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) Nokia 8.1 is smart(phone) and sensible
Whilst we’re not advocating anyone buy 1785 packets of monster munch, that’s what £1000 will get you. That's how much some of the top flagship smartphones cost. It’s excessive really.
But this £380 mid-range banana sounds far more sensible. There's nothing boring about a 18” FHD+ edge-to-edge display with HDR 10 support and a sweet dual camera setup either.
And after a long December indulgence, maybe we could all do with a dose of sensible in January, which conveniently, is when it’ll be available to buy.
4) Arlo’s Ultra security camera is the voyeurs' dream
Security cameras haven’t ever looked this good, we’re talking 4K HDR, colour night vision, 180 degree viewing angle and noise-cancelling microphones.
It’s £369 for the camera and then a £64 annual subscription after year 1, but once you start streaming your own reality-tv content – the dollar bills will be rolling in and the agents will be calling.
3) Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is prime for bath-time
E-readers are arguable one of the best inventions of the decade. Tablet in one hand, a Twix in the other, no longer are we burdened by having to turn pages.
Amazon’s latest interation of the Kindle Paperwhite just got supercharged with waterproofing, better battery life, and integration with Audible so you can listen to Jane Austen's Emma and all the other classics you (and us) should have read by now.
And first on your reading list is this 5-star review...
2) Will the Razer Blade Stealth cut it?
You can’t call a product something like Razer Blade Stealth when it resembles a large sponge and has no more brains than blackboard.
Well good thing the mid-range Stealth rocks an 8th generation Intel i7 quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card then isn’t it. It’s a portable powerhouse, ideal for work, gaming, streaming, and all with subtle branding making one of the most stylish Razer products we’ve seen.
That luscious 4K screen won’t come cheap though ... Our first impressions were wholly positive, here’s what you need to know.
1) What lies beneath the Surface headphones
Socks and sandals was once the epitome of uncool, yet in 2018 they’re not only acceptable, but natty. Perceptions can change. Just look at Microsoft with its slick tablets and laptops and, and most surprisingly, the Surface headphones.
Sure, Micrsoft has no background in this area and to compete with the likes of Bose and Sony seems crazy, but the Surface headphones are really quite good. Problem is, they’re also indisputably and exclusively grey.
Rapid-charging, brilliant noise cancelling, manual dials on the ear cups to alter volume and the other to determine how much noise you wish to cancel. Around the ears, they’re softer than a puppy golden retriever and deliver proper punch.
Here's why we were so pleasantly surpised...