Nespresso Vertuo Next
If you’re a coffee lover it’s quite likely that you have a Nespresso machine. Known for ease of use and a consistent brewing experience, Nespresso is the epitome of quality, at-home coffee brewing. The one quibble with traditional Nespresso machines, however, is that they brew espresso-based coffees and not large mugs of coffee.The Vertuo Next machine is Nespresso’s intelligent and styl-ish solution to that dilemma. Able to brew a wide range of coffee types — includ-ing espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, and regular coffee — at the touch of a button, the machine automatically adapts brewing parameters to each capsule, includ-ing cup size, pressure, temperature, and brewing time.The intelligent extraction system uses barcode technology to recognise each of the 30 Nespresso coffees from its permanent range, and adjusts the extraction parameters to brew each blend precisely how it’s meant to be enjoyed.
From R3 499, Nespresso Boutiques and buynes-presso.com
Klipsch Cinema 800
American audio company Klipsch has unveiled a new, feature-rich range of sound-bars that will level up your TV-watching ex-perience. The Klipsch Cinema 800 Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos is more compact than its Cinema 1200 sibling, measuring 48 inches, and comes with a 10-inch wireless subwoofer for 3.1 im-mersive sound (decodes 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos).It also features 8K HDR passthrough with Dolby Vision compat-ibility and next-gen-eration HDMI eARC connectivity, which means you’ll be able to get true Dolby Atmos sound and ultra-high-definition video with a single HDMI cable.If you’re look-ing for 5.1 surround sound, you’ll be happy to know that the Klipsch Cinema 800 Sound Bar can be paired with the company’s Surround 3 wireless speakers. Crafted using real wood, the Cinema 800 Sound Bar is designed to look and feel like the signature Klipsch Reference speakers.Firmware updates, product registration, and EQ updates can be done via the Klipsch Connect app while controlling it is as simple as speaking, thanks to the built-in universal Wi-Fi that works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. This makes it easy to add the soundbar to your existing smart-home ecosystem for multi-room streaming. It’s also compatible with Google Chromecast.
R16 999, homemation.co.za
The Sony α7C is the embodiment of the saying “Dynamite comes in small packages.” Cramming a 24.2MP BSI full-frame sensor into a body with an APS-C form fac-tor, while still including five-axis in-body image stabilisation, is a feat of engineering that arguably makes the α7C the most compact camera of its kind.Despite its size, the camera delivers the phenomenal image quality, for both stills and video, that you’d expect from a full-frame camera, making it the perfect hybrid. Content creators will love the vari-angle, side-opening 3-inch LCD touchscreen and the fact that it’s compatible with Sony’s Wireless Shooting Grip.The α7C features a 24.2MP back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor, is capable of an ISO range of 100-51 200 (expandable to 50-204 800), and boasts 15 stops of dynamic range.It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless sharing and camera control, and is dust and moisture resistant.
From R26 995 (body only)
Montblanc is cel-ebrated for its luxury pens and watches. Augmented Paper, its latest foray into fusing technology with high-end luxury, certainly fits the bill.At first glance, Augmented Paper looks like any ordinary notebook gracing the desk of a high-pow-ered individual with a refined sense of style but there’s more to it than meets the eye.Using electro-mag-netic resonance, the notebook can digitise your handwritten notes or drawings when using Mont-blanc’s Augmented Paper and a special-ised writing instru-ment, and then share them to the Mont-blanc Hub app on your mobile device.
Capable of recognising handwriting in several languages, including English, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic, the notebook can last up to eight hours on a single charge and store up to 100 pages in its onboard storage.Once you’ve paired the notebook to your phone, using it is as easy as writing, tapping the transfer button, and watching each page appear in the app. You’re then able to combine pages, add drawings or com-ments, and share in a variety of formats.
R13 800, montblanc.com
• From the October issue of Wanted 2021.