1. Nexus 6
Coming in at a whopping 5.9-inches, the Nexus 6 boasts a display larger than both the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, it’s also, not surprisingly, the biggest Nexus phone ever. Size aside, Google’s new flagship is a great showcase for the new Lollipop OS, which finally makes Android pretty with a bevy of swish animations, beautiful apps and a new design direction called Material Design. Made by Microsoft, the Nexus 6 is in many ways an XXL Moto X, though the internals have been souped up. There’s a Snapdragon 805 processor running the show, backed up by 2GB RAM and the display is QHD, so it should look stunning. There’s a 13 meg snapper on the back and Motorola has included a new Turbo Charger to give you 5 hours of juice with just a 30 minute charge.
£UK TBA | Google Play
2. LG G Watch R
LG’s second attempt at an Android Wear toting smartwatch is a rugged looking thing, boasting a fully circular display and a design that actually looks like a watch. The screen itself is 320x320, there’s a Snapdragon 400 processor running the show paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. You should get a full day of use before having to juice up, but you still need a pesky adaptor to plug it in as there’s no wireless charging here.
£219 | LG
3. Nest Thermostat
One of our favourite gadgets to haul your home into the 21st century, Nest’s smart thermostat gives you full control over your heater, whether it be from your smartphone or through the futuristic looking wall mounted dial. You can schedule your heating and it’ll learn your movements, heating the house when you get home from work, for example. It can also help you save money on bills, which is always a good thing.
£249 (with installation) | Nest
4. Acer Switch 12-inch
Tablets these days are often not just tablets, instead many offer a load of different modes you can use them in. This new device from Acer gives you five separate options, including the usual tablet and laptop variations. There’s also a tent mode - great for watching videos and a nifty desktop mode that sets the whole thing up just like a regular home based PC. Specs wise you’ll get a 1080p 12-inch display, 60 or 120GB SSD, a Core M processor and a Micro HDMI output.
£TBA | Acer
5. Kindle Voyage
We loved the Kindle Paperwhite, but there’s just something about Amazon’s new Voyage e-reader that just makes us want it more. Coming in at £169.99 it’s on the expensive side, but the new 300ppi, glass covered display makes text look fantastic, probably even better than an actual book. There’s 4GB of internal storage, a battery that’ll last about a month and the option to have included 3G data.
£169.99 | Amazon
6. Arcam Solo Soundbar
Arcam’s joining the crowded soundbar space, with the £800 Solo, a product the brand hopes will have both classy looks and exceptional sound. Its looks great, with a sleek build and it’ll decode all HD formats of audio. There’s Bluetooth too, for easy streaming and if you want some extra ‘oomph’, you can add the £500 Solo sub. Specs wise the Solo pumps out 100 watts of power from six drivers, which includes a specially angled 40w tweeter that should disperse the sound better.
£800 | Arcam
7. MacBook Pro (Mid 2014)
When it comes to laptops, the MacBook Pro is tough to beat. In its latest 'mid-2014' form it comes in 13 and 15-inch display sizes starting from £999 and £1,599, respectively. The Retina Display gives almost unrivalled detail, while a dual core Intel i5 processor ensures snappy performance. Mac OS X Mavericks, and soon to be Yosemite, completes the package.
8. Tesla Model S
Tesla's Model S all-electric car is available in the UK. Finally! In its cheaper 60kWh version it will manage more than 200 miles on a single charge, while the 85kWh can do more than 300 if you drive carefully. A large 17-inch touchscreen controls the car, adding to its futuristic vibe. The Performance model can out accelerate an Aston Martin so it's no slouch, either.
From £49,200 | Tesla
9. Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 device is back and better than ever. Not only does it look and feel even better, it packs improvements to the attachable keyboard and has a super high-res 12-inch display. It comes with a touch-sensitive stylus for drawing or taking notes.
10. Asus Chromebook C200
The highly affordable Acer C200 Chromebook is a great choice for anyone who wants a computer to do basic computer stuff like browsing the web, going on Facebook or watching cat videos. Google's Chrome OS runs the show alongside an Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space.
11. Nokia Lumia 930
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the latest and, probably, greatest Windows 8 smartphone. It comes in bright orange and green if the black and white alternatives bore you, plus there’s a 20-megapixel camera, Windows Phone 8.1, wireless charging, 4G support and a powerful processor make for a potent smartphone experience.
12. Nook Glowlight eReader
Barnes & Noble has released its latest device for consuming books digitally. The Nook Glowlight eReader is now in its second generation, bringing with it a 6-inch display that is 60 per cent sharper than its predecessor. A cheap eReader just got better.
13. Incipio Ghost 220 Wireless charger
Want to charge two QI-enabled devices at once and a third via USB? The Incipio Ghost 220 Wireless charger is your gadget. It has two LED indicator bars to tell you the charging status of the two phones on the charging plate, while a simple stylish design blends in nicely.
14. Elgato Thunderbolt Dock
The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock is the best of its kind. It allows you to connect a Mac to multiple devices with one cable, which is especially useful if your main device is a laptop that you take with you. It can be used for just about any device, thanks to HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB 3.0 connectivity. Take that, cables.
15. Bayan Audio SoundBook X3
As portable Bluetooth speakers go, the Bayan Audio SoundBook is a great device. It has an impressive sound with plenty of bass, yet can easily be stowed away thanks to a stand that folds round to protect the device when not in use.
16. Acer Aspire Switch 10
The Windows 8 Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a great budget laptop that doubles up as a tablet. The switch name refers to its ability to use it in a number of ways, including with the keyboard acting as a stand. It has a 1,920x1,200-pixel 10.1-inch display that makes it extremely portable. Top-notch build quality is the cherry on the top.
17. LG Lifeband Touch
As wearables flood the market, the line between fitness tracker and smartwatch is beginning to blur. The LG Lifeband Touch indeed straddles the two, monitoring your daily activity while also offering call and text notifications from your smartphone. It also pairs with LG's Heart Rate Earphones, which'll measure your heart from inside your ear. If you fancy decorating your wrist with some wearable tech, this is a solid all-rounder.
