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Australian T3 - - ELITE - WORDS: CLAIRE DAVIES | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: JOBY SES­SIONS | STYLING: KR­IS­HAN PAR­MAR | HAIR & MAKEUP: AMI PEN­FOLD

01 Hisense M7000

If your down­time is mostly spent gam­ing or stream­ing, you’ll need a TV with se­ri­ous grunt to de­liver an op­ti­mum high-def ex­pe­ri­ence. The ULED screen on Hisense’s ul­tra-slim new­comer boasts state-of-the-art back­light tech­nol­ogy that sees tiny crys­tals en­hance the pic­ture, and dis­plays media in 4K Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion. The per­fect part­ner for an Xbox One S. From $1,499 hisense.com.au

04 Google Chrome­cast Ul­tra

En­ter­tain­ment fans have a new rea­son to deepen their, ahem, ‘im­print’ on the sofa: Google’s diminu­tive yet de­cep­tively im­pres­sive don­gle stokes your Ul­tra HD TV to life with a 4K image, and in HDR to boot if your screen sup­ports it. Sim­ply use your An­droid or iOS de­vice as the re­mote, con­nect the Chrome­cast via Wi-Fi or eth­er­net, and you’re all set up. $99, store.google.com

02 LIFX

Mood light­ing is key to get­ting the at­mos­phere right for a cosy night in. LIFX’s con­nected bulbs fit into ex­ist­ing light fix­tures via stan­dard screw or bay­o­net fit­tings, and can be tuned to of­fer a warm glow or bright, cool white. You can use the app on iOS, An­droid or Win­dows 10 to sched­ule when you want the lights to come on, sav­ing you money on your elec­tric­ity bill. $79.99, lifx.com.au

05 BrewArt Beer Droid

Be­come the toast of the town with BrewArt’s clever home brew kit. Gone are tricky pipes and smelly buck­ets, in comes ‘BrewPrints’, beers in­spired by the world’s most de­sir­able bev­er­ages. You can pro­duce up to 10 litres of pub-qual­ity fizzy stuff, and use your smart­phone to mon­i­tor and con­trol your brew. The ‘Droid sends push no­ti­fi­ca­tions at im­por­tant mile­stones. Cheers! $799, brewart.com/au

03 iRobot Roomba 980

Let iRobot’s in­tel­li­gent, app-con­trolled vac­uum han­dle the floor clean­ing, giv­ing you more time to put your feet up. Smart sen­sors de­tet when the Roomba 980’s work­ing on a hard sur­face or car­pet, au­to­mat­i­cally giv­ing it a boost to re­ally suck up the cat hairs. The imaging tech makes a map of your home as it goes, so it knows where its been, and where it can – and can’t – go next time. $1,499, irobot.com.au

06 SmartEgg

Never lose sleep over a lost re­mote again – the SmartEgg is a com­pact, egg-shaped (ob­vi­ously) uni­ver­sal re­mote that en­ables you to con­trol any de­vice – from your TV to the heat­ing sys­tem – via Blue­tooth and a clever app. You can even cre­ate cus­tom func­tions to save you a bunch of time, such as turn­ing on your TV and Blu-ray player at the same time with a sin­gle com­mand. $132, aicotech.com

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Audeze SINE On-Ear Head­phones

In­side each leather­clad cup of th­ese light­weight stun­ners sits an 80 x 70mm pla­nar mag­netic driver. Th­ese move a sig­nif­i­cant amount of air, re­sult­ing in richer bass and punchier au­dio. A built-in mic means you can an­swer calls or chat to Siri with­out search­ing for your phone, and they fold flat if you’re tak­ing them on your trav­els. They are Light­ning though, so no good if you’re on An­droid. $799.95, ap­ple.com/au

08 Toshiba Portégé X20

From the adapt­able de­sign to the juicy spec, this Toshiba hy­brid has ev­ery­thing you need to stay con­nected with home and be en­ter­tained on the road. A seventh-gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor and up to 16GB of RAM make this por­ta­ble media ma­chine a valiant mul­ti­tasker. The X20’s daz­zling 12.5” dis­play sits atop a feather-light 1.1kg chas­sis. From $2,145, my­toshiba.com.au

