Star Wars fever is upon us, and you’ll find most of this year’s best offerings have a tinge of it’s stardust. But there’s also other cool gadgets that have raised the bar one way or another in their product category, and we’ve tried and tested all 25 of the gadgets here and share why they’re worth the splurge.
1 / 26 GETTING STAR WARS WITH ITRead more
2 / 26 Jabra Elite SportRead more
Earbuds have come a long way since Ryan Reynolds first put on a pair in the movie Definitely, Maybe, and had us all scrambling on the Internet to find them. (They didn’t exist then, apparently; they were just a movie prop.) And you know it got serious when tech bigwigs Apple decided to come out with a pair. But did they make the best? In our opinion, no. That crown goes to old-school Bluetooth expert Jabra, which recently released a new iteration of its already-good Elite Sport. This version is differentiated by the grey with bright green earbuds, and now delivers 4½ hours of playtime, coupled with a portable charging case to give 13½ hours in total. That makes a world of a difference – the previous version used to conk out towards the tail end of MacRitchie three-hour hikes. On top of that, they also come with the works, including heart rate tracking. Last but certainly not least, with us being old hats at the whole Bluetooth thing, we reckon these are also the best you’ll be able to have hands-free conversations with on the market. https://www.jabra.com/sports-headphones/jabra-elite-sport
Price: $368; Available at major electronics stores
3 / 26 DYSON PURE COOL LINKRead more
There are many reasons to hate the haze, but for guys with their own bachelor pads, here’s another: The air purifiers usually sold on the market are ugly as heck, spoiling your interior decor. On top of that, they’re pretty bulky and take up space in the storeroom when haze season passes. That’s why Dyson’s Pure Cool Link rocks, because it’s running double duty as a really, really good-looking fan as well. As purifiers go, it also works off-haze season, being able to capture 99.9 percent of ultra-fine allergens, odours and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. In a nutshell, it’ll help get rid of the strong smell your durian nights leave.
Price: $599; Available at http://shop.dyson.com.sg, and major department and electronics
4 / 26 SAMSUNG POWERBOT VR700 STAR WARS ROBOT VACUUM CLEANERRead more
A powerful suction, full-view sensor and an edge clean master feature. Here’s a robot vacuum that does its job both quickly and efficiently. At only 97mm high, it can get into hard-to-reach areas in your house, like under the furniture. It cleans often-missed areas such as the edges of the room, so you won’t have to do it. And with its self-cleaning brush, you can say goodbye to the unpleasant experience of pulling out hair or dust particles that get stuck inside the vacuum. We saved the best for last: The Darth Vader vacuum makes the Sith Lord’s iconic breathing noises, while the Stormtrooper one calls out “Let’s go!” when it begins cleaning.
Price: US$799 ($1,090); Available at www.samsung.com
5 / 26 UBTECH STAR WARS FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER ROBOTRead more
We like robots. We like Star Wars. There’s absolutely nothing not to love about this gizmo, really. So what does the robot do? It features augmented reality app modes that allow you to play on the Dark Side as a First Order Stormtrooper against the Resistance in your own room, issuing direct verbal orders, and launch attacks via the app interface in first and third-person views for immersive interactive app play. It also has facial recognition, so your Stormtrooper will know and
acknowledge up to three faces, and does sentry patrolling, where you can order it to patrol a designated area to detect and respond to intruders. Though given any ’trooper’s usual aim, that’s not going to deter anyone.
Price: $529; Available for order at www.banleong.com.sg and major electronics stores
6 / 26 BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35 WIRELESS HEADPHONESRead more
Annoyed by weird grunts at the gym? Or just want to shut out all the outside world’s distractions?
Look no further than the QC35 headphones from Bose. The miniaturized microphone arrays inside and outside of each ear cancel any outside noise – meaning absolutely nothing will
distract you from your music. And you don’t have to worry about them dying on you. The company promises up to 20 hours of continuous listening on the headphones’ batteries,
which will last you a typical day at the office. Just don’t jump in fright when your boss taps you
on the back.
Price: $559; Available at www.bose.sg and major department stores
7 / 26 SONY PLAYSTATION VRRead more
Yes, VR stands for virtual reality. But how real is the virtual, given VR has been promised for the longest time but has always fallen short? Apparently, now it’s real enough that after playing for an hour, we had problems distinguishing if we were still in the game or out of it. That was our experience after playing Batman: Arkham VR. It is thoroughly immersive, and even beyond playing the Dark Knight, there are other fun games that make use of virtual reality well, like Farpoint, which is played with an aim controller (toy gun, really). Let’s just say playing a first-person shooter game feels really different when you actually are in the person of the first shooter.
