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With rich, warm sound that works with pretty much any genre, the KEF Egg speak­ers are ideal part­ners for your Mac. They sup­port high-qual­ity aptX Blue­tooth too, mak­ing them per­fect for wire­less play­back. Quirky de­sign, solid build qual­ity and sup­port for ex­ter­nal sub­woofers makes them a great choice.

Not only do these in-ear head­phones sound phe­nom­e­nal, they come with three swap­pable fil­ters so you can cus­tomise the sound to your lik­ing. The hooks keep them se­curely in place, and you get 10 ear tips for the per­fect fit. They’re com­fort­able, look great and feel bul­let­proof. They’re so good, in fact, you’ll want to go back to wired ear­phones.

De­spite be­ing the size of a match­box, this neat lit­tle dash cam gives you an aw­ful lot of bang for your buck. You get ex­cel­lent video qual­ity that records up to 1440p and per­forms well at night, as well as safety fea­tures such as lane de­par­ture warn­ings. It’s easy to mount, comes with built-in GPS and re­sponds to voice com­mands.

Who says you can’t get qual­ity on a bud­get? This speaker says you can, with great au­dio for its price. It boasts 360° sound, solid build qual­ity and IPX7 water­proof­ing, mak­ing it an ex­cel­lent all­round pack­age whether you want to blast the tunes at home or at the beach. It’s no won­der it won our Ed­i­tor’s Choice award in is­sue # 329.

De­spite that sil­ly­look­ing hump on its back, the of­fi­cial bat­tery case for the iPhone 7 is rather im­pres­sive. It’s easy to fit, the but­tons feel great, and the soft in­ner lin­ing pro­tects your phone against scratches. The built-in bat­tery isn’t the largest ca­pac­ity around, yet it has more than enough juice for busy days, and the bump is sur­pris­ingly comfy.

Don’t be fooled by this mic’s small form fac­tor; it punches hugely above its weight. Its close-up sound is in­ti­mate and bassy, and brings out the best in any voice. No mat­ter whether you’re record­ing an in­ter­view, cre­at­ing a pod­cast or just jam­ming with your band, its clar­ity and depth makes it easy to rec­om­mend.

Love mu­sic as much as we do? Then you’ll want to get your mitts on one of these. It plays high-res au­dio files, and ab­so­lutely blows MP3 files out of the wa­ter. One lis­ten will change the way you hear your au­dio tracks and, un­like other high-res au­dio play­ers, it’s rea­son­ably priced. It re­ally will rock your world.

GoPro’s lat­est ac­tion cam is a stun­ner, with 4K video at 60fps and 1080p video at a whop­ping 240fps for fan­tas­tic slow-mo­tion footage. It’s wa­ter­proof to 10 me­tres, has im­proved im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, wider dy­namic range and bet­ter per­for­mance in low light than its Hero5 Black pre­de­ces­sor, too.

Packed full of track­ing fea­tures for a host of sports, and filled with gen­uinely in­sight­ful met­rics, this is a fit­ness smart­watch for nearly any oc­ca­sion. Its bat­tery will last you days, per­fect for the odd week­end hik­ing trip. With all this, it’s not hard to see why it won MF308’s group test.

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