RWD CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
RWD'S TOP 5 MUST HAVE PIECES OF TECH THIS CHRISTMAS
5. SURFACE WITH WINDOWS RT [£399-£559]
This Christmas’ ‘Tablet Most Likely To…’ Surface delivers the power of amazing software and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience. Originally unveiled in June, Surface with Windows RT is the must-have tablet of the moment with its awesome Touch Cover, which is available in three colors—black, white and cyan— priced at £99.99 so customers can express their personal style. Customers will also have the option to purchase a Type Cover in black for £109.99, which adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
4. MOTOROLA RAZR I
The incredible Motorola RAZR i with Intel Inside is the new full-screen smartphone with super amoled Advanced 4.3-inch display spans from edge-to-edge with virtually no border – giving you more screen with less phone.
Including the awesome Intel Atom processor, the Motorola RAZR i reaches unfathomable speeds of 2.0 GHz, which accompanied by a long-lasting battery that is 40 percent more powerful than the competition, this is one of the most impressive handsets of the year.
3. THE TRULY WIRELESS WONDER SMA-1 / SMA-3 / SMA-4 [£199.99 / £269.99 / £299.99]
In our increasingly wireless world, The Truly Wireless Wonder allows wireless streaming of music without the need of a Wi-Fi network.
The Pioneer XW-SMA range of wireless speaker systems, simplify wireless entertainment by negating the need for a Wi-Fi network and produce a high quality, powerful bass sound. The new line-up includes the splash-proof XW-SMA3 with rechargeable battery, the larger, high-powered XW-SMA4 and the compact, entry XW-SMA1 model and all feature wireless direct, AirPlay1 and DLNA compatibility.
The XW-SMA3 has a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which gives it the ability to stream music wirelessly, wherever it is, courtesy of wireless direct. Approximately five hours battery life, combined with a water-resistant exterior makes the SMA3 truly wireless.
All three can be incorporated into your home audio system, with a wireless network and embedded AirPlay technology. The units seamlessly stream high-quality audio directly from a Mac, PC2, Apple or Android device – all without need to dock the mobile device.
Featuring USB inputs for direct digital connection and auxiliary inputs, the systems allow for direct playback and charging of iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
2. THE BOWERS & WILKINS P3 HEADPHONES [£169.99]
Definitely our headphones of choice this Christmas, British loudspeaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins have caught our attention this season with The P3.
The P3 headphones are Bowers & Wilkins’ most portable on-ear headphones yet and feature a custom-made, ultra-light, acoustic fabric on the ear pad. The use of memory foam cushion enhances the listening experience, meaning the P3s deliver a listening experience that is longer and more comfortable than that of conventional headphones.
The P3 headphones come with a choice of cable leads, one with a remote and microphone attachment that works seamlessly with your iPhone and another that ensures it is compatible with all other mobile phones and MP3 players.
1. PIONEER DDJ-WEGO [£249]
Whether you’re a novice DJ honing your skills with the essentials of mixing or you’re a highly skilled technician looking for a way to keep the craft fun [we’re somewhere inbetween], the Pioneer DDJ-WeGO invites Dance Music enthusiasts to incorporate the WeGO’s buttons with your laptop hard-drive.
The popular DJ software package VirtualDJ LE is included so the controller can be used straight out of the box, and WeGO customers will also be eligible for a free upgrade to VirtualDJ 8 L upon release. The WeGO will be compatible with a variety of popular DJ software packages to suit any style including Algoriddim’s djay.
Setting up is simple: just plug the WeGo into a laptop and start up the software. And the WeGO’s ergonomic controls and user-friendly interface make it easy for aspiring to learn the ropes. The console’s Pulse Control lights guide beginners through their performances by showing when beats are matched, which effects have been activated, and which decks are in use. So it won’t be long before anyone new to DJing picks up the skills to perform and share their sets with friends.
Once beginners have gained confidence, there’s a range of advanced features inherited from Pioneer’s professional, industry-leading products – such as Beat Sync, sound effects and loops – waiting to be discovered. For the more intrepid DJ, the WeGO even boasts the capacity for four-deck mixing.
With five striking colours to choose from, aspiring DJs can pick a WeGO that really reflects their personality. And they can customise the console’s jog wheel lights for an even more personalised set-up.
Lightweight and compact, the portable console can even be carried in an ordinary rucksack.