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) Hands-on with Far Cry 5’s open-world madness
As the latest entry in the Far Cry series nears its 27 March release date, we’ve finally had a chance to grab a controller and give it a try. And what sort of early impressions did we get from our time with this open-world action extravaganza, in which the player must liberate a rural US county from the clutches of a heavily-armed evangelical cult?
You’ll have to click the below link for full details, but suffice to say that if you were worried about Ubisoft changing up that winning Far Cry formula – an addictive loop of exploration, stealth and heart-pumping combat – then you can stop. There are some differences from Far Cry 3 and 4 (such as the addition of AI companions) but the foundations remain the same. Roll on March.
4) Sony and Sennheiser get sporty
Working out is tough, which is why many keep fit fanatics look for any advantage they can get. Step forward gym-friendly headphones like the Sony WI-1000X and Sennheiser Momentum Free – Bluetooth-equipped banded earbuds that’ll provide some audio inspiration when you’re struggling to gee yourself up for leg day.
We’ve reviewed both pairs of headphones this week, so click the links above to pick through our in-depth thoughts, but here’s a sneak preview: we liked both of them, very much – and for very different reasons.
3) Hasselblad maxes out on megapixels
Swedish camera maker Hasselblad has always pushed the envelope with its products, and its latest medium format monster is no exception. Press the H6D-400C’s shutter button and it’ll create a 400MP image (that’s a resolution of 23,200 x 17,400, don’t ya know?), created by merging together four shots from its 100MP sensor, which it shifts slightly between images.
There’s one caveat: you have to hook the camera up to a computer to capture these 2.3GB pics, meaning that it’s intended more for considered, planned studio work than snapping out in the wild.
2) Nintendo Labo marries gaming and DIY
Doing its bit to bury the idea of gaming peripherals as overpriced, underused pieces of grey plastic, Nintendo’s new Labo programme brings a huge host of built-it-yourself add-ons to the Switch.
Fishing rods, bike handlebars, drum pedals, a robot suit and even a miniature piano – all the Labo kits are made of cardboard. Pop them out, build them yourself, insert a Joy-Con controller and you’ve got a brand new way to play. It’s something you can’t imagine any other console maker than Nintendo doing, quite frankly – and we’re really keen to see them up close and personal.
The first Labo kits are coming in April, with UK pricing still TBC.
1) The HTC U11+ is late to the party, but a real cracker
With Mobile World Congress just around the corner, it’s likely we’ll be getting our first glimpses of many of 2018’s flagship smartphones very soon. Which is why the release of the HTC U11+ – a version of last year’s U11 with a bigger 18:9 screen, more refined camera and longer battery life – feels a little late. Many buyers are going to want to wait a few weeks for something truly new, rather than go for an improved edition of an older model.
That’s a shame, because this is probably HTC’s best phone in years, maintaining all the best bits of the U11 (the shimmering Liquid Glass design, the squeezable EdgeSense side panels), honing some features slightly (like the camera’s improved HDR performance) and boosting the screen size and stamina. Well worth a look, even if it’s only available SIM-free right now.