Geek accessories http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/features en-GB This is easily the most amazing wireless charger we've ever seen http://www.stuff.tv/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who says inductive charging solutions can&#039;t be sexy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" title="We&#039;d hang it on our walls" alt="This is easily the most amazing wireless charger we&#039;ve ever seen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thermo-clock.jpg?1413366019" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wireless inductive charging pads are nothing new, and while they&#39;re useful, they haven&#39;t exactly set our gadget-loving hearts aflutter. Until now.</p> <p>Spira, a project by design student Alice Robbiani, consists of a wall-mounted inductive charger which, when left on its own, looks like a piece of minimalist art.</p> <p>Dock an iPhone using a special case however, and the black thermochromatic ink fades away revealing a hidden circular pattern.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/107038268" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>Sure, having your phone on the wall might not be the most practical option if you want to bash out a few messages while it&#39;s charging, but that&#39;s a price you might be willing to pay in the name of art.</p> <p>Sadly this is a one-off concept piece, for the time being anyway, so we&#39;ll have to make do with our standard cables for now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank"> Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://vimeo.com/107038268" target="_blank">Vimeo</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-inductive-charger-makes-powering-up-your-iphone-be-1646278725" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news#comments Geek accessories Smartphones Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:30:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450312 at http://www.stuff.tv Carl Zeiss' US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You don&#039;t have to be a model for companies to fight over your face </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="586" height="439" title="White Rift" alt="Carl Zeiss&#039; US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/carl-zeiss-vr.jpg?1413199500" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your wrist isn&#39;t the only part of your body that manufacturers want to claim.</p> <p>Ever since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gamescom-2014/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-eyes-preview-gamescom-2014/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> first began wowing eyeballs, VR headsets have cropped up left right and centre.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Enter Carl Zeiss and its VR One headset.</p> <p>Priced at a wallet-friendly US$99, it too acts as a cradle for your smartphone, using built-in lenses to manipulate the screen into a retina-friendly experience.</p> <p>Unlike Samsung&#39;s offering however, the VR One can be used with multiple devices between 4.7-5.2 inches.</p> <p>While that rules out larger devices like the 5.5in LG G3, it&#39;s still a lot more flexible than the Gear VR, and it&#39;s presumably cheaper than the yet-to-be-released Oculus Rift.</p> <p>Users will have to drop an extra US$10 on different &#39;drawers&#39; to hold their smartphones, but apart from that, it looks like this could be one of the more accessible ways to jump into the face-hugging world of virtual reality.</p> <p>Whether or not all supported smartphones will be able to provide the same fluid experience as the Oculus Rift and Galaxy Note 4 however, remains to be seen.</p> <p>It&#39;s not due to land till next year however, so you&#39;d better get cracking with a homemade <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">Google Cardboard</a> alternative for the time being.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/11/carl-zeiss-vr-one-is-a-99-answer-to-the-samsung-gear-vr/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="558" height="419" title="APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FACE" alt="Carl Zeiss&#039; US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carl-zeiss-vr-2.jpg?1413199500" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news#comments Gaming Geek accessories Smartphones Virtual Reality Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450132 at http://www.stuff.tv Game Golf http://www.stuff.tv/golf/game-golf/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game Golf is an ingenious way to track all those stats the true golf geek yearns for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Golf geek? Get Game Golf " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gamegolfreview1.jpg?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Golf, like most of the world&rsquo;s best pastimes, is a statto&rsquo;s dream.</p> <p>Percentage of fairways hit, greens in regulation, average number of putts taken per round, scrambling percentage &ndash; you can lose yourself for hours in the minutiae of your game. But only, of course, if you&rsquo;ve got access to the relevant details.</p> <p>Game Golf is a neat GPS system that tracks all those stats and more, using a bijou unit that clips on your belt &ndash; and just a bit of added user input.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (£160 on Amazon) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simple to use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Interesting, often invaluable statistics about your game </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Definitive yardage for each of your clubs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GPS is accurate only to a few yards </div> <div class="field-item even"> User input is required for absolute accuracy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> More stats on putting would be good </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teeing it up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Game Golf comes in a smart box: along with the main unit, there are 18 tags for your golf clubs (14 for the set you play with and four spares). Then there&rsquo;s a cable to link the unit to your PC or Mac for uploading each round and charging the battery.</p> <p>You need to set up an account on the Gamegolf website and download software to your computer. Then input some details about the clubs you use, and you&rsquo;re good to go. It&rsquo;s an encouragingly simple procedure.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dv8-golf-clubs-fit-backpack/news">DV8 golf clubs fit into a backpack&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Teeing it up " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GAME-GOLF-Tagging2.png?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swing when you’re winning </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In principle, Game Golf is very easy to use. Before each shot, tag the club you are going to use by placing the handle, with its appropriate red tag in the butt, next to the unit on your belt. A reassuring beep and a vibration let you know that the tag has been logged. Then play your shot as usual, remembering to hold your pose on a good one. When you get to your ball, the tagging of the next club you use tells the system how far your first shot went &ndash; and the collecting of those juicy stats begins.</p> <p>A word of warning: we were disconcerted to discover just how taxing it can be at first to remember to tag the club before each shot. It&rsquo;s not a disaster if you forget (you can add shots to the system later on), and you soon get used to the process, but expect it to be a couple of rounds before the action becomes second nature.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hackers’ paradise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is where that added user input we mentioned comes in. Each round needs to be uploaded to your computer and the Game Golf site, so you can then access your collated stats over your computer or smartphone. Before you finalise your round, you will want to check things carefully. For it is here that you can add those shots that you didn&rsquo;t tag out on the course, and make sure the unit tallies with your scorecard. It is here, too, that some shortcomings of the GPS system become clear.