From glowing peripherals to battery-powered street-shredders, there are a few things that have locked our attention this month; and we’ve rounded them up to showcase the very-best gadgets you need to check out.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless Headset for PS4
Price: R2,599 RRP
With the line-up of quality PS4 games hitting the system over the past year or so, it’s a no-brainer for Playstation owners to pick up a decent set of headphones to enjoy the titles with. If you’ve ever used a great set of gaming headphones, you’ll know the difference they make, and Turtle Beach’s Stealth 700 deliver exactly that. The Stealth 700 has all the bells-and-whistles you’d want from high-end sets, but at a mid-range price point. You get surround sound, active noise cancellation, Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing sound equalisation (which highlights enemy footsteps and locations) and Bluetooth connectivity via a small USB dongle. The large cups make them incredibly comfortable, so wearing them for prolonged periods of time isn’t a problem if you have larger ears, and the design is robust yet flexible, allowing you to collapse them for easy storage. The controls on the headset could’ve been placed a little more intuitively, but they’re a classy headset that’ll change the game, literally.
Acer Swift 3
Finding a laptop that’s light enough to be easily-portable yet powerful enough to do some sizable-lifting is always a challenge, but Acer’s Swift 3 aims to do all that without breaking the bank, too. Of course, extremely demanding programs or gaming won’t bode well for the Swift 3, but thanks to the SSD, full HD screen, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, and sleek design, it is well worth the price. The wide range of ports and top-notch keyboard and touchpad are mere icing on the cake.
Maxfind Max C Electric Skateboard
Price: Around R4,400 ($339)
While electric skateboards seem like a great idea for inner-city or suburban traversal (they really are), there’s one thing that most don’t think of: the weight. Battery-powered skateboards, by design, are quite heavy, but Maxfind’s Max C takes a more ‘portable’ approach to having an e-board, weighing in at just under 4kgs, allowing you to carry it into a store, elevator and anywhere else where a longer, heavier board may seem a bit cumbersome; you could even strap it to your backpack.
As for it’s performance, with a single hub-motor on the left back wheel, the board hits speeds of about 15 km/h, which is more than fast enough to get you where you need to go. It has a weight limit of 80kgs, although friends of mine who exceed that were able to ride the Max C around without a hiccup.
It charges relatively quickly (2 hours) and lasts around a full day of rigorous use, and the control (which is a blatant clone of a Wii nun-chuck) is a big step up from the simplistic controllers found on other boards. It’s a great option for those looking for an e-board that delivers the experience without the weight and length of other products on the market.
Homeguard All Weather Plus security camera
While security cameras can seem expensive, complicated, and a nightmare to set-up, Homeguard’s IP cameras make the process an easy job that anyone with a smartphone and screwdriver can do. This 1080p HD camera is ideal for a home or office location, giving high-quality 30 frames-per-second footage, either live to your smartphone, tablet or PC, or recorded on its internal 8GB storage. The companion app is also easy to configure and operate, saving the hassle of putting a server and DVR recorder in your home. The camera also has night-vision and is weatherproof, making it a great security option for outside locations.
Journey Organiser mobile GPS logger
If you find yourself travelling a lot for work and always needing to try and log your milage in order to claim or submit to your company, the Journey Organiser is a blessing in a pint-sized body. This handy little device uses GPS to monitor your distance and map your driving behaviour, and then transfer it all to your phone via Bluetooth. More good news is that the Journey Organiser doesn’t take your car’s cigarette lighter socket out of play for use by other devices, and instead doubles as a high-current USB port, so you can plug other USB devices into it and charge them while using the dongle.