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The Stuff Hot Five

These are the top five products worth your time and money this week

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) Bose makes us snooze with its noise-cancelling buds

Millions of people on this planet suffer from a lack of sleep – and Bose’s new product wants to help them. The Sleepbuds are tiny headphones designed to be worn overnight, where they’ll cleverly mask the noises that prevent us from dropping off and cause us to wake up. We’ve run them through the reviews wringer this week.

Click through the link below to find out if we think they can justify their £230 asking price, but we can tell you right now that they’re some of the cleverest new products we’ve seen in a while – and possibly the first of a whole new category that could help banish a bad night’s sleep for good.

Go back to bud

4) Black Ops 4 is a (qualified) Royale success

Black Ops 4 is not only a new Call of Duty game – it’s also a new Call of Duty direction. Gone is the cinematic single-player campaign that defined the series early titles, with the focus now fully given to multiplayer shooting shenanigans. And perhaps most exciting among the various MP modes on offer is Blackout, Call of Duty’s first stab at the fashionable Battle Royale sub-genre.

Blackout is superb – like PUBG without the cheating and jankiness – and goes a long way towards making this the finest Call of Duty game in a long, long time. Click through the link below to read our in-depth review.

3) SoundMagic’s new in-ears bring you a bargain audio upgrade

Still rocking a smartphone with a 3.5mm headphone jack? Then you might be in the market for SoundMagic’s new E11C in-ear headphones, a snip at £50 and guaranteed to be a darn sight better than whatever was bundled with your handset.

You can read some detailed and definitive musings in our full review at the link below, but suffice to say if you’re looking for a pair of wired buds that’ll boost sound quality for a very reasonable sum, these are the buds for you.

Music to my ears

2) The Surface Laptop has a triumphant sequel

A slickly designed laptop that serves up great all-round performance and has a carpeted keyboard? Where do we sign up? OK, so we’re still not truly sold on the carpeted keyboard thing, but Microsoft’s second attempt at a full-size Surface Laptop is a fantastic one. It improves on the original model (including full Windows 10 instead of the pared-back 10 S, for instance) while offering the same speedy multitasking, superb screen and natty design. We’re sold – but do click through to our full review to see exactly what we loved and what we didn’t.

Carpet-covered champ

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is pro-bably going to be great, mate

We absolutely adored the Huawei P20 Pro – in fact we consider it the best smartphone of 2018 so far. But the company’s own Mate 20 Pro, which we enjoyed some hands-on time with this week (at an event where it was launched alongside the cheaper Mate 20) might well end up knocking it off the top spot.

A glorious curved, notched screen; an updated UI; a triple rear camera that replaces the P20 Pro’s monochrome sensor with an ultra wide-angle module; a gorgeous aluminium body; and a new, scorchingly powerful Kirin 980 processor at the heart of things. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a dazzling list of reasons to buy – at least on paper – and we can’t wait to give it a proper review in the coming weeks. It might just end up being the best smartphone on the planet…