18. HOY Fiorenzuola Track Bike
Stamped with the approval by Sir Chris Hoy himself, the Fiorenzuola is a track bike for at any serious athlete at a price that won’t break the bank. Perfect for any rider on the road to the championships, the Fiorenzuola is the name of the Italian track where Sir Chris bagged his first senior World Cup medal - in case you didn’t already know.
Throw the Panono up in the air and by the time it lands back in your hands it’ll have captured an impressive 360 degree photograph. If you don’t think that’s awesome then you don’t know awesome. The ball makes taking panoramic shots as simple as it should be - just don’t let the dog at it.
Price: 549 euro | Panono
20. Sony short throw 4K projector
Disguised as a piece of furniture, Sony's short throw 4K projector delivers the crisp, glorious image you'd expect - and then some. Capable of projecting 147-inch images, it means you won't have to do any ugly rennovations to get the home cinema you always wanted. So if this is the future of living room viewing, sign us up now.
Price: $30,000 - $40,000 | Sony
21. JVC Everio
JVC's Everio is a compact little number packing some impressive features. 40x optical zoom, 60x dynamic zoom, 4.5 hours of battery and strong low light performance make this a worthwhile capture companion that'll easily slip into a pocket. It's also water, dust, freeze and shock proof, so well prepared for facing the elements.
22. Philips Surround Base
In the ongoing quest to transform our living rooms into Imax-rivaling home cinemas, the Philips Surround Base promises to give your viewing experience the audio it deserves. Or perhaps you’d rather use it to pump out some tunes - NFC for one touch Bluetooth pairing is a particularly handy feature. This integrated subwoofer is one powerful living room ally.
Price: $199 | Philips
23. Pebble Steel
If you’re going to get in on the smartwatch game, at least do it in style. The Steel casts aside the standard’s Lego-ish look and replaces it with something far more premium - even when you’re rocking a Super Mario watchface. It’s rich in features, has a tonne of great apps available, and means no more awkward fumbling in your jacket pocket the next time you get a text while you’re on the tube.
24. Parrot MiniDrone quadricopter
Drones are cool - there’s no arguing with that - and the Parrot continues to show why it’s top of its game with the MiniDrone Quadcopter. Just like the AR Drone, the MiniDrone is controlled with your smartphone, but this one comes with two big wheels which is uses to roll along walls and ceilings. Now it’s completely unstoppable.
Price: £TBC | Parrot
25. Monster DNA Pro Wireless
These over-the-ear cans come at a high price, but for that you’ll get bluetooth capability, active noise cancellation, and a buttonless touch interfact. And with the automatic switch-off function, you won't need to worry too much about draining the battery. They don’t look half bad, either.
Price: $449 (£TBC) | Monster
26. JBL Flip 2
Don't be fooled by its size - the JBL Flip 2 is one Bluetooth speaker that delivers some serious wallop, whether it's sat vertically or horizontally. The addition of micro USB charging - something the original lacked - is more than welcome, while NFC tap-to-pair is a neat feature. There are cheaper Bluetooth speakers out there, but the Flip 2 earns its price point by being best in class.
27. Swatch Sistem51
Swatch is celebrating thirty years since its inception with the launch of the Sistem51, named so because it has 51 components - the same amount as the first ever Swatch quartz watch. With its incredibly mesmerising clock face and impressive 90 hour power reserve, the Sistem51 is a timely reminder of why the Swiss manufacturer is still top of its game.
28. iDevice iGrill 2
One for the barbecue lovers (that should be most of you, really). The iGrill 2 lets you keep a tab on your food temperature from up to 150 feet away. The device’s magnetic mounting means you can easily attach it to a grill, while you can monitor everything on the accompanying app. That's some meaty tech.
29. Samsung NX300
Samsung’s Wi-Fi equipped NX300 hits all the right spots - beautiful retro styling, a host of connectivity options and DSLR-like performance, thanks to a large 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor. If you already own other Samsung mobile devices, the NX300 will play nicely with all of them.
30. Apple MacBook Air 2013
An incremental upgrade really, but the latest MacBook Air remains a pinnacle of laptop design. It’s not just a pretty face though - Intel’s Haswell processor comes as standard and you can have it specced out to run a 1.7GHz i7 processor along with 4GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.
31. Denon Ceol
Denon’s network music system is a fully realised, next-gen super-system now with AirPlay as standard. The main unit integrates an amp, CD, web radio/streamer, iPod dock and FM tuner. Your iOS device pops into a concealed roof-top dock, but with Wi-Fi, DLNA, AirPlay and Flac support all built in, the Ceol also does a great job as a music streamer. Audio quality is light and creamy, propelled by a punchy, 65W amp. It’s pretty much perfect for its price.
32. Sennheiser Momentum
While it’s nice spending some time away with the kids, you need to relax, too. Unwind and block out the incessant nattering with these durableyet- audiophile cans.
33. Focal Nomad Spirit One Headphones
Now, if you aren't aware of Focal's eccentrically brilliant Grande Utopia floor standers then a) check them out and b) bear in mind how serious this lot are about audio when reading about its new headphones. The Spirit One cans sport an around-ear, closed-back design with a boasted sound insulation of 20db. In layman’s terms, they clamp around your lughole like a limpet, blocking out all background noise leaving just your heartbeat thumping away. Sound quality is exceptional, as it should be for a pair of cans costing around £200.
34. Bodum Bistro hand mixer
Help mum whip up meringues and mousses in style with this five-speed mixer. The plastic chassis is durable, wipe-clean and available in numerous sexy colours.
35. Sky+ HD 2TB
Now with an amount of storage fit for the HD age and a host of brilliant new features this remains THE essential home entertainment gadget, with superb apps, wireless connectivity and the embarrassment of riches Sky has to offer live, online and on demand.
