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Stuff UK December 2017

Stuff inspires and nurtures a passion for gadgets. We make them look amazing and explain in a fast, confident and unfalteringly entertaining way how they will enhance our readers’ lives. Stuff is a celebration of the new, the innovative, the shiny and the cool. It’s pure gadget joy.

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2 min.
welcome

To tell you the truth, reader, this issue has been a slog. Team Stuff are an arumentative bunch at the best of times, but when our annual Gadget Awards come around thins kick off into a different stratosphere. In addition to the usual spats about whether we should split the word ‘headphones’ for the sake of cover space or some such nonsense, a slew of fresh conflicts et chucked into the mix. How do we define ‘hi-fi’? Surely we’re not onna ive the iPad another gong? What does ‘Gadget of the Year’ really mean? Mercifully, we survived the process without any fisticuffs and only a handful of F-bombs dropped. Better yet, you don’t have to endure any of that trauma to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Just feast your peepers…

2 min.
our month

I PUT MY LIFE IN THE HANDS OF AN APPLE WATCH The Watch Series 3 says it can “run your day, right from your wrist”. So, like a gadget Morgan Spurlock, I decided to put it to the test. On a busy day that took in bike rides, a hectic work schedule and a night out, I ditched my phone and wallet then spent 24 hours praying everything would be alright. Would I be liberated or left wandering the streets of Leyton? Good news: I made it back home, where we both slipped into our respective charging cradles. Sweet dreams, Series 3. Mark Wilson, Features Editor I TRIED TO SNAP INTO ANALOGUE UP A MOUNTAIN I’m not sure why 13 adults thought climbing Snowdon in October would be a good idea. And I’m…

6 min.
hot stuff

Cruel to be Kinda The Pixel 2 XL comes in four colour schemes, officially titled Just Black, Clearly White, Black & White and Kinda Blue. Hideous name aside, we’re leaning towards the blue one. Second bez The smaller Pixel 2 has a pretty much unchanged 5in 1080p AMOLED display, and there’s no bezel-squashing magic here. It does, however, get the same grippy coating as its bigger bro. HOT FOUR #1 GOOGLE ADOPTS THE HUG LIFE GOOGLE PIXEL 2 XL “Hug me!” pleads Google’s second stab at an oversized Pixel smartphone. This is partly because, like all phones, it yearns to be loved – but also because giving the sides of the Pixel 2 XL a firm squeeze will allow you to launch Google Assistant using the ‘Active Edge’ feature. Yes, that does sound a lot like the…

1 min.
even more google stuff

Google Pixelbook Google’s next flagship laptop is a ChromeOS 4-in-1, transforming into a tablet when you don’t need the physical keyboard. There’s a 12.3in Quad HD LCD multi-touch display, and it launches with a pressure-sensitive stylus, dubbed the Pixelbook Pen. from £999 Google Home Mini The Google Assistant family (which we hope it calls the ‘G Force’) has launched its fightback against Amazon’s Echo Dot. The Home Mini is a voice assistant, giving you access to Google’s wealth of knowledge and hands-free home control in a charming little button. £49 Google Home Max “Hey Google, could you inflate the Home into a proper audiophile-friendly speaker, please?” That’s what we asked our favourite digital genie and, hey presto, Google produced the Home Max, which is 20 times more powerful than the standard Home speaker. US$399 Google Clips This…

3 min.
supercam-the 4k action hero we deserve

£500 / gopro.com A FANCY NEW PROCESSOR HAS ENABLED GOPRO TO STEP UP THIS CAM’S IMAGE STABILISATION GoPro’s new 4K cam is the perfect companion for serious action addicts • You’ve been framed Thanks to a custom-built GP1 chip, GoPro’s new flagship crash-cam gets a sizeable performance boost over the Hero5. It can capture 4K at a buttery-smooth 60fps, double the frame-rate of last year’s effort. • Slow… The Hero6 Black can also shoot 1080p footage at an impressive 240fps, making it perfect for your slow-mo highlight reels. On the outside little has changed, but look inside and you’ll find it’s a dramatically improved cam. All you need now is the high-octane lifestyle to match. • …and steady That fancy new processor has also enabled GoPro to step up the Hero6’s image stabilisation. A portion of the image…

1 min.
giga pixel

KING OF THE SPINNERS The word ‘Technics’ is the opposite of kryptonite to hi-fi nerds, in that they’ll happily drone on all night about this audio brand. Panasonic killed off the name in the early noughties – but just like Blade Runner and Shania Twain, it’s back in 2017. Aside from being fiendishly handsome, the Technics Reference Class SP-10R claims the world’s best signal-to-noise ratio and rotational stability, a brand new coreless direct-drive motor, and an ultra-low-noise switching power supply. Don’t know what all of that means? Ask a hi-fi nerd. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you. NEWS FEED JAYBIRD GETS A SWEAT ON Who really wants wireless in-ears? Well, gym-goers do. So Jaybird’s Run buds are sweat-resistant and have secure-fit wings to stop them tumbling out of your lugs, while the charging…