Bang & Olufsen, is known for great sounding, high end, contemporary speaker systems. They've now released the Belolab 14 ($4400) at a lower price floor than their usual offerings. The Belolab 14 is an all-in-one, wireless speaker system that includes a 280 watt eight-inch subwoofer. In the same sub enclosure you also have 5 x 140 watt class D amplifiers for the five individually powered satellite speakers. Each of the speakers has a milled aluminum frame and can be either wall or stand mounted. The specs say the sats use a 2.5" driver. I haven't seen a frequency response for these speakers and I'd be real interested to see how much of the spectrum they cover. If you have a Bang & Olufsen TV you can also get their 4.1 system for $4000 and use the TVs speaker as the center. The Beolab 14 will be available at local retailers in June.
The Consult design studio specializes in product development for small design businesses. They help small businesses bring their ideas to reality. They've recently created their own product line called Make and its first product is the Make Bike Rack ($180). The Make Bike Rack makes it ecstatically pleasing to store your bike inside. The Make Bike Rack is made out of solid wood, either walnut or maple with custom bronze screw caps to hide the mounting screws. The rack can accommodate bikes with a maximum handlebar width of 19". It's more of a piece of art than a functional rack.
Microsoft has just announced it's new Macbook killer, the Microsoft Surface Laptop ($999) and is now taking preorders for a June 15th release date. In official messaging Microsofts says the new laptop is aimed at students, but it's easy to see they're also looking to capture some of that Macbook market.Apple has always been known for its sleek design and innovation, but the Surface Laptop with its beautiful Alcantara fabric-covered keyboard will definitely stand out. Features include a 13.3-inch screen, a reported battery life of 14+ hours, and a clamshell body. Available in four colors it also comes with a touchscreen that supports the Surface Pen stylus.As far a the engine, the base model will come with the Intel i5, 4GB of ram and 128GB of storage and for $300 more you can get 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage. There are also i7 options available starting at $1599.
The Surface Laptop comes with Windows 10 S, a new version of the Windows operating system. Microsoft says they new operating system is more streamlined, secure, and provides improved performance and battery life when compared to its bigger brother. The one problem is you can only install applications that come from the Windows App store. If that's a no-go for you then you'll need to cough up a $49 upgrade fee.
Meet the new Surface Laptop. Performance made personal. pic.twitter.com/dk9BB0IPwL— Microsoft Surface (@surface) May 2, 2017
This completely redesigned Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept ($TBA) will have you wishing it was an official release. The turbo is powered by an electric bitubo 2.5l 5 cylinder engine featuring Quattro's renowned AWD Technology. With a list of mods longer than your arm this Audi TT has also seen a bit of a face lift with a streamlined grill, adjustable rear wing and a titanium roll cage to hold it all in place. Boasting 600 horses, 480 lb-ft of torque, 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 192mph this concept certainly kicks ass, at least on paper.
Pod Space was founded to fill the growing demand for garden studios. Their Micro Pod Garden Office Studio ($18,000) is the perfect size for a small home office or art studio. The Micro measures 8.2'l x 6.5'w x 8.2'h and features Siberian larch cladding, underfloor heating, a full height window, recessed spotlights and timber flooring. The Pod is available for installation throughout the UK and if you're looking for a little more space four other models are available.
The Yuketen Maine Guide Boot ($353) is a classic hunting boot, from a great American based footwear company. The boot is made from textured leather uppers, with a hand stitched moccasin toe. The sole has a Goodyear storm welt which sits on a Vibram sole. Other features include contrasting stitching, pull tab, and brass lacing hooks.