6 New Gadgets & Tech You Need This Year

Invest in these new tech products to help you live your best life.

By Diana Najm        6 March 2023

With all the talk about elevating your life and being more productive, it’s time to invest in the right tools to help take you there. As if you needed another reason to treat yourself to that new pair of wireless earbuds that will make an excellent addition to your workout arsenal, huh? 

Whether you’re trying to level up your gaming, travel IG reels, or simply nurture your love for reading, these are the best new tech you’ll need this year. Even better, we’ve got some good deals and discounts that will help you save money while you’re at it. 

1. Sony LinkBuds S wireless earbuds

There are many wireless earbuds out there. If you need to cut through all the noise, pun intended, check out the new LinkBuds S from Sony. They’re light, comfortable, and come with adaptive sound control – which makes them perfect for workout sessions when you’re trying to block out the sound of gym bros smashing weights to the ground.

That’s not all, these babies are also aesthetically pleasing. The earbuds are designed with a stylish rounded case that fits into your pockets. They’re available in 4 different colours, including Earth Blue that’s made from recycled materials, so you don’t have to worry about your purchase harming the environment. How’s that for being a better you in 2023? 

SAFRA members enjoy 24% off the LinkBuds S wireless earbuds at just $229 (U.P. $302) till 31 March 2023. For more info, go to safra.sg/promotions/sony

2. Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker​

Need a new speaker for family gatherings, picnics, or even WFH days this year? Bose’s SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker​ packs a punch. It’s portable, waterproof, and dustproof inside and out, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally dunking it into the water or getting it sandy at the beach. The audio is top-notch, with an innovative transducer that helps to showcase distinct instruments, vocals, and balanced treble and bass.

Another great thing about this speaker is the battery power – it lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge. You can take this out with you on your next beach day on Lazarus Island, or when you’re out camping overseas. If you’ve got other Bose products at home, Bose SimpleSync lets you pair your new SoundLink Flex with other smart speakers and soundbars. 

SAFRA members and NSmen enjoy 20% off the SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker​ at just $159 (U.P. $179) and 8% off other Bose products till 30 June 2023. For more info, go to safra.sg/promotions/bose

3. Dreamcore Ghost 2023  

Gamers, listen up: local brand Dreamcore is offering 5% off any of its PCs and laptops (for SAFRA members). And now that we’ve got your attention, let’s get acquainted with the Ghost 2023. It’s a customisable PC that’s essentially your battle station.

The new model comes with a host of upgrades such as a tempered glass display panel, four new cable-free Andromeda ARGB fans, and high airflow micro-mesh design with a sleek micro mesh front panel. Its micro-ATX form factor design also ensures that it fits into any desk setup without sacrificing performance. 

Each purchase comes with a one-year on-site warranty and 3 years for parts and services.

SAFRA members enjoy 5% off any Dreamcore products in-store and online till 31 March 2023. For more info, go to safra.sg/promotions/dreamcore

4. GoPro Hero10 

In this day and age where social media is king, did you really travel if you don’t have videos and pictures to show for it? Yeah, we thought so too – and the GoPro Hero10 is exactly what you need to record your 2023 adventures.

Whether you’re going snowboarding in Hokkaido or sky-diving in Auckland, this action camera is still one of the most versatile ones on the market. It’s powered by a GP2 processor, which allows it to shoot 5.3K videos with higher frame rates, 23MP photos, brilliant low-light performance and 4.0 video stabilisation. It also supports cloud uploads, which makes it easy for you to transfer your content onto your phone, so you can upload on the go. 

And while the Hero11 has recently been launched, there’s no better time to snag the previous model at a much lower price.

SAFRA members and NSmen can get the GoPro Hero10 at $720 (U.P. $740) at Best Denki, in lieu of the NS55 ‘We Support NS’ Special, till 30 June 2023. For more info, go to safra.sg/promotions/best-denki-ns55

5. Shure Aonic 50

Okay, we all know wireless non-cancelling headphones are trendy these days – and the Shure Aonic is no exception. In fact, it’s one of the best on the market engineered from decades of stage and studio experience, especially for musicians, audio engineers and podcasters. And hey, we know the listening experience is important for audiophiles, so we can guarantee this will be good enough for you too.

The Shure Aonic 50 is an intriguing alternative to the viral Sony wh-1000xm5. It’s not cheaper, though, but the build is pretty impressive. The headphones boast beautiful design in three classy colours: black, brown, and white. 

NSmen enjoy 10% off storewide till 30 June 2023. For more info, go to safra.sg/promotions/shure

6. Kobo Clara 2E

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to read more books, we’ve got one pro tip for you: get an e-reader. Not only is it convenient, but you’ll also have thousands of titles at your fingertips.

We know the Kindle is probably the most commonly seen e-reader, but there’s one that might just be a great alternative – the Kobo Clara 2E. Launched in September 2022, the e-reader is built out of ocean-bound and recycled plastic. It also feels like you’re reading from an actual book, with an improved 6″ HD E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen featuring Dark Mode and ComfortLight PRO.

Psst – We also heard that it connects with Overdrive, so you can read unlimited books from NLB. Say no more, fam.

SAFRA members enjoy 10% off on selected product categories at Metapod till 31 December 2023. For more info, go to safra.sg/promotions/metapod

NSmen, sign up for your complimentary 1-year SAFRA membership and enjoy discounts on dining and shopping purchases at over 2,000 merchant outlets islandwide, as well as members’ rates at more than 45 sports facilities at SAFRA clubs! Click here for more details.   

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