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The best new tech head­ing your way

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - Edited by Claire Davies

Bank card at the ready? Good! Be­cause here we go again with the month’s most ex­cit­ing new tech, in­clud­ing the sex­i­est ride As­ton Martin has pro­duced in re­cent years, and a piece of kit to spread a strong Wi-Fi sig­nal all through your home

1 AS­TON MARTIN DBS SU­PER­LEG­GERA From $517,000, as­ton­martin.com

As­ton Martin’s DBS Su­per­leg­gera, which com­bines the DBS name­plate the brand first used in 1967 with the iconic badge of Ital­ian coach­maker Tour­ing, is such an in­sanely at­trac­tive and supremely de­signed Su­per GT that we couldn’t help but show it off to you.

The new flag­ship ride in As­ton Martin’s pro­duc­tion line, the DBS Su­per­leg­gera gets its de­sign cues from clas­sic As­ton Martin lines and shifts them into a wide-waisted, ag­gres­sive stance. That re­vised two-door look is backed up with a sim­i­larly mus­cu­lar power plant. The huge 533kW, 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 en­gine, set low and as far back as pos­si­ble, has mus­cle to spare, but the Su­per­leg­gera badge isn’t just there for looks – As­ton Martin has paid trib­ute to Tour­ing’s ideals by mak­ing this car as light­weight as it is pow­er­ful, us­ing a bonded alu­minium con­struc­tion and com­pos­ite pan­els to shave off ev­ery spare gram.

Aero­dy­nam­ics like the DB11’s curlicue and Aer­ob­lade, and an F1-in­spired dou­ble dif­fuser, de­liver the high­est down­force of any pro­duc­tion line As­ton Martin. While we’re yet to put pedal to metal, AM quotes an ab­so­lute tor­rent of torque to the rear wheels, putting down a 0-100km/h fig­ure of 3.4 sec­onds, a jump from 80-160km/h over the space of 4.2 sec­onds, while sit­ting in fourth gear, and the com­pany reck­ons the DBS Su­per­leg­gera tops out at a rather silly 338km/h.

2 MI­CROSOFT SUR­FACE GO From $599, mi­crosoft.com

Af­ter a few early mis­steps, we’ve come to rate Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face line-up as one of the finest col­lec­tions of PC hard­ware ever as­sem­bled. So we’re to­tally ex­cited about the new Sur­face Go. It trims down the hard­ware specs to drop that same hard­ware-ac­cel­er­ated Pix­elSense digi­tiser, with 4,096 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity when used with the Sur­face Pen, into a much more af­ford­able price bracket. Even if you’re not an artist, this is a pre­mium 10-inch tablet run­ning full-fat Win­dows 10 for up to nine hours in a fan­less, 8.3mm thin shell, with a 10-inch 3:2 for­mat screen. The com­pany has even re­vised the type cover, ad­just­ing the pitch and adding slightly more key travel – at last, a cover that doesn’t feel like you’re mash­ing your fin­gers against a key­board’s corpse. T3 SAYS: Could the Go be the hand­i­est Sur­face yet? It just might be.

3 AP­PLE MACBOOK PRO 2018 From $2,699, ap­ple.com

Ap­ple’s fresh new MacBook Pros, avail­able in 13- and 15-inch va­ri­eties, are the work of de­sign sor­cery: the Cu­per­tino wizards have kicked it up a notch while keep­ing the shell thin. 2018’s re­fresh brings in 8th-gen In­tel Core CPUs, which reach up to six cores on the 15-inch model (four on the 13-inch). There’s a 4GB AMD Radeon Pro in each, pro­vid­ing enough graph­i­cal power to push the new True Tone Retina dis­plays. And you can spec the 15-inch model right up to 32GB RAM with 4GB of SSD stor­age if you’re go­ing to beast it hard. True to the Pro ti­tle, Ap­ple has in­cor­po­rated a bunch of busi­nessy fea­tures here, pri­mar­ily the T2 se­cu­rity chip. This adds se­cure boot and en­crypted files, and brings along proper ‘Hey Siri’ sup­port to the Mac for the first time. T3 SAYS: The ni­tro­glyc­er­ine of Macs: mas­sive power com­pressed into a tiny pack­age.

