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Wearing earplugs while you ride a motorbike is de rigueur, unless you want to go partially deaf before you hit retirement. But they’re probably the most lo-tech thing ever – squidgy, waxy bits of foam that you stuff in your ears. Well, hopefully, Sena, an established manufacturer of comms systems for motorbike helmets, is about to bring this antiquated noise-cancelling era to an end with its Smart Helmet. While it doesn’t have the obvious smarts of the Kickstarter-infamous (and now sadly defunct) Skully Lid – like a heads-up display – the Smart Helmet does address one crucial area: noise. Sena’s solution is Intelligent Noise Control; the helmet is, essentially, outfitted with a pair of noise-cancelling cans, the likes of which you’d normally find gracing many a bonce on a train journey. But these are neatly integrated, so you just pull the helmet over your head and go. When you’re on the move, four microphones analyse incoming noise, while the headset electronics filter out any harmful sounds across the spectrum. Don’t fret – you’ll still hear the important sounds, and a quick press of the Ambient Mode button and you’ll be able to have a clear conversation at a stop without having to remove your lid. Price TBA Available TBA URL sena.com

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Meet the team Meet our advertising team

Rob Carney

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EDITOR Rob has just had a Ford Mustang delivered. Five litres of pure American power. He also got a speeding ticket, so will obviously be obeying all limits from now on.

DEPUTY EDITOR Nick is still testing the awesome Volkswagen Golf GTE. He particularly enjoys the smoothness of the hybrid drive – more to come on this in next issue’s Our Gadgets.

ASSISTANT EDITOR Retro gaming consoles, mood-manipulating wearables and slippers that help you lose weight. Claire’s spent the month researching 101 Gadgets You Can’t Live Without – read it on p46.

Paul Dimery

Luke O’Neill

Dan Grabham

PRODUCTION EDITOR It’s BBQ season and Paul has been taking advantage of the warmer weather, cooking delicious pizzas in the awesome Verycook Verypizz, and grilling steaks on the Weber Q1200.

ART EDITOR Luke has spent this month doing what comes naturally to him – namely, talking to models (and art-directing photoshoots with them). See the stunning results in our main feature on p46.

EDITOR, T3.COM This month, Dan lusted after a new amp and turntable, checked out some wireless in-ear headphones in preparation for the iPhone 7, and ate too many scallops at the Galaxy Note 7 launch.

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FEATURES EDITOR, T3.COM It was very much game on rather than game over for Rob this month, as he spent a good chunk of it reviewing the Xbox One S. You can check out his review on p108 #pooroldrob.

LIFESTYLE EDITOR, T3.COM Duncan took a holiday this month, and therefore has zero tech anecdotes of note to share. His stand-in, The Secret Policeman, drops by on p28 to talk about the tech the Bobbies are using.

MOBILE TECH EDITOR, T3.COM This month, Spencer set out to discover which was faster off-road – an £80,000 Range Rover or a marathon runner kitted out with the latest tech. Head over to Man Vs Tech on p92 for the results!

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Editor’s letter 101 gadgets you can’t live without. Trust me, I’ve tried* and I can’t bring myself to get rid of a single one of them…

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*OK, that’s a bit of a fabrication – I didn’t have all of these immense gadgets in my house. Though I wish I did. Imagine it – a gadget for every occasion. Every life event. Everything you do. Well, that’s exactly the list we’ve put together in this month’s positively rammed edition of everyone’s favourite gadget magazine. From tech to help you relax, through the latest in connected home and fitness kit, to the gear you need to earn more cash, it’s all here. Flick to p46 now and start upgrading your existence. In our regular Man Vs Tech feature, our mobiletech editor Spencer jumps into a Range Rover and goes head-to-head with contributor Luke Edwards – who’s on foot, kitted out with the latest in running tech. Who’ll win the race? Turn to p92. Something that really excited me this month is the Galaxy Note 7 (p8), Samsung’s latest topof-the-range phablet, now featuring the same dust- and waterproofing tech as the Galaxy S7 Edge. Next month, we bring you our annual awards issue. Join us as we reveal the best tech of the year on 30 September. Why not guarantee your copy by subscribing, and getting three issues of the mag for a fiver (see p78)? Until next time!

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Freelance journalist and keen runner Luke (of Pocket Lint fame) took our Man Vs Tech challenge this month, racing against Spencer Hart (who was in a souped-up Land Rover). Check out what happened on p92.

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A fountain of tech knowledge, our man answers your burning questions. This month, how to improve your running training, and how to find your remote control when you subsequently collapse on the sofa.

Tech adventures to try today, including how to build a Raspberry Pi arcade machine, how to ride a backpack to work and, of course, how to order a therapist on your phone.

Want to know which Compact System Camera to spend your money on? Find out here - we test the ultimate CSCs from Olympus, Fuji and Panasonic.

Is a Range Rover faster than a man kitted up with crosscountry tech on an off-road course? Let’s find out shall we…

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PREVIEW This month’s bleeding-edge gadgets including the stunning new Loewe OLED TV, a rather swish titanium smart blender, and the phablet that everyone’s talking about right now: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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What’s the one thing you find that lacks when you’re out and about? Bass? Yes, we thought so too. The basslet is a bracelet that gives your mobile tunes added oomph wherever you go… no lie

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WE CAN BUILD YOU... Suffering from the night-time blues? Then get a load of this gear designed to help you sleep better and live healthier. Here’s a free pointer: don’t go to the pub and sink ten pints before trying this one out

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TALKING TECH This month, our occasional stand-in for Duncan Bell – The Secret Policeman – reveals the security risk that chasing a bunch of virtual animals around the land poses

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UNDER ARMOUR HEALTHBOX The HealthBox promises to improve your training needs with its ecosystem of fitness gadgets. But does it work?

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SMACKDOWN So you want an easier way of making tasty meals? You’ll need one of these smart food processors: its Tefal Cook4Me versus Kenwood kCook

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SUPER SIX Six of the best digital radios tested, find out which is deserving of your ears

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XBOX ONE S Microsoft’s souped-up games console is flying off the shelves, and here’s what we make of it

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

FIRST LOOK

T3 goes hands-on with the latest Galaxy handset. Is this the phablet we’ve been waiting for? £700, www.samsung.com The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a phone that’s designed for a very specific user base: those who want a larger screen but are craving a stylus, too. It feels like an incremental improvement over the S7 Edge, taking in some updates to the S Pen and making the new phablet feel more business-like and, well, grown-up. One thing we love about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is the always-on display, which shows a static clock, calendar or image, so you don’t need to keep switching on the phone to simply see routine updates. And with the S Pen, you can now write directly onto the almost-blank screen – it’s like you’ve always got a piece of paper and a pen to hand. Your scribbles can then be pinned to the front screen as a reminder, or saved to your notes for looking back at later – not having to open the Notes app every time you want to jot something down seems to be a real win here. The main changes to the S Pen’s toolbox are adding a GIF maker, the ability to instantly translate text, the option to magnify the screen and, for some reason, the ability to paint directly from the Notes app and then blend those colours as if they were real oils. The latter feature is a neat trick, although it doesn’t feel like

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something that’s going to change the world – we’re thinking the Notes section is going to be used more as a to-do list than an entertainment centre. The Magnify option feels rather pointless; we get that it can be used to help accessibility, but much of this phone’s UI is too small and precise to make use of the S Pen’s direct input, so it doesn’t feel very user-friendly in that case. It’s the same with Translate and the GIF maker: cool features to have, but there are good apps out there which do the same. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is – like the Galaxy S7 – IP68-rated, which means you can lob it around in the dust and water. The screen has

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Vital stats IP68 3,500mAh The Note 7 is rated IP68, meaning it’s dust- and waterproof

The large battery should keep you going all day

200 5.7 inches The points of recognition of the new iris scanner

The size of the screen on the Note 7

ABSOLUTELY PHABULOUS The Note 7’s 5.7-inch screen is larger than anything in Samsung’s current range, and the addition of HDR makes this a mean mobile movie-watching machine. It’s also a productivity powerhouse, thanks to the updated S Pen. Oh, and there’s also an iris scanner!

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been retooled to support the S Pen even underwater, meaning you’ll be able to take notes while you stand there in your trunks. Are you desperate to make lists in the rain? Well, the Note 7 will work perfectly for you. The user interface is a lot more muted than the colourful overlay on the Samsung Galaxy S7 range, which again makes it feel like Samsung is leaning the Note 7 towards a more business-like audience; one that doesn’t want to be seen with a device that’s too ostentatious. Then again, you can get it in a silver option that’s clearly more gold (we’re not sure how that’s come about), so perhaps being a little more bling is on Samsung’s roadmap.

The 5.7-inch screen is larger than anything in Samsung’s current range, though – with the S7 Edge side-by-side, it looks very much the ‘big phablet of the group’ that we expected. That display also comes with a big headline element: mobile HDR. For the uninitiated, this means you’re getting a screen that can display dark areas and bright zones equally well – as long as the content is filmed that way. Right now, though, there isn’t a whole lot of mobile HDR footage out there. It feels a bit like when Sony launched the Z5 Premium with the 4K screen... yes, there’s Ultra HD content coming, but it’s not being piped into your phone at the moment. We couldn’t see the larger screen on the Note 7 benefitting from the tech in general use, but that could be because

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FIRST TEST

the Super AMOLED tech Samsung is using these days is so good that it makes it hard to see the incremental improvements. The Note 7 also sports the lowest reflectance rate of any phone – it’ll be easier to see in direct sunlight.

EYE, EYE It’s hard to know precisely why Samsung decided to bring iris scanning to the Galaxy Note 7 – it feels very much like a luxury addition when there was already something good there. The fingerprint scanner is present and correct, and is as swift as ever: press the Home button to wake the phone, and you’re already into the main display – exactly what you want to see. But with the iris scanner, you need to wake the phone, swipe right and then place the phone perfectly in front of your face to make it work. Yes, when it’s held in the right position, it works instantly (and that’s megaimpressive), but it was too erratic in our early tests for us to see it as a winning feature, especially when there’s already a great security feature right there in the fingerprint scanner. You could argue that the iris scanner is more secure, as it comes with 200 points of recognition over the approximately 80 for a fingerprint. But neither

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is flawless, and given that this is just a safer way to avoid having to put in a PIN, we’re not convinced. The design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is pretty impressive – it’s like the S7 Edge, but slightly refined to cater for a new audience. There’s a slimmer curve in the metallic rim around the edges, and the back is curved into the same frame. The Note 5 had the curved rear, as does the Galaxy S7, but the combination of front and back is more reminiscent of the S7 Edge. It’s not quite as pronounced and smooth, which is a shame, but it does mean fewer accidental taps of the screen. The edge display is on offer, though, which is great, as you can add in your favourite apps and

Want a stylus for your phone? The S Pen is the best option out there

shortcuts to quickly get to things that matter to you – and hopefully, more elements to download to here will appear soon, as Samsung expands the feature. In terms of specs, things are a little confusing – in the US, you get a Snapdragon 820 CPU, which is quad-core, but the UK and other parts of the world will be getting the Exynos option instead (Samsung still hasn’t confirmed which model this will be), to deliver more power. There’s 4GB of RAM backing up both CPUs, and 64GB of internal storage, with the option to expand that by up to 256GB with a microSD card. One of the surprising additions here is a USB-C port, which is something the brand decided against just a few months ago for the new S7 range. Apparently, the technology has matured enough in that time to make it worth including here. That

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With a huge screen in a compact form, the Note 7 is the phablet to beat PAUL DIMERY, PRODUCTION EDITOR

means faster data transfer and charging. There is an adaptor in the box, though, so don’t worry if all your devices aren’t compatible just yet.

GREAT SNAPPER The camera is largely the same as the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – which means a 12MP snapper with optical image stabilisation and the customary bump on the back to allow for the larger sensor. It takes the sort of great pictures you’d expect from a Samsung handset, and as fast as you’d expect. The South Korean brand has been working hard to make the user interface more one-hand-friendly, and you can easily flip between filters and the front-facing camera now. The battery is confusing, though: it’s 3,500mAh, which is smaller than the Galaxy S7’s (although bigger than the Note 5’s from last year), despite being in a bigger chassis. We can only assume this is because the S Pen takes up a lot of room down the side... but it does mean that battery life will be a little compromised. That said, the Note 7 will charge up super-fast – and the wireless charging options mean it’ll start topping up the instant you pop it down on a charging pad. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is all about refinement, while bringing back a key product line (there was no Note 6, after all). The S Pen is a great addition for those that like the precision it brings, and some of the new features seem fun, if not exactly indispensable. The iris scanner doesn’t seem to have much of a point to it at the moment, as it’s simply too slow and doesn’t add much over the fingerprint scanner that’s already there. But with a brilliant camera and a design that’s been slightly rebooted, as well as IP68 waterproof smarts, it’s hard to see how anyone can dislike this compact, yet intensely powerful, phablet. Well worth a look. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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ON-BOARD PVR The Loewe bild 7 has a built-in Freeview hard-drive recorder that also acts as a media server for other networked Loewe TVs

£4,490, loewe.tv Hey T3, my mate’s been banging on about this TV for ages… Every bugger’s banging on about it, and for good reason. The Loewe bild 7, an Ultra HD OLED TV with a built-in soundbar, is packing exciting technology called VantaVision. You know VantaBlack, right? The darkest substance created by man? Well, VantaVision is inspired by that, and the result is that the bild 7’s blacks are the deepest you can get on TV right now, making contrasting colours pop like mad.

ONE TO WATCH! LOEWE BILD 7 £4,490

Woah. This sounds like a fancy telly. It’s the fanciest. The screen has a gorgeous aluminium bezel finished in matt graphite grey, and apparently we’ll have a choice of dark grey or light grey acoustic fabric for the soundbar. Tell me more about that soundbar. It’s a hider. When switched off, the TV screen glides down, obscuring the soundbar. Switch the TV on and the screen rises. You can even expand the soundbar to 5.1, adding wireless rear speakers and a subwoofer. Is the bild 7 capable of all that 4K HDR malarkey? Yup. Not only does it support regular HDR10 (found on 4K Blu-rays), it also supports Dolby Vision, which will be unlocked with a firmware update after launch. Dolby Vision offers scene-by-scene grading for HDR, delivering greater precision. Netflix is the first service to stream Dolby Vision. This sounds epic. When’s it out? The Loewe bild 7 is available to buy this month. If 55 inches is too small for your taste, you can splash out further by dropping £6,490 on a 65-incher. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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The bild 7 comes with a chic stand – or, of course, you can mount it on the wall

Vital stats 120W 7mm There’s more audio power on tap here than in many hi-fi amps

This ultra-luxe OLED screen is stunningly thin

1TB Four Junk your existing PVR – this set has lots of recording room

A quartet of bass radiators mean you don’t need a subwoofer

The Loewe bild 7 is an opulent TV for those who crave style and mesmerising performance ROB CARNEY, EDITOR

MULTI-ROOM MAESTRO The bild 7 can function as part of a Loewe connected-home audio system. It supports Bluetooth streaming from your smartphone, too

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Polar M600 £264.50, polar.com/uk-en I really like keeping fit, but hate being away from my smartphone. Fear not, as Polar’s M600 is the ultimate sport and smartwatch rolled into one. Reap the benefits of 24/7 fitness tracking while staying connected with the world, courtesy of Google’s Android Wear OS. Whether you’re pounding a treadmill or climbing a mountain, you’ll still receive messages and calls, and have access to apps and voice control.

Vital stats LOOKIN’ GOOD The Android Wear M600 has builtin GPS, enabling you to gauge your running or cycling speed, distance and route, and is compatible with the Polar H7 heart-rate sensor for in-depth tracking

Two Ten metres The number of buttons: power, and a front one for quick control

The depth the M600 is waterproof to, so you can take it swimming

24/7 100+ The Polar M600 will automatically track your activity, day and night

The number of sport profiles you can choose to track

Sweet! Will it help me get ripped? Yeah, but you have to put the effort in. The M600 tracks steps, calories burned and distance covered, and offers motivation to help you reach your goals. I play lots of sports. Will it keep up? Via the Polar Flow app, you can choose from over 100 integrated activity profiles. The M600 will track your performance during that sport, pinging data to the app, where you can view sport-specific feedback. Wow - it sounds like a personal trainer on my wrist. You got it! The watch also logs your route (and distance covered) via integrated GPS, and records heart rate courtesy of the built-in sensor. My wrist suddenly feels naked. When can I get this thing? The M600 is available to buy now, in either black or white. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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CONNECTED COACH Polar’s smart-coaching feature will, via the Polar Flow app, dish out data on your fitness levels in different areas, and advice on how to enhance them. With it, you can also create adaptive running programs: choose from 5K, 10K, half- or full marathon

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JR Ultra Titanium IQ Smart Blender £510, juicyretreats.com Bloody ’ell, T3, you’re mad for blenders You’ve noticed, huh? Yeah, we could open a wholefoods cafe with all the blenders and juicers knocking around our gaff. Still, we’ve always got room for one more, especially when it’s a Bluetooth-enabled blender with enough power to knock out a rich green smoothie in seconds.

Vital stats 10 Six The number of speeds you can cycle through via the manual speed dial

The number of pre-set blending functions, including ‘pulse’ and ‘ice crush’

1400W Two litre The power of the Smart Blender’s industrialstrength motor

Bluetooth-enabled? What’s the story, then? The Titanium IQ Smart Blender works with a companion smartphone app, giving you access to a growing database of recipes covering all sorts of drinks and dishes. In-app videos show you how to prep ingredients and load the blender, and the app will even set the speed and time for each recipe – so you can leave the machine to work and come back when it’s finished.

The capacity of the extra tough, BPA-free mixing and pouring jug

MEGA WATT This Bluetooth-enabled blender has a monster 1400-watt motor to help you crush, grind, puree and blend a range of foods. Think green smoothie or, um, a super-filthy double chocolate ice cream

Can it handle hard fruits and veg? Easy, thanks to a series of titanium-coated sawtooth blades that’ll slice quickly through ingredients. There’s even a set of flat blades for grinding. The blender also has a ten-speed manual dial and a 1400-watt motor to get the job done. Is it a beast to clean? I hate washing up Nah, the clean-up job is easy. The BPA-free, extra tough jug, with its double vortex design (ensuring that food moves easier during blending), only needs a very quick rinse after use. When can I make my own ice-cream? The JR Ultra Titanium IQ Smart Blender is available to buy now. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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BAGS OF STYLE The IQ Smart Blender, available in matte silver and black or gloss red, has an LED illuminated, water-resistant touch interface and works with a companion app that’s loaded with recipes for drinks, dips, cakes and more

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Philips Health Watch £250, philips.co.uk Wow, this all looks a bit understated for you, T3. It’s true that we have a taste for opulent-looking tech here at T3 Towers, but we’re setting aside our flashy tendencies here, as the Philips Health Watch is more than just a slice of smart wrist-candy.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART The Health Watch packs an optical heart-rate sensor to continuously monitor your heart rate and heart-rate zones, aiming to give you a clear indication of your cardio health

Vital stats Seven Two The number of days the Health Watch stores data for

The on-board sensors: optical heart-rate and accelerometer

70 per cent Three The juice-up you’ll get in 30 mins, thanks to a fast-charge function

The exercises it autorecognises: walking, running and cycling

Oh yeah? How’s that? The Health Watch is part of an ecosystem of Philips health products that are designed to monitor your cardio health, blood pressure and body temperature, and to purify the air you breathe. This unassuming watch, made with a soft TPU strap (available in two sizes), focuses on the first of those. Go on, I’m listening… Well, the splash- and sweat-proof Health Watch utilises an accelerometer and an optical heart-rate sensor to continuously track your heart rate and other metrics of your cardio ‘state’. Sync the watch with the Philips HealthSuite app (Android and iOS) to see your data in detail, or view streamlined stats directly on the watch. What else does it monitor? The Health Watch will automatically track your walking, running and cycling activity, as well as logging how long you’ve been sitting on your backside (naughty!). It’ll also monitor your slumber, tracking sleep time and efficiency (how long you spend in bed versus how much sleep you’re actually getting). I could do with a health check. When can I buy this? The Philips Health Watch is available now, so get tracking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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ONE TO WATCH! PHILIPS HEALTH WATCH, £250

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The watch is part of an ecosystem of Philips health products that also includes two blood-pressure monitors, a thermometer and an air purifier

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5.2-inch 3GB

£275, uk.blackberry.com

The 5.2-inch display boasts a splendid full HD resolution

BlackBerry’s back, again? It sure is. Not content with the physical keyboard-toting Priv, the Canadian firm now has a second Android handset in the even more oddly named DTEK50, which it claims to be the world’s most secure Android smartphone.

The DTEK50 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever

World’s most secure? How exactly? BlackBerry says it’s added security to the DTEK50 at every point of the manufacturing processes, from the construction of the hardware all the way to the implementation of the software. It builds on Android’s already robust security and makes it even better, whilst ensuring the data on your phone is fully encrypted for added protection. That enough?

A meaty 3GB of RAM gives you plenty of performance

7.4mm 13MP There’s a solid snapper around the back of the device

SUPER SECURITY BlackBerry says this is the world’s most secure Android smartphone thanks to full encryption, additional security features and the DTEK app

Can it still run Pokémon Go, though? Absolutely! The DTEK50 has a great mix power and performance, plus the full HD display ensures your pocket monsters are bright and clear. There’s a 13MP rear camera for some solid photo action, while the 8MP front snapper with flash provides a pretty awesome selfie setup. What’s the catch? Oh ye of little faith. Well, we guess the design is a low point. BlackBerry has used an off-the-shelf handset (the Alcatel Idol 4) and has applied a soft-touch textured rear and its logo. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not an exceptionally well-designed handset.

BLACKBERRY ‘DROID The DTEK50 runs Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system, but you still get key BlackBerry apps including Hub, BBM and Password Keeper

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PREVIEW

BuddyGuard Flare $385 (£297), buddyguard.io Let me guess – this is a smart smoke detector? No, this is much more interesting... The sci-fi-looking Flare is an AI-powered home-security system designed to take the safeguarding of your house, family, pets and belongings to a whole new level. Oh yeah? In what way? The Flare utilises a range of sensors and a learning technology called AudioIntel to analyse each face, sound and situation

AI SECURITY GUARD The BuddyGuard Flare uses a range of sensors, including a motion detector and a temperature sensor, and has a built-in microphone, siren and speaker

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in your home, 24/7, before taking action (if needed). Because it’s rocking face and voice recognition, the Flare can distinguish between those who live in your house and any unwanted visitors. So it’ll watch me when I’m at home? No, the Flare has a PrivacyGuard and will cover its lens when you’re at home. When you leave, the eye opens and security detail resumes, with sound and motion captured by the HD camera and mic combo.

ALL-SEEING, ALL-HEARING This app-controlled device uses voice and face recognition to identify the people in your Security Circle. AudioIntel tech helps it to recognise suspicious sounds

Can I keep an eye on my home while I’m at work? Via the BuddyGuard smartphone app, you can remotely view any space the Flare is monitoring. Do you live in a big house with various entrances? Connect multiple Flares to ensure blanket coverage. I have a lady who comes round to do the cleaning. Will it recognise her? Aside from your partner, kids and assorted pets, you can add whoever you want to your Security Circle

once you’re logged onto the app. So yes, your cleaner (gardener, DIY man, etc) can come and go without fear of setting off the alarm. This sounds really handy. When can I get my hands on one? The BuddyGuard Flare is available for pre-order now, with shipping due to start in November. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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Vital stats 130 degrees 165mm A wide-angle lens captures more of the scene under surveillance

The diameter of this little disc. It weighs just 0.77lb

1080p Three days The HD camera captures clear footage and has infrared LED night vision

How long the rechargeable li-ion battery will last in the event of a power cut

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ALL ABOUT THAT BASS 01 FEEL THE MUSIC The wrist-worn Basslet enables you to feel the sounds you’re listening to via your smartphone, laptop, console, VR headset… basically any device that conveys sound. It comes with a ‘sender’ that plugs between your headphones and any device with an audio jack socket. Don’t worry about the audio signal being altered, as the sender (also a charger) has a straight-through audio path.

Get ready to interact with your music in a new way, thanks to Lofelt’s The Basslet, a wearable subwoofer for your body… €139 (£119), lofelt.com

03 LO-FI DESIGN Award-winning creative studio WertelOberfell designed The Basslet, creating an understated style so as not to detract from the main purpose: to help you feel sound. The lightweight Basslet has been engineered as a single system to deliver maximum vibrations that pulse through your body. Want to inject your own style? Swap the black strap with your own 24mm watch strap.

