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: Sonos Beam Gen 2
Why: Sonos released two excellent soundbars in 2020: the Beam, and their premium soundbar created with Dolby Atmos, the Arc. Fast forward 18 months and the Beam has been updated to capitalise on the fact that we’re all spending more time in the home entertainment environment. While it’s still the same compact size, Gen 2 has now been upgraded to feature Dolby Atmos for complete 3D sound. Improvements include a faster processor and support of HDMI eARC, making it a perfect partner for your PS5 or Xbox Series X. Meanwhile, the fabric cover has been replaced with a polycarbonate grille like its bigger brother, the Arc. Of course, if your house is already Sonos-friendly, then the Gen 2 will automatically sit snugly into your existing ecosystem.
Who: The Beam Gen 2 is the ideal soundbar for homes where space is at a premium, or for those looking to give their existing home entertainment set-up a kick in the breeches.
What: Bose QuietComfort 45
Why: Bose make some of the best noise-cancellation headphones on the planet, and the QC45 are the latest addition to their canon. Light in weight, the cups are covered in a comfortable, soft, synthetic leather making them ideal for long periods of use; they also fold down for easy storage. Control buttons are located on each cup and there are two levels of noise cancellation: Quiet Mode for maximum block-out, and Aware Mode for partial ANC, allowing ingress of some environmental noise. A single charge will reap an impressive 24 hours use, while a 15-minute quick charge will put three hours into the headphones. The Bose QC45s will be available in two colours: triple black, and white smoke.
Who: Anyone looking for a compact pair of headphones from a manufacturer with a proven track record in audio quality and active noise cancellation.
What: Logitech Pop Keyboard and Mouse
Why: Logitech describe this colourful combo as unleashing ‘personality onto your deskspace’ and it’s not hard to see why. The keyboard has retro-styled mechanical keys, reminiscent of an old school typewriter. The keyboard and mouse come in three different colour palettes: Daydream Mint, Heartbreaker Rose and Blast Yellow, and will connect to your device of choice using the Logi Bolt USB receiver. On the keyboard, there are eight swappable emoji keycaps to suit whatever mood you find yourself in. The comfortable mouse will connect via Bluetooth or the Logi Bolt, and features SilentTouch Technology, making it as quiet as a, err, mouse… The customisable emojis are compatible with both macOS and Windows.
Who: Designed with the younger audience in mind, Logitech is injecting some fun into the essential peripherals we use every day.
What: Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i
Why: The thin, versatile IdeaPad Slim 5i is the perfect solution for the home office and content creation. You can choose between Intel’s latest 11th gen i5 or i7 model. Both variants feature Intel’s Iris Xe integrated GPU to handle video games up to 1080p and at 60fps. This means you can have immersive play time once work is done. Onboard is 512GB SSD storage with 16GB of RAM. The IdeaPad Slim 5i has quality Dolby Audio dual speakers, a pair of USB-A ports, USB-C port plus HDMI. For privacy, the webcam can be shuttered. And from October 5, the Intel IdeaPad Slim 5i will be available with Windows 11 pre-installed.
Who: Users looking for a well-built laptop for work and entertainment.