and 316g; and with 8.5hrs of video
between charges, the Zen Pad feels like a tablet you can take everywhere.
£150
++++,

Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0


10 This is a solid stylus-ready tablet, though it might have a tricky time given how well
priced some alternatives are these days (iPads start even cheaper than this). It’s not
a standard-setter, but it does have great battery life, solid design and a funky stylus.
from £250
++++,

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116 HI-FI & MUSIC STREAMING
T Sonos multiroom system STUFF SAYS
HO

1
If you want to pretend your favourite band are playing in your living room, there’s Infinite music in every
Y
BU room without the need
no better option than a Sonos wireless speaker. They always look great, work
effortlessy with your smartphone and, most importantly, boom out your tunes for custom installers?
with dazzling finesse – from the compact Play:1 (£170) to the flagship Play:5
(£430), a speaker that was redesigned from the ground up this year to sound
Sign us up now, please
better and be even more of a breeze to use. from £170 +++++

Naim Mu-so BEST FOR


2 How much for a wireless speaker?! Well yes, but what a wireless speaker it is. Naim
has ploughed all of its high-end hi-fi experience into delivering a beautifully made,
great-sounding device with AirPlay, Spotify Connect and aptX Bluetooth all on board.
£895
+++++
ONE-BOX
WI-FI HI-FI

KEF Muo
3 The KEF Muo sounds as good as it looks, which is very nice indeed. It may be the size of
a beer can, but it creates a room-filling sound, brilliantly balanced and packed with vim
and vigour. The Muo has the audio solidity of the B&W T7, but with even greater detail.
£300
+++++
BEST FOR
PORTABILITY

Naim Mu-so Qb
4 This can-do cube complements its big brother’s more refined character with a confident
presentation that pays no attention to its physical size. And its features list makes it more
flexible than Madonna’s yoga teacher. A stunning addition to the Mu-so family.
£595
+++++

Google Chromecast Audio


5 The original Chromecast was a very bright idea: a device to stream TV directly from the
internet. Chromecast Audio has arrived to do the same to your hi-fi. It’s smart and highly
affordable, and makes a huge variety of apps such as Spotify and Deezer more fun to use.
£30
+++++

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless


6 ‘Wireless speakers’ and ‘quality’ don’t always go hand in hand. But this is a desirable
product through and through – and in terms of sound and design, not a penny is left
unaccounted for. It’s the ultimate wireless speaker for the streaming-savvy audiophile.
£500
+++++

Bowers & Wilkins T7


7 The T7 is B&W’s first attempt at a portable Bluetooth speaker, and its good looks and
real hi-fi sound combine to make it a real winner. It’s solid and easy to use, and has an
attractive honeycomb structure that helps reduce cabinet vibrations.
£300
+++++

Monitor Audio Airstream S200


8 It may look a bit like a floppy skyscraper, but the Monitor Audio’s Bluetooth-plus-AirPlay
speaker makes a lot of sense, mostly because it takes up very little shelf/desk/table
space but makes loads of lovely noise. It’s a bit of a steal at this price.
£200
+++++
BEST FOR
PICNIC PARTIES

Cambridge Audio Go
9 There are loads of very cheap Bluetooth speakers out there, but we reckon it’s worth
spending that little bit more to get something that’s really good – and that’s the Go.
It sounds awesome, it’s really nicely built and its battery lasts a massive 18 hours.
£100
+++++

Bluesound multiroom system


10 Fancy a bit of Sonos-style multiroom but with better-than-CD-quality sound thrown
in? You want Bluesound. There are all-in-one speakers, adapters for your existing hi-fi,
and a Vault that rips and stores all your CDs. All can handle high-resolution audio.
from £270
+++++

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118 HEADPHONES
T SoundMagic E10C STUFF SAYS
HO

1
SoundMagic has been pumping out quality in-ears for years, but this latest If you’re still listening
Y
BU to a pair of freebie buds,
revision is the best yet. You get fantastic sound for the money, a quality cable
and plenty of ear tips – and unlike the E10Ss, you don’t need to tell these buds stop it – and buy a pair
W whether you’re plugging into an iPhone or an Android. There’s still nothing out
NE there that can topple SoundMagic as the king of cheap headphones, but the
of these right now
E10Cs prove that it is still possible to improve without hammering up the price. £40 +++++

