High tech by Bryan Szabo

 

This month, we’ve scoured the web looking for fall’s hottest gadgets. Whether you are a tech-head or a technophobe, there’s something on this list for everybody.

 

Bowers & Wilkins MM-1

Not too long ago, computer speakers were designed almost exclusively for gaming. Music lovers and audiophiles were often underwhelmed by the performance of these speakers. Enter the MM-1, a sleek set of desktop computer speakers that contain a built in power source. Just plug them into the wall and into your computer and experience crystal clear hi-fi audio brought to you by the same people who wired the Abbey Road Studios for sound. They’ve managed to use the same tube-loaded tweeter design in the MM-1s that they use in their studio-grade speakers. The result is top-notch.

Recommended retail price: £399.00

 

Livescribe 3 Smartpen

Though it is actually a stunningly sophisticated piece of technology, the Livescribe 3 is designed to feel like a high-quality ballpoint pen. The weight, the look, the feel of it in your hand, all are reminiscent of the fine writing instruments that grace the desks of the business elite, but this does much more than theirs. Sync the Smartpen with your tablet or smartphone and everything you write on the Livescribe paper (included) will be automatically uploaded to your device and, if you like, converted to easy-to-read text. Ideal for the well-heeled student, the frequent boardroom visitor, or the artistically inclined doodler.

Recommended retail price: £129.99

 

Logitech N120 Cooling Pad

Whilst a lot of laptop users rarely put their computers on their laps, for those who do, the heat that comes off of the device can make computing an uncomfortable experience. If you frequently use your device in this way, a three- or four-hour marathon session with your laptop can lead to an extremely hot machine—one that functions poorly and, as if that’s not bad enough, is painfully hot to the touch. The Logitech N120 is like an air conditioner for your laptop. Its fan plugs into your USB port and will keep your computer (and your lap) cool for as long as you need it to.

Recommended retail price: £28.48

 

Philips HF3500

Studies have shown that light plays an important role in the waking-up process. Being jolted out of bed by clanging bells or high-pitched electric sirens is, to say the least, unpleasant. If you want to wake up the more natural way, the Philips HF3500 will help. Set the wake-up light to the time you want to get up, and, starting 30 minutes before your wake-up time, the device begins to slowly flood the room with soft light that mimics the rays of the rising sun. Users report waking more refreshed with much less inclination to grope in the dark for the snooze button.

Recommended retail price:£59.99

 

Bell & Ross BR-03 Red Radar

For the man or woman who has absolutely everything, the Bell & Ross BR-03 Red Radar is about as eye-catching as timepieces get. Like a regular watch, the Red Radar displays the time, but rather than second, minute, and hour hands, this watch uses sweeping bars of light that make it look like the wearer is sweeping the heavens for enemy combatants. It’s price-tag may be in the stratosphere as well, but the watchmaker’s pedigree and the over-the moon cool factor might just make it worth the price.

Recommended retail price: £5000

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft’s top-of-the-line contribution to the tablet market combines tablet portability with laptop power. Tipping the scales at a featherweight 1.76 pounds, the Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch display framed in sleek magnesium. With a powerful fourth-gen Intel processor and a full suite of Microsoft’s familiar brand of user-friendly programs, Microsoft is threatening to take a sizeable bite out of the laptop market with this offering. The new Surface Pen allows users to write or draw whatever they fancy; even if the device is in sleep mode, a single click of the Surface Pen opens up a blank document in which you can write a quick memo.

Recommended retail price: £1339.99

 

Garmin Approach S6

The most advanced GPS golf watch in the world, the Approach S6 is perfect for the avid golfer—especially if that golfer makes sure to visit the local courses when on the road. With instant access to more than 30,000 courses, you’ll never be left wondering what it looks like around that dogleg up ahead. Not only will the Approach S6 tell you how far it is to the front, back, and centre of the green, it will advise you on which club to select and even coach you on your swing. This gadget’s scores a hole in one with golf enthusiasts.

Recommended retail price: £349.99

 

 

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