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The Stuff Hot Five

The top five products worth your time and money this week

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. 

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5) Smeg’s ECF01 is a caffeine dream machine

With cafés currently shuttered, making the morning cup o’ joe at home has become a virtual necessity for all caffeine fiends. Let’s face it: a mug of Nescafé instant is about as appealing as a sauerkraut sundae, but thankfully there’s a plethora of alternatives.

One to consider is Smeg’s new manual espresso machine, which we’ve reviewed this week. It’s as stylish as you’d expect from the Swedish company, but does it nail your cappuccino? Spoiler: yes, it does (once you’ve worked out what you’re actually doing).

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4) Moto G8 is a lot of phone for £180

Shelling out a grand for a smartphone? Tired! Shelling out £180 for one? Wired! OK, OK: we’ll concede that we love our specced-up powerhouse mobiles as much as ever, but there’s still something very appealing about an affordable banger right now – and the Moto G8 strives to be that very banger.

While it’s not going to win any prizes for its camera and considers the likes of NFC to be unwanted fripperies, this is yet another budget triumph from a manufacturer that specialises in giving smartphone users more bang for their buck. Click through to our full review for all the details.

3) Microsoft’s Surface launch has something for everyone

Little tablets, big tablets, over-ear headphones, true wireless headphones – Microsoft’s launch event this week had so much Surface going on we hardly know where to start.

Luckily we’ve got a handy round-up article for you to peruse at your leisure, so make sure to hit the link below to hear the scoop on everything: the Surface Go 2; the Surface Book 3; the Surface Headphones 2; and the all-new Surface Earbuds.

2) 13in MacBook Pro gets a key update

Having already lavished its larger 16in MacBook Pro with ear-pleasingly beefy speakers and a finger-pleasing Magic Keyboard, Apple has afforded similar glow-up treatment to its baby brother. The updated 13in MacBook Pro was revealed this week, bringing with it a new keyboard, fresh speakers, more storage and, on the top-of-the-line model, a highly capable Intel Iris Plus Graphics processor. You’ll have to shell out a pretty penny for all these luxuries, mind you – so perhaps you’d best wait for our full review before pulling the trigger on an upgrade.

1) Sonos Arc raises the (sound)bar

Sonos unveiled its latest soundbar this week, with the Arc attempting to combine the best of previous efforts the Playbar, Playbase and Beam while adding one major new feature: Dolby Atmos support.

Yes, Sonos stans can finally invest in a below-telly bar that incorporates height into its surround soundscape, thanks to a couple of upward-firing drivers among the Arc’s 11. To find out everything else it has going for it (and get a little bit of info on Sonos’ other announcements), click the link below and tuck into our full story.