The hottest new tech in April revealed
Want the lowdown on the latest tech? Here’s our edit of the gadgets we’re loving this month...
1: Breathe in cleaner air with this chic Dyson fan
Dyson makes things that are beautiful to look at and easy to use. Its latest innovative design is a purifying fan that cleans the air before circulating around your room.
The Pure Cool Link fan ‘automatically purifies to remove 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns’. That cleansed air is then distributed around your home.
The really clever bit is the fan syncs with your smartphone so you can check on the air quality and start your purifier working when you’re not home.
Of course, it looks incredibly chic with its minimalist, circular design and would complement any stylish room.
2: Windows 10 updates coming in the summer
Windows 10 rewrote the rulebook for a computer operating system when it launched last year. It brought back familiar, much-loved features like the Start menu and offered the same experience across our laptops, tablets and phones – blending mouse, keyboard and touchscreen controls.
There are now 270 million devices running Windows 10, and this summer it’ll be updated with a host of new features.
Windows Hello lets you log in with a smile, a look, or a touch – and this will be extended to Windows apps and the Microsoft Edge browser.
The Edge browser already lets you write directly onto a webpage with a stylus pen and then save as a PDF. And, in the update, an all-new feature called Windows Ink will make Windows 10 even more stylus-friendly.
Windows Ink works with other apps like Maps and Office – as well as Edge – to make writing on screen even more convenient. It also comes with useful extras like sticky notes and a whiteboard for jotting down memos as you go.
3: The laptop that can last all day on a charge
Want a laptop with enough battery life to see you through your commute to work and your evening on the sofa? Take a look at the Acer Chromebook 14. It offers as long as 14 hours on a single charge.
Movies and spreadsheets alike are a joy with its large 14-inch screen, and its brushed aluminium finish offers a premium feel to the budget-friendly Chromebook category.
A Chromebook is a type of laptop that uses Google’s online services primarily. They’re not designed to run software so they have less internal storage than regular laptops and lack the same powerful processors. This means they’re considerably cheaper.
If you’re always on the go, and always online – this Acer Chromebook would be a great option.
4: Take perfect holiday pics with portable, powerful camera
Shoot amazing photos and super-sharp 4K videos on your summer holiday without getting bogged down by heavy kit with the super portable Panasonic Lumix GX80.
Its blend of portability and power makes it a perfect camera for budding travel and street photographers – and its launch comes as minds turn to holidays.
It’s considerably smaller than the average DSLR thanks to its mirrorless design and its small but super Micro Four Thirds sensor. Like a DSLR, you can change the lenses for different effects.
Increasingly, people are using cameras to shoot video too – everyone from YouTube vloggers to gap year travellers. And this camera can shoot video in 4K resolution – making it perfect if you already have a 4K TV to watch back your holiday vids.
Do I still need a digital camera?
(Image source: Panasonic)
5: Oculus Rift unleashed
The Oculus Rift is one of a number of high-profile virtual reality headsets launching this spring. The headsets are set to revolutionise gaming and how we watch movies.
The Rift was the first VR headset to make the headlines way back in 2013. Earlier this year, Oculus announced the Rift was available for pre-order. And, on March 28, the first headset was delivered to a customer in Alaska.
While we’re talking VR, the amazing HTC Vive headset will start shipping from May. Virtual reality is about to go mainstream