Gadgets: Majority soundbars, realme 8 5G, Signia Active Pro and more

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From the July 2021 issue of E&T: tech that will improve your TV sound, cooking, mobile data, hearing, ironing and stargazing.

Majority Audio soundbars

Read Caramel’s hands-on review and suggestions of alternatives.

Majority Audio Snowdon soundbar

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The compact Bowfell is an instant upgrade on the weedy sound and muddy dialogue that plague many slender TVs. For just £10 more, the Snowdon II is larger and puts out 120W, more than double the Bowfell’s 50W power. Both deliver 2.1-channel sound and include Bluetooth music streaming.

From £34.95

realme 8 5G

realme 8.5G smartphone

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The world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand launches the UK’s most affordable 5G smartphone to date. It’s keenly priced for an Android phone with the sleek feel of a flagship, a long battery life and dual 5G SIM card slots. And the UK’s first MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G processor makes for even faster performance.


Signia Active Pro


These cool new hearing aids look more like AirPods but they’re specialist products designed to attract a new generation living with mild to moderate hearing loss. The stylish design avoids stigma. They work independently but a smartphone app lets you tailor the performance. You can stream via Bluetooth too.

From £999

NEMO Equipment Stargaze

Nemo Equipment Stargaze chair

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The most desirable camping chair we’ve ever seen. Its clever design lets you recline the lightweight aluminium chair all the way back to sunbathe, stargaze and more. 2021 can be the year for watching all the meteor showers in comfort.


InstantPot R2D2 Multi Cooker

InstantPot multi-cooker

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Don’t let the fact that he’s actually called R2-D2 put you off because our favourite astromech droid’s name doesn’t appear on the product, although it does feature the Star Wars logo. Give dinner a new hope with programs including pressure cooking, rice, steam, slow cook, yoghurt, soup and more.


Morphy Richards EasyCharge Power+

Morphy Richards EasyCharge PowerPlus iron

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The brand’s most powerful cordless iron yet. This lifts off a base, much like a kettle, and delivers 35g per minute of constant steam plus a 130g steam boost. It reheats whenever you put it back on its base, for example when you’re getting the next garment.

From £59.99

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