We love gadgets and the latest tech products, so we’ve got our hands on a variety of the latest smartphones, fitness watches, headphones, PC accessories, grooming tools, and a whole lot more in order to make our monthly gadget review roundup. Here’s our top 5 picks of the best gadgets you need to check out:
Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire
The Garmin Fenix 3 is a fantastic sports watch, but it does come at a hefty price. At R12,599 for the performer bundle, which includes a chest strap, the Fenix 3 brings with it a colour screen, more activity modes and faster GPS locking than the Fenix 2. You get a limited number of smartphone notifications, if you want them, but the emphasis is on tracking your vital statistics durng sporting activities.
There’s enough tracking specifics and data for hardened triathletes and casual fitness fans who enjoy a diverse range of sports. From an aesthetic point of view, it’s a beautiful watch that would look at home alongside your formal timepieces thanks to its metallic strap and clean design.
Hisense Infinity KO
The Hisense Infinity KO is being aimed at the mid-range market and it has the specs to match. An octa-core Snapdragon 415 running at 1.36GHz, 3GB of RAM, and a 5-inch HD (we suspect 720p, which is technically ‘HD’) are the main specs but Hisense have also opted for a 13MP/5MP camera combination. The hardware setup is running on Android 5.1, with Hisense’s own Vision UI running on top.
However, the best thing about the device is its robustness. The Infinity KO features a rubber lining along the bezel on the top and bottom of the phone, along with rubber covers for the input areas, so you can enclose the charging, storage, and headphone ports to protect it from dust, dirt, and water. That’s right, the Infinity KO is water-resistant up to 1 metre, so you won’t have to worry dropping your phone in the bath, sink or anything else really when using the Infinity KO.
Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X
Price: Around R3,300
Are you an Xbox Owner looking for a good quality wireless headset? Turtle Beach’s Stealth 420X offers something a bit more affordable without skimping too much on the quality. The headset is 100% fully wireless, including features such as mic monitoring, independent game and chat audio controls, four audio presets, a rechargeable battery and mobile compatibility.
The headset comes packed with a small USB transmitter that plugs into your Xbox One, syncing up with and recognising the headset itself straight out of the box. You’ll get about 15 hours of gaming time out of the a full battery charge, making it one of the longer-lasting wireless headphones on the market. It doesn’t have the top-tier audio quality, but the fact it is completely wireless, has great stereo audio, is extremely comfortable and more affordable than most; it’s hard not to recommend the Stealth 420X for Xbox One owners.
Razer Diamondback mouse
Price: Around R1,700
After dealing with dying batteries again and again with my wireless Bluetooth mouse, it was a luxury to finally get some hands-on time with a dedicated gaming mouse with sturdy wired USB power (funny, right?). The Razer Diamondback is a throwback to one of Razer’s first entries into the gaming mouse market, and aimed as a high-end, ambidextrous mouse for gamers looking for something to jump to from the standard mouse options.
At a glance, the Diamondback looks like your classic Razer fare; it’s dark, handsome, and glows. The materials look and feel high-end, and the it has a certain heft in the hand that you don’t get from a standard desk mouse. It’s comfortable, surprisingly light, and extremely responsive, and the gorgeous internal LEDs make it stand out brightly.
Philips 7000 Series Electric Shaver
The Philips 7000 Series is priced at around R2,399, and while that’s a bit more than you can pick up at the local pharmacy, the quality, versatility, and how easy the 7000 Series is to clean and maintain, makes it a no-brainer.
it’s the most slick and clean electric shaver we’ve ever got our hands on. A gorgeous white shell, with blue trimmings on the blade casings make it stand out from the rest of the darker-toned shavers out there, and some bright LEDs provide you with battery indicators and other notifications when necessary. The simple design makes the 7000 Series very easy to use, without any complicated buttons and hidden switches.
In use, the great thing about the 7000 Series is that it works on both dry and wet skin, so if you’re doing a quick trim just before work, or you’ve just jumped out of the shower, it’s always good to go. It gives an extremely close shave with absolutely no irritation, even on sensitive skin (which, these days, everyone seems to have). It glides across the roughest of skin easily and doesn’t have those catches and clips that other electric shavers may snag on.