</p> <p>GPS is accurate only to within a few feet, so you will find yourself dragging your shots back onto the teebox (or edge of the fairway, perhaps) if the system has moved you off line. It&rsquo;s worth taking time with this process as once you finalise your round, there&rsquo;s no going back. You could change every single shot if you want to&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;a true test of a golfer&rsquo;s character.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Make sure your unit tallies with your scorecard " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GG%20long%20drive%20compare.jpg?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stat attack </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The more data the system has, the more accurate the information you will get out of it. Over time, Game Golf will let you know the true distances you hit each club, your driving accuracy or lack thereof (along with stats on where you&rsquo;re missing), your approach shot accuracy from various distances and so on.</p> <p>Apart from being fascinating in its own right, this information can also act as an invaluable training tool. If you can spot certain trends in your play, you will be better able to judge which parts of your game need improvement and work. You should then also be able to see your stats, and your game, improving before your eyes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="841" title="Invaluable training tool " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GG-driver-stats.png?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 19th hole </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Game Golf is also keen to create its own community of golfers. To that end, you can search for fellow golfers to see what they&rsquo;ve been up to &ndash; and also set up and enter various challenges. These are varied and might include average driving distance, number of fairways hit, greens in regulation over a number of rounds etc. You can also compare stats with other players: Ryder Cup protagonists Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk are brand ambassadors, so it&rsquo;s the matter of a click or two to see how your driving stats compare with the pros. Possibly a bit more encouraging would be to line up a few mates you might have a chance of impressing once in a while.</p> <p>This community aspect is a nice enough bonus to Game Golf, but for us it&rsquo;s very much 19th hole relaxation, compared with the on-course action that is the behemoth of stats collection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Compare stats with Ryder Cup competitors " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GAME%20GOLF%20-%20iPhone%20and%20Laptop%20-%20Highlights%20copy.jpg?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game Golf Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Game Golf is on to a winner. It&rsquo;s new tech, and there have been frequent improvements to the software and stats in the few months the product has been on sale.</p> <p>The GPS technology has innate shortcomings. But as long as you&rsquo;re prepared to put in a bit of effort when you&rsquo;re finalising your round (and we confess to rather enjoying that part of the process), the statistics you&rsquo;ll get out of this little unit will be fascinating and &ndash; far more importantly &ndash; useful in improving your game.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/top-ten"> The best geek accessories on the planet tested&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re serious about your game, Game Golf could be an invaluable tool</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/golf/game-golf/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/golf/game-golf/review#comments Geek accessories Golf Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1448545 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW C Evolution http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW’s electric scooter marks you out as a (rich) non-conformist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW&#039;s electric maxi scoot" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/20140820_143600.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the left-hand side of the C Evolution&rsquo;s handlebars is a button marked &lsquo;R&rsquo;. It doesn&rsquo;t stand for &lsquo;Race&rsquo; or &lsquo;Recharge&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s &lsquo;Reverse&rsquo;. And as you wobble silently backwards, legs paddling furiously to stop yourself falling over, you realise that this really isn&rsquo;t a normal city scoot.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £13,500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to ride </div> <div class="field-item even"> Quick and quiet </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Doesn&#039;t require a full bike licence </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ostentatious </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Did we mention it&#039;s £13,500? </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s it like to ride? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Approaching it in the car park, it has the same edgy styling as the C 600 and C650, but in a more futuristic pearlescent white and green finish. Want something less tree-huggy? Better call your local paintshop. We think the broad flanks and location of the BMW logo would make for an amazing WWII fighter-plane-style shark mouth design, but we&rsquo;re prone to wild imaginings.</p> <p>Turn on the &lsquo;ignition&rsquo; and the single LCD display lights up with an (initially bewildering) array of trip and charge information. Press the &lsquo;start&rsquo; button and you&rsquo;re rewarded with a beep and disconcerting silence - familiar to anyone who&rsquo;s ever driven an electric car. Twist the throttle, though, and you&rsquo;re off.</p> <p>As it&rsquo;s electric, all of the torque from its 48hp motor is available from the moment you twist the throttle. No gears; just a whine and a whoosh all the way up to over the legal motorway limit and then, trusting the ABS, all the way back down again.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not ballistic, mind you, because it weighs 265kg. But it is excitingly brisk. You&rsquo;ll leave cars behind at the lights but couriers, on their grungy 600cc Suzukis, will be ahead of you. They might even be contemplating the classic carbon-counters conundrum about their old combustion engine versus your new battery-powered one with its poisonous batteries.&nbsp;</p> <p>In contrast to riding a motorbike (for which all your hands and feet and ears are required to make it go) or a scooter (in which the engine revs bear little relation to forward momentum) the C Evolution just goes. It&rsquo;s supremely easy to start and stop, and a combination of the torque and light throttle make it a doddle to balance in traffic. That more than compensates for its portly proportions, giving you the confidence to aim it at a gap and go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s top ten geek accessories</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That paint job is so Palo Alto, darling" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90132938_highRes.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The cockpit" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_144214.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The mirrors are high and large and the instrument screen &ndash; once you&rsquo;ve learnt to ignore its dancing power and charge graphs &ndash; is surprisingly legible in sunlight.</p> <p>Next to the aforementioned Reverse button, there&rsquo;s a rocker button to muck about with the trip computer, including average power consumption, range and a Honda Insight-style eco rating. Over on the other side is the &lsquo;Mode&rsquo; button. It lets you switch between Dynamic, Road, Sail and Eco Pro, each of which offers varying levels of on-tap power and regenerative braking.</p> <p>The Mode button is not quite positioned for pressing without letting go off the throttle, which is probably deliberate &ndash; more likely you&rsquo;ll choose a mode when you set off and stick with it, hitting up Eco Pro when the battery&rsquo;s looking low.