36. Kindle Paperwhite
The Paperwhite display on this Kindle is great for reading in all conditions, whether it be day or night, thanks to front-lighting tech. It keeps the same design style as other Kindle models, though goes touchscreen only; bad luck if you’re a fan of page-turn buttons. It also ditches the speakers that powered the text-to-speech function, so that’s gone too. The high-res display is sharp and text looks great in all situations, plus as it’s a Kindle there’s access to all the Prime benefits, along with their vast store.
37. Emperor 1510 Gaming Environment
Luxe gaming chair resembles something from an implausible Hollywood film about hackers and includes a Bose 2.1 sound system, adjustable seat and huge array of connections. Just add your own PC or console and monitors.
Price: £7,500 | Firebox
38. Gnarboard Trail Rider
This “gnarly” – their word, not ours – electric skateboard packs four-wheel drive, all-terrain tyres and a terrifying 28mph top speed. One for older kids or, more realistically, you.
Price: $4,000 | Gnarboards
39. Lakeland electric yoghurt maker
As the inexplicable rise of Pinkberry attests, frozen yoghurt is big business, but, as The Daily Mail’s front page screamed recently, is it A CON? Your mum can confirm one way or another with this, one litre at a time.
40. Lomo Diana Baby 110
Pint-sized version of Lomo’s celebrated retrocam, which celebrated its fifth birthday this year. It takes good ol’ 110 film and fits a tweenie’s grip.
41. Uniform Wares 100 Series
Features a precision quartz movement, chunky 37mm case made of anodised aluminium and mineral crystal and is water- and gravyresistant. The battery lasts for four Christmases.
Price: £120 | Uniform Wares
42. JL built-in wine cooler
Mum’s stuck with a small kitchen? Her Chardonnay can still be chilled, courtesy of this single-temperature, no-frost, quiet (36dB), seven-bottle cabinet.
Price: £180 | John Lewis
43. Timex Weekender
Avoid flashy watches unless you want to appear as if you have something to apologise for. This simple, understated piece with stainless steel face and cotton strap is a better option.
44. Cobra Amp Cell driver
MyFly tech allows your putting pa to select six different trajectory settings from one club. Your colour choice, sir: “directoire blue”, “Barbados red”, “vibrant orange” or, er, silver.
45. Bobble Bottle
Keeping your sister healthy is important. This bottle, which fi lters tap water as she drinks for better taste and fewer additives, fits the bill.
46. Speedo Aquabeat 2 4GB
Take your tunes into the depths of the local lido with this underwater music player, which fastens to your goggles or swimwear, or just fl oats.
47. Eva Solo standing bird feeder
Put it in the ground or flip it 180º and hang from something, then fill it with bird seed and wait. Alternatively, pretend it’s a big cutlass and stab nosy neighbours with it whilst bellowing, “Avast!”
48. U-Boat U-51 Chimera Bronze
This chunky statement piece has a solid bronze case and dial. The strap is also made from bronze. No, that’s a lie: it’s leather.
Price: £5,900 | U-Boat Watch
49. Bodum Bean tea press
This spill proof “tea cafetiére” – or “thétiére”, logically – comes in four colours. We favour this Christmassy black option.
50. Krups XL-2000 Milk Frother
If you like your coffee frothy but can’t be bothered messing around with a jug and a steamer spout, then this Krups Milk Frother is a must have. Whack in a cup’s worth of cow juice, hit one of three settings: cappuccino, latte or straight hot milk and moments later you’ve got yourself the perfect cuppa. It’s easy to clean too but the real killer blow is the hidden bonus feature. Chuck in chunks of milk chocolate, hit any of the three settings and before you can say “do want Baileys in that?” you’ve got the perfect frothy hot chocolate.
51. Menu wine breather
Achingly cool carafe from Denmark aerates and then dispenses wine, in achingly cool manner.
52. ST Dupont cigar cutter
Treat a fine Cubana with the respect it deserves, by chopping off its end with this chrome and lacquer finished, guillotine, which smuggles into any smoking jacket pocket.
53. Robert Welch Signature carving knife
The knife he’s used on the turkey every year since 1981 is so blunt you might as well use your arm. Swap it for this stainless steel carver.
54. Koubachi outdoor
IPX4-protected and with greater Wi-Fi reach than its houseplant sibling, this notifies you via iOS or Android app should your potatoes or tulips be under-watered.
55. Black & Decker Gyro Driver
The electric screwdriver is the underrated Prince of Tools, screwing where cordless drills fear – or are too big – to tread. This one’s patented gyroscopic tech lets you change speed with the twist of your wrist.
Price: £40 | Black & Decker
56. Fender Vintage
’58 Telecaster Fender’s other icon, with a staggered bridge pickup for that authentic 50s sound. The maple neck, “D” shaped profile and gorgeous sunburst finish make this the classic axe – strats are just so common.
Price: £1,699 | Fender
57. iPhone 5s
The 5s is without doubt the finest smartphone Apple has ever made. Game changers like the new ‘Touch ID’ fingerprint recognition ring and M7 motion co-processor sit alongside the nuts and bolts of the A7 chip, which provides more than enough power to make this a seamless experience.
58. Lenovo Yoga 8 and 10
Launched and endorsed by Ashton “Not Steve Jobs” Kutcher, Lenovo’s flexible slate has a bulbous cylindrical grip at its base. As a result it can strike three different, cosmic-energy-channelling poses. You can stand it on your desk for video, tilt it at an angle for typing or just, you know, hold it in your hand. Both the eight- and 10.1-inch models claim an 18-hour battery life, have a quadcore processor and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. Despite the budget pricing, the feeble 1280x800 screen resolution on both is unlikely to bring about inner peace and tranquillity.
