The best new tech heading your way
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