The Stuff Hot Five

These are the top five gadgets worth your time from last week

18 February 2018
by Stuff Staff

We see a lot of products every week here on Stuff. But come Friday, which are the ones we actually want to take home with us?

Every week, we condense all of the many products we see into the Hot Five — the definitive list of the best new gadgets to lust after, buy and use. These are the best products, the top apps and games, and the best tech accessories to blow this week’s savings on.

Read this, and you’ll have absorbed the best of the week on the Stuff website! But please, do also read the rest of the website.

5) SUPREME SLAPS ITS BOX LOGO ON… A PINBALL MACHINE

Ostensibly a skateboard clothing company, Supreme has become better known in recent years for putting out incongruous products bearing its striking red box logo – a fire extinguisher, a dog bowl, a crowbar, a brick.

If the act itself smacks as something of a wry postmodern comment on branding, that doesn’t deter hardcore hypebeasts from queuing up for days in all weathers to “cop” one of these items (usually at ludicrously high cost).

Which brings us to the latest reveal for Supreme’s upcoming Spring/Summer 2018 drop: a pinball machine, with glossy white exterior and that all-important logo. There’s no price tag yet… but don’t expect it to be cheap. That just wouldn’t be Supreme.

4) SKYDIO’S NEW DRONE BASICALLY FLIES ITSELF

Most decent drones come with some basic autopilot functionality, even if it’s only to stop hapless pilots ploughing their new £1,000 toy into a brick wall ten minutes after getting it out of the box.

The Skydio R1 takes things to whole new heights, however, toting 13 cameras that allow it to build a detailed, real-time 3D model of its surroundings and essentially ensuring that, no matter what you do to the controls, it’ll never crash while it’s flitting about capturing 4K footage. In fact, with no controller including in the box, the makers believe this thing should basically be flying itself (with a little prodding from you, using the companion app).

A UK launch isn’t yet confirmed, but the R1 might just be the camera drone for jittery pilots who want the killer footage without the risk.

3) SONY STEPS THINGS UP IN THE MID-RANGE WITH THE XPERIA XA2 ULTRA

Up-powered mid-range handsets have started flooding the market from every from Samsung to Huawei. But the king of the mid-range has to be Sony’s Xperia line. Why, you ask? Easy, because of the Xperia’s trademark design it’s difficult for anyone to tell whether the bezel-heavy phone you’re rocking is a flagship or a budget buy.

The simply massive Xperia XA2 Ultra is easily the best mid-ranger Sony’s built in years. It’s 6in Full HD screen is a step up from last year’s model, and it now rocks two front-facing cameras to give you either normal, or wide-angle options when snapping selfies. Chuck in the excellent 23MP sensor found on the company’s XZ1 flagship and you’ve got a steal at a sub-$450 price tag.

2) LENOVO STRETCHES OUT ITS GOOD LOOKS WITH ITS LATEST 2-IN-1

Why would anyone bother with a clamshell laptop these days? Especially when the Yoga 920 exists and can give you the best from both a classic ultra-portable world as well as that of an excellent Windows tablet.

We love this svelte lappy’s aluminium good looks and its stylish watchband hinge. And while it’s by no mean a gaming powerhouse, it has enough processing grunt to manage everything from Netflix to spreadsheets with whizbang speed. Plus, Lenovo even threw in the Active Pen stylus to help you out your creative juices. A true 2-in-1 marvel, this is.

1) FUJI’S UPCOMING CAMERA HAS THE X-FACTOR

With in-body image stabilisation and pro-friendly video options, the upcoming Fujifilm X-H1 might be the model to convince fence-sitters that the company is serious about making a serious compact system camera.

Those two features have been absent from previous models in the company’s X Series, and their inclusion on this new flagship model – alongside a bunch of other prosumer-style features and some new and butt-clenchingly expensive movie-focussed lenses – suggests that Fujifilm is gunning for the likes of Panasonic’s GH5S and Sony’s A7R III. Given that we’ve just awarded both of those cameras a full five stars, the X-H1 has a tough job ahead of it, but from our hands-on time with it we can say it’s a very promising prospect indeed.

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