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Stuff Magazine South Africa

Stuff Magazine South Africa December 2019

Stuff Magazine, the world's best-selling gadget & technology magazine. Stuff is your expert, up to the minute guide on gadgets, gear, technology - and how to play with them. Our expert reviews and tests sort the best from the rest in digital cameras, cellphones, computers, games, fashion, wheels, lifestyle products and the weird and wonderful. Stuff is a magazine about technology, but it’s more about how a product looks and how it fits into the reader’s life.

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South Africa
Stuff Group (Pty) Ltd
R 234
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

Everyone wants something. They may not always admit it but everyone has something that they really want. And that’s really what this time of the year is about. Not wanting things, so much. Rather, it’s about giving people the things they want. If they’re good, obviously. That’s what the companies that make all this cool stuff want you to think, it’s what the people who are likely to receive presents want you to think… it’s even what we want you to think. But that’s mostly because we know where all the best presents live. We’re not about to make you go hunting for the best tech available in South Africa, though. If you flip to the back of this magazine (p96 – I’ll wait), you’ll find our annual Stuff-selected Wish List. This is…

3 min.
our month

I TOOK TRAVEL TO NEW PLACES WITH LONELY PLANET’S GUIDES APP I’ve been using a really great travel app, Guides by Lonely Planet. I used Lonely Planet books when I was a backpacker over 20 years ago. They were superb then and are superb now. What’s nifty about the app-based version is how it uses smartphone functionality. By downloading the app, and the optional map, you don’t use roaming data. It’s an interactive, offline guidebook. With pictures. Because I travel for business and can often only spare a day for seeing the city, I appreciate the summaries of top sites, great places to eat, good bars, as well as cultural highlights. I’m pleased to discover my old travel companion has had a fitting upgrade for the smartphone era. Toby Shapshak, Publisher and…

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…

1 min.
more googlies

NEST MINI You might struggle to tell the difference between this new Nest Mini and the original Home Mini smart speaker; the easiest way to tell them apart is that this one sticks to the wall. R1 3000 PIXELBOOK GO A griddle-inspired Chromebook with a 13.3in touchscreen and a battery that lasts up to 12 hours, the top-end Pixelbook Go comes with a 4K screen. from R12 800 (import) NEST WIFI Google’s mesh Wi-Fi system now comes with a speaker on board, so you can ask Google Assistant stuff while it pours hot internet into every nook and cranny of your place. from R4 000…

4 min.
amazon turns it up(wards)

Amazon Echo Studio Rtba / amazon.com ● 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 five directional speakers – one of which fires upwards – while a 5.25in woofer and 330 Watts of peak power produce big bass. That’s complemented by a 1in tweeter and three 2in midrange drivers. There’s a 24-bit DAC and the power amp has 100kHz of bandwidth for hi-res…

1 min.

TRANSPARENT SPEAKER from R8 500 / transparentspeaker.com 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 time, thanks to a modular system whereby components can be…