02 DEEP SOUND Lofelt has fitted The Basslet with its patent-pending LoSound engine, which recreates bass frequencies down to 10Hz and to a max of 250Hz. Delivering a wide dynamic range to handle low-end peaks with ease, the LoSound engine creates a deep sound experience, giving you the sense of standing next to a powerful subwoofer. It’s silent in use, and you get six hours of play from a one-hour charge. Can you feel it already?

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PROMOTION

LG

The LG OLEDE6V achieves the elusive perfect blackness. The resulting picture clarity is a sight to behold

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PROMOTION

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MAGIC LG’s state-of-the-art OLED televisions deliver a truly dynamic HDR 4K experience A great artist deserves the finest paints. In the same way, 4K content deserves a television that will maximise its impact and deliver the spectacular ultra-highdefinition experience you’ve been promised. LG has risen to the challenge with a range of stunning OLED panels that are set to take home cinema to the next level. For years, TV manufacturers have laboured in their pursuit of perfect blackness. But LG’s unique OLED technology finally achieves it, thanks to the presence of organic self-emitting pixels that have the ability to completely switch off, so that no light passes through them. The resulting contrast has to be seen to be believed: against perfect blackness, colours pop out of the screen in a way that LED televisions can only dream of. Witness an action movie on the new High Dynamic Range LG OLEDE6V – with millions of pixels and over a billion colours packed into its beautiful picture-onglass display, those high-octane

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car chases will seem like they’re happening right in front of you. And, thanks to a stylish 40W soundbar designed by Harman Kardon, every heart-thumping explosion will be delivered with awesome clarity. The LG OLEDE6V comes with all the features you’d want from a premium TV: webOS 3.0 brings a wealth of entertainment to your fingertips, whether you want to stream 4K movies from Netflix or Amazon, watch the big match on Sky Sports through NOW TV, or discover new music on Spotify. There’s Passive 3D for those looking for a more immersive experience. And LG’s Magic Remote, with its point, click, scroll control and voice commands, makes navigation a cinch. When you choose one of LG’s 2016 OLED 4K TV range, you’re not just investing in a high-end television, you’re buying into a revolutionary new technology that promises an unprecedented viewing experience. With its Perfect Black, Perfect Colour and Perfect Sound, it’s truly television for the future.

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A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP T3 picks six gadgets for improving your slumber and ensuring you wake up refreshed THE READER

Lorna Hastings Lorna is suffering from broken sleep. Her home is next to a main road, and her husband snores! Lorna is looking for tech to help her relax before bed and then sleep better once there.

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Claire Davies Assistant Editor Claire is on a life-long mission to create the perfect sleep environment. For T3, she’s written about many gadgets designed to promote better shut-eye.

SHINE 2: 01   SMEG BLF01 BLENDER 04 MISFIT SWIMMER’S EDITION Good sleep begins at breakfasttime, especially with green smoothies that are loaded with magnesium-rich foods – a mineral proven to help relieve insomnia. Smeg’s 800W, Fifties-style blender provides ample power to blend both fresh and frozen foods, while four speeds and a pulse mode lend extra clout. Because it has a dedicated smoothie function, you can simply throw in your ingredients (think spinach, almond milk and avocado) and blend. £130, smeguk.com

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JUVO SLEEP SYSTEM

Monitor your sleep, in real-time, with this non-wearable device that learns your slumber routine and bedroom environment. It features a contactless sensor mat that slips under your mattress to monitor heart rate, breathing and movement during the night. When it’s nearing your time to rise, a Smart Alarm function (accessed via the Juvo app) wakes you at the lightest point of your cycle to avoid morning grogginess. $199 (£154), juvolabs.com

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Shipping this November, the Nora sits on your partner’s bedside table and connects to an inflatable cushion positioned beneath their pillow. When the built-in mic detects snoring, it tells the cushion to inflate, gently causing your partner to stir. As a result, their throat muscles relax, they breathe normally again and the snoring ceases. $300 (£232), smartnora.com

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Not only does swimming help you wind down after a busy day, it also targets your major muscle groups, tiring them out for a night of deep sleep. Misfit’s latest swim tracker keep tabs on your laps, distance and calories burned, as well as your shut-eye (it measures light and restful sleep). Data is shared with the Misfit app, so you can clearly see how a swim promotes better sleep. £98, misfit.com

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Cheat your way to a sleepinducing mindset with Thync, a wearable that helps you achieve instant calm. How? By stimulating nerves on your head and neck with low-level electrical pulses to slow the production of stress. Via an app, you can choose from either 20-minute Sleep or Good Night programs to help you drift off peacefully. $199 (£154), thync.com

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This programmable alarm clock with smartphone dock has a built-in white-noise generator, ideal for blocking out din coming from elsewhere in your home and outside. The Witti Beddi has a customisable mood-lighting strip that creates a soothing glow for your side of the bed. Via an app, you can program the white noise, mood lighting and clock display to cease after a set period of time. And the Beddi will help you rise and shine, too, thanks to a sunlight simulator. $100 (£77), wittidesign.com

FAMILY-FRIENDLY Smeg’s luxe blender comes with an easy-rinse, BPA-free, 1.5-litre jug, so you can make bigbatch smoothies for the whole family at once

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MORNING GLOW The Juvo Sleep System works with Philips Hue lights to emulate sunlight, waking you up with a natural sunshine glow each morning

LICENSE TO CHILL Thync comprises a module that sits on your forehead, and a ‘calm’ strip for the back of your neck. Follow the instructions on the app to place each piece, then choose your program and get zen

Just a few choice gadgets can transform sleep – for both you and your partner

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL The Witti Beddi has a series of smart buttons that can be programmed with different functions. For example, program one button to call an Uber and another to control Nest. When your smartphone is docked, Beddi can also read you local weather reports and traffic updates

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OPINION

The Secret Policeman The tech-fixated cop has gotta catch ’em all. Drones used by criminals, that is…

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You can see why. Imagine trekking to find a rare Venusaur, only to discover you’ve arrived at a top-secret nuclear base, and there are blokes in black uniforms coming towards you with something rather more serious than a “battle” in mind.

Droning on and on Surveillance is a major weapon in the fight against crime. It not only helps to catch baddies but, more importantly, it’s a fantastic deterrent. That’s all well and good but ideally, you’d want all those CCTV cameras to be actually, you know, filming stuff. One London borough has now decided that it can’t be arsed with all of that, and is turning off its cameras. So hang on to your laptop bag a bit more carefully when you’re out in Soho, would be my advice. Perhaps the idea is that fixed cameras are yesterday’s news, and

You name it: if it’s a security hazard, it’s had a drone hovering above it in recent times the next leap forward is going to be drone surveillance. Unfortunately for those of us in law enforcement, drones are currently public enemy number one. OK, maybe not number one. Top ten, though. They’ve been turning up in places they shouldn’t – like hovering Pokémon trainers – for years now. MI5, the American Embassy, the old Scotland Yard, packed football stadiums: you name it, if it’s a security hazard, it’s had a drone above it in recent times.

The real drone nightmare right now, though, is at prisons. We’re not just talking the occasional flying visitor dropping off a clean pair of pants for a new inmate, either. Certain of Her Majesty’s Pleasure houses are besieged every night by the worst aerial invasion since the Battle of Britain. I’m talking waves of the floating blighters, dropping phones, drugs and worse. Now, there are probably high-tech solutions to this. Some kind of cunning signal-blocking device. Or lasers. However, that’s not the kind of thing we like in law enforcement, so instead we’re using men with big nets. I’m not joking. Every night, throughout the land, prison guards are stationed on roofs, kitted out like paramilitary butterfly catchers, trying to scoop toy drones laden with marijuana out of the air. This is no laughing matter, though, folks. A recent police chase after one such drone drop-off led to someone tragically losing their life. OK, the chase involved a car allegedly carrying a drone, rather than an actual pursuit of a drone. But the way things are going, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one day soon, we find the skies full of cop drones dogfighting criminally minded ones. Be safe now.

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ILLUSTRATION: CHRIS KING

vening all. The lot of the copper is not a happy one at the best of times, but one thing guaranteed to get even the most laughing of policemen down is having a bunch of numpties invade his police station. Especially if it’s because tech told them to do it. In recent times, that’s usually been down to a right bunch of prankers going into the nick to film themselves taking their clothes off, partying, and generally trying to provoke the local Dibble. And then, of course, putting it on YouTube. We don’t ‘like’ it. Now, of course, police stations are coming under repeated and prolonged assault from anoraked virgins trying to catch Pokémons (or is it Pokémen?). I like a bit of fun as much as anyone, ladies and gents. But if you’ve come in to report a serious offence – or even just to moan that you’ve lost your phone while out on the piss, and now need a crime-reference number even though no crime’s been committed - you’re going to feel a bit miffed by a nerd with a phone, barking with glee because he’s just bagged a Bulbosaur. Still, the craze did at least lead to some much-needed light relief when the high-ups in our force decided to issue a lengthy memo to all staff explaining what Pokémon is. It was a bit like someone from Elizabethan times trying to explain quantum physics. Sorry, but it’s never not funny when an ultra-serious memo, at least ostensibly about national security, contains the words “Squirtle” and “Jigglypuff”, and the phrase, “Members of the public may be distracted while throwing balls at these ‘Pokémon’ via their mobile-phone screens.” Joking aside, there are plenty of good places to put PokéStops. Cop shops are not among them. Maybe we should follow the lead of Iran, where the game is banned due to security worries.


PRESENTS

This issue TECH IS HIS MIDDLE NAME (ACTUALLY, IT’S DEREK)

Where can I go for a run, Guru? How can I improve my oral hygiene? My bicycle seat is uncomfortable. Help! Is home automation still a thing? What can I do about these garden weeds? Where the hell is my TV remote?

LUKE SKULLY, HARROW

I need to go for a run, Guru. Got any suggestions? Guru will presume you’re insinuating one of three things. One: that you’re utterly bored of jogging up and down the same path again and again. Two: that you’re so embarrassed by your ‘flailing marionette’ running style, you feel the need to jog in relative privacy. Or three: that you’ve done something so awful, fleeing the country is your only option. In which case, this answer has probably got to you too late. In the first case, the combined vanity and altruism of the hardcore running community has you covered in the form of the Good Run Guide (goodrunguide.co.uk). The website-

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and-app mix compiles lots of usersubmitted routes categorised by difficulty, length and location. Each has a leaderboard so that you can sweat a bit harder in pursuit of entirely arbitrary records, as well as GPS routing so that you’ll never have to read a compass. MapMyRun offers something similar. On count two, running in private – at least outdoors – isn’t always possible. Guru tends to lock the family in a

ABOVE The model village didn’t seem like very good value for money

“Each of the routes has a leaderboard so that you can sweat a bit harder in pursuit of arbitrary records”

cupboard and take a trot around his palatial estate when he’s feeling really self-concious, but he’s aware that you likely don’t have a secure cupboard. So you’ll want a treadmill – one with a hefty motor, a rock-solid frame, and guts more hardened than those of an omelette-loving base jumper. The Reebok One GT60 (£1,399, with integrated speakers, programmable incline adjustment and a 2.5hp motor) will suffice, providing your credit card can contain its excitement at purchasing such frivolous equipment. As to the third possibility, Guru recommends the Atlas Of Remote Islands (£28, brilliantly subtitled “Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will”), a fascinating mixture of maps, isolationist disaster stories, and inspiration for bleak escape locales. While there’s no guarantee you won’t be discovered on one of these rocks, you can at least be reasonably sure your pursuers won’t want to find you.

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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

EVAN WEST, FROME

I have a date. How can I sort out my oral hygiene? While Guru’s only dentistry qualifications were bought from a chap down the pub – to be fair, the guy’s molars were exquisite – let’s ignore that and get your biters better once and for all, shall we? After all, carrying around a gobful of stinking yellow chompers is as impolite as it is unhealthy. A word of caution before going any further: there’s no cheat mode for your mouth. Unscrupulous entrepreneurs might claim to be able to whiten your teeth in an instant, but GaGu would suggest that a vast proportion of these are shysters with dangerous chemicals and fat wallets. Commercial whitening solutions may work, but nothing beats a decent clean. Begin, then, by purchasing a proper electric toothbrush: Guru has recently settled on the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (£100-130). It has five cleaning modes ranging from sensitive (which should suit even the bloodiest gums) to full-on polish, and a battery that should last around three weeks. It also runs a two-minute timer, with

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notifications every 30 seconds so you can ensure that all quadrants of Megacity Mouth have been cleansed. Your bathroom wouldn’t be complete without another rechargeable sonic cakehole-cleaner, so also grab the Flossolution Max ($119.99/around £91) and dig around between your denticles to remove that months-old popcorn. Electronic flossing is an innovation that’ll surely make your dentist show his disconcerting smile – and while you do it, a “Bite Bumper” within the Flossolution will prevent you from slicing your gums like a soft ham. Finally, Breathometer’s Indiegogo success Mint ($149/£114 if you can get one – they still seem to be in pre-production) would be another handy accessory, using modified breathalyser technology to detect foul odours emerging from your maw. A proper cleaning regime should eventually do away with your paintstripping exhalations, but in the meantime, Mint is more effective than breathing into your hand and trying to throw the smell to your nose.

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LEWIS WRIGHT, LINCOLN

My bike seat is uncomfortable. What can I do? Dealing with all the pressure on one’s perineum is the worst part of cycling. It might seem tempting to pad the old undercarriage with a Raleigh Chopper-style whopper saddle (about £40 in tatty condition on eBay, plus the same again for a restoration kit), but this adds posture and chafing issues when pedalling that’ll far outweigh a numb bum. Plus you’ll look a tit. Padded shorts won’t help your self esteem, either, but they’ll pay dividends over long rides. Ideally, try mid-tohigh-end affairs like OpenRoad’s £20 gel-padded numbers, constructed in such a way that they appear to give your bottom a set of ripped abs; and smother with a good chamois cream like Elite Ozone (£14) to prevent chafing. The real key, though, is one of technique. Your seat is uncomfortable precisely because you’re sitting on it; its positioning, and the human anatomy, mean it’ll be cutting off the blood flow to your nether regions. Teach yourself to rise out of the saddle every 10-15 minutes, whether you’re climbing a hill or not, and make dead sure it’s adjusted to the correct height.

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GADGET GURU’S MAGIC BOX GaGu has been tempted to leave Guru Towers this

colour screen, a worldwide basemap, a compass and

month for another of his worldwide self-finding

an altimeter. Everything one needs to find civilisation.

jaunts, but only if he’s armed with the proper kit.

Given that Guru only ever travels in cargo shorts

Sadly for the rest of his family, the amazing-looking

and a T-shirt – weather be damned – accessorising

D3 Traveller ($985/£755) is made in tiny quantities

properly is a must. Visibility is the key: particularly

and only available on pre-order at the time of writing,

making yourself so visible that enterprising tat-

so Guru will be staying put for now. It’s waterproof,

hawkers will be forced to look for another sap.

the right size to be used as carry-on luggage,

DeFeet’s Aireator Tall Hi-Vis Socks (£10) are available

completely non-branded, and made of Dyneema,

in your choice of eye-searing hues, and are guaranteed

a material supposedly twice as strong as Kevlar.

to set off (or set fire to) any handsome brogues.

It’s also double-layered, with the outer looser than

Finally, no self-respecting adventurer would be

the inner, so even when it’s stuffed-full with pants,

without some hidden alcohol. Top marks to Ted Baker

it won’t appear so. Bag-nabbers won’t even show

for the As Good As Gold flask (£40, below), which

a slight interest.

comes nestled in its own hideaway book, but Guru is

Guru would also take with him a nice handheld

convinced the classics are the best.

GPS to use in those all-too-frequent moments when

With that in mind, he’s

he’s thrown out of a moving vehicle onto a mysterious

filling up his brass-

country road. As tempting as it might be to opt for

eagle-topped Brandy

an alternative, there’s no sense in moving away from

Smuggler cane ($130/

the Garmin ecosystem – they’re the strongest out

£100) with moonshine.

there, and maps bought for one device can later be

Then he’ll be ready to

transferred to an upgrade. The £459 Garmin Montana

hit the road – and the

680 it is, then: a nice four-inch sunlight-readable

local urchins, of course.

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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

CROWD-FUNDED

NOPE 2.0

WHAT IS IT, GURU? It’s a little thingy you put over your webcam to stop the government stealing your brainwaves on those brief occasions that you forget to put on your tinfoil hat. WHAT? Sorry, Guru’s facetiousness gland went off there. In reality, Nope 2.0 is a magnetic privacy shield that ensures nobody accessing your cameras will see you in your pants unless you want them to. AGAIN, WHAT? Guru initially presumed this would be technology that only jibbering paranoids wanted, but the success of this Kickstarter apparently proves otherwise. For a fiver, you get a little sticky chap that covers your webcam or selfie-camera hole. It’s silicon-padded, so shouldn’t damage anything, and thin enough that you can close your laptop with it attached. The sticky part is highquality 3M VHB, so it’s not going anywhere unless you want it to. BUT… Yes. A bit of black electrical tape would do exactly the same job without setting you back five dollars. But wait, there’s more: it’s got a teeny magnetic hinge! So when the time is right, you can flip back the cover and let the light into your camera, then flip it back again when you’re done. Brilliant, and less messy than peeling back tape. Or still a bit stupid. That’s for you to decide. SO HOW HAS IT DONE? Annoyingly well, easily beating its cursory $964 goal to make over $71,000 (£54,450) from nearly 5,000 backers at press time. THEY SAY: “Just about anyone can hack into your computer and turn on the camera without you knowing it.” GURU SAYS: Well, er, nope. That’s not exactly true. But if you think it is, this is a clean solution.

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PETE SESSIONS, LEWISHAM

Is home automation still a thing? Your humble advisor continues to run dusty X10 devices at certain points in his home, but is forced to admit that whole-home automation seems to have slowed somewhat. Mainly because the only things it did on that initial run were things you could do yourself by simply standing up. Automation has instead fractured; your lights, your thermostat, your home security, all done by different things with different apps. The only real constant is your slowly-melting router, hammered with Wi-Fi connections from all and sundry. Some kind of unifying interface would make these things more pleasing to use, but getting tech companies to play nice and stop squabbling isn’t going to happen fast.

ABOVE The Lorraine Kelly fitness DVD was harder than it looked

CALUM THOMAS, BIRMINGHAM

What can I do about these garden weeds?

CLAIRE JAMES, FORDINGBRIDGE

Where is my TV remote? Have you tried down the back of the sofa? Guru has twice found his remote in the fridge (the explanation involves beer), so maybe look there? Got it? Guru was going to suggest you try the two-way Bluetooth EasyFinder batteries, rechargeable cells that help you locate any AA- or AAA-powered device, but they appear to have disappeared into the Indiegogo mists. Instead, go get an Esky Key Finder (£17.99 for a pack of four) and stick the receiver on the back. Press a button on its remote control and your TV remote will beep. Simple. Until you lose the Esky remote, at which point you’re best off just getting a new TV.

A summer spent mucking about rather than tending to your land, eh? Tut tut. Guru wisely spent much of this year’s warm spell out in the garden, poking his good-for-nothing gardener with an electrified prod. You’ll no doubt be delighted to hear that GaGu has just the solution for you in the form of the incredibly dangerous £155 Sheen x300 FLAME GUN, which isn’t normally written in all-caps but really ought to be. Fill it up with liquid paraffin, point it at those stubborn green blighters, and blast them with 2,000ºF of burning death. The best bit is that you get to use it twice: once for an initial kill, and again to reduce the dry weed husks to ash.

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“GURU SPENT MUCH OF THIS YEAR’S WARM SPELL IN THE GARDEN, POKING HIS GARDENER WITH AN ELECTRIC PROD”

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TECH ADVENTURES

TAKE PART IN A TOP GUN-STYLE AIR-COMBAT MISSION Looking for an adrenaline buzz that’ll take your breath away? Fly a fast plane, engage in aerial combat and channel Tom Cruise in Top Gun with this high-octane flight experience Do you feel the need for speed? If your answer is yes, and the idea of being thrust skyward at speeds of up to 224mph revs your engine, Ultimate High’s Top Gun Air Combat experience is your route to the danger zone. Did we mention you’ll be exposed to incredible g-force at the hands of ex-military fast-jet pilots? Yeah, that. Strapped into separate 260bhp T67 Firefly aeroplanes, you and a mate will experience formation take-off and close-formation flying, before attempting to blow each other from the sky during a bout of stomach-churning aerial combat. There’ll be little time to chunder, though, as you’ll be encouraged to do much of the flying yourself, regardless of experience. “The opportunity to fly in close formation with another aeroplane, and to chase another aeroplane around the skies, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Jo Greenfield, Director of Operations at Ultimate High. “Guests can do lots of the flying themselves, including the tailchasing and aerobatics.” From the official pre-flight briefing, to the military flying suit and Top Gun call-sign name badge you’ll be wearing, you’ll feel like Maverick himself. Ultimate High can also film the action if you want to relive your awful facial contortions when the plane enters a barrel roll. The T67 Firefly (a plane the military used to train their pilots in before they

moved on to fast jets) has a tricycle undercarriage with one wheel on the nose and two behind on the wings. Designed to be flown solo from the right-hand seat, this lightweight plane will give you a taster of what it’s like to be a fast-jet pilot in training – and to help you act out your favourite Top Gun air-combat scenes. Don’t forget the aviators.

START YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY To begin, book a mission for yourself or a friend at ultimatehigh.co.uk. Prices start at £499 for the Top Gun package. Call 01243 913916 to book your experience, and watch Top Gun before you go to get some tips on performing a flyby. The T67 Firefly is designed to be flown solo from the right-hand seat, enabling you to immediately get used to the left-hand throttle found in most military aircraft. The T67 is capable of some stunning aerial manoeuvres, including a loop, a barrel roll, a Cuban 8 and a Split ‘S’ – the latter a manoeuvre mainly used to disengage from air combat. When the big day arrives, stick some Kenny Loggins on the car stereo and head to Goodwood Aerodrome near Chichester. Suit up, Maverick-style, sit down for your official briefing, then take to the skies to eliminate a bogey or two. When you’re done, remove your vice-like grip from your instructor pilot’s leg and hit the beach for a game of volleyball.

Suit up, Maverick-style, and fly a T67 Firefly fast plane, performing a range of aerial manoeuvres during ‘combat’ and reaching speeds of up to 224mph 3 6 T3 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 6

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TAKE PART IN A TOP GUN-STYLE AIR-COMBAT MISSION

The T67 Firefly aeroplane produces power equivalent to the Ferrari 458, so you’ll really feel those fast vertical climbs

As your flight is deemed a trial lesson, your time in the sky will count towards your private pilot’s licence. Bonus!

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The Top Gun package buys you around 40 minutes’ flight time. That’s more than enough time to lose your entire lunch

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BUILD A RASPBERRY PI ARCADE MACHINE

Grab your Raspberry Pi and add a dash of retro gaming to your life with this customisable retro arcade cabinet Raspberry Pi, the lowpriced, credit-card-sized PC, took the computing world by storm when it first launched in 2012. Whether set up as a home media centre, a machine to surf the net, or for programming a robotic arm to do all your evil bidding, the diminutively sized Pi is a powerful tool. It’s perfect for gaming, too, particularly if you fancy emulating classic consoles such as the SNES, the Mega Drive and even your old Game Boy. But what the Pi offers in functionality, it lacks in looks – playing Sonic or Tetris through a circuit board just doesn’t deliver those warm, retro-gaming feels. Cue Pimoroni and the Picade, a build-ityourself arcade-cabinet kit comprising everything you need to build a fully functioning desktop arcade machine for your Raspberry Pi, complete with joystick. Also in the pack are black-powdercoated cabinet panels and micro-switch buttons, speakers, custom-assembled wiring looms and an eight-inch LCD

panel. All you need to bring to the party is a power supply and the Raspberry Pi itself – Pimoroni recommends the 3, 2, B+ or A+ models for best performance. Once you’ve built and rigged your retro machine, the hardest part will be deciding which part of your gaming youth to relive first. Tough life, eh?

START YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY Naturally, you’ll first need to buy the Picade pack from shop.pimoroni.com for £180. You’ll also need to pick up a compatible Raspberry Pi if you don’t already own one. Got those? Good – now download and set up a retro-gaming emulator like RetroPie. Next, locate a cross-head and small flat-head screwdriver, and start building. On average, it should take a good few hours to complete. Be sure to watch Pimoroni’s instructional video closely. Finally, have fun personalising your Raspberry Pi arcade machine with custom artwork, using templates supplied on the Pimoroni site.