11 B&O Play H8

The B&0 Play H8s are a mas­ter­piece in mod­ern head­phone de­sign – light enough to chuck in your bag, and so stylish you’re guar­an­teed to get looks. They’re also wire­less and fea­ture ac­tive noise­can­celling, mean­ing plane and train noise will be a thing of the past. They may be a bit pricey and slightly heavy on the bot­tom end, but they’re an un­de­ni­ably fan­tas­tic set of cans. $799.95, beo­play.com

09 Jack­ery Force 420 Pro

Un­til smart­phone man­u­fac­tur­ers fig­ure out how to give us de­cent bat­tery life, power­banks are essential for trav­el­ling. This glitzy unit from Jack­ery is Ap­ple- and An­droid-com­pat­i­ble, and has enough oomph to juice up your Mac­book. Thanks to its whop­ping 20,100mAh bat­tery, it’ll power up three de­vices si­mul­ta­ne­ously in case ev­ery­thing’s sud­denly gone com­pletely dead. $159, jack­ery­power.com.au

12 Revo­lights Eclipse+

This rim-mounted, smart light­ing sys­tem gives cy­clists 360-de­gree lu­mi­na­tion for high-level safety. The front acts as a bright head­light, while the rear is a smart brake light that flashes when it de­tects you’re slow­ing down. The Revo­lights app fea­tures Strava-es­que ride-track­ing func­tion­al­ity, weather alerts, and a timeof-day sen­sor to en­sure the lights kick in au­to­mat­i­cally once day­light fades. $328, revo­lights.com

10 The North Face Ac­cess Pack

Whether your day in­volves an im­por­tant meet­ing or chill­ing on the beach, this 22-litre bag will prove vi­tal. Fea­tur­ing a mes­meris­ing ar­ray of com­part­ments for phones, lap­tops and glasses, plus elas­ti­cated straps in each sub sleeve that re­trieve your tech, it’s a trav­eller’s dream. The top-mounted, springloaded latch and semi-rigid shell make it ex­tra se­cure. $350, thenorth­face.com.au

13 TomTom Go 6100

What do you mean you’re still us­ing a UBD? Join the 21st cen­tury with TomTom’s flag­ship sat­nav. The Go 6100 fea­tures speed-cam­era and traf­fic alerts, plus free global map up­dates and un­lim­ited data/roam­ing when you’re trav­el­ling at home or abroad, en­sur­ing (hope­fully) that you’ll never get lost. Use the MyDrive app to plot routes and ping ’em to your Go 6100 be­fore set­ting off. $399, tomtom.com

14 Xbox One S

Smaller, lighter, more ad­vanced. The One S, with up to 2TB of in­ter­nal stor­age, uses HDR tech­nol­ogy to deepen the con­trast be­tween brights and blacks, mak­ing the games you play look richer and feel more im­mer­sive. This re­de­fined Xbox con­sole sup­ports 4K Ul­tra HD stream­ing, and Blu-rays, too, fu­ture­proof­ing your gam­ing and movie-watch­ing set-up. From $399, xbox.com/au

15 Nico 360

Hey, all you lu­natics who seek out ex­treme sit­u­a­tions for kicks… why not share your dare­devil an­tics with the help of the world’s small­est live-stream­ing-ca­pa­ble, 360-de­gree ac­tion cam­era? The wa­ter­proof Nico360 fea­tures a pair of 16MP sen­sors, which are ca­pa­ble of shooting 2,560 x 1,440-pixel video at 30fps, while ro­ta­tion sta­bil­i­sa­tion tech re­duces shud­der. $329, nico360.com

16 Asus ROG Swift PG279Q

El­e­vate your gam­ing with this WQHD 27-inch mon­i­tor. The 2,560 x 1,440-pixel dis­play fea­tures IPS tech for wide-an­gle, 178-de­gree view­ing, while the 165Hz re­fresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC tech en­sure that games dis­play smoother than ever. An er­gonom­i­cally de­signed stand with a flex­i­ble range of move­ment en­ables you to game harder, for longer, in sheer com­fort. $1,199, asus.com/au 17 DJI Phantom 4

