With so much hot new tech released every month at JB, we’ve selected some of the best and coolest items hitting stores in February. From smartphones and laptops to Bluetooth trackers and more, there’s a veritable treasure chest of tech goodness waiting for you…
This sports/smart watch hybrid comes in five different colours to cater for all fashion tastes and utilises the Wear OS operating system so users have Google Play, Google Assistant and Google Maps at their fingertips; it works well with an iPhone, too. The Suunto 7 caters for over 70 different sports and features GPS, heart rate, and motion tracking.
Withings HR Steel
A classy hybrid smartwatch that looks good in the gym and the boardroom. Support comes from the Health Mate app and the Steel HR has a tracker for your heart rate, steps, calorie counting and sleep tracking, operated through one button. A single battery charge can last up to 25 days. It also includes accurate GPS tracking and will display all of your smart notifications.
Tile’s range of Bluetooth trackers is the panacea the absent minded have been searching for. The new range includes the Tile Sticker, a small ultra-adhesive tracker that can be affixed to everything from keys to laptops; the credit card-sized Tile Slim, designed to slip into a wallet; and the Tile Mate, a larger tracker perfect for bags. Install the app and lose away; a remotely triggered siren will narrow your search. And if you lose your phone? Simple: press the Tile twice and your phone will ring.
Asus ROG Phone II
Looking for unprecedented quality in mobile gaming? You’ve found it. Sporting a huge 6.9” AMOLED screen with 120HZ refresh, a whopping 512GB of memory and a top notch battery with a two-day life cycle, the phone has L and R AirTrigger controls, two USB-C ports and if you want to connect your favourite gaming headset, a 3.5mm jack. Check it out in-store.
Dell G3 15 3590 Gaming Laptop
This is a gaming laptop to look at if budget is a consideration and you don’t want the lower price point to impact the quality. For the money you still get a solid – and aesthetically pleasing – build with a dedicated GPU and 8GB of RAM. Punching well above its weight is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card; weight-wise it comes in at a respectable 2.5kg. Featuring impressive framerates, it’s hard to look past for the dollar value.
Audio Technica ATH-CK3TW
A good seal is a necessity with wireless earbuds, and that’s exactly what the ATH-CK3TWs deliver. The earbuds have touch controls that actually work well and allow the user to play, pause and skip tracks, control volume and answer phone calls. A charge allows six hours of continuous use with an additional 30 hours-worth of charge contained in the earbud’s case. Right across the board, the audio is excellent. Looking for new earbuds? Add these to that list of possibilities.
Oppo A9 2020
For a budget model, the A9 2020 has a lot going for it. A big 6.5-inch screen with a decent resolution makes it a good candidate for streaming TV/movies and playing games. With four cameras and a whopping two-day battery life, the low RRP makes the Oppo A9 2020 an excellent choice in the price range.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung’s first generation vision of the future is an impressive beast with a 4.6-inch traditional functioning smartphone on the outer display for browsing the web or listening to music. However, with the use of one finger, the Fold opens up like a book, revealing a generous 7.3-inch Amoled Infinity Flex screen. It comes armed with six powerful cameras, and the Fold is 5G enabled.
Jabra Elite 75t
Jabra, the company behind these small and light wireless earbuds, has designed a case that not only provides additional charge but magnetically locks the earbuds in place. The Elite 75t offers 7.5 hours of continuous playback, or 28 hours with the charge in the case. Buttons on each earbud activate a cycle of commands including voice assistants. As for the sound, straight out of the box these are going to appeal to bass heads.
Acer Swift 5
The light (sub -1kg) Acer Swift 5 has a14-inch screen and is paired with Blu-ray resolution and touchscreen controls for easy navigation. Powering it all is a quad-core i5 processor and a healthy amount of memory (8GB). Translation: dependable performance spliced with practical-use versatility. The Acer Swift 5 is rounded out with expected Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, three USB ports (two speedy options), a HDMI port for connecting to an external monitor, and a HD webcam.