59. TomTom Runner
GPS-meister TomTom leaves Nike behind with its new running watch, which notes duration, distance, pace and calories burned. You can set a desired pace or distance target or run against previous outings, visually represented on the 144x168-pixel screen. More upmarket models add cycle and swim tracking and heart-rate monitoring. Want more wrist-based fitness? Turn the page…
60. Nikon Df
One of the most handsome cameras T3’s clapped eyes on in a long time, the Nikon Df is a versatile DSLR with a super-clear, glass “pentaprism” viewfinder offering a 100% frame coverage. Shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation and shooting modes are handled by four large, tactile, metal-carved dials on top. That’s a pleasantly retro approach to camera design, but the 16-meg, 36x23.9mm CMOS sensor, Expeed 3 processing engine and the way it gets high-end results in multiple lighting conditions are as modern as you like. Further features include a 5.5fps burst mode, weatherproofing, 39-point autofocus and a 3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen if you don’t want to gaze through a “pentaprism”.
61. Motorola Moto G
Moto returns to the UK market, having ignored us for the Moto X, with a mid-price version of that all-American superphone. It packs a 4.5-inch, 720p screen, a 1.2GHz quadcore processor, five-meg rear facing camera and a choice of either 8GB or 16GB storage. The 2,070mAh battery will, Motorola says, give 16 hours of talk time. The OS is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but an upgrade to 4.4 KitKat is “guaranteed” for early 2014 – and as Moto is now a Google subsidiary, it’d be weird if it didn’t deliver on that. Perhaps the most impressive element of all, however, is the price…
62. Denon DSD-501 Cocoon Stream
Putting an all-in-one audio solution in a curvy, cyber-jellybean chassis, this is the latest streaming speaker to attack this increasingly saturated market. It attaches to your computer, mobile or NAS by Wi-Fi or ethernet, sucking in sounds via Apple’s AirPlay on your Mac, PC or iOS device, or from Android and Windows apps if those are your bag. Denon’s hi-fi know-how should mean substantial sound, while 3.5mm and USB connections lurk round the back.
63. Google Chromecast
Are you one of the 37 people still unable to access web video on your TV? Then Google has a very cheap solution for you. Chromecast is a dongle that plugs into your telly’s HDMI port, so you can view YouTube, Netflix and more using compatible phone apps or the Chrome browser on any device as a remote control. Curiously, you don’t mirror media that’s actually on your device, you “cast” web links that run from the cloud. Intriguing idea, and we’re sure it will be used for only legal and above-board pursuits…
64. Canon Legria Mini
Canon’s newest handheld cam is a compact box of tricks to tickle the fancy of any vlogger or narcissist. Its ultra-wide f/2.8 lens offers a 160-degree viewing angle and shoots in 1080p, with effects such as time lapse, slow-mo and 4x fast motion. The 2.7-inch variable angle LCD and kickstand are perfect for self-recording, while Wi-Fi lets you upload the results to your YouTube empire at speed.
65. Canon EOS 70D
This high-end DSLR, the successor to the EOS 60D, has been four years in the making and its 20.2-meg Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, designed for speedy autofocus and better low-light shots, looks to be worth the wait. It also includes Wi-Fi and a three-inch touchscreen.
66. Bose QuietComfort 20
Bose’s first in-ear headphones to offer noise-cancelling tech use dual mics in each lug to detect and counter outside sounds, insulating you in a cocoon of your own tunes. However, press a button on the slightly bulky control unit and said mics can also allow you to hear what’s going on around you, via the miracle of “Aware mode”. This lets mid to high frequencies through so you can hear station announcements and the like. The battery provides up to 16 hours of noise cancellation on a single charge, with a full rejuicing via USB taking two hours.
67. Nike Hypervenom Phantom
These new kicks might not gift you the skills of £48m man Neymar, but Nike’s All Conditions Control technology may afford you better ball skills on a sodden British pitch come Sunday afternoon. The outer sole is crafted from a responsive nylon chassis that boosts agility and traction and, according to Nike, the placement of the studs allows for faster penetration (of the pitch), so that’s nice. Oh, and a quicker release, too. Wayne Rooney will be playing in a pair of these this season. Like his syrup, the colour scheme and finish – designed to highlight the parts of the boot best used to score goals – are eye-catching indeed.
68. Samsung Galaxy NX
Splicing gadget genes without regard for the consequences, Samsung’s latest experiment is the Galaxy NX, a compact system camera running on Android, with 4G for easy shot-sharing. A 20.3-meg APS-C CMOS sensor with 100-25,600 ISO suggests the possibility of pro-grade shots, and dualchannel Wi-Fi kicks in should 4G or 3G be lacking. There’s also Bluetooth for more local sharing. Essentially a camera that thinks it’s a phone, it’s not to be confused with Samsung’s Galaxy Zoom (p24), which is a phone that thinks it’s a camera.
69. Sony Smartwatch 2
Pressing on with its wearable-tech revolution, Sony updates the Android-based smartwatch that it released to a chorus of groans last year. Having sold half a million worldwide since, the Smartwatch 2 looks rightly smug, pairs via NFC or Bluetooth 3.0 and lets you read messages, control music and answer calls. The 1.6-inch, 220x176 display is water- and dust-proof, with a “four-day battery life”. We’ll see about that…
70. Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The Xperia Z’s phablet-sized relative has a 6.3-inch, full-HD screen and an inherited disregard for the perils of water – it’s encased in waterproof aluminium and glass that lets it dive up to 1.5m. Protected inside sits a 2.2GHz quadcore processor and there’s an eight-meg camera on the rear. It may be big, but at just 212g it won’t sink like a stone. And at just 6.6mm thick it’s competing with Huawei’s Ascend P6 (p30) for the title of world’s slimmest smartphone, too.
71. Pure Evoke F4
Combining the very latest in radio technology –granted, that’s not saying much – with a design perfect for the working kitchens of upmarket tcommuters, the Evoke F4 ups the DAB ante with compatibility with both Bluetooth and Pure’s own Wi-Fi Jongo streaming system. You can also record the Archers omnibus and Radio 6sessions to USB sticks and enjoy web radio, while Pure Music offers a Spotify-style unlimited streaming service for £4.99 per month.
