Switched on

These gad­gets have the smarts to change the way you travel, writes Nic Healey.

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HP Spec­tre x360

This beau­ti­fully de­signed con­vert­ible HP lap­top (hp.com; from $2299) defies all ex­pec­ta­tions. It weighs just 1.3 kilo­grams and is 13.9 mil­lime­tres thick yet has the lat­est high-speed pro­ces­sors and even deep sound, thanks to four speak­ers tuned by the ex­perts at Bang & Olufsen.

Bose Quiet Com­fort 35 II

Light and com­fort­able for long-haul trips, these new Bose noise-can­celling wire­less head­phones (bose.com.au; $500) are the first to in­te­grate the Google As­sis­tant. The sim­ple touch of a but­ton gives you ac­cess to the voice-ac­ti­vated com­pan­ion for search func­tions and more.

Sam­sung Gear S3

The Gear S3 from Sam­sung (sam­sung.com; $599) looks and feels like a clas­sic wrist­watch but this is one smart time­piece. Sam­sung Pay en­ables you to tap the smart­watch to make con­tact­less pay­ments, while the long-last­ing bat­tery won’t leave you in the lurch.

Ap­ple iPhone X

Ap­ple’s lat­est smart­phone (ap­ple.com; from $1579) re­places the home but­ton with fa­cial recog­ni­tion, mak­ing it eas­ier to un­lock your phone on the go while of­fer­ing top bio­met­ric se­cu­rity. Both the front and back cam­eras are a de­light for trav­ellers look­ing to share their ex­pe­ri­ences in per­fect colour.

Net­gear Nighthawk M1

Net­gear’s slick-look­ing Nighthawk M1 (net­gear. com.au; $336) is first and fore­most a 4G LTE mo­dem of­fer­ing gi­ga­bit down­load speeds in the right ar­eas. But it also dou­bles as a travel router, turn­ing a ho­tel eth­er­net con­nec­tion into a wire­less net­work that can be shared by mul­ti­ple de­vices.

Sony HX90V

Sony has cre­ated the world’s small­est cam­era to fea­ture a 30x op­ti­cal zoom lens – no mean feat in a pocket-sized de­vice. The rear LCD screen on the HX90V com­pact cam­era (sony.com.au; $599) tilts up for old-school self­ies, while the re­tractable OLED viewfinder en­ables you to clearly frame your shot for sharper pho­tos.

Kobo Aura One

Leave heavy books be­hind but pack a life­time of read­ing on the Kobo Aura One e-reader (au.kobo books.com; $350). The larger screen is the size of a hard­cover, the nat­u­ral light func­tion makes bed­time read­ing a dream and the wa­ter­proof­ing means you can read in the pool or bath.

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