Two included speakers help bring the sounds of classic gaming to life. A 3.5mm headphone socket means you can game into the night

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Ride your backpack to work Is it a bag? Is it an electric vehicle? Is it a skateboard? Actually, it’s all those things rolled into one. This month, have fun on your daily commute with a rideable backpack At first glance, the Movpak looks like a spacious rucksack with some cool tech thrown in: an internal light to help you find your things, a battery pack to charge your phone via USB (you can also charge it wirelessly in the dedicated side pocket), and a tracker in case you lose the bag. So far so normal, right? Sure, but when you grab the top handle and lift the backpack, a powered kevlar skateboard deck slides out. Neat, huh? The Movpak battery drives two electric motors, housed within the front wheels, at up to 20mph for a distance of 14 miles – all from a two-hour charge. Acceleration and braking control comes via a wireless remote, and the Movpak steers just like a regular skateboard. The pack also features a built-in speaker and mic, so you can ask Siri for directions; or you can answer calls or play songs. It sure beats getting the bus to work! You can pre-order the Movpak now (movpak.com, $1,200/£907), in a range of colours, for November shipping.

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GO DINO-HUNTING IN A VR TIME MACHINE

GO DINO-HUNTING IN A VR TIME MACHINE

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Fire up your Oculus Rift headset and travel back in time (from the comfort of your man-cave, of course), to save the world from a dangerous virus in a prehistoric, dino-hunting virtual-reality odyssey. You know it’s what John Hammond would’ve wanted…

Picture this: the ice caps are melting and, as a result, a deadly virus that’s been dormant for millennia has awoken. The only way to stop the proliferation of this ancient pathogen is for you to travel back in time to trace and eliminate its origins. The bad news? There are man-eating dinosaurs afoot! The good news? It’s just a game. Developed by We Are Minority, Time Machine VR is like a cross between Jurassic Park and Back To The Future, but thankfully this mission won’t involve you having to kiss your mother (eww!). Once you’ve boarded your cool-looking exploration craft, you’ll be propelled back

to the Jurassic era, where you’ll have to track, probe and scan a range of dinosaurs and beasties to learn more about the virus. You’ll be surrounded by visually rich environments, on land and sea, during ten hours of heart-pumping, otherworldly gameplay. During your quest, you’ll come face to face with the toothy grins of the mighty Megalodon and Mosasaurus, and record and analyse your findings in your expanding DinoDex databank. The ultimate goal, of course, is to locate and stop the virus, ensuring the future survival of mankind. As the Jurassic Park films can attest, human interaction with dinosaurs rarely results in injury, so you’ll probably be fine... Not!

START YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY Before jumping in your VR time machine, grab some hardware: you’ll need the Oculus Rift headset (£455, oculus.com). It launches on 20 September in the UK (live.oculus.com). Check that your PC has (at least) the minimum spec to run Time Machine VR: you’re looking at an Intel Core i5 4590 or equivalent processor, 8GB of RAM and either a GeForce GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon 290 graphics card. Now connect your headset to your PC, download Time Machine VR (£22.99, oculus.com/experiences) and prepare to hunt some badass dinosaurs. Turn up the heating for added authenticity.

Time Machine VR sees you tracking down and (hopefully) eliminating the origins of a world-killing virus. Oh, and you have to do battle with man-munching dinosaurs, too

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TECH ADVENTURES

TURN YOUR SMARTPHONE PICS INTO PRINTS AND PAINTINGS This month, make more of the hundreds of photos stored on your smartphone by turning them into colourful works of art, or even instant prints that you can stash in your wallet or stick on the fridge If you’re anything like us, your phone’s photo folder is brimming over with candid shots of friends, family and, um, cats doing weird shit. But what good are those photos if all you do is flick through them now and then on your phone? Instead, how about turning them into a vintage-inspired print or a Van Goghstyle painting? You can do the former with the new Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2, a reimagined mini printer that makes funky Instax versions of your phone pics. Compatible with iPhones and Android devices, the wireless SP-2 and its app, Instax Share, offer a range of features for instant prints. Via the app, and thanks to the SP-2’s laser-exposure system, you can send and print an image in ten seconds. The app is also home to a range of filters and templates. You can adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of the

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photo you wish to print, change it to black and white or sepia, and combine up to four images (Collage Template) in one print, or split a photo into two prints (Split Template). The Instax colour tech reduces deterioration of colour in your prints, too, so you won’t get washed-out photos. Rather paint than print? Download the free Prisma app (Android, iOS) and transform your photos into works of art in the style of artists such as Van Gogh and Russian landscape painter Isaac Levitan. Prisma has over 30 styles for you to play with, as well as different patterns you can incorporate into your smartphone art.

Up to eight devices can connect to the SP-2, so family and friends can also print. The wireless printer has a rechargeable battery, plus an LED light to indicate film and battery status. A Reprint button enables you to make duplicate prints. Rather paint? Download the Prisma Android and iOS app (prisma-ai.com), and turn your photos into works of art in the style of famous artists. Simply upload your photo to Prisma, choose the style you’d like to apply to it, then share your work direct to Instagram and Facebook.

START YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY To turn your phone pics into instant prints, you’ll need a Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 (£154, fujifilm.eu/uk). Available in gold or silver, the device takes Instax Mini instant colour film, and prints JPEG- and PNG-format images at 320dpi.

ORDER A THERAPIST OR GP ON YOUR TABLET OR PHONE

Jump the queue at your GP’s surgery, and book a consultation with a doctor or therapist via your smartphone or tablet. Check symptoms, monitor your health and arrange prescriptions None of us enjoy visiting the doctor, especially when we’ve been waiting a week just to get in. There are plenty of apps that can help you check symptoms, but how about an app that enables you to book a consultation with a GP or therapist – and connects you via video or audio call within 20 minutes? Step forward, Babylon Health (babylonhealth.com), a subscriptionbased healthcare service.

For £4.99 a month, you get access to unlimited GP consultations, can talk to a therapist, view your medical records, monitor your health and more. You can even order a Health Check Kit, and test yourself for high cholesterol, diabetes and other conditions. “Our members can get an answer to any clinical question within the hour, check a symptom with the world’s first ‘artificial intelligent triage nurse’, and see a doctor in minutes,” says Dr Ali Parsa, Babylon founder and CEO. “If they get prescribed something, it’s sent to a pharmacy near them within the hour, or to their home. If they need therapy, they can have a session on the phone. With the speed at which technology is developing, the boundaries of what can be provided are becoming limitless.”

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CENTRALISE YOUR MUSIC AND VIDEO CONTENT

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CENTRALISE YOUR SPRAWLING MUSIC AND VIDEO CONTENT

Take control of your entire music collection while accessing your favourite streaming services, with a state-of-the-art, Hi-Res music hub designed with multi-room support

If James Bond went shopping for a music hub, we reckon he’d slip this beauty into his bag for life. A high-res music system fitted with a touchscreen control panel, the Nativ Vita streams tunes, beams music videos to your TV, and can play music files stored on your computer or NAS. The Vita works with almost all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music, and can link (via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth aptX, AirPlay and Google Chromecast) to your phone, tablet or computer. It’ll also beam media to your TV via HDMI or Chromecast. The Vita runs music-streaming software Roon, retooled for a pure touchscreen experience. That smooth, 11.6-inch screen, housed in an oak or American walnut stand, features a backlit, high-res IPS LCD display. It also has a built-in microphone and voice command – tell the Vita what to play, or beam, and it’ll do it. This opulent hub is designed to interact with your other smart devices, too – it’ll

stream music to your wireless cans and control your multi-room speaker system. It can also pick up over 40,000 internet radio stations, and play music videos from YouTube and Google Play Music, beaming them to your TV or displaying them on its own touchscreen display. Bio, tour dates and album details of the artists you’re listening to will also appear on the screen. You can store up to 4TB of music on Vita, and spread the love around your home by connecting it to your wireless speakers (think BeoPlay, SONOS or Bose SoundTouch). Let’s get this party started!

START YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY Head to nativsound.com and click ‘Store’ to pre-order a Nativ Vita for

$699 (£518). Shipping begins this month, so you don’t have to wait long. There are lots of Vita packages, so choose wisely. There’s also a stunning wall-mount ($149/£112) to snap up. When your Vita arrives, pair it with your audio-related smart devices. Since the Vita uses Roon, syncing your streaming accounts will be easy.

The Nativ Vita is a high-res media hub that’ll beam and stream music and video to your TV or headphones

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101 GADGETS

101 GADGETS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT WORDS: CLAIRE DAVIES | PHOTOGRAPHY: JOBY SESSIONS | STYLING: KRISHAN PARMAR | HAIR & MAKEUP: AMI PENFOLD

Relax and chill Look sharper Rediscover the kitchen Feel healthier Sleep better Stay secure Play harder Travel easier Earn bigger

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IT’S BACK! DELVE INTO T3’S ANNUAL LIST OF MUST-HAVE TECH TO MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER…

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THE BEST KIT TO HELP YOU:

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RELAX AND CHILL

01 Hisense M7000 If your downtime is mostly spent gaming or streaming, you’ll need a TV with serious grunt to deliver an optimum high-def experience. The ULED screen on Hisense’s ultra-slim newcomer boasts state-of-the-art backlight technology that sees tiny crystals enhance the picture, and packs in the pixels to display media in 4K Ultra High Definition. Perfect for Sky Q’s new Ultra HD content. From £799, hisense.co.uk

02 Hive Active Light Mood lighting is key to getting the atmosphere right for a cosy night in. Hive’s warm-white connected bulbs fit into existing light fixtures via standard screw or bayonet fittings, and can be switched on/off or dimmed via the Hive smartphone app. You can also use the app to schedule when you want the lights to come on, saving yourself a few quid on your electricity bill. £19, hivehome.com

03 Google Pixel C The Pixel C is a solid mobile entertainment hub, thanks to its powerful NVIDIA Tegra X1 64-bit processor and Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Keep the multi-angle keyboard attached to help you race through your personal emails or shop for the latest gadgets online, then dump it and settle back on the settee to watch, read or play on the light and comfy, vivid 10.2-inch screen. £399, pixel.google.com

Entertainment fans have a new reason to deepen their, ahem, ‘imprint’ on the sofa: the top-level Sky Q Silver package bags you an Ultra HD-ready 2TB box, which provides enough space for 350 hours of TV shows and films. It’ll also record up to four shows simultaneously while you’re viewing a fifth. Got a family? Add Sky Q Mini boxes around the house to let them join in the fun. From £44 pm, sky.com

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05 Sony ZD9 Experience true immersion courtesy of the ZD9’s clever X1 Extreme processor, which upscales anything you display to near-4K HDR resolution. Backlight Master Drive technology renders blacks and bright lights deeper and more realistic. And if you can’t find anything to watch, discover a world of movies, games and apps when you boot up the Android TV OS. From £4,000, sony.co.uk

06 SmartEgg Never lose sleep over a lost remote again – the SmartEgg is a compact, egg-shaped (obviously) universal remote that enables you to control any device – from your TV to the heating system – via Bluetooth and a clever app. You can even create custom functions to save you a bunch of time, such as turning on your TV and Blu-ray player at the same time with a single command. £27, aicotech.com

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07 Audeze SINE On-Ear Headphones Inside each leatherclad cup of these lightweight stunners sits an 80 x 70mm planar magnetic driver. These move a significant amount of air, resulting in richer bass and punchier audio. A built-in mic means you can answer calls or chat to Siri without searching for your phone, and they fold flat if you’re taking them on your travels. They are Lightning though, so no good if you’re on Android.

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£380, audeze.com

08 Dyson 360 Eye Let Dyson’s selfcharging robot vac with 360-degree live-vision cameras handle the floor cleaning, giving you more time to put your feet up. A 78,000rpm digital motor ensures a deep clean, while the advanced filtration system expels fresh air back into the room. Have you just arranged an impromptu get-together but not vacuumed today? Schedule a speed clean remotely, via Dyson’s Link app, before you arrive home with your guests. £799, dyson.co.uk


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09 Doppel Wind down or rev up with this mood-altering wearable, created to help you focus at work or stay calm during stressful situations. How does it manage that? The Doppel creates a rhythmic pulse (vibration) that you feel as a heartbeat on the inside of your wrist. A fast tempo helps you feel more alert, while a slower tempo calms you. Balanced mood and mindset? We’ll take it. £99, doppel.london

10 Technics Grand Class SL-1200G If you ever deejayed in the Eighties, you’ve probably clocked that the Grand Class is modelled on the celebrated Technics SL-1200. Vibrationreducing features on this re-imagined turntable include a coreless directdrive motor for consistent rotation of records, a lightweight aluminium tone arm, and highprecision motor-control tech, all of which means that your wax will spin seamlessly. Abbey Road Studios uses the SL-1200G in its mastering suites. And if it’s good enough for The Beatles...

12 Emtec GEM Box Want your games, entertainment and media available in one convenient place? You’ve got it! The GEM Box turns your TV into a neat gaming hub with access to thousands of games, from retro classics to console-quality titles, or streams your PC-gaming library to your TV. You can also access services like Netflix, and add your own music and movies via MicroSD. £100, emtec-gembox.com

13 Fontaine High Speed Waterfall Wine Bottle Chiller

Tepid wine is a real first-world problem. Thankfully, this clever chiller brings your vino to the perfect temperature in under three minutes. How? By evenly rotating the bottle and dousing it in a fountain of ice-cold H2O. Five preset modes work for different wine types, and it even chills champers if you’re celebrating a promotion. £65, ckb.uk.com

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11 B&O BeoLab 18 In its own distinctive way, Bang & Olufsen describes the BeoLab 18 speakers as “an exceptional sound column, introducing a refined symbiosis of form, craftsmanship and performance”. What you need to know is they look absolutely stunning with their wooden lamellas, and sound incredible thanks to an acoustic lens that spreads sound evenly throughout your room. A true work of art. £5,275, bang-olufsen.com

14 Somabar Robotic Bartender Become the toast of the town with Somabar’s app-controlled drinks server, the ideal tool for creating a perfectly mixed cocktail, whether that’s a mean whisky sour or a cheeky flirtini. Making the drinks is simple: fill the six supplied pods with your favourite spirits and mixers, order your cocktail via an app, customising the strength and ingredients, then sip (drain) your drink. £325, somabarkickstarter.com

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15 Lay-Z-Spa Paris After a tough week at work, there’s nothing better than dunking your weary bones into the bubbling waters of an inflatable spa. With the Lay-Z-Spa Paris, aching muscles are massaged by water from 87 high-pressure air jets, the quick-heating system warms water to a balmy 40 degrees, and multicolour LEDs add a soothing moodlighting element. Sheer backyard bliss. £599, lay-z-spa.co.uk

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LOOK SHARPER

Go For Men

A busy lifestyle can play havoc with your skin, and if you don’t look after it, you could end up looking like Leatherface minus the chainsaw. The travel-sized Luna Go (a tiny version of the best-selling Luna) boasts soft silicone touch points that apply sonic pulsations to your skin, removing dead cells, unclogging pores, massaging fine wrinkles and even helping with firmness. £69, foreo.com

19 Clinique For Men Sonic System Cleansing Brush

This waterproof facial brush was developed by dermatologists to clean dirt and oil from pores, and re-energise tired skin in preparation for a shave. It runs for 180 minutes per charge, and the battery sends 9,000 sonic vibrations per minute pulsing through the antimicrobial bristles to massage your skin. Fine wrinkles? Not any more. £79, clinique.co.uk

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17 Oral-B Genius 9000 By far the smartest electric toothbrush you’ll have ever used. Intuitive Position Detection tech and video tracking (via your phone’s camera) guide you through a complete brushing routine, alerting you to any areas you’ve missed. It’s like having your dentist at home, but without the awkward small talk. The dishwasher-safe travel case also charges your ’brush, as well as your smartphone. £280, oralb.com

18 Braun Series 9 Do you grow facial hair quicker than a Play-Doh Mop Top? Then maybe it’s time to quit battling blunt razors and win at shaving with Braun’s award-winning, waterproof Series 9. Designed to deliver a close shave without irritating your skin, this premium shaver uses SyncroSonic vibration technology that drives 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute. A flexible head means problem areas like under the chin are dealt with quickly, too. £330, uk.braun.com

20 Panasonic ER430K Sadly, there comes a point in every man’s life when a trimmer is the only option to tame sprouting ear hairs and nostril forests. So why not buy a trimmer that’ll last you? As the hypoallergenic, 60-degree, stainless-steel blades of this waterproof gadget trim away your hairy shame, a high-powered vacuum sucks the clippings into a collection chamber, leaving zero mess below in the sink. £28, panasonic.com

21 Aroma Sense Ditch that limescale-encrusted showerhead and add some luxury to your morning routine. Before water gushes through this showerhead’s high-pressure spouts, it passes through a filter that releases skin- and hair-moisturising vitamin C and natural oils. A microfibre filter also blocks large contaminants from reaching your skin. The result of all this? An aromatic shower experience that leaves skin moisturised… So no need to slather on the Johnson’s afterwards. £108, aromasenseusa.com

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22 Dyson Supersonic It’s the hair dryer that cost £50million to make… You won’t have to worry about frying your barnet when drying with the compact Supersonic: it gauges its temperature 20 times per second, then adjusts itself via a microprocessor to prevent hair damage from extreme heat. High-velocity airflow pumps out 41 litres of reduced-static air per second, making quick work of even the mightiest quiffs. £300, dyson.co.uk


REDISCOVER THE KITCHEN

23 Terraillon NutriTab If you’re cooking up a storm but need to keep tabs on your nutritional intake, connected scales are your ally. The easy-clean glass NutriTab tracks energy intake (calories), plus the RDI of proteins, carbs, fats, fibre and sodium of any foods you input. You can scan barcodes of more than 40,000 foods for a detailed breakdown, or plug recipes into the Terraillon Wellness Coach smartphone app. £80, terraillon.com/en

26 BergHOFF Table BBQ Reconnect with your friends during a night of social grilling (and no, we’re not talking about interrogation). Made from powder-coated steel with a silicone carry handle, this table-top barbie with a cork footpad will sit proudly on your garden table so that you and your buddies can gather round and grill together. Simply light the charcoal, throw on some food and get BBQ’ing. £100, sousvidetools.com

24 Nordic Ware 365 Kettle Smoker

Want the flavoursome taste of smoked food but don’t have an outside cooking space? Then bring the outdoors in with this stunning indoor smoker. Fill it with meat, fish or veggies, then pop it on the hob to begin. The generous high dome accommodates big birds, while the included recipe book, thermometer and wood chips will get you off to a flying start. £88, nordicware.com

25 Tefal Cook4Me Connect Healthy food, fast! Fancy some delicious tikka masala? Forget hitting up the local curry house, the Cook4Me Connect will have your meal ready for you in just five minutes. Yes, Tefal’s bubbleshaped kitchen bud works with a dedicated app to walk you through over 50 pre-programmed recipes that take minutes to cook. A clever machine to help you save cash by ditching takeaways. £249, tefal.co.uk

27 Smarter Fridge Cam So you thought you had enough eggs for dinner, only to arrive home and discover that you don’t. Ensure such silliness never happens again by snapping up a Smarter Fridge Cam. Stick one (via its suction mount) inside your fridge, and the camera will photograph the contents, pinging pictures to the Smarter app so you can see what you need when you’re at the supermarket. £TBC, smarter.am

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28 AEG GourmetPro FP9300 Channel your inner MasterChef with this awardwinning Le Cordon Bleu-grade food processor. Using innovative PowerTilt technology – designed to intensify the taste of food by changing the way ingredients are sliced, chopped and blended, this processor will help you prep more efficiently. It boasts a 1,200W TurboBoost induction motor and comes with a range of handy accessories. £630, aeg.co.uk

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REDISCOVER THE KITCHEN 29 De’Longhi Dinamica Can’t function without regular coffee? Consider brewing your own with De’Longhi’s new Dinamica bean-to-cup machine. Featuring a luxe LatteCrema system, it’ll make coffee to your preferred strength, temperature, consistency and length, with a large touchscreen display providing easy operation. To make things even more luxurious, there’s an auto-cleaning function and a cup warmer. Your dream cup of Joe awaits.

30 KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent Blender

Super-powerful, ultra-versatile and easy on the eyes, this workhorse blender will last and last. Magnetic Drive tech powers the blades; an Adapti-Blend recipe function programs soups, sauces, dips, juices and smoothies at the touch of a button; and the pitcher, lid and funnel can be popped in the dishwasher. Blending made easy. £399, kitchenaid.co.uk

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31 Meater The team behind this wireless meat thermometer must be laughing all the way to the bank after pulling in over $2million in funding. Designed to put an end to overcooked food, the Meater guarantees “perfectly cooked meats, every time”. Stick the thermometer in your meat and when it reaches the correct internal temperature, you’ll receive a notification on your phone (via an app) to say it’s ready. £151, apptionlabs.com

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33 Smeg Slow Juicer Veggie juices infuse your diet with valuable nutrients, so it’s worth investing in a proper juicer. Designed to produce a slow squeeze (easy!) of fruits and veggies at 43rpm, Smeg’s Slow Juicer extracts the maximum amount of goodness from any ingredients you feed into it, collecting up to 500ml of liquid at a time in its titanium juice chamber. Pass the spinach... £399, smeguk.com

32 Bugatti Touch Sense Vera

With looks to rival a sports car (not really), this designer kettle will look dapper in your kitchen. Use the built-in self-timer to program it to boil when your alarm goes off, ensuring that liver-flushing lemon and hot water is an easy fix each morning. A clock display is integrated into the handle, and its energy-saving design will go easy on your electricity bill. £189, amara.com

34 SmartyPans Rubbish at cooking? Change your life, and cut your family a break, with this connected cooking pan that not only monitors the nutritional content of whatever ingredients you put into it, but also tells you how to cook each meal, monitors your progress and connects to your fitness tracker and apps such as MyFitnessPal so that your entire well-being ecosystem is clued-up. Smart indeed. £277, smartypans.io

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FEEL HEALTHIER

35 Samsung Gear Fit2

36 Motorola VerveOnes+

Leave your smartphone behind and go for a run with Samsung’s GPS fitness tracker. The Gear Fit2 tracks speed, distance and running route in real time, as well as heart rate so that you know when you’re in fat-burning mode. The lush AMOLED screen is bright even in direct sunlight, and automatic activity tracking covers running, cycling and elliptical training. £149, samsung.com

These sweatproof, wireless and rechargeable Bluetooth ’buds are ideal for fitness, sure, but they’re also great for use during guided meditation. Wear them while jogging, then fire up a meditation exercise on your smartphone, jam in the VerveOnes+ and get zen. They offer 12 hours of playback, and delicious HD sound that enriches whatever you’re listening to. £230, verve.life/uk

38 Sage The Boss Blender

39 Withings Body Cardio

When it comes to the perfect, body-nourishing green smoothie, it’s all about ingredients, particle size and nutrient preservation. Sage has created a blender with a dedicated Green Smoothie function that yields more goodness from ingredients. In this mode, The Boss Blender distributes heat evenly and blends efficiently, creating superfine particles that are more bio-available (to your body). £400, sageappliances.co.uk

Wanna know the state of your cardio health? Don’t run away! Withings makes it easy with the Body Cardio, a set of high-tech scales that take a Pulse Wave Velocity reading (through your feet) to gauge if you’re at risk from cardiovascular disease. The scales and Health Mate app cater for up to eight users, and measure fat mass, water weight and more. £139.95, withings.com/uk/en

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37 Solos Smart Preparing for a road race? Give your training the edge with these bio-inspired glasses for competitive cyclists, which dish out real-time data to help you hit new peaks of speed, power and endurance. They feature interchangeable optical lenses, an aerodynamic frame for minimal wind resistance, and a high-res display optimised for your eyes. £380, solos-wearables.com

40 Suunto Spartan Ultra Time for some tough love! If your idea of breaking sweat involves tyre-tossing and military-style obstacle courses, the Spartan Ultra will go toe-totoe with you. An adventure-proof multi-sports watch, it has over 80 pre-programmed activities, gathers a range of useful data, and (via the Suunto Movescount app) encourages you to compete against your peers. Couch potatoes needn’t apply. From £509, suunto.com

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Cool Link The air inside our homes is now eight times as polluted as the air outside. So it’s little wonder that air purifiers are becoming a cornerstone of a healthy home environment. Want the best in town? Choose Dyson’s Pure Cool Link tower purifier and fan, which removes up to 99.95 per cent of pollutants and allergens, bathing you in cool, clean air. What’s more, you can monitor everthing on the excellent Dyson Link app. £450, dyson.co.uk


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44 ZenCube Feeling healthier isn’t always about wearables. Sometimes it’s about an app-controlled, organic Himalayan salt lamp. The ZenCube emits a cosy glow and a shedload of negative ions to reduce radiation and neutralise the positive ions we’re exposed to on a daily basis, helping us sleep better, regain mental clarity and get more energy. Switch it on/off and change the LED colour via your phone. £98, thezencube.com

