Nov 30, 2016
5. PORTABLE WI-FI
Say goodbye to roaming charges and data restrictions with GeeFi, a smartphone-size gadget that purports to give you unlimited 4G Internet in more than 100 countries – for a flat fee of US $9.99 a day. Pair it with your phone, tablet or laptop and it will find the strongest, fastest signal tower in your area. As with many modern devices, it also doubles as a charger.
6. MIRRORLESS CAMERA
In demand due to their often compact size and impressive video quality, mirrorless cameras have won armies of converts since they entered the mainstream last year. Today, the photography world is getting excited about the new Sony a6500, a 24.2-megapixel souvenir maker with an 11fps (frames per second) burst mode, and incredible image-stabilisation technology that will make even the most wobbly-handed snapper shoot well.
7. ULTRA-SLIM LAPTOP
Netbooks quickly fell out of favour when tablets became mainstream, but a demand for powerful portable laptops has led to the rise of the Ultrabook – PCs so thin and light you can take them anywhere. Dell’s latest gold-finished incarnation of its popular XPS 13 is winning rave reviews not only for its InfinityEdge display – which makes the device one of the world’s smallest 13-inch laptops – but also for its muscle. Weighing only 1.2kg, it features an Intel Core i7 processor and upgraded graphics card, and lays claim to the longest battery life on a 13-incher: up to 18 hours.
8. NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES
Get first-class sound with the noise-cancelling MDR-1000X headphones by Sony. They connect to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and immerse you in a private audio heaven. Your head and ear shape are measured digitally in order to work out how best to give you top sound, while blocking out extraneous noises. The battery life is especially impressive – the headphones can go 20 hours on a single charge.