AKG K451
2 These bargain on-ears offer awesomely agile and punchy sound in a subtly stylish
and foldable design. Add standard and three-button control cables for maximising
compatibility, and there’s no excuse for not getting brilliant sound from your phone.
£45
+++++

AKG Y50BT BEST FOR


3 Proof that good wireless sound doesn’t have to cost the earth: with none of the
horrid hiss, whine, crack and pop that’s often a glitch of Bluetooth headphones,
these serve up truckloads of detail, with a full charge promising 20 hours of juice.
£125
+++++
GREAT SOUND
WITH NO WIRES

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless


4 The brand’s first foray into wireless brings luxury for your ears inside and out: these
are the Aston Martin DB10s of wire-free cans. If you like your sound authoritative,
dynamic and subtle (and who doesn’t?), you’ll feel right at home with these P5s.
£330
+++++

Bose QC35 BEST FOR


5 The QuietComfort range has long offered a sterling mix of comfort and noise-cancelling,
but with the new 35s you can add freedom-enhancing Bluetooth. These QCs are high
on clarity and spaciousness, making them perfect for your next long-haul journey.
£290
+++++
SHUTTING OUT
THE WORLD

Soul Electronics Flex


6 These simple in-ears are brilliant for workouts, as they stay put thanks to the
comfortable and unobtrusive ear-hooks. Sound quality is excellent, with crisp
treble notes, clean vocals and even a decent amount of bass for the money.
£45
+++++

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0


7 The original Sennheiser Momentums were an almost perfect pair of on-ears, and
we’re pleasantly surprised that the sequel is even more thrilling. They’re pricey, but
dapper looks soften the blow, as does the lively, hugely transparent sound.
£220
+++++

JBL Everest 100


8 The size of a pear drop, JBL’s wireless buds are all about fuss-free fit. Their eight-hour
battery life will help get you through the daily grind and their sound is one you could
easily listen to for that long… if you don’t mind your music on the meaty side.
£80
++++,

Fidue A65
9 Chinese brand Fidue has a style-conscious audience in mind for these all-metal,
well-balanced earbuds. For a fun yet detailed pair of headphones with a full-bodied
sound and snappy dress sense, the A65s are well worth considering.
£50
++++,

Jabra Sport Pulse


10 A tech-packed but easy to use pair of wireless buds with good enough sound. The big
draw here is connection to the Jabra Sport app, delivering heart-rate monitoring and
pretty much any other stat you might want. There’s also an inline remote and mic.
£120
++++,

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120 HOME CINEMA
T Amazon Fire TV 4K STUFF SAYS
HO

1
Amazon’s latest Fire TV is faster and more powerful than last year’s model, but Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon
Y
BU video and Android games
more importantly, it supports ultra-detailed 4K video: TV and movies in four
times the resolution of Full HD. Of course, you’ll need a 4K set to enjoy all those in one 4K-capable box
extra pixels, but if you’re thinking of making the upgrade soon, this streamer is
a tele-futurist’s delight. With the added attractions of neat voice controls and £80
great gaming functionality, it’s the most complete streaming box you can buy. +++++

Sky Q from £100


2 A Sky subscription is already an expensive option, but Sky Q works flawlessly and
could change the way you watch TV – especially when 4K arrives. Undoubtedly the
best TV experience you can get, but only early adopters need to dive in right now.
+£44/month
+++++
BEST FOR
TELLY ADDICTS

Q Acoustics Media 4 BEST FOR


3 Sure, it doesn’t look like much. And yet, this soundbar has won awards two years in a
row from our friends at What Hi-Fi? The Media 4 combines subtle detail with precise
surround effects to be the best-sounding and best-value soundbar you can buy.
£300
+++++
TRUE-TO-LIFE
SOUND

Roku 2
4 Roku’s new mid-range offering is the most compelling yet. It’s essentially identical to
the Roku 3, just without the smart remote. With a customisable feed, Netflix, Now TV,
Google Play, YouTube and all the UK catch-up services, it’s unbiased, slick and simple.
£70
+++++

