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 Four — 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.
4) Vivo X20 puts a fingerprint reader inside its screen
Apple reportedly tried to do it for the iPhone X, but couldn’t pull it off properly and decided to go with facial recognition instead. So it’s surprising that Vivo, a little-known tech company with fewer resources, has succeeded in releasing a smartphone with a fingerprint reader inside its screen.
Yes, the X20 Plus UD’s 6.43 AMOLED display conceals a scanner that’ll read your prints in a jiffy – and this week it went up for pre-order in Vivo’s native China. Will we see this handy handset making the trip west anytime soon? Don’t bet on it – and in any case, besides its smarter screen, there’s not a lot else (dual 12MP cameras, Snapdragon 660 chip) that’ll make it stand out from the current smartphone crop. An interesting development all the same – and a path that other manufacturers will follow, perhaps?
3) Dragon Ball FighterZ ain’t no snooze-fest – it’s a supercharged slugfest
When it comes to video game adaptations, classic anime series Dragon Ball Z has had more than its fair share of disappointments and downright stinkers – but we don’t think that’ll be the case with Dragon Ball FighterZ, the brand new Street Fighter-style brawler from Guilty Gear developer Arc System Works.
Frantic and fast-paced but accessible to those without cat-like reactions and superhuman thumbs, FighterZ manages to look and sound like an actual anime thanks to its gorgeous hand-drawn look and choice between subtitled Japanese original audio or an English dub. Non-fans might struggle to get their heads round the plot of the story mode, but Dragon Ball aficionados are going to love every minute.
2) Capcom spawns a beautiful beast in Monster Hunter: World
Capcom’s long-running Monster Hunter series, in which players battle giant creatures with outlandish weapons, has largely sailed right under Western gamers’ radars – but we reckon that’s about to change.
The latest addition to the franchise, and the first for the current generation of consoles (PS4 and Xbox One – plus a PC version is promised at some point in the coming year), Monster Hunter: World is also the most accessible and beginner-friendly entry to date. Yes, its expansive, varied environments and huge, convincingly animated beasts look more glorious than ever on today’s beefy, 4K and HDR-ready consoles – but it’s the streamlining, the trimming away of the fat, that makes World so impressive. You’ll definitely need to be skilful and wily to take down the monsters alone – Capcom hasn’t dumbed down or nerfed the gameplay – but many of the off-putting and opaque facets of previous titles have been shrunk or removed.
In short, this year has its first great game – and it’s one that may end up appearing on many GOTY lists come December.
1) DJI’s pint-sized copter is a drone for everyone
DJI has always sought to be be at the forefront of consumer drones, particularly those that manage to balance affordability with performance and ease of use – and the Mavic Air is the latest piece of proof that the company is pulling it off.
£769 may not be peanuts, but you’re not getting a plasticky toy here. Instead, this is a well-built quadcopter with buttery smooth 4K video recording, 21 minutes of flight time, a top air speed of over 40mph and a transmission range of up to 4km. Chuck in various autonomous flight modes and the fact that this thing weighs just 430g and folds down to near pocket-size and you’ve got a truly tempting gadget for anyone looking for an entry-point into drone flying.
Expect a full, in-depth review soon, but in the meantime, click through the link below to find out our thoughts after some hands-on time in sunny Monte Carlo.