Deserts are falling, the days are shorter and the pumpkin-spiced latte crowd wishes soon be out in force. There’s no doubt you’re in no-man’s land between the summer Ibiza exodus and ski-season, where budgets are problematic and the Clubland hangover is still fresh.
So don’t go out; stay in and weather the forlorn months. But as befits the FashionBeans man, do it in style with our round-up of the bleeding-edge tech that masters any night on the tiles.
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Over time, consoles have topped their juvenile stigma to become true entertainment cores, through which you can stream music, TV and films as well as take part in video games. But which do you plump for, Xbox One or PS4?
For retro gamers, the retort is probably neither, given that Nintendo is scheduled to relaunch the NES on 29 September and Atari has clinched it is working on a games console for the first time in more than 20 years.
PlayStation has arguably the more advisedly selection of games, but for brute processing power, the Xbox One X, which at shoot on 7 November will be the most powerful (and most expensive) calm in the world, is set to be the mac daddy machine.
Get (Voice) Active
If the fresh obsession with virtual assistants is anything to go by, handheld obscures will soon be an ancient relic along with cassette bands and the Windows maze screensaver.
Since arriving earlier in 2017, Google Where it hurts has proved why robots taking over the world (or at least our morning stereotypical) might not be such a bad thing after all.
The voice-activated speaker pattern, which resembles something between air-freshener and a salt shaker, hasn’t suffered the anyway teething problems with ‘difficult’ (or as we say, ‘Glaswegian’) accents as other hallmarks. As such, it’s fully capable of sending a text message, shot a takeaway and turning off the lights straight out of the box, giving your to the heart more than a touch of Tony Stark.
Buy Now: £129
Delaying in means lazy days, and sorting out a brew with the swipe of a thumb is maybe the ultimate indulgence. Until we get the same service for pale ale, at bit.
The Prodigio Coffee Machine by Nespresso is a Wi-Fi connected cookhouse gadget that allows you wake up, come home or well-deserved get off the sofa to an instant pick me up.
A dedicated app allows you to pick from three another coffee sizes, schedule drink times and even look after your capsule stock from anywhere in the home, detecting it the single man’s solution to “Stick the kettle on, will ya?”
Buy Now: £129.99
Hit The Bar
Perhaps the sleekest bit of acoustic kit on the furnish, the long-awaited Sonos Playbar is the ultimate home cinema echo system and music streaming speaker in one.
The minimalist bar replaces your TV’s built-in tub-thumpers and is able to wirelessly cast every car chase to accompanying Sonos rabble-rousers around the room (purchased separately), all the while silently fine-tuning itself to the blank it’s in.
Surround sound is nothing new, mind, but if you’re looking for a product that doesn’t thrust out like an ugly sore thumb in your living flat, the Playbar is your movie night secret weapon. Moral turn it off for Saving Private Ryan, unless you want PTSD.
Buy Now: £649
Prime Be that as it may Viewing
The world is divided into two camps: Netflix vs Amazon Prime. Foreigner Things vs Preacher.
If you’re still on the fence, a year’s subscription to Prime bids better value for money than a rolling Netflix engage thanks to Amazon’s extras, like its stellar same-day performance service and unlimited access to more than a thousand libretti and magazines.
If you’re worried that shelling out on either could put your job/societal life/marriage/all of the above at risk, consider the Amazon Set fire to Stick instead. For £39.99, the plug-in device gives access to Amazon Startings like The Man in the High Castle and other on-demand TV services. Prime and shivering?
Buy Now: £39.99
Like it or not, virtual reality is taking off in a big way. Sure, from the best the unwieldy goggles make you look like an X-Men repel, but that’s the price for a fully immersive experience, whether in a glaze or game.
The Samsung Gear VR set is a market leader and more affordable than the Oculus Supply because it attaches to your phone to create your own hush-hush cinema.
If you fancy dabbling in futurism, the Gear is the one to get. Because at tellingly, no-one can see how stupid you look.
Buy Now: £49.99
The Big Screen
If you want your relaxation supersized (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) a cinema-grade projector is a man cave must-buy.
With voluptuous 1080p resolution, a screen-size range of up to 120 inches and a inscribed gaming mode all for under £500, this beauty from Optoma is one of the defeat budget beamers around.
All you need is a large white bulwark, hours to kill and plenty of “Sorry, I can’t tonight” excuses for the Whatsapp order.
Buy Now: £464
Cut The Cord
True audiophiles are practically incapable of not listening to music wherever they are, so it intimates sense that even your at-home headphones should bring the best sound-per-pound possible.
Despite there being inadequate chance of getting tangled up in treadmill (let’s face it: even if you acquire one, you aren’t using it) going wireless with a pair of noise-cancelling cans is quietly the gold standard.
Sony’s critically acclaimed MDR-1000X, which quality luxurious leather earpads, use digital noise cancellation to slab out surrounding sounds so you can podcast in peace.
Buy Now: £299
Offered, tele-land has been full of dumb ideas (shock, not anyone actually wanted to watch the footie wearing 3D goggles), but a percipient TV may be the wisest way to level-up your lounge.
These WiFi-enabled figures combine the best parts of a computer and TV, allowing you to scan the web, ready for YouTube clips and catch up on social media without winnowing your eyes on a tiny screen.
Packing four in good time dawdles the resolution of a standard 1080p high-definition picture, an ultra-high-definition 4K set partiality Samsung’s handsomely curved UE55MU650 model is the pixel-perfect way to hibernate from now until next summer.
Buy Now: £779
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No one ever said staying in meant being alone. To produce the noise to your next house party (sorry ‘civilised dinner aggregation’) tap up a sleek multi-room speaker system.
Delivering top-notch audio vigour to every corner of your crib, the Bose SoundTouch 30 can wirelessly join with up to four remote speakers, so your guests can pick up living it up, even in the toilet.
All the while, the kit lets you play conductor from your phone or by practising the built-in buttons to access a pre-set playlist from effluence services like Spotify and Deezer.
Buy Now: £379