This week saw the annual Consumer Electronics Show hit Las Vegas, and with it came an awful lot of new shiny new tech for the world to enjoy. Some of that tech will never see the light of day, some of it won't be in your hands for many months, but a small selection of the stuff on show is already available to order right now.
Not much of it, mind, but there's still a fair bit. Some is available to buy, others to pre-order, but all of it is fancy and new.
Nikon D5 DSLR, £5,199
This is a pricey one, but you are getting Nikon's flagship camera with all its fancy gadgets in the process. It shoots 4K video, has expanded ISO sensitivity, impressive low-light capabilities, 20.8 megapixel resolution, 153-point autofocus, and a 12 frames-per-second shutterspeed that sounds oh so satisfying. [Pre-order it here]
Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Hard Drive, from £41
Seagate's hard drives were already available in a super-slim design, but this year they launched drives that are a whole 2.5 millimetres thinner. 2.5 mm! Imagine all the free space in your bag. 1TB and 2TB models are available, coloured gold or silver. Perfect if you need a hard drive that also doubles as a fashion accessory. They also come with 200GB of OneDrive storage that's free for two years. The drives are currently sold out, naturally, but they should be back in no time. [Buy it here]
Kodak SP360 4K 360-Degree Action Camera, £680
Another pricey option, but it makes recording 360-degree video slightly less bulky due to the fact that you only need two cameras rather than several. Obviously you have to buy two to achieve that, but buying one gives you 235-degree video recorded in glorious 4K. It also has removable batteries and storage, so you never have to worry about running out of juice or space, plus the option to livestream video via your smartphone. Just bear in mind that buying now involves buying an import model from Japan, so you'll be paying twice the amount you'd probably pay if you're patient. [Buy it here]
Oculus Rift, £500
It's hardly a new gadget, but Oculus did have a big presence at this year's show and pre-orders opened up only a few days ago. Yes it's expensive, and yes it's possible to put something basic together yourself for a lot less, but if you plan on getting in on the virtual reality gaming craze then this is one of your two options. Provided you don't own a PS4, that is. Not to worry about having to choose between this and the HTC Vive right now, since Oculus won't take your money until the device ships later this year. [Pre-order here]
Satechi Pass Through USB-C Expansion Hub, $40/£28
The new Macbook is well known for not having any ports for you to use, which means you'll need an expansion hub to get anything really productive done. They've existed since Apple's ludicrously thin laptop was released, but this is the first one to include pass-through charging. Essentially that means that you don't have to choose between charging your machine and having access to USB ports and the SD Card reader. [Buy it here]
Huawei Ascend Mate 8, £494
Chinese phones have been coming into their own for a while now, and from the Huawei Mate 8's spec sheet that won't end anytime soon. This one is shiny and golden, with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, an octa-core processor (4x 2.3 GHz and 4x 1.8 GHz), a two day 4,000 mAh battery life, an improved fingerprint scanner, a 6-inch display, a 15MP camera, and microSD expansion. [Buy it here]
Wacom Bamboo Spark, £100
This one has been around for a while, but CES came with news of a pretty great update. The Bamboo is a tool that digitises your handwritten notes, so you can still write stuff up the old fashioned way without having to type it up later on. All your notes will be captured and saved in the cloud so that you have easy access later on, the difference being that now you have the option to edit your notes once they hit the cloud. It's a small change, but it's a pretty big deal. [Buy it here]
Fitbit Blaze, £160
Fitbit's latest takes the next logical step and treads its foot into smartwatch territory. It's more fitness focussed than some watches on the market, but it still remains tethered to your phone to achieve it's full potential. It does all the usual things like tracking heart rate, calories, steps, distance, sleep, and looks great in the process. It also has a five day battery life, which is almost unheard of for a colour smartwatch, and the main watch module can be swapped in and out of different bands. [Pre-order it here]
Misfit Ray, $100/£69
Another tracker from the folks at Misfit, this time going even more minimalist than previous offerings. Not only is it a fitness tracker than tracks steps, calories, sleep quality, and distance. It also has vibration alerts when you get calls, texts, and alarms, as well as functioning as a button you can programme to do things like control your smart home devices or activate your phone's camera shutter. The final feature of note is that it never needs charging, lasting around six months on three button cell batteries. [Pre-order it here]
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