POLYMEGA MODULAR GAM­ING CON­SOLE US$250 (base unit, $340), US$60 (mod­ules, $80), polymega.com

Hit the cor­ner of your garage, be­cause gam­ing’s golden age is com­ing back. The Polymega aims to keep your old car­tridges alive us­ing a modular sys­tem that lets you add con­sole sup­port, and con­troller ports for that authen­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, to one base unit. Us­ing what it calls hy­brid em­u­la­tion to get Mega Drive, NES, SNES and oth­ers play­ing, the Polymega in­cludes a Blue­tooth con­troller for wire­less play, and lets you back up your car­tridges to its in­ter­nal mem­ory. It even in­cludes an op­ti­cal drive in the base unit for com­pat­i­bil­ity with disc-based sys­tems like the PS1, Mega CD and Neo-Geo CD. If you have a love for the clas­sics, up­scale them to HD... Once pre-or­ders open, that is. T3 SAYS: If the qual­ity of the Polymega’s hy­brid em­u­la­tion sys­tem holds up, this will be es­sen­tial.

CAM­BRIDGE AU­DIO YOYO (L) $699, cam­bridgeau­dio.com

An all-in-one speaker sys­tem com­bin­ing Cam­bridge Au­dio’s com­mit­ment to su­pe­rior sound with mod­ern-day con­nec­tiv­ity? Where do we sign up? Se­ri­ously, this gor­geous speaker looks like the per­fect lounge sound ma­chine. Clad in acous­ti­cally trans­par­ent wool wo­ven by Mar­ton Mills, the Yoyo sup­ports Chrome­cast Au­dio, Spo­tify Con­nect and Blue­tooth, and there’s a Waves MaxxAu­dio DSP to help it tease the very best sound from your de­vices. What’s more, it’s ac­tu­ally a three­chan­nel de­vice, with full range drivers and sub­woofers mounted to the sides and front; plug in your HDMI-ARC or S/PDIF source, and it makes for a cosy sound­bar. There’s even a USB charg­ing port, just for your con­ve­nience. T3 SAYS: Cam­bridge Au­dio knows how to make a speaker rock, and this does so much more.

IFI AU­DIO XDSD $589.95, ifi-au­dio.com

It’s a first world prob­lem, sure, but crappy au­dio qual­ity can re­ally kill our mu­sic-lis­ten­ing buzz. Es­pe­cially when we’re play­ing tunes on the go and des­per­ately try­ing to drown out a noisy world. Handily, iFi Au­dio has re­leased a DAC/head­phone amp to boost our head­phone lis­ten­ing joy. As we’ve be­come ac­cus­tomed to with iFi Au­dio gad­gets, the pocket-sized xDSD, which can be used on Blue­tooth aptX and wired set­ups, is fea­ture packed. It sup­ports DSD and MQA for­mats and em­ploys 3D Ma­trix tech to de­liver a true stu­dio sound, help­ing you to hear each track as the artist in­tended. iFi’s S-Bal­anced tech is also on hand to de­liver an el­e­vated per­for­mance from sin­gle-ended and bal­anced head­phones. And then there’s XBass, restor­ing deep bass with­out mud­dy­ing up the midrange. T3 SAYS: A small yet mighty gadget for get­ting the most out of your mu­sic lis­ten­ing on the go..