72. Recon Instruments Jet
While Google Glass is wearable tech for the catwalk, Recon’s Android-based, outdoorsy rival, the Jet, has been built for wrestling alligators and then tweeting about it. A tiny HD display is located in the bottom right-hand corner and an HD camera is up front, while an accelerometer, thermometer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and ANT+ for connecting all manner of health monitoring devices lurk inside.
Price: £TBC | Recon Instruments | Out late 2013
73. Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Sure, the Galaxy S4 is one of the best Android smartphones around, but it’s not pocket friendly. Enter the space-saving Galaxy S4 Mini, which offers exactly the same experience, only with a 4.3-inch AMOLED display instead of a five-incher. Oh, and a slower, 1.7GHz dualcore processor. And less RAM. Hmm, and only an eight-meg rear-facing camera. And, once you’ve factored in all those space-hogging Samsung apps, there’s just 5GB of storage, although there is a microSD card slot for adding 64GB more. However, it’s a lot better than last year’s S3 Mini, and it’s sure to be notably cheaper than the fullsize S4, so, in best Goldilocks style, it’ll be just right for smaller smartphone users in want of a relative bargain.
74. Marantz NR1604
Turning the ugly duckling of the set-top box family into, if not a swan then at least a somewhat thinner duckling, this AV receiver from Marantz has all the connectivity your heart could desire but is only 44x37x10.5cm. Offering 3D pass through hand 4K up conversion from1080p, it crams seven HDMI ports into its smaller than-average frame, while analogue and component video inputs are also supported for old-timers. There’s also multi-room DNLA and Apple AirPlay streaming, support for Apple Lossless and FLAC audio files plus web radio, including services such as Spotify and Last.fm.
75. Razer Blade 14"
Like your mobile gaming to be as sleek and stylish as it is full of online chum-impressing horsepower? Then Razer’s “world’s thinnest gaming laptop” should have you hyped. A quadcore 2.2GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and a GeForce GTX 765M graphics card power it along, with a 128GB SSD and 74Wh battery stuffed in the “thinnerthan a dime” (and MacBook Air) chassis. Alas, you may have to pick it up on your next trip abroad, as the chances of Razer releasing it in the UK are, like the Blade itself, slim.
Price: from $1,800 (£UK TBC) | Razer | Out now in US, UK TBC
76. Connected Data Transporter
Do you like the idea of cloud storage but fret about potential security and/or privacy issues? Transporter addresses that, with online storage that’s under your complete control. It comes either as a shell to which you add your own storage or with 1TBor 2TB built in. Connect it to the web via Gigabit ethernet and you can back up then view or share your data from any friendly mobile or computer, anywhere on Earth.
77. Creative Airwave
Topping the ever-growing Bluetooths peaker mountain this month is a premium chocolate-bar shaped one. It’s got NFC to let you sync with your compatible Android device with a tap, the battery lasts seven hours and support for Apt-X means CD-quality audio, while a built-in mic lets you use it as a Charlie’sAngels-style speakerphone. Tasty.
78. Roth BAR3
As TVs get thinner, so does their sound and so, too, must the accessories that accompany them. That makes soundbar creation a hard road to travel, but Roth is strutting down it with the BAR3, which is just 50mm deep and 85mm tall, yet puts out 60W of power. That’s bolstered by a further 100W of low-end kick from the wireless sub (left), which is itself hardly a hulk of a thing. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity, making this a veritable wireless audio hub for all your portable kit, with a more than reasonable price. However, if that’s all a bit too modern for you, there’s also digital signal processing attempting to make your lounge or bedroom mimic the acoustic properties of an “Opera House”, Cinema” or “Large Hall”, like it’s a midi system of the 1990s. Info about all of the above comes via a dimmable LED display on the front.
79. BlackBerry Q5
Canada’s number one smartphone brand is back with another BB10 handset, this time aimed more at the budget-conscious market than the more luxurious Q10and Z10. The cute-looking Q5has a QWERTY keyboard and a 3.1-inch, 720x720 display, albeit LCD rather than AMOLED. Internals include a 1.2GHz dualcore processor, a meaty 2GB of RAM, a five-meg camera and 8GB of storage, which you may increase at will via microSD. The2,100mAh battery should get you through the day, given the relatively undemanding processor. Contract pricing, as ever, will be key to its success (or lack of it).
80. Acer Aspire ZC-605
This all-in-one PC wants to become your family’s new multimedia hub. With Intel Pentium or Celeron processors, integrated graphics and up to 16GB RAM it may not exactly challenge Deep Blue, but it does have mum-like multitasking powers, with Windows 8 home screens for everyone, a 19.5-inch, 1600x900 LCD screen and Dolby Home Theatre surround sound.
Price: £TBC | Acer
81. Asus B1M Projector
How can you make your PowerPoint presentation more impressive? One answer is star wipes, but for even greater classiness, there’s this wireless projector. It collects files straight from your network-connected laptop, tablet or smartphone and turns them into 51-inch images, with its LED light serving up 700 big lumens of brightness and a 1280x800 image resolution, while a 2W speaker provides a certain amount of sound. Are your Luddite colleagues not equipped to go wireless? The inclusion of a USB port and SD card slot means they can still get involved.
82. Kobo Aura HD
Kobo’s latest e-reader comes with a built-in backlight, putting it in direct competition with the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s easy on the eye, with its 6.8-inch e-ink screen boasting a crisp, 1080x1440 resolution. Kobo has been busily filling the shelves of its online bookstore, so you can now choose from a selection of 2.5 million e-tomes, storing them in the 4GB provided, or adding them via the miracle of microSD.