45 X-Bionic TWYCE Running Shirt

Twice the sweat absorption, twice the cooling effect on your skin. X-Bionic’s form-fitting, short-sleeved shirt for runners will make a massive difference to your performance – by up to 200 per cent, says X-Bionic – as it regulates your body’s temperature. Therefore, you expend less energy trying to cool down, and more smashing your PB. £122, x-bionic.co.uk

46 Kinematix Tune Two insoles, two devices, one charger… Track your running form and discover where you need to improve using detailed feedback from the Kinematix Tune smart insoles. By carrying out in-shoe monitoring of both feet simultaneously, they’ll analyse your running patterns, stride, pace and gait, then create an exercise plan based on your unique profile. Running made easy (for once). £205, shop.kinematix.pt

42 Tangram Smart Rope Want a fast workout that’ll help you melt fat and boost your cardio health? Try Rocky Balboa’s favourite exercise, the jump rope (but with a techy twist). Available in different colours and lengths, this Bluetooth Smart Rope with LED display gathers stats (duration, number of jumps, calories burned) from your performance, which you can then view via the Tangram app. £65, tangramfactory.com

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43 Fitbit Alta If you were inspired by the recent Olympics and now want to make the transition from couch to 5K running races, let the Fitbit Alta be your new drill sergeant. It automatically records your workouts and sleep, buzzes you when you’ve been vegging out for too long, and is compatible with a wide range of interchangeable bands, catering for even the most flamboyant of wardrobes. From £100, fitbit.com/uk

47 Pebble Core No watch. No screen. Just a teeny device that clips onto your running shirt or shoes when you hit the pavements. The Core has a built-in 3G modem and GPS tracking, and can play Spotify and music stored locally via 4GB of internal storage – and all without you having to carry your smartphone. The Core can also share your data with services like Strava. £136, pebble.com

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48 Volata Cycles Smart Bike

This two-wheeler is designed as the ultimate all-in-one bike, taking the precision of a road bike and melding it with the agility of a gravel bike. An integrated bike computer, automated GPS tracking, sensored lights, a horn, a self-charging battery, anti-theft features and a phone app… With this bike, you could rule the world. Or at least ride around lots of it. £2,664, volatacycles.com

49 WHOOP Worn by athletes, this “performance optimisation system” tracks your training, recovery and sleep, helps you understand how strain affects your body and fitness goals, and educates you on how to maximise your training. The waterproof WHOOP Strap 2.0 measures five key indicators, including heart-rate variability, pinging your data to the WHOOP smartphone app, where it’s stored for up to three days. £380, whoop.com

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50 Hello Sense It looks like a pager and a ball of elastic bands. But dig deeper (not literally) and you’ll discover a sleep-tracking duo that’ll help you not only doze off, but also understand how much sleep you’re getting, the quality of your shut-eye, and how you can go about improving it. Sense will also wake you at the lightest point in your morning sleep cycle, to make sure you start the day feeling refreshed. £149, hello.is

52 BleepBleeps Suzy Snooze If the kids don’t sleep, you don’t sleep – but how do you get them in a routine? Step forward, the Suzy Snooze, a night light, baby monitor, ambient sound machine and sleep trainer to help your little one fall asleep, stay asleep, and rise and shine. Suitable for newborns and older, it even has a Cry Sensor that soothes bambinos back to the land of nod. £112, bleepbleeps.com

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51 ClairB Air Purifier Pop it on your bedside table and this portable purifier will cover you in a bubble of clean air. Using a plasma ioniser and an electret film filter to eliminate the tiniest of toxin particles, and designed with a swivel vent that provides 180 degrees of rotation, the ClairB pumps out fresh air to help you breathe easier. Ideal for boosting sleep during allergy or cold season. £105, cleanair-clair.co.kr

53 Misfit Ray This step-munching wearable also boasts automatic sleep tracking. Available with a sports or leather band, the Ray is so light on the wrist that you won’t feel it in bed. In the morning, dive into the app to view stats including sleep quality and average sleep or awake time. Data is stored for months, so it could help you pinpoint any issues with your night routine. £81, misfit.com

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Technology Lab Spire Less stress equals much better sleep, which is what you’ll be working towards with this clever anti-stress wearable, designed based on research from Stanford University’s Calming Technology Lab. The Spire (along with its iOS app) tells you when you’re stressed, and where you were and what you were doing when you became stressed; then guides you through specific meditations to help you chill out, be more productive and ultimately sleep more easily. £99, spire.io

56 Lighting Science HealthE Genesis Lamp 55 Smart Shades Bright bedrooms hamper sleep, so blackout shades are important. But that’s not very T3, right? So how about a gizmo that adds brains to your blinds? Smart Shades enables you to control your blinds remotely, drawing or rising them on demand. Via the app, you can also create a schedule so that your shades open automatically at sunrise, forcing heavy sleepers awake. £66, wazombi.com

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These things are so good, NASA bought some for the ISS. Yes, you can enjoy astronaut-grade sleep with this luminaire, which is focused on enhancing your slumber and wellbeing. The HealthE uses two biological LED spectrums – Awake & Alert to enhance energy and focus once awake, and Good Night to promote restful sleep – to regulate your circadian rhythm. The result? Improved mood, awesome sleep. £133, lsgc.com

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57 Netatmo Welcome and Tags

Netatmo’s Welcome camera and Tags are an effective home-security double act. The Tags (sensors) attach to your windows, doors and even the gates on your driveway, notifying you (via Netatmo’s smartphone app) if one is opened or if a vibration is detected. The Welcome camera will record any commotion in high-def. Evidence if you need it. From £90, netatmo.com

60 Protonet ZOE Smart-home tech is revolutionising the way we live, but is it jeopardising our security? Protonet’s stylish, wall-mounted ZOE enables you to control everything from your lights to your security cameras, play music and order food from the takeaway. What’s more, your personal data is stored directly on the ZOE rather than in the cloud, meaning what happens at home stays at home. £228, protonet.com

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58 PetBot Unless you work from home, hanging out with your pet 24/7 isn’t an option. Or is it? With PetBot and via its smartphone app you can see and hear your cat or dog, courtesy of the face-recognition camera, and talk to them via PetBot’s two-way speaker. Train Tiddles to pose for selfies, and she’ll earn treats dispensed straight from the cubeshaped device. Clever girl. £168, petbot.co

59 Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock Protect your castle with this intelligent lock system, which can be opened using a key card, a key tag, a remote fob or your smartphone when the lock is connected to a smart-home system. Arranged for someone to feed the pooch while you’re away? Set up a temporary 24-hour pin for them to punch into the backlit touchscreen keypad. £132, yale.co.uk

61 Master Lock Quick Access Compact Fingerprint Safe

If smart security cameras aren’t enough for you, add an extra layer of protection with a Fingerprint Safe. This steel box is the ideal size for your phone, passport and a wad of cash, and is accessible by placing your finger on the biometric scanner. Want someone else to access it for you? They can enter a digital password or use a physical key instead. £240, masterlock.eu

62 Nest Cam Outdoor Having cornered the smart home-security market, Nest is taking the fight against burglars (and kitties who like pooping in your flowerbed) outside with the Cam Outdoor. Features include 24/7 video streaming, motion/sound alerts, and night vision. It works with your connected home, too, so you can set it to switch on your Philips Hue lights if it detects any movement outside. £159, nest.com

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63 Cocoon Home security doesn’t have to mean upsetting the feng shui of your house with reams of wires. Cocoon is a sophisticated, all-in-one solution that combines HD video and audio streaming, motion detection, and Subsound soundwave/vibration technology, to protect every room in your house. Everything is controlled from your smartphone (Android or iOS). And that includes a pant-soiling +90dB burglar alarm. £299, cocoon.life

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64 Nintendo Classic Mini Relive your gaming youth with a palm-sized reissue of Nintendo’s much-loved console. The Classic Mini comes pre-loaded with 30 vintage games, from Double Dragon and Super Mario Bros to Donkey Kong and The Legend Of Zelda, plugs into your television via HDMI, and is powered by USB. We feel a gaming party coming on – just remember to ask Mum for a round of Mr Frostys... £50, nintendo.co.uk

65 Asus ROG

Swift PG279Q

Elevate your gaming with this WQHD 27-inch monitor. The 2,560 x 1,440-pixel display features IPS tech for wide-angle, 178-degree viewing, while the 165Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC tech ensure that games display smoother than ever. An ergonomically designed stand with a flexible range of movement enables you to game harder, for longer, in sheer comfort. £664, asus.com

66 Propel Star Wars Battle Quads The Force is strong with these official Star Wars quadcopters. Take flight with the Millennium Falcon or a T-65 X-Wing Starfighter, or embrace the dark side with a 74-Z Speeder Bike or Darth Vader’s own TIE Advanced X1. Each drone performs stunts and can cruise between 35-50mph, courtesy of reverse-propulsion blades. Bring two or more together and engage in a nail-biting laser battle. £TBC, propelsw.com

67 DJI Phantom 4 Whether you’re surfing pipes in Hawaii or slacklining in Blackpool, capture the action with DJI’s best-ever, 4K-cameratoting, aerial shooter. With a top speed of 44mph, you know it’ll keep up. Wanna play hands-free? The 4’s Autonomous ActiveTrack tech eliminates the need for a pilot, while the terrainscanning Obstacle Sensing System makes expensive crashes a thing of the past. £1,229, dji.com

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PLAY HARDER 74 HTC Vive Make no mistake: VR is here to stay, and once you try it, you’ll never look back. Don the Vive’s Velcro-strap headset and you’ll be treated to a 110-degree field of view, enabling you to drink in a wide scope of the action. Two base-station cameras (mount them on your walls) track your movements, while two touchpad controllers help you get shizzle done in-game. £689, htcvive.com/uk

Hey, all you lunatics who seek out extreme situations for kicks… why not share your daredevil antics with the help of the world’s smallest live-streaming-capable, 360-degree action camera? The waterproof Nico360 features a pair of 16MP sensors, which are capable of shooting 2,560 x 1,440-pixel video at 30fps, while rotation stabilisation tech reduces shudder. £105, nico360.com

71 UBTECH Alpha 2 Playing harder could also mean hanging out with a humanoid robot and getting it to read the kids a story while you explore strange planets in No Man’s Sky. Designed for the whole family to enjoy, the Alpha 2 can walk, talk, pull yoga moves, pat the dog, give weather forecasts, help you cook dinner, take photos on demand and even spin the tunes at your next house party. £999, ubtrobot.com

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69 Xbox One S Smaller, lighter, more advanced. The One S, with up to 2TB of internal storage, uses HDR technology to deepen the contrast between brights and blacks, making the games you play look richer and feel more immersive. This redefined Xbox console supports 4K Ultra HD streaming, and Blu-rays, too, futureproofing your gaming and movie-watching set-up. £350, xbox.com

72 MSI GS63 Stealth Pro It’s time to do your AAA and VR games justice with this gaming notebook, which packs a beefy GPU. Designed to run cooler and quieter than MSI’s previous laptops, the GS63 has a Full HD screen, an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, a NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and an ESS Sabre DAC for lossless hi-fi audio. It’s safe to say, your games will look and sound incredible with this on your lap. £1,200, msi.com

70 Nexus 6P Google’s second-gen premium phablet will handle your mobile-gaming needs with ease. Sporting a contoured aluminium body, the 6P is light in the hand, making it comfy enough for use during lengthy sessions of Fallout Shelter. Audio fires out through front-facing speakers, while a 5.7-inch, high-res WQHD AMOLED display makes games look vibrant. From £449, store.google.com

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Retro Gaming Wireless Console

Lilliputian versions of classic games consoles are a ‘thing’ right now. If you’re more Sonic The Hedgehog than Mario Bros, Sega’s mini Mega Drive is for you. Connecting to your TV via HDMI, this plug ’n’ play console has two controllers, is compatible with Mega Drive cartridges, and comes loaded with 80 awesome Sega games. Pow! £50, sega.co.uk

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75 Lenovo 900 Yoga From the adaptable design to the juicy spec, this Lenovo hybrid has everything you need to stay connected with home and be entertained on the road. A sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM make this portable media machine a valiant multitasker. Want to (video) phone home? Do it in style with the 900 Yoga’s dazzling QHD+ display. £950, lenovo.com

78 Flare Audio Isolate Whether you’re struggling to sleep on a plane journey, or your ears need a break from your roomie’s snoring, foam ear plugs won’t give you the quiet you crave. Flare Audio’s new ear protectors will, though, thanks to a dense titanium body suspended in a foam tip; this enables complete isolation from direct noise, leaving you free to enjoy a peaceful night’s kip. £23, flareaudio.com

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76 Kavson Besiter

Mercury Series Until smartphone manufacturers figure out how to give us decent battery life, powerbanks are essential for travelling. The iPhone 6-styled Besiter Mercury is Apple- and Android-compatible, and boasts Power Pass-Through tech, enabling high-speed charging of both the powerbank and your device. 10,000mAh and 5,000mAh options are available. From £30, kavson.co.uk

79 Revolights Eclipse+ This rim-mounted, smart lighting system gives cyclists 360-degree lumination for high-level safety. The front acts as a bright headlight, while the rear is a smart brake light that flashes when it detects you’re slowing down. The Revolights app features Strava-esque ride-tracking functionality, weather alerts, and a timeof-day sensor to ensure the lights kick in automatically once daylight fades. £150, revolights.com

77 Thinkware F770 This Full HD dash cam is your car’s new safety guru. It records every journey, day or night, via front and rear cameras, so you can back up insurance claims with crystal-clear footage. The F770 also provides impact and motion surveillance, even when you’ve left the vehicle. Additional features include a Forward Collision Warning System and an alert should you happen to swerve out of your lane. £199, thinkwaredashcam.uk

80 TomTom Go 6100 What do you mean you’re still using an A-Z? Join the 21st century with TomTom’s flagship satnav. The Go 6100 features speed-camera and traffic alerts, plus free global map updates and unlimited data/roaming when you’re travelling at home or abroad, ensuring (hopefully) that you’ll never get lost. Use the MyDrive app to plot routes and ping ’em to your Go 6100 before setting off. £300, tomtom.com

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81 B&O Play H8 The B&0 Play H8s are a masterpiece in modern headphone design – light enough to chuck in your bag, and so stylish you’re guaranteed to get looks. They’re also wireless and feature active noisecancelling, meaning plane and train noise will be a thing of the past. They may be a bit pricey and slightly heavy on the bottom end, but they’re an undeniably fantastic set of cans. £399, beoplay.com

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82 ZUS Smart USB Car Charger and Finder

You were so focused on buying that burger, you forgot where you parked! Luckily for you, ZUS has logged your car’s location and will guide you back via its phone app. It’ll even alert you when your parking is due to run out. Plus, two high-speed USB ports mean you’ll have enough juice to surf YouTube if you’re stuck waiting for your other half to finish shopping. £38, nonda.co

83 EE Buzzard 2 Invest in some in-car Wi-Fi and have a little less I Spy, a little more Red Dwarf. Powered by your car’s 12-volt socket, the Buzzard 2 dishes out up to 50GB of 4G data per month. This means you can surf, stream and game on the go. The device supports up to ten Wi-Fi-enabled devices to keep your car-load of data-munchers happy. From £17 per month, ee.co.uk

85 Gi FlyBike In one slick move, the Gi FlyBike transforms from compact commuting companion to traffic-slaying steed, delivering up to 40 miles of electrical assistance per charge. For the security-conscious, the bike locks itself in the folded position once you’re three metres from it, while integrated appcontrolled lights mean you can be seen at night. Is your phone running out of juice? Charge it via the bike’s battery. £3,032, giflybike.com

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84 Slicks Modular Backpack Whether your day involves an important meeting or chilling on the beach, this 30-litre modular bag will prove vital, featuring a mesmerising array of compartments, pockets and straps, plus a range of inserts for any cargo you wanna stash. Carry your tech securely; transport a suit crease-free; stow your gym kit and clothes for a weekend away… its uses are endless. It’s like Mary Poppins’ bag, but for guys. £174, slicks.com

86 gb Pockit Stroller Travelling with little ones can be a luggageladen nightmare, but thankfully the world’s smallest foldable stroller is here to lighten your load. In just two easy steps, this lightweight buggy will shrink down to the size of a small bag, so it’ll fit neatly into the boot of your car or the overhead luggage compartment on a plane. Oh, and did we mention that it’s a Guinness World Record holder? £150, gb-online.com

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Samsung’s waterproof phablet features everything you need to run an empire from the palm of your hand, securely and with style – from the generous 5.7-inch dual-curved display and iris scanner, to high-speed wireless charging capability and a 256GB MicroSD card slot. Jot down ideas and designs using the updated, multi-faceted S Pen, and revisit them later in Samsung’s Notes app. £489, samsung.com

90 Wacom

Bamboo Spark

Calling all scribblers and sketchers! Move your notes and doodles magically from paper to screen with the Bamboo Spark. Wacom’s smart folio comprises an intelligent ballpoint pen and pad that turns handwritten notes and sketches on paper into digital plain text. Your ideas are saved to the Spark and can be synced with your tablet, smartphone or the cloud. £90, wacom.com

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88 SilentKeys Meet the keyboard that offers anonymity online. The plug-and-play SilentKeys protects your banking, email and social-media chatting; blocks ads and trackers; fights off malware; and keeps your private images and important docs away from snoopers and e-pickpockets. Simply plug the keyboard into your desktop computer or laptop, then press the ‘S’ key to open a secure browser. £190, preev.io

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Autonomous Desk

Don’t spend eight hours chained to your desk – your health will hate you for it. This smart desk learns your sitting and standing habits, automatically raising and lowering throughout the day to help you stay active and alert. The top model features wireless charging, an HD speaker, plus an AI assistant to take messages and send you meeting reminders. From £300, autonomous.ai

89 Lighting Science

Awake & Alert Biological LED Lamp

That morning slump can’t always be helped by coffee. The Awake & Alert Lamp is actually a lightbulb that emits a blue-enhanced spectrum of light to increase your body’s natural alertness, performance and energy levels – and therefore your capacity to slay work and earn bigger. Bonus? It also helps reduce the effects of SAD. £30, lsgc.com

92 BlackBerry DTEK50 Is this the world’s most secure Android phone? BlackBerry reckons so. The DTEK50 monitors your OS and apps, sending alerts if your privacy is at risk of breach. The new BlackBerry comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 5.2-inch, scratch-resistant HD screen and a MicroSD card slot for expandable memory, so you can load it with files and work wherever you happen to be. £275, shopblackberry.com

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93 Apple Watch Hermès Nothing says ‘high flyer’ more than Apple’s tasty smartwatch – especially when paired with Hermès’s opulent, handmade leather strap. Available in a Single Tour or Double Tour design, and in a choice of four colours, the strap fastens with a traditional watch buckle. Once you’ve dazzled clients with your style and business acumen, check emails and messages via the watch’s Force Touch display. From £1,000, apple.com/uk

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94 Microsoft Surface Book

The Surface Book is genuinely one of the best laptops out there. In the higher-end models there’s enough power to use it as your daily workhorse; then unhook the stunning display and use it as a tablet. Or flip the screen over and you’ve got a display to cater for all of your media. What’s more, the excellent Surface Pen and Windows Ink functionality makes on-the-fly note-taking an absolute breeze.

This plump cushion has nothing to do with Lost and everything to do with correcting your posture while you sit. Sensors monitor your position, while a companion app suggests exercises to compensate for the strain on your body. The cushion warns you (via the app) when you’ve been sitting too long, and even measures heartbeat and respiration rate to track stress levels. £151, darma.co

97 Cafflano Klassic Ditch the daily trudge to Starbucks and up your efficiency with this selfcontained, insulated, all-in-one portable coffee maker. Pour your beans into the Klassic’s hand mill grinder, wind the handle then watch as the grounds descend into the metal filter dripper below. Add boiling water and wait for your drink to steep. The result? A 225ml cup of rocket fuel to power your working day. £65, firebox.co.uk

98 Packed Pixels Take your multi-screen home office set up on the road with Packed Pixels’ portable, auxiliary 9.7-inch high-res screens. Attach up to two screens to your laptop with a universal mount, connected via DisplayPort or Thunderbolt and powered by USB. Your supercharged laptop now has all the desktop space you’ll ever need. Deliver mind-blowing presentations and more, on the go. £160, packedpixels.com

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95 Aircharge Koncept Wireless Charging Task Lighting Shine a light on your workspace and keep your phone powered at the same time! Aircharge’s economical lamp produces less heat, so you can work beneath it without singeing your wrist hairs. At the lamp’s base is a wireless charging pad for your Qi-compatible smartphone, ensuring its ready for any awkward conference calls or Pokémon Go team building sessions. £250, air-charge.com

99 LG Gram 15 Just because you have to write 5,000 words about bathroom taps doesn’t mean you have to do it on a crappy laptop. The glamorous LG Gram 15 makes any task more fun. A magnesium alloy construction protects the 17.8mm body from bustling commutes, and a 15.6-inch full HD screen is perfect for watching Narcos in between writing about those damn taps. £1,141, lg.com

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100 Humanscale

Diffrient World

How can you earn big if your regular chair is so uncomfortable you can’t focus? American designer Neils Diffrient’s World chair has a mesh seat and soft edges to relieve pressure from your legs, keeping you supported. There are no mechanical levers to recline the chair, either – it relies on the sitter’s weight to automatically set the perfect recline angle. £425, humanscale.com

101 Knocki Increase the efficiency (and fun) of your home office by turning your wall or desk into a touch-sensitive control pad for tech. Adjust lights, turn-up the heating or find your phone, all by tapping. Attach the Knocki to a solid surface, download the app and assign tap gestures for different actions. For example, three taps to tell your kettle to get brewing. £98, knocki.com

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State of the Art

Smart shooters INSPIRED BY PAST GLORIES, CAMERA MAKERS ARE RECREATING THEIR ANALOGUE ICONS FOR THE DIGITAL-PHOTOGRAPHY AGE… Words: Gavin Stoker Photos: Neil Godwin & Gavin Roberts

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RETRO-STYLED DIGITAL CAMERAS W HAT’S ON TEST (ALL PRICES ARE FOR BODY ONLY)…

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 A range-topping rangefinder-type digital camera with plentiful buttons, knobs and dials. But can it satisfy photographers wanting hands-on control over their pics? Price £1,300 URL fujifilm.co.uk

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Olympus PEN-F Certainly the best-looking and arguably the most impressively performing digital PEN camera to date, aping the style of the 1960/70s. But can it win here? Price £999.99 URL olympus.co.uk

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Panasonic Lumix GX80 The electronics giant jumps into retro-styled cameras with both feet. But are good looks and keen pricing for this interchangeablelens compact enough? Price £509 URL panasonic.co.uk

OR THE SAVVY PHOTOGRAPHER LOOKING FOR AN ADJUNCT TO THEIR SMARTPHONE, THE DEDICATED DIGITAL COMPACT IS THE UNDISPUTED KING. BUT THIS AREA OF PHOTOGRAPHY HAS TAKEN A CURIOUS TURN OF LATE, WITH MANY CAMERA MANUFACTURERS TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE PAST.