SONY CY­BER-SHOT RX100 VI $1,699, sony.com.au

Look­ing for a pow­er­house travel cam­era to ac­com­pany you on your ad­ven­tures? Sony’s lat­est com­pact cam­era could be the one, thanks to its full zoom range and high-speed per­for­mance. The Cy­ber-shot RX100 VI houses 24-200mm op­tics to de­liver what should be su­perb im­age qual­ity, with a zoom range from wide-an­gle to tele­photo, plus a Clear Im­age Zoom func­tion that en­ables you to dig­i­tally en­large the mid­dle of any im­age with min­i­mal im­age degra­da­tion. There’s plenty else to get ex­cited about, in­clud­ing a hy­brid AF sys­tem that gains fo­cus in as lit­tle as 0.03 sec­onds, a Touch Shut­ter-com­pat­i­ble tilt­ing LCD mon­i­tor, 4K HDR com­pat­i­bil­ity, an elec­tronic viewfinder, and Wi-Fi, NFC and Blue­tooth com­pat­i­bil­ity. T3 SAYS: Cap­ture the mo­ments that count with this no-com­prise com­pact cam­era.

SIMAUDIO MOON 390 US$5,300 ($7,138), simaudio.com

Simaudio sure knows its way around am­pli­fi­ca­tion and hi-fi sep­a­rates; this, though, is on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent level. It’s a net­work streamer, us­ing Moon’s MiND 2 mod­ule – the sec­ond it­er­a­tion of the tech first found in the Neo MiND streamer – which plays nicely with other net­worked de­vices run­ning the same plat­form. It’s a DAC, too, em­ploy­ing the ser­vices of the silky ESS DAC Pro DAC for pre­mium au­dio smooth­ing. It’s also a head­phone amp, preamp, and phono stage, but you’ll need to sup­ply your own amp or pow­ered speak­ers. Most in­ter­est­ing is its sup­port for hi-res for­mats, from stream­ing plat­forms like Ti­dal Masters and Deezer Hi-Fi, all the way to MQA, DSD256 and PCM 32bit/384kHz. If fi­delity is your thing, the Moon 390 pro­vides, though the price means it won’t be for every­one. T3 SAYS: It’s pricey, but we can’t wait to wrap our ears around this.

D-LINK COVR $449.95, dlink.com.au

Wi-Fi gad­gets are rarely at­trac­tive to look at or ex­cit­ing to talk about. Usu­ally they’re var­i­ous lumps of black or grey plas­tic that should al­ways be hid­den away from view. It seems that no-one has told D-Link that. Why? Be­cause its new rose gold COVR whole-home mesh Wi-Fi sys­tem is pos­i­tively stylish. But the COVR is here to do more than make your hall­way look pretty. The mesh sys­tem is de­signed to reach ev­ery square inch of your house with, as D-Link prom­ises, “seam­less, re­li­able Wi-Fi” at speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. It comes in packs of two or three COVR ‘points’, with the lat­ter able to blan­ket an area of up to a size­able 5,000 square feet. And with parental con­trols and other smart fea­tures built in, it’s an ef­fec­tive and safe in­ter­net so­lu­tion for the whole fam­ily. T3 SAYS: A mesh Wi-Fi sys­tem to blan­ket your whole home, with­out need­ing to be hid­den in a cup­board.

GOSHO $TBC, gosho-1by­one.com

Movie night in the gar­den or, if you’re that way in­clined, the bath­room? No prob­lem! The portable GoSho can roll four hours of pro­jec­tion on a sin­gle charge, and fo­cus up a rather im­pres­sive 200-inch, cor­ner to cor­ner widescreen im­age while pro­vid­ing stereo sound through its dual 3W speak­ers. It seems to have been made with phone stream­ing in mind, given that it sup­ports screen mir­ror­ing from An­droid and iOS de­vices, al­though there’s noth­ing to stop you beam­ing footage from any HDMI, USB or Wi-Fi source. With a 180 lu­men bulb, the GoSho is bright enough to pull up a strong pic­ture even if some light creeps in through your cur­tains, plus the in­te­grated stand and auto key­stone cor­rec­tion should mean that, wher­ever you place it, you won’t be watch­ing on a funny an­gle. T3 SAYS: A promis­ing gadget for portable big-screen view­ing.

The Su­per­leg­gera doesn’t skimp on the mod cons. Its en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem in­cludes sat-nav, a Wi-Fi hub, DAB and all the de­vice con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions you could ever wish for

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