1. Bang and Olufsen Beosound 8
Bang and the bad sound quality is gone. B and o’s pricey but pretty new cartoon bone style speaker system will dock most of Apple’s current iThings and has additional connectivity courtesy of its mini usb socket. The sound quality is best when played loud, so if you host a lot of parties, have easy going neighbours and a spare pile of fifties squirreled away somewhere, this might well be the music system for you.
2. Motorola XOOM Tablet
‘And the award goes to...’ The Xoom may have only just gone on pre-order for us none hollywood folks, but a special edition gold version of Motorola’s new tablet could be found in all the goodie bags at the not-so-long-ago Academy Awards ceremony. The Xoom has been a while coming, with Motorola hinting at its creation months ago. it is the first tablet to use the Android honeycomb operating system, which is just as sweet as it sounds.
£499 Pre-Order, www.pcworld.co.uk
3. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
sony ericsson have got their game face on with the launch of the Xperia play. essentially an Xperia smartphone with a psp in the back, the play is one seriously cool, thumb friendly piece of kit. slide back the unassuming facade to reveal the unmistakable playstation controls and let the games begin. Price dependent on contract
4. Apple TV
Apple TV is quite literally the black sheep of Steve Job’s iFamily, casting off the celestial white casings of its siblings in favour of something all together darker. reduced in size to be as discrete as possible Apple TV is quite a decent little media centre for its price and fruity logo, but we would like it better if it supported BBC iplayer.
5. Dell Inspiron Duo
laptop or tablet? laptop or tablet? Just like ‘Daddy or chips’ it is not an easy call to make, which is precisely where the new Dell insperion Duo comes into play. The identity crisis ridden Duo is effectively both - a laptop which is also a tablet. But just like a Daddy made of chips, however impressive it was to start off with, you will eventually end up wishing you had just opted for one or the other.