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This has birthed an abundance of retro-styled compact system cameras (also known as CSCs, or ‘mirrorless’ models) that evoke memories of previous classics. Many of these doff their cap to the rangefinder cameras so popular in the charming days of film; a time when taking photographs was as much about point-and-hope as pointand-shoot. But while they’re resplendent with multiple manually operated knobs and dials to trick us into thinking we’re at least doing some of the creative work, make no mistake: these devices are packed with the latest technology to help even the most inexperienced photographer capture beautiful imagery. In most cases, they’re also future-proof, with the option to add sundry lenses and accessories, and incrementally upgrade the camera via firmware rather than buying a whole new model. The new generation are also mostly smaller and lighter than their forebears, thereby minimalising the risk of neck- and back-ache when you’re lugging the camera around all day. So in many ways, you’re getting the best of both worlds. The question is, which model should you choose? Here, T3 lines up three of the best – from Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic – to help you make your mind up… Subscribe to T3 today and save big! See p78

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FUJIFILM X-PRO2

DESIGN

Which of our three cameras takes the honours in terms of build and layout?

he Fujifilm X-Pro2’s rangefindertype layout – whereby the controls are prominently placed on the top plate – really encouraged us to get hands-on and experiment with it. However, unless you owned the previous model, the X-Pro1, it’s not really for picking up and using straightaway, because the ISO light-sensitivity settings are somewhat hidden – you need to lift the shutter-speed button and twist it to reveal them. The construction of this camera is reassuringly rock-like, though, thanks to a four-sided magnesiumalloy build that matches the hefty price tag. Olympus has a longer heritage in camera manufacture than its rivals here, thus its aluminium-build PEN-F has the luxury of being able to take its retro style from the original PEN-F of the 1960s/70s. As it’s another rangefinder-style camera (Olympus’s first), its design is similar to the X-Pro2’s, with manual top and frontplate dials and knobs aplenty,

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The PEN-F takes its retro style from the original PEN-F of the 1960s/70s just like in the film days. Here, we get a tilting LCD, plus a 2.36-million-dot OLED viewfinder. As with the Fujifilm, newcomers may require a period of familiarisation – but then, if you’re going to spend £1K on a camera body, it’s not really about selfies or machine-gunning. We’re not fans of the tiny backplate buttons, but generally the design and handling impress. Panasonic’s GX80 is all about classic handling, but it still boasts its fair share of modern comforts, including a tilting LCD screen that swings outward from the body, to go with the alternative of ultra-highresolution eye-level electronics, appealing to purists who prefer to compose shots with the camera held to their face. This tiny screen also features a built-in eye sensor, which automatically activates or deactivates when it detects an eyeball in the vicinity, saving both time and button presses. Even with a compact 12-32mm lens attached, the body feels commendably solid in the palm, suggesting it’s built to last (this despite the camera costing half as much as the alternatives here). 8 2 T3 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 6

The X-Pro2’s rangefinder layout will please fans of classic photography, though certain aspects are more complicated than perhaps they should be

SPECS MEGAPIXELS: 24.3 SENSOR: APS-C X-Trans CMOS III VIEWFINDER: Combined OVF & 2,360,000-dot EVF

LCD: 3.0-inch, 1,620,000 dots CONNECTIVITY: USB, Micro HDMI STORAGE: SD card

OPTICAL ALLUSIONS With interchangeable-lens cameras, available optics are as vital as the body and sensor Our Olympus and Panasonic contenders share a lens mount, so theoretically can draw on a wider range of compatible lenses than the Fujifilm. However, third-party

adapters mean that these days, practically any lens can be attached to any camera, so it’s less of an issue. If you don’t already own any lenses from previous

BATTERY: Rechargeable lithium-ion pack WEIGHT: 495g DIMENSIONS: 140.5 x 82.8 x 45.9mm

cameras, it’s worth going for a bundle deal that includes a lens or two with the camera body – as well as saving you potentially hundreds of pounds on the price you’d pay if you were buying each element separately, you can be sure they’ll have been chosen for their suitability to your particular camera.

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PANASONIC LUMIX GX80

The PEN-F is all about craftsmanship – there are no visible screws anywhere, but you will find plentiful knobs, dials and switches

With the Panasonic camera, classic styling is matched to modern comforts, and it feels more solid than a camera of this price has any right to

SPECS MEGAPIXELS: 20.3 SENSOR: Micro Four Thirds CMOS VIEWFINDER: 2,360,000-dot EVF

LCD: 3.0-inch variangle, 1,040,000 dots CONNECTIVITY: USB, Micro HDMI STORAGE: SD card

SPECS BATTERY: Rechargeable lithium-ion pack WEIGHT: 427g DIMENSIONS: 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3mm

PIXELS AREN’T EVERYTHING Don’t get hung up on numbers – there are many other things that contribute to great images The rough rule of thumb used to be: the higher number of pixels, the more detailed the images – therefore pixel count was everything. But other factors, such as the

size of the sensor in the camera – whether that be full-frame, APS-C, Four Thirds or one-inch – and the degree of image processing undertaken, also have a key role to play.

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MEGAPIXELS: 16 SENSOR: Micro Four Thirds CMOS ViEWFINDER: 2,764,800-dot EVF

The output from a 20MP camera is therefore not automatically better than that of a 16MP model, particularly if the physical size of the sensor in each is the same, as more pixels crammed onto the same-sized chip can merely result in more visible grain when taking images in tricky conditions such as low light.

LCD: 3.0-inch variangle, 1,040,000 dots CONNECTIVITY: USB, Micro HDMI STORAGE: SD card

BATTERY: Rechargeable lithium-ion pack WEIGHT: 426g DIMENSIONS: 122 x 70.6 x 43.9mm

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TEST 02:

FUJIFILM X-PRO2

FEATURES What are the smarts encouraging us to open our wallets?

he X-Pro2’s Film Simulation modes make it easy to adjust your images on the fly; for example, the saturation-boosting ‘Velvia’ option will give your pictures a lift on dull days. Another feature of this camera is its eye-level ‘hybrid’ viewfinder, meaning you have a choice of a traditional optical viewfinder or a 2.3-million-dot-resolution real-time electronic viewfinder, visible within the same window. It’s a very neat trick indeed. The PEN-F boasts the same Micro Four Thirds lens mount and sensor as the rest of the Olympus range – it’s the same size as the Panasonic’s, but smaller than the Fujifilm’s. Sensor resolution is 20 megapixels, but there’s also the slightly gimmicky option of achieving a 50-megapixel shot by combining eight sequential shots. Elsewhere, you get JPEG and Raw stills options, a dedicated video-record button, and an exposurecompensation dial. Another rewarding

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The X-Pro2 doesn’t care for selfies; it bucks the trend for adjustable LCDs with one that’s resolutely fixed, offering 1.62-million-dot resolution

You can achieve a 50MP shot by combining eight sequential shots feature is the knob situated at the front of the camera that provides access to Olympus’s on-board digital effects – a nod back to the ISO light-sensitivity dial on the original PEN-F. Want 4K-video shooting? Then the GX80 has the edge. Its high-resolution video also enables an 8MP still to be grabbed from a video sequence after the event. As you’re shooting at 25 frames per second, it’s far less likely you’ll miss a decisive moment, although you will have to tab through a bunch of frames to select your favourite one. Of course, if your skills are up to it, there’s still the core option to shoot standalone 16MP stills. And if you can’t make up your mind when pressing the shutter release, you can take advantage of what Panasonic calls Post Focus Technology, enabling the area of the image that’s sharp to be adjusted with a finger tap – again, after the original image has been shot. Panasonic hasn’t typically offered image stabilisation within its cameras, but here it offers such a feature, meaning you don’t need a dedicated anti-shake lens. 8 4 T3 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 6

A familiar four-way control pad to the rear of the X-Pro2 enables menu options to be highlighted and implemented with a simple button press

The test HOW WELL DOES IT PERFORM? THANKS TO ITS LARGE APS-C SENSOR, AND A 35MM PRIME LENS THAT PROVIDES A VIEW SIMILAR TO THE HUMAN EYE, THE FUJIFILM DELIVERS PLENTY OF DETAIL AND PUNCH ACROSS THE FRAME.

BATTERY LIFE… OR STRIFE? The ways in which camera manufacturers are putting power in your hands… Squeezing as many pictures out of your camera per battery charge as possible is always the aim, but compromises have to be made. The smaller dimensions of CSCs compared

to DSLRs costing similar mean that, typically, you’ll get 300 to 350 shots per charge for the models featured here, compared to 800 or 900 from a DSLR.

But innovations like Fujifilm’s power-saving modes on the X-Pro2 – including High Performance, Standard and Economy – enable users to choose between capture speed or maximum amount of shots for the juice available (for example, you can get 220 shots in High Performance mode, or 330 in Economy).

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PANASONIC LUMIX GX80

Aesthetically, that tilting LCD won’t be to everyone’s taste – least of all purists – but it makes viewing and framing images more flexible

The Panasonic’s LCD monitor not only offers touchscreen menu selection and focus control; it can be tilted up or down to enable high- or low-angle pics

The dustbin button has been highlighted in a striking red, making it less likely that you’ll delete your pictures by accident (we hope!)

The GX80 offers both physical controls and an LCD touchscreen. Which you use could depend on whether you’re a purist or a glutton for the modern

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HOW WELL DOES IT PERFORM? DESPITE IT HAVING A SMALL FOUR THIRDS SENSOR, THE OLYMPUS DELIVERS PLEASINGLY SHARP SHOTS. A 17MM LENS PROVIDES THE FILM EQUIVALENT OF A 34MM, AGAIN GIVING US A HUMAN-EYE-LIKE VIEW.

WHICH VIEWFINDER? Would you rather peer through glass or at a screen if holding the camera at eye level? An electronic viewfinder is basically a tiny LCD screen on which you can review shooting info, as well as seeing your subject and looking at images. An optical viewfinder, on the

other hand, provides an uncluttered real-time view of your subject, and little else. It’s perhaps no surprise that electronics companies with expertise in screen tech

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HOW WELL DOES IT PERFORM? THE PANASONIC LUMIX BOASTS A GENEROUSLY SIZED SENSOR AND A WIDE RANGE OF FRAMING OPTIONS. THE RESULTING IMAGES ARE CRISP AND COLOUR-RICH – A JOY TO BEHOLD.

tend to opt for the former, while more traditional camera brands take the optical route. Electronic viewfinders were once seen as the poor relation, but advances in resolution, and the introduction of OLED screens, mean images are virtually indistinguishable from their optical brethren.

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TEST 03:

FUJIFILM X-PRO2

SHOOTING Operational response and picture quality count above all else…

ith the Fujifilm’s price and build putting it into semi-pro territory, the performance has to be up to snuff. Though it’s not outwardly obvious, the camera has been re-worked from the inside out. It’s no surprise therefore that it’s swift to determine focus on the automatic setting, and fast to write even the highest-resolution 24MP images to card – quick enough, in fact, that it rapidly became an extension of our own arm. Undoubtedly, there are limitations, too, such as the fact that it can provide just 330 images from a full charge (even in power-saving mode), compared with 900 shots delivered by most consumer DSLRs of the same price. In terms of picture quality, it offers bags of detail in ‘Fine’ resolution JPEGs, though common complaints like purple fringing crop up in areas of high contrast, such as where branches of a tree meet a blue sky. Performance-wise, the PEN-F’s viewfinder is high resolution enough to convince us we’re looking through an optical version. Operation

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The X-Pro2 displays its semi-pro mettle by enabling users to increase the image-capture capacity via not one but two available media-card slots

The PEN-F’s touchscreen monitor is a boon for shooting and reviewing zips along, so the camera handles like we’d expect a DSLR to – there’s no sense in waiting for it to catch up. Like the Fujifilm, there are digital effects: our favourites being vivid colour and a dedicated monochrome option. The touchscreen monitor is a boon for both video and stills shooting and reviewing, as it not only tilts, it also swings out parallel to the body and angles to face the subject. The use of operational dials promotes an overall more considered approach to picture taking, and images are sharp from centre to edge. The GX80 is the easiest to get to grips with from the off. We used it with the 12-32mm zoom that comes in the box, which maintains compact proportions by virtue of needing to be manually extended before use – a slight faff. However, images are bright, colourful and crisp. Usefully, there’s also a feature whereby the central portion of the on-screen image is automatically enlarged in tandem with the camera finding its focus, enabling sharpness to be examined at the point of capture. 8 6 T3 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 6

An accessory shoe allows for the addition of a flashgun for shadow-free portraits, while users can switch between electronic or optical viewfinder

LENS CHOICES It’s important that you pick the right optic for the type of photographs you’re taking Are you looking to replace the lens bundled with the camera for something better – by which we mean an optic delivering sharper and brighter results? There are a plethora of choices

out there, and it can be a little overwhelming making a decision. Ultimately, the smaller the lens’s ‘f’ number, the greater the amount of light that’s let into your shots.

For example, an f2 lens will be brighter – sometimes referred to as ‘faster’ – than an f11 lens. Also bear in mind that a ‘prime’ or standard lens, with a fixed focal length of, say, 50mm, will typically give sharper, more detailed results than a jack-of-alltrades zoom with a focal length of, say, 28-70mm.

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PANASONIC LUMIX GX80

Enthusiasts will relish being able to adjust exposure compensation and key settings with a thumb spin of a beautifully engineered top-plate wheel

The GX80’s li-ion battery provides juice for up to 290 photos if using the rear monitor, dropping to 260 shots if using the electronic viewfinder

Chunky controls and real craftsmanship are the order of the day with this camera: a large and bright viewfinder nestles next to a vacant hotshoe

A built-in, pop-up flash provides a useful fall-back when a bit of fill-in illumination is needed, though there’s space to add a camera flash, too

DIGITAL-EFFECTS FILTERS Should you add visual punch to your shots in-camera, or use image software later? Most photography purists would argue that you’re better off shooting a ‘Raw’ image – ie one that’s uncompressed and hasn’t had a lot of processing forced on it by the camera –

and then tweaking your shot in editing software later. However, there’s long been a trend of manufacturers offering digital effects within the device itself, which can be applied

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either before or after the shot is taken. Generally speaking, the best results are achieved by using software like Adobe Photoshop, where you can take your time exploring the vast array of effects and tools. However, in-camera filters are good for those in a rush, or who don’t take their photography too seriously.

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The overall winner is… 1st Panasonic Lumix GX80 Price: £509

URL: panasonic.co.uk

T3 RATES: In terms of bang for your buck, the Panasonic aces it in present company. For us, image quality is number one, followed by build and handling, and then value for money – and on all of these counts, it’s hard to find fault with the GX80. Buy the lens bundle/s for even better value.

T3 SLATES: We’d like an even greater degree of articulation for the tilting LCD, plus it was easy to forget to extend the 12-32mm zoom manually before turning the camera on. T3 SAYS: A solid build and feature set, plus detailed images, equal a great package.

2nd Fujifilm X-Pro2

3rd Olympus PEN-F Price: £999.99 URL: olympus.co.uk

Price: £1,300 URL: fujifilm.co.uk

T3 RATES: The highest sensor resolution in the Olympus range at 20MP; dual tilting LCD or OLED viewfinder. T3 SLATES: The tiny backplate buttons feel like a sacrifice to make the camera smaller. T3 SAYS: Promotes a considered approach to creating images.

T3 RATES: 24MP APS-C sensor and processor four times faster than its predecessor; ‘hybrid’ viewfinder. T3 SLATES: Requires patience while you get used to it. T3 SAYS: A sound choice if you can stomach the price tag.

FIVE WAYS TO GET MORE FROM YOUR CAMERA 01 FUJIFILM FUJINON XF 35MM F/2 R WR LENS A weather-proof compact lens for Fujifilm ‘X’ system cameras, including the X-Pro2. It provides 53mm-equivalent focal length, an angle of view equivalent to the human eye, plus a solid build that’ll withstand the elements. £299, fujifilm.co.uk

02 KAISER ‘ACTION STRAP’ This camera strap with a wide, padded shoulder rest comfortably runs diagonally across the chest and back, making for safe and convenient carrying, as well as fast and 8 8 T3 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 6

easy access when taking photos or shooting video on the go. An additional tether strap keeps the main strap in position during fast moves, with a coupling piece attaching via your camera’s tripod thread. From £43, kaiser.de

03 VANGUARD ‘HAVANA’ BAG Inspired by the crumbling Cuban capital, this classic bag doesn’t scream that it has expensive camera equipment inside – and you can also convert it into a general-use messenger bag by removing the insert. £74, vanguardworld.co.uk

04 METZ 44 AF-2 FLASHGUN

05 SEVENOAK CAMERA STABILISER PRO

One flash for stills and video? Check out this versatile thirdparty flashgun aimed at DSLR and CSC users. The Metz features a guide number of 44 (ISO100 and 105mm), a motorised 24-105mm zoom, a bounce and swivel head, an integrated 12mm wide-angle diffuse, a flip-out bouncereflector card and an LED lamp. Firmware updates are available via the integrated USB socket. £179.99, metzflash.co.uk

We’re all familiar with the Steadicam concept that enables smooth-looking video footage when you’re on the move. An alternative that works along the same principles is the Camera Stabiliser Pro. This budget option boasts a flexible handgrip, a three-axis gimbal, adjustable counterweight discs, front and back trim screws, and a quickrelease mounting platform. From £143.94, sevenoak.biz

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Offering a wide-angle, 24mm-equivalent focal length, this dust- and splash-proof lens has been engineered for pro-level Lumix owners. The f1.4 aperture is useful for low-light shooting, while the lens’s autofocus can keep up with 4K video shooting. £1,200, panasonic.co.uk

MYMYK CAMERA AUDIO SYSTEMS

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Plan to shoot video on your GX80? Get better sound via Aussie firm Mymyk. We recommend the SmartMyk shotgun mic and windshield, and also the SmartLynk compact two-channel mixer, which enables you to monitor sound before and during recording. From £59, mymyk.com

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A pro-level continuous LED light intended for use both indoors and out. It features barn doors for shaping the light, while, being LED, it remains cool to the touch. From £999, rotolight.com

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Want a camera backpack that doesn’t overtly resemble one? Check out Tamrac’s Hoodoo duo: the ‘18’ bag is aimed at mirror-less camera users (such as the GX80), while the larger ‘20’ model’s appeal is in its dual functionality, converting from a backpack into a standalone shoulder bag. From £89.99, tamrac.co.uk

Yes, we can always buy a biggercapacity media card if we want to shoot more stills and video in the field. But an alternative for power users is a portable drive. The T3 (great name!) also enables blazing-fast file transfer: read/write speeds of up to 450MB/s, with a USB 3.1 interface up to four times faster than alternative HDD solutions. £TBC, samsung.co.uk

AND HERE ARE A FEW MORE CONSIDERATIONS…

01 ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD 2015.5 A new feature of this updated editing software is ‘Face Aware Liquify’, where you can ‘turn up’ a smile on a subject’s mouth. From £8.99, adobe.com

02 SNAPP GUIDES A brilliant locationfinding app that helps you to discover new places to take photographs and shoot video. You’ll never be short of inspiration again. From £Free, snappguides.co

03 TETHER TOOLS TETHERPRO CABLES

04 TENBA COOPER BAGS

05 INSTAX SHARE SP-2

Shooting with your camera attached to a computer lets you monitor your output on a large display. Tether Tools makes some of the best. From £10, tethertools.com

Weather-resistance is a key feature of the canvas and leather ‘Cooper’ line-up. Bags come in four sizes, to accommodate everything. From £125, tenba.com

The SP-2 can produce 100 credit-card-sized prints from a single charge, while the free app has lots of cool filters and templates. £164.99, fujifilm.co.uk

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MAN VS MACHINE:

THE OFF-ROAD CHALLENGE CAN HIGH-TECH RUNNING SHOES AND A GPS WATCH POWER OUR RUNNER PAST A 339HP RANGE ROVER ALONG A MUDDY TRAIL? THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT... WORDS

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LUKE EDWARDS & SPENCER HART

PHOTOGRAPHY

JOE BRANSTON

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The mission To run/drive a mud-caked forest trail near Eastnor Castle in Hertfordshire, to see whether man or machine copes better off-road.

The men Action-man Luke (@techadventurez) insists that no terrain is too extreme for him. Spencer lies in bed until 11am most days, but he knows how to drive.

The tech LUKE’S KIT Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX £110, adidas.co.uk Garmin Epix £420, buy.garmin.com Osprey Raptor 14 £100, ospreyeurope.com Nike Dri-FIT Knit T-shirt £55 (men’s), nike.com New Balance Impact 5 £28, newbalance.co.uk Adidas Response Long Tights £40, adidas.co.uk Clif Bars & High5 Gels £Various, wiggle.co.uk Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge £639, samsung.com SPENCER’S KIT Range Rover Vogue SE SDV8 £83,750, landrover.co.uk Oakley Latch £120, uk.oakley.com

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This month’s Man Vs Tech is more like Man Vs Machine, as fitness freak, er, enthusiast Luke Edwards takes on a topend Range Rover, driven by car buff Spencer Hart, over a challenging off-road course somewhere in Hertfordshire. To see how good-old-fashioned muscle copes against the latest motoring tech, let’s hear from Luke and Spencer… THE RACE FROM LUKE’S PERSPECTIVE: The white Range Rover looks out of place in the dense forest. I stand beside it, trying to hide my pre-race nerves. The constant attack of flies, thick ferns and stench of stagnant water makes me feel like I’ve landed a part in a Star Wars film – except I have no back-up from Ewoks for this battle. What I do have is some top kit. One of my choices is a pair of Adidas Response Long Tights, and I’m confident they’ll do a good job of keeping the flies from biting. Not that those critters will have much chance of keeping up once we set off. We begin the race – I explode off the start line, trying to put as much distance between me and the car as possible. I can’t run flat-out, as I need to find the right footing in the undergrowth, but I still outpace the Range Rover, which is forced

“I’ll find a pokémon today if it’s the last thing I do…”

to slow for deep water. I imagine it being wet inside the car, too, from Spencer’s tears. I head high through the trees to break out of the woods first. Between me and the finish line is a valley. While the Range Rover has to ease up to negotiate the hill, gravity enables me to waft down. I thought the Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX kicks would earn their worth in the mud, but it’s actually on steep declines that they impress the most. At some points, I come close to performing a bum-slide manoeuvre, yet the Continental soles make sure I don’t fall

flat on my face. Ultimately, that means I stay ahead. Until the terrain levels out… The level field isn’t ideal. Even at full pace, the open stretches mean I’m soon eating Spencer’s dust. My Osprey backpack has a built-in water pack, so washing that dust out is a doddle. I’ve also crammed the quick-access pockets with Clif Bars and High5 Gels for a quick refuel. I then ditch the bag for the fastest possible finish. Thanks to the maps built into the Garmin Epix watch, I’m able to see my paths clearly without having to dig out my phone.

MUDDY GOOD TECH This kit is on-point for off-road adventures

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If you want to drive off-road in comfort and style, there’s only one vehicle to do it in, and that’s a Range Rover Vogue SE. Spencer piloted the 339hp SDV8 diesel model, but no matter which you choose, you’ll be able to hit the dirt with the utmost confidence. £83,750, landrover.co.uk

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Featuring Adidas’s energy-replenishing Boost technology, a waterproof GoreTex membrane and soles made by the tyre manufacturer Continental to ensure maximum grip, these running shoes are essential for the athlete who likes to veer off the beaten track. £110, adidas.co.uk

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GARMIN EPIX This GPS-GLONASS mapping watch enables you to plan your route from your wrist. A high-res, 1.4-inch colour touchscreen means you don’t have to squint, a stainlesssteel EXO antenna boosts signal, and 8GB of internal memory means you can load up on maps. £420, buy.garmin.com

OSPREY RAPTOR 14

Marketed as a cycling bag, the Raptor 14 is also perfect for running. It features a generous 14 litres of storage space, a built-in water pack, secure front straps, a plethora of pockets for carrying your tech, a ventilated back and a LidLock helmet attachment. £100, ospreyeurope.com

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Nike’s innovative top is a worthy addition to an athlete’s get-up. Made of a quick-drying, sweatwicking material, it boasts a slightly wider neck to minimise irritation, as well as subtle safety reflectors so that errant Range Rover drivers will be able to spot you. £55 (men’s), nike.com

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Samsung’s flagship smartphone not only features a stunning screen, a great camera and a superfast processor, it’s also IP68certified. This means it can survive under 1.5 metres of water for up to half an hour. Dust and sand shouldn’t be an issue, either. £639, samsung.com

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THIS PAGE Luke better get out of the way soon otherwise he’s going to be roadkill!

“It’s on steep declines that the Adidas Terrex Agravic kicks impress the most”

Wade sensors on the Range Rover’s InControl screen calculate water depth

The waterproof Galaxy S7 Edge coped admirably with Luke’s sneezing

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The Continental soles on the Adidas shoes provide confidence-inspiring grip

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“Can’t stop – I’m late for the teddy bears’ picnic!”

As big, red sacks go, the Osprey is way more techy than the one Santa carries

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If you have 80-odd grand to spare and you like off-roading, look no further

The Garmin Epix – so good, it’ll take your mind off how hairy your arms are

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On the occasions that I do refer to my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, it copes admirably with getting soaking-wet after puddle-jumps. IP68 waterproofing is just one of the phone’s many fantastic features. The final stretch is marked with steep rocks but, armed with grippy kicks and lightweight kit, I explode up this section, leaving the car in my wake. No amount of kit can stop the acid in my thighs on the finish line, but it’s worth it to taste victory. I expect a Star Wars-style medal ceremony but get a bottle of water instead – which is probably better. I won, and not even a teary-eyed Spencer whinging about comfort can take that away from me.

