Embrace technology in style with our selection of sleek luxury gadgets
There are now so many gadgets on the market it’s hard to find ones that really work and at the same time ooze luxury and good design. Here is an indulgent selection of the best gadgets on the market that not only solve a problem but also make your life easier and more stylish.
Pictured: Sennheiser Momentum On-ear headphones
By Stuart Miles – Pocket-lint
They sound good, they look great. Available in an array of colours, including blue, pink, green and cream, the Momentum on-ear headphones sport an Alcantara finish on the headband and earpads – the same material found in luxury yachts and cars like Lamborghini. £170, Sennheiser.
Combine the best tablet with a fantastic smartphone experience and you’ve got a one-two in the win department. The newly launched iOS 7 brings a colourful, almost joyful feeling to the procedures while the build quality reassures you that these are two products that not only look good, but will last too. £399 for the iPad 4 and £549 for the iPhone 5S, Apple.
The trouble with the British weather is that it is hot one minute and freezing cold the next. The Dyson Hot + Cool fan solves this by offering you an answer to both in a rather funky design that doesn’t look like a regular heater, but something that you’ll be keen to show off. As all is controlled via the included remote control, you’re never going to worry about hot flushes again. £369.99, Dyson.
What smartphone? You want a compact camera that can snap amazing pictures, and the Canon PowerShot S120 does just that. The 12-megapixel sensor packing, bright 5x optical zoom f/1.8 lens touting camera is faster than its predecessor and should let you snap any great moment with ease. Everything can be controlled via a 3-inch touchscreen display, and it all comes in a package that is small enough to fit in even the thinnest of clutch bags. £449.99, Canon.
Laptops are old hat these days. You want a Windows 8 device that is both a tablet and a laptop, and that’s the Vaio Tap 11 – the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet PC, measuring 9.9mm thick. Packed with all the latest tricks, this tablet is no slouch when it comes to performance, thanks to the Intel i5 processor. Because you can remove the keyboard, it is perfect for in the office, but also on the sofa with a glass of wine. £1,000, Sony.
Pure have long been know for creating the best DAB radios in the business and the Evoke F4 carries on that tradition – but also gains a new trick. The F4 features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can link it to the internet for web-based radio playback as well as connecting your smartphone to stream audio. We especially like the F4 retro look. £179.99, Pure.
A good cup of coffee is important and you can’t get better than the Prima Donna S that will take any coffee beans and turn them into an amazing brew all at the press of a button. Strength and grind settings allow you to tailor your coffee to your exact preferences – and you can set the machine to make you the perfect cappuccino with the included milk frother. £995, De’Longhi
If you are looking for a speaker that looks as good as it sounds the BeoSound A9 from Bang & Olufsen is for you. The speaker features a 2.1 bass reflex loudspeaker system that combines five dedicated speaker units and amps, giving you more than enough power and noise to fill even the most spacious room and deliver sparkling highs and spaciously defined middle tones. With Bluetooth on board, you can connect your iPhone or Android smartphone and wireless stream music wherever you are in the room at the press of a button. £1,699, Bang & Olufsen.
Used in Michelin starred restaurants around the world, the Grand Cuisine range includes an induction zone, sear hob, a blast chiller and a steamer that lets you control the temperature down to a single degree. There’s also a precision vacuum sealer so you can really go to town when you’ve got guests around. £78,000, Grand Cuisine by Electrolux.
LG’s new £8,000 curved OLED TV lets more of you huddle around the box and delivers an amazing picture. Yes, it’s curved, but that isn’t just a sci-fi pipedream: the idea behind curving this 55-inch display is to make sure that the distance from the centre to the corner of the display remains the same. If you’re sitting in the sweet spot, the screen delivers the perfect viewing angle. £8,000, LG.