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) Tesla Y SUV promises to be safe, sporty – and affordable
Many of us would love to own a Tesla but previous models have been, shall we say, a little outside the fiscal reaches of the average driver. Company founder Elon Musk has always promised to one day release a mass-market all-electric vehicle – and maybe the new Y is going to tick that box.
Capable of 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and offering a range of 300 miles per charge, the compact seven-seater SUV will launch in 2020 priced at… well, a “modest” US$47,000. OK, so it’s hardly in the Ford Fiesta price bracket, but what’s more interesting is that a $39,000 version (with 230-mile range) is due to arrive in 2021 – and that is driving into genuinely affordable territory.
4) Denon’s wireless cans kill as much or as little noise as you need
Most noise-cancelling headphones are either cancelling noise or not cancelling noise, but Denon’s new AH-GC30 wireless ear goggles bring a pleasing level of what nerds call “granularity” to proceedings. With three different levels of bruit-busting on offer – city, office and flight – you can avoid overkill while bobbing your head to your favourite jam. And if someone starts talking to you? Simply tap the earcup to engage yet another mode called Ambient Monitor, which lets environmental noise through the filter.
3) Insta360’s double-jointed Evo is a camera that captures it all
Two-lensed cameras are all the rage these days, and the Evo is a two-lensed camera than can also shoot two different types of content. Too many twos in there for you? Don’t worry, it’s actually very simple: in one form, with its two lenses facing away from each other, it’s a 360º camera; but flip the two halves along a hinge and it becomes a 3D VR camera, with both lenses facing the same direction.
Still confused? Then delve into our in-depth review, in which we film both types of footage, then slap on an Oculus Go to live “inside” our creations. Spoiler alert: we think it’s clever stuff, especially from such a tiny camera.
2) Garmin’s tough watches MARQ out a path for outdoorsy types
Garmin has unleashed a quintet of fresh smartwatches, all of which are pitched at the type of person who loves tramping through a muddy rainforest in order to climb a mountain which they then abseil down in order to get to an even muddier rainforest on the other side. Adventurers, in other words, and to that end all five MARQ watches come with GPS, bright sunlight-readable screens, activity tracking talents and hardy weatherproof builds, as well as generous battery lives.
1) Huawei’s latest laptop puts it firmly in the PC big leagues
Huawei has come a long way in a relatively short time. A few years ago the Chinese company made a few phones and networking products for the West, but now it’s releasing some of the most impressive laptops around, as evidenced by its new MateBook X Pro, a scorching Windows-based alternative to the MacBook Pro that’ll offer a lot more bang for your buck than Apple’s machine.
If you’re in the market for an ultraportable notebook that’ll handle all your work needs and many of your entertainment ones too – even pretty demanding games – then you should dive into our review, which looks at the MateBook X Pro in oodles of depth.