Year of Classics
Gadgets are made to fulfil our technology needs – but some set themselves apart as icons of fashion
Words: Richard Augustin
High Teach Shades
Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses
Meta and Essilor Luxottica have teamed up to create the new generation Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses with improved audio and camera action and over 150 different custom frame and lens combinations. Key improvements include the ultra-wide 12 MP camera, translating to better photos and 1080p videos up to 60 seconds, and all-new custom designed speakers with extended bass for clearer calls and music. Users can also livestream from the glasses to Facebook or Instagram, and use “Hey Meta” to engage with Meta AI. The smart glasses come in the timeless Wayfarer style and offer up to 36 hours of use via the charging case.
Price: 11,000 baht / www.shopee.co.th/rayban.th
Asus and the Ape
Vivobook S15 OLED Bape Edition
Street style meets hi-tech in this collaboration between A Bathing Ape and Asus. The vibrant Vivobook S fits perfectly into BAPE’s glitzy aesthetic with its iconic camouflage and Baby Milo print. But don’t let the gorgeous look fool you – the Vivobook has a formidable brain powered by an Intel Core i9-13900H 13th Gen processor with 16 GB RAM. Just as smart are the 2.8K 120 Hz OLED display, Harman Kardon and Dolby Atmos certified and ASUS ErgoSense keyboard, while the WiFi 6E and ASUS WiFi Master ensure fast surfing.
Price: 33,990 baht / www.asus.com/th
All Power to Apple
Adam Elements Mag 5
The Mag 5 from Adam Elements is nothing less than a godsend for Apple lovers. This 5-in-1 charging powerhouse meets all Apple charging needs, with a dedicated slot for power, and MagSafe charging for the iPhone 15 series and AirPods. There’s also a removal Apple Watch module, a wireless charging area for AirPods and a USB-A port for low-wattage devices. It comes with a 5000mAh magnetic power bank with 20W fast-charging via a USB-C port.
From 3,690 baht / www.facebook.com/ADAMelementsTHAILAND
Sony Linkbuds S x Olivia Rodrigo
Sony has partnered with US singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo to give birth to the LinkBuds S wireless active noise cancellation earbuds. Designed with music fans in mind, the earbuds feature two custom EQs tuned by Olivia and her producer for optimal listening pleasure. They are supported by Sony’s Headphones Connect app and boast impressive noise-cancellation features. Made with recycled plastic, the LInkBuds S x Olivia Rodrigo come in an eye-catching violet marble pattern design.
Price: 7,490 baht / www.sony.co.th
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2
Luxury looks combine with supreme sound in Bowers & Wilkins top-of-the-line wireless headphones. Class-leading technologies like six microphones that shut out all intrusions offer the kind of sonic immersion that rivals struggle to match. The Px7 S2 uses custom-designed 40mm drive units, carefully angled inside each ear cup, and a 24-bit-capsule wireless platform, allowing wearers to catch every melodic nuance clearly for up to 30 hours per single charge.
Price: 19,500 baht / www.jaben.co.th
Casetify Ultra Bounce Case iPhone 15
Casetify’s new Ultra Bounce case is a solid buy if you want to protect your latest smartphone investment. Built for the recently released iPhone 15, the rugged case comes with a 2.2mm raised built-in lens cap, a 1.2mm raised camera ring and three-layer EcoShock material covering the inside. The manufacturer boasts the case can withstand being dropped from a height of up to 10 metres as many as 260 times, from every possible angle.
Price: 3,599 baht / www.goxip.co.th
Smart Life Partners
Mibro Watch T2 and Gs Pro
Mibro, part of the Xiaomi ecosystem, has released two new smartwatches. The Mibro T2 is a lifestyle smartwatch to aid with life, work and wellness balance. The Mibro GS Pro is its sporty bother, aimed at athletes and adventures. Both watches offer REM tracking and a 4PD matrix heart rate sensor for precise activity tracking. They also pack an altitude barometer, making them solid hiking and climbing companions.
Priced from 3,490 baht / www.mibrothailand.com
Vertu wrote the book on luxury smartphones, and the Metavertu 2 opens the next exciting chapter. A follow-up to the first Web3 phone, Metavertu 2 sports the “unhackable” Secure Element chip with bank-level encryption as well as a Keybox feature that ensures maximum security for blockchain private keys. All Web3 apps are managed in a separate decentralised operating system (DOS) whiel the MPC Wallet frees cryptocurrency adopters from memorising mnemonic phrases. It also switches seamlessly between Android and Web3 systems for partitioned security.
Price: 896,248 baht / www.thevertustore.com
For Your Viewing Pleasure
Redmi Pad SE
Designed for immersive viewing, the Redmi Pad SE delivers with an 11-inch FHD+ display, 90Hz refresh rate and quad stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Powered by the Snapdragon 680 Mobile Platform and an 8000mAh battery, the tablet offers strong performance and power for hours of video play. The Redmi Pad SE is available in 8GG and 128GB versions in Lavender Purple, Graphite Gray, and Mint Green.
Priced from 6,968 baht / www.mi.com/th