&nbsp;Which is after about 50-60 miles, depending on whether you&rsquo;re riding it like you stole it. You can charge the C Evolution using a fast charger or a normal three-pin &ndash; there&rsquo;s storage for the cable under the seat and the socket is in a cubby underneath the handlebars.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review"> Lapierre Overvolt FS electric mountain bike reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s an arrow that points forward. Just in case" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143644.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s the Reverse button. Use cautiously" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143654.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Dynamic mode and hustle, or Sail mode and heated grips?" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143703.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW C Evolution tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power: 48hp at 4650rpm<br />Torque: 72Nm at 0-4500rpm<br />Top speed: 75mph<br />0-62mph: 6.2secs<br />Charge time: 0 to 80% in 2:45h, standard plug<br />Range: approx 60 miles<br />Length: 2190mm<br />Weight: 265kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: What&#039;s it like being you? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So. We&rsquo;ve done the growling, chest-beating bit with the horsepower and whatnot, and we&rsquo;ve done the experiential on-the-bike bit, so the only thing left to figure out is you. Who are you?</p> <p>Who are you that would spend over &pound;13,000 on an electric scooter? That&rsquo;s Italian sportsbike money or enough for a larkish four-wheeler such as a Renualt Twingo. If you&rsquo;re set on two-wheeled electric thrills, you could import a Zero FX electric motocross bike from Europe for a few grand less, or buy a Brammo Empulse R electric sportsbike here in Britain for a few grand more.</p> <p>You could buy a super-economical, auto gearbox Honda NC750X motorbike for half the price of a BMW C Evolution, or you could buy a pretty tasty electric bicycle for about &pound;4000.</p> <p>What we&#39;re getting at is that while the idea of an electric BMW scooter is a good one, and it is a good scooter, &pound;13,500 seems like an awful lot of cash to pay for one. Just imagine yourself explaining it to someone at a party. Go on.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cars/top-ten">The most exciting cars tested from&nbsp;the Tesla Model S to the BMW i8&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The boot" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143934.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Some full-face helmets go in here" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143924.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Room for two" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90148694_highRes.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BMW C Evolution is quick, smart, easy to ride and environmentally awesome. Still, even with petrol savings in mind, that pricetag sure is hefty.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review#comments BMW Geek accessories Motorcycles Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:01:16 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1447911 at http://www.stuff.tv How to run faster with no training: step 1 - wear a jetpack http://www.stuff.tv/how-run-faster-no-training-step-1-strap-jetpack/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What could possibly go wrong? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1062" height="796" title="Jetpack, ACTIVATE" alt="How to run faster with no training: step 1 - strap on a jetpack" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jetpack_0.jpg?1410484195" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rocket boots. They&#39;re an idea that every bright-eyed child has conjured up at at some point, long before the crushing responsibilities &nbsp;of adulthood shattered their visions with issues like &#39;the laws of physics&#39; and &#39;safety&#39;.</p> <p>Thankfully, some of those children have grown up and are now at Arizona State University, and while rocket boots are still a way off, they&#39;ve still managed to create a jetpack to help you run faster.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98084869" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>In testing, one runner shaved 18 seconds off his 5min 20sec mile time by using the jetpack. While not massively faster on paper, it could be the difference between life and death in military scenarios, which is one of the potential use cases.</p> <p>It&#39;s still in its early development stage, but we&#39;re just glad there are people out there working on ways to increase our athleticism without us actually having to train.</p> <p>Now if only they&#39;d combine it with roller-skates...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature" target="_blank">Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://researchmatters.asu.edu/videos/jetpack-helps-soldiers-run-faster" target="_blank">ASU </a>via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130894-jetpack-developed-to-let-anyone-run-a-4-minute-mile" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-run-faster-no-training-step-1-strap-jetpack/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/how-run-faster-no-training-step-1-strap-jetpack/news#comments Future tech Geek accessories Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:42:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447304 at http://www.stuff.tv Lapierre Overvolt FS electric mountain bike http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might be cheating, but that doesn&#039;t mean this electric mountain bike isn&#039;t also very good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LaPierre-Overvolt-main-2-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An electric mountain bike &ndash; surely that&rsquo;s cheating?</p> <p>Were you to rock up at the pub with a pricey electric town bike, no-one would bat an eyelid. But with mountain bikes it&#39;s different - if you were to roll out this electric mountain bike down at the forest car park, indignant eyelids would probably bat ferociously enough to lift your riding buddies clean off the ground&hellip; with only the weight of their many questions to stop them disappearing off over the Welsh mountains.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,850.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powerful </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good handling </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Heavy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Limited to 15mph </div> <div class="field-item even"> Exclusive </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first question will almost certainly be &ldquo;What the hell is that?&rdquo;</p> <p>Lapierre is a French bike company (you&rsquo;d explain) that makes all sorts of bikes for all sorts of applications. This, however, is their Overvolt full-suspension electric mountain bike. It has Rock Shox Revelation forks and it&rsquo;s own-brand rear shock for 140mm of travel at either end. It has proper mountain bike components, including a 10-speed Shimano XT rear derailleur, Formula hydraulic disk brakes and lightweight 27.5in wheels. &nbsp;Now the jury&rsquo;s still out on whether 27.5in wheels are really a decent compromise between traditional 26in mountain bike wheels and the fast-rolling 29in wheels that the racers love&hellip;</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rdquo;, they&rsquo;d interject, rudely, &ldquo;That is an electric bike.&rdquo; Which is a statement, not a question, but you don&rsquo;t bring this up. Instead agreeing that it is electric. It has the latest Bosch Performance electric kit providing up to 275% assistance to your pedalling and 60nm of torque. The four modes of assistance and the 400Wh battery pack let you choose between a range of 30-110 miles, but only if you&rsquo;re pedalling as well, of course. This isn&rsquo;t an entirely free ride. The battery is removable for charging via a proprietary charger that plugs into a standard three-pin mains socket.