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For once, let’s pretend appearance matters more than performance. If you are fashionable, shouldn’t it reflect in your gadgets? Here’s a list of 15 fashionable gadgets that will incite jealousy in friend and foe alike. Not only are these gadgets fashionable, they perform great too.
1. Motorola Moto X (2014)
The Motorola Moto X, which was released last year, was already one of the best looking smartphones in the world thanks to its custom-nature, but Motorola has made it even better this year with the new Moto X (2014). Now you can say that the Apple iPhone 6 Plus or the Sony Xperia Z3 look great too but you won’t get anywhere near as much customisability as you do with the Moto X. It now features a metallic strip around its body to make it feel even richer in the hands and can be customised even further using the Moto Maker. Apart from the polycarbonate back, it can be customised to match the colours of your choice with wooden and leather materials.
2. Apple iPad Air
The Apple iPad Air is the most attractive tablet in the world. It features an anodised aluminium unibody which not only looks great but is also tough and sturdy. It is just 7.5 mm thin and comes in space grey and silver colours, but third party accessory makers have some awesome cases built for the iPad Air.
3. Apple Watch
Revealed at an event earlier this month, the Apple Watch is one of the most wanted products of 2015. The Apple Watch is a beautiful smartwatch which comes in three variants; Apple Watch with anodised aluminium body, Apple Watch Sport with stainless steel body and the Apple Watch Edition with 18-carat gold-plated body. It is extremely customisable, thanks to abundance of watch faces and straps. If you hate Apple products, your next best choices are the LG G Watch R and Motorola Moto 360.
4. House Of Marley Stir It Up
If you want your headphones to look as cool as your car’s wooden dashboard, House Of Marley’s Stir It Up headphones (which are built using premium materials like beech-wood, aluminium, canvas and leather) might be your next best purchase.
5. Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7
The Olympus Pen Lite E-PL7 is a Micro Four-Third interchangeable lens camera which not only shoots great images and videos, it looks nothing less than a piece of art, thanks to its leather stitched front and mechanical dials. It has a 16MP 4/3 inch Live MOS sensor, a 3-axis image stabilisation system, a 180-degree rotatable 3-inch touchscreen, GPS and WiFi connectivity.
6. Apple Macbook Air
Apple Macbook Air is the device which showed the world that a practical ultra-slim laptop is possible. It became so successful that Intel decided to make a whole new brand of laptops based on Windows operating system in collaboration with big name brands: the Ultrabooks. The Macbook Air is made out of anodised aluminium and weighs just 1-kilogram. Not only does it look great, it can last up to 13 hours on a single charge.
7. Western Digital My Passport Ultra Metal Edition
In this day and age, we all need a portable storage solution, though if you want it to look great, you don’t have many options. Enter the Western Digital My Passport Ultra Metal, one of those rare and attractive storage devices which manages to look slick, thanks to its shiny metal casing with brushed aluminium finishing. It comes in 1TB and 2TB variants with USB 3.0 for speed.
8. Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Magic Mouse
Apple is known for making beautiful products, even things like keyboards and mouses. The Apple wireless Bluetooth keyboard has a casing made out of aluminium and its island style chiclet keys are backlit so you won’t have a problem using it, even in dark conditions. The Apple Magic Mouse features a capacitive multitouch glass panel which can be used to perform gestures and swipes.
9. B&O BeoVision Avant
4K TVs have just started hitting the market and if you want your neighbour to be jealous of your living room masterpiece, buy the BeoVision Avant from Bang & Olufsen. It is a 55-inch TV with a motorised stand which not only faces where you want it to, it also moves towards you. Its loudspeaker is powered by eight drivers, each supported by an amplifier. The TV also has inbuilt Spotify and Deezer music services built in.
10. Sony NWZ-ZX1
A lot of people have moved away from dedicated media players for their music listening experience but if you crave high quality sound, go have a look at Sony NWZ-ZX1, a high-res music player. It is built using a block of machined aluminium with glass front and rubbery leatherette material. It plays seriously high-quality music with layers of detailed sound.
11. Harman Kardon SoundSticks II
The Harman Kardon SoundSticks II are easily one of the best looking set of speakers due to its transparent body and blueish LED light. This great sounding 2.1 channel speaker system set also has built-in Bluetooth connectivity for wireless music streaming.
12. Asus 23 inch MX239H
Asus makes some excellent-looking monitors and the MX239H is a 23-inch AH-IPS LED backlit monitor with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It has a stylish bezel-less design, great viewing angles and two HDMI ports. On top of that, it is also equipped with a pair of 3-watt stereo speakers produced by none other than Bang & Olufsen.
13. Marshall Stanmore
There are a lot of attractive Bluetooth speakers like the JBL Pulse, Logitech UE Boom and Jawbone BIG JAMBOX but the Marshall Stanmore takes it to a next level with its guitar amplifier-like design and mechanical switches. Not only does it look great, but it sounds even better. Many experts have termed it as the best home Bluetooth speakers yet available.
14. Nokia Wireless Charging Plate
Smartphone and tablet brands are slowly incorporating Qi based wireless chargers into their products. If your device has this facility, you might want to have a look at the Wireless Charging Plate from Nokia. It comes in various colour options, and is simple and affordable at just $40.
15. Motorola Hint
The Motorola Hint is by far the best looking Bluetooth headset ever. It is extremely tiny and comes in a variety of materials, colours and hues to match your needs. It automatically turns on when you wear it in your ear and turns off when you remove it. It even features audio pass-through feature so you can hear everything that’s happening around you without ever removing the headset.