83. Numark Mixtrack Edge
This portable controller for DJs who prefer to travel light is the size of an iPad and festooned with jogwheels, faders and two FX dials, so you can mix Black Sabbath into Chrvches using just a laptop and the very smallest of trestle tables. You can connect directly to speakers and also via USB and MIDI, so it’s compatible with most existing PC and Mac DJ software. EQ controls have been mysteriously abandoned, so you can forget headlining the Ministry with this, but it does offer a cheap musical fix.
84. Philips HTL5120
On a mission to improve your TV’s sound quality without adding any cable mess, Philips has loaded its Double Bass tech into this Bluetooth-connected soundbar. The wing-shaped profile has been engineered for either wall or table-top mounting, while an integrated orientation sensor works to optimise sound performance depending on its position in the room. Dual 60W speakers pump out soundtracks with aplomb, while Dolby Digital 5.1 helps with the Virtual Surround. It can also play as part of a surround-sound speaker team.
85. Ressence Type 3
Forget regular watch faces; what you want is a liquid-filled dome, with hours, seconds and days displayed as if you’re looking into an amphibian’s bulging eye. A thermostatic valve system allows for the addition and removal of liquid so the dome is always totally – but not overly – full. Basically, it’s a watch whose face is filled with fluid, and costs this much because that’s much harder to maintain than you ever dreamed. So you’ve learned something today.
Price: $35,000 | Ressence
86. Samsung Galaxy Mega
What? The Galaxy S4’s five-inch screen, or Note II’s 5.5-inch display not big enough for you? Samsung’s latest “phablet” or “tablone” – the Galaxy Mega – has a 720p, 6.3-incher, while a dualcore 1.7GHz chip and 1.5GB of RAM should deliver splendid performance. Also on-board: an eight-“mega”pixel camera, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, plus Android Jelly Bean OS, overlaid with Samsung’s beloved TouchWiz.
87. Sony Cyber-shot HX50
Go on, take a closer look; this is the first compact camera to feature a 30x optical zoom. Not content with above-average eyesight, it also includes tech borrowed from Sony’s high-end RX range, including a 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and Wi-Fi for uploading your long-lens shots of Prince Harry cavorting directly to social networks. It also shoots 50fps full-HD video, while a dedicated EV dial on the back lets you fiddle with exposure compensation like a pro, and a hotshoe means you can add an external flash.
88. TomTom Go 2013
Those preferring a dedicated satnav over roadside fumbles with Google Maps will surely lap up the refreshed TomTom Go 2013 range. A redesigned user interface offers quick search options – your live map is shown in the background – and clearer traffic information. It comes in 4.3-, five- or six-inch screen sizes, all with a lifetime sub to TomTom’s real-time traffi c service. You can also send traffic info to your smartphone via Bluetooth – ensuring safe journeys, even after you leave the car. A three-month speed camera trial will help you avoid the need for Chris Huhne type fraudulence.
89. Toshiba Portégé Z10t
Tablet or laptop? Lablet? Taptop? Quit your arguing, guys: this Windows 8 Pro Toshiba is the latest hybrid device offering a bit of both. Rip the detachable, full-HD, 11.6-inch touchscreen tablet from the splash-resistant keyboard dock and input switches from backlit keys to ten-fi nger multi-touch accordingly. An Intel Core processor – precise model unconfi rmed as yet – two USB slots, HDMI and an SD card reader all feature, while a solidstate drive keeps moving parts to a minimum and the thickness to just 19.9mm. Sexy it ain’t, but the Z10t does feel reassuringly businesslike.
90. Toshiba 9 Series TV
The pixel arms race is in full swing, with the A-bomb of hi-def being supplanted by the H-bomb of 4K/ultra HD. Toshiba’s very own Manhattan Project has produced this 84-inch box with 3840x2160, ultra-HD resolution. Alongside some of the best visuals you’ll clap eyes on this season are a web browser and Toshiba’s Cloud TV service, which it hopes – a tad optimistically, some might say – will supplant Netfl ix, iPlayer and YouTube in your affections. Expect the price to be pricey, but passive 3D tech will at least mean cheap specs for everyone.
Price: £TBC | Toshiba | Out Summer
91. Bowers & Wilkins Z2
This coffee table-friendly slice of audio techno-lush is compatible with the iPhone 5, via its Lightning dock, with other iDevices rocking it via AirPlay. The curving speaker’s beauty is besmirched solely by two capacitive volume pads, an ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and comes in black or white. Inside are two 3.5-inch drivers and a class D amp, which come together to create sound in B&W’s usual, impressive manner.
92. Canon EOS 100D
Behold! This is the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR, measuring just 117x91x69mm and weighing in at 407g. Despite that, the EOS 100D has the same 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and most of the same manual controls as the semi-professional, comparatively obese EOS 600D. Naturally, it also shoots full-HD video. The 100-12800 ISO range helps make light work of shooting in murky conditions, while Canon has jazzed up the autofocus with the “Hybrid CMOS AF II” system offering 80 per cent frame coverage. An enhanced creative mode throws on even more photographic training wheels, as well as some Instagram-esque filter effects.
93. LG Pocket Photo Smart
Like whippet racing and pipe smoking, printing photos is no longer the commonplace pastime it was. Even so, there’ll always be a need for physical images that you can pin to your wall and admire or throw darts at, as you see fit. This pocket-sized printer connects to Android or iOS devices via Bluetooth or NFC and uses “inkless” ZINC technology. This works by heating special paper containing colour-forming molecules packed into layers that, once melted, form the everlasting image of you drunkenly giving a double thumbs-up whilst meeting Wagner from X Factor
94. Sony CMT-BT80WB
This may resemble a tastefully designed, expensive cooker hood, but it’s actually a do-everything, 40W audio system in a one-box “form factor”. DLNA and AirPlay over Wi-Fi, plus NFC and apt-X Bluetooth compatibility, mean you can stream with gay abandon from PC or mobile. If you roll old-skool, there’s an iPhone dock, DAB radio and even a CD player. It also supports simultaneous, multi-room playback, Sonos style, while Bass Boost is, Sony helpfully explains, useful for anything from “classic funk to dubstep”. It is, it must be said, useless for extracting foul air, however.
