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) 4K, shmour-K – Sharp preps its 8K TV
Regular old Ultra HD not enough for you? Then how about multiplying the usual 4K resolution by a factor of four by dropping roughly €12,000 on Sharp’s upcoming LV-70X500E, a telly with a 70in, 7680 x 4320 screen?
With eight HDMI ports (four of which are 8K compatible), you’re unlikely to run out of space to plug in your gear – even if 8K sources are currently as rare as (ultra-sharp, no doubt) hen’s teeth. What you’re essentially getting here is a mammoth future-proof beast of a TV, ready for whatever the tech industry is going to throw at it in the next few years.
4) The C64 is back, in miniature form
Commodore’s classic computer, the C64, landed on Stuff’s desk in a tiny new self-contained edition this week – and it’s packed with retro charm.
Plugging into your TV via HDMI, toting a USB port for an optional keyboard and featuring faithfully emulated 64 games built-in (wherever did they come up with that number?), The C64 Mini is a reminder of how rock hard old games were, and how a lot of old joysticks made them even tougher. Yes, sadly the bundled controller here is something of a duffer, and takes the shine off what would otherwise be a very tidy bit of nostalgia-mining. Fingers crossed a firmware update makes that USB port compatible with third-party controllers…
3) BeoPlay P6 is your go-anywhere music machine
With the past few days reminding us that sunshine and warm weather really does exist, thoughts are inevitably turning to al fresco fun – so what better time for B&O to introduce the BeoPlay 6, a compact portable speaker with a 16-hour battery and splash-resistant build that should make it ideal for outdoor use.
If you think its dinky dimensions spell underpowered sound, think again. B&O claims the 215W output (courtesy of three Class D amplifiers) is plenty loud, and the 360-degree sound distribution should ensure everyone at your barbecue has a splendid time.
2) Huawei’s P20 is your iPhone X/Samsung Galaxy S9 mash-up
Last week we declared the Huawei P20 Pro the best smartphone on the market, and this week we ran the reviewer’s rule over its little brother, the P20. Smaller, less powerful and significantly cheaper than the Pro at £599, the P20 is not without its flaws (the lack of a headphone jack and waterproofing are probably the most glaring), and suffers somewhat from a lack of design personality (its styling is disappointingly derivative), but it’s also a lovely Android all-rounder that impresses with its camera, screen and performance.
It won’t bag many phone of the year gongs, but the P20 is yet another solid showing from Huawei.
1) Moto G6 Play is a budget phone with premium gloss
Lenovo unveiled a trio of new Moto phones this week in the shape of the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6 Play – and we think the latter is the one to get most excited about. This is mostly due to its rock-bottom price tag of just £169 and, while it’s generally less well-equipped than its two slightly pricier brethren, it does come with a massive 4,000mAh battery, which should keep it going way longer than most of today’s smartphones.
It also has build quality and styling that suggest a far more expensive device, which we suspect will go a long way in making the G6 Play a popular choice for those operating on a tight budget, looking for a backup handset for festivals, or shopping for a first smartphone for their kids.