Price: $579 (Playstation VR) and $129 (Farpoint Aim Controller Bundle Pack); Available at Sony stores and authorised retailers, including Qisahn, Funco Gamez, Gamewerks, PlayE and TOG stores
8 / 26 PHILIPS STAR WARS WET AND DRY ELECTRIC SHAVERSRead more
Star Wars? That’s it, we’re sold. (Except for Jar Jar; we hate Jar Jar.) So lets look at tech specs first. It’s got V-Track Pro, 72 self-sharpening v-shaped blades that cut hair with less pulling on your stubble (we know that hurts), and head flexes in eight directions, in case you decide to get creative on where exactly you plan to shave. (We meant your legs!) Now, about the Star Wars angle: It looks like BB-8. Feel free to hum the Imperial March as you’re shaving.
Price: $149; Available at Philips’ online store, selected electronics outlets, major department stores and authorised dealers
9 / 26 MILLENNIUM FALCON LEGO SETRead more
Yes, 7,541 pieces. That’s the total number in Lego’s single largest set ever, and the company’s
single most expensive. But you get what you pay for. This Ultimate Collectors Series set is a super-detailed version of the Corellian smuggler from Star Wars, right down to the swoppable deflector dishes and accurate interior sets to match either the original trilogy or Force Awakens variants. Ten mini figures also come along with the set, including classic characters Han Solo,
Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO, new additions to the family like Older Han Solo, Rey
and Finn, and of course, the BB-8 droid and 2 buildable Porgs, all of which you can use to crew your giant Lego ship.
Price: $1,209.90; Available at www.bricksworld.com and Lego stores
10 / 26 MUJJO LEATHER TOUCHSCREEN GLOVESRead more
This is the only pair you’ll need for all your winter travels. Since the entire surface of each glove will activate any touch surface of your electronic devices, you’re no longer limited to using your fingertips or thumbs when interacting with your phone, unlike most other gloves out on the market now. So say goodbye to removing your gloves hurriedly when you want to take photos with your handphone! And the gloves are made out of Ethiopian lambskin, which is both windproof and waterproof, keeping your hands nice and warm, be it during snowball fights on a snowy field, or a rainy day outside.
Price: 82.60 euros ($130); Available at www.mujjo.com/store
11 / 26 UNIQLO HEATTECH SERIES: REGULAR, EXTRA WARM, ULTRA WARMRead more
We love the Heattech series of innerwear for its versatility in different temperatures and environments. Its regular T-shirts, for instance, are perfect for temperature-controlled places like offices with over-zealous air-conditioning or hospitals, as an additional layer under your formal wear. You won’t feel too warm or stuffy when you go out for lunch. The best part is that since its fabric is thin, it will work perfectly as an extra layer underneath your clothes, be it T-shirts, jeans or tight pants.
Price: $12.90 onwards; Available at www.uniqlo.com/sg/store/and Uniqlo stores
12 / 26 IPHONE XRead more
Yes, it made our list, despite being unbelievably expensive, and with features that other handphone makers have been offering for the longest time. Why? For starters, Face ID really is quite useful, and works better and more consistently than its competitors’. In our experience during reviews, guys who drive will love Face ID the most, as you won’t have to actually unlock the phone physically. Just glance at it and it opens up. Animojis are cute – what girl will say no to
an adorable pile of poo asking her out? Or maybe use the monkey instead. The new screen is also great for watching HDR movies, and impressively, the battery life is almost (we repeat, almost) able to survive one whole day of use without a powerbank in sight. If you’ve got the bucks to splash…
Price: from $1,648; Available at www.apple.com.sg and local telcos
13 / 26 PHILIPS DAILY COLLECTION AIRFRYERRead more
Having a bad craving for crunchy fried grub but can’t condone the calories? Have you tried air-frying? It uses hot hair to cook food, producing stuff that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Philips’ unique rapid air tech fries, grills, roasts and even bakes with little or no oil.
