1. Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Winner of the T3 Design Award 2012, Asus’ Transformer Prime wowed reviewers and users with its original, keyboard-dock design, adding greater versatility and battery life to the traditional Android tablet. Ultra-slim (8.3mm) and light (586g), its spun-metal finish adds to the general feeling of solidity, style and class.
2. Apple iMac
Apple’s all-in-one continues to redefine what a desktop can be. The 21.5-inch model is just 5mm wide at its thinnest edge, with aerospace techniques employed in the construction of its brushed aluminium casing. The tech on the inside is equally impressive, but the main appeal of the iMac remains its incredible, cutting-edge visual style.
From: £999, apple.com/uk
3. Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air
In 2010, B&W changed digital hi-fi forever with the Zeppelin. Where before, docks tended to look (and sound) cheap, this offered iconic design, high-end materials and serious tonal clout. The latest range update adds AirPlay to the mix, allowing iOS owners to wirelessly pipe their favourite tunes through its barrage of top-class drive units.
4. Why settle for an off-the-peg TV?
When you can have the bespoke tailoring of Loewe’s Connect ID range? A range of webconnected, exquisitely tasty tellies, Connect ID lets you tweak and tuck your television to perfectly fit your desires and decor.
Begin by choosing any combination of frame colour, either high-gloss black or high-gloss white, and six wraparound colours – black, white, silver, orange, green or beige. When you’re done here, pick out your system options; satellite, tower or wall speakers?
Or maybe Sir would care to see the electrostatic speakers? A vast range of stands, supports and mounts are then waiting to further accessorise and fi nesse your look. Loewe has pioneered high-end aesthetics since its birth in 1923 Berlin.
It’s been there since the dawn of TV. But Loewe has never just been about plumage. Delve deeper into the state-of-the-art Connect ID models and you’ll discover LED-backlit, full-HD LCD panels with active-shutter 3D. Loewe also offered the world’s fi rst webconnected smart TV back in the 90s, so it’s no surprise that its award-winning DR+ integrated hard disk recording and streaming system kicks ass, giving you multi-room AV for just an added £300.
Its “Follow Me” function lets you customise where you watch, pausing video in the lounge and then resuming viewing on another Loewe TV in the boudoir.
Available in four sizes, Loewe Connect ID is a powerhouse of modern design, precision engineering and beautiful simplicity at a surprisingly affordable price. It’s TV just the way you’ve always wanted it. 32-INCH £1,395, 40-INCH £1,595, 46-INCH £1,995, 55-INCH £2,495
5. Dr Dre Beats Studio
With the Beats range, hip-hop legend Dr Dre and his team have produced a look that appeals to multiple demographics, from sports stars to top musicians, from bankers to rudeboys. The chunky, iconic design of these range-toppers screams confidence, while the audio is tuned to make digital music as punchy and dynamic as possible.
6. Bang and Olufsen BeoSound 9000
Freestanding or wall-mounted, the 9000 holds six front-facing CDs, displaying their artwork through its glass frontage, giving listeners a captivating sound whilst simultaneously mesmerising them with the inner workings of a CD player. With this 1996 classic, B&O transformed the humble CD player into a hugely desirable lounge accessory.
7. Canon Power Shot N
Canon’s diminutive, 12-meg camera takes a fresh approach, letting you use it either way up, with zoom and shutter controlled by rings around the lens, and a tilting touchscreen. Showcasing a bracingly modern, symmetrical, metalbodied design, it’s also small enough to fit in a shirt pocket despite having an 8x optical zoom and Wi-Fi.
8. Fujifilm X-Pro1
A lot of recent cameras have updated classic designs rooted in photography’s golden past for the digital age; none have done it better than the X-Pro1. A compact, interchangeable lens system and 16-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor mean there’s plenty of brawn behind the rugged beauty.
9. HP Spectre XT Touchsmart 15-4000ea
Boasting a super-lightweight frame, this ultrabook combines exemplary, latterday laptop aesthetics with an intuitive, 15.6-inch, full-HD, touchscreen that fully unlocks the power of Windows 8. It also offers almost ten hours of battery life, a zippy, Intel i5 processor, 4GB of memory and smart, pop-up sockets to fit its slimline frame.
