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.
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5) Nanoleaf takes wall decoration to the next level
Want to impress the family by making this Christmas’ decorative lights a bit special? Then consider decking your living room out with Nanoleaf’s new Aurora Smarter Kit – nine triangular LED panels that fix onto your wall and shine gloriously in any colour you choose. With nigh-on endless potential combinations of colours and shapes available, the Aurora really lets you go to town creativity-wise – and when you combine it with Nanoleaf’s other new product, the Rhythm module, things get even more interesting.
Rhythm, you see, uses a built-in microphone (or a wired 3.5mm connection) to sync the lights’ pulses to the beat of your music, making it the ultimate in house party add-ons.
4) Bose’s new buds help you snooze in peace
Traffic outside your home keeping you up at night? Late-night revellers ruining your sleep party this festive season? Your other half’s snoring making bedtime a nightmare? Bose hears you.
The company’s latest in-ear headphones, the sleepbuds, are designed to be worn in bed, and come with active noise-masking tech that doesn’t so much cancel out background noise than hide it behind more soothing, sleep-inducing sounds. Think nature sounds, or the sort of white noise stuff that’s proven to help people drift off rather than a baby’s mobile’s lullaby. The sleepbuds also come with three sizes of ear tip to help get a snug enough fit to block out exterior sounds.
The whole thing is essentially at the late prototype stage and in a crowdfunding campaign at the moment, so the finished product won’t be on shelves until early 2018. Sleep lovers, mark it on your calendars.
3) Skyrim soars onto the Switch in style
Skyrim may be a staggering six years old, but it’s new to owners of Nintendo consoles – and its arrival on the Switch feels like something of a watershed moment for the machine.
A vast open-world RPG populated by elves (several types of those), cat-people, lizard people and, yes, dragons, Skyrim is widely regarded as not only one of the best ever examples of its genre, but one of the biggest, most influential games ever made – and now you can easily play it on the toilet.
While it’s essentially the same game you played half a decade ago (and the Switch edition is far from the prettiest version of it around), this remains a gorgeous, involving and diverting title that’ll suck up endless hours of your time.
2) Google puts ChromeOS in a premium Pixelbook
Chromebooks aren’t exactly known for their premium hardware, but Google’s new Pixelbook wants to change that. An all-aluminium convertible laptop with a beautiful 2400 x 1600 screen, it’s also the world’s thinnest products of its type: just 10mm in depth.
At £999 (RM5490), it’s a pricey piece of tech considering it runs ChromeOS, but the design and hardware here is fantastic – a cracking keyboard, a smooth glass-topped trackpad, an optional stylus – and that makes it a desirable thing. Albeit one without the “premium” OS you might want – stick Windows on this thing and it’d be more than a match for anything in its price range, but ChromeOS is still a web app platform at heart, and that’s a bit of an issue…
1) OnePlus 5T bids bezels begone!
OnePlus has developed a habit of bolstering (and eventually replacing) its yearly flagship with a slightly souped-up “T” edition a few months later, and that’s where we find ourselves this week with the 5T.
But this premium version of the already-lovely OnePlus 5 doesn’t just come with reworked innards (although the rear dual camera setup has been given a larger aperture and the OxygenOS platform has undergone a micro overhaul) – it’s a different-looking phone altogether thanks to its larger screen. The size boost comes courtesy of slimmer bezels, and it’s accompanied by an altogether new feature in the form of face-scanning, which lets you unlock the phone with a mere look.
The best part? The asking price remains the same as the original OnePlus 5.