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gi-bike-electric-bicycle-folds-flash/news" target="_blank">Gi-Bike is a smart electric bicycle that folds up in a flash</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The battery&#039;s range depends on how hard you&#039;re prepared to pedal" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-computer-1600x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 400Wh battery pack and rear suspension make this mighty comfy for uphill riding" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-battery-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lapierre Overvolt tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Gears</strong>: Shimano XT Shadow Plus 10-speed</p> <p><strong>Brakes</strong>: Formula The One hydraulic disk</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: Lithium Ion 400Wh</p> <p><strong>Motor</strong>: Bosch Performance 250W</p> <p><strong>Range</strong>: 30-110 miles (claimed)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They&rsquo;re waving their hands to get your attention: &ldquo;But what makes you think we&rsquo;ll let you ride that thing with us on our normal bikes? It&rsquo;s not fair.&rdquo;</p> <p>To this, you agree again. Because it is true. The Overvolt, especially in full-assistance Sport mode, fairly fires up hills. There&rsquo;s a hardtail version in existence, but this being the rear suspension model means that on tricky, technical climbs you can just stay sat on the saddle and power-pedal your way to the top &ndash; the suspension absorbing rocks and roots and the Bosch serving out torque to keep you rolling where a leg-powered rider might stall or spin out.</p> <p>Even in it&rsquo;s lowest, longest-lasting &lsquo;Eco&rsquo; mode it&rsquo;s still giving you 50% assistance, a less obvious advantage that you won&rsquo;t notice until you look behind you and see the hateful looks your biopowered mates are giving you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a hard tail version available for those who can handle a little less comfort" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-main-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But before you&rsquo;re forfeited by the team into buying all the post-ride tea and cakes for your laziness, you can point out that there are significant downfalls to the Overvolt&rsquo;s electric dreams.</p> <p>For one, despite being a mountain bike, it is still EU-regulated &ndash; like all electric bikes &ndash; to a 15mph maximum speed. Barrelling along on a fire road or even fast singletrack trails, the motor assistance will cut out once you hit that speed and only leg power will convince it to go quicker. At which point, physics will reveal how hard it is to pedal a bike that weighs almost 50lb: twice that of a decent non-electric mountain bike. And psychology will convince you that the bike weighs even more than that.</p> <p>Which, you point out, means that even on the downhills you&rsquo;d have a job not to be overtaken by your buddies as you manhandle a bike that weighs twice what theirs does round fast corners and over obstacles.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/empire-cycles-mx-6-bicycle-has-worlds-first-3d-printed-titanium-frame/news" target="_blank">World&#39;s first 3D-printed titanium bike is super strong and incredibly light</a></strong></p> <p>That said, the Bosch motor&rsquo;s placement down at the bottom bracket does keep the handling manageable and centred &ndash; it just has a lot of momentum. And lugging it over a bridleway gate isn&rsquo;t fun.</p> <p>The final part of your measured justification session: price. &pound;3800 would buy you an awful lot of non-electric mountain bike; something light and clever enough to climb with aplomb and certainly fast enough to take on the Overvolt on the flats and downs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The 15mph motor limit means non-electric bikes all be faster than you on the flats and downhills" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-muddy-2-1600x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your riding buddies are steaming gently in the Welsh morning chill by this point. &ldquo;But why did you bring that thing, then, if it&rsquo;s not awesome for group riding?&rdquo;</p> <p>At which you stand aside to let them see your conventional steed, still parked up in the back of your sportsvan. Because you&rsquo;re not planning to ride the Overvolt on the group ride, as mootly advantageous as that might be. But later, when the rest of the group are exhausted and slathering themselves in Irish tea and muffins, you&rsquo;re going to take the Lapierre out to get in another trail before home time. Then, riding on your own and with failing energy levels, does the bike&rsquo;s electrical assistance make real sense.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature" target="_blank">Five Great, Affordable Road Bikes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Overvolt weighs roughly twice as much as a good non-electric MTB" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lapierre Overvolt verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The market for a bike like the Overvolt is far from huge. As suggested above, riding it within eyeshot of other mountain bikers will bring down a rain of derision and there&#39;s already some disquiet about the erosive effect that electric mountain bikes might have on the trails.</p> <p>Nonetheless, riders of advancing years, or those suffering from an injury of some kind, might find that the extra assistance lets them rip up the hills rather than give it all up and call the local lawn bowls club.</p> <p>Or you might want a super-comfy, rugged town bike. And let&rsquo;s not dispel the idea that you might just be a lazy, and that&#39;s ok.</p> <p>But on-road or off it, the 15mph speed limiter is a problem &ndash; though there are rumours of plug-in derestriction devices that can be bought online, albeit at some cost and detriment to the bike&rsquo;s battery stamina.</p> <p>With that in mind, whether or not you buy this hill-levelling bike depends on your usage, your ability to justify it to yourself (and others) and, of course, your budget.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature" target="_blank">5 bikes that won the Tour de France</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lapierre Overvolt FS review verdict" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-1200x900-3.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This electric mountain bike is no commute-scoot, but neither is it priced as one</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s electric: Lapierre Overvolt FS review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review#comments Bikes Geek accessories Lapierre Overvolt FS Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:37:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1445628 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW i8 http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The BMW i8 hybrid supercar lands from the future to reassure petrolheads that excitement and eco can co-exist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 review" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BMW-i8-scissor-doors_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Car makers so far aren&rsquo;t in agreement on how to dress the future. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Tesla</a>, for example, based its electric technology around a conventionally good-looking car with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Model S</a>. For the i8 supercar, BMW is basically saying, &lsquo;dammit, this electric stuff is new. Let&rsquo;s style it new, too&rsquo;.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £94,845.