The Stuff Hot Five

These are the top five products worth your time and money this week

We see a lot of products every week here on Stuff (India). But come Monday, which are the ones we actually want to take home with us? Every week, we condense all of the many products we see into the Hot Five — the definitive list of the best new gadgets to lust after, buy and use.

These are the best products, the top apps and games, and the best tech accessories to blow this week’s savings on. Read this, and you’ll have absorbed the best of last week on the Stuff India website! But please, do also read the rest of the website.

5) Refresh your monitor with Nvidia's free-for-all G-Sync tech

Nvidia’s G-Sync is now free for all. Yes you read that right. That proprietary and really expensive refresh rate technology from Nvidia is nnow spreading out like free chocolates on Halloween night. This will enable most variable refresh rate monitors to use G-Sync with their Nvidia GPUs. With RTX 2060 ($349; around ₹30,000) and its brethren launching quick and fast over the last few months, you can expect most future monitors and laptop screens to support Nvidia’s cause.

Nvidia’s going to test out more than 400 monitors and will keep a handy list for anyone who wants to check if their existing monitor will support G-Sync.

4) TECHNICS’ CLASSIC 1200 TURNTABLE GETS A REWIND

 

Beloved of hip hop pioneers, junglists, house-head and garage fanatics, the Technics SL-1200 is possible the world’s most iconic DJ turntable. And at this year’s CES, the Japanese company unveiled its seventh incarnation (and its first update since 2015).

The look is pure 1970s but features 21st century touches like reverse playback, an aluminium tonearm and a coreless motor. Sounds up to scratch to us.

3) LENOVO’S SMART CLOCK IS A CUTE, CLEVER WAKE-UP CALL

 

With a 4in touchscreen and Google Assistant on board, Lenovo’s fabric-wrapped Smart Clock is well deserving of its name. Designed for your bedside table (and small enough to ensure there’s still plenty of room on there for your phone, smartwatch, Kindle, glass of water and lamp), it’s thankfully camera-free – well, you wouldn’t want hackers peering at your beautiful snoozing visage, would you?

Not designed to display recipes, YouTube videos or photos, it’s instead geared towards getting you out of bed in as painless a manner as possible. It’ll take control of smart lights, gradually brightening them to simulate sunrise in the run-up to sounding its alarm, which can be music or sounds. It’ll even give you the lowdown on the day’s weather while you’re crawling out of bed – or switch on your smart coffee machine, natch.

2) HAS HUAWEI MADE A MACBOOK AIR KILLER WITH ITS MATEBOOK 13?

The MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular notebook, and a brilliant all-rounder given its ultra-slim form factor – but Huawei wants to chomp on its (doubtless calorie-lite) lunch. The Chinese manufacturer introduced its new MateBook 13 at CES 2019, which is both skinnier and cheaper than the Air while having the kind of premium design, build quality and features you’d expect from an Apple product.

It runs on Windows, of course, but potential Air buyers might overlook that given the 1440p touchscreen, powerful Intel Core i5 (or i7, should you choose the pricier model) CPU, 256GB of storage and discrete Nvidia GPU (again, that’s on the deluxe option).

We had some hands-on time with the notebook at Huawei’s booth, so click through the link below for our detailed impressions.

1) LG ROLLS OUT ITS MOST EYE-CATCHING OLED TV YET

A TV that disappears? No, we’re not talking magic – unless you mean the magic of technology, in which case LG’s upcoming OLED TV R has it in spades.

This 65in OLED TV has a screen so thin and flexible that it’s able to roll it up into a cylinder. Push a button and it’ll silently retract into the rectangular base unit, a move so eye-catching and satisfying that you’ll be tempted to do it again and again.

It’s no gimmicky concept, either – this is a real, working 4K TV with excellent image quality, all the smart assistants you could ask for and immersive Dolby Atmos sound courtesy of its high-quality speaker. What’s more, having had a close encounter with it, and reckon it’s the stand-out product of this year’s CES. Read our hands-on review for more.