Hottest new tech in July revealed – innovative Dell laptops and headline-grabbing Bose headphones
Want the lowdown on the latest tech? Here’s our edit of the gadgets we’re currently loving…
Dell XPS 13
In a nutshell: Super-slim, powerful Windows 10 laptop with more-screen- less-bezel and enough oomph for Adobe CS.
Introducing the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop – the Dell XPS 13. Size-wise it looks more like an 11-inch laptop…
How? Dell has reduced the frame around the edge of the screen, known as the bezel, to really thin proportions (5.2mm). If you’re looking for a laptop to slip into a bag for life on campus or for taking to work meetings, this is perfect.
The screen looks great too. Binge-watch Netflix or edit photos with Full HD resolution and wide viewing angles.
There’s plenty of power for running demanding creative apps like Photoshop or Illustrator too thanks to the Intel Core i5 processor. Working on the go is easy with 15 hours battery life. It’s more than up to a bit of rough and tumble on the Tube too, with its tough aluminium finish and SSD storage (with no moving parts).
Listen while you work with the built-in stereo speakers, which some reviewers have called ‘among the best-in-class’ – perfect for Spotify sessions.
In a nutshell: Perfect for outdoorsy photography with lightweight, weatherproof design and wildlife photography-friendly features
This high-end compact system camera offers DSLR-like image quality and interchangeable lenses in a smaller portable package. The Fujifilm X-T2 will capture lots of detail in your shots with its large APS-C sensor – the biggest sensors after the full-frame type found on many DSLRs.
Its portable size makes it great for on-the-go photographers. Fujifilm says you’ll only need a small camera bag for all types of field photography.
Dustproof and water-resistant, the X-T2 has outdoorsy credentials. It should be fine on those cold, early morning shoots too – able to function at - 10°.
This suggests it’s a great option for wildlife photographers. The autofocus has been redesigned to more accurately capture ‘bird feathers, animal fur’ and other details. You can shoot 4K video through the camera too.
HP Chromebook 11 G5
In a nutshell: Slim and stylish with the best of Google, Android apps and enough power for everyday computing
The first Chromebooks were very basic laptops but latest models are becoming known for their sophisticated features. And the HP Chromebook 11 G5 is a perfect example. It’s thinner and lighter than your average Chromebook, with a narrower frame (bezel) around the screen.
Certain Chromebooks work with Android apps from the Google Play Store. Apps are largely designed for touchscreens, and the HP G5 comes with a touchscreen option.
When you also consider the 12.5 hours of battery life, this laptop seems built for students – whether at school or university.
What’s a Chromebook? Affordable laptops that use Google’s online services and Chrome OS rather than installed software like OS X or Windows. Because they’re designed to work with Google apps, they don’t need powerful processors or lots of internal memory.
Bose Quiet Comfort 35
In a nutshell: Awesome headphones that connect to your phone wirelessly and keep background noise out
Looking for some high-end headphones for your train commute, business flight or noisy office? They don’t come much better than the Bose QuietComfort 35.
Bose QuietComfort are noise-cancelling headphones designed to keep out background sounds – from the buzz of trains and buses to chatter in an office.
Bose has been pioneering noise-cancelling tech for over 40 years, and the QuietComfort 35 are the latest stage in the story. Bose calls them ‘our best headphones’.
With background sounds eliminated you can concentrate on the music, and boy, what music. Sound quality is superb - detailed and balanced with greater clarity and deep bass.
For the first time they’re wireless. So you can stream music from your smartphone over Bluetooth without having to worry about cables. They’re perfect for long flights too, with 20-hours battery life and a snug, padded headband.
No wonder they’ve been handed top marks by reviewers on pretty much all tech sites.
Xbox One S
In a nutshell: A smaller, sexier version of the legendary next-gen console, Xbox One
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have spent the past couple of years competing for the next-gen console crown. But at E3 in LA this summer, Microsoft made the unexpected step of launching a second Xbox One console.
Dubbed the Xbox One S, this distinctive white console is said to be 40% smaller than its big brother. Other new features include:
- Built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray player - perfect if you’ve got a 4K TV, or a reason to buy a 4K TV
- Ability to support HDR (high dynamic range) graphics in compatible games - more vibrant colours and greater contrast
- Compatible with new Xbox wireless controller, which has a textured grip and Bluetooth
- 2TB internal storage – double that on the current Xbox One
If you’ve already got an Xbox One, there’s probably not enough new here to make you buy an Xbox One S too.
But if you’re yet to upgrade from your old Xbox 360, then the Xbox One S could be just the ticket.
Netatmo Welcome gets motion sensors
In a nutshell: Facial-recognition security camera can recognise when windows open in new update
The Netatmo Welcome is an indoor ‘smart home’ security camera that wowed us and other reviewers when it was launched in 2015.
The headline feature is its ability to recognise different family members as they come and go from your home.
It does this using facial recognition technology – just pop it by your front door. The family members’ names then appear on your Smartphone app – if you have set it up to do so. This way you’ll always know when the kids get in from school.
When it doesn’t recognise a face? You get an alert to tell you a stranger is around – and it will begin recording security footage.
You can start recording at any time though. And as well as detecting faces it also detects motion within its field of view.
Welcome now gets 2 new features:
- Netatmo Tags… these are waterproof motion sensors that can be placed on front doors and garage doors or windows and gates. When movement is detected – a door opening, a window being shaken – an alert will be sent to your phone and video will begin recording
- Dropbox integration… videos recorded by your camera can be synced automatically to your personal Dropbox account – sharing with relatives is simple too
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