Price: £129 | Sony
95. BMC Impec Lamborghini Edition
BMC is crafting a mere 50 of these cycles to celebrate Lambo’s 50th year of making penis substitutes for Eurotrash. Each model is built to order, with handlebars, gearing and stem length all configured to match your spindly frame, and with a choice of racing-or performance-carbon frames. The bike weighs in at just 6.85kg, with a saddle made from the same leather as the seats in Lambo’s Aventador; there’s about as much passenger space, too.
Price: €25,000 | Bmc-racing.com
96. Cyrus Audio Anniversary System
Cambridge-based audiophiles’ fave Cyrus is celebrating its 30th anniversary in style. It’s taken seven high-end components – a digital to analogue converter with pre-amp, CD transport, network streamer, twin mono power amps and power supplies – from its X Series and thrown them all together for a oneoff mega-tower. After a year of finetuning in a purpose-built studio, it’s finally ready for public consumption and comes with a seven-shelf Hark II storage rack, a remote and a dedicated app. You will need to provide your own speakers, mind.
Price: £17,000 | Cyrusaudio.com
97. Game Golf
Jambox and Ouya designer Yves Béhar, unofficial king of the crowd-funded tech project, is back and this time has the ear of pro green-stealers Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood. Just clip the little red box to your belt, attach the cufflink-like sensors to your clubs and go about your 18 holes like any other Sunday as Game Golf tracks you via GPS, motion sensors and NFC. You can then review your round on any iOS device, sharing it with friends and the golfing world at large. It’ll help you improve in time for that invitation to Augusta National.
98. Philips DesignLine 2013
Philips takes minimalism to the extreme with its latest 46- or 55-inch, 3D smart TV. There’s no stand, no neck, no frame and no bezel, just a sheet of glass that houses the full-HD, edge-lit LED display, with Ambilight back projection mimicking the colours of the on-screen action. There is a bracket to hold it in place but still, don’t let your robot vacuum cleaner near it.
Price: 46-inch £2,000, 55-inch £2,800 | Philips.com | Out June
99. Lomography Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer
On this, Lomography’s classiest retro film camera yet, polished aluminium and chocolate leather bring the chic, while a choice of 90mm and 58mm lenses offer glass with class – a 114mm is also available separately. It’ll reel off photos in three formats, too: regular 6x9, 6x6 squares or 6x12 panoramas.
100. Native Union Switch
Arriving fashionably late to the Bluetooth speaker party, and dressed as an oversized Lego brick to boot, this pounds out 14 hours of battery-based music time from three internal speakers including an active subwoofer with “enhanced bass-reflex system”. At 19cm high, Skream and Benga are unlikely to be rocking their next dubstep party using it, but if they did, they’d be able to break off from “dropping mad science” easily to take a call from their mum, as the Switch doubles handily as a speakerphone. Usable both horizontally and vertically, it’s available in colours from “Bordeaux” (red) to “Aquamarine” (blue).
101. Securifi Almond+
Launching a dual-pronged attack of wireless routing and home automating, this is another colourful, Kickstarter-funded gizmo we rather like. Integrated Z-wave and Zigbee tech works to control your automated home gadgetry via a 2.8-inch screen, or iOS or Android devices. It’s geared up for the coming, AC Wi-Fi generation – the successor to N Wi-Fi, connectivity fans – hitting speeds of up to 1,167Mbps with compatible devices.
102. Tylt Vu
No, it’s not a designer shoe horn or a fun slide for mice; it’s the Tylt Vu, and if your smartphone charges wirelessly using the Qi standard, it’s your next must-have accessory. Drop a handset into its 45-degree cradle and microscopic nanobots pass from the 5W charger directly into your battery and restore it to health. Comes in yellow, blue, red or black, for whatever phone side you’re batting for this contract term.
Price: $75 | Tylt
103. Asus WL-330NUL USB
Proclaimed “the world’s smallest router” and clocking in at roughly the size of a packet of Extra chewing gum, this pocket rocket connects to your laptop via USB and to the web via ethernet and also has N Wi-Fi up to 150Mbps. Thus, ownership means you become a walking wireless access point for all laptops and portable devices in the local area when the crappy B&B your work checked you into for the away-day has ethernet but not Wi-Fi.
104. Denon AH-C400
These high-end buds are so acoustically pure it’s claimed in the accompanying literature that the experience is, “Like hearing your favourite song for the first time.” But then how will you know you’re going to like it?! Dual-balanced armature drivers are encased in a die-cast, zinc housing totalling a hefty 9g, while the tangle-resistant, Teflon-coated cable packs in an in-line remote and mic. A free Denon iOS app lets you change and save equaliser settings, so the sound is as individual as your ears, but less mucky and gross.
105. Marshall Hanwell Anniversary Edition
With a design inspired by the vintage amp created by the late, great Jim Marshall the big stage performer has been transformed into a loudspeaker with powerful tweeters and woofers to blow the neighbours away. Housed in a wooden cabinet with fret cloth and gold logo taken from the original amp, each speaker has been given a commemorative badge as a tribute to the amp-making icon.
Price: £650 | Marshall Headphones | Out Now
106. Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus Platinum Edition
If iPad mixing is not your thing then this all-in-one system ideal for unleashing beat-bashing mayhem might be more suited. Sporting a mirror chrome finish, the professional setup now supports more audio inputs including USB and SD card, the ability to hook up to four digital CDJ players to share music with digital to analogue converter courtesy of Wolfson Microelectronics and the ability to save settings to iOS devices.
107. Monster iSport Intensity
The in-ear headphones made for runners, joggers and treadmill frequenters allows ambient noise in without compromising the music from your MP3 player or smartphone making them ideal for running near busy roads or if you just want to ear wig on conversations in the gym. With a new ear-pipe design and tangle-free cord they will also stay put and last the course no matter how hard you hit it.