Canton DM55
5 This soundbase is a bit like dark chocolate: it may look plain and unassuming, but it’s
packed with a rich and full-bodied character. If you want that extra oomph to your films
without breaking the bank or sacrificing too much space, the DM55 is worth a look.
£330
+++++

Google Chromecast BEST FOR


6 The new Chromecast lets you search multiple streaming services from one app, offers
better Wi-Fi and lets you use your phone to control Android games. For the seriously
impatient, its smart preloading also plays Netflix episodes almost instantaneously.
£30
+++++
BUDGET
STREAMING

Dali Kubik One


7 Dali knows a thing or two about making great-looking, great-sounding loudspeakers,
and the Kubik One is a riveting listen. It can handle high-res files and offers a gorgeous
high-end sound. If you’ve got the cash, this is a talented system worth investing in.
£800
+++++

Geneva Model Cinema


8 The impeccably built Model Cinema looks rather lovely (for a soundbase), and being
a fairly slim box, it has no business sounding this huge and cinematic. It does so with
authority and insight – it’s like you’re sitting in your own personal theatre.
£500
+++++

Philips Fidelio B5
9 This Philips isn’t just a soundbar. It’s a shape-shifting 4.1 system with detachable ends
that can double up as surround or multiroom speakers. Clever, eh? Detail levels are sky
high, while the rumbling bass charges along with accuracy and power.
£550
+++++

Apple TV (2015)
10 Cupertino still hasn’t given us a real telly, but this powerful streaming device brims with
potential. Its Siri Remote could be a game-changer and it works well as a platform for
third-party apps and games; but for now it’s more pricey and less open than its rivals.
from £130
++++,

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T LG OLED55C6V STUFF SAYS
HO

1
This is a truly stunning television. LG’s OLED panel can go blacker than most TVs Packed full of tech with
Y
BU jaw-dropping performance,
and will dazzle your senses with its brightness; it offers sharply etched detail,
excellent viewing angles and solid HD upscaling. It also boasts support for both this is the TV your overdraft
HDR standards: HDR10 and Dolby Vision. This means you’ll be able to watch
compatible content from Amazon, Netflix and UHD Blu-rays regardless of
was made for
which format wins out in the future. £3000 +++++

Samsung UE55KS7000
2 This set sprinkles a little extra stardust on top of its 4K and HDR brilliance in the form
of ‘Quantum Dot’ technology, which claims to offer over a billion colours to point your
peepers at. The result is an impressively refined performance.
£1400
+++++

Samsung UE48J6300 BEST FOR


3 A 48in screen seems to be the ideal size for most living rooms, and a prominent curve
makes this Samsung eye-catching in every respect. The performance is stunning and
the colours have the right balance of vividness and subtlety. This is a smart TV bargain.
£450
+++++
VIEWING
VALUE

Sony 55XD9305 BEST FOR


4 Sony’s stunning newcomer ticks all the boxes for a thoroughly modern TV: beautiful
looks, 4K, HDR and much, much more. Above all, this is as stonking a picture as you’re
going to get this side of three grand, and in a svelte frame as well.
£1880
+++++
THE WOW
FACTOR

LG OLED65G6V
NE
W
5 This is a stunning specimen of technology and design, with one of the best pictures
we’ve ever seen. Its OLED panel yields absolute blacks with precision lighting and no
halo effects whatsoever. The only downside is the equally astonishing price.
£6000
+++++

Samsung UE55KS9000
W
NE
6 Samsung has kept up the pace following the success of last year’s sets, and delivered
a superb TV at a competitive price for its level. You get an absolutely stunning picture
and performance for the money, proving there’s plenty of life in LCD yet.
£2000
+++++

LG 55EG960V
7 We knew that OLED and 4K together in one TV would be rather special. This 55in LG
combines the unbelievable contrast of OLED with the super-sharp images of 4K to
create a picture that’s almost as real and enticing as looking out of the window.
£1800
+++++