THE RACE FROM SPENCER’S PERSPECTIVE: This whole shebang started during a spirited conversation over a pint. “F**k off! There’s no way you’re faster than a Land Rover,” I spluttered, fuelled by liquid courage. Fast forward two weeks, and we’re standing in a muddy forest, surrounded by flies, with a 10km route in front of us. The excuses start early. Luke is stiff due to “over-training”, while I’m worried about tyre pressure and whether I’ll have to pay for any damage to the Range Rover. I climb in, set the air-con to a crisp 18 degrees, and move my seat into the perfect position. Once I’m comfy, it’s time to prepare the vehicle for the first part of the race. This means increasing the ride height (which is easy, thanks to the air suspension), setting the Terrain Response system to ‘Mud and Ruts’, and engaging the low-range gearbox

“I crawl over the boulders, scared I’ll rip the Range Rover’s bumper off” to help get traction. It doesn’t take long and is easy to do, despite Luke’s incessant complaints about the smell outside. I signal to Luke that I’m ready, and before I know it, he’s torn off through the dense forest. My start is a little slower – whereas he can take the most direct route, I’m confined to a narrow, waterlogged path. The water is full of mud, so I can’t see how deep it is. A few taps on the InControl screen brings up the vehicle’s wade sensors, which tell me the depth of the water and if I’m in too deep. This stops me from flooding the engine and requiring a tow. Once out of the forest, it’s time to descend into the valley. Despite Luke’s quick start, I manage to draw level with him, until we come to a 45-degree incline. I slow to a complete stop while Luke ploughs on. This isn’t a slope you’d drive down in a regular car – it’s almost vertical. But I engage Hill Descent Control, which will enable me to drive down the slope without touching the brake pedal, and pull up to the brink. The Range Rover slowly rolls over the edge. Releasing the brake pedal is petrifying, like I’m on some kind of theme-park ride, but the HDC system quickly kicks in and the ABS rolls me safely down to terra firma.

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I can see Luke in the distance. Between us is a flat, open field. Perfect – I can finally use the full potential of that massive diesel engine. With ‘Grass, Gravel, Snow’ selected in the Terrain Response System, I floor the throttle and catch up with Luke in no time. I consider running him over and storming to victory, but I settle for steamrolling past, just close enough to kick dust into his face. I approach the final obstacle – a rock climb. Reverting to low range, I crawl over the boulders, scared I’ll rip the bumper off. Out of nowhere, Luke comes tearing past, jumping from rock to rock like Spider-Man. After successfully negotiating the rock crawl with all bumpers intact, I’m able to stretch the Range Rover’s legs again. But it’s too late. As I tear up the hill overlooking Eastnor Castle, Luke comes into view, bent double at the finish line trying to catch his breath. I pull up beside him, trying not to look dejected. While Luke gloats, I decide that, even though he’s ‘technically’ won, my journey was more comfy and enjoyable – so who really won? I’ll let you decide... NEXT MONTH Can the latest in golf tech improve your swing? Our man finds out!

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ISSUE 260 / OCT 16

REVIEWED IN DEPTH THIS MONTH... 100 Under Armour Healthbox 104 Smart food processors 106 Digital radios 108 Xbox One S 110 Our Gadgets 112 Games/Apps

Well fit Under Armour’s Healthbox is the one-stop-shop to perfect health p100

How we test… OUR MISSION IS TO BRING YOU THE CLEAREST RECOMMENDATIONS WE CAN – AND THAT MEANS A GREAT DEAL OF HARD WORK HAPPENS BEFORE A PRODUCT EVEN REACHES OUR PAGES! EDITED BY NICK ODANTZIS

Because we only feature products the T3 team would happily use ourselves, we end up discarding a significant number of options in each category before settling on a final shortlist to review. In this respect, T3 Select does exactly what it says on the tin, picking only the best of the best to test; the gear we know you’ll want to seriously consider purchasing.

And that should mean an end to you having to undertake hours of painstaking research and product comparisons. You won’t see any duff products featured in our tests, but you will come away with clarity on which one is the best in its category or for a specific task: our awards badges (see below) ensure that everything T3 recommends is clearly highlighted on the page. It goes without saying that every product in T3 Select has been thoroughly tested by our team of experts, enabling you to buy with total confidence.

The scores explained Forget it

Below average

Good for the price

Very good all round

An exceptional, best-in-class product

Our five awards

Only the best products – those that score five stars – receive our coveted Platinum Award

This is given to winners of our group tests, so you can see exactly which is the best at a glance

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This accolade and others like it show you which gear is best for specific features or tasks

For kit that demonstrates exceptional industrial design and refinement, in addition to being great

Awarded to products that are energy-efficient or help to protect the natural environment

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REVIEW

NAME-CHECK Step on the UA Scale and it’ll say, “Hi [your name].” It’s one of several nice touches in the system

Box of tricks UNDER ARMOUR’S NEW HEALTHBOX IS THE WORLD’S FIRST “CONNECTED FITNESS SYSTEM”, BUT THE QUESTION IS, WILL IT ACTUALLY MAKE YOU FITTER AND HEALTHIER? portswear manufacturer Under Armour and smartphone maker HTC have teamed up to create the HealthBox. Stars such as Andy Murray and, er, The Rock are said to be using this “connected fitness system”, which comprises three bits of tech – the UA Band, the UA Heart Rate and the UA Scale – intended to keep you obsessing over your self-generated data, ultimately boosting your health and fitness. It sounds impressive, but does it actually all work cohesively? The HealthBox’s main USP? Having everything you need to take care of your fitness, all under one roof and using just one app. To complement the three aforementioned items, there’s the UA SpeedForm Gemini 2 Record Equipped smart shoes (£130), which track and record your workout data so you needn’t carry any tech with you (gasp). And the UA Headphones Wireless (£149.99),

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which are guaranteed never to fall out. But for this review, we’re going to focus on the three main gadgets.

ABOVE With everything you need to stay fit in one box,

BAND AID

you no longer

First up, the UA Band. Unlike some fitness bands, it’s light, subtle and comfortable. It’s stylish, too, and as data only appears when prompted, it looks like a bracelet this reviewer might’ve worn at university in an ill-fated attempt to impress female students by looking a bit cultural. We can verify that it’s showerproof as claimed, and responsive to finger swipes. There’s a good amount of tech inside and data sent to the screen, though the display is small and difficult to read in sunlight. A pedometer will count your steps (and, subsequently, calories burned), or there’s a range of preprogrammed workouts around running, walking, cycling and the gym. Even when you hit the sack, an accelerometer measures your

have any excuses

tossing and turning to record sleep patterns. That feature is automatic, but you need to inform the Band if you’re starting a fitness activity. The heart-rate sensor monitors stuff like your total sleep duration and hours of light or deep sleep; when you woke and your resting heart rate – crucial for the more enthusiastic among us, as it means we can detect potential overtraining or a low immune system. Heart-rate data is resting rather than continuous, but it’s addictive trying to get the score down. The claimed battery life is up to five days, but we only got around two.

SPECIFICATIONS PRICE £349 URL underarmour.co.uk CONTENTS UA Band, UA Heart Rate, UA Scale UA BAND FEATURES Step counter, sleep monitor, activity alert, phone notifications, easy syncing, workout log, music control, alarm clock UA BAND BATTERY LIFE Up to five days UA HEART RATE SIZE One size fits all UA HEART RATE CONNECTIVITY Bluetooth-compatible UA SCALE USER PROFILES Eight

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Select UNDER ARMOUR HEALTHBOX RESISTANCE IS FUTILE The UA Scale fires electrical pulses at you to measure ‘resistance’ (muscle conducts electricity much better than fat)

The Band offers a range of fitness workouts across different disciplines NICK ODANTZIS, DEPUTY EDITOR SUBTLE STYLE The UA Band is really comfortable, light and flexible. Having no data immediately visible is a nice touch and helps make it stylishly subtle

TRAFFIC LIGHTS The light on the UA Heart Rate strap glows a different colour according to how hard you’re working, helping to keep your workout honest – and make others think you might be an alien

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REVIEW

The HealthBox gives you more fitness data than ever

The flashing light on the Heart Rate strap

Some teething issues with data accuracy

This is from a 30-minute USB charge – a short amount of time, though a weak magnet makes fitting the lead a little tricky. Unlike with some of the competition, you can perform functions on the Band itself, rather than needing to head into the smartphone app. Notifications work well, and you can even control music playback from it. Alerts to remind you to get up from your desk aren’t exactly original, but they’re still helpful. Alerts for phone notifications, each mile reached on a run, or the fact that you’re closing in on a target, are welcome too. The Band vibrates when you’re up to 85 and 95 per cent of your daily activity goal, adding a heady climax to your day (or perhaps some furious pacing up and down the kitchen). There’s no GPS (though carry your phone and the app will record

TOP Athletes said to be using the HealthBox include Anthony Joshua and Andy Murray

ABOVE LEFT The UA Band automatically

your route), so distances for example are maybe not as accurate as other devices. And it can’t track ascent. Though it’ll give you a minute/mile pace, the UA Band isn’t in danger of replacing a GPS watch any time soon. So it’s a good if unspectacular fitness band. But combine it with the UA Heart Rate strap and things get a bit more impressive…

tracks steps, distance,

FEELING STRAPPED

resting heart

Wrap the strap around your chest, and the heart-rate (and calorie-burning) readings get more accurate – the former being continuous as you work out. Neatly, it’ll tell a little light on the Band which colour to glow according to how hard you’re running in the gym. Green is little more than a bimble. Yellow and orange are more like it. Hit Red and you’re heading towards the

rate and sleep

ABOVE RIGHT The UA Scale is Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled, and recognises up to eight individuals

hurt locker. The H on the strap flashes blue while active, and since it’ll be worn under a top for most users, fellow gymgoers may suspect you’re an alien. Easily the heaviest and largest part of the package is the sleek, black UA Scale. If you’re trying to lose weight, there’s no hiding from it. It syncs with your phone and the UA Record app, and will record up to eight different profiles, so the whole family can use it. Stand on it with a phone in your pocket and it’ll greet you by name, weight and, impressively, body-fat percentage. And the latter isn’t one of those always-inaccurate weight and height formulas. The Scale fires electrical pulses at you and measures “the resistance” (muscle conducts electricity much better than fat). However, there are some question marks about its accuracy and

The alternatives FITBIT CHARGE HR A press of a discreet button on the water-resistant Charge HR gives loads of info, including distance travelled, stairs climbed and continuous heart rate. It also displays call and text notifications. £119.99, fitbit.com/uk 1 0 2 T3 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 6

MICROSOFT BAND

JAWBONE UP MOVE

Sensors track all the usual data, plus UV and stress levels, while a colour touchscreen displays phone notifications. As well as heartrate monitoring and GPS, there are 125 workouts. £169.99, microsoft.com/microsoft-band/en-gb

It may look like a humble pedometer, but the Up Move does loads more. It shows daily steps and sleep patterns, sets goals via Smart Coach, and links with other apps such as Strava. £39.99, jawbone.com

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With this trio of gadgets, we were more healthobsessed than ever before NICK ODANTZIS, DEPUTY EDITOR

SINK OR SWIM The UA Band is waterresistant, so it’s OK for showers and washing-up, but it’s not built to safely survive swimming

consistency, for the time being at least; some of the suggested weights were simply unrealistic. It also recalibrates every time it gets moved – so you might want to notify the cleaner.

GOING ON RECORD The info from all three gadgets feeds back to the UA Record app, available on Android and iOS. The data is initially presented in four slices of a circle (cruelly, like a pizza) – Activity, Fitness, Sleep and Nutrition – matching your daily achievements against your goals. Tap on a segment to bury deeper into the data, and whimper at graphs showing how little quality sleep you’re getting. The heart-rate data is especially enlightening, telling you how long you spent in each HR zone during your workout (though it’s not obvious how you view older workouts). In reality, you’ll need a coach to show you how to best make use of this data and improve your performance. The app can give you basic nutrition tips, too, but you’ll want to download UA’s MyFitnessPal food diary for more accurate food tracking, while the Run Trainer app offers training programmes for a variety of distances. Indeed, UA Record is compatible with a host of other apps, including Apple’s HealthKit; and there’s social-media compatibility, too, as you’d expect. MapMyFitness and MapMyRun also

offer worthwhile complementary features, such as route recording. What’s more, UA Record works with numerous other fitness bands and GPS sportswatches, such as Suunto’s. You can create challenges with pals to help stay motivated (pick your chubbier mates for an easy win). Another benefit of the app is that, based on your data, you’re given suggestions on everything from sleep to physical activity, with comparisons drawn to other similarly aged users. You can answer a “How Do You Feel?” question every day, rating your overall wellness from one to ten (handy for comparing your moods in relation to your diet and exercise). And you can also add notes – maybe you could tell it all about how you didn’t get that Lego castle you wanted for your seventh birthday. So what’s our overall impression of this new health-and-fitness ecosystem? Well, in the brief time we spent with the HealthBox, we became obsessed with it. We felt more competitive – with ourselves – about weight and body fat, steps and calories burned, and even improving our resting-heart-rate score first thing in the morning, than we’d ever felt before. That must be partly due to the ease of use, and the way all the information comes together in one place. We knew more about

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what our body was doing, and therefore we were more involved and more focused on making it healthier. Downsides? There are question marks about the accuracy of some of the data. And you could already buy the components separately – though here you’re getting a unified system working in harmony under one app, saving you having to sift through reams of data from different ones. There’s also heaps of potential in the HealthBox, especially when you throw the shoes and earphones into the mix. It’s not cheap, though, so it’s aimed at the seriously sporty user rather than those happy to merely count their daily steps and lose a few pounds for a wedding.

T3 RATES The HealthBox ecosystem will track your fitness and health, both day and night. T3 SLATES There were a few issues with data accuracy; the UA Band’s screen is a little basic; and only fitness fanatics would want to spend £350 on it. T3 SAYS This is a fitness pack that’s full of potential for the tech-loving fitness freak.

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Tefal Cook4Me THIS CUDDLY BALL OF A COOKER WANTS TO MAKE YOU A TOP DINNER IN UNDER FIVE MINUTES

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Kenwood kCook TOO LAZY TO STIR? THE KCOOK LETS YOU ADD INGREDIENTS, THEN SLOPE OFF TO WATCH TV

£189, TEFAL.CO.UK

£200, KENWOODWORLD.COM

DESIGN

DESIGN

The Snorlax of the multi cooker world, the Cook4Me is cute, but deceptively huge. If your kitchen isn’t gigantic, this is going to dominate your worktop. It needs the space because it’s a pressure cooker, not just a regular one.

Looking like a piece of science equipment, the kCook isn’t super-chic. But it is far smaller than the Cook4Me while still being able to cook up 1.5-litres in one go. The myriad of buttons on the front panel demos its hands-on approach.

FEATURES

FEATURES

Embracing its techy side, the Cook4Me has a colour screen on its front and a little knob to let you select from the 50 inbuilt recipes. There’s Bluetooth to connect to a phone, but the app is pretty buggy. It isn’t quite as smart as it looks.

This is a real one-stop cooking monster. It chops, it stirs and it cooks. Sauté? Steam? No problem. It’s low on show-off smarts, but does have some recipe presets and an app that breaks down recipes into step-by-step kCook instructions.

PERFORMANCE

PERFORMANCE

You get different cooking modes, including standard pan-style cooking, steaming and pressure cooking, which will zap a stew in 20 minutes rather than two hours. It doesn’t chop or stir for you, though. It’s a cooker. Full stop.

You don’t get ultra-fast pressure cooking here, but auto-stirring makes getting out of the kitchen to spend quality time with the TV much easier. Its one annoyance is the whirring noise it makes while stirring. It ain’t silent.

USABILITY

USABILITY

With a slight excess of interface, you do have to perform a bit of knob-swizzling to get started. However, with one central bowl to clean there’s not much maintenance involved. But be warned: the bowl may bogart your entire drying rack. RATES Stylish lines. Pressure cooking is quiet and effective. On-screen recipes are a nice touch. SLATES Big enough to be impractical for some. Doesn’t chop or stir. Smartphone integration needs work.

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Keep it simple, stupid. Sure, there are cooking presets and a companion app, but there’s also a big ‘chop’ button on the front. You don’t get much more intuitive than that. It’s a smart cooker that doesn’t tangle you up with show-off features.

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RATES Auto-Stirring is extremely handy. The kCook is also fairly petite – so won’t crowd your worktop. SLATES In no way a style icon. There’s no pressure cooking, which is a little annoying.

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SUPER SIX

Making waves DIGITAL RADIOS HAVE COME OF AGE, COMBINING CUTTING-EDGE CONNECTIVITY WITH SHARP DESIGN. BUT WHICH WILL BE YOUR NEXT HOUSEHOLD COMPANION? Words: Steve May

01 ONE FOR DAZZLING PERFORMANCE

02 ONE FOR MAKING A STATEMENT

RUARK R1 MK3

REVO SUPERSIGNAL

£199.99, www.ruarkaudio.com

£120, www.revo.co.uk

When it comes to design, the Ruark R1 Mk3 smashes it. Boasting a beautiful satin finish and a satisfying rotary control with a finger-sized dimple, it’s about as tactile as digital radios get. Sources include DAB/DAB+, FM, Bluetooth and a line input. There’s also a USB for device charging. Performance is simply dazzling. There’s copious amounts of volume on tap (output is a hefty 9W), and it doesn’t disintegrate when you crank it up. During a quick blast of Limp Bizkit, it really did justice to the US band’s grungey riffs. An optional battery pack means it never has to leave your side.

With its big rotary dial and stylish wood/ aluminium construction, the SuperSignal is a good deal more imposing than the average digital radio. This walnut warrior even comes with a remote control! A 10W amp ensures a forceful presentation with plenty of mid-range wallop – it sounds like someone has downsized your gran’s radiogram. There are DAB/DAB+ and FM tuners on board, plus support for Bluetooth aptX streaming – and you can hook up additional sources via stereo phono cables or a 3.5 mini-jack. The 2.4-inch OLED display is bright and clear.

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JOHN LEWIS ASTRO CLOCK RADIO £59.95, www.johnlewis.com

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If you have a cluttered bedside table, you may want to consider this rather light and plasticky DAB+/FM compact radio. The top-mounted volume knob, with snooze and alarm settings, looks the part, and the display is large – but sonically the Astro seems almost weightless. There’s no sense of mid-bass, and vocal sibilance is an issue. Amplification is rated at 5W. Digital reception was the worst in our group, collapsing into a gurgle with the slightest movement. The telescopic aerial needs to be fully extended for decent reception.

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DIGITAL RADIOS

igital radios have evolved massively over the past few years. With DAB/DAB+ and FM tuners commonplace, and Bluetooth bringing streaming convenience (and much better audio

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performance) to the table, the latest models are must-have additions to any household. And it’s not just the technology that’s improved. Manufacturers have become a lot bolder with their designs, mixing classic tropes with high-quality components

04 ONE FOR PORTABILITY

and finishes – particularly at the upper end of the market. So choosing a radio that blends seamlessly with your home furnishings is as much a consideration as the functionality of these things. T3 reviews six of the best to help you buy wisely…

05 ONE FOR QUIET LISTENING

06 ONE FOR APPLE FASHIONISTAS

SONY XDR-V1BTD

PURE ELAN E3

VQ RETRO MK II

£150, www.sony.co.uk

£69.99, www.pure.com

£99.99, www.myvq.co.uk

Not only does this tall-standing radio boast DAB/DAB+, FM and Bluetooth streaming with NFC one-touch coupling, it also has a built-in rechargeable battery, so you can drag it from den to decking without missing a beat of your favourite tunes. The wraparound grille hides two drivers that angle outwards. This doesn’t deliver stereo per se, but it guarantees a great off-axis performance. Sonically, it’s a little light on bass, though it excels when it comes to vocal clarity. Aesthetically, the top of the unit is a bit of an ugly button-fest, and if you squeeze hard it creaks.

With its classic ‘alarm and snooze’ design, the Elan E3 was clearly manufactured with your bedroom in mind. The build is lightweight but nicely finished. Audio sources include DAB/ DAB+, FM and aux in. The killer feature, though, is the 2.8-inch colour TFT LCD display, which outshines anything else here. In truth, there’s precious little bass to the sonic performance, but the driver is crisp and lively. That said, the forward-facing design limits off-angle listening. Only around half the volume range is useable – the Elan E3 complains bitterly beyond that.

The largest of all the radios tested here by some margin, the Retro Mk II is available in no fewer than 11 hues – so finding something to match your home shouldn’t be hard. In addition to DAB/DAB+, FM and Bluetooth, there’s a 3.5mm mini-jack, a USB charging port and an Apple Lightning dock (which seems very retro). Sonically, this VQ makes a fittingly large noise (there’s 2 x 10W available), but it can sound unrefined at loud volumes. Still, if you want room-filling sound, it’s up to the job. There’s also an optional rechargeable battery pack if you fancy taking it on a picnic.

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REVIEW

DIMPLY THE BEST Gone is the industrial black grating, replaced by a fresh colour scheme and a dimpled chassis

Xbox One S MICROSOFT HAS RETURNED TO BAT WITH A SMALLER AND CONSIDERABLY WHITER CONSOLE. THE QUESTION IS, THOUGH, IS IT AN UPGRADE WORTHY OF YOUR CASH? T3 FINDS OUT... ur first reaction when removing the Xbox One S from its box was, “Well, that’s much more desirable as an object.” The console’s smaller overall footprint, cleaner lines, and fresh and light colour scheme, give it a modern aesthetic and, interestingly, much more of a presence when viewed in person compared to the original Xbox One. Another thing that immediately stands out is the new, dimpled patternation that covers large swathes of the console. Yes, the ugly, black industrial grating of the original Xbox One is no more, with the front, sides and half the top of the system now covered with little indents. This styling continues at the rear of the system, where a strip of air holes acts as a cooling grille. Microsoft has always been good at the setting-up process, and it’s business as usual as soon as you press the controller’s Xbox button.

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A series of slick menus clearly guide you through set-up, with things like hooking the system up to your home network a seamless experience. Of course, as soon as you’ve got the Xbox One S online during set-up, it immediately updates. This is necessary for switching on the console’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray playback and streaming capabilities.

4K ULTRA HD HOTNESS Because that’s really why you’re buying this new system, right? Sure, the £349 version we tested gives you a generous 2TB hard drive, but it’s ultimately the 4K capability you’re investing in, isn’t it? If it’s not, that sure is a lot of money to burn on what amounts to just a slightly smaller system with a more pleasing aesthetic and a streamlined controller. The good news is that, once the Xbox One S is set up and loaded with the update, and once the relevant apps are downloaded, the 4K experience

ABOVE Sleeker than before, the new Xbox is a compact, 4K gaming powerhouse

is superb. For a start, the system automatically detects if you’re running a 4K TV, and asks to upgrade the dash’s resolution accordingly. Once you’ve got it displaying at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, streaming or playing content in 4K is as simple as starting the relevant app – such as Netflix or Amazon Prime – or loading your 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of choice (we watched some Stranger Things, Salt and Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice – Ultimate Edition). You know that 2TB hard drive we spoke about? Well, unsurprisingly, you don’t get to use all of that storage

SPECIFICATIONS PRICE £249 for 500GB version; £299 for 1TB version; £349 for 2TB version (reviewed) URL www.xbox.com COLOUR White DIMENSIONS (L x W x D) 300 x 200 x 70mm FEATURES 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray playback; HDR support; IR Blaster; wireless Bluetooth controller with textured grip (extra controllers are available for £49.99 each); Kinect compatibility (via an adapter)

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THIN CONTROLLER Sleeker and lighter, and now featuring a textured grip, the new controller is designed for animated gaming

space. Fresh out of set-up, you’re left with 1.6TB of usable space to store your games and media, with the operating system and core files taking up the other 400GB. Do we think this is an issue? No, not at all. By our quick calculations, 1.6TB enables you to install about 30 AAA, space-intensive games before you hit any cap, which is more than enough for most users.

ANY OTHER NOTABLES? As to the all-important question of whether you should run out right now and buy an Xbox One S – well, that depends on your current set-up and future usage scenarios. If you intend to build a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection and are looking for a cheap player to kick things off; a player that also doubles up as a home console; then the Xbox One S is an excellent choice. Even if you currently own an original Xbox One, we still think it’s a good choice and a worthy upgrade.

If, however, you don’t have a 4K TV and are in no rush to start streaming and playing content at this resolution, wanting just a high-powered gaming machine instead, then the Xbox One S probably isn’t the system for you.

T3 RATES Cleaner, slimmer styling; plentiful storage; redesigned wireless controller; built-in power supply; 4K and HDR support; smooth streaming. T3 SLATES If you’re not bothered about 4K, the outlay is quite hefty; there’s no real power increase for gaming. T3 SAYS It’s impossible not to be impressed by the Xbox One S’s ability to act not just as a slick gaming console but also a 4K UHD Blu-ray player and streamer.

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THE T3 TEAM TAKE ON LONG-TERM TESTS OF THE LATEST GEAR…

ON TEST THIS MONTH THE GADGETS WE’RE LIVING AND BREATHING WARREN BROWN JURA IMPRESSA Z6 Loyal tea-drinker Warren was quite taken by this top-end bean-to-cup coffee machine last month. In this, his second month with it, has he changed his mind, or is he a fully signed-up member of the coffee club?

