Upgrade Your Devices for 2018
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HP SPECTRE 13 LAPTOP
Business travelers need to stay connected, but that doesn’t have to mean lugging around a backbreaking bag of devices. The HP Spectre 13 is just 0.41 inches thick, and HP claims it is the thinnest touchscreen laptop in the world. If you’re worried about prioritizing design over performance, the eighthgeneration Intel processors and 4K screen prove this is a serious piece of kit. For PC fans who want a fast, light laptop that can handle whatever they throw at it, the Spectre 13 offers a great option. $1,299.99.
Apple fans have been waiting for a revolutionary new smartphone after a number of incremental upgrades, and the iPhone X will bring a raft of new features to the table. With a full-screen display, wireless charging and a reinforced glass design, the iPhone X looks set to be subject to high demand in 2018. Other upgrades include Super Retina resolution and face-scanning technology known as Face ID. The ongoing battle between Apple and Android smartphone makers is far from over, but the iPhone X puts down a marker. From $999.
GOPRO HERO6 BLACK
GoPro continues to upgrade its range of action cameras, and the Hero6 Black brings 4K video at 60 frames per second. The new flagship model will go into battle with the Yi 4K+, billed as a GoPro killer. To stave off the challenge, GoPro doubled the 4K frame rate from the Hero5 and introduced a new processor that will improve dynamic range and stabilization. With impressive specs and the promise of an improved user experience, the Hero6 Black proves a significant upgrade. $499.99.
GOOGLE PIXEL BUDS
Wireless headphones are steadily becoming the new normal, and Pixel Buds represent Google’s first foray into the market. A lack of wires may no longer be big news, but Pixel Buds stand out thanks to real-time translations using Google Translate. Other companies offer dedicated translation earpieces, but integration into a pair of mass-market earphones shows the rapid development of the technology. Pixel Buds are designed to work with the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones, and they look like they could be a real hit. $159.99.