Price: $229; Available at www.philips.com.sg, selected electronics and major department outlets, and authorised dealers
14 / 26 EPIQUE CITY FOLDABLE ELECTRIC BIKERead more
You know what the trouble with bike commuting in Singapore is? The humidity and sweat. There’s really no fun in getting to the office looking like you just had a shower. The Epique City promises to solve that to some extent – if it doesn’t rain, of course – by being a foldable pedal assist electric bicycle like no other, and boasting a slope climbing ability of 30 degrees. What that means is you won’t have to pedal hard to reach your destination. Which means less sweat! On top of that, it also comes with 16 x 2.125-inch tyres, which make the ride far more comfortable
compared to other foldable bicycles. And it doesn’t take much to fold. In fact, it gets into a compact square, making it easy to store. Extend the seatpost and it even becomes a push trolley!
Price: $995; Available for test ride and order at Falcon Pev Showroom, #06-06 Delta House
15 / 26 SAMSUNG 49-INCH QLED GAMING MONITORRead more
Where do we even start? It’s probably the largest curved gaming monitor out there on the market, which means you get to play Mass Effect: Andromeda in all its cinematic glory and be able to kill enemies faster than your teammates and gain that extra experience point. The monitor comes in-built with Samsung’s trademark Quantum Dot technology, which enables you to fully immerse yourself – and almost make yourself believe you are roaming around – in the wild and expansive fields of the world of Eos as you play Final Fantasy XV. And if you want to do work after all the gaming, there is proprietary software available that enables you to configure up to six windows at once, you multitasker.
Price $2,299; Available at www.samsung.com/sg and major electronics and department stores
16 / 26 INFINI MACHINES AT CLIFFORD AESTHETIC CLINICRead more
If you have been battling acne scars to no avail, even though you’re way past puberty, then give this programme a try. The clinic uses South Korea-imported Infini machines and radiofrequency (RF) microneedling technology in its treatments, which is better than traditional laser therapy because RF is more suitable for ethnic skin, and the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is lowered. This is done through the Infini’s ability to set multiple needle depths (up to 3.5mm) per pass during treatments, which means it allows the machine to reach the dermis, whose
damage causes acne scars to form. Normal laser treatments typically wouldn’t reach such depths. Most reach 1.5mm to 1.75mm below the skin only. Also, a safety feature is the Infini’s insulated needles prevent electro thermal damage from occurring anywhere other than on the tip of the needle. This isolates the RF energy and stops it from heating up other parts of your face. Say goodbye to swollen and sunken-looking cheeks!
Price: $2,550 onwards; Available at www.cliffordaesthetics.com/acne-scar-program
17 / 26 NIKON D850Read more
This is the only DSLR you’ll ever need, It possesses highly desirable photographic features that results in no less than stunning images. Its 45.7 (!) megapixel sensor and silent photography function are the perfect allies for all your social functions – be it capturing the moment when the bride and groom yum sengs during weddings, saving the entire wild and arid landscapes of the Twelve Apostles rock formations in Australia, or seizing the exact moment when a kingfisher swoops down to catch a fish. This DSLR also has a new feature, focus shift capability, which would solve all your problems of taking photos that are action based. So you can happily snap a great freeze-motion image of the rush hour traffic at Tokyo’s Shibuya scramble crossing, or the Formula One cars mid-race during a grand prix, and be satisfied with the end results.
Price $4,999 (the body alone) and $5,949 (with the AF-S Nikkor 24-120MM F/4G ED VR Kit set); Available at www.nikon.com.sg and major department and photo stores
18 / 26 DYSON SUPERSONICRead more
Our manes matter. But if you’re spending hundreds on conditioners and creams to keep it healthy, it’s pretty ironic to be then killing it post-shower each day by burning them with cheap and crappy hair-dryers. Meet your hair’s saviour – the Dyson Supersonic. Here are some tech specs to get excited about: It’s digital motor spins at 110,000rpm – five times faster than a Formula One car engine. But what we really loved about it is this: 41 litres of air per second that help dry your hair super-fast, and a microprocessor that keeps the temp below 150 deg C so you don’t kill your hair.
Price $599; Available at http://shop.dyson.com.sg and major department and electronics stores
19 / 26 SONY PLAYSTATION 4 PRORead more
If you’re going to dream, dream big. That’s the motto we went with for this Guide to Gear, so obviously we’re going to want the Playstation 4 Pro, rather than it’s earlier, lesser iterations. What do you get more for your buck? 4K and HDR signals that are compatible with most high-end TVs,
and better visuals and increased frame rates for certain games. We played Rise of The Tomb Raider, and we kid you not – Lara actually looks hotter on the Pro versus the normal playstation. It’s all about definition, no?
Price $599; Available at Sony stores and authorised retailers, including Qisahn, Funco Gamez, Gamewerks, PlayE and TOG stores.
