New toys from RHA, LG, Astell&Kern & Leica


Light as a feather

Weighing in at just 1,340g, the LG gram 17 may be light but it’s a heavyweigh­t in performanc­e. The 17-inch laptop has a 2560 x 1600 resolution that delivers fine, detailed colour expression, making it the perfect massive canvas to edit videos, retouch photos or watch movies in superb quality on. The LG gram 17’s uniqueness also lies in its Precision Glass Touchpad that offers smooth, adaptive recognitio­n and supports configurat­ion of various gestures for handy shortcuts provided by Window 10.

Made for creatives and profession­als on the go, the LG gram 17 boasts an exceptiona­l 1 .5-hour battery life on a single charge, making it great for use on long business trips where power points are not easily accessible or available. Keep things secure too with the fingerprin­t function – one touch is all that is needed to log in.

Audio as it’s intended

The latest portable media player from Astell& ern is the A&Ultima SP2000, the first player in the high-resolution audio brand to use separate, independen­t audio channels between unbalanced and balanced outputs to create more power than ever before. The SP2000 utilises two A 0 A 44 (4 digital-to-analogue converts to create a wider soundstage and stronger stereo separation, tuning audio to provide greater acoustic details and to match the original performanc­e as closely as possible.

It’s not just the audio specificat­ions that will excite audiophile­s. The A&Ultima SP2000 is sleekly designed, with the player encased in a stainless steel back panel without any screws, with a metallic finish that cleverly plays on the dispersion of light. Crown detailing on the volume wheel completes the geometric design of the body and lends an ergonomic structure to the player.

Look ma, no wires

Avid air travellers looking to optimise the use of their wireless headphones will appreciate British high-fidelity audio brand, RHA’s newest offering. The RHA Wireless )light Adapter was designed for users to connect any wireless headphones to in-flight entertainm­ent systems onboard planes, and turn audio devices including cassette players and game consoles into Bluetooth compatible devices.

The adapter has two jacks that can be used separately or together for either single stereo or twin mono audio channels. The simple one-button interface quickly connects listeners from RHA’s acclaimed audio engineerin­g with the latest releases on in-flight entertainm­ent. With a 16-hour battery life, the Wireless Adapter can be used on flights from London to Los Angeles uninterrup­ted.

Super versatile and superfast

The Leica V-Lux 5 is one of the German manufactur­er’s most versatile cameras to date. Considered a ‘travel-ready’ camera, the Leica V-Lux 5 features a powerful oom lens and a newly-developed, larger senor that ensures excellent imaging performanc­e for photos and videos. The camera is chock full of high-performanc­e specificat­ions Leica cameras are known for 20.1 megapixels, maximum sensitivit­y of ISO 12800, and integrated optical image stabiliser to capture shake-free images and videos even in low ambient light, without the use of a tripod.

Part of the versatilit­y of the Leica V-Lux 5 is the superfast autofocus. Taking only 0.1 seconds to focus sharply on a subject and aided by a burst rate of 12 frames per second, this camera is ideal for shooting in fast and dynamic situations, like in safaris and sporting events. Innovative features like Post )ocusing and )ocus Stacking allow for amateur photograph­ers to choose the optimal focus point on an image with multiple subjects after a picture is taken.

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