1. INBOARD M1 SKATEBOARD
Skateboarding can be hard work, so a power-assisted deck can be very attractive. One that can hit 22mph and propels you up to 10 miles on a charge, even better. The M1 features an inverted 3D Poplar wood core with ABS sidewalls just like premium snowboards and skis, but Inboard integrated a fiberglass top sheet to wrap everything up. The board uses Manta Drive technology, which doesn’t use gearing or belts and enables you to accelerate smoothly. Regenerative breaking makes you feel more secure and comes with the added advantage of energy efficiency.
inboardtechnology.com; Around £1,000
2. ACER PREDATOR 21 X
Portable (just about) computer power doesn’t come any better than Acer’s Predator 21 X. This 8.50kg laptop sports a curved 21-inch 2560×1080 screen, Intel Core i7-7820HK at 2.90 GHz and dual GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI with 16GB of dedicated memory. The specs continue with 64GB RAM, and 2TB of storage split between HDD and SSD. You also get a full mechanical keyboard kitted out with Cherry MX switches. However, you can’t just throw this in to a laptop bag – the 21 X comes with its own fitted Pelican wheeled case.
3. DRL Racer X Drone
Consumer drones like the DJI Mavic Pro can hit a top speed of around 45mph, which is pretty swift. However, the people behind the Drone Racing League have built a drone capable of a top speed of 179.6mph.
The DRL RacerX quadcopter hits an average speed of 163.5mph and found itself with the Guinness World Record for fastest battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter. Weighing just 800 grams (1.76lb), the RacerX offers 46,000RPM powered by a pair of 1300mAh batteries. The creators are unwilling to part with the RacerX. However, they do have others on offer.
4. 8PACK ORIONX
No matter how fast your computer, different tasks benefit from different microprocessors and configurations. So, what better way to be more productive than to have two blisteringly fast PCs in one box? Most games are tailored to four Core/eight Thread processors as that’s what most gamers use. Meanwhile, Intel’s high-end desktop platform is powered by CPUs with up to 10 cores featuring a previous-generation, albeit enhanced, microarchitecture. Ideally, you need different CPUs for different tasks and this is exactly why the 8Pack OrionX was created; two premium factory overclocked systems in one case.
5. TRAXXAS XO – 1
Elsewhere in this magazine, I am sure Hennessey, Bugatti, Pagani, Zenvo and Koenigsegg, among others, have all been mentioned. Here, Traxxas is the car brand in question. You might not be able to get in and cruise, but this model car is a record breaker that can hit 100mph in under five seconds. This is not a toy. This is a 5kg (without batteries) 1/7 scale racer. The Traxxas XO-1 features aerodynamics found in full-scale cars, such as diffusers to suck the vehicle onto the track. This is the safest way to experience speed.
traxxas.com; Approximately £575