Stuff UK December 2019

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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
USD 6.87
USD 33.01
12 Números

en este número

1 min.

This is a very special edition of Stuff. Probably not for you personally, unless you’ve got some sort of weird psychokinetic connection with the editorial team, but because the world’s best-selling gadget magazine (yes, us) has reached the milestone of its 250th issue. What does that mean? Well, we’re still here. We’re older, but not necessarily wiser. Stuff actually launched back in 1996, when the Notorious B.I.G. was still alive and Spurs ended the season trophyless. Our Hot Stuff editor Matt Tate follows the Lilywhites, and now knows full well that some things never change. The world of tech, however, has moved on exponentially (textbook segue). Netflix was launched around the same time, offering DVD rentals. I wonder if anyone predicted it would be making its own movies by now? We suspect…

2 min.
our month

I HAD LUNCH WITH FUJI’S NEW RETRO CAM Fujifilm’s X-Pro3 is a bit special – aimed at those who have retro sensibilities, probably still love film cameras, and quite possibly own a selection of berets. I spent the afternoon in London’s Borough Market to test it out… but having skipped lunch, my acute desire to go head-first into a massive paella meant that none of the photos I took inside the food market were in focus. So I dashed back and asked this willing staff member to strike a quick natural pose. Natalya Paul, Online Editor I BELIEVED I COULD FLY It might look like a bold take on Microsoft Flight Simulator, but this was Beats’ novel way of testing the transparency settings on its new Solo Pro on-ear noise-cancellers from the comfort of…

7 min.
hot stuff

HOT FIVE #1 THE ANSWER IS OUT THERE, NEO Microsoft Surface Neo ‘Neo’ is an anagram of ‘one’, which is weird considering Microsoft’s newest Surface tablet has got two screens. Shouldn’t it be called the Wot instead? Someone in Microsoft’s marketing department isn’t trying hard enough. Maybe it’s missing a letter and should be called the None, because apart from the size of the displays there aren’t any confirmed specs available yet. That doesn’t mean we don’t know what it’ll do, though. The 360° hinge between the two 9in screens means they can be folded back to create a tab with displays on both sides, opened out flat as a single 13in slate, or somewhere in between to be used like a regular laptop with a fold-out keyboard. It runs Windows 10X, which allows…

3 min.
amazon turns it up(wards)

£190/ When it comes to weather forecasts, pointless pub trivia and conducting the smart home, Amazon’s Echo speakers are peerless. But with the possible exception of the Echo Plus, they don’t have the sonic muscle to do your Rick Astley back catalogue justice. That changes with the Echo Studio – the most powerful Echo to date. Studio apartment This is the first smart speaker capable of delivering 3D audio, with Dolby Atmos and Sony’s 360 Reality Audio bringing added depth and height to your tunes. There aren’t many songs that support the format yet, and you’ll need to subscribe to the new Amazon Music HD service, but even on its own the Studio is a room-filling monster capable of giving Sonos a scare. Another fine mesh Under its grey mesh hood, the Echo Studio has…

3 min.
transparent speaker

PARTS CAN BE SWAPPED OUT AS NEW WIRELESS AND AUDIO TECH IS LAUNCHED from £450 / Is that really a transparent speaker called Transparent Speaker? Perhaps the Swedish makers were worried things would get lost in translation, but at least the name ensures you won’t confuse it with any opaque devices on your discoverable Bluetooth list. It also means we can concentrate on the more important things at play with this gorgeous creation, like the aluminium uniframe combined with tempered glass panels I mean, it’s pretty clear what they’ve done here… Yes, very good. But before you go thinking you can see through what looks like a pretty standard wireless speaker, there’s more to it than that. You see, the folks at Transparent Sound claim this device has been designed to become better over…

1 min.
wtf are echo frames?

They look like… normal glasses? They certainly do, but in a feat comparable to the genie’s miraculous occupation of a lamp, Alexa has managed to squeeze herself into these unassuming spectacles. They’re part of Amazon’s ongoing mission to put its voice assistant into every existing physical object – and when you think about it, it’s a bit of a surprise that the Frames were actually beaten to it by the Alexa toilet. You’re worryingly infatuated with the Alexa toilet. So what do these things do, then? Put simply, the Echo Frames are prescription-ready glasses that offer hands-free access to Alexa. There’s no camera or AR features – both of which tend to make wearables look like Star Trek props – to speak of here. Using them is much like using any Echo device…