We see a lot of products every week here on Stuff. But come Friday, which are the ones we actually want to take home with us?
Every week, we condense all of the many products we see into the Hot Five — the definitive list of the best new gadgets to lust after, buy and use. These are the best products, the top apps and games, and the best tech accessories to blow this week’s savings on.
Read this, and you’ll have absorbed the best of the week on the Stuff website! But please, do also read the rest of the website.
5) OMB Upgrade Kit supercharges any guitar
Guitar hero? Slap the OMB Upgrade Kit (you’ll work out what that stands for shortly) on your axe and turn your solo performance into a team effort.
As you strum away, this Kickstarter-funded gadget “hears” your notes and chords and responds with appropriate, pitch-perfect backing tracks. There’s even a one-handed mode that’ll play stuff with you doing nothing more than holding down the strings, while MIDI skills mean you can bring the OMB into the studio to help you lay down some tracks, or transform your guitar into a synth using the alternate instruments mode.
4) Renault Alpine A110 keeps things simple – and superb
A car with decades of rally pedigree behind it but every bit a modern two-seat sports coupé, the Renault Alpine A110 might just be one of next year’s most exciting new launches.
Weighing just 1103kg thanks to an almost entirely aluminium build (not only the body panels, but the frame too) that’s been riveted rather than welded to keep things as light as possible, the compact Alpine is a fleet-footed French fancy, keeping things stripped-back and simple. Agile, fast and brilliantly involving to drive at any speed, we can’t wait to get back behind its wheel.
3) Street Fighter has quite the 30th birthday party planned
Is Street Fighter the most beloved brawler series in gaming history? Probably, and next May the franchise turns three decades old, prompting developer Capcom to release a 12-game bundle of every entry from the 1987 original to 1999’s Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
Four of the 30th Anniversary Collection’s games will feature online leaderboards, adding some 2018 flair to all that retro goodness, and the bundle will be available not only for PS4, PC and Xbox One, but Switch too.
2) iMac Pro is a pure power personified
A 27in 5K resolution screen – and a £5K (almost) asking price. The new iMac Pro is Apple’s replacement for the sadly-neglected dustbin-shaped Mac Pro. An all-in-one PC with class-leading resolution, scorching graphics grunt, up to 4TB of storage and up to a frankly insane 128GB of ECC memory, it’s a no-compromise desktop that should appeal to video editors, designers and other demanding creative types with money to burn.
It’s on sale now, so if you fall into the above categories, feel free to head on over to your local Apple Store and drop the price of a holiday of a lifetime on this sleek rig.
1) Panasonic’s G9 is its loveliest Lumix to date
It might lack the big, beautiful full-frame sensor of a Sony A-series, but Panasonic’s latest system camera makes up for it in all sorts of ways.
With a bright viewfinder, ruggedised life-proof build quality and the sort of speed that’d put the Alpine mentioned above to shame (it can shoot at 20fps at full resolution with full autofocus, and 60fps in other modes), it offers a heck of a lot of muscle for your money.
Click through to the review below for our in-depth opinions, but suffice to say Panasonic has created a fantastic travel camera that’ll prove the perfect holiday companion for discerning shutterbugs.