NAIM Muso (£895)
Naim Audio's new Muso music system is a premium swiss army knife of audio goodness. Working mainly as a wireless speaker system, it also has a built-in loudspeaker and every kind of connection you could want. Under the solid aluminium chassis, there are six 75-watt digital amplifiers boasting 450W of power that'll play 24bit/192kHz high resolution audio from a range of formats including FLAC, WAV and, of course, MP3. However, it also connects to other Naim systems and acts as a multi-room streamer similar to Sonos using either Apple or Android devices. The connectivity on board includes Apple's AirPlay, Bluetooth and Universal Plug 'n' Play as well as traditional USB, 3.5mm and Ethernet. It offers support for streaming services like Napster or Spotify and internet radio too.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (£379.95)
Some of our favourite headphones for the past couple of years have been Sennheiser’s Momentums, as they sound terrific, have a classy, durable design and sit comfortably on our ears. Now, they’ve just received a massive upgrade, notably Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0 lets you ditch the cable and go wireless, but without sacrificing sound quality. You should get around 22 hours of use from a single charge, which sounds good to us and the recharge time is pretty quick too. NoiseGard tech adds in noise cancellation along with four mics to pipe in vital noise, so you’re not completely in the dark.
Withings Activite (£320)
Wearables are great, but they’re not always the prettiest of things. That can’t be said for the Withings Activite though, which is a slick, Swiss made wrist watch that boasts a domed sapphire glass face, genuine leather strap and, oh, it connects via Bluetooth to your phone and tracks your steps. All this data is then beamed back to the companion app for further perusal. Battery life stands at about six months, which is a whole lot more than much of the competition.
DJI Inspire 1 (£2,380)
DJi is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to consumer drones and the latest version to come from the Chinese brand is the ridiculously futuristic looking Inspire 1. With its carbon fiber arms that give you a 360 degree view, integrated 4K camera that boasts 12-million pixels, a nine element lens and captures footage at 30fps, this is the drone to beat. A fantastic mobile app gives you full control and it can even be powered, simultaneously, by two remotes.
Moto Hint ()
A Bluetooth headset featuring on the list of the best tech you can buy, in the year 2015? No, we’re not joking. The first thing you’ll notice about Motorola’s Hint is just how small it is, it’s so tiny that we’re thankful it comes with a charging case, because we’d probably just lose it otherwise. So, what sets the Hint apart from other headsets of old? Well, first off is the way it interacts with your phone. If you’re rocking Android, it’ll work with Google Now, so when you press the Hint you can speak to it. The same goes with Siri on iOS, tap the button and you’re set. We also found the little bud was great for listening to podcasts, with good volume and passable sound quality, we wouldn’t advise listening to music on it though. It’ll last around 3 hours on a charge, though the charge case should give you another two full charges and it automatically turns on and off when you insert/remove it from your ear, which is pretty nifty.
Nintendo New 3DS (£149.99)
Instead of giving us a completely new handheld console, Nintendo has instead slightly tweaked the 3DS and 3DS XL, beefing up the processor, slightly increasing the screen size on the smaller model and playing around a bit with the design. The killer addition though is the new 3D system that no longer requires you to look directly at the display and the effect won’t disappear when you move your head. It actually made us turn back on the 3D and go back and replay some classic 3DS titles. Other nice additions include some retro colouring on the 3DS buttons and a more ergonomic, comfier feel in the hand, plus the new nub type joystick. Oh, and you know we mentioned the processor increase earlier? Well that’ll mean some new games will only work on the new system and not on the older versions.
Bose QuietComfort 25 (£269.95)
We raved about the Bose QuietComfort 15 but things have just got a whole lot better with this updated pair of cans. Even though there has been a slight design refresh, these over the ear ‘phones still scream Bose, with those sleek edges and a premium finish. If you’re upgrading from the QC 15 you’ll find improved Acoustic Noise Cancelling tech especially at low frequencies thanks to an array of new mics both inside and outside the ear cup. Sound is awesome too, with crisp, clear noise, great dynamic range and plenty of volume.
August Smart Lock ($249.99)
We’ve written loads about smart home tech recently (check out best smart home tech to buy), but one of our favourite pieces is the August Smart Lock. Basically, this aluminium circle takes the place of your regular lock and does all sorts of connected, clever things. For instance, the lock will automatically open when you approach with your connected phone, letting you ditch keys for good. You can also give people access, removing it when they’ve outstayed their welcome.
UE Megaboom ($299.99)
Want a loud, awesome sounding Bluetooth speaker that’s also IPX7 waterproof and packs NFC for easy pairing? Course you do. UE’s followup to the Boom, pumps the volume louder and has sharper sound with a great hit of bass. Battery life stands at about 20 hours, the wireless range is 100m (though having walls in the way does hamper that somewhat) and you can daisy-chain multiple speakers together to create stereo sound. It looks great too, which is always a plus.
Nest Thermostat (£249 with installation)
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.
Elgato Thunderbolt Dock (£179.95)
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.
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