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) Sony’s celebratory PS4 Pro lets you peer at its innards
Having blazed through the 500 million sales milestone, Sony recently revealed the natty new PlayStation Pro 500 Million Edition. Limited to 50,000 units, it comes in a fetching translucent design that lets you peek at its insides, which include a 2TB hard drive to pack with content.
Pre-orders quickly sold out this past week, but if you fancy joining the party, prepare to hit refresh repeatedly on your retailer website of choice on 24 August. Although if you just want some translucent blue in your mitts, grab the controller alone for £54.99 – a tad more wallet-friendly than the full £449.99 bundle!
4) Samsung and Harman Kardon team up for soundbar ear bliss
A while back, Samsung ate Harman Kardon, and all seemed to go a bit quiet for the latter. Now Harman Kardon is back with a bang. Or, more accurately, back with a pair of soundbars that up the ante on immersive audio.
The HW-N950 and HW-N850 are large black rectangles, but that’s fair enough when you discover how many drivers and amps are packed inside the things. There’s support for DTD:X alongside Dolby Atmos, too, both of which augment the standard surround sound array with height effects. Now audio from your favourite flicks really can come at you from every direction.
3) Motorola’s Moto Z3 prepares you to ride the 5G wave
4G is so several years ago. Everything’s all about 5G now – or at least it will be when 5G actually arrives. Still, if you’re on tenterhooks and want to be prepared, you could do worse than grab the new Z3.
Motorola’s new blower has a big screen, capable cameras, and is pretty nippy. But it’s that 5G mod that’ll keep you right at the cutting edge – when it shows up next year.
In the meantime, you can snap on a battery pack, a 10x zoom camera, and a projector you can use to bore your friends with your latest ‘Why 5G is Totally Amazing’ slideshow deck.
2) Apple’s latest notebook puts the Pro back in MacBook Pro
Examine Apple’s new notebook and the only way you’d tell it’s not a year old is by way of the tiny model number stamped on its bottom. But the second you fire up the new MacBook Pro, you know it’s very much a revamped beast.
The display now uses True Tone, to avoid blasting your eyes with blue in warmer ambient lighting conditions. The keyboard’s more giving and quieter. You can use “Hey Siri!” due to the T2 chip. Oh, and there’s some stuff about it being vastly more powerful too. Just be mindful it’ll give your bank account a punch in the face – this new line starts at £1749.
1) The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition has a chunky bumper and tons of content
Give a kid an expensive tablet and you’re asking for trouble, what with its smashable glass display and easily pranged metal sleekness. So Amazon’s encased the Kids Edition of the Fire HD 10 in a colourful chunky bumper.
If that was all you got for your extra 50 quid, you might narrow your eyes. But Amazon bundles a year of Kids Unlimited, which provides thousands of easily accessible age-appropriate, ad-free apps, movies, TV shows and books.
And when the kids go to bed, you can free the device from its sleeve and delve into something a bit more grown-up on the 1920x1200 display – or kick off a sneaky all-night *Shaun the Sheep* marathon.