Gad­gets

Life & Style Weekend - - STUFF - with Ge­off Egan

SADLY, own­ing a per­sonal X-Wing starfighte­r might still be a few years away. But the new­est Par­rot mini-drone, the Swing, is pretty close – but still in­side the at­mos­phere. The Swing flies more like a plane than most drones. The Swing comes with a gamepad to fly with and con­nects over Blue­tooth. Aus­tralian price TBA.

SONY has mashed to­gether its Xpe­ria X line with its Z line to cre­ate the XZ. It has the Z’s big­ger screen, ex­tended bat­tery life and me­tal cas­ing with the chipset and 23-megapixel cam­era of the X line. If the large screen is too big the XZ will also come in a Com­pact model. Aus­tralian price TBA.

THE Walk­man is back. It also costs nearly $5000. For most peo­ple, phones have taken over from ded­i­cated por­ta­ble mu­sic play­ers, but for au­dio­philes streamed mu­sic isn’t high-enough qual­ity. That is the mar­ket Sony is tar­get­ing with the gold-plated new Walk­man. Price $4870.

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