From slow-motion video to speedy-keyboards, there are a few things that have locked our attention this month; and we’ve rounded them up to showcase the very best gadgets you need to check out this April.
SONY XPERIA XZ PREMIUM
Sony has always prided itself on its smartphone cameras, and its new Xperia XZ Premium delivers arguably the best on the market, not to mention that it’s powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which is first on any smartphone. The shooter features Sony’s Motion Eye Sensor, which allows for the “slowest” slow-motion on any phone. Being able to shoot at 960 frames per second is pretty much unheard of on a smartphone, and is still a relatively neat trick in the world of point and shoot.
In addition to this, the Xperia XZ Premium got all the bits needed to create a world-beating phone: a big 5.5-inch 4K display with HDR, Android 7.1.1 and top-end water resistance.
RAZER PROJECT VALERIE
The newest laptop from Razer is a prototype called Project Valerie, and it’s very different from the current Razer lineup, which goes for a slim minimalism, as Project Valerie is bigger and bolder. Its 17-inch display is packed into a pretty thick case, but only because there are two additional 17-inch displays hidden inside the lid. Razer says this is, “the world’s first portable laptop with three built-in monitors.” Which seems to be true. The two extra screens pop out from either side of the main display, via what Razer calls “an automated deployment mechanism,” and snap into place without needing user adjustment.
The laptop has a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which is the current top of the line for laptops, and each of the three displays uses Nvidia G-sync technology, which matches the screen refresh rate and the output of the graphics hardware.
SAMSUNG GEAR FIT2
Samsung’s Gear Fit is one of the best fitness trackers on the market, and the Fit2 is taking things to new levels. Synonymous with the Fit’s design was the curved touchscreen, and there’s nothing to worry about: it’s back with the Fit2, and is as vibrant (and shiny) as ever. However, the display is now wider than before, offering more screen real estate for fitting in additional information. That means extra words in a notification, a more robust media player, and a full map of your run provided by the built-in GPS function, to name a few use cases that take advantage of it best.
The Gear Fit was only compatible with Samsung phones, but the Gear Fit 2 supports almost all modern smartphones. Upon launch, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 was only compatible with Android devices, but now you can use it with your iPhone too.
LOGITECH G PRO GAMING KEYBOARD
The Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is a compact typing and gaming device, designed from the ground up with e-sports professions in mind, but as casual and pro gaming continue to emerge, it’s perfect for anyone, really. It’s got a tenkeyless design, which means it does away with the number pad that’s normally off to the right in order to conserve space.
It also features Romer-G mechanical switches. The short actuation distance (the distance the key must travel to be recognised), low actuation force (the force required to reach that distance) and speedy keyboard signal processing combine to make the Romer-G’s some of, if not the fastest switches going. It’s also a very compact unit, built for travel and designed for maximum accessibility in a small amount of space.
An electric skateboard may initially seem like a novel and somewhat unnecessary concept (we were born with legs, after all), but in a world where parking space is as scarce as trustworthy politicians and the need for economical and efficient travel is becoming more and more important, a battery-powered board begins sounding like an extremely attractive prospect.
The Freeboard is a belt-driven, battery-powered skateboard with a deck constructed of bamboo and fibreglass. It feels sturdy and robust enough to more than handle the weight of its components, but still flexible enough for you to persuade it to your (or your feet’s) will.
Due to the 8800Ah battery on the underside of the deck, the entire board itself weighs in at around the 7kg mark, making it solid, but portable enough to carry around. Thankfully, there’s a convenient slit in the deck which acts as a handle to make commuting with the Freeboard on our now seemingly-archaic-legs a relatively easy endeavour.