Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

T3 - - Welcome - Matt Bolton, Ed­i­tor [email protected]­turenet.com Tweet me @matthewb­bolton

As we started to ap­proach the end of 2017, we knew we were go­ing to be over­loaded with smart home speak­ers. Ev­ery­one had the same idea: ‘if the orig­i­nal Echo wasn’t very good at play­ing mu­sic, let’s do one that is!’

So here we are, in­un­dated with au­dio com­pa­nies adding Alexa into wire­less speak­ers, and Amazon adding beefier drives into its new Echo line-up. How the hell are we ever go­ing to sort the wheat from chaff? In a gi­ant show-down, ob­vi­ously – all the best, smartest op­tions in one place. And that place is p42. What­ever your pri­or­ity, whether it’s smart home con­trol or au­dio qual­ity, we’ve got the pick for you.

We’re big fans of ebikes here on T3, but we tend to fo­cus on them for com­muters or other town/city rides. What about when you get out into the coun­try (and mud) – do they still have the ad­van­tage over a clas­sic bike? We had a race to find out, and you can see what hap­pened on p96.

One trend I’ve been lov­ing is the ar­rival of more com­pact, af­ford­able pro-level home cin­ema gear. The Dolby At­mos speaker set on p114 and laser 4K pro­jec­tor on p115 are both as­ton­ish­ingly good bits of kit that would have cost five times as much for an equiv­a­lent ex­pe­ri­ence not even a year ago, and would have fit in few houses. Now al­most any­one can en­joy them – it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing!

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