Panasonic TX-40DX600B
W
NE
8 Not everyone has room for a large TV, and this 40-incher is ideal for those with limited
space. Add 4K and you have a truly appealing proposition – there are other 4K sets
available at this money, but none can match the Panasonic’s wonderfully crisp picture.
£500
++++,

Panasonic TX-65DX750
9 If you want a big 4K telly that won’t decimate your savings, this 65in Panasonic is a
tempting option. It does fall short of the supercharged levels of peak brightness and
colour bit depth that you’ll find higher up this list, though.
£1700
++++,

Philips 65PUS8901
10 A seriously expensive 4K beast with HDR compatibility, this Philips has the AmbiLux
twist – creating a more immersive experience with nine projectors that extend the
screen image onto the wall behind. Distracting? You’ll quickly fall head over heels for it.
£4000
+++,,

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122 LAPTOPS
T Apple MacBook Pro 13in STUFF SAYS
HO

1
Apple didn’t change too many parts of the MacBook Pro for the 2015 update. It hasn’t radically changed,
Y
BU but the Pro’s performance
There’s a new trackpad and the latest generation of Intel CPUs, which deliver
better stamina as well as a chunk more power. This is an incremental upgrade, and trackpad are top of its
but given how good the Pro already was, that’s more than enough to keep it
right at the top of our laptop honours list. If you need power as well as stamina
class. If it ain’t broke…
and portability, this is one of the best laptops money can buy. from £1000 +++++

Dell XPS 13
2 The original XPS 13 was already a great lightweight laptop, but now Dell has given it from £950 BEST FOR
PRACTICAL
a Windows 10 refresh. If the last one was the thinking person’s ultrabook, this is that +++++ PORTABILITY
and a whole lot more. With improved battery life and performance, it’s hard to beat.

Schenker XMG U726


3 The U726 has the guts to run the most demanding games at full HD or 4K resolution
with all settings maxed out, and the screen and speakers to make them look and sound
blinding. If you want a proper games machine to stash away easily, this is perfect.
from £1750
+++++

Asus ZenBook UX305


4 Asus knows what it’s doing. It knows that the Apple MacBook Air laptops are treading
water and the ZenBook UX305 is pretty much everything the 2015 Air should have
been, with its fetching aluminium design and as good a display as any £1000 laptop.
from £600
+++++

Toshiba Chromebook 2 BEST FOR


5 Toshiba has created the most desirable Chromebook to date with some well-judged
upgrades. Smaller, lighter and great value, the screen’s resolution now has pin-sharp
HD and the Skullcandy speakers are distortion-free. It lasted eight hours on test.
£200
+++++
VALUE FOR
MONEY

Apple MacBook from


6 Prettiness in pink aside, this is much like last year’s 12in MacBook. The 2016 version
is skinny and fab to work on, with a lovely screen… but unless you’d lap up the extra
hour’s battery life, there’s no real need to upgrade from last year’s model.
£1050
+++++
Aorus X3 Plus v5 from
7 A great gaming laptop, minus the usual bulk. It can’t quite match the Schenker XMG
U726, but then it’s more affordable and a lot easier to live with. It has a fantastic
high-res screen, and all the power you’ll need for future blockbusting games.
£1700
+++++
Asus X555LA
8 Fancy high performance for a low, low price? Of course you do! This bargain beast
manages to cram in a speedy Core i5 processor and up to 8GB of RAM. With a crisp
keyboard and responsive trackpad, it’s a challenge not to be impressed with this Asus.
from £430
++++,

Apple MacBook Air 13in


9 Apple is scraping by with pretty much the same Air design as before. You get a new
processor, new connectors and slightly improved battery life, but still no Retina screen.
However, if a portable road warrior is what you’re after, this is a great choice.
from £850
++++,

Microsoft Surface Book from


10 Microsoft’s finally made a laptop, and shorn of its initial bugs, the Surface Book is a
lustrous Windows machine with premium appeal. With an innovative hinged design,
plenty of oomph and a tablet option, this sleek hybrid gets a lot right.
£1300
++++,

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HO Raspberry Pi 3 B

BU
Y 1 It just keeps getting tastier by the year – 50% faster, 100% more Wi-Fi, same price. No
other circuit board computer touches what the Pi offers as a package: the amazing value
hardware, the mountains of online support and the sheer wealth of projects you can try.
£30
+++++
BEST FOR
DIY PROJECTS

DJI Phantom 4
2 The Phantom 4 is not so much an upgrade as an evolutionary leap. The world of drones £1230 BEST FOR
RULING
can be an intimidating one, but what DJI has done here is to create a quadcopter that +++++ THE SKIES
anyone really can fly – and do it safely. Expect to see a lot more of these in the sky soon.