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (inc. £5000 government grant) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supercar performance with hatchback economy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Astonishing looks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds absolutely awesome </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fabulous cabin and in-car tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No-one will hit the headline economy figures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tiny boot and little rear leg room </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Future sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great sound is vital for a supercar, but how can an electric motor and a three-cylinder engine match the soul-pounding thunder of a V8 or V10? We don&rsquo;t know how, but they can. The i8 sounds fabulous. We suspect synthesizer trickery but it matters little.</p> <p>Sport mode turns the digital dials from a meditative blue to hellfire red, the petrol engine is ignited and suddenly it&rsquo;s no more Mr Green Guy. Shifting through the automatic&rsquo;s six speeds using the wheel mounted paddles brings about a fearsome bassy crack on each change, and the engine howls as if it&rsquo;s got at least three more cylinders as speed multiplies. At times you hear the distinctive (and no less appealing) three-pot thrum, while the controlled scream from the electric motor is one of the best we&rsquo;ve heard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="400" title="Two cars that prove &quot;green&quot; and &quot;supercar&quot; can appear in the same sentence" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-vs-Tesla-Model-S-wide.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sport mode turns the digital dials from a meditative blue to hellfire red, the petrol engine is ignited and suddenly it’s no more Mr Green Guy" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-wheel_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extreme yoghurt weaving </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because the core of the car is made of plastic woven with carbon fibres, the whole thing is still relatively light at 1,490kg - even with those two engines.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also very stiff - you feel it when you corner hard and realise you could take that same corner much, much faster.</p> <p>With the petrol engine at the back driving the rear wheels and the electric motor at the opposite end powering the front wheels, the all-paw traction is excellent and the weight balance spot on. With the steering weighted up in Sport, the car feels fabulous. And it rides beautifully. Firm but with each clattering pothole wrapped in velvet and disposed without fuss.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: H2OMG: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/h2omg-240mph-car-powered-only-salt-water/news" target="_blank">This 240MPH car is powered only by salt water</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 + country road = giggles galore" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-outside.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, I see </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No car we&rsquo;ve ever driven has been fan-filmed in London to the same extent as the i8 and we were very glad of Surround-view to help us avoid anything dumb for YouTubers to lap up. This takes feeds from body mounted cameras to display an impressive drone&rsquo;s eye view of the car so you don&rsquo;t whack those 20in wheels on kerbs, taxis or vans nudging over for a closer look.</p> <p>This option also bundles in collision avoidance tech that at one point in an Oxfordshire village terrifyingly flashed up a graphic of a cyclist onto the heads-up display and briefly slammed on the brakes. There was an oncoming cyclist but we&rsquo;d both decided there was enough room and neither of us appreciated the car&rsquo;s input.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/icon-–-volkswagen-xl1/news" target="_blank">Volkswagen&#39;s super-efficient XL1 delivers 313mpg - for &pound;98,000</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surround-view takes feeds from body mounted cameras to display an impressive drone’s eye view of the car" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-parking-sensor.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a proper reversing camera, too" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-parking-camera.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Government sanctioned fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only will our Government waive the i8&rsquo;s annual VED tax, it&rsquo;ll also hand you a &pound;5,000 discount. Which is like trading food stamps for aged Comte at the farmers&rsquo; market.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s because the i8 can officially run 23 miles on just electric power once the lithium-ion battery pack&rsquo;s been topped up. The electric-only thrust is not as potent as that in its urban cousin, the i3 supermini, and most owners will run it in tandem with the 1.5-litre engine to give a full 357bhp, but it does allow BMW to record 135mpg fuel consumption and CO2 of 49g/km. This is laughable, but the 33mpg we achieved over 122 miles of more sinning than saintliness was staggering for a car of this potency.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="31.2mpg from a supercar? Magic, that is" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-dashboard.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Days of the week supercar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The boot&rsquo;s tiny but otherwise the i8 can be used everyday without stress. It takes a bit of undignified bottom shuffling to get over the high sills and into the cabin, but those very light &lsquo;dihedral&rsquo; scissor-like doors open up wide to help you.</p> <p>The view out front is expansive, the steering light in all driving modes but Sport and the six-speed auto does its thing effortlessly.</p> <p>The elevated 8.8in screen is manipulated as it is in all of BMWs posher cars - with a wheel control instead of touch, and it displays sat nav with 3D graphics showing buildings, along with a host of other info. Listen to DAB digital radio or sync your smartphone to stream music. There&rsquo;s nothing else out there that can match the i8 for interior tech and quality. Next year&rsquo;s Audi R8 replacement might run it close.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/elon-musk-building-james-bonds-amphibious-lotus-real/news" target="_blank">Elon Musk is building James Bond&#39;s amphibious Lotus, for real</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beautiful vents and curves, but the boot is tiny" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-rear.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There’s nothing else out there that can match the i8 for interior tech and quality" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-interior_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BMW i8 is like one of those all-you-can-eat salad buffets at a pizza restaurant. Approached with serious restraint it&rsquo;s healthy and good for planetary well-being, but go to town and it also delivers a kick of delicious badness.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s naughty and nice in perfect harmony, and like the salad, this plug-in hybrid is nowhere near as saintly as the official description would have you believe. But it&rsquo;s still a hell of a lot more efficient than its near price rival the Aston Martin Vantage V8 and arguably more fun to drive. And just look at it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gran-turismo-6/nissan-s-virtual-batmobile-could-be-coming-showroom-near-you-soon/news" target="_blank">Nissan&#39;s virtual Batmobile speeds from Gran Turismo to Goodwood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 review" alt="BMW i8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-vs-Tesla-Model-S-2.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stop hoarding the petrol and cease trolling the climate-change forums: the i8 proves there&rsquo;s a bright eco future for speed-freaks and car-geeks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 review: the future of supercars? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review#comments BMW Cars Geek accessories Hybrid cars i8 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:55:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1444352 at http://www.stuff.tv Look out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The world of circular smartwatches appears to be growing, and we&#039;re not complaining one bit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="705" height="529" title="Ooooh, leather" alt="Watch out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oneplus-onewatch-1.jpg?1406944708" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve been drooling over Motorola&#39;s circular <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Moto 360 </a>smartwatch since we first caught a glimpse of it earlier this year. And now it looks like it&#39;s got another rival before it&#39;s even launched.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A configurable button can presumably be used to carry out functions like triggering a smartphone camera or answering calls.</p> <p>There&#39;s no mention of what operating system the OneWatch will run, but we&#39;d bet our entire collection of gadgets that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> is the OS of choice.</p> <p>We&#39;ve already seen what clever tricks Google&#39;s wearable-focused OS can pull off in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G watch </a>review, and coupled with what appears to be a premium design, the OneWatch could very well give its rivals a run for their money.</p> <p>Hopefully, OnePlus will extend its low pricing philosophy to the OneWatch too, but we&#39;ll have to wait for more details to see where exactly this latest contender stands.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G watch review</a></strong></p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bgr.in/news/exclusive-this-is-the-oneplus-onewatch-photos/" target="_blank">BGR</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="792" height="594" title="Sexy specs" alt="Watch out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oneplus-onewatch-leak.jpg?1406944708" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news#comments Geek accessories OnePlus Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:43:07 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443821 at http://www.stuff.tv Glowing alien grenade or intelligent sleep tracker? Either way, it’ll add flair to your bedside table http://www.stuff.tv/glowing-alien-grenade-or-intelligent-sleep-tracker-either-way-it-ll-add-flair-your-bedside-table/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tossing and turning all night? Falling asleep at work? Sense wants to help </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sense-hot-stuff.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Put that away before it hatches. I don&rsquo;t want to be eaten today.</strong><br />Shhh. Calm down. This isn&rsquo;t an alien egg. Not that we&rsquo;re sure what alien eggs look like, mind. For all we know, this could be an exact replica of an Arlekocythian spawn pod from Xathros, in Nebulon 7G.&nbsp;</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not. It&rsquo;s Sense &ndash; an intelligent, sleep tracker. Say Hello.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Er, Hello Sense. What do you&hellip; I mean&hellip;. what does it do?</strong><br />Besides from looking awesome you mean? Well, Sense is all about sleep. More specifically, making sure that you get enough of it, as well as ensuring that your conditions are optimised to get the best sleep possible.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s packed with numerous sensors which tell you how good the conditions in your bedroom are for getting a decent kip.&nbsp;</p> <p>An ambient light sensor measures &nbsp;how dark your room is for starters. The darker the room, the better you&rsquo;ll sleep.</p> <p>Sense also packs in temperature and humidity sensors, and over time, it&rsquo;ll tell you what room temperature is ideal for you to nod off in easily.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s even got a particle sensor to measure dust and pollen. Maybe you&rsquo;ll need to buy an air filter after all?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Clever stuff. But how does it know how well I&rsquo;m sleeping?</strong><br />Sense comes with a Sleep Pill which attaches to your pillow. It uses a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope to record even the tiniest of your movements during the night.&nbsp;</p> <p>An accompanying app can show you how well you&rsquo;ve been sleeping, and it can even tell you what disturbed you in the middle of the night, thanks to its sensors.</p> <p>Sense also has a built-in microphone, so it can let you know if a noise like a car alarm (or a snoring partner) disrupted your sleep in the middle of the night.</p> <p>You can even check up on your bedroom when you&rsquo;re out and about, thanks to Sense&rsquo;s built in Wi-Fi smarts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff2.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff4.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Impressive. Can I ditch my alarm clock too?</strong><br />You sure can. The Sense app lets you set what time you want to get up, and it can rouse you awake at a moment when you&rsquo;re in the lightest stage of sleep, thanks to the data being fed to it from the Sleep Pill.</p> <p>A proximity sensor lets you dismiss the alarm with a lazy wave of a hand too, although given our snooze addiction, that sounds a little too dangerous to us.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff3.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hello/sense-know-more-sleep-better/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Sold.</strong><br />Well, we haven&rsquo;t told you where to get it from yet, but we applaud your enthusiasm.</p> <p>You can pick up Sense from US$100 on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hello/sense-know-more-sleep-better" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, and you should have it settled comfortably in your bedroom sometime in November. Sweet dreams.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/glowing-alien-grenade-or-intelligent-sleep-tracker-either-way-it-ll-add-flair-your-bedside-table/new#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Hot Stuff Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:46:33 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443367 at http://www.stuff.tv Shake hands to swap numbers: Razer Nabu smartband plays nice with WeChat messaging service http://www.stuff.tv/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Razer&#039;s wearable gets an update to make communication even easier. If you&#039;re in China, that is </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Razer Nabu" alt="Razer Nabu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Razer%20Nabu_0.jpg?1406252854" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Razer has announced that its first wearable, the Nabu smartband, will integrate with messaging app WeChat.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news#comments Geek accessories Razer Wearable tech Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:54:35 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1443180 at http://www.stuff.tv Jake Dyson's Ariel: a ceiling light that uses satellite tech http://www.stuff.tv/lights/jake-dysons-ariel-ceiling-light-uses-satellite-tech/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some lights look like spaceships. This one is, in a way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Dysonlight01.jpg?1405905579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>You appear to have a&nbsp;really big graphics card&nbsp;on your ceiling.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Almost, but nor quite. The Ariel light&#39;s futuristic aluminium fins and copper heat pipes are remisinscent of the cooling structures you&#39;ll find in high-end gaming pcs (and some satellites), and they perform a similar task, dissipating heat from the powerful LEDs in the middle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So it&#39;s not a strip light?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Nope: it does the job of a strip light, illuminating a rectangular space evenly, but it&#39;s the only light in the world that can do this using a point source - a cluster of very strong LEDs and some fancy lenses create a rectangle of light from a single &#39;bulb&#39; in the middle.