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) Nintendo serves up a superb new Mario Tennis game
It’s yet another good first-party title for the Nintendo Switch, and out just in time for Wimbledon to engender tennis madness in the nation. Yep, Mario Tennis Aces is here, and it’s by and large a fantastic addition to the series.
With an engrossing Adventure Mode that serves (no pun intended) as a fine tutorial, plus a bunch of new moves that make regular matches far more involved, it’s unlikely to disappoint anybody looking for some casual on-court action. Now, if only the online multiplayer was a bit more full-featured…
4) Bose’s new nighttime headphones will help you drop off
Bose does a fine line in noise-cancelling headphones, but its upcoming sleepbuds work in a slightly different way. As you’ve no doubt surmised from the name, their aim is to gently lull you off to sleep, and they do so by not only masking exterior noise but replacing it with soothing sounds – think nature noises and other familiar sounds that fade into the background – which they claim will help you drift off into the land of nod.
With Bose’s crowdfunding campaign already a success, these battery-powered buds will be wending their way to the UK later in the year.
3) Third time’s the charm for Sony’s new A7 camera
This week we ran our reviewer’s rule over the A7 III, Sony’s latest mirrorless system camera. It’s the third iteration of the “vanilla” A7 model, sporting a new 24.2MP full-frame sensor and the ability to record video at 4K resolution – and it’s the kind of camera that makes you wonder why anyone would ever buy a DSLR.
At almost £2,000, it seems far from cheap on paper – but it delivers such wonderful image quality (plus speedy autofocus and accurate tracking) that we reckon it represents something of a bargain. Read the full review for more.
2) Oppo Find X loses the notch
Last week, the Vivo Nex showed the world it was possible to make a bezel-free all-screen smartphone without an iPhone X-esque notch spoiling the view. This week, it’s fellow Far Eastern manufacturer Oppo’s turn to do so, courtesy of its new Find X handset. Like the Nex, the Find X hides its 25MP front-facing selfie camera in a pop-up module (motorised, here) that springs into life when required, allowing its front side to be a full 93.8% screen.
Inside there’s the impressive Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 256GB of storage, and the rear camera is a fashionable dual setup pairing 20MP and 16MP modules – which are also concealed within the slider!
1) Parrot Anafi soars in to bother DJI’s drones
Decent drones are getting more affordable than ever, and this week we’ve been flying one of the finest cheap 4K quadcopters we’ve ever seen: the £629.99 Parrot Anafi.
Comfortably the French company’s best drone so far, the Anafi comes with all the trappings of a top airborne video-snaffler: excellent battery life to keep it in flying for longer; impressive 21MP camera capable of recording smooth Ultra HD footage; a bevy of autopilot modes for capturing creative mid-air selfies; and an electronic brain that brings it home at the touch of a button. Is it better than our current favourite, the DJI Mavic Air? You’ll have to read our review to find out…