4 products we love from the Stuff Gadget Awards
Stuff Magazine reveals the winners of its annual awards. Here’s our pick of the winners available online or in-store…
Smart Home Gadget of the Year
Winner: Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo needs no introduction at TechTalk towers. We’ve been big fans of this smart speaker since it launched earlier this year. Echo is a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker. Play music, get information like football scores and weather, make shopping and to-do lists all with your voice. Just say ‘Alexa’ to get chatting – it can hear you from the other side of the room.
But the judges at Stuff selected Echo for its smart home capabilities and quite rightly, as it can do some super clever stuff when connected to other smart gadgets.
Use your voice to…
- Dim the lights without getting out of bed with Echo and Philips Hue lightbulbs
- Set your thermostat to a specific temperature or turn it up or down with Echo and Nest Learning Thermostat
- Control speakers around your home by connecting Echo to a Sonos smart sound multi-room network
Computer of the year
Winner: Apple iPad Pro
The iPad is the original tablet, but when Apple launched the iPad Pro it created a tablet that was more powerful than most portable PCs. The most powerful iPad ever, it was also the biggest at 12.9 inches.
This year Apple took the iPad Pro and scaled it down into a smaller body – squeezing the same powerful components into a 9.7-inch tablet (the same size as iPad Air 2). The team at Stuff were suitably impressed at the new smaller design calling it ‘simply the best iPad yet’.
We love the smaller iPad Pro for its...
- Retina screen that’s the ‘brightest and least reflective in the world’ and vivid, true-to-life colours
- Smooth video editing and handling other tasks normally done on a powerful PC – such as AutoCAD
- Adobe Creative Cloud apps like Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Fix/Mix are optimised for iPad Pro
- Apple Pencil stylus for designing, drawing and sketching directly on screen
Compact Camera of the Year
Winner: Fujifilm X70
Seriously powerful cameras come in small packages with the latest advanced compacts.
This puts superb picture quality in your pocket, without having to faff around with changing lenses and carrying kit bags. You can take high-quality point-and-shoot photos, or experiment with manual settings.
The Fujifilm X70 is one of the best advanced compact cameras you can buy. And the team at Stuff agree, hailing its ‘stellar image quality’.
We love the Fujifilm X70 for its…
- Ability to capture lots of detail in photos with its large DSLR-style sensor (APS-C)
- Excellent results when shooting photos in low light – at dusk or indoors
- Manual controls – experiment with aperture to control how much light the lens lets in
- Retro stylings and tough but small design – it’s built for life on the road
Games Console of the Year
Winner: Sony PlayStation 4 Pro
The PlayStation 4 Pro is a more powerful update to the PS4 we know and love.
It was unveiled at a special event in Times Square, New York, and is now available to buy. It has a faster CPU than the original PS4, and over double the graphics processing power. The guys at Stuff praised it for taking the best bits of the PS4 and making it ‘even better’. Designed to work with 4K and HDR TVs, it can deliver gameplay that looks and feels outstanding – outputting games at up to 4K resolution.
What about the games? Every PS4 game will now run on both PlayStation 4 Pro and PS4. Developers can harness the power of the PS4 Pro to unlock extra benefits, delivering games with ‘striking detail and clarity’ and ‘faster, smoother’ gameplay with ‘crystal clear movement’. Players can also download enhancements, where available, to PS4 games they already own.
Some 30 games are already optimised for PS4 Pro, and will be available at launch. FIFA 17, Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are among the highlights.