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) Asus Zenbook Flip S is the compact convertible of our dreams
2-in-1 laptops have been downsizing for some time, but the new Zenbook Flip S from Asus is the most brilliantly petite one we’ve come across – just 11mm thick and 1.1kg in weight, which isn’t much at all for a 13in convertible that ticks both the “notebook” and “tablet” boxes.
It’s not only its dinky dimensions that have got us excited over the Flip S’s arrival, either. The 1080p screen’s lovely and vibrant (Ultra HD lovers will need to stump up more cash for the 4K upgrade), the keyboard’s a joy to type on, the built-in speakers do a fine job, and there’s bags of power for productivity.
4) Polaroid OneStep gets a modern sequel
Polaroid’s OneStep instant camera is a certified gadget classic, so we’re chuffed to bits to see it back – albeit in a reimagined 21st century form, complete with new features like a timer, flash and USB-rechargeable battery.
One thing that hasn’t changed? It’s still analogue, having been designed and built by the film revivalists at the Impossible Project, who previously reverse-engineered Polaroid’s old film stock in the creation of their own Impossible I-1 snapper. You’ll be able to use colour or black and white film, but there’s no digital jiggery pokery going on inside – this is every bit as much a film camera as the original OneStep.
3) Destiny 2 shoots for the stars
The original Destiny may have frustrated as much as it entertained, but Bungie’s sequel succeeds in shifting the balance in favour of pure fun. On the surface little appears to have changed, with the shared world looter-shooter mechanics given only the slightest of polishes, but Destiny 2 manages to streamline its late-game grind to a much less demanding state while doing what its predecessor could not: delivering an interesting, coherent story.
As before though, the single-played campaign is merely an appetiser to the late-game activity feast; Nightfall strikes, Crucible combat and the six-player Raid is where the real fun begins – and it gets even better when you play it with friends. Bravo, Bungie.