GEAR AND GADGETS

That Gives You The Edge.

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That Gives You The Edge.

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1 HONEY, I’M HOME

Get This: Google Home and Home Mini

Ready For: anyone who wants to feel like they’re living in the future. The Google Home and Home Mini are finally here, and it doesn’t get any easier to start setting up your smart home. No matter how big or small your house is, there’s a perfect size available for you, and you’ll soon wonder how could ever live without it.

The Best Part: Those using Android phones should already be familiar with Google Assistant, and communicating with it through Google Home is a breeze. Play your favourite music, check the weather, get news updates, or queue up a YouTube video by simply telling it to, and Google will do the rest. Seems magical? It just might be.

Cost: $79 for the Google Home Mini and $189 for the Google Home. For more information, visit https://store. google.com
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2 HI-RES SOUND

Get This: Sony MDR-1AM2

Ready For: music lovers who want comfort and quality. The Sony MDR-1AM2 is a sleek pair of wired headphones that improves upon the MDR-1A that launched in 2014. Featuring a Fibonacci-patterned grill to support ultra-high frequency ranges as well as silver-coated OFC (oxygen free copper) for less transmission signal loss, you’ll be hearing your music like you never did before.

The Best Part: This watch is packed with tons of features that allow you to monitor your progress, from vertical oscillation to ground contact time and balance. And if you’re dying of thirst and don’t have your wallet with you? You can link your credit card and make use of Garmin Pay to pay for a quick drink before you pass out from dehydration.

Cost: $669. For more info, visit http://www.garmin.com.sg 
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3 STAY CONNECTED ON THE GO

Get This: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

Ready For: runners who want to leave their phones at home. The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is more than just a smartwatch and fitness tracker. Built-in GPS and the ability to sync music from some streaming services for offline listening will ensure that you’ll have tunes to enjoy even when you’re out in the wilderness doing a trail run.

The Best Part: This watch is packed with tons of features that allow you to monitor your progress, from vertical oscillation to ground contact time and balance. And if you’re dying of thirst and don’t have your wallet with you? You can link your credit card and make use of Garmin Pay to pay for a quick drink before you pass out from dehydration.

Cost: $669. For more info, visit http://www.garmin.com.sg 
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4 CUTTING-EDGE TECH

Get This: Vivo X21

Ready For: smartphone geeks who want sleek and seamless aesthetics. The X21 is Vivo’s latest offering and it certainly looks pretty. The 6.28-inch 2280x1080 screen with FullView™ Display gives the phone a highly futuristic look. Combine that with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage with the potential to grow with expandable storage, and you’ve got a phone that looks good and packs a punch.

The Best Part: The Vivo X21 is unique for one special reason: the fingerprint scanner is located under the screen. The industry-leading In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology gives users a brand new experience when unlocking their phones, providing a truly immersive experience whether they’re watching videos or playing games wherever they are. Bezels? What bezels?

Cost: $799. For more info visit http://www.vivo.com/sg 
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5 WEIGH THE DIFFERENCE

Get This: Xiaomi Mi Smart Scale

Ready For: health-conscious folk who want to know more about their body than just their mass. The Mi Smart Scale is designed to be precise – 100g precise to be exact. Not only do you get accurate weight readings, you can also keep track of your weight loss targets, as well as store up to 16 different user profiles so everyone can use it easily.

The Best Part:In a world of smart connected devices, the Mi Smart Scale is yet another one of them. You’ll be able to track and monitor your progress by using a handy companion app on your phone. Afraid you may be veering off track? You’ll have your info right there with you.

Cost: $36. For more info, visit http://www.mi.com/sg
 
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6 UNLIMITED POWER

Get This: Anker PowerCore Speed 20000mAh PD

Ready For: anyone who forgets to charge their electronic devices. The Anker PowerCore Speed 20000mAh PD is packed with so much power that you’ll probably forget to charge any of your devices before you leave the house. The power bank is also slim enough that you can just leave it in your bag permanently. Just remember that you’ll need to charge it too.

The Best Part: Thanks to Power Delivery, it has enough output that you can use it to charge your MacBook. In the unlikely event that you’ve forgotten your laptop charger, this will be able to save you at least for a little while before you find a proper source of power.

Cost: $139. For more info, visit http://www.ankersingapore.com