Tech: February 2016

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

The well-respected Thinkpad X1 Carbon has been updated for 2016. Lighter, slimmer, and with more battery life (11 hours – more than double the previous model), the 14-inch business ultrabook also has more memory, with up to 1TB of high-density, low-power Samsung M.2 NVMe storage offering speeds up to five times that of a standard solid state hard drive. Ultra-fast connectivity comes from the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X7 LTE modem, reaching up to 300 Mbps download speeds, while Lenovo’s Touch Fingerprint reader and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security chip offer peace of mind. Available this month, prices start from around £900.

Accessories for the ThinkPad X1 range include the Wireless Touch Mouse – a thin and light dual-mode mouse with an integrated touchpad on the flip-side, while in-ear headphones have been optimised by Dolby for the X1 series and engineered with dual drivers to improve phone calls, music and movies.

Ideal for taking you from the office desk to the coffee table, the Carbon passed more than 200 stress tests and is robust enough to withstand everyday life. Even the 65W Micro Adapter is 58 per cent smaller and 50 per cent lighter than a standard power adapter, making the package more portable than ever.

Audio-technica ATH-SR5BT

Bluetooth headphones make listening to the modern plethora of devices so much more convenient. Audio-technica has announced a new range of headphones, including the wireless ATH-SR5BT, which can store up to eight devices for quick connection. The internal battery offers up to 15 hours of use, while Hi-Res Audio capabilities bring top-quality sound.

Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

Leaping into the burgeoning 3D printing market, old favourite Polaroid has designed the ModelSmart 250S, a state-of-the-art printer with a WiFi-enabled camera inside and some helpful software to get you started swiftly. Created in partnership with printing experts, Environmental Business Products (EBP), the ModelSmart will print in plastic and wood, and is carefully designed to make this high-tech product accessible enough for home usage.

Sony GTK-XB7

Fancy a night in? Bring the clubbing experience home with this multi-talented boom box. The GTK-XB7 harnesses Sony’s Extra Bass technology to lend punchy, deep bass notes to those dance-floor fillers, as well as lighting up the night with multi-colour line lights, flashing strobes and speaker lights that pulse in sync with the beats from the 16cm woofers. Stream tracks via Bluetooth or hook up via USB. Available from May.


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