THE GEAR WE’RE LUSTING AFTER
The gear we’re lusting after, including some seriously sexy speakers.
Klipsch The Sixes klipsch.com $799.99
>>> It’s time to put some seriously ’70s hi-fi style back in your life. This audio system combines totally modern tech with a wood finish and brassy metal details with proper physical controls, including some retro switches you won’t be able to stop playing with. These speakers are active, meaning you don’t need an amp to power them — just plug in anything from your Mac to your record player (they have a phono pre-amp). They even have Bluetooth for wireless playback. And of course, they sound absolutely incredible.
LIFX Beam lifx.com $199.99
>>> Modular smart lights are getting to be a big thing, and we’re digging the minimalism of this set. The kit contains six strips and a corner piece, so you can create an L-shaped strip of light that highlights your home, instead of being a big centerpiece. Each beam has 10 color zones, so you can get great smooth gradients of hues across the whole thing. They integrate with HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and tons of other smart home products, too — or are simply controlled from the LIFX app.
Dell UltraSharp 32 8K Monitor UP3218K dell.com $4,999.99
>>> We’ve had 5K monitors for years now – it must be time for another upgrade. This giant 31.5-inch display from Dell has a resolution of 7680x4320 – almost four times the number of pixels in the iMac 4K’s screen. That’s 33 million pixels. Now, it doesn’t technically work with Macs at the moment, because… well, it’s ridiculous. But that hasn’t stopped us drooling over the amazing levels of detail you get editing photos on it. We have high hopes the next Mac Pro will be an 8K monster.
Lighthouse AI light.house $299+subscription
>>> This smart home camera brings AI to video security. For a start, it’s better than older cameras at picking out things you need to know — it won’t mistake a sudden change in lighting as movement and send you a false alarm. It also has excellent facial recognition, two-way communication, night vision, and a full HD sensor. The really neat part is that you can get information from it by just asking it — either using your voice, or by typing it in: “Let me know when Ellen gets home today” will get you a notification. “Did you see David today between 10am and 1pm?” will search for a clip. It’s genius.