Whether you’re surf­ing pipes in Hawaii or slack­lin­ing in Red­fern, cap­ture the ac­tion with DJI’s best-ever, 4K-cam­er­a­tot­ing, aerial shooter. With a top speed of 72km/h, you know it’ll keep up. Wanna play hands-free? The 4’s Au­ton­o­mous Ac­tiveTrack tech elim­i­nates the need for a pi­lot, while the ter­rain­scan­ning Ob­sta­cle Sens­ing Sys­tem makes ex­pen­sive crashes a thing of the past. $2,529, dji.com

18 Foreo Luna Go For Men

A busy life­style can play havoc with your skin, and if you don’t look af­ter it, you could end up look­ing like Leather­face mi­nus the chain­saw. The travel-sized Luna Go (a tiny ver­sion of the best-sell­ing Luna) boasts soft sil­i­cone touch points that ap­ply sonic pul­sa­tions to your skin, re­mov­ing dead cells, un­clog­ging pores, mas­sag­ing fine wrin­kles and even help­ing with firm­ness. $129, foreo.com

21 Clin­ique For Men Sonic Sys­tem Cleans­ing Brush

This wa­ter­proof fa­cial brush was de­vel­oped by der­ma­tol­o­gists to clean dirt and oil from pores, and re-en­er­gise tired skin in prepa­ra­tion for a shave. It runs for 180 min­utes per charge, and the bat­tery sends 9,000 sonic vi­bra­tions per minute puls­ing through the an­timi­cro­bial bris­tles to mas­sage your skin. Fine wrin­kles? Not any more. $135, clin­ique.com.au

19 Oral-B Ge­nius 9000

By far the smartest elec­tric tooth­brush you’ll have ever used. In­tu­itive Po­si­tion De­tec­tion tech and video track­ing (via your phone’s cam­era) guide you through a com­plete brush­ing rou­tine, alert­ing you to any ar­eas you’ve missed. It’s like hav­ing your den­tist at home, but with­out the awk­ward small talk. The dish­washer-safe travel case also charges your ’brush, as well as your smart­phone. $249, oralb.com

22 Pana­sonic ER430K

Sadly, there comes a point in every man’s life when a trim­mer is the only op­tion to tame sprout­ing ear hairs and nos­tril forests. So why not buy a trim­mer that’ll last you? As the hy­poal­ler­genic, 60-de­gree, stain­less-steel blades of this wa­ter­proof gad­get trim away your hairy shame, a high-pow­ered vac­uum sucks the clip­pings into a col­lec­tion cham­ber, leav­ing zero mess be­low in the sink. $39.95, pana­sonic.com/au

20 Braun Se­ries 9

Do you grow fa­cial hair quicker than a Play-Doh Mop Top? Then maybe it’s time to quit bat­tling blunt ra­zors and win at shav­ing with Braun’s award-win­ning, wa­ter­proof Se­ries 9. De­signed to de­liver a close shave with­out ir­ri­tat­ing your skin, this pre­mium shaver uses Syn­croSonic vi­bra­tion tech­nol­ogy that drives 40,000 cross-cut­ting ac­tions per minute. A flex­i­ble head means prob­lem ar­eas like un­der the chin are dealt with quickly, too. $499, au.braun.com

23 Aroma Sense

Ditch that limescale-en­crusted show­er­head and add some lux­ury to your morn­ing rou­tine. Be­fore water gushes through this show­er­head’s high-pres­sure spouts, it passes through a fil­ter that re­leases skin- and hair-mois­tur­is­ing vi­ta­min C and nat­u­ral oils. A mi­crofi­bre fil­ter also blocks large con­tam­i­nants from reach­ing your skin. The re­sult of all this? An aro­matic shower ex­pe­ri­ence that leaves skin mois­turised… So no need to slather on the John­son’s af­ter­wards. $129.99, aro­masenseusa.com

24 Dyson Su­per­sonic

It’s the hair dryer that cost over $90 mil­lion to make… You won’t have to worry about fry­ing your pom­padour when dry­ing with the com­pact Su­per­sonic: it gauges its tem­per­a­ture 20 times per sec­ond, then ad­justs it­self via a mi­cro­pro­ces­sor to pre­vent hair dam­age from ex­treme heat. High-ve­loc­ity air­flow pumps out 41 litres of re­duced-static air per sec­ond, mak­ing quick work of even the might­i­est quiffs. $499, dyson.com.au

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