Amazon Kindle Oasis


3 If you’re looking to get an e-reader to take on holiday, the Kindle Paperwhite will do just
fine – it has a great screen and backlighting, and costs less than half the price of this
one. But buying an Oasis is the decadent option, and it never hurts to show your class.
£270
+++++

Yuneec Typhoon H
W
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4 The Typhoon H is a fantastic hexacopter that’s easy to fly, has a lengthy flight time,
takes great footage and photos, and folds up to a (reasonably) portable size. It’s only
hamstrung by the two-hour battery charging time, which is trounced by rivals from DJI.
£1100
++++,

DJI Osmo
5 You can’t fly a drone through a narrow hallway, but you can walk down one wielding an
Osmo – and the footage will be silky smooth. This stabilised camera is in a category of
its own, and to get similar functionality from a DSLR you’d end up spending far more.
£490
+++++

T
HO Sony PlayStation 4

BU
Y 1 The best and most popular games machine on the planet. The PS4 has whisper-quiet
operation, a sleek form and bags of power, with full 1080p on all titles and not a whiff
of lag. And if 500GB of storage is too little for you, a 1TB model is now available.
from £270
+++++

Microsoft Xbox One


2 This is very different to the Xbox One of 2013. Most significantly, the unpopular Kinect
feature is now out of the deal, allowing Microsoft to drop the price and releasing enough
extra power for developers to make their games look and play better.
from £240
+++++

HTC Vive
3 HTC Vive is our VR headset of choice because of one key feature: frickin’ laser beams. £690 BEST FOR
FUTURE
This allows you to roam free instead of being confined to a chair. Combined with two ++++, GAZING
motion controllers, it’s a completely new way to experience games.

Oculus Rift
4 The wait is finally over, virtual reality has arrived, and Oculus got there first. The Rift is
seriously impressive, a window into untold flights of escapism – you’re going to want
one. It really needs the Touch controllers, though.
£500
++++,

Nintendo Wii U
5 While it hasn’t had the same impact as the original Wii, don’t underestimate the U’s
fun factor. Nintendo’s bottomless bag of superb game franchises rolls on with the
excitement of Mario Kart 8, with its anti-gravity karts and submarine racing.
£240
++++,

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Apple Watch BEST FOR


Apple’s Watch is by no means the first smartwatch, but it is the most desirable. from £260 TECH YOU
It’s more luxurious (and yes, more expensive) than its rivals, its software is better +++++ WANT TO WEAR
thought out, and there are loads of interesting new apps.

Jawbone UP3
With its latest band, Jawbone has delivered meaningful fitness data in a stylish from £70
package. The splashproof UP3 is unobtrusive, lasts over five days and does well not +++++
to overwhelm you with stats; instead it provides useful information at relevant times.

Pebble Time Steel


It’s very similar to the Pebble Time, but the extra Gorilla Glass 3 on the front makes it from £170 BEST FOR
a bit less damage-prone and the bonus battery life means it’ll last for a solid week of ++++, BATTERY LIFE
proper use. These tweaks ensure that the Time Steel is the best Pebble you can buy.

Fitbit Blaze
A sports-first fitness watch with a subtle dash of smarts, the Blaze is a joy to use – from £160
with a brill battery to boot. Sure, off-device GPS isn’t ideal, but accurate heart-rate ++++,
tracking, multi-sports modes and a lovely interface make it a great workout buddy.

LG G Watch Urbane
While the original G Watch R didn’t exactly set our hearts aflutter, the handsome £175
Urbane is currently the best Android Wear smartwatch we’ve tried. It boasts a slick, ++++,
superior screen that’ll last you nearly two whole days on a single charge.

Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen) £250 (with


The latest Nest adds the ability to control your hot water (if you have a separate
tank), as well as a slightly nicer dial with a bigger screen that, helpfully, shows you a installation)
clock when you walk past. It’s not the most dramatic update, but it didn’t need to be. +++++
Netatmo Welcome
Netatmo’s smartcam now has added face recognition capability, which works reliably £160 BEST FOR
HOME
well once it knows a face, and all the usual motion and noise detection is controllable. +++++ SECURITY
We also like the way individual profiles can be adjusted. Slick and hugely informative.

Hive Active Heating 2 £250 (with


Simple enough for anyone to use and powerful enough to be useful, Hive is now far
smarter, with features such as geolocation and holiday mode to help you save cash.
installation)
For a family-friendly introduction to the connected home, this will take some beating. +++++
Honeywell Evohome £205
Set schedules to control the precise temperature of each individual room of your + £55/radiator
family home, using either the tablet-like central controller or the free Total Connect + installation
Comfort app. It’s a big old investment, but you’ll soon pity anyone living without it. +++++
Samsung SmartThings
While this is some of the best, simplest smarthome kit we’ve used, the starter pack from £200
isn’t quite as well thought out as we were hoping. It’s really just a demonstrator kit for ++++,
people who want to try this sort of tech without doing any rewiring.

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Fujifilm X-T10 £450 BEST FOR


For rich landscapes, detailed macro shots, stunningly sharp portraits and everyday (body only) ALL-ROUND
photos, the X-T10 beats most other choices at any price. It also handles beautifully VALUE
and can be paired with some of the most consistently superb lenses you’ll ever find. +++++
Sony A7R II £2600
Yes, it’s expensive, but the A7R II combines impeccable build quality with a class-leading (body only)
full-frame sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, huge ISO range, super-fast autofocus, an
excellent viewfinder and 4K video recording. Simply the finest Sony camera ever made. +++++
Canon EOS 5DS £2700
A fantastic piece of kit that any pixel-peeping SLR fan will get heaps of enjoyment out (body only)
of. The astounding 50MP sensor puts an incredible amount of pictorial detail at your
fingertips, and the 5DS is very much pitched as Canon’s ultimate stills camera. +++++
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II £750
The second coming of the E-M5 smashes it on both design and performance fronts. (body only)
Images are gorgeous, and using the camera is a customiser’s dream. It’s small and
portable enough for travelling, but also chunky enough to feel satisfying in the hand. +++++
Nikon D5 £5200
The D5 replaces 2012’s D4 as Nikon’s flagship DSLR for photographic professionals. (body only)
While it looks pretty similar to its predecessor, its insides are packed with innovation
– including 4K video recording, albeit for only three minutes at a time. +++++

Sony DSC-RX100 IV BEST FOR


Yes, it’s pricey for a compact, but the high frame rate, fast burst mode and 4K video £760 POCKETABLE
recording aren’t to be sniffed at. The RX100 IV is a premium point-and-shoot that +++++ POWER
offers all the versatility, flexibility and all-round performance you could ever need.

Panasonic Lumix LX100


This is one the most capable premium compacts on the market – and the LX100’s £500
4K capabilities give it a crucial edge over its rivals. HD video capture and superb stills +++++
performance make the Panasonic a star performer when it comes to the basics too.

Nikon Coolpix S7000


If small and light is the way you need to go, you can jam the affordable S7000 in your £150
jeans and you won’t even notice it’s there. Yet it still packs a 20x optical zoom and +++++
back-illuminated 16MP sensor, as well as 4-axis stabilisation and Wi-Fi.

Sony RX10 III


The RX10 II was a fantastic camera, and the III edition does nothing but improve on it. It’s £1250
one of the best all-rounders we’ve seen, and if you’re looking for a high-performance +++++
camera without the hassle of interchangeable lenses, this should be the one.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000


The FZ1000 is incredibly versatile – a fixed-lens camera capable of shooting fantastic £590
stills and video in almost any situation. Yes, it’s almost the same as the Leica V-Lux, +++++
but at about £300 cheaper it deserves an extra star. A brilliant bridge camera.

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