108. LG 65-inch Ultra HD TV
The £22k 84-inch model might be the preserve of the rich and famous, but LG has now given birth to a smaller, 65-inch sibling. This is of course by no means small, and it packs in a staggering 8 million pixels per frame, and you’ll also get LG’s Magic Remote 2.0 which opens up a world of over 1,400 apps. 3D Sound Zooming intelligently analyses where an object is in the screen and gives the illusion of distance, and it will kick out plenty of noise too, thanks to two 15w woofers and two 10w speakers.
109. Aedle VK-1
The first product from French audio company Aedle and already they’re entering the realms of super slick. Handmade using aircraft grade aluminium and lambskin leather the VK-1 looks like a product made for the modern aristocracy. Boasting a titanium diaphragm with 40mm drivers the VK-1 was never meant for the lowly proletariat.
110. Samsung S9 UHD TV
This 85-inch behemoth from Samsung boasts a virtually bezel-free body which is surrounded by what Samsung calls its Timeless Gallery Frame. Squeezed inside that frame is a whopping 120 watts of sound, with the speakers built right into the frame. Of course there’s Samsung’s own upscaling technology which will keep your Blu-rays looking sharp despite the 4x increase in pixels. Voice and gesture control come as standard, for those that despise remote controls.
Watch our video with the Samsung S9 UHD TV and the first Samsung curved OLED below.
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Samsung
111. Sony Bravia X9000A
This 65-inch slab of pure premium is the embodiment of Sony’s new design philosophy – a huge bezel-less sheet of glass with super-thin magnetic fluid speakers on either side. With an actual resolution of 3840 x 2160, this is the flagship for Sony’s 4K range boasting passive 3D, and upscaling is now some of the best in class thanks to a dedicated X-Reality Pro engine. NFC-enabled remote allows for seamless smartphone-to-TV mirroring.
Watch our video with the Sony Bravia X9000A at CES 2013 below:
UK Price: TBA | Out: Spring 2013 | Sony
112. NVIDIA Project Shield
Hot on the heels of OUYA and GameStick, the graphic chip maker’s foray into portable gaming comes in the shape of a game controller with a 5-inch Retina display that can play Android games and will be capable of streaming PC games to users on the go. Running on the new Tegra 4 micro processor, the Shield can connect to Wi-Fi and access the Google Play Store, has a bass reflex speaker with HDMI and USB ports for added connectivity.
Watch our video of the NVIDIA Project Shield below:
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Buy it now from Amazon
113. Lenovo Eraser X700
Primed to chew up and spit out the most graphically demanding PC games, the aggressive looking desktop features something Lenovo is calling ‘Onekey Overclocking’ which essentially can prevent the PC from overheating by the press of a single button. Powered by the latest Intel Core processors and with dual graphics under the hood, the X700 also supports the ability to hook up to six monitors at once and add 4TB of storage making it a powerhouse for PC gaming.
UK Price: TBA (US Price: $1,499) | Out: June | Lenovo
114. Fujifilm X100S
Following up from the slick X100 compact camera, Fujifilm claims its new ,equally retro-styled high end snapper has the ‘world’s fastest AF (auto focus) of 0.08 seconds’. While that is likely to help you snap your targets a lot quicker other notable upgrades for the X100S include a 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a new high definition hybrid viewfinder and a Digital Split Image display that enables you to view two images at once to help with manual focusing.
115. BMW M Chronograph Watch
If you can’t quite stretch to the £55,000 required for BMW’s latest M3 Coupe, you might consider this, which is not only a lot more affordable, but can also sit on your wrist without crushing it to a bloodied pulp. Made of brushed, stainless steel it proudly boasts a laser-engraved BMW logo on the back, has a stopwatch function – described by the manufacturer as “accurate”, which is reassuring – plus fluorescent hand tips and hour markers. It’s waterproof to 100 metres, while a Swiss quartz movement and toughened mineral glass case provide the sturdy reliability and ruthless efficiency characteristic of the motoring giant and, in fact, German things in general.
116. Garmin Fenix
This watch is so masculine, it’s like strapping on a second penis. Developed with help from professional mountaineers, it naturally features built-in GPS, an altimeter, barometer and compass (that’s known as “ABC” to crevasse traversing folk, acronym fans) and a TracBack function that guides you home should you happen to get lost. It’ll also connect wirelessly to your smartphone to keep a record of your heart rate, speed and surrounding temperature. The features rounding out this wrist-borne specgasm are waterproofness to 50m and, most impressively of all, the ability to tell the time.
117. LG UD 3D TV
Worried about your penis size? At the IFA tech expo, LG unveiled the UD 3D TV – the world’s first 84inch, consumer 3D telly for an instant extension. The “UD” bit stands for Ultra Definition, the 3840x2160, four times more HD than full HD known as 4K. A 50W sound system with dual subwoofers should please] audiophiles, but, X Factor remains crap no matter how big your TV’s screen and sound.
Price: £14,000 | LG.com/uk | Out now
118. Sonos Sub
A wireless subwoofer that’s evidently been designed to resemble a shocked emoticon, the Sub links up with other Sonos products, including the Play:3 powered speaker, has one-button configuration and can be controlled from your PC, Mac or Android or iOS mobile device. Much like T3’s Rob Temple it works equally well standing up or lying down, even under a sofa, with dual speakers pounding the funk into your solar plexus.
119. Apple iPod Touch 5th gen
Spare a thought for the iPod Touch, the latest version of which squirmed out from under the fat shadow of the iPhone 5 at Apple’s big launch. Rather like said handset – see p109 – without the phone bit, but with only a five meg camera, it’s 6.1mm thick, comes in six colours, has a battery that won’t flag till 40 hours of music or eight hours of video have been played, and flaunts Apple’s new EarPods.