Technology picks: PRICEY OR PRICELESS

By Shanice Atkins

OUT of the fantastic array of technological wonders vying for our hard earned cash, here is a run down of some of the most popular on the market:


Released in June 2015 this gadget is regarded as a bygone for all tech-heads who remain unimpressed by the lack of features. With no multi-point Bluetooth for pairing to other devices, no NFC for easy pairing and a disappointing ten hours battery life, it pales in comparison to speakers like the JBL Charge 3. However if it’s simply a good quality sounding speaker you’re after then the SoundLink Mini II is hard to beat.


Let’s be honest for most households the biggest investment piece is the TV, with every brand promising that their new creation is bigger and filled with more features than ever before. The Samsung Q9F QLED fulfils those promises highlighting Samsung’s TV making prowess. Spectacularly bright, the use of LED lighting alongside vivid colouring showcases the latest HDR content in all its glory.


An investment earphone that won’t break the bank, the Optoma NuForce BE Sport3 is a firm favourite for all fitness fanatics. The wide selection of tips including in-ear hooks and different size buds ensures that comfort is a priority. Incredibly light with fantastic clarity, palpable bass and noise-cancellation unlike anything else on the market these earphones are seemingly untouchable.


Initially donned Project Scorpio, the Microsoft 4K UHD Console promises to be worth the wait and is due to be released later in the year. Gamers will be glad to hear that the Xbox One X is set to be fully backwards compatible with Xbox One games not to mention adding improved performance. With a futuristic processor cooling method in a liquid vapour chamber and a new power management system seeing the most efficient delivery of electricity on an Xbox console to date, only time will tell if it will live up to the hype.


Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the device the launch of the iPhone X has been hotly anticipated. With a suggested value of £1000, the latest Apple instalment will undoubtedly have its cult following scrambling for their piggy banks. However the technology giant is expected to release the device alongside two cheaper alternatives the iPhone 8 and iPhone8 Plus. Stepping away from the tried and tested classic recipe, the iPhone X will include facial recognition, edge-to-edge display, wireless charging and wait for it- no home button. However like Marmite you’re either a lover or a hater of the iPhone saga. Android or iPhone, sides have been chosen and the iPhone X appears unlikely to win over much of the opposition.

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