(GQ-Magazine): Want to be the best? Better buy the best! Welcome to our inaugural roundup of the past 12 months in tech.
The Headphones: Nuraphones by Nura
Fair to say these are not your typical headphones, as they’re both over-ear cans and in-ear ’phones, the latter of which helps calibrate them to your hearing range. The result, once tuned, is a sound you often only get with studio-level headphones. Add some super-neat touches – they turn on when placed on your head – and there’s no competition between these and their rapper-branded rivals.
The Camera: M10-P by Leica
A Leica is one of tech’s few true status symbols, but the M10-P is all about discretion. The shutter has been engineered for quietness (it’s almost silent) and where normally you would see the signature Leica red dot you’ll find a silver screw. The insides, however, are as maximalist as ever, with a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor and Maestro II processor.
The Drone: Mavic 2 Zoom by DJI
In the consumer drone market there’s not much to separate the top-end models. These days, most collapse down for portability, most have reliable flying controls and most have a camera on a gimbal. So why did we pick the Mavic? For its camera’s true optical zoom and seriously high resolution.
The Phone: iPhone XS by Apple
The iPhone X ushered in a new era for Apple, with a home button-free design and facial recognition security. The XS goes even further, with the likes of surround sound audio (no, really) and a reactive, rich display.
The Speaker: Mu-So Special Edition by Naim
Naim’s flagship Mu-So has been the best slab of wireless speaker money can buy for some time now. The only problem was, well, along with it weighing about the same as the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, it looked like it too. But now… rejoice! It’s available in a special edition, redesigned with an anodised aluminium finish that even outdoes those Danish speaker stylists B&O. The best bit? The sound remains rich and pure with bottomless depth. Just perfect.
The Television: 4K B8 OLED TV by LG
It’s no secret why OLED TVs are yet to fully catch on – it’s easily the best screen technology but they’re often still prohibitively expensive. Until now. LG’s new B8 range comes in sensible sizes (55- and 65-inch) and, most importantly, a sensible price: from “just” £1,500. Sure, it’s still not cheap, but the difference is astounding, with true “lights out” blacks, pin-sharp 4K and an enhanced screen to get the most out of the new HDR full-colour format. Truly, the only TV you should buy.
The Laptop: MacBook Pro by Apple
The latest MacBook Pro is a beast of a machine. With its six-core Intel chips and up to 32GB of RAM it will speed you through even the most intensive tasks and its hard disk comes with a whopping capacity of up to 4TB. The 15-inch model we tested also includes the Touch Bar: a customisable set of controls that sits just below the main display. Want.