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The Stuff Hot Five

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) Ease your commute with the Fuell Fluid e-bike

Want an e-bike that “just works”? Perhaps the upcoming Fuell Fluid will scratch that itch. With a 200km range and, according to its makers, “virtually zero” maintenance, this Indiegogo-funded urban bike promises to whisk you through the streets in care-free fashion. It’s now in production, with availability slated for the beginning of next year.

4) Bose brings in brand new Bluetooth banger

Bose’s naming conventions might not be the epitome of creativity, but the brand sure can build a speaker. Yes, the Portable Home Speaker is portable, a speaker and designed for your home, but there are some other features and functions that aren’t all given away by its moniker: namely beefy 360-degree sound, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, 12 hours of battery life and compatibility with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Spotify Connect and Apple Airplay 2. It’ll be available to order from mid-September.

3) Huawei supercharges the Mate 20 X

Think the Huawei Mate 20 X’s data connection isn’t fast enough? Then you’ll want the Mate 20 X 5G, surely? Perhaps not: while the obvious thing for Huawei to do would be to take the excellent Mate 20 X template and whack a 5G antenna inside, the company has removed the headphone jack and made the battery smaller at the same time, while making the speaker and fingerprint scanner noticeably worse.

Given the paucity of 5G availability currently, you’d probably be better off with the vanilla Mate 20 X – but do give our review of the 5G edition a read, just to make sure.

One step forward…

2) Acer’s latest gaming laptop is a hulking beast

It might be about as portable as a coffee table, but the Acer Predator Helios 700 is the sort of laptop that gets gamers hot under the collar. Speaking of heat, all the processing grunt under its hood means lots of cooling is required, which in turn means loads of fan noise – but the power you get in return will make mincemeat of the most demanding games, with the supplied GPU able to supply the latest eye-popping ray tracing effects. Laptop gamers expect this sort of trade-off – and we suspect they’ll love what Acer has achieved here.

Read the full review at the link below.

Big, loud and quick

1) Libratone has a new angle on true wireless earbuds

If you thought all true wireless headphones fell into one of two styling categories (AirPod rip-offs or generic blobby nubbins), Libratone is here to show you that something different is possible. Something… triangular.

The angular aesthetics of its new Track Air+ headphones are refreshing, but they’re not the only reason why these dinky buds deserve your attention. With a reasonable six hours of battery life, feathery 5.6g weight and support for lossless streaming via aptX Bluetooth, the Track Air+ offers an on-paper appeal that puts it in direct competition with other higher-end offerings.

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