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Pick of the best gadgets for January

The best new gadgets and tech you need in your life this month

  • alpha magazine
  • Published: 11:52 January 6, 2013
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Parrot Zikmu Solo
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  • The Zikmu produces enough sound (100W) to fill a room.
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Parrot Zikmu Solo

The Parrot Zikmu Solo is not the best sounding speaker out there. But like the Zik wireless headphones we tested last year, Parrot just sprinkles so much of its tech dazzle on this beautiful speaker tower that the sound quality – as good as it is – seems secondary.

Though this is a single speaker tower, the Zikmu produces enough sound (100W) to fill a room. Central to this is the HARP (High Aspect Ratio Panel), which has two speakers that distribute sound to the left and right while a third speaker, the BMR (Balanced Modal Radiator) pushes sound forwards and backwards. A Neodymium woofer at the bottom extends the bass  range to drop to 30Hz without altering the volume. You can either dock your iDevice or connect via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or NFC.

The speaker system also supports DLNA and UPnP protocols. Connect the speaker to a Wi-Fi router to access and share files stored on your computer or network drives. In addition to using it as an iPod speaker, you can also hook it up to your TV or computer.

Wait, that’s not all – an app for both smartphones and tablets allows you to adjust the speaker’s audio settings according to the size of the room. Also, did I mention it was designed Philippe Starck?

Dh3,899 at leading stores

EOS M Cameras

Canon comes to the compact system camera (CSC) party at last, with its new EOS M range. The new range doesn’t skimp on the features, despite its compact size. With an 18 MP APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor, the camera features a DIGIC 5 chip that ensures superb detail.

The camera has a high-resolution, 3.0” LCD touchscreen and comes with built-in creative filters like toy camera effect (for hipstamatic-like photos), grainy B&W or even a filter that mimics the distortion of a fisheye lens. The filters can be applied before the shot is captured, with the result previewed in Live View. HD video recording also comes as standard.

The model launches alongside two new lenses, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom. The good news for die-hard Canon enthusiasts is that you can still use existing EF lenses on this new compact. All you need is a Mount Adapter EF-EOS M and you are good to go.

Dh3,599 at leading stores

Sennheiser CX685 Sports Headphones

The Sennheiser and Adidas headphones collaboration goes from strength to strength, with their latest model, the CX685, delivering the usual quality, comfort and aesthetically appealing design – even if each earpiece does look a bit like a futuristic fishing hook. They’ve been developed with the help of professional athletes – so the fact that they’re sweat and water resistant, fit more snugly than Usain Bolt’s lycra running shorts and are made from highly durable material should be no surprise. They also come with a cleaning tool, storage pouch and a clip to fasten them to your vest when you’re pounding the pavement.

Dh299 at leading stores

The shortlist

Acer's S7 Gambit

Acer really amps up the styling on its new Aspire S7 Series ultrabooks. It features a unibody design made from a single block of aluminium and an electroluminescent (EL) backlit keyboard that automatically adjusts its brightness based on ambient lighting. The full-HD touchscreen even features scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2 structure on the 13.3” model. Take that, MacBook Air. Dh5,499 at leading stores

Bose goes wireless

Bose updates its sound-dock range with its first AirPlay-enabled SoundLink speaker system that lets you stream music via a home wireless network. The ability to stream from your iDevice or your computer’s iTunes library means you no longer need to physically dock your iPod. Bose’s acoustic waveguide speaker technology ensures detailed sound. Dh1,499 at Bose outlets

The Jobs resurrection

Ashton Kutcher bears an uncanny resemblance to a youngish Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic titled jOBS. The movie primarily focuses on the early years of Apple, its founding and follows events from 1971 to 2000. Set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the film is scripted by rookie screenwriter Matt Whiteley. www.sundance.org

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