20 / 26 GARMIN VIVOSPORTRead more
So you don’t want to get a full-sized smartwatch, but you do want something that will track your workouts whenever and wherever. There’s Garmin’s latest GPS-enabled tracker. Safe for swimming and showering, and with a battery life of up to seven days in smartwatch mode, and eight hours in GPS state, this ultra-slim tracker is built for life on the go. Its Move IQ also automatically classifies multiple activities, so you don’t have to spend five minutes
before exercising just trying to figure out which workout to classify it under.
Price: $299; Available at major department and electronics stores
21 / 26 PHILIPS AVANCE COLLECTION INDOOR GRILLRead more
You really can’t have a guy’s night in without guy grub. And you can’t really call it guy food unless there are fat, juicy steaks roasted over a hot fire. But then there’s the clean-up after. Take the hassle out of lighting charcoal or having your plans ruined by unpredictable weather with the Philips indoor grill. Perfect for intimate indoor gatherings, this revolutionary counter-top appliance with advanced infrared heat technology and reflect system delivers a constant heat of 230 deg C within a minute of plugging in, and promises an amazing cookout of evenly browned juicy steaks, sizzling sausages and grilled vegetables without compromising on taste. You’re welcome.
Price: $499; Available at www.philips.com.sg, selected electronics and major department outlets, and authorised dealers
22 / 26 SAMSUNG GEAR SPORTRead more
Looking for the one smartwatch to motivate you to move more, eat better and live healthier in 2018? You might want to check out Samsung’s latest offering – it promises to be your perfect
tracking companion from fitness to diet to sleeping patterns. You can set health and diet goals on your phone and start tracking your progress from your wrist, as it makes it easy to keep your calories in balance and track your intake, as well as offer tips and insights you can use to stay on track. It also has a personal training guide app. You can select over 60 workouts, and the Gear Sport will guide you through the motions as it measures your heart rate.
Price: $448; Available at telecommunication operators and major consumer electronics stores.
23 / 26 DYSON V8 CORD-FREE VACUUMRead more
Look, there’s no sugarcoating it: housework sucks. But cool tech gadgets can help it suck less. Or, in this instance, literally suck more. Dyson’s V8 vacuum looks like a techie’s dream, but more importantly, is small, lightweight and powerful, and comes with a range of attachments (don’t we love our add-ons) that help clean in almost every way conceivable. Guys with rides will love the fact the V8 also trumps that crappy made-in-China cigarette lighter car vacuum that you got last Christmas that never works. You’ll be the envy of every dude in the carpark when your vacuum sounds louder than their cars as it cleans.
Price $999; Available at http://shop.dyson.com.sg, and major department and electronics stores
24 / 26 SAMSUNG GEAR FIT2 PRORead more
Looking for a fitness tracker than specialises in monitoring your pool workouts? Samsung’s Fit2 Pro is water-resistant to 50m, and works both for pool and open-water swims when it comes to tracking your distance clocked. It also automatically detaches and logs all your fitness activities, whether you’re playing tennis, basketball or simply at Zoukout raving your head off.
Price: $268; Available at telecommunication operators and major consumer electronics stores
25 / 26 GOPRO HERO 6Read more
In today’s Instagram-crazy age, how nice the pics and videos of your travels turn out is almost as important as the trip itself. Save yourself the hassle of worrying about missing moments with Gopro’s latest offering. With stunning 4K60 and 1080p240 video packed into a rugged, waterproof, go-anywhere design, you can automatically transform your adventures into cinematic Quikstory videos to share with the world. The Hero 6 also has dramatically improved dynamic range and low-light performance to really make things pop, and an added digital zoom just to get crazy.
Price: $750; Available at major electronics stores
26 / 26 STAR WARS JEDI CHALLENGES ON LENOVO’S MIRAGE AR HEADSETRead more
Everyone wants to be a Jedi (or Sith). Now you can live your dreams of fighting like one with Lenovo’s Mirage AR Headset, which comes with a light-saber controller and all-new game-play content from a galaxy far, far away. You simply download the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app onto your phone and into the AR headset. A tracking beacon is placed on the floor for the headset’s sensors to detect your movement. You then pick up a collectable-quality lightsaber controller, modelled after the famous one created by Anakin Skywalker, and passed on to Luke and Rey in the later episodes. You then begin lightsaber duels with the likes of Kylo Ren with haptic feedback as you strike and block.
Price: $379; Available at Addon, Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, Newstead, PlayE, TOG and Toys ‘R’ Us