NICK ODANTZIS SNUGS CUSTOM EARPHONES Nick has already waxed lyrical about how Snugs’ made-to-fit buds transform the music-listening experience. This month, he finds out if they benefit his motorbike riding.

PAUL DIMERY DENON DESIGN SERIES ”Subtly stylish” was how Paul described the three units in Denon’s new Design Series – a CD player, a network receiver and a Class-D amp. But what about the sound and features? He reveals all this month…

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ONE FOR ALL This elegant machine really does have something for everyone

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Jura Impressa Z6 HAS THIS CHIC MACHINE SUCCEEDED IN MAKING WARREN BROWN A COFFEE CONVERT? WILL IT BE “SO LONG, LAPSANG SOUCHONG” FOR THE DEDICATED TEA-DRINKER? SPECIFICATIONS PRICE £1,695 URL uk.jura.com DIMENSIONS 320 x 375 x 450mm WEIGHT 11kg BEAN CAPACITY 280g WATER-TANK CAPACITY 2.4 litres COFFEE TYPES Beans, pre-ground AVAILABLE DRINK TYPES 11 DISPLAY Frontmounted, non-touch TFT colour CONNECTIVITY Wireless-ready

nce you grind, you can’t rewind – that’s what people say, right? No? Well, they should, as instant or filter coffee simply can’t match the richness of their ground cousin. The aroma of the beans and milk froth really pulls you in, and after a month I’m still loving the Impressa Z6. The machine comes with a manual, which I recommend at least skimming through, as it reveals some impressive supplementary functions. I’ve discovered some really cool

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and it’s something I’m prepared to continue doing, as going back to a builder’s brew isn’t for me. The Jura Impressa Z6 is a real centrepiece, and when you have friends and family over, be prepared to take a few orders. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself saying, “Chocolate sprinkle with that?”.

Final verdict The Impressa Z6 doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re serious about your coffee, it’s an investment worth making WARREN BROWN, DIGITAL ART EDITOR

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Snugs custom earphones THIS MONTH, NICK ODANTZIS TESTS THE WORK SNUGS, WHICH OFFER UP TO -30DB OF NOISE REDUCTION SPECIFICATIONS PRICE £199 (including fitting) URL snugsearphones.co.uk SUGGESTED USES Heavy industry, manufacturing, construction, motorsports, personal safety NOISE REDUCTION -25dB/-30dB LANYARD Optional COLOURS Eight types for each ear

ver the last couple of months, I’ve been trying out Snugs’ custom-fitted wired earphones, and as I’ve said, they’ve been a revelation for music-listening, with bass and mid-range being especially impressive. This month is all about another set of earbuds from the company.

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Denon Design Series PAUL DIMERY LOVED THE LOOK OF THIS AUDIO TRIO. DO THEY HAVE THE SOUND AND FEATURES TO MATCH? SPECIFICATIONS DCD-50 CD PLAYER PRICE £449 COMPATIBLE DISCS CD, CD-R/RW, SA-CD, WMA, MP3, AAC DRA-100 NETWORK RECEIVER PRICE £699 STREAMING SERVICES AirPlay, vTuner, Spotify Connect PMA-50 CLASS-D AMP PRICE £449 OUTPUT POWER 50W/30W URL denon.co.uk

nce I’d finished drooling over how these three separates look, I turned my attention to what else they have to offer – namely, sound quality and overall functionality. Inserting a CD into the DCD-50 player (Ella Fitzgerald, since you’re asking), I found

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The Work Snugs are a simple set of earplugs that are designed to offer protection when you’re participating in particularly noisy activities, such as construction work or motorsports. They use the same mould as the aforementioned earphones, so the silicon bit is the same – however, instead of having speakers fitted inside them, there’s an acoustic filter offering either -25dB or -30dB of noise reduction. That sounded perfect for me, as I ride my motorbike regularly and hate the loud wind noise entering my helmet. I’ve been using -35dB foam earplugs for some time now, but I don’t rate them, so I was eager to try these out. The results are impressive – as with the earphones I used for listening to music, the custom fit means that no outside noise can enter your ears; and with the noise suppression added, any painful noises across the sound spectrum are dialled right down, while the sounds you actually want (like the engine and sirens) are still audible.

Long journeys are much more comfortable with these in. The only downside is that, because they fit snug (pun intended) with your ears, they can occasionally catch on the inside of your helmet when putting it on. This breaks the seal in air pressure, rendering them useless – I find that it takes a few attempts to get my lid on. So I’d recommend the Work Snugs if you do a lot of long journeys, but for short journeys they might be too much effort.

myself doing an Alan Partridge and mouthing the words, “Nice action” to no one in particular. As the disc glides into the slot (there’s no tray, which also means you can stand the unit up vertically), it really does give off a premium feel. The PMA-50 amp really excels when playing jazzy stuff such as this, bringing out all the little nuances – every string and trumpet – even at high volume (and this thing is loud!). It’s hard not to love that big, physical volume wheel in the centre, too – I can’t be the only one who hates volume buttons! So far, so good, then – but what about the DRA-100 network receiver? The services it offers (see Specifications box) should be more than enough for the common household, but I did encounter the occasional Wi-Fi dropout, and this was with my new “super-fast” Virgin broadband. To be fair to Denon, this isn’t the first time I’ve suffered this kind of thing, but it is a bit

frustrating when you’ve spent 700 quid and your favourite song cuts out just as you’re belting out the final chorus. So it’s not quite perfect, but Denon’s Design Series is certainly up there with the best audio systems I’ve tried. With the advent of Bluetooth speakers, I never thought I’d go back to separates. But with this, it could be time for a rethink.

Final verdict Custom in-ears are the future, whether you’re listening to music or just want great sound suppression NICK ODANTZIS, DEPUTY EDITOR

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Inside THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED SUCCESSOR TO LIMBO IS EVERY BIT AS BLEAK AND AS BEAUTIFUL AS WE HOPED FOR £15.99; PC, Xbox One he proverbial difficult second album can be the making or breaking of a videogame studio. And when your debut game enjoys the kind of critical and commercial success that Limbo did back in 2010, there’s that little bit extra pressure to prove you weren’t just a flash in the pan. That was the task facing Danish indie studio Playdead – and yet, for all that pressure and expectation, its new offering Inside is a triumphant expansion of what the developer achieved over six years ago. Rather than plumping for a colourful mobile game or an obtuse multiplayer shooter, Playdead has chosen to double-down on what made Limbo so effective, expanding its remit with a new set of platforming and puzzle mechanics that riff off the cruel story that unravels before you. As with its predecessor, Inside is a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer

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that uses light and shadow like a melancholic colour palette, painting the twisted journey of a boy trying to escape the clutches of a dystopian power that’s seemingly enslaved every man, woman and child around him. That enslavement plays into Inside’s many ingenious (and thoroughly haunting) gameplay features – as you explore its roughly three-hour-long campaign, you’ll stumble across helmets suspended from the ceiling while groups of inanimate adults or children slouch eerily in the background. Hanging from your new headgear, legs flailing beneath you, you now have control of all these ‘drones’, creating an intriguing case of trial and error as they mimic your movements in order to remove obstacles or reveal important clues. Those clues, be they little splashes of colour reminiscent of Schindler’s List’s ‘girl in the red coat’, or the glimpses of the vicious and

TOP Your antagonist might be faceless and nameless, but you’ll still feel a powerful bond with him

unsettling actions being perpetrated in the background as you progress through the game, are among the key reasons why Inside works so well. As an entirely wordless experience, it isn’t just free of the needless lexical baggage that comes with excessive exposition and tutorials; it’s a story to be dissected and interpreted as you see fit. It’s an horrific picture-book that reveals more about its terrible mystery the further you progress – every new mechanic (we won’t spoil them; you really need to play this game blind to get the most out of it) peeling back another layer of uncomfortable narrative. As previously mentioned, Inside is also a game built on the

RIGHT So much of Inside’s success comes from an unrelenting sense of tension as you desperately try to outrun hunters, dogs and spotlights

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EMOTIONAL ENDEAVOURS You’d better stock up on tissues for these weepies

FIREWATCH Criticised at the time of its release for its short length, Firewatch nevertheless offers an emotional take on the now ever-so-slightlycrowded ‘walking simulator’ genre. £11.99; PS4

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It’s like Trials Fusion, except there are fewer dirt bikes and more dystopian overlords founding principles of trial and error. Death is a natural part of the game’s short experience, and you’ll die frequently in its first hour or so. Despite the necessity for this feature, watching a faceless child you’ve previously guided to safety in the face of mounting adversity, seemingly mauled by a doberman or shot dead, never stops feeling tragic. You end up feeling like a failed parent every time your infant avatar falls foul of one of Inside’s many dangers. It’s a bit like Trials Fusion really, except there are fewer dirt bikes and more dystopian overlords. Sure, you could pass aspersions that Inside is a little too short – and at just three hours long,

TOP LEFT Stealth comes in many forms, including minigames where you mimic the zombieesque movements of the brainwashed denizens around you

TOP RIGHT Dark as it may be in tone and presentation, Inside is still an unmistakably beautiful offering

ABOVE The opening 20 minutes are the most Limbo-esque of the whole game, complete with dark forests and creeping mist

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it really is a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ experience. But in an age of 40plus-hour sandboxes that are more concerned with collectibles and side-missions than actual interactive necessity, the game feels perfectly judged. Every scene is acutely designed, creating a tense atmosphere that never abates. It isn’t a bloated time-sink, but a melancholic snapshot that’ll no doubt be sitting in many a player’s ‘game of the year’ list by the end of 2016. Put simply: Inside will stay with you long after its brief tale is told.

T3 RATES You know you’re playing something special when a story manages to pull you in without a single line of text. T3 SLATES The drone control works in the context of the story, but smacks a bit too much of The Swapper for our liking. T3 SAYS Inside offers an emotional adventure that’s certain to live long in the memory.

Perhaps the most emotive game you’ll ever play, TDC follows the journey of two parents trying to come to terms with their child’s death from cancer. £10.99; PC

THE LAST OF US: LEFT BEHIND TLOU’s wonderful DLC offers a heartbreaking glimpse into one character’s emotional backstory. £7.99; PS3, PS4

FABLE 2 No, honestly! OK, it may be a little silly in places, but you’ll find few games with as much of an emotional punch as Fable 2’s closing hours. £4.85; PC, Xbox 360 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 6 T3 1 1 3


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ABOVE Telltale’s take on the Batman suit has a New 52 feel about it, but we’re not fans of the Snyder-esque voice-changer

Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode One THE CAPED CRUSADER STEPS INTO A REALM OF SHADOWS... £5.99; PC, PS3, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Xbox 360 elltale – of The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us and Tales From The Borderlands fame – has proven its ability to translate known properties into point-’n’-click adventure masterpieces, breathing new life into their characters and lore. But Batman presents the developer’s biggest challenge yet. However, if the first episode, Realm Of Shadows, is anything to go by, the iconic vigilante is in safe hands. Taking a leaf out of Batman Begins’ cinematic playbook, the game focuses as much on Bruce Wayne and the machinations of the Gotham socialite scene as it does on his moonlighting escapades as an armoured bat. In the excellent Arkham series, Batman’s alter-ego has always felt somewhat surplus to requirements, but here he’s able to step out of the shadows and play a far more pivotal role in the plot. Will your Bruce allow his heroic disposition to emerge while he schmoozes with Gotham’s richest citizens, or will you perpetuate the obnoxious playboy image? The fact that you have the breadth to do either

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speaks volumes for Telltale’s plans for Bruce and the Bat. The developer has ramped up the quick-time events that define its style of consequence-based gameplay, as well – with a greater emphasis on stealth and combat (well, this is Batman after all), Realm Of Shadows throws on-screen prompts at you thick and fast. There are lots of multiple button combinations, too, weaving in a little more difficulty, which adds more fun than frustration. Throw in some well-thought-out fight scenes and you’re left with

TOP You can even customise the colour of your Bat tech. Not that it matters, but it’s a cute touch nonetheless

BELOW Thanks to Telltale’s excellent writing chops, the Bruce Wayne sections are easily the episode’s highlight

something that feels emphatically Batman and Telltale all in one sitting. There are some odd technical issues that pop up a little too often in the first episode. Problems with audio cause certain actions to lose their foley, creating bizarre moments of silence as sound effects fail to materialise. There’s also the old Telltale chestnut – frame-rate issues and slowdown. This far into development with current-gen technology, the studio should really be able to produce a series without a noticeable chug. Nevertheless, Realm Of Shadows is a bold mission statement from Telltale; one that handles one of the world’s most recognisable licences with a fresh pair of eyes and a desire to do something different without breaking too far from established canon. Is this the game that Gotham deserves? It’s too early to tell quite yet, but Realm Of Shadows has begun its battle for the cowl in defiant style.

T3 RATES The combat works brilliantly, with contextual QTEs making this the most interactive Telltale game yet. T3 SLATES Those mechanical issues aren’t a deal-breaker, but they do rankle almost three years into a console cycle. T3 SAYS It’s too early to tell if this is an Arkham beater, but Telltale’s take on Batman bodes well – a finely crafted opener.

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Pokémon GO Free; App Store, Google Play

CLEANSE THE STREETS OF CUTE JAPANESE ANIME, AND LOSE WEIGHT IN THE PROCESS To play Pokémon GO, you need to get off the sofa, put on your running shoes and hit the streets. Any will do, as long as you’ve got a data connection and a smartphone. Using Google Maps, the app knows your location, and your phone will vibrate when there are Pokémon nearby. It uses your camera to show the Pokémon jiggling on a real-world background, for you to capture by flicking balls at it. There are all sorts of Pokémon in the wild, ranging in status from common to “mythical”. The more creatures you capture, the more your skill level increases,

ABOVE If you want to get back in shape then playing Pokémon GO is a useful first step.

and soon you can try adventurous things like engaging in gym battles and hatching Pokémon eggs. Sadly, Pokémon GO doesn’t offer an entirely seamless mash-up of fantasy and reality; the connection to the game servers is very hit-andmiss, and you get the occasional crash. Despite this, the drive to complete your Pokédex remains strong, and before you know it you’re walking about ten miles a week in an effort to become the owner of cute, invisible Japanese anime monsters. Even better, you’ve been tricked into losing half a stone by a pink, flying, pig-like tortoisebat that winks at you – which, surprisingly, by then you’ll think is a completely normal state of affairs.

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PRISMA IT’S THE AMAZING NEW ART APP THAT’S BEEN TAKING SOCIAL MEDIA BY STORM From £Free; App Store, Google Play There’s no shortage of apps for turning photos into works of art, but Prisma stands out from the crowd because it’s so quick and easy to use. Select a picture from your library, apply a filter, choose a social network and you’re done! Of course, its ease of use wouldn’t matter if it didn’t get great results, but it does; the pictures actually look

like they’ve been painted, and there are 29 artistic styles to choose from. Apart from adjusting the strength of your chosen filter, there are no other options to fiddle with, because Prisma makes intelligent assumptions about your photos for you, to get optimal results. Turning any photo into something that looks like an oil painting, pencil sketch or cartoon is surprisingly fun, even if you do risk overwhelming your Facebook friends. Occasionally, Prisma times out, accessing its servers, but that’s really the only hiccup we found in this otherwiseflawless masterpiece of an app.

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www.samsung.com PRICE From £569 TESTED T3 255 No matter which phone you choose, you’ll get brilliant design, a stunning screen, a great camera and loads more features. T3 SAYS This year’s premier handsets; it’ll be hard to beat this level of performance.

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www.naimaudio.com PRICE £595 TESTED T3 256 If you loved the original Mu-so but thought it was a little too big for your living-room space, the smaller Qb is the perfect solution, offering similarly superb sound quality with easy wireless streaming. T3 SAYS The best compact wireless speaker.

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www.apple.com/uk PRICE From £399 TESTED T3 237 The Air 2 is the fastest, best-looking and most feature-packed iPad yet. Starting at £399, it’s expensive since you’ll want more storage, but it’s worth every penny. T3 SAYS Sleek, solid and a spectacular display – the Air 2 is a pleasure to use.

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www.shure.co.uk PRICE £799 TESTED T3 255 Yes, you’re paying an arm and a leg for, essentially, a pair of ear buds, but these will blow your mind (or your ears), with the best sound performance and comfort. T3 SAYS Simply put: the very best there is when it comes to in-ear headphones.

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www.mondaine.com PRICE £650 TESTED T3 259 Your wrist deserves only the best, and T3 is of the opinion that this is it. You get all the smarts you’ll ever need, and it wouldn’t look out of place at a luxury yachting party. T3 SAYS Smart, stunning and affordable.

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www.roku.com PRICE £99 TESTED T3 240 It seems that nobody can hold a candle to the original streaming box – the third incarnation is powerful, feature-packed and has loads of available content. T3 SAYS The Roku 3 is the best choice for freedom of entertainment.

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www.microsoft.com PRICE £200 TESTED T3 256 As feature-packed a fitness band as you’ll find, the Band 2 even rivals a full-on sports watch; it’s perfect for getting in shape. T3 SAYS Planning to run a marathon? Then you need this tracker in your life.

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www.dell.com PRICE £1,060 TESTED N/A The best laptop around, and there’s not an Apple logo in sight – Dell proves that it can do more than churn out desktop computers with this feature-packed machine. T3 SAYS Fantastic performance and build. It’ll serve you well for years to come.

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www.canary.is PRICE £160 TESTED T3 254 There are plenty of connected cams around, but the Canary impresses with high-quality video and motion-triggered events, as well as an app-activated alarm. T3 SAYS Keep a watch on your home, and capture those baddies in the act.

BEST CAMER A

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OLYMPUS PEN-F

www.olympus.co.uk PRICE £999 TESTED T3 256 It looks like an old camera, but the PEN-F is anything but, with a sleuth of modern touches, like a 20MP sensor, five-axis anti-shake and an OLED viewfinder. T3 SAYS The best-looking and highestperforming CSC you can buy right now.

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PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER S

www.porsche.com/uk PRICE From £50,695 TESTED T3 259 If you want the best convertible sports car on the market right now (in the £50K bracket, that is) look no further than this. T3 SAYS Summer motoring at its finest, now all you need is a stylish hat to go with it.

To read more detailed reviews of these gadgets and lots more amazing tech, visit our website at www.t3.com

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SMARTPHONES / TABLETS

T3 SELECTS:

PASSIVE PHONE AMPS BOOST THE SOUND FROM YOUR HANDSET WITHOUT NEEDING TO BUY ANY BATTERIES

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02 Timbrefone This wooden cone is crafted from Baltic birch, and optionally enhanced by walnut or mahogany. It enhances sound collection as well as projection – perfect for use as a speakerphone or Skype mount. From $99 (£76), www.artificerwoodworks.com

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Hemisphere Black More glazed ceramic from the maker of the Saxo-Phone, but this time in a more modern form. The parabola has long been used to boost distant signals, and its reflective properties make it ideal for unpowered amplification. €139 (£119), www.maketank.it

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SAMSUNG GALAXY S7/S7 EDGE www.samsung.com PRICE From £569 TESTED T3 255 The S7 duo are superbly designed phones with brilliant cameras, beautiful screens and some innovative additions. T3 SAYS These Galaxies are simply the best phones of the year, whichever you go for.

HTC 10 www.htc.com PRICE £570 TESTED T3 256 HTC finally delivers with its new handset, with loads of power, a responsive interface, great battery life and incredible audio capabilities. The camera is terrific, too. T3 SAYS HTC’s flagship smartphone absolutely lives up to the hype.

APPLE iPHONE 6s/ 6s PLUS www.apple.com/uk PRICE From £539 TESTED T3 249 The best iPhone ever, now with 3D Touch technology, a beefed-up 12MP camera with 4K video, and added processor power. T3 SAYS The best iPhone ever made – it’ll make you consider giving up your Android.

ONEPLUS 3 www.oneplus.net PRICE £309 TESTED T3 259 A premium design, superb power, a fast fingerprint scanner and a tantalising price: you could buy one of the above handsets, or you could just get this one instead. T3 SAYS Astonishing value for money with hardly any flaws – this is a big-hitter.

VODAFONE SMART PRIME 7 www.vodafone.co.uk PRICE £75 TESTED T3 257 Vodafone’s newest mobile runs the latest version of Android, has a great screen and power, and you get a decent camera. But here’s the biggie - it’s only £75! T3 SAYS The handset bargain of the century.

LG G5 www.lg.com PRICE £500 TESTED T3 256 Power, good looks and a great rear camera are joined by an innovative Magic Slot for adding cool accessories like an improved camera and a Hi-Res Audio module. T3 SAYS The most interesting phone you can buy right now, with great extras.

APPLE iPAD AIR 2 www.apple.com/uk PRICE From £399 TESTED T3 237 The Air 2 is the fastest, best-looking and most feature-packed iPad yet. Starting at £399, it’s expensive since you’ll want more storage, but it’s worth every penny. T3 SAYS Sleek, solid and a spectacular display – the Air 2 is a pleasure to use.

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www.pixel.google.com PRICE £399.99 TESTED N/A Probably the best Android tablet you can buy today, with a fabulous display, stacks of power and a design that’ll turn heads when you’re reading emails on the train. T3 SAYS If you’re not inclined to go with Apple, this is a brilliant alternative.

www.samsung.com PRICE £250 TESTED T3 241 Razor-thin at 6.6mm and super-light at 298g, the Tab S 8.4 features an 8.4-inch Super AMOLED display, 16GB of memory, oodles of features and lots of power. T3 SAYS Samsung’s best tablet is ultra-portable and full of brilliant tech.

KINDLE OASIS www.johnlewis.com PRICE From £280 TESTED T3 257 The Oasis is clearly aimed at people who want the best regardless of price. Battery life takes a hit, and it’s expensive, but it’s faster, lighter and more impressive than any other e-reader out there now. T3 SAYS The best e-reader money can buy.

APPLE iPAD PRO www.apple.com PRICE From £679 TESTED T3 250 It’s not a laptop replacement but the Pro is a supreme version of the standard iPad, with a massive screen plus awesome power and accessories. You’ll get the best media and apps experience you’ve ever had. T3 SAYS The powerful Pro is a top tablet.

GOOGLE NEXUS 9 www.google.co.uk/nexus PRICE From £299 TESTED T3 241 An Android tablet without the manufacturer bloat, the Nexus 9 performs well and comes with some really premium touches. One of those, a 4:3-aspect screen, gives you more headroom on websites. T3 SAYS The Nexus 9 is a top all-rounder.

To read more detailed reviews of these gadgets and lots more, visit www.t3.com


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TVs / TV STREAMERS T H E S U PE R S I X

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PANASONIC TX-50CX680B www.panasonic.co.uk PRICE £649 TESTED T3 255 Proof that you don’t need to spend a mint to get a great 4K TV with superb picture performance, clean styling, as well as the Freeview Play and Firefox OS smart platforms. T3 SAYS A belter of a screen bargain – just add a soundbar and it’ll be perfect.

PANASONIC TX-65DX902B www.panasonic.co.uk PRICE £3,299 TESTED T3 258 This big 4K beast certainly has the wow factor, delivering stunning picture clarity, terrific sound and a range of features that include Netflix and Amazon streaming. T3 SAYS Getting the cinema experience on your home TV has never been closer.

PHILIPS 55PUT6400 www.philips.co.uk PRICE £629 TESTED T3 255 Another 4K bargain – this Philips isn’t quite up there with the Panasonic at number one, but with loads of good features and stylish good looks, it isn’t far behind. T3 SAYS A Philips 4K TV for just over £600. What are you waiting for?

HITACHI 49HGT69U www.hitachidigitalmedia.com PRICE £499 TESTED T3 257 Vibrant 4K images, thanks in part to built-in 4K Netflix streaming, are married to future-ready HDMI inputs. A year ago, this lot would’ve cost a fortune, but you can pick up this Hitachi for just under £500. T3 SAYS Mass-market 4K TV done right.

SONY KD-65XD9305 www.sony.co.uk PRICE £2,700 TESTED T3 258 Stylish simplicity meets a great set of features and cracking picture detail in this 4K Ultra HD panel with HDR. T3 SAYS It’s not the best in its class, but you can’t go far wrong with this well-connected 65-inch Sony telly.

HISENSE XT910 www.hisense.co.uk PRICE £2,299 TESTED T3 253 Hisense is challenging the OLED bighitters of the TV world with its curved ULED variation on the flagship theme. It’s cheaper and offers brilliant image quality. T3 SAYS A great-looking 65-incher that won’t break the bank and performs nicely.

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ROKU 3 www.roku.com PRICE £99 TESTED T3 240 Between the high amount of content available, a responsive interface and a remote with a built-in audio jack for private listening, there’s simply no better player. T3 SAYS The Roku 3 is the best choice for freedom of entertainment.