</p> <p>Also Hot: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/look-ma-no-hands-ball-bearings-watch-let-you-tell-time-your-fingertips/news">Dezeen&#39;s titanium ball bearing watch</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="682" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dysonlight02.jpg?1405905579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So why do I want one?&nbsp;</strong> <p>Other than the fact that it looks like the world&#39;s most expensive drone? Well, LEDs have a number of advantages over lightsaber-style bulbs: they&#39;re dimmable, they use less power, and they make nicer light - Jake Dyson offers two colour temperatures as standard but you can futher tweak the Ariel&#39;s white balance if you wish. Whereas all neon striplighting is set to a colour temperature we like to call I Wonder If This Headache Will Last Forever. &nbsp;</p> <p>Also Hot: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hoverboards-may-be-dream-rocketskates-are-now-reality/news">RocketSkates</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="682" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dysonlight03.jpg?1405905579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Still, I bet the bulbs are a nightmare to change.</strong></p> <p>That&#39;s another advantage - you don&#39;t have to. Not more than once every 13 years, anyway - as with their CSYS lamps, these lights are guaranteed to last well over a decade, and possibly quite a bit longer than that. So, while the Ariel won&#39;t be cheap (there&#39;s no pricing information yet), it could save you money in the long run. The <a href="http://www.jakedyson.com/">Jake Dyson website&nbsp;</a>has detail of your nearest stockist.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">STRIKE A LIGHT! THERE&#39;S TONS MORE HOT STUFF HERE</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="682" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dysonlight04.jpg?1405905579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lights/jake-dysons-ariel-ceiling-light-uses-satellite-tech/news#comments Geek accessories Hot Stuff lights Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:38:28 +0000 Will Dunn 1442628 at http://www.stuff.tv Look ma, no hands: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your fingertips http://www.stuff.tv/look-ma-no-hands-ball-bearings-watch-let-you-tell-time-your-fingertips/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This gorgeous titanium timepiece (originally developed for blind people) uses magnets and ball bearings to tell the time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="761" height="571" title="Look ma, no hands" alt="Time by touch: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Bradley-Watch-Hot-Stuff.jpg?1405746159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s a very pretty watch. But&hellip; where are the hands?</strong><br />It sure is. And it doesn&#39;t have any. Instead, it&#39;s embedded with two ball bearings - one on the watch face, and one on the side.</p> <p><strong>Uh huh. That doesn&#39;t really explain how you&#39;re supposed to tell the time.</strong><br />We&#39;re getting to that. Both ball bearings precisely move around the watch, coontrolled by an internal magnet.</p> <p>The front ball bearing marks the hour, while the one on the side marks the minutes. Easy enough, right?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Ah. I get it. But why?</strong><br />Lots of reasons. For one thing, it looks great, and that&#39;s as good a reason as any. But there&#39;s an even better one than that.</p> <p>The Bradley watch (named after Bradley Snyder, an ex-naval officer who lost his eyesight in an explosion in Afghanistan) was originally designed for use by blind people.</p> <p>The ball bearings and protruding hour markers are used to determine the time simply by touching the watch face itself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="620" height="465" title="It&#039;s like a lovely metal Oreo" alt="Time by touch: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bradley-Watch-1.jpg?1405746159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="620" height="465" title="View from the rear" alt="Time by touch: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bradley-Watch-2.jpg?1405746159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Clever stuff. My wrist wants one.</strong><br />Excellent. It&#39;s currently available to pre-order for &pound;162 from <a href="http://www.dezeenwatchstore.com/shop/the-bradley-stainless-steel/" target="_blank">Dezeen</a>, and its sleek titanium body and stainless steel clasp should keep your wrist looking smart no matter what else you&#39;ve thrown on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="620" height="465" title="Nice and smart" alt="Time by touch: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bradley-Watch-3.jpg?1405746159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/look-ma-no-hands-ball-bearings-watch-let-you-tell-time-your-fingertips/news#comments Geek accessories Hot Stuff Watches Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:52:49 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1442501 at http://www.stuff.tv SmartWood: DIY toy cars you can control with your smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/smartwood-diy-toy-cars-you-can-control-your-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Woodn&#039;t it be nice if this was the only pun in this story? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="SmartWood: DIY toy cars you can control with your smartphone" alt="SmartWood: DIY toy cars you can control with your smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smartwood_01.jpg?1405505611" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kids these days are prodding away and swiping at screens without thinking about what&#39;s going on under the hood. Instead of letting them think their tech toys are powered by pixie dust, why not encourage them to tinker away and discover how things actually work?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ready, set, assemble! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The kits are open source, which means that hackers are free to tinker away and even bolt on extras like cameras if they fancy it, and it&#39;s a nice way to gently ease novices into the world of programming.</p> <p>Apart from a standard car kit, there&#39;s also a dragster which is nearly 2ft long after assembly. There&#39;s also crawler (think a tank minus turret), an army truck and a mobile hackable platform called a minibot. </p> <p>All the RCs have a workable range of 100 ft from the controller which is a decent enough distance to harass your neighbour&#39;s cat with.</p> <p>SmartWood is currently on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1666210089/smartwood-smartphone-controlled-diy-vehicles" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, where it&#39;s made US$3,650 out of the targeted US$10,000 with 25 days more to go. Pledge at least US$59 and you can have a crawler of your own, with a mere US$5 to ship outside the US.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="SmartWood: DIY toy cars you can control with your smartphone" alt="SmartWood: DIY toy cars you can control with your smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartwood_02.jpg?1405505611" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwood-diy-toy-cars-you-can-control-your-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/smartwood-diy-toy-cars-you-can-control-your-smartphone/news#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:13:32 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1442255 at http://www.stuff.tv 3 of the best PS4 headsets http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality headgear is essential for the full gaming experience. How else to boss around your team-mates in the midst of battle? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-main-01.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&#39;re isolated in hostile territory, almost out of ammo and badly wounded. As the enemy approaches your position, a squadmate&#39;s voice crackles over your cheapo headset: &quot;I&#39;ll cover you. Run to your pssszzchZZZZCXXHzz and I&#39;ll bzzZZZzrrgh. Got that? Hello? Hello?