Discovering cool new technology is an exciting prospect! Each month we take a look at some of the latest tech products available from JB Hi-Fi.
What: Amazon Echo Show 15 15.6″ FHD Smart Display with Alexa
Why: Get your organisational and entertainment ducks in a row with Amazon’s crisp new 15.6” Echo Show. Alexa-powered widgets keep your shared calendars, sticky notes and to-do lists within easy reach, while daily recipes with step-by-step instructions (including a simple function to add must-have ingredients to your shopping list) will keep the family fed. Choose which of your compatible devices you want most accessible, display happy snaps with the Photo Frame feature, and customise your home screen with whichever apps are most important to you. Meanwhile, there are multiple levels of privacy control (also applicable to the 5MP camera), and you can access all the fun stuff like Netflix, Prime Video, Audible, Spotify, Amazon Music and more.
Who: If you’re after a one-stop-shop to streamline all the services and devices that you’re juggling day-to-day, the Amazon Echo Show will prove invaluable.
What: Pixbee Fit Kids Smart Activity Watch
Why: Parents will know all about their little one’s omnipresent desire for a smartwatch. But price points can often be a barrier to curtailing the constant requests. Pixbee has eliminated that with this budget-priced but feature-packed smartwatch for kids, available in either pink or blue. It contains 16 sports modes, from dance to skateboarding, and data will track and measure activity progress to encourage participation. Counting steps is just part of an extensive health and fitness suite that includes set activities, heart rate and sleep monitoring. It even helps establish hygiene routines through prompts to wash hands and brush teeth, aided by a seven-day battery life. And best of all, you can monitor your child’s progress through the Pixbee Fit Ryze App.
Who: If you want to get your child a health and fitness tracker but don’t want to break the bank doing so, the Pixbee Fit is worth investigating.
What: LG TONE Free FP9A Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones with Plug & Play
Why: Treat your ears with these top-of-the-line True Wireless earbuds. LG’s TONE Free FP9A bring the pioneering high-end tech from British audio icon Meridian into your ears, with crystal clear sound and phenomenal bass for such small devices, thanks to the advanced inbuilt driver with added silicone edging to allow greater movement and flexibility. A three-mic ANC system helps neutralise background noise from your personal audio bubble, or customise it so that you’re hearing however much ambient sound that you want to hear. There’s even a handy conversation mode for when you need to interact with others, without removing your buds. If great sound and convenience isn’t enough, the LG TONE Free FP9As even clean themselves, killing 99 per cent of bacteria after just five minutes.
Who: If you wish to treat your ears to incredible sound from a neat and handy package, while also keeping things comfy, convenient and hygienic, then these LG TONE Free FP9As could have been made especially for you!
What: Bose Smart Soundbar 900
Why: Bose brings Dolby Atmos to a premium soundbar that sends audio firing at you from areas where there are clearly no physical speakers, creating a full and immersive soundscape. Packing nine speakers – including two up-firing ones – into its slender frame, the 900 is a powerhouse performer with decoding for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby True HD and Dolby Digital+. It will also upmix audio formats like 2.0 and 5.1 to a 7-channel soundscape using Bose’s proprietary TrueSpace spatial processing, adding a sense of height. The 900 supports Alexa and Google Assistant, plus a cool feature called Voice4Video, which will turn on the TV and switch it to a desired channel with a simple voice command. And there’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect for music streaming and casting from connected smart devices.
Who: The Bose 900 delivers a remarkably multi-directional 3D soundscape and is perfect for those who want to recreate an authentic-sounding cinema experience at home.