The Stuff Hot Five

Counting down the five things that have rocked our world this week

What do we really care about? And what should you really care about?

Each week, we'll be counting down the five most important things in our world right now. The new gadgets that we're excited about - and that you should be excited about too. The games and apps we're desperate to play - and that we want you to enjoy too. The best phones and tablets and cameras and laptops and smartwatches and all the rest that we've reviewed that week - and that you should go out and buy.

Think of it as a condensed version of the whole site. But don't forget to read the rest of it too, eh?

5) Halo Wars 2 brings a new kind of strategy to Xbox One

Before you run a mile at the mention of a strategy game, this clever caper for your Xbox looks to be quite the title.

Less well-known than many an Xbox exclusive, we got hands-on with Halo Wars 2 this week and were thoroughly impressed by the tactical tightrope it requires players to walk.

More accessible than your average plan-and-attack thinker, there are several ways to get in on the game, including a new online Blitz mode - essentially a five-minute capture the flag session, which adopts a card system based on energy collection. Easier played than explained, suffice it to say it soon becomes dangerously addictive.

Still, it’s the large-scale battles where Halo Wars 2 continues to truly excel, offering frenetic action that requires as much brain as brawn to overcome. We’ve only had a taste, but we reckon it could be up there with some of the genre’s best titles.

4) Bragi builds Bluetooth buds at a better price

Want in on the AirPods hype, but can’t face flinging more of your hard-earned cash at Apple? We met Bragi’s wireless Dash earbuds last year - and, now, the maker has stripped out the activity-tracking tech to cut costs, giving us the Bragi Headphone. If you’re wandering where the ‘s’ went, so are we.

Surprisingly comfortable despite their size, the Headphone also sounds - on first listen, at least - more balanced and robust than the AirPods. There were no dropouts or disconnects, either, during the limited listening time we spent with them.

They’re water-resistant, too, so a bit of rain shouldn’t hurt, while tiny physical controls on the right unit mean phone-free interaction - trumping the AirPods - though it can be tricky to hit the buttons.

If you’re the sort that worries about in-ears blocking out too much sound on a commute, the Bragi buds also have nifty transparency tech built-in, so you can control how much of the outside world gets in. All for US$149 (RM665). Beat that, Apple.

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