10. Lenovo IdeaCentre A720
Desktop Windows machines aren’t traditionally known for their aesthetics, but Lenovo assaults that preconception here. This all-in-one has a screwless construction, a super-slim, frameless display with ten-point multitouch and a 95-degree viewing angle. Inside there’s Nvidia graphics, up to an Intel i7 processor and a fast, 64GB SSD.
11. LG 84LM9600
Putting an image with four times the resolution of full-HD 1080p onto an 84-inch screen, LG’s 4K set is the future of television. With deep blacks and vibrant colours, the LM9600 is genuinely eye-popping, while the audio is also knock-out, thanks to the 50W sound system with dual subwoofers secreted inside the remarkably sleek body.
12. Loewe Air Speaker
Unabashedly premium, with a timeless, minimal design and audio quality that justifies its price tag, Loewe’s first AirPlay speaker is a real looker and can be ordered in any colour you want. It turns on and powers down automatically, with all controls via iOS device or computer – so you need never run the risk of sullying its beauty with fingerprints.
13. Google Nexus 7 by Asus
T3’s Gadget of the Year in 2012, the Nexus 7 tablet demonstrates that innovation and quality don’t have to lead to a hefty price tag. With Asus and Google combining their strengths it’s light, portable, understated, and works like a dream thanks to a bright, 1280x800 screen, fast, quadcore processor and slick operating system.
From £159, play.google.com
14. Nike+ Fuelband
As fitness tech becomes massive in 2013, expect to spot the Nike FuelBand on more and more famous and not-so-famous wrists. Up to 20 red-to-green LEDs fill its display as you home in on your daily “movement goals”, motivating you to keep in shape. Nike’s design has an almost sci-fi sportiness, and it’s also tough as old boots.
15. Nokia Lumia 920
One for the connoisseur, this beautifully crafted superphone has a one-piece polycarbonate body in a choice of vibrant colours. The Windows Phone 8 operating system is every bit as seamless, smooth and fresh as Nokia’s hardware, while the PureView camera is as good as anything you’ll find in a smartphone.
16. Porsche Design Blackberry P’9981
Two super brands come together to create something unique; Porsche Design adding a luxurious, stainless-steel exo-skeleton to BlackBerry’s Bold 9900. With edge-to-edge keys and an industrial look that’s part autobahn and part Starship Enterprise, this powerful, limited-edition, NFC-enabled smartphone exudes quality.
17. Sony PlayStation Vita
Sony’s finest handheld yet is ingeniously designed in terms of button placement, with a responsive, five-inch, OLED touchscreen adding an extra dimension to gaming. The Vita unerringly hits the design sweet spot, being slender, tactile yet reassuringly solid, with a quadcore processor powering its growing stable of killer titles for hardcore gamers.
From £219, uk.playstation.com/psvita
18. Samsung DA-E750
Luxe build gives this dock a truly high-end feel, with silver cone surrounds and phase plugs, and a circular cutaway up top revealing the soothing, scarlet glow of its valves. The first speaker dock to support both Apple and Android devices, the DA-E750 flexes AirPlay, AllShare, Bluetooth 3.0 and USB, for those who prefer to keep things old school.
19. Samsung Galaxy S3
T3’s Phone of the Year 2012, the S3 exceeded all expectations with a beautiful design, fantastic ergonomics and numerous software innovations, from facial tagging to voice control. Samsung’s flagship phone also features a great 4.8-inch AMOLED screen and now, LTE, which pushes the smartphone technology envelope to its limits.
From £499, samsung.com/uk
20. Sony Vaio Duo 11
Bridging the gap between touchscreen and keyboard-controlled devices, the Duo 11 slider is a typically slick hybrid from Sony. Weighing in at just 1.3kg and 17mm thick, this touchscreen ultrabook is thin and light enough to carry in one hand but is ready to transform into a Windows 8 laptop with keyboard when matters get more intensive.