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Pick of the month's best gadgets: May

The best new gadgets and tech you need in your life this month

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Added 00:03 | 1 May 2012
  • Sennheiser RS 220

    Sennheiser's RS 220 headphones are comfortable to use and have a wireless range of about 15 metres.

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  • Huawei Honor

    The Huawei Honor is a new budget smartphone.

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  • Fujifilm X10

    Form meets function with the Fujifilm X10.

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Sennheiser RS 220

The RS 220, the first high-end wireless headphones set from Sennheiser, comes in two bits. At the heart of the system is a glossy black base station that pipes digital signals via a 2.4Ghz connection to the stylish headphones. The base station, which also charges the headphones, can be connected to various outputs including analogue, coaxial digital and optical digital. On full charge (they run on rechargeable AAA batteries that sit near the ear-cups) these headphones can go on for about six to eight hours.

Another really cool feature is the ability to add a compatible wireless headset to the mix. So she could be sitting next to you listening to Mozart on her headphones while you decimate zombies on PS3, your headphones cancelling out any ambient noise. Yes, this is a strange picture of domestic bliss that we've just described, but at least you know now there are options. As far as aesthetics go, the RS 220 wouldn't look out of place in your living room. The headphones are comfortable to use and have a wireless range of about 15 metres. In conclusion, this is true audiophile kit, considering the steep price.

Dh1,999 at Dubai Audio Centre

Huawei Honor 

Alright, it's just a mobile phone and most phones have silly names like Xperia and Galaxy, but why would you call a mobile phone Honor? The Chinese telecom giant's foray into consumer electronics will not worry Samsung or Apple too much, but those playing in the budget smartphone segment need to take note of the new arrival.

Honor is a decent-sized mobile device (I'm looking at you, Galaxy Note) running Android's Gingerbread 2.3.5 OS powered by a 1.4Ghz processor. The 4.0-inch capacitive touch screen won't give you any reason to complain, but you know you've seen better. The UI interface is similar to the Samsung's TouchWiz and the phone comes preloaded with a few apps that cannot be uninstalled. Here again, there's nothing much to quibble about - the Honor pretty much does everything as well (or as badly, if you hate Android) as any other non-iOS device, give or take a few apps. The build quality is a bit suspect. The battery cover is plastic and the whole frame feels a bit delicate. If you are an optimist, you could now say that the phone is incredibly lightweight as a result. The Honor is clearly aimed at the budget user and you pretty much get what you pay for.

 Dh1,499 at leading stores

Fujifilm X10

Form meets function: that sums up the Fujifilm X10. With its retro styling and manual zoom ring, what's not to love? It is a well-built compact camera, with design style cues taken from its big brother the X100. And once you get to master the controls and the settings you will find this camera quite impressive. Featuring a Fujinon lens, and a 12MP EXR CMOS sensor, image quality is really superb with enough features to make this a great overall camera.

From Dh2,500 at leading stores

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