&quot;</p> <p>Too late - you&#39;re dead.</p> <p>But it needn&#39;t be that way. Invest in a decent gaming headset and you&#39;ll benefit from crystal-clear in-game music and effects and the ability to speak to your mates without having to guess what they&#39;re saying.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tritton Kama </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&rsquo;t the cheapest PS4 headset out there, but it&rsquo;s close, and nicer than the budget alternatives we&rsquo;ve tried. It&rsquo;s dead simple, too: plug the short cable directly into the bottom of your DualShock 4 then change the &lsquo;output to headphones&rsquo; option in the settings menu to &lsquo;all audio&rsquo; and you&rsquo;re golden.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re not getting the same build and sound quality of the other two here, but you&rsquo;re not paying for it either &ndash; and for &pound;20 the Kama is actually very impressive. Plus, it will work with your PS Vita too, if you have one.</p> <p>Sound effects and voices come through clearly and there&rsquo;s plenty of weight for the big bangs of <em>Battlefield 4</em>. There&rsquo;s a little digital fuzz in the background of your voice, but it&rsquo;s low enough that it won&#39;t prevent your commands and swears from being broadcast clearly to your friends and enemies.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★★ </strong></p> <p><strong>The perfect solution for l33ts on a tight budget</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.dabs.com/products/tritton-kama-stereo-gaming-headset-for-ps4-and-ps-vita---black-9CT4.html?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=ppc%20product%20search&amp;utm_content=Q200&amp;utm_campaign=Computing%20-%20PC%20Peripherals%20-%20Headsets%20and%20Headphones" target="_blank">Buy the Tritton Kama here for &pound;20</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tritton Kama" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-tritton-kama.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s own PS4 headset has a dinky USB dongle for total wirelessness, a lovely design, invisible mics in the earcups, virtual 7.1 surround sound and a dedicated app for custom sound profiles. It&#39;s also versatile, working with PS4, PS3 and PS Vita - the only set here to work across all 3 of Sony&#39;s current gaming platforms.</p> <p>So far, so good - but in use it&#39;s not quite perfect. Firstly, the virtual surround sound isn&rsquo;t that good. You get a decent sense of audio coming from around you but it messes around too much and makes everything feel unnatural. The custom profiles are a waste, too &ndash; the standard &lsquo;flat&rsquo; setting is best.</p> <p>Still, while the sound might be a touch disappointing you&rsquo;re still left with probably the best-looking gaming headphones ever made, at a decent price.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★✩ </strong></p> <p><strong>Great looks, comfort and stereo sound, but the special features aren&rsquo;t very special</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PlayStation-Wireless-Stereo-Headset/dp/B00I8S4E1C" target="_blank">Buy the Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 here for &pound;72</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-sony-wireless-stereo-headset.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turtle Beach PX4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Turtle Beach takes this sort of thing seriously, and the PX4 is a pretty serious bit of kit. It&rsquo;s got a whole little processing unit that needs to be connected to your PS4 via optical. It then handles Dolby Digital signals and sends them wirelessly to the headset in proper surround sound. It works with Xbox 360 as well as PS4 and PS3 - but not Vita, mind.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re yet to hear a pair of headphones that truly recreate a 5.1 home cinema experience, and the PX4 doesn&rsquo;t buck the trend. But it&rsquo;s not far off, and you do get an extra level of immersion in game worlds, while more accurate placement of effects such as footsteps can give you a competitive edge.</p> <p>You do still need to use a cable between the headset and controller, which is a slight shame, but for crisp, dynamic sound that won&rsquo;t wake the neighbours, the PX4 is currently hard to beat.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★★ </strong></p> <p><strong>An impressive headset for hardcore gamers</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/610627-turtle-beach-earforce-px4-ps3-4-xbox-360-gaming-headset-tbs-3276-02?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=products&amp;gclid=CNX8wvuYuL8CFQsEwwodBykAqg" target="_blank">Buy the Turtle Beach PX4 here for &pound;100</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Turtle Beach PX4" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-turtle-beach-px4.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature#comments Gaming Geek accessories PlayStation 4 Sony Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:11:23 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441535 at http://www.stuff.tv 7 ways to beat the US flight ban on uncharged phones http://www.stuff.tv/7-ways-beat-us-flight-ban-uncharged-phones/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flying to the States? Make sure your mobile avoids confiscation with one of these quirky USB chargers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="USB chargers" alt="USB chargers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/usb_chargers_2.jpg?1404815454" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve all been there: you set off for your holiday with a fully charged phone, but by the time you reach passport control it&#39;s dead.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Apelpi Slim </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What could be more perfect than an apple to fill up your iPhone? Well, a mini-Steve Jobs? But that might feel weird if you were using its 3200mAh battery to charge up a Samsung.</p> <p><a href="http://apelpi.com" target="_blank">Buy the Apelpi Slim here for US$55</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Momax iPower Extra </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>See how aping a human action brings untold fun to recharging? This charger mimics the effect of a can of energy drink by having a whopping 6600mAh battery. That&rsquo;s 4.6 iPhone charges. </p> <p><a href="http://mobilefun.co.uk" target="_blank">Buy the Momax iPower Extra here for &pound;35</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Arka USB Charger/Lantern/Flashlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There may be half a packet of Lockets in your glove-box, but wouldn&rsquo;t this 4000mAh charger, torch, lantern and SOS warning light be more useful?</p> <p><a href="http://firebox.com" target="_blank">Buy the Arka USB Charger/Lantern/Flashlight here for &pound;50</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Star Wars Lightsaber Portable Battery Charger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Darth: &ldquo;If only you knew the power of the dark side.&rdquo; Luke: &ldquo;No thanks, you goth nutter. I don&rsquo;t need it. I&rsquo;ve modded my lightsaber to be a USB charger. &rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://mobile.brando.com" target="_blank">Buy the Star Wars Lightsaber Portable Battery Charger here for US$50</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Monster Powercard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In two dimensions, this 1650mAh charger is handily credit-card-sized. In the third, for practical reasons, it has to be exactly one USB port thick. 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Devotec Fuel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The tiny handbag-and-forget Fuel only has a 220mAh battery, which will add a few percent to your ailing phone. But if you can remember it&rsquo;s in your bag, it might just save the day.</p> <p><a href="http://devotecindustries.com" target="_blank">Buy the Devotec Fuel here for &pound;22</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. 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