Flipping Out Over New Tech
Flip thin is in
ASUS pioneered the Ultrabook and continues to produce fine quality, ultra-thin notebooks.
The ZenBook Flip UX360UA is a stylish and slim 13.3-inch convertible that can boast an outstanding battery life, with a blazingly fast SSD, IPS panel and backlit keyboard.
ZenBook Flip is crafted from solid aluminium. The chassis is forged from a single block of metal, carefully honed until it's a mere 13.9mm thin and weighing just 1.3kg to make it effortlessly portable. The spun-metal finish, with its iconic Zen-inspired pattern of concentric circles, is anodized in two exclusive new colours to match any style: sophisticated Rose Gold or ultra-smart Mineral Gray.
The display has a brightness of 350cd/m2, and a high-quality IPS display with QHD+ 3200 x 1800 resolution. ZenBook Flip features a USB Type-C port for any-way-up connections and super-fast data transfers; there’s also two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a HDMI port and an SD Card slot, making it easy to connect to all your current and future peripherals. Co-developed by the ASUS Golden Ear team and Harman/Kardon, ASUS SonicMaster audio technology produces great laptop sound.
It can be yours now with a street price of around $1499 depending on the configuration. Highly recommended.
Wireless earbuds you can talk to
To make the grade in earbuds, they need to be very good at both voice and music, have water and dust protection and be connectable to Google Now, Siri and Alexa. The stand-out maker of such state-of-the-art earbuds is Jabra. They’ve been leading the earphone business for the past twenty-five years, so you can expect that their latest series - including the Elite 65t - are special.
The Elite 65t is a third-generation true wireless earbud aimed at those who want the best voice and music experience without wires. It is engineered to ensure a stable wireless connection and best call and voice quality. The 65t includes one-touch access to Siri, Google Now and Alexa and has up to 15 hours of battery life (with cradle). The
4-microphone technology makes sure you can be heard.
Jabra’s latest offering in audio tech come with a 2-year warranty and a RRP of $299.99. They will be launched 5 March - expect to find them at JB Hi-Fi.
Hi-Tech paper planes
It simply had to happen.
PowerUp's Dart is all about converting paper planes from simple gliders into powered aircraft you can steer with an app. It should not only be less expensive than a model aircraft (particularly if there's a crash), but gives you the freedom to fold the paper plane that suits your style.
You can make a slow-but-steady distance champ, a speed demon or something in between. Think of it as a customisable remote-controlled plane that you can afford to fly aggressively.
The startup has announced that a retail version of its Dart aircraft will ship in March and is running a pre-order campaign for barebones (just the propeller module and two templates) and standard (wheels and Japanese aerobatic papers) kits that start at $35 and $45 respectively. Higher-priced packs offer additional modules and stands for your aeronautics-minded friends.
Samsung 9 and 9Plus on their way
The larger (6.2-inch) S9 Plus has dual 12-megapixel rear cams that will give it a clear hardware advantage over the 5.8-inch standard S9, with the option to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures depending on the shot you're aiming for.
You could pick f/1.5 for low light or macro shots, or switch to f/2.4 when you want more of the scene in focus. Intelligent super slow-motion 960FPS video captures sudden movement with ease.
There’s a brand new processor, the Snapdragon 845 and, of course, there’s new colours. Coral Blue, Midnight Black, Lilac Purple and Titanium Gray would be among the initial options, pending on the model configurations.
There’s a lot of built in fun to with personalised emoji based on a photo of your face and more built in intelligence when you take photos.
Samsung have been clever in offering better features than the Apple iPhone range for less money.