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Best of IFA 2019 awards: which six products caught our eye at Europe’s biggest tech show?

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If you want to see what new tech products are going to hit the shelves before Christmas, you should head to IFA. It’s a huge trade show that gathers together some of the biggest names in consumer technology and sees them battle for the limelight.

Here, we reveal the six products that stood out and win our Best of IFA 2019 awards.

Lenovo Yoga C940 14in

This is a top-quality laptop – as reflected in its starting price of 1,499 Euros – but if you’re on the hunt for a flexible entertainment machine with a 14in screen then here’s the answer. That’s in part due to a powerful Dolby Atmos soundbar, in part due to the upgraded 3D graphics chip built into Intel’s tenth generation Core i7 processors, and in part due to a gorgeous screen – which comes in Full HD or 4K HDR. Available later this month.

Netgear Meural Canvas II

How do you fancy having access to the world’s best artwork? And switching from Monet to Van Gogh with a single swipe? That’s what the Meural Canvas offers: buy one and get access to 100 images (you can also access your own via an SD card), or subscribe to the optional Meural Membership for around £60 per year. While a Full HD resolution across a 27in screen doesn’t sound amazing, the 10-bit panel means colours look terrific – and you have to go close to spot the pixels. Available to pre-order now from $600.

PowerWatch 2

The original PowerWatch successfully launched on Indiegogo thanks to its promise of using your kinetic energy to keep it powered on, but some users bemoaned the lack of fitness features – such as GPS tracking and heart-rate monitoring. This updated model looks set to answer such criticisms, and even looks stylish. We look forward to giving one a full trial but available to order now from $499 if you feel the urge.

Razer Blade Stealth 13

As keen gamers will know, before now you would have struggled to find a 13in laptop capable of handling a demanding game. It should be no surprise that gaming specialist Razer is the first to break the mould, with the Stealth featuring Intel’s 10th generation Core i7 processors and an integrated graphics chip – right up to the highly capable Nvidia GTX 1650. Not only that, it looks lovely too – like a miniature Razer Blade 15 Mercury White in its silver incarnation. Prices start at €1,680 from late September.

Seagate One Touch SSD

This is the most elegant external SSD we’ve seen, and to call it compact doesn’t do the Seagate One Touch SSD justice: it’s so light, and so tiny, you’ll barely notice it in your pocket. Add a stylish fabric finish, affordable price and choice of 512GB or 1TB sizes, we think this will rocket off shelves. Prices are confirmed at £90 for the 500GB model and £155 for 1TB, and they’re available from October.

Huawei Kirin 990 5G

There’s every chance that the next phone you buy will include 5G, and Huawei has grabbed a jump start on its competition by integrating the 5G modem onto the same die as its next-generation Kirin 990 processor. That means lower power consumption and, hopefully, lower prices. The Kirin 990 5G will appear first in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, which is set to be released on 18 September.

About the author

Tim Danton

Tim Danton is editor-in-chief of PC Pro magazine and has written about technology since 1999. He enjoys playing with gadgets, playing with words and playing tennis. Email tim@bigtechquestion.com

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