We see a lot of products every week here on Stuff. But come Friday, 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 the week on the Stuff website! But please, do also read the rest of the website.
5) Sega takes us back to the glory days
Ah, Sega, how we loved you back in the 1990s. Some accused you of forever playing catch-up to your great rival Nintendo, but you made some of the best console hardware and some of the greatest games ever.
What’s that? You’re bringing those games back? In mobile form for iOS and Android phones and tablets? For free (albeit ad-supported – you’ll pay RM7.90 apiece for ad-free, save-supported versions)? In a collection of hits called Sega Forever? Kicking off with five Mega Drive classics – Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Altered Beast, Kid Chameleon and Comix Zone? Time to go back... in time.
4) Affinity Photo lets you take your darkroom on the road
“RM80 for an iPad app?! Are you nuts?!” Dear reader, we know everyone’s accustomed to apps that cost RM7.90 or less, but there are certain pieces of mobile software that demand – and deserve – a premium. And Affinity Photo is one such app.
Why? Well, it’s a pro-level photo editor for the iPad, bristling with tools and benefits from a slick, unfussy interface. This isn’t some shallow-but-fancy-looking collection of filters and sharpening tools – it’s a true professional quality editor, squeezed into a finger-friendly shape. If you want to get your images looking just right on the move, there really is nothing better out there.
3) New iPad Pro is pure creative power
Want something to run Affinity Photo on? Well, you could always buy a new iPad – and when new iPads are as good as the 2017 iPad Pro 10.5, that’s a very tempting course of action.
Apple has knocked it out of the park with this one. Sure, it looks nice and feels nice in your hands (it’s an iPad, they always have), but the thing that really wows here is the sheer, unadulterated power it has.
From the gloriously sharp, bright, punchy screen with its 120Hz refresh rate to the absurd processing grunt and the long battery life, it really earns that “Pro” moniker. Do you need one if you just want to watch Russian dashcam videos on YouTube, play Words with Friends and write the odd email? Heck no – but if you’re a person who wants to create rather than consume while on the hoof, Apple has just made a tool you'll fall in love with. We certainly have.