T3 SELECTS:

PHONE-BASED STREAMING MOVIES, MUSIC, GAMES… YOU CAN CAST PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING FROM YOUR MOBILE TO YOUR TV

PANASONIC DMP-UB900 www.panasonic.co.uk PRICE £599 TESTED T3 257 This flagship 4K Blu-ray player dazzles with UHD HDR – you get awesome images and audio via 4K Blu-ray discs, but also access to 4K Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. T3 SAYS Take movie-viewing to the next level with Panasonic’s 4K Blu-ray player.

GOOGLE CHROMECAST www.google.com PRICE £30 TESTED T3 252 A simple yet brilliant TV-streaming gadget that can do it all – and that includes casting a screen straight from your gadgets. There’s no remote; you use an app instead. T3 SAYS Funky, simple and effective, this is a great alternative to the Roku streamers.

Plex While it takes a bit of setting up and some reasonable hardware to get your own Plex server running, once your media collection is online, there’s no better way to play it than by bouncing it from a mobile app straight to your TV. £3.99; Android, iOS

ROKU STREAMING STICK www.roku.com PRICE £39 TESTED T3 252 The Streaming Stick apes much of the ability of its bigger brother – the Roku 3 (above) – in a smaller, more simplified package. It even comes with a remote. T3 SAYS This Wi-Fi-only Roku offers top TV thrills for less than 40 quid.

NOW TV BOX www.nowtv.com PRICE £14.99 TESTED N/A If you want Sky but can’t get a dish, this is a great option, enabling you to choose the TV subscription you want. Or you can watch terrestrial catch-up channels for free. T3 SAYS For those who want to add a little smart to their TV, this is a cheap option.

Spotify Early iterations of Spotify’s app struggled with all but Spotify Connect-certified devices, but sending tunes to a Chromecast is now pretty flawless. Establish a mobile connection and you can also control tunes with a PC or Mac. Free with subscription; Android, iOS

APPLE TV

Angry Birds Friends

www.apple.com/uk PRICE £79 TESTED T3 240 Apple TV works flawlessly with Apple’s own-brand tech, meaning you’ll be able to peruse selected online content natively, and mirror any other content using AirPlay. T3 SAYS A good option for integrating perfectly with other Apple devices.

Who says you have to use the Chromecast to stream media? Gather your family and friends around, connect enough appropriate devices, and your TV can serve as the main viewing screen for a collaborative version of the avian-flinging smasher. Free; Android, iOS

To read more detailed reviews of these gadgets and lots more, visit www.t3.com

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LAPTOPS / CAMERAS T H E S U PE R S I X

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DELL XPS 13 www.dell.com PRICE £1,060 TESTED N/A The XPS 13 is brilliantly designed and outperforms its rivals under the hood. The infinity display gives you the expanse of a 13.3-inch screen on an 11.9-inch laptop. T3 SAYS With its fantastic performance and build, it’ll serve you well for years to come.

HP SPECTRE X360 www.hp.com PRICE £849 TESTED T3 244 The X360 is powerful and has a massive 12.5-hour battery life. Its 360-degree rotating keyboard enables you to use it as a tablet or stood upright for hands-free video. T3 SAYS For a relatively modest price, you get a powerful and versatile machine.

ASUS ZENBOOK NX500 www.asus.com PRICE £1,699 TESTED T3 239 The diminutive NX500 boasts a stunning design, impressive power and a bright, vibrant screen. The price is a turn-off, though, and battery life is disappointing. T3 SAYS Asus has done a fantastic job of combining power and beauty.

HP SPECTRE 13 www.pcworld.co.uk PRICE From £1,150 TESTED T3 258 Stunning looks are married to a premium spec sheet, but the battery life could be better and you only get a Full HD screen. T3 SAYS There are one or two negatives, but you get outstanding performance, future-proofing and a gorgeous design.

MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK www.microsoftstore.com PRICE £1,299 TESTED T3 253 Microsoft’s next-level hybrid offers a flexible keyboard hinge and a detachable screen – it serves as both a tablet and a laptop. Nice looks, screen and power, but it’s pricey. T3 SAYS The ultimate hybrid for work or play.

APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13-INCH WITH RETINA DISPLAY www.apple.com/uk PRICE £749 TESTED T3 227 Apple’s lightweight laptop boasts improved performance and battery life. It’ll delight road warriors and coffee-shop loungers alike. T3 SAYS Reliable, powerful and practical.

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OLYMPUS PEN-F www.olympus.co.uk PRICE £999 (body only) TESTED T3 256 Super-retro looks, with styling taken from the original PEN-F. It’s Olympus’s first digital rangefinder-style camera, with lots of manual options and professional results. T3 SAYS Replace your phone and DSLR with this swish, interchangeable-lens compact.

T3 SELECTS:

PHOTO FILTERING GIVE YOUR PRECIOUS SNAPS A MAKEOVER WITH OUR CHOICE OF EFFECTS PACKAGES

SONY A77 II www.sony.co.uk PRICE £749 TESTED N/A Image quality is excellent, even at high-sensitivity settings, while the autofocus is fast and accurate. The A77 II can even cope with very low light levels. T3 SAYS Ideal for shooting a range of subjects in a variety of conditions.

TOMTOM BANDIT www.tomtom.com PRICE £299 TESTED T3 245 The ease of use, plethora of features and high-quality video capture make this an excellent action-camera choice, and a genuine rival to the GoPro Hero4. T3 SAYS The Bandit takes action-camera movie making to the next level.

Google Nik Collection Once retailing for £400 but now unmaintained and available for free, Google’s collection of high-end Photoshop filters can also be run as standalone apps. They produce incredibly classy, professional-looking results. £Free; www.google.com/nikcollection

PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GF7 www.panasonic.co.uk PRICE £430 TESTED T3 247 Though it’s a compact device, the GF7 offers all the prowess of a DSLR. A Four Thirds sensor results in fantastic images. T3 SAYS This camera takes wonderful pictures and is superb value for money.

NIKON D5500 www.nikon.com PRICE £589 TESTED N/A The D5500 offers SLR beginners a lot of creative control, the touchscreen display is a useful addition, and the sensor captures high levels of detail. T3 SAYS This is ideal as your first DSLR, or as an upgrade from an older model.

Fotor The simple interface belies some real power in this online or downloadable app – for PC, Mac or mobile platforms. It has some astonishingly easy-to-apply filters and batch-processing features you rarely see elsewhere. Check out the ‘tilt shift’ function first. £Free; www.fotor.com

ISAW EDGE

ON1 Effects 10 Free

www.stratos.uk.com PRICE £159.99 TESTED T3 251 With its Sony Exmor image sensor, 4K capabilities and built-in rear screen for viewing, the ISAW Edge is a very capable camera for shooting action movies. The GoPro-type mounting system is also a boon. T3 SAYS A brilliant mid-range 4K action cam.

The free version offers a cut-down selection of the real thing ($59.99/£46), but it’s no less effective. ON1’s filter-painting brush is the best feature, enabling you to daub sharpness, blur, or any number of colourisation effects to make your photos pop. £Free; www.on1.com

To read more detailed reviews of these gadgets and lots more, visit www.t3.com

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HOME AUDIO / HEADPHONES

T3 SELECTS:

MQA AUDIO THIS SUPER-SMALL LOSSLESS FORMAT COULD CHANGE HI-RES AUDIO…

T H E S U PE R S I X

Home audio

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What is it? Master Quality Authenticated is a rising lossless format that can shrink full-quality tracks to around a third of the size of their FLAC equivalents. Well, we say format, but MQA is more an addition – the raw audio itself can be supplied in any number of originating PCM formats. The MQA carrier signal, when processed, modulates the audio to restore pure studio clarity.

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NAIM MU-SO QB www.naimaudio.com PRICE £595 TESTED T3 256 With powerful, room-filling sound, exquisite detail, a rock-solid build and eye-popping design features, the Qb is a stunning wireless speaker in a condensed package. T3 SAYS It might be smaller than the original Mu-so, but the Qb is every bit as incredible.

B&O A1 www.beoplay.com PRICE £199 TESTED T3 257 This portable speaker has an astonishing 24-hour battery life, making it perfect for long-listening on the move, aided by its hard-wearing, splashproof design. The sound is also remarkable, given the size. T3 SAYS Small, powerful and portable.

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SHURE SE846 www.shure.co.uk PRICE £799 TESTED T3 255 Four balanced-armature drivers and ‘True Subwoofer’ tech offer supreme sound, while the light, ergonomic bodywork and stiff over-ear cables give great comfort. T3 SAYS The Rolls-Royce of in-ear headphones, for those who can afford it.

BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 25 www.bose.co.uk PRICE £269.95 TESTED T3 250 Fantastic build quality, brilliant noise isolation and superbly balanced audio. They even come with a cleverly designed case so you can carry them with you. T3 SAYS A cracking performance from the perfect noise-cancelling headphones.

Why ‘authenticated’? Proper MQA files have to be generated and rendered from the master recordings at source, ideally before they’re run through an analogue-to-digital converter, which can flatten out sound. Files created in this way will trigger a light on an MQA decoder, signifying that you’re listening to the real thing.

Is it just for new recordings? Not quite. Existing recordings have the potential to be run through the MQA algorithm, particularly if the processor is aware of the original ADC used. But it’s all very specific: the process needs tuning and adjustment for every variable.

How do I hear it? You’ll need a hardware decoder (or an MQA-integrated DAC) to hear the full experience, but because of the unique structure of MQA, the tracks themselves should play fine without that carrier signal being encoded, at around CD quality.

Where is it supported? A number of streaming services have put their support behind MQA, with Tidal – naturally – being one of the first to throw its hat into the ring. Numerous jazz and classical labels are working on MQA tracks, and 7digital has unleashed a host of indie recordings compatible with the format, too.

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RIVA S www.rivaaudio.co.uk PRICE £199 TESTED T3 257 This is a beautifully made Bluetooth speaker, and IPX4 splash-resistance makes it great for the poolside. Thirteen hours of battery life is great, while audio performance will have any music track sounding amazing. T3 SAYS A great-sounding portable.

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www.en.devialet.com PRICE £2,190 TESTED T3 259 With spectacular sound and stunning looks, the Gold Phantom is a technical marvel, but you’ll need two to make the most of the experience – a snip at £2,190 each. T3 SAYS A thing of audio brilliance.

www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk PRICE From £499 TESTED T3 253 The first Zeppelin launched nine years ago, and style-wise it’s hardly changed – but why mess with perfection? The latest model streams aplenty and sounds heavenly. T3 SAYS A classic, now with a modern twist.

SONY PS-HX500 sony.co.uk PRICE £450 TESTED T3 258 Don’t throw all your old vinyl away – this super-stylish turntable enables you to rip it to Hi-Res Audio files, to revolutionise how you hear your favourite albums. T3 SAYS There’s never been a better time to sign up for the vinyl renaissance.

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GRADO GR10e www.gradolabs.com PRICE £400 TESTED T3 255 Seriously cool to look at, with beautifully built metal bodies in green/copper. The fit is a little tricky, but get it right and you’re rewarded with a big, detailed performance. T3 SAYS These offer hipster looks and an incredibly meaty, welcoming sound.

SHURE SRH1540 www.shure.co.uk PRICE £399 TESTED T3 239 With a flat audio signature, sound quality is clean and lush, doing justice to any source. The bass isn’t lacking, it’s just crisp and subtle. These cans are also very comfy. T3 SAYS These stylish headphones will please even the pickiest audiophile.

BEYERDYNAMIC IDX 160 iE europe.beyerdynamic.com PRICE £78 TESTED N/A These in-ear buds are comfortable, and offer solid sound performance and a slick, practical design, all at an affordable price. T3 SAYS With fine qualities aplenty, these are a smart buy for music lovers.

JABRA SPORT PULSE WIRELESS www.jabra.co.uk PRICE £199.99 TESTED T3 245 Ideal for sports, these offer immersive sound, effective isolation and even an in-ear coach for stats and motivation. T3 SAYS In-ear phones for athletes wanting better sounds and a thorough workout.

To read more detailed reviews of these gadgets and lots more, visit www.t3.com


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SMARTWATCHES / FITNESS TRACKERS T H E S U PE R S I X

T H E S U PE R S I X

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Smartwatches

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MONDAINE HELVETICA 1 www.mondaine.com PRICE £650 TESTED T3 259 The Helvetica 1 is stunning on the wrist and packed with smarts, including fitness and sleep tracking contained within a sub-dial at the bottom – though further notifications can be found inside the phone app. T3 SAYS A stunning and smart timepiece.

PEBBLE TIME STEEL www.getpebble.com PRICE £229.99 TESTED T3 249 De-throning the Apple Watch, the Pebble Time brings with it ease of use, a devastatingly funky colour interface, Android support and great battery life. T3 SAYS All the features of previous Pebble smartwatches, but even more impressive.

APPLE WATCH www.apple.com/uk PRICE From £299 TESTED T3 242 Apple’s wearable is packed with features and offers a wide range of customisation options to give you some individuality. The only real downside is the limited battery life. T3 SAYS The wearable that properly kickstarted the smartwatch revolution.

LG G WATCH R www.lg.com PRICE £200 TESTED T3 240 The G Watch R marries the style and feel of a normal watch with all the features of Android Wear. It has a sharp P-OLED screen, and you get two days of battery life. T3 SAYS The G Watch R is the best Android Wear smartwatch available so far.

MOTO 360 2 www.motorola.com PRICE From £229 TESTED T3 259 The best-looking Android Wear watch out there, with a stunning screen that switches lighting modes automatically in the day. The only trade-off is one-day battery life. T3 SAYS Smart and painfully stylish – this is the Wear watch you’re looking for.

iFIT DUO www.ifit.com PRICE From £299 TESTED T3 259 The Duo is a smartwatch with a coin-like demeanour: one side is a normal analogue watch, but flip the screen over and it turns into an LCD fitness tracker. Cool and functional, then, but it lacks a little polish. T3 SAYS A gadget-tastic smartwatch.

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MICROSOFT BAND 2 www.microsoft.com PRICE £200 TESTED T3 256 The Band 2 is packed with great features for activity and sleep tracking, with an optical HR monitor, 11 sensors – including GPS and a barometer – and a brilliant AMOLED screen. T3 SAYS Microsoft has launched the ultimate couch-to-5K-finishing-line fitness band.

WATCHES THAT SECOND HAND IS STRESSING YOU OUT. LIVE LIFE AT A RELAXED PACE…

GARMIN FENIX 3 www.garmin.com/en-gb PRICE £380 TESTED T3 252 Activity tracker, smartwatch, GPS watch… the Fenix 3 does it all, with rugged and classy looks. The clear, colour screen is also sublime, and battery life is spectacular. T3 SAYS This is a lot of money, but you’re getting the best GPS sportswatch there is.

GARMIN VIVOMOVE www.garmin.com/en-gb PRICE From £140 TESTED T3 259 Pairing classic looks with fitness-tracking credentials, the Vivomove is one to take to work and the gym, with a dial for steps and a subtle white bar for progress notifications. T3 SAYS No phone notifications, but you get great looks and basic fitness tracking.

Slow Jo 19 The 24-hour Jo 19 is just one of a range of single-handed watches available from the big innovator in the field. It’s smooth and cool, and its mechanics are so tight you’ll be able to read the time with 1-2 minutes’ accuracy. £210; www.slow-watches.com

WITHINGS ACTIVITE STEEL www.withings.com/uk PRICE £140 TESTED T3 259 The latest entry from the king of covert smart features, the Steel is stylish, and offers simple fitness tracking a la the Vivomove, plus eight months’ battery life. T3 SAYS A cool watch with fitness tracking.

WITHINGS GO www.withings.com/uk PRICE £49.95 TESTED T3 257 The Withings Go has a big attitude for such a small device. Battery life is impressive and activity tracking is accurate, but its main feature is the always-on e-ink display that gives you clear feedback on your activities. T3 SAYS A simple but unique wearable.

Defakto Eins An even more relaxed take on the slow-time philosophy, the 12hour Eins does away with smaller markers. Instead, its large arrow sweeps lazily through quarter-hour markers in white on black or black on white, depending on your style. £500; www.defakto-uhren.de

FITBIT BLAZE www.fitbit.com/uk PRICE £160 TESTED T3 254 Though it’s lacking GPS, Fitbit’s latest “smart fitness watch” is feature-packed and attractive, while having a great screen and a smartwatch-busting five-day battery. T3 SAYS A great wearable that straddles the smartwatch/fitness-tracker divide.

To read more detailed reviews of these gadgets and lots more, visit www.t3.com

Philippe Starck PH5038 Tucking the main body of the hand under a black ring, this is the most minimalist of one-hand watches – as is to be expected of Starck. Time ticks away in a small sliver, following the track of its 12hour action as your day slides by. £110; www.starck.com

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CONNECTED HOME / AUTOMOTIVE

T3 SELECTS:

GARDEN GADGETS GROW PLANTS, DEAFEN VERMIN AND TRIM HEDGES WITH THIS HANDY OUTDOORS TECH

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02 Oya Gadget enthusiasts we may be, but it’s not beyond us to suggest a terracotta pot now and then. The Oya is genius: bury it in your flower beds, fill it with water once a week, and its porous material will irrigate your plants at the roots. $25 (£19); growoya.com

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Titan TTK587GDO There’s one HP and 25cc of petrol-fuelled gardening power here, with a main engine onto which you can bolt a hedge trimmer, a strimmer or a chainsaw, all long enough that even the tallest hedges will bow to your might. £149.99; www.screwfix.com

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CANARY www.canary.is PRICE £160 TESTED T3 254 Though a little on the hefty side, the Canary looks slick. It offers excellent 1080p video day or night, and motion-triggered events, while the app is feature-packed and intuitive. T3 SAYS The Canary is the best all-round connected security camera you can get.

DJI PHANTOM 4 www.dji.com PRICE £1,229 TESTED T3 259 The most advanced drone T3 has ever tested, the Phantom 4 boasts a huge array of features, including obstacle-sensing, giving just about anyone the ability to shoot professional-looking video. T3 SAYS Top dollar equals top aerial antics.

NEST LEARNING THERMOSTAT www.nest.com PRICE £180 TESTED T3 242 Stylish and easy to use, this smart thermo integrates with other connected-home gadgets, and learns your heating habits. T3 SAYS Nest’s thermostat is a great first step to creating a smarter home.

MAGIMIX LE BLENDER www.magimix.uk.com PRICE £159 TESTED T3 252 This is a glorious-looking blender, capable of blending even the hardiest of ingredients. It can quickly rustle up soups, smoothies and more. T3 SAYS Kitchen connoisseurs need look no further – this blender will do it all.

GAGGIA ANIMA DELUXE www.gaggia.uk.com PRICE £699 TESTED T3 253 It’s not the smartest of coffee machines (that accolade goes to the Smarter Coffee Machine), but it makes a mean cup of Joe in no time at all. And it looks the business. T3 SAYS A coffee machine with real fans of the black stuff in mind.

ORAL-B PRO 6500 BLACK SMART SERIES www.oralb.co.uk PRICE £249.99 TESTED T3 249 As techy as teeth cleaning gets, the 6500 pairs with your phone for cleaning feedback, and a 3D mode gets gnashers super-clean. T3 SAYS The Rolls-Royce of electric toothbrushes, for ultra-shiny teeth.

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PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER S www.porsche.com/uk PRICE From £50,695 TESTED T3 259 With jaw-dropping looks, perfect handling and a 12-second roof, there’s little wrong with the latest Boxster – though the turbo flat-four might not be to everyone’s taste. T3 SAYS The drop-top to drop your cash on.

BMW i3 www.becomeelectric.co.uk PRICE From £25,250 TESTED T3 247 As well as boasting incredible looks and a quirky interior, the i3 is fast and fun, while an optional range extender makes it a long(ish)-distance proposition. T3 SAYS Your next small car could be all-electric, and it should be a BMW i3.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTE www.volkswagen.co.uk PRICE £31,495 TESTED T3 254 An eco-friendly version of the classic Golf GTI hot hatch, with sharp styling, great performance and impressive fuel economy, though it’s pricier than GTI or R models. T3 SAYS A sporty yet practical take on the hybrid – the Golf GTE is a brilliant drive.

TESLA MODEL S www.teslamotors.com PRICE £54,880 TESTED T3 240 A quick, slick and desirable glimpse into the future of electric vehicles. The true test is Tesla’s promise to build a full network of superchargers across the UK and Europe. T3 SAYS Attractive and speedy, the Model S is the best electric car you can buy.

RENAULT ZOE www.renault.co.uk/zoe PRICE From £18,445 TESTED T3 247 With excellent range from its all-electric engine, quick charging and a seriously tempting price tag, the Zoe is one of the best small eco hatches on the market. T3 SAYS A solid effort in small, affordable electric motoring from the French brand.

AUDI A3 SPORTBACK E-TRON www.audi.co.uk PRICE From £34,990 TESTED T3 254 The e-tron promises the battery-electric emissions purity of an EV, combined with the long-range, insta-fuelling ease of use of a petrol or diesel car. T3 SAYS Modern tech motoring at its best.

To read more detailed reviews of these gadgets and lots more, visit www.t3.com


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WHAT TO BUY THIS MONTH

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PARROT AIRBORNE CARGO DRONE

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www.parrot.com/uk PRICE £69.95 “Cargo” might be a stretch, but you can at least customise this mini-drone with a few Lego bricks attached to its base and studs. T3 SAYS Smartphone-controlled, with a camera too: perfect for modern kids.

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www.reichelt.com PRICE £32.50 Tracking your fitness has never been cheaper. Don’t expect miracles, but the OLED display will help you keep moving, while Bluetooth 4.0 will keep your stats logged. T3 SAYS At this price, you now have no excuse not to wear a fitness band.

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MARSHALL MS-2 MICRO AMP

URBANISTA SEATTLE

www.marshallamps.com PRICE £22.99 Rip out some riffs with this tiny amp hooked onto your belt. It’s not the loudest (it runs on a 9V battery), but it’s great for practising. T3 SAYS Why not try hooking up your smartphone for a portable audio boost?

uk.urbanista.com PRICE £49 These cans’ stark construction will look great with any outfit, while the memory-foam ear cups and adjustable headband ensure that they’ll mould comfortably to your head. T3 SAYS Good high end, impressive bass and a brilliantly unfussy design.

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PELI GUARDIAN iPHONE 6 CASE

SODASTREAM JET

www.peli.com PRICE £22.99 Offered with a lifetime guarantee, Peli’s military-drop-tested case is protected by high-impact materials both inside and out. T3 SAYS Perfect for sports, adventures or when your kids mess with your handset.

www.sodastream.co.uk PRICE £49.99 The classic Eighties drink-fizzer is still going strong. This redesigned, modernkitchen-friendly carbonator will pump bubbles into up to a litre of water at a time. T3 SAYS Customise your fizz levels by pumping as much or as little as you like.

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YOU COULD HAVE BOUGHT...

WANT TO BUILD YOUR OWN PLAYBOY MANSION? THEN YOU’LL NEED AT LEAST FIVE BANG & OLUFSEN BEOVISION 14 55-INCH TVS – JUST £7,190 A POP. DRAPE YOUR WALLS WITH THESE BAD BOYS AND THE LADIES (OR MEN, PROBABLY) WILL COME RUNNING

AGAINST THE GRAIN The BeoVision 14 is more like a work of art, rather than a medium for re-runs of Made in Chelsea. T3’s style pick is the oak wood lamella speaker cover, evoking a warm, organic feel. Step away from the wood burner.

LET THE SUN SHINE With a glass screen the BeoVision 14 should light up like tin foil in the midday sun, but the antireflection coating prevents glare.

Is the BeoVision 14 just a costly badge? Maybe. While the screen isn’t anything to shout about, the built-in audio system is impressive (negating the need for a seperate system), and, of course, it looks stunning.

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But, if you want something technically better, at least in picture terms, you want OLED. LG’s E6 TV (a mere £3.5K) sports a 55-inch panel, but here you get superior picture quality thanks to an OLED HDR panel, and your viewing will be futureproofed for years to come.

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Though this TV won’t rival an OLED screen, you do get 4K – phew! Matched to Android TV, you can easily access online content, and with Google Cast built in, you can beam stuff right from your phone.

TOTAL CONTROL

With B&O’s background, you’d expect good audio. Its cabinet houses a three-way speakerset and has BeoLink Multiroom built in – to stream tunes to any B&O multi-room speaker.

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Think this TV is a bit of a beast? Well check out the remote then – the aluminium unibody is an impressive thing to behold, and it even has its own name – the BeoRemote One.

The 14 can be placed on a wall, floor, or motorised stand which turns to you when powered on. Head to www.bang-olufsen.com.

NEXT ISSUE ON SALE FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Want to know what 2016’s best tech is? Find out in next month’s T3 Awards issue!

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