Dell has given its popular XPS 13 a thorough refresh, making it thinner, lighter, and more powerful in the process. Apart from the standard silver and black, it is now also available in a rose gold finish that features a pristine white palm rest made out of woven glass fiber. The new XPS 13 notebooks will be powered by Intel’s latest 8th generation Core processors and will come with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. There’s even a new thermal system using GORE thermal insulation to direct heat out of the notebook quicker.
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THE LONG NAME GOES WITH THE LONG ZOOM
Nikon’s newest lens has a long name to go with its long zoom. The 180-400mm is a monster supertelephoto for sports and wildlife with a constant aperture of f/4 to isolate a subject. The lens is the first to include a 1.4x teleconventor, which transforms it to a 252-560mm lens. While it’s billed as an FX lens, the 180-400mm can also be mounted on a DX camera, with an equivalent focal length of 270-600mm.
WIRELESS EAR COMPUTER?
When headphones aren’t just headphones anymore, they become The Dash Pro. These true wireless Bluetooth headphones from Bragi boast 4GB onboard memory so that it doesn’t just stream, but plays direct off the headset. It also has IPX7 water resistance so you can actually go swimming, a 5-hour battery charge, Alexa integration, iTranslate integration for real-time speech translation (app required), plus a host of sensors allowing hands-free operation through head gesture and audio cues.
Belkin’s latest line of universal wireless chargers support the Qi standard, which means it works with phones like the Apple iPhone X and Samsung Note8. The Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand lets you charge your devices in either portrait or landscape more, and supplies up to 10W for charging.
The first fully analog instant camera in the world, the Lomo’Instant Square comes with a foldable bellows design so you can easily compact it down to bring with you. It comes with a 95mm glass lens (45mm equivalent in 35mm terms), and takes Fujifilm Instax Square film so you can get beautiful square portraits everywhere you go.
The new Creative Muvo Genie is more than just a portable speaker. It features Amazon Alexa support so you get instant access to the virtual assistant too. This means you can control the speaker and other connected smart devices just by speaking to it. Now that’s smart!
COMFORT MEETS PERFORMANCE
The Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 features full per-key RGB backlighting, a floating key design, four dedicated multimedia keys, a removable USB Type-C cable, an anodized aluminum body, a choice of Cherry MX switches, and a removable magnetic wrist rest made from ultra-soft PU leather and memory foam.
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A MECHANICAL THAT’S DIGITALLY ACCURATE
The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown marries the best of mechanical and modern horological designs. The watch can function in one of three ways. In full e-Crown, a smartphone app keeps it accurate to the second, and in semi e-Crown, it’s kept accurate to the minute. In mechanical mode though, the watch runs without assistance. Right now, the e-Crown is a concept, but a production version is expected later this year.
Fujifilm’s XP130 is the latest in the tough XP series, and it’s dustproof, waterproof to 20m, shockproof to 1.75m, and free zeproof down to -10C, so you can bring the compact little camera anywhere you go. What’s new is built-in Bluetooth LE for automatic image transfers, so you can be taking pictures down by your pool and have it instantly printing from a Instax share printer setup nearby.
Sure, Bose’s SoundSport Free wireless ear buds look good and sound good. But what’s really impressive is that they come with proprietary StayHear+ ear tips which ensure they stay in your ear throughout your workout. When they’re out of your ears, the headphones will store their last known location when paired to your mobile phone so you can use the Find My Buds feature to look for them.
BEGINNER’S PERFECT COMPANION
Looking to jump into the world of interchangeable lens cameras? Then take a look at Fujifilm’s latest X-A5. It comes with a 24MP sensor that gives you ISO settings from 200 to 12,800 (expandable to 51,200), comes with a set of handy advanced filters, and has Super Intelligent Flash that automatically adjusts output based on the scene in front of you, giving you perfectly exposed shots every time.
A POWERFUL CONVERTIBLE NOTEBOOK
According to Dell, its new XPS 15 2-in-1 is the world’s thinnest and most powerful 2-in-1 notebook. It measures 16mm thick and weighs 1.97kg; impressive flgures for a 15-inch notebook. It also has an InfinityEdge display that supports 4K resolution and 100% of the Adobe RGB spectrum. But perhaps more importantly, it is one of the first notebooks to be powered by an Intel Kaby Lake-G processor, which consists of a quad-core Intel Core processor paired with an AMD Radeon RX Vega discrete GPU.